JANUARY 6, 2016

President Yanick called the meeting to order. 35 members and 5 visitors were present.

Members were asked to share their "quilting resolutions" for 2016.  They included:  confining all their quilting stuff to one room in their house; not buying fabric; reclaiming their guest room; organizing; using up scraps; using layer cakes; learning free motion quilting in a modern style; learning paper piecing; learning to sew curves.

  • Our annual guild dues have been paid to MQG for the year.
  •  There may be one or two spots still left in Lee Monroe's class to be held at the Dr Phillips library on Jan 25 from 12:30-6.  Contact Marge ASAP if you are interested. 
....was won by  Tanyia.

  • Mark your calendar for our 2016 retreat at Kenilworth Lodge Nov 3-6.  Payment plans are available; contact Marge if you are interested in setting one up.
  • Christmas applique sew-along will begin this month at the Maitland Library Sew Day.  Participation is voluntary. The book required is Welcome to the North Pole by Piece O' Cake Designs.  Due to copyright considerations, all participants must purchase their own copy of the book (available from Amazon and other sources.)  Contact Debbie Z for questions.
  • Our next fabric auction will be held in April.  Marge will start collecting donations at next month's meeting.  Notions, tools, and books are also included.  Please pin a note stating the size of the piece of fabric to it before giving it to Marge; this will save a lot of time in sorting and organizing.  Scraps are good too, but please combine them into a larger package (Mary S suggested sorting them into a 5-lb. bag.) Any fabric left over after the auction will go to Sharleen for use in future charity projects.
  • World Quilt Florida takes place Jan 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (west building).  Discounted tickets are available from the Sewing Studio.  Look for the OMQG display!
Zonetta announced the following candidates for the officer positions on the 2016 Board of Directors:  Alissa, President; Tanyia, Vice-President; Mary Sm, Secretary; and Joan, Treasurer.  Voting will take place at our February meeting.  If you will not be able to attend, request an absentee ballot from Julia.

Sharleen announced that we have produced 303 pillowcases for the Army National Guard battalion that will soon be deployed.  If you would still like to make one, Jodi will accept them at any time.

We will have one year-long project, and two shorter-term projects to be announced later.  Our year-long project will be making quilts for The House Next Door, a non-profit counseling center for children and teens who are victims of sexual abuse and other traumatic events. Quilts may range from lap size to twin size, with a minimum size of 48" by 60".  Sharleen would love to see at least one quilt from all 72 of our members. All quilts will be collected and given at the same time to a representative from HND at a meeting at the end of the year.

Julia, Beth and Yanick were the winners of our 2015 UFO challenge.

Yanick has received 34 responses so far, and would really like to see more so that member input can be passed on to the incoming Board.  (If you have lost the link to the survey, or did not receive it, contact Yanick.) There was not a clear majority in favor of doing either another UFO challenge, or doing some kind of stashbuster challenge instead.  A final decision will be presented at our February meeting.

Our new library will be available next month.  Members may check out a book for one month at a time.  If you are unable to attend the next meeting, it will be your responsibility to get the book to the meeting in your absence.  Remember to post a review on Amazon of any of the Lucky Spools books you may check out.

A member asked why we no longer have demos at Sew Days, or at every meeting.  This is because we need more members to come forward and volunteer to demo!  Remember that demos do not need to be about huge, complicated techniques or projects.  Small projects that you have enjoyed, or a simple technique that has helped your quilting are both welcome as demos.  We are looking for 5-10 minute presentations.  Please contact Debra J if you can do a demo for the group.

Our guild's quilt for the charity quilt display at Quiltcon 2016 was revealed.  The quilt was designed and pieced by Yanick (using blocks made by our members), quilted by Debra J, and will be bound by Sarah.



.....was won by Kelly.

A battalion representative came to the meeting to collect the pillowcases; she was overwhelmed by our output!  Our donation means that all members of the battalion will be able to receive a pillowcase, which will be filled with snacks and treats from home.  She also mentioned that they are going to be looking for people to "adopt" soldiers in the battalion during their deployment; watch the OMQG Facebook page for more information if you are interested.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45.  Lunch followed at the Orlando Ale House.