april meeting reminder

We are excited about the coming months as we head toward the final stages of becoming the official Jacksonville branch of the Modern Quilt Guild!  We will be discussing several items of importance at this month’s meeting.  In order for everyone to come prepared to discuss, below is an agenda for our meeting:

BylawsWe will be reviewing and voting on the Bylaws at this Saturday’s meeting.  Draft Bylaws are available for review on our website under the Bylaws tab.  Please take a few minutes to read them prior to the meeting.

OfficersWe will be accepting nominations and voting on our Executive Board at our April 19th meeting.  A list of each Officer’s duties can be found in the Bylaws.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for a position, you may make your nominations at the meeting or you may email (jaxmqg@gmail.com) your nomination.   Emailed nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., April 18, 2014.  If you wish to vote by proxy, you must submit your request via email naming the person who will vote on your behalf no later than 5:00 p.m. April 18, 2014.  If we do not receive your request timely, your proxy vote will not count.

To date, we have the following nominations:
President – Robin McCallister
Vice President – Angela Williams
Treasurer – Yvonne Wecker
Secretary – Open [No nominations to date]

Dues:   The time has now come that we must begin charging yearly dues for membership, which in large part be used towards our MQG application process.  Dues will $35 for adult members and $25 for junior members.  The last day for collecting dues will be on our June meeting date.  We will not have prorated dues this year, as this will be our initial application year.  Prorated dues will become effective in the 2015 fiscal year.

Venue Change:  Many have expressed an interest in changing our meeting day and/or location to accommodate everyone’s schedule.  Please come prepared to discuss.  We’d also like your input on scheduling sew-in days.

Future Events:  We have several exciting programs, events and challenges we are planning in the near future.  If you have any ideas that you would like to have included in one of our future programs, please let us know.

Our meeting will be Saturday, April 19th beginning at 10:30 am at Country Crossroads.

We hope to see everyone at this month’s meeting as our Guild head into a new and exciting era!

See you Saturday!

March Madness!

It was great to see everyone at this month’s meeting!  There was a lot of quilted awesomeness at this month’s show and tell.

Update – Local Guild Membership in the Modern Quilt Guild: A committee was formed to prepare draft bylaws which will include the list of officers and their respective duties, for presentation for review and approval by the Guild.  Once an initial draft has been prepared, it will be submitted online for Guild members to review and comment on.  After all comments have been collected and edits made, a final version of the bylaws will be presented for Guild vote.

April Sew-In: Lynn Provencher has reserved the sewing studio at Country Crossroads on Wednesday, April 9, until 11:00 p.m. for a sew-in day for the guild.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP Lynn via Facebook, as the shop will be open after hours for Guild members only. Feel free to drop in at any time and don’t forget to bring a tidbit, snacks or a dish for our late night snack attacks!

As a reminder, Lynn also has made her studio available for sewing immediately following our meetings for those  who would like to stay after our meetings and work on their sewing projects.  The room is available until closing (4:00 p.m.).

Alternate Sewing Location: Robin McCallister has advised that she is working on reserving the classroom at Joanne Fabrics in the St. Johns Town Center one Saturday a month as an alternate sewing day. She is working on firming up the date(s) and advises that because their schedule is currently pretty tight, we are looking at August as our first meeting date.  She will keep us updated as she learns more.

Free Motion Quilting Project: Candi Lennox was available after the meeting to provide her quilting expertise to those with free motion quilting questions.

Upcoming Events: Lynn Provencher suggested scheduling a presentation and demo on our favorite bonding techniques and discuss the pros and cons of each.  Please share your thoughts and ideas for any bonding techniques you would like to have presented.

March Meeting Minutes have been  posted for your viewing pleasure.

Well, that’s it for this month’s meeting!  Come and join us at our next meeting on Saturday, April 19, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am at Country Crossroads.  We hope to see you there!

February 15 Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that our meeting is this Saturday, February 15, beginning at 10:30 am at Country Crossroads.  Remember to bring your completed “Fold It – Snip It – Rip It – Drop It – Pass It” Challenge item.  Also, Candi will be teaching our first free motion quilt class so don’t forget your machines, quilt sandwiches and supplies.  Come and enjoy a little quilting and a lot of fun!

We’ll see you there!

January Meeting Recap

Our first meeting of 2014 began with warm welcomes from returning members and visitors alike!

We started the meeting with introductions from all followed  by our show and tell.  Feel free to browse our photo gallery for the many fantastic projects.

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Free Motion Quilting Project

Candi Lennox announced the formation of our new Free Motion Quilting Project.  Each month a guild member will teach a free motion pattern or style of their choice to other members. Candi will spearhead this project and will be teaching the first class, the basics of free motion quilting, at our February meeting.  A list of required tools (sewing machine, fabric sandwich, etc.) will be provided prior to each class. 

Keep an eye out for updates!

 “Fold It – Rip It – Drop It – Pass It” Challenge Projects Deadline

There was a friendly reminder to bring your completed projects from the November challenge to the February 15 meeting for show and tell.  As a reminder, you may make whatever you like as long as each fabric received from the swap must be used in your project.  You can supplement these fabrics with any solid color fabric.

Membership in the Modern Quilt Guild

Angela Williams began discussion on beginning the process of officially joining the Modern Quilt Guild.  Please review the meeting minutes for the specifics.

Alternate Meeting Dates/Locations

A suggestion was made for us to have a regular monthly sewing day at Country Crossroads (preferably after our monthly meeting). If anyone is interested in attending, please let us know at the next meeting so that Lynn can reserve the room for our use.

There was also a suggestion to schedule a meeting/sew day once a month or quarterly at an alternate location for those unable to attend on our regular meeting dates.  If you are interested in meeting on an alternative day or location, please let us know of your proposed days and locations at our February meeting.

That’s the recap for January’s meeting!  Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am at Country Crossroads.

We’ll see you there!