It was great to finally meet again after taking most of December off. I'd missed seeing all of my BMQG friends! We started the meeting off by electing new officers for 2012. They are:
Lynn Douglass - President
Christy Hall - Vice-President
Laura Haywood - Secretary
We still need a Program Chairperson and a Treasurer. I'm very excited about all of the fun things the three of us are already planning for the new year!
Our meeting program consisted of sharing our goal boards and talking about the things we'd like to learn and accomplish in 2012. It was fun to see all the different ways that members created their collages. Now, we can cheer each other on and encourage one another to not only start new projects, but to finish some of those UFO's!
Our tutorial was on making Dresden Plate blocks. When poking around the internet and looking for a clear tutorial, I was thrilled to find out that I could make the blocks from charm packs! I have lots of those, and they've been sitting in a basket for way too long! With each 5" square, you can cut two blades. Each block consists of 20 blades. Therefore, you can make four blocks from one 40 pc. charm pack! I'm totally stoked! You can find the tutorial on the Bunny Hill website. You can also watch the YouTube tutorial . I cut my blades at 4.5", and the block finished at 11.5"! Woohoo! For more inspiration, check out the dresden plate Flickr group.
Suzanne, at Strawberry Patches, has ordered the easy Dresden ruler. Call the store to reserve one.
Nicci came up with a great challenge for the group! Each of us drew a little card out of a bag. On that card, was a picture and name for a traditional quilt block. The challenge is to take that block and make it modern. Blocks are to be 12" square. We'll reveal our blocks at next month's meeting on February 18th. If you weren't able to attend the January meeting and you'd like to participate in the challenge, contact Nicci at Nino9969@gmail.com.
Don't forget that this coming Saturday, January 28th, our sew-in will be at Bolts to Binding. You can show up with any project you want to work on, anytime between 10:00 and 4:00. This is where we get the opportunity to relax and get to know each other a bit better. The store has a frig and microwave, and there are food places nearby, if you want to pop out for lunch.
The Cotton Patch Quilt Guild show is also this weekend, and some of us are planning to check it out on Sunday. They will have 205 quilts on display, 20 vendors, demos going on, and a vintage sewing machine display. BMQG members, Lynn, Bob, Pam, and Patty, have quilts entered into this show. The show is held at the Kern County Fairgrounds, and the entry fee is $5.00.
I hope you are all enjoying some quilty fun on this cold and rainy day. If you are working, then don't forget to take a little time for your quilting soul. It's a good thing!
Until next we meet,