January 20, 2019

Happy New Year!

It's a new year for our guild.  We hope you are ready to dig your sewing machine out from under the gift wrap paper for another great year of designing, piecing, and quilting.

The TMQG Board had a meeting to plan this year.  Our goals are 1) to provide educational opportunities to our members, and 2) to provide lap quilts, toiletry items, and other sundries to Forsyth Co. Senior Services and the elderly members of our community.  Our meeting focused on ways to accomplish those goals.

Tentative Calendar for 2019
January - Lee Monroe on color theory 
February - opportunities for charity sewing by various members
April - Claudia Martinez - Snuggly Monkey
July - Ice Cream Social - bring an idea for a gift and information on the pattern

We are also planning on 3 sew-ins for the year in March, June, and September.  We will be scheduling these for the Friday evenings after the Tuesday meetings.  

More information for the calendar to come as we receive confirmation from our invited guests. 

Swaps are being planned, both internal and external.

For the annual raffle, we are planning on making 2 throw sized quilts.  We will be asking each member to sell $40 worth of tickets.  Raffle proceeds are used to invite quilting educators from across the country and to pay their speakers fee and travel costs.

January Program - 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm
South Fork Community Center

Remember Senior Services - While shopping this MLK holiday, consider picking up a package of adult sized diapers to donate.

Please welcome our own Lee Monroe.  She will be presenting "Understanding the Rainbow", a discussion of color theory.

Inclement Weather?  
South Fork Community Center follows the plans of Forsyth Technical Community College.  If FTCC is closed in the evening, then the Community Center will be closed, too.

November 8, 2018

Meeting Reminder and Notes from the October 2018 meeting

Volunteer Opportunities
Senior Services sent us a Thank You letter for our Christmas in July donations.  Now that we are in the Holiday season, it is time for the Real Christmas in December collection.  Consider Target cards ($5-10), incontinence protection products, travel size soaps and shampoos, and other toiletry items.  The club also has fabric and batting for the production of lap quilts.

Raffle Quilt
Our raffle quilt is finished and it is beautiful!  Tickets are available. We are asking that each member sell at least $20.00 worth of tickets for the quilt.  $1.00 per ticket, $5.00 for 6 tickets.  The winning ticket will be drawn at our November holiday meeting.

For every $20 of tickets you sell, you will be entered in a drawing for a bag of Lee Monroe goodies.  Thanks, Lee for the donation!

Membership and Dues
2019 TMQG membership dues are $40.  Members who joined or rejoined in September, October, and November will be entered in a special drawing for some of Lee's fat quarter stash.

Coming Programs
The November 27th meeting will be our Holiday gathering.  It will be a pot luck (think sweet or savory) and decoration swap.  If you wish to be part of the swap, please bring one or more holiday decorations that you would be pleased to receive.  There will be 3 “time invested” categories in which you may participate:
a) less than one day’s effort
b) about one day’s effort
c) more than one day’s effort
When you enter a swap item in one of these categories you will receive a swap item from that same category

October program
The October meeting was a round robin of member demonstrations.  

Amber demonstrated some new products including Japanese engineered scissors that cut smoothly all the way down to the tip, an expanded rigid foam block which is great for removing loose threads and dog hairs, and a seam ripper that does not cut the fabric. 

 Colleen demonstrated her "in the hoop" embroidery on vinyl she is using to make key chains and lip balm holders. She had a great handout with supplier contact information.  She ended up selling a good portion of her on-hand stock after the meeting.

Muriel demonstrated her techniques for making Sculpey clay into beads,  flowers,  and strawberries.  She molds these around the heads of corsage pins to decorate her pin cushion swap items.  She also gave baking instructions to set the clay.  Although she said these beads are easy to make, she really has a knack for them.

Since our last gathering...

Forsyth Piecers' and Quilters' (FPQ) Quilt Show 
Thanks to all the members who entered quilts in the exhibit and in the juried show.  We had  a wonderful sampling of modern quilts and Lee Monroe had a trunk show which had a great attendance.  Our members earned several awards. Photos of our member's work was posted on our Facebook page.  Check it out!

See you all on Tuesday, November 27, at the South Fork Recreation Center.  We start eating at 6 pm!

October 26, 2018

Raffle Ticket Sales at the Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Quilt Show

The TMQG is selling raffle tickets for our raffle quilt at the Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild Quilt Show.  This event takes place on November 2-3, 2018 at the Gateway YWCA at 1300 Main St in Winston Salem.

Several people have signed up to sell tickets during slotted times.  They are:

Friday November 2nd
 9  Cynthia Lees
10  Muriel Riggs
11  Muriel Riggs
12  Diana Ernest
 1  Carole Dunn
 2  Jeannie Boyles
 3  Ann Monroe
 4  needs a volunteer

Saturday November 3rd
  9  needs a volunteer
10  needs a volunteer
11  Colleen Yarnell
12  Liz Bowen
  1  Roseanne Morgan
  2 Liz Noland
  3 Towona Sherwood

Note that we still have slots open.  And the tickets you sell during the Quilt show count towards chances on the swag bag donated by Lee Monroe (20 tickets sold per chance.)

October 18, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities
Remember Senior Services!  We have fabric and batting available for making lap quilts. 

Quilt Raffle
We have a beautiful quilt made and raffle tickets available for sale.  We ask that each member sell at least 20 tickets.  For each 20 tickets sold, the member will receive 1 chance for an exclusive swag bag from our own Lee Monroe.

Member Dues
Dues for 2018 will be $40.  If you pay in October, you name will be put with the September dues payers for a fat quarter set drawing.

Coming Programs
The October meeting will be a round robin of member demonstrations.  We will also have the pin cushion swap.  If you brought a pin cushion, you will receive a pin cushion. 

The November meeting will be our Holiday gathering.  It will be a pot luck and decoration swap.  If you wish to be part of the swap, please bring a holiday decoration that you would be pleased to receive.  There will be 3 “time invested” categories in which you may participate:
a) less than one day’s effort
b) about one day’s effort
c) more than one day’s effort

September Meeting
Unfortunately, the home of our guest speaker was visited by a stomach illness.  Instead of a trunk show, we had very spirited games of Left, Right, Center.  Winners went home with fat quarters to add to their stash.

See you on October 23, 2018!