Thursday, January 5, 2017

February Block of the Month

I am so sorry for the delay for this month's block lotto.  I am hoping it will be worth the wait.

Since the winner of the blocks will get them at the beginning of February I thought we need to have a Valentine's Day themed block but we are all burned out on heart blocks.  So instead let's use Valentine's Day colors instead.

Our block is a Scrappy Churn Dash block and Sherri @ A Quilting Life has a lovely tutorial.  You can download her tutorial here.  Sherri gives instructions for three different sizes, 6 inch, 9 inch and 12 inch, blocks.  You can make any size you wish.  Better yet, make one of each!  That is what I have done.



You will need 5 different fabrics.  At least one white and at least one low-volume, red, pink and you can have just a touch of black or gray, but let's keep it to a minimum.  Here are some of my suggested fabric choices.






And here are all my finished blocks.  Last month we had over 50 blocks for the block lotto.  Can we top that this month?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, January 2017
Maitland, FL

President Alissa called the meeting to order; 47 members and 4 guests were present; the guests each introduced themselves.
ICEBREAKER
The Icebreaker this month everyone lining up in alphabetical order by last name.

TREASURER’S REPORT

With various expenses for the Quilts for Pulse project, purchase of books and appreciation gifts, and income from the Raffle Basket, membership and class fees, there was a net loss for December, leaving a balance of $11,547.60.

UPCOMING QUILTY ACTIVITIES

Mancuso’s World Quilt Florida will be at the convention center January 19-21, and the guild will have a display there. Alissa has received information about a Shibori dyeing class in South Florida in February; email her if you are interested in the details.

RAFFLE BASKET
Jane returned the Raffle Basket filled with a book about color theory, a coloring book and colored pencils, fabric, a set of different weights of thread and other special items. The basket was won by Paula.
UFO LOG

Kelly, who keeps the UFO log was not present, but Alissa explained for new members that everyone can list projects in the log which they hope to finish this year. For each project reported finished by December’s meeting, the maker’s name will be entered once in a drawing at the Holiday Party. The one who finishes the largest number will win a prize, but there is also a random drawing so one can win with just one project on the log completed.

QUILTCONEAST – SAVANNH, GA

Alissa asked for a count of members planning to attend QuiltCon in Savannah, February 23-26, and there were 24 present planning to go or considering it. Heather, at the Modern Quilt Guild national office has allowed us to have a display at the admissions area, which will include many small prints in two sizes of Quilts for Pulse quilts, and Alissa asked for volunteers to help pin them to the cardboard wall on Wednesday, the day before QuiltCon opens; Patti, Mary W, Marge and Ede volunteered to assist her. She will email those volunteers when Heather sets the time. The display will also include statistics Alissa has been gathering and calculating – number of quilts, number of packages, postage, hours spent making quilts, amount of thread and fabric, etc.

Heather also set an official Meet & Greet for Quilts for Pulse on Saturday, February 25, at 12 n or 12:30 pm, in front of the display, and Alissa asked for volunteers to be there as ambassadors to thank people who contributed and to answer questions. Alissa asked that anyone who can help at that time to let her know by email.

Alissa asked the group to agree to a good time to meet for dinner, and all agreed on Thursday, February 23.

Alissa announced that Debra J has had 4 quilts accepted into the QuiltCon Show and Anne s has had 2 quilts accepted. The guild congratulates both of them on this achievement.

Alissa showed the OMQG Charity Quilt which will be submitted for display at QuiltCon and then returned for us to give to a local charity.

EDUCATION
Education Coordinator Ede reported that Frank’s dyeing class on January 7 is full, but there are still openings in both the morning and afternoon free classes offered by Mary-Jeanine on February 4th to all who were involved in the Quilts for Pulse project, and the sign up sheet was available.
There will be an opportunity to sign up for Jacquie Gering’s March classes at next month’s guild meeting, and what the classes are going to be will be announced later.
ELECTIONS

Ede, as a member of the Elections Committee (Ede N, Karol E and Jodi P), introduced the slate of nominees to be voted on at the February guild meeting, with each nominee introducing themselves:

·      Member at Large – Jane A – Jane said she sees the position as a sounding board for members to bring ideas and concerns to the board.
·      Education Coordinator – Anne S – was not present but is a new faculty member at UCF and teacher at QuiltCon. Ede hopes she will offer a class or program for the guild on color theory, and she has many connections among modern quilting teachers.
·      Charity Coordinator – Mary W – indicated that she has been very involved with nonprofits and charities where she lived before and is excited to continue to connect with charities here. Mary would like there to be more committees to involve more members, and she plans to put out a calendar of charitable projects spread over the year as a place for members to connect.
 ·      Treasurer – Marge C, who has been treasurer before, loves numbers and says communication is a big deal to her; she hopes to get to know everyone in the guild by name, and she is big on surveys for finding out what members would like.
·      Secretary – Mary Sm will continue as secretary after holding that position the past year. She encourages members to consider the job next year, because it’s not too time-consuming and interesting being on the board.
 ·      Vice President – Paula K has been a member less than a year but found the Pulse project this past year was a great way to connect with the guild. Her personal goal for the coming year is to show something at Show N Tell for the first time. Her pet project will be to work with new members so they feel connected.
·      President – Sarah L also found the Pulse project a great way to get involved and is excited about the coming year. She sees her job as listening and moving along ideas.

