MMQG’s October Guild Meeting was held on October 22, 2013. Pat Methner our Program’s Chairperson presented us with five Quick and Easy Gifts Tutorial Stations. Each station had a different presenter and only took about 10 – 15 minutes to show how to put together these quick and easy items. Each of these tutorials have been uploaded for you to read or print out!
List of the following tutorials:
Wacky Cocoon Pillowcases (click link to view the tutorial).
Self Binding Baby Blanket as presented by Judy Hunt (click link to view the tutorial).
Christmas Stocking as present by Pat Methner (click link to view the tutorial).
Microwave Bowl Buddy (Hot bowl potholder) . (click link to view the tutorial).
Infinity Scarf as Present by Pat Methner (click link to view the tutorial).
Linda Craig showed us pictures from the Comfort Quilts Quilting Bee held on October 12th. There were only 5 people at the Quilting bee but they produced 10 quilts for donation. The next Quilting bee will be held November 16 starting at 8:30am.. and you can read about it under the Comfort Quilts Page.
Quilt Show 2014 – Ginger has all the raffle tickets in and each member has 10 tickets in their name to sell for the 2014 Quilt Show.. if you did not receive your tickets in October, they will be available in November. You can always pick up more than 10 to sell!
Applique club got their first start for the season tonight and as always we had a great turnout!
Other news and notes from the night!
Blotto block for October was Sunflower blocks and we had a great assortment.. the blotto block for November is Christmas Stars and is available for download on the Blotto Block page.
We have 73 paid members and we had 4 visitors tonight.
Our financial audit is in order.
Lisa Mathews was voted to replace Nancy Lucas as Treasurer.
Community Outreach will now encompass Community Education, Programs, Comfort Quilts, and Speakers.
The Board is working on a Mission Statement and will bring it to the members when it is completed.
Please note that the November meetings NOVEMBER 26, 2013! The newsletter states it incorrectly.
Finally our show and tell for the night!
Our September 2013 Guild Meeting was held at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum. MMQG members have made quite a few quilts that are hanging in the museum for the enjoyment of the public! We had a very productive meeting before we got a tour of the facility and got to act like kids and play with all the activities that they provide!
Pat Methner provided us with a Mid Michigan Quilt Guild Program Guide! If you didn’t get one of these at the meeting, she will have them available at our guild meetings. It is a very comprehensive guide to the next year of guild programs! Please click this link here to download your copy of this very informative guide that Pat put together for us. MMQG Program Guide 2013021
Applique Club did not meet, but will meet at 6:30pm before the October meeting.
Quilt Show committee had the raffle quilt at our meeting and it is beautiful. They let us know that Raffle tickets are ordered and that they would be handing them out to members starting in October.
Blotto Blocks for October are Sunflower blocks made with fall colors, any type of quilting, block size from 4″ to 14″ and no duplicate blocks. Here is an example of the last Sunflower Blotto Block the guild did.
Before we went on the tour we did our member show and tell.. here are some pics from that.
After our business meeting and some snacks we got a tour of the Discover Museum and got to play with all the activities. Here are some pics from the night!
By Linda Craig
Comfort Quilts 2013-2014:
Another year to create some fun quilts for those in need, use up some of your stash, or sign out ready-made kits. Last year, we ended up having 166 quilts to deliver to 9 agencies. Yea! Let’s see if we can top that number this year. I’ll have kits for you at the September meeting (at the Discovery Museum) and thereafter at COA (Look for the table near the exit door).
Also, I’ll be having two workshops to make kits this fall, and two after Christmas. The early ones are Oct 12 and Nov. 16 from 8:30 to 5:00. Save these later dates (Feb 1 and Mar 29).
At the October workshop, we will be making Homemade Jellies, a quilt pattern I adapted from the 1600 or Lasagna quilts you may have seen around. These quilts will be infant and child size. Instead of the usual horizontal stripping, the stripes will be vertical. Come try this out. It is easy enough for a beginner who can maintain 1/4 inch seams. All you need to bring is your sewing machine, white or cream thread, your usual sewing supplies, including a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler if you have them. Otherwise, we will have some for everyone to share. Also, please bring a dish to pass as we will have a potluck for our lunch. Stay for the day, or however long you can.
It’s a great way to get better acquainted with our members in smaller group settings, and you’ll be giving someone a treasured quilt to cuddle up with.
The second fall workshop will be Nov. 16. We will be making Layer Cake with Frosting quilts. It is another simple pattern that anyone can make. It basically is a 10″ square cut in two with a one inch frosting strip in between. I have some really cute coordinated fabric that will make this a fun and quick project to do. Again, all the fabric and batting will be provided, just bring the above mentioned sewing supplies and a dish to pass.
