We had a great meeting in April!
We started off the meeting with introducing several guests in attendance – our speaker this month brought her friends (her entourage as we like to say).
Next, Trish and Jeanne talked about a new charity endeavor that we wanted our members to know about. Pastoral quilts are being requested by Cook Children’s Hospital. These quilts are simple quilts, made using 10″ squares alternating white squares and print squares, given to families of terminally ill children. They use the white squares to write or draw on, do hand or foot prints to remember their loved one after they have passed. Gibsons in Weatherford donated quite a bit in materials to be able to make these quilts. If you’d like to do one with fabric you have, we only ask that there be simple quilting (stitch in the ditch is fine) and no quilting in the white blocks to make them easy to decorate. Additionally, no religious fabric or fabric with scary themes (halloween, sugar skulls, etc) will be accepted by the hospital.
While giving the charity report, Mary Beth also let us know that she had cut up some donated fabric and made them into handy kits for nap mats. Thank you Mary Beth!!
Lazara has been hard at work bringing together some great programming (see our FULL calendar for this year here) and she had a lot to tell us! June will bring us HEATHER GIVANS from Crimson Tate quilts! Our meeting is moved to Friday so she can give us a workshop on Saturday. In July, Ian Garland will be here with the Perot Museum tech truck on Saturday, July 28th and get this – we want you to bring all the kids! So grandkids, neighborhood kids, come one come all (we do frown upon kidnapping though) just let us know who you’re bringing. Ian will be back with the Tech Truck at our August Meeting just for us adults! In September, we welcome our very own, famous, award winning, Shirley Stevenson as she teaches us her circles. October we have Tina Hilton from Turtle Hand Batiks for a trunk show to dispel the myth that batiks can’t be modern (They totally can!). To round out our big year, will be Orange Dot Quilts for a lecture and a workshop!
Speaking of big years, the North Texas Quilt Festival is fast approaching! Rhonda and Jenn had so much to tell us. We will have a store this year in our booth and they asked the membership for ideas on what to make and sell. A few of the ideas were drawstring bags, Decals with sassy saying, key chains, etc. We decided that we would start working on some things and put what was made in the booth. They also had information for volunteer sign ups, Tshirts, and where tickets are sold. They also reiterated that any questions could be sent to NTQF2018@gmail.com.
After all the business was done, we finally were treated to a wonderful trunk show by Carrie from Red Velvet Quilts! She told us her story about how she got into quilting, her mom is a quilter and she made one of her first quilts for her now husband. She finally scored a once in a lifetime deal on a long arm and hasn’t looked back since! She now quilts professionally for clients as a side hustle and also quilts samples for Moda! She is a very talented individual and the quilts she brought to show were spectacular. The best part is – she’s local! If you are in need of long arm services (and she isn’t booked up) look her up on Instagram or Facebook!
At the end of meeting as always we have Show & Share!