President, Kathy Wickham opened the meeting with 15 members present. She announced that our Vice President, Julianne Kramer, was in a severe car accident and is at home recuperating. She will follow up on ways we can help Julianne.
Secretary’s Report: Janice Taylor reported the minutes were posted in the current newsletter.
Treasurer’s Report: Carol Dillman reported that both quilt guilds made $265 hosting the National Quilt Day event. Since last month we have collected $80.00 in dues from new members.
Program Committee: Kathy Wickham announced that in June we will be doing the Tea Cup Exchange and table runner. Please bring a well-protected tea cup in a brown paper bag with any instructions on color preference and/or size of table runner needed to match that tea cup. Take a picture of your tea cup so you can identify it when it is returned at the August meeting.
Also at our June meeting Cathy Henderson and Kathy Wickham will be answering questions on how to make a Row by Row quilt. They will explain how to use patterns from Row by Rows acquired at quilt shops or completed rows that have not been sewn into quilts. Anyone with a Row by Row quilt or interesting stories about traveling to gather Row by Row patterns, please bring to the meeting. June 21st will be the start of some Virginia Quilt shops participating in the Row by Row pattern incentive.
July will be our field trip to Quilting Essentials in Salem. Please bring Show & Tells as the quilt shop likes to see our work. We are to meet at the shop at 6:30 pm for a presentation by the staff. They are opening up the shop just for us and will give us a discount on purchases that night.
A board meeting will take place at a location to be announced later, prior to the July meeting.
August will be our Silent Auction. Now is the time to clean out our sewing rooms of fabric, notions, patterns, magazines, rulers, unfinished projects, etc. Anything worthy of putting in the silent auction should be put aside too. Bring to the August meeting and bring your checkbook. All money goes to the guild. In the past years, we have had some very good bargains.
Our tea cups are to be brought back to this meeting also.
Kathy Wickham announced some up-coming quilt shows that were in the newsletter.
Tina Dietz brought in a “Suggestion Box” for ideas of speakers, programs etc. Please take advantage of it. It will be on the check-in table each month.
Tina introduced Betty Reynolds who showed us many types of Fidget Quilts. She also told us what not to put on Fidget Quilts. There are lots of ideas on You Tube and Pinterest. She said this is the time to use those fancy stitches our machines make. Also use some of that fabric we acquired and now have no idea what we were thinking when purchased! Tina brought in upholstery fabric for everyone to take home. Betty’s quilts were placemat size.
Kathy Wickham challenged everyone to make a Fidget Quilt either for an adult or child and bring it next meeting. Tina would like to do a display case of our Fidget Quilts at the Library. We could then do a workshop for the public who may be interested in making one. Remember these Fidget Quilts should be able to be machine washed and dried safely.
We had Show and Tells. Our newest member, Susan Parr challenged us on finding her quilting mistake in a log cabin patterned quilt. Kathy Wickham and Cathy Henderson brought in examples of the items made at the Pat Sloan workshop, Star Quilters had put on. Janice Taylor showed a purse she made to be donated to the DAR for an auction. Kitty Yates showed 2 quilts she had just completed, one a Drunkard’s Path and the other MSQ Dream Weaver’s quilt.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.