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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Officer Introductions: Week 2

Please welcome three amazing quilters to the 2012-2013 Dallas Modern Quilt Guild officer team! We'll be introducing several officers each week until all are officially welcomed. Check back next week to meet more of our great leaders!

Sarah Diefenderfer Huechteman, Treasurer

Sewing and crafting have always been a part of my life. One of my favorite gifts at Christmas was always the new box of 64 Crayons that "Santa" put in my stocking each year! My sewing began in middle school with the tea towel apron and has only blossomed from there...if I could use fabric and a machine, I would give it a try! I also enjoy handwork - counted cross stitch, embroidery, crewel work and smocking. I took my first formal "quilting class" in 1985 and made the most hideous log cabin block ever...I have it hanging in my sewing room to remind me of where it all began. I can honestly say that I am more of a "piecer" than a "quilter"...the process of selecting fabric and seeing the design come to life makes my heart sing! I have recently taken a hand quilting class and am anxious to explore that more!

I have a daughter that teaches 4th grade in Plano and my son graduated from OU in December and will begin his MBA at UTD in June. I have been married to my husband, Randy, for 30 years.

I am excited to once again serve as Treasurer of this group and look forward to a fun, inspiring and exciting year!

Sarah Marie Bogle, Communications/Publicity

Though I've been sewing for years, quilting is a whole new experience for me. My background is interior design, so I really love designing quilts and drafting paper piecing templates! Joining the Guild has helped kick start the completion of my designs and bettered my quilting techniques.

Last year, I also served in the role of Communications. We've made lots of progress for a fairly new organization, including a powerful new site on Meetup with great tools for exchanging ideas and posting events!

This year I look forward to continuing the development of our blog, social media, and a monthly newsletter. So excited to work with the new and familiar faces on the officer team to make this a fantastic new year!

Lovetta Ferrante, Secretary

My college major was Education and Home Economics at Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth. During this time, Home Economics was a discipline that educated students in advanced levels of nutrition, food preparation (residential and commercial) as well as clothing construction.

After working 26 years at Deloitte, an international accounting firm, I retired in 2010 and quickly developed the quilting obsession . . .

Last year I served as the Chair for the Guild's Charitable Projects Initiative. Looking forward to working with the Guild for another fun year!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Officer Introductions

Please welcome three amazing quilters to the 2012-2013 Dallas Modern Quilt Guild officer team! We'll be introducing several officers each week until all are officially welcomed. Check back next week to meet more of our great leaders! 

Jaime Moilanen, President

A mostly self-taught quilter, I've been sewing baby blankets for 15 years but actively quilting for about 5 years. My mother and grandmother are both crafty, so it's definitely in my blood! 

The first thing I remember sewing in high school was a skirt made from a pillowcase - it already had a bottom hem! I only had to add the waist casing and dye it purple. Must have been a sight to see!

My mother and I both started eBay fabric stores in 2007. It's been fun to play with fabric and go to Quilt Market to see the latest offerings. But lately I've been selling less to feed my need for sewing more.

I am so happy to have found the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. Now I finally have some local sewing friends! The connections made have been inspiring. In these two short years, I've learned so much from everyone. I'm looking forward to leading this group next year, let's have some fun!!

Angie D'Amore, Vice-President/ Membership

I have been a member of this group for two years and I took my first quilting and sewing class two years ago! I have been surrounded by creative women all of my Mother, Grandmothers and Aunts. I remember going to "quilting bees" with my grandmother at an old schoolhouse and lying under the quilt as they quilted...and then they tried to make me eat squirrel stew (!)

My daughter will be a senior at Austin College this year and my son will be at freshman at the University of Tulsa. I will celebrate my 23rd wedding anniversary in July with my husband Tom who does not understand my need for fabric acquisition! Our 13-year-old dog Faith is the glue that holds us together!

I have learned so much from this group and gained some wonderful friends! I can't wait for this next year!!

Robin Williamson, Vice-President/ Programs

I started dabbling in quilting during the late 80s, but found I didn't have a lot of time for it, especially during the 90s when my graphic design business was really taking off.

At some point I decided I needed to take a beginner class just to see what I could learn. When I showed the teacher a quilt top that I had made and told her that I actually liked the BACK as much or more than the front, she suggested that I might enjoy art quilting. Funny... I'd never even heard of the term before then and I thought she was insulting me!!! LOL. Little did I know that she was RIGHT, and just nudged me in the direction I was destined to go.

In 2010, a good friend invited me to a Dallas Modern Quilt Guild meeting. Once again, I’d never heard of “modern quilting,” and assumed it was about art quilting. So I came and no… it wasn’t art quilting, but I found the style, color and fabric choices fascinating, as well as finding the women in the group to be inspirational and really EXCITED about quilting! I was hooked. I still mostly do art quilts, but am dabbling here and there in modern quilts when I feel the urge to do something a bit more structured (than art quilts).

I am a mother of a beautiful daughter who is majoring in education at UT-Tyler and wife to an artist. In my “day job” I am a graphic designer, but I can’t wait until the day when I can turn full-time to quilt making and pattern designing.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Renew Your Membership for 2012-2013

It's time to renew your membership to the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild! June 1st is the official date of our new fiscal year, so all renewing members will have until July 1st to renew and pay their $25 dues to our Treasurer, Sarah Huechteman. You may renew through Meetup by attending our Renewal Roll Call.

Looking forward to another great year!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday Sew is Just a Week Away

Join us next Saturday, May 19th for a fun day of quilting with friends. We are meeting at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano at 6200 West Parker Road. Spots are still available. Please comment below if you'd like to reserve your spot!

When: 9 am - 4 pm

Where: Magnolia room. (lower level, halfway between tower B and C. Park in garage (free--which is closest to Tower C) or in front of hospital (come in revolving door-closest to Tower B)]

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Officer Presenation and Snack Party

Our May monthly meeting is just a week away. Join us for our Officer Presentation and Snack Party! We'll be presenting officer nominees and voting on each open position. Please bring your show-n-tell projects for everyone to see. Also bring your bee border if you are a bee participant!

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:00 PM at Bernina of Dallas
12801 Midway Rd # 410, Dallas, TX
Look for us in the back classroom.