Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Our April Meeting 2017

Pre-Meeting Chatter

The Scrap Table

Cynthia opened the meeting sharing a personal story of encouragement and positivity -
I am completely pleased with myself

Ladore Summer Retreat: 9-11 June 2017
Lisa again went over the details for the Ladore Summer Retreat, Ladore Conference Center, Waymart, PA.  

⭑Dinner, Friday through lunch, Sunday.
⭑Amenities: pool; hot tub; beautiful grounds/walks; all meals; single occupancy or shared twin.
Handmade gift swap - something quality and signed, more details nearer the time.
⭑Lots of sewing, laughter and great times with friends.

Single occupancy $275/Shared twin $175, non-refundable $50 deposit and balance by 30 April by check.  There's an extended deadline of 6 May for anyone paying by debit/credit card (#nycmetromod's new preferred method) at our May meeting.  If you missed the meeting, drop Lisa an email to have her send you the form.

Treasurer's Report
With little expenditure or income this month, Greer M's Treasurer's Report was really short.  

Don't Forget
We now have Square so we want to encourage you, whenever possible, to pay for anything #nycmetromod related (fees, retreats, etc) at our meetings using your credit/debit cards rather than using cash/checks.

As the Bees are coming to the end of their rotations and a couple of our Hives have closed, members of ALL Bees, current and disbanded should return 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.  

You can read more about our Bees and Bee Etiquette here

Board Nominations
Since our last meeting, Cynthia C has emailed job descriptions for the roles of President and Secretary to members.  Cynthia again asked people to consider putting themselves forward for the positions and she and ex-president Lisa M spoke about how filling both roles is essential to #nycmetromod's continuance as well as being lots of fun, rewarding and providing personal growth opportunities.  Nominations will be announced at our May meeting and elections will be held at our June meeting.

Empire Quilters Guild Show - 1-2 April 2017
Many members dropped into the Empire Quilters Guild Show at FIT before attending our April meeting.

The highlight of the show for all of us was seeing our very own Lisa Mason's multi-ribbon winning quilt My First Double Wedding Ring which was quilted by another #nycmetromod member Rachael Dorr.

This stunning quilt won:
Best in Show; Viewers' Choice; First Placed large pieced and Best Use of Color.

Here we are applauding Lisa at our meeting.

Since our meeting, on Thursday, 6 April, Lisa M and Rachael D received the Teacher/Faculty Ribbon at the MQX Quilt Festival - New England for their Big Oh Quilt, again pieced by Lisa and quilted by Rachael.  The ribbon was awarded by Deborah M Poole, author of You Can Quilt It book for longarm quilters.

Cynthia C returned the majority of quilts that were displayed at the festival to their owners and is making arrangements to return the rest.  It was agreed that participating in the show had been successful and Cynthia has circulated notes on lessons learnt in our last newsletter.  The meeting agreed that we would like to participate again next year.

#nycmetromod member, Sue Erdreich, won a ribbon at the show for her Tri-Color Hexagons quilt

and another of Sue's quilts was used for the promotional show logo.

Emily K was back from her winter in South Beach, FL and while there she visited the Broward Quilt Expo and saw several quilts on display by #nycmetromod members 

Arlene White, Closer To The Light

Sandy Naval, Stripes + Squares

Sandy Naval, Matisse's Dance Revisited 1st In A Series

Sandy Naval, Matisse's Dance Revisited 2nd In A Series

and Julie Parrish won Honorable Mention ribbons for each of two quilts: 

Two Person Small, Hathi (quilted by Vicki Ruebel of Orchard Owl Quilts)
Hathi also won: Best Machine Quilting at MQX - Springfield, Nov 2016; Best Machine Quilting at BQE, Mar 2017; and 2nd Place Two Person Small at Desert Quilters of Nevada, Apr 2017

and also Two Person Large, Chain of Fools (quilted by Helia Ricci)
Chain of Fools also won: 2nd Place Two Person Large at Desert Quilters of Nevada, Apr 2017

If you've received a ribbon or award for your work, we'd love to include pics on the blog.  Email details and pics to Chris via our Social Media email.

Upcoming Speakers/Vendors

May Meeting
Deborah will be sharing her trunk show and speaking about her work and community projects as well as vending.  Our current charity/community garden strip blocks are a pattern from Deborah's latest book, Quilt Giving.

June Meeting
Meg 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."

Coat of Arms
Jean R and Alyson R have added this felt embellishment to the coat that Marie C (below right) had previously donated to the scrap table.

Jean R handed the Coat of Arms over to out-going President, Cynthia for April. 

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

Round Robins/Ugly Quilts
Diana C returned Round Robin #2 to the meeting having added a Tula Pink border and handed it over to Jean R for its next addition.

