Comfort Quilts

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I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these trying times.  What to do with all that time now that we are ordered to shelter in place until April 7th???  As quilters, I’m sure we all have an abundance of fabric that is begging to be used.  I know I do! This is a great time to make those quilts for Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley.  It will not only fill our days but give us the opportunity to present them with an abundance of quilts next October.  Those kids sure could use them.  They are twin size quilts and don’t have to be fancy or difficult, just colorful and bright and filled with love. 

I know that this sense of giving will make us all feel a little better about our time in the house and give us the opportunity to do something with that time that makes a child’s life better. It’s a wonderful gift we have to share.  Thank you all for sharing with these wonderful children. 

Please feel free to share your quilts on our Facebook page so we can all see your beautiful creations!

Ronni Longwell


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If you receive an email or text message that looks like this, it is NOT from me.  It is spam.  Do not open it; delete it:

Elizabeth Swan, President

Call for Reusable Face Masks

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I hope this post finds you all well as you practice social distancing.  You might have noticed on social media that there is a movement of sorts where people are calling on to those who sew to make and donate cotton face masks.  As quilters, we normally volunteer to help in any way we can. Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild is no exception.  We have been contacted by members and non-members to see if we are planning on organizing a mask making event.  After doing some research, I will propose the following:

If you are personally aware of any organization in need of home-made face masks and are willing to coordinate a group to fill their need, please let me know.  I ask that you have direct contact with the organization and have talked with them about their specific needs.  Once the need is established MVQ will help you ask for volunteers, distribute assembly instructions and help gather the mask so that you may present them to your proposed organization.  Assembly instructions are necessary.

Organizations can be nursing homes, assisted care facilities, daycare centers, soup kitchens or any other food distribution center, church organizations, senior citizen centers, any medical facility such as hospitals or drop-in clinics.  Any place where you contacted that needs home-made facemasks, and would accept them from MVQ, would qualify.

Please contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Liz Swan, President


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It’s with great sadness that I wish to tell the members that Gail Seeley passed away on Friday. Although Gail was not a founding Mother, she has been a MVQ member from almost that time. Gail was our first FEATURED member at the quilt show and during the many years, her quilts were always some of the very best. She was a hand quilter and her talent was outstanding. She will be missed.

Maryanne Karp


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Due to the covid virus outbreak, there are a number of cancellations within the quilt world. Here are a few that directly impact the Merrimack Valley Quilters


Given the national mandates to limit gatherings to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, we are sadly cancelling our MVQ spring retreat at Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, Maine 3/25-3/29.
We have been in touch the FGH and were told that they are not enforcing the cancellation policy.  Therefore, we should be able to receive a full refund.

We are still working out the details and will keep you updated about the source of the refund (whether it will be from FGH or from the Guild when FGH reimburses MVQ).

In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.  We hope that you are able to use this time for creativity and self care.

We look forward to a return to normalcy and we are hopeful for a very early spring….

Phyllis & Sue


The workshop with Michell scheduled for March 21st has been cancelled.


It is with a heavy heart we announce that the April MQX Quilt Festival has been canceled….. there are no words to express our sadness. The Covid 19 virus will take a physical and mental toll on all of us. Now that the CDC has recommended that events over 50 people be canceled for the next eight weeks, we are sadly left with no choice. 

At the present time we are asking you to stop all mailing of quilts for the competition and/or exhibits. Any quilts that are on their way, or have been received, will be returned. If you have special instructions for where your quilt should be returned to, contact Janet-Lee.

Please consider supporting the MQX vendors by purchasing online. Be mindful that they are taking a huge hit as well. 

We are well aware that this unprecedented situation will have a negative impact on ALL of us. We are currently evaluating what, if any, refunds MQX is responsible for and will be in touch in this regard.  We hope that with everyone’s understanding and support, we will be able to return in 2021. 
Thank you for being part of the MQX family.

As we receive these cancellation, I will make every effort to keep you informed. Please stay safe and healthy and Quilt On!

Nominating Committee

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I would like to introduce the 2020 Nominating Committee. They are:
Diane Kelley, Chair
Judy Naylor, Vice Chair
Deb Desmarais
Linda Lydecker
Maggie Judd

Please contact any one of the committee members if you have question. If you wish to nominate yourself or another member for any of the Executive Committee positions, please contact any of the committee members in writing (by email or paper).

The Executive Committee consists of:
Vice President
AR Treasurer
AP Treasurer

We need a full slate of nominees for the April guild meeting. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

Elizabeth Swan, President


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The March Newsletter has been posted. It can be found on the Newsletter Page