The July Sewing Day was a success, with 27 members attending. The August 19th Sewing Day will be hosted by the Executive Board.
The Audit Committee examined the Guild books and found all to be in order.
The Asset Review Committee met and had 2 recommendations.
The president noted that there are scholarships available for those for whom the cost might be too high.
The proposed budget for this year was considered with the following changes:
The budget line for raffle pins was eliminated.
The budget was accepted and passed unanimously.
Classes with guest speakers:
Most speakers set a limit on the size of classes and we pay that amount. If the speaker says she will teach a class of 20 and only 15 people sign up, we are still obligated to pay for 20. Sometimes the number of people who wish to sign up exceeds the limit, and we set up a waiting list, contingent on whether or not the teacher will allow additional people to enroll. It was decided that if the teach allows extra students, these extras must pay the total additional fee charged by the teacher to guarantee a seat in the class.
Library: Mary Weaken is straightening and weeding the collection. Some older materials may be available for purchase at guild meetings.
Mentoring: Kay Bowen showed the project for September and October: Ruth Taha is joining Kay and Rick and Deanna Bilyeu on the committee.
Community Projects: Cathy Lockwood announced the committee will be encouraging the continuation of many of the projects that were so successful this past years including fidget quilts, lap quilts and pillow cases.
Raffle Quilt 2018: The quilt has been bound and will be on display at the September meeting. In October the committee will show the prizes for ticket sales and will begin selling tickets in November.
Challenge Quilt: Information on the challenge quilt will be on the website.
Website: Mary Wilkins announced that the new website is up and running and Pat Iannone is helping with maintenance. It has been decided not to put the treasurer’s report or information regarding membership or classes on the site. This information will be available to members via the email and print newsletter only.
Newsletter: Please get info to Julie Lyons by the 20th of the month.
Upcoming meetings: September 7: Quilt Show Committee Meeting 5:30 PM & General Meeting: 7:00 PM
Seaming together friendships one stitch at a time!
Hello fellow quilters! Where has the summer gone? As I write this letter we are getting ready for our second quilting day this summer. July was a great success with 28 quilters. There are 30 signed up for August. The September meeting is going to be jam packed with activities. Please be on time and ready to go by 7 pm. Pastor Tim will be addressing the group along with our presenting the large group of quilts for the Kids without Beds program. Nancy Stone and some of her committee members from this program will be on hand to receive the quilts. We ask that you bring your finished quilts although we will present more quilts at the October meeting if you haven’t quite got yours done. The quilts and beds are being distributed in October. Thanks to all who have given of the time and fabric for these quilts.
Because this meeting is so busy I am asking that you hold all other show ‘n tell projects until October. Plans for the year are under way by all of our committees. The raffle quilt will be unveiled at our meeting. I am asking for the following committees to have short reports at this meeting: Challenge Quilt, Mentoring, Programs, Raffle Quilt.
If you have not paid your dues, please pay them either before or at the meeting in September. We need this info so that we can have the directories printed and ready for you in October.
The new website is up and running. Check it out at www.haaqg.com if you haven’t already done so.
The board has approved a new budget and fee schedule which you will find in this newsletter. We felt it was time to up the cost of our classes (haven’t changed in over 20 years) since the cost of the teachers has continued to rise. So effective for the 2018-2019 guild year class prices will be $35 for members and $45 for non-members. The change that has been made for this year is that we are only registering the number of students that the teacher allows in their contract. After the classes are full you have two options if you want to take the class:
This year the executive board would like to see our guild help support the Mennonite Church of Normal by having everyone bring One item for the shopping cart in the lobby. A non-perishable item that can be used in the local food pantry. Just bring an item each month and let's keep their cart full. A can of vegetables, soup, dry pasta, cereal or whatever you have. Thanks! Let's keep their cart filled the first of every month!!
I am looking forward to seeing all our members and getting us off to a great year. If you have any questions, you may contact me or another exec board member.
Carolyn Gatenby, President 2017-18
We're excited for all of you who have already signed up for next year's workshops and the winter retreat. Some classes are full and have a wait list - those are indicated below. Contact Linda Click if you want to be placed on a wait list. We've got a great year planned and are grateful for your participation!
Please make sure you have renewed your guild membership dues before registering for classes. The membership form can be found on the HAAQG web site with Pam Riss's contact information for mailing your form & payment. Per the guild’s guidelines, there must be a 60-day notice on cancellations in order to receive a refund for workshops.
If you register for the September Trash to Treasures Pineapples workshop, you'll need to have Gyleen's pineapple tool ruler ($15). Her book Trash to Treasures Pineapples ($15) is helpful but not required. There is no pattern for this class.
If you register for the September Wisp workshop, you will need to purchase Gyleen's pattern for $10. She'll have those available when she's here. She will also have a polygon tool ($20) that is helpful but not required. If you don't use the polygon tool, you'll need a ruler that has a 60 degree angle marked.
These requirements are different than what we've told you previously. There's been some confusion with her website and we apologize. The website has now been updated. All tools and books are available on colourfulstitches.com or Amazon - and will be sold when Gyleen is with us.
If you register for either November class, patterns need to be purchased but will be provided to you at a discounted rate by Pam Buda so you can wait until the workshop to get them.
If you register for the February tote class, you'll need to purchase your pattern by Quilts Illustrated. You have 3 sizes to choose from: ps058, ps054, or ps056.
If you register for the April "Paint Your Own Barn Quilt" class, please remember to include the $15 supply registration fee. (One check for $45 is needed for registration for this class.) The $15 supply fee includes the 2'x2' primed paint board, paints, patterns, colored pencils, etc.
