NLQG UFO Challenge 2015

This is the year!!

Let’s pull out a few of those UFO and get committed to a finish! 2015 has been proclaimed the year of finishing those dreadful, haunting UFO that we all have hiding away.  Here’s a challenge with a few little twist and some great prizes for motivation!   It’s going to cost you, but I want you to be COMMITTED!  No idle promises of someday pulling out that nagging unfinished quilt top.  Give me $2, a fat quarter and a photo and it’s…..

GAME ON!!!!!

Here’s the guidelines….

1. Complete one UFO Challenge Entry Form per project. A photo of the project must accompany the entry form.

2. A completed form along with $2 and one fat quarter must be submitted with every UFO. To be eligible for the challenge, entries must be submitted by the end of the December 2014 meeting.  

3. You may complete up to six forms but we will collect only a maximum of $10 and five fat quarters.  It’s like getting a freebie!!! 

4. Each Entry Form must be accompanied by a photo of the UFO. 

5. If your project is going to be hand quilted, it may be either in the process of being quilting when you enter it or it can be a completed top that you plan to hand quilt.  

6. If you have several items that only need binding, two of these projects can count as one item.  

7. An “almost” finished top will need at least two additional borders to qualify as a UFO.  

8. You may not substitute UFOs. Once a form is submitted, you will be challenged to finish that project.

9. A completed project means *NO ADDITIONAL WORK* NO EXCEPTIONS.  Labels are not required.

10. Please bring your finished UFOs to our monthly meetings for show and tell as you get them finished. When you do, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing as well as an additional drawing for all of the collected fat quarters at the end of the challenge year in November 2015.  The more UFOs you complete, the more chances of winning!

Need an example or two to get you started?  Here’s a look at mine.







Glamour shot these are not!! Functional – YES!!

I will send all of this information out via the Yahoo group also, and copies of the forms will also be available.

Stay tuned, more info to come.

If you have any questions, just shoot me an email or give me a call, info is in the membership directory.

thanks gals!!

joanne lendaro

The Generosity of Quilters

The Parkinson’s Comfort Project</a> attends conferences every year to talk about what we do and to distribute quilts. On Monday, we’ll be at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH at a conference put together by Diane Church of the Parkinson’s Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

I have four totes full of the most gorgeous quilts to give away to people on a Parkinson’s journey. I know they will bring smiles to the faces of those who bring them home.

Within the quilting community, the generosity of those who love to play with fabric is well known. Every guild I know of has a community service committee that makes and gives these magical gifts to those in need. And many guilds and individual quilters adopt programs such as the Parkinson’s Comfort Project</a> or Quilts of Valor as recipients of their creations.

But too many people outside the quilting community are unaware of this giving. So I wanted to take this space to give you just a wee sample of the 34 quilts that will find new homes on Monday. The first one was made by Sarah Monego of Thetford, Vermont. The second is by Ellie Leach of Wells River, Vermont. And the third is by Nancy Graham of Newport, NH.

And the turquoise and yellow creation wrapped around the shoulders of a recipient at the spring Parkinson’s conference was made by Joanne Shapp of Pomfret, Vermont.

My heart just overflows with gratitude.


2014-073- Sarah Monego 2 for web
Sarah Monego
2014-081- Ellie Leach 2 for web
Ellie Leach
2014-072- Nancy Graham 2 for web
Nancy Graham
Olivia in Joanne Shapp's quilt for web
Olivia in Joanne Shapp’s quilt



October 8th meeting agenda

5:30 PM–             Doors Open

6:30: PM              –             Regular NLQG Meeting

  • Welcome Guests and New Member
  • Program :  “Quilting – Doing It Right” Presentation by Becky and Brent Ferland from Four Pines Quilting in Claremont, N. H. They have a wonderful little quilt shop that offers Long Arm Quilting, fabrics patterns and Brother Sewing Machines and oh, so much more. It is worth a trip just 20 minutes down the road. Come see some old and new ideas. There will be merchandise for purchase at the break.
  • Business Meeting :

o   reports from officers and committees

o   announcements

o   Block of the Month

o   Name Tag Drawing

  • Show and Tell


Remember, we need to put away all tables and chairs before we leave at 9pm.  Please bring:

  • Name tag
  • Show & Tell items
  • A Big Smile!

Green Mountain Quilters Guild fall meeting

Green Mountain Quilters Guild, the State Guild of Vermont, will kick off their new Outreach Program by hosting a Presenters Showcase on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10 am (doors open 8:30 am) at the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, Barre, VT 05641. This event will feature New England quilt instructors and presenters from allied fields who will share their expertise and offerings giving guild representatives the opportunity to meet and consider scheduling them for future workshops and lectures. For directions and general info about the Hall please visit the Old Labor Hall’s website
Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend our meeting. There is a “gate” fee of $10 for non-members. Membership dues are $15 and visitors usually roll this fee into a membership. If visitors don’t opt to join at the meeting, the gate fee does not roll over into a membership if they join at a later date.

May meeting photos!

First, here’s the Block of the month collection. So pretty! I didn’t take notes… who won these?


ok, who’s hair is this???


Jennifer and Peggy hawking a class… I heard it was very fun! Anyone have any pictures from the class they’d like to share?


Our speaker of the month, Mary Derry, gave us tips on how to wow the judges at quilt shows.


She brought in samples of what not to do:



whatelsenottodo  oops

and examples of well made quilts:


(rats, this one is upside down!)




and members of the appreciative audience… oops, i’m distracting them!


Science says that you should look at these links

A quick round-up of a few things I’ve found on the interwebs in the last couple of days:

Solids grown and produced in the U.S.A

And a story about the mills.

Locally, SCORE is offering a class on how to turn your craft into a business.

and a Call For Entry in Newport

and, lastly, a cookie recipe that looks yummy AND super healthy that someone should bake and mail to my kids. oh, i suppose that would be me 🙂

Enjoy your day!