(December 2018 was the MMQG Extravagant fundraiser, so we were having too much fun to take notes. Thank you to Brianna Stapleton Welch for the Jan recap and to Trudy Brule for the photos!)
Welcome to a new year of sewing, quilting, and building community!
There were 52 members and 4 guests at the January meeting.
Feb 2019 Meeting: Cheryl Schenck will present 101 Sewing and Quilting Tips and Tricks. Whether you’re new to the needle or you’ve sewn a million stitches, you’re bound to learn something in this fast paced, fun lecture! Hold on to your seat — they’ll come at you pretty fast! Good thing there’s a handout! Don’t forget to sign up if you plan to attend! And the Feb block lotto (Whirlwind) can be found here.
Membership: Don’t forget to pay your membership dues for 2019 as soon as possible! We have to pay our guild dues to the national Modern Quilt Guild, so we need an accurate count of dues-paying members. Dues are $45.
Dues for 2019 are $45 if you pay by cash or check (payable to Madison Modern Quilt Guild) and $46.50 if you pay via PayPal (the extra $1.50 accounts for the PayPal fees) For PayPal, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and email address in the notes.
Contact Catherine Van Hove, Treasurer, with questions.
Meeting Sign Up: We used SignUp Genius for the first time to sign up for the attendance slots at our January meeting. We have to sign up ahead of time because fire code dictates that no more than 59 people can attend a meeting.
Members at the January meeting agreed that the online sign up worked well. Visitors should sign up using SignUp Genius, too.
Each month, a sign up link will be posted on the website before the meeting.
The committees that were formed at the November special session on space concerns should be proceeding independently to work on their action plans.
Charity quilt: Trudy shared that the charity quilt that the guild made last year was donated to RSVP of Dane County and raised over $500 for their scholarship fund.
Stash Buster Sale: Emily F. is coordinating the guild’s stash-buster sale on Saturday, March 2 from 10 am – 4 pm at Blue Bar Quilts. Pay $25 for a table. Table fees go to the guild, and you keep the profit from everything you sell. Set up tables on the evening of March 1 or the morning of March 2. There will be a guild table sponsored by Tara C.; profit generated from items donated to the guild table will go back to the guild.
Sew Days: Tracy R. reminded us of the Make Art, Build Community, Sew Together! opportunities coming up.
January 26, 4-10 pm, Electric Needle February 9, 9-5 pm, Quintessential Quilts
March 9, 4-10 pm, Electric Needle
April 13, 9-5 pm, Quintessential Quilts
May 18, 10-5 pm, Blue Bar Quilts
Save the dates for a sewing retreat at the Jones Mansion September (26) 27-29. Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a48aaa82fa4f49-jones
Carmen G. is organizing a sewing group meet-up, open to anyone. The group will meet for the first time on Tuesday January 15 from 12:30-3:30 pm at the Madison Public Library Alicia Ashman Branch. They will discuss next meeting dates during that first gathering.
The amazing Trish Frankland got us all thinking about the value of her quilts with her presentation “We Are $ew Worth It.” Trish encouraged us to share the true value of our quilts with family and friends. (Yes, that means admitting how much you spend on fabric.) She shared some helpful resources for assessing the value of your quilts:
AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers
Hunter’s Design Studio We Are $ew Worth It resource page
Sew and Tell