October 2019

Debbie welcomed Sherry, a guest who came with Amy and Sue who visited with us at our booth in Mebane and decided to join as a new member.

Due to a mixup with the contract and meeting date, our speaker was planning to show up on Wednesday, not Tuesday, so we spent the meeting time catching up on news and committee reports.

New storage room

Ann A reported that we now have a new room at the church to store all our stuff. The new room is on the second floor (two flights up from basement where we meet), and while this is a bit of a further trek, it is away from moisture issues in the basement. It is also dedicated just to us, so we have more space and don’t have to share it with items stored by the church. Since we had extra time, we took a field trip so everyone could see the new room. Thanks to members who helped out moving everything, assembling shelves, and getting the room organized.

Charities for 2020

Charity committee chair Amy explained that while as a guild we choose a few charities where we focus our sewing each year, that members are encouraged to donate items to other groups as well, and she asks that all donations be reported to her so they can be added to our Where your money goes flyer that helps the public understand how their support funds our work.

Amy reported that we will continue supporting two charities on an ongoing basis.

  • Sparkle Cat Rescue – we make cat pillows stuffed with cotton fabric scraps and batting (cotton or no higher than 20% poly). Lisa R usually has a stack of pre-cut fabric (half yard by WOF) at meetings, and she encourages topstitching around entire pillow after filling it.
  • Ryan’s Cases for Smiles – Catherine continues to provide pre-cut fabric for pillowcase body and band – see tutorials and videos for hotdog pillowcases.

In November, members will be asked to vote using a ballot on their top three choices for charities we will focus on in 2020. Likely entries on the ballot include:

Boutique events

Boutique committee chair MJ reported on recent events where we displayed and sold our handmade items. You can read about recent events and see photos. The good news is we did very well on sales at Mebane’s Autumn Fest last Saturday; the less good news is doing well means our inventory is low and we need to sew to build it back up. We sold lots of soup bowl koozies (see tutorials for sewing koozies), wall hangings, baby quilts. The other good news is that we won an award at the Mebane festival for “best 3-dimensional art” resulting in a free booth next next year.

Our next two events are November 23rd (Mebane’s Winter Wonderland) and December 7th (Elon Community Church’s Secondhand Santa Sale). MJ encouraged members to sew holiday items for these events as well as koozies, baby quilts, and adult lap quilts. She also urged members to get involved and help out with events so that the work of setting up and selling does not fall on the same shoulders all the time.

Upcoming opportunities

  • MJ issued an invitation to view quilts made by Jo Huisingh, a quilter from Knoxville, TN who will be in the area. Sam Moore has invited us to his home to view her Jo’s quilts on November 10th from 2-5. Details will be sent out later.
  • Miranda reminded members she needed their commitment and payment for the November 16th workshop on thread painting with Nanette Zeller who will be our speaker at our November 12th meeting. She also talked about importance of raising money through boutique and raffle ticket sales to support programming and cover the cost of speaker.
  • Teresa reminded everyone of the importance of selling raffle tickets – both helping at events and selling to friends and family.
  • Debbie reminded everyone to come out Saturday, October 12th for sew day and to come early to help Sheila and Frank unload racks.

Show and Tell

heart-themed quilt

Miranda had shared at a previous meeting that she had a co-worker dealing with breast cancer. Lori had taken home heart blocks from our February 2019 block of the month blocks made by members and put them together. She donated the top to Miranda who finished it up and had Gail quilt it.

Enola is wrapping up her stash of UFOs and shared several she has recently finished, all quilted by Gail.

Amy shared an adorable wall hanging she made from an already quilted block she had picked up at a previous meeting to which she added borders. She also shared two quilts that she adapted from a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt design. You can see the design for a single quilt: Good Fortune Mystery using both sets of blocks and see below Amy’s adaptations in which she separated the blocks and made two quilts.

Terri-Lynne has been busy making mondo bags. After making a large one for herself, she made smaller ones as gifts for her daughters.

Ann A is still cranking out UFOs. She shared a quilt made from strips won at a retreat, her first quilt quilted on her new long arm machine. She also shared a recently completed quilt that was quilted by Vernett.

Gail has been having fun making quilts for herself in addition to all the quilting she has been doing for others. She shared one that will be a gift at Thanksgiving and another that is going to her son.

Ann L shared a quilt she made after cutting up dream big panels and putting the blocks back together. Gail did the quilting.

Helen D shared how much fun she had accompanying Ann L on her annual quilt retreat in Colorado. They were sent a fat quarter in advance and were to create an item using it and bring the completed piece to the retreat. The print was of coffee cups, and Helen made an adorable appliquéd wall hanging and won the prize for best piece.

Sheila shared a very cute appliquéd witch wall hanging she is finishing up.

Barbara T shared two quilts she is donating to boutique. One was a kit Vernett gave her, pieced top with panel on the back.

The second one was made using an animal print and other fabrics from the guild stash that she quilted using a paw print design.

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