Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January 27, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Old Business:

  • Riley Blake Challenge - looks like we don't have anyone in the Guild participating. Let the Board know if this is not the case (fabric will be shipped to Guilds only).
  • QuiltCon - Dorie & Rossie attending (anyone else?). Rossie promises to give the Guild quilts in attendance her attention and possibly take photos.
  •  Winter Retreat (Amanda Coulter)
    • Was held at Hankerd Inn on Jan. 14.
    • A good time was had by all!
    • Amanda will send a survey out to ask for feedback and other location options (e.g., St. Johns).
    • Jan (Hankerd) would like to have guilds register for a particular weekend (e.g., 3rd weekend every January)
  • Quilt Show (Ellen Frank) 
    • Ellen would like photos of your quilts since UofM will want to see them to decide on the space. Submission would probably be in February.  Email Ellen erfrank23@gmail.com as soon as possible with photo, size, brief description and/or any questions you have.
    • Also continue to send her ideas for other locations/venues.

New Business:

  • New Board Officers were elected and new/continuing Volunteer Chair Positions announced
    • President: Amy Diebold
    • Vice-President Programs: Giedra Bowser
    • Vice-President Membership: Jackie Mills
    • Secretary/Webmaster: Kathy Koch
    • Treasurer: Amy Stevenson
    • Librarian: Kim Ulrich
    • Swaps: Emily Schildhouse (and Melissa West)
    • Charities: Karen Burton
    • Retreats: Amanda Coulter
  • ByLaws were reviewed
    • Suggested revision (the Board will discuss and possibly present at a future meeting)
      • Change "Members are allowed access to the Guild Flickr Group."  ...to....
      • "Members are allowed access to the Guild Social Media Group(s)."
  •  Library Report (Kim U.)
    • New Librarian so no books to preview.  Contact Kim if you want to see any particular ones at next meeting.
  • Member Spotlight - no member spotlight this month
  • Skill School - no skill school this month
  • Swaps (Emily S.)
    • Let Emily know if you have swap ideas.
    • Next Month (Feb) - "Inspired by QuiltCon" Challenge
      • Can be this year or last
      • Anything that inspires you
      • Small - 10x10" or smaller
      • Rossie will bring a prize from QuiltCon
      • We will vote on best at the meeting - (Gentle Readers: if you can't be there we won't hold the voting off, but you can send your quilt-let in with someone else.)
  • Round Robin (Emily S.)
    • Agreed to start this back up again next month
    • Let Emily know if you are participating
    • See http://a2mqg.blogspot.com/p/a2mqg-round-robin-guidelines-how-it.html on blog for how it works
  • Kathy K brought extra batting from her business to be taken away to be used for whatever (charity quilts, your own projects).
  • Quilt Babies
    • Congrats to Amy Diebold on the birth of her son on Quilt Meeting Day. Wesley Christopher was born on 1/27 at 11:02am, 11lbs 6 oz, 22in.  
    • Also to Karen Burton who's grandbaby was born just in time for her to miss the Winter Retreat
  •  Membership
    • Cards from National MQG will arrive after Jackie files our membership.
    • Members would like to see an updated roster - asking that Jackie sends something out to registered guild members
  • Saturday Sew-Ins (and/or One Day 9am-9pm Retreats)
    •  Still looking for a free or inexpensive place to hold
  •  Other business
    • Amy Stevenson and others offered to bring their die cutters if members want to hang around after the meetings and cut up fabric.  See the Facebook page for her list of dies.

Respectfully submitted,  
Kathy Koch

(Please let me know if you notice any errors or omissions. --kk)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Link Round Up for January 31, 2016

Lynn's progress on her La Passacaglia Millefiori is amazing:

Karen has several projects she made in anticipation of her baby granddaughter's arrival, including a luscious checkerboard of Liberty:

Rossie compares three methods for making the arcs for a Single Girl quilt:

Brenda and some other folks at Pink Castle put together a sample for their new Block of the Month, from the book "Sister Sampler Quilts":

And finally, in December, Debbie G. got an advance copy of her upcoming book!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Link Round Up for January 10, 2016

Debbie has her "Igloo" quilt pattern available in Modern Patchwork's winter 2015 issue, just out, and also posted her "Winter Star" quilt Charity Challenge finish and the PDF pattern for her January Charity Challenge, "Butterflies".

Pam L is participating in a 2016 finish-along so has shared quite a few goals for UFOs, also has a new baby quilt in progress, finished a wedding quilt top, and has posted a finished wedding quilt gift from August.  Nice use of a two color binding there!

