Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quilts for Boston Quilt-In

 When we kicked off Quilts for Boston last year we never imagined we would receive over 2000 quilt blocks to make quilts for those affected by the Boston Bombings.  After our final sew-in at Gather Here all of the quilt blocks have been incorporated into quilts.  This weekend Laurena's Longarm hosted a quilt-in so we could quilt the remaining tops.  

Sara is a natural!  She had never longarmed before yet cranked out 2 beautiful quilts!

 We had a fun day of quilting...  I think everyone took a turn quilting a block on this quilt:-)  At the end of the day our final 5 quilts have been quilted and are ready to be bound.

A huge thank you to Laurena for hosting our final Quilts for Boston quilt-in this weekend.  Thanks also to the fabulous Gwen for organizing everything for our quilt-in.  We could never have made it this far without all of our awesome volunteers who have contributed their time, supplies, and enthusiasm:-)

If you still have a Quilt for Boston that you are finishing up please bring it to the September meeting so we can schedule our final distribution.


Friday, August 8, 2014

August Meeting: Yummy Goods

Photo courtesy of Yummy Goods
Please join us for our August meeting where longarmer extroidinaire, quilter, fabric designer, author, illustrator, and all-around amazing artist Melissa Averinos will be sharing her quilting journey.  You might not recognize her (though this self-portrait is dead on!) but you're sure to recognize some of the amazing quilts she's quilted and if you're lucky you've got some of her fabric in your stash.

The meeting will be held Saturday, August 16th from 1-3 at the Franklin Mill Store. 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!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quilts for Boston Quilt-In at Laurena's Longarm


Please join us Sunday, August 10th from 1:00-5:00 for a quilt-in at Laurena's Longarm to finish our remaining Quilts for Boston tops.  We have quite a stack ready to be quilted thanks to all your efforts at our May sew-in at Gather Here.  All are welcome, no experience necessary!  Please RSVP for this event to bostonmqg@gmail.com.

If you have a completed top that you don't plan to quilt yourself please contact alice@alidiza.com to make arrangements to return it by Thursday, August 7th.  We need to make sure we have backs and battings for all our quilts and we want to attach zippers to as many as possible so we can just keep loading them on the machines on Sunday.

We are also in need of bindings, a minimum of 350" cut at 2 1/2" wide.  Scrappy bindings are fine!

Laurena's Longarm Quilting is located at 264 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA.  The studio is on the lower level.

Friday, August 1, 2014

July Meeting: Show & Tell

Gretchen's fabulous Michael Miller MQG Fabric Challenge entry.

And Zuzka's amazing challenge entry.

Lia shared these lovely baby quilts she was working on at retreat.

Allyson brought her beautiful Metro Rings quilt from a class she took at Quilter's Way.

Ginger is finishing up her awesome stars quilt and is also working on this sweet brick quilt.

Judy shared this amazing spool quilt.  I adore the line of stitching down the side!

Stephanie showed her Michael Miller challenge and this beautiful block.

Roberta put together another wonderful Quilts for Boston quilt to help empty our box of blocks.

 Courtney showed off this incredible rainbow chevron made entirely from Kaffe crossweaves.

 Jeri created these marvelous jelly roll race quilts.

Maureen has been busy finishing her super cute Weekender bag and also a quilt using Jen's Enchanted Evergreens pattern plus another quilt of her own design.

 Karen has also been busy taking the same Metro Rings class as Allyson, completing her gorgeous Michael Miller challenge quilt, AND making this shadow box quilt for a friend.

Trish is finishing up this stunning scrap quilt for her daughter.  The pictures don't do it justice, the quilting is unbelievable!

Allison made this marvelous tote bag for her Michael Miller challenge entry and is just getting started on a Single Girl quilt.

Kaesmene shared this exquisite linen quilt she's hand quilting.

I don't know where Natalie finds the time to make so much awesomeness:-)

Aimee is finally finishing up this precious embroidery sampler she's been working on for quite some time.

