July Meeting Recap

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Monthly Meeting
Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 am
Franklin Mill Store, Franklin, MA
18 attendees

  • 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 runamokmqg@gmail.com or Megan at runamoksecretary@gmail.com. We are always happy to help!

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

July Meeting Reminder!

Hi All!

Here’s a reminder for our July meeting, this Saturday, July 25th. We start at 10am, and we’re going to keep this meeting a short one, so we don’t all melt.

We’ll start the meeting with a few quick announcements, then move onto Show and Tell — my favorite part!!!

What to bring (if you are participating):

— Summer Sampler Block, instructions are here

— QOV pillowcase. We’ll be collecting through September!

— Show and tell!!!!!!!!

See you soon!

June Meeting Recap

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!)

Even in dumping out the names on the table, Sandie wins...

Even in dumping out the names on the table, Sandie wins…

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 runamoksecretary@gmail.com. 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!

Our May and June blocks all together. Such a pretty sight!

Our May and June blocks all together. Such a pretty sight!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Next Social: Friday, July 10, 5:30 pm, Franklin Mill Store Classroom. We will be working on the July BOM and a jelly roll race, so bring your 2 12″ strips and your machine!
Next Meeting: Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am, Franklin Mill Store Second Floor. Carol’s Block is on hold for now, but remember to bring your July BOM from the Summer Sampler Series.

June Meeting Reminder

Hi Everyone!!!

Our June meeting is this Saturday, June 27, starting at 10am.  It includes an all-day sew in, so make sure to bring a project to work on, if you want to stick around. The space is great for basting, wink wink.

In addition to normal announcements, we’ll be announcing the start of our Row by Row Challenge. For more on the Row by Row Experience, please go here. The details of the challenge will be posted to this space, shortly after the meeting, so watch out for those if you’re interested!!!

A finished improv quilt Sarah finished recently for a baby cousin

A finished improv quilt Sarah finished recently for a baby cousin

Sarah will be teaching a little bit about improv quilting and the different techniques you can use. If you’re interested in trying your hand at improv, bring some scraps with you and she’ll help guide you through some sewing during the sew in.

Also, please bring both your May and June BOM blocks to be entered to win a couple of prizes. And don’t forget your Carol’s Block for June, if you are participating.

See you Saturday!!!!!

May Meeting Minutes

Runamok MQG May Meeting Minutes
5/23/15 10:00 am
Franklin Mill Store
18 attendees
* Bylaws were passed by a 2/3 vote on April 24. All guild members are required to follow these bylaws.
* Committees for Socials, Charities, and Retreats have been formed. Megan Howell, Guild Secretary, should be included in any electronic correspondence regarding these committees. She can be reached at runamoksecretary@gmail.com.
* Sarah is finalizing the plans to join the National MQG; however, she has encountered some difficulties. National wants all MQGs to have a regional name. She is challenging this rule since it is not clearly stated. The guild will be updated as this progresses.
* Committee Chairpersons have been appointed. Pat is Social Committee Chairperson, Kathy Graves is Charity Committee Chairperson. Julie is Retreat Committee Chairperson.* Retreat Committee is seeking volunteer members. Currently the only member is Julie.
May's Block

May’s Block

*Carol’s Block for May was raffled. The winner was Sandie. The June block was presented. Carol has emailed instructions to Sarah to be posted on the blog and provided printed copies as well. The color scheme is brights – darks should be avoided. The 12″ x 12″ finished block is comprised of random strips, sized no bigger than 2″ in height. All seams should be pressed in one direction.
Carol's Block for June

