10th Anniversary Meeting Recap

Submitted by Paula M., Secretary

Prior to the August BNMQG meeting, we had a sew day – 16 members were on hand to sew on Community Outreach projects (Heartbeat quilts and 10th Anniversary Improv blocks or quilt tops) or their own projects.

During sew day, Kathy C. held two hands-on mini workshops for hand quilting. Kathy has offered to do one more session – she is checking her calendar. As soon as she has a date and time for the next session, we will have a Sign Up Genius available.

The meeting: Membership dues were being paid as members entered, as well as advertising renewals. Membership forms are available in the Member’s area or you can pay via PayPal using the button on the right of this page. Membership runs from September through August.

The August meeting was called to order by president, Lisa B. at 5:00 P.M. The meeting was held at the Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom. Because of our 10th anniversary celebration, we started off the evening with a potluck supper. After that we started the meeting.  There were 52 members present, 6 from Zoom and 2 guests.

Pat S.’s husband volunteered to take group photos of the BNMQG members that were in attendance. We did regular and silly poses – what a great group of people! Unfortunately, the balloons in the background kept spinning – they spelled out “BNMQG 10”.

The BNMQG members sure know their way around a kitchen too! We had so much food! We also had a cake in celebration of our 10th year anniversary. Thanks to everyone for bringing a dish to share!

There was a thank-you presentation to out-going officers Nancy P., Vice President, and Paula M., Secretary.  Each were presented with Thank You posters signed by members, as well as a stained glass panel that was done in the guild’s colors.

Please thank both of them for all of their time and effort to make this such a fun, welcoming quilt guild!

The voting was completed for the new slate of officers:

  • President: Lisa Baermann
  • Vice President: Pat Silva
  • Treasurer: Anita Tullier
  • Secretary: Barb Stevens

The slate was approved by a unanimous vote. Please welcome our new BNMQG Board members!

Please think about how you can volunteer for the guild – it does take a village! It can be signing up to bring treats, getting a group of friends together to be our photographers at events or many other ways.

Betty W., one of the founders of BNMQG and current Executive Director, had a presentation on the 10 years of BNMQG’s existence.  The first meeting was held Aug. 27, 2012 with 28 people present.  It was held in the Bloomington Public Library.  At that time, 2 meetings were held each month – one during the day and an evening meeting. In the beginning, all meeting content was done by members of the BNMQG Board. In 2013, the guild started meeting in the present location of the Christ Lutheran Church.  Zoom was introduced in 2020 due to Covid-19 and continues to connect us with our out of town (and state) members.

The members with 10 years of continuous membership received a 10 year member pin as well as a BNMQG pin. As a guild member gets to her/his 10 year membership, she/he will receive a 10-year pin. Please congratulate our members who have been with us since the very first year. Our 10 year members are:

Becky BolinePam Laws
Kathy CookDonna Lee
Kris GahmCarrie O’Rourke
Marge EhlersLaurel Wolber
Stormy Dawn HeltonBetty Woodruff
Kathy C., Pam L., Becky B., Marge E., Kris G., Stormy H., Betty W., Donna L. missing in the photo – Laurel W.

As a surprise to all members, they received a BNMQG pin. Members that were not at the August meeting can pick their pin up at a future meeting. If you are not able to attend a future meeting, please contact a board member and we will make arrangements to get it to you. New members will receive their pin as they become a member. If you happen to lose your pin, replacement pins will be available for a fee.

There was a surprise showing of BNMQG “tattoos” which was led by Karen G.

Survey prize drawing went to Dee M.

The Fabric raffle was won by Sheila R.

A retreat update was given by Paula M., retreat coordinator.   Food choices were announced by Stormy H. Our BNMQG retreat is happening September 9th – 12th. If you are interested, please sign up on the waitlist on SignUpGenius. We have used all of our current waitlist and we have one opening.

Community Outreach Chairperson (and new Vice President), Pat S., conveyed there were 16 10th anniversary quilt tops that have been finished and 7 were turned in today.  At present there are 420 10th anniversary log cabin blocks that have been completed.  They will be delivered to the Cancer Center by the end of December.  Heart beat quilts are almost all done.  They will be delivered to Carle/Bromenn soon.  The winner of the 10th anniversary log cabin special drawing was Vicky M.  She won a bag full of quilt goodies.

Quilt Con Community Outreach Challenge Quilt is completed and Betty W. will quilt it for the guild.

Nancy P. reported on the Modern Mystery Challenge that she is leading.  There is 80% completion.  Roberta D. won the drawing and will receive a book.  The next Zoom for the challenge instructions for September’s blocks will be Sept. 5. 

Upcoming events:

  •  Erin Grogan will be with us in September with a lecture and workshop.
  •  David Owen Hastings will be with us in November for a lecture and a workshop on December 3rd
  • Carolina Oneto has a lecture and a workshop scheduled in January.
    • Lectures are free for members, but guest tickets are available here.
    • Workshops are available for a fee – the tickets are also now available to non-members here – if you are a member please choose the member ticket option.
  • Quilt Con 2023 is February in Atlanta. All MQG members who register for QuiltCon by November 30, 2022 and select the four-day show pass will receive the pass for free! NOTE: If an MQG member does NOT register for QuiltCon by November 30, 2022, they cannot receive the show pass for free and will have to pay full prices.
  • Quilt submissions for QuiltCon are now open until October 31, 2022.

We had show and tell and then the meeting was adjourned.

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