Last night was the monthly meeting for the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. And despite the fact that winter never ends here in Montreal, and that we had just had a snowstorm the previous day, we had an amazing turnout! One member even braved her parking anxieties (and, trust me, they are justified especially after a snowfall) and showed up at the meeting with her brand new baby!
At any given time non-members are welcome to attend a meeting to find out what we are all about. Yesterday, we had about 4 visitors and by the end of the evening we had signed on 2 new members!
One member's teenage daughter attended the meeting because she was curious to know what her mom is so excited about every month. Could she be catching the bug?
Our agenda was jam-packed as usual and the meeting lasted an hour longer than scheduled, but I certainly didn't hear any complaints!
We held a secret swap where participants made a thread catcher, put it in a paper bag and placed them on a table upon arrival. anyone who brought a bag could pick from the bunch and claim it as their own.
I scored this beautiful 'bucket' made by Stacy:
Stacy and her business partner, Betsy (who is also a member of our guild), own Craft de Ville , an online shop that sells craft supplies. They also have a lovely blog, where they have helped to promote the Montreal MQG as well other members' blogs. Thanks ladies! I have had the privilege of doing business with them and I will tell you that their customer service is excellent!
At our last sew-in we began work on a guild banner and the effort has proven to be a great collaboration among members. Josee of The Charming Needle, who is also our V.P., and designer of our guild logo
made a scale model of it out of paper, and the task of reproducing it from fabric was divided among members.
Louise and Llynnda stepped up to piece the top half:
Francine pieced the bottom half:
and Josee and I tackled the letter appliques.
Each member was also asked to make a 6" X 6" block that will be incorporated into the banner.
Agnes, who blogs at as*q, has volunteered to piece the top, Josee will piece the back, and Isabelle, who blogs at Dizzy Quilts, has stepped up to quilt it. It will eventually come back to me for the binding.
There is a lot of work involved in making sure that the guild runs smoothly and that we are meeting the needs of our members. There is never a shortage of volunteers when we need them. Even something as simple as providing a snack to the meetings is greatly appreciated. We have a great team and I am privileged to be a part of it!