October 2014 Meeting Minutes


October 2014 Meeting Minutes, Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
The meeting was held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Textile Center at 7 PM. Below is a summary of the meeting.
Sewing Machine History by Steve Pauling
Steve Pauling, the Bobbin Doctor, gave a fascinating and extremely informative presentation on the history of sewing machines. Steve covered a wide range of topics including the very first machine types, the mechanics of making a stitch, needle types, bobbin systems, and the rise and fall of various sewing machine companies. We all learned quite a bit from Steve's wealth of knowledge on the topic.   
Announcements:
1) Next Meeting--Thursday, November 20, 2014 7 PM Textile Center. Sue Heinz, of Kismet Quilting will give a demonstration on using Elmer's Glue for accurate piecing.
2) December Social-- The December 18th meeting is the annual Holiday Social. We will have a potluck and a secret santa fabric swap. Those who participate in the optional secret santa swap will fill out a form with some basic questions about fabric likes, needs, and wants that will be shared with his/her santa to help pick out just the right fabric. The amount of fabric to be gifted is approximately 1 yard of fabric in any combination of cuts. Sign-ups for the secret santa swap will be sent via email after the November meeting.
3) January Meeting-- The January meeting will feature nominations for the Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving and have questions, feel free to contact an existing board member. It's a great opportunity to get more involved with the Guild. Elections will occur at the February meeting and the new Board term starts in March. We will also have the mystery quilt to reveal for those who participated.
4) Retreat-- The fall out-of-town retreat will be held on November 21-23 (Friday-Sunday) near Amery WI $135 for members, $145 for non-members. We have the large building. Sign-up sheets were available at the meeting and an online form is available here. See the Retreats page for more information and photos of the site. The retreat is now open to other guilds, so space may fill up fast.
5) Get Inspired Challenge-- The spring challenge, "Get Inspired" was announced. The challenge is to quilt or sew an item that is inspired by something else. The reveal will be at the April meeting and participants should bring in their finished project with the original source of inspiration (or photo of). No other rules, or restrictions.
6) Blog Series-- The "show us your space" series has been popular and we are continuing it for those who still want to write about their sewing spaces. We will also start a new Saturday Series featuring holiday gift ideas. We are always looking for volunteer bloggers--no experience necessary! If you didn't sign up at the meeting for a post, you can email the board anytime to request a slot: minneapolismqg [at] gmail [dot] com.
7) 2015 Quilting Bees-- For 2015 we are going to try and set up a few Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Bees. Each "hive" will ideally have 12 members and participants agree to make 1 or 2 blocks for each month (to be determined by each hive). Each participant will have 1 month to be "queen bee". The queen selects the blocks/pattern and collects the blocks for that month to keep for herself/himself in the end. Those who sign up for this need to be committed to participating each month and bringing their completed blocks to the meeting (or mailing them in if attendance isn't possible). In order to keep the level of difficulty appropriate for members with a range of experience levels, a sign-up list for a "beginner" and "advanced" group was sent around. The sign-up sheet will be available at the December meeting, or you can email the board if interested in participating. The bees will start in January.

 Show and Tell 
Andrea


Andrea


Caitlin


Caitlin


Sharon


Sharon (sorry for the blur)


Kellye


Vivien


Karen C.


Karen C.


Karen C.


Karen C.


Karen C.


Michelle


Tracy


Tracy


Vanessa


Kristin L.


Kristin L.


Kristin L.


Kristin L.


Kristin S.


Jan


Kara


Kara

 

Guests Welcome

Hi!  Vanessa here from Punkin Patterns.  We have a fun, new way to welcome and identify visitors at our monthly meetings.

Corsages!

Coursages


Coursages

These colorful corsages will be loaned to visitors at our monthly meetings so we can spot them in the crowd.


Coursages


If you see someone at the next meeting wearing one of these pretty corsages, walk up and introduce yourself and say "hello" and make them feel right at home.

Saturday Series: Holiday gifts

Hi! This is Carrie, and I wanted to kick off our next Saturday Series - holiday gifts - with a round-up of bags and totes that you could use as holiday gift baskets.

