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November 2019 Meeting

Our delightful speaker this month was Marianne Hatton and her topic was “Jill of All Trades”. Marianne has a long history in all kinds of sewing – clothing, embroidery, lace,  piecing quilts and then quilting them by hand. She was complimented on her hand quilting when she had an opportunity to attend a quilting party with a group of Amish women. She also believes in using LOTS of different patterns and colours in her quilts. She also loves to incorporate design elements into her quilts that hold significance for her, reminding her of the many places she has traveled.

“Like many quilters, she sewed clothes from a young age and dressed Barbie dolls with garments requiring those tiny eighth-inch buttons and half-inch zippers! , , , , then she became a high school home economics teacher so she could sew some more. Marianne has been making quilts for the past 30 years or so, and has taught quiltmaking for at least 20 of those years in adult education settings, privately, and in quilt stores. She owned The Uncommon Thread, a small fabric import business specializing in importing hand-dyed fabrics from South Africa, for about five years, but gave it up to focus more on teaching. Students in her studio classes range from beginners through experienced quilters and she enjoys every opportunity to teach. Her goal is to enable students to put their unique stamp on their creations, and she endeavors to bring out the latent talent for design that many quilters don’t know they have within themselves!  Marianne was born in South Africa and she and her husband came to the United States in 1977.”  

She has a brief video on if you are interested in hearing about the book. You can also visit her site to learn more about her workshops at

And of course we had show and tell:




















Jelly Roll Rug Workshop Postponement

Instructor Anne Covino and Sue Therriault have made the decision to postpone Anne’s scheduled May 2, 2020 Jelly Roll Rug workshop and will offer it in the Fall of 2020. We will announce the date when it is re-scheduled.

If you have any questions, Sue will be available at the Workshops table at the November 17 Guild meeting.


October 2019 Guild Meeting

Our speaker at the October Guild meeting was David Sirota, and his topic was “Experiences as a Quilt Instructor”.  Many years ago he developed a serious interest in paper-piecing, but felt it could be easier.  He perfected his technique about fifteen years ago, although he has been quilting since the 1990’s [all because he needed kitchen curtains!], and he now lectures and teaches classes. To learn more about David, his paper piecing technique, classes, lectures, and to view more photos of his quilts, visit

David’s delivery was humorous and fast-paced; but he basically left us with a few words of advice:

  1. When someone compliments you on your sewing machine, or colour choice, or completed work, ACCEPT the compliment graciously and say:
  2. “Thank you”. Full stop.  Do not point out mistakes that probably only you will ever notice or make excuses for your equipment or say it was not what you had planned.
  3. Have fun in a class! When you attend, it’s to learn, not to be graded on what you do not know or have not learned in the past. Laugh, chat, exchange anecdotes – and enjoy yourself!

Dave made sure to leave plenty of time for his trunk show. His quilts are full-on blasts of colour and design; you may love them or hate them – and he doesn’t care which – as long as they evince a strong emotional response in his audience.

He pairs red with turquoise,  stripes with batiks, and solids with prints,  to create optical illusions – some of them eye-popping. And all are a celebration of color and design.

Thank you, Dave, for your time and sharing your quilts with us. Your designs are exquisite examples of the modern quilt art trend. Victor Vasarely, the proclaimed father of Op-Art, would be proud.

CardTrickMake It Work Pick A Card Scrappy Chevron Star Starry Starry Night…On Acid

And from Cornerstone quilters:

Mary Russell:

Marylee Breault:

Monique Fontaine:

Jill Havrilla:

Mary Piorun:

Meg Stokes – with Applique by Sally Lemay:

Meg Stokes: “Stonehenge Challenge”:

Modern Quilt Group Meeting October 12 2019

What a great meeting we had last Saturday.  We began with a Show and Tell, with nearly everyone showing and sharing their challenges and other projects that they’ve been working on.  Lots of good ideas for future projects!  The challenge was fall colors and negative space.  Large and small items were presented.  It’s amazing how differently we all interpret fall colors!

After getting our juices flowing, Monique demonstrated a technique that she had discovered on pinterest.  Entitled Swirls of Scraps by Melissa McGill, Monique created a unique wallhanging that stretches our creativity and color sense.  Check it out on pinterest!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 25th, from noon to 2 pm at the Community Room at the Charlton Library.  It will follow the board meeting held that morning from 10 – 12.

Our featured demonstrator will be Susan Burns, who has become quite adept at facing her quilted items rather than binding them – So Modern!

Our challenge will be “Lunar.”

That’s it for now.  I’ll send out a reminder in mid-January.

Thanks. – Sue T.

October 2019 Quilt Shows in New England

Concord Piecemakers Quilt Show 2019

Friday, October 4th:  10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, October 5th: 10 AM – 4 PM

St. Matthews United Methodist Church
435 Central Street
Acton, Ma 01720

Admission:  $7. Children under 12 free


  • See a spectacular display of quilts and wearables
  • Visit our members’ craft boutique with unique and beautiful gifts
  • Shop at our vendors’ booths
  • Watch a demonstration
  • Visit our antique quilt room, some quilts and quilt tops available for purchase
  • Visit our Raffle Table with great, handmade items available to win
  • Buy a tin of delicious cookies wrapped in colorful fabric
  • Take  a chance on the guild raffle quilt

In the fall of odd-numbered years, the Concord Piecemakers Guild holds a quilt show that exhibits the quilts made by its members. This show is not juried.

