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Monday, May 10, 2010

An Inside Peek

at a Dallas Modern Quilt Guild Meeting.

Our next guild meeting is tonight Monday, May 10 from 7pm to 9pm at City Craft in Dallas. We would love to have you join us!

Are you curious as to what we do at a meeting? Well, here's a peek!

Last month's meeting was the second meeting of the guild & we were excited to see both some familiar faces and new ones.

The officer's were introduced and are as follows:

Lisa Calle, President
Amanda Wray, Vice president
Michelle Kitto, Treasurer
Monica McNeill, Historian
Jenny Garland, Weekend Sew Coordinator
Gina Weems, Weekend Sew Coordinator
Ellen Lamb, Secretary

It was announced that the officers are planning a retreat for members in November. For more information please visit the topic, DMQG Annual Quilt Retreat - Save the Date, on the Ning Site. You are able to access the site by clicking on the main tab at the top of this blog.

We are also working on obtaining 501(c)status which means that we will be recognized as a tax exempt, non-profit organization. This will allow us to raise donations for charitable causes.

Even though we do not have our 501(c) status yet, we are still looking for ways to give back to the community. We will be collecting 8" blocks for various charity projects at both guild meetings & Saturday sews. If you have any fabric that you would like to donate for use in these charity blocks, please donate at either the guild meetings or Saturday sews. Please share all suggestions for charities with Jenny Garland.

As a guild we have held two fun weekend sews so far. We are using a great space that is an office building conference room in Irving. We have ironing, cutting & an education station set up. The next Saturday Sew is on May 29th, for more details please see the topic, May Saturday Sew, on the Ning Site.

We are also in process of building a guild library. This will be a compilation of books and magazines donated by members for others to check out and use at their leisure. If you have donations, please bring them to Saturday sew or the monthly meeting.

We discussed a contest for a design for our guild name tags. We would love for members to submit designs for the guild to vote on. We will have a door prize for the winning design.

If you haven't filled out a membership form please do so at tonight's meeting or the Saturday Sew. The dues are set at $20. We will also have the form posted on the Ning site shortly.

We are so excited that the Ning group has grown to 136 members! This shows what an interest there is in the DFW metroplex for Modern Quilting.

Going forward, the Ning group will be one of the benefits of membership of the guild. We plan to make this a vibrant resource for sharing of projects, tutorials & tips. We would also like to have the group be a learning resource drawing upon the wealth of knowledge & experience that resides within the group.

If you are unsure about Modern Quilting we will be using this blog as a place to share more about this new movement, the Ning group & the activities of the guild. If you have any suggestions as to what you would find valuable both on the Ning site & the blog please reach out to Monica McNeill.

We ended our meeting with two door prizes & show and tell. Thank you to Jenny Garland & Lara Kay of Happiness is . . . Quilting for their donations.

Here are some shots of our show & tell.



As always, a big thank you to Callie for letting us use the City Craft space for our meeting. You can see we cover alot of ground in our meetings & would love to have you join us tonight.

Monica