Thursday, February 28, 2019

Guild Meeting Minutes, February 27th, 2019


  • Giucy Giuce will be teaching a class at on Saturday, April 13th. There is still room! Sign up before Friday when we open to the general public. 
  • Erin Harris will be teaching Make Your Own Medallion in September.  Registration is not yet open. Kathy will look into getting books wholesale. 
Kathy taught a paper piecing class and it went well. Laura and Tara showed their project from the class.  There were eight people in the class.

What are people interested in learning about? Share with Maggie and the board!

  • Our Spring retreat in May is full.
  • Next retreat will be in January 2020.
  • March 9th retreat only had one sign-up. (But now has 3.  This sew-in is ON.)
Bag Making
  • We're reviving and old thread about bag making.
  • We're thinking of doing 3 different patterns at 3 different sew-ins, starting with beginner and working up.
  • Maggie will be posting some pattern choices for voting on Facebook.
  • Our show at the Gerald Ford is finally coming to an end after being delayed by the government shutdown.
  • Maggie's sister's early childhood class got to take a trip to see the quilts.
  • QuiltCon was enjoyed by the approx. 10 members that went.
  • Our charity quilt is back already. Rossie proposed a sew day to add handwork to the circles in the quilt.
  • Debbie taught, Jude volunteered, the rest of us took classes, saw the show, and ate too much.
  • Kim brought quilt tops and back ripe for quilting.  There are a bunch of these.  Let's get them done!
  • The idea of doing more quilts to auction was shared.  While our black-based charity quilts are great for getting quilts done, it could be fun to explore more design-focused quilts.
  • For the March meeting, the charity block is the 2x4 quilt.  See Film in the Fridge's instructions here: Use bright colors, with one light and one dark of the same color.
  • We have a full color digital library!
  • Check with Kim ahead of time if you want to take something out at a meeting.
  • We're cleaning out the library.  Books that haven't gotten circulation will be brought to a meeting and then donated if no one wants them.
  • Cheryl demonstrated board basting.
  • The technique was based on one pioneered by Sharon Schamber.
Giedra was the member spotlight. Next time it will be Rossie.

  • The 2019 Swap list is ready and will be posted soon.
  • March's swap is a block lottery.  Bring a 12x12 Ohio star block. (pattern)
  • Think about a piece of art to use for the Art Spark challenge in April.
  • Sheryl is looking for a group to do a groups quilt to enter in the Toledo Kaleidoscope of Quilts show.
  • We did a pouch swap.
  • Round round was spun round 

    Show and share was amazing as always.

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    January meeting (held February 6, 2019)

    The January meeting was postponed until February 6th due to inclement weather.  February meeting will still be Feb. 27.

    • Sunday, February 10, Kathy will give a paper piecing class at NEW.  There are currently 8 members signed up.
    • Saturday, April 13, Guicy Guice class and trunk show: The trunk show will be held at Pink Castle Fabrics in the morning and will be free to all guild members.  The class will be in the afternoon at NEW and is limited to 20 members (see email or FB for signup information).
    • Saturday, September 14, Erin Harris will give her medallion class.  Sign-up information will follow later in the year.  Note that this will be a 6-hour class and will have prep work required since Erin usually teaches this in a two-day class.  You will also need to purchase her book, "Make Your Own Medallion".
    • 2020 classes are in the works.  Some brainstormed ideas include Heather Jones or our own Rossie for an improv class.  Let Brenda RG know if you have other ideas. 
    • This is also the year for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild's "Quilt University"  See their website for more information:
    • Spring Retreat is set for May 3-5.  The event is full, but you can still get your name on the waitlist in case anyone drops out.  This retreat will be held in Tecumseh at Artistry on Evans.
    • Next year we will be going back to a January (winter) retreat.  We have reserved Creative Passions for the weekend of January 24th. 
    • Mar 9 - May 19 - Jun 8 - Jul 14 - Aug 18 - Oct 13 - Nov 9 - Dec 8
    • The board has ascertained that we can't carry over unused meeting days from month to month with NEW, but the board still plans on cancelling any sew-ins that do not have three members signed up by the monthly meeting date prior (e.g., for March 9 sew-in, we need at least three members signed up by Feb. 27 and currently as of this writing, there is just one).
    • It was suggested that we post who is attending (signed-up) for each sew-in.  The concern seems to be less 'who' and more 'how many' so that someone isn't going to make the event be cancelled for everyone else.  Our incoming Secretary will look into that. 
    • Members were reminded that the sign-up form is available off the FB group page (there is a linked topic "Sew-Ins" as well as in an email that went out earlier this year.  Contact the board if you need more information.
    • QuiltCon quilt has been mailed.  A snapshot of our quilt was one of six featured on the MQG monthly newsletter. 
    • Members took advantage of our winter shut-in and completed 30 plus blocks!  This is enough for a twin quilt for Ozone.  Jackie M volunteered to put the blocks together.  
    • Next month's block will continue the Plus theme but the color scheme will be low volume background with a bright color plus.
    Treasurer:  a budget and report was presented.  We are doing well.

    MQG: we have 8 or more members attending QuiltCon.  It was suggested that everyone does a meet up when there (possibly use an app called "Group Me" to coordinate).  The block of the month is "X Canvas" and there is a webinar on how to design quilts using different electronic tools.

    The guild reviewed the bylaws by playing 'bylaw bingo'.

    Elections for new officers were held. The results are:
    • President: Maggie Wilkin
    • Vice-President Membership: Jackie Mills
    • Vice-President Programs: Brenda Rowley-Gray
    • Treasurer: Cheryl Smallwood
    • Secretary/Webmaster: Dorie Schwarz
    Library Spotlight:  Kim U has created a digital catalog for our library collection.  Checked out books will be done on her app (so no more library checkout cards).  She will make a pdf that can be posted on the website.  In addition, she would like recommendations for books we should weed out from the collection.

    Monthly Features:
    • Member Spotlight: Katie Baker
    • Swaps: there was a FQ swap;  next month's will be a zipper pouch
    • Round Robin