Show and Tell: Jen showed a large quilt that she extensively quilted on her longarm using rulers. She bought the quilt top from ebay. Her second quilt she made using the pattern “Turning 20”.
Tammy is working on 2 quilts that she will have ready in October.
Rachel showed her king sized quilt top made with modern blocks of grays, neutrals and blues. It was inspired by “City Quilts” and will be a wedding gift.
Amber showed her quilted weekender bag that she made using an Amy Butler pattern.
Fern showed her free motion quilting samples that she made at the last sewing Saturday.
Lisa showed a finished quilt made Kaffe Fassett fabrics and pattern.
Heather shared a baby quilt in progress that she is making for her daughter. It is free motion quilted with scallops and made with an Etsy pattern.
Next Sewing Saturdays
Aug 31 - Ironworks quilt - link is in the Facebook group
Sep 21 - Open sew
Oct 5 - Open sew
Oct 26- We will possibly be doing the “Nebula” (fractured pervalong) quilt this day
Nov 23 (Thanksgiving is the 28th)
Sep 10th - Quilted bag challenge and the charity blocks will be due
Nov 12 - Guild officer elections (President, VP, secretary and treasurer). You will have to pay your upcoming dues before running for office.
Dec 10- Holiday party where we will have a dirty santa gift swap and also bring a handmade quilted gift for exchange.
Sep 19-21- The Georgia Quilt Show in Atlanta. Comments from those that have been before were that this is a good show with many quilts.
Oct 10, 11, 12- Birmingham Quilt Expo We have 6 free tickets. We can carpool and share the cost of gas and the extra tickets for those interested in going. Comments from last year’s attendees were that it was a smallish show with not many quilts but did have some good demos and a fair amount of vendors.
Joining The Modern Quilt Guild
We discussed the following pros and cons and voted to join the Modern Quilt Guild starting in January 2014. There were 13 out of 17 members present with 12 yeas and 1 nay. Our dues will not be increasing at this time as we have enough money in our account to cover the dues. The MQG has a guild hub for websites. We still need to decide if we want to link our website to theirs or keep our website. Several people agreed to check out their website to see if this would be a good thing for our guild.
Guild and Individual Members will receive the following benefits:
-gain tax exempt status which was costly to do on our own
-guild hub for websites
-permission to use the Modern Quilt Guild logo
-opportunities to participate in inter guild swaps and challenges
-involvement in MQG fabric challenges
-discounted entry fees for MQG quilt shows
-discounted rates on conferences and events $750 all inclusive for Sew Downs not $900
-priority and early bird registration for conferences and events
-discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors, legal fees and affiliated companies
-10% discount on online MQG merchandise purchases
-access to MQG Leaders only newsletter and forum
-official member blog button
Constituent Relationship Management System (CRM)
The CRM system will allow guild leaders the ability to track membership, take payments, communicate with your guild through groups and newsletters, and plan events with RSVPs. In addition, the social media hub will facilitate guild to guild communication for planning meet ups and swaps, share photos of work, ask for advice, and get information about MQG challenges.
0 -15 members: $150
16 -25 members: $250
26 - 35 members: $400
36-45 members: $550
Cons - If we do not join, we will need to drop the “Modern Quilt Guild” part of our guild
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Update - Karen let us know that the mini quilts were received by the AAQ.
Charity Quilt Block Update - We currently have 14 Anita’s Arrowhead blocks. We will take as many more as you all make (due at the September meeting) to make as many quilts as we can.
Guild Challenge- Any bag, purse, tote that is patchwork, quilted or both. Your project is due at the September meeting. The winner will get a picture posted as a header for our fb page.
Upcoming challenge is for the December meeting and will be any patchwork, and/or quilted, holiday/winter themed item.
Demo - Deb showed two techniques for quick quarter square triangles. Her feedback was that the method used in the pattern she was testing leaves bias edges that can be problematic. It was very fidgety and she missed a lot points when doing it - so not as accurate. The second method was quicker and no bias edges.
The first was from a quilt she is testing and the other is from following this tutorial: http://www.patchwork-and-quilting.com/quick-pieced-quarter-square-triangles.html
She showed the last blocks to finish the series. Instructions will be posted on the fb page.
The next BOM will begin after the New year.