Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our May Meeting 2017

Pre-Meeting Chatter
waiting for our meeting room to be free

look how the room fills!!!

The Scrap Table


Cynthia opened the meeting with an apology for the non-delivery of her pre-meeting email.  She sent the email earlier this week from her new President email, though members didn't receive it.  Fortunately, everyone still showed up to the meeting!

Guest Speaker/Vendor - Deborah Fisher of Fish Museum + Circus

Deborah Fisher of Fish Museum + Circus brought along her trunk show from her two books

You can read more about Deborah and see all her trunk show quilts in this separate blog post.

Deborah was also vending and brought along these New York themed pins: 
red apples, pretzels and pigeons

and many more goodies

that members were keen to take home.

Ladore Summer Retreat: 9-11 June 2017

Lisa again went over the details for the Ladore Summer Retreat, Ladore Conference Center, Waymart, PA.  Full details on our Events + Retreat blog page.

Reminder, there's no smoking or alcohol allowed at Ladore.

✤Handmade Swap - as last year, make something quality and sign it ready for swapping.  
In a change to last year - this year wrap your item.
White Elephant - bring along something funny or tacky from home or a thrift store to swap.

Marie C volunteered to organise the goody bags @$15/person and Jenny B offered to order items wholesale.

Lisa Mason Quilt Exhibition
 There will be an exhibition of Lisa M's quilts at the Darien Library in Connecticut this summer.  More details to follow.

Board Nominations

Vice President
Since our last meeting, Chris Dodsley has resigned from her 2-year term as Vice President, ending after the June meeting, as she is moving to Florida.  Nominations were requested to complete the one year remaining on her term of office.

Hayden Lees was nominated for a 1-year term as Vice-President by Caroline Pomietlarz and seconded by Jody Sullivan.

Sue Erdreich was nominated as Secretary by Chris Dodsley and seconded by Jody Sullivan

There were no nominations for the President position on the Board.

Cynthia C and the Board will be referencing the current bylaws to confirm what will happen if no-one is prepared to take over the role of President.  The Board ask all members to again consider taking on the role ready for voting at our June meeting. 

Meeting Space
Our meeting space rental at Hartley House is coming up for renewal again with our last meeting currently scheduled for December 2017.

Members are asked to put forward ideas for a new meeting space that meets the following criteria:

1) space for up to 90 members though this is somewhat flexible as average attendance is 30-60
2) close to mass transit
3) consistent location and time

Aleeda C offered to lead the New Meeting Space Group and Theresa M is also in the NMS Group, working around her summer vacation plans. Deborah B is also willing to help but can't commit to being an official member of the NMS Group.

The Board will meet with the NMS Group to discuss this and a decision must be made by before the end of October to allow time to negotiate a new lease at Hartley House or give notice not to renew.

Cynthia C would also like our members to consider whether or not they are happy at Hartley House - and if not, then please put forward to her and/or the NMS Group your reasons why: too cold in winter, don't like the 2 pm start, etc.

If you know of a potential new meeting place please email Aleeda C or Theresa M.

Printing Class
 Cynthia C registered interest in a fabric and paper printing class and will now approach the teacher.  Maria G has a room in her building that may be suitable - to be investigated.

Member Achievements
To expand on the Member Achievements blog page currently under construction, Cynthia C asked members to write blog posts about their achievements.  She suggested those who may be shy or not want to write about themselves get a fellow #nycmetromod member to write about them.

Chris D reported that the response to the request for member info to create new blog pages has been poor and she'd love to get the pages up and running before she leaves us in June.  Here are the 2 infographic requests again, click to enlarge, and please email replies to our Social Media email.

All of our Bee Hives have now finished their rotations and disbanded.  Members should return outstanding completed blocks to the appropriate Queen/King Bee.  If you can't make your blocks please return the package of fabrics instead of the block. 

Cynthia C and Maria G are each interested in starting new Bees; Cynthia C - Improv and Maria G - Charity.  More details are available here and please read and familiarise yourself with our Bee Etiquette before signing up.  If you'd like to see some past pieced and finished Bee quilts, they are available here.

Coat of Arms
Sadly, we have to report that The Coat of Arms is suffering from exhaustion and has spent April resting - Cynthia C will keep it for the month of May and please come to our June meeting ready to volunteer to whisk the Coat of Arms away with you on your summer vacation.

 You can read more adventures of our Coat of Arms by clicking this link.

Round Robins/Ugly Quilts
Ugly Quilt #1
will be raffled at our June meeting.  Tickets are $2 each or $5/3, please see Bernadette F.

Ugly Quilt #2
is currently held by Karen H, who is making a back for it.

Round Robin #1 
is currently with Deborah B who will be passing it to Earamichia B for a final addition/quilting/binding as required.

Round Robin #2 
is with Jean R for its next addition.

Last month Cynthia C asked for donation blocks to start some new Round Robins - and you didn't fail!!!  We now have 3 new Round Robins underway.
Round Robin #3
Christine E donated a block left over from her I See Stars quilt
and passed it on to Eva LB.

Round Robin #4
 Jody S donated this piece she made using fabrics left over from a quilt for her daughter.
Maria G has taken it to work the next round.

Round Robin QAYG
 Jody S rescued this unbound Paintchip Summer 2016 Challenge block from the scrap table (someone please let me know who made it) and had the idea to start a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) Round Robin, handing it over to Caroline P.

Sections can be added to it as a Log Cabin - using the Quilt As You Go method or additional blocks can be made and joined at a later stage.  Chris D has her own machine sewn technique for joining QAYG blocks available here on her made by ChrissieD blog.

Block Lotto
This month's Block Lotto was another scrap buster, Scrappy Bow Tie.

