Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 2012.......Tying Quilts

Philomath, Oregon

The 2013 Raffle Quilt is REVEALED...

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Next Meeting:
Thursday, January 24, 2013  ypm
Benton County Historial Museum
Philomath, Oregon

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi
MRQG Historian

The meeting was called to order by Lisa who offered the following announcements.
-There will be 28 quilts from the guild going to the Stitches in Bloom show and they need to be delivered to Lisa’s house by January 15th so that she can deliver them for the show.
-Committee chairs need volunteer hours by all members so that the year-end reports may be completed.
-Recognition and thanks were extended to board members by Lisa and each was given a gift certificate to one of the local quilt shops.
-Raffle 2013 quilt was presented for all the members to view and thanks given to all those who worked on it.
The election ballots for President and Treasurer were handed out to all those at the meeting then the ballots were gathered for count by our vice-moderator.
Committee Reports
Our current treasurer announced that she had forms and those interested could submit their 2013 membership dues.
Service committee noted that there were a number of quilts set up and ready to tie at the back of the room.  There were quilts in need of binding, machine quilting and one for hand quilting with a request that members take these home to complete as needed.
Challenge committee had received several questions about the rules for 2013 and clarified some of the information for the members.  It was also noted that suggestions made after this year’s program will be adopted for next year such as members selecting the best story rather than the judges, improvement of the lighting and that it really is okay to show an unfinished project.  Remember unfinished projects often have the best stories.
Round Robin reminded everyone that this would be the last meeting opportunity to sign up for next year.  Anyone deciding to join will need to call Cindy Graff before December 31 if they wish to join the group after this evening.
Secret Sisters also had sign-up sheets which need to be returned before year end.
Block of the Month had the drawing for this month’s blocks and shared the first block for 2013.  The theme of the blocks for next year will be Cultural Heritage which may represent countries or cultural traditions.
Hospitality had the drawings of our monthly gifts for those attending who remember to wear their name tags.
     The election of officers was announced with Beth Rietveld becoming the guild President and Linda Curry the Treasurer.
Show and Tell of quilts made by the members took place.
Beth represented the guild members with our thanks to Lisa and Priscilla by presenting friendship blocks made by the guild members.  We greatly appreciate the outstanding work and leadership of these two members.
A clipboard was passed around the room so that members could sign up to help with the raffle sales at Stitches in Bloom.  Those who have quilts in the show or aid with ticket sales have free entry to the show.  The featured speaker at the show Charlotte Warr Andersen will speak at our January guild meeting on January 24th and be at the show January 25-26, 2013.
Program led the group in a getting to know you activity and then members were invited to tie quilts with the aid and instruction of the service committee.
Meeting closed.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Fries

Friday, November 2, 2012

October 2012......Challenge Quilts

Welcome to the Mary's River Quilt Guild

Challenge Quilts Revealed

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Next Meeting:

Thursday, November 15, 2012
7 PM  Benton County Historical Museum

November BOM Pattern:

Mary’s River Quilt Guild General Meeting
October 25, 2012
The meeting was called to order by President Lisa who then welcomed visitors and explained the evening’s program order.
The November guild meeting will be one week earlier, November 15th, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Jean McDaniel won second place in Portland at the Western Master Quilters Expo.
There is a need for at least one more entry for the Stitches in Bloom show.
Requested volunteer(s) to assist with the binding of the 2013 Raffle quilt once the quilting is completed.  
Naomi shared that nine of the eleven block sets have been submitted for the Australian block exchange and may be seen on display at the back of the room.
The November guild meeting will include the election for President and Secretary.  At this time candidates are Beth Rietveld for President and Linda Curry for Treasurer.
Raffle 2012 quilt was at FOF with good sales results.
Show and Tell of members’ quilts took place.
The Challenge Quilt tradition and rules were explained for this year, Traditions with a Twist.   This was followed by a skit introducing the 2013 theme:  It’s Elementary Dear Watson – Back to Basics.  After members shared their quilts and stories for this year’s challenge, there was a break so that the judges could make their decisions and ballots cast for the Viewers’ Choice award.
The business meeting included the following reports:
Deadline for the newsletter is November 3rd.
The service committee received two completed quilts back and needs only seven more to complete the COI goal of one hundred quilts.
Raffle Quilt 2013 will probably not be available for preview until after January because it will be at the Stitches in Bloom show during the January guild meeting but an effort will be made to email a copy of the completed quilt to guild members.
Raffle Quilt 2014 will have information on hand quilting classes in the upcoming newsletter.
Round Robin reminded everyone that this and the November meeting are the last opportunities to sign up for participation for next year.
Secret Sisters also has applications available and those interested in participating need to sign up by the end of the year.
Block of the Month displayed completed November block examples in navy blue and white and then the drawing for this month’s blocks took place.
Hospitality had their drawing for a set of fat quarters (in the November BOM colors) and a gift certificate to one of our local quilt stores.
The judge’s decisions were announced and awards given for this year’s Challenge as follows:
Best Story: Flo C.
Best Use of Fabric:  Sharon H.
For Theme:  Diane J.
Grand Prize and Viewer’s Choice:  Gloria G.

