The following was submitted by Gail Wozniak.
Thursday, May 6th over 70 women gathered at Maria’s Family Restaurant in Haverhill to celebrate in style, the 30th anniversary of MVQ. We were thrilled to have in attendance Pat Mamacos and Lois Schofield, two of the founding mothers of the guild whose vision and dream of a quilt group for women who love the art of quilting has forged on for thirty years. Flowers were presented to these ladies as well as a plant to Pat Beevers, who although not a Founding Mother, joined the group a month or so into existence. She has been a member all these years and our longest continuing member. It was great to see that many members have been members for over twenty years as we stood to show our years of membership in the guild. Over thirty raffle prizes were won by guests that evening. I think many long time members will attest to what a great group of members we are with all sorts of varying talents in the group and the love of the art of quilting has kept us woven together all these years. I know there are many splinter groups from this large group, some new and just formed and others still meeting weekly after twenty five plus years. And on to number 35!!!
The following is an E-mail sent from Carol Robinson’s daughter.
I am sad to report that Dad passed away last night. He took a turn for the worse yesterday and was brought to the hospital; Diane, Mom, Dave and I were at his side as he took his last few breaths; we just can’t imagine life without him. Mom is holding up quite well; Deb caught a late flight out of Seattle and arrived in NH this morning – it is so good to be together at this time.
We have made arrangements to celebrate his life and visit with friends and family, as follows:
Visiting hours at Remick-& Gendron Funeral Home will be Thursday May 6th from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm;
There will be a mass at St. Theresa Church in Rye Beach, on Friday May 7th at 10 a.m.
If you can’t make it please don’t feel badly – we appreciate all your love, support and prayers!
In lieu of flowers, we would ask that donations be made in Dad’s name, to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters:
BBBS of the Greater Seacoast
909 Islington Street, Ste. 4
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Congratulations to Betty Hill of Londonderry, NH! She is the winner of Orient Express, the 2009-2010 raffle quilt.
Anne Lainhart is well known for her bargello classes. After hearing her lecture on color families you can see why. She has an innate sense of color. Her color board is absolutely fabulous. It is a wonderful way to illustrate the complexities of color families. Yet at the same time make them so simple.
The various ways that Anne mixes and matches her color families result in stunning quilts. She tries something just to see if it works. And for her it generally does. At least in my opinion it does. For instance, her multi-color family bargello, most quilters would have never thought to mix the colors in the way she did, but it works.
Click here for Slide Show of Anne’s Work.
The workshop was to create a Kaleidoscopic purse. Anne also brought kits for ornaments and note cards. I thought it would be a fun class but I didn’t expect to learn so much. Like when not to press. I know we are taught to cut – sew – then press. But there is a point in which you want to press your kaleidoscope, that is when all 6 or 8 pieces are sewn together and not before. That way you don’t accidentally stretch any of your pieces. Who would have thought of that. Not me, that’s for sure. I got caught going ahead of the teacher and pressing my pieces. That’s me, miss smarty pants. Seems I don’t know everything after all.
Anyway, Anne’s kaleidoscopes are not your average stack and wack. You need to make sure your print has symmetry to it. She demonstrated a few tricks on cutting your border prints using that symmetry. And how to match up the prints before you sew the pieces together. She uses pins, lots of pins. But if you really want to make sure your prints line up you need to pin – pin – pin. She also demonstrated how to pin the final seam together while matching the print and the center seams. This takes practice to get it right. Mine came out ok but next time I will do better.
In the workshop we got information on cutting and folding note cards. The best way to insert a loop to hang an ornament from. And how best to attach purse handles. You would think this to be all self explanatory but Anne has a few tricks that make you say “Now why didn’t I think of that?”
I am going to keep my eye out for some neat border prints. I’m also going to keep my eye out for more classes taught by Anne.
Thanks for the great class Anne.
Your humble student,
Click Here for a slide show of more workshop photos.
‘STITCHES AROUND THE WORLD’ is the theme of a quilt show from Ellis County, TX. In their hope of involving many other guilds, they invite us to send an 8″ square (before Feb 25) to be included in a quilt they will display next July. If any group or individual (former Texan maybe?) from MVQ is willing to make a block to represent us, please contact Andrea Bursaw.