Monday, July 17, 2017

June Meeting Minutes

  Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting

 

Date:              June 15, 2017               

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

Attendees:     12 Members, 0 Guests

Board Members Present:  Jan Prytz, Jessica Rittgarn, Maritza Farr, Colleen Molen, Angelica Jones, Susan Long
Board Member Absent:

  Meeting Discussion


  1.    Jan Prytz, the President, informed the group of the following:
a.    Raffle ticket - raffle tickets will be given for attending the meeting, turning in a charity block, and show and tell participation.
b.    The MQG was contacted about our membership cards and Colleen should receive them shortly. The cards give us discounts, and other benefits when we attend other guild's events, etc. See the MQG website for additional information.
c.    The MQG has announced two QuiltCon challenges and any MQG member can participate.
                                               i.     The American patchwork Flying Geese Challenge tasks members with modernizing the classic flying geese block
                                              ii.     The Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge features fabrics from the new "Our Yard" line designed by Sarah Campbell. Members will be emailed the sign-up link on June 17. If you miss the sign up for the fabric, you can purchase and still participate.
d.    QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt - it is time to start working on the charity quilt challenge. Colleen Molen volunteered as the Project Leader. She needs to sign up TVMQG by September 30th to advise the MQG that we are participating. Group members volunteered to participate and help with the TVMQG Charity Quilt - volunteers are Judy Neilio, Susanne O'Hara, Sue Gillaspie, Taylor Darby, Angelica Jones, Susan Long, Jessica Rittgarn, Jane Rowland, and Maritza Farr.        Theme is Modern Take on Traditional. Palette for the challenge has been provided by the MQG. The charity quilt must be twin size. The TVMQG will provide the funds for the fabric. The finished quilt is returned to our guild so we can use it for a charity fundraiser.
                                               i.     ACTION ITEM: Colleen Molen to begin design process and present ideas to the volunteers for input. A plan will then follow on completing the Charity Quilt.
                                              ii.     ACTION ITEM: Angelica Jones will send an email to all who are members to confirm that they are receiving MQG emails, if they are not receiving emails, notify Colleen Molen.
                                             iii.     ACTION ITEM: Maritza Farr will update the contacts on the Gmail account and coordinate information with Colleen Molen.
e.    The July meeting will be a "Christmas in July" get together, at Jane Rowland's home.  The meeting will be on July 20th at 6:30pm (same time as our regular meeting). It will be a potluck on the patio - please bring finger foods. Judy and Suzanne will bring drinks. Jan Prytz will send members a separate email with Jane's address. Plan is to exchange hot pads or pot holders. Bring your exchange item in a brown paper bag. Use two layers of batting and NO Insul-Brite or similar materials so the items can be used safely in the microwave.
                                               i.     ACTION ITEM:  Jan will send email to all members with Jane's address and reminders about the event.
f.      Primitive Gatherings (Drew) is organizing a Hoffman Fabrics Tour.
  2.    Treasurer's Report - Current fund balance is $819.74.
  3.     Raffle Ticket WINNERS - Primitive Gatherings Gift Card - Jane, Kit with Pattern - no one submitted a raffle ticket, Fat Quarter bundle - Linda. Congratulations ladies!

  Show and Tell

Name/ Description of Shared Item - All beautiful and creative projects shared! The group enjoyed seeing all them too!  See the TVMQG Group Facebook posting for pictures and information on each of the projects shared at the meeting.

  1.    Susan Long
  2.    Taylor Darby
  3.    Linda Bretton
  4.    Colleen Molen
  5.    Jane Rowland - Also discussed quilting ideas for the long-arm machine.
  6.    Jessica Rittgarn
  7.    Sue Gillaspie

  presentations


  1.    BOM Susannah was  presented by Maritza. She showed different color options when selecting fabrics and laying them out in your block. In addition, she pointed out the need to layout fabrics with a directional print so you can determine the correct way to cut and piece your block. See the TVMQG Blog for the pattern
a.    ACTION ITEM: All members and guests are asked to consider completing a block and bring it to the July meeting.
  2.    Susan Long did a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) demo which was very informative as well as entertaining. She provided the following link for additional information on the technique www.thequiltingedge.com. Go to tutorials and then QAYG introduction.


