THANK YOU ALL so much for your interest and enthusiasm!
To recap the meeting, I'll expand on each of the agenda points that were discussed.
I. There was a warm welcome from Paige, then Shelley and Paige each talked about their quilting backgrounds and what inspires them.
II. General Discussion of "What is a Quilt Guild?" and how changes in the industry and expanding social media gave rise to the modern quilting movement and the first Modern Quilt Guild in Los Angeles in 2009. Click on the tab "What is Modern Quilting?" above to read more about Quilt Guilds and Modern Quilting. This information was included in a handout sheet at the meeting, but we ran out since so many of you attended!
III. Short Term Goals for the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild:
- Monthly meetings alternating between meeting-only format and meeting with sew-in format. Sew-ins may happen every other month or once a quarter, depending on member preference/interest.
- Meetings will generally occur on the second Sunday of each month unless there is a facility or holiday conflict.
- Near-term future meetings are scheduled for March 3(sew-in format 11am-4pm), April 14, and May 5.
- Online survey - as of the meeting 25 people had responded indicating overwhelming majority interest in networking with people with similar interests, gaining new ideas and inspiration, and building skills via technique workshops and guest speaker/instructors. If you haven't yet taken our online survey, please do so. Read this post for information on how to access the online survey.
- Membership registration and payment will begin in April or May. Annual dues of $25-$30 will include these benefits: Free attendance at meetings and sew-ins, access to the community scrap box, free or reduced price admission to workshops/speakers, participation in guild swaps and challenges, and posting photos to the Flickr group online.
- Stash Box will begin in May and all paid members will have access to it. Bring usable sized scraps or stash pieces to include and use what you need/like from the box. Bring some to get some!
- Raffles to help raise additional monies for guild activities. The first raffle will likely be in April/May - a basket of donated, new quilting goodies - value to be determined.
- We are looking for additional volunteers to help us keep the guild organized and running smoothly - it's a LOT of work for two people. Please email crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you can help :)
- Formal board positions and by-laws will be established during the first year.
- A monthly "member-feature" on this blog will begin soon!
IV. Long Term Goals
- Add committees to help the guild grow further.
- Schedule speakers and workshops regularly.
- Organize swaps and challenges.
- Organize community outreach/charity projects and events.
- Organize shop hops and retreats.
- Schedule member-led technique demos and workshops.
- Hold our own Quilt Show!!
- Organize a member trash-to-treasure stash/UFO sale.
- Organize exchanges and sew-ins with other regional Modern Quilt Guilds.
- Organize socials/parties and local quilt shops twice per year. Fun!!
- At this point all guild communication will be electronic via this blog and Facebook.
- An email subscription box has been added to the right sidebar here, so you can enter your email address to receive notification when new blog posts are added.
- All new blog posts will also be linked via posts on the CLMQG Facebook page.
- We also have a Flickr group here where you can view all photos from guild meetings, and where members are allowed to post photos of their modern quilting creations.
VI. All guild members are encouraged to create their own unique name tag so we can get to know each other more easily. Paige has a couple of cute examples that will be posted here on the blog soon.
VII. Show and Tell and introductions - over half of the ladies brought items for show-and-tell, and Lorrie took lots of photos. All the photos are published on the Facebook page, in the Flickr group, and in this separate blog post.
VIII. Fat Quarter Swap - 43 people brought fat quarters to exchange. A "themed" fat quarter swap was suggested for the March meeting, and Paige announced that the theme would be "orange" for March.
IX. What to bring next month if you are participating in the meeting and sew-in:
- your machine, an extension cord (the longest you can find)
- an electrical power strip/bar (if you've got one handy, not every person needs one but the outlets in the room are limited!)
- lunch for yourself
- snacks to share (if you wish)
- your project and any tools you'll need that day (rotary cutters, rulers, etc.)
- a quilt shop quality fat quarter that includes the color orange (optional - only if you wish to swap)
- iron and ironing surface/pad
- large cutting mats