Minutes-2017, January


CALL TO ORDER:  6:30 pm at the Eagles Nest Coffee House by Ione Timm, President

MEMBERS PRESENT:  22;  visitor Judy Lechler

TREASURER’S REPORT:  On Hand:  $891.94.  Expenditures: $0.  Deposits: $216.  Balance as is $ $836.66.   28 paid members.

SECRETARY’S REPORT:  December, 2016 minutes approved as submitted.


Thank you for paying dues promptly, and remember to pay if you haven’t yet.


Our Boutique 10th year is this year, November 17, 18, and 19.

Ione introduced the new board and encouraged voices from the entire guild.

A token of appreciation was given to Jan by Ione and the guild.

Would members be interested in doing the challenge “Art in Your Heart” again this year?   Discussion held, followed by a show of hands interested, about 14 want to do the challenge.  We will need a coordinator.  Discussed motifs. Members decided to think about it and come prepared next month with ideas.

Community service – is the group interested?  Charter says we must have a community service project, could be another community than Wabasha.  Discussed monthly meals given by various local communities as a possibility.  Think about this idea, as well as any other ideas we could do for a community service project.

Ione explained how subgroups could be more informative, especially for new members and guests, by showing a hooked rug while talking about how the rug hooker group works and what they do.

Barb Busch talked about two police officers from Wabasha who work in wood – River City Reclaimed – and are wanting to start a boutique and looking for vendors.  They take 25% and will have 2-3 seasonal events.  Information is available from Ione or on RVAG website (members only).


MATERIAL GIRLS:  Jan gave a calendar of all subgroups and explained what they do and who the leaders are.   Material girls consist of quilters mainly. They meet every 3rd Thursday at 1:00.

WILD WOOLIE WOMEN:  Meet 1st Wednesday every month from 1-4:00.  They work with wool applique, quilts, purses, ornaments, table toppers, etc.  Joint project “The Traditional Village”.

HOOKERS:  Meet every Friday from 11:30 – 3:30.  Rug hookers work on individual projects.

PUNCH NEEDLE:  Meet 3rd Tuesday monthly at 10:00 to work on individual projects.


UFO Sunday:  Bring a sewing machine, etc. and work on anything.

A weaving group may be set up by Sue Eggenberger and Sally Bystrom.

Reminder that our next meeting will be Monday, February 20, 2017.


Judith showed interesting bags made from old seed bags, baby clothes made from old Tee shirts, little jeans with embroidery, and a knit shawl she is working on.

Sally B shared a quilt she finished, which had been started by her friend.

Samantha showed hand embroidery done in a small hoop.

Nancy Z showed a pair of socks she knitted.

Donna Richards talked about the Boho technique layering fabrics that she used in making a scarf.

Angela showed a wool blend scarf she made.

Barb B shared a honeycomb cowl, a fisherman’s rib cowl, a felted bag, a hat made with shetland wool for her husband.


Julie Makoutz demonstrated making wire wrapped rocks for pendant jewelry while members each made one for themselves.


WEB INFO:  www.rivervalleyartsguild.org   Members Only Section password is:  RVAG


RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY:  Sally Bystrom and Sue Eggenberger