Thursday, March 28, 2013

Meeting Minutes for 3/27

We had a very nice meeting last night.  Many welcome, new faces. 

Sew-In: April 14
Next Meeting: April 24
  • Bring your Madrona Road challenge entries and your Round Robin projects.   Bring any books you'd like to donate to the A2MQG Library.  Bring your unloved fabric for the swap.
Old Business:

  • Rossie distributed membership information to the guests.
  • Rossie proposed spending roughly $80 for the printing of bookmarks, membership cards, and rack cards.   The membership approved.
Calendar: Jenna proposed changes to our calendar, so that our Sew-Ins and Meetings do not conflict with holidays.  Check the updated calendar on this page, to the right. -->

Guild Summer Retreat:
  • Ginia collected deposits.
  • The remaining spots are now open to those interested from other guilds.  First come, first serve for the remaining spots. 
  • The cost for the retreat without prepared meals is $110.  Should those attending bring potluck provisions, or should they use the Hankerd's Inn meals?  An email thread will decide.

Michigan nonprofit status:  
  • Still waiting for official paperwork from State of Michigan 
  • Checks will be cashed when we are approved.  

Madrona Road Challenge
  • 120" perimeter, quilted and bound quilts to be shown at the next (April) meeting. 
  • Kathy and Jenna will bring quilt stands and Courtney will bring curtain clips.  Jenna will bring a camera.

Spoonflower Quilts:
  • Still need binding
  • No set date for the blog post.  We still need to bind the blankets, take nice pictures, pick a charity, and set-up the auction details. 
  • Jenna and Jen B. proposed working through the eBay Giving Works program and one of their established organizations from the Ann Arbor Area.
  • Jenna gave information about three such organizations: 
    • Girls Group of Ann Arbor
    • Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor
    • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
  • Jenna will contact the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and see if they are open to working with us on promoting the auction. 
What are our future charitable activity plans?  Perhaps working with the Ozone house?  Or Margaret's Hope Chest? Or seeing if we can make this Spoonflower auction relationship take place annually?

Art Spark Challenge! The NW Ohio MQG will be hosting a visit to the Toledo Art Museum on Sunday, April 7th at 12:30pm.  The challenge is to find an inspiration piece, and then make a quilt! The challenge runs formally from May 1st - August 1st.  There will be a flickr groups and prizes. 
  • Jenna is contacting Lucinda for a meet-up spot. 
  • We'll do an email thread to organize a car-pool.

  • Amy collected some book donations for the library. 
  • Rossie knows a printer who will make bookplates with our logo to put on the covers of the library books.
  • The library will be stored at Pink Castle Fabrics, but will only be accessible during Guild Meetings.
The National Modern Quild Guild: Should our guild join by paying membership dues? With an estimated paying membership of 16-20 members, there would be a cost of roughly $15 per person that could either be paid individually, or taken from our budget, or covered through a fundraising activity. 
  • Jenna will post more about this proposal, including the pros and cons, on the blog soon. 
  • We intend to vote on this issue at the May meeting, but there will be the option to vote to delay the vote.
April Fabric Swap: Bring your unloved, dead-to-you quilting fabric.  Yardage, fat quarters, organized scraps... All fabric sizes are welcome.  
  • If you are able to identify if the fabric has been pre-washed, or the name/manufacturer of the fabric, please label that information onto the fabric. 

New Business

Meeting / Sew-In Locations:  Please keep an eye on the blog and/or the Facebook page.  We will soon be moving our Guild activities to the new Pink Castle Fabrics shop.  

Dorie Lead a Brainstorming session for future swaps/challenges. 
Is anyone going to Cincinnati for the international quilt festival? Doesn't seem like it.
Programs: Debbie presented the new MQG definition of "Modern Quilting":
Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
  • Debbie will present future Modern Quilting definition talking points.
  • Debbie may present the differences between the current and past definitions.
Round Robin: Dorie provided written guide-lines.  ANYONE CAN JOIN!  If you have a block you would like to be included, bring it to the meeting and contact Dorie: 

Photo courtesy of Jen B. - Instagram @bravelittlechicken

Quilt Help?: Jenna asked a few questions about making fabrics through Spoonflower. 

Show and tell. 


  1. Not sure where the spoonflower quilts are but I would be willing to bind one.

    1. Thanks, Ann! I believe Jen B. has one and Brenda has another. If you are interested in contacting Brenda, I bet she'd be happy to toss hers your way as she is so busy opening the new store.


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