May Meeting Minutes

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild
May Meeting 2016

  1. Welcome
    1. New Members Review and Visitors
  2. Announcements
    1. Reminders
      1. Minnesota Modern Exhibit
        • Quilts due at May meeting
      2. Membership
        • Online this year link is blog/email/FB page
        • $40 annually
        • Pay through Paypal
      3. 2017 Raffle Quilt Blocks
        • 6 blocks
        • Instructions in email from Kristin Lawson
        • Due at May meeting - talk to Kristin if you will be late
      4. Scrap Swap - due in July
      5. Date of next meeting: Thursday, June 16
        • Activity:  Social Media and Quilting
      6. Garage Sale Payment - See Andrea Salisbury
    2. Sew in’s/Retreats/Etc.
      1. Sew-B-Q
        • Sunday, May 22 12-3p
        • Lisa has invited us to her house to have a Sew-B-Q - i.e. doing some handwork while BBQing, BYOB/F
        • 4433 Aldrich Ave South Minneapolis
      2. Minnesota Quilt Show Field Trip
        • June 11th
        • Will meet at 12pm at the MMQG Charity Quilt
        • Watch facebook group for rides
      3. Trunk Show to White Bear Lake Tuesday - June 21st - 1-3p - Contact Jan.Hanenberger if interested
      4. Charity Sew-in   
        • June 26th 12-5p 
        • Penn Lake Library, Bloomington at 8800 Penn Ave South
      5. Sewcial Sew-In
        • Saturday, July 16 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
        • Edina Library off Vernon Avenue
      6. Scrap bag challenge due at July Meeting
      7. Amanda Jean Workshop - Sept 10.  9:30-4:30 Curved Piecing
      8. State Fair Entries
      9. QuiltCon submissions due in November, more details to come
  3. Committee Updates (if applicable)
    1. Charity Committee (Jan Hanenberger)
    2. Speakers/Programs (Jill Scullard)
      1. Feedback - Results of Survey
        • Get some big names for a couple of years out
        • In town - 2
        • Out of town - 1
        • Workshops - 2
        • Sharing of wisdom
  4. Speaker: Alexandra Gray from Louise Gray Quilts
    1. Launch of the Louise Gray Challenge
      1. Inspired by Louise Gray’s design aesthetic
      2. Less than 12x12 inches
      3. Use only the fabrics provided
      4. Due at August meeting
  5. Break
  6. Two Bit Bags
  7. Show and Tell
  8. Sewcial Time
  9. Closing

Heide Parkes Outings

We are excited to host Heidi Parkes for her improvisational piecing workshops on May 7th!  Coming from Milwaukee, she would love to spend time getting to know our Guild and our city that weekend.  So, the Guild is planning some fun outings with Heidi, and we’d love to have you join (whether you can come to the workshops or not)!  

Let’s show her a great time!  We understand that it’s Mother’s Day weekend, but perhaps you can sneak away for a bit and celebrate by sewing, shopping and dining with friends!

Please visit this Google form to sign up for any or all of the get togethers so we know how many to expect.

Friday, May 6:
1:30 pm:  Weisman Art Museum Trip (333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

3:30 pm:  Walker Art Center Trip (1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

5:30 pm:  Dinner - Copper Pot Indian Restaurant (10 South 5th St, Minneapolis)

Saturday, May 7:
9:00 - 5:00:  Workshops (sign-up separately here)

6:00 pm:  Dinner - The Craftsman (4300 Lake Street Minneapolis)

Sunday, May 8:  
11:00 am:  Brunch  - Haute Dish  (119 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis)

1:00 pm:  SR Harris Trip (8865 Zealand Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445)

If you have any questions, please email Jill.

Improvisational Piecing Workshops with Heidi Parkes

The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild is excited to invite you to participate in Improvisational Piecing Workshops with Heidi Parkes on Saturday, May 7th! Heidi is an award-winning quilter out of Milwaukee who utilizes improvisational piecing in much of her work.

Heidi Parkes

Workshop One will focus on how to improv piece with greater detail and smaller pieces of fabric.

Workshop Two will focus on how to improv piece with larger swatches of fabric and less detail.

9:00am - 12:30pm | Workshop One
12:30 - 1:30pm | Lunch (food not provided)
1:30 - 5:00pm | Workshop Two

Textile Center (map)

MMQG Members:  $40 for one workshop; $70 for both workshops
Non-Members:  $50 for one workshop; $85 for both workshops

Register here! Memberships are also available for purchase here, if you'd like to take advantage of the workshop discounts. 

We have spots for 20 participants in each workshop, and spots are first come/first served. Participants will need to bring their own supplies (machine, fabric, etc.).

To learn more about Heidi take a look at her website and Instagram (@Heidi.Parkes).

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jill Scullard at a meeting or by email.

Hope to see you at the workshop!

In-Town Retreat Reminder

Hey everyone! 

This is just a friendly reminder of our in-town sewing retreat at Millie P's this Friday thru Sunday (4/8-4/10)! If you are thinking of coming one or more days, please email Kristin Lawson at with the days you are planning on attending! Cost is $10 per person per day (due to Kristin Lawson at the retreat). Hours are 9-midnight on Friday/Saturday and 9-7 on Sunday. As it stands the sign-ups are on the light side so we'd love to know if people are still thinking of coming who may not have signed up yet (so we can plan food/space accordingly). 

We hope to see you there!

Membership Renewal & Feedback Request *Updated Links*

It’s time to renew your Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Membership! This year we are switching from paper forms to online forms. This will help us keep better records of payment and also allow you to pay with a card. 

The membership fee is $40, as it was last year and can be paid online through Paypal. You can also pay by check or card at the meeting, but the form has to be filled out online. Once the form is submitted it will automatically direct you to the payment page.

We also have a feedback form that we would like you to fill out to let us know what you would like to do in 2016 and what we can improve on this next year. Please take the time to fill this out, as we will be using this information to drive many decisions this year from speakers to workshops, and meeting content.

Let any of us on the board know if you have any questions! 

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