Friday, March 8, 2019

February 2019 Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes


Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting


Date: February 21, 2019

Location: Primitive Gatherings, Murrieta, CA          Time: 6:30 PM

Attendees: 8 Members, 0 Guests

Board Members Present: Jessica Rittgarn, Vice President of Meetings; Madelynn MacRunnel, Treasurer; Taylor Darby, Secretary; Angelica Jones, Vice President of Social Media; Susanne O’Hara, Vice President of Charity Projects
Board Member Absent: Jan Prytz, President


Meeting Discussion


  1. Jessica Rittgarn – Announcements:
    1. Next month we will make placemats for Meals-on-Wheels. Bring:
      1. Sewing machine
      2. Any fabric scraps, fat quarters, and/or batting to donate/use
    2. Don’t forget to help out with raffle prizes on your birthday month if you’re able.
    3. We are looking to set up an open sew-day. An email will be sent out soon with details.
  2. Treasure’s report: $1,006
  3. Raffle Ticket WINNERS:
    1. Nancy: three fat quarters
    2. Suzanne: fat quarter gift bag
    3. Nancy: Primitive Gatherings gift card

Show and Tell

Attendees sharing items - All beautiful and creative projects shared! The group enjoyed seeing all them too!  See the TVMQG Blog posting for pictures.


  1. Toni – quilted one of our charity quilts. She free-motion quilted the quilt and incorporated some feathered hearts. She also shared a layer cake quilt she made and her husband named it Temecula fruit cocktail.

  2. Jessica – made a Valentine’s Day mini quilt using 2.5” squares. She also made a quilt top for a wall hanging made from a panel kit she bought from Primitive Gatherings called “Homegrown”. She also made three Christmas table runners she made from a quick tutorial she found by searching “15-minute table runner”

  3. Sue – Finished her Christmas quilt. She used a layer cake, some fabric with metallic gold, and Glide thread that added some sheen as well.

  4. Nancy – Made two manatee stuffed animals using a Monty Manatee pattern she found at Road to California. She shared a very easy coaster pattern she found as a possibility for an addition to our charity placemats.


Presentations


  1. BOM is a Star Flower Quilt block:  See the TVMQG Blog for the pattern.  
    1. ACTION ITEM: All members are requested to bring in the BOM for next month’s meeting.
    2. REMINDER: instructions are up on the blog.
    3. NOTE! Once you sew together the half square triangles square-up the individual squares to 3.5” x 3.5” before you sew them all together.
  2. Nancy shared how to make an easy fabric coaster.
    1. The tutorial link can be found on the blog.

Upcoming Meeting and BOM presentations


NOTE:  The block can be made in any fabric color desired.   The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5".  

  1. Bring supplies for placemats (machine, fabric, and/or batting), BOM, show and tell to next month’s meeting!

Monday, February 4, 2019

January 2019 Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes


Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting


Date: January 17, 2019

Location: Primitive Gatherings, Murrieta, CA          Time: 6:30 PM

Attendees: 5 Members, 2 Guests

Board Members Present: Jan Prytz, President; Jessica Rittgarn, Vice President of Meetings; Taylor Darby, Vice President of Social Media; Susanne O’Hara, Vice President of Charity Projects
Board Member Absent: Secretary; Angelica Jones, Madelynn MacRunnel, Treasurer;


Meeting Discussion


  1. Jessica – took over as President of Meetings for the night
    1. The challenge due in June will be a fidget quilt
      1. Fidget quilt: a washable, lap sized (16in) quilt with sensory items built in. Used as a baby “toy” or entertainment for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients.
    2. At our March meeting we will be doing a sew-in
      1. We will make placemats and donate them to Meals on Wheels
      2. Fabric will be provided
      3. Bring your machine and supplies (i.e. scissors, thread, binding)
    3. New Request: To help with costs, the guild is asking each of the members to bring in a gift to donate as a door prize for their birthday (i.e. fat quarters)
    4. Suzanne O’Hara has sign-up sheets for monthly BOMs and demonstrations. Please sign up as a presenter.
    5. Charity BOMs
      1. Reminder: Charity work is required of the guild in order for the guild to exist
      2. If you are unable to participate in our monthly BOMs we ask that you make a quilt and donate it to the guild to donate to charity.
  2. Raffle Ticket WINNERS:
    1. Taylor: Primitive Gatherings gift card

Show and Tell

Attendees sharing items - All beautiful and creative projects shared! The group enjoyed seeing all them too!  See the TVMQG Blog posting for pictures.


