June 2021 Meeting Minutes

Friday Night Sewing (Emily F): 6pm to Whenever, see Facebook for event info; link & password are always the same

In-Person Hand-Sewing at Parks (Marian & Brianna): Once per Month

Undercover Mat Sew-a-Long (Marian): Monday Nights:

  • Week 1: Pockets
  • Week 2: Quilting the Mat
  • (Okay to join and do anything, or not join meetings but post pictures)

Upcoming Meetings:

  • July: Color Theory & Pattern Mixing with Dustin S.
  • August: All Hands On Deck with Brianna
  • September: No meeting; Have Fun with the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show (fka Quilt Expo)

Places to Donate Fabric, etc:

  • RSVP of Dane County
  • MIddleton Senior Center
  • Sewing Machine Project
  • Project Linus

June Block Lotto: 12 blocks, 8 people; Winner: Cathy Birkholz

July Block Lotto: Elizabeth Hartman Strawberries

  •     Background: Off White solid, texture, or low volume
  •     Berries: Read red, solid, texture or pattern
  •     Top: Green: Solid, texture, or pattern
  •     (Suggested by Marian; Samples made by Barb L and Dustin S)

GSAFE Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Quilting with Youth: Get ahold of Tara if interested
  • Finishing donations (Longarm quilting, providing backing, or sewing on binding): get ahold of Gael at Blue Bar if interested

GSAFE Donations can be dropped off at Blue Bar with the required form

  • Not required to be quilts (coasters, hand-bags, any fiber arts, all price points, etc)
  • Several tops made from donated kits that need to be finished into quilts (will be posted to Facebook)
  • Other donated tops that need to be finished into quilts
  • Long Arm Quilting is especially needed!
  • Binding also especially needed (anything goes, make it pretty)

Speaker: Brian Juchems, Co-Director of GSAFE

GSAFE: 25 years as a state-wide organization working with K-12 students and educators to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ students

GSAFE Quilt & FIber Art Auction: Wrap Yourself in a Rainbow

2020: First Quilt Auction

-Forced to cancel two in-person fundraisers due to COVID-19

Original Goals: 20 Items. $10,000

Results: 88 Quilts & Blankets; 165 items total (lots of masks). Raised $25,139.76

Furthest winners: Florida & Alaska


  • Replacement funding to hold onto staff (2.75), keep teaching, pass & defend policies, etc.
  • Anti-trans athlete bill responses
  • Introduced GSAFE to a broader audience
  • New programs require new staff: $30-60K for part to full time

Donations now being accepted for 2021

Tag GSAFE on Facebook and Instagram

Other Events:

  • 25th Annual Celebration of Leadership: 26-Jun at Monona Terrace (outdoor)
  • Trick or Trot (walk/run/collect candy): 10-Oct

Tara’s Presentation: ROYGBIV: Mad Mod Makes