February 2017 Meeting Minutes

February 11th brought us together for our second meeting of 2017 in our regular meeting place, First Baptist Church of Crestview.  Cindy promptly began the meeting at 10:00am, welcomed our members and guest, and asked the energy, thoughts, or prayers from our opening moment of silence be directed to several of our current and past members who were in need.

The first order of business was distribution of the awesome packets of Riley Blake Designs Creative Rockstar fabric to those who signed-up for the latest MQG fabric challenge.  

Just because the MQG bundles have been distributed, doesn't mean you can't participate.  You can!  Simply purchase fabric from your favorite retailer, submit pictures and details of your quilted item by April 30, 2017 to be in the running for prizes. (Here is the submission link.)  Remember to post pictures on social media using the #mqgfabrichallenge hashtag. 

Savannah, GA and QuiltCon were discussed.  So many ECMQG’rs are attending for the first time!  We hope everyone returns with ideas and inspiration to share!! 

Cindy let us know our QuiltCon Charity Quilt would not be displayed because it was not representative of the talent within our guild.

February door prizes were F8 bundles of coordinating Cotton + Steel fabrics purchased from one of our favorite online shops, Westwood Acres.  

Wendi and Cindy selected these fabrics to show the diversity and coordination of the various Cotton + Steel lines across collections and designers.  Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets; our winners were Bailee, Mary, Loree, Jill, Wendi, Maureen, Kim, and Cindy.  

Introduction to Color Theory was the program segment Natalie prepared and which she’ll continue to present, in small amounts, over the next several months.  This time, the basics were given including the 12 main color families and their associated names, and explanations of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. 

Before Laraine could talk about the March Block Lottery, Natalie issued this color challenge – use your color wheel; attempt to keep the five pieces of the fan blade arc in the same color family. 


Laraine showed us the first glimpse of the chosen tutorial for March’s block lottery, Letha’s Electric Fan which uses the Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery.  You can use as little, or as much, of the color as you want.  Her sample blocks were made with that in mind; the color in her Kona solids stash was Sour Apple.  All of the block lottery details can be found in this post.

25 You’ve Got Mail! blocks were received from Natalie, Faye, Bobbi, Cindy, Wendi, and Jill.

Before we could choose a winner (or two), Cindy showed us her quilt top made from the Foldstar lottery (November).

Natalie showed her top from the Umbrella lottery (July).

Laraine showed her table runner from the Transparent Play lottery (October).

After eligibility had been established, Jill’s and Wendi’s names were drawn.  Congrats ladies!

2017 Program Captain, Loree, provided an overview of programs through July, deliberately leaving the calendar for the last half of the year open-ended until she (and the other ECMQG’rs) returns from QuiltCon.  She is tapping into the interests (the survey passed around last month) and talents of people within the guild.  Please see her with your suggestions and ideas.      

Next month March begins a three-part program/mini-workshop series that delves into rulerless improv strip piecing using all solid fabrics!  Diane and Natalie will share presentation duties.  You can find full details and a supply list here.  The guest and non-member fee for each session is $15, payable at the door.

Mary shared a charity request for Pillowcase Dresses and Curtain Rod dresses on T.J's Site.  Please see Sherri, our Community Outreach and Charity Captain to coordinate giving efforts.  She told us she'd have some names of organizations for us at the March meeting.

Mary generously shared her construction expertise for the yoga mat bag planned for the Sit and Sew.  Thank you!

Cindy reminded us to save our selvages – 1.25” to 1.5” wide - because of an upcoming project Laraine’s proposed.  You want that little extra bit of color and pattern attached.

The beautiful Carolyn Friedlander F8s were distributed thanks to Natalie’s mad sorting skills!  Remember, if your bag(s) had Amy 1 and/or Amy 2 tickets in them, see her at the March meeting to receive your F8(s). 

Show & Tell wrapped up the meeting with more than half of the group sharing 12 projects (not including the block lottery insta-quilts shown in the middle of the meeting). 

Travels kept Jo, our Hospitality Captain, from being with us but her idea (thanks to Pinterest!) for a Perfect Pairs potluck lunch was a hit!  Just ask Natalie's dog.  :)
Respectfully Submitted,
Roxie Tew
ECMQG Secretary

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