March 30, 2014

Janurary/February Meeting

Its about time that we updated this blog! There have been two meetings that have come and gone, and I have the pictures to prove it.

January Meeting

A fresh new year and some changes to the guild. Our stalwart president of three years, Kaye Prince, retired her leadership, and since no one stepped up for nomination, we are trying something new. We have divided the duties of leadership among a board made up of our members who regularly attend meetings. This way we can still function as a guild, just without a president. So, the January meeting was our chance to divide up duties.

And of course, we always have show-and-tell. I'm amazed but the constantly high standard of work produced by our quilt members. This one is a stunner.

A lovely star quilt by Valerie Prideaux. Look at the detail on in the quilting!

Next up was a finished quilt by Rebecca Burnett.
This is a stack-and-whack quilt. I was impressed not only by her precision, but also by her lovely colour choices. 

Such subtle gradations. And those bits of black here and there really stand out. 

And here is a little wall hanging quilt made by Andrea Vander Kooij (that would be me) for the Riley Blake Challenge from the Modern Quilt Guild.

I pieced the back too, improv-style which was really fun. 

February Meeting
At the February meeting we had a chance to welcome Sandy Lindal of The Scrappy Gal Quilt Company as a guest. She runs a professional long arm quilting service, so we were all invited to bring in our unquilted tops to talk about the best way to quilt them. 

It was nice to hear from an expert, and she had some tips to share too. She had a lot of good ideas and creative suggestions for quilting patterns that would highlight the different patchworks. The top that we are looking at in the picture above was made by Rebecca Burnett. 

Rebecca had been very prolific this month, and had a whole stack full of her trademark minimalist/modern quilt tops. 

As well as one lovely finished baby quilt. 

Doris brought in her finished Riley Blake Challenge quilt for us too ooh and awe over. Such a nice bold pattern and really lovely dense quilting. 

November 22, 2013

Monthly Meeting - November

Hey y'all! At this month's meeting we will be doing our holiday mystery swap - please be sure to wrap your swap present or put it in a bag as this is a blind swap.

We will also be reviewing my duties as President and dividing up the work among the new "board of leaders"; if you wish to participate on the new board, please come to this meeting and be ready to lend a hand. This is my last meeting as President, so we do need to be sure and get this sorted ASAP.

As always, please bring along your finished projects and/or problems to share with the group. See you all soon!

November 13, 2013

Leadership Update!

Hey y'all! So, as anyone who attended the meeting last month knows, no one has stepped up to run for President of the guild. We are currently toying with the idea of creating a "Board of Leaders" rather than having one President. Each of these leaders would take over one or two aspects of running the guild (i.e. one person for checking the email and facebook, one person for the blog and newsletter, one person for being the guild contact and keeping up with MQG headquarter news, etc). If this is something you think you would be interested in, please drop me (Kaye) a line at either my personal email or the guild email.

If people do not step up to lead the guild, it is quite possible that the guild will have to forfeit its MQG membership and/or fold. Thanks guys!

October 24, 2013

Monthly Meeting Update

Hey all! At this month's meeting we will be opening the floor up to potential Presidential candidates. If you would like to run for President (or co-president) please come prepared to talk a little bit about why you have chosen to run and what your vision is for the guild.

If you would like to participate in the scrap swap for the annual holiday/secret santa, please bring a sandwich-sized Ziploc full of scraps to the meeting. Please remember that these scraps are expected to be modern and quilt-shop quality; please don't put anything in your scrap bag that you would not likje to receive yourself. Since the holiday swap is blind you may just end up getting your own scraps back in the form of a handmade gift.

As always, please bring along your completed projects and/or problems to share with the group.

Just a reminder: I am currentlty in the UK for work and may not be able to make this meeting. If you have any questions or comments about the elections, please feel free to email me.

October 7, 2013

A Message from Kaye

*I was going to call this post "The Presidential Address" but I thought that might be going too far, haha!*

Hey y'all! As I mentioned in the newsletter, on Facebook, and in the previous blog post, there was an important announcement made at the September guild meeting. For those of you who were not there, here it is:

I am resigning as President of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. I will officially step down at the end of this year, and the new (as-yet-to-be-decided) President will lead their first meeting in January. We'll get to the logistics of this in a moment, but I wanted to address my resignation a little further first.

I have been President for over three years now (it'll be just about 3.5 years by the time I step down), and I think that it is time for someone else to take the reins. The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind, what with the new MQG fees and structure, and some changes to our own guild. I would love to remain President of the guild, I've had a lot of fun over the years, but recently I have begun to feel overly strained, which isn't good for me or for you. I hope that a new President will bring a fresh perspective and energy to the guild and will be able to open the guild up and help it to expand into an even more welcoming place for all quilters. Just in case anyone is wondering, I am not planning to leave the guild completely - I will still be attending meetings and will do my best to help the new President get situated.

Rather than doing our presentation on "selling" at the October meeting, we will open the floor to any potential nominees who wish to speak about their vision for the guild's future. There will also be a chance for members to ask questions of the nominees, and also to ask any questions or air any concerns about what effect my resignation may have on the guild. Elections will be held at the November meeting via a blind write-in ballot, unless we decide otherwise at the October meeting.

I also wanted to give a little warning in advance that I *may* not be able to attend the October meeting, as I will be in England around that time for work (I know, who would have guessed that librarians were such jet-setters, right?); I will do my best to be back in time but, since this is also my first trip to Europe,  I may stay a couple of extra days and/or may still be getting over jet-leg. We will just have to wait and see.  

If you have any questions or concerns about my resignation, or if you are thinking about running for President and just want to chat, please feel free to email me either at my personal email or at the guild email.

Thanks all - it's been quite a ride!

September 24, 2013

Upcoming September Meeting

Hey y'all! At this month's meeting I will be giving a little presentation on Sewing Summit, talking about the EPP class that I taught, and just generally sharing about the classes I took, people I met, etc.

There will also be a rather important announcement made at the meeting. It will also be made on the blog/in the newsletter after the meeting, but I ask that all members try their best to attend this meeting so that any questions/concerns can be raised while we're all together to discuss as a group.

As always, please bring along your completed projects and/or problems to share.

See y'all on Sunday!

August 22, 2013

Upcoming August Meeting

Hey all! It's time again for our monthly meeting! At this month's meeting we will be sharing the results of the design challenge that was held at last month's meeting - I hope you all have your blocks finished! I will also be leading a tutorial for a nifty way to cut bias binding. You will need to bring:

Fabric (as little as a FQ)
Rotary Cutter

While the workroom does have rotary cutters and rulers available, there will probably not be enough to go around while I am doing the tutorial. Bring your own if you can and be sure to clearly mark them with tape or something so that nothing gets mixed up.

As always, please bring along your completed projects and/or problems to share with the group.

For those members who have not paid their dues, please be sure to bring along cash on Sunday. If you do not pay your dues at this month's meeting, you will not be able to participate in the next fabric challenge organized by the MQG.

As you all know, Quilts at the Creek happened earlier this month. I was there on Saturday; were you able to make it? I took pictures of all of the quilts that I knew were made by members (sorry if I missed anyone) and will be writing a blog post about it soon.