July 11, 2019 – Meeting Recap

  • A beautiful evening for a POTLUCK PICNIC at Fraser River Heritage Park with 35 members in attendance!  A few members with strong arms moved the heavy picnic tables to form a comfortable space for us to gather.  We enjoyed a very tasty spread of sweet and savory picnic dishes to share.  Thank you for your contribution!
  • There was lots of action at the FREE TABLE.  Joanne shared some great finds from Life’s Second Chance Thrift Store. Thanks to everybody who brought free stuff! 
  • Colleen opened the meeting by reminding us that we were meeting on Sto:lo Nation land and recognizing that their art of weaving and making had some similarities to our quilting efforts.
  • We congratulated Judy Cruickshank on her FIRST PLACE entry in the CQA Trendex Challenge and we congratulated Laura Shaw on her TOP TEN entry in the MQG Riley Blake Challenge.
  • Tracey Wiebe collected a good number of PILLOWCASES to take to Burn Camp 2019.  Some of us found out that making pillowcases can be quite addicting!
  • ROAD TRIPS coming up to see the MQG Quilt Exhibit at the WHATCOM MUSEUM in BELLINGHAM
    • Eight of us attended the Luke Haynes Lecture on Sunday, July 14
    • Saturday, July 27 – lecture by Marla Varner. 

Some brochures about the exhibit were distributed. Find more details under the Events tab on our Facebook page or contact Marilyn.

  • We have 3 SUMMER CHALLENGES on the go.  All are due at the September Guild meeting, September 12.  The minis and the bags will be on exhibit at the Abbotsford Wine & Art Walk on September 19.
  • SUMMER CHALLENGE #1 – UPCYCLED “H” BAG from Orange Dot Quilts. As of July 20, there are 45 members signed up!  We will be voting for our favourites at the September guild meeting and prizes for the top 3 are:

First Place – $30 gift certificate to Life’s Second Chance Thrift Store

Second Place – $20 gift certificate to MCC Thrift Store

Third Place – $10 gift certificate to MCC Thrift Store

It’s not too late to join up. Email Marilyn at rmisaak@shaw.ca if you are interested.  Find more details about the challenge under Files on Facebook or by asking Marilyn or Joanne.

  • SUMMER CHALLENGE #2 – Canadian MQG Mini Quilt Swap  Theme is GEOMETRY. Sign up was closed on July 15 and information about your match has been emailed.  Eleven of our guild members are participating out of a total of thirty across Canada!  Yay FVMQG!  Thank you Laura Miron for promoting this challenge.
  • SUMMER CHALLENGE #3 – WORKSHOP UFO CHALLENGE. Finish what you started at a workshop. Every finish is an entry for a prize.  Registration form on Facebook Files.  See Laura Miron with your questions.
  • Karla gave us an update on NOMINATIONS for guild volunteer positions for next year.  We are still looking for:
  • Vice President
  • Programs
  • Sew-In Assistant

Do any of those interest you or can you think of anyone who would be well suited for those positions? Is this the year you can take a turn at a volunteer position in the guild?  You get the most out of the guild when you get involved.  Also, if you need some incentive… keep in mind that volunteers are given the opportunity to go to Green Lake for a retreat!

  • Mark your calendar for these upcoming WORKSHOPS:
  • Terry Aske CIRCLES, CIRCLES, CIRCLES WORKSHOP coming up on Saturday, October 19, $55.  Email Laura More to register at more@telus.net
  • Lorna Shapiro 2 day workshop, QUILT DESIGN 101 – April 25 & May 9.  $95.  Email Laura More to register at more@telus.net
  • Tracey Navratil led some discussion about our August COFFEE KLATCH and it was decided that it will be on Sunday, July 28 so that we can go to Our Social Fabric.  Check the Events page on Facebook for more details.
  • See Facebook for photos of our inspiring SHOW & TELL.  Thanks Nancy for taking the pics and posting them. Also, some members displayed the MODERN MINI LOG CABIN quilts that they received in the swap with VMQG.
  • The 50/50 DRAW was won by Barb Macleod with a $37 pot.  Thank you to Eileen for accepting tickets sales right up to just minutes before the draw!  Proceeds from 50/50 go to Community Quilts.
  • Thank you to everyone who brought a DOOR PRIZE.  I’m pretty impressed to see how many members bring door prizes!
  • We finished the evening off with our tradition of a GROUP PHOTO shot at the gazebo.
  • August GUILD MEETING is on Thursday, August 8, 2019 back at the church hall.  For the August program, we’ll be watching a MQG Webinar.
  • August SEW IN is Saturday, August 17 at UFV.

Submitted by: Marilyn I.

