Tuesday, May 1, 2018

President's Message - May 2018

Welcome Ladies,

How is your UFO challenge project coming along?  Mine is DONE!  And it is one that absolutely qualifies for the extra challenge that Suzanne gave us, (the walk-around project). I hope everyone will bring one to the meeting.  I can't wait to see them all.  It is always so inspiring to see what you all have accomplished.

The Gail Garber class was quite a success.  We had 19 students participate.  I personally enjoyed Gail's teaching style and techniques.  Her lecture on Tuesday night at Remember Me Guild was very entertaining.  I love hearing quilter's stories. I f you attended any of her classes, please bring whatever work  you have done so far, for show and tell.

Lotto blocks are due this month.  The "Lotto Ladies", a.k.a. Sherry, Smittie, and Marchita, will collect the blocks this meeting, take them home and sort the blocks into pleasing combinations, then the winners will be drawn in June.

Due to the hanging of the UFO Challenge, Suzi, Margie and Connie,"The Challenge Ladies" will have another demo in June.  Suzi's presentation about color and value gave as some tips for choosing fabrics for our quilts. Have you started work on any of the challenges yet? 

Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts, See you all May 3rd.   

Elena

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

President's Message - April 2018

Welcome Ladies,

We are finally having some sunny Springtime weather and a beautiful Easter weekend.  It has been nice working outside in my garden for the last few weeks and now I am ready to get back into quilting. So many projects and ideas are going through my head.

After much consideration, I finally decided on what project to finish for the UFO challenge for next month. I hope you are all working or have already finished yours. I cannot wait till the may meeting to see all your work.

If you are still undecided or need help with the last steps to finishing your quilts, Judy Holley will give us a boost this month with a presentation on basting your quilt.  Bring any projects that need help with the basting step.  Also, if you have any tips or methods that work for you, please share your ideas with the group.

Suzi, Margie and Connie (or as I like to call them "The Challenge Ladies") will have another short demo for us. Margie's presentation last month was very useful. I hope she inspired you to tame your scrap stash.

Finally, The Gail Garber classes are fast approaching in April.  Thank you for your participation.  Your class work will make some fantastic projects and great Show & Tell.

I hope you had a Happy Easter. See you all April 5th    

Elena

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

President's Message - March 2018

Welcome Ladies,

Where did Spring go?  I was looking forward to milder temperatures to do my garden work, and instead I have had to pull weeds with temperatures in the 80's, in February!  If this is now, I do not want to think what's coming in July.  No time for quilting now, I better get all my gardening done now! I hope you have been able to get both your gardening and some quilting done, too. 

I am such a proud mom, my son is entering High School this Fall.  We have been working on his schedule for his freshman year, and let me tell you, it is a complicated endeavor.  So many options, one depending on the other for it to work, and affecting decisions for the following years and into college.

That reminded me a little about deciding the borders for a quilt.  So many options, pieced or plain. How many borders and how wide?  To miter or not to miter the corners?  Judy will keep us on our journey to finish quilts by throwing some light into quilt borders.  She will talk about backings, too.

I am so excited about the challenges for this year.  Suzi, Connie, and Margie, have done a great job, and will keep us inspired every month, with short programs related to the challenges.  Connie will lecture on scraps and what makes a scrappy quilt.  Margie will discuss Bonnie Hunter's cutting and scrap saving system.  And Suzanne will have us finishing UFO's all through the year, with 3 opportunities to participate.  I encourage everybody to finish at least in one UFO.  Maybe you can figure out how to participate in several challenges with just one quilt (wink,wink!).  I can't wait to see what you all make and where your creativity takes you. 

Finally, The Gail Garber class is fast approaching in April and there  are still some spots available.  The closer we get to 20 participants the least the Guild will have to pitch in to cover the cost.  Please contact Suzanne to register.

See you all on March 1st,         

Elena

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

President's Message - February 2018

Welcome Ladies,

What crazy weather we have had in January. I hope you could sneak in some quilting time and that you stayed warm and dry.


Judy Holley will start our "get it finished"  quilt journey with "What to do with sets of blocks."  We all have extra lotto blocks or friendship blocks in our stash.  If you have any quilts made with these types of blocks bring them to Show & Tell.  If you have any block sets you need help figuring out how to arrange, bring those too.  Judy will help with the settings.


The Challenge Committee: Connie Ewbank, Margie Bumm, and Suzi Montague have two challenges ready to present.  They will be a bit different than those in the past.  I think you will be interested and engaged in the process.


The January GSQA meeting was a successful effort. Thanks to all the guilds and their members who pitched in to help.  Many thanks to Sherry for organizing everything.  Did you register any quilts for the GSQA Show in April?  I do not have anything ready this year, but I hope many of you did. It's a great experience and you can learn a lot from the judges' comments.


I wanted to thank everybody that volunteered for a committee. Your contributions make the guild a better experience for all.


Finally, please keep Beth Jessup, Mary Ruth Fowler, Nina Delaune, Carol Hilton, Bebe Tulley, and Lily Willis in your prayers. Several members have suffered loss of family members and health issues.

I'll see you all at the meeting. Let's finish a project!   
Elena