Saturday, June 30, 2012

Meeting Minutes from 6/27/12

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30pm at Maker Works.  Bring three fat quarters of fabric inspired by Piet Mondrian, wrapped and ready for a Yankee swap if you want to participate.

Our Sew-in is on Sunday, June 8th from 12 - 4pm at Maker Works.

Old Business:

The Sewing Retreat:
  • There are still spots available.  A2MQG should RSVP to Jenna by July 1st (TOMORROW).   If you are not a guild member and are interested in attending, there is also room on our waitlist.  
  • Debbie is going to get in touch with some members of the Cincinnati guild who had voiced interest.  
  • Deposits of $50 are due by July 17th.   They can be given to Jenna or mailed to the Hankerd Inn.  More information here. 
The Modern Quilt Guild is looking for ideas regarding ways for the "Mothership" to help the guilds.  One idea was to aid in creating by-laws that might lead to consistency across the guilds.   Another was to provide information on how to make guilds become Non-Profit Organizations.
  • Our guild discussed a desire to form some sort of by-laws by 2013.  Jen B is a lawyer and said she would help us draft the laws when we came to that point. 
T-Shirts:  Rossie is looking into obtaining screens for our screen-printing activity.  We discussed holding the print-a-thon at a member's home (Ann's?) on a date TBD.   Members will be asked to supply their own items to be printed (t-shirts, bags, etc...) and to share in the cost of the screens and ink.

New Business:

Michigan's Birmingham Quilt Guild has asked for a member to come speak to their group about the Modern Quilting movement and to do a trunk show in Spring 2014.  Since Debbie is already scheduled to perform a similar lecture for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilting Guild in January of 2014, and because she is knowledgeable and awesome, she was nominated to be our ambassador.

At the July meeting, various guild members will do book reviews about the many quilting publications they obtained at Quilt Market.

At the August meeting, Ginia (who is becoming an official quilt-appraiser) will host a lecture about what aspects of a quilt can increase it's value.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sewing Retreat Payment Information

Hey gang!   This is Jenna. 

Sorry for the delay in gathering this information, but I have talked with Janet from the Hankered Inn and here's the scoop on the payments due.

Everyone who is attending will owe $110.   There is a $50 deposit due, per person, by July 17.
  • If you would like to come on Thursday, August 9th - it's an additional $35 (making it $145 total)
  • If you would like to have a private bedroom with a Queen bed (as opposed to sharing a room with a fellow Guild member) - it's an additional $35.  
For those of us arriving on Friday, check-in time will be at 1pm.   Check-out on Sunday is flexible.

I would be happy to collect deposit checks or cash at the meeting on Wednesday.    You can make them out to :  Hankerd Inn c/o Janet C. Rochefort

Or you can mail the payment yourself:
10350 Hankerd Road
Pleasant Lake, Michigan 49272
If you choose to mail your payment, could you shoot me an email letting me know you paid?   jennaral AT
Here is the current guest list.  If you don't see your name, but you are planning on attending, just shoot me an email!  Thanks!
  1. Jenna B.
  2. Rossie H.
  3. Jennifer B.
  4. Natalie S.
  5. Brenda
  6. Ashley D.
  7. Ronit
  8. Debbie
  9. Ann D.

  1. Marti W.
For more information about the retreat, check out this previous blog post.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blog Round-Up

Don't forget!  Meeting on Wednesday and bring three Mad Men inspired fat quarters if you want to participate in the swap!

It's been a while since we've had a Blog Round-Up here on the site, so let's get to it!

Debbie has this very nice bee block to show...

And check out her lovely bias-strip pillow cover! 

Emily has been making some adorable bunnies...

Ginia has learned how to appraise quilts and has a wonderful post examining this 19th century blanket...

She also has made two adorable quilts for baby girls.  There's this one...

and this one!

I have this HST quilt ready for summer!

Natalie made this quilt for her (lucky!) academic adviser... 

and this fresh Green Squares Improv Baby quilt... 

Lynn has these adorable people blocks...

and she is killing me dead with the cuteness of these Pixie Hats.

Ashley has been designing fabric for Spoonflower - love it! 

