Monday, October 26, 2015

October Meeting Minutes

10/17/15 Meeting @ Eden Library
Attended by:  Lisa, Robi, Gayle, Deb, Noel, and Kim

We had a brief meeting due to low attendance, but wanted to announce the following:

11/7 - Saturday for the Keenan Quilt Show - 
A carpool will begin from Lisa's house in Orchard Park for anyone wanting to attend as a group.
We will leave Lisa's house @ 10:00 am.  I will post on the members page so we can get a count of who would like to carpool.

Future meetings we will be having @ Library with every other month at a local quilt shop.  We may not be continuing with Eden Library.  Lisa will work out a schedule.

November meeting will be held 11/14 (2nd Saturday) instead of third Saturday .  This is a one time meeting date change - and it will be held @ Patchtwork Gardens

September Meeting Minutes

​September 19, 2015 Meeting
Present:  Lisa, Kim, Jan, Sharon, Pam, Bonnie, Devon, Gayle, Anne, Marija

Our yearly meetings will now be from September thru May - with no official meetings in the Summer due to everyone's busy schedules.  If anyone would like to put something together during the summer, such as shop hop, lunch date, etc.  feel free to announce on the members page & arrange the plans!

Lisa requested a backup VP be appointed in case of her absence and/or to assist.  Bonnie & Jan volunteered.

Christmas Party:
Will be held @ Robi's new home - 12/19/2015 @ 1pm.  Lisa will ask Robi to set up a facebook event and have it include sign up for food.
This years gift exchange (managed thru Elfster) will be an item of your choice, 8-1/2 x 11 " or smaller, such as pouch, pin cushion, mug rug, etc.

NYS Consortium:
Jan will not be attending the next meeting as it is in Utica.  Dues need to be paid by end of October.
They are having a challenge - "lines and angles" - deadline is 1/31/16 - Jan will email info to anyone interested.  Contact Jan for more info.
6/15 - 6/18/2016 there is a Quilt Conference in Toronto - "Canadian Quilter"

We would like to have a resource directory.  If you have a favorite place to shop, store or website - favorite items & good places to get them etc - please share in our resource directory.  Kim will set up in WNYMQG Members Page - under FILES.

Anne Anderson:
Her studio is no longer @ Buffalo Art Studio.
New location is 80 Clinton Street - Tonawanda.  There is no elevator & on 2nd floor.  This is an old school that has been converted into studios, and she has a full size classroom with a sink!!
She has offered to host meetings and/or sew days for us.

Batavia Guild Meeting: (April 2016)
The have advised us the only equipment they have is a large screen & microphone.  Decision was made by those in attendance that we will do an informal trunk show & talk - no equipment needed.​  We will need everyone to submit modern quilt examples so there is a good variety for the trunk show.

Keenan Quilt Show - 11/6 - 11/8/15
Entries are due soon - Lisa will contact them for more info/details

Charity Quilt -
Pam collected "plus" blocks from those participating.
Blocks still due from Robi, Mari, & Lisa
Anne will assemble the quilt top once all blocks are in, Gayle will do backing, and Jan will do binding.

Maine Fiber College 2016
Weekend after Labor Day - Anne will put together info for us.  There is a bunkhouse that can be shared for $20/night..and carpooling is an option/sharing campers etc.
Anne is going - Kim is also going.   

Pam did demonstration on her creative quilt label process.  Videos are on the facebook page.
October Demo - Marija will do hand applique demo.
Future Demos - will discuss @ October meeting for demos/lectures,presentations etc. for the rest of year.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August Bee Block - Bonnie

Block #1 - Japanese x and + Block

  • all pieces are precut
  • Use tutorial here but ignore sizes
  • just assemble - no need to trim or square up
Block #2 - Your Choice
  • any size
  • kona charcoal backgroud
  • bright solids

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Bee Block - Lisa

We will be doing 2 different blocks for Lisa's month - one 15" block and one 9" block. I did not get a digital copy of the instructions so I am showing screen shots here, but you will be given printed instructions with your fabrics.

