Friday, July 29, 2011

President's Message August 2011

Hello Fellow Quilters,

Just a brief message to wish you a happy summer. I don't know about you but this wonderful rainy weather has encouraged me to pull out my UFO basket. I finished 2 more projects. Now, not to set to bar too high, I just want to remind you that I won the UFO Challenge last year and I'm feverishly working to win it again! I have to keep reminding myself NOT to work on some of the new projects that I started from fabrics I purchased on our road trip to Knoxville. Well, that's another story. We visited 15 quilt shops and bought a little here and there, but the best shop, by far, was Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough. It was easy to see why it was selected as one of the Top Ten shops in Quilt Sampler Magazine in 2011. If you've never been, believe me it's worth the trip. In fact, we almost went 3 hours out of our way on the return trip home, just to go back, but we decided to go through Marietta, GA and visited a few shops there. Needless to say, I won't be going to Houston this Fall.

I wish I could say that I got a lot accomplished on this trip. I had such good intentions, really I did. I brought a few UFOs but the shops in the area were too much fun to visit. It was great seeing our quilts hang in the Ultimate Guild Challenge. We got some great ideas for the next one! Unfortunately, the show is moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, but eventually, it will return to Nashville in the future.

Sorry I won't be able to be at the August meeting. I was so looking forward to hearing Michael Young talk about the Stack and Whack technique. I've had some fabric which is on my UFO list which I purchased for that technique, but haven't felt comfortable jumping in without seeing The Pro work his magic! Oh well, next time.

Anyway, I'm off to Colorado for my sister in law's 70th birthday celebration so I'll see you around the bend in September. Until then, keep on sewing!

Best regards,
Jo Paula

The Bring List:
  • Stack and Whack Quilts for Show and Tell
  • We want to see your finds and hear your stories if you've been traveling to quilt shows in Sisters or Knoxville, or anywhere else
  • Childrens fabrics and brights to donate to Wasted Women for cherity quilts
  • Finished Pet Quilts
  • Donations for the Auction - please measure and label your fabrics
  • Fat Quarters for Lotto - Clouds or rain, in either silver, blue-gray or white
  • Fiber Name Tag
  • Items for the Birthday Table
  • Completed Christmas Lotto Blocks earn 3 chances to win