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Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Guild Meeting- Recap

Hey guys! We had an AWESOME July meeting! The room was packed! I've never seen so many people in that classroom! We had several new members, first timers, and guests.

After Lisa welcomed everyone, she reminded us of all the upcoming events, including Saturday Sew (every month), the Guild Retreat in November, and our upcoming Quilts & Cocktails photo shoot in White Rock Lake.

On Saturday, July 23rd, we will have a photo shoot at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake. Monica McNeill (our historian) will take posed pictures of any project you would like, and at the end of the year, we (and by we I mean she :) ) will put together an inspiration book that we can all have! The event is open to the first nine people who RSVP on MeetUp. Right now, there are only 2 people signed up, and if the interest doesn't increase, we will postpone it. We will try to do a shoot once a quarter, so if you know of a pretty location in your area, let Monica know, and we work on making it happen!

We also have a few challenges in the works. The first one is for a new Moda line. One of the rules is that we cannot share pictures or blog about it until the line is released. Strips of the fabric were given out at the end of the meeting, and the mini quilts are due in September. Remember, you can only add solids to the quilt, so showcase that fabric!

Our guild is also participating in a challenge from Freespirit Fabrics with Jay McCarroll's new Habitat line. There is enough fabric for 30 people to participate (we all get fat eighths). Again, you can add solids, but that is all. It's all about showcasing the fabric! Your creations are due in February, and Michelle is working on cutting the fabric for us!!! :)

Then, everyone showed their Ugly Fat Quarter creations from last meeting! We have some crazy talented ladies in the guild! Most of the ugliness was unrecognizable! And I wanted a quilt out of some of the blocks that came in.

As usual, we had a stupendous show and tell. We are so lucky to have such talent in our group! Finally, Cheryl Isbell won the door prize from Bernina! We had a great time! I can't wait until next month! :) Remember, next meeting is our workshop, so we will be having a pot-luck!

See ya!
Ellen

PS: The actual meeting minutes are on the MeetUp site!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, July 14 for our monthly meeting. It's the big reveal for our ugly fat quarter challenge. You guys really answered the call for ugly fabric and I can't wait to see how you transform it. If you can't make it this month, be sure and bring your made-over fat quarter back in August so we can admire your work.

This month we will have an update on some more upcoming challenges (free fabric!!!). Our quarterly workshop is scheduled for the August meeting, and we will have potluck sign-ups this month. The workshop topic is applique.

We look forward to seeing you this month!

Happy quilting,

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June Guild Meeting

Hey guys!

We had a great June Guild Meeting at the Bernina Sewing Center of Dallas. Lisa Calle (President) welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced all of the new 2011/2012 Officers. They are Lisa Calle - President, Michelle Kitto - Vice President, Sarah Huecheman - Treasurer, Ellen Lamb - Secretary, Sarah Bogle - Communications, Monica McNeill - Historian, Angie D'Amore - Program Coordinator, Gina Weems - Event Coordinator, Lovetta Ferrante - Charity Coordinator, and Jamie Moilanen - Bee Keeper. There will be a blog post later on to introduce each in a little more depth!

We also looked ahead for the next 6 months. Next month (July) we will reveal the results of our Ugly Fat Quarter Challenge, so don't forget your projects! We will also have a FreeSpirit Habitat Challenge, a retreat, and a summer workshop coming up. On July 23rd at 7PM in White Rock Lake, Monica McNeill will have our first quarterly Quilts & Cocktails, where she will be taking amazing photos of any project you would like for our Guild Yearbook! An announcement will be put up on MeetUp. We will also be starting a Foundations of Quiltings Series next month; each month 5 people will demonstrate/explain a particular quilting term to the guild.

Next, Teri DeBolt of Bernina showed us an amazing demonstration of Zentangles (also known as doodle stitching or thread painting).

We had an amazing Show & Tell (as usual!) and then had door-prizes from Angie @ Retromama (for her 1 year Blog/sewing anniversary), Quilt Asylum and Bernina.

Just a reminder, we need volunteers for the Charity Committee, Bee Leaders, and the 501(c)3 committee. If you would like to help out with any of these, please let an officer know!

Dues for the year are due by July 1. You can pay by PayPal or write a check (you can give it to Sarah, the treasurer, or mail it to the guild PO Box.)

-Ellen:)

PS - the actual meeting minutes are uploaded to the MeetUp site! Thanks!