Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EMQG Meeting Minutes February 11, 2015

Presenter: Daisy Schrock

Minutes: Anne Robertson

Photographer: Jessica Beaudet

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sew Night: Wednesday, February 18 at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 pm

Sew Day: Saturday, February 28 at Our Sewing Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

“Quilt-As-You-Go” demo by Daisy will be held at the March Sew Day on March 28. She will give the demo in the morning and again in the afternoon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Pat Johnston is looking for ideas for quilting retreat locations for the guild and asked for a show of hands of who would be interested in going on a retreat. Lots of hands were raised! She will give an update at the next meeting.

Karen McClain brought postcards from L’Etoffe Fabrics, a new fine apparel fabric store in downtown Springfield. They are participating in Springfield’s 2nd Friday Art Walk this month.

Also participating in the 2nd Friday Art Walk is Our Sewing Room, featuring our guild’s modern quilts. They look great – stop in and take a look! The Permission to Play pieces from January with the theme of “Shelter” are displayed at the front of OSR, just as you walk in, and also look wonderful.

Pat announced that Portland SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) want to show EMQG’s Permission to Play pieces at one of their meetings. Pat will be taking the pieces to their March meeting on the 3rd Wednesday. Pat emphasized that we have a lot of creativity and some very good quilters in our group. It’s great to be building connections with other groups!

Daisy has attended a couple of the Eugene SAQA meetings. They are now meeting at the Eugene Textile Center and will be hosting demos on 3rd Friday afternoons. Upcoming demos include fabric dyeing and needle felting.

Madyson John announced the first EMQG “Flea Market” is at tonight’s meeting. This is Kelly Duke’s idea of bringing quilting/sewing stuff you don’t want anymore and putting it out for sale to the other members, with the proceeds going to EMQG. Ideas include fabric, magazines, books, notions, etc. Please mark it with a price before you set it out. Tonight’s sale was a great success with just about everything selling by the end of the evening. Madyson is going to add the leftovers from last year’s Coburg Quilt Show booth at the next meeting, so bring your cash!

Madyson also announced that plans are being made for the Sisters Quilt Show in July. The Modern Quilt Guilds are having a meet-up, and perhaps EMQG members attending the show can travel and/or stay together. More definite plans will be announced in the future.

The number of older projects shown at tonight’s Show And Tell brought up a suggestion/challenge from Daisy to bring a finished “UFO” (unfinished object) to the March meeting for Show and Tell.

BEE:

Kathy Langston received her ribbon blocks and was very appreciative.

Jill McKenney is the Bee Queen for February. She passed out fabric packets of one color theme and showed her idea of creating blocks of random sizes and various shaped pieces. She will scatter them in a negative space. Denise Nash suggested looking at the blog, tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com for instructions on making your own fabric from pieces.

DONATION QUILT:

Daisy showed the finished quilt top (blocks of colored strips surrounded by black and white). Thanks, Daisy, for putting all those slightly different sized blocks together – definitely a modern quilt and it looks great! Daisy is also donating the backing, Denise Nash is donating the batting, and Susan Miner has volunteered to do the quilting. Thanks ladies, for your generosity!

PERMISSION TO PLAY:

Pat and Daisy showed the February pieces created around the theme of “Night Reflections”. Once again, the pieces were very creative and all different, including moons, stars, and oceans in the designs. Pat gave an explanation for those who missed out before – a 12” by 12” piece that “references quilting”. The theme for March was drawn and is “Comfort Zone”.

It was suggested that perhaps EMQG could have a display at the Coburg Quilt Show and the Pioneer Quilters’ show of the Permission to Play pieces for membership recruitment and publicity.

SWAP:

The February swap was scarves, and there were beautiful ones in a variety of fabrics and colors!

Karen said a swap calendar for the rest of the year will be posted on the blog.

The swap for March will be something with embroidery on it.
PROGRAM:

Madyson gave a talk on how to navigate the web site of the Modern Quilt Guild and the blog of Eugene Modern Quilt Guild. She made up a handout which she passed out of the basics for signing up and logging in. She will also put the how-to information on the EMQG blog for the details. Everyone is strongly encouraged to get on the MQG web site and use it! It is the best way to communicate with your fellow EMQG members by posting comments on the group space. There is a lot of great resources on the web site including free quilt patterns and webinars, as well as how-to information about using the site. Also, use the EMQG blog for our guild information. If you have problems using them, ask Madyson for help using the “Contact Us” box on the blog, or, for the MQG site, email their IT support staff which is very good and quick to respond.

To encourage EMQG members to get on the MQG web site, Jessica held a drawing for some fun goodies and had Kelly draw the name of the winner, which was Anne. She was very happy to win the book and charm packs. Jessica will hold another drawing next month – so get onto that Modern Quilt Guild web site, find the EMQG group, and post a comment! All members who do will be entered into the March drawing (and Jessica says she has lots more goodies to give away!).

The second part of the program was Madyson sharing about online swaps. They are a great way to get fun stuff such as mini-quilts, fabric, gifts, etc. as well as connect with other creative people from all over. Madyson showed several lovely mini-quilts she has received. The best way to look for swaps is through Instagram on your smart phone or mobile device e.g. IPad. There are many different kinds of swaps including just for quilters, for all types of crafters, or for a specific type of craft.

The program for the March meeting is to be announced.

SHOW AND TELL:

Pat Johnston: Quilt made up of paper pieced blocks using her hand-dyed fabrics. She dyed the fabric about 1998, pieced the blocks in 2002, and finished the quilt in 2015, with quilting done by Susan Miner. Pat would be willing to teach a group to hand-dye fabric.

Missy Downey: Quilt for partner from her partner’s mother’s fabric stash. Pattern created, pieced, and quilted by herself 2013–2015.

Nela Barrow: “Meadow Quilt”. Pattern by Lizzy House, pieced by herself in 2014-2015, quilted by Denise Nash.

“Rainbow Mini Star”. Pattern created, pieced, and quilted by herself in 2015.

Linda Delaplain: quilt top of paper doll fabric blocks, pieced by herself in 2015.

Justine Heavilon: “Dahlia”. A class quilt from a few years ago, pieced and quilted by herself finishing it in 2014.

Kim Olsen: Block. Pattern from “I Am A Ginger Monkey” blog, an online quilt along from about 2009-2010, pieced by herself. Plans to do her own block of the month to make a quilt in colors for her late mother.

Daisy Schrock: “Yellow Bird”. Pattern created, pieced, and quilted by herself in 2015. She pointed out the zigzag backing fabric is actually 54” wide heavy cotton upholstery fabric, and she used the zigzag pattern as a guide for the quilting.

“president’s quilt”. Mixed block patterns, pieced by the Shenandoah Valley Quilt Guild, quilted by herself in the early 2000’s. The blocks were given to her at the end of her term as guild president.

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