Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 2018 Meeting, Arbutus Public Library

Our guild had Debbie Grifka teach a workshop on bias applique on Saturday, March 10th. 
Some of the students  brought their class projects to share at the meeting today.

Rose Daley, president, presided at our general meeting. There were five guests and one new member present. We had three members with birthdays in March who were given fat quarters to celebrate.

Early information about our scheduled guild retreat in November 15 to 18 at Pearlstone Conference Center was shared - there will be 22 hotel style spaces for members to stay (and day spaces will be available, too). Prices and final info will be given by the April meeting.
The Riley Blake challenge fabric packets (each has four fat eighths) were available for members who pre-signed to participate. 
Members were to deposit blocks for the two bingo special quilt projects (inserted X and Pointless Stars). 
Quilt in a Box participants could exchange boxes. 
Mystery quilt monthly clues will be available via email soon - Shelly had a family emergency and could not attend.
Andy gave program updates: the 1 Hour Basket swap delivery to the Lancaster Modern Guild was postponed for a month due to snow; they will get our baskets in April. 
Our April meeting will feature the kickoff for this year's Head Start project with the theme 'Stars'. 
The April meeting will also include a Best of 2017 special show and share - please bring anything you made from '17 activities such as mystery quilts, quilt in a box, bee block tops, workshop projects, etc. (even if you have shown it before).
The April meeting will also include our annual garage sale. Members donate goods (sewing, quilting, etc) to be sold and all monies go to buy new books for our guild library. Rose is asking for three to five volunteers to sort goods, collect money and clean up after the sale.
Our Quilting With Friends bees are getting off to a good start. The Columbia area group met and will hold another sew-in next Saturday (March 17th). The Bear's Paw sew-in group will meet on March 20th; the meeting date for May has been changed and will be announced. Daniella's Sewing With Kids group will meet soon at her house (she will send a group email invitation).
The April Lottery block is an Applique Tulip. Blocks should be 7"x10" and  made on a gray or off-white background. 
Marcia reported that our next workshop will be held in June with Amy Friend. There will be more information and sign ups available soon. Amy will be teaching Improv Paper Piecing
The May meeting will be held at Claudia's house - more details will be available via group email soon.
There is an AQS quilt show in Lancaster, PA later this month (March 21 - 24); carpools will be arranged via email. 
MidAtlantic Quilters has opened the summer symposium classes for registration. Take a look.
Cindy shared a recent quilt finish made with Kaffee Fasset prints.

Judy shared the modern guild swap piece she received at Quilt Con.
Judy also shared her last Riley Blake challenge quilt.

Marcia used her pixelated circle blocks to make a large tote.

Valerie won last month's block lotto and brought her already assembled top to share.

Elizabeth shared an improv handwork piece she took with her to 
Alaska on a business trip.

Jane shared her circles quilt  - no longer a UFO.

Daniella shared her bias applique class project, inspired by a Portugese pendant she owns; she showed some fabric microwave bowls and a thread catcher; she finished the top for an ombre fabric quilt and she did free motion quilting to complete her pixelated circles quilt.

Becca shared her finished 2017 mystery quilt.

Susan showed her quilted box; the most difficult part was attaching the handles.

Carol shared her finished multicolored star quilt and a dainty pixelated 
circles hand bag she made for her grand-daughter.

Michelle showed quilts she made as a belated Christmas gift for her daughter and son.

Laura showed a blue string pieced star quilt - body constructed by her husband, quilt finished by herself. She also shared her 2017 mystery quilt (which she now likes).

Monica brought in a top from an online round robin swap to show the kind of project that results.

Sue is finishing projects from the stash of a dear friend who died. Some will go to the friend's daughter, some she will keep. The first is a runner using foundation pieced stars; the second is an applique circles quilt in spring colors; the last is a stack and whack style hexagon quilt made with Halloween fabrics.

Minutes and photos taken by Linda Schiffer.