First up is the divided basket by Noodlehead, which I know a lot of MMQG members made this past weekend at the workshop. Mine is filled with diaper supplies, not very Christmas-y. But I think the divided basket would make a great "movie night" gift, filled with popcorn, a couple boxes of candy and some DVDs or a gift subscription to Netflix. Or as a hostess gift with some jams or jellies and crackers.

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Another pattern with gift basket potential is the Sew Together Bag by SewDemented. Here's one of Kristin's Sew Together Bags.

LoaOtherding

I think these bags would be great filled with art supplies, LEGOs or other small toys for kiddos. Or make one for a quilty friend, filled with sewing supplies.

Other possibilities are the Snappy Mani Pouch on the Robert Kaufman site, or the Lined Drawstring Bag by In Color Order. 

What are your plans for holiday gifts? 

Series: Show us your space!

Nikol here from Sewtropolis here to show you my sewing space.  Sadly my sewing space at home is a dark basement with lighting from pull string lights only.  I’ve moved things upstairs after the second time water got into my basement. 

Last summer I bought a travel trailer and ‘Glamped” her up and now I really enjoyed sewing in “Athena” while traveling/Glamping.   

 

I normally sew up near the front of the trailer where the wrap windows let in the most light.  However, I find that when I’m Glamping most of my sewing is done during the evening hours with the dogs at my feet and a James Bond moving on the iPad.  (I can’t get enough of Skyfall)
When I sew at night I turn on the overhead light as well as smaller spot lights that are in the cabinet above the couch.  I also have a small table lamp that I’ll bring out when I need it.  Though, if I’m plugged into a 20 amp site things tend to get sluggish if I have too many things going at once.  The 30 amp sites work much better.  If I’m ‘Boondocking’ (at a sight with no amenities) I’ll take out my knitting – which I usually have with me.


This summer I’ve done a LOT of sewing for Athena.  She has new curtains on all the windows, new seat covers for the cushions in the back (bed), bunting and lots of pillows. 
When I sew, I love being surrounded by all the creativity.  To me – it’s so pretty and inspiring. 


I usually leave my Featherweight, iron, ironing board and plenty of projects and tools in the trailer the whole summer long.  That way I don’t inadvertently forget something at home.  Nothing worse than breaking a needle and not having a spare, while Glamping. 

I typically work on quilt blocks when I’m traveling since I don’t have a large design board or for that matter a large sewing table.  Though I suppose if I had to I could use a picnic table (or two) to lay out a quilt.  This past summer I worked on blocks from the Tula Pink City Sampler book.  Next summer my plan is to work on blocks from the Farmer’s Wife Quilt. 


I recently purchased the aqua rolling cart from Ikea – I love the way it ‘goes’ with my trailer and it’s a lot more handy to move around compared to the vintage suitcase I was using.  I used to have to put the suitcase next to me on the couch – and every time I got up I’d have to move the suitcase.  With the cart I just roll it back under the window.  


When I’m traveling (on the road) the sewing machine sits in a cupboard on the floor, the ironing board goes on a hook and the iron sits up in a cabinet along and everything else fits on the cart.  I discovered with the last trip that even though I surrounded the cart with items to keep it from rolling while I’m driving down the road…. It still rolled around.  So, between now and next March I’ll need to figure out a better idea to keep it in place.  I’d love to hear your ideas.


Marketplace India quilt tops

Hi! It's Carrie, the coordinator of the Marketplace India quilt project. I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who turned in their blocks - they are beautiful! And despite peoples' worries that their blocks may not be perfect, they were in fact all the same size and piecing the quilt top was easy. 

Here's the finished twin-size quilt top, pieced by Kristin and I at the sew-in: 



I'm so pleased with how this turned out! There were a few leftover blocks, as expected. I had originally planned to put them on the back of the twin-size quilt, but there were just the right amount of coordinating blocks to make a 32x32" baby quilt, so I did that instead. 


I'll be quilting the baby quilt and Chris has very kindly volunteered to quilt the twin-size quilt. Both of them will be sent off to Marketplace India once they're finished. 

Again, thank you to all the guild members who participated in this project! I'll post pictures of the finished quilts before we send them off for auction. 




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