Christmas in July 2017

Food and fellowship

Christmas in July tableOur July meeting was a festive affair with Christmas decorations provided by Lisa and Ann and a wide array of delicious food provided by members.

We enjoyed catching up with one another, eating yummy food, and talking recipes over a meal together before our business meeting.

Attending to business

Lisa distributed a printed calendar for the rest of 2017 and talked about upcoming events like the 3-day sewing expo in Raleigh (July 20-22) and the High Point Quilt Show (Aug 12-12)  and the need for members to volunteer to attend these and other opportunities to display the raffle quilt and sell tickets.

Other discussion items included:

  • designing guild t-shirts – purple was agreed upon color and Lisa had obtained permission to use carousel logos from the city of Burlington. Pam is working on the project and comparing prices.
  • business cards for the guild – to include our website address – Ann is working on taking advantage of a cost-saving deal.
  • field trip(s) to Archdale for the Pineapple Fabrics summer sale (Aug 3-5) – Lisa passed around a sign-up sheet for those interested so we can carpool.

Block of the month drawing

Ilona's 4th of July block

Miranda described a new block-of-the-month project where each member sews a 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) block based on the chosen theme for the month. At the following meeting, all who contribute a block are entered into a drawing, and the single winner takes home all the blocks.

The theme for July (bring to August meeting) is Indpendence Day, so all blocks need to be red, white, and blue. Miranda brought fabrics from her stash for others to take for their blocks, and over-achiever Ilona brought an already completed block to show.
red-white-blue fabrics

Show and Tell

During show and tell, Sheila shared a quilt she had made for friends who have a mountain cabin. She had fun with quilting designs after she created coordinating card trick blocks to complement a card-playing panel that featured glow-in-the-dark accents.

Lisa shared a lap quilt she had pieced and Sheila quilted to donate for elderly church members to use during services as a thank you for the church letting us use their space and facilities for our meetings.

Sheila's card trick quilt

card trick quilting

Lisa's lap quilt

Fun, games, and prizes

Maria's Ruler holderMiranda reminded members of the UFO challenge, and Lisa won the nametag drawing and received a ruler and a pattern.

Bingo followed with Sylvia, Maria, Frances, and Diana winning prizes and Miranda in distress and disappointed with her Bingo card supplier that there were multiple winners on the last round – something that’s not supposed to happen. Maria’s Bingo prize was a wooden ruler holder made by Sheila’s husband that other members coveted – the ruler holder that is, not the husband.

Diana's tote bagFrances with Block magazine issue

Sylvia's bobbin case prize

Kits for boutique sewing

table runner kitsSo that everyone went home with something, Lisa shared kits she had put together with holiday-themed fabric and instructions for making 10-minute table runners. These can be sold at upcoming events where we have boutique items for sale, so sew those runners up and bring them to the next meeting.

If printed instructions don’t do it for you, see video below. Miranda also had patterns and fabric for sewing various boutique sale items that members could take home.

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