Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 26, 2018

Classes:
  • Anabelle Wrigley Doodle Quilts class, Sunday, Sept 30, 10-4 (if you are attending, please show up early to set up - class will start promptly at 10:00)
  • Kathy Koch will teach a paper piecing class at the Feb 10th sew-in for $10 per guild member. Details tbd.
  • Guicy Guice class, April 13, 2019 - sign-ups will start in December
  • Possible new classes the Board is looking into:
    • Heather Givens
    • Erin Harris "Make Your Own Medallion" workshop (see book here: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-Medallion-Book/dp/1940655293).  This could possibly be a 2-day class next year.
Retreats:
  • Fall Retreat is next week, October 5th.  
    • We discussed why we had so few sign-ups for this event. It looks like fall is just a hard time for people to get away.  We discussed spring also being difficult so may go back to our January timeframe even given the weather issues. 
Sew-Ins:
  • The Board announced that starting in January we will poll members at the meeting prior to the sew-in date.  If we do not have at least 3 members signed up either online or at that meeting, the sew-in will be cancelled and we will remove the date from the building calendar so that it can be released for use by others.
  • November Sew-In, Saturday, Nov 10 will be used to work on the QuiltCon Charity quilt. 
  • There is no sew-in for October because of the Doodle Class.
  • It was suggested that we poll for bag/tote suggestions and use the January sew-in to work on the same pattern.  Kathy will put a poll on FB.
Charity Quilts:
  • Maggie will take any swatches/fabric members brought for the QuiltCon quilt to Rossie.
  • We will do the MQG Vector (aka. Airplane) block again next month.  No chosen color scheme.
Elections:
  • Members were reminded that October is when nominations start.  Any member in good standing can be nominated (or nominate themselves) for any Board position. We will definitely have two open positions on the Board as Kathy and Amy are not running again: Secretary and Treasurer but anyone may run for the other positions as well.  See bylaws for job descriptions.
  • Elections are at the January meeting.
  • Other openings for Chairpersons (these are non-board positions) are for Charity Chair, Retreat Coordinator, Quilt Show Coordinator.
Meetings:
  • Reminder that next meeting will be at Maker Works (not NEW) - 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor (this is over by Costco/Zingerman's Bakehouse).  
  • Members interested in a tour of the facility should be there by 5:30pm.  We will have a laser cutting demo and attendees will each get a ruler; also a demo of their embroidery machine.
  • Regular meeting will start at 6:30pm in the conference room.




MQG:
  • It was noted that a few members seem to be missing from the MQG database.  Jackie M is looking into the situation.
Group Share:
  • This month we had a group discussion on what non-quilty things you make from quilting cotton (e.g., aprons, pillows, pillowcases, napkins, hot pads, lunch bags, espadrilles, slippers).
 Skill Share:
  • Katie Baker shared interfacing techniques for the various bags she makes.

Swaps/Challenges:
  • This month's swap was the annual "Secret Stalker Swap".
  • Next month will be an "I Spy" charm pack swap - out of 1/2 yard of fabric, cut 24 - 5" squares. The fabric should be something like a novelty fabric that could be used in an "I Spy" quilt.  Brenda will sort the fabric and participants will get a charm pack of squares to take home. 
  • November is a challenge - make an Improv quilt, any size, no pattern although you can use a block pattern but have the setting be improv. There will be a drawing for participating.

Features:
  • Member Spotlight (Brenda R.) 
    • Next month: Sherri P.
  • Library
  • Round Robin
  • Show and Share




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