  Upcoming Meeting Dates/Information



NOTE: The next meeting is our Christmas in July meeting at Jane Rowland's home - July 20th, at 6:30 pm. Jan Prytz will be sending out an email with the address to members.

 

 

  Upcoming BOM presentations and BOM Construction requirements


NOTE:  The block can be made in any fabric color desired, but with a low volume background fabric. The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5". 

                     July - Jan Prytz      

                     September - Madelyn

Sunday, June 18, 2017

May Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

  Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting

 

Date:              May 18, 2017                

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

Attendees:     9 Members, 3 Guests

Board Members Present:  Jan Prytz, Jessica Rittgarn, Maritza Farr, Colleen Molen, Angelica Jones
Board Member Absent: Susan Long

  Meeting Discussion


  1.    Jan Prytz, the President, informed the group of the following:
a.    Need volunteers for future BOMs. Madelyn volunteered for September.
b.    Raffle ticket process - raffle tickets will be given for attending the meeting, turning in a charity block, and show and tell participation.
c.    Blog interviewees are needed. Please contact Angelica if you are interested in being selected, otherwise Angelica will randomly select members for upcoming interviews.
d.    Our meeting invitation cards have been updated and slightly revised. Please take some with you and feel free to share with shops you visit and others you encounter who may be interested in attending our meetings.
e.    Meeting today will consist of two show and tells - the regular show and tell AND our Challenge Show and Tell (solids challenge).
f.      NEW Challenge - make a quilted item inspired from a photo. Can be any type of quilted item, not just a quilt. Jan shared a picture that inspired her quilt project. The New Challenge project will be due at the October meeting. See the TVMQG Facebook page meeting post for a picture of her project.
g.    QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt - if we decide as a guild to participate we will need a Chair and a person to head the design committee. Theme is Modern Take on Traditional. Palette for the challenge was also shared. The Chair is responsible for filling out the MQG form indicating that we are participating. The finished quilt is returned to our guild so we can use it for a charity.
                                               i.     ACTION ITEM: Jan will inquire at the June meeting for Quiltcon Charity Quilt Chair and Design Committee volunteers.
h.    We are trying to have a Christmas in July get together, but are in need of a location. The plan is to hold the event on July 20th at 6:30pm (same time as our regular meeting).  More information will be provided at our June meeting since we still don't have a location for the event. Plan is to exchange hot pads or pot holders. 
i.       Jan sent out a survey and is requesting that those who received the survey respond. This will help her with the planning for our guild.
  2.    Treasurer's Report - Tax forms have been submitted and accepted by the IRS. Current fund balance is $824.74.
  3.    QuiltCon 2018 registration opens June 2017.  Hotel information has been posted by the MQG, so call and make reservations as needed. Also, QuiltCon needs volunteers, so please consider responding to their call for volunteers.
  4.     Raffle Ticket WINNERS - Primitive Gatherings Gift Card - Judy, MQG Water Bottle and Bag - Natalie, Jelly Roll + - Angelica. Congratulations ladies!

  Show and Tell Solids challenge


Jan, Natalie, and Maritza shared their solids challenge quilts. See the TVMQG Facebook page meeting post for pictures of the solids quilts shared at the meeting and information.

 

  Show and Tell

Name/ Description of Shared Item - All beautiful and creative projects shared! The group enjoyed seeing all them too!  See our TVMQG Facebook page meeting post for pictures and information on each of the projects shared at the meeting.

