Kira called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to our February meeting, which was held at 10:00 am on February 14, at First Baptist Church in Crestview. There were 38 members and one visitor present. Kira reminded members that our goals this year are: Charity and Education.
A change in the by-laws was presented by Natalie. (To view the proposed changes, please see the blog: www.emeraldcoastmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com ) Although the changes were posted 2 weeks prior to the meeting, as required, several members had not seen the post. In the discussion that followed, it was suggested that all avenues of communication be explored, i.e. Facebook, email, blog, in order to assure that pertinent information was reaching the membership. By a show of hands, the changes to the by-laws were approved. This may be revisited at the next meeting.
Finances are still in transition from the previous year/treasurer. Nona, Treasurer, is waiting on several bank statements. A deposit of $972.50 was made. The board members are working on a budget. More complete details will be given at the next meeting. Dues can now be paid using PayPal.
Defining Modern Quilting
Kira introduced a new feature to the meeting by distributing two handouts. Each contained a picture of a modern quilt and an explanation of what makes it modern. Information also included the designer's name and contact information. This months quilts were by Debbie Jeske, www.aquilterstable.blogspot.com and Tamara Kate, www.kayajoydesigns.com
Five members (one in absentia) celebrated birthdays in February, each receiving a fabric “lollipop” and rendition of “Happy Birthday”!
Several members participated in this month's “Sweet Pouch” swap in honor of Valentines day. Please visit the Facebook page, Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild Group, for several pictures of the pouches, each containing Valentine goodies for the recipient.
month's swap will be fat eights of any Cotton & Steele fabric.
Each member may swap up to 3 yards of fabric, cut into fat eights.
Please see the blog for directions on cutting the fat eighths the
modern way. Please post pictures of your fabric choices to FB in the
hope of keeping duplicate fabrics to a minimum.
|This "Sweet Pouch" was made by our junior member, Eliana|
Block LotteryThere were 39 blocks submitted for this month's Block Lottery. Three members, Laraine, Mandy, and Nona, won 13 blocks each.
|Susan presented the February Block Lottery Block (appropriately enough, it was a heart)|
Natalie, winner of last month's Block Lottery, showed us her finished quilt top.
|Natalie picked a few of these "Castle in the Air" blocks apart to come up with this modern quilt top.|
Faye also presented her finished quilt top from blocks she won in last November's block lottery.
|Faye finished her quilt top from one of last year's block lotteries.|
|Kira's "Polaroid" blocks quilt top from one of last year's block lotteries.|
and Kim presented their finished block lottery quilt tops.
|Kim's Churn Dash quilt top featuring low volume backgrounds and brights.|
Next month's block will be “Reflections”. Please see the blog for directions.
|Yvonne presented the block "Reflections" for the March block lottery.|
Door prizes were won by 14 members.
Susan presented a program on paper piecing. She made herself available for questions and personalized help after today's meeting.
Show and Tell
Fourteen members shared their completed, or nearly completed, quilts and projects with us. Several members also donated their finished works to the guild's Charity Quilt program, as well as their own personal charities. Pictures of the show and tell will be posted either to the blog or the FB page or both.
|Eliana made an outfit for her doll with the help of a friend.|
|Beverly made two quilts from a Kaffe Fassett design roll|
|Beverly's second quilt from her Kaffe Fassett design roll|
|Beverly also did some "selfish sewing" and made a new bag for QuiltCon|
|Mandy made 14 of these dolls for children in her husband's unit -each doll has a place under the plastic "face mask" for the child to tuck daddy's photo into while dad is deployed.|
|This quilt is made from hand-dyed fabric using a freezer paper technique.|
|Hand dyed and hand painted fabric.|
|This text fabric is hand painted|
|Many members made several "Sweet Pouches" in addition to the ones we swapped|
|Mary presented this 9-patch quilt|
|Mary also presented this super-modern quilt (modern elements are: limited palette, lots of negative space, random placement of print fabrics)|
|And the back is just as cool as the front!|
|Mary has been busy - she also presented this string quilt top|
|Melissa is experimenting in this quilt top - she's not sure if it's finished or not|
|Melissa made this star block in all the colors of the rainbow|
|This pattern makes two blocks|
|Melissa had lots of "advice" from guild members on this one. Those blocks on the black? Wow!|
|And the back of her quilt is fabulous too|
|Natalie said she used "ugly" fabrics in this beauty that looks like a landscape|
|Cindy did some "selfish sewing" and made her family a heart pillow for Valentine's Day|
|Marcy also did a bit of "selfish sewing" and made a flying geese table runner|
Cindy revealed the newest Quilts of Valor. It is a red, white, and blue string block quilt with the blocks arranged to make a heart. She is seeking help to get it quilted.
|Our latest Quilt of Valor quilt top is completed|
Cindy is also exploring other area organizations that may be interested in receiving donated quilts. If you know of any such organizations, please contact Cindy with the information. As always, orphan blocks and unwanted fabric can be donated to the guild for use in Charity Quilts.
|Bobbi and Cindy have been working on this charity quilt top since November|
|Wendi donated this "Bookshelf Quilt" as a charity quilt - Cindy will find it a good home|
|The back of the "Bookshelf Quilt"|
The meeting was adjourned as members enjoyed a chicken salad lunch followed by Sew Day.