Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gather Here sewing day

The BMQG sends BIG thanks to our good friends at Gather Here in Cambridge, for so generously hosting our members for a Project Linus sewing day on May 17.  

Thanks also go to the members of our charity subcommittee for coordinating this day and this project, and to our members who turned out!  See below for some recap photos showing the beautiful quilts coming together.

Stay tuned for updates on this effort, and future opportunities to participate in charity initiatives with the guild.

Monday, May 11, 2015

See you this weekend!

via Etsy

Join us this Saturday, May 16, for our May meeting, where we'll discuss color theory and its applications in modern quilting.  Meeting will be 1 - 3 pm, at Fabric Place Basement.   Don't forget your show and tell!

Also, please join our charity committee this Sunday, May 17, from 12-6 pm, for a drop-in charity sew-in at Gather Here in Cambridge.   Come help us to piece, baste, quilt, and bind the 4 quilts we've assembled for Project Linus.  

See you this weekend!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April BOM!

April's Block of the Month comes from new member Terri Ann, whose gorgeous blog is Childlike Fascination.

You can find the tutorial on her blog here!

Terri Ann's other  patterns are available on Craftsy, and she runs the site, which is a FANTASTIC resource for quilters, where those who like to quilt in good company can find all kinds of ongoing quilt-alongs, both paid and free.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quilts for Boston

It's hard to believe another anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings has rolled around.  When we put out the call for help we never imagined we would receive more than 2000 blocks from around the world.  Since that time we have stitched away turning those blocks in to quilts that would bring a big hug to those affected by this horrific event.  When all was said and done we were able provided more than 100 quilts.

There was no way we could have accomplished so much without the help of so many people.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the effort.  At the risk of forgetting someone, we'd like to give special thanks to the following:

Andover Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Quilter's Dream Batting, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, Pink Castle Fabrics, Pink Chalk Fabrics, and Sew Fresh Fabrics for providing us with fabric, thread, batting and other supplies needed to produce all these quilts.

Gather Here, Quilter's Way, and Laurena's Longarm for hosting sew-ins, donating quilting time on their longarms, and donating fabric, thread and batting.

Weeks Ringle, Melissa Averinos, Nadine Villani, Quilted Horse DesignsBits N Pieces for donating their time and talent to quilt many of these beautiful quilts.

Members of the JacksonvilleMQG  and Seacoast MQG who graciously took blocks and returned them to us as finished quilts.

Helen and Karen who produced the fabulous brochure that was delivered along with each Quilt for Boston.

Tina for designing our Quilts for Boston label and Caitlin Topham for having it printed for us at Spoonflower.

All the members of the Boston MQG who helped coordinate this effort, donated supplies from their own stash, delivered quilts, pieced, quilted, bound and labeled quilts and worked so tirelessly to make this project a success.

The amazing quilting community for sending us their love in the form of quilt blocks.

 You can view all of the finished quilts in our Quilts for Boston flickr group.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April meeting recap

April's meeting was light on show-and-tell, but heavy on group participation!

We spent most of the meeting creating kits to make 4 quilts for Project Linus.  Blocks were pulled and arranged, and bindings and backings cut and pieced.

Our charity subcommittee (Alison, Stephanie, and Gwen) also announced that we will have a 6-hour drop-in sewing day on Sunday, May 17 at Gather Here in Cambridge, to complete these quilts, as well as finish more pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.   We have had a wonderfully enthusiastic response to the ConKerr effort, with Alison reporting that 50 pillowcases have been donated already. We would love to take this number even higher!   Please mark your calendars and keep an eye on email for more details.

See below for action shots and show-and-tell, and see you on Saturday, May 16 at our next meeting!

piecing sashing and backing

rough layout for quilt 2

rough layouts for quilts 3 and 4

Show and tell:

First up, our April "Earth Day" challenge entrants:

Rebecca's entry was a miniquilt built around a paper cover from her last checkup

Patrice made an amazing bag with plastic bags enclosing rainbow scraps

Alexis went improv on this mini, made of plastic bags

Judy's already gotten lots of compliments on this wallhanging, composed entirely of trash

Amanda upcycled her old volleyball Ts into a striking quilt

Leah used bottlecaps and tiny scraps to construct this trivet.

.. and on to traditional show-and-tell:

Ann showed off a very Spring-feeling quilt she just completed 
Ann also brought this stacked coins quilt, created from many, many scraps.