For more information, contact


The 2019 Rising Star Quilt Show

Room full of Quilts

Our 32nd annual Quilt Show will be held Friday October 4 & Saturday October 5 at St Brigid Church,1995 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington, MA

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

About the show

  • In Keilty Hall (the bigger one, under the church):
    • The Quilts
    • Scavenger hunts
    • Raffle quilt
    • Mini quilt raffle and raffle baskets
    • Café
    • Vendors
    • Demonstrations by RSQ members
    • Yard sale
  • In Parish Hall:
    • Boutique
    • More Quilts, including the challenge quilts
  • A portion of the proceeds are donated to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
  • Admission $7.00
  • Children 12 years and under free!

For directions and more information go to:


Belknap Mills Quilters Guild 42nd Annual “Harvest of Quilts”

Saturday Oct 5th from 10 am – 5 pm  and
Sunday October 6th from 11 am to 4 pm.

Gilford Youth / Community Center,  19 Potter HIll Road,  Gilford NH 03249

Admission:  $7.00 / Children under 12 Free

Harvest of Quilts includes quilts of all sizes and designs.  Visit the show’s merchants,  our “Harvest  Café”, take in a demonstration or two, have your quilt appraised by making an appointment, visit the guild table, buy your tickets for the penny raffle, door prizes, or buy a chance on our raffle quilt & sewing machine raffles.

Cocheco Quilters Guild – 38th Annual Quilt Show – “CHANGING TIDES”

OCTOBER 12-13, 2019: 10 AM – 4 PM

Rochester Community Center
150 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH

​ADMISSION: $8/day or $10 for both days. Children <12 free.
200+ Gorgeous Quilts
Raffles Door Prizes
Penny Sale Gift Boutique
Quilt Appraisals Vendor Mall (see list)
Special Exhibits Demonstrations
Lunch, Snacks & Much More!

For more information go to:

Milk & Honey Quilters' Guild

“Quilting in the Land of Milk & Honey” Quilt Show

Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  /   Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Middlebury Recreation Center,  154 Creek Rd.,  Middlebury, VT

Our 2019 Raffle Quilt! – “In Flight”  – 86″ x 106″

Raffle tickets may be purchased at Quilters’ Corner located at 260 Court St (Hannaford Shopping Center) in Middlebury.

For more information:


Ninigret Quilters 2019 Quilt Show

October 18 – 19 – 20, 2019
Friday – Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Westerly Armory, Westerly, RI

The Raffle Quilt is “Ocean Sunset”, based on Diane Beaubein’s Simply Stunning Pattern.
Assembly and layout by Ellie Coffey & Tora Sterregaard.  Quilted by Pat Harrison.

Almost 200 quilts on display  /  Demonstrations  /  Refreshments  /  Vendors

RAFFLE BASKETS:   Fat Quarters  /  Grandma’s Baby  /  It’s the ‘Season’  /  Kitchen  /
Knitting, etc  /  Marine/Seashore  /  Mystery Basket  /  Pasta, Wine & Chocolate  /
Pets  /  Plethora of PreCuts  /  Travel  /  Year of Table Toppers.


Burlington Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show & Boutique

Middlesex Community College Campus Center
591 Springs Rd
Bedford, MA 01730

Dates & Hours:
Saturday October 19, 2019 –  10:00-5:00
Sunday October 20, 2019 –  10:00 – 4:00

Quilts, quilts and more quilts on display /  Raffle baskets  /  Raffle quilt  /   Refreshments  /
Scavenger hunt with prizes  /  Vendors  /  A wonderful collection of boutique items

For More Information and Directions:


Wilmington 9th Annual Quilt & Craft Show

In honour of founder Suzanne Alice Wells Wurzberger.Historic Memorial Hall, Downtown Wilmington VT

October 19 10am – 5 pm  /  October 20  10 am – 4 pm.


September Guild Meeting


We started out the year with an action-packed meeting:  signing up for workshops, outreach and challenges; purchasing fabrics at the pop-up shop, Cornerstone Collectibles; greeting old friends and new; borrowing “how-to” videos; and ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the ever-popular Show and Tell of members’ quilts (a few are posted below and all will be available to view in the Photo Gallery).  Our new President, Anne P., kicked off the meeting with announcements, including that a quilt is to be raffled to celebrate the Guild’s 20th anniversary (volunteers needed –  Anne will do binding);  the monthly drawing;  and of course the fat quarters for the birthday people.  At the October meeting we will draw names for giving gifts to children for Christmas.

The positions of Publicity Chair and Historian still need to be filled.  Consider volunteering for one of these positions.

** Note for those of you absent from the meeting:  Cornerstone Collectibles will no longer accept donations of books, magazines, or patterns.  Fabric pieces and notions are still accepted.  If you wish to give scraps away, you may contact a guild member to ask who might want them and deliver the scraps to that person at the meeting.

