Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September Notes


The meeting was held on Sept 13, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by President Eileen Van Dyk.  The secretary report was read.  Cindy Peer moved to accept the meeting minutes from August.  Seconded by Mary Lou Curtis.  Approved.   The treasurer report was given by Bridget.  Patsy moved to accept the treasurer report.  Lynn Rude seconded it.  Approved.  Bridget stated she will be sending out a spreadsheet with further breakdown of the budget later this month. 

Charm packs were on the table at the meeting.  They were free for the taking as long as you bring back to the next meeting something pieced together from the charm pack.  You may add any additional fabric to the charm pack that you wish.   It will be fun to see what returns next month. 

Committee Reports
Quilt Show – Patsy stated we need to people to sign up for working the show and to help set up the show starting on Friday at 12:30 at WITC.  Betty’s sons will be delivering the quilt racks to us at WITC at that time.  Please bring hammers, pliers, step ladders, and vice grips to help with setting up the racks.  The food court will be open on Sat. only from 8-2.  We also need quilting props to decorate at the quilt show.  Please bring them on Friday as well.   Barb will be collecting and displaying the Paint Chip Challenge.  The class on Saturday at the show had 12 people signed up so far.  Eileen encouraged everyone at the meeting to sign up for the class as she felt they would really enjoy it.  The Raffle baskets proceeds will be divided between THUG (Totally Humble Under God – for homeless teens in St. Croix Cty) and the guild voted on the other charity to be the Back-Pack Program.  The was moved by Cindy Peer and seconded by Barb Rogers.  Betty Schmit brought up the fact of our quilt racks for the show are heavy and are aging.  She volunteered to look into lighter racks for the future.  She will report back with more information later. 

Caring Quilts – Linda Andert picked up a bunch of caring quilts that were quilted by Jean at Topstitchery.  They need to be bound yet.  Some of them were taken home by members to complete the binding.  The caring quilts are not housed at JoDee Johnston’s house in case you need to pick any up for delivery. 

Retreat – There is still openings for both the weekend and weekday retreat dates.  The 2nd half of the fee for the retreat is due at the October meeting. 

Old Business – none
New Business – next month’s quilt guild meeting will be election of Officers for the upcoming year.  There was discussion about the upcoming opening of officers.  The following officer positions are open:
Treasurer – Bridget may consider doing it again next year – Cheri Schmitt may assist
Vice President – programs – Hope is willing to do it another year
President-Elect – Tracy Vail is willing
Secretary – Sue Powers is willing
Thank you for all that are stepping up to volunteer for these positions.  It is very much appreciated. 

Eileen asked us to be thinking about volunteering to do a demo to share with the guild and what month you would be willing to do it.  Patsy moved to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Lynn Rude.
Show and Tell was enjoyed by everyone.  Thank you to the hostesses Cindy Peer, Judy Brust, and Mindy Newman. 

Next month – Election of officers – discussion topic of Year End Evaluation – Program with Pre-cuts and Show and Tell made from pre-cuts – Hostess is Cheri Schmitt – if anyone is available to assist Cheri with being a hostess, please reach out to her – please note there is a quilting retreat that falls on the same evening as the Oct guild meeting.  In fact, I will be at that retreat, so if someone could please take the minutes for me, I would appreciate it.  My personal email is:  jodeejohnston1978@gmail.com  hopefully this will making it more convenient to get the information to me.  Thank you. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August Notes


The meeting was called to order by President Eileen Van Dyk.  Linda Justmann moved to accept the Secretary’s report as written and seconded by Patsy Larson.  The Treasurer’s report was read.  Linda Justmann moved to access the Treasurer Report, Lynn Rude seconded the motion.  A couple of thank you cards were read to the group for caring quilts given out this last month. 2 quilts were tied before the meeting this evening and another 1 was tied after the meeting.  Thank you to all the ladies who helped make this happen.
Committee Reports:
               
Retreat – half down payment required tonight for the January retreat in Frederic.  Jan 10-13, 2019.  There are multiple options for the retreat this year.  The weekend dates and also weekday dates with the option to add more dates to the weekend if you choose.  There is a large print out for the details of breakdown of the cost for each option.  The remaining balance will be due in October. 

Sunshine – Barb Rogers and Betty Schmit purchased a gift for an upcoming event in Sept.  A card was passed around for everyone’s signature.

