July's Membership Meeting: The July ‘Sit & Sew’ meeting will take place at the Expo on Wednesday, July 8th. Doors will open early at 4:00 PM so that anyone who is able, can set up sewing machines and irons. We will be working on blocks for the 2016 Raffle Quilt, and once again this year the blocks will be paper-pieced. I will provide paper foundations and pre-cut fabric strips, along with instructions. I will be on hand to assist….we have already be-gun making blocks! So if you are a beginner and need help, help will be there. We are hoping for a good turnout of ladies who want to sew. Here what you will want to bring: Sewing machine with adjustable stitch length and extension cord. A medium value, neutral (gray or beige) 100% cotton thread. Basic sewing supplies: fine pins with small heads, scissors, stitch ripper (always), Ott light (if you need extra light). Ruler for cutting quarter inch seam allowance. Add-A-Quarter-Ruler in 6" or 12" length works well because of the ¼" ledge. (They are inexpensive and are avail-able at most Quilt shops, such as the Quilted Frog and The Quilting Corner). Rotary cutter with a good sharp blade and small cutting mat.Iron and pressing surface.And most of all bring your enthusiasm. For those of you who do not want to bring your sewing machine, there will be plenty you can do to help, so you won’t be left out. Because of the early start to the meeting you may want to bring a sandwich. Hope to see you there!I look forward to a busy and productive evening. If you have any questions about the evening’s activities, you may contact June Pease
Guests are always welcome for $5.
August's Membership Meeting: Wednesday, August. 12th, 2015 @ 6:30 pm refreshments with meeting to follow at 7 pm at the Expo Center: This month our program is a lecture by Bonnie Dwyer entitled "The Roots of Modern Quilting". Check out Bonnie's web page at http://bonniedwyer.com/
September 9, 2015 (meeting) Kristine Poor trunk show of crafty items
October 3-4, 2015 Quilt Show
November 11, 2015 (meeting) Adele Scott Lecture, "My Favorite Products, Tips & Techniques"
Quilts of World War II
From the Sue Reich Collection
May 1 to June 24, 2015
The Wright Museum is opening its 21st year with a special exhibit, "Quilts of World War II," from May 1 to June 24. The exhibit will focus on the important role quilters and quilts played in supporting the war effort, building morale, raising funds for the war effort, and reinforcing wartime restraints.
The twenty-three quilts selected for the exhibit come from the personal collection of well known quilter and quilt historian Sue Reich. World War II quilts fall into four categories: supporting the war effort, building morale, raising funds for the war effort, and reinforcing wartime strictures. Examples include Rosie the Riveter quilts, Victory quilts, patchwork quilts that were sold or auctioned off to raise funds for the war, and quilts with expressions such as "QUIET PLEASE Night Shift War Worker Sleeping THANK YOU".
With their husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers away fighting overseas, American woman had to do much more than maintain their homes and families. They had to work in the defense industries to build the weapons and materials needed at the warfront. They also had to perform the everyday jobs formerly held by the men to keep the country functioning. To help the women cope with the stress of war, the American Red Cross and women's organizations across the country offered sewing and quilting classes. Quilting swept across America, reviving a once-popular tradition. In 1943, a newspaper article remarked that "the quilting bees of grandmother’s day are returning to popularity."
For more information, contact the Wright Museum of World War II located at 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(603) 569-1212 or www.wrightmuseum.org.
Needleturn Applique: Is it or Isn’t it? Looks like it without the hassle.
Interested in learning to hand applique, or maybe improve your current skills? Join us on Saturday, June 6 for a fun day taught by one of our own, June Pease. The applique techniques presented in this class will all give the appearance of needleturn applique. The techniques covered are: Needleturn (of course), Basting, Freezer Paper, The Starch Method, and Fusible Interfacing Appliqué. Also some bonus features: Perfect Circles and Skinny Stems!
The class will be held at the Leavitt Park House, 334 Elm Street, Laconia, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $25.00 for members, $35.00 non-members. Sack lunch suggested.
The 2015 Quilt Show is still in need of Committee Chairs and Co -Chair, please consider helping out.... click here to see where help is needed, it is a great way to get to know other members. Thanks to all those who have stepped up to help... Ann is still in desperate need of the Quilt Show Co-Chair... if you can help her out please contact Ann..
Show Co Chairs – Ann Rampulla, Co Chair Needed
This guide provides the inspiration for a year's worth of quilts and table toppers: 24 projects that are perfect for all seasons and occasions.
Pam and Nicky bring you a fresh collection of 14 brand new quilt patterns, each with a beautiful variation design. Uses a range of Moda™ pre-cuts, including the new fat eighth bundle!
Can't find the fabric you need? Create it with paint! This choice gives the quiltmaker unlimited flexibility in execution. Each of these 15 original design projects may be appliquéd, created with fabric paint, or may combine both fabric and paint techniques. Even up close, you won't be able to tell if a quilt is painted or appliquéd without touching it.
Other Books Include:
Simple Circles & Quick Curves (Machine Applique)
Stitchin’ Retro (Embroidery)
Crazy Shortcut Quilts (Crazy Quilts)