March Meeting Minutes

March 18, 2017 1-4pm

The Farm at South Mountain

Welcome

  • Thank you to all members who braved the heat! Who knew March would be so unseasonably hot on the third Saturday?! We put in a request for more pleasant weather, but I guess it wasn’t processed in time 😉
  • Introduction of new members & guests

Secretary Report

  • Approval of February 2017 meeting minutes
    • Motion by Kate, Second by Becca
  • Last chance to sign up for Latifah class!
    • If you group ordered, I have your supplies upon payment
    • If you are attending, make sure to review the project page for final details and prep before class!
    • We will be meeting at Mulqueens Clubhouse, 10-5 with a break for lunch
    • There are a couple areas set for ironing and cutting, but we suggest bringing your own iron/cut station.
  • Just a reminder, for the most up-to-date information on our PHX Guild, refer to the blog. It’s updated the most frequently, and since not everyone does the social media thing, it’s the best place for me to devote efforts
    • The events calendar is up to date! Locations and times for upcoming events are listed on the Events page, as well as in the live calendar on the page.
    • IG is somewhat monitored – we try to post reminders, but with the new feed style, you might not see everything
    • FB – we are still having issues with Admin access, so it might not be the best place to get a hold of an officer
    • Emails are monitored pretty regularly if you have a question
  • Wee-treat class voting email was sent, missing a 4 responses as of Friday, voting will close April 1, and in the event of a tie, I’ll flip a coin. Once the class has been decided, there will be another email with supply information sent.
  • Amber will auto-check in ppl for wee treat, there will be a communication coming from her soon.

President Report

  • April Meeting Info:  Carrie Bloomston will be giving a lecture.  We will be meetng at teh Chandler Police Station Community Room
  • Block Lottery for April
  • Sip N Sew March 22nd (Wednesday) 6-8pm @ The Village 

Vice President Report

  • Nothing today

Treasurer Report

  • Beginning balance $3066.47
  • Money in $1205.00
  • Money out $217.88
  • End balance $4053.59

 

Committee Announcements

  • Block of the Month [Melissa]
    • Robert Hoffman, available on website, choose and complete any 4 blocks, foundation paper piecing, add quarter inch on outside edge, questions to Mel on IG @mamamel781 , choose your colors and ignore the “requirements” from RH
  • Challenge [Kirsten]
    • 1st Quarter Challenge Complete – who has them to show 
    • Announce 2nd quarter challenge – Crayon Box challenge
      • Holly H will execute the Q2 challenge
  • Charity [Sharon]
    • No announcements
  • Bee [Nancy/Mary]
    • Meet after general meeting
  • Hospitality [Amber]
    • No announcements
  • Swap [Ana]

Door Prize Drawing

  • Congrats to our guest for winning the fabulous Quilt-Non prize!
  • Congrats to Ana and Nancy for winning the block lottery!

Slow Sewing & Social Time at The Farm

Adjournment

 

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February Sew-Together Bag Clinic

Have you ever admired the Sew-Together bags of some of our crew? How everything nicely fits in the zippy pockets and pouches, and stays together for travel! But they’re intimidating to think about making, let’s be honest. Mine sat in a WIP pile for a year. There, I said it.

Well, that extra push you might have been waiting for is coming at the February meeting, and her name is Kirsten. For those of you who don’t know, K is basically a pro at these bags – and a great person to help coach you through your first one, so that’s exactly what we’ve asked her to do. Interested in tapping into her expertise, here’s all you need to do:

  1. Buy the Sew-Together bag pattern. Craftsy is the easiest place for a .pdf download, but there should be paper copies available online and from some brick-and-mortars in the area if you want to call around.
  2. Get your supplies! You’ll need some interfacing and zippers in addition to your fabrics – so make sure to plan ahead. There are some great online resources for zippers if you want something special (here and here), in addition to local big box stores.
  3. We highly suggest you CUT, label your pieces, and INTERFACE BEFORE the meeting. Sure, you could do this at the meeting, but you’ll want to make the most of Kirsten’s presence at the meeting – IMO, that’s not cutting out rectangles and fusing interfacing.
  4. Try the pattern! Yes, give it a go. This is a great way to challenge yourself, and an even better way to come with specific questions. You might surprise yourself with your progress, and you’ll have a better shot at completing the bag during the meeting if you get a head start. As a point of reference, Kirsten spends about 2 hours on each bag she’s made, and she’s done a lot. She will have several bags in different stages to show us some of the trickier steps, but think about how much more you learn by doing! We don’t want anyone to come in with too-high expectations, so we’re throwing this disclaimer out there now that you might (probably) won’t finish your bag without starting before our meeting.

