Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lane County Fair

It is almost that time of year again, Lane County Fair! Nelda, one of our EMQG members & current Bee Keeper, is the Textile Coordinator for the fair. She is still looking for volunteers to help with set up, the actual fair as well as taking down. Nelda works very hard every year to ensure everything goes smooth, but cannot do it alone - if you have even a few hours to spare it would be a great help! 

Here are the volunteer shifts/times:


Monday - July 14: 9am to 4pm
Help set up tables and receive entries 

Tuesday - July 15: 9am to 4pm
Arrange entries for judging 

Wednesday - July 16: 8:30am to when judging is over
Help present entries to judges

Thursday - July 17: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries 

Friday - July 18: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries 

Saturday - July 19: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries 

Monday - July 21: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries

Tuesday - July 22: 9am to 4pm
Finish displaying entries


July 23 - 26:
11am to 3pm 
3pm to 7pm
7pm to 10:30pm
Host Monitors

Sunday - July 24: 11am to 3pm
Host Monitors


Sunday - July 27: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Start taking down

Monday - July 28: 9am to whenever it is done
Getting entries ready for release and putting everything away  

You do not need to be able to work an entire shift, it is best if you can commit to the full time, but any time is more than appreciated! If you see a 9am to 4pm shift, and can work 9am to noon, etc. please still contact us! 

Please either email EMQG or contact Nelda directly to sign up:

Nelda: nlcopsey@gmail.com
EMQG: eugenemqg@gmail.com


Paper entry deadline: June 27
Online entry deadline: July 9
Please visit www.atthefair.com for more information!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EMQG Meeting notes 6/11/14

EMQG Meeting notes 6/11/14

Greeting:  Daisy
Minutes:  Missy
Photographers:  Shawna

Daisy had some beautiful blocks turned in to her.
June Bee:  Madyson:  courthouse wonky blocks.

Board members shared their position roles:

President:  Jennifer.  She shared her vision of creating a survey for EMQG members to gather thoughts, state goals, and brainstorm opportunities for directing the growth of the guild.  She also offered that she has committed to bring books/magazines to share at each meeting during her term.

Greeter/Master of Ceremonies:  Daisy and Phylis.  Keep the meeting running smoothly as per agenda, greet new members.

Treasurer:  Madyson.  She shared our assets, debts and current balance of our bank account. 

Social Media/Photographer:  Shawna/Madyson  “webmistresses”: Creating/refining our public presence via multiple social media sites. Madyson designed new EMQG logos and Shawna helped choose the new logo as charged by the board members. 

Links to all other social media can be found under the ‘Find Us’ tab.

Secretary:  Missy; Karen (alternate): Records meeting notes for monthly guild meetings, board meetings, maintains records in an official meeting binder which is available at guild meetings, creates a year end summary of events.

Program Director:  Linda:  Secure presenters for monthly guild meetings.

Bee Organizer:  Nelda:  Assists with gathering members for the yearly bee, and organizes monthly block presentation and distribution of finished blocks.

Swap Organizer:  Kathleen:  Chooses monthly swap items and provides ideas of how/where to find info for creating items.

(If anyone was not included, my apologies…)


Shawna shared the new EMQG logo and a mock up postcard created to provide info to the public.  Discussion was held regarding costs for printing of this postcard.  Laura L of Grammas Barn Quilting donated funding for an initial order of postcards. 
Kesch made a motion to use the funds for purchasing the postcards.  Nelda seconded it. The members voted to use the money as designated to purchase 1,000 postcards.

Madyson distributed some release of information forms for members to declare their choices for sharing of personal information.

Nelda, Textile Coordinator for the Lane County Fair, is looking for volunteers to assist with the textile entries intake, setup and monitoring of the display area during the fair. Contact her:  nlcopsey@gmail.com or 541 914-1610.

Karen spoke about the EMQG booth/table at the Coburg Quilt Show, July 26, 2014.  She is looking for volunteers to help with setup of booth itself, pricing and organizing of sale items, hanging of the raffle quilt, and manning the booth during show hours.

Millie from Paramount spoke about basic sewing machine maintenance and how to keep your machine in “tip-top running order” between visits to a sewing machine technician..  Important points were change your needle, remove lint, lubricate the hook using the correct oil for your machine, and clean the outside of the machine. She provided a handout with more detailed info.

SWAP:  Placemats!  Many participants and shapes/designs shared.  Way to go everyone!!!

Jennifer: Shared a quilt that she received which was made of batik blocks her students had created with her guidance.  What a special gift!

Nelda and her sister Kathy:  Cat quilt that they created together.

Madyson:  Mini quilt with an online group challenge.

Kelly:  Another twist on the Urban Chicken, made from the last of the leftover blocks…!

Pat:  “Our River Runs Through It” art quilt she designed…gorgeous!

Justine:  A nice heart and log cabin quilt from some quilt blocks she found at a garage sale.  Can we say upcycle?!!!

Linda:  Another smaller version of a purse she shared recently and two table runners, one with matching placemats.

Denise:  Scrappy table runner with nice free motion quilting.

BOARD MEETING:  Monday June 30th, 6pm.  @ McMennamins at the River Bank

SEW-IN:  Wednesday June 18th at 6:30-8:30pm.  McNail Riley house.

SEW DAY:  Saturday June 28th 10am-5pm.  Our Sewing Room.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our June Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our May Queen Bee, Madyson J.

Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:

My grandmother is a quilt instructor and I got my first machine when I was 10. I used to make little blocks with her and make scrunchies and things and sell them at my parents' work when I was younger and then I got involved in other things and just used my machine to fix things. I moved to Eugene about a year and a half ago and was pleasantly surprised to find out how crafty this town is! So I got back into sewing and quilting and finished my first 100% by me completed quilt about a year ago.

What does quilting mean to you? 

To me quilting is one of my favorite ways to express myself and put my love into fabric form. Right now I am big stitch hand quilting a queen sized quilt and as much work as it is I get to see all my blocks and love them all over again. 

Why did you want to join our bee? 

I love the idea of getting a quilt top done faster and trying new techniques that I might never try otherwise.

What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee?  

Last year I did 1 month of the bee and got to make a courthouse block and I loved the pattern and design of it. So I wanted to make some courthouse blocks out of my scraps to back my current quilt with. But, after making one I loved it too much to put it on the back. So my plan is to make another quilt top out of the blocks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Meeting Reminder

Can you believe we are already almost halfway through June? & this gorgeous weather, keep it up June! 

Tomorrow, 6/11, is our June meeting. Here is our agenda for the meeting:
• Welcome
• Board Reports
• Bee Blocks/Lane county Fair (Nelda)
• 1. Membership information sheets for each member to fill out. -Madyson
• 1. Shall the EMQG print postcards to advertise our organization to the community? -Jennifer
• 2. Shall the EMQG spend ____________ to print the postcards?
• Break
• Presentation from Millie from Paramount
• Swap
• Show and Tell
• Adjourn
Don't forget your Bee blocks, swap items and something to show & tell!

Also, please note that there is still construction going on all around our meeting spot at the McNail Riley House. The parking lot across the street at the fairground is still accessible and open for use. Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to allow extra time for alternative detour routes. 

Meeting prep/set-up at 6:30, starts at 7
@ the McNail-Riley House - 601 W. 13th in Eugene