Our next meeting will be January 2nd at 5:30pm before the regular meeting. We are still looking for volunteers to make the ribbons for the show this year. If you are interested, please either reach our to me or come join us at the meeting on January 2nd. My hope is to have over 200 quilts entered this year so please consider entering one or two.
I'm so glad the three newest library books were so popular. I barely glanced at the books so when I saw Organic Applique by Kathy Doughty at Bloomington Public Library I quickly checked it out.
Organic Applique: Creative Hand-Stitching Ideas and Techniques is filled with color, design concepts, and 8 projects, including Spring Pots, an applique and flower arranging quilt in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Love of Quilting.
Though Organic Applique might be outside the box for some, check it out and maybe venture outside your quilting box.
We will continue to take new or renewal subscriptions to Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazine. Please be sure to pay with personal check, payable to Love of Quilting.
If you have books or magazines to donate to Library, please be sure to contact Mary Weakman before bringing to a Guild meeting due to the very limited storage space we have available.
Connie J Carstens
Happy Valentine’s Day Members!
How have you spent the last month with the snowstorms that seem to like to visit us on the weekends? Were you able to work on your UFO’s and get a few more completed? I got one ready to take to the long arm quilter and hopefully will get a few more ready. I hope to actually have a few quilts done and enter into the Quilt Spectrum this year. Gwynne Bettisch would like to see how close we can get to having 300 quilts displayed this year. Do you think the Guild can do it?
I still have two fleece jackets for sale, a medium and a large, which will be for sale at the meeting for $35.00. The guild also has one fleece vest in a size medium that will be for sale for $33.00. Please look for these items at the table next to the membership area to purchase these items.
The programs committee is still accepting donations for the silent auction. If you have any items to donate, you may leave them on the counter in front of the kitchen.
How did you like Pam Riss’s program and her journey of sewing and quilting? I know for myself that I thoroughly enjoyed it. She must sew from the time she wakes up until the time she retires for the evening Just makes me tired thinking about it.
Are you excited to hear our speaker this month, Christa Watson? I have taken classes from her and she is a wonderful teacher and hope every member that is able to take her classes will learn a lot.
Members please keep in mind that the months that we have a speaker you are welcome to join the program committee on Friday evening for dinner for socializing with them. The Thursday evening dinner is for the program committee only to make sure they have the speaker needs for the weekend. Thank you for understanding and abiding by this.
Please remember in case of inclement weather to check our Website, Facebook page or listen to WJBC for a cancellation. Also, if you don’t feel safe coming out, please stay home where you feel safe.
Happy Thanksgiving members!
Have you started your holiday sewing yet? Or maybe you are one of those who started right after the holidays last year and have been finished for quite a while. Me, I do have some holiday sewing to do but thankfully what I do have to sew will not take me long. One of these days I would like to make a Christmas quilt but right now I don’t want to add it to my UFO collection.
Doug Leko was a great speaker and instructor at our November meeting. I heard from several members that who did take a class from him that they were glad that we had an instructor that was left handed. For me being a right handed person, I have never really understood why it is different for others. And, I understand that his books are wrote for quilters that are left handed, which I will have to check out in the book that I purchased from him. If you did enjoy him as a speaker or an instructor, please let the program committee know. This helps them as they contact future instructors for our guild.
In December we have the privilege of quilter Lisa Bongean joining us for “Remembering the Past”. I hope that you will be able to join us on December 5.
In January 2020 will be the guild’s winter retreat on Friday and Saturday, January 3 & 4, with our general meeting on Thursday January 2nd. We will not be having the silent auction during this meeting but will be during the May 2020 salad supper. Please look for article in this newsletter regarding the silent auction. The meeting will be a general business meeting followed by a small program.
Remember to please check our Facebook page, the cancellation list on the Pantagraph or listen to WJBC during inclement weather to see if the general meeting is cancelled. We are that time of the year when if the weather is bad or forecasted to be, our meeting could be cancelled due to we don’t want our members out during weather that is dangerous.
See you in December.