(Side note everyone: please try to remember to also submit digital instructions so I can post them here and they are easy for folks not in the bee to follow as well if they'd like!)

Ladies, a reminder. If you are not at the meeting to hand your blocks in, you must find a way to get your blocks to the queen by that week, be it dropping them off or putting them in the mail or whatever. You should not be hanging onto your blocks because you can not make it to a meeting, unless you have contacted the queen and worked it out with her.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Bee Block - Robi

This month we are helping Robi on her quest to make a quilt with all 100 blocks from the Tula Pink City Sampler book with her Kaffe scraps! She has cut the pieces and put together kits for everyone and is requesting a siggy block be turned in as well. Piece of cake!
(Also, please note that you must return the instructions for the block to Robi. If you would like instructions to keep then you've gotta buy the book for yourself. We're all about protecting an artists intellectual property here, folks!)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April Bee Block - Stephanie

This month we are doing No Waste Flying Geese and half square triangles!

You will use the fabric in your packets to make make strips of geese to finish a table runner for my new dining room that I started ages ago! In your packets you will receive enough to make 5 or 6 strips of 4 geese each, which is the equivalent of a 12" block.  Fabrics are all cut and sorted, and one or two might even be started (lucky you!)

Because the fabrics are pre-cut it is really important that you use this tutorial in order to make sure the sizes match up with whats already done.

Once you get your four geese, sew them all together in a strip, going in the same direction. Lather, rinse, repeat with the rest of your groups of fabric, and you're all done! You will be turning in 5 or 6 strips of geese. With all geese in the strip matching. 

For your second block, you will be making a 12.5" block of any size half square triangles. You may use any scrappy fabrics you want in white, black, gray, mint, and coral. You may use all prints, or prints and solids, any fabric you like in this color scheme, appropriate for a older teenage girl. You can use all of the colors or just a couple, its your call. That is my only criteria for this block, so have at it!

As for a siggy block, you can make anything you want, as long as it is 5.5" and you sign it with a permanent fabric marker (no Sharpies please!). I have no preference what you do and what fabrics you use!

*5 or 6 strips of geese with fabric groups provided, that is the equivalent of 1 block not sewn together
*1 block thats 12.5" of half sq traingles in white, black, gray, mint, and coral
*siggy block - anything 5.5" in any fabrics

If you will be at the Kenan lecture on 5/14 you can turn it into me there. Otherwise turn it in to Lisa at 5/16 meeting, or you can drop it in the mail to me if you won't be at any May events.

Friday, April 10, 2015

WNYMQG Bee - Round 2 Intro

With the 2nd Round of our bee starting this month, I thought I'd post a recap of the rules and schedule. I will also post the block instructions every month in case so everyone else interested in the tutorial can use it! Be sure to bring your bee quilt to show and tell whenever you finish it so we can feature it here. And remember the golden rule of quilting bees - sew for others as you'd want to be sewn for you!

APRIL - Stephanie
MAY - Robi
JUNE - Lisa
JULY - Pam
AUGUST - Bonnie
OCTOBER - Victoria
MARCH - Sharon

1. This is a WNYMQG bee, so be prepared to attend meetings in order to be a member in the bee. For each month a Queen Bee will choose a block from (a) online tutorials or (b) 500 Quilt Blocks. The requested block should be two (2) blocks measuring at 12” finished each (12.5" unfinished). **You must make a sample block ahead of time to ensure measurements are correct for the pattern you are requesting.** As Queen you shall bring your sample block to the meeting of your assigned month to share with the group, pass around, allow questions to be asked.

2. No later than the WNYMQG meeting date of your Queen month you must share your choice specifying colors, block pattern and or background. Be prepared to bring your block and ideas to the WNYMQG to share with the bee members as well as post via the WNYMQG Flickr group. Start a new discussion thread in Flickr during the same weekend you share your block at the meeting. Thread title ex "March Bee Block". Share all the pertinent info people need to know. Be sure to email anyone who was not at the meeting if you have to get fabric to them to make arrangements.NEW: Please provide an electronic copy (or link) of your instructions and pictures of your sample to Stephanie by the meeting date of your month to be posted to the blog. 

