Monday, July 18, 2011

July 14, 2011 Meeting

Welcome- Have any new members introduce themselves (sign-in sheet and email sheet updated)
Member Book- we will be handing them out in August/September
Facebook- check us out and join our group on face book (Magic Valley Modern Quilt Guild) we are really going to being utilizing this forum as well as bumping up our presence on the blog.
Birthdays- Happy Birthday to Trina!!!

Summer Scramble- what a great way to get rid of unwanted things and find fun new things!
Picnic- we are planning a potluck picnic at the Thompson park on Aug. 4th at 6:00. the guild will be providing chicken. So sides, drinks, and desserts would be needed.
Bunting Swap-  lets swap! Trina and Tara, both of your buntings turned out amazing! 
Charity Quilt project- We have already had a few quilt tops turned back in! Way to go members let's try and reach our goal of 50!

Visit Our Blog: ( Check the blog for the latest happenings, calendar of events and a newly updated look.
Intermission- snacks & socialize
Block of the Month- Our Mystery Block of the Month is turning out great, Don't forget to make your next two blocks: a House and a Square
Don't forget sewing night is July 23rd at 7pm
Show &  Tell-
Details for August 11th meeting
    -Demo- Hoops
    -Bring things for Show & Tell
    -A new swap will be announced
    -Sewing Night is August 20th, 2011 7-Midnight

Friday, July 15, 2011

What is a Quiltalong?

Maybe you have heard KZ and I talking about online quilt-alongs. Sometimes it is hard to describe things that are going on out there on the internet so I thought I would show some that I know about.

The fun thing about quilt-alongs in that you get very detailed photo instructions and a group of other quilters going through it too, offering help and support. Often there will be a Flickr group for the participants to show their blocks and finished quilts. You get to see how the same quilt looks in different fabrics. On Flickr, too, there is a discussion forum so you can talk with the other quilters.

Even if a quilt-along is over the information is still there and you can still participate.

Single Girl Quilt Along (based on a pattern) from I'm a Ginger Monkey
Supernova (free pattern given) from Freshly Pieced
Farmers Wife Sampler (based on a book) from Fresh Cuts
Blogger's Block-a-palooza (free patterns) from Quilt Dad and other bloggers
Paintbox Quilt (free pattern) from Oh, Fransson
Quilt as You Go (free tutorial) from Sew Take a Hike

There are so many quilt-alongs. Try typing it in Google or Flickr and see if there is anything that inspires you.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July Meeting Reminders

Hello all,
our July meeting is coming up. It is this Thursday at 7 o'clock at the Quilt Barn in Kimberly.
We love new visitors too so if you are a new quilter or experienced we would love to have you join us.
Here are a few reminders for the July meeting.

Bring your Mystery Quilt blocks. All of them. Last month you were asked to lay out your blocks and see what needed to be tweaked. What needed to be edited, added, etc. We would like you to tell us what you changed (if anything).

If you are participating in our latest swap, Bunting, then bring that. The new swap will be announced.

Bring your nametag. Members are fined .25 for a missed nametag.

Dues are up for renewal. It is 15$ for the year. We are putting together a member book so if you have any changes in your info let us know.

July is also our Free Yard Sale.This is the time to de-stash and clean out. Bring in your unfinished projects, patterns, magazines, books, fabric, notions, etc. that you dont need anymore. Bring something, take home new to you stuff.

I had an idea regarding the patterns we bring in. How about we have a member's lending library of patterns? We would have a box of patterns that could be signed out and returned. I would like a volunteer to manage the box of patterns and the sign out sheet.

I hope to see you all there this Thursday. As usual, there will be a giveaway and treats.