Friday, September 13, 2019

September General Meeting

Arbutus Public Library, Catonsville


The meeting lead off with a presentation by Kimberly Cosgrove from Kennedy-Krieger Institute's therapeutic nursery/early Head Start program. They provide to the homeless and special needs children of Baltimore city and are our charity quilt recipients; Sarah's Hope is their housing location. They have a 90 to 120 day rotation cycle so many quilts are needed in an ongoing basis. The quilts we provide will be used in their programs and given to the children.

Here are the quilts made to donate to this program - but quilts are welcome to be donated at any meeting:







NEWS:

    Classes: The next workshop  will be held on Nov 9th - Michelle Wilkie will teach modern quilt design at Towson Public Library at a cost of $75. Registration will open on Saturday, September 14th, 10 am.
    
      Retreat:  There is one overnight weekend slot open for Friday - Sunday; day passes open for  short time. Pearlstone has strict kosher rules for all foods in common areas except the dorm lounges where any food/snacks are ok. Attendees can have travel mugs in the sewing rooms containing whatever they wish.
     There will be a project available to make on Saturday - Monica and Janet will lead a tutorial to make vinyl sided zippered project pouches. There will also be workshops on Friday and Saturday which all members may take - making double sided bindings; creating facings for finishing quilt edges and hand piecing; workshops cost $15, payable directly to teachers. Room mates - there will be an email soon to express choices. There will be games at retreat as well. We need volunteers to bring irons, ironing boards, cutting mats, etc. There are many great donations pouring in for goodie bags - be sure to thank our sponsors!!
   
     Bingo: Megan is coordinating. Please continue making prize items! We have two quilt prizes under construction: blocks for the Book quilt are due at the October meeting; Wonky House blocks should be handed in by the November meeting. We will hold the bingo on November 7, 2020 at the Lodge on Frederick Road in Ellicott City.
    
    House of Ruth CharityThere will be a sew day at the location in Towson on October 12th from 10 to 12; participants should take their  own machines.Tell Phyllis Cook if you are interested in sewing.
     
     Volunteers Needed! We need three or four people to volunteer to serve on the Nomination Committee to find new officers. We need ten to twelve people to volunteer to serve as mentors for new members and others to make name tags for them. We also need someone to serve as the chairperson for the Care Committee (to send cards and coordinate quilt making for members in need).

Show and Share


Sarah Lefebvre


Pat Simrell


Denise Fedde


Sue Williamson


Rebecca Nichols


Kathy Schwabeland, from bee blocks



Kathy Schwabeland, from Victoria 
Finay Wolfe's 15 minutes of play



Susan Brightman, boro and sahiko stitching


Michelle Morrison



Michelle Morrison




Phyllis Cook shared a series of table toppers made 
forher daughter's wedding; 
they will become a quilt afterwards



Jane Schiemer, front and back of whole clolth quilt


Janet Schoenfeld, scraps called Rooftop



MJ Snyder


Amy Verne, Maker's Tote (outside)


Amy Verne, Maker's Tote (inside)


Amy Verne, small piecing from 
Chawne Kimber workshop



Photos and notes by
Linda Schiffer













Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 ** We have a meeting this Sunday September 8th at a new time - 1:30PM**
Calling all animal charity quilts! 
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Calling all animal charity quilts!  Clinical Social Worker, Kimberly Cosgrove, will be with us to talk about their program and accept our quilts for their children.
The second part of the program we'll have two demos from members -
  • Hand Piecing with Linda Schiffer
  • Applying Flange with Jane Schiemer

Friday, August 16, 2019

BMQG General Meeting, August 11th, Arbutus Public Library 


Rose Daley lead the meeting. We had three visitor/new members. As usual, members whose birthday was in August chose fat quarters courtesy of the guild.


Business:  By-laws review: Rose and the board have been reviewing and correcting our guild by-laws over the summer. They will be posted on our website later this week and members will vote on them in September.
 
 

New committee proposals: We need two to four people to volunteer to work on each of the following committees - please talk to Rose or Daniela for details.
     Inclusion


     Member Care/Sunshine 


     Members Only Workshops 


      New Member Welcoming 

This is Officer Nomination season - we need two or three volunteers to server; each guild office needs at least one new person to serve during the coming year (beginning Jan. 1st).


