Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What's been going on?

Please excuse the radio silence over here. After our very fun inaugural Sew night, I found out there had been a death in my husband's family. This past week we have been dealing with flights, funerals, and just figuring out how to go on after someone in your circle is no longer with you. There is the hole that their leaving makes, but there is also a coming together of the larger circle of friends to buoy up those who are left behind. It has really helped cement to me what is important in life, people and making connections. Thank you, sewers of last Thursday night, thank you also "meeters" of two Wednesdays ago. Thanks for connecting with me and each other about quilting and having fun together, let's do it again in 2 weeks.


Our Sewing Room was fun, the lighting was great, the conversation funny and I even finished a block (it is a LONG story.) Kelly breezed through a bag of yellow scraps and Mike cut out a whole quilt! We were such productive members, it was a good way to spend a dark night.


I wanted to let you all know that Quilting Arts Magazine is looking for submissions for a book, "101 patchwork projects". They contacted the Modern Quilt Guild in L.A. and wanted them to pass the word on. The submission page has the info for this book and also information for all of their other publications. One of the things that is on my "life goals" list is to get published, and I can't do that unless I try. So I am going to start trying and some day I will be able to mark that off my list. We could try together...


Ta-ta for now... I am looking forward to show and tell in November... October was so exciting that I wonder what will come next?!


Jessica

Friday, October 15, 2010

Regarding the Sew night...

Sew you wanta sew?

I checked in with the lovely owners, Don and Mary Jo Moloney, of Our Sewing Roomtoday. We are a go on Thursday October 21 from 6-9. The only issue is they have a group of 10 that regularly sew there on the 3rd Thursday. This means we would be limited to about 12-15 machine spaces for this monthly sew. I would like to get a head count to see what our interest is this month. Please leave a comment here if you want to sew FOR SURE this month. If we are over our machine spaces I wonder if some of us with hand work would still want to go and work on that as our newly-found compatriots sew on machines. I have A LOT OF HANDWORK that I can do.

Regarding the nitty gritty of what is what:

*If you want to use one of their machines it is an extra $1 fee and they would like to know in advance.

*There are 4 irons and boards available.

*There are 2 LARGE cutting tables (if only I had one at my house!)

*There are tools that you can borrow including:
Rotary cutters
Quilting rulers
Cutting mats
Pattern weights

*There is a Snack area with a kitchen including a refrigerator, microwave, teapot, and coffee maker.

*For groups they prefer that one person be the contact and money collector. I can do it for this sew day and in the event that I can't attend one, we can figure something else out.

I also checked for availability of weekend day for November. Another group is having a retreat type event the weekend of November 12-14 and the next Saturday (Novmeber 20) is booked. They are available to open for us on Sunday (November 21). I asked about a 12-5 sew and they were agreeable. The fee for 5 hours is $5 a person.

Their fees may change in after the new year. My impression was that they are looking to grow their business and are looking in to advertising geared more towards groups instead of classes in the coming year. If this space works for us, it would be great to come up with a monthly day that we can put on their calendar. Currently they have a group that sews on the 2nd Saturday and the 3rd Thursday evening. EVQ also books the space on the 3rd Saturday when they have a speaker.

Maybe this is a barrage of information, a TMI, if you will... but I like to know what is going on and so until I figure something better out I will share the information with all of you.

For my information, please comment regarding:
1. Do you want to sew Thursday October 21?
2. How is Sunday November 21 from 12-5 for our weekend sew?
3. Thoughts or questions???

You can also email me, if that works better for you.

Jessica

EMQG meeting minutes for October 13, 2010

Minutes submitted by Wanda and blogged by Jessica.


I. PRE-MEETING ACTIVITY


Nearly 30 interested people arrived between 6:30 and 7 pm. We chatted and made fabric name tags.


II. GETTING STARTED


Jessica introduced herself. We agreed that Jessica is our President and Wanda is our Secretary-- at least for the foreseeable future. Three lists went round the group: Name and email address of attendees, potential activities, and potential teachers and topics. Jessica will report back at the next meeting.


III. SHAPING OUR GUILD


We batted ideas around. We agreed on the following points.


*We meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings have a soft opening at 6:30 for socializing, with the "gavel dropping" at 7pm. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 10 @ PIECE BY PIECE FABRICS. Meetings are for planning events, teaching or sharing techniques, and sharing accomplishments.


