October Meeting Highlights

While some lucky members were off at the Fall Retreat in Big Bear, we still had enough folks for a busy and informative SDMQG meeting on October 9, led by VP Christina. Here’s a quick recap for those who couldn’t be there:


Guild Business:

Nominations for Board Positions: The following people were nominated for 2017 Board Positions, which will be voted on at the November 13 guild meeting.

  • Treasurer – Jill Lombard
  • Secretary – Andrea Adams
  • VP of Activities – Sue Bouchard
  • VP of Operations – Christina Rensfield
  • President – Stephanie Grainger

Board members serve for one year, beginning in January, and have a term limit of 2 years. Thanks to all who are willing to take on these responsibilities!

Dues: 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 in early January.

Charity Update: The charity committee met on September 25 to plan activities for 2017. Meanwhile, keep working on your angle-block packets, which were handed out at the September and October meetings. We want to collect them and sew them into tops at the Sew-in after the November 13 meeting.


Events and Activities:

Secret Santa Mini Swap: Those who were interested swapped questionnaires and fabrics for mini quilts to be exchanged at the December holiday party. All submissions were placed in identical brown paper bags, and bags were selected at random. If you haven’t already, please tell I-Chun (vpops@sdmodernquiltguild.com) who your swap partner is. Finished minis need to be 18-24 inches on one side, but they don’t have to be square or even rectangular. More information here.

My Precious!

4Q Challenge – Slash your Stash: Members are challenged to use their precious, long-hoarded fabric to finally make something. Everyone who shares a finished project at the January 8, 2017 meeting will be entered into a raffle for special prizes. Some brave members showed their precious fabric (pre-cutting) during Sew-and-Tell. Lots of Anna Maria Horner finally coming off the shelf….

Quilt Show: Like last year, we are planning a quilt show to go along with our holiday party at Highland Hills Winery. Especially wanted are quilts related to activities like quiltalongs, the SDBee, challenges, and our workshops/classes (Lizzy House, Jacquie Gehring, Sherri Lynn Woods, Kathy Doughty, etc). Even quilt tops are acceptable, and hanging sleeves aren’t necessary. Please bring your submissions to the November 13 guild meeting, or contact board@sdmodernquiltguild.com to make pickup arrangements.

Swaps: We will be having another Scrap Swap at our November 13 meeting. Bring in a bag of scraps (clean, quilting-weight, appropriate for a modern-style quilt), we’ll dump them into a big pile. Members can take home as much as they bring in. Unclaimed scraps will go to charity projects. (The Charity Committee welcomes yardage donations also.)

SDBee: No new bee block this month, so everyone can catch up on previous blocks. Chelsea (June, modern tree blocks) is still missing a few blocks and is trying to finish her project to give as a Christmas gift, so please yours to her ASAP. Jill Lombard will be the Queen of the Bee in November.

East/Central County Sew-In: A few seats might still be available for the Sew-In at Cozy Creative Center in El Cajon on October 22 from 10-5. Contact the board if you are interested.

Demos and Breakout Groups: After the meeting, we had three breakout groups:

  • Christine Kovac shared tips for Singer Featherweight maintenance from a recent class she attended.
  • Susan Kephart discussed some ideas for hanging-non-rectangular-quilts using supplies you can find in the plumbing section of your local hardware store.
  • The My Small World QAL group met to compare progress and share tips.


Our next meeting will be Sunday November 13, 2016 at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day. We’ll hear about the October retreat, vote on board members, swap scraps, and get the lowdown on the holiday party at Highland Hills Winery. Join us at the Sew-In afterward to assemble charity tops, work on your own projects, or just hang out. Hope to see you there!

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