Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 2017 Meeting Minutes

Minutes from IMQG meeting Holiday Party December 3, 2017

Kim’s last question of the month was: What is your favorite Christmas song? Thanks for serving as our prez this year!

Treasurer’s report-Jayne is on grandma duty, but gave us an email report. She requests that you pay your dues if you have not ($25). Thanks, Jayne.

The Hurricane Harvey quilts have arrived in Texas, we received a nice note from Quilt Haus.

Our beautiful Charity Quilt is almost complete, to be sent to QuiltCon in February. Binding will be done by Lynne B., label by Cheryl M. Mailed by Lyla W. We discussed whether to donate the quilt to MQG, to be distributed to the victims and families of the shooting in Las Vegas, or to have it returned to us. We decided to have the quilt returned to us, and we will decide what charity it will benefit, and how this will happen. Val L. will contact Jerry Dietz of “Just Because”,

Valerie P. explained how she accomplished the sensational quilting on the charity quilt. Great job, Val, and thanks!!

Three Unquilts were unveiled.

Kim and Karen gave us a short survey.

We will give Quilters Corner a $50 gift card to thank them for generously allowing us to use their space for our meetings.

Party time and a most entertaining gift exchange ended the festivities.

Happy Holidays to all!! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Meeting Minutes and July Agenda

IMQG meeting minutes   June 4, 2017
-Question of the Month=What is your favorite traditional quilt block-flying geese, 9 patch, stars…
-Money=Jane, treasurer, reported we have approximately $850
               Expenses: our dues to BIG MQG have increased from $400/yr to $550/yr, due to our increase in membership (0ver 40)
               Other ongoing expenses: charity quilt projects
               -we will discuss whether we need to increase our dues, if so, what would we use the $ for?
               -what would you like to see that would cost $? Speakers, workshops, equipment, etc-please bring ideas to the July meeting
               -what ideas do you have for us to make money?
               Logo Pins-we will order 50, will cost $350, $80 for mold, remaining cost will be divided
               Tompkins County Quilters Guild show info:
               -entries are open now, go to, and look for show info
               -entries are open till July 28
               -quilts do not need to be complete to enter, must be complete by August 22
               -entry fee paid by check, you can mail, or Cheryl will deliver to TCQG
               -if you need a photo taken, you can bring your quilt(s) to the June 27 or July 25 meeting of TCQG, 7pm at Lifelong  119 W. Court Street, Ithaca
               -we most likely will be able to hang our challenge quilts together, note on your entry form that this is part of a group challenge
               -IMQG will be presenting a program on Modern Quilting during the TCQG quilt show, committee formed, Pat, and two others that I can’t remember (but thanks)
               TCQG show is October 7-8 at the TC3 field house, Dryden NY
               -questions? Email Cheryl
               -Small Quilt Display
                              Anyone have a small quilt to display during the month of October at Lifelong gallery? These can be for sale!!!, Lifelong gets 20% of the price. Please contact Cheryl at the above email if you are interested. I need about 10-15 small (crib size or smaller) for the month of October
               -Charity Quilt Challenge
                              Theme is Modern Traditionalism, updating a traditional quilt block or a traditional quilt layout, or updating quilting motifs
                              September 30 due date to enter challenge, quilt due in January
                              Individual or group submissions are permitted
                              Kim showed us the color palette
               -the Unquilt Challenge
                              Design inspired by something non traditional
                              Due at December meeting
Transforming Tradition-Betty Ann and Mina shared blocks to transform

Demo 101-Marion shared bias binding square-it was awesome. Find complete directions at   making continuous bias binding
               She likes the 36 1/2” x2 1/2” ruler from Creative Grids

Tool of the Month-3 1/2" x 12 ½” ruler from Creative Grids

Homework: Ideas for Modern Traditionalism for challenge quilt
                              Ideas for use of our funds

Sew In Day-  Sunday July 16    9-4    Retirement Estates Horseheads
-Show and Tell

Respectfully submitted by Cheryl Moore, sub sec

July 2, 2017 Agenda

  1. Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?    

  1. Announcements/Updates

  1. Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?

