Sunday, March 13, 2011

March Newsletter

MINNEKAHTA QUILTERS GUILD MINUTES
March 10, 2011

CALL MEETING TO ORDER: President Elaine Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. There were 28 members present and no guests.

MINUTES: There was one correction to the minutes of the February 10, 2011, meeting: the National Quilt Day quilt-in at the Hot Springs Library will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 19, 2011. Delores Hagman moved to approve the minutes as corrected, and Pearl Risinger seconded the motion. No further discussion. Unanimous approval.

TREASURER: Laurna Nelson read the Treasurer’s report. The current balance is $4,622.27. Nancy Cuckler moved to approve the report as read, and Margaret Ellen Bartolome seconded the motion. No discussion. Unanimous approval. Final membership dues were collected, and Laurna will have a new membership list prepared for the April meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE: Elaine Anderson read a January 22, 2011, letter from Larry Wilcox, Superintendent of the SD State Veterans’ Home, thanking the Guild for its contribution of $800.

OTHER OFFICER REPORTS:
VP: Quilts to be hung in April to be provided by Sandy, Sheryl and Jan.

Librarian: Carolyn is sending in her book order on March 11, 2011.

Historian: No report.

Program: Beth announced that Nuts and Bolts, the fabric/quilt shop in Edgemont, will present the program at the April meeting. There are no firm plans yet for classes.

On March 4, a group of 6 ladies visited the quilt display “Structure and Improvisation” at the Nicholaysen Museum in Casper, WY. They also visited a quilt display at the National Historic Trails museum there, a display that included old quilts and some made by a professor of textiles at Casper College.

The last block drawing under the current system occurred. Beth asked that people think about what they’d like to do next—nothing, same system, each person make her own blocks, etc.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Inventory: Pat Cerney and Julie completed the inventory of Quilt Guild assets held at the State Home. A copy of the inventory will go to the State Home. Thank you, ladies!

Charity Quilts: Ginny and Stacey have been compiling a list of local charities who can use quilts. WEAVE, the battered women’s shelter in Custer, could be added to the list. They have need for children’s and adult quilts. Nancy Cuckler volunteered to get any donated quilts delivered to WEAVE.

Joyce Safris, whose house trailer burned last week, will receive a quilt when her move to Brookside is accomplished.

OLD BUSINESS:

Reminder: National Quilting Day will be celebrated here in Hot Springs at the library on March 19th, with a quilt-in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beth, Karen and Elaine hung 18 quilts at the library already, and the library staff has set out books about quilting and quilt patterns. Everyone come and bring something to work on on the 19th.

Block drawings: Please have blocks completed for the next meeting (or at the maximum within 3 months of the drawing), so recipients have time to put their pieces together prior to Christmas in the Hills.

Ann and Brian are adamant that there will be a summer quilt show somewhere in Hot Springs.

Nametags and instructions are on the back table.

NEW BUSINESS:

Jan’s niece Rosie Elmore, a former member of the Guild, has colon cancer and has started chemo. Members of the Guild have been making blocks for a quilt for her. Please refer to e-mail Karen Meston sent out March 8th. Blocks need to be done by March 28th and can be delivered to Heartsong.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1. Pearl found a YouTube video about a blind lady in Texas who learned to quilt. The site is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lfaSmDxVZQ.

2. The Chadron Quilt Festival is April 15-17th at the Assumption Arena. $4.00 admission, vendors, demonstrations, food, raffle. The website is www.chadronfestivalofquilts.com.

3. Black Hills Quilt Guild show registration forms are available now on their website. Registration must be submitted by May 3rd. The show is June 10th through 12th. Quilt turn in June 8th.

4. April 1st through April 16th: Black Hills shop hop.

5. Julie announced intermediate quilting classes at Heartsong on Thursday March 17th, 31st, and April 7th OR Saturday March 19th, April 2nd and 16th. The project will be an Irish chain with a star. Heartsong will be holding a beginning machine quilting class on March 24th. Contact the shop for more information.

