The question of the month was “Would you rather have more time to sew or more money to buy fabric?” The overwhelming response was more time! There were 13 members in attendance. The audit is complete. Officers are updating the documentation of roles and responsibilities. QuiltCon submissions will open in September, and sign-ups for the mini swap open in October. Fudraising is considering a calendar to sell. Charity will keep the block of the quarter playful pinwheels. Pillowcase kits and embroidery for personalization are available. The Quiltcon COQ is ready for Quilting. The parking lot pin cushion swap was successful, another may be in the works for an October auction drop off. September’s Sewing Saturday will be pushed back to the second Saturday because of labor day. A new challenge will be issued tonight. The “made Fabric Challenge” is to make a mini or mug rug with pre-altered fabric. Examples of this could include pieced scraps, dyed, painted, stamped, screen printed, fabric markers, hand stitching, bleach, pin-tucks, flower pounding, etc. Elections will be before the September meeting to help with the hand-off process. Programming on guild structure and overview included the website moving under secretary’s duties which leaves the social media as a stand-alone chair. Donations will be moved from programming to the vice president’s responsibilities. This is representative of creating a guild liaison with this position, an spreading out responsibilities in a more manageable way. Amanda condensed the survey results for the discussion on guild priorities. Learn skills, do good, and make friends were discussed at length with many ideas shared and discussed.
Kelci, Dianne and Amanda were present for the meeting. Digital security is still in process. Amanda is researching an app that might make hand-offs easier. The Audit is complete. Diane went over the audit results and recommendations. Everything balances. Structure documentation is still being updated. It should be updated before the August general meeting. Amanda will email out a brain storming survey for members who are unable to attend the meeting. Social media will be looking at less recycled content and more original content this month to learn if it is more engaging. The QuiltCon charity Quilt block kids are back and ready to piece together. Kerry had quilts, and pillow cases ready to distribute for cutting/sewing/quilting. The Calendar fundraiser was discussed. Carla and Amanda scheduled to view a speakers webinar. The sew-signment sale was discussed. The board decided to postpone until 2021. Because of this, refunds of sign-up fees will be issued. Made fabric Challenge will be assigned this month. The Dye workshop is going virtual, kits will be mailed to each participant. The retreat is coming together with safety supplies included.
Monthly Question: Do you spray base or pin your quilt sandwich? Current challenges are the greeting card swap, bag your stash, and gift-ables challenge. The pincushion swap will be hosted at S&R Sew and Vac in Huntsville. There will also be drop off tables for challenge items and tables to pick up and exchange charity projects. Officer meeting had an in dept update on charity program, and explored safety provisions for the retreat. QuiltCon Together registration is open. The sew-signment sale will be rescheduled for next spring. QuiltCon Community Outreach quilt fabric has been ordered, cut, and kids have been dispersed. Sew-cial Saturday will continue. The dyeing workshop has been rescheduled for August 29th and will be virtual.
Amanda, Kelci, and Diane were present for the meeting. Fabric was purchased for the QuiltCon quilt, but no other activity. The audit is still in progress. Diane would like to continue forwarding mail to her home adress, the officers agreed this would be reasonable. Amanda and Kelci are making updates to the documentation regarding duties of the VP and Secretary/Web Social Chair. The officers discussed the August meeting with Kerry so she has time to prepare for the planning session. The giftables challenge will be the inspiration will be the focus for the social media posts this month. Analytics from Later are helping understand what types of posts may be most helpful for the auction later this year. The current charity block will remain Playful Pinwheels, and the block kits for the QuiltCon quilt have been distributed. Programming still has two empty slots for September and October. Three challenges are open. These are “bag your stash, pincushion swap, and the giftables challenges. The last Saturday in August has been confirmed for the Dye workshop. The officers discussed safety precautions. Officers planned a Drop off Pick up day for the pincushion swap. Members will be able to drop off challenge items or pick up charity projects while dropping by. Amanda will email and confirm with S&R.
“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.