September 2014 Meeting Minutes

September 2014 Meeting Minutes, Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
The meeting was held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Textile Center at 7 PM. Below is a summary of the meeting.

Announcements: 
1. Garage Sale Results --The August garage sale was a great success. Thanks to Erin and Brianne who did a wonderful job organizing the sale and also to all who donated and shopped. Kristin provided checks to those who sold items. If you were not in attendance to pick up your check or your un-sold items, please contact Tracy or email the guild (minneapolismqg [at] gmail [dot] com). The MplsMQG raised $275 from sale proceeds which will help pay for meeting space, speakers, and events. 

2. Next Sew-cial--
Thursday, September 25th at Common Roots Cafe in South Minneapolis. Bring some hand sewing and visit. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

3. In Town Retreat–
Saturday and Sunday September 27 and 28th at Four Seasons Quilt Shop in Maple Grove. We apologize for the confusion regarding the rates, but initially got some incorrect information. Four Seasons requires a $30 payment no matter how many days you plan on coming (rather than $15/day). They cannot keep track of who’s coming and going and who has paid or not.

4. Next Free Sew-In-
-SATURDAY, October 11th from 1-5 PM at the Roseville Public Library located at Hamline and County Road B. Jan will have materials to make dementia texture blankets and we will also have the Marketplace India Quilt blocks there to sew together for those who volunteered for that.

5. Noodlehead Divided Basket Workshop –
Saturday October 18th, 9 AM-5 PM. Anna Graham of Noodlehead will be hosting a workshop on her Divided Basket Pattern (Advanced Beginner). Cost $35 includes workshop & Pattern / $30 for just the workshop (if you already own the pattern). Come and learn how to make a her divided basket and maybe whip up a few for holiday gift giving. The sign up will be emailed to members shortly after the meeting along with details about supplies, etc.
 

6. November Camp Wapo Retreat – November 21, 22, 23 (Friday-Sunday) near Amery WI $135 for members, $145 for non-members. We have the large building and there will be plenty of room for everyone, and we will also open this up to other local guilds. 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.

7. Next Meeting--
Thursday, October 16, 7 PM Textile Center. Steve Pauling, (aka the Bobbin Doctor)., will give a talk on sewing machine history that will include information on various hook systems and their characteristics, the lure and advantage of using a vintage machine, considerations when purchasing a new plastic mechanical computerized or vintage metal machine, and/or how to identify the type of machine that best fits your personality and sewing needs.
  
Show & Tell 
Marie (I apologize for the blur)

Marie

Maria

Maria

Maria

Maria

Steffani


Steffani

Steffani

Jan

Kristin L.

Kristin L.

Kristin L.

Karen C.

Karen C.

David

Nikol

Nikol

Chris C.

Chris C.

Jill

Jill

Erin

Erin

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea

Carrie (and Ethan!)

Tracy

Tracy

Vanessa

Vanessa

Sharon

Sharon

Mary

Mary

Amanda Jean

Karen

 

Schoolhouse
The remainder of the meeting was spent learning from our talented members who kindly volunteered to share their skills and knowledge with us. Thank you to our schoolhouse teachers!


Kristin S – Paper Piecing

Vanessa – Quick Zippers

 
Rebecca L – Tools

Mary K – Scrappy Trips


Michelle L – Search Engine Optimization


Saturday Series: Show us your Space!

Even Charley wouldn't dare enter
Hi! Gina M. here, reluctantly blogging about my sewing space. Some of you might recall that I posted a photo of my sewing room on the MMQG Facebook page a few months ago, when I was feeling particularly bad about the disastrous state it was in. No doubt, it was probably at its lowest point because I was in the midst of sorting through piles of fabric and purging. It was also the time of year when sewing time is swapped for garden/outside time, so it became the room where odds-and-ends landed and never left.

I signed up to post on the MMQG blog for the sewing space series in part because it seemed like a good incentive to clean. It sort of worked-- the space has improved (it couldn't have gotten much worse), but there is a definitely a lot of work yet to do!

Starting with the positives...I do love the fact that I have my own dedicated space with a door that closes and I will never complain about that luxury. The room also has really great closets with many compartments and drawers that suit my "stuff and shut" organizing philosophy. When things start to feel a little out of control in the space, I start putting things that don't have a good home in a closet, drawer or bin so that it's out of sight and mind. Of course, finding them all later is a bit of a challenge.

I love my closets (except for the paint color)
The sewing table I'm currently using was meant to be my pressing and cutting table when I found it, but plans changed after the butcher block top warped from the steam of my iron. I was pretty disappointed that my Ikea hack was a complete fail. It turns out it's REALLY hard to cut straight on a curved surface with a rotary cutter.  

After reading Tracy's post, I decided give sewing while standing a try and I moved my machine to the table and my cutting space to the built-in desk. The desk isn't the right height for cutting, but it is at least flat! I haven't sewn much with the new setup, but I like it so far. As a very short person, it seems to provide a better sight line to the machine (I was always sitting on pillows before). Also, since I now have an L-shaped work space, I think it will lead to a fairly efficient process for pressing, cutting, and sewing. I found an old bar stool in the house that I can use if I get tired of standing (the lower shelf is the perfect height for placing my foot pedal).



I store fabric cuts 1/2 yard and larger on the shelves of the sewing table. These fabric cuts are wrapped around comic book cardboard as shown in this tutorial by Angela of Cut to Pieces. Fat quarters will hopefully make it into the card catalog that I found at a second-hand shop. Though it matches the ugly color of my closet doors perfectly, I do hope to paint it a prettier color someday (same goes for the closets, walls and trim).

Yardage (some of it anyway)

Fat quarter storage
My design wall is just a flannel sheet tacked to the wall-- functional, but not pretty. I suppose that's a good reminder that for all my hopes to have a space that's tidy and inspiring, I think my time would be better spent trying to get something inspiring on that design wall!


Design wall

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