Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Meeting Recap

It was great seeing everyone this month, we know that year-end is a busy season for most of us, so we are grateful that you took the time to join us!

Quilt Show Recap

We had our meeting later than usual this month, to accommodate the QUILT SHOW at the  Fine Furnishings Show, Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, Pawtucket, RI on November 6-8. It was a fantastic show and a BIG THANKS to the volunteers who helped setup, oversee the show all 3 days, and tear-down the show. Also Congratulations to Kathy Graves on winning best in show!! See some photos below:

Board Member Elections

We announced that during the December meeting, we will be electing our 2016 board members. We have a few existing board members wishing to participate again, but need some new volunteers as well. If you are interested in being on the 2016 board, please email: with the position(s) you are interested in by Nov 30th. We will vote in December and the board will changeover with the new year. 

Here is are the current board member responsibilities:

Board Member
Welcome attendees to meetings, tell them about membership
Post fun ideas, opportunities, and resources to the Facebook page
Facilitate meetings, unless otherwise delegated to another board member
Enter new member info in membership spreadsheet
Add meeting sign-ins email updates to Mail Chimp
Add members to the MQG community site
Care for the RIMQG tote and guild supplies/forms
Coordinate with Library to reserve upcoming meeting dates
Manage RIMQG email account
Main point of contact for guest speakers, vendors, etc.
Vice President

Plan and execute Guild agenda/activities for monthly meetings
Plan and coordinate with other members to accomplish group activities/events (manage committees)
Keep guild posted on MQG events page
Manage Pinterest page/share with members
Assist President with special events/projects/etc

Manage checks and debit card
Deposit membership dues after each meeting
Manage incoming membership dues at the meetings
Manage incoming/outgoing bookkeeping
Manage PayPal account
Update ledgers to track member payments after each meeting
Member Rep

Spotlight MQG Community site and engage members to explore it
Engage members on Facebook Members page
Give membership overview at the start of each meeting (if visitors or new members are present)
Work with Communications to handle “member spotlight”

Take minutes at quarterly board meeting, post to Google Drive
Record meeting topics/resources/discussions and share with Communications after each meeting so that they can be communicated on the blog
Share resources directly via Member Facebook page

Take photos at meetings
Create blog posts (updating upcoming meeting dates)
Update upcoming meeting dates on blog
Post links to blog posts on Facebook
E-newsletters twice/month

Membership Dues Increase

After a robust year filled with guest speakers, special events, etc. and taking into consideration the high cost of being part of the national MQG, we have decided to raise our annual membership dues. While we initially announced an increase to $40, we heard your feedback during the meeting and have decided to increase to $35 annually. Our vision is to be able to provide more activities, speakers, and events, without having to ask for extra funds at the time of those events. 

At our original cost of $25 annually, the majority of those dues went straight to paying our membership to the MQG, thus leaving us with very little to "work with" throughout the year. We identified that there are many resources available to us from the MQG that we may not be taking advantage of, so we are committed to bringing more of those member benefits to your attention in 2016.

We will need 2016 dues by the December 5th meeting; please bring a check, cash, mail a check, or use Paypal.

As always, we appreciate your candid feedback as the Board of Directors works to make the RIMQG an engaging, fun, and educational group for all of our members!

Meeting Recap

During the November meeting, Denise/Fred mentioned a great app that lets you take a photo, and the app will translate the colors into a palate! What a great inspiration! The app is called Adobe Capture, and it is free on both the iTunes and Google Play app store. Thanks for the tip!

Jenn did a great demo of Fabric Postcards and facilitated a secret swap in which members will actually SNAIL MAIL their postcard to their partner before the next meeting; what a fun item to get in the mail! Email us if you missed the meeting and want the instructions!

We had a great show & tell, as usual!!

 Tara's commissioned wedding-gift quilt

  Tara's Michael Miller Glitz Fabric challenge quilt; "Deco The Halls"

  Tara's commissioned quilt using the September Quilt Of The Month pattern; Phoenix

  Patricia's wall quilt depicting a modern take on a papyrus plant, inspired by a trip to Egypt

  Sangeeta's own design, "The Gift" is adorned with inspirational words quilted into the ribbons

  Leslie's wedding gift quilt for her brother and sister-in-law; she chose to include state fabric that represented where they met and currently live

 Judy's colorful purple border was inspired by the works she saw at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts quilt show

  Denise shared her Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks quilt she made for her parents. The quilting design was inspired by the work of MC Escher

  Denise also shared her Mariner's Compass quilt; the quilting is gorgeous! 

  Jenn's mystery quilt class at Ryco resulted in a "by the sea" color palette inspired by a trip to the Cape

 Suzanne's moving quilt captured an angel in prayer and was inspired by a cemetery scene

Next Month

Next month we will have our Fat Quarter Swap with holiday/winter themed fabric; don't forget!

Keep working on our next guild challenge project, which is any size project using only solid colors. Due in January.

Also, start thinking about ideas for our Annual Brainstorm Session; we will reflect on what we accomplished in 2015 and what we want to plan for in 2016! How can we continue to challenge ourselves to be modern? What challenge project ideas do you want to see? What types of demos, guest speakers, and special events are of interest? This brainstorm is where we pull most of our content that we deliver during the upcoming year, so please be prepared to offer your thoughts :)

Thank you all for your continued participation, enthusiasm, and quilty inspiration; see you in December!

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