June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Loree called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.
Activity this month was a chance to win a Carrot Cake baked by Lisa.
  • Arrive early to help set up.
  • Sign up on the Show and Tell form and food sign-up form when you arrive.
  • Please continue to make items for our raffle in November.
  • Quiltcon is February 21-24, 2019. MQG Charity Quilt parameters are out.  If you are interested in a design proposal submit it to the guild.  Include fabric costs, (top, back, and binding) and a timeline for completion. Don’t forget reservations for your rooms for Quiltcon. They do fill up fast. List of hotels is on the Quiltcon website. June 26th is the day to begin registering for classes. 9:00 AM Eastern time for the beginning of registration. The catalog is out, so you can begin looking at teachers and who you may want to go to.
  • Anyone interested in a program with Joe Cunningham contact Pensacola MQG.

Treasurer’s Report:  Linda gave us an updated account of our funds at this time.

New Business: 
  • Next meeting will be Christmas in July.  We will do a modern Christmas fabric swap.  Bring up to 3 yards of fabric to swap.  Look at Facebook site.  We will be posting ideas for modern Christmas fabric to bring.  We wrap it up…each yard in Christmas paper and exchange with other members.
  • Also, bring fun quilty gift ideas for Christmas to share with the group.  Bring your samples, patterns, and ideas.
  • We shared a Quiltfest from Jacksonville in September 20, 21, and 22nd in case anyone is interested in going.
  • Door prizes were drawn:  Winners were, Lisa, Loree, Lisa, Marsha

 The Block Lottery:  Marsha won the blocks this month and Linda shared next month’s Block Lottery block.  It was the Triangle Strip Block which consists of 4 pieces.  Linda had printed directions.  Next month, Lisa does her block for August.

Westwood Acres Fabrics has had lots of experience in blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, and Instagramming.  We invited them to give us some information on tech tools and using them for our quilt guild and personal use. They shared some recent makes. On Instagram most people like to see finished quilts.  They said when they posted finished quilts, they got the most hits.  
They explained that most businesses like online fabric businesses have at least a Virtual Assistant and a Physical Assistant.
They explained that the value of Social Media may be great in some areas, but that we have a loneliness epidemic in America, too.  It is better to know the people and have fewer contacts than to have many friends and they be mostly people we don’t even know.
@sewshabbyquilting was another site they recommended. 
They shared how they start designing a quilt by:
1.       Drawing the block, first
2.      Working to eliminate seams
3.      Figure out finished measurements
4.      Figure out unfinished
5.      Figure out quantities to buy
Hashtags were explained as folders to keep info.  Following hashtags can be fun.  The feed is filtered.  Some recommended following are:  #igreads #quiltblock
For our Quilt guild members were reminded to look at #ecmqgsews
When typing hashtags go to the next line right after punctuation…no space.
Instagram—she recommended just exploring as well as Pinterest.  
Another good book is by Penney Sturgis is The Toolbox.
On Pinterest we reminded our members we are:  Emerald Coast MQG

Show and Tell, Lunch and Sew Day followed an exciting meeting.

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