The last Wednesday of the month is coming up! Member Bonnie is hosting a brand new program at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library each month. Be sure to check out “Not Your Mama’s Quilting!”, open to all interested in the craft of quilting, from novice to master, to share advice, experience and quilting techniques. Last Wednesday of each month 1pm-2:3pm at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Silver Room.

photo from Bonnie (fabrications2b)

photo from Bonnie (fabrications2b)

The BOMs and the Bees

Two of the PHXMQG ongoing activities involve sewing a different quilt block each month. However, each one is a bit different.

BOM

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photo by Holly Gets Quilty

BOM is short for Block of the Month. This year rather than select an existing BOM (there are many available online to choose from each year) PHXMQG will be creating our own! BOM Committee Chair Ana has put together a team of members who will be presenting a different block each month that will finish to 12″ (some may be smaller and finish to 12″ with borders). Everyone is invited to create the block for themselves with their own fabrics. Often with a BOM people choose to make each block and at the end of the year assemble them into a sampler quilt but you are free to pick and choose which blocks you want to make (maybe you want a quilt, maybe you want to only do some blocks for pillows or bags). At each month’s meeting the block of the month will be presented and everyone is invited to show their completed block from the previous month. It is a great way to learn new skills and gain inspiration from seeing how others interpret the same block. We will be posting the information for each block of the month on our blog and in our MQG Community group.

Vitamin D Bee

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Bees also include sewing a block each month and are a great way to gain new skills and inspiration. With the Bee though you sign up and commit at the beginning of the year. Each person in the Bee then gets to be the ‘Queen Bee’ for a month. At the meeting before your Queen Bee month you bring a kit for the other Bee members (the hive). The kit includes instructions and fabric to make a specific block. Each hive member then uses the kit to make the block and at the meeting in your Queen Bee month you receive the blocks to then use to create your own quilt. All of the guidelines for our Bee are posted on the blog in the Resources section. Signups filled up at the January meeting but if you have any questions you can email Brooke.

Meeting Minutes for January 17th, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

Date: January 17, 2014

Location: Scrapbooks ETC

President Michelle Hart called the meeting to order at 1pm. Approximately 38 people were in attendance. Thank you Sue and Kate for bringing snacks.

Guests Susan, Diane, Linda, Cindy, Wendy, Candace, Sandra, Shiloh, and Eileen were welcomed. 

Secretary’s Report from Rebecca Whaling

  • December meeting minutes approved.

President’s Report from Michelle Hart

  • Renewed membership with national MQG
  • Membership renewal dues are due by January 30th.
  • First challenge of the year – Pantone Color of the Year Marsala. Challenge due at March meeting and is to make anything using the color Marsala
  • February Meeting
    • Sew-In at ETC at 1pm on February 21st (our normal 3rd Saturday) due to QuiltCon (National MQG Convention) going on at the same time
    • Regular Meeting at Chandler Police Department Community Room at 1pm on February 28th.
      • QuiltCon sharing, pincushion swap, MQG website overview

Treasurer’s Report from Chelsa Knight

  • Outgoing: $1,000.00 national MQG guild dues
  • Balance: $335.00

Announcements

  • Snack & Hospitality Chair Kate: Signup sheet passed for snacks\refreshments with 3 slots per month
  • Vitamin D Bee Chair Brooke: Held signups for 2015 Vitamin D Bee. 12 signed up.
  • Swap Chair Katie (represented by Chelsa): February swap is Pincushions. Suggested size is 4″x4″. Crushed walnut shell filling is often used and can be found in pet supply areas in large bags.
  • A request came in for someone to hand quilt a king sized grandmother’s garden quilt. Suggested that Gilbert Historical Society is a good resource for these types of requests for assistance with vintage quilts.

Door Prize

Breakout Sessions

  • Block of the Month: Holly presented the PHXMQG January Block, Squash Blossom.
  • Show and Tell: Michelle, Ana, Holly J, Nancy, Johnie, Guinevere, Wendy, Terry, Julie, Shiloh, Chelsa

Prepared by: Rebecca Whaling, January 20, 2014

January 2015 Meeting Reminder

Reminder that the January meeting will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 17th at Scrapbooks Etc (the Etc is fabric!). The location is on the Northeast corner of Lindsay Road and University Drive (2820 E University Dr #111, Mesa, AZ 85213).

Our new committee chairs will be talking about plans for 2015. We will also be having Show and Tell as well as open sew time to work on Name Badges (Pinterest board of ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/phxmqg/quilty-name-tags/). Come find out what is in store for the new year and sign up for some fun quilty activities.

If you’d like to review the guidelines for the Vitamin D Bee before the meeting, they are located on the Resources page.  And if you are looking to start or renew your membership for 2015 via PayPal please see the Membership page. Treasurer Chelsa will also be available at the meeting if you’d like to renew in person.

Note for February: The third Saturday of February coincides with QuiltCon 2015. Many members are planning to attend so the February guild meeting will be on Saturday, February 28th.