Ede told the guild that getting involved in guild activities as a volunteer is a great way to feel a part of things, and encouraged people to consider joining committees or running for office next year. She encouraged members interested in being on any committee to talk to either Paula or Sarah about it.

Members will vote on this slate of nominees at the February guild meeting, and the new board will take over at the March meeting. Mary W thanked Ede, Karol and Jodi, the Elections Committee, for their work on putting together the slate of officers for next month’s election.

[Absentee Ballots:  Anyone not able to attend the February meeting should email Karol E for an absentee ballot, which must be returned by the February meeting to be counted with ballots cast at the meeting.  Nominees will be posted on the blog.]

GUILD LIBRARY           
Guild Librarian Yanick brings the guild’s library of modern quilting books to meetings but would like to bring just books which members have asked online to check out. The book list is available at the guild website. Books may be checked out for a month and must be returned at the following month’s meeting.

QUILTS FOR PULSE           

Paula reported that she has photographed 1,768 quilts, and a quick informal count at the meeting of those yet to be photographed indicates that there will be over 1800.

Alejandrina asked for volunteers to attend a rehearsal of the Orlando Gay Chorus some upcoming Wednesday, 7-10 pm, where the guild will give them a small quilt to go on their awards wall. Judy T took the quilt, and others wanting to attend that distribution are Alissa, Debra A and Paula.

Alejandrina reported that there are two large distributions still pending, of 150 and 100 quilts to the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, but they have been hard to contact. Some will go to the Orange County Fire Department. She believes there will be about 100 left after these distributions.

LUNCH           

Lunch for those who want to eat together will meet at the Ale House on 17-92 in Winter Park at 12 noon.

BLOCK OF THE MONTH

Diana’s Block of the Month brought in 55 blocks, which were won by Judy T. 

Jodi volunteered to post a tutorial for February’s Block of the Month on the guild blog by this weekend. Alissa noted that Tanyia hoped to use the Block of the Month as a skill-builder for modern quilting.
THANK YOU

Sarah thanked everyone who attended the Quilts for Pulse event on December 13 at The Mezz in downtown Orlando where quilts were distributed to Pulse employees, City employees, and special quilts were presented to Mayor Buddy Dyer, Barbara Puma, owner of Pulse, and Patty Sheehan, county commissioner.  

SHOW AND TELL



After Show and Tell, Alissa used a random number generator to choose winners of two door prizes, which went to Marilyn and Zonetta.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:20.

UPCOMING EVENTS

·      January 7, 2017 – Frank’s class on dying fabric at Alissa’s house
·      January 19-21 – Mancuso’s World Quilt Florida in Orlando at the Convention Center
·      February 1, 2017 – February Guild Meeting & New Board Elections, 10 am, The Sewing Studio, Maitland
·      February 4, 2017 – Mary-Jeanine’s 2 class at Dr. Phillips Public Library
·      February 8, 2017 – OMQG Board Meeting – 5:30 pm, location to be determined with the new board after elections
·      February 23-26, 2017 - QuiltCon East 2017, in Savannah, GA
·      March 1, 2017 – March Guild Meeting, 10 am, The Sewing Studio, Maitland
·      March 17-19, 2017 – Jacquie Gering 2 days of classes and Sunday trunk show
·      May 6, 2017 – Shannon Brinkley’s class
·      September 30, 2017 – Amanda Jean Nyberg’s class

Thursday, December 8, 2016

OMQG ELECTION FOR 2017 BOARD

The Election Committee is currently accepting nominations for officers for next year's Board.

The current Board recently decided to expand the voting membership of the Board, to reflect the growing size of our guild and to enable more members to participate.  In addition to the current officers of the Board (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Founding Members), the Education and Charity Program Coordinators will now be elected positions and voting members of the board.  In addition, the position of Member At Large was also created. 

Descriptions of all positions can be found here.  (You will also find descriptions of a number of committee positions.  These are appointed positions, not elected ones, but if you have an interest in participating in any of the listed committees, please let the Election Committee know, and we will pass the information on to the incoming board members.)

If you are interested in a position on the board, or would like to nominate a person to an office, please contact the members of the election committee:  Ede N., Karol E., and Jodi P.  All nominations must be received by the committee by Dec. 17 at the latest.  And please don't hesitate to contact a committee member to ask questions about the offices, or the election process.

