May meeting recap

Welcome everyone! Helen (President) opened the meeting at ten after seven.

Comfort quilt project (Helen)
We are putting together a comfort quilt for a guild member whose son has been diagnosed with cancer. We are looking for 12.5 inch (unfinished) blocks consisting of an inner square or rectangle with cream borders of any width. Wonkiness and unusual central blocks are encouraged. Soft, restful colours in the centre, please. We only need 30 squares to do a 60 by 72 inch finished quilt. Stacey has volunteered to put them together into a top and Bonnie has instructions if anyone wants them.

Community Quilts (Jean)
The Big Quilt Bee which we did with Canadian Quilters Association has wrapped up. The Modern Quilt Guild is ramping up its annual charity quilt project. Stacey has offered to lead a team for this project.

MQG Charity Quilt Project (Stacey)
The Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt project this year has a theme of ‘Modern Traditional’ with a nice range of sunset colours. The fabric will be supplied. We make the quilt; it gets displayed at QuiltCon; and then we get to decide how to donate it when we get it back. It will be a fun project and of course the quilt will be specially designed by Stacey. To get involved, the first step is to join the Facebook group Stacey has set up. The Guild Facebook page has details.

Upcoming Events (Laura)

  • Saturday May 13– Wedge Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz
  • June Meeting – Andrew Wong from the Focussed Edge will speak to us about caring for our knives and scissors. If you want to bring scissors and/or knives to the meeting, you can leave them with Andrew and he’ll have them ready for pickup in a week or two (Abbotsford area). The scissors must have a screw that lets them be split into two pieces and the cost is $10 each pair.
  • June 17th Sew-In at the University of the Fraser Valley, Room A259.
  • July Meeting – picnic potluck at Mission Heritage Park
  • August Meeting – trunk show with Terry Aske, an art quilter from Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. for more info.

September Annual General Meeting (Helen)
All positions are open for nominations and we will hold an election if we have more than one candidate for a position. We specifically need a vice-president and also a program director. The program director position is really the core of the guild and without them we don’t have a reason to meet. Please talk to Laura (outgoing program director) for more info on what’s involved with this position. It is a lot of work and very rewarding; really a lot of fun for someone who is plugged into the quilting community.

Membership Update (Barb)
We have two guests at the meeting tonight.

Swaps and Challenges Update (Jean)
The Q1 Finish-it-up challenge was very successful. Norma had the most finishes at 11 projects done. Draw for the participation prize – Norma wins that – very appropriate!

Show & Tell
A great array of inspirational projects including some finishes from the Katie Pederson workshop and Stacey Day’s Jam Tarts quilt which was a pattern in QuiltCon Magazine 2017. There was a ‘design feature’ quilt – see if you can spot it in the photos. A great assortment of bags and we finished up this part of the meeting with a photo that really captures the spirit of the group. Thank you to Sonya for taking the great photos.

Paul Krampitz Trunk Show
Paul showed many tops and quilts beginning with quilts he grew up with and others that transitioned from traditional blocks and arrangements into more modern arrangements and block styles. Please take a look at Sonya’s photos on the guild Facebook page to see more of his work.