6. Healing Hearts project for victims of earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Instructions for quilt blocks (cream fabric with an appliqu├ęd heart, 7-inch unfinished) and further information at www.kiwiquilts.co.nz. Mary Sue will mail any quilt blocks finished by the Guild meeting on May 12th.

NEXT BUSINESS MEETING: April 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., with brown bag social beginning at 5:00 p.m.

NEXT WORKDAY: April 2, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with noon potluck. Projects: charity quilts, Rosie’s quilt, and your own Christmas in the Hills quilts.

ADJOURN: Pat Scheltens moved to adjourn the meeting and Helen seconded the motion. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

BLOCK DRAWING: Laurna won the block drawing, kind of by default. Laurna requested 8.5inch (unfinished) blocks made of solid black, black-on-black,or predominantly black background with heart(s) of any color on them.

PROGRAM: None.

SHOW AND TELL:
Elaine: Ann’s round-robin, 2 blocks for
Margaret Ellen, 2 cash and carry totes
Mary Sue: 2 charity quilt tops, pumpkin patch
wall hanging
Julie: Laurna’s round-robin, 3 blocks for
Margaret Ellen, block for Rosie, twelve-daysof-
Christmas wall hanging
Delores Hickman: 2 blocks for Margaret
Ellen
Ginny: 2 blocks for Margaret Ellen, butterfly
block for Delores, round-robin, tea cup wall
hanging
Caroline: 2 blocks for Margaret, valentine
banner, flower seed pack wall hanging, Pat’s
block, round-robin
Ann: Beth’s round-robin
Beth: Caroline’s round-robin, Margaret’s
blocks, out-of-synch wall hanging
Pat Martin: round-robin
Sheryl: 4 blocks for Margaret Ellen
Marilyn: Margaret’s blocks, round-robin
Delores Hageman: Margaret’s block, roundrobin
Cora: pink quilt of Joann’s, Margaret’s
blocks, Easter table runner, baby bunting
Karen: thimble block for Pat C, Pat M’s
block, Delores’ butterfly block
Jan: 3 blocks for Margaret Ellen, round-robin
Carolyn: Margaret Ellen’s blocks
Pearl: 3 blocks for Margaret, 3 blocks for
Rosie, curves for cowards quilt center
Nancy: block for Rosie
Sandy: Margaret Ellen’s blocks, round-robin
Helen: 3 blocks for Margaret Ellen, postage
stamp queen quilt
Pat Scheltens: block for Rosie
Cindy: Christmas block for Jan, block for Pat
Martin, fall color block for Caroline, 2 blocks
for Margaret, block for Rosie, Christmas block
for Judy, round robin for Ginny
Brenda: block for Pat M., 2 blocks for Margaret
Laurna: bear blanket, 2 blocks for Margaret,
round robin

NEXT TIME
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. Regular monthly business meeting.Don’t forget to come and socialize and work on a project anytime after 5:00 P.M. Bring a sack lunch.

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. –This is a work on your own day.
Lots of possibilities; work on your blocks for Christmas in the Hills, your Harvest Block for the Fair, your tea set, charity quilts and Rosie’s quilt. Remember to bring a potluck dish to share.

Tips: When measuring for your quilt backing,add an extra 10 inches. The extra piece is just the right size to make a matching sleeve. Or make the sleeve from swatches of all the fabrics you’ve used on the surface of the quilt. If a repair is needed later, you’ll have the original fabrics available.

National Quilting Day:
March 19th is National Quilting Day. The Guild will have a "quilt-in" at the Hot Springs Library from 10-2 pm. If you would like to join us, please contact Beth via email at sdgirl1967@hotmail.com or 745-6548. To expand our celebration, we will also have an exhibit in the Fireside Room of the Library from March 8 to March 22. Stop by and see the beautiful display of quilts and books. Thanks for your help in showcasing quilting in Hot Springs.

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