Friday, January 2, 2015

November Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild
November Meeting 2014 

Auction Items

Raffle Quilt 2015

2014 Round Robin  Quilts 

Challenge 2015 - Ties
Slides to provide inspiration

Show and Tell

Tying Quilts

Photos by Jan

The next meeting is January 22, 2015 at the Benton Historical Museum.  The social starts at 6:30, and the meeting starts promptly at 7.

Mary’s River Quilt Guild
General Meeting of November 20, 2014

President Beth called the meeting to order and invited Theresa forward to present the completed top of the Raffle 2015 quilt.

Theresa invited members to submit a name for the quilt so that a volunteer can make a label.  Long arm quilters are asked to submit interest in completion of the quilt.  Finally the quilt will need someone to volunteer to add the binding.

Carmen was asked to take charge of the election of the two elected positions for the board, President and Treasurer who will each serve two year terms.  The members were invited to vote on the names submitted, Sheri Puckette for President and Gail Bartlett for Treasurer but space was provided for write in names.

Beth thanked Carmen for hosting last month’s guild meeting and the members for welcoming her husband who was enlisted to show Beth’s challenge quilt.  The members were reminded that the position of QITG 2016 chair is still open and encouraged one or more to volunteer for the position.  She recognized those who have served on the board for the past two years and thanked them for their efforts.  The group then thanked Beth for her excellent leadership for the past two years.

Judy presented information on Challenge 2015 informing members that they can trade ties, purchase ties from garage sales or thrift stores, or raid someone’s closet.  Extra ties may be brought to meetings and exchanged at any time.  Judy also had a presentation of quilts and items made with ties to help inspire everyone to get started.  Linda B. offered to share Biz which may be needed for ties that require washing.

Program advised that Chris Irwin, chair of Coffee Creek Quilters, will be the speaker in January, 2015.  This program for women is run entirely by volunteers and contributions.   An article will appear in the newsletter sharing a list of items needed such as sewing machines, thread, needles, or fabric.  As each member of Coffee Creek Quilters returns to her community she is given a sewing kit which includes a sewing machine and items needed to continue quilting.  In February we will have Home Sewn Celebrations which will include members sharing wearable or home use items that they have made.  There will be various categories and information to be supplied as we display our items.  Further details will be supplied in the newsletter for this event.

Secret Sisters is working on pillowcases to present to Jackson Street Youth and invites members to assist with the project with all donations needed by December 18th.  Jan also likes to add items such as microwave popcorn and wrapped chocolates to add for holiday cheer.

Library noted some magazines are available and books to get your creativity going for the holidays.

BOM held the drawing for this month’s block and then Shelley introduced next year’s theme and January block.  The blocks will represent It Takes a Village and Shelley hopes to increase participation by offering a prize at year end by adding a ten dollar gift certificate for every twelve blocks submitted.  Next November a participants name will be drawn and they will win all of the gift certificates. 

Round Robin discussed the process for beginning next year’s projects which begin with an organizational meeting in January, an initial block or row in February and then exchange meetings in April, June and August.   Anyone interested can sign up with Cindy now or contact her by December 31st.  Participants of this year’s Round Robin group had a show and tell of their projects.

Carmen was invited to announce the results and proclaimed the news of unanimous votes for President Sheri Puckette and Treasurer Gail Bartlett.  They will begin the new positions January 1, 2015 and the guild is grateful and joyous that they have chosen to help in the leadership of the guild.

Hospitality had its drawing for two fat quarters (Jan. A.) and a gift certificate (Carmen S.).

The evening’s silent auction ended at 8:25 PM and winners were able to take their treasures home.

Corey was available to receive dues for 2015.

Show and Tell took place and then Beth closed the meeting with her thanks to the members and expressed her enjoyment in participation over the last two years as president.

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon MRQG Secretary

Sunday, December 14, 2014

October Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild

October Meeting 2014 

Challenge 2015 
 ----- Ties

Show and Tell

Mary’s River Quilt Guild
General Meeting of October 23, 2014

Vice-President Carmen S. presided over the meeting and began by welcoming our guests and introducing a new member.   Challenge quilt night is one of the most anticipated programs of the guild each year so Cindy G. was quickly asked to review the rules and start the show.

The theme for this year, Events-123 Show Creativity, had three rules to make the quilts eligible for prizes. The musts were that the challenge fabric had to appear on the front of the quilt, the quilt had to be finished and that quilters use three techniques in making the quilt with one of them being new to the quilter.  The quilt judges were Karen R. and Cathy C.; story judges were Nancy B. Cheryl J. and Liz H.  At the completion of the rule reviews the attendees were treated to amazing stores and beautiful quilts.

At the completion of the quilt presentations, the judges were given time to take a close look at the quilts and Judy J. introduced Challenge 2015, All Tied Up.  The guild received a large donation of ties and participants for the coming year will receive a packet with nine ties, the rules for this challenge and information on how to handle the ties (how to disassemble and / or best use the material).  The quilts can be any size or be wearable art; ties can be added; embellishments may be added and ties can be exchanged among guild members.  Cost for the packets will be $5.

Carmen began the business portion of the meeting by reviewing the candidates for guild president and treasurer, Sheri P. and Gail B. respectively.  She also reviewed the new committee chairs for program, BOM and marketing-all new women who will be serving on the board for the first time.

Round Robin chair Cindy reminded everyone that it is time to sign up for next year and that the participants for 2014 will be showing their projects at the November meeting.

BOM had an increase in participation this month and the lucky winner of the blocks was Cindy G.  BOM chair Linda also showed an example of the November Uneven Star block.

Hospitality had the drawing for fat quarters (Jan A.) and a gift certificate (Donna W.).

Secret Sister’s chair Jan encouraged everyone to consider signing up for next year with the deadline being December 10th for registration.  The guild website has forms which need to be completed and turned into Jan for 2015.

Show and Tell began with the Service Committee showing several quilts that will be going to the women’s winter shelter and Oak Creek Center in Albany.  The committee also donated a quilt to the Benton County History Museum for its annual fund raiser auction.

Carmen allowed a short break so that those in attendance could vote for People’s Choice and have a final opportunity to buy raffle tickets.

After the break Carmen noted that because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the next guild meeting will be November 20th, the third Thursday of the month.  The program will include work on service quilts, Round Robin’s end of year presentations and a silent auction.

Raffle 2014 held its drawing and Darcy M. of Brownsville won this year’s quilt.  Congratulations!

The judges after careful consideration announced the following winners for this year’s Challenge Program.

Best Story:  Linda J for Molly A
Best Representation of Theme:  Debbie G.
Best Use of Fabric:  Cindy G.
Best Quilt made start to finish by the quilter:  Beth Rietveld
Grand Prize and People’s Choice:  Linda J.

Thanks and gifts were offered to our judges and emcee.

Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon, MRQG Secretary
Alice, MRQG Historian