(by Linda Schiffer, with respect)
There were six guests attending.
Rose Daley led the meeting, beginning with introducing the new guild officers. She spoke the group’s thanks to the outgoing office holders and presented Janet, our retiring president, with a quilt made by members.
Quilt Bingo is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd at the FOP Lodge in Catonsville. Prizes are all handmade items from the membership and monies will be added to the guild treasury to support our activities and charity efforts. Rose passed a sign up sheet asking members to volunteer to lead or participate in making five special quilts for ‘large’ prizes - with one or two blocks for each quilt, quilting, binding, etc. Two of these special quilts will be started in February and two in April so that all can be completed without rush before the event.
We have several classes with traveling teachers planned for the year. The first class will be taught by Deb Grifka on March 11th on drawing with bias tape; Amy Friend will teach Improv Paper Piecing on June 10th and Melany Tuazon will teach curved piecing on October 14th. Each teacher will also present a lecture about their work and methods at the respective general meetings.
There will be swaps during the year including a member-to-member exchange with the Lancaster Modern Guild of 1 Hour Baskets to start off the year. The suggestion was made to use Pellon #71F interfacing in the baskets; also include three or four small sewing-related items inside. Bring completed baskets to the Feb. 9th meeting; swapped baskets from Lancaster members will be returned at the March meeting.
The Quilt In A Box block exchange will begin again in February and run until December.
There will be another Mystery Quilt (each member makes her own blocks) with multiple possible quilt layouts for the results. There will be seven or eight clues from February until September; the quilt will be lap sized or larger.
Quilt Bees will run from June to December (to allow for quilt making for bingo prizes early this year). There will be at least these three bees: Curvy Girls (working with curved piecing), Paper Dolls (doing foundation piecing), and Round Robin (making a medallion style quilt in border rounds).
There is a Members Only Workshop planned for Saturday, May 5th. Amy Hood will teach fabric dyeing and there will be a picnic. This will take place in Upperco, Maryland at Claudia Chapman’s house and will replace the May general meeting (the date of which falls on Mother’s Day).
In April, members are asked to bring finished quilts from any activity during the 2017 year (workshop, swap, bee, retreat, etc) to showcase our productivity.
There will be a year-long Block Lotto starting with the February meeting. M.J. has chosen a block called Candy for the first drawing - for each block a member makes, their name goes into the ‘hat’ once. Sets of blocks will be won at each meeting. Members will not be able to win another months’ set until they show a completed flimsy with their first winnings.
In February, members are invited to join a UFO Rescue. Bring an unfinished project with all notes in and swap wit someone else. Finish their ufo and they will finish yours.
The February meeting will also include a Ruler Demo.
After all those program news, Rose told members that her focus during her term of presidency will be on forming more social cohesion in the group - Quilting With Friends. She would like to foster outside-meeting small groups and made a Google doc up to help. Stitch groups might form geographically or around interests (for example, English Paper Piecing, Quilting Moms, Knitters, Garment Makers, Bag Makers, Virtual Membership, House of Ruth supporters, Embroidery, etc.)
There is already a monthly stitch-in group that meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Bear’s Paw Quilt Shop in Towson and all members are invited to attend.
After Rose’s presentation, Janet returned quilts from the Library Exhibit and mentioned the quilted fabric from Handy Quilter that is available for members to make items for themselves, charity or bingo prizes.
The guild’s Quilt Con Charity quilt was presented - blocks made by many members, quilted by Becca - and will be given to the House of Ruth (they are still deciding whether to raffle the quilt off or to hang it in their headquarters).
Show and Tell sharing followed: