December 2017 Holiday Party

needle case & stilettoLast night we held our annual holiday party – full of fun, fellowship, and lots of holiday bling worn by members. Ann welcomed arrivals with gifts of needle cases and beaded stilettos (for pushing fabric lest you think we sew in high heels). We welcomed three guests invited by Miranda and a former member who joined in the festivities.

Taking care of business

Eager to eat and party, we first dealt with a couple of business items. Following up on a review of the bylaws by the board and the sharing and discussion of proposed amendments over the last couple of months, members officially voted to approve the amendments. The newly amended bylaws (printable if you’d like your own copy) and a summary of changes can be reviewed on our Officers and Bylaws page.

lap quilts

Ann announced that she and several other members attended Davis Street Methodist Church on Sunday for a blessing of quilts our guild donated to the church – to keep laps warm during services and in gratitude for their letting us use their facilities free of charge.

Lisa had previously reported that we also had a successful day recently selling raffle tickets and boutique items – read about and see photos from the Elon holiday craft fair.

Food and Fun

Despite the saying that “cooking is for those who don’t know how to quilt,” we put on quite a delicious spread of desserts and real food too. Everyone enjoyed sampling (and resampling) the treats. Check out holiday party photos of food and those enjoying it.

Games were next with our able Bingo caller Miranda trying to make sure everyone used the same symbol to mark their cards in each round despite some members who shall remain unnamed relying on buttons instead. Prizes were available for winners of each round – somehow Sheila won two rounds. That was followed by a lively game of “Pass the spool” – a takeoff on musical chairs with a prize going to the last person left holding the spool when the music stopped the final time.

A round of Dirty Santa involved lots of stealing of prized gifts, some frustrated players whose gifts were repeatedly stolen, and Lisa enjoying entirely too much taking part in and observing the steals.

icy colored fabricsNext up was the fold it, rip it, drop it, pass it game with lovely icy fabrics. Everyone ended up with a half yard of their original fabric and progressively smaller pieces of colors from others. The challenge is to return in January with a 12 1/2″ block (any block pattern(s) you choose) using as many as possible of the fabrics you took home. See photos of past monthly block challenges, and remember, the more blocks you make/bring, the more times your name is entered into the drawing to win all the blocks.

Show and Tell

We finished out the evening with show and tell. Teresa brought samples of landscape quilts she has made with the offer of a Saturday workshop for the guild on the landscape quilt technique.

Barbara shared a “welcome home” quilt she had made for adoptee Ronan who joined his adoptive parents in the U.S. from South Korea.

See photos of other adoptee quilts made by BCQG and Twin Lakes residents. These little quilts welcome home (to the USA) children adopted through Carolina Adoption Services.

Other winners

Barbara won the nametag drawing and was pleased to receive a coupon for free admission to the Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace in January in Sanford. Lisa encouraged others to attend this show; our raffle quilt will be on display and we will be selling tickets.

At some point in the evening, Miranda realized Sheila was wearing a name tag with her (Miranda’s) name on it, at which point Sheila presented Miranda with the name tag she created with help from Ann and Lisa who made sure Miranda knew she has no excuse for not having a name tag at future meetings.

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