  1.    Linda Bretton
  2.    Susanne O'Hara
  3.    Sue Gillaspie
  4.    Natalie Pollard
  5.    Judy Neilio
  6.    Colleen Molen
  7.    Angelica Jones
  8.    Jessica Rittgarn

  Presentations


  1.    BOM Woven Chevron presented by Natalie. She recommends that seams be pressed open to prevent seam build up. Patterns uses HSTs. See the TVMQG Blog for the pattern.  Square up blocks as you go.
a.    ACTION ITEM: All members and guests are asked to consider completing a block and bring it to the June meeting.
  2.    AccuQuilt Go Cutter and dies demonstrated by Natalie. She discussed how to prepare fabric. Several members tried out the cutter and were impressed with the ease of use and its precision cutting especially with more complex shapes that are difficult to rotary cut. The cutter is available online and Maritza shared that Moores Sewing in Temecula (on Ynez) also carries the cutter.


  Upcoming Meeting Dates/Information


Third Thursday of the month at Primitive Gatherings in Murrieta, June 15th, at 6:30 pm 

Susan Long will demo Quilt as You Go. 

 

  Upcoming BOM presentations and BOM Construction requirements


NOTE:  The block can be made in any fabric color desired, but with a low volume background fabric. The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5". 

                     June - Maritza       
                     September - Madelyn


Monday, May 15, 2017

April Meeting Minutes



Meeting Minutes

  Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting

 

Date:             April 20, 2017               

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

Attendees:     12 Members, 2 Guests

Board Members Present:  Jessica Rittgarn, Maritza Farr, Colleen Molen, Susan Long, Angelica Jones
Board Member Absent: Jan Prytz

  Meeting Discussion


  1.    Jessica Rittgarn, the Vice President conducted the meeting in Jan's absence and informed the group of the following:
a.   Raffle ticket process - raffle tickets will be given for attending meeting, turning in a charity block, and show and tell participation.
b.   Meeting will consist of the BOM, Demo Rope Basket, and Show and Tell.
  2.    Raffle Ticket WINNERS - Hoffman Fabric - Linda, Primitive Gatherings Gift Card - Angelica, MQG Water Bottle and Fabric - Madelyn. Congratulations ladies!
  3.    FACEBOOK (FB) - reminder to all to use the Group page on FB and not the page that you "Like".
  4.    Susan Long posed the question - "How small or big should a scrap be to be considered useful?" After some discussion, it was decided that it depends on the sewist!
  5.    TVMQG needs to locate space for our Saturday charity quilt sewing. Requesting group members reach out to their churches, etc. Space would be needed about once every other month for a Saturday from 10-4pm, for approximately 10 sewing machines.

  Show and Tell

Name/ Description of Shared Item - All beautiful and creative projects shared! The group enjoyed seeing all them too!

  1.    Linda Bretton - won the 10" layer cake at the last meeting and put together a top with her win!  
  2.    Angelica Jones - shared her quilt she won on an Instagram giveaway.  Beautiful workmanship was admired by all.
  3.    Susan Long - made a mug rug which she embellished with 3 strands of embroidery floss. Lovely details. Susan shared handwork is hard on the hands and probably won't be embellishing this way in the future. Susan also made a needle wool book (clever) as well as a pincushion. She used sand to fill the pincushion which she prefers over walnut shells.
  4.    Colleen Molen - shared 2 mini quilts. One she made (Postage Stamp Quilt) and the other she received during a swap (Hurray for Rain).
  5.    Patti Zimmerman - shared 3 projects. She made a tote. Sadly the tote was needed because her tote was stolen.  A baby quilt made from Primitive Gatherings fabric she purchased; and a wonky star quilt using her batiks stash.

