We started off this meeting with the announcement we have 69 total members! This is the biggest our guild has grown! In our charity report we have made 23 tote bags, 15 nap mats and 103 pillowcases!! We have also had 21 Quilts for Peace blocks. We decided to send these and the Quilts for Peace quilts we have to Vegas for those victims. We have decided to really focus on our local charities, especially getting more nap mats in!
Jenn and Rhonda announced they would be on the 2018 NTQF planning committee again and we are so grateful for their experience and quilt show expertise for this second show! They let us know that the same six guilds will be participating. Entries will open January 8th and close on March 5th. The categories will be sent out soon to start planning. There will also be a challenge category that would lend itself well to modern quilting: Monochromatic! So start thinking what monochromatic quilt you could enter in that category!
The Charity Quilt is rolling along and a few patterns were handed out at meeting. The Quilt is due at the beginning of Feb, so members were excited to get sewing!
For the program this month, we were excited to have our very own member, Cathie Devenney talk to us about her quilt history and getting published for the first time this year. That’s right! She’s PUBLISHED!! We are just a little excited for her…
Cathie took up quilting several years ago after the passing of her husband. Her mother suggested quilting, and you know mothers…they are usually right! Cathie has also been a fan of The Monkees for most of her life and has a real passion for their music. What at the intersection of these two passions? A masterpiece! Cathie designed her Monkees quilt and kept modifying and improving until it was just how she wanted it. At the end of that process, she saw a call for designers from Make Modern Magazine. She decided to apply and they loved it! She was published in issue #18 in September.
She had lots of tips for publishing a pattern (like writing down everything as you go instead of trying to think back after the quilt is finished). We also got to see her pictures of meeting The Monkees! She couldn’t bring her quilt with her, but we know they’d love it.
We like to leave on a high note after getting inspired by our members at Show and Share, and this month we had not just quilts for inspiration!
Our guild retreat was 20th – 22nd at the Victorian House in Weatherford. Some of us cooked and some of us watched football. Some went to bed early and some of us went to bed early in the morning! Some of us (mostly) stayed in our pajamas and some of us went on field trips to Gibson’s Hardware fabric section! ALL of us had a great time! So great that we didn’t get many pictures, well any pictures. Did anyone get pictures?!? (If you did email them to the guild)
Well, we are busy already planning the next retreat for 2018 and we’ll get pictures then!
This month on the 28th, we also had a full day of sewing from 10-5. We had a full house of 12 members! If anymore members came, we’d have to go into the hall! There was a reception downstairs and we were treated to beautiful harp music as we sewed. The room is small, but I managed a panoramic picture of everyone working and socializing 🙂