Full Supply List Sew Together Bag Materials List:

  1. Exterior fabric: 1 fat quarter
  2. Lining fabric: 1/2 yd
  3. Pocket lining: 1/3 yd
  4. Binding fabric 1 fq or 1/4 yd
  5. 1/2 yd fusible lightweight interfacing
  6. 18″ x 22″ piece of fusible fleece
  7. 18″ zipper
  8. Three 9″ zippers
  9. (I do highly recommend cutting the exterior fabric piece 1″ longer than the pattern’s measurement on the longer side)
Per Kirsten  – Sew Together Workshop supply list:
  1. Sewing machine and basic supplies (thread, seam ripper, scissors etc.)
  2. Zipper foot for machine
  3. Walking foot if you have one(not essential, but makes things easier)
  4. Iron
  5. Elmer’s School Glue and thin glue tip, recommended
  6. Sew Together Bag pattern and materials
  7. Ruler (at least 12″ long)
  8. Cutting mat
  9. Rotary cutter
  10. Removable marking pencil/chalk/ink
  11. Wonder Clips or pins

 

December Meeting Minutes

  1. November Meeting Minutes – motion to approve, motion was seconded
  2. 2017 membership signups will be online only and include a new form to be filled out with contact information, please look for this information in an email soon!
    1. Please speak to the Treasurer if paying online is absolutely not an option
  3. Action Item: board members to evaluate distribution of birthdays for bringing food, December birthdays to bring something special (ie drinks) to future end-of-year potlucks
  4. January, February and March meetings will be held at Mulqueen’s in Mesa.
    1. Action Item: Secretary to send a detailed email on location and parking
    2. Action Item: Vice President to check space availability for all chair positions to meet one hour earlier than regular meeting (12 noon)
  5. Block of the Month
    1. Thank you to Johnnie for a great 2016 of BOMs!
    2. Final 2016 BOM is a present/giftbox, demonstrating the skill of half-rectangle unit, utilizing the MQG tutorial; as a special note, make sure to make two opposite units for the mirror image of the present’s bow
  6. 2017
    1. Think about what you would like the guild to do in 2017, if you want us to bring anyone in for a class/workshop/lecture
      1. Carrie Bloomston – Bonnie has a connection and Carrie has offered to do something with the guild
      2. Action Item: Board to follow up with Bonnie
    2. Block of the Month will be chaired by member Melissa Wong
      1. Smorgasbord pattern will be executed throughout the year
      2. Different blocks feature traditional piecing, foundation paper piecing, and applique
      3. By the end of 2017, you should have a whole quilt top!
    3. Swaps! Member Ana Martinez will be chairing swaps for the guild in 2017
      1. In January, we will be swapping Pixie Baskets, see website for more details
      2. Over the course of the year, we will plan to swap lanyards and keyfobs (Ana has hardware connection), Box Bags, Shoe Bags (with a drawstring)
      3. Any additional ideas are welcome, the January email has already come out
  7. Heartland Challenge
    1. Finished quilts and quilt tops were shared and photographed (see IG for images)
    2. Voting took place via tickets/cups
    3. Results:
      1. First place to Holly H. for her (Nordic-Inspired) Village Dwelling quilt
      2. Second place to Kirsten for her Sweater-Inspired design
      3. Third place to Erynn for her QCR interpretation of Winding Ways
  8. Potluck deliciousness, several rounds of LRC with Fat Quarters, and challenge quilt photographs were taken to conclude the meeting

August Meeting in Photos

A few weeks ago we had the largest turnout this year for the August guild meeting. Everyone gathered at ETC in Mesa for potluck lunch (yum!) and Demo Day! Eight members demonstrated various techniques.

The meeting started with the guild business and the very serious business of congratulating President Michelle Hart on being one of three winners of the MQG Michael Miller Challenge. Bonnie also talked to the group about American Made Brand fabric.

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Before the demos began the Vitamin D Bee met and Mini Quilt Swap participants had the big reveal and opened their mini quilt from their secret partner.

For Vitamin D Bee Sarah received her Ansonia blocks.

vitamindbee

 

Many happy swappers pose with their new mini quilts.

miniquiltswapCheck out what Kim used as hang loops on the feather quilt she made for Bonnie. Small washers give a spot to help hang the mini. Brilliant!

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Then it was off to enjoy potluck and take in the demonstrations.

Alyssa teaching a group about free motion quilting

Alyssa teaching a group about free motion quilting

Ana demonstrating double flip half square triangles

Ana demonstrating double flip half square triangles

Becca showing how Bloc Loc rulers work

Becca showing how Bloc Loc rulers work

Jen showing a group the art of Hawaiian applique

Jen showing a group the art of Hawaiian applique

Johnie demonstrating fabric painting

Johnie demonstrating fabric painting

Johnie and Barb talk fabric painting

Johnie and Barb talk fabric painting

Lisa demonstrating paper piecing

Lisa demonstrating paper piecing

Lora showing English paper piecing

Lora showing English paper piecing

Terry showing faux piped binding

Terry showing faux piped binding