January 2019 meeting date change.

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NECC has a scheduling issue that prevents MVQ from having our January meeting on the 17th. Therefore, our meeting has been changed to January 24, 2019. We will be in the same room at Northern Essex Community College and the starting time will still be 7pm with our social hour starting at 6pm. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Swan, President

Dragonfly Quilt

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Do you recognize this quilt?  

Linda Miller, Clinical Director of the High Point Hospice House in Haverhill contacted MVQG because they received this quilt as a gift many years ago and use it for a special ceremony.  The quilt has become worn from use and washing.  They are looking for someone who would be willing to make a replacement quilt.  

Linda writes “The measurements are 7’4”x 6’10” with gradually rounding corners- with a dragon(fly) theme.”  “We do not need it before Christmas. We would prefer a dragon fly theme but something similar is ok.  We would prefer the same dimensions. We would be willing to pay for the quilt or even the materials. We would appreciate anything you can do to assist. Thank you.”

We are looking for a member or group of members that would be willing to take on this project.  If you are interested please contact me.  Thank you for volunteering!

Liz Swan, President



Another Great MVQ Holiday Gathering

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Thanks to the committee for their help in preparing for last night. The  Evening had as always,  a wonderful assortment of foods, 18  gift certificate prizes, with Joanne Burns winning the grand prize of a giant jar of buttons !!!

Lots of amazing items made for the button swap were revealed as we opened for all to see.

And again thanks for the TEN big boxes of donated items.  As always this group does a wonderful job when it comes to charity.  Our children’s items will go to the Pettingil House  in Salisbury for those in need. And  adult items are going to the East Kingston Library today, who were doing a drive for homeless veterans in the state. So both New Hampshire and Massachusetts will benefit by our generous donations

And thanks to Phyllis Laurie for stepping up to chair next year.  Can’t wait to see what she and her committee have in store for us.

Happy Holidays and Happy stitching to all.  And for those who couldn’t make it last night you were missed !

Gail Wozniak

Great Start to Holiday Season

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Thanks to Gail Wozniak and her crew for a wonderful holiday

shallow focus photography of santa claus figurine
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Great food, great friends, Great fun!

Last Minute Reminders

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Remember meeting starts at 6:30 this month.
Bring your pot luck dish and serving element if needed.
Bring your brown bag swap securely closed.
Bring your charitable donations.
Bring holiday show and tell.

Weather looks ok so come for a fun evening with MVQ friends new and old. And if we don’t see you have a wonderful holiday season.

From the holiday gathering committee.

2019 quilt show “2019 & Counting”

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I have thoroughly enjoyed chairing the quilt show so when the 2018 show came to a close I started thinking ahead to next year. Firstly a big thank you to the following members who have said they will return to help me in 2019: Wenonah Schwedler, Linda Lydecker, Heather Shields, Ann Hockmeyer, Pat Lucey, Maggie Judd, Bev Knapp, Marianne Karp, Elaine Rando, Carrie Zizza, Stacey Caruso, Patti Gregg, Cathy Harnish, Jane Hamel, Angie Cyr, Gail Wozniak, Betty Hastings and Judy Naylor. Also, thank you to Diane Kelley and Pat McBride who have volunteered though not been given an assignment yet. Key positions that still need filling are vendors and special exhibit.

Here are some reminders for the 2019 show:

  • Special Exhibit: In 2019 we’ll be off projects from our programs in the last two years that are wall hanging size and smaller. If you have participated in any of the following classes please complete your project and consider submitting.
  • Christine Wickert – silk floral applique pillow
  • Carol Robinson – Collages
  • Pam Weeks – Stings and Bits, Fun with Scrap Quilts
  • Rose Ann Hunter – Wool Pincushions and Knitted Confetti Bag
  • Bonnie Lyn McCaffery – Painted face for Beginners
  • RaNae Merrill – Free Motion Mastery in a Month and Mandala
  • Sue Pelland – Hope’s Diamond
  • Carrie Zizza – Machine Quilting
  • David Sirota – Paper Pieced Storm at Sea Wall Hanging, No Tears
  • Linda Hahn – New York Beauty Simplified
  • Alison Wilbur – Hand and Machine Sachiko
  • Kathy Graves – Wedding Ring using the quick curve ruler

Our Ruby Celebration in 2020 has a lot members thinking ahead. While I was on retreat Barbara Ward and Roseann Ricketson volunteered to take on the Ruby Challenge. They are excited and have some wonderful ideas. I would also like to remind members that all show quilts except mini’s will be required to have sleeves. Thank you all.

Mary Wilkes

Vice President’s Message

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Last year members came through with 76 quilts for two organizations Community Crossroads and Liberty House. I would like to do the same this year. The first organization is Believe Anything and Everything is Possible which assists patients going through cancer treatment. They are looking for lap size quilts to use during treatment. It was recently brought to my attention that High Pointe House Hospice is in desperate need of lap size or twin size quilts. I would appreciate keeping these groups in your hearts and minds for comfort quilts this year. Ronnie Longwell will be taking care of comfort quilts for me.

Also, it is with great sadness that I have to resign as your Vice President. My husband applied for and accepted a job in Michigan so I will be moving after the first of the year. I have loved being a part of this guild from the first meeting when Liz Swan and Diane Desjardins made this new member feel welcome to becoming friends with so many.   New members can flourish with the help of established members and I am proof of that. I have been happy here and learned so much. My quilting skills have definitely improved. Having said all this the quilt show is a passion of mine and I would like to honor my commitment to work the 2019 show. Ann Hockmeyer is willing to be vice chair and assist Wenonah in my absence but I will come back in September.   I will miss you all.