Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 13 Meeting

Monday's meeting saw 27 quilters in attendance! Five of them were first-time visitors from the Lake County Quilter's Guild who became interested in the MQG after seeing modern quilts at Jacksonville's recent QuiltFest. We hope to see these quilters again!

  • The next Sew-In is Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Oxford Community Center. Cost is $4 to pay for rental of the space. Bring whatever you want to work on, your lunch (or eat out if you prefer), and plan to get acquainted with other modern quilters. Come for all or part of the day, if you're able.
Of critical importance is reviewing and deciding the future of our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild chapter. By December 31, 2014, The Modern Quilt Guild (national organization) expects non-member chapters to make a commitment to join The MQG. That deadline has prompted us to form an Advisory Committee to reevaluate the status of our chapter.

The Advisory Committee has determined that our chapter cannot continue as we have - unstructured. Therefore, the Advisory Committee proposes that our chapter formalize. Formalizing locally is necessary before considering whether to join The MQG, nationally. 

Commitments needed from our regular CFMQG attendees are:

  • Payment of $25 local annual dues beginning in January 2015.
  • Volunteers for one year, beginning in January 2015, for one of these chapter positions:

Executive Board
President - Responsible for leading monthly meetings, participating in Executive Board meetings, and generally oversee chapter activities

Vice Presidents (two positions). The First Vice President will assist the President, and oversee Programs. The Second Vice President will oversee Subcommittee Chair positions (see below) and assist with Programs.

Secretary/Communications - Responsible for documenting meetings, taking photos, and keeping our chapter’s blog up-to-date.

Treasurer - Responsible for collecting dues and maintaining the chapter’s finances.

Subcommittee Chair Positions
Programs - Responsible for assisting the First and Second Vice Presidents to plan and schedule meeting programs.

Membership - Responsible for keeping current information about paid members; and attending meetings to accept sign-ins, and welcome visitors and new members.

Sew-Ins and Retreats - Responsible for planning and arranging Sew-Ins and Retreats.

Swaps and Challenges - Responsible for engaging chapter members in fun and educational modern quilting activities.

Every one of these positions must be filled for our chapter to continue.
The Advisory Committee proposes that if these Executive Board and Subcommittee Chair positions cannot be filled by the conclusion of the survey on Friday, October 31, we will finish the year with regular November 10 and December 8 meetings, and then disband the chapter effective December 31, 2014.

By Friday, October 17, regular attenders on our email list will receive a link to a survey that must be completed by Friday, October 31. Then, via email and this blog, the Advisory Committee will communicate results.

IF the consensus is "yes" to continuing our chapter:
Monday, November 10 - vote to accept Executive Board and Subcommittee Chair volunteers
Monday, January 12, 2015 -  Executive Board and Subcommittee Chairs assume positions

IF “NO” to continuing our chapter, and/or chapter Executive Board and Subcommittee Chair positions are not filled
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - disband CFMQG

If you have questions or concerns, contact a member of the Advisory Committee:
Karen E. - Linda H. - Beth S. - Debbie B. - Mary S.

These modern, art, and traditional quilts were shared during Monday's meeting.

The back of Brenda's quilt.
Frances shared recent fabric shop purchases.
The back of Linda's quilt.
The evening's program was presented by Linda H. who demonstrated cutting and sewing curves using the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Cut curves according to pattern instructions, measuring to place the curve in the correct position.

Linda uses an appliqué foot to sew a curve. 

After curves are joined, use the Quick Curve Ruler to square up the block.

Here are several completed blocks for the Urban Abacus pattern

This "Spring Fling" is a free pattern made with the Quick Curve Ruler. You can find it here.

At the next November 10 meeting, everyone who makes and brings at least one block using a Quick Curve Ruler will receive one chance to win a prize. Anyone who completes a Quick Curve Ruler project will receive two chances. 

As well, we'll be reviewing the very important results of our survey, and determining the future of our chapter.  

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