  1. Jessica – made a tablet stand using fabric, rice, and polyfill. She also made a tablet cover.  Jessica also signed up for Quilty Box and brought in her most recent shipment. The box included fat quarters, snips, and a pad.

  2. Taylor – Made 4 blocks using the calendar Jan got her for Christmas. They are each of a house on a hill. She used fabric paint to paint in one of the fabrics she didn’t like.


Presentations


  1. Jan presented this month’s BOM. She designed the BOM and named it “Woven”:  See the TVMQG Blog for the pattern.  
    1. ACTION ITEM: All members are requested to bring in the BOM for next month’s meeting.
    2. REMINDER: iron seams open for a nicer, more even look.
    3. Don’t forget to square up each of the 9 squares before assembling.
  2. Guest Speaker: Linda Evans – Connect, Absorb, Encourage, Inspire
Instagram: @quiltart and @stitchgrow
Etsy Pattern: LindaEvansDesign

Linda has been sewing off and on since high school, but says she “purposefully” started quilting about 15 years ago.  She enjoys making wall quilts mostly, but does make the occasional quilt meant for use. In her experience, she credits joining a guild, attending shows and workshops, and experimenting with new techniques as influential in her success as a quilter.  Her motto is “connect, absorb, encourage, and inspire”. She shared over 20 of her beautiful quilts with us:
    1. Batik Traditional Stars: This quilt was her oldest quilt.
    2. Autumn: (September 2005) Originated from a row-by-row challenge she was a part of.
    3. Let Your Light Shine: (June 2006) Included crystals, beads, couched yarn, and a gradient.
    4. Garden Groove: (September 2007) Included piping in binding, and blocks in multiple sizes.
    5. Garden Party: (July 2009) Designed this quilt on digital quilt software
    6. Friends and Family: (2009) This is considered an art quilt. It is made using organza. The organza sections were not quilted with batting or backing fabric creating sheer shapes that gave the illusion of cutouts in the quilt.
    7. Lovely Day: (September 2011) Designed into two distinct rectangle sections made using different kinds of batik fabric.
    8. In the Beginning: (September 2011) Featured applique. This quilt was shown at “Sacred Threads”
    9. Special Occasions: Featured four distinct pieced and appliqued sections that represented each of the four seasons
    10. She showed us a quilt she made at a Gloria Lohman workshop.
    11. Easy on the Eyes: (February 2015)
    12. Drift: (July 2015) The theme was “tranquility” and matched her next quilt.
    13. Tangles: (2015) The theme is “turmoil”. This quilt is the complement of “tranquility”
    14. Go Green: She was inspired by the need to use up the greens in her fabric stash
    15. Modern Trees: (December 2016) started off with a large quilt top and cut it then reassembled it multiple times until she liked it.
    16. She showed us a cuddle quilt she made that lives on her couch at home.
    17. Wonky quilt-top: (current) She made this quilt-top while attending an “Empty Spools” workshop led by Mary-Lou Weidemam
    18. Detours: (August 2017) Made with lots of stripes
    19. Stitch and Grow quilt made with individual flowers. The flowers were improv assembled until it was a quilt-sized quilt-top.
    20. She shared with us her collection of small quilts.


Upcoming Meeting and BOM presentations


NOTE:  The block can be made in any fabric color desired.   The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5".  

  1. Bring wrapped soup bowl, 3 fat quarters, BOM, show and tell

Friday, November 16, 2018

November 2018 Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes

Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting


Date: November 15, 2018

Location: Primitive Gatherings, Murrieta, CA          Time: 6:30 PM

Attendees: 10 Members, 1 Guest (Yahaira Pelaez)

Board Members Present: Jan Prytz, President; Jessica Rittgarn, Vice President of Meetings; Madelynn MacRunnel, Treasurer; Taylor Darby, Secretary; Angelica Jones, Vice President of Social Media
Board Member Absent: Susan Long, Vice President of Charity Projects

