2023 PROGRAMS – REGULAR MEETINGS ARE THE 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
JANUARY – Members Penny B. and Denise M. will provide a trunk show of their mother’s quilts, which are primarily hand appliqued or pieced and hand quilted. During the meeting the Ways & Means Committee will be running a yard sale. The 2023 Raffle Quilt design will be explained and block kits will be available at the end of the meeting for disbursement.
FEBRUARY – A Sew-a-Thon will take place to construct Comfort Quilts to be added to our inventory.
MARCH – Meet the Quilter – With so many new members in the group, it is time to reintroduce ourselves. Each member will write five (5) items on a slip of paper that the membership may not know about them. A slip will be drawn one at a time and members will try to guess who that is. The member whose slip has been drawn will then talk about the items on the paper and how they got involved in quilting.
APRIL – Skill & Technique Night – Members will be available to demonstrate how to properly clean your sewing machine at home, a quilt-as-you-go method, and how to construct a mini fabric basket catchall.
MAY – Christine Meyers, owner of the newest quilt shop on the Cape, QuiltCorner Studio, 6 Merchant’s Road, Sandwich, will be at our meeting to “show and tell” about what her shop offers in fabric, kits, classes, and quilting services plus offer product for sale.
JUNE 1– Sweatshirt Jacket Class w/Holly, 6:00-9:00 PM, Gus Canty Community Center, Room #1.
JUNE – “Holidays in June” – Boutique fabric exchange. We know table runners and placemats that were holiday themed were a big sell at our Quilt Show Boutique last year. Bring 5 holiday fat quarters to the meeting and we are going to have a fun fat quarter exchange.
JULY – Annual Picnic/Potluck – Our Hospitality Committee will let us know as July gets closer what we can expect for a great time.
AUGUST – “Fabric Dye Yourself” – Liz D. will share how to dye your very own fabric to be used in quilts. You’ll also get pointers on do’s and don’ts.
SEPTEMBER – We are going to participate in a Brown Bag Exchange with the Friends and Needles Quilt Guild of Houlton, ME. Lynn D. is a member of both our guild and the Maine guild. For the exchange you will need to bring in 5 fat quarters in a brown paper lunch bag and make a small quilt from them. We will collect the names of those who would like to be participate at our July meeting. The final project will not be due until March 2024, so it will give you approximately 6 months to complete a small project. More details will be forthcoming.
OCTOBER 7 – QUILT SHOW, 10 – 3:00 PM, Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth, MA.
OCTOBER – We will debrief on the quilt show and hear a presentation on “The Ergonomics of Quilting”. Find out what kind of chairs are best to sit in for long periods of time, heights of chairs, tables for cutting, and some simple posture exercises for pain free quilting.
NOVEMBER – “Seeing the Everyday in an Abstract Way” – A program with Janice and David Jones who will also be offering a workshop the next day. Workshop sign up will happen at the June meeting. More information will be coming through email soon.
DECEMBER – Let’s Celebrate! We all deserve a great holiday party for our hard work throughout the year. The Hospitality Committee will inform us of the details when it is closer to the event.
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2022 PROGRAMS – REGULAR MEETINGS ARE 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Holiday Dinner and UFO Yankee Swap – each member brings in an unfinished project (with additional available materials?) for completion in a hidden bag. Participants select numbers and open them in order. After each person opens their project, they may swap with someone else.
My First Quilt – Each guild member is encouraged to bring in the first quilt they made or acquired to share with the guild – along with the story of its creation.
OCTOBER 8 – OPEN HOUSE Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street Falmouth. Quilt displays, boutique table, raffle quilt.
OCTOBER 20 Michelle Banton will be sharing her presentation about Dresden Plates.
Looking Great, Dresden Plate – A look at the history of the nearly 100 year old Dresden Plate quilt block. What inspired it? How is it being kept current? Something old is still new. We’ll see traditional designs and more modern variations.
OCTOBER 21- CLASS Michelle Banton will be offering the Dresden Neighborhood class. This is a fun class based on Persimon Dreams’ Dresden Neighborhood pattern. Make it your own – scrap friendly. You’ll finish the top in class. Pattern Required.
Gladi Porsche will be visiting with a truck show. She explains that her style is mostly “traditional” but are her own overall designs and she hopes to inspire other quilters to be more creative and original in their quilt designs. Her quilt “Star Trek” won Best of Show at the 2019 Cocheco Quilt Show in NH and Best Mixed Techniques at the Vermont Quilt Festival.
Annual picnic. Sign up for potluck will be available at June’s meeting.
Note: Date for this meeting has been changed to July 28 due to conflict with Falmouth Commodores schedule.
THIS EVENT WAS MOVED FROM AUGUST – Connecticut prize winning watercolorist and pastel artist, Carolyn Emerson, will share her paintings.
JUNE 2 – OPEN HOUSE MEETING via ZOOM – Please join the Open House Planning Committee via our regular ZOOM link to hear about progress and how you can help. We can’t have a successful event without you!!
Note: Date for this meeting has been changed to June 23 due to conflict with Falmouth Commodores schedule.
JUNE 23 – SKILLS NIGHT – Nancy D. will show some new gadgets “you’ll just want to have”. Additional volunteers are requested to spend 5-10 minutes demonstrating a skill they use or a new skill they have learned i.e. a new way to make half-square triangles, a binding technique, different ways to use color, etc.
