Monday, January 29, 2018

January Meeting Notes

Willow River Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – Jan. 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Eileen Van Dyk.  The previous meeting minutes were read and approved.  The treasurer report was not available due to illness.
There was much discussion about the programs being planned for the year.  There will be a program book to follow.  A sneak peek to what is to come if as follows:
February - demos by Barb and Eileen about different scrap quilt techniques. 
March - demo about different thread techniques by Kelly S.
April - truck show by Deb from Bolts of Fun – potluck with 6 pm start time
May - truck show about paper piecing by Mary Hertel – potluck again and the meeting will be the 3rd Thursday of the month instead of the 2nd Thursday due to coordination of Mary’s events
June – Bus trip to Lindstrom, MN – barn quilts and store fronts with lunch
More to follow………..
Discussion of the shipping of quilts s to Puerto Rico.  Due to extreme costs of the shipping the quilts , they were not shipped yet.  This lead to the fact that 3 quilts were given out by Betty S. to the fire victims of a fire in New Richmond where there was a lost of a young boy.  2 more quilts were going to be given out the next day after the meeting as well for the other family that was affected by this same fire.  Due to the number of the quilts given out and the cost of shipping quilts to Puerto Rico, the previous motion was rescinded by Linda J. and there will be more research done by Ericka, Linda A, and Linda J.  A decision will be made next month.
Other caring quilt discussion was the need for bigger quilts to be made, maybe 85x 90 or so.  And a work day will hopefully be set up for a day in March to work on caring quilts.  The need is there and we need lots of participants to make it happen. 
Retreat committee – reported by Hope D. – retreat in Jan had a movie theme with a make and take.  Sounds like it was a great retreat.  Some changes were discussed about upcoming retreats and the changes that have been made between our guild and their facility.  We now will only have the upper room available to us which holds 18 people.  So, we will now have a limit of 18 people but will be able to go Thursday through Sunday again.  But they were able to add the availability of a Mon – Thurs just prior to our scheduled weekend of 18 limit.  The overall cost has increased and will require a 1st and 2nd deposit earlier in the year as well.  Cost will be Thurs – Sun with 7 meals $165.50 and the Mon – Thurs. – 3 nights with 6 meals is $159.00.  There will be some flexibility with the dates during the week day retreat as well.  Tues – Thurs, etc.  With the limit of 18 it was decided that the people who went this last year to retreat would have the first chance to go to retreat.  If they are not able to go, they can give up their spot and we will have a list of others from the guild that want to attend if a spot opens up.  Hopefully this will work out ok with the new availability of attending the retreat during the week as well. 
Farm Girl Quilt projects – Pam’s group had Linda A, Sue P., JoDee and Patsy with completed blocks.  Sue Powers won the drawing prize.  Bridget was not available for her group and drawing.  She will do another month. 
Red Wing Quilt Show – We are going as a group if you are interested to go to the show.  The show is 9-4 both Sat. and Sunday Feb 3-4th, 2018.  We will be meeting at the parking lot of St. Croix County Health and Human Services across from Walmart in New Richmond on Sat. Feb 3rd, leaving at 7:45.  Will stop at the Roberts Park and ride, leaving at 8:00.   We can stop in River Falls like we did last year, if there is any interest, also.  Please let us know.  We will see the Show and have lunch at Liberty’s like last year as well.  It has been a very nice event in the past.  We will just meet and see who wishes to drive and ride together. 
Show and Tell started with the items from Retreat and others to follow.  Nice work everyone!!
The meeting was adjourned after a motion by Linda J. and seconded by Linda A. 
Next month’s meeting will be held Feb 8th, 2018 at 6:30 at the St. Luke’s Church.  Hope to see you there!

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