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February 2013 Meeting

Our February meeting on Valentine’s Day was a great success. A lot happened; as such, this is going to be one huge post about our evening together.

Feb 14 2013 Guild Meeting Members© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

Bylaws

After two months of hard work involving review and discussion by both the Board and general membership, the final version of the revised bylaws was unanimously accepted and is now official (a copy is available under Membership Information in the menu header of our blog).

Membership

We officially have 53 members. Pam Martin has diligently documented all members and begun organizing a membership booklet. Members were asked to check for accuracy so Pam can finalize the booklet process. She also has started handing out membership cards which will identify you as belonging to the guild which enables you to receive discounts at various participating quilt stores.

Spring Workshop

Vice President Carolyn Urquhart held sign-ups for the Spring Workshop. Carol Stearns and June Scroggin will be guiding attendees to creating the Projects to Go Bag.

Carol Stearns Project to Go Bag 021513

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The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Moose Lodge, 215 Green Acres Road in Fort Walton Beach. Your fee includes the pattern and lunch.

Secretary/Treasurer

Marie Robert reports that our opening balance for February was $2,737.51. Expenses were $313.17 which leaves a balance of $2,661.34.

Charity

Many heartfelt contributions to the guild’s charity efforts were presented during the meeting—a wonderful array of bags, pillowcases, and quilts.

Charity Donations 021413

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More opportunities to give are available. Linda Frick announced the upcoming February 21 (Thursday) Charity Sit and Sew from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ located at 201 Saint Mary Avenue in Fort Walton Beach.

Bring your lunch and either a project from home on which to work or you can help with a preassembled kit which were available for sign-out at the guild meeting.

Newsletter/Blog

As of the guild meeting, we have 30 followers. June Scroggin encouraged all members to sign up via the Follow Me link on the bottom right-hand column of our guild blog—doing so helps keep you informed of upcoming guild activities and membership information.

The deadline for getting information to June for each month’s newsletter is end-of-day on the 25th of each month (naturally, that date will be adjusted for Christmas). General postings shall be done on Mondays unless there is something absolutely vital that needs to be announced in the interim.

Programs

Carmen Guffey and Jessie Gaskin reminded meeting attendees that the 2013 Challenge is posted on the blog.

2013 Challenge Fabrics

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They presented fabric samples to reiterate the black, white, and one other color only challenge requirement.

This month’s program was Modern Quilts presented by Marcy Gallagher.

Modern Quilting Program 1

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Marcy outlined the ways that modern quilting varies from that of traditional.

Design

  • Large scale
  • Clean and simple
  • No borders
  • Negative space

Construction

  • Wonkiness
  • Improvisation

Fabric choice

  • Solids
  • Large scale
  • Celebrity designers
  • Single fabric line

Color

  • Clear, bright colors
  • Gray
  • What color wheel?

Modern Quilting Program 2

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The free “love” template for the quilt and pillow is from Kelby Sews (www.kelbysews.blogspot.com)  for Sew Mama Sew (http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2).

Modern Quilting Program 3

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President’s Challenge (Carol Stearns)

The photo below is of the challenge fabric I purchased at Lynn’s and two log cabin blocks I made with 5″-squares of the fabric. One is a fussy-cut umbrella with a courthouse steps block and 1½-inch strips, and the other is an overall umbrella pattern with a traditional log cabin and 2″-strips.

Challenge Fabrics

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These were super quick and easy to make. I used bright fabrics from my stash. My thought is to give everyone a 5″-square when they check in. I’ll present the challenge (5 minutes), show my blocks, and encourage everyone to make one 12½-inch block and bring it back next month. There will be no judging.

Everyone who brings back a block will have their name put into a hat and the winner drawn wins a $10 gift certificate from Lynn’s. All the blocks will go to Charity and we can have a sit-and-sew to put them together—or someone can volunteer to do it. Vicki told me the gift certificate can be used for anything, so I’m going to discontinue the drawing for nametag wearing after this month as it is only a select few who participate. We can address homemade nametags later if we choose.

Each month, I will have a different fabric and a different block to make, starting with log cabins. I’ll work with June to post a tutorial on the blog about log cabins and where to go for info. This can be a fun teaching tool for old and new quilters and is purely voluntary.

This month’s challenge is log cabins; here is a sample of the square passed out to the membership:

Feb Pres Challenge Square

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Sample blocks using this same fabric are as follows:

President Challenge Block A 021513

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President Challenge Block B 021513

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Since there will be no judging on the blocks, I will ask everyone who made one to come to the front and hold it up and then have the drawing. This should take no more than 5 or 10 minutes total out of the whole meeting for presentation of the new challenge and display of the blocks. And we will have a teaching experience and a do good deed for charity! I’m looking forward to it.

Log Cabin Resources

The following are just a few of the hundreds of possible resources available for making log cabin blocks.

February Birthdays

Feb Birthdays© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

Happy Birthday to our beautiful February birthday girls!

4 thoughts on “February 2013 Meeting

  1. I have question about the Presidents Challenge Blocks. Do we cut down our centers to 4.5 or fight cuttting strips at .9375 to get a 12.5 unfinished block(12 inch finished)
    Jeanie J.

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