Saturday, April 30, 2016

McKMQG May Meeting Info!

May Announcements & Meeting Reminders
Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm. Social time will be from 6-6:30.

May Program: Low Volume Wonders!
Guild member and quilt designer Lori Hartman will be talking to us about all the fun things we can do with Low Volume prints.  What are low volume fabrics you ask?  Well come Tuesday evening and learn about what determines whether a fabric is low volume and how to use them!

Bee Blocks
Can’t wait to see what our bee groups are creating!

Show & Tell
Bring & share your finishes from this month.

Modern Elements Block of the Month
As announced last month, we will be starting a new monthly challenge. You will be given directions at the guild meeting for a block with modern elements. Take it home, make it, experiment with the principles of the month and bring it back the next month to show it off and be entered to win a prize. In 8 months, you’ll have a small quilt (that you can keep or donate to Alberta’s hope!) and as a guild we’ll build our knowledge and understanding of modern elements. This is our first month so come and get your pattern at the meeting.

McKinney Meets Triad Mini Quilt Swap
We will be swapping mini quilts with the Triad Modern Quilt Guild in Salem-Winston, North Carolina. Sign up today to participate! Sign ups are due by Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Summer Retreat
Sign up now for summer retreat at Create-away Cottage  $130 for Fri July 22- Sunday July 24 (food not included- to be determined by retreat-goers at a later time). A $30 non refundable deposit and filling out the Summer Retreat Sign Up form online (link here) will secure your spot. Balance of $100 will be due by the July meeting. Bring cash or check to the meeting this month to secure your spot.

Mark your Calendars!
Sunday, May 15: Last day to register for the McKinney Meets Triad Mini Quilt Swap
Tuesday, May 31: Riley Blake Challenge due to Modern Quilt Guild
Tuesday, June 7: Guild Meeting Program: Member spotlights! Get to know your fellow guild members even better.
Tuesday, July 5: Guild Meeting & Final payment for Retreat is due
Friday July 22- Sun July 24: Summer Retreat at Create-away Cottage  
Friday July 29: 6-9pm  Community Sew

Volunteer Opportunities
Sign up on this form  to volunteer for meeting setup and takedown. We're really in need of help for setup! If you can come early one month it would be greatly appreciated. If there are other ways you'd like to help in the guild, you can also indicate that on the form.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

April Meeting Minutes 2016

Pre-Meeting  

We had a fantastic meet & greet time this month!  Our meeting space was full of people walking around, meeting new friends, greeting old ones and looking at all the beautiful creations for the @ModaLissa Challenge.   

Call to Order 

Our April meeting was called to order on time by our President, Stephanie Schroer (in a green tunic with pugs!).  Our Icebreaker quiz this month was "What time of day do you enjoy quilting the most?"  We had answers from "when the baby is sleeping" to "when making a donald trump puppet." "Afternoon" and "Late at Night" were the most common answers.   

Committee Reports  

Our committee reports will be posted online now.  We want plenty of time to interact, have fun, and show and tell our projects.  See the minutes every month to stay in the loop with the following riveting information. 
Membership: We had 48 members in attendance and 10 guests! 
Treasurer: We started with $4853.83, with expenses of $12 and income of $260.  We ended with $5101.83. 
Secretary: Minutes from March 2016 are posted to the website. 

Community service  

Community Service Sew Days will commence!  Join the McKMQG on fifth Fridays of every month from 6-9 pm at Stitched with Love.  We will learn a new modern sewing technique or pattern and create quilts for our charity, Alberta's Hope.  Future dates include: Apr 29, Jul 29, Sept 30, and Dec 30.  April's technique and sew theme will be #scrappytriparoundtheworld quilts for charity.  See you April 29th from 6-9 pm at Stitched with Love! 
Dusty also accepts donations of fat quarters or more of fabric up to completed quilts at the start of each guild meeting.  At our sew days, we will mostly use donated orphan fat quarters to make charity quilts - this is a great opportunity for your mystery (i.e. it's a mystery why I bought this) FQ's or half-yards sitting idle in your stash.  You'll be entered in a drawing for a prize with quilt, quilt top, or fat quarter donations.  April Winner: Chris Simon 

Business  

The guild purchased new chairs to help us with our (wonderful) overflow issue at our meetings.  We acknowledge that we may outgrow our current meeting space and we will make plans as quickly and as in advance as possible.     
We now have a set-up and tear-down sign-up for individual meetings!  It's a great way to contribute to the guild and socialize without much responsibility.  See the sign-up form to volunteer.  If there's another way you'd like to be involved, there's space for you to enter your ideas as well! 
Don't forget about your Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Spring 2016.  Follow the link for more information and challenge guidelines.  If you missed the signup, you can still participate!  Just purchase some of the Sashing Stash Collection and make something quilted! 
Alice ran our FQ Lottery of modern, high quality quilting cotton.  The theme for this month was Modern Dots, Stripes, and Chevrons.  Lisa, Chris, and Deborah each won a bundle of 13-14 FQ's.  April's theme is non-existent!  We are transitioning to a new program of a Modern Block of the Month, created by Catherine Dutton.  We will announce more at our next meeting. 
Retreat this summer at Create-Away Cottage, near Collinsville, TX, about 40 miles from north McKinney, TX.  The price will be $130 for July 22-24th, food is not included in the price.  Attendance will be limited to 14 participants.  Your spot will held by payment when you sign up.  More details will follow in an e-mail from Alice. 
Our quilting bee's collected blocks.  If you want to participate in or join a bee, we have a sign up sheet at the check-in desk.  This month, Allyson's group made Alice Alpine blocks.  

Program 

This month, Lee Monroe of May Chappell presented - she was a hit this year just like last!  Lori Hartman of Lori Hartman Designs will discuss low volume fabrics in May. 
Technical difficulties had us start with a trunk show of Lee's patterns and projects.  She also had a fabulous presentation of tips & tricks to help us be great sewists.  See Lee's Terrific Tip Tuesday column on her blog for some of the great tips she highlighted for us. 

End of Meeting Fun 

Show & tell!  As we grow we will continue to ask our members to show their 1-2 best finishes for the month.  We are trying to balance our love for being able to see something from everyone and yet end the meeting in a reasonable time frame.  2 birthday certificates were handed out.  Lisa Johnson & Alice Dutton won the @ModaLissa challenge!  Door prizes were drawn.  Join us for our next meeting! 

Next Meeting: May 3 @ 6:30, 6:00 social hour