Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Sew-In



Our next sew-in will be:
Saturday, February 11th
at Canvas Works 
from 11-4
Bring whatever project you are currently working on. Stephanie has kindly volunteered to mentor during this sew-in, so bring any questions you might have!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The numbers are in for the 2017 brick swap!  Please bring 17 bricks from a small scale floral fabric and 17 bricks from a word/text fabric. Remember to put them in a Ziplock bag with your name on it to the March meeting!  Please see previous post for details.
 Brick Swap

This will be another brick swap (so that our creative focus can remain on our Art's Walk Quilts!) A brick is a 5" x 10" cut of fabric. So for this swap, we will ask you to cut a brick (for each person participating) from a small scale floral print (think Liberty of London style!) and one from a text/word/letter fabric! They will be due at the March meeting.

Some Guidlines:
Please choose modern fabrics!
All bricks must be cut from same small scale fabric (and same text fabric) to ensure all members will get the same packet of goodies!
Bring all the fabrics in a Ziplock bag with your name on it.
Please arrange them in your Ziplock bags for easy dispersal, because we would like to ask you to all help disperse your bricks (But don't stress, we will be there to assist!)
I will keep "enrollment" open until Sunday, February 5th at noon. To enroll, just message Kara on FB. Then on Sunday evening, I will post the final number of bricks we all need to cut of each fabric! Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Can't wait to see all the good fabrics!

February Meeting Recap

Minutes of SSMQG Meeting February 1, 2017
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Reminders:
March meeting – bring bricks for swap, check for half of retreat cost, list of 6 UFOs, dues if not paid yet
April meeting – bring Arts Walk quilt
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National Guild Business

Quiltcon quilt: the hashtag quilt is done! Our blog post was due in late January, and we made it. It now goes off to Quiltcon in Savannah, GA, where it will WIN BIG!
Riley Blake Challenge fabric was handed out to Honnah, Tina, and Jennie. You can still participate but you have to buy your own fabric.

Local Guild Business

There is a “Follow by Email” button on the blog. Right-hand side. So if you don’t tend to go to the blog or Facebook, you’ll get info about our many happy activities.
2017 dues are $45, if you haven’t paid yet.

Mentor list: we have some newish quilters, or people who haven’t done certain techniques for a long time. We can sign up as a mentor for guild members who have questions.

Arts Walk: We have red, blue, and grey fabric. Quilts can be any size, wall to queen. Use a template ruler. Use any other fabric, print or solid. Due at the April meeting. You can buy extra for $2.50.

Retreat is May 4-7 at Cascade Camp in Yelm. We need 15 minumum. Open to non-members, if you have a mom, sister, or friend who quilts. The cost will include all meals and reports are the food last year was great. No classes, this is a chance to work on our own projects. Firm commitments due at March meeting with half down, the other half at April meeting. Full price will be in the ballpark of $175.

Social media: The board is encouraging us to post pictures of our projects in process on Facebook!
UFO Finish-Along: To the March meeting, bring a list of 6 of your most pressing UFOs (unfinished objects). At the meeting, we’ll roll a dice and all try to finish the number that comes up.

Committees
Signups went around to give everyone another chance at joining a committee that needs more members.

Mystery Quilt Along: Stephanie says there’s plenty of time to join, we just started last month. Uses 5 different fabrics. 1 dark, 2 mediums, 2 lights. www.MeadowMistDesigns.blogspot.com for more info

Swap: bricks. A brick is a 5”x10” piece of fabric. Bring 2 different fabrics, one small-scale floral in any color, one text/words/letters or anything with dominant text on it (text reading with brick lying down, not with brick standing up). Due in March. Put them in a bag with your name, arrange them in the bag so you can throw them down in piles for everyone before the meeting. Use the same fabric for each brick. A sign-up went around; if you missed the meeting, let Kara know you want to be part. (So she’ll have a final count of how many bricks everyone should bring.) 1 yard fabric = 28 bricks.

Charity quilt: Ruby Street is doing Quilts of Valor for a veteran’s housing facility. Twin-size beds, ideally 60x80. Guidelines are on the Quilts of Valor website at www.QOVF.org. They don’t have to be red, white, and blue…just not a lot of florals. Quilts of Valor meets at Ruby Street first Tuesday of every month. They’d like a quilt top, it doesn’t have to be quilted. The quilts can’t be tied, it has to be machine quilted, but they have donated longarm services available. They ask for fabric that’s not specific to a particular branch of the military. (We don’t know if the house is male only or mixed.) Due ASAP, one of the houses will open in April. Honnah says she’ll donate her longarm services, too. Watch Facebook and Instagram: we might ask for blocks.

