Mennonite Church of Normal 805 S. Cottage Normal, IL 61761
No meetings are currently scheduled at the Mennonite Church of Normal. The HAAQG monthly meetings are now being held via zoom. These meetings are available to members only.
Quilt Spectrum POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Spring has sprung, the grass has riss, I wonder the flowers is?? Some of you remember that from when you were in grade school? It’s not Grammarly correct, but it rhymed and was fun. Our April meeting will be our last zoom meeting for this year. We’re planning on having a ‘box lunch’ meeting at Ash Park for the May meeting in place of the salad supper. More details will be coming in the May Newsletter. We covered a lot of topics over the eight months via zoom. We’ve learned how to chain Half Square Triangles, become more ergonomic in our sewing, and having our sewing rooms set up, saw some lovely landscape quilts and tips for machine quilting, to name a few. Who knew we could come together on Zoom as a guild during this pandemic and survive. It’s not been the same as meeting in person, but we were still able to see one another and share some ideas. Thank you for sticking with the guild during this past year. Hopefully, if enough people get vaccinated, we will be able to meet in person by fall. We are planning on having the Quilt Spectrum October 29 & 30. Gwynne Borth will have more details about the Quilt Spectrum in the near future. I know there are many of you with beautiful quilts that you have been sewing during this pandemic or finally finishing those UFO’s. I have seen some of them on Facebook and they are gorgeous. I personally have a Grandmothers Flower Garden hexagon quilt that I started 13 years ago. I am in the process of finishing the hand quilting and getting it bound. I never thought I would get it done. Our next Zoom meeting will be Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 pm. We will open the meeting at 6:30 pm to get everyone connected on time. Pictures for Show and Tell must be sent to Stormy as an email attachment no later than Monday, April 5th, 2021. Stormy is working on her Committees for next year. Please say ‘Yes’ when she calls and asks you to volunteer for a position. Our committees are especially important to the guild to carry on with all our activities. Keep those sewing machines humming. Stay safe, healthy, and get vaccinated. Sharon Rhoda President SPECIAL NOTICE: The April 6th Board of Directors meeting has been cancelled.
Programs and Classes
Our speaker for our meeting on April 8, will be David Sirota. His program, “What Makes a Quilter Tick”, will be presented around 7pm. The business meeting and Show & Tell will follow. His website is quiltmavendave.com.
David and I are looking at dates for a class using his paper-piecing technique, “No More Tears”. I have 10 members who have expressed an interest in taking his “New Hampshire Beauty” class. I don’t know how many will still be available once the date is selected. Therefore, I am still asking for people who would be interested so I have the minimum of 10 he requires. Several members have taken other classes with him and think all of you would be successful with his technique. Check out his website listed above. Most of his classes are $40.00 for a six-hour class and you register through his site. If interested, please contact Ary Anderson email@example.com.
NEW FORMAT from the Global Quilt Connection coming in May.
FREE to all members! You are invited to attend any or all of the sessions described in the attached flyer. This virtual event will give you a sample of what a virtual workshop is like with some of the best teachers the virtual world has to offer! In these live Zoom meetings, an All-Star cast of 18 quilt teachers will demonstrate some of their favorite quilting techniques over two different days. It’s a showcase of a wide variety of styles and techniques from traditional to modern and art quilting techniques with something to please everyone. Be sure to put May 22 & 23 on your calendar!
These sessions WILL NOT be recorded. For more information, visit GlobalQuiltConnection.com then “Guild Resources”. Click on the third link for the “All Star Virtual Sampler Platter event.
Mennonite Relief Sale
The Mennonite Relief Sale’s online auction ended on March 20th. Approximately $32,000 was raised for local food pantries and global relief. Bidders came from all over the country! Guild members Jo Bressan, Becky Carter, Pat Dahme, Donna Leber, Cathie Lockwood, Ruth Pfaffmann, Jackie Pylon, Pam Riss, Mary Sanko, and Marilyn Sutherland donated quilts that sold for $3,972. The Committee greatly appreciates your generous donations. Thank you everyone! Mary Sanko
Help the Mentor Program plan this year's classes by taking the Mentor Survey. The information you provide will help in deciding what classes Guild members are interested in.
You can take the survey online or print off the pdf form. You can return the printed form at the monthly meeting.
Sooo. With no access to the Guild Library, I'm going to review a new book from my personal library. Petal + Stem by Amy Friend appealed to me because Amy is a gardener and a quilter. Flowers spark her creativity and color combinations. Amy writes "There are a lot of parallels between gardening and quilting." We plan, tend, labor then enjoy our results; in our gardens and in our quilts.
Petal + Stem includes 40 quilt blocks to mix and match. Fun with a modern twist. All paper pieced. Yes - all. (I'll overcome my paper piecing fear to make one of these quilts.) Also included are 7 quilt projects with alternate possibilities and all templates needed to complete all the blocks.
We tend our gardens, plan our garden beds, collect plants and look for inspiration. Ditto with quilting. We tend our sewing machines, plan our layouts, collect fabrics and see inspiration everywhere. Our individual gardens are so different yet include many gifted plants from gardening friends. Again, ditto with our quilts. Different yet may contain gifted fabrics from quilty friends.
The Library will again be taking used quilting books , quilting magazines, and patterns when HAAQG begins our year again. If you have a large amount, please bring it in smaller amounts. Our storage is limited. Questions contact MaryvWeakman, Connie J Carstens & Mary Weakman