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