2016 June meeting recap

Jean (President) opened the meeting at 7:00 sharp.

Membership Update – Sherri
Currently have 74 full members with one guest tonight.

Refugee Quilts Update – Barb
We delivered 76 quilts to Abbotsford Community Services this week. The staff there are going to distribute them and were just thrilled to accept them. This group put together almost 80 quilts since March – what a great accomplishment!

Burn Camp Pillowcases – Tracey
Tracey is collecting pillowcases for Burn Camp – we need about 30 more for boys and girls. This is a week-long camp for kids between the ages of 6 to 18. It’s organized so they can have their medical needs met and have fun in a safe environment. Tracey will still be collecting pillowcases at the July Meeting. But please let her know if you are making any – so that she knows how many are still needed.

Holmgren House – Laura
This is a 10-bed hospice which is newly opened in Abbotsford. We have been asked to make happy, bright quilts for the patient rooms. Looking for quilts approximately 60 by 90 inches – small twin size. We are hoping to deliver them in September. They have kindly offered us their community room to use for sew-ins as well.

Anniversary Party Committee Call for Volunteers – Marilyn
We are planning an anniversary party for our Sept 8 meeting.  Food, fun and door prizes. The committee will meet once in person to brainstorm and them hopefully work by email after that. The first two volunteers to join the  committee will get a free Latifah Saafir quilt pattern! Please speak to Marilyn.

Portland Meet-Up – Jean
This year the Portland Modern Quilt Guild is hosting the meet-up for the Pacific Northwest area. This event happens every summer and moves to different areas each year.  There is more information on the group Facebook page under events.

Call for Volunteers – Jean
It takes lots and lots of volunteers to make the guild run. We are starting to post more information on the group Facebook page. There are jobs big and small for everyone who is interested in helping.

Workshop Update – Laura
Next workshop is June 18. Cynthia is teaching an improvisational quilting working at University. The doors open about 9 am, the workshop begins at 10 am. Still a few spots available but please speak to Laura tonight.

July Meeting Update  – Laura
The July meeting will be a potluck in Mission Heritage Park. We will be doing a mug rug exchange – if you’d like to join in, just bring a mug rug. We have invited the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild to attend. Please bring your chair, utensils, a cup and food. Last year we had beautiful weather and it was a very enjoyable meeting.

Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Display – Jean
Every year the Modern Quilt Guild invites their member guilds to each create a charity quilt to be displayed at Quiltcon. This year they have set a palette with an exact list of colours and the theme is ‘scale’. We need to decide whether we want to do it and we will need a team leader if we go ahead. We will start a thread on the Facebook page for everyone to brainstorm.

Coffee Klatch Update – Jean
Anyone can organize a coffee klatch. If you know somewhere good for coffee please speak to Jean or Darlene.

Show & Tell
Please look at Debbie`s photos to see some of the amazing work our members shared this evening!

The remainder of the meeting was taking up with the ‘trunk sale’- shopping and freebies for everyone!

May meeting recap

As the meeting started, many heads were bent over sewing labels on 35-plus quilts destined for Syrian refugee families who’ve recently arrived in the Fraser Valley.

Membership Update – Sherri
1 guest tonight and now 74 full members. The door prize draw is now being done by poker chips marked with the membership numbers. When you sign in, make sure you put your number in the draw can or no door prize for you!

Latifah Saafir Workshops – Jean
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is bringing Latifah Saafir in for workshops. There are still spots in the workshops left as well as tickets to her trunk show. Speak to Jean for tickets.

Community Quilts – Jean
The Syrian refugee quilt project has shown us that there will always be supplies needed to top up the donations. Next month we are starting a 50/50 draw to support our community quilts. We’ll be looking for volunteers to set it up properly with BC Lotteries and run it every month. (Volunteers have now stepped up)

Membership Survey – Jean
We will be sending out a membership survey in the next few weeks. We have lots to ask you about – please take a few minutes to fill it out!

Election Dates
We are  considering a by-law change to hold the elections in June. This will allow incoming people to learn the ropes with the existing officers until they step down in September. We encourage everyone to think about what role they’d like to take. All of the executive committee is stepping down. We always need volunteers to help organize our events and keep things running.  Here are some of the (not voted) things we need help with:

  • Maintaining an equipment list
  • Updating the guild web page and Facebook
  • Publicist to write articles for different publications
  • 50/50 draws and gaming license
  • Door prize and snack coordinator
  • Coffee klatch coordinator
  • Taking meeting minutes
  • Anniversary party planning

Coming Events – Laura

  • We are taking the refugee quilts to Abbotsford Community Services to distribute next week.
  • Cynthia’s improv workshop June 18 – space still available, registration closes tonight.
  • June meeting will be a car trunk sale – bring things to sell or swap. This will be the whole meeting.
  • July meeting – potluck picnic in Mission Heritage Park. We’ve invited Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild to come up and visit. We’ll do a mug rug swap at this meeting.
  • August – working on a pop-up shop to be announced.
  • September – anniversary meeting.
  • October – pop-up shop and a demo of making batik baskets
  • Maritime mini quilts are here – so much fun to hand them out. Lots of admiration and checking out the amazing variety!

Show & Tell
Some highlights this month: Canuck Place quilts, jelly-roll hexis, and several Quiltcon inspired finishes.

Quote of the evening: “Now the pickle is upside down.”

Favourite Tool Show & Tell
This was a particularly interesting part of the evening as members talked about their favourite tools. A great way to share knowledge and there was something new to almost everyone! Some of the goodies:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Fine tweezers
  • Glow-line tape to mark rulers for repetitive cutting
  • Machine quilting gloves
  • Magnetic pin collector
  • Blunt-tip scissors (cut the thread, never the fabric)
  • Bloc loc ruler for squaring up HSTs
  • The 5 pound sewing machine
  • The Magic Tape case that makes a great finger presser!

 

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April meeting recap

These notes come to you courtesy of Hedda. Thanks again, Hedda! Jean (President) welcomed everyone to the meeting. Membership Update – Sherri 2 new members tonight and 7 guests (!) in attendance. Introductions Jean introduced the executive committee members who were in attendance. Jean – President Helen – Vice-President Peg – Treasurer Sherri – Membership […]

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March meeting recap

  Jean welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. Membership Update (Sherri) Four guests at the meeting tonight. The new Modern Quilt Guild (aka “the mothership” ) membership cards are here. Please pick yours up on the break. Upcoming Events (Darlene) There are no coffee klatches or sew-ins scheduled currently. These will resume after the Creative […]

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