Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 28, 2018

Old Business
  • Classes:
    • Joe Cunningham, April 14 @NEW. There are about 8 spaces open and we've invited the Greater Ann Arbor and the Detroit Modern groups. 
    • Annabelle Wrigley, Doodle Quilt, September 30, 6 hour class, $60.  Sign-ups will be closer to the event.
    • Giucy Giuce (Giuseppe Ribaudo) - Tiny Piecing. nothing definite yet but we are in discussions with him.  Straw poll taken and it looks like the guild would be happy with next April.  The thought was that if we continue to try to have one major teacher in Spring and one in Fall.
  • Retreat - the spring retreat went well.  Attendees said the view was awesome (sewing in front of huge windows) but the food wasn't too great (which is somewhat different than the last times we stayed there so Amy should probably give them feedback).
  • Charley Harper Quilt Show, Cincinnati area (Milford) - Jackie M & Maggie are driving down Saturday, April 7 and they encourage anyone else interested in meeting up to let them know.
  • Membership cards are in the 'round robin' bin for members who haven't picked theirs up yet.
  • Sew-Ins - next one will be Sunday, May 20. Please remember to sign up.  Low attendance may cancel the event. Remember that the April slot is being used by the Joe C class.
New Business
  • We had an email from someone offering to give us a presentation on Gees Bend quilts.  Rossie will investigate further.
  •  Swaps:
    • Chicago swap sign-ups end on Saturday so if you haven't done so, check the Facebook page or email the board for details.  The plans are that Brenda R will coordinate on exchanging names, send that out to participants and then the minis are due at the May meeting.
    • Members showed off their Color Palette Challenge quilts.  This challenge had a great amount of participation and a lot of creativity!  Jackie M won the drawing (and also, by the way, had the largest quilt entry!).
    • Next month we will do a zippered pouch yankee swap.  Rules: make a pouch, it has to have at least one zipper, wrap it up like a present and we will swap at the meeting.
  • MQG
    • Debbie G spoke and gave her "Drawing with Fabric" class for the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and a couple of her quilts were featured on MQG's website.
    • The QuiltCon traveling exhibit will be in Grand Rapids at AQS on August 22-25.  We will try to get a group trip together.
    • MQG is still looking for members to participate in task forces. Check their website out if you are interested.
  • Library - books were shared, Kim is looking into ways to digitize for free our library collection
  • Skill Share - Rossie spoke about dyeing fabric. The group talked about the possibility of having a 'dye day' in the summer.  Emily offered her place to gather. Supply requirements (she typically gets hers from Darma     Trading Co):
    • procion (fiber reactive dye) (usually a powder, permanent, not Rit)
    • salt
    • soda ash to alter the pH
    • plastic bucket
    • water
    • any cotton fabric (have fun with prints, doesn't have to be a plain solid)
  • Member spotlight: Heather!  (next month - Emily)
  •  Charity quilts:
    • Members showed their broken dishes blocks
    • Next month: Dutchman's Puzzle (8 flying geese!).  Here's a link to a tutorial:
    • Jackie McG also put together 2 complete quilt kits for someone to work on (you don't need to do the entire quilt top, but you can if you want).
    • The QuiltCon charity quilt is back in our hands.  It will go to the Food Gatherers auction. Brenda RG has it to donate.
  • Features: Round Robin and Show-and-Share

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