From Monet Brewerton who is the president of the New England Modern Quilt Guild
Greetings from the New England chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild! I was honored to be asked to write a guest post about our branch and share our recent developments with all of you. I can’t continue, however, without thanking Alissa, Latifah, Elizabeth, Jacquie and everyone else who gave birth to this idea and helped each of our chapters come to life. Our branch is very grateful to you for bringing us together.
Our membership currently includes about forty people, though our Ning site grows daily with potential new members. We have a very diverse membership and cover all of New England, from southern Connecticut to the highest points of Maine. We have had two great meetings at local quilt shops so far; during the second meeting, we elected three wonderful and enthusiastic new officers who already have great ideas about how to help our guild grow and flourish. Although we briefly considered splitting off into smaller branches to make attending meetings more manageable, everyone seemed to want to stay together. We had a member travel 150 miles just to get to our first meeting, and she’s now our treasurer!
Our first meeting occurred in March in Arlington, Massachusetts. We held a small fabric swap and discussed what we wanted to get out of the guild. Our members agreed that our guild should be about community, learning and information exchange, and “meeting people who love fabric, too.” (Our first meeting also included a great deal of fabric shopping, obviously!)
We agreed that our guild should have a strong charitable orientation. The charity we decided to support this month is called Margaret’s Hope Chest. The organization provides birthday quilts to children whose parents are incarcerated, and we are in the process of making the Mod Sampler Quilt out of Heather Ross fabrics for a seven-year-old girl. Member Lisa D. has generously donated a great deal of her time and energy to heading up this effort, and we are looking forward to seeing and sending the completed quilt.
We have our first sew-in planned for next week in Arlington, Massachusetts; one of our members has offered to host us in her home, and we will come together to sew (of course) and have a scrap swap! We are planning to organize frequent sew-ins and similar activities in different regions to involve as many people in the guild as possible.
Some of us are very excited about attending a quilting retreat this summer. We have picked out a site in a waterfront town in Maine and are in the process of coordinating the logistics and classes for the retreat. A few of our members have already volunteered to teach a class to the group. Several members have contributed great ideas for different classes, and we anticipate that it will be a great learning experience for all of us.
We are very fortunate that our members have a wide range of talents, levels of experience, interests, and preferences. We are all looking forward to learning more together and getting to know each other better as the year progresses. Luckily, there are many quilting-related events going on in the New England area; Nancy Crow’s most recent exhibit in being displayed in a museum right outside of Boston, Denyse Schmidt’s studio is in Connecticut, and there are several quilt festivals occurring during the summer. It’s going to be a busy and exciting season for our guild.
Thank you to all of the other presidents for sharing your stories. It’s wonderful to see all of the different branches flourishing
*Photos complements of Joanna Martinez