November: Vernett’s trunk show

Taking care of business

Miranda discussed our current raffle quilt – please SELL more tickets, turn in money for ones you’ve sold, and return tickets you haven’t/won’t sell. She reminded everyone to sign up to help with the traveling quilt between now and April and to make arrangements (she’s taking a day off work!) to attend Uncle Eli’s for the April 5th drawing.

We are cancelling the regularly scheduled December 16th charity sew day due to holiday busy-ness and will restart them in January so that on our every-other-month schedule, we will avoid December next year. However, we will have a boutique sew day this coming Saturday (Nov 18) to build our inventory for the upcoming Elon UCC craft sale on Dec 2nd.

Lisa reported that the retreat dates she had previously announced as options are no longer available, so if you signed up previously with a preference, you should return to the sign-up sheet and indicate a preference for two new dates in late May.

Sylvia reported on behalf of the nominating committee, and the slate of officers and committee chairs for 2018 was approved.

Proposed bylaws changes were shared with everyone in writing, and Miranda highlighted changes – reducing terms of officers to one year from two and changing duties of VP. These proposed amendments will be reviewed again in December and voted on, and if approved by 2/3 of members present, will take effect immediately.

Vernett announced that there is a new store, Needles and Threads, open in downtown Burlington. After learning Vernett was closing her shop, the owner of the new store is planning to stock some quilting items and needs our support to buy so she can buy more. The shop is located on East Front Street across from Bella House and two doors down from Wayne’s Attic. It is open in afternoons only and on Thursday evenings.

Ann announced that her church (where we meet) would be receiving and dedicating quilts we’ve made in appreciation of their allowing us to use their space. She is hoping guild members can join them for the Sunday service.

Website demo

Barbara shared a website tips handout with everyone and did a quick overview of the site and how to access the members-only sections to view documents and sign up for guild activities.

Vernett’s trunk show

Vernett shared over 20 quilts she has made over the years. Each had a story behind it from being made in a class offered at her now closed shop to being made to use fabric that wasn’t selling or using all the batiks in her shop, to being made for church raffles. There were quilts made from charm packs and jelly rolls including a jelly roll race, and the backings and quilting done by others were second only to her expert piecing.

Her bargello quilt was a show stopper at our pop-up quilt show last March, and she also shared samples of pillow cases she often makes to accompany a bed quilt – made from same fabric and she shared a beautiful pillow sham quilted by a friend.

See additional photos of quilts shared by Vernett.

Vernett shared a handout on how to fold quilts on the bias to avoid a center crease, and also showed her storage containers – plastic zippered bags with breathable sides since quilts should breathe when stored. She cautioned against storing quilts in cedar chests (like my grandmother did) since oils from the wood were the source of brown spots often seen on old quilts.

Show and Tell

Amy shared some great boutique items including a lunchbox placemat and stockings made from neckties. She has even shared her instructions for the lunchbox placemat.

Linda made an adorable “Welcome home” quilt for Dany who was recently adopted from Mexico; she even included Dany’s photo in the house’s window. Lisa is working on a quilt for Dany’s sister Lupito, and Barbara, Lisa, and Penny are still working on additional quilts – maybe they’ll be done/shared in December? See photos of other adoptee quilts made for children adopted through Carolina Adoption Services.

Ann has been a busy bee and recently completed three quilts including a very bright kid quilt and a 3-generation quilt that was started by her great aunt, added on to by her mother, and completed by Ann herself. Her third quilt was a $5 club quilt – the top only cost her $5!

Debbie shared an adorable quilt she made using Care Bear squares (even on the back); she machine quilted it herself.

Terri-Lynne shared a couple of pieces she had finished from items that were donated to the guild as well as a motorcycle themed quilt that her husband chose the fabric for. Sheila quilted it for her and incorporated names of places they’ve been on their motorcycle into the quilting.

And the winner is…

Enola won the nametag drawing and Debbie won 13 beautiful red-black-gray and white blocks contributed by members.


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