Saturday, July 25, 2015
Franklin Mill Store, Franklin, MA
- Quilts of Valor Presentation Cases: Presentation cases for the Quilts of Valor charity were collected.
- BOM: The July BOM for the Summer Sampler Series was Paper Pieced Star. While there was no prize drawing, members proudly displayed their finished blocks. The August block is another paper pieced block titled Arkansas Traveler. Anyone struggling with the blocks may contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan at email@example.com. We are always happy to help!
- Carol’s Block: Welcome back, Carol! With the return of Carol, comes the return of Carol’s Block. Each month, Carol presents a block for willing members to complete and enter into a raffle. The winner receives all the completed blocks! Keep in mind that you receive one entry per block that you complete, so the more blocks you make, the better your chances of winning! The block for August is called Pick Up Sticks or Chop Sticks. The rules are as follows: you must use a white background and any bright/bold contrasting colors for the “sticks”. Start with a 10″ block to allow yourself some room to play. Remember – this is an improvised block, so have fun with it! However, there should be at least 2 sticks and should measure no less than 8 1/2″. No need to square up the block – we are going to leave that task up to the winner. Just be sure to press all your seams in towards the “sticks.”
- Social Committee Update: Pat, Social Committee Chair, provided an update. Currently, the Social Committee consists only of Pat and Julie. The committee to open to additional members joining. Anyone interested should speak with Pat. Traditionally, socials are held the second Saturday of each month, from 5 pm to 10 pm (approximately), although this schedule is flexible and may change based on the needs of the guild and its members. Snacks are graciously accepted, and the social will have either a centralized theme or just a sit and sew. Members always have the option of working on the project of their choosing. During the next social, Pat will be demonstrating pillowcases using the “hot dog” method, which features french seams. Anyone interested in making a pillowcase should bring one yard of main fabric, 10″ by WOF (width of fabric) for the cuff, and 2 1/2″ by WOF for the decorative band. Of course, bring your machine, thread, and any other notions you need. If you are completing a pillowcase for the Quilts of Valor charity drive, keep this in mind: it must be high quality fabric. The colorway is red, white and blue (think patriotic!) and steer clear of yellow/gold stars, as they represent a fallen hero.
- Update from the Treasurer: Pat is also the Treasurer for the guild and will be providing periodic updates on our financial status. Any financial questions may be directed to Pat.
- Officer Elections: Sarah announced that Officer Elections will take place in October. Sarah will be resigning her post as President, so members are encouraged to considering running for this post. All Officer appointments are made by member selection. The Officer posts include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Descriptions of these positions will be provided at the August meeting and will also be distributed to members via email. Nominations and candidate announcements will be made at the September meeting, and the official ballot will be available at the October meeting.
- Show and Tell:
- Megan presented her jelly roll quilt, which was completed at the July social. She used Moonshine fabric and Kona Solids, and finished the quilt with heavy, dense stitching.
- Dawn presented a WIP, a “big girl quilt” for her 6-year-old daughter to replace the baby quilts she has outgrown. This is an “I Spy” quilt featuring fused and machine appliqued hearts in a variety of novelty fabrics.
- Kathy has returned to the guild after a short hiatus. Welcome back, Kathy! She has been working her way through UFOs (unfinished objects) and managed to nearly complete EIGHT projects in one month! Wow! She presented a quilt with jewel toned fabrics and a grey background that will be entered into a quilt show in Connecticut. She long arm quilted the piece using alternative grids. Kathy also showed off her Missouri Star quilt, made with a layer cake of yellow and grey prints. Up next was her Kaffe Fasset quilt top, which she made with the “slice and dice” method. Last but not least was her fantastic tuffet, made with her favorite, Kaffe Fasset, plywood, and a foam circle.
- Julie presented her jelly roll top, which she also completed during the July social. Her top was made with a blue ombre jelly roll. She has been on a pillowcase kick, as well. She presented two pillowcases: one dresden plate and one diamond pattern featuring Sunprint fabrics. Thank you for sharing, Julie!
- August Meeting Programming: Heads up! The August meeting is going to be taking place in the downstairs classroom. A special guest will be demonstrating Sketch Stitch Applique. The supplies list and more details will be posted in a few days.
- Next Social: The next Social will take place on Friday, August 14, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the downstairs classroom. Pat will be demonstrating pillowcase construction.
- Next Meeting: Saturday, August 22, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the downstairs classroom. We will be having a special interactive demo, so bring your machine and supplies.