The meeting ended with the drawing for Raffle Quilt 2012 – the winner was Kathy Krause.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Fries

Monday, October 22, 2012

September 2012

Welcome to the

Mary's River Quilt Guild

September 2012 Meeting

Guest Speaker Tonight:

Beth Rietveld

Shares her Quilting travels in Tokyo and Paris

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Next Meeting:

Thursday, October 25, 2012 7pm
Benton County Historial Museum
Philomath, Oregon

Photos Courtesy of:  Linda Brown

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi, Historian

The meeting began with President Lisa welcoming everyone and introducing visitors.  She then introduced Irene of the Benton County History Museum staff who shared information of the upcoming fund raiser for the museum.  The museum raises about half of the operating budget with fund raising activities and they have an upcoming.  For the auction they are looking for items which guild members may have to offer and to invite all of us to make a purchase of a special item.  The auction dates are October 12-29, 2012.

Three upcoming quilt shows were noted:  Legacies in Thread by the Emerald Valley Quilters of Eugene on September 29 and 30th; Purple Frog in Jefferson has a show September 29 and 30th; Seeing Red at the Old Aurora Colony Museum will take place from October 12-21,2012.
Our guild needs a few more entries for the Stitches in Bloom show which will take place January 25-26, 2013 with workshops on January 22-24th.  Entry of a quilt also provides entry into the show.
Members are invited to make friendship blocks (instructions on the MRQG website) for the outgoing Treasurer in blue and green batiks and for our outgoing President in bright batiks.
Treasurer reported that the guild raised $930 on the Chicks and potholder sales at the museum.
Service Committee invited members to adopt quilts that need quilting or binding.  Those adopting one of the quilts will receive a fat quarter.
The Challenge committee reminded everyone the October meeting will feature this year’s challenge quilts and stories of the members.  The packets and information on 2013 Challenge will be available for $10 and include a yard of fabric.
Jean McDaniel will be quilting the 2013 Raffle quilt.
Quilt County was explained as an event that happens every other year for Benton County and 2013 will be the 20th anniversary of the event.  People are invited to find a location and gather some friends to mount a show of their work.  A sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested and this will be repeated during meetings for the next couple of months.    A firm and complete list of locations will be needed by April, 2013 in order to allow time for the information to be published for the September, 2013 show.  
The Raffle 2014 committee is organizing a hand quilting class at JanniLou’s shop with cost of the class ($15)  being reimbursed with five hours contribution of time on the quilt for 2014.   The monies will come from the scholarship funds as approved by the board and a sign-up sheet was passed for members to indicate interest in a hand quilting class.
Round Robin chair Cindy explained the process used for the current year’s projects and invited interested guild members to join the group next year.  They need all interested persons to sign up by December 31, 2012.  A sign-up sheet will be available for those interested over the next two months.
Secret Sisters shared information on their picnic last week which twenty-one people attended.   There is information and forms on the guild website for this group and they ask all interested persons to please sign up by year end so that all may be invited to the first meeting of the new year, January, 2013.
Block of the month committee displayed next month’s block, introduced next year’s theme of Cultural Heritage and had the drawing for the blocks brought to the meeting.
Hospitality had the drawing for those members in attendance who wear their nametags.
Show and Tell began with the Round Robin group displaying their quilts.
After a short break, our speaker, guild member Beth Reitveld, presented Quilting Around the World, My Adventures in Tokyo and Paris.