  6.    Judy Neilio - used Room and Board pattern to create her blocks. She has recently gotten back to sewing, which has been rewarding.
  7.    Natalie Pollard - reported she had not been in her sewing room for 2 months! Put together a clutch/wallet with a kit purchased at Road to California in January 2017.
  8.    Nancy Thomas - Made a Missouri Star quilt YouTube project.
  9.    Maritza Farr - shared a wall hanging made using the January 2017 MQG block of the month she designed, and a  quilt she designed using a purchased panel from Road to California, January 2017.
  10. Jessica Rittgarn - shared her Flying Geese quilt using solids, and a Tulip design wall hanging she put in her office. The decor was a hit in her office too!



  presentations


  1.    Colleen Molen presented the Double Pinwheel BOM pattern to be finished and brought to the May 18th meeting. You can make one 12.5" block or put together four 6.5" blocks. Colleen also demonstrated how to use the Bloc-Loc ruler.
a.   ACTION ITEM: All members and guests are asked to consider completing a block and bring it to the May meeting.
  2.    Colleen Molen demonstrated how to sew rope bowls, adding fabric strips, adding handles, and how to determine size and shape. She also demonstrated how to create coasters using the same technique. Used cotton clothes line that is available at Home Depot, Joanns, and Amazon. She uses the 3/8" size, but can use 1/4" or 3/16" sizes too. Colleen uses a zig zag stitch, but to start uses a straight stitch in a star design to anchor the starting circle wrap. The group was intrigued with this project and it was enjoyed by everyone.


  Upcoming Meeting Dates


Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm - Next meeting is May 18th.  Board Meeting will be May 4th at Panera in Murrieta.

At the May 18th meeting be ready to show off your Solids Challenge Quilt (lap size or larger).

Natalie Pollard is bringing her AccuQuilt and dies so group can experiment using it. Please bring your own fabrics to try dies.

 

  Upcoming BOM presentations and BOM Construction requirements


NOTE:  The block can be made in any fabric color desired, but with a low volume background fabric. The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5". 

                                    May - Natalie
           June - Maritza


Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Meeting Minutes



March Meeting Minutes

  Meeting Information -Monthly Meeting

 

Date:             March 16, 2017            

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

Attendees:     12 Members

Board Members Present: Jan Prytz, Maritza Farr, Colleen Molen, Susan Long, Angelica Jones
Board Member Absent: Jessica Rittgarn

  Meeting Discussion


  1.    Jan Prytz, the President informed the group of the following:
a.   New raffle ticket distribution - raffle tickets will be given for attending meeting, turning in a charity block, and show and tell participation.
b.   Jan reminded all members to create a solids quilt by the May 2017 meeting. Quilt can be lap size or larger. Solids ONLY. Can use an existing pattern or create a pattern.
c.   The next TVMQG Sew Day is Saturday, March 18. Share your photos of what you are working on with the hash tag #mqgsewday on FB and IG.
d.   A new feature on the blog - Member and Officer Interviews. Once a month, Angelica will email a list of questions to the interviewee and then do a blog post about the member. Please consider sending photos with your answers. If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed, see Angelica. Otherwise Angelica will be selecting.
e.   A Christmas in July get together is being planned for July 20th at 6:30pm. A potluck with finger foods is being planned with a mystery gift exchange of a hot pad or pot holder. Your exchange item needs to be brought in a brown paper bag. The hot pad or pot holder should be made with two layers of batting so it can be used safely in the microwave. An address for the event will be provided in a future email or newsletter.
  2.    Treasurer's Report by Colleen Molen - we now have 16 members; and $864.74 bank account balance. Goal with money is to afford guest lecturers and/or workshops; and purchase fabric for charity quilts as needed.
  3.    Raffle Ticket WINNERS - Linda won the layer cake fabric; Angelic won the QuiltCon items; and Madelyn won the $20 Primitive Gatherings Gift Card.

