Meet the 2013-2014 board!

As many of you know, we had elections at the February meeting. For those of you that missed it or are a little newer, here is a little bit about your new board!

Jacquie Gering, me, and Orange Crush
New President: Flaun
Hello! For those of you that don't know me, my name is Flaun. I grew up in the lovely Pacific Northwest and dream of one day being a Sweet Hot Yam. I've been an obsessed a passionate quilter for three-and-a-half years, now. I can barely stand to be away from my machine long enough to earn money to pay the bills, so I take English Paper Piecing with me to work on at lunch. If you'd like to come play with me in my studio or learn about free motion quilting, please don't hesitate to ask me. I would love to teach you!

New Vice President: Vanessa
Hi! I'm Vanessa Lynch. I'm a sewer, quilter, crafter, blogger, designer and pattern maker. I've been sewing, knitting and crafting since I was very young. I have a sewing blog (Punkin Patterns) where I share my adventures and projects and an Etsy shop of the same name. I'm fairly new to quilting, though. I think I made three small quilts before I discovered the modern quilting movement. Now I'm always working on at least one quilt. I joined the guild back in February of 2011 and that's really when my love of quilting took off. This is a great group and I look forward to being more involved.

New Secretary: Tracy
My name is Tracy Westhoff and I have been a member of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild from the beginning, back in March 2010. I live in Shoreview with my husband, Brian and our Boston Terrier, Ozzie. We have two mostly grown children, our daughter, Lauren who is a graphic designer (she designed the MMQG logo) and Jack who is a sophomore at the University of North Dakota. I work part-time as a client support specialist at a registered investment advisory firm (financial planning) and also volunteer regularly at Ronald McDonald House on the U of M campus. Besides quilting, I enjoy sewing, crafty stuff, gardening and photography.

I've been taking notes since the first meeting, but only because I knew I would forget something. I look forward to my term as Secretary and keeping everyone updated on what the guild is doing via monthly blog posts of the meeting minutes. Our goal is to build up membership through interesting, educational and fun meetings, sew-ins and events. Please feel free to let any of us on the board know if you have any ideas or want to get involved beyond just attending the meetings.

Treasurer: Lisa
I moved to Minnesota from Ohio in 1986, and other than a few years in WI for college and a six month stint in Jamaica, I have lived here ever since. My husband Ted has been very supportive of all of my "endeavors" and is starting to develop a pretty solid understanding of quilting terms. We have two daughters who are 6-and-three-quarters and almost 9. They dabble in sewing now and then. We also have two smelly but lovable dogs and a cat named Princess Buttercup. At this moment I only have dream hobbies that I would like to find time to pursue. They include international travel, reading novels, mountain biking and photography.

I have been sewing since I was 5 years old. I started with barbie clothes as a child, jean patching as an adolescent and moved to quilting as an adult. My Mom and her quilting friends taught me how to quilt in 1996 and once I had a handle on the basics, I started breaking their rules. They never understood why in the world I used so many solids! My best advice for all quilters is to ignore the "quilt police". There is no one right way to do anything. The way that works best for you IS the right way. Experiment with different techniques and stick with what works best for you.

Web coordinator: Kristin
Hi! I think I am the newest guild member on the board—I joined back in May 2011. My first meeting was a challenge reveal (the black and white strip swap). It looked like fun, so I stuck around, even though I am really shy and I don't think I talked to anyone much for almost a year. Growing up I didn't know a lot of people my age that were crafty, so it was so fun to just listen to people excited about quilting!

I learned how to sew very young, but I only started quilting in 2006 when I was pregnant with my first of three children (who are now 2, 4, and 6 years old). I would actually call myself a cross between a modern and traditional quilter. On one hand, I like the bright and modern fabrics, but my brain craves symmetry and order. Before quilting, I did pretty much every imaginable craft—crocheting, knitting, beading, papercrafts, etc. My need to make things has always been very strong!

Also, I love reading about what other people are doing on our blog! It is always more fun to read stories and tips from people you know in real life.

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