Our June meeting was held on June 27 and we had 17 people attend! Including three newcomers! Not too bad for the first week of summer vacation.
I’d like to officially welcome our new members: Elizabeth, Barbara, and Stephanie. Welcome! I hope you enjoyed your time with us, and we look forward to seeing you again!
Carol’s Block will be on hold, out of respect for her husband’s passing. It’s just not the same without her enthusiasm, so we’re going to wait until she’s ready to come back. Carol, please know that all of our best wishes are with you right now, and if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re all here for you.
The collected June Carol’s blocks were raffled off: Sandie was the lucky winner! (If you remember she also won May’s blocks — she’s a very lucky person!)
Row By Row Experience: Row By Row Experience kicked off this month at quilt shops across the nation (and parts of Canada). Those unfamiliar with Row By Row can learn more by visiting the website: http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/. Runamok will once again be hosting it’s own Row By Row contest. Members are invited to complete a project of their choice (place mats, hand bag, quilt, etc.) using the elements of at least three rows. You do not need to use the entire row, but we should be able to recognize which row you pulled the elements from. The projects will be presented at the October meeting and we will vote on our favorites. To try and keep it a little fair, if your project is bigger than a baby quilt (bigger than 40″ square), it does not need to be finished. However, if it is a smaller item, such as a bag or place mats, please do have it finished. Franklin Mill Store has a row available. Maureen’s finished Row By Row quilt from 2014 is on display in Franklin Mill Store.
Quilts of Valor: The first organized effort of the Runamok Charity Committee will be pillowcases (referred to as “presentation cases”) for Quilts of Valor. These cases are used as “gift wrap” for donated quilts that are given to service members and veterans. More information about Quilts of Valor can be found on their website: http://www.qovf.org/, along with a tutorial for completing the presentation cases: http://www.qovf.org/content/presentation-case-directions.html. French seams are a must! There cannot be any raw seams. The color scheme is red, white, and blue. Yellow stars should be avoided as they represent a member who has died in service. Excessive piecing and bulky seams should also be avoided, because that makes for a very uncomfortable pillowcase! Completed cases will be collected at the July and August meetings (and socials!). Sarah noted that a charity effort is needed to include on the application to join the National MQG.
National MQG: Sarah submitted our application to the National MQG yesterday. She will provide more updates as they become available. (Update: We are officially a member! Paid members will be receiving an email invitation to join the website soon)
Comments/Questions/Ideas: Any comments, questions, or ideas can be submitted to Megan Howell, Runamok MQG Secretary. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Both Sarah and Megan regularly attend the meetings and socials and are always available to chat. Any communications with the officers or committees can be filtered through Megan. This way everyone has a single point of contact for anything and everything — and Megan is extraordinarily organized!
Mark Your Calendars: Runamok MQG meetings the fourth Saturday of every month, 10 am, on the second floor of Franklin Mill Store. Sarah announced the anticipated programming for the summer meetings. Since Franklin Mill Store does not have air conditioning (eek!), the July meeting (July 25) will be a short one. The most important new and old issues will be addressed, followed by a quickie show and tell before we all melt. For the August meeting (August 22), Sarah has booked a talented lady, Laura Collins, to demonstrate Sketch Stitch Applique, a form of free motion machine applique using black thread. Members interested in participating in the demo will bring their machines and other materials, which will be listed on the blog as the date approaches.
The September meeting (Sept 26) will be a trunk show with a modern quilter who has 10+ years experience. A representative from Quilts of Valor may also be in attendance. The Annual Business Meeting will occur during the October meeting (Oct 24). All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend, as we will be holding elections for officer positions. At this meeting, we will also be opening up the floor to suggestions for improvements to the guild, such as changes to the meeting schedule, social schedule, or anything pertaining to how the guild is run. Sarah and Megan can be contacted for details on officer positions.
Since the November and December meetings both fall on holiday weekends, a schedule change will be considered. We can either push the meetings up or back a week, or combine the two into one celebration in early December. In the next few weeks, Sarah will send out an electronic poll, to take a vote on which holiday rescheduling works best for the majority.
