May 2015 Meeting Minutes

The May Meeting was held on May 21, 2015 at the Textile Center.

Starting a 4th Bee
We are really close to having enough participants to start a fourth Bee!  Anyone wanting to be a part please contact Kristin.  A new Bee will start soon if we have enough people interested.

Blocks completed in the three other Bees for the month of May were for Sarah, Michelle, and Gina.  They all looked great!

Call For Content
We would love to have you take part in our blog!  We do have quarterly topics, but are happy to have you blog about anything quilt-related.  Please contact Sarah for further details on how to take part in the blog.

Quilt Market Meet and Greet
A big thank you to our vice president Colby Lowrey for setting up the meet and greet at Quilt Market.  It was a huge success! And thank you to Sarah for arranging The Cloth Pocket pop-up shop.

The Charity Committee
Headed by Jan Hanenberger, the Committee has put a call out for orphan blocks and for members to make "Plus" blocks.  They are hoping to have a total of 90 "Plus" blocks by September.  Keep them in mind over the next couple of months as you are going through your stash of orphan blocks.  Also, if you have ideas of where the finished quilts could be donated let Jan know and she will add it to her list for review.  Please have all blocks turned in by the September meeting.

More information on the Charity Committee and their goals for this year are up on the blog.  

River Valley Quilters
The River Valley Quilters have asked they we come to their meeting on Thursday, September 24th in Woodbury to do a show and tell of our modern quilts and projects. If you would like to attend and need to carpool, please let someone on the board know and we will do our best to help get everyone there.

Upcoming In-Town Retreat
Our In-Town Retreat will be held on Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th at Four Seasons Quilt Shop.  The cost is $15 per day.  If you can't make it for the entire three days that is okay!  Pick a day that best suits your schedule!  

June Meeting - Thursday, June 25th - Make 'n' Take
Please remember that our June meeting will be on June 25th at 7:00pm.  There is free parking across the street (kitty-corner to the Textile Center).  Please refer to the maps for parking as there will be an event prior to ours and parking at the Textile Center may be taken.

For the June meeting we’re hosting a "Make ‘n’ Take Meeting" - you will make and take home a portable design board and fabric twine using your scraps.

  • Bring a pair of scissors and some 1-inch or thinner strips of fabric for the twine.
  • If you have scrap batting that is 15" x 20" that you would like to donate to this project that would be great too.

We will supply everything else. Don't forget your Show and Tell!

Show and Tell - There was a lot of great show and tell, take a look at it all on our Flickr page!

That Last Step - Binding

At the last meeting the topic of connecting binding ends came up during Show & Tell.  For many it's a dreaded step in finishing up your quilt, but it doesn't have to be.  There are plenty of tutorials out there to make this task very doable and leave you with a perfectly bound quilt.

My go-to tutorial is from Canoe Ridge Creations.  I'm a visual learner and this tutorial has great photos to go along with all the steps.  I reference this every time I'm finishing up something.

Another useful tutorial for continuous binding is from HELLOmynameisheather.

Jaybird Quilts has a good selection of binding tutorials for curves, angles, etc.

And if you want to give machine binding a try, Cluck Cluck Sew has a tutorial with photos for all the steps.

Do you have a favorite tutorial/technique for binding?  Share it in the comments!

MMQG Charity Committee

Hello MMQG !  Our charity committee is up and running!  The committee met for the first time prior to the May Guild meeting in the Textile Center Library.  We would like to let you know our current focus, ask for some assistance and thank you in advance for sharing our skills with others.  If we all contribute a small amount, we can be very successful! If anyone else would like to join our group, you are welcome!

Our current focus is to complete a few lap sized quilts for donation this fall. We developed a list of potential recipient populations at the committee meeting and added to the list during our general meeting.  Our hope is to select populations that are currently underserved.  If you have a group or agency you would like to add to our list, please contact Jan at janquilter (at) outlook (dot) com

We are asking for your assistance as many hands will result in greater success.   Donations of quilt blocks, fabric backs or bindings would be appreciated.  We have two requests for blocks:

1.  Please check out   Lindsay Conner has granted permission for us to reference her tutorial for low volume plus blocks. We would like to ask each guild member to make one or two blocks to donate by the end of September.  At that time we hope to have a total of 90 blocks to make lap quilts. We are requesting gender neutral fabrics for the plus section and either light value or low volume for the background.  Our goal is to donate more masculine / teen quilts as they are the type least donated.

2.  If you have orphan blocks from testing a pattern, making too many or when a block just did not work out, we will gladly take them off your hands!  We will then combine the blocks to create more donation quilts. Any blocks, colors, or sizes would be welcome!

Blocks or donations can be turned in at any meeting.  We will have a charity donation table available at meetings starting in June.  If you are unable to attend a meeting but have donation items, please send Jan a Facebook message and receive a mailing address in response.

As our Charity Committee continues to function, we will expand our ideas, requests and donations.

Please feel free to participate in whatever fits your time and schedule. Thank you so much!
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