March 2018 Meeting Recap

Welcome – Marilyn

Marilyn opened the meeting at 7:00. She spoke about making the most of the meetings and being present with each other while we are there. The true value of these meetings comes from the sharing and community we create when we come together.

A challenge for tonight: We are asking everyone who takes the mike to talk about someone who has inspired their quilting. Marilyn started by talking about the Gees Bend Quilters.

Community Quilts – Kathryn (inspired by Jaquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Quilts) & Joanne (inspired by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star)
Our charity quilt is back from QuiltCon safe and sound. We are still deciding where its home will be. We are talking to a few organizations about ongoing donations, keeping the numbers small and realistic. We do need more help with longarming the charity quilts – please talk to Kathryn or Joann if you can help.

Creativ Festival – Kathryn
Just one volunteer slot open on Friday. Remember that volunteers get in free. Kathryn will be doing the presentation at 11:45 daily – she’d love to see some friendly faces in the audience if you are there.

An Update from the Photographer – Jean (inspired by her artistic aunt)
We are trying out a new form to collect a bit of information for show & tell. The most important part is the pattern and designer. We get asked about these a lot when we post on Instagram. The form is also a permission to post photos of your quilt (and sometimes you) publically.

What’s Coming Up – Christine (inspired by her very crafty mother)
April: member demos
May: Krista Hennebury trunk show (poppyprintcreates.blogspot.ca) & a paper-piecing workshop with Lysa Mair (lysaflower.com)
July: picnic at Mission Heritage Park
August: Amy Dame trunk show

Membership Update – Barb (inspired by Cynthia Frenette, www.cynthiafrenette.com)
Welcome to our guests and drop-ins tonight.
Member introduction: Barb introduced Sonya. Sonya specializes in handwork and thinking outside the box. Her improv quilts are always inspirational. We are about to lose her to the North and we will really miss her calm presence and quilting inspiration!

Show & Tell
Thank you to everyone who brought something to show. We encourage everyone and especially new members to bring something to share with the group. We draw inspiration from each other!

Trunk Show with Stacey Day (FVMQG member blogging at staceyinstitches.com)
Stacey presented the quilts from her new book, Child’s Play Quilts. The book includes 20 patterns designed to as stashbusters. Stacey includes photos of each quilt in warm and cool colourways, which really helps visualize the different options. The book includes a variety of fun applique and pieced patterns which could easily be resized for different applications.

Signed copies are available for pre-order now from Stacey’s Etsy shop, StaceyDayQuilt. Stacey will deliver to the guild meeting if add a note to the seller when you buy.

February 2018 Meeting Recap

President’s Update – Laraine
Bylaw updates – Jean will be leading a group in late spring to look at our bylaws and decide on any changes.
New vice-president – Marilyn has agreed to act as our vice-president for the rest of this year. Thanks Marilyn!

Community Quilts – Joanne
We just donated a couple of quilts to Abbotsford Victim Services. They are happy to accept quilts from us in the future. We will still have quilts available for families in need.
Red & black squares and instructions are available for anyone who wants to put together a block for this month’s quilt. Please grab one if you have a few minutes to make a block.

Creativ Festival – Jean
Please contact Jean directly if you have not picked up your quilt labels yet – instructions for applying them are in the envelope.
We still have 7 volunteer slots open and needing to be filled.
If you are showing more than one quilt please let Jean know which one you want to be voted on. We have limited space and lots of quilts this year!
We would like permission to use these quilts at a presentation on modern quilting, on the Monday after the show.

Upcoming Meetings – Joan

March meeting will feature a trunk show with our own Stacey Day. We are hoping she will have copies of her new book available for purchase and signing!

April meeting will feature mini-workshops. If you have something you could demo to the group in 15 minutes, please talk to Joan.

May meeting will feature a trunk show with Krista Hennebury from Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. For more info take a look at her blog at poppyprintcreates.blogspot.ca . We are planning a workshop on a cool paper-pieced pouch with Lysa Mair.

June meeting: Trunk sale

July meeting:  Potluck picnic at Mission Heritage Park

August meeting: Trunk show with Amy Dame from Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Membership Update – Barb

Welcome to our guests tonight. We have a new drop-in policy. The first drop-in visit is free and visitors are welcome to try us out for three more meetings with a $5 drop-in fee.

Show & Tell

Lots of inspirational show & tell tonight and fun red & white makes to look at. Thank you to everyone who brought their work to share. This is always a really fun way to see what other people are making!

Destash II

We enjoyed a second round of de-stashing which was even bigger than the first. Lots of items found new homes. A special thank-you to Joanne who gamely loaded up her vehicle with the leftovers to drop off to a local thrift store! Next destash will be January 2019.

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