  Show and Tell

Name/ Description of Shared Item

  1.    Jan Prytz - made two quilts when she was younger and worked at a furniture store where she received the discarded cotton fabric samples. Jan also made a quilt for the Riley Blake Rock Star Challenge - three disappearing blocks pattern.
  2.    Angelica Jones - made a rainbow block with her daughter, which will be made into a pillow. Her daughter selected the fabrics and was involved with the construction. Angelica also made a quilt with the February BOM heart blocks.
  3.    Susan Long - Susan provided a tip to prevent seams splitting on blocks on the edge of your quilt top - sew about an 1/8 inch seam all around the perimeter of your quilt top before you begin handling and adding batting. Susan shared the second quilt she made - she had always been sewing, but thought she would give quilting a try about 3 years ago and got hooked! She also shared a wall hanging - buildings forming a star - dresden plate pattern is modified to create buildings.  Susan made a mini quilt using the improv method to "stretch" herself and made a facing instead of binding. Susan agreed to provide the group a tutorial on creating facings in lieu of bindings in the future.
  4.    Sue Gillaspie - Finished a quilt for her son who just finished the Fireman Academy and now looking for a permanent position. Quilt is black, red, white and gray - stunning pattern and use of fabric to reflect son's profession.
  5.    Madelynn MacRunnel - Took her first quilt class in 1988 and showed her quilt from the class. It was quilted by hand; then machine. Second quilt from the 1990s was quilted by hand.
  6.    Nancy Thomas - Second or third quilt from her recollection - her sister quilted it about 20 years after it was pieced! It was pieced in the 1990s.  Nancy also made a baby log cabin quilt using a corner block setting. Nancy also finished her Llama Bag - she even put embroidered flowers on the llama's head!
  7.    Linda Bretton - She got a completed quilt top in Oregon that needed repair. She repaired and quilted it. Linda showed her baby quilt made by both of her grandmothers (one pieced it and one quilted it). Linda's oldest quilt was made about 10 years ago using July 4th fabrics - stunning use of fabrics!
  8.    Patti Zimmerman - first quilt is from 1978, and she used a quilt as you go on the pattern. Her most recent quilt top is called Feathers, a Anna Maria Horner pattern.
  9.    Maritza Farr - Completed her first quilt in 1990 in a class. It was hand pieced and quilted, she learned fabric color values as part of the process as well. Her second quilt was completed in 1991 for her daughter - quilt is referred to by the family as the "puppy quilt" and it is now being enjoyed by the grandkids! Maritza made a table runner using the February BOM heart pattern. She also made a wall hanging quilt top using the EPP project from the workshop Colleen gave the TVMQG members in November 2016.
  10. Taylor Darby - Taylor shared that she gave away her first quilt, but she had her second quilt which she made with her mother-in-law in 2012.



  Presentations


  1.    English Paper Piecing (EPP) demonstration by Colleen Molen. Instructions on the EPP will be posted on the blog. EPP paper shapes can be found on Paperpieces.com as well as at Primitive Gatherings. Colleen explained how to purchase and match pieces. Colleen recommends Superior Thread Bottomline, 60 wt., light gray versus white. Also recommends you run thread over bees wax to prevent tangling.
  2.    Jan Prytz presented BOM pattern the Modern Movement. Make HSTs 4 at a time with the method provided. Jan put a chart of the blog that gives the size square needed to create the different HSTs. You need to true up the HSTs as  you go. The block can be made in any fabric color desired, but with a low volume background fabric. The instructions are on the TVMQG Blog. Block needs to be completed to measure 12.5". 
a.   ACTION ITEM: All members and guests are asked to consider completing a block and bring it to the April meeting.


  Upcoming Meeting Dates


Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm - Next meeting is April 20th.  Jessica will be in charge of the meeting. Colleen will be presenting both the BOM and how to make a rope bowl.
Location: Primitive Gatherings, Murrieta, CA

At the May 18th meeting, Natalie is presenting the BOM and Susan will be demonstrating the "Quilt as You Go" method. Also, be ready to show off your Solids Challenge Quilt (lap size or larger).

 

  Upcoming BOM presentations



(1)   April - Colleen
(2)   May - Natalie
(3)   June - Maritza