The lucky winner was Arlene W.

Margaret C has again made up a sample block for our June Block Lotto. Please make an Economy Block comprising of 4 x 6-1/2" units - you should join the 4 units to make the finished block.  Use solids of any colour but no prints and you may repeat a colour should you wish.

Full instructions are available here on the blog and you can click through here for an explanation of how to play Block Lotto.

Summer Challenge 2017
Margaret C and the Block Lotto/Challenge Committee will do a Big Reveal of the 2017 Summer Challenge at the June meeting.

Door Prizes
More fabulous door prizes were donated to our meeting today: 
#nycmetromod member Jessica Pigza donated a copy of her book BIBLIOCraft;

Jody S donated a Jelly Roll;
Anita GS - a large fabric pack;
Emily K - a 5" charm pack;
Chris E - scissors and labels;
Cynthia C - Kantha fabrics;
and Guest Speaker and Vendor, Deborah Fisher donated a tape measure.


Thanks to our wonderful donors 😍

Name Badges
These lucky members are making name badges for each other in the following order:
Left to Right - 1 for 2, 2 for 3, 3 for 4, 4 for 5, 5 for 6, 6 for 7 and 7 for 1.

Charity Quilts
Kid's Quilts
As you know we met our target of 11 Kid's Blocks quilts for Heartshare St Vincent's Services. Jody S has completed the ninth quilt and Bernadette F handed the tenth quilt over to Lisa M for binding.  If you have the one remaining top, the deadline for completion is our June meeting, please bring it along finished or not.

Winter 2016 - Robert Kaufman Batik
Log Cabin with a twist (block instructions here)
Remember these blocks and the challenge Eva LB set for us back in December using the gorgeous batiks donated by Robert Kaufman?

Just look at these - not one, but two fabulous quilts.
Eva LB is looking for binding volunteers - and there's no deadline.
Drop her an email if you can help.

Military Family Day
At our February meeting, Caroline P asked us to get involved in putting together a charity quilt at a Piecing Party at Gotham Quilts. The blocks were made by children and families at a Military Family Day at the Stephen A Cohen Military Family Clinic on 28 January 2017.  

The clinic is at NYU Langone and supports veterans and their families with a variety of different services, including clinical support, transition and relocation services, etc.  The quilt was designed by Joey Casey from the Textile Arts Center and Caroline P and Eva LB were there to help families make/cut indigo shibori squares and drawn blocks. 

Several #nycmetromod members attended the Piecing Party - Caroline P, Eva LB, Maureen W, Rossanna W, Andrea M and thanks to Ivete T and Andrea D @Gotham Quilts for hosting! 

The quilt is now complete (the blocks are blurred to protect the anonymity of the families), 

The quilt will brighten the organisation's office space to help visiting families feel welcome.  The Charity + Community Committee will investigate if they would like #nycmetromod to be involved again next year. 

 NMIC Quilt
Christine E made up this quilt top using a #nycmetromod door prize jelly roll.  The quilt has been donated to North Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) to be raffled at their annual Mother's Day event which raises funds for their domestic violence support programme.  Chris E had already left the meeting so Eva LB said thanks to her in absentia.

Garden Strips Blocks
Marie C returned the Garden Strip Blocks that she has started to put together into a quilt top.  Lisa V took the top and the blocks to continue working on it.

Our Next Charity Project?
Christine E will do a big reveal of our next charity project at the June meeting.

Happy Birthday

May Meeting Day was Caroline P's birthday and tears may have been shed when we all sang 'Happy Birthday' to her.

Show + Tell

Rachael, Charlotte + Catherine D

and Cynthia C snapped this pic of the girls during our meeting, absolutely adorable 😊

Diane RS


Naomi M

Chris D

Chris also shared three FPP blocks she has pattern tested 

 Anita GS
This block is included in Anita's Craftsy class Quick Techniques For Classic Blocks

Theresa M


Marie C

Jessica P

Margaret C

Sara D
Remember Anita Grossman Solomon gifting us all with a mini-charm pack of her Robert Kaufman Make It Simpler solid collection?  Sara used hers to make the quilt on the right. 

Lisa M

Karen H

Emily N

Cynthia C
 This is Cynthia's Spark quilt that she made in a class with today's Guest Speaker, Deborah Fisher.  The pattern is available in Deborah's Giving Quilts book.  Cynthia matched her pieced whole cloth backing using this 7 Fast + Easy Steps To Pattern Match Fabric Seams photo tute on Chris D's made by ChrissieD blog.


Jody S

Bernadette F

Aleeda C
Aleeda C recommends a Xacto knife for cutting raw edge applique.

Maria G
Maria's quilt is a variation on the Yuma quilt
- free pattern available here on the Gotham Quilts website. 

Diana C
Diana's pincushion was made by #nycmetro member Jean S as part of a pincushion swap and she has is already using it to test one of
guest speaker Deborah Fisher's trial items, needle minder pins.

Ivete T
 Ivete shared Gotham Quilts new Upside quilt 
- free pattern available here on the Gotham Quilts website.

See You All In June πŸŒžπŸŒΊπŸŒ»

Guest Speaker - Meg Cox
Meg Cox will be speaking to us on 
Secrets from QuiltRepeneurs (Tula Pink, Eleanor Burns, Mary Fons, etc)
"There is nothing wrong with keeping quilting as a passionate hobby, but if you think you might like to make some money at the craft, then Meg has a lot to share with you."

Scrap Bag Swap
Bernadette F and Ellen F have requested a Scrap Bag Swap.  

Party Food
As it's our last meeting of the #nycmetromod year, let's make it a party and bring some fun food along to share.

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