Tuesday, 21 March 2017

MMQG March 2017 Meeting: a Recap

It felt like forever since we'd met - the meeting after a cancelled one is always jam packed and so enjoyable. The March MMQG meeting was exactly that.

Lots of activity as our meeting got started - 25 excited quilters filled the room. 

President Crystal shared the budget with us in Treasure Aimee's absence and as a result we had a great discussion on some opportunities to expand our guild activities. Thanks to everyone for your contributions.

Each year, we choose a charity to receive quilts that we make from a particular block - we were thrilled to learn at the meeting that this year, as chosen by membership, Ronald McDonald House in Halifax will be the recipient of our quilty efforts. We will be making string blocks as demonstrated by Linda at our January meeting. More information on the Charity Quilt program is available, by emailing Charity Coordinator Anja at mmqgcharity @gmail.com

We heard about our upcoming Poppyprint workshop with the lovely and talented Krista Hennebury coming up in May - thank you Workshop Coordinator Lori for herding us all and making sure we are registered. Krista has had interest from people all over the Eastern Seaboard in these workshops - so maybe we will meet some new friends too! We will be doing the Quarter Round pattern on Saturday May 13 and the Speed Dating with Improv pattern on Sunday May 14. What a great opportunity.

An IMMENSE thank you is due for our Retreat Coordinator Amanda - the retreat update provided huge excitement and it's coming up so quickly. Last we heard, 22 excited quilters will be retreating at the beautiful White Point Beach Resort and we just can't wait. Thank you Amanda for getting this all together - it's a lions share of work and is so appreciated.

Wasting no time - we had two excellent programs presented to us: Our Mary G. provided a wonderful overview of her trip to QuiltCon and our Mindy M. shared a sweet demo of her hand quilting technique and kit.

Mary's QuilCon presentation was so amazing, we've invited her to write a guest blog post - so eyes peeled for this special feature in the coming weeks. 
Here are a few shots from her presentation:
Mary describes the many things to see - and buy! The scale of the event, was immense.

Land and Sea by our Andrea Tsang Jackson (3rd Story Workshop) spotted at Quilt Con!
Land and Sea hung in the Modern Traditionalism category.

Shots from a workshop Mary attended.

Thank you Mary for sharing your trip with us. You lived many of our dreams!

Then, we were so fortunate to have Mindy show us some samples of her hand quilting, using perle cotton and any needle at hand! We loved her easy going style and the portability of the hand quilting techniques she demonstrated. Many of us hustled in the next few days to find some heavier weight thread and got to hand stitching, the program was so inspiring! Thank you Mindy for sharing  your time and samples of your work, (the Fruit Dress Quilt is so touching and just adorable) and inspiring us to get back to hand sewing. 

Look at those big, beautiful stitches!
Thank you Mindy for showing us your work!

As usual - Show and Share was jam packed. All this winter wonderland weather has apparently kept us inside sewing!

A string block pillow from Jeanette

Triplet Sew Together Bags from Linda - that Cork Leather is amazing!

String block piecing tip - phonebook pages!

New member Charlotte shares her first finish.
The four year old recipient says it's "perfect" - and we agree!
THANK YOU for sharing!

Polka-dot heaven from Ann.

and the back...

Sandra shares her better late than never Valentine!

Anja is behind this masterpiece, literally and figuratively.

Caitlin shares her first FPP project - which she now needs to make more of for family members.
Lucky family! 

We have a neat negative space cat pillow - Thanks for sharing!

Another beauty from Caitlin.

And a cutting mat holder! Caitlin sure has been busy.

Told you the cork leather was popular...

Brenda shares a well loved treasure with much sentimental value.

A white on white creation from Andrea - not pictured is the clever Hudson Bay Company inspired binding inserts.

Welcome Andrea! Thank you for sharing this subway tile beauty with us.

Susan is behind this festive weight of love with wild quilting.
It's marvelous!

Amanda has joined the sew-together team. Brave souls!

Cathy was playing with the circle attachment on her machine at sew-in last month, here's the result!

Susan, another new member of team sew-together.
She had some hiccups - and she persevered!

What an intricate beauty.


Mary shares her colour theory dresden plate from a QuiltCon workshop.

Thanks for stopping by for our meeting recap. We missed you if you couldn't come, and look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event if you're new to us or wondering about joining!

Sew-In: March 25, 2017 from 10am - 5pm
RETREAT: April 7, 8 and 9, 2017 @ White Point Beach Resort - email maritimemqgretreat @gmail.com for information if you'd like to come sew for the day, last minute - the fee is $30.
Next Meeting: April 13, 2017 from 7-9pm

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

MMQG February 2017 Sew In - ReCap

If it seemed as though you hadn't heard from us in a long time - you're right!

Our February meeting got canned on account of terrible weather, and so we went right from our Record Breaking January Sew In to our February Sew In. Over the course of the day, we saw 17 happy faces come to visit and sew. It was so nice to see everyone!

Here's a look at some of the beauties (and the set ups) being sewn on that mild and misty Saturday a few weeks ago.

