November meeting recap

President’s Report

Laraine (President) opened the meeting with a thank-you to last year’s executive committee members: Helen (President); Jane (Treasurer); Laura (Programs); Barb (Membership) and Hedda (Communications).

This year’s exec is looking for volunteers to help with some of our small events. These are not big jobs and they go a long way to enriching the guild and bringing people together.

  • Sew-Ins and Coffee Klatch
  • Programs Assistant (someone in the Fraser Valley who is willing to help out would be appreciated)
  • Meeting wrap-ups

We have had some feedback that better communication is needed about all the different activities that are going on. We will be using the web site more for posting information and everything will continue to be on Facebook as well. We encourage you to attend meetings and make your own notes. The meeting wrap-ups can also be useful if you want to know what is going on.

Canadian Quilters Association Show 2018 (Vancouver) – Laraine

They will have a quilt show for guilds. Discussion about whether we want to enter the lottery for a place in this show.

Community Quilts – Kathryn

We are putting last month’s blocks together to make a quilt for a refugee family arriving from Africa soon. It will be appreciated since they are coming in winter! This month’s block kit is ready to pick up at the back. Please bring these back for the December meeting. We are planning to continue with these since the response has been so positive.

Creativ Festival 2018 – Kathryn

The booth planning is complete. We are going to feature the work of two guild members Sherri and Lysa. We have volunteer coordinators in place as well. Hopefully you have your challenge pieces under way. (If you need more info we will have it up on our web site soon!)

Christmas Party December 14 – Kate

Next month’s meeting will be our group Christmas party. We will have games and prizes, and a fun modern swap. Please plan on bringing:

  • A modern fat quarter for the prize box
  • Your wonky star swap (info below – sign up tonight!)
  • Finger food to share: A-J sweet, K-Z savoury.

Wonky Star Swap (Kate)

Sign up tonight for this swap. We will draw names at coffee.

We are making a mug rug or mini with a maximum size of 12 inches on a side. Must be modern style and fabric. Include at least one wonky star and your recipient’s preferred colour. Info is in the facebook files and the post has links to some tutorials and ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.

Membership Update (Barb)

We currently have 64 paid members plus one guest tonight.

Programs – Joan

We really need some people who know Abbotsford and can help us scout affordable venues and space for sew-ins and workshops. Access to UFV rooms which we have used so much has become limited. Please talk to Joan or any member of the exec.

Next workshop: November 25, using Excel to design lettering for quilts. No sewing involved – the workshop will take place in a UFV computer room. There is still space available.

January Meeting will be the destash – bring any good quality crafting and sewing materials you would like to pass on. The leftovers will be donated to charity.

March Meeting – trunk show with Stacey Day (FVMQG member and quilt designer for Tula Pink)

Mini-Trunk Shows – Lysa, Cathy and Jean

Lysa showed us quilts from her very traditional beginnings to her discovery of modern quilting to her very modern work of today including projects representing modern media such as cassette tapes, record albums, game controllers, and boom boxes.

Cathy showed us a selection of her work using modern elements like wonky stars, lettering, solid fabrics and lots of negative (blank) space.

Jean displayed her quilts representing how the concept of  ‘modern quilting’ has evolved over time. In the past many things have been considered ‘modern’ which are now thought of as more traditional.  In many cases a different setting, scale of block, or use of negative space can make the difference between traditional and modern.

After the trunk shows we enjoyed member’s show & tell. Lots of inspiration and interesting work our members are doing. Thank you to everyone who brought something to share as this is always a highlight of the meetings.