September Meeting Highlights
Did the back-to-school rush keep you away from the September SDMQG meeting? Never fear – you can catch up here!
First we discussed Guild Business:
Bylaws: As discussed at the August meeting, we proposed to amend Article 7 of our bylaws to formalize new committee roles, responsibilities and succession procedures. A show-of-hands vote was taken of the members present, and the motion passed unanimously. The revised bylaws can be found here.
Refreshments: Suzanne A. is organizing refreshments for upcoming guild meetings. Members are asked to bring snacks to the guild meeting in their birthday month. If your birthday is in December, though, please pick another month that is convenient for you. We will have our year-end party in December, and this year, there’s money in the budget for catering!
Dues: Invitations to the December party will only go to 2016-dues-paying members, so if you’ve been waiting to join, now’s the time. It’s only $20 for the rest of 2016.
We will start collecting 2017 dues at the November 13 guild meeting. Dues will remain at $40 for 2017. It helps the guild if you can pay your 2017 dues before the end of this year, since we have to pay guild dues to the national MQG (aka mothership) in early January.
If you can’t pay your dues in person at an upcoming guild meeting, they can be paid through mail or PayPal (with an extra fee). Please contact email@example.com for more info.
Elections: At our October 9 guild meeting we will take nominations for 2017 board members. Candidates for all positions are welcome, but our current President (Chris B.), VP of Activities (I-Chun), and Treasurer (Angela G.) are termed out. The current board members will be happy to answer any questions about what the positions involve if you are considering running. We will vote on the nominated candidates at the November 13 guild meeting.
T-Shirts: If you didn’t get a SDMQG T-shirt last time, we are taking pre-orders for a new batch. We need a certain number of sign-ups before we can get them printed, so please contact the board if you are interested. No money will be due until the shirts are made.
On to the Activities:
Swaps: Sign-ups were taken for the December Mini-Quilt Swap. Participants need to fill out a questionnaire about their style/interests and bring that questionnaire with any fabric they want used in their swap quilt to the October 13 meeting. They will be put in brown paper bags for a blind swap. Finished quilts will be given to their recipients at the December party. Missed the sign-up but still want to participate? Get your questionnaire here.
The November 13 guild meeting will also feature another of our very popular Scrap Swaps. Start sorting through your scraps now!
4Q Challenge: Slash your Stash! You know that precious fabric you’ve been hoarding for 3, 5, 10 years or more? Now’s time to finally cut into it! Bring that precious fabric to the October 9 Sew-and-Tell for us all to admire, then bite the bullet and make an awesome project out of it. We’ll show the finished projects at the January 2017 meeting, and everyone who participates will be entered in a special raffle.
SDBee: Kathy B. gave out kits for a pair of elegant “gift-box” blocks, which will be due at the November 13 meeting. Jill will be our next bee presenter in November. Don’t forget any blocks you still need to make for Alison (Fish, August), Jenny (Mod Mosaic, July), or Chelsea (Modern Christmas Trees, June).
What’s happening with Charity Projects:
Jen showed us one of the two wonderful Quilts For Peace sent to us by the Dallas and Fort Worth MQGs to give to the SDPD families affected by the shooting on July 29. Thanks so much to our Texas counterparts, and to Cora for overseeing delivery of the quilts.
During the Sew-In following the guild meeting, Jen and several folks worked collaboratively to design and assemble the top for our 2017 QuiltCon Guild Challenge project. The final project will be on view at QuiltCon East in Savannah, GA next February.
Nancy also passed out block packets for our next local charity project, twin quilts for Carol’s House. There will be more next time if you didn’t get one this month. The charity committee has also put together Grab-and-Go quilt kits if you want to make a whole charity quilt yourself. It’s a great chance to try something new and put donated fabric to good use.
Want to help the charity committee plan for next year? There will be a meeting on September 25 at 2:00 pm, location TBD. RSVP and find more details on our forums.
Don’t forget the Demo:
After the meeting, we adjourned to the classroom, where Jen gave a presentation on four popular machine binding techniques. Do you sew to the front and wrap to the back, or sew to the back and wrap to the front? Do you finish with a straight stitch or a decorative one? And how does “magic binding” work? Check out the link for more info.
Join us at our next meeting, on October 9, 2016 at 11:00 am at Quilt in A Day (unless you’re going to the October retreat, in which case, don’t have too much fun!) We’ll take nominations for 2017 board members, show off our soon-to-be-slashed stashes of hoarded fabric, exchange questionnaires and fabrics for the December Mini quilt swap, and have a special break-out session on Featherweight care. As usual, there will be a Sew-In after the meeting until the shop closes at 4:00 pm.
See you then!