June 13, 2019 – Meeting Recap

  • It was a lovely, warm evening with 40 members and 1 guest in attendance!
  • For the first time in our history, it wasn’t cold & raining on TRUNK SALE night and we could have it outside in the parking lot!  We didn’t follow our usual meeting timeline and held the Trunk Sale first.
  • Coffee & treats were ready to go while some visited and some got their SOCIAL MEDIA QUESTIONS answered.  Thank you so much to all the COACHES for patiently sharing tips and insight into navigating Facebook, Instagram and our website.  It was pretty cute to see Johanna use FaceTime for the first time and call her husband who happened to be in Edmonton!
  • Monique, the manager of ABBOTSFORD VICTIM SERVICES came and gave a brief description of what they do with the quilts we donate.  Joanne had 21 community quilts packed up and ready to send with her – 7 adult size, 7 kids size and 7 baby size.  Thank you to Joanne & Katherine for organizing us and to all of you that have had a part in making community quilts.
  • Our MODERN MINI LOG CABIN exhibit on May 30th at the Abbotsford Wine & Art Walk was well received.  We used a display rack built by Ron Isaak to hang the minis which looked great and worked well. Jennifer McEwen from Downtown Abbotsford Business Association said we are welcome back any time.  The exhibit was also appreciated at Tabor Court Assisted Living on June 7 and they also invited us to come back sometime.
  • A road trip to the WHATCOM MUSEUM in BELLINGHAM is being planned for Sunday, July 14 and Saturday, July 27, to see the Modern Quilt Exhibit and take in a lecture.  Details under the Events tab on our Facebook page.
  • Next COFFEE KLATCH is July 6 and will meet at IKEA for breakfast and then go to Fabricanna.
  • Karla gave us an update on NOMINATIONS for guild volunteer positions for next year.  We are still looking for a Vice President, Programs, Anniversary Party (Sept), Christmas Party, Swaps & Challenges, 50/50 Assistant, and Sew In Assistant.  Do any of those interest you? Is this the year you can take a turn at a volunteer position in the guild?  You get the most out of the guild when you get involved.  And keep in mind, volunteers are given the opportunity to go to Green Lake for a retreat!
  • We have 3 SUMMER CHALLENGES on the go.  All are due at the September Guild meeting, September 12.  The minis and the bags will be on exhibit at the Abbotsford Wine & Art Walk on September 19.
    • SUMMER CHALLENGE #1 – Canadian MQG Mini Quilt Swap  Click here to sign up before July 15.  Theme is GEOMETRY. Let Laura Miron know if you sign up.
    • SUMMER CHALLENGE #2 – UPCYCLED “H” BAG from Orange Dot Quilts. Check Facebook Files for details.  See Marilyn or Joanne with your questions.
    • SUMMER CHALLENGE #3 – WORKSHOP UFO CHALLENGE. Finish what you started at a workshop. Every finish is an entry for a prize.  Registration form on Facebook Files.  See Laura Miron with your questions.
  • Terry Aske CIRCLES, CIRCLES, CIRCLES WORKSHOP coming up on Saturday, October 19, $55.  See Laura More to register.
  • Lorna Shapiro 2 day workshop, QUILT DESIGN 101 – coming next spring.  Details TBA.
  • SHOW & TELL began with the mini modern log cabins hanging on the display and followed with a great lineup of inspiring finishes.  Check Facebook for photos.
  • Thank you to Laura Shaw for filling in as PHOTOGRAPHER for Nancy.
  • The 50/50 DRAW was won by Judy Cruickshank with a $20 pot.  We were distracted by the Trunk Sale and change in our meeting routine, so fewer of us bought tickets.  Eileen says we can make up for it next month.
  • The MEET UP & SWAP with VMQG on Saturday was a great success.  About 30 of the 50 participants were in attendance to meet their swap partner and exchange minis.  Lots of good connections made with a very inspiring Show & Tell.  Check our FVMQG Instagram account for photos.
  • July guild meeting is on July 11, 2019 and is our annual SUMMER PICNIC at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission.  Potluck picnic at 6:30.  Bring food to share and your own plate, cutlery & drinks, and lawn chairs. An evening of visiting and Show & Tell and enjoying the park.

Submitted by: Marilyn I.

May 9, 2019 – Meeting Recap

Attendance was an energetic group of 35 members! Lorna Shapiro treated us to an inspiring TRUNK SHOW and set up a great POP-UP SHOP.  Too bad we don’t have a video of it so we can watch it again.  As she showed us some of her work, she explained how she arrived at her design […]

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April 11, 2019 – Meeting Recap

Attendance was 48 members plus 2 guests for a grand total of 50!  Lots of chatter and connecting. Thursday, May 30th from 4 pm – 8 pm is the Downtown Abbotsford spring Wine & Art Walk and we have been invited to put up a display of modern quilts on a wall 22’ long by […]

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