Sue Colozzi, landscape quilt artist and teacher will share some of her quilts and design inspirations. Sue has been featured in Art Quilting Studio (Spring ’21) magazine and has appeared in several other publications featuring her beautiful artistry.
Bayberry Quilter, Noreen Couture, will bring some of her quilts and share her quilt story. Noreen is a two-time Blue Ribbon winner, first at the Eastern States Expo and at the Vermont Quilt Festival. She was also invited to display one of her quilts at Paducah.
Meet the Quilter – Our own Nancy D. will be sharing her quilt story. A quick Google search
revealed Nancy was a Yellow Ribbon Winner at the 2019 Vermont Quilt Festival.
Comfort Quilt Sew-athon – This is an important event to add to our comfort quilt stash. Volunteers are needed to cut, sew, or iron. You will need to bring the necessary equipment to support the position you decide to sign up for i.e., cutting mat/rotary cutter,
sewing machine/thread, iron/ironing surface. Fabric will be provided but if you have precut strips you want to bring, feel free.
Members will participate in a Valentine card making class.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we had been holding our meetings virtually via Zoom since March 2020. This has made guest speakers and presentations a bit difficult. Beginning in July, we began to hold simultaneous hybrid in-person/virtual meetings. We hope we can begin to again schedule presenters sometime in the future. Stay tuned!
General Meeting NOTE DATE CHANGE December 16, 6:30 PM in-person and via Zoom.
It is time for the holidays and we have not really seen each other in so long. We are hoping that all members would like to come out for the December meeting and join in a holiday gathering. We would plan, as we always do, to have a nice holiday meal, some good conversation, and laughs. We would also have our large “Clean out the Closet” sale to follow our feast.
- Please let us know if you will be attending and what you will be bringing – We need a volunteer to coordinate the sign up. We may vote to have the Guild pay for the entree and members bring sides and dessert. Stay tuned.
- “Clean Out The Closet SALE” The Guild has accumulated so much donated fabric that the closet is full and the Recreation Center has asked us to clean out the closet so we are going to sell it all at rock bottom prices – nothing will be more than $5.
- Scrap bags 50¢, fat quarters 25¢, yardage for $1.00 and large yardage for backing $5. This is going to be a big sale with lots of fabric, notions, books, patterns and odd items. Bring your pennies as you don’t want to miss out!
General Meeting November 18, 6:30 PM in-person and via Zoom.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU Round Robin – We will go around the room (and Zoom screen) where each member will have 5 minutes to talk about some aspect of their quilting journey. Such as:
• When did you start quilting – what inspired you to make your first quilt?
• What’s your quilting style – what or who influenced your style”
• Who’s your favorite designer/pattern maker?
• What’s your favorite or least favorite part of quilting?
General Meeting October 21, 6:30 PM in-person and via Zoom.
PRESENTATION: MFA FABRIC OF A NATION American Quilt Stories
Jennifer L. will give a talk with a PowerPoint related to her visit to the MFA exhibit.
General Meeting August 19, 6:30 PM in-person and via Zoom.
PRESENTATION: CUTTING TOOLS AND CUTTING METHODS
Susan B. will demonstrate Creative Grids Stripology Rulers and Holly S. will demonstrate different methods for cutting flying geese.
General Meeting August 19, 6:30 PM in-person and via Zoom.
General Meeting July 15, 6:30 PM in-person and via Zoom.
General Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM via Zoom.
General Meeting May 20, 6:30 PM via Zoom.
General Meeting April 15, 6:30 PM via Zoom.
PRESENTATION: QUILTING SUBSCRIPTION BOXES
Susan B. will describe what is included in the following subscriptions:
Sew Sampler (Fat Quarter Shop) https://www.fatquartershop.com/sew-sampler-quilting-subscription-box
Quilty Box (Paper Pieces) https://www.quiltybox.com
Benartex Fat Quarterly http://benartex.com/fabric-club/
A presentation by Alyson Ainsworth, who is a Master Weaver and designs for Chilewich, a high-end store that designs innovative textiles for placemats, floor mats, etc.
UPDATE ON CHICKEN BLOCKS
All the chickens have flown the coop and landed in their new homes! We can’t wait to see how each of the sixteen (16) participants put their blocks together!
This month members will be introduced to the first ever “Scrappy Zoom Mystery Quilt” event. Interested members will meet via Zoom once a month on a day/time convenient to sew together on Zoom. Even if you can’t join the Zoom sewing (zewing?), instructions will provided so you can complete the blocks/quilt.
The Guild is still working together to maintain connections. In December 2020, Lynn DiRusso offered to coordinate and organized two quilting opportunities that would start in January.
Row quilts are groups typically made up of 5 or 6 people in each.
Participants will need to sew together a “row” of blocks of their choice. The
maximum width is 54”. As each row is made, the quilt is rotated to the next person in the group and they sew their row onto the quilt. Keeping the quilt/wall hanging at 54″ will make it manageable as it grows!
It’s going to be great fun to see how these turn in this summer!
To go along with the chicken keeping craze, Lynn also offered a chicken block exchange. The blocks measure 8” wide x 7” high, which includes a 1/4″ seam allowance all around, as with any standard block exchange.
When done, each participant will receive the number of blocks as there are total participants. Each chicken block may face either left or right.
VISIT WITH A MEMBER
Also in January, members will have a virtual craft room tour and participate in a virtual card making class with guild member Ginger Rabesa. As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Ginger has taught card making and paper crafting for almost 10 years.
Each participant received all the supplies they needed, except glue, to create a birthday card.