A big Thank You to our guest speaker for this month, Jen Sorenson.  Jen is a founding member of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild and quilt designer; her designs have been published in several magazines and she has won awards for her designs.  She gave us many suggestions for uses of fabrics and design when making a quilt with a more modern sensibility. For those of you fluent in PowerPoint, she suggested using that for quilt designs – or simply take a drawing of your design, print copies, and cut it up different ways to see how you can change it into something else that works for you. Jen is also very big on paper piecing; and her matchstick quilting made a simple quilt design into something special.  She recommended visiting a site called Seeds of Inspiration for getting the creative juices flowing. It is an Instagram site with many photos to get you thinking outside the traditional block box  – .

For more photos and information on her designs, visit Jen at A Quilting Jewel.  If you click on the photo of a quilt, it will pop up with all the information about it – size, materials, the inspiration for the quilt, and what type of machine she used for both sewing and quilting.

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild can be found on Facebook at

The photos below are of a quilt Jen recently finished, with 2,000 (don’t attempt to count them!) Swarovsksi crystals attached.  It’s quite spectacular. If you want to go crazy (quilt) you can buy these glittery gems online from several sellers.

Jen’s Kaleidoscope quilts are a lot of fun and movement.  There are 12 variations of blocks, so you can do one or two or use all of them. Below is Through the Looking Glass, using all Kaleidoscope blocks.

And if you want to learn about paper piecing, the guild has at least one video on the subject, and there are several sites online to visit for tutorials. One site is But there are many more!

As with all quilts, in modern quilting the quilt design is an important element of the quilt to express movement and draw attention to the design. The quilt below is Deco Dots. And below that is This Way Up. Again – thank you Jen for sharing your quilts and ideas with us!

Here are a few of the members’ quilts from Show and Tell:

Below is a pumpkin quilt (partial) made by Nancy W.  and a Christmas runner quilt from Suzona. If you know who made the Giraffe quilt or the quilt with red squares,  please let me know! I did not catch all the names of the quilters while also taking photos,

Until next time – keep that sewing machine humming!


Smith’s General Hand Quilting & Design Classes 9/21/2019

We received the following regarding hand-quilting classes to be held in Yarmouth, Maine. If you are interested please see the email and links below:

Dear Local and Near-by Quilt Guilds!

We are a new small contemporary quilt shop/general store in Yarmouth, ME that sells handmade quilts, a small selection of fabric and notions and lots of handmade gifts, in other words, a little bit of everything!

We also are incredibly excited to offer a large array of classes in our beautiful space in a historic brick building in downtown Yarmouth. We are finishing up our summer schedule and will soon be filling up the fall calendar. I am reaching out today because we have an amazing class coming up this weekend, still with lots of seats available, so we hope you may grab a friend and join us! We are hosting Riane Morrison for two classes, big stitch hand quilting 101 and designing hand quilting motifs. Riane is coming in all the way from CO where she works for the amazing Quilt Folk Magazine and previously for the Modern Quilt Guild. so, in addition to her teaching, I’m sure it will be a lovely day of quilty conversations!

If you wouldn’t mind circulating the class to your guild members, I would really appreciate it! I am attaching the info to both classes below as well as the link to sign up and Riane’s bio.

If you are interested in staying in the loop on our new products, fabrics and classes, you can join our mailing list by scrolling to the bottom of our home page at

Thank you in advance for your time!


Dash Masland

Smith’s General
Prow House Quilts
359 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096

Hand Quilting 101

In this three-hour, beginner-friendly workshop, students will try their hand at planned and improvisational hand quilting using large stitches and thick threads like sashiko or perle cotton. Students will learn how to apply high-contrast quilting designs to a throw pillow to create movement, motion and focus. We will discuss the technical aspects of hand quilting as well as larger design planning and techniques. Fabric, thread, batting, needle and finishing instructions will be provided.

Class details:

Date: September 21st

Time: 9am – 12pm

Cost: $55 (includes all materials)

Capacity: 15 students

Designing Hand Quilting Motifs

The right quilting motif can turn a quilt into something truly special. In this class, we’ll discuss how to design a high-contrast quilting motif for your next project, and learn some fundamental design techniques to consider when planning a hand quilting motif. Students should bring a finished quilt top that they would like to hand quilt (mini quilt, crib or throw size recommended), as well as preferred thread, needle, and basic sewing tools. Additional needles thread will be available for purchase, and rulers and marking tools will be provided.

Class details:

Date: September 21st

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Cost: $55

Capacity: 10 students

About Riane Elise

Riane Menardi Morrison is a modern quilter making minimal quilts for the modern home. She learned to quilt in 2011 from her grandmother, and once she found the right materials (linen, cotton, and wool), she fell in love and never looked back. Riane crafts heirloom-quality quilts that are as beautiful as they are functional, and each quilt is hand quilted with large stitching for a unique and durable finish.

Riane is the author of Inheritance: Minimal Quilts for the Modern Home and a coauthor of Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century by the Modern Quilt Guild. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines and quilt exhibits, and she teaches and lectures on hand quilting and modern quilt design around the country.