Karen posted about the Modern Buzz Saw quilt she made for Brenda's Pie Making Day booth at Quilt Market earlier in the year, using a pattern from Amy Smart's "Fabulously Fast Quilts" book.  And on the back she made a version of the Sawtooth Stripe quilt from Denyse Schmidt’s book "Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration".

And finally Giedra posted about her November Nights quilt that is going to QuiltCon 2016!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

December 2015 Link Round Up

Welcome to the first post resuming our regular roundup feature! 

Amy has a new pattern for the traditional Antique Tile block she is calling “Antique Tile 2.0” that is available now on Craftsy. It’s free and charm pack friendly. Check it out!

Karen was one of her pattern testers and made a really sweet version:

Debbie shared another finish for her Charity Quilt Challenge, Campfire, and also the plans for her December Charity Challenge quilt, an awesome extra large Carpenter’s Star.

Dorie posted about "Tree of Drunks", the third in her wonderful series of temperance quilts. Outstanding quilting by Lynn.

Jenna’s most recent finish is called "Night Trees" and was started in Sherri Lynn Wood’s scrap doodle class at Quilt Con 2015.


Pam L was working hard on Christmas stockings:

Also in the holiday spirit, Lynn shared an Advent calendar she made collaboratively with her daughter. So great! The ornaments are all so cute.

Kathy Schmidt continued some fun with art quilt beading

And finally Rossie churned out a bunch more lovely Poolside Totes as gifts: 

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Meeting Minutes

Old Business:

  • Membership
    • Check your email for information on how to pay your membership. 
  • QuiltCon
    • Submission deadline for quilts is November 30th!
New Business:
  • A2MQG Quilt Show
    • Amy Stevenson brought up the idea of a potential quilt show in the future. We're looking for someone who would want to be in charge of this event, a potential location, and a date. Email Debbie if you're interested!
  • Board Members
    • We will have positions to fill in 2016. If you're interested in ANY position, please let us know! 
    • We are also in need of a new swap chair. If you're interested, talk to Dorie about what the position entails.
  • Exciting library news! Our books from Lucky Spool came and there are some GREAT ones! To check one of these out from the library, you are required to leave an Amazon review about the book. Be sure to share on social media as well. 
Skill School: Ginia 
  • Ginia gave an incredible and information-filled presentation on how quilts are judged in shows. Some tips she gave are to check previous winners in the category before submitting, making sure your quilting looks professional and your quilt is able to hang flat, and take time to read and consider the judge's comments. 
    • Regarding the constructive criticism, Rossie provided additional advice--"Protect yourself from people's bullshit." 
Member Spotlight: Dorie!
  • Dorie can be found on instagram @tumblingblocks or at her blog tumblingblocks.net

Charity Quilt Challenge
  • lots of participation! Still deciding on a way to pick a prize winner.
Show and Share

DON'T FORGET!! Due to Thanksgiving, our November meeting will be held early on November 18th! Secret Stalker Swap Minis will be presented.

See you next month!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

September Meeting Minutes

IMPORTANT REMINDER! Dues will be due at the OCTOBER meeting! 

Old Business
  • Quilt Con charity Quilt
    • Make your blocks!! Make sure Ann Dilcher gets them before the October meeting.
  • One Day Retreats
    • Amy Diebold is still working on getting these set up. They will most likely be on Saturdays at the Quilting Season shop in Saline. We are still determining cost and dates.

New Business
  • Lucky Spool books
    • Rossie and Debbie managed to win us a set of Lucky Spool books for our guild library! This will be a nice addition to our already huge library. If you're interested in checking ANY book out, we probably have it! Contact Kathy Koch if you're searching for a book.
  • There was a webinar yesterday featuring Brenda Ratliff!
    • Look for it on the national MQG's site.
Library Spotlight- Kathy
  • Our book this month was claimed so quickly that I can't remember what it was! 
Member Spotlight 
  • This month, we got to see all of Lynn Harris' awesome quilts! Kat Schrodt was awesome enough to be our photographer at this meeting, so here are ALL of Lynn's quilts! (in random order)

Skill School: Scalloped Edges
  • I (Hayley Cason) did a short presentation on easy ways to do scalloped edges and scalloped binding on a quilt. 
A2/Chicago Swap Quilts!
  • We received our AWESOME quilts from the guild swap with Chicago! If you'd like to see them, check out the guild's Instagram account! Kat took over for the night and got everyone's reactions to some great minis. You can view them all at instagram.com/a2mqg
Secret Stalker Swap!
  • This guild favorite is back again! We signed up for partners at the September meeting. They will be due in November. You have two months to make your mini!
Show and Share
  • lots of cool projects were shown this month!