Meeting opened by Robyn House-Guettler, president. As the first meeting of the year, there was a bit of new business as well as a lot of reminders and updates. We welcomed three guests and two new members.
NEW MEETING FORMAT:
For future meetings, we will follow a little bit different format:
Welcome, Meet and Greet at 7:00 sharp.
Featured program at 7:15!
General Business Meeting
It was noted that this format will help those members who travel a distance to get here, and will
also be helpful to our presenters.
SEWING BASKET PRIZE PACKAGE:
As a fun incentive to further boost club involvement, members will have the opportunity to win a wonderful basket of fabric and supplies by attending “extracurricular” club events, such as quilting bees, retreats, road trips, and classes. Members can earn one prize ticket upon receiving 5 signatures on their membership card indicating participation in qualifying events. One additional ticket can be earned for each additional signature. A ticket will be drawn at our last meeting and the lucky winner will receive the basket!
A call-out by Robyn for members interested in chairing some quilting specialty groups – thus far we have an applique club, but it would be great to have a block exchange club, block-of-the-month club, or a STRIP CLUB!!! Please think about it and let Robyn know if interested!
Treasurer’s Report: motion by Ardath Stadfeld to accept report and so moved.
Member’s at Large: Char Ison and Rose Pavlik relayed that they will have a table set up at entryway by 6:30 on meeting nights with all handouts and attendance roster. Asked members to bring any concerns to them and they will bring those concerns to the board meetings.
Newsletter Chair: Tammy House is our new newsletter chair, with Carrie Dunn currently doing the computer work from Florida while training Tammy.
Sunshine Committee reminds everyone to let them know if a member is having a setback so that our guild can offer support.
Comfort Quilts – Linda Craig reports that last year we made 188 quilts which were delivered to 8-9 places. Gratiot County Child Advocacy had requested quilts – were were unfortunately out of quilts at the time, so they will be the next recipient with quilting season upon us again. A reminder that Linda has kits that can be signed out, and there is no pressure as to a deadline to finish them. Members are also more than welcome to use their own supplies. Thanks goes to Judy Hunt for making labels for us, as well as a reminder that, if members label quilts, to put our full name – Mid Michigan Quilter’s Guild – on them rather than “MMQG”, as folks generally do not know what that acronym represents. Our guild can only afford to allocate $300/yr for this project, and as such that money goes to batting. Fabrics are largely from Linda’s stash, and she also does receive some donations. The members expressed concern that this was not much money, and a desire to increase the allocation. Higher membership fees were briefly discussed, but the concern about keeping the guild affordable for everyone necessitates keeping dues low. A solution that we will try is a raffle at each meeting, with proceeds going to the comfort quilts. Members could donate quilting supplies, we could have 50/50 raffles, and so on. This evening we had a 50/50 raffle as well as a quilt raffle, and $158 for comfort quilts – and thanks to Diane Seaver and Rose Sheehan, raffle winners, for donating their prize back to the fund! Our first comfort quilt bee will be November 1st, and Linda asks that you let her know if you are planning on attending!
Refreshments – Carol Hackett reminded that the next meeting is “Snowbirds” – members brought up that that might be a pretty small group, as the snowbirds may have already flown the coop, so a call out was make that anyone going on a trip in the near future or over the winter season – consider bringing a refreshment to share next meeting !
Programs/Classes: Path Methner gave teaser reminders given that upcoming classes include Robyn’s on October 29th, $15 – a memo will be coming out soon, but keep your eyes out for a packet of 2.5” strips (you’ll need 40 strips, as well as 2 yards of contrast fabric). Saturday December 13th there will be a Bargello Class. In January Linda will be teaching a raw edge floral collage class. May will be our annual mini-autction, June our ice-cream social along with a program, and another bus trip is being planned for July. In March we will be having a machine quilting class, and reusable practice kits will be available for purchase! Next month’s program will feature Delphine, the owner of Delphine’s Quilt Shop in Gaylord – it should be quite entertaining as it is a singing trunk show (I hope I heard that right!)
Dues: Please remember that this year’s dues are due! We have 41 members so far. In addition to our wonderful meetings and programs, members receive 10% discount at Joanne Fabrics! Always feel free to bring a guest to introduce them to our group.
Field Trips: Rose reports Mystic Lake is full, but Spring Retreat still does have some openings.
Blotto Blocks: This year we will be using the monthly blocks presented on QuiltersWorld.com – we’ll have hard copies at the meetings, but you can also go on line to find out what our pattern will be. The block for next meeting is Crosses and Losses, with the color scheme being Fall Batiks. Block is 8” square. Bring in your completed block, get a ticket, and if your ticket is drawn you’ll have a nice set of blocks!
Fat Quarters: Next month the theme is “Brown”. This meeting we had two packages raffled off, each with 17 fat quarters!
Show and Tell: As always, we had a wonderful show and tell in which several members participated. The highlight was a demonstration by Karen involving toilet paper – you never know what you’ll miss if you can’t make a meeting ! See you on October 28th, and bring a friend!