Design Board: Pat is graciously building a design board that will be donated to the guild in celebration of our first birthday. Thank you, Pat!
Summer Sampler Series BOM: Runamok MQG is in the midst of its first BOM, the Summer Sampler Series. For those interested in participating, it’s not too late! The instructions can be found here: http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?page_id=1105. Each month, members bring in their completed blocks (just to show them off) and their names are entered into the drawing for a prize. This month was a double drawing for the May and June blocks. Congratulations to Steph for winning the Best Press and fabric pack, and congratulations to Maureen! The July BOM is a paper pieced star. Sarah showed a sample of the completed block and suggested bringing your template and fabric to the July social if you need assistance.
Birthday Prizes: In celebration of our first birthday, Sarah held a special drawing for three prizes! Marilyn won the batting sample, Sandie won the fabric and tools pack, and Pat won the Franklin Mill Store gift card! Congrats and happy birthday!!
Whew. That’s a lot to cover, but thank you to Megan for taking such great notes for us!!! Now for the fun part!
Show and Tell:
Diane is new to machine quilting, but still managed to make two impressive seashore place mats. She used a shell fabric for the appliques. She also showed off her newly made name tag.
Laura presented two older pieces that hold a special meaning for her. First up was a wall hanging from 1997 featuring drawings from her children. She used her husband’s tie for the border and included picture frame pins at the bottom.
Next up was a landscape wall hanging from 1999 that features a 3-D book at the base of the tree with a dedication to her husband.
Gayle brought in a work in progress; a large quilt she started in a class with friends. She was the only one in her circle to finished the quilt! It’s a lone star pattern with appliqued designs sprouting from the corners. A friend completed the quilting, and she is wrapping up the binding. It will be a Christmas gift for her daughter who lives in Austria.
She also presented an adorable pieced pillow which she finished yesterday. Last but not least, she showed off her Sue Spargo wool and embroidery quilt.
Steph brought in a hexie pillow case she made using the English paper piecing technique. She also presented her Noodlehead Poolside Tote made with Cotton and Steel fabrics. Steph also made the dress she is wearing!
Julie brought in a cute bag she made from an old McCall’s pattern. She presented a mini quilt and a mini mini quilt. Julie was testing out her new sewing machine and was looking for quick projects.
Improv Quilting: Sarah gave a talk on improv quilting and wowed us with all her samples. So, why would you want to try improv quilting? While some of us crave precision, some shy away from it. Improv is relaxing, there are not precise measurements, your seams do not have to line up. It’s a form of creative expression and originality that involved very little quilty math. It’s also an easy way to use up those scraps that you just can’t let go of! Improv quilting is a popular sub-genre of modern quilting. Sarah attended QuiltCon 2015 and noticed that a vast majority of the floor was improvised quilts. This could be attributed to the fact that a quilter needs to obtain the pattern writer’s permission to submit a quilt to a show, but an improv quilt is considered an independent design. Her samples included the jelly roll race, stash attack, slice/insert, and liberated piecing. Improv quilting is also a great way to create a unique backing for your quilts. Improv quilting can often be used to convey an artistic message, as seen in Sarah’s “Petulant” quilt. Sarah recommended the book “Improv Quilting for Modern Quilters” which she had on hand for us to peruse. in some forms of improv quilting, the use of rotary cutters and rulers are shunned in favor of old fashioned scissors. It’s a whole different approach to quilting! (More details, along with the shown examples will be covered in a separate blog post, to be posted soon!)
July Social: Socials are held on the second Friday of every month, 5:30 pm until the cows come home, at Franklin Mill Store in the annex classroom (which, mercifully, has air conditioning!). The July Social, scheduled for July 10, will feature a jelly roll race. Anyone interested in participating should bring in a jelly roll, or an assortment of 2 12″ wide strips. All the strips will be placed in a pile and members will be invited to select what they want and start stitching!
Sew In: A sew in followed the close of the meeting. Members worked on various projects, including garment sewing, quilt basting, hand stitching, and, of course, some improv quilting!