Saturday, December 2, 2017

November 29, 2017

NOTE: This wasn't mentioned at the meeting, but just in case you didn't get the email from MQG (National) - Andrew (our outgoing rep) is hosting a casual roundtable video chat to introduce our new Region 3 Representative, Heather Kinion, and answer any questions you may have. Please join Andrew on December 11, 2017 at 7pm CST. You can sign up here

Old Business
  • Amanda Jean class - everyone had a great time and learned a lot
  • Mark your calendars:
    • Made by Rae class - January 13, 2018. Cost: $65 for members. There is one spot available!
    • Joe Cunningham class - April 14, 2018
    • Annabelle Wrigley ( -  will be a class in concert with DAM, September 30, 2018
    • By Annie - planning in progress, will probably also be with DAM sometime in the fall
  • Website changes - - now has photos from Instagram postings (updates once a day)
  • Winter Retreat - March 2-4, Howell Nature Center, bunk beds, catered meals, cost TBD, sign-ups will be soon 
  • Dues are due (see Jackie Mills)
New Business
  • GLAMP - several members attended and had a great time (Giucy Giuce seems to have made the biggest impact with teeny tiny paper piecing). Next year's GLAMP will be November 2018.  Three of the four teachers are 1) Kerry Goulder (@KidGiddy - 'ugly christmas sweater' block fame, she will also creates dies for Sizzix and will be offering a backpack pattern for dolls); 2) Felice Regina (@IamLunaSol - mini quilts and applique e.g., Drama Llama); 3) Jeni Baker (@JeniB320 - color theory showing how one pattern can look so different depending on color choices)
  • Charity quilts - Brenda brought in leftover samples from GLAMP sponsor Maywood Studios. The "Pods" are pre-cuts in kits with a pattern and several pods can be used to make quilts the sizes we need for our charities. Reminder that we have batt and backings to use as well.
  • Next meeting is our Holiday Party, December 27.  Please bring a sweet or savory to share.  We will have a yankee swap gift exchange (sewing notions!)
  • QuiltCon show entries due November 30th.  Good luck to everyone entering!  Our Charity quilt is done except for a hanging sleeve.  After the show we will be donating it to Food Gatherers for them to auction off.
  • MQG Book - the latest MQG book has quilts from three of our members (Dorie, Rossie, Jenna)! We can't wait to see it and think we need a trunk show.
  • MQG's quilt of the month is "Defrag" -  let us know if you didn't get the email with the pattern link - you will need to log in to download.
  •  Elections 2018 - current slate is as follows (but we are still accepting nominations):
    • President - Maggie Wilkin
    • VP Programs - Brenda Rowley-Gray
    • VP Membership - Jackie Mills
    • Sectretary/Webmaster - Kathy Koch
    • Treasurer - Amy Stevenson
  • We also have committees for Library, Round Robin & Swaps, Programs
  • There are a couple MQG webinars coming up: 
    • December 5 - Easy Fabric Dyeing with Sue Bleiweiss
    • December 15 - Effortless Applique with Shelagh Jessop
  • Library (Kim won't be here next month so you get an extra time period for loans)
  • Skill Share - Heather Lentz showed everyone how to make Folded Fabric Stars (or Swedish Stars). Heather is a great teacher!  Here are some of the basics, she recommends the tutorial by Betz White for more details (
    • 4 bias strips @ 3" x  14"
    • Fold lengthwise just like you are making binding. Heather sews the open edge closed
    • She recommends the use of Wonder Clips and tweezers!
  • Inspiration / Spotlight - discussion ensued around "Facing Your Fears" (what are you afraid to attempt or that you struggle with?).   Some ideas for future classes or skill schools were: how to on final quilting (Kathy noted that she has an hour powerpoint lecture class on this), but members were also interested in a hands on class; how to sew circles (Giedra offered to show her piecelique circle class again); Basting techniques
  • Round Robin
  • Ornament Swap (see Instagram photos!)
  • Show and Share (ditto)