Quilt Show – Many flyers and book marks were handed out personally by a few members.  Thank you to all who helped with this much needed advertising of the show.  Signup sheets were available to sign up for all the volunteering that is needed.  This will help the quilt show committee to figure out where we are at.  There will be a raffle of for the show.   baskets for a community charity.  Another sign up for the baskets was available as well.  Please include an itemized list of the items in your basket if possible.   WITC will be available at 1 pm for set up on Friday, Sept. 21st.  The class being offered at the show has a time change to 2 – 4 pm.  There are flyers for this and a signup sheet that is required ahead of time.  There is $10.00 fee for the class for the take home project to be done in the class.  The deadline for the class sign up is Sept 14th, due to having the kits available.  There will be a $5.00 fee for people to attend the class without doing the kits.  Signs will need to be made for this as well. 

Please be thinking of volunteering at one of our upcoming guild meeting with something you would like to demonstrate to the group.  It can be a big project or just a simple trick for everyone to learn from.  Thank you for your consideration.
Show and Tell was enjoyed by all.  Such talent we have in our group!

Thank you to Tracy for helping me with hostessing at the meeting. 

Next month’s meeting will be Sept 13th, 2018.  The meeting at 6:30 and tying quilts before the meeting starting at 4 pm if you are available.  Some of the members suggested we tie again next month before the meeting.  Thank you for that. 
September hostesses are Cindy Peer, Mindy Newman, and Judy Brust

JoDee Johnston
Willow River Piecemaker’s Secretary

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Notes

Due to storming weather we had a few changes in the program for the evening.  Barb Rogers stepped up and did a program on Celtic applique as Nancy Maki was not able to attend.  Barb did a really nice job on short notice.  
The County Fair is this week with quilt judging at 9 am on Thursday, July 19, 2018.  This is open to the public for viewing the judging and learning what is involved in the judging.  It goes until approximately noon or after.  
Committee Reports:
Quilt Show – Patsy updated us with what is happening with the quilt show.  Sign up sheets were provided to sign up for when you are able to help with the quilt show.  There are many different ways to be able to assist the show committee.  Please try to help where you can.  

Retreat – sign-up sheets were provided tonight – There are multiple information sheet to sign up on depending when you plan to attend.  There are multiple options this year.  Please see the handouts from Barb or Hope.  If you are planning on attending, please note there is a partial payment that is due at the August meeting.  If you need more details please reach out to Barb or Hope.  
Baldwin Quilt Guild wanted me to share -  The Baldwin guild is taking a bus to St. Cloud on Aug. 21, 2018.  The cost is $30.00.  The will be going to Grubers, Mille P’s, and Noble Quilts.  If you would be interested the contact person is Judy Ziegler at 715-684-3968.  

Show and Tell was great as always!!

Hostesses next month are Tracy V. and JoDee J.

JoDee Johnston
Willow River Piecemakers Quilt Guild Secretary


Next month’s meeting will be August 9th, 2018.  We will be tying a quilt before the meeting starting at 4 pm.  Please try to come early and help if you are able.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

May Notes

Our May meeting was potluck with a guest speaker and trunk show by Mary Hertel.  She was a great speaker and a great trunk show was given with the chance to purchase as well.  She was also going to Jean Potter’s shop the following day for a workshop.  You are able to Google her under Made By Marney.  We did have a short meeting following.  

Committee Reports below:
Quilt Show – Patsy had flyers and book marks to hand out along with the raffle tickets as well.  Please try to sell tickets for the show early and if you need more Patsy and Linda Andert will have them.  We will be looking for more volunteers to help with different items as the quilt show gets closer.  Please be thinking about how you can help.  

Quilt Retreat – Jan 10-13th 2019 3 nights for $165.00 – checks made out the guild this year – First half of the fee due at Aug meeting and the last half due at Oct meeting – there is room for 18 people for the Thur- Sunday timeframe – however there will be availability for Mon-Thursday as well with 2 meals during the weekdays – Mon-Thur with 6 meals for $159.00

June Bus Trip – June 23rd, 2018 – taking a smaller bus – bus leaving the New Richmond Government Center parking lot near Aldi’s at 8 am – Will be road tripping to see barn quilts near the Lindstrom Chisago City area with lunch at 11:00 at the Wagon Wheel – stop at Pin & Needles quilt shop in St Croix Falls – 4:00 pm return – there was still more room available if you want to bring any friends – if you are bringing anyone extra please call Hope at 612-201-2786 so she can coordinate with the restaurant, etc.  
Please note there will NOT be a normal June meeting this month and the bus trip will be our June activity.  

