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!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 2017 Meeting Reminder

Our first meeting of 2017 will take place on Tuesday the 17th!

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

Yard Sale: It's a New Year!  Is one of your resolutions to clean out your sewing room?  You are so lucky, 'cause the NHMQG is having a Yard Sale at our January meeting!!  All proceeds will be donated to the Guild to benefit Programs!

Spring Retreat: Retreat signups will be held! Your room will be secured by full payment. Patty will be accepting checks, made out to NHMQG. If you can't make it to the meeting please contact Patty by January 20th. Additional retreat details can be found here

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

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Spring 2017 Retreat

We will hold our next retreat in Kennebunk at the Franciscan Guest House on March 23-26, 2017.

Registration is closed. Email Patty (pamagaw [at] comcast [dot] net) to see whether we can add more people to the event. 

You can stay for 2 or 3 nights and single or double rooms are available. Pricing is:

Single Room:
3 nights - $335
2 nights - $230

Double Room:
3 nights - $220
2 nights - $150

If you plan to stay in a double room, please let Patty know who your roommate is at time of signup.

The retreat costs includes your room, breakfast each day, pizza on Saturday night and a 6 foot long table for sewing. Side trips will be planned to visit Marden's and get doughnuts!

We had a great time on this retreat in 2016!  The sewing was great and the tacos and margaritas at Pedro's were pretty awesome too!