Respectfully, Submitted,
Sharon Fries

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MRQG August 2012 Meeting...

Philomath, Oregon

August 2012

Tonight our members talk about their quilts on display at the
Benton County Historical Museum

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Next Meeting:
Thursday 7pm September 27, 2012.....Remember to bring your Block of the Month

Special Thanks to Linda Brown for filling in as photographer this month!

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi, Historian

Mary’s River Quilt Guild
General Meeting
August 23, 2012
President Lisa called the meeting to order and welcomed the visitors.
-Monies from this evenings silent auction will go to the JoAnne Cutler Hay Scholarship Fund
-N. Weidner had a quilt accepted at the Des Moines AQ Show and she is attending this event.
-In January, 2013 the Stitches in Bloom event in Silverton at the Oregon Gardens will be the first location for ticket sales of the guilds raffle quilt.  Twenty-five quilts will allow the guild to have a booth at no charge for the ticket sales.  Entries due by January 11, cost ten dollars per entry (but quilt entry also provides a ticket to the show) and the show dates are January 24-25, 2013.  The show will feature Charlotte Warr Anderson who will be the guilds speaker at our January meeting.  
-The treasurer reported that overall raffle ticket sales are about $80 below last year’s total at this time.
-Library shared information on the new books and encourages all members to take advantage of the wide selection of material available to members.
-The newsletter deadline is September 7th.
-Service committee thanks all those who helped tie quilts at the fair and quilts are available for binding.  Those who add bindings receive a fat quarter as thanks for their assistance.
-Those interested in working on next years challenge selections were invited to remain for a short meeting, after the guild meeting.  Remember that our October meeting will be the show and tell reveal of Traditions with a Twist, the current 2012 challenge.
-The 2013 raffle quilt was displayed and requests for an appliqued label and bids from long arm quilters requested.  The quilt is 98.5 inches by 111 inches.
-Round Robin participants advised that their quilts will be shown at the September meeting.
-BOM had a drawing for eight blocks submitted for this month and displayed next month’s block.  They are hoping to have new people join the committee for next year to share in the fun of planning the future BOM selections.
-Hospitality held the drawing for fat quarters and a gift card to Creative Crafts.  Also she provided an update on the number of pot holders and Chicks with Attitude that have been sold in the museum shop.  There have been 77 Chicks sold and 83 potholders sold raising about $900 for the guild.
Show and Tell of quilts by guild members was followed by a break in the meeting to allow attendees to continue bidding on items.  Last month’s auction resulted in sales of $332.
The meeting resumed with our program which included the sharing of the members who had quilts in our show, One of My Favorites.
Meeting was adjourned and members invited to collect their winning bid items. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Round Robin 2012.....Round 4

Last night was the fourth meeting of our Round Robin group.  

I’ve attached photos of the pieces 
with the owner and the people who worked on the block

MariAnne's piece

Naomi's piece

Peggy's piece

Stephanie's piece

Cindy's piece

Jessica's piece

Joan's piece

Judy's (not shown) piece

Libby's piece

Photos Courtesy:  Naomi Weidner

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi
MRQG Historian/Photographer

Sunday, July 29, 2012

MRQG...July 2012 Meeting

Welcome to the
Mary's River Quilt Guild
Philomath, Oregon

July 2012 Meeting

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Submitted By:

LuAnn Kessi
MRQG Historian/Photographer

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Karen Miller.....Katazome Artist

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Karen Miller

Sunday, July 1, 2012

June 2012 Meeting

Welcome to the Mary's River Quilt Guild

June 2012

Our Speaker:

Fay Jacques
Tillamook County Quilt Trail

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Mary's River Quilt Guild
LuAnn Kessi, Historian


