Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Reminder

Our May meeting is taking place earlier than normal on May 9th at 7pm.

Programs: Our very own Lisa, of Garden Gate Quilting, will be sharing a trunk show with us!

WIP Challenge 2017: Members loved last year's WIP contest so much that we'll be hosting it again! You may enter three works in progress into the contest and you'll need to fill out the slip at the May or June meeting to be entered to win. The winner will be chosen in August. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. 

Giveaways & Raffles: Our giveaway item will be these handy directional pins.

* Raffle #1: Three half yards of Cotton + Steel Homebody by Kimberly Knight.

* Raffle #2: This raffle will be a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. If you are the winner you will need to provide your email address to Beth and it will be delivered electronically. 

Sewing Bee: Ellen needs a head count for the May 21st Sewing Bee at Peabody Mill. If you are a regular attendee and can't attend please let Ellen know on Tuesday. If you would like to attend also please let Ellen know or email our main email address

Charity Quilts: If you took a packet to make a flower block for our charity quilt, please bring it back for this meeting. Michelle will be hosting a mini sew-in during this months' bee to get the quilt top together! 

The QuiltCon 2018 charity challenge has been announced! If you would like to participate please contact a board member.

                                 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.

PPS: If you're not a member and are thinking about joining us we wanted to let you know that guests may attend their first meeting for free! Please pay us a visit and enjoy an evening of quilty fun.

March 2017 Show & Tell

March was a busy month for show and tell! Our members brought many of their first quilts to show and their latest quilts. Let's see them!

Gail gave away her first quilt so she wanted to share her latest WIP. These blocks are from the Maureen Cracknell sew along

Diane's first quilt was from Family Circle Magazine in 1986 and it was lost by her in laws! She brought one of her early makes with her and more recently she worked on this fun quilt top at retreat. 

Nancy always gives her quilts away so she brought one early make that she still has. She also brought in a new bag that she made that could carry a baby! 

Sue was visiting us in March. She is a QuiltCon winner for her appliqué and we were thrilled to see her work.

Deb is about to be a first time grandmother and made these two quilts for her grandchild to be!

Janice started quilting in 1989 and made this quilt 3 years ago for her daughter, but she didn't use it!!

Patty made her first quilt in 1995 or 1996 during a "quilt in a day" class at Covered Bridge Quilting. She took the class with a friend and her friend didn't finish. When her friend passed away Patty finished her quilt too.
She also shared a baby quilt for her daughters college roommate and the mini she received at QuiltCon.

Marie started quilting 20 years ago and used old ties to make this quilt for her husband. Her boy and step daughters actually played Twister to make the hand and feet shapes! For contrast she brought in her newest quilt that used circles.

Michelle gave this green quilt to her friend and borrowed it to bring for Show & Tell. It had been very loved! She also shared her 9-patch challenge quilt that was hung at QuiltCon.

Mary Jean's first quilt was for her daughter, but she no longer has it so she brought in the first quilt she made for herself! Mary Jean and fellow member Nancy met through this quilt. Her last quilt is this beautiful Cotton + Steel snowflake quilt with flannel on the back. 

Tracy started quilting in the early 90s quilting with her mother in law and in 1998 bought her own sewing machine. She's recently been trying her hand at modern! And she also shared her Riley Blake challenge, in which she used every bit of fabric. The picture came out very blurry though so please take my word for it!

Betsy made this quilt using Briar Rose fabrics for her daughter and more recently made these hearts for her daughter and granddaughter. 

Lisa didn't realize this would be tough for a beginner quilt, but she kept going and it became a favorite of her husband! It was 1987 and she didn't know how to bind so she just went with it. Her most recent quilt is an incredible shape and she's not sure what to do with it yet.

Susie moved away and took up sewing and then came back to NH and sewed with Patty.

Rene's first quilt was made in 1977 and finished by hand two years late. She also brought some fabulous newer quilts to share, including Labyrinth. 

Pat John made an her first quilt, Around The World Quilt in a day, and tied it in the 1980's. She took it up again when she retired and recently made this Cat in the Hat quilt for her grandson.

Chelsea and her grandmother made this quilt together for her to bring to college.

Ellen brought in one of her early quilts and some of the cool fabric she died at QuiltCon!

Ellen started quilting when she was pregnant and most recently here is her finished block of the month from a few  years ago.

Bridgett  brought in the first quilt that that she machine quilted.

Mary Louise has twin daughters that she made some of her first quilts for. She loves Camille Ross Kelly and 1930's prints in vibrant shades. She also volunteers with Neighbors Helping Newborns making quilts!

Nancy T made garments and wanted to turn her scraps into a quilt before she moved in the 1980's. Her next share was started by her mother and she finished it after she passed away. Her newest quilt was made with a jelly roll!