The Quilt Show committee has been hard at work getting the quilt done, getting the raffle license, and working out all the details for our upcoming Quilt Show, March 22 – 23, 2014. The Spring Splendor Quilt should be ready to view at our guild meeting in September (at the Discovery Museum 6pm – 8pm) and have raffle tickets available for guild members. Members can submit quilts that were not show in previous MMQG Quilt shows, Bags, Jackets, and Table runners. Any size quilt can be submitted. We have a huge membership and we look forward to wonderful turnout from our members for this show! If you would like to participate with the Quilt Show Committee, they will be meeting at 6pm before each guild meeting.
Welcome to all the new guild members that will be joining the Applique Club for this guild year. We will be stitching together a twelve blocks to make a 25” X 31” wall-hanging. The quilt design, by Lori Smith, is Songs of Spring. Be sure to obtain a pattern to use for this project. The cost is only $9.00 and can be purchased online at the designer’s website – www.frommyhearttoyourhands.com.
Each month, I will review an appliqué technique that will be useful for completing the project. This will be most helpful for beginner appliqué members. I am also excited to teach a couple of new needle-turn techniques, that I learned in a class taken at AQS in Grand Rapids taught by Mary Sorensen. Check out Mary’s website at www.MaryAppliques.com.
Hopefully, many of you have been shopping for just the right fabrics to make your design. You may choose to stitch the pattern in the pastel color scheme shown, but it could also be completed with brighter colors or even wools. You may already have fabrics in your stash that will work, as well. Remember, appliqué designs can easily utilize scraps. Prepare the background squares in advance by cutting twelve 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” squares. Squares need to be larger than the finished size due to the shrinkage that occurs with the appliqué process. The blocks will finish six inches square.
There is still time to join the Applique Club for this year. There will be a sign up at the September meeting. Our first Club meeting will be in October. The Club meets each month at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular guild meeting. I’m looking forward to stitching with all of you again this year.
By Cathy McCune
I’m looking forward to having everyone see the quilts hanging from the ceiling at the Discovery Museum at our meeting in September. Several members of the guild have also gifted or loan quilts to the museum – Thanks to all that have done that. The Museum is always looking for helping hands with sewing projects. Contact Heather Frisch at the museum if you are interested.
No group projects are planned for this year….unless someone steps up and comes up with a project. If you do have a project that you are thinking about and would like to chair let me know and I will be glad to help take your request to the board so that funds can be allocated for the project.
I’m currently chairing a small group of individuals who are organizing an Isabella County Quilt Trail. If you are interested in having a wooden quilt block on your barn or business please let me know. We also will be seeking sponsorsfor this project so that the history and a map of each property is printed for visitors to find the blocks. There are four known quilt trails in Michigan at this time with many more in the planning stages. If you google Michigan Quilt Trails you will find all the information.
We have developed an exciting, new, totally-online magazine dedicated to what quilters want most – more patterns. We would like to introduce your guild members to The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) by providing each one with a , 4-month subscription. Since TQPM is published every month, that is a total of 4 full issues! No strings attached!
Visit our website right now to learn more about TQPM at http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com.
As a bonus, each member will also be allowed access to our private, online, quilters’ group, Pattern Pastiche, where they can meet other quilters across the globe. They can even meet and chat with many of the designers whose patterns we publish, as well as our staff. Visit Pattern Pastiche at http://patternpastiche.quiltpatternmagazine.com.
With a full TQPM subscription, your members can receive many fun patterns, including BOMs, mysteries, workshops, articles, reviews, and lessons!
We know that guild members will appreciate this great opportunity!
Have one of your guild representatives fill out the request form at http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/program/FreeIssues/guild.html
and surprise them all with this bonus treat!
Hurry though! This great offer expires October 15th, 2013.
Message of Thanks from Char Ison and Barb Grajek:
September 2013 Program Meeting
The September 24, 2013 Guild Meeting will be held at the Discovery Museum from 6pm to 8pm. The Discovery Museum is located at 5093 E Remus Rd. (High Street) across from Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant MI. Please spread the word about the change of location for this meeting!
AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Anyone who wants to take the bus to the AQS show in Grand Rapids can contact Expedition Travel at 1-855-411-5766. They have a bus going on the 17th from Mt. Pleasant; other locations prior to that day.
October Guild Retreat
Anyone going to retreat in October should contact Pat Methner either by email, email@example.com, or send their deposit to Pat at 8948 N. Chippewa Road, Coleman, 48618.
2014 Quilt Show Meeting
Quilt Show meeting July 23 at Commission on Aging at 6:00 pm
Open Sewing Times!
July 23 & August 27 – Optional
Open Sew from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Commission on Aging, bring your machine, projects and snack and enjoy the company.