MMQG General Meeting Notes
June 23rd, 2015
Meeting began with Robyn giving a preview of activities/programs for the 2015-16 year!
Rose will be leading a round robin next October – bring in a block, they will be put in a shoebox and exchanged, and each month something will be added to the block. At the end of the round robin, you will have a finished quilt! Let Rose know if you are interested!
Robyn will be leading an eight step Mystery Quilt – “Mystery of the Kitty” – sign up to get cutting instructions and instructions 1 and 2… cost is $10. June will mark a big reveal with prizes for those who finish (pieced, quilted, and bound). Size will be 75 X 93 w/o border, 90 X 108 w/border. Backgrounds can be light or dark, then two contrast fabrics. Robin’s is red, white, and black background. She is also doing a white background, peach, and scrappy 30’s for color 2. Color two will be finished two and three inch squares, so a small print or solid would be appropriate. Let Robyn know if you are interested or have questions!
Robyn will also be leading a paper piecing project – we’ll be doing 6” blocks for next year. Had a nice show and tell of the quilts people completed this year – BEAUTIFUL!!!. Table runner, quilt, jacket, even Christmas ornaments!
We’ll be doing a 9” block exchange next year – participants will make groups of 6 blocks, first due in November with Red and White as the color. Black and Whites exchanged in Feb, Blue and Whites in May. They will be sorted and exchanged so you won’t get your same blocks back. In September Robyn will have some samples to share to kick this off!
Linda Hernden reported on the 30’s group which is going strong – the books “Farm Girl Vintage” and “Quilty Fun” will be the inspiration for a block of the month next year. Some highlights are barn and tractor blocks and quilts – each barn has a little quilt block on it – super cute. Robyn has books available to order if you’d like. The quilt that was started this year will also still be worked on. Linda requests that anyone interested in joining the 30’s group give her their email so that they can receive updates.
Remember – Next year full classes of 20 or more will still earn participates a $5 coupon towards any other class!
Linda reported on Charity Quilts – approx.. 6 quilts turned in tonight for a total of 259 quilts this year – WOW! They’ve gone to Gratiot County Child Advocacy, Joshua House, Clare Hosp., Love Inc., Harrison Baby Pantry, Mt.Pleasant Hospital, Women’s Aide, Central Michigan Pregnancy Clinic, Isabella Child Advocacy, Com on Aging , United Way, Gratiot Community Hospital, and Harrison Child Advocacy. Will also be adding Foster Closet of Isabella County to our list of recipients. Linda thanks all for all the supplies people have donated, as well as attendance at bees and making so many quilts. There will be 4 bees next year – looking forward to it!
National Quilting Day yielded 122 Pillowcases – these went to Women’s Shelter, Underground Railway, Midland Hospital, and Foster Closet. Board discussed that next year on National Quilting Day in March we’d do pillowcases again for our charity – we will plan on donating them to Foster Closet, area hospitals, and any other place that would like to receive them as suggested by members. Members agreed that would be a good idea. Robyn will go ahead and begin to acquire fabrics for this event for next year.
Patti Kent was our presenter this evening – she is from Bay City and gave a very entertaining and informative lecture on hand piecing as an alternative to machine piecing quilts.
Next was our drawing for the membership card signatures basket – tickets earned by attending five or more events… the lucky winner of a basket full of treats was…..
Be sure to attend classes next year as we’ll be doing another drawing in 2016
We had a lovely show and tell, followed by ice cream.
Meeting began with an update on the COA quilt – Winter quilt is finished and was shared – super cute – and it completes the four seasons.
Upcoming Programs- Vice President Report:
Pat reports we will have a bus trip July 28th it will be “Row Row Row By Row” – we’ll be going to the west side along lakeshore, visiting at least 4 quilt shops which so far are a mystery . Will be leaving at 7am, cost is $59 and includes travel and continental breakfast – lunch will be on own. Please commit by July 1st– Krista Prout will be coordinating receipt of payments – more information to follow. Pat will email as to where pickup location will be and pickup time in MP when that information becomes available. We’ll spend about an hour and 15 minutes at each stop.
There is also still room for the Springs Fall Retreat in October – Thurs-Sun, cost is $195 for weekend and includes room and food. If interested please contact Pat, check would be made out to the Guild. Pat has also booked one person for next year – Francis from Traverse City will be doing a program – Francescacreations.com. She’ll be coming in March and also doing a class on wearable quilting.
Please remember that we need a first vice president for next year.
Deb had emailed membership proposed Bylaw revisions again over the weekend. Motion was made that bylaw revisions be passed, was seconded and approved by membership vote.
Treasurer report was distributed – all looked good – no questions.
Tammy reports newsletter going well – anything for September needs to be to Tammy before the 15th of August.
Carol thanks all for the refreshment help this year!
Evening ended with our 50/50 drawing, paper piecing drawing for $25,and fat quarter drawings.
Meeting Adjourned @ 9:00
See everyone in September!