MVQ

Minutes of December ’09 Meeting

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 The Annual Christmas Party Meeting was held on a crisp, cold December  3rd evening.
 Many quilters turned out, dressed warmly in holiday garb to celebrate  
the season,  many chose to come in red to show their holiday spirit. 
The evening started with all enjoying a delicious buffet featuring a  
wide variety of casseroles, baked ham, chicken, pastas, rice dishes,  
salads, and this year members outdid themselves with two entire 
tables filled with desserts! No one left hungry and the well prepared  
food was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Judy Hilner provided the  
centerpieces and the holiday fabric tablecloths from her personal  
collection.
 
The business meeting began at 7:50 pm. President Bursaw covered a  
variety of agenda items. She reminded everyone that the notification  
of any meeting cancelled due to snow will be listed on the blog as  
local tv stations are unable to add our organization to the shear  
volume of cancellations that are received. There was a request all  
members review the membership list for accuracy and updates should be  
reported to Ginny Platt if any corrections are needed.
 
Other individuals spoke about MQX Providence bus sign up, NH March  
retreat event, upcoming quilt show meeting on January 11th at the  
Merrimack Library, and the need for donations for the upcoming UFO 
auction in February. UFO donations should be brought to the January  
meeting.
 
Carol Robinson brought along information about the Irish flood quilt  
relief effort. Final Mystery quilt steps 5 and 6 will be posted the  
first of the year. Group sewing dates at the Nevins Library will also  
be on the blog when the dates are confirmed.
 
There were other speakers as well but I sat in the back and had a  
difficult job  hearing / listening / paying attention and did a  
poorer job taking notes as acting secretary. Recommendation is to  
check out the blog at: https://mvquilters.wordpress.com/ for details.  
Or if you can’t find what you are looking for consider sending an  
email to:  info@mvquilters.com and ask your questions. Someone will  
get back in touch with details (Editorial license taken by LRG)
 
A brief Show and Tell followed, but no photographers were available.  
Cathy Harnisch collected food pantry donations and then introduced  
Girl Treble who entertained MVQ members with their acapella Christmas 
tunes and some wonderful, sassy oldies.
 Meeting was adjourned approximately 9:15pm after a bit of a sing along.
 Next Board Meeting – Thursday January 7th at the Plaistow Library 7 pm
 Next Quilt Show Meeting – Monday January 11th at the Merrimack  
Library 7-9pm
“Acting” Secretary
 Lyn Grenier

Evening Sewing Group

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On Tuesday, Dec. 15, MVQ has reserved a room at the Salem, NH Library which is located at the corner of Rte. 97 (Main Street) and Geremonty Drive. We will start as early as 5:30 or you can arrive anytime after that and we must be out of the library at 9:00 pm.   Anyone who would like to get together for sewing, sharing, socializing and working on last minute gifts is welcome.  The room can accommodate about a dozen sewers.  For more information, please contact Carol Sullivan at 603-893-5211 or casulli@comcast.net.

Pat Gandt, former MVQ member

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Pat Gandt, a former MVQ member and good friend to many of us in the Guild died on December 11, 2009 after a 5 year battle with Breast cancer.  She will be remembered for her utter joy of life!

Wake will be on Monday from 3 to 8 at Campbell’s in Beverly- next to Shore Country Day School.  Funeral will be Tuesday at 10 at St Rose in Topsfield.

Her family resides at     31 Timber Lane, Topsfield, Ma 01983

A Former Guild Member Passes

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The following is a note I received from the daughter of a former member of the guild.

My mom, Gail McKenna, was a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilters for many years before she moved to Florida a year and a half ago.  She passed away a couple weeks ago and I wanted to pass it along to anyone that may have known her.  We are having a “celebration” of her life on Saturday, November 21 from 2pm to 6pm for anyone that would be interested.  It will be held at the clubhouse at Ledgewood Hills condo complex in Nashua, NH.  The address is 3 Dogwood Dr Nashua, NH 03062-4402.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Robbie McKenna via e-mail

Evening Sewing Get-togethers

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MVQ has also reserved two evening sewing dates at the Salem, NH Library which is located at the corner of Rte. 97 (Main Street) and Geremonty Drive. These nights are Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 15.  We will start as early as 5:30 or you can arrive anytime after that and we must be out of the library at 9:00 pm.   These nights are for any MVQ members who would like to get together for sewing, sharing and socializing.  The room can accommodate about a dozen sewers.  To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact Carol Sullivan at 603-893-5211 or casulli@comcast.net.

Raffle Quilt at Boxford Apple Festival

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Pat Lucey and friends at Apple Festival
Pat Lucey and friends at Apple Festival

A beautiful Fall day- lots of people – we sold $105 worth of tickets and answered many questions about our guild and our show in May. Good publicity for the Guild.

Georgetown members- Bring our quilt to Georgetown days in October

You will be amazed at how many of your neighbors and friends

will buy a ticket!

Robbi Joy Eklow Workshop

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Robbi Joy Eklow
Robbi Joy Eklow

This was a fun and very informative workshop.  Robbi Joy is an excellent teacher.  She is a wealth of information.  I enjoyed the workshop immensely.   I never thought I would enjoy fusible applique, but I did.  Some of the other patterns available are just to fussy.  Robbi’s don’t have all those itty bitty pieces that some have.

Robbie starts everyone off making a cup.  She uses the cup pattern as a technique teaching tool.

Our Tes Cups
Our Tea Cups

She explained

  • the use of various fusibles
  • the concept of dimension within the pattern design
  • using the fabric color and pattern as a secondary design
  • how her pattern’s are numbered
  • her techniques of tracing the pattern
  • the use of the arrows as placement guides
  • how to match intersecting pieces
  • how to assemble the various pieces once you have them cut

Once everyone had made a tea cup, we were given the choice of nine different patterns to make.  Quite a few of us chose the floral/gear designs.  I found it difficult to choose from the pattern’s available.  They were all interesting, with different levels of difficulty.  The more intersections you had to match the more difficult it was to be accurate.  The class included one pattern, any extras we paid for.  I ended up with 5 patterns.  It was just to difficult to choose.  One of the patterns I purchased was a guitar pattern.  I want to make it for my nephew.

Judy Hillner's Vases
Judy Hillner's Vases
Rosemary Bray's still life in progress.
Rosemary Bray's still life in progress.
Carrie Zizza's Flower
Carrie Zizza's Flower

For those who were interested,  she show us how she made her patterns with the use of Adobe Illustrator.  If you are so inclined, you can make your own patterns.   I want to try to make one of my dogs.

Everyone had a great time and came away with a new appreciation of  fusible applique.  I hope to complete my quilt by the next guild meeting.  I challenged everyone to do the same.  I got a lot of laughs, yeah right’s and dirty looks.  I’ll probably be the only one who doesn’t completed the quilt for the next meeting.  But we will see.  I know Judy Hillner probably has hers done already.

To see a slide show of all the pictures I took click here.

If you took the class and have pictures, e-mail them to me and I’ll post them to the flickr account.

See you at the next meeting.

Cathy Harnisch