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!   

Monday, January 1, 2018

President's Message-January 2018

Welcome Ladies,

Be of good cheer. The last meeting of the year will be our Pot Luck Welcome Ladies,

Happy 2018 everybody! I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas, with family and friends, and are now ready to tackle the new year with renewed purpose and lots of energy. Let's make this year, the year to get things done, and when it comes to quilting, let's get those quilts finished!

If you are anything like me, you probably have lots of unfinished projects and, in my case, lot of unquilted tops. I love piecing, but when it comes to the quilting, I get stumped. After putting all that time, money, and effort into the top, I am terrified of ruining it with the quilting. The thing is, I can manage a fairly good stippling, or an overall design, but some quilts require a bit more, and there is where I freeze up. The other problem I have is time. I might figure out how I want to quilt my top, but then I have to actually do it. I don't have time so I say to myself my resolution for 2018 is to find a way to pass these hurdles, and get my quilts finished. I hope you will come on this journey with me, and in the process, become a better, more productive quilter.

To accomplish these goals, our vice-president, Judy Holley, is working on developing programs that will cover quilting tasks from basting to label making and everything in between, and she will put extra emphasis on quilting. From designing the quilting, to quilting on a home machine, to long arm etiquette, we will try to touch on as many topics as we can. Please let Judy, or any other officer, know if you have any requests for programs, or if you have any techniques or ideas you would like to share with your fellow quilters.  We would like to hear from you.

I would like to thank you all for trusting me with directing our guild in 2018.  I will also like to thank Judy, Suzanne, and Karen for assisting me in this endeavor. We will try to do our best to make this an exciting and entertaining year for you. But to accomplish this, we also need your help. There are many opportunities to help the guild, by signing up for a committee, providing refreshments, sharing knowledge, or sharing your work, to just name a few.

Due to the weather, we will start the January meeting at 6pm and try to keep it short and to the point, so everybody can go home early. Suzanne and Cindy will be collecting dues. We need to finalize the details for January's GSQA meeting. Sherry Herringshaw will have sign up lists and information. There are several committee openings to be filled. Judy will present the Traditions Quilt and talk about the process that brought it about. If you have show and tell, please save for the February meeting.

See you all at the meeting. Let's get it done!   


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

President's Message-December 2017

Welcome Ladies,

Christmas Party.  Please bring whatever dish you wish.  There is no sign-up required.  We always have a nice array of dishes: vegetables, meats, desserts, and casseroles.  Bring your favorite and a serving spoon if needed. 
Bring 1-yard of non-Christmas fabric for the Fabric Exchange. Chances on a raffle quilt and drawings for 6 Christmas quilt tops.

The slate of officers for 2018 will begin their tenure during this meeting.  They are Elena as president, Judy as vice president, Karen as secretary, and Suzanne as treasurer.  I will assume the role of past president and attend the board meetings.

Please volunteer for committees and special projects.  You all have so much talent to contribute.  Some will continue in their present committee roles; others need a break or wish to try something new.  New Ideas are always Welcome !!  Contact any of the officers with your concepts.

Once again, I want to say "thank you" for this opportunity to be your president.  My tenure comes to a close as Elena takes the reins as chief executive officer.  She has so many ideas and such an eye for design.  I recall her original designs from the first time she joined the guild. Elena has many new thoughts and ideas for exploration of quilt techniques and challenges.  And she needs to her from you. 
I know you all will be open to new projects and helpful in executing the programs and committees that River City is so well known for.

The generosity of all of you and the South Louisiana quilt community has brought tears to my eyes at times and many blessings to my door, more than I ever imagined.  You have my many thanks.  I know these friendships we have forged will last a lifetime.

Please continue to contact me for Quilts of Valor presentations.

Remember - one last Saturday Sew Day on December 9th.

For my last message as president,

.... SEW, dear ones, be inspired, as I am by your creativity and drive,

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

President's Message-November 2017

Welcome Ladies,
At the meeting this Thursday, Nov. 9th - We will have a Quilts of Valor presentation - in observation of Veterans' Day. Please plan to attend.  Always a touching moment.

Our thanks to Kelli Thompson for a grand presentation on Zentangles free-motion quilting. And the Saturday class was most enjoyable.

Turn in  your (Lucky Stars) Lotto Blocks to Alice. The Christmas lotto quilts are to be won at the Christmas Party.

The 2018 slate of guild officers  are nominated., Elena Acosta (president), Judy Holley (vice president), Karen Perron (secretary), and Suzanne Elliott (treasurer).  I will act as past president and attend board meetings.

Show & Tell us all about:  (1) The Houston International Quilt Show. and  (2)  Show your QOV quilts in any stage of composition; pieced, quilt top, or finished, and (3) any other projects you can share.

Once again, I want to say I have enjoyed my tenure as guild president and I am ready to step down and maybe go on retreat and make a quilt. When I first considered retirement from the US Post Office and opening my shop full-time, I thought, "Sure - I'll have plenty of time to quilt."  Well, experience has proved to be a bit of a different outcome than what I thought.  However, being a part of the generous Baton Rouge quilt community has brought many blessings to me, more than I every imagined.  You all have my love and my thanks for your support throughout the years.
We will have more of Debbie Ingram's stash to purchase.

The refreshments this month will be provided by Elena Acosta, Louise Porter, and Ellen Couvillion.

SEW, dear ones, be inspired, as I am by your creativity and drive,