December 2020 Meeting Minutes

Visitors: Judy Brown, Ash Collins, Katherine Riphahn

Find us on Facebook: Madison Modern Quilt Guild

Friday night sewing with Emily Forscher. Link is on Facebook, always the same
Dues: $ 46.50 via PayPal to (make sure to state your name and email address in the notes) $45 via check, mailed to Valerie Mau (email for her address).

Upcoming Meetings: January: Annual Meeting-Review Proposed Bylaw changes–Values & Inclusion–Contingency Planning–Junior MembershipVoting will be via a Google form for one week after the meeting. Tara will demonstrate fat quarter folding techniques: Have some available to follow along
February: Mister Domestic: Activism and Sewing

Project Linus: Eileen KeillorHigh Need: No-sew fleece & flannel NICU blankets(Note: Pieced flannel is also good, does not need to be one big piece)
~150 blankets and quilts to be distributed to low-income Madison elementary students  shortly

Quintessential Quilts on the east side of Madison has been temporarily consolidated with the Reedsburg location and is not currently accepting drop-offsAlternates: Sun Prairie Fire Department; possibly JoAnn’s-East Towne

Block Lotto: December: Chickens Part II: Winner is Trish Frankland.
January: Mittens by Sew Fresh Quilts(See Facebook and website for a link)Background: white on white printsMittens: Any colors, but please make matching pairs

Speaker: Sara Trail, Social Justice Sewing Academy.

The Social Justice Sewing Academy is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Their young artists make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification. The powerful imagery they create in cloth tells their stories, and these quilt blocks are then sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts to be displayed in museums, galleries and quilt shows across the country. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

Sara has also spearheaded a young entrepreneurs group which pairs aspiring business owners with mentors in the craft business; the SJSA Remembrance Project which creates soft protest banners that honor victims of gun violence; and she’s just kind of the biggest deal ever.