We are happy to announce the ship is fully booked. Cruisers should expect boarding instructions to arrive in your email in December. We are excited to welcome everyone aboard.
We have a small waiting list and you are welcome to contact Bev Elder if you’d like to placed on the list.
Looking forward to casting off.
Cheryl Adam and Ruth Novosad
Cruise Ship officers
If you have resolved to start the New Year with a clean, organized sewing room, you can’t wait until December 31 to start cleaning! The Executive Board and Programs have come up with an idea to help! There will be a silent auction as part of the January 2020 general Guild meeting. Here is your chance to donate that fabric that you are now asking yourself, “what was I thinking,” when you bought it. Or that kit that remains unopened on your shelf. How about those duplicates of tools and rulers that you liked SO much that you have purchased TWO or maybe THREE of them, but use only ONE?
These are the types of items we are recruiting. You may bring your donations to the October, November, or December meetings. Please mark your items for “Silent Auction” and put your name on all items in case we have questions. Your suggested price would be appreciated.
“Why are we having a silent auction,” you ask? In case you missed it last month, here is the reason.
Even though the Guild has maintained its high quality of programs for which it is known, the Guild has also been operating at a deficit for at least the last six years. Therefore, to offset those losses and to help stop the flow of ‘red ink’, the Executive Board and Programs are planning a silent auction as part of the program for January 2020. The funds generated from the auction will help support the rising costs of presenters and keep the cost for classes as low as possible.
Once again, we hope everyone will participate in this much needed fundraiser. Keep in mind, we will not accept used goods or leftover scraps.
Fall is here! The farmers have been out in the field behind my house harvesting the corn, so it looks like we need to get ready to do out winter sewing. Do you find that you do more quilt making over the winter months than when we are able to get outside and do things? I know that I do.
I was sorry that I missed the speaker this month, as I heard from several members that she was a great speaker. I have not heard how the classes were, but I assume that they were just as great. This month is Doug Leko and I have heard him and do know that our members will enjoy him, both as a speaker and an instructor.
Did you catch the article in the Pantagraph about the bed blitz quilts and the beds as the recipients that received the beds and quilts? Hopefully next year we can provide more quilts and maybe the Guild should sponsor building several of the beds.
Have you been working on your UFO’s for the Quilt Spectrum? I know I was until I took the tumble last month and trying to figure out which ones I can definitely get finished and entered into the show.
Have you been organizing your sewing room and looking for items that can be donated to the silent auction in January? I would like to see this be a successful auction as it will help
Don’t forget to bring your food donation for the grocery cart or for the Big Give that the church is helping Home Sweet Home Mission with. See you in November!
We are happy to announce the ship is fully booked. Cruisers should expect boarding instructions to arrive in your email in December. We are excited to welcome everyone aboard. We have a small waiting list and you are welcome to contact Bev Elder if you’d like to placed on the list.
Looking forward to casting off.
Cheryl Adam and Ruth Novosad
Cruise Ship officers
We still want your fabric scraps! Please bring your quilt scraps for the mystery bags for the 2020 Quilt Spectrum. The MARCH meeting is the LAST time fabric will be accepted. Fabric scraps need to be quality cotton and no smaller than 2 inches. You may put your scraps on the counter outside the kitchen. Please, no clothing or books. Thank you for helping us add an air of “mystery” to the Quilt Spectrum and earning over $500 at this year’s Quilt Spectrum.
This committee is looking for a few more hands to help sort, weigh, and label the bags. You have been so supportive of this activity that is has grown beyond what the three of us can do! The only criteria to be on this great committee is that you LOVE handling fabrics and can utter an occasional oh-h or ah-h when something spectacular comes to your attention!
Programs & Workshops
Our December presenter/teacher is Lisa Bongean. There are no openings for her “Snowman for Hire” class. There are two spots in her “Jacob’s Ladder” class. Those registered for her classes have received the class supplies. Lisa will have all listed notions and threads available for purchase prior to and during class. There are no pre-cutting instructions for either class. REMINDER: If you are using your own fabric for “Jacob’s Ladder”, the ONLY thing you need to do before class is to starch your fabric.