Monday, May 14, 2018

May 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our May meeting will take place on Tuesday May 15th at 7pm!!

Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: For our programming this month we'll be playing a game! There will be prizes :)

Zipper Pouch Swap: We will be postponing the interviews of our zipper pouch swap partners until the June meeting so everyone has a chance to signup.

Spring WIP Challenge: Your items must be completed by our June meeting and if they are you'll be entered to win! Carolanne will be marking items complete this month so be sure to mention if a show and tell item is a WIP.

Shop Hops: We are looking for shop hop leaders for June-September. Please see Alison if you are interested. For every shop that you visit with the guild you will receive a stamp/sticker in your Shop Hop passport that enters you for a fabric store gift card in September! The more shops you hop to, the more chances to win. 

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a surprise!! We'll give you one hint though, everyone will like this giveaway!

* Raffle #1: A Hawthorne Threads Bundle! The bundle includes a $25 gift certificate, a bundle of their in-house printed fabrics AND a Hawthorne Hues color card.

* Raffle #2: Get ready for the zipper pouch swap with the zipper pouch pattern with interfacing and a cake mix pad

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

April 2018 Show and Tell

Carolanne -- got her Gypsy Wife fabric and loves it a lot!  Also made very nice tote, and did hand binding for the first time.  Also took hand quilting class with Anne Marie Horner over prior weekend.  Group advised that she should get a thimble!

Julie showed her very first project!  Gorgeous!

Lesley completed the Heather Jones Yield pattern.  Used Angela Waters quilting patterns on the borders with straight-line quilting in the square. 

Alexsandra showed carriers, an apron for her mother, something for her granddaughter, and last, not least the flowery shoe bag above!  Busy lady!

Chelsea had a tell regarding Patchwork City blocks -- has 33 squares done!

 Sarah, did not piece it but did all of the quilting that shows on the back and bound it, using a sheet as backing.
 Ophelia presented quilt from Quilter's Planner and fabric from sale room at Quilted Threads ($3.00)!

 Also Sassafras Lane pattern, Lantern Lane.  Been working in it for a long time, and used straight-line quilting.

 Third, Posies pattern and with plans to do more on it.  Beautiful.
 Pat finished a project at the last retreat.  Very pretty.

Susie showed this yellow charm squares, with minky on the back.  Lovely.

 Susie's second is giraffe's.  Lots of oohs and ahhs!  By So Fresh.  Very cute.

Marie showed a quilt swap item going to someone in the UK, "Fall in New England" with beads.

Brianna, showed a quilt with large squares, which your photographer failed to capture.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Zipper Pouches

Our guild is having a zipper pouch swap so we thought it would be helpful to share some patterns and tutorials! Part of our swap entails interviewing our partner to learn more about them and then make a pouch based on their wants and needs. We'll also be stuffing them with $10-$15 worth of goodies!

Short on time? Melly Sews has a great tutorial for a 15 minute zipper pouch. This is a great tutorial to use if you're just getting familiar with zippers and looking for a quick and satisfying pouch. 

Noodlehead has a great 2-size pattern called the Petal Pouch that is for an advanced beginner. This pattern suggests adding applique or patchwork to add a personal touch to the exterior pieces. 

We couldn't share zipper pouch patterns without sharing one from the bag lady herself, Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness! The Annex Double-Zip Box Pouch includes two zippers and two separate storage areas. An online workshop is available for this pattern if you need a little help getting your zippers right.

I'm a Finch Box Subscriber and my August box included fabric, notions and the guide to make canvas travel bags. You can get your own mini Finch Box with the tools you'll need here on their website.

Want a side of quilting with your zipper pouch? Try this tutorial from Purl Soho for a quilted zipper pouch.

Not feeling a square or rectangle shaped bag? Make your zipper pouch shaped like a triangle! Video tutorial and a guide for the fabric and notions used is available from Missouri Star Quilt Co

Ah, the Sew Together bag, this bag is very popular in the quilting blogger universe so why shouldn't we all have one.  This bag includes three zippers pockets, four open pockets, and even a pincushion! 

A lot of our members purchased the Quilters Planner this year and there's a zipper pouch pattern in the companion magazine that was designed by Karin Jordan (who visited us last year for a trunk show). This pattern has you use chunky stitches to hand sew in the zipper, it's very pretty! If you don't have the planner, you can buy just the pattern magazine for $12!

