September 2016 Meeting Minutes

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
September Meeting 2016
9/15/16

  1. Welcome
    1. New Members Review and Visitors
  2. Announcements (10 min)
    1. Reminders
      1. Membership - 58 members
        • More information here
        • $40 annually
        • $5 per meeting for non-members or non-visitors
      2. Date of next meeting: Thursday, October 20
        • Hand Quilting lecture by Cheri Merritt of Glad Creations
        • Launch of Crayon Challenge
          1. Will draw up to 3 crayons
          2. Can add one fabric
          3. Due in 2017 - TBD
    2. Sew in’s/Retreats/Etc.
      1. Charity Sew-ins
        • Sept 25 - Penn Lake Library 12-5
      2. Millie P’s Retreat
        • Friday September 30 - Sunday October 2
        • $10 per person, per day.   Come for 1, 2, or 3 days.
          1. Friday-Saturday - 9a-midnight
          2. Sunday 9a-7p
        • Registration online now.  Plenty of open spots.
        • Registration will close on Monday, Sept 26th
        • Jill will email out information to participants regarding meals, parking, etc. the week before the retreat.
      3. Wapo Retreat - Nov 18-20
        • Signups coming soon
        • Registration is open
          1. Registration open: July 1st – Nov. 30th., 2016
          2. Notification by: December 30, 2016
          3. Cost to enter: $30 per 3 quilts
        • Updated Nine-Patch Challenge - due 11/30.  See MQG’s Facebook page for information.
      4. MQG - Block of the Month Design Challenge, Swap, & Quilt Book Submissions - see their website for details on submitting.
      5. Dakota County Star Quilters partnership - Kathy Lindstrom
        • Modern Vintage Quilt Show - MMQG invited to participate!
          1. Feb 11 show set up
          2. Feb 14 show starts
          3. Mar 18 show take down
        • Mary Fons lecture / workshop - Mar 11
          1. MMQG can register before general public
        • Guild fundraiser
          1. Sale of fabric, patterns, small goods, etc.
          2. Small quilt (under 80” in perimeter) auction
        • Dates coming
          1. Taking the quilts the first week of February
  3. Committee Updates (if applicable)
    1. Charity Committee (Jan)
      1. Orlando MQG Quilt Drive (Bright Hearts)- due August 15th
      2. #Quiltsforpeace (Blue Hearts)- due September meeting
      3. Philando Castille blocks (HRT With a Twist)- due August meeting
      4. Lap Quilt Charity Request - Goal 10 quilts, dimensions to come
      5. Quilt kits available
      6. 9 patches - always needed
      7. Low volume plus blocks - always needed
      8. Always need donations of scraps/batting/blocks
    2. Welcome/Hospitality (Kara)
    3. Speakers/Programs (Jill)
      1. Denyse Schmidt -
        • Pure Improv Workshop with the MMQG on Sat, April 1, 2017
          1. 20 spots are full - wait list started
        • St Cloud Heritage Quilters workshop on Friday, 3/31.  Karen Cyson will share registration details as they become available.
        • Contemporary Quilters one hour lecture on Thursday, 3/30 in the evening at the Textile Center.  More details to come.
    4. Marketing/Communications (Sarah)
        • Email newsletter is back up
    5. Financial Update (Andrea - running late but should be at meeting in time for this)
        • Total Guild funds as of today - $5,006
        • 2016 Guild Income - $6,452
          1. Includes membership fees, two bit bag income, garage sale income, workshop/retreat funds collected
        • 2016 Guild Meeting Expenses (so far) - $2,706 (if questions, below are the bulk of our expenses for the year)
          1. $1,741 per year just to the Textile Center = 44 paid members needed
          2. $494 for swag bag production
          3. $471 other misc (tablet, projector, charity supplies)
        • 2016 Workshop/Speaker Expenses - $4,433.  This includes Heidi Parkes, Amanda Jean and full estimated payment for Denyse’s 2017 workshop.  (If questions, below are more details.)
          1. Guild contributed almost $700 to fund workshops that have not reached full attendance.
          2. Guild has paid another $275 to fund two speakers to speak for free at monthly meetings.
          3. The Textile Center now charges $280 for full day rental of workshop space.
        • Difference between expenses and income = +$533 if you exclude what will be paid to Denyse in 2017
  4. Show and Tell (20 min)
  5. Program: Schoolhouse
    1. 10 minutes each session, 2 minutes to rotate
      1. Ergonomics
      2. Big Stitching
      3. Modern Mending
      4. Bias Binding
  6. Sewcial Time
  7. Closing

Membership Perks

As we are halfway through the year we wanted to remind everyone about the benefits of having a Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Membership! We have two different kinds of membership—individual and business. Read below to see which one is right for you!

Individual Membership

Fill out the membership form and submit payment

We hope you consider joining us! With a membership you can:
  • Be part of a community that encourages individuality, creativity, and exploration of the art of quilting and fiber arts
  • Sign up for guild events, such as speakers and workshops, before non-members and at a reduced cost
  • Recieve an annual swag bag that contains free coupons, products, and fabric
  • Participate in sponsored challenges that include freebies from fabric companies
  • Attend sew-ins, socials, and events like sew-b-q's for free
  • Participate in guild activities, such as swaps, block lotteries, and block exchanges
  • Free attendance to monthly meetings
  • Get Textile Center library borrowing privileges.
  • Contribute to the group by writing blog posts, demo-ing a technique, joining a committee, or giving a 10-Minute Tip
  • Have your blog or quilt-related Etsy shop featured on our Member Blogs/Shops page on this blog.