Carol’s Block for June

* Summer Sampler blocks for May and June will be presented in June. Raffle prizes will be rewarded. The May block was pushed off to June due to the anticipated low attendance and the holiday weekend. Sandie showed her completed block for June as an example.
* Lindell made a motion to form a committee to review and possibly amend the by laws. Lindell will chair the committee. Several members volunteered.
* Runamok MQG will be celebrating it’s first birthday in June! There will be two celebrations – the June Social on 6/12 and the June meeting on 6/27. The June Social will include food and games. Anyone interested in volunteering to bring food should contact Pat, Social Committee Chairperson. The June Social will be held in the classroom downstairs.  The finalized details will be available soon.
* The email list discussion was revisited. Sarah reminded members that she cannot distribute member emails without the express consent of the member. Some members do not wish to participate in a group email list. Sarah also reminded that once Runamok joins National MQG, there will be an online forum available for members to interact. A published member directory was suggested. The suggestion was also made to publish the names, positions, and contact information (emails) for the Guild Officers and Committee Members. A paper was circulated and members were given the option to sign up for an email list.  If you would also like to be on this list, please email Sarah at runamokmqg@gmail.com to be added. Officer information is located under the About tab, here on the blog.
Show and Tell was held.
> Edith presented her Tripping Through My Stash quilt. She completed this quilt at a class taught by Maureen Bird through Herring Run. It was quilted by Dancing Crane in New Hampshire.
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> Maureen presented the paper pieced mini blocks she completed during a FMS Employee Craft Night taught by Lindell. The blocks have a Girl Scout theme, celebrating the anniversary of her troop. Each color represents a different level of scouting. She is also using fabric purchased during the 100 year anniversary of Girl Scouts.
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> Megan presented her snow dyed quilt, spliced with a yellow fabric and echo quilted. She also presented a french braid quilt using Kona cotton, contrast stitching and Inked by Red Rooster Fabrics.
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> Julie presented a work in progress using half square triangles. She will be adding the binding to finish the quilt.
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> Gayle presented a quilt she completed to practice machine applique. The quilt was comprised of small squares and circles using various machine applique techniques. She will be adding a border before quilting it together.
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> Lindell presented a mini quilt using Kaffee Fasset fabrics and featuring a paper pieced umbrella and appliqued rain clouds. She also presented a quilt comprised of brightly colored hexagons, split in half and set against a white background.
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> Sarah presented a quilt completed as part of a blog hop to promote a designers ribbons. She appliqued the ribbons around a block of solid fabrics.
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* A sew-in was held for any members interested in participating, where Sandie showed off this piece she’s working on finishing.
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Next Social: Friday, June 12, 5:30 pm, FMS Downstairs Classroom
Next Meeting: Saturday, June 27, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, FMS Second Floor
Both June events will be a birthday celebration

April Meeting Recap

Hi Guys!!! My apologies for the severe lateness of this – but hey, I’m sneaking it in just before the next meeting. 😀

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There were 19 people in attendance at April’s meeting. Two winners were drawn for completing the BOM (Greek Cross blocks, shown above) – Congratulations Marilyn and Lori!

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Congratulations also go to Diane for winning the Snowball blocks, and to Kathy for winning a prize just for wearing a name tag! Yay!

The next BOM block is the Mosaic Block. It’s made with half square triangles, and if anyone is having trouble with it, feel free to email me at runamokmqg@gmail.com and I can help you out. Or bring your fabric to our meeting this Saturday and I can help you. Both the Mosaic Block and June’s block (Flower Garden Path) will be “due” at June’s meeting, the 27th.  So don’t worry if you haven’t finished the block yet. 😀

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The instructions for Carol’s block in May have been emailed out (shown below). Please let me know if you didn’t receive the email, and I’ll forward it to you. We’ll see about getting June’s block actually posted on the blog this time.

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June marks our one year anniversary and there will be a party to celebrate. Watch for coming details through email and the blog!

Now for show and tell!!!

Kathy attended MQX in Manchester and took a class with Sew Kind of Wonderful. She created a table runner with the Urban Winter pattern using spring colors. She long arm quilted it and used double the batting.

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Pat made a muslin sample of a shirt she dubbed “The Hillary”. She also presented three snow dyed fabrics. She used Kona cotton and dyes from Pro Chemical.
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Sue brought in four blocks she made with half square triangles with a grey and yellow colorway. She will be making a quilt for her sister in Florida.
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Cheryl made a foot stool cover using one of the blocks from the Summer Sampler Series.
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Meg (a new member) is working on a hot dog pillowcase and was seeking advice on this technique.
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Hope I get to see everyone at our meeting, this Saturday, May 23rd. It will be an all-day event so bring some projects to work on!!!!

Carol’s Block

We’re introducing a new program today. Since I’m very unimaginative when it comes to names, we’re going to call it Carol’s Blocks. The reasoning will be very apparent soon.

Each month, Carol will choose a block. Those who wish to participate will make the block, and then at the next meeting, all who made a block will be entered to win all the blocks. Make sense? Here’s an example:

April’s blocks are blue snowballs. If 10 people make a block and bring it to the meeting, each of those 10 people will put their name in, and one of those 10 people will win all 10 blocks.

Simple enough, right? So for April, you would need to make a snowball block, following these instructions. (you can click on the image and make it bigger if you need to)

April Instructions

And here is what your block should look like

CArol's snowball

 

The blue squares can be any predominantly blue print and the white squares should be a white solid.

Let me know if you have any issues/concerns, either by commenting here or sending me an email.

January Recap

I’m so sorry this late guys!!! Life and germs have gotten in the way. Oh, and snow. Lots and lots of snow, right?

