Monday, April 29, 2013

President's Message - May 2013

May is here already! The spring flowers are in full bloom and so vibrant   it energizes me to work with vibrant fabrics, which is SO much fun. I am using the Tri Recs templates to make a tree quilt. 
It was a challenge to find the correct way to sew the blocks together (to get the top center to line up correctly) but I have mastered that   20 blocks done and 30 more to go!

We will have another very busy, interesting meeting. The string lotto blocks will be split between 2 lucky winners. I was looking through my American Quilter magazine and came across a ‘Liberated String Medallion’ quilt. It is very interesting and would look great in a variety of colors, either scrappy or various tones in one or two color ways.  It is on page 48 in the March issue of American Quilters' magazine.

Those of us who are participating in the Fabric Swap will bring our fabric strips (in bags) to the May meeting. I am thinking of making a Lasagna quilt or table runner and place mats. Oh, so many projects, so little time!

The Christmas Lotto Blocks and featured fabrics shall be revealed, and help will be needed to assemble the kits  time and place TBA.  Remember that you will get an extra chance for the Christmas lotto drawing for every four hours that you help the Christmas committee whether kit preparation or quilt top construction.

Lastly, I am so appreciative of our guild's participation in the Giving Quilt Exhibit.  Thanks for all the volunteering and participation in the community service activities.  It was quite a day!  River City was well represented.  Each activity, Draw for Kids and Stuff  A Bear, drew crowds of admirers. Your participation in this biennial event strengthens our quilt community and puts a positive emphasis on quilting as both craft and art form.

I hope each of you have a wonderful month. Looking forward to seeing all of you at St Margaret's!     

Keep quilting! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

President's Message - April 2013

Dear Guild Members,

I hope you all had a Happy Easter holiday with family and friends.
And once again, congratulations to the winners of The Giving Quilt Fabric Challenge.  You all did a wonderful job. The quilts showed great expression, imagination, and style.  That "Parade of Quilts" we viewed in March was just stunning. These labors of love shall warm the hearts and brighten the days of those who receive them.  Thanks to Sherry and Noreen for all their enthusiasm and inspiration.

What a great month we have ahead of us in April!  At this month's meeting, the Annual Guild Challenge will be presented.   Start revving up your creative juices! There will also be more lotto blocks to buy ($2), Mystery Quilt, and another installment of  your "UFO projects" during Show and Tell.

Our program will be a demonstration of a specialty ruler to make your quilting projects easier.  Sounds like fun to me!

This coming Saturday, April 6th also brings us the much anticipated Giving Quilt Show. Kudos to Candy Bergeron and her group of organizers for presenting this great quilt event.  And many thanks to you, the River City Quilt Guild members, who have offered your time, talent, and donations to make this exhibit like no other - all quilts are for non-profit donation. Please plan to attend this one-day festival and vote for your favorite!

Finally I am looking forward to some warm spring weather, planting in my flower beds, and finding creative inspiration in the colors of nature and a bounty of new blossoms in my backyard.

Also looking forward to seeing all of you this Thursday!     

Keep quilting! Barbara

- Raffle tickets are $1 for Debby Saucier Cancer Fund
- Raffle tickets are $1 for the GQ Blue Willow opportunity quilt
- finished Lotto Block, Strings on Foundation, and purchase more kits at $2/kit (Drawing is in May.)
- Fat Quarters - Circles 
- Fiber Name Tag
- Show & Tell - with another installment of UFO's in progress.  Plus your regular stuff!!
- Your favorite pair of scissors.  Explain why you like them so much?  Ergonomics?? Techniques/Projects??  or admit it - You just had to have them......