Monday, April 14, 2014

MQG Michael Miller Challenge

Heck, yeah!  It's the next MQG Fabric Challege:-)  We distributed bundles from Michael Miller Fabrics Petal Pinwheels collection to those who signed up at our April meeting.  If you haven't received yours contact Jen at  

Now for some exciting news!  This year Michael Miller will pick 3 winners.  Each one will receive a posting on our blog and “A year of Free Fabric”.  Every month for a year we will send you a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from our newest collections.

Here are the latest guidelines from the MQG:

  • Deadline: June 23, 2014
  • Winners Announced: July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Have fun and create something awesome!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

April Meeting: Ruler-rama

Get ready for the ruler-rama!!!  At our April meeting several awesome BostonMQG members will be demonstrating how to use some of the latest specialty rulers and giving you the low down on whether they're really worth the price tag.

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:-)  Also, please bring your finished Quilts for Boston quilts.  We are wrapping up this amazing project and can't wait to send all of these fabulous quilts to their new homes!

The meeting is being hosted by the fabulous Fabric Place Basement on Saturday, April 12th from 1-3.  Snacks and guests are welcome.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Best Retreat Ever!!!

4 fabulous days at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, Maine.

2 awesome guilds.  It was such a treat to have the Seacoast MQG join us.

38 incredibly creative women.

99 projects worked on.

13 remarkable raffle prizes.

2 stunning winners in the retreat challenge.  The challenge was to create anything you wanted using your muslin swag bag.  Thank you Hawthorne Threads for the scrumptious scrap packs.

89 fantastic finishes.

764.75 yards of fabric bought at Marden's...  but how can you resist a $1.49 bargain bin stuffed with designer fabrics.  A huge thank you to Bonnie and the rest of the gang for enabling our fabric habits!!!

2004 yards of yarn from a rogue trip to KnitWit that I'm a little hurt I didn't get invited on.  Apparently some people go to quilt camp to knit;-)

1 phenomenal organizer!!!  The biggest hank you of all to Aimee for making this weekend totally amazing:-)

An uncountable number of friendships formed, good times, and bottles of wine.  This year's retreat was definitely our best so far!!!  Check out our Flickr group for even more photos.

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Show and Tell

More eye candy from our fabulous February meeting at Gather Here:

Jen's Twirling Trellis which graces the cover of this month's Modern Quilts Unlimited.

Janis with self-portrait.

Alice & Aimee showed off their gathered clutches.

Nathalia shared this sweet strip pieced quilt.

Kaesey's adorable doll quilt and reverse applique tote bag.

Reva makes T-shirt quilts look modern!!!

Maritza finished quilting this precious baby quilt since our last meeting.

Kathy shared these lovelies.

Alexis has a gift for geese.

There is no March meeting but expect to see lots of works in progress next month from our annual retreat.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Show and Tell: Riley Blake Challenge Entries

We had an amazing meeting this month to celebrate the launch of BostonMQG founding member Rachel May's new book Quilting With A Modern Slant.  A huge thank you to the gang at Gather Here for hosting and letting us use the Annex for show and tell.

We kicked off show and tell with the big reveal of our MQG Riley Blake Challenge quilts.  Our members certainly rose to the challenge!   Members were given these 6 fabrics.  While they were not required to use all of them they could only add solids or other Riley Blake prints to their project.  I am so impressed with the results!!!

Natalie's improv pieced challenge.


Jen's paper pieced Shootin' the Breeze




Jane's tote bag

If you completed a Riley Blake Challenge quilt and weren't able to make it to our February meeting please add it to our Flickr group.  

There's still more show and tell to come.  Check back soon:-)

Friday, February 14, 2014

February Dates to Remember

Rebecca's awesome Riley Blake Challenge quilt
I was blown away by the amazing Riley Blake challenge items BostonMQG members shared at our February Show and Tell at Gather Here (photos coming soon, I promise!).  If you weren't at the meeting please add your photos to our flikr group or send them to me,  The deadline for the MQG Riley Blake challenge is Monday, February 17th.  Photos must be uploaded to the MQG forum by that date.

Full payment for our annual retreat is due by Sunday, February 16th.  You can easily pay online using PayPal.  Questions, contact Stephanie at

Signup for our Sewing Room Swap by Sunday, February 23rd.  All BostonMQG members should have received an invitation to join via Elfster.  If you have not received an invitation please contact Jen,

I've been rather remiss in scheduling Sew-ins.  It's been way too long so I'll kick things off again by hosting a get together at my home in Acton, 7-whenever on Thursday, February 27th.  We can use the basement so sewing machines are welcome.  Email me at if you need the address.  

The fabulous gang at Gather Here is celebrating their 3rd year in business from 12-6 on Sunday, February 16th.  Come have fun with tattoos (temporary, of course;-), a s'mores bar, and demonstrations by some of the most talented makers around.  You can also tour the new & improved annex which features "legacy" fabrics and some stunning quilts.  Of course there will also be shopping and giveaways.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sewing Room Swap

P.I.N. Pillow

For our latest swap BostonMQG members will make an item for another member's sewing room.  Anything goes: thread catcher, sewing machine cover, travel sewing organizer, fabric baskets, pouches...  Be creative!!!

When: Signups are now open and will close on Sunday, February 23rd. We will exchange items at our May meeting

Signups: All BostonMQG members should have received an invitation via Elfster.  If you have not received your invitation please contact Jen,

Partners: On Monday, February 24th, partners will be randomly assigned via Elfster. This is an anonymous swap, and to maintain anonymity, you may ask questions for your partner through Elfster while remaining anonymous. For example, if you want to know if your partner wants a particular item or has a color preference, you can ask this via Elfster. 

Inspiration: Check out the Sewing Room Swap!

  • Please use quilt store quality fabrics and materials. 
  • Do not tell your partner who you are. Partners will be revealed when we swap items at the May meeting. 
  • Please use modern fabrics unless your partner has indicated she would prefer something different.
  • While there are no guidelines on what you make, please make every effort to make something nice for your partner. 
  • Unlike the Riley Blake challenge, you do not need to use a specific brand of fabric or color palette.