January Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2017 1-4pm

Mulqueen’s Sewing Center (Mesa)


  • Introduction of new members & guests
    • Guests: Laurie Gailey, Christina Nuckols
    • New members: Kim Johnson, Valerie Bledso

Secretary Report

  • Approval of December 2016  meeting minutes
  • Other announcements
    • Mulqueen’s handed out 15% discount cards

President Report

  • Brief review of the agenda for 2017
    • January – jelly roll race for charity
    • February – sew together bag – Kirsten Nelson
    • March – Guest lecturer – Carrie Bloomston – talking about creativity and fabric design process
    • April – Slow sew at The Farm at South Mountain
    • May – Lindsey Neill – sharing how her business got started and Modern Make Club projects
    • June – Sew Day – Sew Bella will be there with her quilt cart
    • July – QuiltCon charity quilt
    • August – Demo day/potluck
    • September – Great Modern Quilting bee season two
    • October – Quilt photos at Desert Oasis park, may start later in the afternoon so we have better light
    • November – elections, Ana will provide a cross cut block tutorial
    • December – potluck
  • Calendar on the website is updated with ALL events and details
  • January/February/March meetings will be at Mulqueens.  
  • March 25 – Latifah Safirr will be here for her Glam Clam workshop. We will take reservations next month.
  • We are working on another workshop for the fall.
  • March 2018 we will have a workshop with Anna Maria Horner.
  • Joint Shop Hop coming with the Tucson MQG.
  • Working on a destash/restash boutique. Details  to follow.
  • Rusty Barn Quilt show starting January 26th at the fairgrounds.
  • Block Lottery
    • Great idea borrowed from the Vegas MQG
    • Participation is optional
    • Participants bring blocks each month
    • Participants will get one ticket for each block brought
    • Our first block will be the scrappy pineapple block from the Dear Stella website
    • Make the block scrappy with a white background
    • Every block you bring gets you a raffle ticket, winner takes home all the blocks!
  • Sip N Sew (Evites will go out)
    • January 26th (Thursday)  6-8pm @
    • February 22nd (Wednesday) 6-8pm @
    • March 22nd (Wednesday) 6-8pm @
  • Sew In (Evites will go out)
    • Chandler PD Community Room 10am-4pm
    • January 28th (Saturday)
    • February 26th (Sunday)
    • March 25th (Saturday)

Vice President Report

  • 2017 Guild Swag Info
    • Project Bags – banker type bags with the logo will be available for purchase.

Treasurer Report

  • Pay 2017 Dues by January 31st to stay on the roster.
  • Balance as of last meeting $
  • Money in: $1190.00
  • Money out: $1000.00
  • New balance: $


Committee Announcements

  • Block of the Month [Melissa]
    • Smorgasblocks: No Y Seam Feathered Star by Eye Candy Quilts
  • Swap [Ana]
    • Pixie Basket Swap will be held after general meeting
    • February – Journal cover
  • Challenge [Kirsten]
    • 1st Quarter Challenge:  a project of your choice with Kona Color of the Year :Flamingo
    • Due at March meeting
  • Charity [Sharon]
    • Mito Quilts for Hope is looking for charity quilts with a goal of making a quilt for everyone with Mitochondrial Disease in the US and Canada.
    • Sunshine Acres – will provide details soon for the type of quilts they need
  • Bee [Nancy/Mary]
    • Sign ups and general announcements
    • Bee meets after meeting/before workshop
    • New bee will start in March
  • Hospitality [Amber]
    • Bring snacks on your birthday month

Door Prize Drawing

  • Winners
    • Nedra – Bonnie and Camille fabrics
    • Jen – Literary charm pack
    • Lindsey – Pure Bred charm pack
    • Mel – Michael Miller charm pack
    • Bonnie – Ruler stand (provided by Omnigrid)
    • Kim – Ruler (provided by Omnigrid)
    • Denise – 8×12 ruler (provided by Omnigrid)
    • Laurie – Rotary cutter and case (provided by Omnigrid)
    • Tracy – twin sized batting

Other Announcements

  • SHOW & TELL–What makes your piece modern?
  • Swap – Pixie basket swap
  • Vitamin D Bee

WORKSHOP – Jelly Roll Race


February Block Lottery


Feelin’ lucky Phoenix? Come to the February meeting and take your chances on our first ever Block Lottery!

