June meeting recap

Hedda chaired the meeting this month and we started pretty promptly. We had 2 guests and 1 new member at this meeting.

Peg popped up to the front for a quick chat about the door prize and snack forms. She thinks only one got around last month, so she has asked for everyone to watch for two … but then we decided to wing it for a while and if you want to bring a door prize and/or snack, go ahead! There is no requirement and there will be no reminder. Just do what’s in your heart.

There was a stack of bags on the front table and MAN, WERE THEY AWESOME! Then the Bag Challenge participants walked around with their bags so we could get a closer look. Good job, everyone!

The donation fabric that we picked up from a grieving friend of a quilter was available for those who wanted some for making charity quilts. There’s a sign-out sheet, so hopefully you’ll bring something to show and tell and check your name off soon.

Andrew of the Focused Edge gave a presentation on sharp things. He took away a bunch of knives and scissors that members wanted sharpened and some have already picked those things up. They are sharp now.

Andrew said:

  • Keep your knives out of the dishwasher
  • Hide your sewing scissors from your family
  • Rust isn’t a sign of poor quality
  • Sewing machine oil works well on scissor pivots
  • A knife-sharpener-person can’t restore a serrated edge
  • Victorinox (Swiss) or Wusthof (German) are Andrew’s choice of knives

Our July meeting will be at the Heritage Park in Mission. We’ll have a potluck picnic in the shelter, which has no walls, but does have a roof and some posts to hold up the roof. The time is a little different – – we’ll meet from 6 to 9. Bring your show-and-tell!

In August, Terry Aske will be coming from the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. She will have an art quilt and modern quilt trunk show.

September is our seventh anniversary. We need a committee for the party. Please speak up on Facebook if you want to get involved. We’ll have our elections in September and this meeting is closed to non-members. We’ll also be talking about the CreativeFestival. Interested in the Program position? After a couple years of awesomeness, Laura will be giving it up to travel more now that she’s retired. The Program position is very rewarding because everyone likes to do things and you’re the one who makes the things happen! The position could be filled by a single person or by a small team. There are things in the works up to next February or so, so you wouldn’t be under immediate pressure.

Sherri is collecting tickets for the cancelled Jacqui Gering show so if you have one, you can give it to her and she’ll get you a refund.

Carolyn won $42 for the 50/50!

We had a trunk sale. Members brought lovely stuff and sold it to other members. Such deals! It was fantastic and almost guilt-free.

 

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May meeting recap

Welcome everyone! Helen (President) opened the meeting at ten after seven.

Comfort quilt project (Helen)
We are putting together a comfort quilt for a guild member whose son has been diagnosed with cancer. We are looking for 12.5 inch (unfinished) blocks consisting of an inner square or rectangle with cream borders of any width. Wonkiness and unusual central blocks are encouraged. Soft, restful colours in the centre, please. We only need 30 squares to do a 60 by 72 inch finished quilt. Stacey has volunteered to put them together into a top and Bonnie has instructions if anyone wants them.

Community Quilts (Jean)
The Big Quilt Bee which we did with Canadian Quilters Association has wrapped up. The Modern Quilt Guild is ramping up its annual charity quilt project. Stacey has offered to lead a team for this project.

MQG Charity Quilt Project (Stacey)
The Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt project this year has a theme of ‘Modern Traditional’ with a nice range of sunset colours. The fabric will be supplied. We make the quilt; it gets displayed at QuiltCon; and then we get to decide how to donate it when we get it back. It will be a fun project and of course the quilt will be specially designed by Stacey. To get involved, the first step is to join the Facebook group Stacey has set up. The Guild Facebook page has details.

Upcoming Events (Laura)

  • Saturday May 13– Wedge Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz
  • June Meeting – Andrew Wong from the Focussed Edge will speak to us about caring for our knives and scissors. If you want to bring scissors and/or knives to the meeting, you can leave them with Andrew and he’ll have them ready for pickup in a week or two (Abbotsford area). The scissors must have a screw that lets them be split into two pieces and the cost is $10 each pair.
  • June 17th Sew-In at the University of the Fraser Valley, Room A259.
  • July Meeting – picnic potluck at Mission Heritage Park
  • August Meeting – trunk show with Terry Aske, an art quilter from Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. www.terryaskeartquilts.com for more info.

September Annual General Meeting (Helen)
All positions are open for nominations and we will hold an election if we have more than one candidate for a position. We specifically need a vice-president and also a program director. The program director position is really the core of the guild and without them we don’t have a reason to meet. Please talk to Laura (outgoing program director) for more info on what’s involved with this position. It is a lot of work and very rewarding; really a lot of fun for someone who is plugged into the quilting community.

Membership Update (Barb)
We have two guests at the meeting tonight.

Swaps and Challenges Update (Jean)
The Q1 Finish-it-up challenge was very successful. Norma had the most finishes at 11 projects done. Draw for the participation prize – Norma wins that – very appropriate!

Show & Tell
A great array of inspirational projects including some finishes from the Katie Pederson workshop and Stacey Day’s Jam Tarts quilt which was a pattern in QuiltCon Magazine 2017. There was a ‘design feature’ quilt – see if you can spot it in the photos. A great assortment of bags and we finished up this part of the meeting with a photo that really captures the spirit of the group. Thank you to Sonya for taking the great photos.

Paul Krampitz Trunk Show
Paul showed many tops and quilts beginning with quilts he grew up with and others that transitioned from traditional blocks and arrangements into more modern arrangements and block styles. Please take a look at Sonya’s photos on the guild Facebook page to see more of his work.

April meeting recap

Hedda was covering for Helen as the meeting chair and she opened the meeting at 7:45. (A little later than usual because the venue had a conflict.) First up, we had the trunk show by Karlie McChesney. It was a fantastic display of numbers, art, origami inspiration and history of one person’s quilting. Then we […]

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March meeting recap

My very greatest apologies for not posting the February meeting recap in time. That’s a first for me, and hopefully a last! Helen opened the meeting shortly after 7 pm. Community and Challenge quilts – Jean Jean updated us on the progress of the Canada birthday quilts. She later had a photo taken of the several […]

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