Hammersmith Quilters Guild
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Congratulations to all the Hammersmith members who entered items and won ribbons in the Topsfield Fair in 2019!
Janet Dalis won a First Place ribbon as
well as the rosette for Committee's
Martha Mazeika was a Second Place
ribbon for her wool applique, which
was also her first entry ever at the
Topsfield Fair.
Molly Conlin got a First Place for her Turkey Tracks quilt, as well as Third Place
ribbons for her two other pieces.
A Second Place for
Carol MacRae
Third Place ribbons for Margie Berkowitch (left)
and Jane Amato (right)
Carmen Arnone got Third
Place ribbons on each of her
fidget mats (upper left) and an
Honorable Mention on her
Getaway 2019 Mystery quilt
(lower left).
Lesley Pew also received an
Honorable Mention for her fish
Member's Trunk Show, November 2019
At our November meeting, member Bev McGrath entertained us with a
trunk show of just some of the MANY quilts she has made throughout her
quilting journey.  Here is just a sampling of the quilts she shared with us.
Show 'n' Tell, February 2020
HQG at the Topsfield Fair, October 2019
Member's Trunk Show, February 2020
At our February meeting, member Sally Clapp entertained us with
slides from her trip; her presentation was called "Quilting Inspirations
from India".  She also brought a number of textiles to show that she
had acquired on her trip.
Member's Quilts to be Displayed
Two of Nita Penfold’s quilts honoring our foremothers and commemorating the Women’s Suffrage movement have been
chosen for display at the following venues:

March 3-April 3, 2020:  Dakota County Historical Society in South St. Paul, MN
June 11-13, 2020:  Minnesota Quilters Show, St. Cloud, MN
August 5-7, 2020:  American Quilters Society Show, Lancaster, PA
August 19-22, 2020:  American Quilters Society Show, Grand Rapids, MI

Congratulations, Nita!
Our Virtual "Getaway"
and Quilting During the Quarantine, April-May 2020
March 19-22, 2020 was supposed to be our guild's annual quilting retreat weekend at the Ramada Saco in Maine but, as so
many other groups have done, we had to cancel this gathering due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  However, that did not stop us
from sewing & quilting and accomplishing things.  Instead of working on our planned projects, many of us made face masks
for our medical professionals to use as a last resort if their other face mask supplies run out, in addition to our planned
quilting projects. In the meantime, other guild members are sending in photos of their projects to share in this virtual Show 'n'
Tell.  Quilting is alive and well!
With so many people making
masks, 1/4" elastic is in short
supply everywhere!
Dottie Macomber made 27
masks and has concluded that
she does not like making pleats!
Dottie also made 6 blocks
for Quilts of Valor.  Here
are 4 of them.
Anne Boris made 26 blocks
for Quilts of Valor!
Margie Berkowitch
made 12 blocks
for Quilts of Valor.
Rosie Graham
made 2
pillowcases for
Quilts of Valor.
Masks made by Kristin
Callahan- the way she
lined them up, they look
like bikini tops!  
Kathy Connors made a garden
wallhanging and some scrappy
blocks from her stash that look
suspiciously like the coronavirus!
Some of the 38 masks
made by Margie- wow!
Just two of the QOV
blocks and a
pillowcase made by
Kathy Connors
Linda Talanian
made a block for
QOV pillowcase and one of
the QOV blocks made by
Lucille McCarthy
Gail Dwyer's cityscape quilt and a
very interesting spool sculpture
Ann Ambrose finished
a baby quilt for a friend
of her daughter.  Look
what you can do with 2
1/2" strips!
Matty Graciano was busy
making masks to send to
MGH and other facilities.
from Jane Amato: "This is a project I
got in my Fat Quarter Shop Sew
Sampler Club (I get a box every
month).  It was challenging aligning
all of the hexagons to form the
design. I just love the fabric(
Mackinac Island from Minick and
Simpson).  I sound like an
Lucille McCarthy was very busy during our virtual getaway, completing four quilt tops.  Great ways to use
up scraps!
Molly Conlin took inspiration from the Vortex Quilt (left) that
was part of the Red and White Quilt Show in the Park Avenue
Armory in New York in 2011 and made her own version
(right) called "Embrace the Suck- Corona Vortex 2020".
Jean Balliro made this
great mask for her
niece who works at
Cindy Nile's
Millie Becker with quilts she recently finished