Potential officers will be asked to speak at January's meeting, with the election to follow.  New board members will take over their positions starting in March.

We are excited about the changes and the coming year--we hope you are too!  We look forward to hearing from you!

 MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Maitland, FL

President Alissa called the meeting to order; 51 members, including 1 new member, and 2 guests were present. Alissa had the guests introduce themselves. Our guest from Ohio had donated cash for treats for the guild, as part of the Quilts for Pulse project, and visited on the day that coffee, OJ, and a variety of treats were provided to members with those funds.

THANK YOU

Alissa reported that Tanyia, our Vice President, is moving and leaving the guild. She thanked her for her work for the guild as Vice President this year and presented her with a gift. Alissa also thanked Sharleen for her wonderful year as Charity Coordinator and also presented her with a gift from the guild.

ICEBREAKER

The Icebreaker this month was to spend 10 minutes enjoying the treats provided by donations for that purpose and using that time to chat with each other.

TREASURER’S REPORT

With various expenses for the Quilts for Pulse project, including postage, and the purchase of member gifts, there was a loss this month of $155.96, leaving a balance of $11,918.61.

EDUCATION

Education Coordinator Ede noted that Frank’s dyeing class on January 7 is a fantastic bargain, with him providing the equipment and supplies so members taking it get this opportunity to try dyeing for just the cost of the fabric. There are 3 spots open, which can be held with payment of the class fee of $60.
There was a sign up sheet for the 2 free classes to be taught by Mary-Jeanine at Dr. Phillips Public Library on Feb. 4th, her gift to those who helped with the Quilts for Pulse. Ede asked members to sign up for one or both and to note their preference in case they fill and members are limited to one. Diana asked if members who cannot attend can get the patterns, and Ede will ask Mary-Jeanine.
Ede urged members to sign up on the wait list for classes that fill, noting that there are almost always changes, so those on the wait list often get to attend.
MANCUSO WORLD QUILT FLORIDA SHOW – JANUARY 19-21, 2017

Because Tanyia is moving before the World Quilt Show, Mary S is coordinating the guild’s display at the show. She asked those submitting quilts to the display to bring them to the January meeting with a short artist’s statement to be posted next to each quilt. The quilts will be returned at the February guild meeting.

MAITLAND SEW DAY – MONDAY 12-12-16

There will be a Holiday Party at the Maitland Library Sew Day, as well as the larger party at the Dr. Phillips Public Library Sew Day on Dec. 17th, so any wishing to participate in a gift exchange there should bring a pincushion they made themselves in a brown paper bag.

Alissa announced that the Maitland Library has confirmed all of our Sew Days there for all of 2017, 10 am -4 pm the Monday after each guild meeting.

GUILD NEWSLETTER

Rene asked that any members not receiving the emailed guild newsletter to let her know, so she can be sure she has their correct email addresses.

RAFFLE BASKET

Patty, who won the Raffle Basket last month, returned it filled with a number of fabrics, a special sewing kit in a tin with many notions, a notebook, and other special items. The basket was won by Jane.

UFO LOG

Kelly asked everyone to check the UFO log, to be sure it is correct as to which UFO projects members have finished, because it is the last chance before prizes are given at the December Holiday Party, with one entry in the drawings per UFO finished this year.

HOLIDAY PARTY

The guild’s Holiday Party will be at the December Dr. Phillips Library Sew Day on Dec. 17th.  Bring food to share. There will be a swap, so please bring a wrapped pincushion if you wish to be part of the exchange.  Come to sew with or without a pincushion to swap.

ELECTIONS

Ede, as a member of the Elections Committee (Ede N, Karol E and Jodi P), explained the process, including the fact that the Board decided to expand the board, due to the increase in membership and hoping for the participation of more members. There will now be a Member-at-Large and the person in that position, the Education Coordinator and Charity Coordinator will now be voting members of the Board, the Education Coordinator.  Ede and Karol read the job descriptions for each office, and officers briefly described the time commitment of each position.
·      Ede said the Education Coordinator communicates with potential teachers, researches and recruits teachers with a modern quilting aesthetic, and deals with contracts and travel arrangements. She said it sounds like a lot of work but is fun and easy to do on your own timeline.
·      Joan said being Treasurer is mainly keeping the checkbook and doing basic bookkeeping, which takes about 2 hours a month.
·      Mary said being Secretary is mostly taking minutes of guild and board meetings, taking pictures at guild meetings, typing them up and posting the guild meeting minutes and pictures on the blog, so it only takes some hours after meetings.
·      Alissa said that this was not a usual year because of the Quilts for Pulse project, of course, but that otherwise being President takes about 8 hours a month.
·      Tanyia said being vice president was doing what the president doesn’t want to do and mostly being responsible for Block of the Month, demonstrations and swaps, though we had fewer of those this year because of the Pulse project. She encouraged members to get involved because everyone enjoys demonstrations but we need more to get involved, so asked members to “take a chance and do something.”

