Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kicking the Year Off

For our first meeting of the year, the incredible Erin Daley of will be entertaining us with "How to Keep Your Machine OUT of the Shop!"  Erin owns and operates Daley by the Yard a full service quilt shop in Acton.  If you haven't been to Daley's yet it's worth the trip!  They offer a carefully curated collection of fabrics that will definitely appeal to modern quilter.  Erin and her father Tom are Bernina Certified Technicians and offer on- site servicing of all makes and models of sewing machines.  They are also an authorized Bernina Dealership if you're still shopping for that last minute holiday gift;-)

Of course there's also the always inspiring Show and Tell so bring those fabulous finishes and WiPs to share.  Snacks are welcome.

After the meeting will will have additional free sewing time so feel free to bring your machine and latest project.  For those of you who haven't been to this location, they have a wonderful floor for basting so you are welcome to bring along those large quilts and take advantage of the space (and possibly volunteer labor:-).

The meeting will be held from 1-3 (with optional free sewing time until 5) on Saturday, January 25th at the LDS Church in Billerica (70 Concord Road).  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December Meeting Show and Tell

Some of the fabulous quilts from our December meeting show and tell.  Apologies to those that I missed...  our photographer might have been a bit tipsy;-)

1. Trish, 2. Aimee, 3. Alexis, 4. Allison, 5. Elise, 6. Ellen, 7. Hema, 8. Jane, 9. Janis, 10. Jen, 11. Karen, 12. Karen SaltWater, 13. Natalie Improv Double Wedding Ring, 14. Natalie Improv Double Wedding Ring, 15. Natalie Castle Peeps, 16. Natalie Castle Peeps 2, 17. Quilty Swap Gifts, 18. Reva, 19. Sarah, 20. SwapPillow, 21. Swap Precuts

Monday, December 9, 2013

Retreat Registration

It is time to book your spot for the 2014 joint guild retreat, held in Kennebunkport, ME from March 13 or 14 - March 16!  We only have 42 spots this year, so don't delay!  You can reserve your spot with a $50 deposit using Paypal on the retreat tab.  When you follow the link, you will be given the option of signing up for two or three nights and for a single or a double. If you go with the double option, when you enter your name, please write (rooming with _____) beside it in the same field so that Stephanie knows who is rooming together.

Please remember, this retreat is open to only paid members of the BostonMQG and SeacoastMQG.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December Meeting Recap

I hope everyone enjoyed our final meeting of the year as much as I did!!!  We had a lovely gathering at Rebecca's new home catching up with quilty friends, old and new, and snacking on all the yummy treats brought to share.

We combined our Quilty (Yankee) Swap with show and tell.  The SeacoastMQG had to institute a "No hair-pulling" rule be we were much more polite with very few steals...  except from me.  I LOVE that you guys are so comfortable with me;-)

With a mix of handmade gifts, fabulous fabrics, and fun new notions, all of the gifts were so amazing I can't imagine anyone went home disappointed, even me.

A few announcements:

We will begin taking reservations for our annual retreat this Monday, December 9th at 9:00 AM.  This event is only open to paid  members of BostonMQG and SeacoastMQG and is a wonderful time to get to know the other guild members and share our creativity.  You can reserve your spot with a $50 deposit.  Watch your email, the paypal link will be sent out Monday morning. We only have 42 spots this year, so don't delay!

2014 Meetings:
It seems our usual 3rd Saturday of the month meeting day is going to fall on every spring holiday this year so we'll need to juggle some dates.  I will post the full calendar for the year soon but our first meeting of 2014 will be held January 25th in Billerica and will feature a presentation "How to Keep Your Machine OUT of the Shop!"  by the incredible Erin Daley of Daley by the Yard.  Watch the events tab for more details.

Riley Blake Challenge:  
Just a reminder that the deadline for completing your Riley Blake challenge is February 17th.  Photos must be uploaded to the MQG forum by that date.  Please also bring your finished challenge to our February meeting to share.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Last Meeting of the Year

Gratuitous quilty eye candy courtesy of A Quilting Jewel.  Get this fabulous pattern for yourself in this month's Fat Quarterly:-)

Just a reminder that our December meeting will be this Saturday, December 7th from 1-3 at Rebecca's new home in West Newton.  This festive event will feature an appetizer/dessert bar and Quilty Swap.  Please bring a treat to share and a wrapped (or bagged) gift.  Gifts should be quilting themed (handmade/fabric/notions) with a value of $10-$20.  Guests are welcome.  RSVP for this event and email for directions to