Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Challenge for 2012

This is the challenge for 2012...........  It will be fun to see how many are up to it...................

The Christmas Party

We had a great time at the Christmas Party...........  Pat finished her challenge of a table runner for every family on her family tree.

The table setting was lovely...............

There was a gift for everyone in attendance................

Lots of good conversation mostly about quilting of course.

Our dear Carol Ann was in charge and kept us in line.......


Those Who Were Up To The Challenge

The Challenge for the year 2011 was to make to blocks using 11 fabrics or 20 blocks that had 11 pieces in each block.  If this is not correct I am sure someone will let me know.  I was not a member last year so I could have my facts wrong.

It is amazing the number of ideas that people had to accomplish this goal.

There were a few that had not made it to the flimsy stage as of yet but the blocks were represented.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Our Guild is fortunate to have members that are willing and able to share ideas with the rest of the group.

Our President learned how to make a pumpkin out of bathroom tissue.  She was not able to attend the meeting so the Vice President stepped in with the instructions. 

This is one of the quilts that is being donated to Ronald McDonald House.

This is a T-shirt quilt made for a family member.  She even found bicycle fabric for this quilt....

One member is getting a head start on Christmas presents.  She is making spring table runners for family members........

And another quilt to be donated to Ronald McDonald House.........

Wednesday, November 2, 2011




The corporation shall be known as Neuse Quilters Guild, Inc., herein referred to as the guild.


No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to; its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of its stated purposes.  No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of these bylaws, the corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Code or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Code.


Section 1.  The purposes for which the guild is organized are exclusively religious, charitable, educational, literary or scientific including, for such purposes, the making of distributions or organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under sections 501 (c) (3) and 107 (c) (2) of the revenue code of 1986 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Code.  

Section 2.  It shall be the purpose and goal of the guild to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting.  The work of the guild shall be to benefit and educate all persons interested in preserving, continuing and advancing this art.  The guild shall encourage a high standard of design and technique in all forms of quilting and shall promote the art of quilting by teaching and sponsoring exhibits.


The guild shall encompass the state of North Carolina and the headquarters shall be located in the city of Kinston, North Carolina.


Any person regardless of race, sex, or creed may become an active member of the guild on payment of annual dues.


Section 1.  The officers of the Guild shall be the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.  These officers shall compose the Executive Committee and includes the immediate Past President.

Section 2.  All officers’ terms of service shall be for one year beginning in September, or until their successor(s) have been elected.  Officers may be elected to no more than two consecutive terms.

Section 3.  If any officer shall fail to meet the qualifications of the office as set forth in Article VII said officer may be removed for cause by a vote of the members, or action of the Executive Committee.  An officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Executive Committee, the President, or the Secretary of the guild.  Such resignation shall be deemed effective upon receipt.


Duties of the officers shall be as follows:

President.  The President shall be the chief officer, shall preside at all member meetings, Executive Committee meetings, shall have general and active management of the business of the guild, and shall see that all orders of the guild are carried into effect.  The President is an ex-officio member of any committee.  The President, in the absence of the Treasurer, may sign checks of the guild.

Vice-President.  The Vice-President, in the absence or disability of the President, shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President and shall perform such other duties assigned to her by the President including, but not limited to, the following:
Shall be the Chairperson of the Workshop Committee.
Shall contact program persons prior to their scheduled appearance for the purpose of
                     ascertaining any special requirements.
Shall introduce said program persons.
Shall be responsible for the annual Christmas Party.

Secretary.  The secretary shall attend all meetings of the members and Executive Committee and record all proceedings of the meetings of the guild in a book to be kept for that purpose.  She shall give or cause to be given, notice of special meetings, and shall perform other duties as may be prescribed by the President.  The Secretary and/or Assistant Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence of the Guild.

Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of the Guild’s funds, shall keep full and accurate accounts of the receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the guild, deposit all cash monies in the name of the guild in such banks, etc., as shall be selected by the members, shall sign the guild’s checks, and in general perform all the duties as from time to time may be assigned to her by the President.  Said books of the guild shall be audited at the expiration of term of any Treasurer.  Said audit may be either an external or internal audit, at the discretion of the members.  Preparation of the annual budget shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer.  In addition the Treasurer shall maintain an accurate membership roster.

Historian.  The historian shall keep a Scrapbook of memorabilia, photographs, and newspaper clippings as a record of the Guild’s activities throughout the year.


Section 1. A Workshop Committee will consist of at least two persons selected by the Vice-President.  The Vice –President shall be the Chairperson of said committee and the President shall be an ex-officio member.  The purpose of the committee shall be to recommend and select workshops and programs for the organization and said committee shall report any such recommendation/selections to the Executive committee for approval.

Section 2.  The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members: (1) the immediate past president, (2) a member of board, and (3) a member at large.  The current President shall not be a member of committee.

Section 3.  The President may appoint such other committees as from time to time may be deemed appropriate.


Section 1.  The nomination committee shall present a slate of officers for the coming year in March, to be presented to the entire Guild in April.  Nominations from the floor may be made at that time.  Elections shall be held in May and officers are to assume office in September.

Section 2.  Should a vacancy occur in any office, the executive committee, by majority vote, shall appoint someone to fill the unexpired term.

Section 3.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall serve as the procedural guide and final arbiter of all discussions and debates of all meetings.


Section 1.  The fiscal year for the Guild shall begin on September 1 and end on August 31.

Section 2.  Members of the Guild shall pay yearly dues in amount determined by the Executive Committee.  Dues are payable September 1.  To assure continuous active membership status, dues shall be paid by October 1.

Section 3.  Members joining the Guild on or after June 1 shall pay one-half the amount of dues for the year.