Rebecca's storm at sea is one of 2 quilts she's making for her twin nieces

(... this is the back)

Alexis's courthouse steps is the newest finish in her B&W series. 

(... and the beautiful back!)

Gillian's lovely "Boids" quilt was named after a 1980s AI coding system!
(back view).   You may recognize this as the MQG Quilt of the Month for April.  Congrats on being chosen, Gillian!

Terri Ann described the arduous process for making this lively star quilt, a Moda Bake Shop quilt.
This will be raffled to benefit Project New Hope.

Terri Ann also showed this finish, a Kona Dimensional chevron

(and the reverse!)

Judy called this quilt "Snow Melt"!  It's based on a Cheryl Arkinson low-volume pattern

(and the reverse!)

Reva showed off a cute reversible bag.

Reva also finished this colorful baby quilt top this month.

Joanne came with three items to share - first a lovely color-bar quilt top

Joanne also shared this striking flying geese quilt

And finally, Joanne brought a couple of blocks that we incorporated into our Project Linus quilts later in the meeting!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Retreat 2015 Recap

What an amazing retreat!   Getting to spend so much uninterrupted  time together, sewing and sharing ideas and laughing, is truly the highlight of the guild year for most of us.

Thank you again to Gretchen, our retreat chair, for going above and beyond to make retreat so special!  From the swag bags to the door prizes, her hard work showed.

A couple of notes, for our meeting on April 11:
  • At the meeting we will be assembling quilts for our Project Linus rainbow stash buster challenge.   If you are still making blocks, we especially need blues and green blocks.   Keep your eyes on email for details about other donation items we're looking for

Thank you to Patrice, our unofficial documentarian, for providing all of the show-and-tell photos below.    Make sure to check out all other member photos posted on Instagram, under #bostonmqg and #bostonmqg2015retreat.

See you April 11!

Stephanie shows off her adorable Preppy the Whale(s)
Julie pieced this curvy delight.

Jane finished an amazing churn dash top (and didn't once curse it out, in frustration.  Wink wink.)

X marks the spots, where Caro's cats will one day snooze.

Zuzka's custom paper-pieced knots blew everyone away.

I believe Aimee started this lovely quilt at last year's retreat?
She was not the only member with a retreat repeat!

Gretchen finished a bunch of bags, including this cool tote.

She also completed this lovely piece, using the interface/grid method

Caro's zipper was a stunner, the first in a series based on 80s Mac icons.

Lia completed 3 ceremonial headdresses!
(actually tutus for her daughter, but so multi-functional!)

Stephanie finished this striking Chandelier quilt.

Alice refused to pose for photos with her 9000 Dresdens on her head.
Trust me, she rocked the look off-camera.

Alice also got this beauty basted on the lovely wood floors at the Franciscan.

Karen got a ton done, including starting a new quilt from "Beyond Neutral"
Julie also finished this mod petal quilt
Karen was also hard at work on an Elizabeth Hartman project that is clearly going to be amazing.

Karen also finished this beautiful drunkard's path.

Jen's rainbow-hued star quilt wowed everyone.  This is her design, and was paper pieced.

Patrice let me hold her camera to show off two completed projects.
First up, a bright and scrappy nine patch.

Patrice also finished up this rainbow scrap-buster.
Several of the blocks are the same pattern as the March BOM.

Margaret finished this fun star quilt.  

Jen also finished this lovely zipper bag,
the winner of the people's choice award in our Zipit challenge

Alice was another winner in the Zipit challenge, for her zip pouch entry.
Some lovely pieces will be made with these zips, I'm sure.
Elise and Jen both worked on triangle quilts this year.
Elise's quilt was pieced largely at last year's retreat, and she worked on the multicolored linear quilting this year.

This photo of Nancy doesn't do her project justice - she made a bajillion of these adorable squares!

Angie finished this trippy mod quilt, from an MQG quilt of the month pattern

Beth made an awesome low-volume improv quilt, a take on a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

Courtney got busy making lots of AMH feathers

Taz's gorgeous blocks also featured Anna Maria fabric

Allison showed off a lively mosaic block

... as did Susan!

Susan also spent time on some scrappy string blocks

Amy showed off a beautiful bag ...

... as well as a beautifully textured linen and Liberty chevron top she finished.

Wendy showed off some chocolately string blocks

Wendy also completed this cheery one-patch top

and me?  Well, I showed lots of tiny pieces that will eventually be part of a large Carpenters Square quilt.
 I hope to have it ready for May show-and-tell!