Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 2013 Meeting Minutes

We had twelve members present at our March meeting!

At our March meeting, we discussed some news from the national guild, shared our Madrona Road projects and voted on a winner, as well as talked about modern quilting resources online.

The national MQG is moving toward a new membership model which will include yearly dues to the national organization. These dues will yield many benefits to us, and Elizabeth will be sharing more information on this at our April meeting. Benefits will include discounts and priority registration for educational events like QuiltCon and regional SewDowns, discounts with affiliated companies and sponsors, as well as access to a new centralized website for managing our guild as well as conversing with our guild. The new website will be rolled out toward the end of 2013.

Speaking of SewDowns, there are currently five different ones planned between now and the next QuiltCon (which will be 2015) - Philadelphia in September 2013, Portland in February 2014, Nashville in April 2014, Minneapolis in July 2014, Scottsdale AZ in September 2014.

There will again be a Modern Quilt Guild showcase at International Quilt Festival/Market this fall - entries open now through April 26th - for more info visit MQG blog -

The Madrona Road challenge was a great success for our guild, with a total of nine entries. Thanks very much to Katie, Maria, Anita, Donna, Sandy, Ellen, Ann, Elizabeth and Bree for taking part in the challenge! Members can view the photos of all of the entered projects on BigTent in the Files tab. As a group we voted blindly on all of the projects, and Elizabeth's project was the winner. Maria and Ann tied for second place, and each received/will receive a bundle of fabric. At our April meeting, we'll discuss starting a new guild challenge.

This month's educational presentation, Find Your Tribe, was about finding modern quilting resources and community online. These educational presentations will become a recurring part of our monthly meetings. Members can log into our BigTent site to find a copy of the presentation.

Our next meeting is April 6th at 1pm at the Jimmie B Keel Library, and our educational presentation for this meeting will be What is Modern Quilting. Our May meeting will be held on May 11th at 10am at Inspire Quilting & Sewing in Plant City.