Thursday, November 28, 2013

November Meeting...

Welcome to the

Mary's river Quilt Guild

November Meeting 2013

Tonight we are tying quilts...

Block of the Month:

Crazy Quilt Blocks...

Silent Auction...

Grab a Seat......Tie a Quilt

Our silent auction raises money for our

scholarship program

Make a Bid...

Here comes the Show 'n Tell:

Round Robin Quilt Group:

Our November meeting is dedicated to 

MRQG Member

Gloria Gilhousen

Gloria lost her battle with cancer this year.

Next Meeting:

January 23. 2014
Benton County Historical Museum
Philomath, Oregon
2nd Floor @ 7pm

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi, MRQG Historian

Mary’s River Quilt Guild
General Meeting of November 21, 2013

The meeting was called to order and a welcome extended to all attending.  President Beth noted that the usual order of the program would be different and invited all those with a Show and Tell project to please come forward.  Show and Tell began with a B(r)ang as we saw the winning item from a recent fund raiser for Project HER which provides support for breast cancer survivors.
Those who participated in the Round Robin series this past year showed their projects and an invitation was extended for everyone interested in joining next year to sign up by December 31st.
President Beth asked the current guild board to come forward and offered words of thanks and bags of sweet treats for them. 
The ballots for the election of vice-president and secretary were passed out to everyone by the current vice president Erica Koenig and votes cast and ballots collected.
Beth advised that each meeting will include an opportunity to sign up to help set up for the guild meetings and tidy up after the guild meetings.  A clipboard will be passed with the dates noted for next year’s meetings and members are asked to sign up for at least one meeting.
Raffle 2014 Quilt was shown and a request for assistance issued.  The quilt needs a name and guild members are invited to make a suggestion.
Block of the Month announced that next year’s theme will be Parade of Stars with the patterns of each star designed to become more challenging as the year progresses.  The January block was shown.
Hospitality had the name tag drawing with Linda Jewett winning the fabric quarters and Phyliis Pearson winning a gift certificate.
Block of the Month continued by showing the February 2014 block and having the drawing for this month’s Crazy Quilt blocks which were won by Diane Jackson.
The pot holder committee noted that they have a few items left for purchase and reminded that they make wonderful hostess gifts for the holidays.
Secret Sisters has forms available to sign up for participation in the coming year with forms needing to be returned by December 31st.   During this past year participants were invited to make pillow cases which were delivered to Jackson Street Youth who were very excited to receive them.  Anyone interested in contributing more pillow cases are asked to get them to Jan Andrews-McKirdie by December 19th so that they may be delivered before the end of the holiday season.
Members were reminded that the guild does have scholarship funds available for those who may wish to attend a special quilting class.  Applications are available on the web site and if your application is approved the guild asks that you share your experience at a future meeting.
Quilts in the Garden have had a date change with the event now taking place on August 16, 2014 (Saturday).  As the date draws nearer the guild will learn about the many unexpected opportunities and themes for the various gardens.  For this month we learned that one of the gardens will have antique quilts which should come with a story.  The story may be about who made it, how it came to the current owner or perhaps something special about the time period in which it was made. 
Marketing now has a chair, Erica Koenig and to help expand our fund raising the guild is interested in any ideas for new venues to show and sale raffle tickets for the coming year.
Challenge committee has only one packet left (cost $10) and may have a special plan / surprise for 2015 thanks to a special donation to the guild.
Service Committee thanked everyone for helping to tie quilts; they reported that the quilts displayed during Quilt County have been donated and that they have thank you fat quarters for those who have contributed time on making, quilting or binding items the last few months.
The next guild newsletter article deadline is January 10, 2014.
Corey Arentz announced confirmed and potential programs for the coming year.  In January we have a special movie night with a viewing of Stitch which shares the story of three people who prepare for the Houston quilt show.   The coming year will cover a variety of topics using various fabrics and techniques by outstanding teachers and quilters of Oregon.
The election results were announced confirming Carmen Steggell as the new vice-president for the guild and Sharon Fries to be Secretary for another two years.  Thanks and congratulations to both candidates.
The night’s silent auction was closed to bidding at 8:30 pm with monies raised to be used for the scholarship funds and the service committee.
The next guild meeting will be January 23, 2014 and the next board meeting will be February 5, 2014.
Meeting adjourned with best wishes for the holidays.

