Friday, May 31, 2013

May 2013 meeting minutes

Welcome to Susan Clark who visited our group.

New Business:
Phoebe explained that in July we will be joining the Modern Quilt Guild and officially becoming a chapter of the main MQG.  By joining the main guild we would be able to take advantage of their 501c3 status, have use of their CRM software, plan events and have an online RSVP system, and have a social media hub to share pictures and communicate with other chapter MQGs.  Also, our members would receive priority registration and discounts for MQG events as well as other discounts and benefits. The Charleston Modern Quilt Guild will need to pay dues to the main guild which will be based on the number of members we have on our roll. 

An executive board which will serve until January 2015 was established and has written by-laws.  The officers are:  
Phoebe Harrell - President
Kelly Biscopink - Vice President
Tamie Herin - Treasurer
Kim McPeake - Secretary
Kelly Martin - Member at Large
Our fiscal year will begin in January.  Dues will be $60 per year, but prorated to $30 for those joining after July 1.  Accordingly, our starting dues for 2103 will be $30.  

Formalized membership packets will come out in July.  We are still planning the budget, which will include membership costs to the Modern Quilt Guild, insurance, accounting, sewing days, etc.  The by-laws were emailed this week to all for review.  Discussion of questions or concerns will occur at the June meeting.  Dues and membership forms will be collected at the July meeting.  Each member will be required to choose a committee to join.  Committee ideas:  education, programs, community outreach, etc.  If you think of anything else contact/email Phoebe.

Sandy announced the AlabamaChanin workshop/trunk show presented by Good Business Forum on June 20, 2013.

Reminder about the following challenges:
Northern Ohio Modern Quilt Guild Art Spark Challenge.  This group has issued a challenge to make a quilt inspired by a piece of art at a museum.

People, Place and Quilts has issued us a challenge using the current Modern Block of the Month program at the shop.  You would make the 12 blocks starting now until July.  The quilt will be finished in any way the maker sees fit, quilted and turned in by October.  It will be judged, prizes are:  $100, $75, $50.  Guild members will receive a 20% discount on the kit; cost will be $48 plus tax. 

Community Outreach:
We made pillowcases and quilts for Moore , Oklahoma.  We had a short discussion about creating a signature quilt block for us to use in the future for our give away quilts.

Block Swap:
Linda received 15 LOVE  blocks tonight.  Karen King has asked us to make any kind of pieced blocks 8 ½ inch unfinished.  She does not want any 2 ½” squares.  The blocks can be any pieced pattern, but she asks for applique.   Sarah is visiting us from Alabama and she is the June block swap, but brought her fabric and pattern to us tonight.  Next month you only need to turn in Karen’s black/white blocks.  Turn in Sarah’s blocks in July.  We will receive a packet from Jackie in July.

Sarah's block for June

Show & Tell:
Phoebe - a quilt designed by her husband Scott called Flume and a tote made from paper pieced hexagons.  

Kelly B-pillowcases for OK and her block swap trip around the world quilt.

Keri - shared a new book, Sunday Morning Quilts, by Amanda Jean Nyberg & Cheryl Arkison.

Sandy - Turtle quilt (Geri quilted for her).

Linda - Tuesday Morning has Gee Bends Reproduction Quilt Kits for $30.  You can go online with Tuesday Morning to purchase.

Delynne-Disappearing 4-patch baby quilt for OK.

Brenda - Fish Calendar quilt.

Becky - Fabric collage picture, weave quilt, and a mosaic quilt banner based on tiles in Spain. 

Geri - a quilt long-arm quilted by Geri that Phoebe pieced.  (Phoebe LOVES it!!!)

Tamie - Quilter’s Newsletter (June/July issue) has Angela Walter’s quilt on the cover, an article on Quilt Con and a contest for a modern quilt.

Alice - block swap red/white quilt and a 1600 lap quilt for OK.

