Tuesday, July 16, 2013

June Meeting Recap!

The summer is flying by!   I hope everyone is staying dry and cool in this rain and heat.  Here is a review of the June meeting and some information for the upcoming months.

1.  Here is one more view of the completed charity quilt for Project Linus, using QuiltCon colors.  Thanks to everyone who created this beautiful quilt for a good cause!  We also discussed the amazing Charity Sewing Day we held in May for Project Linus, and 20 quilts were made for children in need!


2.  We are continuing with the two Round Robin quilts, and they are almost ready to be completed and donated as small quilts for Project Linus!  If you have any nice unfinished blocks that you would like to use as the "center squares" of our next Round Robin quilts, please bring them into the meeting!  

3.  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.  All of the blocks turned out great, and they were in a wonderful range of styles (pieced, applique, wonky, etc.).  
 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 had our "Fifty Shades of Grey" block raffle, and one lucky member won all of these beautiful blocks!  Thanks to everyone who participated...maybe you'll be the lucky winner next time!

5.  We continued to discuss 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.  
6.  Jessica gave a presentation about her role as a fashion/design/textiles teacher in the Broward school district.  She had some amazing show and tell pieces, and it was great learning about all of her wonderful and talented students!

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.
--Check out the news from the mailbag HERE and HERE.   

8.  We discussed the ongoing Pinterest board for the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, which you can find here:  http://pinterest.com/patchworkduck/south-florida-modern-quilt-guild-projects-and-insp/
9.  For our "Things to Bring" for our July meeting, we are bringing two items:
a)  a Fat Quarter of fabric (18" by 22") of a "fall-themed" fabric, for a swap.
b)  a block using THIS tutorial, in the 12 inch size, with scrappy colors and a white background.  One lucky member will win all of the blocks!  Here is a sample of the blocks:

10.  We had some fun door prizes, including a mini quilt kit and books!  Please feel free to bring in any items you want to de-stash...we are always in need of fun door prizes!

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



Reminder:  our next meeting is Saturday, July 20th, from 10am to 12pm at StitchCraft.  See you soon!

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