Section 4.  All expenditures over $50.00 shall require the approval of the majority of a quorum of the active membership or of three officers.


If dissolution of the guild appears necessary for any reason, approval of the membership shall be obtained by ballot.  Upon dissolution of the corporation, the executive board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such a manner, or to such organizations organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary purposes and that qualify as an exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the code or to federal, state, or local governments to be used exclusively for public purposes. 

Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations, such as court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes, or to such governments for such purposes.


Section 1.  Proposal for amendments of these bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the executive committee not less than thirty days prior to the next scheduled meeting.

Section 2.  Notice of proposed amendments of the bylaws shall be included in the mailing which preceded the next regularly scheduled meeting.  At this time the proposed amendment will be read and time will be allowed for discussion.  The proposed amendment may be referred to a committee for further study.  Not more than six months shall pass before a vote is taken on a proposed amendment.

AMENDMENT TO BY-LAWS – Approved on April 19, 2000

Article  VI.  Officers

Section 2.  Officers’ terms of service shall be for one year beginning in September, or until their successor(s) have been elected, and may be elected to no more than two consecutive terms, except for the Treasurer who may be elected to consecutive terms.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


                   It shall be the purpose and goal of the Guild to promote and
                        perpetuate the art of quilting.  The work of the Guild shall be to
benefit and educate all persons interested in preserving,
continuing and advancing this art.  The Guild shall encourage a
high standard of design and technique in all forms of quilting and
shall promote the art of quilting by teaching and sponsoring exhibits.

The Guild meets every Wednesday at the Community Council for the
Arts, 400 North Queen Street, Kinston, North Carolina.  The first
Wednesday of each month is designated as a business meeting.  The
normal meeting time is 10:00AM until noon, unless otherwise announced.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Our First Post

I agreed to assist the Guild in setting up a blog for the group............  This is our first post.........

These are the pictures I took  at the September 21st meeting.  I have not downloaded the pictures from the last meeting yet...............

I hope to make the time to get more work done on this blog in the near future but for now this is what we have.................

Lovely Christmas Mini Quilts........

A Lasagna Quilt.................

Our Guild also donates lots of quilts to several organizations............  This is one to be donated..........

Another member made this quilt for Ronald McDonald House....................

Several of these blocks are hand quilted and the rest is machine quilted........  Aren't Batiks the most luscious fabrics?

A head start on Christmas is shown here.......... 

This panel is perfect for the season.............

Our block this quarter is the Falling Leaf.  One member gave an excellent demonstration on making this block using a pattern from Quilter's Cache.................

Someone else brought in a quilt that was already finished...............The quilt was made by her mother many years ago.............

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Neuse Quilters Guild Meeting
September 14, 2011
The September meeting of the Neuse Quilters Guild began with the installation of officers conducted by Susan Fields.  The following officers were then inducted into office.
Historian – Barbara Jenkins
Treasurer – Marie Stokes
Secretary – Susan Fields
Vice President  - Lorena Bunn
President – Kathy Duke
President Kathy Duke then called the meeting to order and asked the Secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting.  They were read and accepted without correction.
The treasurer’s report for May through August was given by Marie Stokes.
The balance forward was $2,871.58
Expenses included $645.00 on May 4th as a donation to the Arts Council, $40.00 on May 25th for the Lasagna Quilt Workshop, $77.00 on June 7th for the Guild Pin giving a total expenditure of $862.00.  That leaves a balance of $2009.58.
Marie reported that she will check on interest the $4,000.00 CD has earned.
There was some discussion about a line in the Kaleidoscope stating the amount given to the Arts Council by the Guild.  A copy was obtained and after reading it to the members it was agreed that the Kaleidoscope was correct but that it had not mentioned the donation given to the Arts Council in May.
Kathy gave the date of the Twin Rivers Day of Sharing as October 15th.  There is a fee of $6.00.  She also reminded us to bring something to show at the Day of Sharing.
Norma Daniels is in charge of the Block of the Quarter.  She was unable to attend so Lorena Bunn shared the information with the Guild.  The Block is the Maple Leaf.  Norma will cut the background fabric for each block.  The background fabric selected is Kona Khaki.   The price of each block is not known at this time.  We were reminded to return our blocks in the plastic bag so that we can recycle them.  After a lively discussion the date of November 9th was agreed to be the date the blocks are due.  A sign up was made available to all members.
Lorena Bunn reported that we have donated 20 pillowcases and 3 blankets to Riley’s Army.  She shared that the new wing of the hospital  in Greenville is under way now for children with cancer.   This was also a good time to bring to everyone’s attention that we are asked to make two quilts each year for charity and to let Lorena know when we have finished one so that she can keep accurate records.
The date of the Christmas party at Kinston Country Club will be on December 14th.  The final menu will be provided at a later meeting.
Jane Schlier reported that the guild pins had arrived and that one will be given to each member when their dues are paid. 
After much discussion Rosie Simmons made a motion that we sell the remaining pins to those interested for $5.00 each.  Carol Ann Burns seconded the motion and the motion was carried.
Janice Gaskill reported on the Pictorial Album.  She has gotten the best price for printing from Corporate Resources but she and her committee are asking for volunteers to help with the pictures and biographies for the book. 
The Sunshine report was given by Pat Forrest.  She shared that Roenell was continuing to improve after her surgery.
Kathy Tucker told us about the upcoming Carolina Stash Dash.  The van will be leaving on Thursday morning, September 15th for Raleigh and parts west.  There is still a space available on the van. If anyone is interested see Kathy after the meeting.
A motion was made by Marie Stokes to adjourn.  It was seconded by Barbara Jenkins.

Respectfully submitted, Susan Fields, Secretary.