Wednesday, December 18, 2019

General Meeting Minutes - December 4th, 2019

Beth welcomes guests, and asks members who joined within the last 6 months to stand.

She reminds members that the Maitland SewDay, on December 9th is the holiday party.  There won't be any gift exchange but Beth will bring a main dish and asks members who will participate to bring some food to share.  The Casselberry Holiday Party will be on December 28, and Judy is in charge of the main dish.

Ede asks attendees to sign the presence sheet, grab a Bingo sheet for the game, and reminds members that the Quilt & More has an appreciation day for the Orlando MQG members on December 14th.  Lastly, for those who have participated in the pincushion exchange and haven't received one yet you may want to have a chat with Ede. 

Block of the Month
Instructions for the BOM are on the blog, we hope that members are keeping one block each month and will make a full quilt with them.
Beth wins last month's BOM.

Diana presents the next block, Icky Thump Block by Julie Hirt.  It is a paid pattern but Diana has received the authorization from the designer to use it for our Guild.  Diana has made copies of the paper-piecing block.  If you haven't got one, please contact her via email.
For this block, the background is white and a solid color for for the rest: using solid on paper-piecing will make it easier as there is no wrong side or right side. 
Diana has some tips on the construction, see her blogpost HERE.

Other matters
Lake Mary Museum Annual Quilting and Art Exhibit - we have been invited to take part in this event again.  There's a sign up sheet for this.  Quilts will have to be dropped off between December 19 and 21.  Jeanne A. is the point of contact.  The exhibition will be open from January 12th to February 9th.

Debra is offering a free class on January 25.  She can host 7 people.  Contact her if you are interested, priority is given to Board members, former Board members, and then committee  members.

Everyone had a superb time.  THANK YOU to Marge and the retreat committee for a great organization.  A second retreat in the Spring will possible, however we need a committee to take the lead.

Election committee - Leslie, Aradria, Mary
The deadline to send your application to any position on the Board is December 20th.  You can contact any of the Election committee members in person, email, or phone.  Being a Board member is a great opportunity to take part in the development of our Guild.

Aradria presents 2 new books that have just been added to the Library: Why we quilt and English Paper Piecing.

Quilty basket
A few of the goodies which were in the basket: Ikea fabric, books, charms packs, chocolate, Flamingo decoration, 505 spray...  Betty is the lucky winner.

Community outreach
The first round of quilts were dropped at the Zebra Coalition.  We will have another drop off in February/March and we are only 12 quilts away from our promise of 25.

Festival of trees - it was beautifully displayed at the Orlando Museum of Art.  We don’t know yet how much money it has helped to raise.

So far we have delivered 450 placemats to Meals on Wheels.

Call for block - Connie, Julie and  Laurie report that 2 whole quilts were sewn together during the retreat, 6 quilts are ready for biding.  There's a bundle of leftover HSTs to pick up to make more placemats.  Please keep making blocks (instructions on the blog).  They are also looking for people to quilt tops.  So far the Guild has sent quilts to El Paso, Australia, New Zealand...

Financial report - Zonetta
Last month, we generated income from the Quilty Basket.  And our expenses were related to the Retreat and the acquisition of books.
Zonetta reminds members that it will soon be time to renew their membership and that it could be a nice gift idea.

Upcycling gift exchange
This year we challenge members to create a gift out of upcycling material to keep up with our sustainability theme.  Here are a few of the gifts which were exchanged.  #Orlandomqgmembershavetalent.

And finally, after some Bingo, memory game, scavenger challenge, it is time for our last Show'n'Tell of 2019.  Click on the rectangle at the bottom right of the image below for a wide screen video.


  1. Is it possible to join this group online? My granddaughter lives in Orlando and I have a current interest in modern quilts. My son wants one. Thank you for the tips on the flying geese!

    1. Hi Becky: We do have members who live out of state if you are interested in joining. Can you email the guild and I will give you some more information? Thank you.