Monday, October 5, 2020

 please join us for our first virtual workshop with Rossie Hutchinson on Saturday, 07 November 2020. please click on the link for more details.

please contact me with any questions.
brenda rowley gray, VP programs

Sunday, July 19, 2020

A2MQG Meeting Minutes, June 2020

15 participants
  • Brenda Rowley-Gray shared an update on the October class that had been planned to be with Latifah.
  • Amy S. suggested the idea of using a Creativebug class remotely together, if enough A2MQG members with memberships on that site are interested.  Some local library systems offer free memberships. Tara Faughn is an example of a quilting instructor with material on Creativebug.
  • with the closing of Pink Castle, Jackie Mills will be taking over custodianship of the blue bin for the time being
  • charity quilting update from Jackie Mills: 
    • we will be doing the same block two months at a time.  July and August is Cluck Cluck Sew's "Scrappy Summer": No color requirements; just use what you have.
    • Are any orgs actively accepting donations right now?
      • we're not sure
    • What can members do with blocks & quilts?
      • Jackie will be hanging out in a parking lot at 5245 Jackson Rd. from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. waiting for her daughter on Saturday, June 27, the location of which might be more convenient for some, so you could meet her there for contactless drop off if you want. 
      • She will also take contactless drop offs at her house to a bin by her garage. (See Facebook post for address, or get in touch with Jackie for information.)
      • people can also postal mail, or just waiting is also fine
  • BLM
    • A2MQG supports BLM
    • MQG has made a statement, too
    • some members proposed a discussion topic on how our guild can be more active in antiracism, so let's open that up now
    • ideas
      • increase invitations to BIPOC teachers for our classes
      • consider an idea Maggie heard suggested by Sherri Lynn Wood to focus charity efforts on "making with" not "making for" groups
      • publicize our events in different venues from what we do currently
      • promote Black-owned craft businesses
      • consider a joint event or swap for fun with a Black quilting organization
      • examine our procedures for welcoming new members in general to be as inclusive as possible
        • work on our public facebook page a bit to increase visibility and presence
        • follow up with people one-on-one after early meetings
        • when we have first-timers, introduce all of ourselves? (Are we too big for this idea?)
        • make sure we help Sherri (VP of membership) with knowing who new people are and reaching out to them
        • name tags? (We actually have these now; they were purchased just before the pandemic and haven't been used yet.)
        • guild "big sister" idea?
        • do an icebreaker every month
  • The MQG released the guidelines for the 2021 QuiltCon Together community outreach quilts.  Bring your ideas for what we will do for this to the July meeting!
  • Our July meeting will be on Zoom. See Facebook for the meeting info, or email the guild ( if you're not yet a member.

A2MQG minutes synopsis Feb - May

Whew! It has been a long time since we (I, Dorie) posted minutes. The world is very different from January, our last post.

February's meeting was canceled due to weather.

March's meeting was canceled due to precautions around COVID-19. (It was the beginning.) But, we had our first zoom meeting, where we chatted and did show and share. Many people began sewing masks.

April & May we also had zoom meetings with show and share and games (bingo!). For these meetings we used to mothership's Zoom account and so were not limited to 40 minutes for time.

We will be continuing to meet via zoom.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A2MQG Meeting Minutes, January 2020

Number of attendees: 30


  • Registration for Rossie's class, "Intermediate Improv: Crosses, Cabins, Colors, and Combinations," is open for A2MQG members. We will open it to non-members at the end of February. The class is on April 19th. See facebook group or your email for a link.
  • Latifah Saafir will be teaching "Clam Toss" in October.
Winter Retreat at Creative Passions was great! Very productive. This was a number of members' first time in this CP location, and we all liked it. We will be in the same spot next January.

At February's meeting, Tara will be bringing back our quilts from the Ford Museum. Be there to get yours or make arrangements with Tara.

Keep your eyes peeled for a survey from the Board in the next month or so.

The 2020 Sew-ins sign-up is out. (See email or FB group.) There are a couple themed sew-in days:
  • February: Charity sewing. We'll try to finish up quilts for Ozone House, since they will be coming to our February meeting to speak.
  • March: Charity Sewing - collaborative work on our quilt for Food Gatherers.
  • Polaroid Quilt for Food Gatherers: Kathy is organizing this quilt. See Facebook or email for details, but please bring a couple Polaroid blocks to the February meeting!
  • Love and Heart blocks for charity: Jackie M is organizing. Again, more details in email and on FB.
We have a new VP of Membership - welcome Sherri! PS - membership cards (printable) for 2020 are delayed from the mothership.

We reviewed our annual budget - thanks Cheryl!

Dorie's quilt, Lucky Cuff, was featured in Modern Monthly. Free pattern for MQG members.

Debbie did a skill school on making a facing instead of a binding.

We played a fun game of Quilt Jeopardy! 

This month's swap was a scrap swap. Next month will be an X and Plus block lottery. All the new swaps for 2020 are now listed on the guild's website.

Round Robin and Show and Share!