Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts

We are so excited to host Sharon McConnell for two days in October!

Lecture and trunk show
Friday October 21, 2022 6 - 9 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo

Workshop: Hula Girl Quilt
Saturday October 22, 2022 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Ransom District Library, 180 S. Sherwood Ave, Plainwell

Sharon is a quilting pattern designer and the magic behind Color Girl: all things quilts. The site is a rich trove of inspirational quilting and sewing blog posts and tutorials. The shop sells a  beautiful selection of designer fabrics, Sharon's patterns, and quilting notions including her Classic Curves Ruler.

On Friday evening, Sharon will give a talk and share some of her stunning colorful quilts.

On Saturday, she will coach us through foundation paper piecing using attendee's choice of her Hula Girl or True Colors patterns. The workshop is free to Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild members, but space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

"Hula Girl" Quilt

"True Colors" Quilt

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Meeting Information from August 2022 Business Meeting

 Hi Everyone,

At our workshop with Krista Moser in August, there were some technical difficulties with the computer at the beginning of the meeting, which left little time for the business meeting.  As a result, we are putting this meeting agenda and details on the blog to ensure that all our members have the information you need for upcoming events and next year's plan.


1.     Call to Order

2.     Election Committee:  We need to elect a new treasurer.  Many thanks to Kim for her hard work for the past few years!  We appreciate it!  We are looking for someone to step in and serve as treasurer until such time as we have elections next spring.  If you are interested, please reach out to Stephanie.  If there is more than one person interested, we can hold a special election.  The duties are to attend board meetings prior to each formal meeting, manage the checking account, assist with collecting dues, and the like.  Thank you!

3.     Program update for 2022

a.     September 24—Social Meeting 10:30 am. Zoom?

b.     October 21 (Friday)—Formal Meeting with Sharon McConnell lecture  6:00-9:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo

c.     October 22 (Saturday)—Formal Meeting with Sharon McConnell workshop 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Ransom District Library, 180 S. Sherwood Ave, Plainwell

d.     November 18-20—Retreat at Camp Lutherwald

e.     December 6 —Holiday party 6:00 pm at University Roadhouse; Pizza Box Exchange (see below)

4.     Program* for 2023 OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY AS A GUILD!— (Our meetings will be offered in a variety of formats next year.  Zoom means the entire meeting will be on Zoom; Hybrid means we will meet in person but make a zoom option available for people; In Person means only in person option is available.)  *These dates are tentative.  We are still working on firming some things up, so please keep your eye on the schedule over the next year.

a.     January 29—Social Meeting 10:30 am; Zoom with Krista Moser (show and tell your Entangled Sky quilts!)

b.     February 25—Formal Meeting 10:30 am; Hybrid with Shelly Pagliai who will introduce a special GLMQG Block of the Month program not available to anyone else! (Shelly will be available on Zoom)

c.     Feb 3-5—In person Retreat at Camp Lutherwald and Pajama Day Sale in Shipshewana

d.     March 25—Social Meeting 10:30 am; Zoom together and sew BOM together

e.     April 15—Formal Meeting 10:30 am In person Christina Cameli (Christina will be here in person!)

f.      May 20—Social Meeting 10:30 am; Zoom together and sew BOM together

g.     June 24—Formal Meeting 10:30 am In person Jodi Madison workshop on paper piecing a Judy Neimeyer quilt (Jodi will be here in person)

h.     July 22—Social Meeting 10:30 am; Zoom together and sew BOM together

i.      August 26—Formal meeting 10:30 am In person with Giuseppe Ribaudo “Giucy Guice” to do a color study while making a Winding Ways quilt (Giuseppe will be here in person)

j.      September 23—Social Meeting 10:30 am; Zoom together and sew BOM together

k.     October 28—Barn Quilts?  TBD--Let us know if you have ideas for this meeting.

l.      November ??—In person Retreat at Camp Lutherwald

m.   December??—In person Holiday Party

5.     Pizza Box Exchange—Bring a gift to swap at our holiday party.  Your handmade item must fit in a (clean) pizza box--any size from personal pan pizza to extra large!  Most pizza shops will give you a clean box if you ask them nicely.  Get creative, but please use “modern” fabrics.  We challenge your creativity on this one!  Bring a gift, get a gift at the holiday party. No obligation to participate.  If you can’t bring a swap gift, you are still welcome to come to the party!  If you can't come to the party but want to swap, give your swap item to a friend and have them bring it for you.

Stay tuned to our next blog post, which will highlight our October guest teacher, Sharon McConnell!

Quilt on!