Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild for the use of their Zoom account. We have the following two months of 2021 reserved to continue meeting via Zoom. At the end of March, we will reassess where we are in terms of social distancing and determine if we are able to move forward with hybrid meetings in person combined with Zoom later on this year.
If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Dana Blasi within 14 days of the meeting date and we will email it to you. Dana's contact information may be found in the GMQG Directory.
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Log on between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. to visit prior to the start of the meeting. Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting code and password prior to the meeting.
GMQG DIRECTORY PASSWORD:
If you have forgotten the password to get into the Directory file, please email us at email@example.com to request it.
We welcomed 35 members to our Zoom meeting this month.
2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
Today we enjoyed hearing from our new Board members and Committee Chairs who include:
Outside Speaker Coordinator - Dagmar Theodore
Philanthropy and Spring Retreat Co-Chair - Faye Jones
Librarian - Darleen Sanford
Facility Coordinator - Marilyn Hagopian
St. Giles Liaison - Nancy deJong
Holiday Luncheon Fundraiser Chair - Dana Blasi
Contact information for each of the Board Members and Chairs may be found in the GMQG Directory.
THEME FOR 2021 - "INSPIRATION"
Our new VP of Programs, Rita Sassone, has been putting a lot of time and energy into creating and organizing programs for 2021, many of which are already scheduled. Whether in person or virtually, we are excited about what we have in store for 2021.
Rita's theme for the year is Inspiration, which was jump started today with Johnnie McKenzie's presentation tying in to our goal of looking at taking any kind of style and making it modern. Johnnie suggested learning the techniques and how to construct what you're making and then making it modern.
Rita also chooses a word to represent the year every January and this year it is Resilient, pushing through the struggles you are facing and persevering. We as a guild believe ourselves to be resilient and know we can persevere through this difficult time. We encourage everyone to continue to show up to meet virtually and go the distance until we can be together again!
Looking forward, Rita asked us to be dusting off one of our favorite quilting books. Think about which one you have come to love and enjoy - we are going to do something special with it in April.
Also, if anyone has any ideas of things they'd like to see presented or perhaps has taken a class they'd like to share, for example, please get in touch with Rita. We want to encourage open communication from the members. This is your guild and we need you to speak up to let us know what you're thinking. Many modern quilt guilds are posting what they are doing virtually on Facebook and Instagram and we are open to hearing about how they are dealing with the "new normal" of meeting online.
JANUARY PROGRAM: JOHNNIE MCKENZIE - CREATING ORIGINAL QUILTS
Many thanks to Johnnie McKenzie for sharing how one captures an inspirational idea, develops it, and executes it to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in her program titled "Creating Original Quilts." Johnnie feels it is important not only to learn from experts but to share what you know as well. Her goal this year is to help our members increase their abilities as designers.
Johnnie believes that each of us is an expert quilter in one way or another. What she would love for you to do is to participate in "10 Minutes of Inspiration." Brooke and Rita agreed in future we can spend ten minutes of each meeting to share the inspiration for our original designs and the processes we go through. Why? Because no matter how long you've been quilting, you can always learn something from somebody else and knowledge not shared is wasted. Johnnie invites each of you to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org to share what you are doing and ask any questions you would like.
Johnnie was recently selected as Artist in Residence by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Her exhibit is titled "Maraki" and has over 25 pieces in it, which are also for sale. Their website has not been updated quite yet with Johnnie's bio and details of some of the pieces, but will be by Jan. 16, the official date of her opening and Opening Reception. You can see her beautiful collection of work at the Art Center located at:
Quilts Made by Men - The Men Who Quilt: A Presentation by Travis Seward.
In 2003 The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum held its first show featuring quilts made by men. Novel at the time because quilting had been considered women's work and few men were known to quilt. Since 2003, more men have emerged and are participating in the art and craft of quilting. Travis will highlight the work quilts made by men and discuss the community of male quilters today in our February meeting.
ANNUAL DUES - NEW PAYPAL OPTION:
We now have a new option to pay annual dues through our charitable account with PayPal. A "heads-up" email will go out to the membership explaining that those of you who have not yet had a chance to submit your dues will be receiving an invoice directly from PayPal as an option to pay electronically. The PayPal invoice will come directly from PayPal the day after the heads-up email. In order that you would know it is not a scam, we are sending the heads up email with a picture of what the PayPal invoice will look like. It is not mandatory to pay this way. If you are paying by check, please mail it to Treasurer Cindy Lange. Her contact details may be found in the GMQG Directory.
WANTED: CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE
We are looking for volunteers to chair and/or participate in a new subcommittee we are proposing to review procedures for adding classified ads to our blog for members to sell their quilty items and for quilt related businesses to advertise on the blog, in the Directory, and possibly on Facebook. Contact Brooke Stambersky to volunteer to participate in the Classified Ads Subcommittee. Brooke's contact information may be found in the GMQG Directory.
Should you have any books you checked out from the library, please contact Darleen Sanford to make arrangements to return them. Darleen's contact information may be found in the GMQG Directory.
BLOCK OF THE MONTH:
The Board and Committee Chairs decided to table Block of the Month for the time being until such time as we can meet in person again (hopefully soon!).
SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY
Please go to the Quilt Quark Gallery to see the beautiful quilts made for Show & Share this month.
> Jean Gardiner made a throw-sized quilt using the Zipline pattern by Bear Hug Quilt Works and hand quilted it in large stitches.
Gees Bend Retreats is going to open up registration in April 2021 for the next retreat to occur in 2022. For further information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone (see GMQG Directory) and/or go to geesbendquiltingretreats dot com and sign up to be notified. We are told it fills up fast.
Check out the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).
The Modern Quilt Guild website (themodernquiltguild dot com) has a plethora of free webinars and patterns available to all its members.
Skillshare dot com has a myriad of inexpensive classes to take.
If members come across a link or other information they would like to share, they may forward it to President Brooke Stambersky (see GMQG Directory) to be shared at the next meeting.