-Carolanne, President NHMQG

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our April meeting will take place on Tuesday April 17th at 7pm!!

Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: For our programming this month we'll all have the opportunity to share our favorite quilting book and any projects we've made from it.

Q1 Finances: Beth will share a financial report from the first quarter of 2018.

Spring WIP Challenge: You can still sign up for our Work In Progress challenge at our April meeting. For the spring challenge you may sign up for as many projects as you like, and you have to pay $1 for each entry. Your items must be completed by our June meeting and if they are you'll be entered to win!

Gypsy Wife Quilt: For those participating in this quiltalong, there will be a sewing day in Manchester, NH on 4/28. Carolanne will share additional details.  

Shop Hops: We are looking for shop hop leaders for June-September. Please see Alison if you are interested. For every shop that you visit with the guild you will receive a stamp/sticker in your Shop Hop passport that enters you for a fabric store gift card in September! The more shops you hop to, the more chances to win. 

Anna Maria Horner: Our workshops with Anna Maria Horner are this weekend. If you're taking a class and have any questions please send an email to and we'll get you an answer. If you're not taking a class, come visit for the pop-up shops!

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a Mesh Bag Kit. These bags are great for gym clothes, wet bathing suits, or sandy toys!

* Raffle #1: Lisa The Unicorn Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and Four 1/4 yard cuts of Kona Bright to get your started!

* Raffle #2: Making Faces in Fabric Book: Discover how to create freeform, raw-edge appliqué faces. Melissa Averinos walks you through the process step by step, from a comprehensive lesson on drawing faces, to translating your sketch into fabric, to stabilizing the piece with stitching, to incorporating your stylized face into a finished project! 

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

Our Weekend With Anna Maria Horner Is Nearly Here!

Many of our members are taking part in workshops with Anna Maria Horner in West Newbury* this weekend, but for those of you not attending a workshop, there will still be fun for you!

Each workshop will be hosting a pop-up shop from a local quilt shop. Guests, friends, and fellow guild members are welcome to come and shop the pop-up during the lunch break from 12-1. We will ask guests to depart when the workshop resumes at 1.

Each day will feature a different local shop.

Pintuck & Purl on Friday

Crosscut Sewing Co. on Saturday

Gather Here on Sunday

*The pop-ups will take place in the same area as the workshops at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex, 381 Main St., West Newbury, MA.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

March Show & Tell

Simone went to Quiltcon in Pasadena. She took a paper piecing class, which belatedly she found out was English Paper Piecing.  She took three Free Motion Quilting classes and two drawing classes.  Tip from one of the teachers was "Don't draw the line, be the line," not really all that helpful. 
Simone liked the special Carolyn Freidlander display.. 

Gail showed her latest Mighty Lucky project piecing.  This is the top and second row.  Line separates two rows.  More to come, eventually.  This is a year project.

 Carolanne made her shirt in under an hour -- maybe she should do a tutorial for us!!

Carolanne also showed a Red Rainboots wooden quilt block.  Lastly she showed a gift quilt with stars and constellations (but did not allow a picture!). 

 Susie did this quilt top over the weekend.  Pretty!  Minky on back.

I think that this is minky on the back of the above quilt.  Very cool. 

René had this quilt back from quilter Laurie.  Retreat quilt with ombre fabric. Lovely!

 Next Ellen showed us a quilt for her mother-in law.  Very colorful origami garden, made with scraps and finished at sewing bee.

This is Eileen's (Ellen's sister)  quilt with lots and lots of negative space that Lisa quilted for her!

Ophelia was experimenting with her long-arm.  Learned to use long-arm machine to quilt around ladybugs. 

Ophelia also showed jelly roll rug made with jelly roll and batting scraps!  Very colorful!

 Laurie had a kit that she wanted to use the fabric from using the quick curve ruler on a different design. Very graphic look! 

 Michelle has been been busy.  This is Little Man by Camille Roskelley.  Nice colors and design! 

Michelle also did as part of a blog hop a table runner from Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander with Camille Roskelley fabric.   

Michelle's last item was the Odori Fat Quarter Shop pattern with Little Town fabric by Amy Sinibaldi. She used a creative grid spiderweb rule.

Patti put left over triangles together with great colors within the dark grey background.

That's it!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

2018 Shop Hops

We are excited to announce that starting this month we will be hosting members only shop hops!

There are some great local quilt shops that our members frequent, but others have never heard of. Let's all share our favorite spots and buy some fabulous fabric!