Ronit has this awesome circle quilt... 

And this fantastic Berry Lime quilt...

and these sweet blocks! 

Blog Round-Up Early June

WOOPS.  I meant to post this about twenty days ago.  Found it waiting happily in the drafts!

Emily made this gorgeous vintage sheet quilt!  

Also check-out the adorable shirts she's been making for her oldest daughter.

Debbie made this awesome block for the Desperate Housewife's quilt (and she posts a tutorial for how to make it yourself!)

Lynn is working on this stunning Paris Quilt...

and she made these low-volume bee blocks...

And check out the adorable knitted Pixie Hat she made for her youngest!

Kathy revealed her finished Post-Card Wedding Quilt!  Amazing.

And did you guys see Kathy's post about coloring fabric with crayons?! It's awesome.

I made this commissioned t-shirt quilt...  

And I've been doing some clothes refashioning.

Rossie made this stellar Conversation Bubbles quilt top... 

Ashley quilted and bound this Pascal's Triangle quilt-top she made a long time ago. So nice to finish a long-standing WIP! 

Ronit made this adorable bag...

and this awesome pillow cover...

And check out this lovely mini!

And also, let me take a second to congratulate Natalie on defending her dissertation!  Yay Dr. Greenleaf : )

Monday, June 4, 2012

Meeting Minutes from 5/30/2012

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 27th - 6:30pm Meeting at Maker Works
Next Sew-In: Sunday - June 10th from 12-4pm (moved to the 10th to avoid a conflict with Fathers' Day)

What to bring for the next meeting: The Yankee Swap for the June meeting is to bring three fat quarters of fabric inspired by "Mad Men" (late 1950s / early to mid 1960s era).

Old Business:
Quilt Market was attended by several of our members.  It was deemed fun, if not a little over-whelming. 

The MakerWorks Open House was attended by Debbie and Brenda and there were several people showing interest in our guild.
QuiltCon just got a little more awesome - our own Debbie is going to instruct a couple of workshops!   
  • If you would like to make blocks for the QuiltCon Quilt Block Challenge, please bring them to the July Meeting and we will mail a box of them as a guild.   
  • We agreed as a guild to volunteer to construct a charity quilt out of the extra blocks made for the QuiltCon Block Challenge.  
  •  If you would like to attend Quilt Con, Brenda has reserved two rooms and may have space for you.
The Sewing Retreat is a go!  August 10 - 12.  More details HERE.  

The idea of selling quilts at the Artisan Market as a guild is not fleshing out.  An idea was tossed around to find a venue for a formal-ish Sale/Showcase of our guild projects, perhaps in the fall of 2012.  Jenna is researching possible locations.

New Business:
The Columbus Modern Quilt Guild is working to organize a MidWest Modern Quilting Retreat.  They are looking at hosting the event in March of 2013.   If you are interested in joining the organizational committee, please contact Brenda - justabitfrayed(At)

Hope to see everyone at the sew-in!

Sewing Retreat! Aug 10 - 12

We are so excited about our upcoming Sewing Retreat!

Who: A2MQG members and friends
What: A three-day, two-night getaway to sew and sew and sew.
When: August 10  - 12, 2012

We are going to limit the number of attendees to 20 quilters.  In order to ensure all interested A2MQG members can reserve a spot, we will have two different RSVP deadlines.   If you are a current A2MQG member, please RSVP to jennaral(at) by July 1, 2012.
If you are NOT an A2MQG member, but would like to attend, please RSVP to jennaral(at) by July 10th.   Non-members will be placed on a wait-list.  After July 1 we will have a headcount for the A2MQG members who plan on attending, and we'll know how many spots are left open for non-members.  Those on the wait-list will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis for who RSVP'd to Jenna.  By July 10, reservations will be closed and we will have a finalized guest list. 

There are still many details we have to iron-out, so please keep checking the blog or your email for updated information.  We expect the cost to be no more than $130 per person.  This was the price quoted to us including the cost of meals.  Since we decided as a guild to organize our own meals, we expect this cost to decrease.   If you would like a private bedroom with a Queen Bed, the price will increase by $35.