1. We had 28 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, March 16, 2014. No new members joined, so our total membership remains at 60.
2. Treasurer’s Report: Last month we had several expenses, including the Modern Quilt Guild affiliate membership fee, a fee to the Secretary of State to retain our non-profit status, and the purchase of fabrics for the BOM sample blocks. Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.
3. Upcoming Meetings:
- April 13, 2014: Sew in: bring your own project to work on. SewMod will be vending.
- May 4, 2014: 2014 Membership fees are due; Board member elections. See “New Business” section for more information about the elections.
- June 8, 2014: Workshop (more information to come) SewMoving.com will be vending. The owner, Donna, will bring a truck full of goodies and park in the parking lot for us to go out and shop.
- July meeting is tentatively set for July 13, 2014. We are considering having a few members do “trunk shows” to show their evolution as quilters. Please email us if you are interested in speaking at this meeting: crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
- Laura Watts, Charity Chief, announced that we need quilts for Project Night Night! Some members donated quilts at the meeting today. Quilts should be 40" X 50" or 50" X 60". If you are working on a quilt for this charity, please email Laura to let her know ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you would like to claim a quilt you donated to Project Night Night as a deduction on your income taxes, please print this form.
- Debby Greening, Swap Swami, announced our next swap. Participants will make a mini quilt (any size from 12" X 12” to 48" X 48”) for another participant. Mini quilts are due at our May 4th meeting. If you are interested in participating and you did not sign up at today’s meeting, please email Debbie: deb (at) greening1 (dot) com. Be sure to tell her your favorite colors, fabric types, hobbies, etc, so your partner can make something special just for you. You need to email Debbie by Thursday March 27, so that she can arrange everyone’s partner. She will be emailing all participants soon with the name and interests of the person they are making a mini quilt for. Debby is also looking for some people to be "quilt angels" in case a member signs up for a swap but then due to unforeseeable circumstances is unable to fulfill her obligation. A quilt angel would then step in and finish the project. If you are willing to help as a quilt angel please email Debby to let her know.
- Anuschka Matthews, our Bee Keeper, announced that there is a bee that meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. New bees are forming in Crystal Lake and Cary. Details are still being worked out for these two bees; email her if you are interested in joining one of the bees: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com. This is a great way to promote modern quilting with others.
- Ann and Bobbie, our Workshop Wranglers, have started planning our future workshops.
- Shelley showed some videos on how to join and follow our guild on the MQG website and how to update your profile to show your complete first and last names. We are looking to see if we can put the videos on the blog. Please make sure you have completed the following steps on the MQG website:
- joined and followed CLMQG
- updated your personal profile to show your full name
- updated your notification preferences to receive a once-daily email digest of all activity on our CLMQG portion of the MQG website
- All registrations for sew-ins will now be completed on the CLMQG portion of the MQG member website. An "event" will be created for each sew-in date, and you must RSVP to that event to be registered. Only those members who have "joined" CLMQG on the MQG website are able to RSVP.
- If you haven’t taken the MQG annual member survey, please do that soon. It only takes 5 – 10 minutes. Log onto the MQG members website, click the Home button, and click the survey link at the top of the screen.
- Fabric for members who signed up for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge should be available at the April meeting. If you are unable to attend that day, an alternative pick up place is being arranged. The Challenge runs until June 23rd.
- “Modern Perspectives” Exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin is occurring now through April 6, 2014.
- Original Sewing and Quilt Festival in Schaumburg, March 27 – 29, 2014
- AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, April 23-26, 2014
- International Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont, June 19 – 21, 2014
- AQS in Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
- QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Check quiltcon.com soon for submission details if you would like to enter a quilt in this show.
7. New Business:
- Paige and Shelley announced that Board elections will be at our May meeting.
- If you would like to nominate someone, first please make sure they would like to have the position. Then email your nomination to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. Nominations are due by the April meeting and will be accepted via email only.
- Board member descriptions are listed in the By-Laws (click here to view the By-Laws).
- The nominees will be presented at the April meeting.
- Elections will be at our May meeting. Only members who have paid for the next year will be allowed to vote, and you must be present at the May meeting to vote.
- Paige announced that she is looking into having some merchandise with the CLMQG logo available for purchase at cafepress.com. Keep watching for more information about this.
8. 2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Shelley and Karen presented the two March blocks. Directions and photographs have been posted on our blog; click the “BOM” label at the top of the blog to be taken to the page. Two blocks will be presented again in April. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.
9. Show and Tell: Several members brought beautiful quilts to share and many members showed the blocks they have made so far in the Block of the Month program.
10. Reminder: Please make and wear your nametag to each meeting.
11. The meeting portion ended, and we had a brief social time and sew-in set-up.
12. During the sew-in, members worked on various quilts for Project Nite Nite, our guild’s charity.
Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary