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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.


Woodstock – Celebrating Agriculture Day

The guild has been asked to participate in Celebrating Agriculture Day on Saturday, Sept 21 being held at the Woodstock fair grounds.  Please consider showing your work.

The event is free admission and runs from 9:00 AM til 3:00 PM. Sally Lemay and Laura Salo will be at the fairgrounds on Friday, Sept 20 to hang quilts.

Laura will be at the guild meeting on the 15th if you would like her to take your projects at that time.  Or you could meet Sally and Laura at the fairgrounds on Friday afternoon at 3:00.


Outreach – First Meeting 2019-2020

Welcome back to another year of Outreach for the guild.  We will meet this Friday 13th at 12:30 at the Charlton Grange.  The address is 10 MA-31 in Charlton.

Please let Terri Donnelly know if you plan to attend and if you will be bringing a sewing machine.

For those of you who cannot attend our Friday meetings, but would still like to participate in Outreach, you can pick up kits at the guild meeting.  Drop Terri a line at

Thanks to all who have indicated an interest in Outreach!

Small Suffrage Quilt Challenge


As I’m sure you’re aware, 2019-2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. There will be many events planned to celebrate this historic accomplishment and one of them is a SMALL SUFFRAGE QUILT CHALLENGE!

The first election in our nation held after the amendment went into effect was in Minnesota, in Dakota County. This municipal election in South St. Paul had 90 women lining up to vote, and their votes were kept separate, so we even know the names of many of these women.
Each year the Dakota County Historical Society (located in South St. Paul) hosts a month-long quilt show displaying quilts made by the Dakota County Star Quilters. Because of this history, the Dakota County Star Quilters is hosting a special challenge for their March 2020 show. They are inviting U.S. quilters to participate by sending in a 24” square quilt for the display.

Since we’ve begun planning this event we’ve already gotten four requests for this display to be displayed elsewhere after March 2020. While we are certainly in the early stages yet, it is exciting to know that the MN Quilters and the Mall of America are interested in possibly displaying these suffrage quilts in their suffrage celebrations.

You can choose not to have your quilt tour and it will be promptly mailed back to you after the end of the DCSQ show. If you do choose to have your quilt participate in the tour, your quilt will be mailed back to you probably at the end of 2020.

We are not limiting participants as to technique, we invite your creativity. We also invite you to share this information with any of your quilting friends. We are not limiting participation to just Minnesota quilters.

Please note the submission deadline is January 1, 2020.
For specific Submission Guidelines, they are posted online at the Dakota County Star Quilters website:
Thank you for your time and we hope you’ll submit a small quilt for this display.

Cindy Thury Smith
Curator, Hastings Pioneer Room

Sturbridge National Night Out – August 6

STURBRIDGE COMMONS – Cornerstone Quilters Guild will have representatives on the Common in Sturbridge on Tuesday, August 6th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm for the Sturbridge National Night Out.  The Guild will display some of the members’ smaller quilts and have small samples for the children to experiment.  Stop by and see heat being a member of CQG is all about! This is an annual event to promote community and there will be other exhibits and youth events.  Some workshop samples are below:.

AUGUST 8-10, 2019  “BY THE SEA” – BAYBERRY QUILT GUILD ANNUAL QUILT SHOW  – 35 Scudder Road, Hyannis, MA.  Admisssion – $10 for all three days; children under 12 free. Group discount for 10+.  Go to “Contact Us” at for information. Thursday / Friday 9:30 – 4:00 and Saturday 9:30 -3:00. Includes raffle / merchants mall / handcrafted boutique and daily lectures and demonstrations.