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

As Round Robins #1 + #2 are now coming to an end it's time to start two more.  

Request To Previous Block Lotto Winners
If anyone has previously won block lotto blocks and not used them all, please consider donating one or two to become the centre of the new Round Robins.

Cynthia C is currently storing Ugly Quilt #1 and the meeting agreed this should be raffled within our Guild at the June 2017 meeting.

Block Lotto
This month's Block Lotto was another scrap buster, Scrap Buster That Really Busts Scraps.

The lucky winner was Theresa M and the winning ticket was drawn by Ana, Chris D's dil visiting us this month from Seville.

Margaret C again made up some sample blocks for our May Block Lotto and Ellen F shared them with us at the meeting.  This is how four blocks look when joined together but you can make just one block or as many as you like. Scrappy Bow Tie Block instructions are here on the blog and click through here for an explanation of how to play Block Lotto.

Sandi K had a question for members regarding the April 2016 Block Lotto Arrowhead blocks she won last year.  

Sandi asked permission from the meeting to enter a quilt made with her won blocks into a competition.  The meeting agreed that Block Lotto blocks belong to the winner who can do with them as they wish.  It was asked that the quilt is entered into the group category. 

Anyone who made one of the arrowhead blocks should message Sandi via email or the members only Facebook page to have your name added to the quilt entry details.

Summer Challenge 2017
Cynthia C asked the Block Lotto/Challenge Committee to bring ideas for the Summer Challenge 2017 to the next meeting.  The Committee will hand out packages and/or instructions for the challenge to members at the June meeting.

Door Prizes
More fabulous door prizes donated to our meeting today:

Thanks to our wonderful donors:
Jody S; Anita GS @Making It Simpler; Sue E; Maria G and Cynthia C and again to our visitor, Ana, for selecting the winning tickets.

Charity Quilts

Kid's Quilts
Time to stop making the Kid's Blocks, the wonderful news is that we've met our target of 11 quilts foHeartshare St Vincent's Services.  Eight quilts are complete and there are only 3 tops left to sandwich/quilt/bind - batting and backing fabric will be provided.  If you've taken one of the 3 remaining tops, the deadline for completion is our June meeting.

Garden Strips Blocks
Lots more Garden Strips Blocks came in at the meeting.

Marie C took the strips home to start making them up into a quilt top.  Block instructions are here if you fancy making some more!

Butterfly Blocks
Since the April meeting, Tina M put out a call to action on our members only Facebook page.  Tina asked us for help in making purple Butterfly Blocks so she can make and gift a quilt to a sick friend.

The response was amazing and Tina has more blocks than she initially requested for the quilt.  Thanks, everyone, as always, for your terrific response.

If you made a block for Tina please email her or leave her a message for on the members only Facebook page so she can add your name to the quilt label.

Instructions for the Butterfly Block, available here, are by Katherine @SewMeSomethingGood

Member Recommendations
Two sources for hand-dyed fabric were recommended by members during the meeting here are links to both:

Maria G recommended a workshop she attended taught by Pat Harrison @Ocean Waves Quilting Company - Easy Peasey Circles using a freezer paper technique.

Show + Tell

Sue E

Chris E

Emily K

Naomi M

Marie C

Alyson R / Diana C / Jean R (+ Laura C)

Lisa M

Caroline P

If you fancy making your own Weekend Duffel Bag just like Caroline's, 

Jody S
Jody handed the squares quilt on the left over to our Charity/Community Committee for donation to the Jersey Shore MQG Quilt Drive for the families affected by the Ocean Grove Fire.

Bernadette F

Bernadette F's quilt is made using the same Arrowhead Block pattern mentioned earlier that Sandi K won in April 2016.  The pattern is by #nycmetromod member Anita Soloman @Make It Simpler and she was delighted to see how Bernadette has put her quilt top together.

Maria G
Maria handed the dream quilt over to our Charity/Community Committee for donation to our upcoming Baby Quilts for Room To Grow quilt drive.

Maria's Graffiti quilt is made using the Rectangles of Love Block Lotto blocks she won back in February 2016.  She has created a black 'hole in the wall' section that she'd like filled with graffiti quilting and she asked for the thoughts of the meeting.  

Member ideas included allowing a longarm quilter to be creative in the 'hole' or having #nycmetromod members each embroider something on this section, preferably before the quilt is sandwiched.  Once the quilt is complete, Maria would like it to be raffled off for members. 

It was decided to revisit the ideas at the June meeting.

Cynthia C

Slow Stitching/Stitch Sharing
Pics from our after-meeting slow stitching/stitch sharing session

See You All In May 🐣🐥🐤
It was super hot this month at Hartley House, the heating was most definitely working 😓.  A tip for next month is, even if it's still cold outside, wear something light under all your layers.

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