“Does your sewing machine have a name?” 9 members were in attendance for the June Meeting. Current Challenges are the Pincushion Swap, Bag Your Stash and the Giftables Challenge. June starts the Sewn Greeting Card Sew Along. The current Charity block will remain Playful Pinwheels. At the officer meeting the officers voted to keep everything virtual through August. Nationals QuiltCon catalog will be available soon. Fundraising is still on hold. Charity is evaluating the embroidery portion of the pillowcase program. More research needs to be done to choose further direction. 50 were dropped of in June. QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt has a title “Waves, Circles, & Stars”. Fabric has been ordered for the project. Programming will continues Sew-cial Saturdays in place of Sewing Saturdays through August. The Dye workshop is rescheduled for August 29th. Social Media Content will feature Pincushion swap inspiration. The program featured Holiday Makes & Giftables. A Giftables Challenge was issued to be revealed in September.
Digital Security Updates are still in process. Diane has found a lower cost shipping service with insurance automatic. 37 members are current and updated with national. Charity issued a vote for the Community Outreach quilt. There was a tie for Waves & Circles and Stars, so the ideas have been combined. Kerry intends to update her available projects catalog. 50 Pillowcases were dropped off for June. Fundraising is on hold indefinitely. Challenges are Bag your Stash and Pincushion Swap. Dye workshop is still finalizing a date in August. Retreat safety precautions need to be discussed, especially how food is served. Officers voted to stay virtual through August. Officers discussed brainstorming for the August meeting. Officers also voted to change how a few roles were organized to spread out the duties a little more. Soliciting Donations will be a VP role now rather than a programming role. The website will fall under the secretary rather than the social media committee.
This meeting was held virtually. “What has been your favorite sewing related quarantine project?” The guild currently has the Stress free pincushion swap and bag your stash challenge ongoing. The assigned color challenge revealed later in the meeting. The current charity block is playful pinwheels. High lights from the officer’s meeting were that erring on the side of caution was the strategy for the new month or so as the state begins to reopen. There could be a possibility of small group online workshops. QuiltCon has been cancelled for 2021. They are changing the platform to an online one called “QuiltCon Together”. The charity committee has received instructions for the Community Outreach Challenge Quilt. June’s sewing Saturday will also be replaced with two virtual sessions. The retreat will be capped at 50% which means it has reached full and there is a waiting list available in case of any changes. The program was a sewing space scavenger hunt. Groups of 3-4 played a game in their sewing space.
This meeting was held virtually. The overall response from the April meeting and Sew-cial Saturday’s was positive. Amanda provided proof of insurance to Storage sense. Diane has forwarded the PO Box to her home through June. An annual subscription to Smore was purchased do to the good feedback on the newsletter. Diane is still working on simplifying the square/weeby payments. Audit will move to zoom meetings. The QuiltCon guidelines are in and will be sent out soon. Sew-signment sale and Brews to Benefit are still TBD. The dye workshop has a possibility of being rescheduled for the end of August. The retreat refund policies were put in place. Amanda will send out an email. The guild library has two interested, Carole and Fern. Officers working on reorganizing the hand-off and election processes to allow for a smoother transition.
This meeting was held virtually via zoom. 13 members were in attendance. The get to know you question was held via polling and was “How old is the fabric in your stash”. Mail is being forwarded and received. The Sew-signment sale has been rescheduled for August 22. Brews to Benefit has been rescheduled for June 29th. The new charity block is Playful pinwheels. The sewing was a success with quite a dent made in the charity quilt goal for the year. Kerry is also dropping off block of the quarter kits. May Sewing Saturday is being temporarily replaced with two virtual meetings called “Sew-cial Saturday” events. Signup are open for the retreat. The dye workshop will be rescheduled. The stress free pincushion swap was issued. Bag your stash challenge was also issued; the reveal will be in June. Programming was on binding techniques. These video links are also available under the resources tab of the website.
sThis meeting was held virtually. The officers we all present. Most guild projects have been postponed for safety reasons. Diane is not checking the PO box yet but will look into forwarding the mail to her address. Currently 38 members are paid. Programming is being moved around to accommodate the changes that relate to the stay at home orders. The respective challenges are also being rearranged. The officers discussed a virtual platform for a general meeting later in April. The decision was to host the meeting at its regular time and date. Zoom is a widely used platform so it will the first to try out. We will utilize tools like polls and power points to include guild participation such as the get to know you question and sew and tell. Videos and Short clips will replace live demonstrations to save time and offer easy access for review by any members who are unable to attend the meeting live. All events are canceled for April. The website will be updated to reflect change of dates as it comes up. Sewing Saturday will be replaced by zoom meetings hosted by the guild. A use you stash challenge will be issued called “bag your stash”. Information about mask donations and organizations will be included in the newsletter. The guild library has a few others interested in helping with it.
This meeting was cancelled do to our formal cancellation policy following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Carla, Kelci and Diane were present, Amanda was recovering at home from surgery, but able to answer questions by text.
Smore has an option for contact through the sign, Kelci will be the point person to answer these messages. The unsold auction items have been listed in the RCMQG shop. The Financial report from Diane was reviewed. The audit is in progress.
Membership lists 38 paid members and the roster with national has been updated. Charity has received the charity quilt back. 11 pillowcases have been personalized. Sew-signment flyers need to be printed. The officers decided 25 copies would be appropriate and sent an email to Kerry about printing. Programming had one or two spots to place, room to move around if necessary.
The sew in needed volunteers, officers discussed availability to help, and also suggested the charity committee scheduling to help with set up and take down, too. The indigo Dying workshop has opened. 2 signed up currently. No updated on mini show for the churn dash challenge.
The Squrae reader is in and Amanda and Kate have been set up to use it. The big name speakers are going to be a 2021 goal at the earliest most are booked far in advance. The hard drive for the guild will be a black Friday purchase, the goal is to get it at a discounted price. Digital security set up is in slow progress. This will resume with Amanda has recovered from surgery.
Month Ice Breaker Question, Do you have a favorite beverage that you enjoy while sewing? Churn Dash Challenge and Name Tags were revealed and the Assigned color challenge was issued. There is a possible collaboration with other guilds with Timna Tarr or Karlee Porter? Announced and verified with the guild to follow Huntsville City Schools as a formal weather policy. We have also renewed with national. QuiltCon is Feb 20-23. We have our “Love You to the Moon and Back” hanging. The sew-signment sale volunteers and consignor registration are live. Charity has a new block. Rectangles and Squares is available on the website. Registration for the Dye Workshop is open and payments available on the website. The program was by Kerry on our charity program. We learned about our donations to the St Jude program in Huntsville, and explored ways to expand our pillowcase program. Fast Facts from Carol were about how the thread spool is wound and how to use it properly on your machine.
At the monthly meeting the guild approved listing the unsold auction items in the new shop. The officers discussed uploading these and decided to list them in groups to choose from with a donation to the guild.