So I’m going to make this super quick, and again my apologies. Next month, Marisa takes back over, and she does a much better job. 😀

Julie was eliciting advice from the guild on how to proceed with her quilt.

Julie was eliciting advice from the guild on how to proceed with her quilt.

Dues are due in!!! $40 for the year. These are necessary for you to be considered a member in good standing. Without paying dues you will not be eligible to vote in guild matters, or win any prizes!

We will be doing a BOM starting in March. As a guild, we voted, and The Summer Sampler Series is the winner. More details to come soon!!!

We still need volunteers for a Gallery at Franklin Mill Store!!! Quilts can be any style, any size – they just need a hanging sleeve (and that can be pinned on). See Sarah for more details if you’re interested.

Under discussion was several topics for future programming ideas. Learning more about Modern Quilting, Color Theory, Garment sewing, free motion quilting, applique, quilt as you go, and scrappy improv were all suggested. More details and information will be available on these, once I figure them out. 🙂 Until then – keep the ideas coming!!! And if you have specific projects in mind for these, even better!!!! 😀

February will be our Name Tag Challenge, so make sure you’re wearing yours for a chance to win a prize!

Maureen's three seasonal rows

Maureen’s three seasonal rows

Sarah's baby quilt with abstract shapes

Sarah’s baby quilt with abstract shapes

Sarah's Urban Zoologie baby quilt

Sarah’s Urban Zoologie baby quilt

A detail of Pat's quilt

A detail of Pat’s quilt

Pat's quilt being very much admired.

Pat’s quilt being very much admired.

Sue's gray improv piece

Sue’s gray improv piece

Sue's first improv piece

Sue’s first improv piece

Sue's improv pieces came from a workshop based on this book: Create your own free-form quilts

Sue’s improv pieces came from a workshop based on this book: Create your own free-form quilts

Kathy's Black and Red condo doors quilt.

Kathy’s Black and Red condo doors quilt.

Kathy's other Kaffe quilt - backed with super soft minky.

Kathy’s other Kaffe quilt – backed with super soft minky.

Kathy's Kaffe quilt with the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler - she changed the pattern to avoid a seam down the large print fabrics. Clever!

Kathy’s Kaffe quilt with the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler – she changed the pattern to avoid a seam down the large print fabrics. Clever!

Kathy's quilt for her son who just returned from deployment -- Welcome Home!!!

Kathy’s quilt for her son who just returned from deployment — Welcome Home!!!

Cheryl made 8 placemats using a disappearing 9-patch pattern all in blues and purples.

Cheryl made 8 placemats using a disappearing 9-patch pattern all in blues and purples.

Julie holding her quilt. She wasn't sure what it was about it that was causing her to dislike it. Hopefully the guild helped her out!

Julie holding her quilt. She wasn’t sure what it was about it that was causing her to dislike it. Hopefully the guild helped her out!

Julie's quilt.

Julie’s quilt.

Megan's My Neighbor Totoro quilt for her son.

Megan’s My Neighbor Totoro quilt for her son.

My neighbor Totoro back

My neighbor Totoro back

My neighbor Totoro detail, by Megan

My neighbor Totoro detail, by Megan

Pink Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Megan. Used a disappearing 9-patch pattern with the face fabric as a focus.

Pink Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Megan. Used a disappearing 9-patch pattern with the face fabric as a focus.

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!!!

December Social

Whew, time is just flying by, right? With the holiday season and the end of the year barreling towards us, its time to announce our plans for December.

Our normal meeting would fall smack dab in the middle of Christmas and New Year’s – the one week I’m sure everyone is off visiting family, or snowed in, or recovering from too many parties and a few too many cookies. 😀

So our December meeting will be on Dec 12, and will be an evening social!!! Lots of food and festive spirits, because this will also be our 6 month anniversary as a guild. Yes, its really been 6 months!!!

The event will start at 5:30 pm, in the Franklin Mill classroom (the side building). We will be having a handmade gift swap — Not a yankee swap! No stealing or plotting. Each person, if you’d like to participate, should make something handmade/homemade. Even if its as simple as a pretty basket of cookies. If you need help with ideas, I’ve made this Pinterest board full of inspiration. Each item will be assigned a number, and then our Executor of Merriment will draw a random number for each person. So if you draw a 15 from Jennifer’s bag, handmade gift #15 is yours! The fun will start at 7:30!

There will be lots of other fun activities and maybe even a few door prizes!!! But please, please, please be respectful of others beliefs and keep this non-denominational. Think more New Year’s Eve, and less Christmas, ok? Thank you.

I can’t wait to see what sort of handmade awesomeness shows up!!!

See everyone on Dec 12!!