Jodi noted that she trains nonprofit board members to be more effective as part of strategic planning, and she said “Don’t be shy – step up.”

The timeline on elections is that those interested in running for an office should let the Elections Committee (Ede N, Karol E and Jodi P) know their interest by Saturday, Dec. 17th. Candidates will be introduced at the January meeting, voting will take place at the February meeting, and new officers will take over at the March meeting.

Absentee Ballots:  Anyone not able to attend the February meeting should email Karol E for an absentee ballot, which must be returned by the February meeting to be counted with ballots cast at the meeting.  Nominees will be posted on the blog.

Ede encouraged anyone thinking about it to call and talk to the committee members. She said they will not assume you are running if you just call to ask about it.

SPECIAL GUEST – SCOTT PARSONS

Scott Parsons, whose wife Kelly received a Pulse quilt as a 911 dispatcher, contacted Alissa to request a quilt, because he and others in the Orange County Fire Department had not received quilts (while those in the Orlando Fire Department did). Alissa invited him to the meeting, and he and his wife came to receive his quilt. Alissa will contact his department to find out about getting one to the other fireman there who also didn’t receive one. Scott thanked the guild and reported that “the word is out,” and people receiving the quilts are loving them.

GUILD LIBRARY           

Guild Librarian Yanick brings the guild’s library of modern quilting books to meetings but would like to bring just books which members have asked online to check out. The book list is available at the guild website. Books may be checked out for a month and must be returned at the following month’s meeting.

QUILTS FOR PULSE  PROJECT – DECEMBER 13TH EVENT AT THE MEZZ

Alissa reported that 1,675 quilts have been photographed so far. Checking with members who have quilts still out for finishing, she estimates there are about 40 to be completed and about 30 more already completed were brought to today’s meeting.

Sarah reported on the big Quilts for Pulse event on Dec. 13 at The Mezz in downtown Orlando at 100 S. Eola. Quilts will be distributed to Pulse employees, the Mayor, Barbara Puma, owner of Pulse, and Patty Sheehan, county commissioner. All guild members are invited to attend and to bring a guest. They would like a full house so encourage everyone to attend who can. If going, you need to RSVP by Friday, by emailing Sarah L.

The event is 5-6:30 with speakers at 5:30. Volunteers are needed to open at 2 pm, unload quilts, set up a display, greet people in the lobby downstairs from The Mezz, and distribute quilts to those who come for one before 5 pm as well as to stay for the program, with speakers starting at 5:30, doors closing at 6:40. Sarah asked members to wear their red OMQG pins.

LUNCH           

Lunch for those who want to eat together will be at the Olive Garden on 17-92 in Winter Park.

DEMONSTRATION AND BLOCK OF THE MONTH

This month’s Blocks of the Month were made from Patty’s pattern and were won by Rosary.

Blocks of the Month for 2017 will be modern skill-building blocks, and Diana demonstrated the first one, for January, sewing easy Y-seams by machine to make a Tumbling Block. She has posted a tutorial with pictures on the guild blog. The blocks are joined to each other using the same easy machine Y-seam method. Make Tumbling Blocks for the January meeting using a dark solid, medium print, and light.

SHOW AND TELL





and a special small version as a thank you gift for Tanyia


MEMBER GIFT


The board had a fat quarter as a gift for each member and asked everyone to choose one at the end of the meeting. Those left will be taken to the next Sew Days, so those not getting one today can pick one there.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30.

UPCOMING EVENTS

·      December 12 – Sew Day & Holiday Pincushion Swap at Maitland Public Library 10-4
·      December 17 – Deadline to let the Election Committee know you are interested in running for a guild office: Edi N, Karol E, and Jodi P
·      December 17 – Sew Day & Holiday Party at Dr. Phillips Public Library 10-4
·      January 7, 2017 – Frank’s class on dying fabric at Alissa’s house
·      January 19-21 – Mancuso’s World Quilt Florida in Orlando at the Convention Center
·      February 1, 2017 – February Guild Meeting & New Board Elections, 10 am, The Sewing Studio, Maitland
·      February 4, 2017 – Mary-Jeanine’s 2 class at Dr. Phillips Public Library
·      February 8, 2017 – OMQG Board Meeting – 5:30 pm, location to be determined with the new board after elections
·      February 23-17, 2017 - QuiltCon East 2017, in Savannah, GA
·      March 17-19, 2017 – Jacquie Gering 2 days of classes and Sunday trunk show
·      May 6, 2017 – Shannon Brinkley’s class
·      September 30, 2017 – Amanda Jean Nyberg’s class