Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 2017 Meeting

Welcome Back!

We had a wonderful first meeting of the Guild year. We got down to "business", discussing budget and bylaws. We also discussed programming and charity priorities for the coming year. It's going to be a fun one! Marie, our new President, got things rolling.

The Raffle table was stocked with goodies!

Coat of Arms
Our Treasurer, Greer, brought in the Coat of Arms so it can be passed to the next member. She wore it at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. She even added a zipper pull that's in the shape of Kentucky!

And speaking of Treasurer, Greer gave us updates on the budget and income statements.  She is very happy with being able to use Square for payments instead of taking checks. Greer also explained the differences between 501c(3) and 501c(4), and why our Guild is a 501c(4). The bylaws and budget were voted on and approved by Guild members.

Block Lotto
It was decided that the block will be due at the December meeting, so we can spend this month making blocks for Las Vegas. The block is the "hashtag". Directions will be posted at a later date.

Blocks for Las Vegas MQG
As a way to help comfort those affected by the shootings in Las Vegas, the local Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks and finished quilts. See Margaret's previous blog post for details here.

Our winter retreat at Mariandale will be January 5-7, and deposits are being accepted now. The Spring retreat at Ladore will be June 8-10.

Committees / Board Members
Cynthia will be our new Programs/Events Chair. She has a lot of great things planned!

Caroline would love help with the Newsletter. Please contact her if you would like to help with this vital part of Guild communication.

Sue would like a member to take pictures during Show and Tell. You only have to take the pictures and upload them to Dropbox, not take notes. It can be the same person or a different person at each meeting. You can let her know at the beginning of the meeting if you would like to help.

Marie facilitated a "meet the Committee Chairs" mixer, and gave members a chance to find out about each one, and volunteer to help out.

Eva gave a recap of all the charity projects we completed last year. The Guild donated 54 Quilts, including 32 baby quilts! Great work everyone! Our latest charity blocks, which are string blocks with blue in the center, are ongoing. Instructions can be found here.

Summer Challenge
The theme this past summer was "Botanical, with a 3D element". It needed to be a 16"x16' mini quilt. The results were all different, but all great!

Member News
Emily let us know that Quilting By The Lake registration is open for next summer. Sherri Lynn Wood will be teaching.

Ivete shared that Gotham Quilts will have some exciting news soon...we'll keep you posted!

Sandy told us about a wonderful show going on right now called "Fiber Matrix", by the Quilters of Color. It's at the Westbeth Gallery in TriBeCa through October 28th. And, sadly, she also let us know that she will be moving back to the West Coast for work. We'll all miss her, but wish her luck!

Show and Tell

Tina made a "quilt as you go" with leftovers from other quilts.

Bernadette made a mini quilt with special meaning as an anniversary gift for her husband.

Bernadette also made a gift for a new baby of a member of her book club, with signatures!

Jean made a "village quilt" based on a Karen Eckmeier pattern.

Sue used the blocks she won at the June Block Lotto,
plus some larger blocks, to make this top.

Margaret's quilt was inspired by Gwen Marston and is hand quilted.

Sandra made this quilt as a wedding gift.

Sandra also made this work in progress, for her husband.

Lisa's quilt is a wedding gift called "2, 4, 6, 8", which she said is a modified improv.

Emily made this baby quilt for her nephew.

Emily also made this hand appliqued quilt in a Rosalie Dace workshop.

Ellen made this Halloween quilt with embellishments sewn on.

Ivete's applique quilt is 3 years in the making!

Chris is very proud of her machine quilting.

Eva's quilt was inspired by her tiny scraps, and is tied.

Caroline made a gift for a friend in Japan out of Liberty fabrics.

Hayden made her quilt at a Judy Niemeyer retreat.
It won "Best in Show" at the Queens County Fair!

Maria used this quilt to practice quilting with a walking foot.

Jody made 2 of these quilts with her bee blocks,
for her granddaughter who has bunk beds.

Rossanna showed her seahorse bee block, for which she spent months
looking for the perfect embellishments.

See you in November!


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