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