Wednesday, November 18, 2015

December meeting announcement

It's getting to be that time of year again! We have arranged to have the Guest House at The Pittsburgh Project from 9:00am-5:00pm on Sunday, December 6th so you can work on your holiday projects, or any project really, surrounded by all your fellow guild members. The Guest House is down the alley a bit from the main hall, where we usually meet. We will have signs posted, and, look, here's a map:

Members should have received an eVite in their email last week. Please bring a potluck item to share for lunch, and note in the comments of the eVite what you are bringing. Also, don't forget your supplies for whatever project you are working on (plus extension cords, etc).

We will have our usual business meeting at 1:00 pm and will be addressing the following topics:
  • The winner of the raffle quilt will be chosen randomly
  • Bylaw changes (VOTING)
  • New leadership (NOMINATIONS)
  • January/February programming suggestions
  • Show & Tell
  • The QuiltCon top will be at the meeting. Ooooh. Aaaah. You want to see this thing. Seriously. 
Feel free to drop by just for the meeting if you can't stay all day!

We have four more copies of Sherri Lynn Wood's book - if you'd like to buy a copy to support the Guild, they are $20 each.  Surely someone you know would LOVE to get a copy for Christmas! 

You will also have a chance to win some wonderful prizes! Guys! PRIZES!

See you in December!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November meeting recap

Thank you to every one who came out to the November meeting! We welcomed two new members, Hannah and Angela. Please take a moment to say hello to these lovely ladies at the next meeting! We also met two new friends, Susan and Nikki, who we hope we will be seeing more of in the future!

There was quite a bit of business to review at this meeting:
  • We will be voting on By-Law amendments at the December meeting. The following changes have been proposed to increase the organization of the guild as we continue to grow:
    • The creation of two new leadership positions: Vice President of Membership and Vice President of Programs. 
    • The removal of the leadership position Vice President (split to the two positions mentioned above) and Secretary (responsibilities absorbed by the Social Media Coordinator)  
    • Further clarification of the Treasurer's duties to facilitate maintaining the guild bank account appropriately
  • You can review the current By-Law document here and the proposed changes here. We will be voting on this Dec. 6th at 1:00pm. You must be present to vote. Please contact the guild if you have further questions or suggestions. 
  • New officer nominations will be held in December with voting occurring at the General Meeting in January. Please review the responsibilities of each position in the proposed By-Law document linked above and consider if you may want to run this year! Pam has graciously agreed to act as Elections Official. She will be taking names for nominations. You may nominate yourself or another member (we will confirm that the other person is interested in running though!). 
  • Mona has put together a thank you card for Mrs. Paul, the lady who generously donated all that fabric to the guild in the Spring. The quilt and card will be sent out to her soon.
  • Melissa read a thank you card from Sherri Lynn Wood to the attendees regarding the recent workshop.
  • We are still selling tickets for the raffle quilt. The quilt is being moved to Spool this month and the winner will be chosen at random on Dec. 6th. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
  • The QuiltCon challenge quilt blocks were collected at the meeting. There are still a few that need to be turned in, so let's get those done!
  • The next meeting will be an all day sewathon (exact hours to be posted soon) held in the Guest House of the Pittsburgh Project. The official meeting announcement will be up soon!
 There was some awesome stuff displayed at show and tell this month!
Mona displaying her finished project from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop and the first quilt she ever made!

Melissa's Charley Harper baby quilt

Amanda's bright and cheerful Ohio Star for her Grandma and the paper pieced Polaroid quilt that she completed over the summer

Lauren's Carolyn Friedlander hand sewn project that is so dynamic and two pieces that she was binding
New member, Hannah's, super fun quilt top!

Please check out the guild's Flickr page for all the photos from the meeting! 

Melissa taught a great skillbuilder detailing the ins and outs of machine quilting after the business  meeting . She demonstrated the use of both the walking foot and the free motion foot. There were a lot of good tips on logistics of getting that quilting done, and she had a lot of helpful doodles detailing different quilting motifs that can be used. We also discussed a lot of the products on the market that can help with FMQ. After the discussion she let a few people try out her machine and give it a go.

Hannah hard at work. Such focus. Determination. You can do iiiitttttt!
Michele, lookin' like a pro!
Mona's practice on her name! Keep it up, lady!

Whew, that was a lot of stuff. I need a nap just thinking back on it all. Stay tuned for December meeting deets!