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!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May Meeting Recap

A HUGE thank you to the totally awesome gang at Gather Here for hosting our final Quilts for Boston sew-in!!!  We couldn't have done this without you.  

A few people snuck out without getting their photo taken but in total we had 9 finished tops which are now off to be quilted along with countless other quilts being bound labeled and made ready for delivery.  It's so exciting to see these quilts being completed!!!

We also exchanged our Sewing Room Swap gifts.  As usual, these amazingly creative women rose to the challenge:-)

Zuzka made this fabulous sewing machine cover for Allison.

Alice received this adorable Noodlehead sewing basket from Gretchen.

Allison made this precious journal cover and pencil case for Stephanie.

Aimee made this amazing clock for Sarah.

Karen made this cute Noodlehead divided basket and pin board for Tina.

Patrice made this incredible quilter's apron for Naomi.


Hema made this stunning knitting needle holder  for Julie.

Julie made this spectacular pin cushion and thread catcher for Yvonne.

Kathy made this marvelous thread catcher and pin cushion for Karen.

Naomi made this terrific basket and portable design wall for Kathy.

Trish made this striking divided basket for Roberta.

Jen made this wonderful thread catcher and pin cushion for Stephanie.

Aimee received this beautiful thread catcher and tool caddy from Roberta.

Stephanie made this lovely Noodlehead basket for Hema.

Kaesmene made this splendid tool caddy for Janelle.

Janelle made this gorgeous tote bag for Gretchen.

Announcements:
  • We will continue meeting this summer.  Meeting dates are June 21st, July 19th and August 16th.  Stay tuned to the blog and Facebook for locations and programming.
  • The deadline for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge has been extended to July 25th.  Winners will be announced August 1st.
  • We are updating our blog roll.  If your blog is not listed please send your info to alice@alidiza.com to be added.
  • Pricing and Schedules for Quiltcon will be released June 1st.  MQG members will receive priority registration in June.  Non-member registration will open July 1st.














Wednesday, May 7, 2014

April Meeting: Show & Tell

Susan

Julie's awesome patched jeans

Elise

Kim fussy cut these fish from a  yard sale shirt her daughter declared unwearable.

Gretchen's Sewing Circle Tote

Emily

Tina

Kathy

Zuzka

Patrice

Courtney

Hema

Nathalia

Stephanie

Sarah

Allison

Trish

Karen

Rebecca

Jen

Alexis

Alice

Also a huge thank you to Gwen for quilting another fabulous Quilts for Boston!

And thanks also to Hema for quilting these three beautiful Quilts for Boston.

Don't forget our next meeting will be from 1-5 on May 17th at Gather Here.  Hope to see you there!!!