The May meeting was held via Zoom with 13 members in attendance.
Secretary/Webmaster: Kathy noted that she added the link to the public facing Facebook page to our About Us page on this site (https://www.facebook.com/a2mqg/). This Facebook page isn't heavily used but it is where users can look for and find us within Facebook. This is different from our private group on Facebook where you have to be a member in good standing to view content.
Membership: We had one new member join this month. Welcome Barbara!
Zoom Speakers > We had great feedback on our March meeting with Audrey Esarey from Cotton and Bourbon Quilts so the Board has lined up two more speakers (with the possibility of a third - more on that once it comes to fruition) for the remainder of the year:
[Correction on the following program dates]
- August (Zoom) - David Owen Hastings "Minimal Design, Maximum Impact"
- October (Zoom) - Carol Lyles Shaw "Sustainable Stashing: Creating an Eco-Friendly Quilt Life"
The board is also looking into possible zoom teachers, skill shares, or even an in-person class. Cheryl Murphy has indicated that she is willing to teach her freezer paper paper-piecing class, so look for that in the near future and let us know if you have other ideas.
We are planning to hold a couple in-person meetings during the summer.
Question/Discussion: "Did you have a blanket or lovey when you were little? Do you know where it is now?" There were lots of interesting tales of a favorite stuffed animal or quilt from when members were little.
- Guild is still trying to find a home for our small (3x4') quilts. Several board members plus Jackie are looking into places, but if you have a suggestion let us know.
- More string blocks were made at the in-person sew-in and by members at home. If you make any blocks, get them to Jackie or Brenda (6-1/2" blocks (6" finished)).
- We also discussed other ideas for charitable giving such as teaching sewing classes at the Library. There was positive feedback on this idea so Brenda will continue to investigate.
- Brenda showcased photos of some of the past quilts the Guild made for the MQG Community Outreach Challenge and discussion was held on the 2023 challenge.
- Members should bring concepts (drawings, pictures, sketches) prior to or at the June meeting so we can decide what we want to do.
- Since Amy was the project chair for this last year's she provided a timeline and task list:
- Volunteers needed: (1 fabric bundler, many block members, many top assemblers, 1 back assembler, 1 quilter, 1 binder, 1 sleeve maker, 1 photographer)
- Timeline: (treasurer buys fabric, bundler cuts and distributes fabric before or at July meeting, blocks made by early September, there will be a sew-in date in September to assemble quilt, quilting/binding/sleeve finished by mid-October, photography by October 31st, quilt shipped to QuiltCon in January)
- The theme of the challenge is "Color Shift" and the two color palettes we have to choose from are:
- We continue to hold weekly sew-ins on Tuesdays from 7-9pm via Zoom.
- If you would like to set up a small group of your own within the guild, let the Board know and we should be able to let you have a time slot on Zoom as long as it doesn't conflict with our other meetings.
- We had an in-person Sew-in at N.E.W. on May 15th. Our next one will be Saturday, June 25 from 10-4. IMPORTANT: Please let the board (or just Amy Stevenson) know if you plan on attending. We have been told by some that they showed up and no one was there, so they left. Because it is typically a small turnout and because the timing is flexible the 10:00 start time is somewhat flexible so it will help if we know you are planning on attending.
- 2023 American Patchwork & Quilting Modern Log Cabin Quilt Challenge
- 2023 Windham Ruby+Bee Fabric Challenge (fabrics by Chawne Kimber)