Meeting Discussion


  1. Dreu – announced a Primitive Gatherings deal
    1. Primitive Gatherings is offering a calendar of events with coupons and patterns included for customers who buy $30 or more worth of product.
  2. Jan Prytz – Announcements:
    1. Modern Quilt Guild competition deadline is November 30th
    2. Next meeting is our Christmas party at Primitive Gatherings
      1. The gift exchange item is a soup bowl cozy
      2. Jan posted photos and a pattern on the TVMQG website
      3. We are doing a different method of exchanging gifts so please bring your soup bowl wrapped attractively
      4. Bring snacks to share (munchies)
      5. Bring 3 fat quarters
      6. We will also have a BOM and show and tell, but the format will be more informal than our average meeting.
    3. Dues are $40 and are due to Madelynn in January.
    4. We voted for 2019 officers. Our 2019 officers will be:
      1. Jan Prytz, President
      2. Jessica Rittgarn, Vice President of Meetings
      3. Madelynn MacRunnel, Treasurer
      4. Taylor Darby, Secretary
      5. Angelica Jones, Vice President of Social Media
      6. Susanne O’Hara, Vice President of Charity Projects
    5. There is a local organization called Vina de Lestonnac (or “Sisters”) that hosts quilt retreats.  The board will look into possibly organizing a retreat there.
      1. Tips: don’t book on the weekends because it’s more expensive. Rooms 114, 113, and 101 are the best rooms.
  3. Treasurer’s Report: The account balance as of as of November 15th, 2018 was $1026.10.
  4. Jessica Rittgarn – Announcements:
    1. Our charity quilt sew-in will be December 2nd charity challenge sew day at Jessica’s house.
  5. Raffle Ticket WINNERS:
    1. Jessica Rittgarn: The Men Behind the Quilts calendar
    2. Nancy: Timeless Treasures charm pack
    3. Madelynn: Primitive Gatherings gift card

Show and Tell

Attendees sharing items - All beautiful and creative projects shared! The group enjoyed seeing all them too!  See the TVMQG Blog posting for pictures.


  1. Jan – showed us a quilt she made using fabric she bought while she was in Norway. It is meant to be a quilt to remember her trip by.  She also showed us the finished from the last meeting she submitted to QuiltCon “Two-color Challenge”. Nancy did the quilting.

  2. Jessica – showed us some mini stockings she made using panels from The Piecemakers in Costa Mesa.  The stockings are part of an advent calendar. She also showed us a Disappearing Nine Patch block she made from her scraps.
  3. Nancy – showed us a quilt top she made for her husband using a Frond kit from QuiltCon. The quilt was music themed and had A LOT of little pieces.
  4. Taylor – showed us the finished charity quilt she quilted.
  5. Sue – used her son's old army uniforms to make stockings.  She also showed us a pink and grey chevron quilt she made for her sister using chenille
  6. Linda – made a giant quilt using Hoffman’s “Dream Big” panel she showed us at a previous meeting.
  7. Yahaira – showed us a Christmas advent calendar she made. She also showed us a jellyroll quilt top she made with Angelica’s help.  She also showed us a pink and grey baby quilt top she made.

Presentations


  1. BOM is a paper pieced Christmas Star:  See the TVMQG Blog for the pattern.  
    1. ACTION ITEM: All members are requested to bring in the BOM for next month’s meeting.
    2. REMINDER: instructions are up on the blog.
    3. Block needs to be 12.5 in, but the pattern isn’t 12in. So make a border or find another solution to make it 12.5 inches.
  2. Angelica gave a presentation on paper piecing
    1. When choosing fabric for the project remember; it is more difficult to orient small pieces of fabric and directional fabric. Consider using larger pieces of non-directional, fabric when learning to paper piece.
    2. Print out the pattern.
    3. Check for seam allowance on paper pattern and make sure they are visible.
    4. Note on the paper pattern which fabric will be used for each piece.
    5. Cut out individual sections of the paper pattern making sure not to cut off seam allowances.Set your machine to a smaller stitch than normally used on your machine. (longer stitches will not perforate the paper enough and the paper will be difficult to tear away when done)
    6. Lay fabric face down.
    7. Sections should be numbered starting with “1”. Find number “1” and place paper piece face up onto the fabric. Cut fabric around a paper piece.
    8. Fasten a piece of fabric to paper however you choose (i.e. hold it, glue it, pin it)
    9. Lay a large piece of fabric for second section face down onto seam between sections “1” and “2” making sure it will cover section “2” when it is flipped back over.
    10. Sew along the line on the paper piece between sections “1” and “2”.
    11. Trim excess fabric in the seam allowance, open seam, and roll flat.
    12. Repeat steps “j” through “l” for the paper piece “3” and sew along the paper line between section “3” and previously sewn piece.
    13. Continue with consecutive pieces until the pattern is finished. Once each subsection is assembled, individual subsections will need to be sewn together along paper seam allowance.
    14. Rip paper out when done.

Upcoming Meeting and BOM presentations


NOTE:  The block can be made in any fabric color desired.   The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5".  
  1. Bring wrapped soup bowl, 3 fat quarters, BOM, show and tell