Here’s how it works…

  1. A free-pattern block is chosen for every one to make in advance of the Lottery meeting
  2. You can make as many blocks as you wish to contribute to the lottery with your stash of modern, quilt-shop quality fabric
  3. For every block you bring to the designated meeting, you will get one raffle ticket for the Block Lottery, and we will draw for one lucky winner!

Sound like fun? Here’s a link to the lovely pineapple block we’re going to feature at the February meeting. Keep in mind that you only have to make the block, and not the sashing for the entire mini-quilt, through Step C. Any colors for your pineapple are fine, we just ask that you use a white background, Kona Snow or similar.

January Meeting Reminder & Jelly Roll Race

Just a reminder that our first meeting of the year is this Saturday, January 21st at the Mulqueen’s Clubhouse at 1:00pm. If you haven’t been to the clubhouse before, it is just to the west of the main building on Main St., across the canal. There should be plenty of parking directly in front of the clubhouse. You won’t want to miss this meeting – we have some very special things in store for our members!

Did someone say Jelly Roll Race? If you have one on hand, or if you can scare 40 2-1/2 inch WOF strips out of your stash, we’d like to help you complete a quilt top to start the year off right. This might be a great one to get the creative juices flowing and donate to charity! Read on for our take on what might be the fastest quilt top you’ll ever make.


  • Your sewing machine
  • 1 Jelly Roll or 40 – 2 ½” x WOF strips
  • Coordinating thread and a couple of pre-filled bobbins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread Scissors/Snips
  • Enthusiasm and a little bit of friendly competition!

If you’ve never done or seen a Jelly Roll Race quilt top done before, check out this great video to see all of the fun you’re in for!

How the race will work:

  1. Set up your sewing area for success! After the business portion of the meeting concludes, competitors will set up their machines and get ready to race! No irons needed for the race, but if your personal preference is to use one, you certainly may.
  2. All competitors will rev up their engines and count out 40 strips (some rolls come with 44 or 42, and we want to make sure the competition is fair).
  3. After the official call of “1, 2, 3, go!”, competitors will chain piece their strips together at the short ends, either at 90 degrees, or on the bias, to make one long strip. Once all of the strips have become a mega-2 ½” strip, the two ends should be brought together, RST, and sewn down one edge, effectively halving the length of the strip. If your strip is twisted at the end, stop sewing at a comfortable point, and use your fabric shears to cut the strip (or strips, later on) straight across to the point that you estimate will be the bottom of your seam. This will get easier and less twisty as your quilt top grows.
  4. Continue folding your mega-strip in half and sewing RST until your top reaches approximately 50” x 64”, and make sure to stand up and shout out if you’re the first one to finish, because tah-dah, you’re done, you speedracer sewist! Take your completed top home, press seams in one direction, make that quilty sandwich, and quilt as desired!





2017 Membership Dues

Have you officially signed up for the guild in 2017?

Click here to fill out our membership form and make sure to continue to the payment page to complete your registration.

Local membership benefits include discounts at several local quilt shops, special rates and early sign up for any workshops our guild brings into town (we have some great ones in the works, you won’t want to miss out!), monthly meetings with educational and fun programming, and great opportunities to meet like-minded quilters in the valley.

Your membership to the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild automatically enrolls you as a member of the national MQG, which provides a great Block of the Month program, monthly free patterns, a webinar series, many, many resources on their website Community and Resource pages, and of course QuiltCon! You must be a 2017 member to sign up early for classes in Pasadena next year or to receive your free show pass for the quilt displays and vendor hall.

Please take a few minutes today to renew!

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