A big thank you goes out to PMQG Member, Gail and her husband who own Phantom Chicken. We partnered with them to run a fundraiser for the guild to sell PMQG branded shirts. Thank you to everyone who purchased a shirt!
It was a warm evening at our August 15th meeting, but still a great turn out. President Erin Case welcomed everyone and thanked our business sponsors – Modern Domestic, Montavilla Sewing Centers, and Aloha Sewing and Vacuum. August birthdays were acknowledged and new members were thanked with some cool FQs.
It was exciting to see the fun and creative ways members used the Paintbrush Studio solids. We had a parade of participants showing off before the evening’s activities kicked into gear. They’ll all be displayed at the Showcase on October 17th. If you missed the deadline to submit your mini, don’t worry! You can turn it in for display at our September meeting. However, the only prize you’ll be able to win is viewer’s choice at the Showcase. Reminder to those creating in the Figo Fabrics challenge to bring finished quilts to the September meeting. There is still fabric available in the second challenge for anyone who wants to sign up.
Programs coordinator Kimberly Bennefield made announcements about programming and upcoming workshops:
Kimberly introduced the evening’s speaker Katie Pedersen, a founding member and former President of the Seattle guild. Originally from Michigan, her work has been heavily influenced by Amish books and quilts. She had an impressive array designs incorporating half-square triangles and improvisational works.
After the break, we passed out “sorbet” themed fat quarter lottery stacks to Lindsay Oldani and two to Cathy Gibson. Great door prizes included:
Lucky Jean Kelly won two of the evening’s door prizes - Hex templates, Sew Tites, Bagalini bag and Moda honeycombs; and Pink Zuma 10” squares, Quilters Dream batting, and a Preppy Pod pattern. The Curated Quilts improv issue and a fantastic Allison Glass prize package were won by Ellen M.
Erin made additional announcements with a call for volunteers to organize the MQG Pacific Northwest Meet Up (hosted by PMQG) next year. We are also looking for a committee head for this event!
There is a need for new planners for the Retreats going forward, and board elections will take place in October. The VP of Social and Technology slot has one self- nomination, but all roles are open and need your engagement!
This guild is completely volunteer run, and without leadership, your guild can not put on the exciting programming, fabric challenges, showcases, or workshops you've come to rely on. You do not need to have leadership experience--just a willingness to learn, and an excitement for the guild!
A reminder that Bauhaus-inspired designs for the 2020 Sisters’ show are due in February (show is July 11) .
Member voting for the 2020 QuiltCon charity quilt (theme: Text) is a Martin Luther King quote design by Tamara King. As it was popular in the voting and she is excited to lead, Sara Flynn will pull together a group for the Bee competition and enter her “uterus” quilt. Sara already has a display commitment at Finger Bang in Portland.
Our next Charity Sew Day is August 29th at Modern Domestic. Sewing machines are provided, all you need to bring is yourself!
Our 2019 QuiltCon Charity quilt is currently up for raffle in our online shop! However, we need charity suggestions from you on where to donate the funds raised. Please email the guild with your suggestions!
October Showcase organizer Maria Cardenas invited members to submit quilts made in the last ten years to display along with the Fabric Challenge participants. Quilts from past 10 years will be accepted and members can submit up to 5. An independent artist will be jurying these submissions. All details on website – one form per quilt + photos. Submission deadline is September 1.
We closed out the business portion of the meeting with announcements about the July Fabric Fundraiser. Sixteen hundred dollars was raised from shoppers and donors with a 100% match from a guild member. We split $3200 among our three charities ($1440 for Community Works – who were on-hand to accept a check - and $1440 to Human Solutions. PMQG started a brand-new sewing program (with tools and supplies, teaching, etc.) for women at the shelter. Additionally, $320 in cash was awarded to Scrap and about 150-200 pounds of fabric, craft supplies, and books.
Then our members showed off some gorgeous creations during Show and Tell!
See you next month!