A quilter needs fuel, you know.
Behold, Sarah's rats nest... Creative people are messy, right?
This could even be considered the "before" picture! :)

Shelly's first Sew In in a little while, she brought her "rescued" featherweight!
All Shelly's gear fits in a neat tote - a beauty to behold :)

Sweet triangles from Julia. Love the warm peachy coral shades.

Sandra was hard at work putting her modern dots charm pack to good use.

Cathy was really industrious and finished more than one work of art that day.

These became the sweetest zip pouches, doesn't Jeanette choose the best fabrics?!?

A very orderly beginning to a Lepidoptera, perhaps?

This is how Sarah rolls now - Santa brought a rolling toolbox!
Inspired by how Aimee has been carting her machine and gear around for a while,
Santa took note of the Amazon wish list.

How could we forget - a beautiful gem by Andrea.

We hope you have been doing some seriously enjoyable stitching, and would love to see what you're working on! We love visitors at our Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Facebook Page and on our Instagram account.

Thanks for checking in - our March meeting is tomorrow night and we have much to catch up on due to February's cancellation. Retreat updates (29 DAYS YAY!) and programs a plenty. The recap will soon follow! Happy sewing!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

MMQG January 2017 Sew-In - Recap

Our January Sew-In was absolutely one to remember. Over the course of the day, we had 21 happy quilters (new faces and  many seasoned members) come and join us, working on many a beautiful project. 

Busy Bees
This may have been the best attended Sew-In yet!

Only a fraction of our happy quilty attendees on Saturday
We saw foxes, a finish destined for the #mqgswap, some FPP lessons, tiny hexagons, a felt lobster, some snails and a sweater quilt... the list goes on.

Bye little quilt, happy trails in the #mqgswap
A Sweater Quilt finish from Fabric Fusion Designs - Check Out Those Elbow Patches!
A wild round of LCR erupted at 2pm, and our winners each hauled home a big stack of fat quarters. What a great day. If you couldn't attend, you were missed!

It's high stakes and all in for one of two groups playing LCR

And then there were two...

Sandra is the LUCKIEST person we know! :)

And as a special treat - someone stopped Adrienne's Mom in the hallway with a box of random stray fabric - Free to a Good Home! We pillaged it.

Stay tuned - our February meeting will take place on Thursday, February 9th at our usual meeting place and time: 7-9pm at the Royal LePage Atlantic offices on Bayers Road. We hope to see you there!

Friday, 13 January 2017

MMQG January 2017 Meeting - Recap

It was a packed house on Thursday evening at the first MMQG meeting of 2017. We had 35 members in attendance. So nice to see familiar and new faces - many new members in attendance, as well as some we haven't seen in quite a while. Welcome back everyone!

Our January meeting was special for many reasons.
Firstly, we had the "coronation" of our new President...

                                     Left: Outgoing (and Founding) Prez Adrienne Klenck 
Right: Incoming (and Fabulous) Prez Crystal Gammon

Complete with a tiara, and official passing of the gavel and banner to our new President, Crystal Gammon. Thank you Crystal for taking the reins and guiding us in this new year and next!

Then, we had a special surprise thank you presentation for our outgoing President, Adrienne Klenck... many happy tears were shed and a well deserved round of applause erupted for our Adrienne. Sneakily,  many of us had been working on a quilt for Adrienne for months. It was a labour of love to assemble many Raspberry Kiss blocks in MMQG colours, a paper pieced logo, get it quilted, and beautifully bound in time for the presentation. 

Amanda and Linda present Adrienne with her quilt. 

And, I would be a bad kid if I missed this special thank you - Linda Smith. Linda is our outgoing social media princess, and I have assumed the position - I'm Sarah Pettipas and you'll be hearing from me (and others, thank goodness) on our social media outlets. Thank you so kindly for taking our MMQG social media presences to new wild places in the three years you have been at the helm. The lady behind the camera, keyboard and many other places - we would not have the online presence we do, without your efforts!

That was it for outgoing executive thank yous - please stay tuned for a "Meet Your MMQG Executive" post coming right up, soon - we have an amazing team this year, with new and returning peeps. 

We heard details of a new executive position called MQG Ambassador, exciting updates on the retreat and Crystal revealed our Executive Challenge. This year, we will be experimenting with Word Play. 

We then had a lovely program, where Linda showed us the wonders of String Quilts. A little bit of history, a few techniques, and some finished products. A great learning experience for all. And, an amazing scrap buster. 


 A great time was had by all! Charlotte Hansen, one of our newbies, won a beautiful gemology calendar donated by Andrea, our MQG Ambassador and boss lady at 3rd Story Workshop. Mary Guilford, returning member and Quilt-Con bound, won a yummy FQ pack from Mad About Patchwork. We do love prizes! 

MEGA show and share as well, lots of sewing with reckless abandon happening over the holidays and after, it seems. Thank you especially to newbies for sharing their wares - it takes courage and your projects were stunning! 


That's all for now friends, I'll be back to recap our January Sew In (Saturday, January 28th) and our next meeting is February 9th. Can't wait!