Friday, February 27, 2015

February Meeting Minutes

We had a great first meeting at our new location on Wednesday! It's a much larger space and should work out great for us.

February 2015 minutes

Old Business
  • QuiltCon
    • QuiltCon will now occur annually--Pasadena in 2016 and Savannah, GA in 2017. Rooms are already open for reservations in Pasadena.
  • Quilt show opportunities
    • Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum
      • If the quilt hung at QuiltCon (or if it has been displayed anywhere within 200 miles of La Grange, TX), it is not eligible.
      • There is no entry fee.
      • Must have been made after 2005.
      • Submissions due April 30th.
      • More information can be found here.
    • National Quilt Museum
      • This is a juried contest with cash prizes.
      • Some quilts chosen will become part of a traveling exhibit.
      • Submissions due December 1st, 2015.
      • More information can be found here.
  • Pie Making Day challenge (Brenda's line of fabric)
    • Fabric won't be in until March, so we discussed pushing back the deadline for the swap.
    • If you want to make samples for quilt market, they will need to be done by the April meeting--otherwise, we discussed the challenge being open until May or June. We can finalize this at the next meeting.
  • March Swap
    • We will be doing a block lottery.  We all make the same block and for every block you make you get one entry into the lottery.  The lottery winner takes home all blocks.  There is no pre-sign up, just bring the blocks to guild.
    • We will be doing the Scrappy Trip Around the World block in bright juicy colors. The tutorial for the block is here. The finished block size is 12 inches, which means the size of the block brought to guild is 12.5 inches.
    • Some good hashtags on Instagram are #scrappytripalong and #scrappytriparoundtheworld
    • Here's a flickr group for inspiration.
    • Here's a quick block I threw together to show how easy they are to make:

New Business
  • Annual Financial Summary
    • Jen put this together to show where our money went last year, and it can be viewed here. Thanks, Jen!
  • Library Spotlight
    • Kathy Koch was kind enough to bring a small sampling of the books available in our guild library. 
    • If you're looking for a book, feel free to contact Kathy before searching elsewhere. She can bring it to the next meeting. She's working on putting together a database with all the titles.
    • While we have many books, Kathy noticed we are lacking books about modern quilting. If you have one you'd like to donate, contact her or bring it to the next meeting. 
  • Member Spotlight: Rebekah
    • If you weren't able to see her quilts in person, here are a few pictures (taken with a cell phone--I'm no photographer, but these were some lovely quilts!).

      Rebekah's favorite quilt she's made--from scraps of other projects.

    • Skill School
      • Brenda showed us how to do a ladder stitch binding. 
      • I found a tutorial similar to the one she demonstrated on the Sometimes Crafter blog.
      • This is a great way to bind quilts, since the thread isn't seen at all. 
    • Round Robin
      • We had some lovely additions to the round robin quilts this month! If you'd like to join or jump back in, contact Dorie.
    • Charity Quilts from QuiltCon
      • Our quilts came home with us, now we need to decide what to do with them! Some suggestions were to donate them to Habitat for Humanity, Alpha House, Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, or we could sell the quilts through eBay and donate the proceeds to a charity of our choosing.
      • One of the two charity quilts we made:

    • We had a fat quarter swap this meeting.
    • Show and Share
      • Stephanie wanted to share the Angela Walters video based on her lecture at QuiltCon: 

    • Instagram
      • Debbie Grifka did a wonderful skill school last month on Instagram. Because it can be difficult to find all of our guild members on social media and stay connected to the guild blog and other updates, I thought it would be a good idea to create an account for the guild. 
      • You can find us at @A2MQG -- if you comment on the post with your name, it makes it easier for other people to know who you are (some of our usernames are blog/company names, which can get confusing). 
      • Use the #a2mqg tag on things you'd like to share with other members--I'll be periodically reposting things relevant to our guild!
      • If you'd like to follow other guild members, simply click on the first post (everyone has commented with their names) or see who the account is following--I am only following back members of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. 
    Our next sew-in will be March 19th from 5-9 pm at Pink Castle Fabrics and our next meeting will be March 25th at Calvary Methodist Church in Ann Arbor. Hope to see you there!!


    Monday, February 23, 2015

    Meeting this Wednesday at Calvary Methodist!

    Hi lovely guild members!

