Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January Meeting is CANCELED

Due to an overwhelming amount of cancellations and terrible weather conditions, tonight's meeting is canceled. Stay safe tonight MMQG and quilt your heart out safe at home.
McFarland WI today.  View from kitchen window.  Squirrel.

Monday, January 28, 2013

White Elephant Party Wednesday! Plus upcoming meeting info...

January Meeting: 
February Sew Day:
  • Mill House Quilts Saturday the 16th.  9-5pm 
  • Power strips, Irons and Ironing Boards Provided
  • Snacks to share, food and drinks welcome
  • Midday Group Lunch Date optional - Main Street Diner

February Meeting: 
“Have Your Cake and Make It Too”
Program Length: 40 min. -1 hour
The pros and cons of pre-cuts fabrics (ie. Jelly rolls/Charm squares and Layer
Demo on 3 or 4 quick and easy patterns using Layer Cakes (10” squares)
Trunk show of Quilts using Layer Cakes and or Charm Squares

Patti will also be bringing precuts to sell!

Please RSVP to all meetings and events: Facebook Events Page (Preferred) or email your R.S.V.P. to  

Potential Sew Day in March!  Would you like the 23rd or the 30th? Vote by midnight Jan 30th on our Facebook page or email   

*Guests may attend up to two meetings before signing up for membership, Sew Days/Events are reserved for members only.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vote on Bylaws at February Meeting

Hello MMQG! Our bylaws need updating to reflect our newly elected treasurer. Please review the changes made. We will be discussing and voting to approve these changes at the February 27th meeting. 

We cannot vote on them in January because the bylaws state...."Proposed amendments or changes to the by-laws must be posted on the Guild’s website a minimum of 2 weeks before the meeting when voting will occur."

BYLAWS edited 01/20/2013

Berkshire Quilters Replicate Susan B. Anthony’s Quilt

Friday, January 11, 2013

It's Time to Pay Your Dues


As your very first treasurer I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity.  I am very excited to hold this position and look forward to serving you in the best way I know possible.  I spent twenty-eight years of my life in the field of bookkeeping.  Throughout those years I gained a wealth of knowledge.  Although I would never profess to be an expert I feel confident I can handle the responsibility set before me.

As was mentioned by our president Wendy Franczak, beginning this month we will start collecting annual dues.  Dues for this year are $25.00.  Acceptable methods of payment are cash or check.  If paying by cash please bring exact change.  If paying by check please make the check out to either Madison Modern Quilt Guild or MadModQG.  If you have further questions about dues collection, the intended use of the dues and/or special fees please refer to the MadModQG's bylaws.

I have successfully applied for and received our FEIN #.  Since we are not a registered nonprofit, corporation, LLC, etc., the number was issued for banking purposes only.  Should we decide to formally register as one of these types of entity's, changes will have to be made in our records with the IRS.

Speaking of possible changes in our IRS status, we as a group must make some decisions.  The Modern Quilt Guild organization has a link to a list of pros and cons to organizing as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  A link to that document can be found here.  Rather than list the information here I highly recommend we all visit their website to educate ourselves on the advantages and disadvantages.  Once we have weighed the pluses and minuses we must ultimately decide which option best fits our intentions.

Filing for 501(c)(3) status is not cheap.  As outlined in the above document the fees can range in the neighborhood of $200-$400.  If we choose to pursue this avenue it would be advantageous to utilize any connections one or more of us might have with a lawyer or a CPA.  Whether or not obtaining  501(c)(3) status is the best option for our organization would be something we could ask that individual.

As a group we must set aside time to discuss this matter.  Although an immediate answer is not necessary we need to have an ongoing conversation.  The larger our organization grows and the larger our treasury becomes the more urgent this issue will be.  Please thoughtfully consider these questions.  Your input is essential to the successful outcome of our guild.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Is anyone else's sense of time completely thrown off? Where did 2012 go??

As you're planning out projects for the year ahead (my list is simply carried over), you can check out pictures of what your fellow Mad Mod quilters accomplished last year on Flickr.

Hope you enjoyed the holidays! Looking forward to seeing you later this month!


Sew Day at Mill House on Jan 19th. Meeting at Sequoya Library on Jan 30th.