      Education: Marcia announced that the next workshop in November will feature Michelle Wilkie teaching inspiration to improvisation. Signups will open after the September meeting. In March, Timna Tarr will teach Map Making. Heather Kojan will teach in June

    

     Program: Andee will lead today’s program on Impulse Buys: Hot or Not? She will also share stretching exercises for quilt makers. In September, the new Head Start charity program director will discuss their program for homeless children and we will begin the collection of quilts for this project (including the proposed animal theme quilts). There will also be round-robin demonstrations. In October, there will be a second set of demos and a presentation of the 2017 QuiltCon Best in Show quilt Bling. In November there will be a trunk show/lecture by Michelle Wilkie. In December we will have our holiday party.
     

     Retreat: Daniela reminded members that the dates for retreat are October 3-6; day passes are still available until September 1st.
     

     Members are reminded to get their copy of our Crab Logo pattern from Cindy.
    

      2020 Quilt Bingo: We are beginning to organize and make the major prize quilt projects now with two request - Linda Schiffer is chairing a book block quilt and Daniela is requesting 12.5” house blocks with a white background and green grass base. 


Northside BeeThis group will hold its August meeting on the 19th at Bear's Paw - this is a week early due to the store's class schedule. 


Sue Hall donated a finished quilt for bingo prize - made from Tula Pink material from the 100 blocks pattern:


Impulse Buys: Hot or Not? included the following items:



Andee presented a bright light she loves for hand work
 that hangs around her neck and folds up for storage.
Rose shared her Trio Sewline marking pen with three colors of lead (dark, pink and light); she did NOT like the June Tailor strip cutting ruler which won't cover the entire width of folded fabric for cutting.
On the opposing opinion side, Carol loves her Stripology ruler which she uses to square up blocks as well as to cut strips quickly; she especially likes that it has 1/4" division.
Valarie showed a set of Mariner's Compass rulers that she 
finds way too complex for use.
M J raved about her Swirly Girls nonskid circle cutting ruler.
Mary Cunningham raved about her Hang It Dang It quilt mounting system which comes in a couple of lengths and balances on a single point; she found the pre-made quilt sleeve much less useful.
Phyllis reported that the half square triangle trimming tool was
 great but had slippage during use, which she solved with True Grips.
Marcia reported that she bought a hanging system that works like 
Command Strips but is magnetic - use a metal rod to mount your quilts.
Megan raved about That Purple Thang which includes a 
styletto, 1/4” seam depth measure,  and elastic threading bodkin.
Janet likes these mesh zipper pouches and her new Kai brand scissors.
Jane reported on 'self-healing' rotary cutting mats by Quilters Select - which 
AREN'T self healing and the company did not respond well to her complaints.
Monica shared a passle of new notions including a half square triangle marking ruler which is green and has a cutting line to mark (made by Fons&Porter?); a handle with suction cup for holding rulers; a marking pencil with chalk by Sewline; an 1/8th inch Quick Cut ruler for foundation piecing and a 4-in-1 tool which includes a seam ripper, stiletto, hand  pressing iron and turning/stuffing point.
This member shared a ruler with foam grip circles that does not slip.





SHOW AND SHARE: AUGUST 



Jane Schiemer—Postcards from Sweden 

Jane Schiemer - her very first quilt, finished at long last.

Diana Bear—the Featherweight Bag
Judy Dunlap—her Riley Blake challenge mini quilt.
Also  the “Maker’s tote.”
Marcia Shwartz—her logo crab block which will be a pillow. 
Also a mini quilt and a guild charity donation quilt
Rose (and then Monica and Sue) shared her Wefty needle woven pillow from MAQ.
Rose is making her class projects into small quilts including these 
two from classes with Virginia Findley Wolfe and Carolyn Friedlander
Mary Concannon
Mary Scoat shared her Northcott Stonehenge challenge 
quilt and a baby dress made for her newest grand-daughter.
M J Shared her bag made with the guild's Crab logo, a Headstart charity quilt with owls, a Maker's Tote and it's associated clamshell zipper pouch, and a small machine embroidery project from Bear's Paw.
Denise Fedde
Stephanie Strunge
Carol Rubin showed a baby quilt for our Headstart project.
Carol also shared a quilt she designed in EQ8, inspired by the Red&White show in NYC several years ago; she used the circle ruler MJ shared in the notion program to piece this.
Susan Brightman shared a quilt made with fabrics she printed and colored herself using Shiva Paintsticks and rubbing templates.
Janet May finished her Kathy Doughty class quilt and it 
was quilted by Marie O'Haver.



Minutes and photos taken by Linda Schiffer
All mistakes are my own! :)