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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Meeting Highlights

QuiltCon Charity Quilt in progress
We had a full business agenda at the October 12 SDMQG meeting, but that didn't stop us from having a lot of creative fun as well! 

If you couldn't be there, this is what you missed:


1) 2015 Dues: The board proposed dues for next year be raised to $40 ($20 if you join after July 1). The National Modern Quilt Guild (the Mothership) asses dues to the member guilds based on size, and since we are growing, our dues are going up too. The motion was voted and passed with no dissent. Dues for 2015 can be paid starting at the December 14 meeting.

2) Nominations were taken for the 2015 Board of Directors positions. So far, we have these candidates:
President: Chris Broehmer
VP Operations: Marisa Thompson
VP Activities: I-Chun Chen
Treasurer: Pam Sadler
Secretary: Susan Kephart
Nomination will remain open until 5:00 pm, Sunday, October 26. If you still want to throw your hat in the ring, e-mail Deb [dsdonovan23(at)gmail(dot)com] or Marisa [marisa(dot)thompson(at)gmail(dot)com] by that time. Descriptions of the officer roles can be found in our bylaws. Elections will be held at the November 9 guild meeting.

3) Volunteers were taken for various committees:
Welcoming Committee/greeter: Jen Collins
SDBee organizers: Theresa McClellan and Angela Greenwald
Charity Committee: Nancy Littlefield and Jen Collins
Location Committee: Marisa (No. County), I-Chun (central), Ileen (So. County)
Extra curricular activities: no takers yet, will twist arms as necessary throughout the year...
Anyone is welcome to join any committee at any time - there are many ways to contribute! 

4) Location search and regional activities: 

    Although we love our Quilt in a Day meeting space for its big classroom that we can all spread out in, we realize that San Marcos is a long drive for some of our central and south county members, and it may even prevent some interested quilters from joining our guild. To overcome that, we are exploring new sites for meetings and other special events. The Location Committee will identify and assess alternate meeting spaces, and their findings will be presented to the guild for discussion in the first half of 2015. 

    Meanwhile, we've asked members to identify what regions of the county (north, central, south, east) they hang out in, and whether they'd be willing to plan informal regional meetups. We're going to kick it off with a Photo Day in Balboa Park for the centrally located folks (and anyone else who's interested!).

5) A summary of our Survey results was sent on October 9 to members using the e-mail addresses we had on file. If you did not get one, please contact Chris [cbroehmer(at)gmail(dot)com]. There were lots of good suggestions for future activities and speakers! But don't wait for the next survey - we will now be featuring a Suggestion Box at our meetings to collect all your great ideas.

6) The San Diego Quilt Show planners are looking for our input for next year! They would love to have some of our members help organize the 2015 show, and they are seeking suggestions for Modern Quilting-friendly vendors, teachers and speakers to invite. The Planning Committee meets the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm, at Rosie’s Calico Cupboard, 7151  El Cajon Blvd., San Diego.  Meetings start in January. Contact them at

Swaps: We swapped Polka Dot Charm Squares this time, but now it's time to start gathering up your scraps for the November 9 Scrap Swap! Bring a bag of scraps, as small or large as you want, we'll dump them into a big pile for redistribution. You can take home as much as you bring in! And if you have larger scraps or yardage you don't want, we'll take it for future charity projects. (Even if it's not especially modern, we'll find a use for it.)

At the December 14 guild meeting, our swap will be zipper pouches with small ($10ish) gifts inside. 

SDBee: Jen kicked off Round 3 with her Scrappy Sampler concept. If you need fabrics, contact her on Flickr. I-Chun is on deck for November. A few blocks for Marisa might still be out there - check behind your sewing tables!

Charity Quilts: Carrie gave us some awesome swirl quilting on our Wonky Star charity quilt and will hand it off to Susan M. for binding. Meanwhile, we took the QuiltCon Charity blocks made by our members and collaboratively designed the top. With many volunteers, we were able to piece the whole top during the Sew-In, and it's now in the hands of the talented Chris B. for quilting. When she's done, Susan K. will bind it, add a hanging sleeve, and see it's sent off to Texas by the January 3 deadline.

Even after all that, we still had an amazing Sew-and-Tell: Some Halloween projects, some finally-finished WIPs, and some great quilts from new members were on display. Pictures are worth thousands of words, so check out the guild Flickr Group for all the details! (now if the photographer could just work her camera properly after the software upgrade...)

Then it was off to the free sewing time. There are many interesting projects in progress - can't wait to see the results! 

Hope to see you all at our next meeting, on Sunday November 9, at 11:00 am at Quilt in a Day! 


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