Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stay-at-Home Round Robin Challenge

One of our latest challenges was a Stay-at-Home Round Robin.  Each participant created a center block, but instead of passing the quilt-in-progress from person to person, each quilter worked on her own.  At each meeting, those who had completed each step got to make a suggestion for the next one. All the suggestions went into the "hat" and the one chosen was the next element that had to be used in the quilt.  Quilters had to incorporate half-square triangles, log cabin, applique, curved piecing, nine-patch, flying geese and diamonds.

Our quilters showed off their completed tops at one of our earlier meetings.





Monday, April 22, 2013

April 15 Meeting Minutes

Nishnabotna Valley Quilters Guild

Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2013
I.     Call to order
LeAnn called to order the regular meeting of the Nishnabotna Valley Quilters Guild at 7 pm on April 16, 2013 in the Walnut Public Library. Information was shared about the Relay for Life project sponsored by the Stitchin' Tree Quilt Store of Harlan, IA that will be held May 7, 2013.  Pictures of a grandchild’s first doll quilt, new techniques learned, an applique quilt as a personal challenge, king sized double wedding ring quilt, a quilt for Amelia that raised $600 and technique for “scrappy ticker tape piano key border" were shared.  Our members have been very busy.
II.     Roll call
LeAnn conducted a roll call – show and tell.  Six of the 11 members present and one guest participated.
III.     Approval of minutes from last meeting
LuAnn  read the minutes from the last 2 meetings. The minutes were approved as read. Vivian gave the Treasures report of  $916.09.
IV.     Open issues
a)     Sunbonnet Sue now has binding thanks to Nancy and Robin. She now awaits a label – LuAnn volunteered to make this.
b)     Personal challenge project was explained and sign up completed.  Our members have listed 24 new techniques that they individually will try to conquer this year.
c)     Community Outreach Committee will be meeting again tonight after the meeting. There will be a benefit auction on May 11 for Gene Eblin.  Dorine has made and donated a quilt for this event.
d)     Web Site Committee has met and has decided that we would continue to put our meeting minutes on the blog. LeAnn will be blogging also. They plan to add a blank page for pictures – if anyone does not want their picture on the blog, then need to contact the committee.
V.     New business
a)     The Monthly Challenge continues.  We are now ¼ of the year and quilt completed.  If additional focus fabrics are needed, they were located at the Quilt Studio in Omaha, and on line. All members had presented their version of this months completed block.
b)     Shop Hop Trip to Omaha Quilt Shops was discussed for tentatively July 20.  Will focus on the Cut Up and Quilt shop in Council Bluffs, Quilt Studio, Bella Fiorra, The Quilting Place. Sunshine Stitches and others.  LuAnn will be contacting these shops to coordinate. Roughly 9 member indicated interest in this trip.
c)     Challenge block for this month was taught by Nancy.  It was “Crown and Star”. 
d)     To nights program was taught by Nancy. She demonstrated and taught “back basting applique”.  So many members were excited by this unique process that discussion was held on a regular workshop on this technique.
e)     Next meeting will be May 21.  Program is to be “Take a Walk through the Garden”.  Members are to bring spring quilts that they have sewn or have in their family stash. 
f)      There was a potpourri of information shared towards the end of the meeting: Members were encouraged to visit the “fox glove” website
A member recently visited the “Taste of Home” show and shared some samples
A Quilting Circle Magazine was presented to be passed around the group.
Charmayne has opened a new shop in Avoca IA, - Something For Everyone.  Guild members were offered a discount.  She will be getting more fabric into the store.
Missouri  Valley Quilt Guild has invited us to their next month’s meeting for a special speaker.  Their meeting nights are the same as ours.
VI.     Adjournment
LeAnn adjourned the meeting at 8:15. .
Minutes submitted by:  LuAnn.

Friday, April 12, 2013

March 19 Meeting Minutes

Nishnabotna Valley Quilters Guild

Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2013
I.     Call to order
LeAnn called to order the regular meeting of the Nishnabotna Valley Quilters Guild at 7 pm on March 19, 2013 in Walnut Public Library.
II.     Roll call
LeAnn conducted a roll call as show and tell.   6 of the 10 members attending had items to present.
III.     Approval of minutes from last meeting
LuAnn read the minutes from the last 2 meetings.  Minutes were read and approved. Vivian reported the treasury balance now is $896.09
IV.     Open issues
a)     The Sunbonnet Sue quilt still needs binding.  Nancy and Robin volunteered to complete this project
b)     Personal Challenge list was reviewed and added to.  Members have until April to list a task that they had never done before.
c)     Collection of dues for 2013 was completed
V.     New business
a)     Betty taught the new Challenge Block of “Next Door Neighbor”.  Next month Nancy will teach “Crown and Star”
b)     Shirley presented a new quilt completed for her personal challenge
c)     LeAnn taught “1/2 square triangles? Technique to make multiple accurate small squares of any 2 colors.
d)     Next meeting will be April 16.

VI.     Adjournment
LeAnn adjourned the meeting at 8:15 pm.