January Guild Meeting Recap

Here is a quick recap of our January meeting --

1. We now have nominees for the two open positions on the Guild Board, Vice President and Treasurer. We will ask for any additional nominations at the February meeting, take a vote for all positions and the new Board will take over at the March meeting.  Thank you to everyone how has volunteered!

2. 2016 MN Quilt Show Exhibit:  I have the instructions and form required for each of you who plan to show a quilt in our exhibit at the quilt Show in June.  The forms need to be completed and returned to MN Quilters by April 15, 2016.  Your quilt does not need to be completed until the May meeting.  The form is located on our Blog under the Resources tab.

3. We had our Good Neighbors Fabric Challenge reveal and Show and Tell as well.

4.  Reviewed what's in store for our February Meeting --
  • We will be hosting a "Ticker Tape Make and Take" next month (check out the link to see Amanda Jean's tutorial on Ticker Tape quilts).  Instead of making a quilt, we will mod-podge fabric scraps on to stretched canvas to make a piece of art for you to take home and display.  The Guild will supply the canvas, glue and paint brushes and all you need to bring are scraps of fabric to share and scissors.  

  • We will also kick off our 2nd Scraptastic Challenge Exchange and this is how it works:
    • Stuff a bunch of your favorite fabric scraps into a one quart ziplock bag (the scraps can be any size, but remember that you are going to get back what is made out of them, so don't make it too hard on your partner by putting in a bunch of tiny scraps), write a quick note about things that you love and maybe things that you don't, write your name on the outside of the bag and bring it to the meeting.  
    • We will put them in a large container and everyone will take a turn pulling out a bag.  
    • You then take your partner's bag home and make something of your choice using the scraps in the bag and ONE additional fabric from your stash.  You can, however, use as much of your fabric as you want.
    • We will decide on the deadline as a group at the meeting (it's usually 3-4 months out)
    • For those of you who missed the first Scraptastic Challenge, the exchange meeting was AMAZING

  • The February meeting is Thursday, February 18th, 7pm at the Textile Center.

Good Neighbors Fabric Challenge

Connecting Threads has generously agreed to sponsor a challenge by supplying charm packs of Amanda Jean Nyberg's (crazymomquilts) Good Neighbors fabric for members of our guild who wish to participate. If you haven't already, be sure to pick up a charm pack at the December meeting. 


Good Neighbors fabric challenge rules:
1. Use at least 10 charm squares from the collection.
2. Add other fabrics to the mix! (Don't be a hermit!) This collection gets along with so many other fabrics. Explore the possibilities!
3. Bring in a completed project to the January meeting. It can be a quilt or a sewn object.
4. By completing your project or quilt, you will have a chance to win a fat eighth bundle of the good neighbors fabric. Names will be drawn randomly, one for each category: quilt or other project.

We can't wait to see what you make!

Minnesota Modern Inspiration Challenge

We have announced the Minnesota Challenge at the last couple of meetings but wanted to make sure you had all the details needed to get to work on it, especially with our retreat coming up next week!

NOTE: OPEN TO MINNEAPOLIS MODERN QUILT GUILD MEMBERS ONLY

Exhibit Title:
Minnesota Modern Inspiration

Exhibit Description: 
Taking the lead from local textile artist Cindy Lindgren’s City of Lakes fabric line, members of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild designed a group quilt from fabrics that she generously donated to us.



This quilt is the centerpiece for our Minnesota Quilt Show 2016 exhibit. We are challenging our members to create a quilted piece of work that was inspired from our home state of Minnesota. Taking into account our changing seasons, abundant lakes, local architecture and all the natural resources that surround us daily, design inspiration is unlimited. Take a look at a "Minnesota Inspiration" search on Pinterest to get started!



More info: 
We need the following information for each quilt submitted to us no later than April 15, 2016

  • Name of the Quiltmaker 
  • Name of the Quilter 
  • Size of the quilt 
  • A description of 25 words or less about the quilt, the design, the process you used to make the quilt or any other information you want to supply about each quilt. 

The Show Book will contain the name of the quiltmaker and the quilter and the size of the quilt. The description of the quilt will be used for signage. We will not be publishing the descriptions of the individual quilts this year to keep the cost of printing down. Final quilts for Minnesota Modern Inspiration exhibit will be due at the May meeting.

Charity Quilting

Hello MMQG Quilters!


We received a request early this summer for a donation quilt by a concerned party for a family dealing with a serious health issue of their infant son.  Our guild had put together a fitting quilt for donation at an earlier time and set it aside waiting for such an occasion.  



The quilt was sent to the family representative and was presented to them on our behalf.  The family was greatly touched that others would so graciously remember their difficult loss.  


It is heartwarming to know that our efforts can be focused and our skills shared to aid others and is so appreciated.

The Charity Committee of MMQG formally began this summer.  We have a donation table at each meeting and have happily accepted many orphan blocks, fabrics and backs. The committee put out a call for low volume plus blocks (see blogpost from 6/20/2015 for more information).  We are still in need of many more plus blocks in order to complete some planned quilts.

THANK YOU to everyone that has contributed so far!  We appreciate all of you that have responded, sewn or cleaned out, and donated. 

The Charity Committee will be meeting on 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, September 29th, at the home of Jan H.  We will be sorting the donations and putting together a plan of completing quilts for future donation.  If you need the address, please private message Jan.  If more MMQG members would like to join us or become a member of the committee, please do!

August Meeting Minutes

We had a great meeting last week and here are the announcements and highlights --

Mark your calendars for the following Retreats:

In Town Retreat September 25, 26 & 27@ Four Seasons Quilt Shop in Maple Grove – just off 694 and 169. Please call the shop to reserve your spot. It's $15/day and you can come on any or all of the days. More information is under the Retreat Tab at the top of this page.

Camp Wapo Retreat November 20, 21, 22 – weekend before Thanksgiving. Sign up sheets are available at each meeting on the sign in table or download a form under the Retreat Tab at the top of this page.

Modern Yardage Charity Quilt Project/2016 MN Quilt Show Exhibit – Blocks are due at the September meeting
 
We have confirmed that we are doing Show and Tell for the River Valley Quilters on Thursday 9/24/2015.  The meeting starts at 7pm at the Woodbury Public Works building, 2301 Tower Drive, Woodbury MN.  Just off 494 and Valley Creek Road.

Just a friendly reminder that if you are in a Hive, please remember to complete and bring your blocks to each meeting.  If you can't make the meeting you can contact your queen bee for her address or just mail the blocks to our Textile Center PO Box and we will distribute them at the meetings.  Our address is Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, Box 11, 3000 University Ave SE,  Minneapolis, MN 55414.

We had Cindy Lindgren from Modern Yardage, and the generous donator of her City of Lakes fabric, give a presentation on how she designs her fabric lines as well as show us samples of how her fabric can be used in a variety of sewn and quilted items.

OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH
This meeting will be our annual Schoolhouse Meeting and we will have some of our guild members giving short presentations on a variety of quilty stuff.  Watch Facebook for more information on this meeting.

And of course, we had Show and Tell, which is posted on our Flickr page!
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