July 2017 Meeting Recap

Submitted by Anne U., Secretary

Hello Modern Quilters!  There was a lot to catch up on at the July meeting. First of all, Kathy thanked our refreshment providers, Celese and Marge.  Lori LeVar announced that the De-Stash Sale held in May raised $788!  The committee not only sold items at our guild meeting, but at two other locations to maximize sales! Committee members were Sue Kaiser, Kris Zimmerman, Viv Browning and Ann Unes.

Ann G reported that we had thirty five members present, one new member, Judy, one guest, Hope, and six guests from Champaign. She reminded everyone that dues for the next year can be paid in August or September.  Members not paid by October 1st will be removed from the mailing list.

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June 2017 Meeting Recap

June Meeting Recap

Submitted by Anne U., Secretary

June’s meeting was held at the Methodist Church  in downtown Bloomington.  Five guests from Champaign and 40 members were present.  Kathy Cook welcomed everyone and thanked  Celeste, Nancy, Carol and Lisa for the picnic-themed refreshments.  Hospitality Chair Lee Anne Fritz asked for volunteers to bring refreshments for future meetings.  Contact her if you are willing to help.

Kathy then introduced our presenter, Patty Young, author, fabric designer for Riley Blake, and owner of ModKids. Patty talked about the trends she saw at this year’s spring quilt market, a trade show open to shop owners for all things quilt-related.  The trends she noted this year were rainbow and animals.  She showed pictures from market that showed these trends, and shared pics of several of her new fabric lines for Riley Blake.  Attendees also had a chance to shop her patterns and some fabrics she brought.  It was a great program- Thanks, Patty!

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February 2017 Meeting Review

The terrible storms that struck Ottawa and other areas of Central Illinois were on our minds during our meeting, especially because member and speaker Vickie Alsene’s home is in Ottawa. Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by the tornadoes.

On a more positive note, there was plenty of Modern Quilting action going on! Ann G announced that 33 members and one guest were at the meeting.  Before the meeting began, the slide show had pictures of all of the charity quilts submitted by MQG member guilds that were on display at QuiltCon 2017. Having only returned the day before, President Kathy Cook was excited to share those quilts.  Our quilt will be returned to us and later we will decide as a guild which charity will get our quilt. Watch for more info about that.

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January Meeting Reminder

Hello Modern Quilters,

Are you ready  to jump back into the modern quilting world?  The location for our next meeting (Tuesday January 24) has changed slightly.  We’ll be meeting in the church’s activity building on the west side of the parking lot.  The time is the same, 5:30 social time and 6 for the meeting. Here’s what’s happening!

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Pillow Swap Directions

I’m so excited about the response to our first swap!  27 members decided to participate!  Each brought a fat quarter of modern fabric, filled out a quick form about preferences and put both in a bag that was then picked up by a different member.  The object is to use the fat quarter and add other fabric to make a design based on one of our previous block lotto blocks, but used in a different way.  We are encouraged to use one or more of the elements of modern quilting – alternate grid, negative space, asymmetry, improvisation and minimalism- in our design of the 16.5-inch square pillow top.  The top should be completed by the October meeting, when instructions for the pillow back will be given.  The return of the finished pillow covers is set for November.  Here are a few quick ideas for some of our blocks.  Check out the block lotto page for pics of all of the blocks we’ve done so far.

Questions? Email me!

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