Sunday, June 9, 2024

May Meeting Recap

 New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild

May 9, 2024 General Membership Meeting Recap


The meeting was led by Helen.

There were 38 members in attendance.

We also had three guests. Two joined at the meeting – Welcome Cindy and Amanda!


Thank you!

·       Thank you, Susan, Sonia, and Carol K for attending the door and welcome table!

·       Thank you, Diane and Karen, for bringing food and beverages!


Raffle Winners

·       Sarah won the door prize, the Handy Zipper Jig by The Gypsy Quilter and a roll of Zipper tape by Sallie Tomato.

·       Lynn won the raffle for the Moda Flirtation Fat Quarter Bundle.

·       Susie won the raffle for the Simply Tidy Hudson Cart.


Membership (Marie, Treasurer)

·       At the start of the meeting, we are at 63 paid members. Two of the three guests joined at the meeting, so we have now reached our membership cap of 65. Any new prospective members will be placed on a waiting list.

·       When membership renewals are due in December, the first 65 people (current members or waitlist prospective members) who pay will be granted membership.

Secretary (Mary Lou)

·       The new By-Laws are now in effect. Phew!

Events and Programming (Karen G, Laurie K, and Susan)

·       Laurie reminded people about the 10th Anniversary Quilt Challenge. Anyone who has started a quilt will get a choice of a Fat Quarter at the meeting after which you start working on your quilt.

·       Laurie also reminded us to let us know at Show & Tell when you have finished one of your WIPs.

Communications (Brenda and Susie)

·       Brenda will be sending out an anonymous member survey to ask about preferred meeting locations and days.

·       Brenda told us the MQG is having another charity quilt challenge, and she will organize it again this year. The theme this year is LINES AND BARS, with the below color scheme. She sent around a sign-up sheet for participation.

Retreats (Ophelia)

·       Spring retreat was a lot of fun. 40 members attended. The Fall Retreat will be in November.


·       Julie told us about the Hugs of Love project. Their goal is to provide quilts to military families who are staying at the Fisher House Boston, while their military loved ones are receiving in-patient treatment at Boston hospitals. Twin- to queen-size quilts are needed. They will accept fabric as well as completed quilts.

·       Chelsea told us about how she and Leslie donated many of our charity quilts to several families who were displaced from their homes by fires on Cross Street in Nashua in April. Counselors at The Pennichuck Middle School approached Chelsea and managed the effort. They sent us a wonderful Thank You note.

·       Simone talked to a hospice nurse at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. They have been washing their limited supply of quilts and reusing them as they receive new patients. They would love quilts sized 54 x 70 for their patients.

Meeting Activities

·       This meeting’s activity was a presentation by Brenda and Ophelia on ways to change block sizes. Ophelia showed us the spreadsheet she uses, based on using a “Magic Number Multiplier.” Brenda handed out a handy set of worksheets to change sizes using ratios and a calculator. Brenda wants us to fill in the worksheets!

·       At the June meeting we will have a “round-robin” of five different quilt binding/finishing options.

Show and Tell

Captions below photos give details for each project or quilt!

1. Sonia showed us three small quilts she made from a Laurel Berch panel.

2. Mary Lou showed us her Make quilt, by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play Designs.

3. Ashley showed her sawtooth star quilt made with Hoist the Sails pirate fabric.

4.  Mary Ellen showed us a WIP she started in a retreat two years ago: a queen-sized red and white stars quilt.

5. Suzanne showed us her Town Square quilt made with the same Hoist the Sails fabric as Ashely. This is a 3-yard quilt by Fabric Cafe.  She also made an adorable dog label for it!

6. Simone showed us another Sandhill Sling bag she made. Pattern by noodlehead.

7.  Raya showed us a pink and blue quilt.

8. And a flying geese quilt she started in a QuiltCon class this February using the Buzzing Geese pattern from Storied Quilts.

9.    Beth showed us her version of the Secret Agent quilt designed by Modern Quilt Studio and the color palette she started with to set up the transparency effect. Mary Lou also showed hers again to compare the two.

10. Patty M showed her Lily Quilt by Alderwood Studio.

11. Leslie showed us a charity quilt she made with the Scrap Crazy 4-Patch RulerScrap Crazy 4-Patch Ruler.

12. Chelsea showed us three quilts. The first was her enlarged version of the small Dinosaurs quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. She used Ophelia’s quilt resizing system.

13. And a hand-quilted Daybreak quilt from Cozy Quilt Designs.

14. And a WIP, the Posh Penelope quilt, by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

15. Barbara showed us her first ever completed quilt top, an I Spy quilt. Congratulations!

16. Maura showed us two hand-quilted quilts. One from a cut-up panel from the Merrymaking line by Gingiber for Moda.

17. And a Jelly Filled quilt (a free pattern that we used for the scrappy challenge last year!) with Flora Dora fabrics.

18. Holly showed us her Cupola Views quilt, made with fabric designed from space photographs taken by astronaut and quilter Karen Nyberg.

19. Ophelia showed Noble Fir by Robin Pickens.

20. Ophelia also showed the Echo quilt from the Quilt Giving book by Deb Fisher.

21. And a WIP, her Maggie quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting. She used the quilt enlarging system she showed us at the meeting to make this twin-sized quilt.

22. Julie showed WIP: The Metro Medallion quilt by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

23. Julie also showed us a pink and gray charity quilt.

Programming - Resizing Blocks - Brenda's handouts:

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See you next month, at the June meeting!

--Brenda, Mary Lou, and Susie

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