December 2020 – Medallion Quilts Revealed

We Zoom once again

With Covid 19 restrictions and limits on gatherings, we could not meet in person for our annual holiday party. To see the fun we’ve had in the past, you can read about previous holiday parties!

We made the best of it though via Zoom, and a few people dressed for the occasion with holiday attire, though several admitted to being in PJs – at least one person (mentioning no names) admitted she had not changed from her PJs all day!

Debbie thanked everyone for their contributions to Christmas Cheer – our members came through with donations, and the staff members were very appreciative of our help. We thanked Debbie for leading that initiative.

We all also thanked Sylvia for mailing each of us a card and ornament.

Awarding of Prizes

Mask maker award

Amy, our charity chair who led our mask-making initiative, had promised a prize for the person who sewed the most masks this year. The guild has donated over 3,000 masks so far to assist vulnerable populations in our community. From those who reported to Amy how many they had made, she announced the top two runners up: Joan has made 550, and Ann A. has made 650.

The grand prize winner and mask maker extraordinaire though is Catherine who has made 1500 masks! Catherine has also been the liaison responsible for making regular deliveries to community agencies. Amy had delivered a prize to Catherine and asked her to open it during the meeting, so we all were able to witness her delight with an adorable sewing machine music box. Many thanks to Catherine for running her own little mask factory and serving as our delivery person. Ann A. also thanked Catherine for helping her to make some of the 70 bags to be distributed to participants in Davis Street UMC’s breakfast ministry.

Round Ostrich Challenge prizes

Miranda, our 2020 program chair, came up with an amazing guild challenge and named it the Round Ostrich Challenge. The challenge began with choosing a center medallion in January, and each month after that, participants were directed to add a specific border by a set deadline with quilts finished (quilted, bound, and labeled) by our December meeting being eligible for prizes. There were three drawings – the first included those who completed at least 7 out of 8 on time, the second for those completing at least 5 out of 8 on time, and the third for those who finished their quilts regardless of how many borders were added or deadlines met.

At the meeting, Miranda said she hoped members enjoyed the challenge of designing their own quilts and that they learned and grew their skills. She expressed how amazed she was at the beauty and variety of the finished products. Several members echoed Miranda’s words – sharing their pride in designing their own and in taking on the challenge of techniques they had never done before. We thanked Miranda for coming up with this fantastic challenge.

Miranda drew names prior to the meeting and announced them via Zoom.

  • Enola won the grand prize of an Oliso 1600w iron
  • Sheila won a pair of Gingher 8″ knife edge scissors in the first drawing and a mini project iron in a later round
  • Amy won a Stashtastic quilting book by Doug Leko
  • Ann A. and Teresa won Dritz rulers
  • Elaine won an Ott light
  • Ann L. and Terri-Lynne each won a copy of Moda All-stars Scraps made Simple quilt book
  • Helen D. won a 28mm rotary cutter and in a later round, won Singer bobbin pins to keep wound bobbins together with matching thread spools
  • Lisa R. won a seam ripper

Show and Tell

Medallion Quilts

Completed medallion quilts – click on any image and use arrows to move through slideshow – use the x in the upper right corner to return to blog post.

Medallion quilts in progress-click on any image and use arrows to move through slideshow – use the x in the upper right corner to return to blog post.

Quilts for CrossRoads

Gail shared quilts that were given to her to quilt by a member of Alamance Piecemakers for donation to our guild charity of CrossRoads.

Reminders and what’s coming up

  • Sew day at the church this Saturday from 9-2. Sign up online if you are planning to come since we are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Get photos of your president’s challenge creations to Barbara T no later than January 11th – the day before our member meeting. Barbara will share your work for you to talk about like we did with the medallion quilts.
  • Finish up your UFOs for 2020 and watch for and reply to an email from Debbie regarding how many you completed and whether you finished your list.
  • Be thinking about how you would like to help the guild next year. Committee chairs will share the work of their committees at our January meeting, and you will be able to sign up to serve on one or more committees.
  • If you have ideas for charities our guild can support in 2021, please email Diana, our newly elected charity chair.
  • Ann Loy, our new VP, will be leading the UFO challenge, so watch for guidelines in the January newsletter, and start getting your list created.
  • Teresa, our 2021 program chair, will announce a new guild challenge in the January newsletter. Teresa also hopes to offer a Saturday class on scrap quilting and can offer one or more sessions depending on demand and pandemic restrictions.

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