October Meeting Recap

We had another great meeting last month – despite an emergency rescheduling. Thank you to everyone for ‘going with the flow.’

Members plotting which blocks they want....

Members plotting which blocks they want….

This was a business heavy meeting. We discussed possible officer positions, yearly guild dues, possible charity endeavors, and the benefits of joining the National MQG. If you didn’t notice (tsk, tsk) there’s a tab at the top of the blog entitled “MQG Benefits” and you’ll find all sorts of information listed on the National MQG, with links to their resources too.

Below is how I’ve currently arranged/organized/described officer postions, and I’ve filled in names where I’ve received volunteers. If you are interested in any of the positions (even mine!) send an email to runamokmqg at gmail dot com. Yup, that’s right, we have an official guild email address now!

President/Chief Cat Herder (Sarah F) – Overall planning, scheduling, and meeting leader. Makes announcements, coordinates other “officers” and committees. Serves as a single point person for all guild inquiries.

Executor of Merriment (Jennifer ZV) – Serves as “President” when original is unavailable. Suggests and keeps track of potential scheduling ideas and programming. Referee and enforcer of bylaws. Manages Challenges and swaps (rules, voting, etc)

Paparazzi — Responsible for taking a few pictures at social events, and photo-documenting Show and Tell at meetings. Updates Facebook with meeting reminders, interesting happenings. Sends email reminders. Keeps blog up to date, post recaps, etc.

Cookie Commissioner — Responsible for coordinating snacks/drinks for meetings. Brings the guild’s paper goods (cups, napkins, plates, etc) for each meeting.

Button Counter (Pat M.) — collects dues, keeps track of the guild’s money. Issues quarterly reports.

Gallery Coordinator (Lindell and Maureen) — Franklin Mill has offered display space for a few members quilts each month, and we need someone to manage signups, coordinate dropoffs, etc.

Dues have been set at $40 per year. Dues and guild funds are used for such things as paper goods for snacks, giveaway prizes, the occasional pizza party or ice cream social, and more official things such as PO box fees, printing membership cards, and the biggest one of all — paying for guest lecturers/speakers. Please pay your dues as soon as possible, but no later than our January meeting (Jan 24).

We’re looking for any local children’s organizations you may know of that accept quilt donations. It seems to be the general consensus that baby/children sized quilts are preferable to start with because they will require less coordination and resources. If you know any, please let us know.

And now onto the good stuff. (As always, if you don’t want your picture shown on the blog, let me know, and I’ll feature only your quilts) We had so many greats quilts shown this week!!!

Christine's blue quilt made from a pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts

Christine’s blue quilt made from a pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts

Christine's rainbow quilt. This one is for herself and she practiced different free motion quilting in each block! (sorry for the kind of lousy picture, this quilt is huge and hard to photograph)

Christine’s rainbow quilt. This one is for herself and she practiced different free motion quilting in each block! (sorry for the kind of lousy picture, this quilt is huge and hard to photograph)

Laura showed us the progress on her large scale installation piece she did the maquette for a few months ago. Lots of work on this one!

Laura showed us the progress on her large scale installation piece she did the maquette for a few months ago. Lots of work on this one!

Kathy used the Yellow Brick Road pattern to make this fall stunner.

Kathy used the Yellow Brick Road pattern to make this fall stunner.

Pat's crazy Western themed quilt for her husband. She collected all these fabrics for several years until she had enough.

Pat’s crazy Western themed quilt for her husband. She collected all these fabrics for several years until she had enough.

Another shot of Pat's Western quilt, as she's pointing out some details and explaining how she put it together.

Another shot of Pat’s Western quilt, as she’s pointing out some details and explaining how she put it together.

Karen, a new member, was nice enough to bring in 4 gorgeous quilts for us to see!

Karen, a new member, was nice enough to bring in 4 gorgeous quilts for us to see!

Karen's Bohemian Diamond quilt.

Karen’s Bohemian Diamond quilt.

Karen's orange and grey half square triangle (HST) quilt. You just know this was a loooooot of trimming.

Karen’s orange and grey half square triangle (HST) quilt. You just know this was a loooooot of trimming.

A close up of Karen's Orange HST quilt

A close up of Karen’s Orange HST quilt

Karen's green medallion quilt.

Karen’s green medallion quilt.

Karen's raw edge applique circle quilt. Mostly Denyse Schmidt fabrics, with a few others for variety.

Karen’s raw edge applique circle quilt. Mostly Denyse Schmidt fabrics, with a few others for variety.

Carolyn's first quilt!!!

Carolyn’s first quilt!!!

Maureen's "Blow Me Away" quilt that she did as a mystery quilt with friends.

Maureen’s “Blow Me Away” quilt that she did as a mystery quilt with friends.

A detailed shot of Maureen's quilt.

A detailed shot of Maureen’s quilt.

Maureen was explaining to us the next borders for her quilt.

Maureen was explaining to us the next borders for her quilt.

Maureen's square Christmas tree skirt for a craft fair.

Maureen’s square Christmas tree skirt for a craft fair.

Lindell's Halloween Economy Block wall hanging. You can just barely see it here, but she did spiderweb quilting in the corners.

Lindell’s Halloween Economy Block wall hanging. You can just barely see it here, but she did spiderweb quilting in the corners.

Julie's first quilt! Fabric is Les Monsieurs for those inquiring minds

Julie’s first quilt! Fabric is Les Monsieurs for those inquiring minds

Julie's Jelly Roll Jam Quilt

Julie’s Jelly Roll Jam Quilt

After show and tell we had the Economy Block Swap!!! Look at all these great goodies we got.

Some of the Economy Blocks that members brought.

Some of the Economy Blocks that members brought.

A few more adorable Economy Blocks

A few more adorable Economy Blocks

A few adorable Economy Blocks for the swap

A few adorable Economy Blocks for the swap

A note however: There were quite a few blocks that were not the correct size, and thus left behind. When you are using a printed template for a paper pieced block, or participating in any kind of block swap, please double check your block measurements and the template measurements. On most paper piecing templates there is a box that should measure 1″, and you probably will have to uncheck the “fit to page” box under your printer settings.

I can’t wait to see what happens with all these gorgeous blocks!!!!

Looking forward to the future:
November 22 is our normal meeting, plus a sew in for the rest of the day. Please let me know if you plan on bringing food/snacks/drinks. So far we’re covered for hot drinks and cheese and crackers. I’m also planning on ordering pizza, so let me know if you have special requests/needs.

December 5 is going to be our Party! And we’re including a Handmade Item Swap. You can find all the details for that here.

For 2015, we have a Name Tag Challenge happening in February, with more details for that coming soon. Also, we’ve been thinking of having a guild yard sale in January. Basically, you would bring in unwanted scrap bundles, fabric cuts, WIPs you’ll never finish. We’ll auction them off, and the proceeds will go to benefit the guild. If that sounds like something you’d like to participate in, let me know! It won’t be any fun if its just my unwanted items…:D

We still need volunteers to hang their quilts in the Franklin Mill. Find more details on that here.
See you Nov 22 at 10am!!!

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