Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 2021 SMQG monthly meeting minutes


Attendees: JoAnne D, Paula K, Barbara M, Barbara W, Robin L, Marylee W, Theresa H, Lou S, Mary O, Kate Q, Colleen H, Letty B, Barb B, Haley G, Suzanne W, Carol B and, Brenda Scolaro (new member) JoAnne welcomed our newest member, Brenda Scolaro and welcomed back Suzanne Whiteside who has relocated south! 

Committee Reports
Treasurer’s report was given. A reminder will be sent out to those who haven’t paid dues yet. 
Secretary’s report – nothing to add from the published January minutes 

Programs: Our Block of the Month is Piece & Love by modern quilt designer Sherry Shish. This pattern is a skill builder using gradient colors options. Sherry will provide a link to the block instructions upon receipt of payment from the Guild. Tutorials will also be posted for us to view. JoAnne is working on this. We’ll need to get to work since Blocks 1 & 2 (Jan & Feb) have been completed/underway. Have your colors for the 2 blocks pulled for our March 6 meeting. 

Reminder: Do not share the pattern with anyone. It is meant to be used by members, only. 

JoAnne has picked out her fabric choices which include Carolyn Friedlander graphics and contrasting colors by Allison Glass and shared her vision with us. Pintuck & Purl is offering special pricing to our members for this project. If you decide to purchase your fabric from them you can use curbside pickup, shipping or, go into the shop (masks required, please check hours). 

JoAnne issued a UFO challenge to show your UFO in April and have finished by September’s meeting. Finished = prior to binding Prizes will be given (categories TBA) 

Barb Brian is looking for the group’s input for Program activities such as virtual workshops, projects on You Tube. Barb will send out a survey through Survey Monkey so think about what you would like to work on, speakers/designers you’d like to have, member trunk shows, tutorials, etc. 

Haley (Hospitality) suggested we create a Kahoot game of quilting trivia (i.e. guess designer of different fabrics). This could be a fun way to learn and challenge each other! 

Since we can’t have an in person Retreat, Kate will share some ideas with JoAnne. 

IG tips and Tricks. Haley provided some tips and tricks when using our social media apps. Instagram is her favorite for quilting. Information included how to’s such as making public or private, how to post and repost pictures and ideas, editing, tagging, join a collective of groups/people by adding a #, adding filters, stories (which stay active for one day). This is an app that has many uses. Haley will send the group a tutorial. 

Show and Tell: 

JoAnne showed her Gravity BoM by Jay Bird Quilts she is working on. Block #7 completed! 
Colleen showed us a beautiful Karen Lewis hand print quilt from England that she purchased. 
Paula is working on what will be a quilt of trees. 
Kate showed us a fun quilt using scraps going back 20-30 years. A tip when using a fabric color that can run (i.e. dark maroon): put something like a shout color catcher in the water when you wash it. It sucks the color out of the water onto the sheet, protecting the fabric from color bleeding. 
Robin put her antique blocks together into a quilt. 
Letty is knitting a sample hipster shawl from Pintuck & Purl 
Mary is working on a pillow – a deer and antlers design by Becky Goldsmith. 
Suzanne has kept very busy with a Butterfly quilt with 2,300 pieces! 
Haley has spent some time reorganizing her scraps (old toy sorter bins) and had an idea to use a “year of scraps”. She made a quilted dress in burnt orange using small and large blocks. And, a Valentine quilt inspired from American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. 
Our new member Brenda moved from CT in 2019 and also belongs to the Piecemaker quilt guild. Her son takes care of Instagram for her Frendasboutique business. She suggested using an old phone book for paper piecing. 

Future Meeting Dates and Locations: 
Regular monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom (adjusted for holiday weekends). 
Be sure to mark your calendars: 
March 6 
April 3 
May 1 
June 5 
July 10 
August 7 
September 11 
October 2 
November 6 
December 4 
Zoom meetings have been set up for all of 2021. We will reassess as the months go on and changes will be made if we are confident that we can meet safely. 

Board of Directors meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7p.m. via Zoom.