Sunday, April 16, 2017

April Meeting Reminder

Our April meeting will take place on Tuesday the 18th!

Pixie Basket: During our April meeting those who are participating in the Pixie Basket swap will have a chance to interview their partner. Nancy has prepared sample questions, but feel free to come ready for your own. When you're ready to get sewing the Pixie Basket tutorial can be found here.

Trip To NYC: Alison has been busy planning a trip for 2018 to NYC! Based on everyone's responses there are two time frames that would work best. If we go February 23rd-25th the cost for transportation and hotel will be $350. If we go May 11th-13th the cost for transportation and hotel will be $650. Alison will take a vote on Tuesday night!

Heather Jones Workshop: Our workshop with Heather Jones is next weekend! There are 4 spots available if you'd like to signup

Giveaways & Raffles: Our giveaway item will be a mystery present that was left by a member who departed for California! We will also have two raffles!

* Raffle #1: Three half-yards of Charleston by Art Gallery

* Raffle #2: Three half-yards of Poppy May by Moda

We'll see you Tuesday at the First Baptist Church!

PS: If you're ever unsure of a meeting or event day, check the events page of our website.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Boston Modern Quilt Guild Annual Show 2017

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild's Annual Show is opening on April 8 and will run every weekend through May 7, with the exception of Easter Sunday. It will be held at Fabric Place Basement in Natick MA.  Please join their guild for a reception on April 8 or on any weekend.  

The BMQG is also raffling off a beautiful quilt this year - the modern churn dash that was displayed at last year's show.   

If your guild would like to make a road trip during the week, please let Karen Leavitt know ( and she can arrange to meet you there and give you a private showing. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 2017 Meeting Reminder

Our March meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 21st. There are quite a few fun activities planned my quilty friends!

The Pixie Basket Swap: 

This is a social swap, with the goal of getting to know one more person in our amazing guild!  If you would like to participate, I'll be passing the signup sheet at Tuesday night's meeting.  You'll be paired up with someone and in April will search them out at the meeting, spend a little time getting to know them and then make a Pixie Basket for them and fill it with goodies totaling no more than ten dollars.  The baskets will be exchanged at the May meeting.  If you want to be involved, but won't be at the March meeting, just send Nancy an email at

Show & Tell, First and Last:

It's all about show and tell this month!  Please bring in one of your first quilts you ever made and one (or more!) of your last quilts made!  Be ready to share the story of how you got started quilting.  What/who was your inspiration? How long ago was that?  Were you always a "modern" quilter? Or when did you notice your tastes changing?  We're really looking forward to the quilts and stories!

Charity Quilt:
Our charity committee has decided on the pattern for our next charity quilt that will be donated to the First Baptist Church and they will be passing out fabric packets this month. They would like the blocks back at our May meeting. 

Upcoming Events:

  • There are still a few spaces left for our Heather Jones workshop. You can signup here.
  • Alison has a survey about an upcoming event that she will be passing around on Tuesday night.
  • Mark your date books quilters, Latifah Saafir is joining us on November 4th, 2017!
  • Speaking of saving the date, Anna Marie Horner will be here for a workshop in April 2018. We're partnering with other guilds to bring this renowned quilter to the area and are excited to share more information. 
  • The First Baptist church is hosting a yard sale on April 1, and they have invited us to donate items and to come to the event! You can find more information on their website here.

Giveaways & Raffles: 
Our giveaway item will be a package of dream poly in craft size. 

We will have two raffle items!
Raffle #1: Three half yards of "To Porto With Love".
Raffle #2: Two half yards of Dear Stella with a matching half yard of Kona cotton.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

December 2016 Show & Tell

Welcome to our belated December meeting recap, complete with Show & Tell and party pictures! We had a great time at our December meeting and holiday party. 

There were games, gifts, treats and of course our monthly show & tell!

Our quilt for Bridges January gala just needs to be bound!

Marie shared her Michael Miller Challenge quilt and two Lost In The Big Woods quilts.

