Sunday, December 9, 2018

November 28, 2018

Classes:
  • Kathy will be teaching a paper-piecing class at our February 10 sew-in.  Cost is $10 plus purchase of an add-a-ruler if you don't already own one (required!). Sign up sheet will be posted soon.
  • Guicy Guice: Still on for April, we will be working on getting the sign-up form available by the end of December.
  • Erin Harris:  plans are in the works to bring Erin in for a one-day medallion class for September 2019.
  • We brainstormed other teacher ideas for 2020 (Sherri Lynn Wood, Anna Maria Chaney, Jacqueline DeJonge were suggested).  Brenda RG will investigate.
Sew-Ins: 
  • Reminder to continue to fill in the online form if you are attending sew-ins.  The board has adopted a new policy starting in January where we will cancel the sew-in if less than 3 people are signed up by the meeting prior.   
  • We recently held a charity-focused sew-in to work on the QuiltCon quilt.  Concensus was that it was fun, well attended, and attendees got a lot accomplished. 
  • Next sew-in is Sunday, December 9
  • 2019 next two are January 12 and February 10

Retreat:  Spring 2019 is full, but if you are interested put your name on the waitlist, there often are cancellations.

Charity:
  • Keep doing red, gray, navy blocks (12.5", any pattern)
  • Rossie notified the group that she might be getting some donated fabric for charity quilts.
  • The membership would like to have more charity-focused sew-ins
  • Jackie McG notified the group that this year to date we donated the following number of quilts. Yay group!
    • Ozone House - 9
    • Veterans - 5
    • Motts - 17
Elections:  elections are at the January meeting, we currently have volunteers to run for all the positions, however members should feel welcome also putting their name in to run for any office. For committee chairs, Tara offered to become the retreat coordinator.   Kathy noted that we will have our bylaw-bingo game in lieu of reading the entire bylaws so members should come prepared to win prizes.

MQG: members have been having better luck navigating the MQG site; QuiltCon is in Nashville; members have until Nov. 30 to get a free show pass; Debbie G is looking for a roommate.

Quilt Show: members quilts are now being displayed at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.  They will be there through mid-January. The Library is open M-F 8:45-4:45.  Thanks to the show coordinators (Tara, Sherri, Giedra) and to the 12 quilters who offered quilts for show with very little turnaround.

Sewing Expo:  several members attended the Sewing Expo in Novi.  While dollars were spent and it was cool to see the associated quilt show (which included a modern quilt display), most were disappointed at how small the expo has become.

Spotlight Discussion: the group shared ideas about christmas makes.

Skill Share:
  • Sheryl R shared how she makes a Hot Cold Blanket (one side fleece, one side standard quilting cotton): takes 1.5 hrs to make, use 1.5 yards quilting fabric and 1.5 yards fleece (do not use no-pill); wash/dry the fabric first to avoid odd shrinkage.
  • Maggie reminded members to sign up to host a skill share (she has a spreadsheet accessible through FB)

Member Spotlight: Tara;  next up will be Katie B

Library: Kim U shared some books with gift ideas plus Patty donated some books as freebies to the members

Challenge and Swaps: 
  • A huge response was had to our Improv challenge. Kim U won the fabric bundle donated by Pink Castle Fabrics
  • Next month: Notions Yankee swap - bring a wrapped notion valued at approximately $20

Features: Round Robin, Member Show and Share

Next meeting:  Wednesday, December 19 at NEW

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