Wednesday, June 12, 2013

April Meeting Recap!

Happy Summer!   Here is a review of the April meeting (a bit delayed...sorry about that) and some information for the upcoming months.

1.  The blocks for the charity quilt (made with the QuiltCon colors) were completed and turned into a beautiful quilt!  The quilt was donated to Project Linus, and a lucky girl or boy will certainly treasure such a special quilt.  Thanks to everyone who participated.
2.  We are continuing with the two Round Robin quilts, and they look great!  They will be wonderful finished quilts that will go to Project Linus for children in need.  If you are interested in adding a row or side to the quilts, just speak up at the next meeting.

3.  The Virtual Quilting Bee is in full swing, and these beautiful blocks were created for April!

For May, Charlotte requested the blocks below.  You can find the tutorial HERE

For June, Johanna requested a "put a bird on it" theme!  She made a Pinterest inspiration board for her block, which you can see HERE.  For those who don't understand the "put a bird on it" reference, it comes from a satirical sketch show called Portlandia.  You can see the original clip HERE.

4.  We showed off our beautiful completed Madrona Road challenge quilts!  You can see all of the amazing results in a separate post HERE!
If you want to see more amazing Madrona Road quilt projects from other Modern Quilt Guilds (note:  they are not all mini quilts), check out the Flickr page HERE!  

5.  We discussed the Modern Quilt Guild's decision to formalize its membership for the various guilds across the globe.  We have a few months to decide whether we would like to continue being part of the overall Modern Quilt Guild organization or become an independent guild.  Formalizing membership would provide a number of benefits, but it would also require us to charge dues (about $30 a year), plus form a board and become a tax-exempt organization.  We will continue to discuss our options at future meetings. 

6.  Charlotte discussed mini quilts and gave us some great tips and tricks for making them beautiful and prize-worthy!

7.  Quilt News and Events:
--eQuilter is requesting quilts for Hurricane Sandy victims.  Click HERE for more information about how to donate quilts.
--The American Quilter's Society is hosting a Modern Quilt Challenge, with $6,000 in prizes!  Quilt entries are due in August.  Click HERE for more information about how to enter quilts into the competition.

8.  We discussed the ongoing Pinterest board for the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, which you can find here:
9.  We swapped wrist pincushions and scissors fobs at our Member Swap!
10.  For our "Things to Bring" for the June meeting, we are having a "50 Shades of Grey" block prize!  Make a 12.5 inch unfinished block in a wonky/crazy log cabin style.  The center should be grey, with colorful outer rings.  
You can find an easy tutorial HERE.
One lucky member will win ALL of the blocks! 

11.  Show-and-tell:  As a final wrap-up, here are some great April show and tell photos!

REMINDER:  Our next meeting is Saturday, June 15th from 10am to 12pm at StitchCraft in Boca Raton.  See you there!

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