Carolyn shared her finished Icy Waters quilt!

Jesse made this quilt as a present for her sons girlfriend. 

Janice used the leftovers from a tree skirt she made for her daughter to make this also for her daughter

Ann is leaving us for Minnesota, but she shared this tulip quilt at her last meeting with NHMQG!

Sue used all flannels for a quilt for her brother and Monkey Business also for her brother. 

The skulls are for her daughter 

Eileen has been working on this African Wax quilt for 6 years and she finished and it came out great!

Annick travel challenge used clothes labels to show where they came from. 

Renee made this ceramics for her mom with quilt blocks on it when she was in high school and found it when she was cleaning recently!

Carolanne made two Christmas quilts with the Twister tool and used a vintage dress pattern to make a dress for Christmas Eve.

Mary Jean made this quilt using Tinsel from Cotton + Steel.

Michelle used PG&J and grunge for this modern quilt.

Patty worked on this Rifle Paper Co quilt at our Fall Retreat 

Kim made this quilt for her niece with the same fabrics she made her a baby quilt with!
Her second show was for her sons teacher. 

We had another garment share this month from Nancy Tatro with her wonderful pants!
She also shared a quilt made with manor House Jelly Rolls.

Betty used a jelly roll with added black for this quilt.

Betty also shared this Sassquash that she made for her daughter. 

Amy Garro gave Chelsea some fabric when she visited us for a paper piecing class last summer and she used it to make this lovely quilt!

We pulled the winner of our WIPs contest and we had 46 finished projects! This program was a great way to get our members motivated to finish their projects in 2016.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February Meeting Reminder

Since we had to cancel our January meeting due to snow, our first meeting of 2017 will take place on Tuesday the 21st!

Our new board has a lot of exciting news to share and fun activities are planned.

Yard Sale: We've had a whole month longer to clean out our sewing rooms and stashes and more importantly to identify whats missing! 

As a reminder, all proceeds will benefit  programming in 2017 and anything left at the end of the evening will be donated to the NH Women's Correctional Facility.

We will be accepting quilting cottons and flannels of any type (it doesn't have to be "modern") and scraps 2 1/2" or bigger packaged in plastic bags.  These will be selling for 50 cents an ounce; magazines no older than five years and with all pages intact and patterns will sell for $1; quilting and general sewing books are priced at $3 each.  If you have extra notions, (rulers, cutters, mats, hoops, needles etc.) please price these yourself.  And Tuesday will be a great opportunity to recycle any projects you've lost interest in (otherwise known as UFO's!)  These will be sold on a name your donation basis.  Please bring a bag to take your purchase home in!  We will be accepting cash and checks for yard sale purchases!

Heather Jones: Don't want to pay for the Heather Jones workshop via PayPal? Bring your check or cash to the meeting and talk to Alison. If you do want to sign-up online here is the link!

Giveaways & Raffles: Our giveaway item will be Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern. We will also have two raffles!

* Raffle #1: Three half-yards of Yours Truly by Kimberly Kight for Cotton + Steel
* Raffle #2: Three half-yards of Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel

What's coming next?
Here's a hint:  It's called The Pixie Basket Swap!  You'll have the opportunity to meet a member you might not know very well, do a little bit of creative sewing and shopping and give and get a gift!  Here's a link to the Pixie Basket tutorial. Michelle and Nancy will show off their Baskets Tuesday night!

We'll see you Tuesday at the First Baptist Church!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Upcoming Modern Quilting Events

Heather Jones at Quilted Threads with NHMQG:
NHMQG is excited to offer you the opportunity to spend a full day with Heather Jones, author, designer, and award-winning quilter. In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced pineapple blocks. You can register for this workshop on our events page.
Heather Jones at Gather Here with Cambridge MQG:
Can’t make it to our Heather Jones workshop? The Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild is hosting her the following day, April 23rd! Bring your inspiration to life as you create a one of a kind unique quilt pattern. This is a no-sew workshop. You can sign up here.

