Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 10, 2013 Meeting Minutes

1.  We had 46 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, November 10, 2013, including fourteen visitors. Eight people joined the guild Sunday, which brings our total membership to 56.

2.  Sew Mod vended before, during, and after the meeting.

3.  Treasurer’s Report: We have $1460 in our guild checking account.

4.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • Holiday party: December 8th from Noon-4:00pm in our regular meeting space.  See the Committee Update below for more information.
  • We will have an open sew-in after our meeting on January 12, 2014. Bring whatever project you would like to work on.  Meeting time is 11:00am-4:00pm.  Registration instructions will be posted on the website approximately 7-10 days prior to the meeting date.
  • We are in the planning stages for our 2014 meetings. Some workshop ideas that are being considered (per the 2013 survey results) include paper piecing, applique, a portable pressing table, and a Christmas gift workshop.
  • We are also planning on having one sew-in during 2014 dedicated to Project Night Night, our guild’s selected charity for this 2013-14 membership year.
  • If you have any other workshop/meeting ideas or suggestions, please email them to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

5.  Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, has delivered a total of 29 bags to Project Night Night. Laura has a need for more boy or gender neutral quilts. Quilts should be a minimum of 40 X 50 inches and both the batting and fabric used should be 100% cotton. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
  • Swaps: There will be a handmade ornament swap at our December meeting/Holiday Party. You do not need to sign up. If you want to participate, bring a handmade, wrapped ornament. There will be a mug rug swap in January; sign ups for that will be at the December meeting.
  • Holiday Party: Cathy Roberts gave an update of her committee’s plans for the December holiday party:
  1. Thank you to everyone who donated red and green fat quarters at today’s meeting. These fat quarters will be used for prizes at the party.
  2. You must RSVP for the party by December 1 by emailing trishaswank (at) gmail (dot) com
  3. A sign-up sheet was passed around for people to sign up to bring appetizers, desserts, or beverages (non-alcoholic, per the bank’s rules). If you are bringing a food that needs to stay hot (i.e. in a crockpot), please bring an extension cord.
  4. We will be playing a fabric Bingo game, so you'll need to make your own Bingo card and bring it with you. Also bring buttons or other markers. If you didn’t get directions for the Bingo card, you can download them at
  5. There will be a white elephant UFO exchange. Bring any UFO (UnFinished Object) from table runner to bed-sized quilt in a paper bag and bring home someone else’s UFO. Instructions for the UFO are not necessary, but they would be helpful if you have them.
  6. For Show and Tell in December, bring your favorite holiday quilt.
  • We have a new volunteer! Anuschka Matthews is going to be our Bee Keeper.
  • We are still in need of a committee chair for our workshop committee. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with this.

6.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

7.  New Business:
  • We will be starting a Block of the Month (BOM) program in January.
  • There will be 12 different 12" finished blocks.
  • Early in the year, blocks will be beginner level and throughout the year, we'll aim to build skills by adding new techniques.
  • Each participant can use the fabrics/color scheme of their choice.
  • Different members will be designing 12” finished blocks using modern designs. The responsibilities for designing a block include bringing a demonstration block to a meeting, and writing basic instructions and taking pictures of the block construction steps for the website.
  • If you design a block, the guild will provide fabrics for your demonstration block, so that at the end of the year, the blocks will all be put together into a quilt that we can raffle off.
  • So far we have four members who have volunteered to design blocks: Karen L, Mary B, Darlene M, Diane H. 
  • If you are interested in designing a block please let us know - we'd love to have many of our members involved! To volunteer a design or ask questions about this program, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

8.  Reminder: Please make and wear your nametag to each meeting.

9.  Show and Tell: Thirteen members brought projects for the Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge. Members voted for the top three quilts from the challenge. Photos have been posted to our Facebook page. Remember, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view our page.

10/11.  Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio presented a wonderful lecture and trunk show. She showed many of her beautiful quilts during her entertaining talk. She also answered questions during her lecture. See our Facebook page for photos from her trunk show.

12.  Winners of the Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge were announced;
  • First place - Kelly Litton
  • Second place - Ann Keck
  • Third place - Cathy Roberts
  • A big Thank You to the sponsors of the challenge prizes: Material Girl, Sew Mod, and CLMQG.
13.  The afternoon ended with a book signing by Jacquie Gering.

Thank you to Jacquie Gering for sharing your knowledge, encouragement, and positive energy with us!

Thank you to all those members and guests who joined us for this incredible event! 

Thank you to the thirteen members who participated in our Schoolhouse Modern Piecing Challenge!  Your quilts were amazing - WAY TO GO!

Thank you to SewMod Designs for bringing your beautiful fabrics and quilts to create such a lovely vending area at our meeting!

And thank you to all the members and guest who helped us move tables and chairs around to set up before and tear down after the meeting.  The heavy work goes so much faster with extra helping hands!

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

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