Monday, October 5, 2015

October Meeting Recap

Lots of business to take care of last Saturday in West Newbury. Judy ably stepped in for the vacationing Laura, agenda in hand. 

The electronic submission date is 11/30. For $30 you can submit up to 3 quilts. Full details on the show and quilt submissions are here.

A Quilter's Gathering

Our volunteer slots are filled! (Thank You!). AQG will cover the cost of a 3-day pass for volunteers and SMQG will reimburse one $5 parking fee. See Jess with your receipts after the show. 

Mary distributed t-shirts and showed off the promo post cards featuring several different quilts and guild contact information on the back. 

East Kingston Library Exhibit

For advance promotion of AQG, Diane is coordinating an exhibit of quilts at the East Kingston Library. If you have a quilt that you'd like to show, please contact Diane soon!

Treasurer's Report/Retreat

Jess submitted the Treasurer's report and gave some retreat information. In January, deposits will be taken for the April 14 - 17th retreat at the Franciscan in Kennebunkport. Jess is taking volunteers for hospitality and swag for the retreat. A fun way to jump into guild activities, just sayin.

Raffle Blocks

The Spooky Eye raffle blocks will be continued for another month. It will be after Halloween for the second round but that leaves plenty of time to finish the WIP for next year. Tutorial here

December Secret Handmade Swap

Mary collected some information from the participants and will make partner assignments by the 23rd of this month. The tutorial for the Lined Drawstring Bag is here. Fill with $15 of fun notions, fabric and goodies for your partner to exchange at our last meeting of the year.

For all of Mary's hard work over the last month(s), Jess created this "High Five" to acknowledge her efforts. It was quite the badge of honor!!

Wonky Star Blocks for Laura

Well, it's not a secret so... Judy is collecting presidential thank you blocks, please have them to her by the November meeting. The specs are found in this recap.

Officer Nominations

Voting for 2016 Officers will be at the November meeting (Nov. 14 at the Newmarket Library). If you need an absentee ballot, please let Laura know. The nominations for officers are:

President - Mary Gregory
Vice President - Nancy Peach
Secretary - Kali Zirkle
Treasurer - Jess Benoit May

All are running uncontested. 

By-law Revisions

Judy has been toiling on the dry, but necessary By-law revisions. The document has been emailed to all members for review with the changes highlighted in red type. We will be voting to adopt these revisions next month as well.

Show and Tell

Judy showed the finished raffle quilt. Good job everyone! Thanks to Mary for the glorious quilting. Let's sell some raffle tickets next month!!! (My apologies for the blur!)

Susan showed a huge California King navy geometric that is destined for her son's bed. The back is as lovely as the front.

Kali was heading to the wedding of the couple that will receive this beautiful sampler after the meeting. It contains fabrics from the bride's family and wedding ring blocks.

Mary had improv blocks from guild scrap leftovers from a long ago meeting. Trash becomes treasure.

Jess sported a Heather Ross Tiger Lily skirt with girls climbing trees. Squeee!

Jelly Roll Race

With all business taken care of, Kali explained the basics of the jelly roll race as we divided into 4 teams to create wheelchair lap quilts destined for nursing homes in NH and MA. The teams will complete the quilts (polyester batting is preferred for heavy duty washing) for the February meeting.

The one team that did not get a decent photograph (probably because Mary was sewing too darn fast) finished first with this colorful quilt top. Yay, quick! Yay, easy! Yay, fun! 

Thanks for all the helpful hands that make quick work.

See you next month, a week later on November 14, 10 am at the Newmarket, NH library, 1 Elm Street. Note that the library opens at 10am so don't be too early. 

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