Next meeting will be at 6:30 pm on June 25, 2013.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 2013 meeting reminder

Hello quilting pals!!!

As usual, our meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month so we'll be meeting next Tuesday, May 28th at 6.30pm at the SMHA offices located at 400 Hibben St.  

If you are participating in the block swap, please remember to return Linda's block.  Karen King is up next on the list for May.  If you are participating in the swap but can't attend this month's meeting, please buddy up with someone to return your block and pick up next month's.  

Also, Tamie and Kelly B sent me emails about a quilt drive that the Oklahoma City MQG is doing to help victims of the tornadoes in Moore, OK.  The guild there is collecting finished quilts to distribute so if you have anything that you'd like to donate, please bring them to the meeting and we will get them to OKC.  You can read more about what they're doing here - 
As an alternate, quicker project we could make pillowcases to send if you don't have a finished quilt handy.  Since this will be a long weekend, I'm hoping maybe some of you will have a few minutes to whip one (or more!) up for us.  Here's a link to a quick and easy pillowcase pattern - 

As always, bring your show and tell and hope to see lots of you there!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

April 2013 meeting minutes

Charleston Modern Quilt Guild
April 23, 2013

Welcome to Keri Davidson.

Tonight we celebrated our first year with birthday cake.  Thanks Kim!!  It was delicious!

Business - 
Charleston Modern Quilt Guild has a flicker page -  At this time pictures from the Austin QuiltCon 2013 are posted.  You will see many of the quilts that were on display.

Program:  We talked about what makes a fabric/quilt Modern.  Is it the design, color, or how you use it?  Members brought in fabric from their stash.  We had everything from chevrons, geometrics, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, etc. We talked about what could define a Modern quilt:  the use of negative space, the very dense quilting, mixtures of fabric (cotton, linens, etc), and using a traditional block with a spin.  Make what you like.  There is not a right or wrong as long as the quilt makes you happy.  However, our guild wants to focus on a modern approach in making quilts.

If you have some ideas for future a presentation contact Phoebe.  Upcoming programs already in the works:  blogs and using the internet for inspiration, new fabric designers, Pinterest, a new binding technique with Tamie, hand quilting with Alice, and liberated blocks/quilts with Geri.
People, Place and Quilts has issued us a challenge using the current Modern Block of the Month program at the shop.  You would make the 12 blocks starting now until July.  Kits include fabric and patterns.  The challenge is that each quilter will determine how to set the blocks and finish the quilt.  Quilts are to be turned in by October.  It will be judged, prizes are:  $100, $75, $50.  Guild members will receive a 20% discount; cost will be $48 plus tax.  Please contact Phoebe if you want to do this Challenge or go to PPQ to pick up your kit.

BLOCK SWAP:  Sandy received 14 Confetti blocks tonight. 

Linda passed out fabric for the background of her LOVE blocks and directions.  It is based on the Tula Pink design but she decreased the size.  We each received white fabric and we are to use any of our own fabrics.  Any fabrics or colors are acceptable.  Linda gave a quick demo on how to make the 5x7 (cut size) of each individual letter.  You can arrange the LOVE letters however you want them.
Karen King will be up for next month.

Tamie – quilts and technique samples from her week long retreat in North Carolina

Linda – large Wonky Log Cabin Block, class taught by Geri last Saturday

Alice – completed her Word Quilt using the Boy Scout Creed/Law, a quilt using fat quarters from Alaska from her daughter, and a reproduction of the Harriett Powers Bible Quilt that she is restoring for a friend.

Kim – quilt as you go technique class and linen from Tabby’s Quilt Studio in Beaufort.

Sandy - large Wonky Log Cabin Block, class taught by Geri last Saturday

Keri – quilt for her grandson and a bag (pattern – Wave purse/tote)

Kelly B – a log cabin quilt from her book and pillowcases made by Rhonda of Tabby in Beaufort

Next meeting will be at 6:30 pm on May 28, 2013.