EMQG January 2020 Meeting Recap

Meeting Welcome
The meeting started with a welcome from new Board President Ken Casey! And welcome to Ken – thanks for guiding the guild this year! The rest of this year's board is made up by: 
Bonnie Glass – Vice President
Sorrel Arends - Secretary
Linda Delaplain - Treasurer
Janice Hoffine – Photography

Welcome to new members Mina and Linda.

Sale Table
We are continuing the Sale Table this year. Members may donate any extra fabric, patterns, WIPs, notions, or other sewing/quilting-related items that you no longer want or need to the Sale Table, and anyone may take any items that look useful in exchange for a donation. You choose the donation amount, but please consider the item's value.

Willamette Valley Quilt Festival 
The Willamette Valley Quilt Festival is Friday January 31 through Sunday, February 2, 2020. We will have a table at the show. Please contact Ken if you are interested in volunteering. 

Donation Quilt Update 
Members of the EMQG completed this quilt top at our retreat in October. Ken completed the quilting, and Jenny will complete the binding. It will be hanging this month at the Willamette Valley Quilt Festival. Raffle tickets for this quilt will be available for purchase at the quilt festival, and guild members will be able to buy raffle tickets at the February meeting. Proceeds will be donated to Ophelia’s Place. 

Missy shared this pillow cover made by Nela using leftover blocks, which we will gift to Ophelia's Place along with our donation. 

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Update
The EMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt is being quilted by Denise this weekend and Jill volunteered to attach the binding in time for it to be displayed at the WVQF before being shipped to QuiltCon. We will be able to see the finished quilt at the March meeting, and it will be donated for the Shelter Care auction in April. 

Trunk Show
This year, we are going to do a monthly member Trunk Show, where members share 5 quilts and their path and progress as a quilter. We would love for everyone in the guild to present a trunk show - please talk to Bonnie or Ken if you would like to sign up. 

This month's Trunk Show was presented by Ken.  
Ken has been sewing for 35 years. He was a stained glass artist in his 20s, and transitioned to quilting when his sister recognized the connection between stained glass and quilting.

1) Ken’s 2nd Quilt
- made without a walking foot or safety pins

2) Improv Quilt from ‘Quilting in the Pines’ camp in Flagstaff, 2009

3) First hand applique piece – ‘Icarus’ 
- ice dyed fabric
- hand appliqued, machine quilted
- quilted to look like a topography map
- faced

4) ‘ROYGBIV Pixelated’
- Ken’s favorite quilt
- used 25 colors of King Tut variegated thread to quilt

5) Prickly Piecers Self-Portrait Challenge
- utilizes signature colors yellow, purple, and lime green

First Friday Art Walk Recap
Bonnie coordinated a show of Traveling Quilts at Euphoria Downtown as part of the January First Friday Art Walk. Nela presented our quilts and discussed our Traveling Quilt process in 2018 and 2019. There was great attendance, and we received great feedback from the walk hosts. Thanks to Hillie, Pat, Ken, Sorrel, Nela, Susan, Linda, and Denise for sharing their quilts! 

2020 Sampler Circle Challenge
This year’s challenge is a Sampler. Any participating member will complete their own quilt. Ken will introduce and provide instructions for a new block each month, which will often be connected to our skill builder sessions. Instructions for assembly will be provided at the end, and it will make a lap-sized quilt.

This month's block is an 'Expanding Star.' It is a 24 inch block. You can add a square to the middle (see Janice's example below, using 3 1/2" squares over the corners of the center square), or leave the middle solid. Please bring in your squares each month to share your progress. 

4-in-1 Triangles Skill Builder 
Ken demonstrated a technique for quickly finishing 4 flying geese at a time. 

Solids Challenge
The Guild will also be announcing three mini-challenges to inspire creativity during the year. The first is an 'all solids' challenge. It can be anything, any size, but must be all solids. Bring your completed project to the meeting in April. 

Show and Tell
Linda shared a project she started at retreat from the book ‘Distinctive Dresdens,' and a churn dash with stars in the middle. 

Jenny shared a pineapple table runner that she's been working on at the slow stitching meet up.

Janice shared an all solids experiment.

Mina shared a top called ‘Let’s Be Quilting.' 

Sorrel shared a HST quilt, and scrappy pumpkins and scrappy Christmas trees pillow covers.

Renee brought a wall hanging using patterns from Ruth McDowell’s book ‘Pieced Vegetables.'

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting! We'll see you at the Sew Day on January 11 from 10am-4pm, and at the next meeting on February 12 at 7pm.