May 2019 Meeting Recap

submitted by Teresa A., secretary

The May 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 Barb S., Marilyn B. and Kathleen S.  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 three guests tonight with two of our guests joining giving us a membership attendance of 43.


Kona Color of the Year Mini-Quilt Challenge.

We have 42 people signed up to participate this year!  Your mini-quilt will need to be submitted at our July 19th meeting.  If you are unable to attend at that time, you are welcome to bring it to the June meeting.  The quilts will be on display at Scout’s Downtown Cafe (formerly Kelly’s Bakery) in downtown Bloomington for the month of August.  For more information, see the link on the blog and also on the guild’s Facebook page. There will be information forms for your mini-quilt available on the blog.  (Also, The Sewing Studio in Hudson now has two bolts of the Kona Color of the Year – Splash in stock if you are needing some to complete your quilt.)

Modern Round Robin

Participants made their trades with the next person in their group.  We are all looking forward to seeing everyone’s final top.

Block Lotto

Anne U. filled in for Sue K. tonight to presented the block lotto block tonight.  This month’s block uses at least two different grays (medium to light) and any bright solid finishing at 10½.

Please see the detailed instructions on the blog.

Congratulations to our Block Lotto Winner – Lori L. who contributed six blocks!


We began sign up for our October 11th – 14th retreat tonight.  The retreat will again be held at Camp Cilca..  This year there will be 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.  We had almost half the spots filled as of the meeting tonight.  There will be more information coming about the retreat such as signing up to help contribute to one of the meals during the weekend.

July Workshop – Stephanie Soebbing of Quilt Addicts Anonymous

There will be a lecture/trunk show on Friday, July 19th for our monthly meeting program.  Stephanie will be doing a workshop on Saturday, July 20th.  Sign up began tonight for members. There are 22 spots available for the workshop.  The cost to attend is $45 for members and an extra $5 if you want lunch provided.  The workshop will be open to non-members after our June meeting.  The cost for non-members will be $55 and $5 for lunch.  All workshop participants will need to purchase Stephanie’s book Simple Quilts for the Modern Home.  She is going to be teaching “Going North” from her book.  This book is available from her website or from Amazon.

Heartbeat Quilts

We have two packages needing to be pieced and two top s needing to be quilted.  If you have volunteered to help with piecing or quilting, everything must be returned to Nancy H. by the July meeting.  At this time, we are on target to complete 32 quilts!

2020 Quilt Con Charity Quilt

The theme is “Text” for the quilts.  The color palette is monochromatic – white, varying shades of gray and black.  We are looking for someone to chair this committee and get started on our next Charity Quilt.  Also, if you know of where we might be able to donate the finished quilt to, please let any of the Executive Board members know.  Also, if you interested in being a part of the committee or chairing see one of the board members.

Program Committee and Membership Committee

At our meeting last month, a description about these two committees was handed out to the members.  The Executive Board would like to fill these committees prior to the new fiscal year which begins, September 1, 2019.  If you are interested in one of these positions, please see or contact an Executive Board member.  Please also remember this is your guild and this is an opportunity to help move the guild forward.  “It takes a village!”

Additional Announcements

Viv B. is the contact person if you are interested in going on a one-day bus trip to the Madison, Wisconsin Quilt Show.  The date is September 5, 2019 and the cost are $50.00.

Illinois Valley Quilters will be hosting Catherine Redford on Friday – Saturday, June 21-22 in Ottawa, IL.  9:00 am – 3:00 pm.   She will be doing a lecture on, Language of Flowers and a workshop, Pretty in Paisley (embroidery).  If you are interested, please contact Vickie A.  The cost is $65 for non-members which includes a kit and lunch.

Thank you, Donna L, for hosting a “Stash Sale” from two quilters stash.  The proceeds from the sale was donated to our guild.

Guild Loaning Library

In case you were unaware, our guild has a library.  For $5 you can check out a book till the next guild meeting.  There are several great selections to choose from, so take a moment at the next meeting and check out the selections.  Thanks to Marge E. for filling in for Carol B. tonight.   If you any questions, please contact Carol B.


Show and Tell – Be sure to check out the pictures!

After half-time Danna shared the results of this month’s survey question.  Since the program tonight was on hand work,

our questions were:

.“Have you ever hand-quilted?”   YES:  24    NO: 14

“Would you ever consider hand quilting?”   YES:  26   NO:  10

Congratulations to Kelly C. – tonight’s Survey Door Prize Winner.










Fabric Raffle winner was Janet S.  Congratulations!


Tonight’s program was on hand work.  There were four stations of the following demonstrations:

Wool Applique – Barb B.

Sashiko – Kathy C.

Hand Embroidery – Gale I.

Creating Quilt Labels – Kathy M.

Thank you, ladies, for sharing your talents with us!



June Meeting

Our next meeting will be at the church on Tuesday, June 25th.  It will be a Salad/Dessert Potluck.

***IF your last name begins with A – H bring a salad, I – Z bring a dessert. ***

We will also be making postcards to exchange with the Boulder Colorado Modern Quilt Guild.  If you would like to participate, please bring a pieced postcard sized quilt (4” x 6”).  We will be building the rest of the postcard during the meeting.  We will be needing several sewing machines that can zigzag for the final steps.  IF you would like to volunteer to bring a machine, please let Kathy M. know. The guild will be providing the finishing materials.

Social time will be at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:00 PM, with the postcard exchange after dinner.

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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