Monday, June 27, 2016

End of Year Meeting Recap.

Well, we wrapped up another great year at the Guild, and based on this last meeting, I think we are headed into an even greater year ahead! If you weren't able to make the meeting, there was a lot going on, so here is what you missed!

We started the meeting by holding elections for next year's officers. First, we'd like to thank everyone for their service this past year. And a HUGE thanks and round of applause for Mary, who has served as our fearless leader for the past three years. The newly elected board is as follows:

President: Kim Soper
Vice President: Mary Crisafulli 
Treasurer: Elise SanSouci
Secretary: Lorraine Lucas
Programming: Carol Krottendorfer
Hospitality: Madelyn Ratkus
Marketing/Communications: Karen Wooley

Once the new board was ratified, the announcements came atcha fast! Even if you attended the meeting, there may be things you missed!

New Location: After weeks of searching and scouting locations, we have tentatively arranged to have meetings at the Art League of Long Island located conveniently off of the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. We have also arranged to host sew-ins at the Knights of Columbus off of Pulaski Road in East Northport. Unfortunately, both locations were only available on Wednesdays, which was not ideal for our membership. Thus we are still waiting to hear if the Art League can make itself available on Tuesdays. We will keep you posted. We are sorry for any inconvenience -- this has been a difficult process given our limited funds and desire to keep some room in the budget for great speakers and programs. We expect to have a set location by the end of this week.

Committees: We are looking to build a stronger sense of community and foster greater participation amongst our members so that we can grow the Guild and offer an even greater experience. We are still looking for help on our programming committee and would love any and all input you have to offer over the summer to help make this next year our  best one yet!

Summer Sew-In/Quilts for Pulse: We are looking to have a summer sew-in (Tentative Date: July 28 we will keep you posted as to date and location once finalized) to make charity quilts for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL. For more information about the charity quilt collection you can look here and here. If you signed up at the last meeting you will receive an email letting you know what you will need to bring to the sew-in and further instructions. If you are still interested in signing up, please contact Janet! There will be a $5 fee/person to attend the sew-in. Please feel free to bring a friend or two, the more the merrier!

Shop Hop: This summer we will be marketing the guild at the Long Island Shop Hop. Pieceful Quilting has been generous enough to allow us space for a table to hand out brochures, inform people of our mission and hopefully grow our membership! We are asking that all members volunteer to staff the table for at least an hour or two during one of the shop hop days. The table will need staffing from 10-6 on Thursday, August 11; 10--5 on Friday, August 12; and 10-5 on Saturday, August 13. If you have not already signed up for a time, please email us at to let us know when you will be available.

Medallion Swap:  We swapped medallion centers, and everyone is excited to bring their selected center back to the September meeting with an addition of a 10 inch border all the way around. (It is up to you how you add this 10 inch border: a full 10 inches, a combination of two borders that total 10 inches, etc. Medallion centers will return 20 inches larger than they started!). We will continue to swap each month until December when we reveal the final quilts and vote on our favorite! The best one will become a raffle quilt with the intention of raising funds for the guild. The rest will be donated to a charity we will select at a future date.

Kim pulled Janet's:
 Madelyn pulled  Susie's:
 Lorraine pulled Amy's:
 and Amy conveniently pulled Lorraine's ;):
 Janet pulled Julie's:
 and Karen pulled Madelyn's:
Elise pulled Carol's :
 Carol pulled Mario's perfectly starched and pressed block:
 Stella pulled Karen's:
 Susie pulled Kim's:
 Mario pulled Stella's:
 and Julie pulled Elise's:
Awesome work everyone! Can't wait to see what you come back with in September!

Show and Share: Almost everyone came with something to share at the last meeting! It was so much fun to see what everyone had been up to, and the projects were fantastic!

Irene shared another beautiful quilt made with her mother's scarves:
 Lorraine shared this interleave mini quilt:
 Karen shared this purse made with different stitches:
 And a modern design of her own!
 Susie shared this memory quilt that she made one-handed:
 and the back:
 I can't remember who the mystery-maker is behind this lovely soft palette of friendship stars. . .is that you, Susie
 Julie shared this house  quilt made with Denyse Schmidt's Franklin fabric:
 She also shared this quilt for a friend:
 and the back:
 Here's Marie with her BOM sampler that only needs a binding:
 Kim shared her quilt for the MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge:
 Mary shared these adorable wallet projects that will be classes at Pieceful Quilting:
 and this fantastic tote made with Alison Glass:
 And her "Fire" quilt that just needs a binding:
 Last but not least, Stella shared this cute little pouch project that can be made with charm packs:
Wow, what a great group of end of the year projects!

Destash Raffle: And last but not least, Julie was the winner of our destash raffle! She walked away with a hefty haul and a large grin on her face :)

Have a great start to summer! We will be in touch very soon with more information about the new location, the sew in, the shop hop and any other loose ends that need tying up! 

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