Welcome to our first monthly newletter! We will be including a lot of information to help keep everyone up to date and provide a reference that members can access between meetings. In each newsletter, you will find meeting highlights, highlights of show and tell, the treasury report, events and challenges like block lotto, committee updates, and other interesting quilty news. Members who wish to share something with the group can also request that their news be included by contacting the membership committee at the address below.
Our first newsletter is a work in progress so please feel free to share your thoughts about what you like and how the newsletter could be improved by contacting the membership committee.
October Meeting Highlights
Christine Economos receiving a quilt from members of the guild on behalf of her husband, Ed, who is recovering from surgery.
Congratulations to our own Chris Dodsley, who won the Quilter's Take Manhattan SmackDown with her "Englishwoman in New York" quilt! Check out her championship belt!
In addition to show and tell, blocks from the Paint Chip Challenge were displayed around the room. Whether they will be assembled is still up for discussion.
Thank you, Anita Grossman Solomon, for your generosity at the meeting! We all will love using your mini charm squares for our projects! Thanks, too, for your donation to the raffle! Your idea to use the batting-covered foam squares to hold blocks in place at one's sewing table is ingenious, and a great tip!
REMEMBER to sign up if you'd like to attend the Winter Retreat at Mariondale from January 6-8, 2017. Last year was a blast! The total cost is $225. To hold your place, please bring a check payable to NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild for $50 to the next meeting.
The Paint Chip Challenge continues! If you have not completed your 18x18" monochrome quilt, you still have time to do so. Bring your quilted (but not bound) work to the next meeting!
So many guild members contributed blocks to Ed's quilt, that we have some that still need to be used. Please continue making "Man Blocks" to complete a top for charity. Follow the link below for instructions:
The guild website and the blog are going to be merged in the near future. The tech committee will send out details on how to post to the blog once it's done.
Are you on Instagram? Follow the guild! We're setting up an official IG account to build community and will send an email about how to get your photo shared.
IG account created: @nycmetromod
And of course, tag the guild at #nycmetromod in all your quilty photos!
Thanks to Deborah Bingham and Maureen Hyslop for volunteering to take photos at the meetings! If anyone else would like to assist, please get in touch with the Tech Committee members!
It's about time the Guild got a makeover. Let's do a logo contest! The details of the contest are forthcoming, but in the meantime, start thinking about how you would like our guild to look! All members are welcome to participate in the logo contest.
The events committee looks forward to bringing speakers and vendors to future meetings. The guild would like to host an Intellectual Property lawyer to speak to us about an issue that has been on the minds of many quilters. We could also host a professional photographer who can give our members tips on how to best photograph our quilts.
We would like to bring trunk shows to our meetings, and even sponsor a "Quilter of the Month" within our guild membership to be featured and celebrated at meetings.
We would like to arrange a sewing day, where our members can work together on projects such as charity quilts.
Finally, we would like to arrange a quilt show of our own. This could be used as a fundraising event to support the guild. It may also be a possibility to have a traveling show, in which some of our members' quilts are displayed at venues around the NYC area.
Community & Charity Outreach
The Charity Committee has laid out some specifics about charity and community projects.
Charity Quilts can be made to donate to local charities or to raise funds for local charities. Any guild member can nominate a charity and lead a charity project. If you have a charity that you would like the guild to work with, you can propose it to the guild members, and lead the project with support from the charity committee. The Charity Committee would like to complete at least three charity projects per year.
Community Quilts are made and gifted to members, family, and friends of the guild in times of need or celebration. For these quilts, blocks are made in advance and kept on hold for when they are needed. They will be made on a rolling basis, as one is complete and given away, a new one will be started.
Feel free to propose a project to the Charity Committee!
The membership committee brings you this newsletter! We hope you enjoy it! If you miss a guild meeting, we hope that this newsletter helps you feel like you haven't missed too much!
The membership committee will be creating a New Member Orientation Packet, which will assist new members in learning the ins and outs of the guild, including how they can get involved in a committee and participate to the fullest in all the guild has to offer.
We would also like to create a Professional Services directory. The guild occasionally receives requests or inquiries about quilting services or repairs. A directory of our members' services would allow the board to easily connect you will potential business, and vice versa.
Thus, if you are interested in being contacted about providing any sewing/quilting related services, please send an email to email@example.com with your name, service, and contact information.
In Other News
Our guild sent two quilts to Orlando to support the #QuiltsforPulse drive. Thank you to all members who contributed to these two beautiful quilts!
A message recently received by the Guild:
Our company owns a long arm Gammill computerized quilting machine with an extended field. We seldom use it and are looking for someone interested in possibly sharing it as a part of our business or as a separate business. If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them contact me.