Saturday, August 27, 2011

President's Message September 2011

Good day to all of the River City Quilters!

So sorry I couldn't make the August meeting. There were family commitments and a bit of vacationing. Of course, I thought about all of you while visiting a few quilt shops in Arlington, TX, Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins, CO. The spectacular selection of batiks in Colorado Springs was overwhelming. I convinced my husband to stop at the Moab, UT quilt shop. I found some interesting local themed fabric there. Needless to say, I came home with enough fabric for about 5 quilts. Ridiculous, isn't it?

Besides shopping for fabric, we did a lot of hiking. We visited several national parks: Rocky Mountain, Arches, Canyon Lands, and Mesa Verde! If any of you are traveling folks, the best deal we came across was a lifetime pass for ALL of the National Parks for $10! My husband qualified for the senior discount. It is so worth it.

I heard through the grapevine that Michael Young's presentation was excellent. If we have enough interested people, we're going to ask him to do a workshop for one of our Saturday Sew Ins next year.

Okay folks, I'm slowly knocking out those items on my UFO list. I sent Suzanne Elliot a list of 5, YES FIVE quilts that are finished! Let's try and beat last year's numbers. Remember, I won last year and I'm sewing my fingers to the bone trying again in 2011!

Thanks to Beth for taking care of the business at the meeting. And many thanks to the Nominating Committee for their hard work in finding a slate of officers for 2012. As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed being your guild president, family commitments and health issues will preclude me from continuing next year. Of course, I am more than willing to serve in a support position. Being president isn't a hard job! It is time-consuming but with the great support I have received from the membership, it was easy to accomplish what we set out to do: have fun, learn new skills, and meet friends! Please consider serving if you are asked and if you aren't asked, consider volunteering. The current board has already made some plans for 2012 so all you have to do is step up!

I am looking forward to the September and Sherry Herringshaw's presentation. She has great ideas and techniques for small quilts which will fit in fine with our AAQI involvement. It's amazing how easy it is to finish these small art quilts. And they go to such a great cause.

All I can say is, "WOW," when I read about Candy Bergeron and the Christmas committee's accomplishments on the Christmas Lotto Quilts. Incredible that we had such a great response and returns. If you weren't able to make a block (they are sold out), you still have time to earn chances by sewing with the committee. These quilts are going to be highly sought after at the drawing! So many thanks to all for a job well done!

Well, I must go sew. Those UFOs are calling my name.

Best regards, Jo Paula

Stuff to bring:
  • non-perishable food for local food cupboards
  • donations to the auction
  • quilting supplies for Joplin and/or Alabama
  • Show and Tell items
  • Finished Pet quilts
  • Finished Christmas Lotto Blocks
  • Fat Quarter Lotto - Kaffe Fassett
  • Items for the birthday table
  • Fiber name tag