MMQG General Meeting – September 21st 2015
Robyn started the meeting by showing us the raffle quilt for our 2016 Quilt Show– spectacular!It was communicated that bids are being taken to have it quilted. Sandy then reported that after some research on dates, our 2016 show will be October 1st and 2nd with set up on September 30th. We will be needing quilts and volunteers, so please save the date and be thinking about this event. Thanks to Sandy for taking on coordinating this!
We did not have a speaker tonite and Robyn explained that our agenda is still up in the air as we are looking for a Vice President to serve as program coordinator. Tentatively we may be having the women from Common Threads in St. Louis come in to do a demo and talk about their shop for the October meeting. In March we have Francesca Creations coming, and Robyn showed us one of their jackets that she had made. We reviewed the different groups that will be working on projects this year, beginning with Roberta and the Applique Club. Roberta reported that the group will be working on individual projects and will work on these with the goal of having some finished for the quilt show. Roberta has some links to share if people would like project ideas. Each month different types of applique will be shared and the group with be helping one another learn new techniques.
Robyn will be leading a block exchange in which people will share any 9” block they wish in sets of six. You can do as many packets as you like and will receive that many packets back. The first exchange will be red and white for November, Black and White for February, Blue and White for May.
Linda reported on charity quilts – we had a lot of quilts turned in tonight. As always kits are available for check out – please sign the notebook when checking out a kit, and again when turning in a finished quilt. We had 260 comfort quilts last year! We are aiming to do as well this year. Linda thanked members for donations of fabric and batting and shared a thank-you note from one of the groups that received our quilts. October 10th and November 21st will be our first bees with potluck lunch, from 8:30 – 5:00. October 10th we’ll be making a Christmas quilt that is a nine-patch variation. In November we’ll be doing a rodeo/cowgirl/cowboy theme for some super quick, easy and fun quilts. Please sign up if you would like to come to a bee so Linda can prepare enough kits. We’ve given quilts to all three Child Advocacy groups in the area, all three area hospitals, the Baby Pantry, Foster Closet, Women’s Aide Service, United Way, and others.
Robyn is continuing her mystery quilt, cost is $10, and the second pattern is available.
Rose is leading a Round Robin. Next month you bring in a 12.5 – 18” block. Every month we add to the block. If you have particular fabric you’d like to use with the block place them in the bag, or you can let people add to the block as they wish. In March there will be a reveal where you can be surprised at what happened to your block. No cost, and instructions will be provided every month as to what to do. Contact Rose if interested in joining!
Linda is leading a 30’s club and showed us a beautiful quilt. The book Farm Girl Vintage will be used to make the Farm Girl Sampler Quilt with 48 different blocks. If six 6” blocks are made each month, we’d have a quilt made by year’s end. Let Linda know if you are interested, Robyn can get more books which are $20 each. Linda hopes to have some workshops in the winter so members can get together to work.
Paper piecing group will be doing 6” blocks, 20 blocks to choose from, reveal at June meeting – you must use 12 blocks to make a finished item in order to be in a drawing for a $25 check. Cost is $5 for the pattern packet. If there are 4-5 people or more that want to do a Saturday class, Robyn is willing to come over and do a class.
Deb reported that members should be receiving minutes via email after each meeting, and to please let her know if you do not receive them so emails can be double checked. She also reported that pillowcases from National Quilting Day were given to Foster Closet as well as the Mount Pleasant Hospital, and both groups were very grateful and appreciative of the bright and cheery colors.
Leigh reported that the newsletter includes our budget proposal, which needs to be formally approved. Leigh created a nice comparison sheet to show how money was spent last year as well as what we proposed to spend this year. Priscilla Garber motioned and Sandy Smith seconded the motion to approve the budget – unanimous in favor, no opposition. Reminder that dues are $20, please get these in to Leigh if you haven’t already. Auction yielded $1375.
Please note that the snack list distribution is different from last year so as to have a better division of snacks.
Members should also be getting a newsletter – if you are not getting one via email please let us know. There will be a few hard copies available for people who do not get email, please let us know if you are not getting them and would like a hard copy reserved for you.
Rose Pavlik and Tina McPhall have agreed to be Vice Presidents – THANK – YOU! This creates a Member-At-Large position to replace Rose. Diane Seaver agreed to take this position. THANK-YOU Diane! Also a reminder that Char Isom stepped down as Member At Large and Diane Benn has stepped in to fill her spot.
Board meetings will the 3rd Tuesday in October, February, April, and June. On months we don’t meet, we will be coming to the guild meetings at 6 as needed to take care of any business.
Pat Methner gave us an update on the July Bus Trip – the group went to four shops (Carson City, Fenville, South Haven, and Holland) with lunch in Saugatuck, and about 35 members participated. Had a great day! Hopefully we can do something like that next year. Springs outside of Gladwin retreat in October has room for some more people, cost is $195 which includes meals and lodging as well as sewing. If interested please contact Pat Methner. Challenge this year will be making an apron.
Lisa reported on Mystic Lake – 22 people signed up, room for 24, she would like some alternates. Cancellation policy has been added to brochure. Full payment done by end of January, that way the minimum of 20 people will be sure to be met. There will be YMCA camp style accommodations, sleeping bag required. Thurs – Sun $150, Fri – Sun $115 for members. No breakfast, but other meals provided. Fridge and microwave provided. Dates are April 14- 17, theme this year is stained glass. No curved piecing. Full pattern available once payment is made in full.
Reminder that the Sunshine Committee Notebook is always on the table at meetings – if you know of a member going through a rough time, add their name so we can send them a card.
Show and Tell included a raffle cute that will be available at the COA Bazaar in November.
Fatquarter Drawing – two packs of 12 each. Won by Diane Seaver and Jackie Studer. 50/50 was $11 and was won by Leigh Bartholomew.
Meeting ended with snacks and opportunity to sign up for groups.
See you in October!