Calendar
Sew-ins
Feb 11 at Canvas Works, 11-4
March 25 at Ruby Street, 10-5
Talk to Cecile if you have a question.
Submitted by Amy Hanson

QOV Charity Blocks

QOV Charity Blocks

At the Feb Mtg we talked about Quilts of Valor to support Ruby Street Quiltworks goal of 40 quilts by April.

From Feb mtg minutes: "Charity quilt: Ruby Street is doing Quilts of Valor for a veteran’s housing facility. Twin-size beds, ideally 60x80. Guidelines are on the Quilts of Valor website at www.QOVF.org. They don’t have to be red, white, and blue…just not a lot of florals. Quilts of Valor meets at Ruby Street first Tuesday of every month. They’d like a quilt top, it doesn’t have to be quilted. The quilts can’t be tied, it has to be machine quilted, but they have donated longarm services available. They ask for fabric that’s not specific to a particular branch of the military. (We don’t know if the house is male only or mixed.) Due ASAP, one of the houses will open in April. Honnah says she’ll donate her longarm services, too. Watch Facebook and Instagram: we might ask for blocks."

We have come up with a fairly simple set of blocks 
to make for a quilt from SSMQG.

Unfinished 12.5" blocks

16 patch (3.5" blocks) in either red or blue..scrappy

Star block ..  blue or red star (not scrappy) with white background

Please bring one of each to the March meeting

And here are samples




You are more than welcome to make a whole Quilt top yourself.

Thanks all!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

February Stated Meeting

Our February stated meeting is:

Wednesday, February 1st
@6:30pm

@Ruby Street Quiltworks

Please bring:

 2017 Dues if you haven't paid yet. You can also pay here on the blog.

Your favorite notion to share with the group.

Sew & Show

Friday, January 20, 2017

January Meeting Recap

 January 2017 Meeting

Quiltcon charity quilt status: the quilt is made and longarmed, just awaits binding. Due at February meeting.

Reminder: $45 dues due in January.  There is a PayPal link on the SSMQG blog or bring a check or cash next month to Patti.

Next board meeting is Monday, January 23 at Haggen in West Olympia.  (1313 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98502) Come on down!! 

Arts Walk Challenge – fat quarters of fabric were available today.  Quilts can be any size up to queen.  You must use a ruler or template (but not use just a regular ruler to cut strips, the intent is to use a template you rarely/never use).  You can use any other fabric from your stash.  Due at April meeting.

Quilt Along quilts were due tonight and shown.  Great stuff!  Ten quilts were presented, all really different and interesting.  See the group’s Facebook site for pictures. (Pics might also be on the blog.)

2017 Quilt Along: it is a mystery quilt that is more traditional than modern.  (You can cheat and look on the internet.)  Directions were passed out with fabric requirements.  No need to buy new fabric, you can make it scrappy.  The QAL will last about 7 months.  Kathy will put a link on the blog and Facebook for more info.  (First month is just cutting.)  It’s flying geese, half-square triangles, and blocks. Pretty easy.

Committees signups went around.  The more people who sign up, the more fun we’ll have this year!

Bethany handed out receipts for 501(c)3 donations for our charity quilts, in case you itemize your taxes.  You cannot deduct time, but you can deduct cost of materials.  The guild’s address is Patti’s address.  Email her at pattiathome@live.com to get that. The group’s EIN is 800932951. Keep store receipts for the fabric you use for supporting documentation because the government-assigned value for quilts is like $40.  (Thermal receipts fade in 2 months, so scan or photocopy them.)

Sew-in schedule:
Jan 14 at Whalen Quiltworks, 11-4
Feb 11 at Canvas Works, 11-4
Mar 25 at Ruby Street, 10-5
There’s no cost, bring your own projects.  If we ever have a sew-in with a theme (like working on a charity quilt), we’ll let you know ahead of time. Bring water bottles, lunch, and/or visit one of the happy restaurants nearby.

Stephanie’s quilt was accepted to QuiltCon!!  She rocks!!

Minutes by Amy Hanson
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