*Initially, we meet once a month to sew. The sewing session alternates between a weeknight and a weekend. FIRST SEW SESSION IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 ATOUR SEWING ROOM located @ 448 Main St, Springfield. (Across the street from the Emerald Arts Center, which is down the block from the Springfield Museum.) The fee is $3 each. Look for information about the time, possible snacks, provided equipment, and equipment that we need to bring.


*No dues at this time. However we are a "PAY TO PLAY" organization.


IV. FOLLOW -UP ACTIONS


We talked about possible places to meet in the event that we outgrow Piece by Piece Fabrics or Our Sewing Room doesn't suit our needs. Jessica was going to check on the Community Room at EWEB and the Conference Room at the Library. Stephanie offered to check on the Library at South Eugene High School.


V. SHOW AND TELL


We saw many beautiful, inspiring quilts and projects.


Monday, October 11, 2010

I love volunteers!


We finally pulled some of the weeds out of a sadly overgrown garden bed and what did we find?? This LOVELY pumpkin!! I love it when that happens. I love finding new things growing where I haven't spent the effort to plant something....
Ok so that was a rather silly segue in to this last blog post before the (drum roll...)Inaugural meeting of the Eugene Modern Quilting Guild (Wednesday @6:30 @ Piece by Piece Fabrics.) (but it IS a pumpkin and that IS seasonal... plus the volunteer thing.)

Anyway I was thinking that I would give a heads up about some of the "positions" that we need for our new little group, that way you all can ponder this in the next two evenings and then decide if you want to volunteer for any of them. (Ha ha, I know the joke is getting old... no more, I promise!) I have been diligently cyberstalking other Modern Quilt Guilds for ideas on what all to put together as a leading group for our guild. For where we are now, I think at the very least we need a:

Secretary (to take minutes at the meeting)

As needed/desired we can add:

Co-Captain/Vice-President/Co-Conspirator (It is nice to have a back up in the event I will be flying to Houston to show my fabulous quilt designs!)


Treasurer (if we decide to do dues.) (HA ha, another funny!)

Activities Director (like Julie on the Love Boat, you could wear something nautical.)

In terms of the first meeting I thought a flexible outline could be:

6:30-7:00 Meet and greet.

7:00- Introduction
Shaping the guild:
*Brainstorm Meeting ideas
*Brainstorm activity ideas
*How often do we want to meet? Monthly/bi-monthly?
*Sew days/nights?

7:20ish-Show and Tell
*We all bring our wonderful creations to share and speak about.

8:00ish We all go home, inspired and glad that we have met so many cool quilters in our own area!

I want to sincerely thank Becky at Piece by Piece Fabrics for her encouragement and offering her space for our meetings. I also want to express my gratitude to Kelly for being a positive sounding board and holding me accountable when I first mentioned that I wanted to start a Modern Quilt Guild on my blog. Whatever shape our guild takes it is so nice to live in a town that has people and businesses that support community building endeavors.

I am excited to meet you all. See you Wednesday!

Jessica

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just one more week, a note about Show and Tell...

Hey all!

I am sitting here thinking about our first meeting (October 13, 6:30 BTW!). Mostly I have been thinking about what quilts I want to bring for show and tell. I think that besides meeting all of you, I am most excited about "meeting" your quilts and projects. I know that many times I get VERY near-sighted about my projects... it is just me and them in my sewing room, staring at each other. Sure, I show them to my kids and my husband and they give me the appropriate amount of "Ohhs and Aahs" but they just don't have the quilt-lust/fabric-lust coursing through their veins that other quilters have. I get a lot of "That is really cute..." Arghhhh! Lately, I have been finishing up a lot of old projects, so I have a lot of things DONE, but my design wall was hanging empty yesterday and it kind of gave me the creeps. I need a new project that I am jazzed about, I need some INSPIRATION. I have been buying WAY too much fabric lately and cutting in to it WAY to little... (enough about my creativity issues already!)


I am looking forward to see what you all are working on, or have finished. I love hearing about why people have made something, or what they have learned about themselves and about quilting along the way. I am just going to keep popping in on the flickr site to see what you all are up to, it will have to do until next Wednesday.


See you soon!


Jessica