January Meeting (Minutes)

The January meeting was held on January 9, 2016.  Natalie called the meeting to order at 10:10 and welcomed visitors and new members.

We will be participating in the Chautauqua Quilt Show on February 12 and 13.  Three guests from the Chautauqua guild came to show us how to prepare our quilts for the show.

Each quilt should be in a pillowcase to keep it clean and help ensure all quilts are returned in good condition to their owners.  The pillowcase should have a label with  the owner's name and the quilt size on it.

The quilt must have a quilt sleeve on the back for hanging.  There are many online tutorials explaining how to add a hanging sleeve to your quilts.

The quilt needs a label.  The label can be as simple as just the maker's name and date, or more elaborate showing the pattern, pattern designer, fabric designer, who it was made for, and a story about the quilt.

Please help advertise the quilt show.  These yellow coupons are good for $1 off admission - and they're good reminders so people don't forget.

Members wishing to submit quilts need to complete the submission form (ECMQG has its own form) and send forms and photos of the quilt to Cindy by January 15.

We will need members to work the show to set up, take down, as hostesses, and to work our booth at the show.  Members can consign items for the show.  The guild will take a 10% commission.

Because the quilt show takes place on the weekend of our next meeting, the February meeting is being moved to February 6.  Members submitting quilts can bring them to the February meeting.  Cindy will take the quilts to the show. 

The quilt we submitted for display at QuiltCon 2015 will be our Opportunity Quilt for the Chautauqua Quilt Show.  We will sell raffle tickets at the show and online and give the funds raised to a local charity.

Natalie then asked guild members to tell what they were most proud of as a guild in 2015.  Some responses were:

Sew Modern Quilt Lab
2 completed Quilts of Honor
Several charity quilts made by the guild and by members

Members then talked about their personal accomplishments, which ranged from making their first quilt, sewing a binding, inserting a zipper, trying new styles of quilting, trying a new quilt style - such as improv - or even participating in the block lottery.

Elaine presented the January block lottery block, Modern Windows.  Seventeen blocks were submitted.

And we have a winner!

Susan presented the February "Arrow" Block.  A link to the instructions will be on the blog.

Kira presented our program, "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby," - sewing machine, that is.  The most important thing you can do for your machine is keep it clean.

A representative of the Flying Needles Quilt Guild presented information on their Quilt Retreat which will be held at Northwest Florida State College on February 26 and 27. Pat Sloan is their guest quilter.  Information about the retreat is here.

Fourteen members shared quilts and projects in Show and Tell.
Market Street Bag made from Hello Darling fabric (Bonnie & Camille)

Pattern is Simplicity #1080

Mary showed her amazingly spacious Scissor and Notions Cozy

Confetti quilt (this mini has a story - see Mary for details)

Adorable clothes for granddaughter

Donna's "Up!" quilt

Donna completed her Block Lottery quilt top

Lois showed her Mondo Bag

Another mondo bag (Star Wars this time)

Eliana made this phone case at the last Sew Day

Beverly has been making geese - or are they prarie points?

Jane showed her Tula quilt (pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful)

Wendi's "Ugly Quilt"

Carol has been making {pretty} kerchiefs

Lunch and Sew Day followed.

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