On Sept. 8, the Mariners started the 2014/15 meeting with a full agenda of news and inspirations.President Jacqueline A. started the evening with a short business meeting that included presentation of plenty of fun activities and events planned for the year. Here are the highlights.
Monthly member fabric exchange: This year the exchange will be charm squares. These versatile 5″x5″ blocks are readily used in a wide variety of designs and, to add extra incentive, the program committee will provide monthly patterns for inspiration on using your collected charms. To participate in the exchange, sign up at prior meetings or send an email using the subject line Fabric Exchange to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for participation in any exchange will be 10 days before the scheduled exchange. Participants will receive an email notice one week prior to the exchange to advise how many squares are needed. Themes will be posted on the Projects and Challenges page. Bring your squares to the meeting in a plastic bag with your name on it. At break you will be able to collect your set of squares.
50 / 50 draws: This year, we will be having weekly 50/50 draws. They are a great way both to build our guild funds and to have a chance to go home with a little extra cash in your pocket. For only $1, you get to take home half the proceeds from ticket sales for the week. Congrats to the first winner, Jackie L. who took up $20.50 at our first draw. Not a bad return for $1. Be sure to bring some change to each meeting to get in on the fun.
Lunchbox challenge: Jackie L. is bringing back this challenge that proved very popular when it was implemented in the 2012/2013 season (read about the reveal). Participants will each get a lunch box at the September 22 meeting. On October 27, each person will bring back the box with their name and 2 M of fabric (2 metres of 1 fabric or 1 metre each of 2 fabrics). If you like, you can also specify a particular quilting project such as a baby or child quilt. Jackie will redistribute the boxes and each participant will go home with a box from someone else and will use the foundation fabrics to build a quilt top (you don’t need to finish the quilt). Only Jackie will know the secret matches until the big reveal at the May 11 meeting. As a participant, you are encouraged to send hints or teasers to their recipient without revealing your own identity. If you have questions – or wish to get something to your counterpart, contact email@example.com.
Member raffle: Another fundraiser for this season is the member raffle basket, which will be drawn at the Christmas potluck. Members are asked to bring in anything quilting related to donate to the basket. The program committee members will be accepting your contribution at meetings until November 24, the last meeting before the holiday pot-luck. The basket already includes a variety of threads, notions, books – and even a quilting puzzle. Tickets will be on sale starting in October.
President’s Challenge: Jacqueline set up the 2014/15 president’s challenge with this description: “This year’s challenge will have a global effect. The challenge will be based on flags from countries around the world. You will choose a flag from the country of your choice and design your quilt with the colours from that flag. You will also need to include something that represents that country. It could be a symbol, national flower, or what it is known for. ex: Canada might be a beaver, maple leaf or hockey. This quilt can be any size from a wall hanging to a queen size quilt. Have fun and the reveal will be at the year end potluck.”
Meals on Wheels place mats:
Mariners will again be donating place mats to the Meals on Wheels program to brighten the day of clients receiving meal delivery. Members are invited to make placements with a Christmas theme on one side and a different theme on the reverse. This year, the program committee is also planning a hands-on place mat bee at our October meeting. That will be a chance to bring your machine and get some help or inspiration for you place mat making. More on that next meeting.
If the business meeting didn’t offer enough excitement, we had a variety of inspirational quilts people finished over the summer. We had some busy members.
Following show and share, guest speaker Rhoda Moore, local rep for Trend-Tex Fabrics, as well as a Pfaff and Husqvarna educator spoke about using an embroidery machine in finishing quilts. She began with a brief overview of the historic perspective of machine embroider in quilts and then shared plenty of ideas. Thanks to Rhoda for sending us away with lots of notes and new must-try projects.
Check out the slide show for pictures of work from our talented members and our special guest speaker.