Thursday, October 23, 2014

Out & About

Modern Maples quilt courtesy of The Story of Kat
Forget the leaves, this is quilt peeping season...  If you're out and about here are some upcoming quilty adventures to check out!

The Rising Star Quilters will host their annual show Friday, October 24th, 10am - 5pm and Satruday, October 25th, 10am - 4pm at St. Brigid Church in Lexington.  Admission is $6.

The Burlington Quilters' Guild will host their annual show Saturday, October 25th, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, October 26th, 10am - 4pm at Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

A Quilters Gathering is being held November 6-9 at the Radisson Hotel Manchester NH.  Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 3pm.  Daily admission is $10

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October Show and Tell!

October show and tell was spectacular as always!

Meg showed this breezy batik beach quilt with applique beach chairs.

 Kim modeling her Washi dress.  She and her daughter made matching Washis!

Kim also brought this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett squares quilt.

Leah made this amazingly intricate cross-stitch project for her brother's wedding.  

Allison was a pattern tester for this "Singing in the Rain" paper piece block.

Patrice's Michael Miller challenge quilt!

Patrice also brought this more traditional BOM scrappy quilt.  Girl's got range!

Angie showed this stunning one-block wonder quilt with triangular offset borders made from a vintage quilt top.

My (Alexis) Pineapple Variation quilt, third in a series of black-and-white quilts re-imagining traditional blocks.

Rebecca made this Sarah Fielke burgoyne surround quilt with hand-appliqued dots and borders. You can see how thrilled she is to be done with all that hand applique.

Rebecca also made a scrappy dresden-style Christmas tree skirt for a friend.

Alice, outgoing president and best quilt model ever, with her annual Ghastlies quilt! This one has fabulous ruffling detail.

Tina shared her intricate "Sew Together" bag, made for sashiko supplies and projects.

Karen brought this perfectly precisely pieced Quilt University batik sampler quilt.

Judy brought two examples of very different quilts made with strings, perfect for our "scrappy" theme:   

And also an HST "Tree" quilt with  knot/wood grain applique detail.

Newlywed Taz showed us some of her 5" scrap blocks and how she stores her perfectly trimmed 2.5 inch scraps, Martha Stewart-style.

Gretchen brought a completed 3-year-old WIP:  this beautiful fall table runner.

Trish brought her "Hex & More Toes in the Sand" quilt, reinterpreted with a striped background detail.

Emily brought a Quilt for Boston made by Reva.

And this gorgeous scrappy courthouse steps quilt with inset mitered border strip detail, using teeny scraps.

Beautiful work, everyone!  See you in November for more inspiration!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October is Scraptastic

Our October meeting is this Saturday, October 18, from 1-3 pm.  See the "Events" tab above for Fabric Place Basement location information.

Our featured speaker will be guild member Natalie Sabik, whose beautiful (and award-winning!)  work can be found on her blog, Greenleaf Goods.    Natalie will be discussing her efforts toward creating a zero-waste craft room. Come learn her tricks for creating scraptastic quilts and using up all those leftover bits.

Natalie's Improv Double Wedding Ring

In addition to our normal show-and-tell, please feel free to bring scrap-use ideas and scrap quilts to share.

Another scrappy beauty from Natalie
See you Saturday!

Monday, October 6, 2014

September Meeting: Show & Tell

Trish: green tree quilt for new grandchild (congrats, Trish!)

Trish: curved patchwork star quilt

Trish: cathedral window quilt made with Norwegian fabric

Trish: granny square quilt with swirl quilting

Julie: bag with appliqué doily inset

Kim: Zen batik

Kim: Aqua, lime and orange patchwork

Karen: bound this Quilt for Boston, which was pieced by Roberta

Lia:  part of a king-sized Sarah Fielke lantern quilt

Stephanie Bee: large-scale HST star quilt (for forts!)