In Millie's words, "I made them for my cousin's grandkids- twins, a
boy and a girl. I started them January 28 when they were born and
finished them a couple of days ago.  Jerry drew these motifs free
hand (the car and the boat).  He traced the plane and train from a
quilt book."
Margie Berkowitch's
"retreat quilt"- she says
she will be adding a white
border, and the quilt will
have a red binding.
New member and newish quilter Roberta Knosp
shares her "Corona" quilt (left) and her very first
quilt (right), sitting on top of another quilt on the
bed.  Great job, Roberta!
Ann Ambrose is making this quilt
from a free pattern called "Hear Me
Roar!"  She says, "Here is the quilt
I am working on for my soon to be
born Grandson!!! He will be born
on April 28th at MGH by C-section.
I would love if people could keep
my daughter Kate and her
husband Paul in the back of their
minds with positive and good
thoughts, as my daughter's births
are more complicated than most!!
Thank you!!"
Gail Dwyer has been very
busy using her "vast stash",
as she put it, making bags-
oh, and masks, too.  (Love
how this one matches her
Gretchen Berkowitch is
working on "Thunderstruck", a
Victoria Findlay Wolfe pattern.
Just a few of the 250
masks that Sally Nimblett
has made for her nursing
friends, a nursing home
and her family!
Lynda Galvin has been busy; she has
made 127 face masks!
Dottie Macomber has made
38 pet quilts for the Small
Kennel Quilt Project.  
Several of them will be sent
to a shelter in Arkansas
that is caring for animals
affected by the recent
tornadoes there.
Dottie says, "I know these photos aren't quilt projects but I just had to show them!  
This week, on March 30 and April 2, I made 1 batch of raspberry jam, 6 batches of
blackberry jam, and 10 pints of spaghetti sauce, all from our homegrown produce
that we froze last growing season.  I figured that it was time to use them before this
year's growing season starts!"
Sally Clapp has made a number of masks
for a friend at Winchester Hospital.  She
has also completed the quilt to the right,
from a photograph of her grandson.  She
learned the technique in a workshop by
Ann Shaw.
John Balliro has been making
greeting cards.  Some are for
Easter, and the quilt shop
ones are going to be for sale
in our quilt show's boutique.
Lesley Pew has been busy getting a
bunch of her UFOs out of a pile and
pin-basting them in preparation for
quilting sometime.

She, like many of us, has also been
making face masks.
In the spirit of community
service, Jean Balliro set up this
display of masks in her front
yard so that neighbors walking
by can take a mask if they need
one.  What a great idea!
Ann Ambrose has been making
masks.  She added two twist ties that
remained attached together; she
zigzagged over them to make masks
that can be made more fitted over the
Margarita Blyumkina has
been making masks for
Kaplan House Hospice and
her family, as well as a
special one for herself!
Dottie Macomber finished
32 small kennel quilts to
send to shelters in
Mississippi and Louisiana
that are caring for
animals impacted by the
recent tornadoes there.
Sally Nimblett is also making small
kennel quilts, as well as continuing to
make masks and scrub caps for
From Molly Conlin: The quilt
squares were made by the 40 Step
Quilters in Nahant to benefit the
Nahant American Legion auxiliary. I
quilted it and added the binding
and decided to name it “Sue and
Sam, 2020, Social Distancing".
Margarita Blyumkina's latest reversible
quilt  "As usual, I thank everyone for
your scraps."
Ann Ambrose has been sewing
like crazy while waiting for her
new grandson!  The pillows (left)
are for the kids' playroom, and
the photo on the right shows al
the baby gifts ready for the lucky
little guy!
To the right is a Pocket Prayer Quilt made by
Ann.  She says, "I made this 2 and a half inch
pocket prayer quilt for Paul (her son-in-law) to
put in his pocket during Kate’s (her daughter's)
surgery tomorrow (Kate is having a C-section.)
Inside the quilt is a small cross. It has the
beautiful sentiment card pinned to it.  I bought
the card, cross and pin from Shabby Fabrics.  
Wow, it’s hard to make a tiny quilt!!"
To the right is a "tummy-time" small quilt that
Ann made from the leftovers of the other
dinosaur quilt she made (see below). " As my
husband said, 'That is what quilting is all
about, using scraps to make a nice quilt.' "
Elaine Cobucci shared four of her recent projects. She says, "I really miss our
meetings.  I finished a few projects and would like to share. Hope to see you
all soon!".
Jean Balliro shared another
"quarantine quilt", a cute "A B Sea"
quilt of sea creatures and sea-related