January Guild Meeting Highlights
We had a packed house for the first SDMQG meeting of 2017! It was great to see so many quilty friends, both old and new.
2017 President Stephanie Granger started the meeting by thanking all of those involved in the Holiday Party last December. She also led the group in recognizing the outgoing board members for their hard work in 2016.
Dues are due: SDMQG dues will remain $40 for 2017. If you couldn’t pay at the meeting, please fill out a 2017 SDMQG Membership Form (or contact email@example.com to get one mailed to you) and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange payment. Cash or check is easiest, but PayPal is an option this year, for an additional $1.50 fee.
It helps the guild if you can pay your 2017 dues as soon as possible, since we have to send our guild dues to the national MQG (aka mothership) in early January.
Occasionally people will reach out to our guild looking for quilters for commissioned projects. If that appeals to you, let one of the board members know what kind of work you are available for, and they’ll pass along future requests.
2016 was a very productive year for our charity efforts! We donated 54 finished quilts to three different organizations, and have a number of other quilt projects still in progress.
For the first trimester of 2017, we are making/collecting comfort quilts for the Polinsky Children’s Center. They serve children of all ages – from babies to teens, so all sizes are needed. There are several ways to contribute:
2) Make a quarter-log-cabin block for a group quilt. Angela D. distributed packets of coordinated, pre-cut, donated fabrics at the meeting, and more will be available at the Baby Shower Sew-In or at the February 12 guild meeting. Blocks will be due at the March 12 guild meeting, after which we’ll have a charity Sew-In to piece them into quilts.
3) Pick up a Grab-and-Go quilt kit. Our charity committee has assembled several kits from donated fabric, and all you have to do is sew. If you can’t quilt or bind it yourself, just make the top and other volunteers will be available to finish it.
4) Donate a quilt of your own. All sizes are needed, but quilts appropriate for older boys would be especially appreciated.
We’re hoping to get all this done by April, but we will take quits to the center on a rolling basis as soon as they are available, so bring your contributions in whenever they’re ready.
Events and Activities:
January 29: Baby Shower Sew-In, 10 am – 3 pm at Quilt in a Day Help us make quilts for the Polinsky Children’s Center. Supplies will be provided. Just bring your sewing machine. Don’t feel like sewing? Ironers and cutters are also welcome.
June 9-11: Quilting Retreat at Sisters in Temecula. Contact email@example.com if you are interested. You can stay for the whole weekend ($380 single occupancy, $280 double, all meals included) or just drive up for Saturday ($30 with lunch, $45 with lunch and dinner). The deadline for weekend registrations is March 1; for Saturday only, May 1. Space is limited, so sign up now!
Year of Color Swaps and Challenges: At the January meeting we swapped black and white fat quarters. Even if you didn’t swap, you are invited to participate in our 1st Quarter Challenge: B&W+1. Make a project (any size) using black, white, and only one feature color. Be ready to share your completed project at the March 12 guild meeting.
Our next swap will be Colorful Grocery Bags. Make a bag, any style as long as it’s bright and colorful. We’ll swap white-elephant style at the February 12 guild meeting. This should help with the new CA law prohibiting disposable plastic bags!
SDBee: Pricilla handed out packets for X and O blocks. She’s the last one in our 2016 bee, so if you have blocks for any other bee member, get them done ASAP. Signups were taken for the 2017 bee, which will kick off at the February 12 guild meeting.
Also in February, we’ll start our 2017 QAL featuring Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Thanks to Hadley, who brought in a beautiful finished version to inspire us! If you didn’t sign up already, visit our Member Forums for more information, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Demos and Breakout Groups: After the meeting Ann Albertson gave a demo on how she made her Swimming with Goldfish quilt, and how a clever block transformation can have dramatic effects.
Also, Featherweight expert Deborah Lancaster meet with Featherweight users to review machine basics. She’ll be back at our February 12 meeting to discuss cleaning and maintenance. If you’re interested, bring your Featherweight, a large towel, some supersoft rags (old t-shirts work well) and a small bowl (metallic if possible). She’ll have specialty supplies available for purchase.
Our next guild meeting will be Sunday February 12, 2017 at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day. We’ll kick off the 2017 SDBee and QAL, swap grocery bags, and hear about more exciting plans for 2017. After the meeting, the Sew-In will continue until they kick us out at 4:00 pm. Hope to see you there!