Sunday, October 27, 2019

Dues for 2020 and shopping!

Have you checked the Guild Store link here on the blog?

Available in the store:

1) Guild swag
2) Dues payment link
3) Entries in the December drawing for Arlene, the 1950 Featherweight!

It's time to pay dues for 2020 starting now. You definitely will want some of our custom-embroidered guild swag, especially as we head toward Austin for Quiltcon in February. And you and all of your quilty friends from all over will want to get in on the drawing to win a 1950 Featherweight.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

McKMQG Board 2020 Election Information

It's that time of year again - board elections for 2020. We will be voting at the November meeting for next year's officers. The nominating committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates:

President - Ellyn Zinsmeister
Vice President of Programs - Alice Dutton
Vice President of Events - Catherine Dutton
Vice President of Communications - Kelleigh Sedate
Vice President of Membership - Dione Tippawang
Secretary - Chris Simon
Treasurer - Beckey Zipf

At the November meeting, we will call for any additional nominations from the floor, and then proceed to a vote.

Many thanks to the nominating committee for their work in securing such a great group of candidates for us! Members of the nominating committee were Diann Loper, Dione Tippawang, and Bonnie Landon.

REMINDER: The November meeting will not be at the fire station! We will be meeting at Collin College Conference Center in McKinney.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Scrap Swap Info for October

We will be starting a new swap at our meeting on October 1, and you will want to be a part of it! Here's what you need to know.

For the October meeting, bring a baggie with a selection of your scraps that you'd like made into a fabric basket for you. You can make your selections as coordinated or as scrappy as you like! Be generous with the amount you send – any extra will be returned to you. A gallon ziploc bag should be plenty. Also be sure to include a larger piece, at least a fat quarter, or perhaps even a half yard, so that the lining can be made without piecing. Your scraps will go home with another member and they will make something special for you with your hand-picked fabrics. And you will get a selection of fabric to make something for another friend. We will have a questionnaire for you to fill out to give your swap partner more information to help them make something that you will love.

You have just over a week till the meeting. Time to choose your fabric!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Proposed ByLaw Changes

After much work from our Bylaw committee, Bonnie Landon, Nelda Johnson, and Catherine Dutton, the board is putting forth the following revisions to the guild's bylaws. The purpose of these changes is to reflect current practices and to ensure better functioning of the guild.

A vote on the proposed changes will be on the agenda for the October meeting.
Members are encouraged to review the finalized proposed version of the bylaws and to submit comments (on the Google Doc) or ask questions via e-mail to Catherine Dutton ( In order to allow time for responses (and any research required), please submit comments/questions prior to the October 1 general meeting.

Members can also view the marked-up version of the current bylaws, reflecting the changes, additions, and deletions.

Overview of changes:
  • Refer to the guild as MCKMQG instead of MMQG
  • Rename Executive Council to Executive Board   
  • Reformat to allow for ease of reading (adding sub-sections)
  • Allow a Junior Membership option (12-17 years) at half of the established membership dues.
  • The treasurer may authorize dues payment arrangements with members rather than it needing to be the entire board. 
  • Cleaned up some language left from 2014 (referring to practices unique to the first year of the guild)
  • Nominating Committee should consist of 3 members (lowered from 5). Majority of the committee should not be seeking a board position. 
  • Move elections from December to November (to be implemented in 2020). 
  • Clarify office titles; remove the office of Historian
  • Add to bylaws that an individual cannot hold the same board position for more than 2 consecutive years with no more than 4 consecutive years on the board in any capacity.
  • Committee members serve up to 4 consecutive years. 
  • Standing committees: Audit, Nominating, By-Law (ad-hoc)
  • President and Secretary added as signatories on the bank account
  • Treasurer's report given monthly, not necessarily at the meeting
  • Any non-budgeted expense exceeding $100 must be approved by the general membership
  • Modifies dissolution directive to "further quilt education or to a nonprofit" 

The board will present revised Rules and Regulations within the coming months after bylaws are approved by guild membership. Rules and regulations contain descriptions of board positions, committee functioning, and membership details. Current Rules and Regulations.