The June meeting was held at the Pensacola Library. Natalie called the meeting to order at 1035am. There were 28 members and 2 visitors present. Natalie asked for a moment of silence for Guild members who were going through a hard time.
We had no birthday girls present for the month of June. However, we celebrated Deb R.and Eliana whom we missed last month. Both received their fabric lollipop and the song!
Eighteen Wonky Log Cabin blocks done in ROYGBIV color order were submitted for the June lottery and the winner was Wendi!
The block for July is the Blooming Star block with a red, white and blue theme. It is a 10x10 block. There is a free pattern on Craftsy. For more information, please check the ECMQG blog.
The Tula Pink fabric swap was conducted at the June meeting. Participants brought 1 yard of fabric and received 8 Fat Eighths in return. No swap was announced for the July meeting.
|The Dutchman's Puzzle Block in ECMQG Colors is our choice for the Fisher House Charity Quilt|
Guild members have completed 16 blocks for the Fisher House charity quilt. There is fabric available to do 14-16 more blocks. The quilt is due to be delivered to Fisher House in August.
We have our first completed QOV for this year! The Guild began collecting the X-plus blocks for this quilt last August. Through the combined efforts of many guild members (see the ECMQG Facebook group for pictures) enough blocks were finished to make a completed top. The back was designed by Natalie and the quilting was completed by Kira. This is a job well done!
Blocks that are being worked on/collected for future charity quilts are the Origami Star (in red, white and blue), the Reverse Rainbow Starburst, and Hearts. Please see the blog or Facebook group for details.
|Natalie will be teaching us how to make this fabulous bag at our Retreat in September|
Marcy gave an update on the retreat, which now has a name: Modern Times Quilt Lab...Try Something New. The retreat will be held September 11-12, 2015, at the Guild's usual meeting place instead of the regular meeting. There will be several all day and half day classes offered, free demos, and sewing space. This is a fund raiser for the Guild. Discounts for classes and the sewing space will be offered to members. Class size will be limited.
Classes will include: clam shell with Gina, improv with Cindy and Diane, free motion quilting with Wendi, pixelated quilts with Kira, a purse/bag with Natalie, scrap lab with Marcy, paper piecing with Susan, and beginning quilting with Jean. Marcy is planning on having give-a-ways and is accepting donations for this. The event will be open to the public. Marcy will have updates on class schedules, fees, publicity, etc at future meetings. Stay tuned!
Eight members were the lucky winners of today's door prizes which included charm packs, fat eighth bundles, books, and quilt-themed, handmade cards. Congratulations to the winners!
Show and Tell
Ten members had show and tell today. Completed block lottery tops were presented by Cricket and Natalie. Several other quilts were gifts to family, friends, and grandbabies!
- The St. Simon's Craft Fair will be held November 6-7, 2015. Kristy Shaffer has procured 2 booth spaces for Guild use at a cost of $320, paid for by the Guild. The space will be decorated with a modern aesthetic. Gina Curtis will be giving a demo on gift ideas for members to make for sale/donation at the July meeting. A volunteer list will be made available at the October meeting. Members wishing to sell their items for personal profit will be asked to contribute an as-yet-to-be-determined percentage of their sales back to the Guild.
- The July 11th meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1800 E John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL , due to a scheduling conflict with our regular meeting place.
- Details on the Chautauqua Quilters Guild Quilt Show being held February 12-13, 2016 in DeFuniak Springs, FL will be coming soon. This is not a judged show. The theme is Stars. If you have a quilt you are considering for display, it must have a sleeve on the back. Natalie has volunteered to help those who need a sleeve on their quilt. This is a great chance for the Guild to learn about quilt shows without stress.
- The Riley Blake challenge through the MQG is due July 31, 2015. Our “show and tell” for this challenge will be at the July meeting.
Social Media and the Modern Quilter was presented by Wendi. Subjects covered were: Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram (IG), the MQG website, Facebook, and the ECMQG blog. For those who were still confused at the conclusion of the program, Wendi assured them that help was available! She and Natalie would help with questions at the end of the meeting and there would be a detailed presentation on each of the social media mentioned on the ECMQG blog.
(Thanks to Donna and Bobbi for the minutes.)
(Thanks to Donna and Bobbi for the minutes.)