Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Meeting

We had a lovely April meeting, hosted by JoAnne at her condominium club house in Hampton, NH.  It was definitely our most plush accommodation to date!  Thank you to those who provided snacks and beverages.

We started out with Show and Tell.  Paula completed her bottle pillow cut at our March meeting using the Sizzix.

Judy shared this large coin quilt made for one of a set of twins.  She is working on the boy's quilt now.

JoAnne made this beautiful ocean quilt and, believe it or not, it was quilted on her home machine!

Laura made this colorful quilt for her little girl's 2nd birthday!

This is the back!

Nancy showed her Twister, completed from the February meeting.

And she shared her curved piecing pillows from the March meeting.

And finally, she shared this applique table runner from a recent workshop.

Samantha R. shared her logcabin quilt in progress.

Stephanie's Bookworm quilt was back from the public library where it had been on display so she was able to share it both front...

and back.

Sam shared her second twister quilt from the February meeting.

We then discussed Sarah Watson's generous offer of a fat quarter stack of her Indian Summer collection.  We decided to divide it into 2-3 bundles and Peg offered some solids to coordinate.  We will divide into groups and put together baby quilts, Round Robin style, and donate them to the hospital in Portland, ME.  Paula will get the contact information for that.

We had a good discussion about joining the Modern Quilt Guild.  The group was unanimous to go ahead and join in July.  The major selling points were group insurance rates, non profit status, and inclusion in the greater modern quilting movement.  In order to do that, we need to write bylaws, have formally elected officers, and a bank account.  We have the bank account all set.  Michele and Paula will work on a rough draft of the bylaws for review by the next meeting.  We will talk about formalizing officers titles at the next meeting as well.

In order to lighten my work load (Amy), I asked if someone would take care of arranging beverages and snacks for each meeting.  Robin agreed to do this so be looking for her email prior to each meeting and please try to take a turn to volunteer.  Laura agreed to take photographs at the meetings and write the post meeting blog post each month. 

I suggested a block raffle where we would each sew a designated modern block and bring them in to the next meeting.  They blocks will be raffled to one winner.  Sam agreed to take over this "block lottery" of the month or every other month.  Check the blog for details once Sam has decided on the block tutorial and colorway.

Amy presented a brief outline of Electric Quilt 7 software.

The other big highlight of the meeting was the Asbury challenge!  It deserves it's own post coming next.

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