Sunday, February 17, 2019

February 2019 Meeting Reminder

Our February meeting will take place on Tuesday February 19th at 7pm!! Doors open at 6:30 if you would like to come early for some pre-meeting sew-cializing!

Programming: Our programming this month is our 3rd annual yard sale! Details about items we'll be accepting can be found herePeople who visit our February meeting will also be able to shop so let your non-member quilty friends know!.

Show and Tell: Make sure to bring your finishes for show and tell this month. Remember, each item you bring to show and tell in 2019 enters you into a special year end raffle

2019 Dues: Your 2019 guild dues are due ASAP. Our dues for 2019 will be $55. You can pay via PayPal on our membership page or with Cash or a Check at the meeting. 

Spring 2019 Retreat: Our Spring Retreat to Kennebunkport will take place May 2nd through May 5th at the Franciscan Guest House. You can sign-up at the February meeting with cash or a check and PayPal sign-ups are available here

Timna Tarr Workshop: You asked and she's coming back! After hosting a successful workshop with Timna Tarr in 2016 we'll be bringing her back on March 9th for a full day mapmaking workshop. Pricing is $100 for members. You can sign-up via PayPal on our events page or with Cash or a Check at the meeting. The workshop is also now open to non-members.

Shop Hop: If you still have it, please bring your "passports" from the shop hops to the meeting and give them to Carolanne. She'll be making up tickets for each stamp you have and we'll have a drawing for a gift certificate. The gift certificate will be to a local shop of the winners choosing. February is the last meeting where you can bring your passport, the drawing will be held before the March meeting. 

Giveaways and Raffles: Our giveaway item this month is wrist pin cushion.

Raffle #1
Tula Pink, Pom Poms and Stripes


Raffle #2
Feeling inspired to free motion quilt after our programming last month? This book is for you!


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

January Show & Tell

Denyce showed us two versions of pineapple quilts. This one is very patriotic and fun!


The version below had many more pieces per pineapple but is also really cute.


Mary Jane made this quilt with penguins up for a birthday - super cute!  Faces did have a lot of pieces. 


Suzie is back with another layered soft, warm quilt!


Unfortunately, the photo of Suzie's backpack is not very sharp. Noodlehead design with cork on the bottom.  Super nice!


Marie made this stunning quilt for her son's wedding. He returned it to her so she can put a sleeve on to hang it!


Chelsea showed us two quilts.  This finish has colorful strips.


The second granny square quilt is using fabric from Trish's scraps, although the pattern was based on jelly roll fabric.  Here is a Moda pattern for a granny square using jelly roll fabric.



Sarah showed us her colorful Christmas stockings!


Alison showed us the cutest Christmas cat! Pattern called Bah-Humbug!  We also heard about her new adopted cat!


Patti brought the pattern for a fabric tray -- "Zip Up Tray Pouch" by Aneela Hoey.


Laurie showed a nice purple tote bag with hand sewn hexagons and dresdens on the side.  Very cute!



René had a number of finishes to show us.  She started off by showing us her Quilt-Con mini-quilt that she will be swapping with another Modern Quilt Guild member in Sweden.  She aimed toward a Danish modern aesthetic.  Very lovely with Japanese fans in the middle.


Next was a snowman quilt started 17 years ago.  She practiced free motion quilting with a ruler to bring this to a finish.


This one was from a kit that René put together at a recent retreat.  Did a Greek key quilting on it with backings pulled from her stash.


The next one is 12 years old, and René did more traditional ruler work on it.  Used "line-tamer" ruler for straight-line and generously contributed it to our charity quilt collection.

Next one at least 18 years old.  René pieced random squares, and then used wavy lines with a wavy ruler.  Very nice! Another donation to charity.


This one is 2018 start, and with Zen Chic pattern using the same ruler.  Gorgeous!


Finally, René showed her back-pack she made with Suzie (same Noodlehead pattern).  Plans to use at Quilt Con!


Pat showed a place mat she did with a Christmas theme.


Carolanne making a jelly roll rug, and showing the ball of fabric ready to be sown into the rug.


Carolanne showed Kona Splash patterned quilt using color of the year.  Was very quick to put together.  Great colors!


Then there are two extra blocks for pillowcases.


Last but not least, this is the Quilters Planner block of the month for last year that Carolanne finished up the top for!  More pretty colors with Alison Glass fabrics and some solids!  


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Spring 2019 Retreat

It's time to sign up for our spring retreat!

