January 2020 – Planning for a new year

Taking care of business

Our first meeting of the year is generally about planning and getting organized for the coming year. This year it included a report from each committee chair about the work of her committee so that members could sign up to serve on committees.

  • Miranda talked about upcoming programs and that she and Teresa need members to help with speaker arrangements each month. Miranda also talked about this year’s group quilt along – the Round Ostrich.  The assignment for February is to come with a block that will serve as the center of a medallion quilt. In each month’s newsletter between February and August, Miranda will describe a new border to add. Members who complete that border by the next month’s meeting will be eligible for prizes. The newly added border must be shown to Miranda at the meeting or a photo emailed or texted to her before the meeting to be checked off for that month. In December, all completed quilts (quilted, bound, labeled) with at least 7 of the 8 borders added will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. By the end of the meeting, 26 members had signed up to participate.
  • Barbara B. talked about how fun the hospitality committee is to serve on – refreshments for meetings when we have speakers, planning the July and December parties, and reaching out to members with condolences, birthday cards, etc.
  • Amy talked about our focus charities for this year and encouraged everyone to sew where their hearts lead them to sew and report to her any items they donate even if not to one of our focus charities. Kathy will cover charity questions for Amy during tax season. Amy will be liaison for CrossRoads (quilts needed for ages 4-14), and Leslie volunteered at meeting to be liaison for Alamance Pregnancy Services (baby quilts). Barbara T. spoke briefly about mini quilts for children adopted through Carolina Adoption Services and encouraged members to sign up to make a quilt for one of the 15 adopted children living in North Carolina.
  • MJ thanked everyone for all the sewing they did last year to make our boutique sales a huge success. She hopes to have a spring event this year as well as a couple in the fall/winter. She noted that all members are part of her committee, but she asked for volunteers to help specifically with inventory, guidelines, and setup.
  • Lisa R. raved about how much fun retreats are and noted time is running out to sign up for the spring sewing and shopping retreat in the NC mountains. More details will be available later for the fall retreat in Denton. Ann A. is helping Lisa and will take over next year, and they asked for fun-loving folks to help them plan and explore additional venues.
  • Barbara T. reminded folks that newsletter is emailed about a week before each meeting and that she welcomes content contributed by members as well as feedback and ideas for ways to improve the newsletter and/or the website.
  • Debbie noted that we need someone to be the lead on the 2021 raffle quilt. This involves choosing a pattern and fabrics and coordinating a committee to sew the quilt, get it quilted, and lining up venues to sell tickets.
  • Lynn talked about the guild cookbook and asked members to contribute recipes for soups/stews/chilis and breads and that now we have added salads as a third category. Members can use the information found online to enter the recipes themselves or can send their recipes to Teresa, Enola, or Lynn for them to enter. Lynn would like to have 200 recipes by the end of April.
  • Barbara B. talked about the March 6th event at Alamance Community College that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. We’ve been asked to share the art of quilting with the 1500 middle schoolers who will be in attendance. Barbara is hosting a brainstorming and planning session and everyone is welcome to participate with ideas and contributions.
  • Debbie asked people to sign up to set up and take down the member information table – if everyone takes one month, it doesn’t fall on the same people to do it all the time. Debbie provides the printed copies of materials for the table each month.
  • Debbie announced the UFO winners. Ann A. completed 22 of her 23 projects and was a winner for completing more than anyone else. Barbara T. was the only one who let Debbie know she completed her entire list (12 out of 12) and so won the prize for completing her list. The rules for 2020 are the same – fill out a UFO sheet with projects you have started or have the fabric or pattern for and have Debbie or Sylvia initial your sheet when a project is done.
  • Debbie discussed the president’s challenge – hoping everyone will take some time this year to sew for themselves since we tend to always be busy sewing for others. In December, members can bring and display what they’ve made and talk about what it means to them as a way to get to know more about one another.
  • Lisa R. presented Emily with a bundle of supplies collected by members to  celebrate the start of her journey as a quilter. Emily completed her first quilt top at our fall retreat, and we look forward to seeing it finished and more to come.
  • Lisa R. talked about Frances who will turn 90 later this month and invited everyone to a birthday celebration. Lisa passed around a signup sheet and is hoping several people will bake and bring cakes.
  • Teresa thanked all who have contributed to the 2019 raffle quilt’s success and asked for volunteers to help with selling tickets in March on Thursday at the Pineapple sale and on Friday and Saturday at the Piedmont Guild show.
  • Debbie reminded everyone about this Saturday’s sew day at the church. The 2020 raffle quilt committee hopes to be working on finishing up the quilt, and everyone is welcome to bring projects and sew together.

Show and Tell

Ann A. was up first with four of her completed UFOs from last year. Three were from her time with Quilter’s Academy at Calla Lily, and the fourth was a stack and whack she made for her daughter.

MJ shared a table runner she pieced at our fall retreat and finished in time for the holidays.

holiday table runner

Debbie had planned to complete her mystery quilt in December, but her long arm let her down, so she shared the finished quilt this month. She also shared three adorable quilts she made at our fall retreat. The scrappy one was made using strips from the guild stash.

Ilona shared two quilts she made for church members and was delighted to show that each had a special pocket on the back to hold tissues.

Enola was excited to show a quilt Gail had just finished quilting that she will be sending to her great nephew once she gets it bound. Her other two quilts were a scrappy one and an “argyle” one that Gail quilted.

Catherine shared three cute quilts, one from her charm pack that multiplied and the others given to her by Ann A. who sadly could not count them as her own UFOs.

Barbara T. showed a wall hanging consisting of curved log cabin blocks and a batik quilt that began as a $5 club block of the month.


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