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Finally, Mother Nature decided to cooperate and our first meeting of the year took place Monday, January 15th, at 1 pm in the afternoon.  There was a good turnout too, with 44 members of the Guild making their way to the meeting – looking forward no doubt on the chance to catch up with their quilting friends, discuss the Guild’s business issues and to take part in a super program.

There were a number of business items to pay attention to, including some reminders for upcoming workshops. The first session of the improv workshop by Jen Houlden has already been held but IT’S NOT TOO LATE! The brief session already held is available on video to help you prepare for the big event – the follow up workshop on January 27. So, if this is one you’d like to take, be sure to register ASAP. Check out the link here . Registration for the Fabric Collage Puffin workshop is also underway. Here is the information – be sure to register soon. Not a member? No problem. Touch base with us – we have rates for non-members as long as space is available.

Raffle quilt tickets are now available and ready for you to pick up. This is one of the Guild’s major fundraisers so it’s important that we all take part in the effort to sell tickets. Now I must admit that this is not a job that I do particularly well, but I can always buy some for myself (and ‘surprise’ my husband with his share of tickets) and lean a bit on close friends and family as part of my own contribution to the effort. To be honest, this year’s quilt is so awesome, the tickets really do the marketing for me anyway. We’re looking for events and places where tickets can be sold so be sure to let us know if you have some ideas.

2024 Raffle Quilt by Krista Garber, quilted by Pam Wells.

2024 Raffle Quilt by Krista Garber, quilted by Pam Wells.


Stay tuned for information on the April EQ tea and the three workshops to be offered by Melissa Marginet, from April 10 to 13. This is our first EQ since COVID – and I know many are looking forward to the event. Stay tuned to the calendar and newsletter for information.

Sew and Tell was a highlight, as usual, as you can see in the photos above.  Normally, I would remind you of the Flickr link and suggest that you visit the Gallery there to see the rest of the quilts shown at the meeting. However, please note – we are now moving away from Flickr and will host all of the Guild’s photos right on our own web site – here.  Now, to look at all of our Guild photos, just check on the Photo Gallery button on the home page and you can search for the year and then month you’re looking for. Most recent photos will always be at the top and also appear at the bottom of the home page for a quick peek. Enjoy!

The original program – a presentation by Heidi Wulfraat had to be rescheduled. In its place, some inventive Guild members staged an impromptu auction. What fun!  Our auctioneer, AKA Peggy A., kept us all bidding and laughing, and more importantly buying. When bags of thread were a hard sell, she found great combinations of threads with fabric, patterns, and other quilting essentials  that ensured those threads would find a new home. It was a great time – and I hope we do it again some time. I scored fabric at a bargain price – and there were few empty hands going out the door afterward.

Next meeting is planned for February 5 – note that this is also an afternoon meeting, to be held at 1:00 pm. The program next month is a presentation on Project Linus. Hope you can join us!