  1. Transforming Tradition Projects - Pat

  1. Demo 101

  1. Tool of the Month - EQ7 Pat

  1. UFOs and Show and Tell

Friday, June 2, 2017

May Meeting Minutes and June Agenda

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes
May 7, 2017
1.       Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?   What is your favorite, most productive  time for quilting.   

2.      Announcements/Updates:
*Troutlines – SPCA accepting items to auction, Steuben County, Pleasant Valley Winery; 6/2/2017, 6-9 pm.
*Next Sew-In Day, in July, Karen will check for availability, maybe try for a Sunday, if the space is available; Pat brought up the idea of using that time for teaching a class about something – Pet Portraits with Kim Stone.
*Logo Pins will be ordered
*Idea:  wedding ring quilts, Lori Benjamin, is doing more modern works, similar to Victoria Findley Wolf; the issue is to learn something new; Kim suggested looking at books, on-line courses, MQG block of the month, webinars; bring ideas to next month’s meeting. Craftsy, Angela Walters, free demos.
*Karen Kindle; quilt show; $15 fee for non- members, TC quilters guild, 10/7 & 8; entry open for two months, to register; can see quilts shown, 90% goes to quilter, 10% to guild, can sell gently used quilts, 50/50 split, items larger than 40”, silent small quilt auction, bags, dolls, fabric baskets; putting together electronic souvenir booklet; that guild has volunteered to do an hour presentation on modern quilts.
*Melissa had a question about having a group submission to the quilt show? Karen said she would have to ask the guild, she will get back to us. 
3.      Calendar of Activities—
4.      Transforming Tradition Projects – Sharon Hunt, picking up on Karen’s demo of applique, the group talked about sewing them all together and covering the whole thing with black and cutting out a design of some kind, stripes, graduated blocks.
5.      Demo 101: Karen taught reverse applique; Waugh, Craftsy; consider high contrast fabric
6.      Tool of the Month – hexi tool, fits perfect on a jelly roll, think ahead about pattern layout -  Sharon
7.       UFOs and Show and Tell:  Marian, hexagon blocks from blocks, vintage fabric,  made by someone else (rescue quilt);

8.      Flower quilts were on display and people shared their process.

June Agenda
June 4, 2017
  1. Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?    

  1. Announcements/Updates

  1. Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?

  1. Transforming Tradition Projects

  1. Demo 101

  1. Tool of the Month

  1. UFOs and Show and Tell

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April Meeting Minutes and May Agenda

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes
April 2, 2017
1. Introductions and question of the Month? What is your favorite, most productive time for quilting?

2. Announcements/Updates: Elmira show, 4/21-4/23, cards are in the foyer of QC.; Sujata Shaw, 4/11, lecture at LifeLong; Quilt show in Manlius next weekend at ToePath quilt store. Next sew-in day is May 6, at Karen's center in Horseheads, need irons, ironing boards, cutting boards, Witches Stitches in Big Flats, 10-5, bring your own food or go out. If you bring your MQG card to Joann's you might get a 10% discount.

a. Quilts /21/from the TCQG Trunk Show will be returned and report on the show: Pat did an awesome job of preparing PP and lecture, they wondered why we didn't stay for their show (too late for travelers); good questions about what is modern, used our handouts, asked them to say what makes a quilt modern; they are a very diverse group, not strictly traditional. There was a lot of complementary comment

b. Discussion on Raffling Troutline. Sell tickets for 180 Rules for raffling: (100), no checks, show the quilt, all this comes from the gaming commission; questions raised: is their a parent organization that could raffle; donate and let them raffle; let them know how much it costs to make it; donate it this time and be prepared for the next quiltcon competition; are we in the market for raising funds or making quilts for groups, find out what groups (non-profit) do fund raising events, people who know organizations who would do raffle send info to Pat who will post them on our facebood page, list it for sale in guild show with a price tag and if it sells then donate that money. First option, find an organization who would raffle it, second option is to sell it and donate the money.

c. Other announcements TBD Our guild logo is done, the group voted to have a mold made ($80) so we can each by a pin with the logo. UFO – update book next time because not here for this meeting.

3. Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up? August and September openings for Transforming Tradition.

