Here's just some of what you can expect in 2015:
January - We installed our new officers, celebrated our 5th anniversary, completed our first mini swap, selected the winner of the Road to Madrona quilt, got to see the travelling quilts, took a peak at the Habitat for Humanity quilt, and received the president's challenge. There will be a "Texty Trapunto" workshop from Jen Eskridge this month too. And the Journey to Inspired Art Quilting will be making modern trees at their bee.
February - Shannon Brinkley will be at the guild to talk about her modern applique technique. She'll be doing two workshops as well (Friday and Saturday of meeting week). Shannon Brinkley has come up with a fun way to turn all those small scraps you've collected into one-of-a-kind quilts using her simple collage technique and raw-edge appliqué. She's best known for her book Scrappy Bits Applique which includes 8 projects with find detailed sizing charts, photos and illustrations of the techniques she uses. The Friday workshop will be an animal applique class called Menagerie and the Saturday workshop will be the world map class called Around the World. You can see examples on her website (www.thebottletree.net). We will also begin taking registrations for the April retreat. And many of us will be going to QUILTCON. And the Journey to Inspired Art Quilting Bee will be learning about Sashiko/Japanese quilting
March - This meeting will be a QUILTCON de-brief. We'll all share with each other what we saw and learned and talk about how those quilts inspired us. Hopefully we'll get a chance to see those quilts made by our fellow members that did and didn't make it to the show. And the Journey to Inspired Art Quilting Bee will be focused on fabric painting with inktense pens.
April - Allison will be providing a presentation at the meeting called "Show us your solids." The guild retreat will be this month from Friday at noon on April 18 through Sunday at 3 p.m. on April 20. Some might use this to work on their president's challenge quilt. And the Journey to Inspired Art Quilting Bee will be working on embellishing designs printed on fabric.
May - The annual Modern Mercado will be held in May once again. Guild members will be able to rent tables for $10 each and set up a cross between a flea market and farmer's market to sell extra fabric, notions, patterns, books and magazine. Consider this a great recycling time. Recycle what you're done with and get a little cash to put back into the economy and buy new supplies and inspiration to get creative with this year. And the Journey to Inspired Art Quilting Bee will be learning Hawaiian quilt techniques.
June - Round Robin demo days will be held at this meeting. Come and learn from fellow guild members all their secrets to great free motion quilting. We have some experts in the guild and you'll be able to rotate through at least four demonstrations and pick their brains to improve your skills.
Well, that's the first half of the year and hopefully enough to help see what a great deal you're getting by being a member of this guild, though recognize things are always subject to change. And there will most likely be Scrappy Bee get togethers and other workshops not yet finalized. But in case you are still questioning the increase in dues, we'll also be having Anna Maria Horner and possibly Latifah Saafir visiting the guild and sharing their knowledge during the second half of 2015.
In September we'll be taking nominations for officers for 2016 and that's the month our president's challenge quilts are due. In October we'll be voting on those new officers and approving the budget for 2016. And of course December will be our annual Christmas party. And I'm sure there will be lots of great workshops, charity sew ins, bee sew togethers and imagination will flow freely. Hope you'll join us for the whole year.