Caro:  OCD quilt

Beverly:  Light and Water baby quilt

Alison: HST scrap quilt

Stephanie:  Anna Maria Horner feather quilt, with quilting by Margaret Gunn of Gorham, Maine

Stephanie:  wavelength "baller" quilt

Judy: Carolyn Friedlander bullseye quilt

Beth:  circle quilt

Jen: flying geese baby quilt with Michael Moore challenge fabric

Karen:  Chesapeake Bay blue crab quilt

Karen: Australian fabric shadow squares quilt

Alice:  Plus-sign quilt pieced at the 2014 retreat

Join us for our October meeting on Saturday the 18th from 1-3 at the fabulous Fabric Place Basement!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Meeting Recap

I'm embarrassed I don't have more photographs to show from Caro's fabulous lecture on photographing your quilts but I was too busy hanging on her every word to actually take pictures.

A few of Caro's tips for taking better photos:

  • Take lots of photos.
  • Try different angles, move your quilt around, add props.
  • Be ruthless in your editing.
  • Try to shoot in natural light.  Cloudy days are best or try an area of open shade.
  • Use a reflector and diffusers to control your light.
  • Using a tripod will make it easier to get a straight, steady shot of your quilt.
When taking photographs of your quilts for show, Caro suggests you shoot your quilt flat with no feet or fingers in the shot.  You can pin on a hanging sleeve to hang your quilt while taking photographs.  You can also pin a weighted sleeve to the bottom of your quilt to prevent that all-too-common windblown look, and help your quilt hang straight.  

As an added bonus, if you are entering a quilt in QuiltCon, Caro has generously offered to photograph quilts at our November meeting.  Contact Caro directly at for more information.

A huge thank you to Fabric Place Basement for once again hosting us in style.  We are so excited to now be meeting in our new home.  :-)


Quilts for Boston Update:  We have 22 more Quilts for Boston and are scheduling our final delivery.  If you still have a quilt please contact immediately.  We want to make sure all quilts are included in our final delivery.

We Need You!  We are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of initiatives including organizing a guild "yard" sale for the November meeting, organizing Charity quilt projects for 2015, hosting sew-ins, and photographing and blogging about our monthly meetings.  If you are interested,  please contact Rebecca at  Have a great idea for the guild you'd like to run with, we'd love to hear about that also!

September marks our new membership year.  To be compliant with the MQG we must align our membership year to the calendar year and move our start date to January 1st.  Our 2015 membership will be $60 and run from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015.  To accommodate this change we are currently offering two membership options:  Join through December 31st 2014 for $20 or Join through December 31st, 2015 for a discounted rate of $75.  Click on the Membership tab for more information and to join now.

Stay tuned, show & tell from our September meeting is coming soon!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Meeting with the Fabulous Caro Sheridan of SplitYarn

My eye! With me! At Quiltcon!
Don't Blink @ QuiltCon courtesy of SplitYarn
We have another amazing speaker lined up for our September meeting.  The fabulous Caro Sheridan will be speaking on How to Photograph Your Quilts.  Caro is best known in the quilting world for her fun pop culture quilts including Don't Blink which won 3rd place at QuiltCon AND appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Product shoot today means a shop update soon! (Tuesday, noon ET)
Photo courtesy of SplitYarn
Caro also applies her amazing creativity to knitting, embroidery, photography, and running SplitYarn, an online shop to sell her hip project bags and pouches.  She is the author of Knitting it Old School (available at Fabric Place Basement) and has a project in Knit to Flatter.  She currently has two classes available on Craftsy: Shoot It!: A Product Photography Primer and Pictures to Pixel Quilts.

Bender graffiti mini quilt
Bender Graffiti Mini courtesy of SplitYarn
The meeting will be held from 1-3 on Saturday, September 20th at our new home, Fabric Place Basement. As always we'll have show and tell so don't forget to bring your latest finish, WiP, or anything else you'd like to share. We LOVE to see what you've been up to:-) Snacks and guests are always welcome!