December 2014 meeting wrap up


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Our first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater fashion show! You can view all of the photos, with big thanks to Carol Browne, here.

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And check out all of our December meeting photos here!

Lysa opened the meeting by dramatically unveiling her Christmas sweatshirt featuring a lit-up beefcake Santa. She introduced the executive members:
· Sherri Chalke – Membership
· Barbara Macleod – Doorprizes and meeting goodie coordinator
· Ellen Lewis – Workshops and programmes
· Jean Jones – Treasurer
· Darlene Barnes Rosner – Sew-in and coffee klatch coordinator
· Lynn Swanson – Communications
· Cynthia Frenette – Vice-President and co-founder
· Cathy Erickson – President and swap and challenge coordinator

Meeting Locations
Because the group is growing and the rooms are not, we have a new meeting space starting in January. Jackson Elementary School, 33165 King Road. Abbotsford in the Multi-Purpose Room. We will need help with setup and teardown – please speak to Cathy if you can help.

January Destash
The January meeting will feature our annual de-stash. Do bring fabric, books, quilting and craft supplies that someone else can use. Do not bring your garbage. At the end of the night we will donate leftovers to charity. Crafting supplies are welcome (there is no requirement that everything be quilting-related). If you are bringing scraps, please bag them.

January Events
The next sew-in is scheduled for Jan. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley room A259 here at University of the Fraser Valley. Full details are on the Facebook group. These are very casual, really fun, space to sew, share your work and see what other people are working on. We usually run from about 8 – 5.

We will have a coffee klatch Jan 3, Saturday. This is Hamel’s Super-Stitcher Weekend for anyone who want to make a little side trip. We are meeting at Kate’s place. The full address and map are in the Facebook event that everyone has been invited to.

Cathy reminded everyone to wear their nametags and challenged new members to have nametags for the January meeting.

Special Thank-Yous
Cathy asked the group to please acknowledge Carol Browne for her amazing photos and all the post-production work she does. Carol spends a lot of time making us look good!
Also a special thank you to Darlene who books our rooms, organizes the sew-ins and does a lot of work behind the scenes, and Charline for initially organizing our space at the U.

Feb 28 Workshop
Our next workshop is planned for Feb 28 in room A259 at University of the Fraser Valley. This is a modern quilting workshop with Wanda Mowry. She will talk to us about stash organization, ergonomics, new tools, using scraps, applique, give an intro to paper piecing and some other interesting techniques. The full day workshop is just $35 for paid FVMQG members and there is space for 20 people – contact Ellen to register.

Our next guild workshop is being planned for April. As a teaser, it will be led by a published author in modern quilting.

After these announcements the group enjoyed an ugly Christmas sweater show….this is definitely one place where photos speak louder than words!

Robert Kaufman Challenge – last call
A reminder about the Robert Kaufman Challenge – all the fabric has been donated by this company. Entries are due at the February meeting.

Show & Tell
December show & tell featured Christmas pillows galore, curved piecing work, spiderweb selvage blocks plus Kaffe Fassett and t-shirt quilts. This is always a favourite part of the meeting – thanks to everyone who brought in their work to share with the group!

The group enjoyed the secret gift exchange, social time, snacks and door prizes. A special thank-you to everyone who brought in a potluck snack and door prizes. Everyone in the group enjoys these!

November 2014 Meeting wrap up

You can view all of November’s meeting photos here.

The November meeting of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild opened with cowbell. Every meeting needs more cowbell!

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Membership Update
Sherri Chalke (Membership) announced that the guild now has 59 full members. She reminded recent members to pick up their membership card and receipt.

Darlene Barnes Rosner (Sew In and Coffee Klatch Coordinator) reminded the group that our schedules and upcoming events are always posted on the group’s private Facebook page. The Coffee Klatch is a monthly get-together for coffee and catch-up. They move around the Fraser Valley and give members more time to chat outside meetings. They are open to everyone so feel free to bring a friend.

Lysa Mair gave an update on workshops. Workshop details are posted on the group’s web page in the members only section. We are planning the next workshop on February 28. We encourage everyone to save the date for a mystery workshop. A guest leader will show us scrap quilting blocks and techniques and will demo lots of new quilting tools.
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Cynthia Frenette (Vice-President) announced that Robert Kaufman Fabric has sponsored a challenge for the Creative Stitches show at the Tradex in Abbotsford in March 2015. The rules for the challenge are attached to the bundles. The theme is to take a traditional block and make it modern. Entries will be lightly juried to make sure they are modern. Prizes for viewer’s choice, guild’s choice and one random draw. You are allowed to add any Kona cotton or Architextures by Carolyn Friendlander only. Minimum perimeter measurements will be 72 inches and max will be 144. Cynthia reminded the group that by taking a bundle everyone is committing to making a quilt for the challenge.

Cathy Erickson announced that Fraser Valley Modern members are now officially members of the Modern Quilt Guild aka “the mothership”. Membership cards and pins are on the way and everyone can go online and set up their own Modern Quilt Guild profile. In addition, our liability insurance is now in place.

January meeting will feature our annual de-stash.  Bring a bag to contribute and you will get first crack at taking home what other people have brought. We ask everyone to bring only what is truly useful and useable. Examples: fabric, magazines, notions, patterns, zippers, thread. Scraps are great but please package them in a zipper-lock bag. The de-stash is an effective way to pass along items you no longer need to someone who will use them. Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 10.39.50 AM

Show & Tell
Lots of special items at tonight’s show and tell. Exquisite Oakshott Cottons woven in India. One new member brought her first quilt which featured turtles – lovely! Lot of members have been working on unfinished objects. The audience favourite was the stealth wine bottle bag with a corkscrew pocket.  We enjoyed prize winning quilts from other shows, online quilt bee blocks, a zippy pouch that looks exactly like a cassette tape, plus a quilt backed with a minky squid.

October Meeting Wrap Up

October Meeting Wrap Up

Better late than never! You can view all of the photos from the October meeting online here. Cathy Erickson (our wonderful President) welcomed everyone to the October meeting. Membership Update Sherri Chalke (Membership) announced that we are up to 55 full members. Membership cards and receipts are available to pickup at meetings. Upcoming Events Darlene Rosner (Sew-In […]

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