Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June Meeting Recap

Our June meeting was a sew-in for the Quilts for Boston project.  I have been so touched by everyone who has pitched in with piecing, quilting, binding and anything else that needed done to get these quilts out to people who need them.  I love to see our members making good use of the "business" portion of our meeting  hand tacking bindings:-)

A few announcements for members who couldn't attend:

  • We are getting ready for the Lowell Quilt Festival August 8th-10th.  Our annual mini-quilt challenge will be Red Nails.  Quilts for the show will need to be delivered by Sunday, August 4th.  Watch our blog for a new LQF tab with a submission form and more information.  We hope all our members will participate in this fabulous event!!!
  • The fabulous folks at Quilter's Way are hosting a Quilts for Boston sew-in night Wednesday, June 26th from 6-9.  Bring your machine and rotary cutter.
  • The incredible gang at Gather Here in opening up their awesome Annex for another Quilts for Boston sew-in on Sunday, June 30th from 12-3.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your enthusiasm to sew:-)
  • Our next meeting will be Saturday, July 20th from 1-3 at the Lower Falls Community Center.  We will be getting ready for LQF and have a demonstration of how to make your hanging sleeve for the show.

Finished quilts are starting to come back and we're so excited to start distributing them!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

So Much Sewing

We can't thank Quilter's Way enough for continuing to host our Quilts for Boston sew-ins!  With quilt tops rolling in this week we focused on backs and bindings.

Our amazing cutting team put together an unbelievable 52 backing sets all ready to be paired up with quilt tops.

While our awesome binding bunch had the Go cutter going making strips and all these fabulous scrappy bindings.

Val manned the longarm to quilt another one of these incredible quilts.

And Laurie added bindings to a whole stack of quilts.  It's so heart-warming to see these quilts coming together!!!

We have several more opportunities to participate coming up:

  • Our June meeting will be a sew-in next Saturday the 22nd from 1-5.
  • Quilter's Way is hosting us again from 6-9 on Wednesday, June 26th.
  • Gather Here has also invited us back 12-3 on Sunday, June 30th.
Check out our events tab for details and new events as they are announced.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

LQF Mini Quilt Challenge - The Winning Color Palette & Guidelines

Drumroll please...

The winning color palette for this year's LQF Mini Quilt Challenge is...


Okay, so now that we have established the inspiration for the mini quilt challenge, let's go over the guidelines (don't worry, there aren't many).

1. Your mini quilt can be no larger than 24" x 24"
2. You must use at least three of the colors in the inspiration mosaic in your mini
3. You may add white to your mini
4. Your fabrics can be prints or solids

For some inspiration, I pulled a few fabrics from my stash last night in this color palette.

For your reference, here are the Bella and Kona colors that are closest to this color palette.

Barn Door
Zen Grey
Washed Black

Aqua or Baby Blue

Have fun with this challenge!

Questions? Feel free to reach out to myself (Jen) or Trish. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

More Quilting for Boston

Quilts for Boston Sew-In
We've been at it again!  The fabulous folks at Quilter's Way hosted us last night for another fun night of making quilts for Quilts for Boston.

Quilts for Boston Sew-In
Val has been busy manning the longarm.  I love this starry quilt quilted with stars!

Quilts for Boston Sew-In
and an amazing 7 more tops were completed...  

Quilts for Boston Sew-In
but there's still plenty left to be done:-)  We'll be back at Quilter's Way again this Wednesday, June 12th from 6-9.  Hope you'll join us!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LQF Mini Quilt Challenge - Cast Your Vote

As most of you know by now, we will be participating in the Lowell Quilt Festival (LQF) again this August. Last year was our first year, and I think we can all agree that it was an amazing success.

Part of our show included a mini quilt challenge. Members were challenged with creating a mini quilt, no more than 24" on any side in the colors of QuiltCon.

This year we will hold another mini quilt challenge with similar guidelines. The only difference - our members will be able to vote on the color palette this time around. Below are four different color palettes for you to pick between.

We'll lay out all of the specific guidelines when we announce the wining palette, but the guidelines will be similar to last year. Members must use at least three colors from the winning palette to make a mini quilt measuring no more than 24" square. Fabrics can be prints or solids.

OPTION 1: Red Nails

OPTION 2: Cottage Colors

OPTION 3: Silk Brights

OPTION 4: Bright Pears

Cast your vote by commenting below on your favorite. We'll close the vote next Tuesday and will announce the color palette for the challenge next Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Are You Ready for a SewDown?

Registration for the first Modern Quilt Guild SewDown in Philadelphia is opening Monday, June 10th at 10AM.  SewDown Philadelphia is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway in the beautiful luxury Loew’s Hotel held on September 6th 2013 to September 8th 2013.  This fabulous weekend will feature 4 incredible workshops:

As the very first guild to join the national MQG we can offer our members discounted pricing for this special event.  If you're planning to attend, please contact us at before June 10th to receive your registration discount code.  Note: You must apply the code when you register.  Discounts can NOT be applied to previous purchases.