4. Transforming Tradition Projects -Jayne brought a pink and green traditional: suggestions: quilt it, dye it, cut it up and use negative space; diagonal cuts

5. Demo 101; easy flying geese, Cheryl, Connecting geese

6. Tool of the Month – Bonnie, Deb Tucker's V block, she used the tool on her flower from the flower project.

7. UFOs and Show and Tell: Bonnie, break down areas, her proce ss. Jayne: quilt made from blocks made by a group of 3rd graders and mug rugs; Cheryl – Christmas quilt that shse quilted from the back; Meri – traditional (just a little crabby) that she is selling at the small quilt sale, Sujata Shaws rail fence with aboriginal fabric; Marion showed a top that was foundation pieced back in the '80's; Mary showed a quick curve ruler wedding ring quilt; Val showed a piece that she was commissioned to make with animal batiks, part of a quilt using the curved ruler, and a quilt called The Spark; Pat showed her son-in-laws t-shit quilt, with minky on the back

May Meeting Agenda
May 7, 2017

  1. Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?    

  1. Announcements/Updates

  1. Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?

  1. Transforming Tradition Projects - Sharon

  1. Demo 101 - Reverse Applique' - Karen

  1. Tool of the Month - Hexie - Sharon

  1. UFOs and Show and Tell

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 IMQG Meeting Minutes and Agenda for the April 2017 Meeting

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Minutes
March 5, 2017

1.      Announcements
a.      March meeting activity—Get well cards were made during the March meeting
b.      IMQG banner— Logo: Sarah showed examples of what printing the logo out on various fabrics would look like, Spoonflower you just pay for the fabric, needs to be 8700 pixels, no size or shape settled yet for our logo, Reddog enterprises also is an option. Need to have the logo printed first before deciding on finishing the banner, plan the size based on how it might be used, like hanging on a table. Kim will send a high- resolution pdf to Sarah who will send it to Spoonflower for a 24x24 inch piece.
c.       TCQG Trunk Show—March 14th 7 pm Lifelong was cancelled and rescheduled for March 28th.
d.      Genesee Valley Quilt Fest: 6/2-4/17, In Rochester
e.     QuiltCon: People attending QuiltCon reported on the best thing about the show: Pat: walking the show; cut the fingers off three fingers on your gloves; Karen: free stuff; Bonnie: intense visual impact of seeing things in person, opportunity to get things at lower cost, hopes to be a vender in two years; Valerie: Andrea Walters quilts; Nancy: ability to act crazy, Natalia Bonner (quilter); Jayne: printing on fabric and letting quilt evolve; name a project manager so that quilts leave with information on our quilts. Next one on the east coast is in Nashville.
f. Troutline Raffle: Trout Line came back to Kim, now we need organize the raffle, like the raffle committee. Bonnie will help Sarah with making the tickets. One suggestion is to raffle and donate the money. We need to say, up front, where the money is going – BOCES. This needs to go on the tickets. Pat will ask what part of the program the money will aide.
g. April Workshop: Cheryl – still openings in the April workshop, 4/10, at the Tuesday meeting, “The Root Connection”
h. Sew-in Day May 13th in Horsesheads. This date has been changed to May 6th.
2.      Question of the Month— Introductions: how you got your name, send suggestions for next month to Kim..
3.      The Draft Calendar—Sign ups continued
4.      Made Modern Vote—The category that won the vote was “Unquilt Made Modern.”  In March we’ll discuss the parameters of this guild challenge.
5.      Transforming Tradition demo— Sarah and Linda showed projects that they wanted help transforming them into something modern.
6.      Tool of the Month—Jayne talked about how she uses an ordinary pencil to mark quilts. It washes out, so that marks don’t show.
7.      Demo 101—Board Basting Quilts: Pat showed how to wrap quilts on boards to spray baste quilts and Jayne showed the similar way to use the boards to pin or hand stitch baste quilts.
8.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Agenda
April 2, 2017

1.      Introductions and question of the Month—TBD?    
2.      Announcements/Updates
a.      Quilts from the TCQG Trunk Show will be returned and report on the show
b.      Discussion on Raffling Troutline.
c.      Other announcements TBD
3.      Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?
4.      Transforming Tradition Projects
5.      Demo 101
6.      Tool of the Month
7.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017: February Meeting Minutes and March Meeting Agenda

