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!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August Meeting Show & Tell

Jane has been as productive as always this summer.  Here are her Kaffe stripes quilt, a tumbler quilt, and Layer Cake Sampler.

Jody's beautiful Improv quilt

Kathleen's perfect Trees Mini

Emily's delightful Courthouse Steps quilt

Julie's adorable baby quilt

Jean made this vibrant black & white rail fence quilt and this lovely Big Easy Wedding quilt for a friend.

Courtney made this sweet little homage to her cat, finished her crossweave chevron and this precious baby quilt for a friend that incorporates pieces of the mother's baby quilt.

Courtney also finished up this great Quilts for Boston quilt that we all worked on at the Quilt-In.

Gin shared this stunning wonky star quilt that will be raffled off for the Sommerville Homeless Coalition auction.

Judy shared two amazing quilts...  I adore the quilting on both!!!

Karen's super cute patchwork bag.

Reva made this awesome bag with covered buttons and also this Convergence mini quilt

Amanda shared this charming vintage Christmas quilt.

Ginger made this exquisite Pearl Bracelet rainbow quilt for her son and also the Tova Tunic she is wearing.

Kaesmene made this knockout baby quilt and matching doll quilt.

Gwen shared this colorful quilt she made for her son to take to college.

Gwen also brought back two more incredible Quilts for Boston that she's quilted.

Rebecca and her inspired flock of geese quilt.

Alexis sent in this marvelous Quilts for Boston quilt that she made (modeled by the lovely Rebecca:-)

Sarah shared her latest bag creation and her first commission quilt.  I think they're going to love it:-)

Alice finally finished this entirely hand pieced and hand quilted Friendship Star quilt and also her patchwork Weekender bag.

Join us for our September meeting, 1-3 on Saturday, September 20th at the Fabric Place Basement and see all this fabulousness for yourself!

Friday, August 22, 2014

August Meeting Recap with the Amazing Melissa Averinos

 Is there anything Melissa Averinos can't do?    For our August meeting Melissa shared her creative journey from her early days drawing and painting to her latest adventure, longarm quilting.  Along the way she entertained us with pictures of her first quilt, an exquisite improv log cabin, her forays in to fabric design including a print used by Victoria's Secret, graphic design, cake decorating, writing DIY books, and jewelry making.

Photo Courtesy of YummyGoods
From the beginning Melissa knew that traditional quilting had too much math for her tastes.  She vastly prefers improv quilting and has recently been working on a serious of quilted self-portraits.  Her work is currently on display at a Modern Quilt exhibit she curated for the Cotuit Center for the Arts.  If you're going to be on the Cape before September 7th you should definitely check it out!!!  As an added bonus there are quilts by Boston MQG members Alexis Deise and Caro Sheridan:-)

lady stitches
Photo Courtesy of YummyGoods

Inspired by the lovely Lisa Sipes, Melissa decided that longarm quilting was just like drawing except with thread.  Since purchasing a longarm she has started her own business doing custom quilting.  Several quilts she quilted were on display at Quilt Market this Spring not to mention the amazing quilting she did for Quilts for Boston.

There were so many take-aways from Melissa's talk but here are my favorites:

  • Why start just one project?  When you work on several at a time you increase your chances of success that one will be amazing.
  • Don't get too thinky about what you are doing.  No piece of work should be too precious.
  • It's only fabric...  whatever you're working on isn't done until you're happy with it.  If it isn't working cut it up, add something else, change it up.
  • Be kind to yourself.
It's clear to me the true secret to Melissa's success is her ability to connect with creative people.  She is wonderful at expressing her creativity and sharing her passions.  We look forward to having her visit us often:-)

A huge thank you also to fabulous gang at Franklin Mill Store for hosting us in their fabulous space and enabling our fabric habit:-)  It is always a pleasure to visit!!!

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

If you have a completed top that you don't plan to quilt yourself please contact 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.