January Meeting Recap

Happy New Year, Quilters!

We had a lively meeting with 30 members present and 3 guests visiting!

There’s a lot of information to share so I’ll be as concise as possible.

Reports from Jeanne Lobsinger, VP of Membership and Outreach

Membership Renewal Reminder:

Yearly dues are $40.00 and there are several ways to pay, including the new “Pay Us” link to pay via PayPal. Look for the link in the menu bar at the top of the website home page. Then, remember to also go to the FWMGQ website and fill out the membership form, which will also register you with the National Modern Quilt Guild. And if you have paid your dues, we thank you!

Charity Projects:

Safe Haven of Tarrant County: Nap Mats are still needed. The size is 19” to 24” wide by 44” long and please not any longer. Our Guild’s goal this year for nap mats is 60. Their need for tote bags remains, as well, and the Guild’s goal this year for tote bags is 30.

Cooks Children’s Hospital: Due to the number of groups donating pillowcases to Cooks, they’ve met their current needs. Please bring any completed pillowcases to the next meeting and we’ll still get them delivered.

Quarterly Challenge:

Make your own quilted nametags! They can be any size, shape and color; lanyard or pin; and these are due at the March meeting!

FWMQG pins:

These pins were magically found by Jeanne and passed around to all attendees. If you didn’t get one, ask for one at the next meeting!

Financial report from Mary Beth McCormack, Guild Treasurer

We’re in the black and that’s a great thing! But, if anyone wins the lottery, we hope you’ll remember your FWMQG with generosity! Just saying….

News and Updates from Guild President Laura Wheelis

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Update:

A QuiltCon Sewcial will be held on January 20th from 8:00 to 5:00 at UNT Health Science Center Room 703 in the same building where guild meetings are held. All help is welcome and please come help with paper piecing and stitching the quilt top together so we can get it quilted and sent to Pasadena by February 9, 2018. Our member and talented longarm quilter, Donna Akins, will quilt it for us! Yay!

Sew Along for 2018:

Please consider signing up for our 2018 Sew Along. Laura has picked the Spool Block using 2.5” strips. Free tutorials are on the website for using either Aurifl spools for smaller blocks or normal spools for bigger blocks. Blocks need to be at least 5” x 5” in order to receive a ticket for the drawing at the end of the year for a prize. This is a good way to use up those scraps to remember past projects and your quilt can finish at any size.

Maker Bees:

Sign-ups are open! Pick your block and fabrics and let’s make you a quilt! Every month is a different pattern and fabrics to make a block until it’s your month to provide your pattern and your fabrics. At the next guild meeting, you’ll receive your sewn blocks ready to piece together for yourself a quilt! I mean, what could be better than this!

Sewcial Dates for 2018:  Remember to bring extension cords and powerstrips.

  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt Sew Day, Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:00 to 5:00, UNT Rm 703
  • The “NOT GOING TO QUILTCON” Sewcial, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 to 5:00, UNT Rm 291
  • Finish That Quilt (or Mini) for QuiltFest Sewcial, April 28, 2018, 10:00 to 5:00, UNT Rm 291


We would like to create specific committees for events such as the NTQF to coordinate volunteers who work the booth, etc. Will bring a list of events to the February Meeting.

Board Update: We held elections in December 2017 and all the positions were filled. Unfortunately, Trish Fowlkes, who was elected for VP of Communications was not able to take on the position for family reasons. In our guild, family is always first and we know Trish will still come to the meetings, but her father’s Alzheimer has gotten worse and her care giving has become full time. During the January meeting Laura opened it up to the group for any volunteers to fill the position. Kelly Rogers, who just last year was in the same boat as Trish and was the primary care giver for her sick husband, was ready to jump back into the guild and took on the Communications position. We thank Kelly for stepping up and helping keep the guild informed with newsletters, web site updates, Instagram posts, Facebook posts and events and taking guild photos to be posted for the members to see.



NTQF is the weekend of June 1-3. The entry form for entering quilts is live on the website today with registration costs at $25 per quilt. Changes to categorization have been made and there are 2 modern categories. Please read ALL instructions before entering your quilt. Entries are due by March 5th and the quilt does not have to be completed. It can be pieced and on your design board, the most important information NTQF needs to know is the size.

MONOCHROMATIC QUILT CHALLENGE! Monochromatic means different values of the same color in a quilt. Quilt sizes include small (but no smaller than 24”x24”), medium, and large (no larger than 96”x96”). Three (3) entries per person, which includes the monochromatic challenge quilt. Your quilt entries can be ones that have been entered in another show within the last five years, from 2013-2018. If you are a member of more than one guild, you must list all guilds on the form.

QUILT SLEEVE DEMO: Quilt sleeves are better when made NOT to be flat. They hang better when made into a “D” shape and recommended to be at least 4” long cut to 9.5” wide. Please refer to your quilt show rules before assembling the sleeve for your quilt. Jenn and Rhonda passed out a page of instructions. If you need a copy, contact Kelly Rogers.

LABELS: For the NTQF, there will be a “label flap” made to go over the label on the back of your quilt. The bag you are asked to put your quilt in can be a pillowcase and there must be a label on the pillowcase as well. It is not recommended that you use paper to label your bag/pillowcase. You can either write your info directly on the bag/pillowcase or put another label on it.

QUILT SHOW DROP OFFS:  The show quilt “drop off” dates and locations will be announced with a weekend drop off for members who work during the week or otherwise cannot get to the show so they can still enter their quilts.

DESIGNER CREDIT:  It is very important to please remember to give pattern credit to the designer (if not your own pattern). There will be a separate email address to email your questions and Rhonda or Jenn will get back to you with answers.

MINI QUILT AUCTION:  There will be another mini quilt auction to raise money for the guild. All proceeds will go to the guilds charity of choice. There is no entry fee, but you must fill out a form to be entered. Maximum size of mini is 24”x24”.

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Door Prize Drawings

  • Mary Dixon won a fat quarter bundle
  • Nancy Houston won a quilters yearbook
  • Chris Atwell won a pattern donated by Sew Fabricated
  • Jan Davis, one of our visitor, won a charm pack.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 15th!  See you there!


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