Friday, March 2, 2018

February 28, 2018

Old Business
  • Classes:
    • Dorie's class on bias applique went well. There were 8 attendees.

    • Possible next 'sew-in' class will be Kathy's "How do I quilt that!!??" lecture/slideshow to include bringing in quilts and discussing options.
    • Joe Cunningham class still has openings. We are opening it up to non-guild members. Everyone is encouraged to attend the free (for guild members) trunk show.  Trunk show is in the morning of April 14, class is 3 hours in the afternoon the same day. Cost for non-members to the trunk show is $10. Cost for non-members for the class is $75. Sign-up at:

    • Annabelle Wrigley - Little Pincushion Studio "Doodle Quilt" class is on for September 30th. This will be a 6-hour class and her trunk show is part of the class. Cost for members $60.  Sign-ups will be later in the year.

  • Spring Retreat at Howell Nature Center is this next weekend.  We had 12 sign-ups so there are still 3 openings if you don't have any dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated.
  • Charley Harper Quilt Show - plans are in the works to organize a trip to the Cincinnati area for this quilt show the weekend of April 7-8.
 New Business
  • Next sew-in is March 18. Be sure to sign up at
  • Treasurer's Report: we are doing fine - our funds are in good enough shape to allow the guild to subsidize some of the teaching events we've been having (such as the Joe C trunk show). Full report at:
  • Guild member news:
    • 3 guild members were featured in a book published by the Modern Quilt Guild, "Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century". Yay to Rossie Hutchinson, Dorie Schwarz, Jenna Brand!  This book has been purchased by the Guild and is in the Library to borrow.  MQG also sent us two swag bags that we raffled off.
  • Swaps:
    • Chicago Swap - we will be having a blind swap with the Chicago MQG.  Brenda R is organizing and has provided a sign-up sheet at Deadline is March 31st to sign up.  This will be for a mini-quilt and no extras.  We will get our swap partner names the first week of April and minis are due at the May meeting.  We will then receive our quilts at the June meeting.  Be sure to coordinate with Brenda R if you are participating but are unable to make these meetings.
    • Idea for a future swap was suggested: use a photo as an inspiration
    • 3 of our members signed up for the Riley Blake challenge for MQG and the fabric is here.  Check with Amy S if you need to get yours. 
    • Log Cabin Block Lottery - guild members made log cabins and they were raffled off, winner takes all. Pam E won the batch of over 30 blocks.
    • Next month's swap is "Color Palette Challenge": members drew sample color palettes at random and are challenged to make any size quilt, pillow, etc. by the next meeting.  Only rules are it must contain the colors in your palette, only additions may be neutrals (e.g., black, white, gray, brown).  Anyone who brings a finish will be put in a drawing for some free fabric.  Palettes were provided by
  • Charity:
    • Guild members made quite a few disappearing 9-patch blocks. Erica agreed to sew them into a top.

    • Next month's block will be "Broken Dishes".  There are many tutorials out there in the 'interwebs' but here is one:  Remember that we are typically sticking with 12.5" blocks (12" finished).  HINT: You will create using 6.5" HSTs.

  •  Membership:  MQG cards are here - check with Jackie Mills if you didn't get yours. These cards can be used at quite a few quilt shops for discounts.
  • QuiltCon: 
    • several members attended in Pasadena and had a great time
    • kudos to Debbie Grifka for her win with Canterbury #2 in the Applique category 
    •  it was noted that our charity entry got a lot of attention and members felt it really stood out - once again, a big thank you to the team who put this together and Dorie for designing and organizing!

    •  Dorie's daughter Eva had her first ever quilt in the show in the youth category.  So exciting to see our young ones picking up the skills.
  • Skill Share: Brenda R gave a demo on how to make blocks using tube quilting.  She reminded everyone that you end up with all bias edges so she recommends making heavy use of spray starch.
  • Features
    • Member Spotlight:  Maggie showed us some quilts from her journey to date.  Next month will be Heather Lentz 
    • Library (two books were donated by Kathy)
    • Show & Share

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