Jen Bailey in West Newbury with Seacoast MQG:
The Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild is hosting 2 days of workshops with Jen Carlton Bailey on Sept. 9th and 10th.  The Sat. workshop is Sew all the  Curves Plus Design and the Sunday workshop is the Scandinavian Sampler. All the details can be found here.

Libs Elliott at Nido Fabric with Vermont MQG:
The Vermont Modern Quilt Guild is hosting Modern Quilter Libs Elliott on April 1st to teach about the Y-seam piecing method using hex, half-hex and equilateral triangle pieces. You can sign up for the workshop here.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Supernova - QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017

Once again the NHMQG decided to do the Charity Challenge using Robert Kaufman's Kona as our color palette.  The committee decided to use shades of blue, yellow, silver and white to meet the requirements. 

The co-chairs met and decided to use some sort of stars in their quilt. With no real game plan on how to use these stars, they handed out packets at the meeting. Members of their guild were to take a sample of 2 shades and complete a star or 2. They were asked make either 3” or 6” stars using the colors on their card. They could use any color from that palette the only requirement was to use the white, grey, or yellow solid as their background.  

Once we received the stars back we had a group sew-in with members from the guild.  

A game plan was established! Yellow fabric was donated from members of the guild which was cut and sewn back together to create a “scrappy looking” made fabric. We used this made fabric to make a large scale star. 
We then used a design wall to scatter the stars for placement in the large pieces of fabric to be used for the bursts.
After a bit of trial and error it was determined to make non uniform star points. We started with the large star and bottom burst. We continued breaking down the quilt into large sections, working our way up and around the quilt. 
As we laid our finished quilt top on a flat surface, we found the *made fabric caused a pucker.(*made fabric has an excessive amount of bias in play)  After consulting our long arm quilter it was determined she could work out the excess in the quilting process. 
Off to the quilter it went! Lisa from Garden Gate Quilting, Amherst, NH worked her magic. The puckers disappeared as she used a variety of quilting designs to enhance the quilt. Once the quilt was returned, blocking was completed and binding added. Let us present  “Supernova”, NHMQG entry into Quilt Con 2017. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

April Workshop with Heather Jones

Heather Jones: Improvisational Pineapple Block Workshop
Saturday April 22nd, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Quilted Threads, Henniker, NH

To register for this class, click here!

NHMQG is excited to offer you the opportunity to spend a full day with Heather Jones, author,
designer, and award-winning quilter. Her book Quilt Local was published in October 2015, and next month she will be on the new PBS Fresh Quilting series.

In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced pineapple blocks. If you find the traditional pineapple block intimidating, the improvisational approach will be a welcome change. It requires no precise measuring or cutting and creates a graphic one-of-a-kind block.

By the end of the class, you will have several completed blocks to use in smaller projects or to start a larger quilt project.

The workshop is being offered to NHMQG members at $100 per person, which includes a buffet lunch and 15% off of regularly priced purchases at Quilted Threads the day of the event.

Registration will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 30th, and appear on our event page. Spaces will be allocated on a strict first-come, first-served basis, and payments will be accepted through PayPal. (Please note: You do not need a PayPal account to pay via credit card.)

Space is limited to 20 people. If the class is not filled by guild members by Monday, February 13th, the remaining spots will be offered to members' guests and other guilds at a cost of $115 per person.

Please contact Alison with any questions.

Reminder: Payments are not refundable. Should you discover after registering that you are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to find a replacement and arrange payment with that person.

To register for this class, click here!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Meeting Cancellation 1/17/17

Due to the impending snow our meeting tonight will be canceled. Never fear though, all of the fun planned for tonight will be moved to the meeting on February 21st.

Retreat signups were set to be tonight so please be on the lookout for additional information from us this week. Retreat is fast approaching (in March!) so signups will be happening outside of our regularly scheduled meetings.

If you have a friend in the guild who may not see this email please give them a call to let them know about the cancellation. 

See everyone in February!