February 8, 2024 General Membership Meeting Recap
The meeting was led by Helen.
There were 34 members in attendance.
Welcome New guest!
Xendri visited with us tonight!
Thank you Holly, Barbara, Marie and Sonia for attending the door and welcome table!
Thank you to Ophelia for bringing a cheese & fruit plate and chocolate cake!
Shelly won the door prize, a copy of the popular new book, Quilt Your Own Adventure, by Amanda Carye.
Marie won the raffle for the Tula Pink Oliso project iron.
Raya won the raffle for the Precision cutting mat and Olfa Rotary Cutter.
Membership (Marie, Treasurer)
We are at 62 confirmed members (our membership cap is 65). Thank you to all who have joined recently or renewed your memberships!
Events and Programming (Karen, Laurie, and Susan)
March Meeting: Recap of the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon Show
Our parent guild is holding the big annual quilt show February 22-25 in Raleigh, NC. Four members of our guild are attending: Brenda, Michelle, Patty McG, and Raya. They will put together a presentation about what’s new and exciting in modern quilting!
A reminder that those of us who are not going to the show can purchase a Streaming Lecture Pass, which will allow us to view all of the 28 lectures. Get more details and purchase a pass here: https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/quiltcon-streaming-lecture-pass/
Communications (Brenda and Susie)
We have been having fun doing posts highlighting our Board members. We will soon start doing a weekly post, Member Mondays, in which we will highlight a guild member. Brenda will randomly select a member each week, and ask you to answer a few questions about your quilting journey. With 60+ members, it will take over a year to get to everyone!
New Hampshire Guild to Guild Newsletter
Our guild is now participating in this great resource for local shows and guild events. We emailed the January newsletter. Watch for the February one soon!
Brenda is making great progress on pulling together our new Member Directory, complete with photos! Once it is complete, everyone will get a link to view it online.
We started a Facebook group. Submit a request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nhmqg/
This is a private group only for dues paying members of NHMQG. Feel free to share things like things you’re working on, sales or events or classes you find, carpools for shop hops, questions you have about sewing/quilting, etc!
This does not change how official guild communication goes out - we will still be sending important information via email!
Charity (Lesley and Julie)
Lesley brought in 7 quilts and asked for volunteers to bind them! These quilts will go to children through the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization, which builds beds and provides bedding for children whose families cannot afford them. Last year, our guild gave them 68 quilts! Wow! You can read about the organization here: https://shpbeds.org/chapter/nh-hillsborough-co/
Spring retreat will be at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, ME on May 2-5. So far, 36 members have signed up! There is still room for more to attend, so let us know if you want to join us! To sign up - e-mail Ophelia and Marie, and send a check to Marie. Let us know if you need a roommate, not guaranteed if you don’t already have one.
Single, 3 nights: $502
Double, 3 nights: $355
Single, 2 nights: $355
Double, 2 nights: $257
What an amazing yard sale we had! Everyone went home with some great treasures, and the proceeds will help the guild provide more activities for us. Laurie M took all the unclaimed items and will give them to a local art teacher.
Show and Tell
Captions below photos give details for each project or quilt!
Michelle gave us a quick peek at one of the quilts she is making for her new book, which will be published by C&T in May 2025. Congratulations and good luck!
Lorri W told us she completed and gifted her Exploding Hearts quilt she worked on at the last retreat (pattern by Slice of Pi).
Ophelia showed us two quilts. The first with orange Kaffe fabrics.
The other is based on the Craftsy kit/pattern Les Amis. (If you are not familiar with Craftsy, it is a subscription platform website that offers a variety of classes and resources for all kinds of sewing and other hobbies.)
Lisa made an adorable Hazel the Hedgehog quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman).
Gail is participating in Tara Faughnan’s Block Studies Collective program, and showed her recent improv triangle block.
Simone made an adorable Penguin Party quilt – aren’t those plaids just perfect? (Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.)
Simone also announced that she is starting a quilting studio in downtown Nashua on Pine Street Extension. She is planning to offer a variety of classes. More details will be coming soon. Congratulations!
Liz made a cute quilt for her granddaughter from Crossroads 3-yard quilt pattern from the Quilts in a Jiffy book.
Robin made the Skylight quilt (pattern by Cotton and Joy).
She also made a Venti tote bag using Tula
Robin also made this green and purple scrap quilt that looks like the Scrap Strips Diamond Trip quilt (free pattern from Jordan’s fabric).
Raya showed us a small quilt she made for the Annual MGQ Mini Swap that she designed based upon a leaf frozen on water,
She also made four more similar small quilts for herself.
Kim made a Swoon quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms) with an intricate quilt label.
Brenda showed us her Sky Color mini quilt (for Project Quilting,Season 15, Challenge #2 ).
Laurie M made little bags for teachers.
She also made a “leaders and enders” scrap quilt.
Patty K made two quilts. The first is the Layer Cake Custard Shortcut Quilt (free pattern by the fat Quarter Shop).
The second is Squared Up (pattern by Cotton and Joy) with a matching back.
Xendri showed us the first quilt she has ever made!
Julie showed us a great baby quilt she made from a panel from the ABC…xyz collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics.
Chelsea made two quilts, the first is a log cabin quilt
The second is the Peanut Butter quilt (free pattern from Then Came June) featuring lots of pink fabrics.
The next meeting will be March 14. See you then!
-Mary Lou and Brenda