Fabric for Charity Quilts

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Fabric has generously been donated for use in our charity quilts. I will be cutting it into 1/2 yard pieces and it will be at the Charity table at the January meeting. Anyone interested is welcome to take some for use in their charity quilt.

Is there anyone that is interested in getting together to work on charity quilts?  If so please let me know.

Sue Molin

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  
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  
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

Sewing Group at Nevin’s Library

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Here are the dates for our Day Sewer’s at the Nevin’s Library, Methuen, MA  The library is only about 1 block south from Route 213, exit 2.

Please peruse the dates, mark them down and drop me an email so that I can request the correct number of tables for each meeting.   We meet on Mondays, 9 – 3 ,or any time you can make it, whether it is for 2 hours or 6, we love to have a crowd.

  • Jan 11

  • Feb 8 –  SNOW DATE Tuesday, Feb 9

  • March 8

  • April 12

  • May 17

Our last meeting will be in May.  Unless there is enough interest  shown to continue meeting through the summer, we will resume meeting again in September.

Please email me at kmpear@aol.com to reserve your spot for any or all months.  Hope to see you soon.
Happy holidays to all.
Kathy Pearse

December Holiday Party – 2009

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The party was a great success.  The food was fabulous.  If you went home hungry, it was by choice.  There was so much food.  Our guild is full of great cooks!!!

I apologize for forgetting the camera.  I was so concerned with getting everything else set up that I forgot.  There is so much going on in my head that some stuff just falls out  🙂 .  If you have pictures of quilts or anything from the evening please send it to me and I will post them.

Girl Treble were fabulous.  They were having issues with the acoustics at first.  When they move in front of the stage, the sound just reverberated throughout the hall.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was happy to see the participation in the sing-along.  It was a great night for celebration.

Hope all had a great Christmas or Hanukkah.

I wish everyone has a Happy New Year.

Cathy Harnisch

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

Unfinished Fabric Obsessions-UFO Auction

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Lyn Grenier writes:

One month after joining the Guild, 5 years ago, I found myself caught up in the bidding frenzy that occurs every February at the UFO auction. Lots of cool, gotta-have-it stuff!!! YES, good stuff. One particular item beckoned me….a huge box filled with solid colored, polyester and cotton, twill weight fabric; EVERY color of the rainbow, but mainly BRIGHTS! Just Gorgeous I think, no one will want them, its polyester! Being inexperienced, I failed to recognize the gusto, the fevered pitch, the determination of MVQ quilters and I quickly lost the bidding war. I suffered massive bidder remorse, depression, and then was obsessed about my loss. I approached the “winner” to ask to buy her out…..and luck was with me as she quickly said “let’s split it”. And so began the next journey of this FABULOUS fabric which has been sitting in my sewing room since that day, five years ago. Stop me if this story sounds familar.

We all know, you can never have enough fabric, so when inspiration struck this summer …I was READY! I attacked those polyester and cotton textiles with a vengeance. I made: 2 personalized “coloring book” tote bags for the great nephews birthdays, they held all of their gifts and goodies; 16 tote bags to hold personal care items for a battered woman’s shelter (a few great accent fabrics added more pizzazz); 2 larger tote bags for shopping green instead of choosing “paper or plastic”; 3 – 17″ Nancy Crow style pillows for the cabin of our sail boat, highly washable; 2 ditty bags to hold wallets, keys, cell phones and items we didn’t want to lose overboard; 2 large ditty bags for containing spare oak mast wedges and a collection of miscellaneous engine parts; and 4 “superperson” capes for the same 2 great nephews and their super friends.

Phew, I’m done, $5 well spent, and a terrific bargain among many great UFO bargains! While sharing this story I just realized, there are bits and pieces of fabric remaining…..absolutely TOO good to toss….Perhaps my chocolate labrador would like a new dog bed! So I’m back to stitching like mad and thinking maybe the rest of this FABULOUS fabric will show up at this years UFO auction on February 18th ….you know, it is possible. ——————————————————————————–