Friday, March 26, 2010

President's Message April 2010

Hi, and a Happy Spring to all!

What a wonderful time of year this is! It's a perfect time for quilting! I know we are all looking forward to our program this month, Paducah 101 by Margie Bumm. From what I hear, River City Quilt Guild could have a meeting in Paducah this year!

A big thank you goes out to Nina and Joyce for their wonderful presentation on the Ultimate Quilt Challenge. The theme, "Out of the Storm", lends itself to many wonderful quilting possibilities. I hope that we have lots of participation in this challenge. You are a wonderfully talented group and I think the quilting world needs to see evidence of that fact!

Seminar was great! I hope it was as good an experience for you as it was for me. I learned a lot! Time spent with other quilters is always time well spent! Bring your class work to show us.

Don't forget that this month's birthday raffle proceeds will benefit our Community Service Quilts. Let's see how much money we can raise!

We have lots of great activities in our guild. Pick one or two or all and join in! You'll be glad you did! And my continued thanks go out to everyone who is making these activities possible.

Happy Quilting!! Mary

This Month's Program - "Paducah on a Shoestring" - With Margie Bumm as your travel guide, learn the ins and outs of this exciting quilt show. Margie, a native-born Kentuckian, will tell you the real dirt on which places are "must-sees" and which ones are just a "pass." Our special guest, Kathy Brown, quilt teacher, extraordinaire, will give a preview of the August jelly roll class and rulers.


Sign-Up Sheets:
  • Get on the Bus - Houston Trip (see Karen Tabor)
  • Kathy Brown Workshop (see Suzanne Elliott)
  • Rose Bud Auction (see Beth Jessup)
  • UFO Challenge (see Suzanne Elliott)
  • Mystery Quilt (see Glenda Parks) Cost $1/person at sign up.
The Bring list
  • your GSQA class projects
  • work from Beth Jessup's "Patch, No Work" class
  • April birthday raffle gifts. And non-birthday persons, too. This month's proceeds are donated to the community service quilts project, for supplies
  • your show & tells
  • Fat Quarter Lotto, Flowers in bloom. Max. of 2 entries
  • Your (fiber) Name Tag - your name is then entered in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate.
  • a friend, a prospective member, a relative
  • auction donations, Jo Doherty will have a collection box for the Fall auction.

Friday, March 5, 2010

100 Charity Quilt Challenge

Our president Mary Woltmann has challenged the guild to make 100 quilts for charity this year. 

Norma Payne is heading up a charity committee to work cooperatively on charity quilts.  Some do cutting, others do piecing, and still others do quilting.  It is a great way to be able to participate without feeling the pressure of completing a whole quilt.

The Wednesday Group is also working as a group doing some sweatshop sewing to produce charity quilts.

Several individual members of the guild are also very active in producing Quilts of Valor, quilts for premature babies, etc.

Kathy Onstead has volunteered to be the Recorder, so if you have done a quilt for charity this year, please send email to Kathy so that she can chalk one up for the guild.  Keep those emails coming.  The list will contain any and all quilts constructed by the guild in groups or by individuals. 

Let's show Mary that we are up to the challenge!

President's Message March 2010

Hi all!

How can March be here so soon? Didn't January just end? And GSQA Seminar is just around the corner. I hope many of you are taking advantage of the wonderful classes and lectures this year. We are so fortunate that it is right here in Baton Rouge.

I hope you all enjoyed Melanie's Life In Quilts at our February meeting. I just loved it and felt so inspired! I think I would like to be adopted into her family so I would stand a chance at receiving a quilt from her! I also thought that her idea of walking one mile on the treadmill or maybe it was ten miles before you could buy a yard of fabric was inspirational. If I had always done that you might not even be able to see me, I would be so skinny!

I know we are all looking forward to hearing about the theme choice of 2011 Ultimate Guild Challenge at this meeting. Our "Para Challenge" was wonderful and so well interpreted ! And for the guild entry to make it into the AQS show – a dream come true.

There are so many interesting and fun activities this year in our guild. It will be fun to watch as Glenda's mystery quilt unfolds as well as see what quilts will materialize from our Batik Swap. It is a true pleasure to see the results of your wonderful creativity and workmanship in your quilts.

Again, I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time and effort for our guild. River City Quilt Guild would not be what it is without you! Thanks!

Happy Quilting!!