Business Membership

Fill out the the business membership form and submit payment

A business membership can be for any quilt-related business. With a business membership you receive:
  • All the benefits of an individual membership for one person, which is transferable to anyone in your business as needed. For example, you can have a different person attend each meeting.
  • A quarterly blog post featuring your shop. For example, a description of some of your products or shop with photos, a giveaway, or a product review. You can write it or we can.
  • The opportunity to have a table at our meetings where you can sell your products.
  • A link, photo or button, and description of your business on our "Our Members" page. 
  • Business Cards on welcome table at all Guild Meetings
  • A 250 wide x 125 high pixel button in the sidebar of the blog. Buttons will be set within a gadget that rotates the buttons' position to keep readers' interest.
  • A reasonable number of posts on our Facebook page for announcing sales or special events, around 1 per week.
  • Can donate coupons/flyers/merchandise to swag bags to increase membership awareness of your business
  • Ability to sponsor a retreat or workshop
  • We would also be happy to discuss a collaboration featuring your products! 



You are welcome to visit one meeting for free. You can choose to join at this point, or you may attend additional meetings for a $5 visitor’s fee per meeting.

Our membership dues are $40 per year. A business membership is $90 per year, and you can upgrade from an individual to a business membership at any time.

Junior members age 13 and up are very welcome and have half price dues.

You can join by filling out a membership form and submitting your dues online.

If you would like to read more about us, you can read our bylaws.

LOCATION CHANGE FOR CHARITY SEW-IN

Our reservation for Sunday, September 11th at the Penn Lake library got bumped by a book sale being held in the building.  I have exhausted all possible meeting rooms in the Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota county libraries for that date.  Millie P's has graciously offered to let us use their retreat center for the charity sew-in.

Please join us for a noon - 5pm afternoon to sew on charity projects.  We have many things in the works: the Philandro Castille project, the #quiltsforpeace (Dallas and Baton Rouge) blocks, lots of orphan blocks to sew into quilt tops, multiple quilt tops ready to layer for quilting, a bag of batting scraps donated by Louise Gray to be sewn together, and lots of fabric to be cut for new projects. 

See you there!

August 2016 Meeting Minutes

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
August Meeting 2016
8/18/16


  1. Welcome
    1. New Members Review and Visitors
  2. Announcements (10 min)
    1. Reminders
      1. Membership - 53 members
        • More information here
        • $40 annually
        • $5 per meeting for non-members or non-visitors going forward
      2. Date of next meeting: Thursday, September 15, School House
        • Ergonomics
        • Big Stitching
        • Heidi Parkes Style Modern Mending
        • Bias Binding
    2. Sew in’s/Retreats/Etc.
      1. Charity Sew-ins
        • Sept 11 - Penn Lake Library 12-5
        • Sept 25 - Penn Lake Library 12-5
      2. Millie P’s Retreat
        • Friday September 30 - Sunday October 2
        • $10 per person, per day.   Come for 1, 2, or 3 days.
          1. Friday-Saturday - 9a-midnight
          2. Sunday 9a-7p
      3. Wapo Retreat - Nov 18-20
        • Signups coming soon
      4. State Fair
        • Post quilts that will be at the State Fair on the FB page
        • Registration is open
          1. Registration open: July 1st – Nov. 30th., 2016
          2. Notification by: December 30, 2016
          3. Cost to enter: $30 per 3 quilts
        • Updated Nine-Patch Challenge - due 11/30.  See MQG’s Facebook page for information.
      5. MQG - Block of the Month Design Challenge - see their website for details on submitting.
  3. Committee Updates (if applicable)
    1. Charity Committee (Jan)
      1. Orlando MQG Quilt Drive (Bright Hearts)- due August 15th
      2. #Quiltsforpeace (Blue Hearts)- due September meeting
      3. Philando Castille blocks (HRT With a Twist)- due August meeting
      4. Lap Quilt Charity Request - Goal 10 quilts, dimensions to come
      5. Quilt kits available
      6. 9 patches
      7. Low volume plus blocks
      8. Always need donations of scraps/batting/blocks
    2. Welcome/Hospitality (Kara)
    3. Speakers/Programs (Jill)
      1. Amanda Jean Workshop
        • Sept 10.  9:30-4:30 Curved Piecing
        • Registration on the blog now!  
          1. $40 for members; $50 for non-members;
            1. Plus acrylic templates, $15 - 7in set
            2. 20 people max - first come, first served.  Spots still available!
      2. Denise Schmidt - Pure Improv Workshop
        • Sat, April 1, 2017  
          1. St Cloud workshop on Friday, 3/31
        • 20 spots
        • Will send out an email or a Facebook post shortly!
    4. Marketing/Communications (Sarah)
        • Email
  4. Program: Louise Gray Reveal
    1. Drawings for prizes (one for people who reveal at meeting; one for use of hashtag #louisegraychallenge prior to meeting)
  5. Program: Bobbin Doctor <-- view presentation here!
  6. Show and Tell (20 min)
  7. Sewcial Time
  8. Closing

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