Wednesday, May 3, 2023

May 2023 General Meeting Minutes


President Marge Cree welcomed everyone to the May 2023 General Meeting.  About 60 people attended, with 5 new members joining us today!

Pamela Edwards, Treasurer, gave us an update on income and expenses for March/April 2023.  Debby Manuel, Education Coordinator, went over the upcoming June 3 workshop for members featuring Libs Elliott called "Embrace the Chaos."  She recommended that people get together with their friends to participate on this Zoom workshop.

Karol Evans, Community Outreach chair, provided updates on our two big projects - Festival of Trees quilt, which will be kicking off in June, and QuiltCon quilt, which will be kicking off in July.  She also suggested that if there were small groups of people who lived near each other and wanted to work on an quilt for IMPOWER to let her know, so the groups can be coordinated.

Marge talked about next month's meeting that will review rulers - and to bring or be ready to talk about your favorite ruler.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon for the Round Robin activity that will kick off in August, run by Paula Kennedy.  

Big news on the annual retreat - the dates have been scheduled with the resort!  Mark your calendars for November 9 to 13...more to come later on this.  

Julia Hunt covered for Ginny Chambers who will be running a Kawandi challenge.  Julia told us that Ginny would be at both sew days this month to talk to anyone interested, and a supply list / information is posted HERE on the blog.  

Dawn Vanderwolf, Secretary, gave an overview of the Guild's library, and all books in the library were available for perusal today (this is not the normal process, as it takes a big effort to get them all here!).  Marge then educated us on the magic of adding a border to a quilt that didn't come out as square as we expected!  Here was her finished example:

Ashley Gottshalk won the raffle basket:

And Karol Evans won the May block of the months:

Nancy Reed gave us an overview of the June block of the month, and instructions are HERE on the blog.  We saw some wonderful work in Show & Tell, and had some nice time socializing! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

April 2023 General Meeting


President Marge Cree welcomed everyone to the April 2023 General Meeting.  Another very large turnout, with extra chairs needed to be set up in the back!  

Our first speaker was guest Katie Moore from Impower, the group we're working with for our outreach quilts this year.  Katie told us that, other than quilts, they have a wish list on their website for other items that they need for the Village, where these young men and women live (see ).  It was a very heartwarming and educational overview of what Impower does for youth that are aging out of foster care or are homeless.  Please consider working on charity quilts for this great organization!

Next were a number of reports from our leaders:

  • Treasurer Pamela Edwards updated us on our membership drive.
  • Karol Evans, Community Outreach chair, had quilt kits available for those who could take them home to quilt, and reminded us that we're still doing placemats, pillowcases (instructions on the blog) and drawstring bags.
  • Education chair Debby Manuel gave us an overview of an upcoming virtual workshop with Libs Elliott on June 3; an email went out on April 5 to members with all the information needed to register.
  • Beth Schmidt, who handles the Call for Blocks program, showed us what the 2023-24 blocks will be (instructions will go out soon, and will be posted on the blog).  Also, she will have packets of last year's blocks at the next meeting for those willing to put them together into quilt tops!
  • Nancy Reed, our Block-of-the-Month coordinator, introduced the May block, which is the potato chip block.  Email with instructions will go out on April 6 - look for it in your mailbox!  The winner of the April Block-of-the-Month was Annie O'Brien!

  • Our Charity Basket winner, proceeds of which go towards our education fund, was Ede Nault!

Our main program today was an overview and REVEAL of the Round Robin quilts that two groups worked on over the past year.  Paula Kennedy talked us through how this activity worked, from making a medallion to adding borders, who participated, and then revealed the two beautiful quilts that our members finished - both of which will go to charities for use in fundraising activities.  One of the charities is the Grace Medical Home, recommended by member Doreen Licitra.  If you want more information about this deserving organization, see their website HERE.

Group 1 quilt:

Group 2 quilt:

Finally, our members shared teacher and technique options that they would like to hear about in our upcoming program year.  All ideas were appreciated!  

Show & Tell: