Programs Update

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Last call for Carrie Zizza’s class which has been changed to Saturday, February 16th due to a scheduling conflict.  Please let me know ASAP if you want to attend “You can have your quilt sandwich and finish it too”.  West Church in Haverhill – Vestry – from 10 to 4.  Cost is $10 for members and we have 3 seats left.

David Sirota’s workshop is almost full for March – paper pieced storm at sea – the no-tears method.  Please contact me ASAP if you want to attend – 3 seats left.  $25 for members.  West Church in Haverhill – Vestry – from 9:30 to 3:30.

Some big DATE CHANGES:  Linda Hahn, New York Beauty Simplified, is coming on April 18th for the lecture and April 20th for the workshop.  It’s Easter weekend!!!!  Saturday may be a tough day for a workshop so I am moving it to Friday, April 19th.  We are paying her well to be here from Florida and if no-one is interested in the workshop because of the holiday, I will cancel it.  We only have 4 signed up right now and the workshop is too expensive if we don’t have a bigger class.  Contact me by February 1st if you would like to sign up.

Allison Wilbur is with us in May presenting a lecture on the quilts of Japan and a workshop on hand and machine Sashiko.  She is lecturing May 23rd and the workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th.  The workshop date remains tentative since it is Memorial Day weekend.   Please let me know by February 1st if you plan on attending and whether Friday or Saturday is better for you.  I will accommodate as many as I can.  Again, I will cancel if we don’t have enough interest because of the holiday since we are also paying good monies for her to travel and lodge here as well.  You can reach me on the email or phone listed above.  Thank you for your understanding.

HEADS UP:  I spoke with Edyta Sitar who will be here in April 2020.  Her workshop fee will be $80 for members – $40 to teach and $40 for her kit.  Non-member total fee will be $90. If we have an overwhelming response, I will request 2 workshops.  The rest of the information is pending her contract this summer, including the workshop.


Ronni Longwell, Programs Chair  603-828-4769

Followup on Becky Goldsmith

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I’m excited that my quilt picture I sent to Becky Goldsmith made it onto her blog today. Even mentions her trip to MVQ. Check out

Gail Wozniak

A Note From The Singing Quilter

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Mola WorkshopBev, Lin and Susan: Thank you so much for having us along to the
Merrimack Valley quilters this week, and for your attendance at the Mock
Mola workshop this afternoon. The response to the challenge at the
workshop was remarkable, and Cathy was more than satisfied with the
progress you all made. It makes it very rewarding for us to be able to
see what you accomplished. Please do send us a copy of the show and
tell at the June meeting. Individually you may (should) also send
pictures of your finished work. 8-))

all the best, John & Cathy

John Bunge and Cathy Miller
1464 Cranbrook Pl, VICTORIA BC V8P 1Z7 Canada

Suzanne Marshall Workshop

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Suzanne Marshall, from St. Louis, taught a class for us on appliqué. Twenty MVQ members enjoyed her teaching skills. Here you see her on the floor showing how she does appliqué and the second photo is a close up of her technique where she does stitching around her appliqué to enhance the items. She also taught a class on hand quilting where she gave many tips and techniques and shared almost 25 types of batting to try and quilt through.

Combat the Winter Blah’s!

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Why not come to Plaistow Library, Saturday, Jan. 21 – 9:30- 3:30 and learn crazy quilting, silk ribbon embroidery etc from our member Susan Richards.  For just $5 you will have a day filled with sewing, enjoyment of friends and no housework, kids, meals etc to distract you!!!  Where can you get all that for a day for $5.  We only have a couple of spots left so don’t get left out.  If interested contact Gail Wozniak .

Saturday’s Ribbon Workshop

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Saturday’s quilt show ribbon making workshop was a big success and we created enough origami ribbons to more than meet the judge’s needs for the quilt show.  Pat and I would just like to thank all the volunteers that showed up to help in this effort.  More than 20 members were there to work on this project.   Maggie’s superior teaching skills had everyone turning out ribbons in no time, and they are gorgeous as you can see by the photos.  We truly appreciate the volunteer’s generous giving of their Saturday morning to help in this effort.  It is truly the spirit of this Guild in action.

Mary & Pat

George and Virginia Siciliano – Visit in May 2010

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The Lecture

Yes, this man is nuts!  George and Virginia Siciliano’s lecture “This Guy Must Be Nuts” is very funny.  While his work is extraordinary, he presents it with a sense of humor.  Many of us have seen the results of his workshops at various quilt shows, but to actually see the originals is phenomenal.

How George got into quilting is a very funny story, but I will not tell it because I would not be able to do it justice.  If you missed his lecture, make sure you see him the next time he’s in the area.  George’s lecture is a trunk show of his quilts starting with the first quilt he made through to his latest.  He talks about his experiences both good and bad in his life of quilting.  I loved his story of how he got roped into becoming a member of his local guild.  We guild members can be sneaky.

When George first started quilting, Virginia would hand quilt his quilt tops, but that got old.  George explains his initial attempts at machine quilting.  His story of using invisible quilting thread is great.   His first quilt using it ended up being unquilted after if was bound.  It’s was still unquilted at the time of his lecture.

George is a very animated and entertaining lecturer.  This evening was a great opportunity to be able to get a close look at his intricate work and see how tiny his pieces really are.

The Workshop

The workshops were held at the Nevin’s Library in Methuen, MA.  If you have never been to this library you  are in for a treat.  The library was built in 1883 by the Nevins family.   The architecture is wonderful and when the addition was constructed they took care to keep it in a cohesive style with the original building.  The stained glass in the room is original to the building.  Carrie Zizza was busy drawing the stained glass to create a quilt from it.  I took pictures of it so she could enjoy the class instead.  Carrie, I hope to see the resulting quilt soon.

Enough about the library,  we had two classes.  One on Friday and again on Saturday.  George is very patient with his students.  He has everyone gather around his machine so he can demonstrate his technique.  The ruler George designed (a.k.a George’s Tool) for foundation piecing aides in trimming and lining up the next section to be sewn and is easily used by both right and left handers.  He demonstrates how he cuts and stacks each round of logs as he goes along.  This makes the assembly go a little quicker.  Following George’s instructions we were able to create one of his ultra mini blocks with precision.

George showed us a trick when it comes to assembling the blocks.  Instead of using pins, he uses double stick tape.  That way he can check to make sure the blocks are lined up and adjust as necessary.

As George is demonstrating the  block assembly, Virginia uses an extra-large version of the block to point to the piece George is talking about.  With the block being so small it helps to see a large version so you know exactly what George is working on.

All in all this is a great class and lecture.  Will I continue with foundation piecing?  I’m not sure.  I was never a big fan of paper/foundation piecing, but after taking the class I understand the do’s and don’ts a little better.

Thanks George and Virginia.

Click Here for the slide show of Lecture and Workshop