The Hospitality Committee outdid themselves for another great BCQG party! Theme was “A Children’s Christmas,” and we did what we do best (We shopped!) for children in the community to provide toys for Christmas Cheer. We had been asked to purchase gifts for older girls and boys. There were at least 5 skateboards, a fishing pole, nerf guns (for the boys), and and array of bath & body products (for the girls). The staff of Christmas Cheer will be happy to see Sylvia back up her truck to their front door!
Thanks to Ann A for bringing the tree! We had music, apple cider, hot cocoa – the works! Maxine brought an amazing collection of nutcrackers to decorate our tables, and everyone was dressed in their “best” festive gear!
The Christmas Feast
Sylvia opened the December meeting with a prayer. And the festivities began with us digging into the wide array of goodies. A slide show ran in the background all evening with photos from recent Guild events. 27 members attended – including Miranda! It was a pleasant surprise to see her looking so well and happy.
Small groups seated together worked through answering questions to get to know each other better, like “How many states have you lived in?” and “Do you prefer traditional quilt patterns, or modern?” Two members were recognized for coming up with answers for the whole list of quilting acronyms – Phyllis was applauded for her creativity, and Lynn B for her research skills. (“God gave us Google for a reason!”)
The ornament “exchange” was a highlight. There were many beautiful ornaments to choose from, but the favorite “steals” seemed to be depictions of sewing machines, llamas, a creatively-reused fork, and one with a trio of cats! A colorful carousel horse galloped from hand to hand, as well.
Seasons and Holidays Challenge
Teresa, the Programs Committee Chair, asked everyone to help choose three winners in the “Seasons and Holidays Challenge.” Top vote-getters were Ann A’s table topper (with dancing gingerbread man cookies), Helen’s wall hanging (fall bouquet in a mason jar), and Tanya’s Christmas vest (which incorporated one of Janet’s UFOs for the focal star on the back).
Show and Tell
Ann A had completed a lighthouse Paper-Piecing kit started at retreat. Phyllis intends to enter her “Pueblo Parade” quilt in the upcoming quilt show. Helen proudly showed off her Sea Turtle quilt – “hot off the long-arm machine.” (She plans to teach a class on adding custom borders to panels.) Tanya had adopted a stack of Janet’s blocks and assembled it for a charity quilt she calls “Janet’s Vivid Sampler.”