Friday, November 18, 2016

November Meeting Minutes

Call to Order   
Our September meeting was called to order at 6:36 by our President, Stephanie Schroer.   
 Committee Reports    
Our committee reports are posted online monthly, saving meeting time for the fun stuff! 
Membership: 36 members present, 4 guests, and 1 new member 
Treasurer: We started with $5091.73, expenses were $72.52 and income was $610.00.  We ended with $5629.21.   
Secretary: October minutes are published to the blog.   
 Community Service    
Our QuiltCon charity quilt challenge group is formed, our team of designing & organizing includes Dusty, Kelly, Alice, Martha F, Paula, & Stephanie.  A design is completed and the quilt top is in process!  The deadline for quilting & shipping is the first of the year to be included in QuiltCon this year.  
 Mary donated 3 quilts this month. 
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!   

The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild had a quilt designed around the Trinity River system for last year's QuiltCon charity challenge quilt.  They are selling raffle tickets to win "Modern View of the Trinity."  Part of the proceeds will go towards supporting the Alzheimer's Research done by the UNT Health Sciences Center Foundation in support of Healthy Aging.  See your local FWMQG member for tickets.  

Our nominating committee for new board members to serve 2017-2018 is Sarah H, Joellen, Nelda, and Gail P.  Board openings will be Communications, Treasurer, Membership, and Community Service.   
We're looking for a Bee Swap Mama!  Talk to your favorite board member or nominating committee if you are interested in being a Bee Swap Mama or if you are interested in joining - this is a great time to join as the year rotation is ending for both bees currently.  This month Bee3 made Christina Union Jack blocks.  Jeanne collected multi-triangle blocks from SewBeeIt.   
 We showed off our Pantone Color of the Year + Paint Chip Challenge items!  Stephanie won the drawing.  

We are in the middle of our a new monthly challenge called Modern Mystery Block of the Month, created by Alice & Catherine Dutton.  Our goal as a modern guild is to create together and continue to learn more about modern quilting techniques -- this should help expand your arsenal of quilting skills!  Our Modern Mystery quilt will be revealed one block at a time.  You must attend the meetings (or pick up an extra paper copy at Stitched with Love) to participate.  We will not post pattern instructions online.  Last month's "Drunkard's Path" were on display and a prize was drawn - Carol won the drawing!  New patterns for "Big Bertha" were handed out.  Bring back your completed block next month and you will be entered into a drawing to win a PRIZE.  Leftover patterns not handed out at guild will be left at Stitched with Love, first come first serve.  Once they're gone, they're gone!  If you need help constructing the block, e-mail alicedutton at gmail dot com.   Tag your creations on social media with #modernmysterybom and #mckmqg.     

Retreat this winter will be held at Sunset Retreat Center.  Online signup is available  
here.  A deposit will be due to hold your spot & final payment will be due at the December meeting.  Signups will open up to other local MGQ's after the December meeting. 
November we had our a Pinterest party!  You've all made things you found as a free pattern on Pinterest – many members brought some to give us ideas to make holiday sewn gifts!  Ellyn has items pinned here!     
 In December we will hold our holiday potluck/party and handmade swap!  Bring a handmade wintry/holiday item in a "gift bag" or brown paper bag (you shouldn't be able to see through it).  No extras!  The item should be handmade - wood/felt/wool/needlework/quilted items are all encouraged.   

January will bring us Jessica Darling.  She owns a quilt shop in Corpus Christi and is a Villa Rossa pattern designer. Her color theory program will build up to her workshop "Color Party 2.0" class, teaching her 
Goodnight Starlight quilt pattern.  Until December, cost is $60 per person for the workshop.  After the December meeting, the price will increase to $70 and we will open up registration to non-members.   
End of Meeting Fun   
Show & tell - lots of lovely creations were shown this month!  As we grow we will continue to ask our members to show their best finishes for the month and discuss why their creation is modern.  Several birthday certificates were handed out.  Door prizes were drawn!  Stitched with Love revealed this month's discount was 50% off all Christmas items.     
 Join us for our next meeting!  December 6 @ 6:30, 6:00 social hour