Monday, July 22, 2013

July meeting show and tell

Hi everyone,

what a great meeting we had on Saturday!!
Lots of business done, great to chat with everyone and of course, a fabulous show and tell too - way to go WNY MQG! :)
For all of you who couldn't come this time, here are meeting minutes to keep you up to date, courtesy of our wonderful secretary, Anne:

WNYMQG Meeting Minutes - July 2013
Present: Rebecca, Stephanie, Anne, Kim, Rosellen, Robi, Marija. (@ Amherst Library)
Show and tell:          -Some name tags were completed, others in process. 
-Based on quilts shown by this group, we should have at least a dozen quilts/quilt tops to show at the Amherst Quilt Guild meeting, if not more.  Great work!        
-Check out Rebecca’s blog for her tote bag patterns!
Amherst Quilt Guild:  - Rebecca has outline for Amherst Quilt Guild presentation. (Thank you!)  (Thursday, August 15th, 2013. This will replace our August meeting. The WNYMQG board members will meet before/after.)
Elmwood Village:      -In theory, we are interested in exhibiting here at some point, but right now we don’t have enough finished work.  Anne will call Sandy and discuss/thank her and postpone.
MQG National Membership:  -Rebecca reviewed the membership requirements and by-laws, which were voted upon and adopted.  Rebecca has secured an EIN.  It was voted upon and agreed to increase dues to $25 / year so that we can cover costs for National Membership; current members to pay $15 difference and new members to pay $25.  Stephanie will collect dues and also look into getting a P.O. Box # and bank account (vs. just the paypal account)
                             -Officers will have 2 year term, with terms to be staggered.
                             -Board members to have a 3 year term.
                             -The by-laws as provided by the national MQG are good, general guidelines which can be tweaked later as our guild grows.
                             -Items required for National Membership:
                                      -EIN, Financial statement, by-laws/501c3 info, names of officers and positions, membership roster.
Challenges:              -Cut your “special” fabric and begin making it into something! (Stephanie, Anne, and Rebecca…anybody else?) J
                             -There is a double wedding-ring challenge
                             -Art Field trip to be planned by Anne…info to follow.
Schedule:                -The board will plan the dates and times of the next several meetings to attempt to maximize attendance/membership and to allow members to plan.  We will do a mix of days, times, places as discussed.

Now that you are updated on all news and business side of things, all that remains is to show you some fabulous show and tell that we had:
Stephanie was first with this beautiful work in progress:

I just love this color combo of red, pink, white and gray!
Here is her son's quilt that he let her borrow for this occasion:
And great quilting on it with lots of different color threads:
Stephanie's ultimate scrappy quilt:

Kimberly brought lots of her lovely work too:
Here is the top started in Jackie Gering's workshop:

Some cute clutches and a zipper pouch:

A colorful improvisational Log cabin:

A lovely Pinwheels and Prairie Points:

And an Earth tone beauty:

 That will have a fabulous back too:
 Here is Rosellen's latest creation:
And fabulous quilting on it too:
Here is Robi - The Scrapmaster! :)  with her Crumb quilt:

Fabulous, right?
Robi also loves miniature size scraps - and can use them too! Look at this red beauty:
Here is Robi's quilt that uses classic pattern with modern colors and fabrics:

Then it was Anne's turn to leave us all in awe!
Here is Anne's very first quilt:
 Here is one of her latest projects, started in Jackie Gering's class:

And there is lots of fabulous ones in between:
Quilt started in Nancy Crow's workshop

Quilt with beautiful hand-quilting
Lots of fabulous strip-piecing:

Last but not least, our President, Rebecca had some lovelies to show!
Look at that masterful paper-piecing!

Oh and it has zipper pockets inside too:
Rebecca is also working on an original pattern for a great fold-over tote:

And on finishing her Name Tag for our Name Tag Challenge:
Speaking of Name Tags - how is everyone doing on that? How about a big show of them at our next meeting? Specially since we will be presenting our new group at the Amherst Museum Quilt Guild - let's do it! :)

Also speaking of CHALLENGE - there is another one coming ladies! Stay tuned for the next blog post (right after I finish this one! :)  ) about the Double Wedding Ring Challenge that we should all do together!
Happy Monday to you all and a fabulous week ahead,

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