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Minutes
February 5, 2017

1.      Announcements
a.      March meeting activity—We will be making get well cards during the March meeting so bring fabric, embellishments, glue etc. that you would like to use and share.  Blank cards will be provided.
b.      IMQG banner—Karen’s friend made a great digital logo for us.  We will change the background to light gray.  Sarah and Nancy will explore making a banner through two different ways of printing the logo on fabric and report back to us in March.
c.       TCQG Trunk Show—March 14th 7 pm Lifelong—The quilts don’t have to be finished, or totally even totally modern. We need a lot of examples, NOTE:  BRING QUILTS TO THE MARCH MEETING!  SEND PHOTOS TO PAT MERKLE BY THE MARCH MEETING!
d.      Name Tags—Members talked about how their name tags were composed.  New members (as well as “some” old members who shall remain nameless!) are invited to make nametags of their own to wear to meetings.
2.      Question of the Month—We begin each meeting with a question about some aspect of quilting.  Please suggest questions you’d like to ask to Kim.
3.      The Draft Calendar—The officers came up with three new monthly activities for the guild meetings.  Each of these requires volunteers, and many signed up (Thanks!)  Kim will hand out the Revised Calendar at the March meeting so others can sign up for the empty slots.
a.      Demo 101 and sign-up—Demo 101 is a chance for folks who have learned a brand new technique to share their experiences with the guild.
b.      Tool of the Month and sign-up—Each month one member will bring in a quilting tool she finds particularly useful and talk briefly about why she loves this tool.
c.       Transforming Tradition—This new activity is focused on bringing in an unfinished traditional project so the guild members can brainstorm about how to make it more modern.  Pat made a fabulous handout that lists some of the qualities that distinguish Modern quilts from Traditional or Art quilts.  Everyone got a color copy of this for reference.  There are extras for those who could not attend the February meeting. Two people a month sign up to bring something in.  In December, you bring the finished product in.
4.      Made Modern Vote—The category that won the vote was “Unquilt Made Modern.”  In March we’ll discuss the parameters of this guild challenge.
5.      Transforming Tradition demo—Pat and Jayne
6.      Tool of the Month—Cathy—blue tape
7.      Demo 101—the Walking Foot—Cathy

8.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild Agenda
March 5, 2017

1.      IMPORTANT!!—The following items are DUE at the March meeting:
a.      Quilts for the TCQG Trunk Show
b.      The Flower Blocks you will exchange with your Flower group members
c.       Bring in the Valentine cards you received so we can all see them
2.      Question of the Month—How did you get your name?
3.      Announcements/Updates
a.      IMQG banner—Sarah and Nancy
b.      TCQG Trunk Show—Tue Mar 14th, 7 pm, Lifelong
c.   Quebec House Quilt Blocks - Jayne
d.       Others?
4.      Revised Calendar of Activities—more folks to sign up?
5.      Report from QUILTCON 2017
6.      Transforming Tradition Projects—Sarah and Lynda
7.      Demo 101—board basting—Pat and Jayne
8.      Tool of the Month—the pencil--Jayne
9.      UFOs and Show and Tell

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Upcoming Quilt Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be having an exhibit at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA in September. Opening reception is Friday, September 2nd, 7-9 PM. The exhibit will be open Sep 3-25. Hours are 11-5PM on Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5PM Monday through Friday (note that some printed publicity doesn't show the extended weekend hours). Free admission.
The local theater company, Hamilton-Gibson Productions, will be performing "The Quilters" (a musical that celebrates the lives of rugged women—and men—on the prairie. Seven women play a wide host of characters, all set in the context of a magnificent legacy quilt.) Performances are scheduled for September 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24. The times are not listed yet, but they usually have a Sunday matinee and evening performances for the other days.
Wellsboro also has a fabric shop, Needles, on Main Street.
All three venues are within easy walking distance of each other. Wellsboro is 90 minutes from Ithaca, one hour from Watkins Glen, 45 minutes from Corning.
Here's a link to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center ...
And one for Hamilton-Gibson Productions ...
And one for Needles Quilt Shop ...
And one for the local Wellsboro area.