April 2019 Meeting Recap

submitted by Teresa A., Secretary

 The April meeting of the Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guild was led by our co-president, Kathy M. and was called to order at 6:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal.

Treats were provided by Julie D. and Teresa A.  Thank you for the delicious treats!  Our new social time arrangement is for members to bring their own drink, minimizing the need for beverages and plastic cups to be provided by monthly snack providers.

We welcomed 1 new member for a total of 39 members in attendance and three guests.


Kona Color of the Year Mini-Quilt Challenge.  There is a $1 charge at sign up
to participate. For more information, see the link on the blog and also on the
guild’s Facebook page.  The mini-quilts will be due in July and will be on
display at Kelly’s Bakery in downtown Bloomington for the month of August.

Modern Round Robin

Cathie H. updated those participating and they met during half time to trade with the next person in their group.

Block Lotto

Sue K. presented the block lotto block tonight.  This block is using low volume white and red fabrics.  It is made from half-squared triangles.  Sue shared a handout on using the “Magic 8” method for making multiple half-squared triangles.  Please see the detailed instructions here.

We received 39 blocks to be donated to the Alabama storm victims.   Since we received so many blocks, Kathy C. will piece a top to send to the Alabama quilt guild.

We did not have a Block Lotto winner this month.


Our retreat will be October 11 – 14th at Camp Cilca again.  This year we will be collecting a $25.00 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot with the final payment due by the August meeting.  This is an option if you prefer not to pay the full amount at sign up time.  There are 27 spots available with 3 people per room.  Sign up will begin in May.

July Workshop

We are working to finalize the plans with Stephanie Soebbing.  The plan as of now is to have a lecture/trunk show on Friday, July 19th as our regular July meeting and have a workshop on Saturday, July 20th.  Stay tune for more details.

Sandy S. shared about GEMS is planning a workshop with Bonnie Langenfeld on May 2nd 9:00 – 3:00.  For more information on attending, please email Sandy S.

Viv B. shared information regarding a day bus trip a quilt show in Madison, WI on September 5, 2019.  The cost is $50.00.  If interested please email Viv.

Congratulations to Leslie S.!  She won the Paintbrush Studios Block Challenge!  Leslie won 25 yards of fabric.

Show and Tell

Be sure to check out the pictures!

The Survey question this month was about donating quilts to charity.

“Do you donate quilts to charity?”   YES:  31    NO: 3

“How many baby quilts have you donated?”

0 – 10 = 30

11 – 20 = 2

21 + = 1

Congratulations to Marilyn B. – our winner of the Survey Door Prize.

Fabric Raffle winner was Lori L.  Congratulations!







This month we had the drawing for the Design Wall. 
For the past three meetings members have had the opportunity
to purchase a chance to win a portable design wall.

The winner is Julie D!  Congratulations Julie!


Heartbeat Quilts

Tonight, was our Heartbeat Quilt Design Night.  Kathy M. one of the co-chairs of the Heartbeat Quilts shared how much the hospital is in need of the quilts.  After the designing, members were able to take home the blocks to make the top, or take kits home to complete the entire quilt.  IF you were one of the volunteers taking home blocks to make a top, please have it returned at our May meeting.  IF you volunteered to take a kit home and plan to do complete it except for the binding, please have everything back by the June meeting.  IF you volunteered to do everything, you will need to have your completed quilt returned by the July meeting.

Our next meeting will be at the church on Tuesday, May 28th.  Social time will be at 5:30 pm. and the meeting at 6:00 pm.

The meeting adjourned after the program


There is a new password to the guild blog.  There was an email sent to all guild members with the new password.  IF you did not receive an email, please contact one of the executive board members.  Under the Members section there is the 2017/18 final expenses and the 2018/19 budget information.

On the general website, a downloadable reimbursement form is available for completing and turning in (attach receipts to the back of the form) to Nancy P., our treasurer.

Also, the church will be having a craft sale in November, be thinking of things you might be able to make to donate to their craft sale.

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