Wednesday, October 18, 2017

September 2017 Meeting

There were 45 people who attended the September 10, 2017 meeting, held at the Arbutus Library. We also had two guests. The October 15 meeting will be held at the Owings Mills Library, and our speaker will be Victoria Findlay Wolfe. The October meeting will start at 1:30, and there will be a $5 fee for guests. On Saturday October 14, Victoria's Herringbone Pillow workshop will be held at Woodbrook Baptist Church on Stevenson Lane. There is a waiting list for the class.

There was a discussion about suggestions for welcoming new members, a name tag swap was announced, and Janet S. gave out the birthday fat quarters.

Heather gave an update on the nominating committee. There are still several positions to be filled: president, communications, education (hiring of outside speakers, workshops sign-ups, locations and hotels), and programs (activities at our meetings).

Janet volunteered to run the 2018 bingo *if* we get a volunteer for a new guild president!

Gayne announced October 11 will be the date for the Southeast Early Head Start showing of quilts, from 4 to 7 PM. There will be wine and munchies offered to guests. Gayne will send out an email with details.

Sue T. suggested a charity organization called “Days for Girls”. They are in need of sewn kits that contain feminine hygiene products for girls around the world. You can read more about it here:

Gayne suggested a meeting and doing the kits assembly line style, and will send out an email She mentioned she will also coordinate bags for House of Ruth if there is interest.

Shelli gave out the last clue for the mystery quilt, and revealed her finished mystery quilt! This is just one of many setting options:

 Rose collected the charity blocks which are due next month.  They will be put together at the November retreat in Columbia.  Here are a few of the blocks collected so far.

Janet then gave some details about the quilt show at the Arbutus Library, which will be on display in October and November.  The quilts can be any modern quilt; or a mini up to 24 inches with a literary theme.  Janet will send out an email with more details, and will be working with Amy V.  Let her know by the end of September if you are doing a mini.

Retreat is November 2nd through the 5th.  New detail:  you can now sew all night!  There may be more day seats opening up for Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, too.

We took a short break and then did the composition notebook swap.  There were 11 participants, and the notebook covers were all so creative!


Janet then gave a presentation on her techniques for curved piecing and design for improv quilts.  This was followed by Show & Share.

Janet displays the quilt that is in the presentation behind her.

Show & Share:
Shelli shared a kindergarten quilt (above), and a star quilt made with shot cottons (below):

Shelli turned dog food bags into tote bags.  What a great way to recycle!

Andee shared her charity quilt made from the pattern we learned at the 
Pixelated Circles workshop in May.
Andee also shared a pixelated circles mini, and a small thread painting.
MJ made a set of six placemats using the courthouse steps pattern.  She also shared her eclipse quilt, which uses techniques from the workshop with Sarah Bond in March.
MJ also shared a quilt she made as part of an on-line bee tutorial from Blossom Heart Quilts.  
The pattern is called Magic 8 Ball.  The quilt is backed with Minky.
Kira finished quilting her "Long Time Gone" quilt.  She made a gray and white backing.
Gayne shared a quilt she made for the Early Head Start program.
Bobbi showed a wall-hanging she made with a group called "No Sew Quilters"

Carol R. shows her "Walled Village" mini she made from Karen Eckmeier's Happy Villages class at MAQ.
Carol's quilt can also be seen on Karen's website, under the student gallery.   
Check it out here:

Ruthie shared a tote bag, made with Sherri Lynn Wood's wedges, 
and nine mini blocks of the solar eclipse in a very creative setting!
Julie R. showed her hand-stitched circles pillow.

Erin shared a baby quilt with nautical colors.
Linda A. created this Day of the Dead quilt for friend.  The backing fabric is adorable!

Laura B. shared a Christmas stocking she made for her daughter.  She submitted it to the Maryland State Fair and it won a blue ribbon!
Barb S. made several quilts for the Early Head Start program, and gave them to Gayne.
On the right is Barb's submission for the quilt show at the Arbutus Library.  The theme is Jack and the Beanstalk.
Rose shared a bright, scrappy quilt.
New member Kate showed a t-shirt quilt she made for her son.
Summer shared several small items -- a Hummel embroidery piece for her mom, a Pixelated Circles mini with echo quilting, and a mini with sewing machines.
Summer also completed her Gravity quilt.
This was a very busy meeting, wasn't it? 
Submitted by Carol F.

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