Friday, August 24, 2012

Founding the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild

Hi, it's Amy from During Quiet Time, blogging here with the permission of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.  Becca from Sew Me A Song, Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics and I have been talking about founding a modern quilt guild for those north of Boston for awhile.  Now, we are actually doing it! I am a member of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild (and will continue to be) but I can't make it to as many meetings as I would like because the meetings are just far enough away that they consume most of my day.  For those of you with young children, you know that can be a deal breaker.  I'd love a guild that was close enough for me to be a more active participant.  We hope that this guild will be a sister guild of sorts to the Boston Modern Quilt guild, maybe sharing swaps or retreats, etc.  We'd like to reach out to those in Northern Massachusetts, Southern Maine and Southern New Hampshire.  All skill levels are welcome!

Our first meeting will be held on October 20, 2012 from 10-12 in the morning at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main St., West Newbury, MA, 01985. The main building will say "1910 Building" above the door, the Annex is located at the rear. We'll have a sign on the door.

West Newbury is about an hour north of Boston; 32 minutes south of Portsmouth, NH; 50 minutes south of Manchester, NH; 35 minutes south of Kittery, ME.  The room is large and spacious and there is a free parking lot in the front of the building and an additional parking lot in the rear of the building.  Nearby Newburyport, MA would be a great location for lunch if you are travelling.

The first meeting will be a time to meet each other, talk about our goals and interests, and preferred meeting times.  We will also have a show and tell so please bring your latest or favorite creation or a work in progess.  There will also be door prizes sponsored by Sew Fresh Fabrics, Sew Me A Song, and During Quiet Time.  I nearly forgot, there will be snacks as well!  The first meeting will be free with donations accepted at the door to help get our group going while we iron out little details like the cost of dues.

Thank you to Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade who designed our logo. If you'd like to grab a logo, please feel free to grab this one that is more appropriately sized for your sidebar than the one above!

Also, please follow our blog:  Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild Blog
And "Like" us on Facebook too of course: Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild

Please let me know if you have any questions.  All are welcome and we hope you will attend!  I look forward to meeting you!

Thank you Boston Modern Quilt Guild for allowing me to spread the word here.


  1. Oh,my gosh, I'm so excited! I came to the BMQG once and loved it, but it was just what you said--I have small kids and it takes up just enough time not to be feasible. I figured I'd have to wait a few years to attend, but kept wishing there was a modern quilt guild on the North Shore (only I don't have the know-how to start one at this point). I even tried (unsuccessfully) to join the Council on Aging quilters in my town despite the fact that I am in my 30's. I'm so glad you are doing this. If I can come, I will. Yeah!

  2. Oh, wow! I have a 17 month old and have been flirting with the idea of joining BMQG...but have been worried about committing to an activity down and around the city. We'll likely be North Shore for life, so a north of Boston guild sounds just right! Marking my calendar, so excited to get social with my favorite hobby.

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