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!
From Linda Craig:
I went in to Art Reach to see how much the quilts we donated from the guild made in their auction.
The purple, turquoise, green one with the dolphin theme that Linda Craig donated made $500 in the live auction. The more traditional beautiful quilt made by an anonymous donor along with all the other donated items in the silent auction netted $1700. This is valuable community service provided by our guild.
Comfort Quilts Class
Linda Craig will be teaching a raw edge floral 8 1/2″ X 11″ collage class Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1-5 pm in the Craft Room, which is straight down the hall from the entrance (at the very end and to the left.) The class will cost $15.00 with an additional $5.00 kit fee which will include everything that is needed, but bring your own sharp fabric scissors. Please sign up by the November meeting or call Linda no later than January 12th, 2015.
There are still spots open, please contact Pat to sign yourself up or bring a friend!We will depart from the Meijer parking lot at 8:45; please be there at 8:30 so that we may begin boarding. Please park at the east end of the lot.9:30 to 11:00 Quilted Cottage in Saginaw; depart at 11:0011:30 to 1:00 lunch on your own in downtown Bay City1:00 to 2:30 Fabric Fair in Bay City; depart at 2:30 for our next stop3:00 to 4:30 Bittersweet in Pinconning; depart at 4:30 for home.5:50 return to Mt. PleasantPlease see the flyer here for how to sign up and contact Pat.. Bus-shop-hop-July
Our Mini Quilt Auction was another success this year! We had some beautifully handcrafted items that were auctioned off to raise a little over $1,000.00 towards our Program/Speaker/Education fund!
June Guild Meeting, June 24, 2014
June Guild meeting will be held on June 24, 2014 at 7pm.. this will be an ice cream social! We will have our show and tell, and silent auction and play some strip poker! Bring your items for the silent auction which will benefit MMQG speaker fund. If you are interested you can get a table to sell some of your own wares for yourself also. Strip poker will be 2 1/2″ WOF strips, we recommend about 10 strips for 10 hands of poker! Look forward to seeing you there!
July 22, 2014 – Hop on the Bus
Shop hop bus trip put together by Pat Methner!
$25.00 for the ride, demonstrations, 15% discounts, refreshments, and lots of fabric selections.
Destinations – Quilted Cottage in Saginaw, Fabric Fair in Bay City (lunch stop), Bittersweet in Pinconning.
Contact Pat by July 1st to sign up, 989-329-7065, e-mail:email@example.com.
Quilt Show Update!
Our Quilt Show made a profit of $1,444.64 for our Program/Speaker/Education fund! We need to give a huge thanks to all the participants of our quilt show for this success especially with the short amount of time and very bad weather to deal with before the quilt show! Thank you ladies for your incredible work!
Board Members for the upcoming 2014-2015 year:
President – Robyn House-Guettler
Vice President – Pat Methner
Treasurer – Leigh Bartholomew
Newsletter – Cathy McCune
Secretary – NEEDED
At Large – Char Ison
At Large – Rose Pavlik
Refreshments chair is in need of a replacement, please contact the board if you are interested in this position.
Show and Tell!!!
Wednesday, May 14th – Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement – Speaker/Author: Suzi Parron will talk about her journey along the quilt trail beginning with the very first barn quilt. Also on tap: hear about other area quilt barn trails, painting demonstration and learn more about the Isabella County Quilt Trail. Time: 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Please encourage others to attend. There is no charge for this presentation – Community Education fund is paying for this day!
Xpedition Travel (formerly Hatzler) has a number of quilt related trips scheduled…please send out to the membership.
April 22-25 2014. American Quilting Society. Paducah, KY (double 468, triple 428, quad 389)
May 21, 2014. Pieces, Pies and Posies Shop Elkhart, IN (133) per person
July 24. 2014. Quilt Garden Tour on the Heritage Trail. Elkhart, IN (89) per person
August 21 or 23rd. AQS Grand Rapids (65) per person
September 9-13, 2014. AQS Chattanooga (657 single, 449 double)
Not quilt related. But exciting is:
Vera Bradley Outlet Sale. April 10, 2014. (54.00) per person
IN SEARCH OF:
Fabric & Craft Sales Employee
Part & Full Time Position. Applicant should possess Fabric and Craft knowledge and experience. Knowledge of Quilting, Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting, and Crafting is helpful. Retail Knowledge is also helpful for day to day work. Daily jobs include, but not limited to; customer service, product upkeep, cleaning/organizing, and sales.
-20+ Hours A Week
-Position Is Available For Immediate Start
-Must Apply In Person
-Resume Is Appreciated
-Applications Can Be Obtained At Elm Creek Ltd
2609 W. Surrey Rd. Farwell Mi 48622
Piecing A Life:
Quilts by Ann Kowaleski
January 8 – March 14, 2014
Thursday, January 16th, 3pm at CMU Park Library Auditorium
Gallery Opening to follow lecture in Baber Room
Free and open to the public
Ann Kowaleski is an award-winning quilt artist
whose work has been in many national and international exhibitions. Each of her art quilts tells a unique story.
Ann Kowaleski is a Mid Michigan native.