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.


  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 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

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