Meeting was called to order promptly at 10:00 by Loree our President.
Loree’s activity of the month: Fishing! $1 ticket for a chance to fish and win.
- Arrive early to assist, visit and sign in.
- Sign up for Show and Tell, we are celebrating making
- Sign up for Food Sheet for upcoming meetings as you check in for attendance.
- Please continue to make auction items for our November online fundraiser. Popular items include: pillows, bags, zippy bags, baby and dog items.
- The Tiger Lily Tote challenge is in June. It is a bag challenge using at least some of the Kona COTY which is Tiger Lily this year. The bag will be yours to keep. The guild has Tiger Lily fabric for sale.
- Strip piecing will be delayed until June. Please bring your strip piecing materials for the next Sit and Sew.
Treasurer’s Report: Linda presented a treasury report.
- A roll of batting was purchased.
- Jill donated a baby quilt which Maureen volunteered to bind.
- Lisa volunteered to make a carrot cake to auction next month as well as one for our luncheon.
- Wendi expressed a need for recruiting new members. The board will review options at the next meeting.
- Loree discussed a month of “Help! How do I make this work?” where we bring in unfinished and perhaps difficult projects and get help from our fellow sewists.
- MQG 2019 Quiltcon EastMQG is in Nashville in February, 2019. MQG has announced the colors for their 2019 Charity Quilt. Design proposals will taken and voted on by the guild. Provide the following information: cost estimates, timeline, and proposed work sessions. Deadline for submissions TBD.
- QuiltCon registration opens at the end of June. Go to the website now and look for the list of faculty and their descriptions, so that you can decide what classes/lectures you would like to take. In 2020, Quiltcon goes back to Austin, TX, where it originated. Quiltcon hotel information is available on the MQG website. The Lecture Series is a good way to go if it is your first time at Quiltcon. The Quilt show is fantastic and even the Quiltcon rejects on Instagram are awesome!
- On May 3rd there is a survey you can take to help determine the decisions made by MQG.
- We received a letter from the Pensacola MQG about Joe Cunningham coming as a speaker. He is known as Joe the Quilter and is online mostly an art quilter.
- Loree opened discussion of introducing a designer each month as a learning experience. For example, Cotton and Steele, announced a group of new designers coming onboard. Cindy explained how you can follow fabric shops and designers on Instagram and learn more about them. You can also subscribe to newsletters from: Hawthorne Threads, Intrepid Threads, I Love Fabric, Pink Door, Stash Fabrics, etc. to name just a few. Pinterest boards are another way to follow modern fabrics and designers. ECMQG has a pinterest board that shows modern fabrics and designers.We talked about some of the retro designs that are supposed to be “modern” designs that we have our doubts about.
- We also discussed the Craftsy free weekend during this Mother’s Day weekend. Cristina Camelli was mentioned as a great free motion quilter we might want to watch during this free weekend. You Tube has Angela Walters who is beginning a new type of classes. Might want to check these out also.
Block Lottery winner was Lisa. Bobbi presented the next block lottery block, Two Way Street Block by MSQ. Use any Allison Glass, except for her batiks and Kona Charcoal. She had Kona Charcoal for sale. Thank you, Bobbi!
Program: Loree shared hand embroidery stitches, how to transfer pictures to cloth, types of threads and tools, books that are good about embroidery, etc. We brought some of our projects in to work on during Sit and Sew and Loree gave some one on one lessons to several people.
Door prizes went to: Wendi, Faye, Marsha, Bobbi (2), Linda, and Lisa.
Show and Tell:
- Amy—utilitarian scrap swap bag for Jill
- Wendi—a finish with the quilt that looks like banners. Utilitarian and traditional.
- Marsha—already completed bag with Kona Tiger Lily and Puffy quilt for grandson. Both, utilitarian items.
- Maureen shared a quilt she had redone and her Doctoral thesis that is finally complete! Congratulations Maureen!
A yummy lunch was enjoyed by all and Sit and Sew included machine sewists and embroidery sewists.