Retreat Details:
May 2-5, 2018
Franciscan Guest House
Kennebunk, Maine

You can reserve a single or a double room for 2 or 3 nights. The prices are ...

Single Room:
3 nights - $345
2 nights - $240

Double Room:
3 nights - $230
2 nights - $160

A limited number of spaces will be available for non-members at this retreat. Non-members must room with a current member and there is a slight increase in price.
3 nights - $255

2 nights - $180


You can pay for the retreat by check or credit card.

To pay by check, make your check out to "NHMQG" and send it to our PO Box or bring it to the February or March meeting.

Our PO Box information is:
NHMQG
PO Box 204
Amherst, NH 03031

To pay by credit card, click the PayPal button below! If you plan to reserve a double room, please include your roommate's name.


Rooming Options

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

December Show and Tell



December was our Christmas exchange and party.  Lots of good food and comraderie.

Betsy showed us this cheerful Christmas quilt using a large panel!  She was able to focus on practicing her quilting skills.

Carolanne made this fancy dress for our Christmas party to meet a challenge!

Carolanne also showed us a quilt and pillowcase she made for her niece, using two butterfly squares that were "messed up."

Quilt has six butterflies to allow her niece to grown into it -- wonderful quilt!



Michelle showed us a beautiful quilt will be bound and gifted for a person who supports her family.

Michelle's two color challenge quilt, using value and color, was not accepted for Quiltcon but is wonderful!

Michelle had two quilts accepted to QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, one of which we have seen at earlier meetings.  She showed us the other, which was accepted in the small quilt category, to recognize her wonderful son with a bonus 21st chromosome. 


Suzie showed us potholders ...

And Suzie did this pieced quilt for her day-care boy.  Really fun!

Chelsea showed us a massive half-square triangle that will be a gift.  She quilted it on her domestic machine.  Wonderful colors!


Sarah completed a Christmas tree skirt square in a square format -- really cute! And she told us about her dog's love for chewing quilts!

Susan displayed a jewel colored quilt -- very pretty!

Ophelia did an argyle Krista Moser design.   Very optical and geometric.  She also did a Christmas colored quilt that should hopefully be good year around.

Laurie showed us nautically colored quilt.  She has owned the pattern for over twenty years! Made four blocks with the really cute boats on the back.


This quilt top has an applique mermaid on jelly roll piecing, which needs to be quilted and sent off! Beautiful!  Great color gradation.


In this quilt Laurie uses a yellow brick road pattern, very easy.  

Laurie's last quilt is going to a family with a son entering the Navy Seals.  Beautiful colors using the Tennessee Waltz pattern.

Sandy shows off her latest finish.  This was all made several years ago, but finally took on the challenge of binding the irregular border!

That's it!  Great meeting with a lot of good food and gift exchange!

November Show & Tell

Members came to the November meeting with a wide variety of interesting work.

Alison showed a wonderful Gloria Loughman class project.  See www.glorialoughman.com for more about this quilt artist focused on architecture and landscape.  


Alison also completed two Christmas tree skirts! Number One...

And here is Number Two with same pattern from Shabby Fabrics.

Finally, Alison reported that she abandoned completing the full Gypsy Wife quilt but couldn't throw the squares she had done away.  This is the charming result! 

Sarah quilted a four year old quilt top.  She hand sewed the binding, and quilted each block in a different pattern.  Quite stunning!

Sarah also showed a Christmas quilt made at retreat. Background is Kona silver.

Trish started this dramatic quilt years ago with a high contrast fabric selection made out of 72 blocks - each block is actually the same but with different color usage.  A lot of work, and gorgeous!

This is the back using an Allison Glass border print.

Pat showed us some placemats with paper-pieced flying geese-- very cute.

Your photographer failed to get the maker of this gorgeous bright colored quilt! 


Kim showed us the back and front of her latest finish.  Great colors!



René and Annique hold up a mini landscape completed at a workshop.  Beautiful.


René completed four grandkids' quilts.  She practiced her machine quilting on these.  Quite a colorful collection!    

Suzie finished very cute pumpkin quilt!

And, Suzie also showed us this intensely fun chenille giraffe quilt.  She used a layered technique.  Very soft and good for a playmat. She suggests using all natural basting spray. 


Gail showed her completed Mighty Lucky quilt top using improv piecing direction from five different designers.  This year long challenge also helped participants work on color choice and design.