Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meeting Minutes for 1-29-2014

We had a lovely meeting covering a lot of official business, and looking at amazing quilts!   

Next Sew-In:  February 9 from 12pm - 4pm.  Please book your space through Pink Castle Fabrics. 

Next Meeting: February 26 at 6:30pm. Please book your space through Pink Castle Fabrics.
  • Please bring your Riley Blake entry, as well as a Fat Quarter, if you would like to participate.  More details below.
  • We will be doing a tools de-stash!  Have sewing/quilting tools that you aren’t into?  Bring them to the meeting and maybe someone else will enjoy them!

Old Business
  • Elections: our current board was unopposed, leaving the positions unchanged. 
    • President: Brenda R. 
    • VP of Programs: Debbie G. 
    • VP of Membership: Rossie H. 
    • Treasurer: Jen B.   
    • Secretary: Jenna B. 
  • By-Law Review and Approval 
    • One revision was proposed and approved, changing our dues year to October - October. 
  • PayPal Fees: tiered pricing for dues, or flat rate for everyone that covers fees? 
    • Proposal: do you want to pay $25 if you write a check, $27 if you pay via PayPal, or should everyone pay $26? 
    • A majority vote ruled for $25 if you write a check, $27 if you pay via PayPal.
  • January retreat - Refunds have occurred and we are all set 
  • Charity: Pam and Stephanie have charity suggestion for retreat 
    • VA hospital lap quilts: economy blocks in red, white, and blues or masculine shades. There will be instructions for how to make the blocks at the retreat. Please bring fabrics to add to our charity collection if you have any to spare.  
    • Jenna has some fussy cut center square blocks that can be framed out as desired.  They will be joined eventually to be donated. 
    • Pam talked about Margaret's Hope Chest, an organization that needs quilts for various programs.   
    • Pam has also reached out to Motts Children's Hospital and is awaiting a response  
    • Ele's Place is looking for donations (perhaps through an auction quilt) and are also looking for teachers
  • Modern Feature - GAAQG - committee meeting info from Pam 
    • An introduction to the guidelines was offered by Debbie. Formal guidelines for submission are to follow. 
    • Quilts will need to be submitted to the committee by May 1st
  • Riley Blake Contest 
    • OUR GUILD CONTEST: Bring entry items to our next meeting! February! 
      • Those who wish to enter the contest should bring a Fat Quarter to put in a pool.
      • We will do a Survey Monkey form to have the guild pick a winner.
      • Winner will take the fabric stack!
      • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here. 
      • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted. 
      • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric. 
      • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you. 
      • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here. 
      • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter! 
      • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014. 
      • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

New Business
  • Overview of current Guild budget - Jen B. 
  • One Day Retreat: Sunday, April 27 from 9am - 9pm.  Cost is $20 and spaces can be booked through the Pink Castle Classes webpage.   Space is limited.

Member Spotlight - Maureen Walsh by Vicky Gaines
  • Next month, we will Spotlight Lynn Harris!

Round Robin

Show and Share

Ugly FQ Swap

Meeting Ends (8:30)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ugly FQ Swap Tomorrow!

My apologies, quilters! I forgot about this fun swap: 

We will be having an "ugly" fat quarter swap at tomorrow's meeting. So please bring in one (or more) of those ugly fabric fat quarters to swap for something even uglier!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Meeting on Wednesday! 1-29-2014

Hello members and friends!

We have a meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30pm at Pink Castle Fabrics.

We'll be covering a bit of business, as we need to formally hold our elections and review our bylaws.  But there will be fun stuff, too!  Round robins, member spotlight, and some other goodies.

We will be having an "ugly" fat quarter swap at tomorrow's meeting. So please bring in one (or more) of those ugly fabric fat quarters to swap for something even uglier!

Hope to see you there!

Book your spot on the pink castle classes page, please!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekly Round up for January 26th!

Rebekah has two finishes this week, a Snow Drift Quilt (pattern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr):

And a llama pillow! In the post she talks about her trip to Peru, with amazing pictures, so I encourage you all to click over!

Ronit has a finished quilt she's hesitant to photograph in the cold and the snow. I'm sure we all can relate. Here's an in progress picture from her:

Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Rossie has a new Fractions quilt in the book Quilting with a Modern Slant, now hanging at Pink Castle Fabrics:

Ginia has been sewing together, unsewing, and resewing together nine patches. Love this layout!

Kathy has been working with free motion quilting words. This looks super neat! And it's just the back!


I put up the wall hanging I made of the Captain America Shield on my blog. But I'll spare you a picture here...

Jenna has been crocheting.

Pam has been shopping for fabric. And found many wonderful things.

Hope you can all make it to the meeting this week!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Weekly Round Up for January 18th, 2014!

Lots going on this week! Let's look at some quilts!

Ronit made this dramatic baby quilt over the summer. What a fabulous collection of colors! 

Jenna made this sweet mini with antique hankerchiefs:

Debbie's got a quilt in the new Best Modern Quilts magazine, called Crosswalk:


 Rebekah has a new Christmas quilt and matching pillows on her blog.  There's also a sweet tree skirt and some cute hand towels in the post.

I posted some Lizzy House Castle Peeps bags I'd made a few weeks back.

Rossie made a pretty new pouch, and may give us a tutorial soon:

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Weekly Round-Up for January 11, 2014!

Jenna's got her fabulous Woodlands in Winter quilt up on her blog - with a tree making tutorial.

Kathy's got two new quilts:

Bed quilt 1

Pam is working on something new... love these colors!

Dorie has knit herself a sweater. I also love those colors.

Hope to see you at the sew in tomorrow!

Sew In on Sunday is a go!

Hello members
We've had 5 RSVPs for the Sew-in on Sunday from 12 - 4pm at Pink Castle, so it's a go!
Take care!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Weekly Round Up for January 5th, 2014!

And it's the new year! I'm sure we're all resolved to sew even more of all the things!

Pam has a darling quilt on the Moda Bake Shop called Snuggles Plus:

I just love the icy colors!

Lynn has a sneak peek of the scrappy quilt she made for Fat Quarterly on her blog:

Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Kathy's still working on her bag.

I'm excited to see this one when it's finished!

Jenna has been knitting and crocheting...

A few of us have posted year end, year beginning posts - Rossie, Debbie, and Pam.

And some of us are doing the Economy Block Along...


Hope you all can spend this snowy day warm in front of your sewing machines!