February: the great reveal

Our February meeting was held on Valentine’s Day, and we welcomed two guests, Sharon and Erma who found us through our new website.

Tree of Life Raffle QuiltAs we gathered, excitement built for what was behind the curtains on the stage. It was the night of the big reveal of our completed and beautiful Tree of Life raffle quilt. See LOTS of photos and more information on our raffle quilt page.

Lisa explained the process for selling tickets and distributed an envelope to each member with 20 tickets to sell and said there are plenty more after that. She asked for volunteers to sign up to accompany her to various quilt shows where it will be on display during the year with the final display and drawing taking place in 2018 at Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party.

Lisa also requested assistance with our planned mini quilt show on National Quilting Day to be held March 18 at Holly Hill Mall. Alamance Piecemakers is not participating this year, so Lisa asked that our guild members bring quilted items – old, new, large, small to display. She needs to know by February 24th what kinds and sizes of items to expect so she can arrange for sufficient display racks and tables. We will have the raffle quilt on display and will also have boutique items for sale. Assistance is needed on the day (at 7:30 am) to set up and then to staff the area at the mall all day until late afternoon.

Needle NannyFinally Lisa announced that there are still spaces available if others want to attend the BCQG retreat in March. If you are interested, contact Lisa.

Barbara demonstrated new features of this website including a color-coded calendar and a members-only access to monthly minutes and newsletters. Ann presented Barbara with a lovely Needle Nanny in appreciation for her work on the guild website.

Show and Tell time followed with members sharing their latest creations or in Lisa’s case, acquisition.

Lisa shared the Whigs Defeat quilt she had purchased at Consignment Collection. The quilt was part of the NC Quilt Project and she is eager to learn more about its history and the person who made it.

Ilona was busy with a couple of projects. One was another disappearing nine patch that incorporated inspirational quotes in the center blocks, and she also created a delightful fidget quilt – an idea we might want to adopt as one of our charity projects. They can be used by people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, ADD, head trauma, or persons recovering from strokes. Instructions and guidelines are easy to find online. Fidget aprons are also an option.

We then turned to looking at options for charity projects and browsing donations of fabric and materials for the projects. Lisa explained the cat rescue pillows that are made from a half yard of fabric and stuffed with fabric and thread scraps. She also shared a demo for how to sew adult bibs and provided a pattern and paper for members to trace their own pattern.

Lastly we turned our attention to quilts that could be made for Project Linus or for local outlets if we can find them. Members browsed fabric donations and patterns and collected materials to sew at home or on Saturday at our first charity sewing day.

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