We goofed when we included the 2018 Summer Retreat on the workshop sign up form because that falls under the 2018-2019 guild year. For those of you who have already signed up, you're in. But we won't accept any additional registrations until next spring. There will be an announcement when those registrations are opened back up. We apologize for the confusion.
For a list of speakers and workshops and class availability visit our Programs and Workshops page.
Debi Winchester & Linda Click & Jenny Pettinger
Our first big request has been for quilts for “Children Without Beds”. The real title is BED BLITZ, sponsored by Tool Library which is part of West Bloomington Revitalization Project to serve children in all of the Bloomington-Normal area. 80 children have been selected to receive a kit consisting of bed frame, mattress, quilt, fleece blanket, sheets, pillow, health supplies and a Teddy Bear this year.
HAAQG will be collecting finished twin size quilts, 70”x90” at the September 7th meeting. The Lexington small group, SEW & TELL, have been working on a large number of quilts over the summer for this project. Hopefully, there will be many more additional ones. We will try to have a show-n-tell all at one time during the meeting, to display the awesome quilt gifts that so many of you have provided. If you have more quilts that are not finished by the September meeting, we will take those at the October 5th meeting, for distribution date of October 14th. Nancy Stone is the head of this project and said it will be on-going for next year, (so you can plan ahead).
Cards will also be available for the makers of the quilts, to wish these children many comforting thoughts.
Donors of quilts, please register your name and number of quilts at the Community Projects table, so we will have a better record of how many quilts were received. We would like to thank all the persons who have responded to this project so generously with their time and talents to make it a success for some children of the community.
In October, our project will again be Fidgit Quilts. Several facilities have already called with request for more. Additional suggestions will be in the next newsletter and at the Community Projects table.
Carol Lou Eisenhardt & Cathie Lockwood
We currently have 174 members paid for the 2017-2018 guild year. Welcome to our 9 NEW members!
All members with email addresses will have the newsletter emailed to them.
To be included in the 2017-2018 membership directory, your membership fee must be paid before or during the September 7th meeting. Check in at the Membership table at our September meeting if you paid for a membership pin and did not receive one.
Welcome Back! We are excited to be your Door Hostesses for this year.
Name badges for September meeting will be the ones from last year. Please return them after the break so we can reuse the plastic covers.
New name badges will be available at the October meeting. They will be the same color as the membership cards for the year, lime green. You can’t miss them! We will continue to file, store and return the badges each month. So no need for you to remember where you put it!
Do you know someone in the guild who would benefit from a card (family member death, illness, celebration, etc.), please contact Carol Newberry at 309-696-5773 via text. Please include the person’s name, address, reason we are sending the card and any other information you think is needed.
Carol Newberry and Marcia Ripsch
Our Guild is large and has many wonderful groups from which to choose. Whether you are a new member or have been in the Guild for many years, you are welcome to the mentoring class and meet quilters who enjoy quilting and learning new skills just like you. To start out our mentoring class this fall we are going to be making a small quilt to sharpen our quilting skills - rotary cutting, seam allowances, and accurate piecing. In September we will be doing the pieced block. At the October mentoring class we will learn how to make the Pinwheel blocks.
September 21, 2017 class
To start out Mentoring classes this fall we are going to be making a small quilt to sharpen our quilting skills - rotary cutting, seam allowances, and accurate piecing. In September we will be doing a pieced block. At the October mentoring class we will learn how to make pinwheel blocks.
The classes are usually held on the third Thursday of the month at the Mennonite Church of Normal. Setup is at 6:15 and we start sewing at 6:30.
Come Join Us for a fun evening!!!
Kay Bowen, Ruth Taha, Deanna & Richard Bilyeu
Raffle Quilt 2018, “Bunny in the Blooms,” is finished and we’re excited to share it with you at the September Guild meeting. “Bunny in the Blooms” was pieced by Evelyn Young and Sherrie Snyder and custom quilted by Ruth Pfaffmann. We will begin selling tickets at the November meeting. Don’t miss the grand unveiling. See you in September.
Evelyn Young & Sherrie Snyder
The 2017-18 HAAQG Challenge is “Dare to Dresden” and is all about Dresdens!
If you’ve never made a Dresden plate or block, challenge yourself to learn how.
If familiar with Dresdens, then experiment with a creative layout.
If you need inspiration, look at this Pinterest board full of Dresden ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/lynnejack/dresden-ideas/.
Sign up is free. Use your own fabric and pattern.
Sign up by emailing Lynne Conder, Challenge chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, and receive the full Challenge rules back by email. Sign up and rules also available at September meeting.
Challenge deadline is March 1, 2018. Finished Challenge quilts will be displayed and voted on at the March 1 meeting.
If you don’t challenge yourself, you’ll never realize what you can do.
Dear Guild Members,
I would like to invite you to join the 2017 Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge - Exploring the World with Ethan!
Registration is now open: Please go to www.projectlinus.org and click on the link at the top of the page. Then scroll down and the "Register Now" button is half way down the page.
This year's challenge is an 8 week Mystery Quilt with the first clue revealed on September 16th. There is also a great contest/fundraiser that will follow the challenge for anyone interested. Details are on the website as well.
Main Street Quilt Company and Stewarts are both offering 20% discounts on fabric and materials to registered participants. THANK YOU!!!
The cost is a $15 tax deductible donation to Project Linus.
(Please note Project Linus Central IL as the recipient of your donation.)
We'd love to have you join us! I've attached a flyer to this email.
Thank you to each of you for your support of Project Linus.
Central IL Coordinator for Project Linus and the National Vice-president
“There IS a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” --Sophia Loren