Saturday, August 3, 2013

July 2013 Meeting Summary

HI Everyone!

Jane and Stephanie here to share the meeting minutes from our July meeting--which was AWESOME!  We had a great time!

Want to hear some great news?!  We had 5 new paid members this week.  We now have 20 paid members in our guild!!! We are growing like a weed!  Yay!

 Old Business:
One of our new members, Judy, won 24 beautiful blocks.  We laid them all out on the floor so we could get a good look at them.  There was a lot of ooohing and aahhhing over these!  Great challenge for us, Lisa!

Pam decided to be a rebel and contributed a block that she put together differently.  Love that creativity! 
We all decided we should make it a signature block.  What an awesome idea.  From now on, we'll always do a signature block.  Very fun!  (We edited the photo to "rub out" last's not really schmeared like that!)  Thanks to all who participated in the challenge!

New Business:
  1. Program--One of our members, Lisa, gave us an excellent presentation entitled, "Confessions of a Quilt Magazine Editor."  She gave us the ins and outs of what goes into magazine production and how to submit your quilts to magazines for potential publication.  Thanks so much, Lisa!
  2.  Modern Room at KLCQG Quilt Show? We discussed having a modern quilting demonstration at the upcoming Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilt Guild Show.  We decided to wait until the next show in 2015. 
  3. Introductory blog posts sign up--We decided to have monthly member introductions here on the blog (much like Lisa did a few blog posts ago.)  A sign up sheet was passed around for people to sign up to do an introductory post.  If you were absent, please make sure you let us know at the next meeting so we can get you signed up!
  4. Paypal for pre-sign ups for future sew-ins and membership dues--Carolyn has set up a Paypal account for the guild.  In the future, when we have sew-ins, people will be able to pre-register for them using Paypal.  In addition, members will be able to pay their dues online using Paypal.  We'll try to link the membership form to Paypal.
  5. Change in meeting date for September meeting--Due to several members of our guild being gone on retreat on the date of our next meeting, we have changed our next meeting date to September 21.  (Heads up!  This is the 3rd Saturday in stead of our usual meeting date of the 4th Saturday of the month.)  It is possible we will be doing a field trip for this meeting, so there may be a change in location.  Keep your eyes on the blog for more information!
  6. Nametag--please make a nametag for the next meeting.  No special requirements except that it should have a modern flair.  Express yourself!
  7. Next online activity--The next online activity will be announced on the blog in mid-August.  Stay tuned.  Hint:  Lots of little pieces.
  8. Donations for prizes--Stephanie and Carolyn brought in 7 items to be used as doorprizes.  Evelyn donated a handmade item as well.  Thank you!  Ideas will be welcomed for future door prizes or if you have a connection with a store/company that can donate items, that would be helpful!
We wrapped it up with Show and Tell.

 A member brought in this beautiful stitchery.  So fine and detailed!

 A member brought in this Bell Wave quilt, which was a free pattern she got from  So bright and cheerful!

Speaking of bright and cheerful, how about this adorable quilt made of all half-square triangles!  Just lovely!

And here is the back of that quilt.  Really adorable.  It's so fun to have a little surprise on the back!

 Another member brought in this bag she had made.  What a great shape and design to the bag.  Great fabric choices!

 A member brought in this really neat Double Fat Jack quilt top.  She was debating on how to finish it.  We shared some fun ideas.  She said she used this tutorial for making the blocks.  Another tutorial for Union Jack blocks can be found here.

 A member brought in this couch-sized quilt that she had finished for her daughter, who is getting married later this month.  It was just beautiful!  She used this tutorial here to design and execute the quilt.

 A member brought in this great little quilt designed from actual leaves she had found in her yard.  We all really enjoyed the ombré fabrics in the background.  Very pretty!

Another member brought some lovely gift items she had been working on...a little pouch, a hot pad, and a cute towel for strapping on the oven.  Very neat stuff.

Another member brought this ereader cover she made from a pattern designed by Amy at Amy Made That! blog. You can get the pattern in her Craftsy pattern shop here.

Show and Tell was wonderful!  We discussed lots of books, magazines, blogs, and patterns.  Here are some of them that were not mentioned above:

Modern Quilts Illustrated – Weeks Ringle (a magazine recommended by some members)
Blue Underground Studio (a sources of some fun, modern patterns)
Modern Patchwork magazine (a favorite magazine of a few members)
Cat & Vee (great sources for screenprinted panels printed on linen)
Art Gallery Fabrics--Pure Elements line (a new line of solids that are so silky soft; they have a really nice hand)

Well, as you can see, it was a busy meeting!  We had a wonderful time.  Thank you to everyone who made this such a delightful meeting.  Hope you can all come to our next meeting!

Respectfully Submitted,
Jane, substitute secretary
Stephanie, adequate photographer


  1. The "Confessions" presentation was excellent, and I really loved seeing all the bowtie blocks together. Congrats to Judy!

  2. Sounds like it was a wonderful meeting. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in September and am sorry I missed it!

  3. I really enjoyed Lisa's presentation and of course was enabled to buy a book, sigh! All your fault, Stephanie!