3. Only modern 100% cotton fabric is to be used in the blocks.

4. As Queen you have two fabric options for your assignment:
a) Assign a project using your own stash. Bring your stash and divvy out fabric to the bees for your project to be completed with the fabric you’ve selected and provided. Great way to get those “I want to do to this quilt top but haven’t gotten around to making all those blocks” projects out of the way with the support of the Guild.
b) Scrappy project. Ask bee members to pick from their own stash to complete your project. You can specify general colors or refuse colors but you cannot be overly specific in your color requests. (ie: I would like green fabrics but prefer brighter greens. Don’t say: Please use lime green.) Requests that are too specific may require you to bring in your own scraps for members to use.

5. You may appoint different blocks to different individuals but it MUST be organized and it needs to be clear who is doing what. This can be done via a list in the Flickr Group or via a Google Doc. 

6. Unless you’ve provided background fabric for members to use you may ask bees to use the following background choices for your month:
a) Kona White
b) Kona Charcoal
c) Kona Ash

7. Blocks are to be brought to WNYMQG meetings to be given to the Queen in the month following her assigned month. Life happens and sometimes we aren’t able to attend every meeting - please be courteous and ask the Queen if you can give it to her at a subsequent meeting or if she’d like them mailed to her. If you can not make a meeting it is your responsibility to make sure the Queen gets her blocks.

8. Signatures blocks are at the option of the Queen Bee. Queen Bees please notify us whether you'd like a Siggy Block and which one you'd recommend us creating. [This is a popular example, but you may use any you like if you chose to have people make them:]

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Meeting Minutes

Meeting 3/21/15
Member in attendance
Gayle, Jan, Sharon, Kim, Boonnie, Victoria, Lisa, Maria, Robi

Guest:  Karin Voorhis

Consortium of NYS - Jan is our spokesperson, Memership is $25/year for our guild to join.  Meetings are quarterly.  Jan will connect with Lisa for details needed to complete forms.

Bee-Round 2 - rules were distributed - Stephanie Cole is coordinator if there are any questions.
Schedule:  April: Stephanie - May: Robi - June: Lisa - July: Victoria - August: Bonnie - September: Jan - October: Pam - November: OFF - December: Marija - January: Noel, February: Gayle - March: Sharon

Fidgit Quilts for Alzheimers patients - Jan brought in a few samples - there are also many in pinterest to check out.  Lisa will accept any that are made & give them to those in need.
This will be this quarters Charity Project

Presentation was done with AccuQuilt - Karin & Kim did demo
Marija's applique demo has been postponed.
April presentation - by Bonnie - she will let Lisa know of the topic.

May Meeting - no meeting unless its done before/after Kenan class.
Kenan Class - uncertantity on details, if we can/should attend, Robi will get back to us.

June - We need a topic/demo for the June meeting - looking for volunteer.

Meeting location changes - We hope to have a quarterly meeting at various local quilt shops, and hoping the owner will do a demo for us.

Upcoming Calender:
April - 4/18/15   April meeting @ Lake Shore Library
May - 5/16/15 - Kenan Guild Activities - May Meeting????
June - 6/6/15- Genesee Valley Quilt Festival
June - 6/20/15 - Family Picnic @ Stephanies home  (June Meeting)
July - 7/18/15 - Fabric Screen painting @ Lisa's home - Meeting

Aug - 8/15/15 - Elmwood Village Fabrics - Meeting & demo

Minutes Taken by Kim, Secretary
Minutes Posted by Rebecca

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Minutes

January 2015 Exec Board Meeting Minutes 

Kim, Anne, Rebecca, Victoria, Lisa & Robbie

The following members have renewed ( paid ) the 2015 dues and are listed on the MQG Site:

MQG:  Rebecca will contact them to have administrative access switched to Lisa - Lisa will then handle all updates to the MQG

INSTAGRAM:  Lisa will set up an account for WNYMQG

GREETER;  Kim will be the greeter of WNYMQG - duties to include greeting of any new members to a meeting, also sending a follow up email thanking them for coming,answer any membership or general questions as needed

FLICKR:  Education session is needed as many members are not sure how to use the site

PAYPAL - This needs to be addressed, will discuss with Stephanie when she returns as there may be some password issues.



