Wednesday, April 17, 2024

A2MQG Meeting Minutes March 2024

 Time Marches on!

The meeting was held at Maker Works with 21 members in person, 2 guests, and 3 members via Zoom.

Round Robin: participants shared their progress. Want to get involved? Bring a bag with fabric and some instructions (as specific or non-specific as you like!) and cut on in! It's never too late to join our Round Robin fun! Check our guidelines to see how it works!


Swaps/Challenges: 
 This month's challenge was to make a quilted nametag! You could use letters from fabric or any method you choose! What a turnout! They're adorable, aren't they?? 



Charity
We had some great charity finishes this month! Continue to get those charity quilts to Carol and peruse our collection of kits to take home and put together, or make your own!


Demonstration/Skill Share:
  We watched a nice video on improv quilting by Clara Stoikow! You can watch it here with your MQG membership! In April we will have a laser cutting demonstration!


Show and Share:  The Board would like to ask members to limit (if possible) the number of show and shares to no more than 2 quilts. We want to see your work! Don't forget to bring those finishes (and WIPs!) to show off to your quilty pals! Check out all our great shares on Instagram!!

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 24th at Maker Works! See you there!

Next month's swap: Orphan Block Swap! Got leftover blocks? A quilt you started and decided "nah?" Pile those cuties up and bring them to our April meeting and swap them with someone else! 

Bonus: Secret Mini Swap! Invites for the secret mini swap have gone out! We hope you sign up! Just sign up, bring some scraps of fabrics you like to the April meeting, and create a mini quilt your swap partner will love! The June meeting will hold the presentation of the swaps!! This event is a guild fav! 




Sunday, March 10, 2024

A2MQG Meeting Minutes February 2024

Everyone ­čĺľ's February!

The meeting was held at Maker Works with 19 members in person, and 1 member via Zoom.

Round Robin: participants shared their progress.

Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Expo (AAFAX):  Carol shared with us what it was like to participate in the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Expo! It was a fun day with lots of participation. We liked it enough that we plan to return next year with even more activities and enthusiasm! 


Swaps/Challenges:  This month's challenge was to design a quilt (or even just a block) by taking an aesthetic from a traditional design concept and combine with a modern aesthetic as shown in the Holly Clarke video. We had some really cool ideas come out of it! Check our Instagram to see some! 

Charity

- Our MQG Community Challenge Quilt was spotted at Quilt Con! It looks so good!!



- We had some great charity finishes this month! Continue to get those charity quilts to Carol and peruse our collection of kits to take home and put together, or make your own!

Programs:

  • We will have a sew-in on 3/30 at Maker Works from 12pm-4pm! This sew-in will focus on charity quilts. 
  • April 6th will be our Voltron Quilt Zoom class with Irene Roderick! The class is currently full but you can get on the waitlist in case some folks drop out.
Demonstration/Skill Share:  Brenda showed us how to do twining, turning scraps into twine! Thanks Brenda!

Show and Share:  The Board would like to ask members to limit (if possible) the number of show and shares to no more than 2 quilts. We want to see your work! Don't forget to bring those finishes (and WIPs!) to show off to your quilty pals!

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 27th at Maker Works! See you there!

Next month's challenge: Quilted Name Tag! We would love for members to wear name tags, and what's more fun than a quilted name tag? Deb showed us a technique of using letters from fabric/selvage to create cute tags! Here's a reel on Instagram from halfsquarehannah that shows a fun selvage method: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CraMJBZs3i-/



Thursday, February 15, 2024

A2MQG Meeting Minutes January 2024

Happy New Year, friends!

The meeting was held at Maker Works with 14 members and 1 guest in person, and 3 members via Zoom.

Retreat: The retreat was held the weekend before the meeting and a good time was had by all! Big thanks to Creative Passions for another wonderful retreat!

Dues: Reminder that annual dues are due now.  Please go to the link at the right and fill out the form and submit payment.  We will be cutting off access to emails and social media in January to those who have not renewed.

Round Robin participants shared their progress.

Swaps/Challenges:  This month's challenge was the HESITANT SHARERS CHALLENGE - a challenge for anyone who has not shared a quilt or project in the last 6 months to get up and share their work. It was so nice to see the great pieces from our members! 

Charity

- Our MQG Community Challenge Quilt was shipped to (and received by) QuiltCon! 

- We had some great charity finishes this month! Continue to get those charity quilts to Carol and peruse our collection of kits to take home and put together, or make your own!

Programs:

  • We will have a sew-in on 3/30 at Maker Works! Bring your projects and do some social sewing together!
  • April 6th will be our Voltron Quilt Zoom class with Irene Roderick! The class is currently full but you can get on the waitlist in case some folks drop out.

Video Segment (New!): We watched a video from the MQG site by Holly Clarke on Modern Traditionalism! We learned some cool techniques on how you can make a traditional block modern. Holly explained the distinction between the traditional vs. modern aesthetics and while we didn't watch the entire presentation (you can watch the full one here - login with your MQG login), we were inspired to follow it up with a challenge (see below).

Show and Share:  The Board would like to ask members to limit (if possible) the number of show and shares to no more than 2 quilts. We want to see your work! Don't forget to bring those finishes (and WIPs!) to show off to your quilty pals!

Sound and other acoustic issues update:  A heavy blanket was constructed and hung over the door, and also some quilts have been hung on racks near the door to help with sound dampening. We have also moved the chairs forward to help. It has been much better!

Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th at Maker Works! See you there!

Next month's challenge: Modern Traditionalism Block! Design a quilt (or even just a block) by taking an aesthetic from a traditional design concept and combine with a modern aesthetic as shown in the Holly Clarke video. If you would like a refresher, check the email from us from February 2nd, 2024!