Sunday, September 28, 2014

Retreat report

When I arrived at The Creative Cottage on Thursday morning to unlock and prepare for our first ever McKinney Modern Quilt Guild retreat, this is who greeted me.....

A very large, obnoxious and filthy chicken. This bird had no fear. She followed me everywhere and even tried to get into my car! Ladies, I am a CITY girl. I do NOT DO CHICKENS! sigh. She was a presence all weekend and we named her Bobbin. Ok, enough about wildlife. Here's what made the weekend extra fabulous.....
 This awesome group of ladies! It was so much fun to get to know each other better as the weekend went on. We laughed, A LOT! We chatted, swapped mug rugs (aren't they fabulous?), played trader's dice for fat quarters, won door prizes, ate WAY too much food (Chris makes a mean lasagna! And Val whipped up a fruit dip that had many licking the bowl) and just had an overall fantastic time.

Oh, and we sewed! Did we ever. Here are just SOME of our terrific finishes.....
Quilt tops, start to finish (there were more than just these six!). I was so glad Stephanie brought her Metro Hoops to work on too. We pushed each other through it and both finished up our tops on Saturday.
Bags bags bags..... I think Joy made three of them all by herself! Sherry's halloween pouch is so cute too! There were lots of bag finishes.
Blocks and more blocks. You really must enlarge this picture to see Allyson's blocks better (far left). She's making a surprise quilt for her hubby (shhhhhh). Kristi's red & black one would make an awesome pillow for my couch. hmmm......

I'm hoping there will be many more guild retreats in the future..... I know you'll all want to come along next time! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Charity Sewing

Six guild members gathered at Stitched With Love today to sew quilts for Alberta's hope. It was fun to take blocks and fabric that many had donated and turn them into fabulous quilts. 

The design walls got a great workout...
 And some fabulous masterpieces came together!

 Backings were made and bindings stitched on. A great time was had by all of us.
Our next charity sew will be on Sunday, November 2. Hope you can join us!

Monday, September 1, 2014

August Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes of the meeting of 5th of August 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Sarah Huechteman on time.

Visitors and members were in attendance.  Four new members joined this evening.

Committee Reports
Welcomed and performed introductions of guests.
Advised that last month’s minutes have been posted on the website.

Treasury report will be posted on the blog soon. Treasury report was given by Sherry. 

Community service and charity blocks were collected.  Advised group of the criteria of charity blocks.  For every 5 brought in, your name goes in a drawing for a prize.

Charity sewing days will be Sunday sept 7 from 1 pm to 6 pm as well as Nov 2nd from 1 pm to 6 pm. Tips were given on how to produce charity blocks quickly and easily.  Asked for yardage donation for backing and background. Any quilt shop quality fabric and any style accepted.  Finished block size should be an even number.  Drawing for the charity prize occurred. Sara Macha won.

New Business
Program:  WIPS were presented and shown and then donated to charity.

Name tag challenge reveal occurred.  Any new name tag brought in the future will earn an extra door prize ticket as well.

Community service signup sheet for is available.

Signup still available for bees.  We currently have 2 small bees and 2 large bees.

Ellyn presented next month’s challenge.  Paint swatch challenge.  Each person picked 3 swatches from a bag and will need to make a sewing project in the combination of the 3 colors.  Voting will occur with everyone’s favorite project.

Modern Quilt Guild winning quilts were shown.

Fun sewing day for the guild. Sunday October 5 and December 7 1 pm – 6 pm at Stitched with Love.  Sit and sew whatever you want and stay however long or short you want to stay.  Signup sheet available.

Quiltcon challenges were discussed.  You must sign up yourself on the website.  Panasonic Bias Tape Applique Challenge and Cotton Couture Challenge.

Birthday certificates were distributed.

Show and Tell occurred.

Door Prize raffle occurred.

Next Meeting at 6:30 on Sept 2nd.

Meeting was adjourned timely.

Things to bring to September’s Meeting:
·      Your Paint Swatch Challenge Piece

·      Any fabric to be donated to community service

·      Community Service blocks  

Items, Blogs, and other interesting items mentioned:
·      Art Gallery Website
·      Moda Bakeshop
·      Plano Quilt Show is August 15th and 16th