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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Minutes August 28, 2014

Minutes for August 28 Meeting

The August meeting was called to order by President Janet Locke.
(PMQG forwarded a story concerning air ambulance services.  Some members were not able to open the article.)  Carol was able to invite Jimmy Morse, who is the Membership Sales Manager for AirMedCareNetwork.  He is located in Chattanooga, TN.  Jimmy gave us a very informative talk concerning using air ambulance services.  If it is necessary to use a Life Force helicopter, the cost will be approximately $15K; of this, most insurances will only pay part of the cost.  Schedule F may pay part also.  The premium for using the AirMedCareNetwork is $65, which covers everyone under one roof.  Web site is  Janet has several blank applications, which will be available at the September meeting.
At approximately 6:38 we began the regular meeting.  Janet welcomed the members and two guests.  Nedra brought her neighbor, Willie Magrath; and Martha Neher (MMQG) came with Betty and Bunnie.  Twenty-five members were in attendance.  Risë has had her knee surgery and is recuperating.  Mary Jane has not had hers yet and was in attendance.      She says she is feeling better.
The only August birthday was Marsha Gats on the 4th.  She is leaving for Chicago in mid-September.  She is busy getting ready to have a garage sale on September 5 and 6.
Janet thanked those who brought Mac and Cheese and baby food.  She reports that the workers at the Pantry were extremely appreciative of the food donations that we have been delivering each month.  
Members moved and seconded to approve the electronic minutes for the July meeting as written.
The following committees had reports to share.
Karen reported that the treasury stands at $2,843.58.
Diane S. reported that there is no real news yet for Retreat 2015.  It will be held June 16 -19.  Sign-ups will be September-October.
Linda K. reported that 17 quilts were delivered; 13 kits are signed out.  There are kits available for members to complete.  Janet reported that the church is rearranging the storage area, and we will not be allowed to store our material and refreshment totes in there.  For the time being Janet has the material at her house.  Kits are also available for walker bags.  Poll was taken to see if members wanted to have sew-ins or to sign out kits.  After discussion of pros and cons, general consensus was to have kits made available for members to check out.  After all kits are completed that we have now, it will be necessary to assemble more (probably next year). 
Refreshments will still need to be provided for September and October.  No storage means that members will have to bring the tote to meeting and pass on to the next month’s refreshment workers.  
All items in the storage area that have to do with quilting and sewing will now have a home with Diane S.  This includes irons, ironing boards, mats, and box of donated items.  She will store them and then bring them to the Retreat in June.
Remaining fabric swap forms were distributed.  Plan is to exchange at the September meeting.  This will allow ample time to shop before the Christmas dinner.
Carol H. reports that the committee, which also consists of Linda D. and Diane B. has met and has a slate of officers for 2015.
Carol also reports that she and Janet have a quilt for sale on behalf of the guild at Design Refind.  The price is $300, and the split is 60-40.
Remember that the challenge quilt is due at the September meeting.  
Michelle’s quilt will be given to her before she leaves.  Linda D. designed a quilt utilizing her “stash” of purples and oranges.  To make it an appropriate size, it was decided to add borders.  Butterfly fabric in lavenders will be utilized for the backing.  Glenda will be responsible for completing the quilting.
Time was given to partake in the refreshments of the evening.
Diane B. distributed fabric circles and needles and thread to all participants.  End result was to change a circle into a hexagon by folding it appropriately.  Some followed instructions better than others.  Luckily, she also had written instructions, as well as her verbal ones.  Diane B. explained that a Ball jar lid will make a hexagon approximately half of the diameter of the lid.  She also reported that the price for a nonmember to take a class at the AQS Quilt Show to learn the same procedure is $111.  She also showed several different uses of the hexagons, wall hangings, table runners, etc.  You can make a hexagon out of any size circle, from very small to very large.  She recommends New English Paper Piecing by Sue Daley, if you wish to learn more.  
Several members had completed items for Show and Tell.  Make sure you check out the pictures that match up with the written descriptions on our blog.
Carol H. completed Wedding Ring with colors of US and Venezuela flags for her son and fiancée.  Russ did the quilting.
Karen completed a QoV for Tom’s uncle.  Pattern was Keys of Freedom from Fons & Porter.
Leslie completed a kit from 2000.
Diane H. completed a twisted bargello that didn’t twist for her sister-in-law.  She also completed a green and orange layer cake design that was cut with mirror images for the blocks.  Her husband said this one can’t leave the house; it has to stay with them.  Sherbet colors were made into a disappearing hour glass pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
  1. Glenda reported, that the Domino pizza card is available again to help raise money for the school.  Cub/Boy Scouts are also selling popcorn to raise money. 
  2. Cheryl Damon reported that brown dyed fabrics used during the Civil War period are now disintegrating in quilts because iron filings were used to make the color.  She learned this at the Textile Museum in Carrollton.
  3. Diane S. reports that storing and towing fees are added to the physical damage to vehicles.  Plus towing costs are different.  She speaks from personal experience.
  4. Diane B. reports that the Dunkin Donuts in Ellijay has iced coffee for  $1.06 from 3 – 6 pm.
  5. Diane H. reports that a relative needs a quilt for someone else so it can be used for a fundraiser.  Thought Diane might have a spare one that she didn’t need.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanna Marren
PMQG Secretary



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