Minutes - 15 October 2018

Judy asked us for moments of silence for victims of Breast Cancer, Hurricane Michael, and other events of loss.  She also offered some excerpts from Michelle Scott’s Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Quilter, such as Done Is Better Than Perfect.

The Minutes for September 2018 were emailed to the membership, and were approved as published on our website. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Balance in our accounts:  General Acct, $2326; Quilt Show Acct $332; and Raffle Acct, $87. The report will be filed for audit. A Proposed Budget for 2019 was presented, and questions were called for and answered as we could.  A vote on the Budget will be taken in November.

     · Projected Income was reduced from past years as our membership level has been down the last two years.  We currently have ~85 members, rather than the 100 on which we have based our Income projection in the past.  Decision was made by the Board to project a reasonable reality, rather than inflate numbers in order to “afford” greater Expense.

     · Total projected Income is $5210.  This means that our Proposed Budget for Expenses must also be reduced.

     · Objection was made to the reduction in budget for Programs.  The Board was unhappy about this too, but with less Income and fewer members, we have no choice but to curtail our Programs from what we have been able to host this year.

     · Board members had hoped to be able to offer greater financial support for the Quilt Show, but we cannot afford to do so.  This was one of several casualties due to reduced Income.

     · Licenses for the website and our domain were recently renewed for 3 years.  Discussion by the Board considered a Facebook page in lieu of future website renewal as the cost has grown with the necessity of increased security.  Decision was made to maintain our online presence as alternatives would not allow posting of Quilt Show photos and other items.

Programs – 

     · Today – Dawna Sanders is a pantograph designer.  Her program on How to Choose the Quilting Design for your quilt will include the use of pantographs on your domestic machine.  www.DawnasDesignThreads.com

     · Nov – Margaret Arnot - program on Judging, and preparation of your quilt for competition.

     · Dec – In-House luncheon – hostesses for Dec bring desserts, everyone else bring a “covered dish”.  Raffle drawing for our Tree of Life quilt.

Committee Reports –

     · Fat Quarters – theme this month was Fall Leaves, won by Sophia and Agnes Jantz.  Fat Quarter theme for November is Christmas.

     · Membership – Renewal will begin next month.

     · Sunshine – We have 48 members and 5 guests today.  Drawing for the yard of fabric, for wearing her name tag:  Carol Briscoe.

     · Co-op Block – The winner of the September/October Blocks of Things in Bowls was Lucy.  The new block, for November/December, is a Gingerbread Man decorated however you wish.  The man or boy can be any size – but on a 12.5” block.

     · Pillowcases – one from Linda P, ten from Barbara B.

     · Love Quilts – completed kits were returned by Linda P., Pat C., Carol N., Nancy S., and Naoma.

     · In-House – Monthly in-house drawing tickets are 25 cents each or 5/$1.  Three drawings today:  a book from Kate Colleran with some fabric & thread (Evie Sheldon), a completed wall hanging of the four seasons, and two fabric panels (Cynthia Fuentes), and the Eleanor Burns book Quilt In A Day with all the fabric needed (Mary Filer).  Tickets are also available ($1 each or 6/$5) for the raffle of our Tree of Life quilt – drawing at the December meeting.  

     · Round Robin Block Party – Three finished blocks were handed in today and were returned to the originating quilter.  (See pictures with Show & Tell)

     · Quilt Show – In 2019 we will host our 10th Annual Southern Colorado Regional Quilt Show!

          o Dates will be April 4-15, 2019.

          o Featured Quilter will be Cathy Ortega.

          o Saturday, April 6 will feature Appraisals by Cindy Brick.

          o Friday, April 12 we will have a kids’ class to make muslin bunnies for Easter.  They may also decorate berry baskets – donations of ribbon will be sought at a later date.

          o Saturday, April 13 will be our Community Project.  We will make bags to supply to the Mennonite Central Committee; they fill these bags with school supplies for domestic schools as well as to send overseas.

          o A Chile Challenge will be offered ahead of the Show – information will be coming.

          o Forms to submit your quilts should be available in December.

New Business –

     · We need volunteers for a Nominating Committee.  Don’t panic!  This does not mean you are volunteering for an office – just to be part of the Committee! The current officers – President, Secretary and Treasurer – have offered to continue in their positions for one more year.  We are seeking a 1st and 2nd Vice President – these are the wonderful ladies who arrange our Programs.

     · Discussion of the Display in the Creative Arts building at the State Fair. It has been very unsatisfactory for the last two years.  Flower displays were put on the stage – lighting was missing and the flowers could not be seen.  All of the Home Arts were pushed to the side walls and into corners while the display of model trains took over the center of the room where quilts used to be.  

          o A committee was formed to write a letter.  Need to offer our help and solutions – not just criticism.  Letter to be sent to Director and to Commissioners, as well as other quilt guilds local to our area and to newspapers.

          o Committee: Linda P., Judy T., Frances M., Holly V., Bobbie P.

Announcements –

     · The 3-day “Pigment Patchwork” workshop with fiber artist Rhonda Denney held last week was very well received.  Space is still available in the November 15,16,17 class (Tues, Wed, Thurs).  Total cost for 3 days is $100.  No overnight – you attend each of 3 days (in Colorado City). Please call Carol Davis to sign up.

     · The Catholic Church in Walsenburg (St. Mary’s) will host their first Quilt & Craft Fair in their new parish hall - first Saturday in November – Nov 3rd, 9:00a-3:00p.  

     · The Royal Gorge Quilt Council will host a Quilt Show, November 3-28 (Wednesday-Friday, 10:00a-4:00p).  The Show will be held in the Fremont Center for the Arts (505 Macon Ave., Canon City). Admission to the Arts Center is $3.00.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Shaw