Wednesday, February 24, 2016

January Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild
January Meeting 2016

Raffle Quilts

Workshop Quilt

Block of the Month

Show and Tell

The Program:
Working with Translucent Fabrics in Quilts
Nancy Bryant

JANUARY 28, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Sheri P at 7:02 p.m.

Sheri introduced Mark, the Curator from the Benton County Historical Museum, who spoke about the Presidential Quilt Project exhibit presently at the Museum. This display features quilts which are all new creations yet utilize old as well as new fabrics and have been created by quilters from all over the country. The display will be shown until March 5th and he encouraged all to share this information with others.

Welcome and introductions: There was one guest, Sue, from Corvallis and there were no new members to introduce.

  • Membership renewals are now due for 2016.
  • Sheri P reported that she would like to provide a “Friendship Block Quilt" for outgoing executive officers. Instructions for the blocks are available at the back table at the meeting. Finished blocks should be returned by the March meeting. Sheri will put them all together.
  • 2017 Raffle Quilt: The quilt needs just a little bit of care to complete and also there is the need for a volunteer to coordinate the completion of the quilt. Judy J agreed to volunteer for this position to coordinate its completion.  Lynn G is credited with putting this quilt together thus far.
  • JCH Scholarship changes for 2016:
    • 1.    New scholarships will be limited to a maximum of $200 each
    • 2.    A total of $400 maximum will be granted in the first half of the year, and a max of $400 in the second half of year
    • 3.     Any unused portion will roll over into 2017 (fund presently has $911)
  • Quilt County: Sheri reported that Marcia (in absentia) wanted a commitment on the 2017 Quilt County project  as she needs to tell museum that MRQG will for sure be going ahead with this project, or not. She would like the Guild to commit to having a dozen shows in order to make the cost/work of putting this on worth it. She is asking for a minimum of 8 people willing to put down their name for a show tonight.  A vote was conducted as to should MRQG have Quilt County in 2017. A majority of members indicated their approval by a show of hands. A clipboard was passed around at the meeting for at least 8 people to commit to this event. One does not need to have the name of the show tonight as that information could be provided at a later date.
  • Service committee: Carol F reported that a sign-up sheet will be passed around requesting members to commit to quilt or bind at least one service committee quilt per year to help finish them. The Service Committee meets the first and third Thursdays of the month from 8:30-11:30 am. Volunteers are always welcome. Quilts that need binding or quilting are available this evening to take home. There is a reward of a fat quarter when you return a quilt.
  • Challenge committee: Packets are available this evening.
  • Round Robin: Cindy G reported that the Round Robin committee commenced meeting on Monday evening. Further details will follow via mail from Cindy to those on this committee.
  • Raffle Quilt 2016: “Double Take” is the name of the quilt.  Carmen S reported that the blocks were donated and the Service Committee put them together. Jean McD did a beautiful job of quilting it. The person who sells the most raffle tickets will have a treat – a smaller version of the quilt!  Jo  C will be working on the marketing and is looking for an assistant to help with this project. Packets should be available by February meeting.
  • Programs: Harriet P reported on the Workshops for 2016. In March, Colleen Blackwood from Pendleton would be doing a workshop, “Out of Focus” which will be held at JanniLou’s in Philomath. Colleen would present the workshop on Friday, March 25th, and maybe Saturday, March 26th, if enough interest.  An email will follow with the pattern and additional information. In August, Ann Shaw from Camas, WA would present a workshop, “Flowers of the Gorge” or “Chicken Challenge”. The workshop would be held Friday, August 26th. Nancy Chong from Seattle, WA would present a workshop on Friday, September 23, and maybe, Saturday, September 24th, at JanniLou’s on “The Chong Way to Applique” or “Hawaiian Applique”.
  • Harriet also reported that Reba Worotikan would be our guest speaker for the February meeting. Reba will bring a video and samples of her “Majestic Batiks” fabrics which are made in Indonesia. Majestic Batiks fabrics are available at JanniLou’s and Bolts to Blocks.
  • Block of the Month: Sharon F featured this month’s block, “Las Vegas Flower”. She reported that for every 12 blocks there will be an additional $10 gift certificate and accrue through the year and winner takes all! Catch- ups count…no need to have it in the appropriate month. Feel free to express your creativity in your blocks!  Joan H won the January blocks.
  • Hospitality drawing: Phyllis P raffled off two fat quarters which were won by Debbie G. And a $10 gift certificate to Quiltwork Patches was won by Cindy G.
Show and Tell featured 13 gorgeously creative quilts/projects that were made by members.

PROGRAM: Jan A-M introduced Nancy Bryant who was the guest speaker of the evening. Nancy was the recipient of the JCH Scholarship one year ago and she attended a fabric dyeing workshop at the Eugene Textile Center. Her topic of discussion was “Working With Translucent Fabrics in Quilts.”  It was very informative and entertaining. “Now go have fun experimenting”, Nancy encouraged.

The next general membership meeting is February 25th.
The next Board Meeting is March 2nd
President Sheri adjourned the meeting at 8:49 pm.
Respectfully submitted by co-secretary, Jan C