Wednesday, 10 May 2017

MMQG April 2017 Recap - Meetings and Sew Ins and Retreats - OH MY!

Hello there followers from near and far!

April 2017 was SUCH an exciting month for the MMQG - we've hardly had time to organize our thoughts about it. Please enjoy some highlights of our April meeting, our April sew in, and of course we'd be amiss not to mention the retreat. The retreat was so amazing - it will get it's own post!

April Meeting - April 13th 2017

We had a great time at our April meeting - attendance was thinner than last month as it's possible this was the first beautiful weather evening of the year.

To start us off on the right foot - we did a prize draw and new member Nora was the winner! Horray!
We had a short business list to take care of, including reminders about our Poppyprint Trunk Show at our May meeting and the upcoming Executive Challenge due in June! Think hard about "Words on Quilts", members - there are some pretty exciting prizes on the line I've heard!

Yay April Meeting!

We polished off the business portion with a great big THANK YOU to amazing Retreat Coordinator Amanda (who had recovered nicely by the meeting and we appreciate so much). What a wonderful time we had at retreat, and Amanda was instrumental in making it all happen.

Thank you Amanda!
For our program that evening - we had the lovely and talented Vice President Jennifer (A Quarter Inch from the Edge) blow our minds entirely with some amazing time saving techniques and tips. The chain piecing of polaroid blocks pretty much stole the show!

And don't underestimate the importance of painter's tape.

... or a well organized fish tub.

And as per usual - Show and Share was out of this world.

We saw lots of pillows for donation to a local long term care facility.

Anja brought her massive roll 'o labels that may last her the rest of her earthly life - they are so nice!

Two beauties were brought to show by the lovely Julia

We saw some quilted maps and mini landscapes from Andrea

And we also heard about a special project involving upcycled clothes - and a special birthday party planned supporting community agriculture.

I would be amiss not to mention the Owl Work-Cape from Andrea B - clever!

And, last but not least - baby hexagons from Amanda! She might be addicted to making these.

April Sew In - April 22nd 2017

About a dozen of us gathered on a rainy Saturday in April - at our usual sew-in spot. It was a great day for sewing as the rain came and went all day long. Extreme fog too! No one felt guilty for staying inside to sew.

I'll let the pictures from the day speak for themselves!

It was a little #seamwork #pillowfactory on the go!

Julie brought a King Size flimsy which will be a beautiful qui-vet cover.

unintentional heart scraps #quiltlove

the beginnings of a baby quilt for a special boy

this is what a temperature quilt looks like... before it's assembled!

And we were hard at the quilt math, too.

Much trimming, and sewing, and laughs, as always. 

2nd Annual MMQG Retreat - April 7, 8 & 9 2017

This special weekend at White Point Beach Resort was outstanding in every way. The food, the service, the incredible sewing space, the GENEROUS prize sponsors, the good times with great quilty pals... I could go on - but I won't yet.

The Lakeside Hall was perfect for us
Our cozy foyer

Some of our work on display to show anyone who stopped by

Swag Bags! Like Christmas Morning.

The retreat was SO incredible, it will get it's own great big blog post - but I'd be remiss to not mention it in the great Epic April 2017 Recap. Here's hoping you enjoyed the few teaser pictures and stay tuned for the full post! Thank you to everyone who participated and again BIG thanks to Amanda who made it all come together. 

Stay tuned for lots more from the blog in the month of May!
Happy sewing, and we hope you come back for updates and some new features soon.

Monday, 10 April 2017

MMQG March 2017 Sew In - A (belated) Recap

We've been "sew" busy with #mmqgretreat2017 (our Epic Retreat) and all the packing, sewing, laughing, winning, and packing again - this March Sew In Recap is a little late.

However - Let's just let the quilty goodness speak for itself. Enjoy!

Julie has a very lucky little niece, who will have a matching sassy apron for herself and her dolly!

This sweet Michael Miller plaid will feature in two identical quilts for Karens grandson, who has bunkbeds!

Linda has been hand quilting this beauty for about 8 years. Check out those teeny nine patches!

A rare and welcome appearance from sweet Margo! And - Shelley's adorable featherweight.

Jennifer was hard at work, assembling the Fancy Forest. What an awesome pattern - and a huge undertaking as a third ever quilt. The linen, the intricacy of all the animals... Jen has a lucky niece too!

There was a meeting of the Sew Together Bags, great discussion on the method and place to attach the zipper ensued.

Margo brought this red beauty to visit.

And the new print on the ironing pad didn't disappoint! Cherries and vintage ladies!

The Fancy Forest, getting a final press before basting.

Brenda had a lot of print excitement on her table - all cut and ready to go.

We had a bit of a Fan Girl moment - Carolyn Friedlander commented on this picture on Instagram and we were all like the heart eyes emoji. Which, would have been great if  it could post here... :)

Next up on the blog will be a series of posts recapping our INCREDIBLE retreat at White Point Beach Resort on our gorgeous South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Upcoming Events:
April 13/17 - April Meeting at Royal LePage Atlantic: 7:00-9:00pm
April 22/17 - April Sew In at Admiralty Place Party Room:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Next month at our May Meeting we have a trunk show with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint.
Free for members, and guests will need a $5 drop in fee for the evening. SEW Exciting!

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

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 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