Meet the 2014-2015 Board members!

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!

New President: Tracy
I was one of the founding members of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, and I missed my son's 17th birthday in order to come to the first meeting back on March 23, 2010 (don't worry, he wasn't too heart broken). Last year was my first year on the board serving as the Secretary. I have worked in the financial planning industry for over 25 years and consider myself 'semi-retired' working just three days a week now. My husband, Brian, and I are empty nesters living in Shoreview with the family's aging Boston Terrier, Oz. Our 25 year old daughter, Lauren, a graduate of the University of Duluth, is a graphic designer and designed the Guild logo. Our 21 year old son, Jack, is a junior marketing major at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Besides quilting and sewing, I enjoy photography, travel and doing volunteer work, most recently at the Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest.

Returning 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: Gina
Hi-- I'm Gina and I started quilting sometime around 2007 when in the span of a few months I happened to pick up Denyse Schmidt's first book, attended the Gee's Bend quilt exhibit, and went to my first International Quilt Festival in Houston. I wasn't seeking out a new hobby, but was completely taken by the aesthetic of modern quilting and decided I needed to give it a try.
After attempting to teach myself how to quilt from a book for a couple of years, I joined the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. It made such a difference to have a community of quilters to talk to, share ideas with, and be inspired by! When I moved back to MN in 2012, I was excited to find the MMQG and joined just in time to participate in the Jacquie Gering workshop (one of my all-time quilting heroes).

Though I primarily joined the MMQG for camaraderie, I've been impressed with the opportunities for workshops, swaps, and challenges. I'm happy to support the organization in any way that I can--and if that means taking notes at meetings, I'm your gal!

New Web Coordinator: Carrie
Hi! I've been sewing for as long as I can remember, and quilting for about ten years. Besides quilting, I enjoy knitting, running and reading. I live in the Twin Cities with my husband, three-year-old son and two cats. I joined the MMQG in 2011 and am always inspired by other guild members, especially during show-and-tell. I'm looking forward to serving on the board and contributing to the guild this year.

New Treasurer: Kristin
I am not one of the first members, but I have been around for awhile. I joined back in May 2011. I live in Minneapolis with my husband, three kids (aged 3, 5, and 7), a shih-tzu, and a rabbit that is almost as big as the dog. It is a little crazy, but most days I pick sewing over cleaning and that helps keep me sane!

I have been quilting since 2006, though I took some big breaks when I had young babies. When I first started quilting I thought I would just make enough quilts to cover my family, but I am way past that point now. I always have a big stack of quilts in progress (I have a short attention span and like to flit from thing to thing), and an even longer list of quilts to make. I'm happy to have a little less to do this year, but I'm glad I am still on the board.

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