    Our next meeting on Wednesday, February 25th will NOT be at Pink Castle Fabrics. Instead, we will be meeting at Emily's church, Calvary Methodist. It is located at 1415 Miller Ave, at the corner of Miller Ave. and Newport Pl. on Ann Arbor's west side. For more information about the location, their website is here.

    Don't forget to bring two fat quarters if you'd like to participate in the swap! Random FQ Swap:  Bring in 2 fat quarters, go home with two different fat quarters.  We will draw numbers and select one fat quarter in order, then we will select a second fat quarter in reverse number order.  Make sure the FQs are quilt shop quality modern fabric.  Do not wrap the fat quarters.

    Meeting starts at 6:30pm. Can't wait to see you there.

    --Hayley C.

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    bi-Weekly Round Up for 2/9/15

    Rossie has a quilt in a magazine! Emily's Nonsense:

    She's also working on finishing up old projects, starting with this fun flag quilt (pattern from Quilt Now magazine):

    Karen made this adorable Wee Wander quilt (pattern by Amy Smart):

    Pam L has been working on a Fireworks quilt (pattern by Thimbleblossoms) first our retreat, and she's still going:

    Lynn's been working on her La Passacaglia quilt:

    and on her string pieced melon quilt:

    And I was basting some quilts last weekend, including this one I finished up the top of right after retreat:

    Have a good week, everyone!

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Meeting Minutes From Jan 28 meeting

    Hello members!  Below are Hayley's minutes from our most recent meeting.  THANK YOU, HAYLEY for being our new Secretary!  It's been a blast, homies.  Peace! -Jenna


    Our next meeting will be held February 25th at Calvary United Methodist (Emily’s Church). If you’d like to participate in the fat quarter swap, bring two fat quarters to the meeting.

    Third Thursday Sewing Night will be at Pink Castle Fabrics on February 19th at 5pm. Register on the PCF website. Space for ten people.

    Old business:
    ·      QuiltCon
    o   There is still hotel space with guild members and there are still openings for some classes. Talk to Jenna if you still need to make arrangements

    o   MQG announced that QC will happen every year and will move each year.
    §  The idea of possibly renting a house/condo in Savannah, GA in 2017 with other A2MQG members was mentioned.

    ·      RJR challenge with Brenda’s fabric line “Pie Making Day”
    o   We will (hopefully!) have the fabric at the February meeting.

    ·      Riley Blake MQG challenge
    o   All the spots filled up in an hour. If you’re still interested in participating, you are allowed to purchase the fabric. See the MQG site for details.
    o   If you aren’t getting MQG emails, talk to Brenda or Rossie.

    New Business:
    ·      Swaps for 2015
    o   We came up with lots of ideas for swaps to do in 2015. Our definite swaps so far are a fat quarter swap in February, the Pie Making Day challenge quilts in April, and a Secret Stalker Swap (just like last year!).

    ·      Round Robin
    o   If you are unable to attend a guild meeting and you are involved in the round robin, there is now a blue bin at Pink Castle Fabrics. Ask one of the employees and they’ll lead you to it.

    ·      Skill School
    o   Debbie Grifka asked for some more ideas for skill school. We should have a lot of really great skill school sessions this year!

    ·      Communication with guild members
    o   We discussed using either a closed group on Facebook or the MQG Ann Arbor page in order to more efficiently communicate with other members. 

    ·      Debbie Grifka gave a wonderful and informative introductory lesson to using Instagram. Our guild hashtags are #a2mqg and during retreats, #a2mqgretreat. 

    ·      Ginia won the Crayon Challenge!

    ·      Kathy Koch and Brenda are sponsoring a challenge for Laughter and Quilts (@laughterandquilts on Instagram). Consider joining the quilt-a-long! They are using the hashtag #stormatseaQAL

    ·      We held our 2015 election! New and returning board members are as follows:
    o   President: Stephanie Klaver
    o   VP Programming:  Debbie Grifka
    o   VP Membership: Jackie Mills
    o   Treasurer: Jen Bernstein
    o   Secretary: Hayley Cason

    ·      The election was followed by a very informative reading of the bylaws (which can be found on the top of the blog!). Consider refreshing your memory by rereading them this year!

    ·      We saw some great progress on the round robin quilts and awesome finishes at Show and Share!