November meeting recap

President’s Report

Laraine (President) opened the meeting with a thank-you to last year’s executive committee members: Helen (President); Jane (Treasurer); Laura (Programs); Barb (Membership) and Hedda (Communications).

This year’s exec is looking for volunteers to help with some of our small events. These are not big jobs and they go a long way to enriching the guild and bringing people together.

  • Sew-Ins and Coffee Klatch
  • Programs Assistant (someone in the Fraser Valley who is willing to help out would be appreciated)
  • Meeting wrap-ups

We have had some feedback that better communication is needed about all the different activities that are going on. We will be using the web site more for posting information and everything will continue to be on Facebook as well. We encourage you to attend meetings and make your own notes. The meeting wrap-ups can also be useful if you want to know what is going on.

Canadian Quilters Association Show 2018 (Vancouver) – Laraine

They will have a quilt show for guilds. Discussion about whether we want to enter the lottery for a place in this show.

Community Quilts – Kathryn

We are putting last month’s blocks together to make a quilt for a refugee family arriving from Africa soon. It will be appreciated since they are coming in winter! This month’s block kit is ready to pick up at the back. Please bring these back for the December meeting. We are planning to continue with these since the response has been so positive.

Creativ Festival 2018 – Kathryn

The booth planning is complete. We are going to feature the work of two guild members Sherri and Lysa. We have volunteer coordinators in place as well. Hopefully you have your challenge pieces under way. (If you need more info we will have it up on our web site soon!)

Christmas Party December 14 – Kate

Next month’s meeting will be our group Christmas party. We will have games and prizes, and a fun modern swap. Please plan on bringing:

  • A modern fat quarter for the prize box
  • Your wonky star swap (info below – sign up tonight!)
  • Finger food to share: A-J sweet, K-Z savoury.

Wonky Star Swap (Kate)

Sign up tonight for this swap. We will draw names at coffee.

We are making a mug rug or mini with a maximum size of 12 inches on a side. Must be modern style and fabric. Include at least one wonky star and your recipient’s preferred colour. Info is in the facebook files and the post has links to some tutorials and ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.

Membership Update (Barb)

We currently have 64 paid members plus one guest tonight.

Programs – Joan

We really need some people who know Abbotsford and can help us scout affordable venues and space for sew-ins and workshops. Access to UFV rooms which we have used so much has become limited. Please talk to Joan or any member of the exec.

Next workshop: November 25, using Excel to design lettering for quilts. No sewing involved – the workshop will take place in a UFV computer room. There is still space available.

January Meeting will be the destash – bring any good quality crafting and sewing materials you would like to pass on. The leftovers will be donated to charity.

March Meeting – trunk show with Stacey Day (FVMQG member and quilt designer for Tula Pink)

Mini-Trunk Shows – Lysa, Cathy and Jean

Lysa showed us quilts from her very traditional beginnings to her discovery of modern quilting to her very modern work of today including projects representing modern media such as cassette tapes, record albums, game controllers, and boom boxes.

Cathy showed us a selection of her work using modern elements like wonky stars, lettering, solid fabrics and lots of negative (blank) space.

Jean displayed her quilts representing how the concept of  ‘modern quilting’ has evolved over time. In the past many things have been considered ‘modern’ which are now thought of as more traditional.  In many cases a different setting, scale of block, or use of negative space can make the difference between traditional and modern.

After the trunk shows we enjoyed member’s show & tell. Lots of inspiration and interesting work our members are doing. Thank you to everyone who brought something to share as this is always a highlight of the meetings.

Annual General Meeting (Oct 2017)

The AGM started at 7:05 and adjourned at 7:12. The executive for the coming year:
· President – Laraine
· Vice President – Stacey
· Treasurer – Jean
· Communications Director – Hedda
· Membership Director – Barbara
· Program/Workshop Director – Christine

Programs Update – Christine and Joan
· We need a couple of volunteers from the Abbotsford area to help out with events.
· Next workshop is being taught by Colleen Bell on November 25: Using Excel for Quilt Design. $30 for the day. Sign up with Christine and Joan. This is a no-sewing workshop in a computer lab. Computers are provided but you are welcome to bring a laptop if you prefer.
· What else is coming up? We have the Christmas Party in December and the destash in January. November will feature several mini-trunk shows from our members.

Community Quilts – Kathryn
· Kathryn and Joanne are taking over Community Quilts.
· This month please take home a block package if you have a few minutes to make one block for the November meeting. (Update: They all disappeared. More packages next time please!)
· We are exploring different venues for quilt donations and we’re open to feedback if you have any suggestions about community quilts in general.

CreativFestival – Kathryn
· There are a few packages for the challenge left – please see Kathryn if you want one.
· Challenge projects are meant to be secret until they are unveiled! Please don’t post photos or share ideas!
· The booth is going to feature the work of Lysa and Sherri.
· We are going to need loads of modern quilts for the display.
· We’ll have lots of prizes for the challenge and display.

Swaps & Challenges – Jean
· We have a personal challenge from Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. They are challenging their members to take a traditional block and make it modern. This month’s block is the rail fence. It is a personal challenge but if you do try it out feel free to post the results! You can follow along with them on their Facebook group or their blog at

Modern Quilt Guild Charity Project – Stacey
· We have a group for this project on Facebook if you want more info. The project is a heart quilt made out of half-square triangles.
· There are swatches available and then participants pull fabric from their stash to use. The blocks are nice and big, very quick to make, and we only need one or two from each person participating.
· We will have a sew-in later in the year to put the top together, hopefully November or January.

Christmas is Coming – Carol
· Kate, Judy and Carol are planning the Christmas Party. A couple more people to work with the group would be very welcome.
· The focus for this meeting is fun!

Canadian Quilters Association Postcard Demo – Jean
· – click on the ‘Quilts Canada’ heading for more details. Theme is “Inspired by Nature”.
· You can send in as many as you like to be displayed and there are some great prizes.
· Postcards will be sold for $5 each after the show (so you don’t get them back) and the money raised is going to BC Children’s Hospital.
· Jean did a quick demo and showed an amazing variety of postcards incorporating different media. The possibilities are really endless!

Show & Tell
Special thank you to Sonya who takes the photos and posts them on Facebook! The inspiration we draw from each other is a wonderful thing.

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