Pam, Robi, Jan, Sharon Anne, Lisa, Rebecca, Victoria, Devon, Noel, & Kim

Will be changed to one sign-in log that can be used for the 2015-2016 Calendar year, where attendees can check off each month they attend, with note space for any contact updates such as email/phone# etc.  Kim will do this 

Question was raised as to do we want to continue this again?  maybe have a couple different swaps thru the year such as Christmas in July??  No decision was made - everyone will consider and we can follow up later in the year.

Riley Blake Challenge - details TBA  Lisa will get us signed up & will work with Victoria to cut up fabric to be distributed.

President - Lisa Harvey
Secretary - Kim Heary
Treasurer - Victoria Montagu
Charity - Pam Wilde

Please remember to bring/wear your name tags!  If you do not have one, please make one - anything goes - be creative!  It really helps new members to get to know everyones name.
Also--remember ---no tag no swag!

We would like to start having a demo or presentation at each meeting.  Anyone interested in sharing a 15-30 min presentation please let Lisa Simmer Harvey know so she can get it on the calendar.
February will start this with Rebecca doing a demo on using Flickr.  Equipment will be needed from the Williamsville library such as screen/projector etc.  
Future presentations to include :
Pockets on back of quilts (Pam)
Paper Piecing
Color & Curves (Anne)
hand turned appliqué
hand quilting
fabric painting
doll making
hanging sleeves
fiber arts

February will be the first charity event - benefiting SPCA.  Pam will be getting a list of donation requests from SPCA for us - and we can bring donation items to the February Meeting

March will be squares for a rag quilt.  please bring  10" squares (cotton - not flannel) to be donated - Pam will then use her Accuquilt to make the rag squares.   The backing will be made of flannel that she already has.   Also  needed for the donation is 7-1/2" cotton batting squares.    Scary is good - anything goes.

Pam is planning on having a charity quilt each quarter.

In an effort to keep track of everything going on in the quilting world - Lisa & Anne will work together to set up an events calendar & have it posted to the WNYMQG Blog.  This can include future meetings, quilt shows, retreats, Art Events etc.

SUMMER RETREAT?!?  Lisa will set up a Facebook pole to see who is interested and also when the best time of year would be for everyone.  This retreat could be local or Anne has some contacts/info for us to join up with another guilds retreat (maine, jersey shore),  

Pat Pauly Show - "Time of Day"  1/31/15 - 3/14/15 at the Axom Gallery

Geneses Valley Quilt Fest 2015 "The Universe of Quilts" June 5-7, 2015

Some members would like to try them out - If you have one, please bring to the Feb meeting along with the dies, etc.   Other brands welcome too
If you would like to try them out - please bring your own fabric to play with.

Discussion was had if we want to join this group, which is made up of quilt guilds across nys.  Jan will do research to see how/if this would be of use/benefit to WNYMQG.

Lisa showed her clam shell quilt using her Michael Miller Challenge Fabric..Nice job Lisa!

Kim Showed gowns she has made for donation to Angel Gowns of WNY.  These gowns are made of donated wedding gowns, and are given to the parents of babies who sadly do not go home from hospital.  Anyone interested in volunteering for Angel Gowns of WNY please contact Kim for the info - or check out their website and/or Facebook page .

Jan showed us a yo=yo  ufo she won and is deciding what she would like to do with it..keep ups posted on the progress Jan!

Victoria worked on an adorable brown wool bunny rabbit at the meeting which she showed to the group - its almost done !  



Thank you Victoria for bringing the delicious breads & spreads that we enjoyed !  
Our New Prez!
Pam showing off an idea for a charity quilt...UntitledUntitledUntitled
Pam showing what she ended up doing with her Bee Blocks.Untitled

[My (Rebecca) apologies for missing photos...downloaded to my computer and now they are "black".  Luckily photos of my girls are still available taken later on the same day so I am not sure what happened...]