Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October Meeting, 2019
Cockeysville Public Library 

Rose introduced a vote for acceptance of the revised by-laws for our guild which passed by show of hands. The pdf of our by-laws will be posted in the members only section of our website soon.

There were two October birthdays. We had three guests at this meeting.

We are still looking for members to volunteer to serve on the board for 2020 in the positions for Communications, Education and Programming. Please contact Rose or Daniela for more information about these positions (PLEASE take part in the leadership of our guild; without volunteers, our activities will suffer).

Committee Reports:

Sarah:  New Member Buddys: Check the members only site to sign up - volunteer to help new members get acquainted with our guild.

Daniela: Missing retreat project: Guild members who could not attend retreat could still participate via Instagram; Daniela awarded prizes and patterns to four absentee retreaters:

Classes: Amy Rauen noted that we have Michelle Wilkie teaching for our guild next month; the class will be held at Bears Paw quilt shop in Towson. Michelle will also lecture and present a trunk show at the November meeting.

Marcia: 2020 classes: We have contracted with Timna Tarr to teach quilt map making in March; our founder, Heather Kojan, will teach in June; the teacher for October will be shared with two other guilds and the arrangements are almost done (so more information will be available after the contracts are signed).

Phyllis: House of Ruth sew-in: A number of members sewed card cases to donate at the retreat - YEAH! There will be a Sew Day from 10-2 on October 19th to make tote bags; this will be held at the House of Ruth facility on the Morgan State University campus in Towson. Please call Phyllis for more info - this is one of our guild charity projects.

Membership: Valarie: Our guild now has 104 members! 

Today's Program: 

Judith from the Lancaster Modern guild brought the prize winning quilt, Bling, from the 2017 QuiltCon in Savannah to share. Kathryn Jones of Tasmania (Australia) foundation pieced the quilt to emulate a Princess cut diamond. You can read more about Kathryn's work at her guild's site Tasmanianmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com or follow her on Instagram at @kathrynjonesquilts.

More members presented baby quilts for our 
Early Head Start charity donation:

Today's Demonstrations: 

Four members volunteered to share informal demonstrations at this meeting:

Susan Brightman presented coloring fabrics with Shiva paintsticks.

Kathy Schwabeland discussed finishing quilts with a facing edge.

MJ showed us how to use iron-on laminates.

Rose demonstrated the new Daylight system for tracing and foundation piecing.

At the recent guild retreat, members could opt to make a 

group project - a vinyl zippered project pouch:

Show and Share:

Marcia Schwartz made a baby quilt for a soon-to-be 
new grandchild using a pattern from Suzy Quilts.

She also finished a new tote bag.

Shelby Sanctt made a Fall wall hanging.

Susan Brightman made a small sunflower quilt and finished it 
using a facing method from Rose's retreat class.

Susan also took a block design from the national 
modern guild website to make this flimsy.

Marsha Barnes made a collage quilt in a class with Kevin Womack 
and finished it with a facing she learned in Rose Daley's class at retreat.

Sue Myers made two quilts using her Tri-Recs tools, a third quilt with 
the leftovers from the fourth quilt shown - made from Jackie Gehring's book.

Diane Winters had two quilts to share.

Kim Fawcett made a chicken-theme quilt with fat quarters purchased
 on EBay. It will go to her aunt who lives on a farm; Kim calls this quilt
Dixie Chicks and Rebel Roosters

Laura Rieban shared her Mandala quilt and two Improv Curves quilts.

Susie Mueller showed a dog-themed quilt (back and front) that she pieced and 
finished with a two-color binding from Judy Dunlap's class at retreat.

Diana Fertsch shared two tops she made from layer cakes using the 
same pattern - one with batik fabrics and the other with 'more modern' prints.

Amy Verne made a baby quilt using gently modern prints.

Judy Dunlap made a Mandala in Laura Rieban's class at retreat. She made TWO 
Halloween village quilts in a class with Karen Eckmeier
 and finished a Boo table runner.

Daniela Syed made a Book quilt for her daughter and a woven 
fabric pillow using the Wefty technique.

MJ Snyder made a pumpkin pillow in honor of Autumn and finished a
 mug mat with a double-sided binding learned in Judy Dunlap's class.

Jen Paulson finished hand quilting an ombre moon-themed quilt 
(which she had to rescue from the lake while quilting on vacation).

Rose made a second convertible back pack/purse using the
 Curvalicious ruler and pattern by Cheryl Lynch.

Sarah LeFebvre quilted her Small Piecing project at retreat.

Maria O'Haver used unfinished blocks and 
projects to make four donation prizes for our Quilt Bingo.

This member (whose name we did not get) made a really BIG tote 
bag with ample space for carrying her quilts and projects.

photos taken and posted by
Linda Hampton Schiffer

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:


    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