Friday, February 5, 2016

Jan/Feb meeting recap


This is Cheralee, social media person for 2016.  This is my first recap, so let's get to the Jan/Feb meeting.


Lots of brainstorming was done at this meeting!  

  • Lauren asked lots of questions about our goals and how they could be accomplished with our funds.  Do we want local teachers to lead workshops?  Did we want to pursue national personalities for classes?  (Most "big names" are booking in 2017 at this point.)  The notion (see what I did there?) of having an overnight retreat was enthusiastically supported.  Sharing teachers who are in town because of other projects was also discussed.  A request for an improv workshop was brought up because of the response to our MQG Charity quilt as well as how much fun members had working on it.  
  • Michelle handed out the remaining membership cards.  Please contact her if you haven't received yours.  She also collected the money for the next FCQ.
  • Because of the exposure the bridge quilt has brought to the guild, Cheralee contacted modern quilt guilds in Pennsylvania and Ohio to see if they would be interested in swapping mini quilts with us to create connections.  There was a positive response from the Capital Area MQG (Harrisburg) and the Philly MQG. Hopefully we will make lots of new friends. #makeaquiltmakeafriend
  • Barb Grossman of Pittsburgh's Knit & Crochet Festival and Creative Arts Festival dropped by.  She graciously agreed to hang the bridge quilt at the festival.  Lots of cool stuff will be available to try out and to see.  Look for more info in an email.
  • Amanda went to the Tech Shop to see if they could offer us space or supplies for a printmaking workshop.  They have lots of options in tools and toys for us to consider.  She is also choosing the fabric for the next FQC.



Sales on Super Bowl Sunday:
  • Quilter's Corner  is open 12-5pm.  All in-stock, regular priced items are 25% off
  • Spool  is open 12-4.  They are offering 20% off any off-the-bolt cuts (1/2 yd min) for MQG members 
  • Gloria Horn Sewing is open Sat only 10-5.  25% off all regular fabric (min 1 yd cut) 50% off all bargain room fabric (min 1 yard cut)
  • Piecing It Together is open 12-5.  All fabric is 25% off.
  • Creative Stitching is open 11-4.  There's a Sit & Sew (BYOFood) with all fabric 30% off.  They also offer 15% off regular priced items every day when showing your guild card. (Double check to see if those can be added together.) 
  • JoAnn Fabrics  has a 10% on total purchase card for guild members. (Details in the link.  You can sign up at the store as well.  Double check the use with other coupons.)
  • There are many online shops with great deals as well.  Check your favorites!

The theme for this meeting was "In With the New!" - what new fabrics, patterns or projects are you excited about this year?  Members shared new fabrics, new projects, new designers and new pre-cut sizes that they are excited to use this year.  Massdrop is quite the guilty pleasure. ;)  Two tables were set up for the scraps that were brought to share.  After some spirited digging, comments like "Why are you getting rid of this?" and "Oh!  I need that!" could be heard.  Leftover scraps were donated.


Things to put on your calendar:


Sneak Peek at the Next Meeting:

At our March 6th meeting, we will be gathering at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival in their Creative Open Studio.  It will start at 11:00am and will be short.  There is a Block Challenge that you are encouraged to give a try.  More details will follow.  Thank you, Barb Grossman, for this amazing invitation!

***Please double check the sales info in the links above.  They were correct as of today, but shops can and do change their hours, etc.

***If you enter your work in any shows, PLEASE let me know.  I would love to put it on Instagram and Facebook.

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