JUNE 28, 2012
The guild president called the meeting to order and welcomed visitors.
Announcements  included:
-The 2012 raffle quilt is hanging here this evening and will soon be on its way to the quilt show in Sisters.  After the Sister’s show it will become a part of the guild quilt show here at the Benton County Historical Museum.
-During the meeting with new members last month, several asked about the tables set up each month during the general meeting; why are they there?  The committees explained what they do and what is available at the tables.
-Project Her contacted the guild and asked that anyone interested in making scarves (to be used by women going through chemo treatment) please contact them.  President Lisa has the instructions and information for anyone interested.
-Colville, Washington’s guild sent an announcement and invitation to their September 7th guild show.
-MRGQ still needs candidates for President and Program chair.  The treasurer’s position is also open and there is one candidate for this position.  Anyone interested, please contact Pres. Lisa.
-Jan A. passed a notebook around inviting small quilt groups to meet at the museum during the guild quilt show.  Others interested in this opportunity can contact Jan to sign up for the space.
-The museum will have a barbecue fund raiser and pre-view of the quilt show on July 12th; tickets were available for purchase at the meeting and will be available through the museum offices.
This month’s program was presented by the Tillamook County Quilt Trails Coalition.  Their goal is to promote and preserve their rural and coastal heritage through the honored tradition of quilting.  Currently they have built and found locations for eighty-one wooden quilt blocks around the Tillamook area.  
Committee Reports:
Library committee had a sale of duplicate and donated books.
Newsletter deadline is July 11.
Service committee offered quilts to be bound and round robin quilts to complete.  They are also interested in donations of materials to make the quilts which are donated to local charitable groups.
Challenge quilt committee reminded everyone to work on their quilts and be ready for the meeting in the fall with their quilt presentation.
Raffle 2012 committee passed sign –up sheets for ticket sells for the upcoming Sisters quilt show and Coburg quilt show.  The Benton County Fair will be August 1-4 and folks are needed for this event also.
Raffle 2014 displayed their quilt top which will be ready for hand quilting by guild members and will hopefully have members working on it during the guild quilt show at the museum.
Raffle 2013 expects to have the quilt top completed by the end of July.
Scholarship funds are available and information is available on the guild website.
The Guild quilt show will be July 13 through August 25, 2012 and will have twenty-seven quilts on display.  There will also be pot holders and Chicks with Attitude available for purchase, funds going to support MRQG and the museum.
Permission to Play reported activities.
BOM presented examples of the July and August blocks and held the drawing for this month’s blocks.
Hospitality held the drawing for all those attending which included calendars donated by the Tillamook Quilt Trail Coalition, fat quarters of fabric and a gift certificate to a local quilt shop.
Show and tell by the guild members completed the evenings meeting.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Fries

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Round Robin.......Round 3

Marianne's block, row by Joan

Cindy's block, row by MariAnne

Jessica's block, row by Cindy

Joan's block, row by Naomi

Judy's block, row by Peggy

Libby's block, row by Jessica

Stephanie's block, row by Libby

Meeting 3a

Meeting 3b

Peggy's block, row by Judy

Naomi's block, row by Stephanie

Photos Courtesy of Naomi Weidner

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi
MRQG Historian

New Member......Meet 'n Greet

New Member Meet 'n Greet
May 24, 2012

To help our new members get better acquainted with
the Mary's River Quilt Guild...

we invited them for a Meet 'n Greet...

The Board Members of the MRQG
and Committee Chair Persons...

Meet with the new members to inform them about everything
our wonderful guild has to offer...

New Members learn all about our committees...

What a terrific lending library of books that awaits them...

How they can get involved by helping out
with all of our various committee projects...

and....what makes our guild "tick."

It is a fun way to make our new members
feel at home in the MRQG...

Many Thanks to all who participated in helping
make this event possible.

If you have MRQG related information, activities, photographs, etc. we welcome your submissions to this blog to help keep our members informed.
Please send all submissions to:
LuAnn Kessi

Photos Courtesy of: Naomi Weidner

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi
MRQG Historian