We celebrated July and August birthdays with a Fat Quarter lollipop and a birthday song.
Cindy updated the group on our current charity projects.
- Some members have made heart blocks for Quilts for Pulse to send to the Orlando MQG to make quilts for first responders and those affected by the Orlando shooting in June. Blocks are due this week. Quilts are due September 15. Loree is collecting the blocks. Our guild has blocks to send and several quilts in the works.
- Drawstring bags for Ronald McDonald House is an ongoing project. These will be due at the November meeting and will donated to RMHC before Christmas. Guests at RMHC use these bags for everything from toys to toiletries, especially for the families going back and forth to visit patients in Children's Hospital. Some members have asked if they must be children's prints - they are used by parents and children alike, so there is no fabric requirement except that it be modern quilt shop quality fabric. We are using the lined drawstring bag tutorial on Jeni Baker's blog, "In Color Order."
- Although none of the principals were present at the meeting, we believe that Kira is quilting the Fisher House quilt - from Instagram pictures - and that the quilt will be ready for the August deadline.
Sherry announced that Country Patchers was having a class on August 21 with Mary Molinari teaching the "Daybreak" pattern. See Sherry for details.
MQG is hosting a virtual Sew Day on August 21 using the new "Stories" platform on Instagram. Members were encouraged to get together to sew and to post videos on Instagram stories.
Laraine previewed our November fabric swap. We will swap Alison Glass print fabrics, including the batiks (Handcrafted, Handcrafted II and Indigo). Low volume and text prints are NOT included as we recently did a low volume swap. Members may swap up to 3 yards of fabric in 1 yard increments. Fabrics must be cut into fat eighths. Rules and instructions for cutting are here and simplified instructions here. Please fold each fat eighth separately and put it in a ziplock bag with your name on it. This makes it easier for our swap team.
Cindy announced that our block lottery has a new format. We will have guest block lottery presenters for the next several months. Our first guest presenter is Loree.
Loree has chosen a very modern Orla Kiely leaf block using drunkard's path blocks and squares in a palette of yellow and gray solids and Kona snow. Winners will win 8 blocks so there may be multiple winners, depending on the number of blocks submitted. This quilt uses alternate grid work, minimalism, and negative space. Download the templates here. Be sure to print at 100%.
There are several online solid color clubs. If you are looking to build your solid stash, this is a great way to access a large variety of typically fat quarter size solids. The cost varies by club.
Natalie announced that we are seeking members to serve on the board for 2017. All board positions are open. Natalie will serve as Past President. Cindy and Wendi have both served 2 years in their current positions (the maximum as per the by-laws) and Laraine has only agreed to serve until the end of the year. The responsibilities of each board member can be found on the blog under the "About us" tab under the bylaws.
Laraine gave the Treasurer's report. We are currently doing an internal audit as per the by-laws and we should have the results in a few weeks. We need a member who is not on the board who has financial experience to review the results. Linda said she would be willing.
A discussion was held about purchasing accounting software for the guild where the accounting/bookkeeping can be stored in the cloud and available to each member of the board. Since we came under the auspices of the Modern Quilt Guild, we are a 501-c-3 corporation, which has certain financial and record-keeping requirements. Our financial records are in disarray and many of the records which did exist are missing. The board urges all past board and committee members to check their notebooks, totebags, folders, etc., for records belonging to the guild. Cindy is auditing the records we do have to reconstruct what is available. Some members questioned the board's actions in this regard. Natalie explained that the board took action in March and has been working since then to reconstruct our records.
The board has discussed purchasing Directors and Officers liability insurance to protect the guild. Members felt that with the size of our guild and the funds we have, D&O insurance was not necessary.
We have learned that the Treasurer position requires diligent record keeping in order for our guild to properly report income, expenses, and donations. There is a need for basic money handling procedures and oversight, which were put into effect in March. Several members requested a monthly Treasurer's report. The board agreed that this is a priority. Carole moved that we purchase financial accounting software before the end of the month. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.
For this month's door prizes, you placed your door prize ticket(s) in the bag for a chance to win a specific book or item. There were several lucky winners!
Laraine announced our annual Anniversary Scrap Swap! Participants bring a ziplock bag full of scraps, place it in a brown paper bag, and a drawing is held. Everyone goes home and sews something awesome for someone else. This year is our 5th anniversary. Seven members participated in the Anniversary Scrap Swap for 2016.
Pam asked about the charity quilt for QuiltCon. Cindy replied that we have missed the deadline for entering a quilt, but said she would be willing to call and see if we could still enter. The fabric in the required palette has already been purchased. The challenge is scale. There was a general agreement that since QuiltCon is on the East Coast next year, we should try to participate. A pattern was selected and members cut and distributed the fabric during sew day.
Several members participated in Show and Tell.
A salad lunch was served, after which several members stayed to sew and visit.