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!


September 19, 2018

Meeting Reminder and Notes from the August 2018 meeting

Volunteer Opportunities
Remember Senior Services!  We have been given pieced quilt tops and Ann Monroe has batting.  All we need are volunteers to do the quilting work.  Thanks to the folks at Sewingly Yours who let the TMQG members use their long arm for the donation quilts.  The only requirement is that the member has to complete their long arm orientation class.

Consider volunteering to be a TMQG officer in 2019. 

Swap Project
Swap partners were assigned for our Favorite Animal swap.  They are due in September.  The work involved should take about a day.  

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.

We are selling tickets at South Fork/ Cricket's Nest on Saturday, September 22, and at the the Forsyth Piecers' Quilt Show at the YWCA on November 2 and 3.  Let us know if you can help.

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
Unfortunately, the National MQG dues structure has increased.  At the last meeting, we discussed the merits of belonging to the National in terms of being a non-profit educational organization, IRS compliance, and the insurance that they provide.  After weighing the pros and cons, the attending members voted to stay with the National MQG and raise the TMQG dues to $40 a year.

Members who join or rejoin in September, October, and November will be entered in a special drawing each month for some of Lee's fat quarter stash.

Guild Days
Next month, Sew Original is having 2 guild days.  On October 2, they will have a special day (10am - 8pm) for the TMQG  The event will be repeated on October 4 (10am - 8pm) for all quilting guilds.  Be sure to bring your membership card!

Future Meetings - 
On Tuesday September 25, we will be hosting Bonnie Christine.  She is a fabric designer. You can learn more about her and her work here  bonniechristine.com  and here   liveartgalleryfabrics.com/person/bonnie-christine  Bonnie will have a trunk show for us at the meeting.  On Wednesday September 26, she will be at Sewingly Yours for a workshop on developing repeating patterns by hand for use in making fabric designs.  This would be especially valuable for those folks interested in having a service like Spoonflower print their custom fabrics.

Program Notes - 
At our last meeting, we heard from our very own Sheri Collette about preparing quilts for the long arm quilter.  She provided the group with important information.  1) Tell your quilter what you like and, even more importantly, what you don't like, prior to work beginning. 2) Make sure your quilt top is square!!!  3) Clip threads, stay stitch the edge, and check for open seams.  4) Iron your work, pressing all the seams in the same direction, and bring it on a hanger.  5) Add 4 inches to all four sides of the backing for the frame clamps.  (You can sew muslin to your backing to get the proper size.)  6) If you have a pieced back, it is better to have a horizontal vs a vertical seam unless they are pressed open.  7) Did we mention to make sure your quilt is square? 8) Finally, the long arm quilter can help you choose the best batting for the effect you desire.

See you all next week!