The shop hops will take place on the first Saturday and the second Tuesday of each month and will go from April-September.

Each shop hop will have a hop leader who will choose the locations we visit.

2018 Shop Hops:
April 7th - Carolanne will be the shop hop leader and we will be visiting the Seacoast area.
April 10th - Alison will be the shop hop leader and we will be visiting the Concord area.
May- There will not be shop hops this month because we will be on retreat!

We are still in need of shop hop leaders for the following days:
June 2nd-
June 12th-
July 7th-
July 10th-
August 4th-
August 14th-
September 1st-
September 11th-

Please see Alison or Carolanne if you would like to be a shop hop leader.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 2018 Meeting Reminder

Our March meeting will take place on Tuesday March 20th at 7pm!!

The board has been tracking the impending storm very closely and it looks like we're in the clear for our meeting on Tuesday! Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: Get ready for binding night! We have arranged for members to share hand and machine binding techniques and we have a video to share with a technique for glue binding.

Spring Retreat: Registration for Spring Retreat is still open. You can register online here or pay by check at the March meeting. There are only a few rooms left.

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is a cute notion that turns a mason jar into a sewing caddy.

* Raffle #1: Twin Size Warm & White Batting.

* Raffle #2: 1/2 yard of Art Gallery Fusion Floralia wingspan with 1 yard of Blush Grunge.

Upcoming Programming & Events: 
  • Start perusing your book shelves, our April programming will be "Bring Your Favorite Quilting Book Night"! 
  • We'll be announcing a fun new opportunity to visit local quilt shops at our March meeting. If you're unable to attend please keep an eye on the blog for more details. 
  • Are you ready for another WIP challenge? We'll have the details in March!
  • A group of members are starting a quilt-along for the Gypsy Wife quilt by Jen Kingwell and we'll be sharing information in March.

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 2018 Show & Tell

 Chelsea finished up the quilt using Trish's donated fabric.  This quilt will go to a student at her school going through hard times.

 This is a second quilt that Chelsea has completed that will be going to a student at her school.

 This is the back of Chelsea's quilt above.

 Michelle finished up her two Las Vegas charity quilts.  Love the design of this one!

 This is the second quilt with some great colors and illusions!

 Sarah is showing her finished baby quilt -- great design and color!

 This is the back of her baby quilt.

 Sarah also showed a quilt top based on Quilting Jetgirl's Wayward Transparency pattern, with four different color selections.  Very nice!

Briana made a zip pouch out of some Charley Harper fabric.  

 Olivia told us about a trip she and Marie took to Washington DC for long-arm quilting workshops.

 Olivia set her blocks in this quilt based on one of the sets in the 2018 Quilters Planner.  She then used digital settings to do the quilting.

 The back shows a bit better the quilting Olivia did.

Olivia talked about the two classes she took, including a very intense workshop by Bethanne Nemesh, author of Quilted Textures from A to Zen.

Leslie is a new member previous in Cincinnati OH.  She showed us several charity quilts she has done and talked about the charity quilt process in the Cincinnati guild.  We are very glad to have her with us, and she has volunteered to be a coordinator of our charity quilt activities.

 Leslie showed this quilt which is the same pattern as the prior one but with different fabric.

 This is the third charity quilt that Leslie showed us.

 Gail showed us her Juggle-in-Pink quilt that has been in development over 10 years to be gifted to her son.  The fabric was collected to highlight juggling, cats, travel to Paris, cows, music and his Chinese sister.

 Eileen showed us her square dance quilt.

 This is the back of Eileen's square dance quilt.

 Allison showed us her final quilt based on the Elizabeth Hartman Wonky Cross design.  This was not her favorite project (she kept enlarging it to make it better)!

 Susie showed us a finish of her daughter's T-shirt quilt, also some time in the making.

 Another finish for Susie -- very nice colors and on-point setting!

 Susie has been very busy -- this is the third quilt she showed.

 Last, but not least, this is Susie's 4th quilt!!

 René has also been very busy finishing up quilts.  This is a very colorful one from a kit she had.

  For this quilt, René changed up the pattern in a kit she had.  

  Another one!  René 's design and colors are very nice.

Number four!  Pattern from Pattie with  René's favorite colors. 

Back of the above quilt.

  René's gorgeous diamonds quilt, with subtle low volume triangles surrounding the large diamonds.

 The back of René's diamonds quilt.

Felice showed us her very lovely and modern quilt.