Monday, February 27, 2023

A2MQG Meeting Minutes - February 2023

Mother Nature once again put a snafu in our meeting plans. Due to extreme ice storms and many power outages, the meeting was held on Zoom with a very small number of attendees (10).  Given that, much of our program has been shifted to the March meeting as noted below.

  • Programs - As mentioned at our last meeting, we will be hosting Lisa Ruble for "Intro to Improv Piecing" class on Saturday, April 15th (check your emails for sign-up link).  We do not have an exact time (probably around 10am) but do recommend signing up early as we will be opening this class to non-members.  Cost: $70 member ($85 non-members).
  • Round Robins - moved to March
  • Swaps
    • Swap with Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild (DAMQG) - we will be doing a swap similar to past ones with Chicago, where members will be assigned someone from the other guild.  Sign-up link has gone out by email and on FB page.  You must sign up by March 15th.  Exchange names will be sent on the 18th and you have until the April 26th meeting to complete.  This is a mini-quilt no bigger than 24".  It may be smaller (but not too small!).
    • Heart (or similar) 8.5" block Lottery (winner takes all!) - move to March meeting
    • Bring a FQ, take a FQ (you may bring as many FQ's to exchange as you like) - will take place each month.  Bring yours to the March meeting.
  • Skill School : Deb Spring will actually do her demo in March but we did have a show and share of sorts with some of her bags and a discussion on zippers and what will be covered.
  • Charity and Outreach (a huge thank you to Carol Ullmann who has agreed to be Charity chair)
  • Next in-person sew-in is Sunday, Feb 26 at NEW and reminder about weekly virtual ones
  • MQG Report
    • Kathy reported on a meeting with MQG leaders across the country which was very informative. There seem to be quite a few guilds that are actually much smaller than ours and those guilds seem very happy with the small size.  There was much discussion on good vs. bad teachers for lectures and classes.  While leaders were reluctant to name bad teachers, a list of those considered good was shared (and this list will be passed along to our Programs efforts).  The consensus was that a good teacher (esp. if teaching via Zoom or similar online platforms) will be knowledgeable of the technology and have the appropriate equipment to teach the class.  This is especially important if the teacher is getting a high fee for the class given that they are not having to travel.  It was also stressed that the importance of accessibility and that offering recording of the class is very important for this.
    • Several members are at QuiltCon this week so looking forward to a report next month.
  • Retreat - report will be at the March meeting

Next meeting:  March 29 at N.E.W.