April 2014 Meeting Minutes

April 2014 Meeting Minutes, Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild The meeting was held on April 10, 2014 at the Textile Center at 7 PM. Below is a summary of the meeting.

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show with Alyssa Thomas:
Alyssa Thomas, of Penguin and Fish joined us for a trunk show featuring the many wonderful creations in her book, Sew and Stitch Embroidery. Her projects feature fun and playful embroidery designs both big and small. Alyssa also gave us a sneak peek at her next fabric line, Here Kitty Kitty, out in May.

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show
Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show


Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Penguin and Fish Trunk Show

Announcements:  
  1. FMQ Workshop--Many members identified free motion quilting as a skill they'd like to learn more about in the annual survey. The MMQG will be hosting a Free Motion Quilting Workshop taught by Sue Heinz of Kismet Quilting. The all-day workshop will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the Textile Center. Cost is $55 for members and $65 for non members. For more information, refer to the FMQ Workshop blog post. 
  2. Elizabeth Dackson Trunk Show--Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call me Betsy had offered to host a trunk show for the MMQG during the MN Quilters annual show on June 14 after her Saturday class. The Saturday class has since been cancelled and we are waiting for further details on the status of the trunk show. Stay tuned.
  3. Fall In-Town Quilt Retreat--The guild is exploring the idea of an in-town quilt retreat for this upcoming fall. An in-town retreat provides sewing space for the entire weekend, but everyone leaves at night to sleep in their own beds. Projects and machines can be left at the venue, so you don't have to pack up and carry your things out at the end of the night. This is a good option to those who can't commit to getting "away" for an entire weekend, but want to block off some dedicated sewing time away from home.
  4. MN State Fair Quilt on a Stick--The 2014 Quilt on a Stick theme has been announced for the Minnesota State Fair. The theme is "Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins at the Fair". The MMQG includes this as our August challenge each year. It's never too early to get started! Information about the State Fair Creative Activities competitions is updated as new information is available. 
  5. MMQG Garage Sale--Brianne has graciously agreed to coordinate the MMQG garage sale! The sale will be held at a future meeting date later this summer with some proceeds going to the MMQG. Additional details to come. 
  6. Bloggers Needed--Members are encouraged to sign up for blog posts. No blogging experience is necessary, Chris can help with all of the technical aspects. Please contact Chris on facebook or send an email to the guild if you are interested.  
  7. Tips and Tricks for the May Meeting-- At the May meeting, we'll have an agenda item for members to share quick tips, tricks, or tools. This is entirely optional, but anyone with an idea to share is encouraged to participate.  
  8. Coaster Swap, May 8th Meeting --For the May 8th guild meeting, we'll be doing an (optional) coaster swap! If you'd like to participate, the rules are:
    • Make a set of 4 coasters, using any of the tutorials below or your own design. 
    • Pin, tie or wrap your coasters together before the meeting.
    • Label the set with your name so the recipient knows who to thank.
    • The swap will be a blind draw - all coaster sets will go into a basket and participants will randomly draw a new set. No peeking! 

Next Challenge—“Quilt Outside the Line”-- June 12 Reveal Many of us stay within the comfort zone of using coordinating fabrics from one fabric line. This optional challenge simply asks participants to make a project that mixes things up by using fabrics from more than one fabric line or designer. If that is not a challenge for you, feel free to self-interpret and bring a project that pushes your boundaries in some other way.
  

Next Meeting—May 8, 2014 7-8:30 p.m. Textile Center of MN
Agenda items include:
  • Coaster swap 
  • Sharing quick tips, tricks, and tools
  • Show and Tell
 
Next Sew In—Sunday, May 25th, 12-5 p.m. at Roseville Public Library.

Show and Tell Photos




















































Notes submitted by Gina M. 4-20-2014


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