Reminder - entries for the St. Croix County Fair are due May 31st to Cindy Van Dyk

We had show & tell with both Farm Girl Vintage blocks and other quilted items.  
I am including the Quilt Show Registration. Hopefully you can make copies for yourself.  You will need 1 form for each quilt you enter into the quilt show in Sept.   And I would appreciate the quilt forms as soon as possible so I can start typing up the slips for the show.  
I also have included an excel spreadsheet with a list of the current members.  Please review the spreadsheet and let me know if there are any additions or corrections that need to be made before I make copies or publish it.  

Thank you,
JoDee Johnston
Willow River Piecemakers Secretary

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Meeting Notes


Our guild meeting was held April 12, 2018.  We enjoyed a potluck and a trunk show put on by Bolts of Fun of Thorp, WI.  A panel strips project and collage quilts with layers of fussy cut fabrics were shown along with some fabric shopping. 
The meeting was called to order by President Eileen Van Dyk.  Secretary’s report was approved by Linda A.  Treasurer Bridget gave her report and was also approved.
Show and tell was enjoyed by everyone.
Committee Reports:
Farm Girl Vintage – Blocks were shown, drawings for prizes were drawn – March – Patsy won -  April – Chaz Cypher won
Sunshine Committee – Sue Powers and Linda A. on the committee – Please be mindful if you hear of someone from the quilt guild that needs to be acknowledged and let them know.  There are some guidelines that have been established for sympathy cards and other events to be acknowledged. 
Quilt Show – Patsy reported that the committee had met earlier this evening.  The raffle tickets will hopefully be available in May.  Please be thinking of where you may choose to volunteer for helping with quilt show. 
Upcoming Events:
Jean Potter’s class – May 18th 10-4 – Mary Hertel – Paper Piece class with Christmas theme
Bus Trip – June 23rd – Barn Quilts in the Lindstrom, Center City area – Bridget’s Mom or Sister will be driving a bus for us – Meet at the St. Croix Cty Parking lot across from Aldi’s in New Richmond at 8 am – lunch and possible shopping – Arrive back to New Richmond approximately 4 pm – Need to confirm the number of people going in May
St. Croix County Fair Entries – due May 31, 2018
Note Meeting date and time change:
Note next Month’s meeting is moved back a week.  The meeting evening is May 17th, 2018 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  The meeting is at 6 pm and it is a potluck event.  There will be a paper piecing lecture by Mary Hertel from Made by Marney starting at 6:30pm.  Please note Mary will accept cash or checks but no credit cards for any purchases.
Show and Tell:  Bring your latest creations
Hostesses:  Patsy Larson and Chris Fohrenkamm (beverages only due to potluck)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March 2018 Meeting Notes


Willow River Piecemaker’s March 8th, 2018 Meeting Minutes

At our March meeting we did a “Sewing Bee” to make Caring Quilts.  We divided up into teams and sewed for the evening.  Thank you to all that came to sew, plan, and iron during the evening.  4 large quilt tops were being worked on.  We will be planning another sew day soon to hopefully finish up the quilts.  There were a few announcements made about the upcoming events, otherwise we didn’t have an official meeting.  Thank you again for the help with the quilt tops. 
Mary Pagel and JoDee Johnston were hostesses for the evening.

Next month’s events:
Our April meeting is April 12, 2018 at St. Luke’s Church starting at 6 pm.  This will be a potluck evening.  We will be having a Truck Show by Debbie Steinmetz of Bolts of Fun Quilt shop in Thorp, WI.  This should be a fun filled evening.  Debbie will be joining us for our potluck event.  Let’s make it a great potluck event.   
Our hostesses for the evening will be Dale Ann Swanson and Pam Caduff.  They will be providing the beverages and the plates that are needed.

Show and Tell:  Show your quilts that can be made in a weekend and bring the pattern.

Be thinking about the upcoming quilt show and how you would like to be helping out.  We want to make this a great show again this year.  All volunteers are welcome and appreciated. 