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Fries, Secretary

Thursday, November 7, 2013

October......Challenge Quilts

Welcome to the October 2013

Mary's River Quilt Guild Meeting

Tonight we are revealing.....Challenge Quilts

Grab a seat....

MRQG Raffle Quilt

Photos Courtesy of Alice Hall & Jan Tallis

Next Meeting:

Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 7pm

Silent Auction & Quilt Tying

Submitted By:
LuAnn Kessi, MRQG Historian

Mary’s River Quilt Guild
General Meeting October 24, 2013
President Beth called the meeting to order and welcoming our nine guests and two new members.
Announced that there is still an excellent opportunity to join the board as Marketing chair and noted that each venue has a sub-chair to aid with the events throughout the year.
Challenge chair Judy introduced the 2014 program which will focus on trying different techniques in your quilt which should have a theme of event / celebrations.  She then reviewed this year’s requirements and introduced our quilt and story judges.  Twenty-six women came forward with a project and almost all of them were complete!
Show and Tell followed the challenge quilt showing and then there was a break so that everyone could buy the last minute raffle tickets, purchase potholders, adopt a service quilt and vote for the People’s Choice Award.
At the November meeting, members will be asked to vote for the vice-president and secretary with Carmen Stegell running for vice-president and Sharon Fries for secretary.  Non-elected chairs will be:
Program:  Corey Arentz        Webmaster:  Erica Koenig      Photographer:  Alice Hall  
 BOM:  Linda Brown       Quilts in the Garden:  Linda Jewett       Hospitality:  Phyllis Pearson
 Raffle 2015:  Theresa Valentine
Program:  Next month is our opportunity to support the Service Committee by tying quilts – remember to bring scissors and thimbles.  There will also be a silent auction for items – anyone having something to donate plus contact Marcia.
Library:  The last of this year’s budget has been spent on new books that will arrive by our next meeting.  If anyone has ideas for new books, please let the committee know.
Newsletter:  Deadline is October 26th for articles.
Service Committee:   The committee had thirty quilts hanging at the library during Quilt County and expects to donate about thirty more quilts by year end.
Challenge 2014:  Of the forty packets prepared for the coming year 38 have been sold tonight.
Raffle 2014:  The nearly completed quilt was shown during the meeting and it was reported that the hand quilting has taken 206.5 hours to date.  Flo Calhoun has volunteered to complete the quilting and a huge round of thanks is due to all those who worked on the quilting.
Raffle 2015:  Expects to begin planning in November.
Quilts in the Garden:  It is estimated that over two hundred quilts will be needed by July, 2014 for the show.  It is hoped that those who participated in the two international block exchanges will have their quilts completed by April to share with the guild and then have them become a part of the show in July.
Round Robin:  Cindy has forms and invites all interested persons to sign up.  She needs to hear from all interested persons by December 31st.
Secret Sisters:  Met last week for some fall fun; in November they will be eating dinner prior to our guild meeting and then will have a celebration in December.   Everyone is invited to join this group – you just need to be current in your membership to participate so be sure to take care of your dues for 2014.
BOM:  Next month’s crazy quilt block will be the last of the year and Naomi won this month’s blocks.
Hospitality:  Karen G. won the fabric and Ann S. won the gift certificate for the evening’s name tag drawing.
Beth noted that Donna Bella has a Creative Cleavage contest and members will enjoy seeing the creations made to support breast cancer awareness.  Beth even won a prize for her submission.
Raffle 2013:  The drawing was held for Hot Flashes and the winner is Carol Rathbun of Philomath!  Congratulations Carol.
Challenge Quilt Results:
Best Story – Linda Jewett
Best Quilt Start to Finish – Marcia Gilson
Best Representation of Theme – Linda Jewett
Best Use of Fabric – Beth Rietveld
Grand Prize – Cindy Graff
Viewer’s Choice – Cindy Graff

The meeting ended with a big thank you to our judges.
Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Fries