Saturday, November 22, 2014

Future Plans and Decisions

modern blocks by Christa of
On Tuesday, November 18, the Executive Committee of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild (CFMQG) met to discuss and set the direction for our chapter. In attendance were:

President: Karen E.
Vice Presidents: Debbie B. and Beth S.
Media Coordinator: Linda H.
Treasurers: Carla S. (absent: Susan S.)
  1. Bylaws were reviewed and modified. Changes to the bylaws, as compared to bylaws adopted in June 2013 (and later unadopted), reflect the current needs of the CFMQG, and included sections/articles required by the national Modern Quilt Guild. Bylaws are attached below for review, and will be voted upon at the December 8, 2014 CFMQG meeting. 
  2. Based on the number of responses to an interest sign-up list regarding joining our local chapter and national MQG, the Executive Committee recommends that steps be taken toward affiliating with the national MQG. We anticipate completing this process by the end of January, 2015. 
  3. After discussion, and consideration for chapter start-up costs, it was decided that annual dues will be $40. The $40 amount encompasses the total amount for both national and local memberships. Dues for 2015 will be accepted at December 8 and January 12 CFMQG meetings.

Since the November 18 Executive Committee meeting, we have learned of another advantage to joining the national MQG. By obtaining non-profit, 501(C)(3) status, we will have free access to a Belleview Public Library meeting room for our Saturday Sew-Ins. Details to come.

On Tuesday, January 6, at 10 a.m., at North Lake Presbyterian Church, we will present our donation quilt to the church. Women’s ministry moderator Kay Kennedy will be present to accept the quilt. Please plan to attend and help us express our thanks to the church for use of a monthly meeting room.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Meeting Pictures

Twenty-five quilters turned out for the November 10 meeting! The evening's highlight was formally announcing that our chapter is structuring - we have filled officer and committee positions for 2015 (see previous blog post)! Volunteers who were in attendance were introduced. So we can continue to get to know one another better, as photos of of officers and committee members volunteers are taken, they will be posted to the Chapter Leaders page (see tab above).

During our time together we enjoyed a beautiful Show and Tell, share pretty projects made using the Quick Curve Ruler, and we completed hand-binding our donation string quilt! Enjoy the photos below.
Baby quilts, for twins, made by Beth.


Wall hangings made by Laura.

Below: Projects, both unfinished and finished, made using the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

 Three different blocks made by Karen.

Linda H.
These two wall hangings were made by Susan. Both patterns are free on the Sew Kind of Wonderful website. 

Linda T. and her bed scarf made from a jelly roll.
During our binding bee, we hand-sewed binding to complete the quilt we're donating to North Lake Presbyterian Church as a thank-you for allowing our group to meet there each month.

Next meeting: Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. It's our holiday party, so bring a treat to share, your own drink, and a modern, homemade pin cushion for a swap. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Results Are In!

Based on survey results, with 21 respondents interested in structuring our chapter, the Advisory Team of Karen, Beth, Debbie, Mary, and Linda met to determine next steps toward formalizing our Central Florida MQG chapter.

We couldn't be happier!

We're delighted to share with you the names of executive board and standing committee members who will be leading us from now through December, 2015:

President - Karen E.
First and Second Vice Presidents - Debbie B. and Beth S.
Co-Treasurers - Carla S. and Susan S.
Media Coordinator - Linda H.

Programs (led by VPs) - Laura N. and Carol P.
Membership - Brenda H. and Frances W.
Sew-Ins and Retreats - Toni L. And Linda T.
Swaps and Challenges - Mel T. and Kelly W.

As you've likely noted, the Advisory Team has been intentional about ensuring that "many hands make light work." We're grateful that so many of you stepped up to keep us moving forward! 

What's Next?
The new Executive Committee will meet by November 21 to review, and if necessary, make changes to previously adopted/unadopted by-laws. By-laws will be presented to CFMQG attendees by the December 8 meeting. 

Steps will also be taken toward obtaining a federal EIN, opening a bank account, and determining dues... all meant to move us toward joining the national MQG by early 2015. 

Anticipating accepting official members, we're now accepting the names of those of you who are interested in joining our chapter, and becoming affiliated with The Modern Quilt Guild.

Karen E. is keeping this sign up list. Please send her an email, or let us know at this e-dress to be added to the list. Thank you!

The above information will be reviewed and discussed at our Monday, November 10 meeting. Bring your hand sewing supplies as together we sew down the binding on our donation quilt.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. at North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake, Florida.