JoDee Johnston
Willow River Piecemakers Secretary

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February Meeting Notes


The meeting was held Feb 8th, 2018.  Meeting was called to order by President Eileen Van Dyk.  Cindy Peer moved to accept the meeting minutes from January.  Seconded by Linda Justmann.  The treasure report was given by Bridget Larson.  We have 3 new members who have joined us.  Welcome Lynn Rude, Kristen Deprey, and Merri Jo Chamberlain.  Meg T. moved to accept the treasurer report, seconded by Lynn.  
Old Business – Linda Justmann researched and reported about our charity ideas for quilts to Puerto Rico and other charity organizations – Heart to Heart, International Relief Teams, and Save the Children.  It was suggested to give monetarily for global charity and that quilt/fabric to be kept local.  Linda J. moved to discontinue efforts to send money or quilts to Puerto Rico and it was seconded by Mary Pagel.  Approved. 
Committee Reports
Quilt Show – There will be only 2 ribbons given out this year for Best of Show and the Farm Girl Vintage project.  Discussion between ribbons for the Challenge project and Farm Girl Vintage.  Cindy moved, Sue Powers seconded to give ribbons for Farm Girl Vintage project and the Paint Chip Challenge will be displayed at the show, open to members to complete their project for the quilt show. Ribbons were already given for this project.  Approved. 
Farm Girl Vintage - blocks were shown – Pam’s group – Judy, Sue, Pam, and JoDee – door prize won by JoDee.  Bridget’s group – Bridget showed her blocks
Caring Quilts – we are in need of large quilt tops so we will be changing up March’s meeting to do a Sewing Bee to make quilts during the meeting evening – we split up into teams tonight
Retreat – repeated the information of changes for the January 2019 changes – policy changes from Oak Forest Center including half payment required by August and the other half in Oct. due to people backing out at the center which causes a loss for them.  The other fact is that during the Jan retreat there will only be 4 rooms available for us to use allowing only 18 people to attend.  It has been decided that the 18 people that went this last year will have the first chance to go to the retreat and if you chose to give up your spot, there will be a waiting list of guild members that can be asked to fill your spot.  The retreat will be from Thur. through Sunday.  Due to change in number of rooms available, Oak Forest has offered us the option to do a retreat Mon. through Thur. the same week of the January retreat, allowing more options for people to attend.  This will give more opportunities for people to attend and more flexibility as well.  It will be a little more complicated making the changes happen but it will all work out.  Just know there will be more opportunities available if you wish.  More to come at a later date about this. The dates will be Jan 7-10, 2019 and Jan 10-13th, 2019. 
Program Booklet – (see booklet for more details)
Feb – scrap demos given by Eileen and Barb
March – change in plans – Sewing Bee will take place during our meeting – teams to complete multiple quilts during the meeting
April – Debbie Stienmetz from Bolts of Fun will be doing trunk show – potluck during the meeting
May – Note the meeting date is moved a week later taking place on May 17th – Mary Hertel paper piecing trunk show with potluck
June – Bus Trip – the date will be confirmed at a later date – no potluck this month – no hostess needed
July – Applique demos – Nancy Maki – needle turn and Machine by Pam C.
August – Kelly S.  – creative machine – thread art
Sept – quilt show business
Oct – demo – precuts – layer cakes – Bridget
Nov – Finishing quilts demo
Dec – year end with potluck

Other details for the month of May – Mary Hertel will be doing the trunk show at our meeting on Thursday evening May 17th.  The following day she is having a class at Topstitchery in Roberts – at Jean Potter’s shop.  This is an opportunity for our guild as well.  The class cost is $45.00.  Class size is only 20 people.  A $15.00 deposit to hold your spot in the class is required.  Makes checks to Topstichery.  The class is Friday 10-4.  $17.95 for the book.  Purchasing the book is required.  Can bring your own fabric.  More details to follow.

Next month’s meeting -  The meeting will be held March 8th, 2018 at 6:30 pm at St. Luke’s Church in New Richmond. 
Show & Tell – bring your finished projects
Sewing Bee during the meeting – working with Teams – making caring quilt tops – remember your sewing and cutting supplies for the Sewing Bee project
Hostesses – JoDee Johnston and Mary Pagel