Alexis awed us with here interpretation of traditional Irish Chain and 4 Patch quilts.

Alice embodied true prep with these Preppy the Whale quilts she made pattern testing for Elizabeth Hartman.
A HUGE thank you to our new home Fabric Place Basement for keeping us cool and comfortable while we talked quilting!!!  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Meeting Recap

What can I say, July was another fabulous meeting:-)  This month we asked everyone to share their favorite must have, can't quilt without it tool.  Boy did my Christmas list just get longer!

Gretchen kicked things off with the Hang It Dang It Quilt hanger.  This telescoping rod allows you to hang a queen size quilt on 1 nail!!!

Zuzka recently discovered the hera marker which allows you to mark your quilt without all the fuss of worrying how to remove the lines.  Alexis agreed but also suggested using painters tape in various widths.  Her tip is not to sew along the edge of the tape but to align your presser foot with the edge of the tape.

Judy recommends the Clover bias tape maker for fast and easy bindings which are machine binding friendly.

Angie and several others are addicted to Clover Clips.  They're not just for binding...  they can be used to hold your rows together when piecing, stacks of pieces, and even your bangs in a pinch!  Courtney can't live without her seam ripper (who can?)
Emily shared her special grade school ruler which she had carefully labeled with her name and then her friend helpfully added to the inscription so it now reads "This is NOT Emily's ruler!".  It reminds her to have fun while quilting:-)

Natalie brought this adorable little organizer filled with her handwork supplies that she can grab and go when traveling.

Aimee has 101 uses for her loop turner and Alice demonstrated how quick it is to bury your threads using Clover Cheater (self-threading) needles.

Announcements:

Entries for the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge must be added to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the MQG Community site by July 25th.  Winners will be announced August 1st.

Longarmer extroidinaire, quilter, fabric designer, author, illustrator, and all-around amazing artist Melissa Averinos will be speaking at our August meeting.  The meeting will be held Saturday, August 18th from 1-3 at the Franklin Mill Store.  

I am thrilled to announce that we now have a permanent home.  Starting in September all meetings will be held at the fabulous Fabric Place Basement in Natick.  

Quilts for Boston Update:
  • All of the blocks received have been incorporated in to quilt tops.
  • We have 4 quilts that need to be bound.  If you are interested in binding quilts please contact alice@alidiza.com.
  • Laurena's Longarm will host a quilt-in to finish our remaining quilt tops at 1:00 on Sunday, August 10th. If you have a completed top that you don't plan to quilt yourself please contact alice@alidiza.com to make arrangements to return it by Thursday, August 7th.
  • We are scheduling our final delivery of quilts in September.  If you still have a quilt please make arrangements to have it completed and delivered by September 21st.   

Monday, July 14, 2014

Field Trip to the MFA

We finally made it to the MFA last week to see the Quilts and Color exhibit.

It was a lovely night of air-conditioned coolness and quilt gawking with friends.

The display of 60 quilts from the collection of Paul Pilgrim and Gerry Roy are grouped to illustrate principals of color theory.  I still can't get over the timeless beauty of these quilts that were made between 1890 and 1940.
 
 And the impact of seeing quilts hung in a gallery as the stunning works of art they truly are!!!

Quilts and Color runs until July 27th so there's still time to catch this not to be missed exhibit!!!

Don't forget our July meeting is this Saturday from 1-3 at the fabulous Fabric Place Basement.  Bring your favorite "can't quilt without it" notion to share with the group along with show and tell and Michael Miller challenge quilts.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

July Meeting: Beat the Heat!

Join us in air-conditioned coolness for our July meeting from 1-3 on July 19th at the fabulous Fabric Place Basement in Natick.  Bring you favorite quilting gadget and share with the group why you can't quilt without it.  

The deadline for the Michael Miller challenge has been extended to July 25th so bring your challenge to share along with show and tell.

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!