Tuesday, September 2, 2008

July 2008

Dear Lucy Lonestar,

July seems to bring out the imagination in all of the quilters in the guild. Maybe it's all the time under the air conditioner that has our thoughts on making quilts with some really hot colors. The meeting got off to a good start with the minutes and treasurers report read and approved. We had two visitors Elsie Johnson and Gladys Barham. The challenge blocks were handed in and will be put on display for all to see and vote for viewers choice through Sept.
Patti from the RAC came in and spoke to us on the quilt show the center will have for us in July and Aug. of 2009. She said our pieces would hang from panels and they would have hooks to hold rods but we would need to supply rods for our pieces that needed to hang for display. The center will receive 25% of the purchase price of each item so when you enter items you should photograph them, label the piece with your name and price adjusted for the commission. The RAC will send everyone a 1099 at the end of the year if they sell any of your pieces and they also ask that at least 75% of the items you display be for sale. Patti also told us of a starving artist sale that the center holds every year in Nov.-Dec. where local artist can enter three pieces for sale by the week of Oct. 15th if anyone wanted to enter.
The workshop in Sept. will be with Dorindia Evans when she will teach the northwind block class that will begin at 8:30 that Sat. If you plan to attend this class which is free to all guild members then please contact Judy or Sharon to get all the information about the supplies and place your dinner order.
Terry Turnage gave a demonstration on paper piecing the New York Beauty block and will teach this class in the Aug. workshop. This is a good chance to use a lot of those scraps from other projects but keep in mind that large prints and stripes don't always work well in the points. Batiks and tone on tone work well they need to have a large contrast between them. You will also need a machine with a #14 needle, 3 by 5 card, scissors, ruler, and strips cut 1and1/2" by 45" and 2" by 45" ready for class. Terry will have patterns for those who need them.
Judy contacted the Pine Belt quilters about those who live in Al. entering the show and found out that it would be allowed if they had been a member of a Ms. guild by June of 2008.
The fall gathering is going to be in St. Martin and as many as possible are asked to attend since we will be hosting the gathering next year.
The Aug meeting Lauren will have a set of by-laws to lookover and discuss for our guild. Lauren has also been asked to chair the fall gathering we will be hosting.
Watanna won the Christmas blocks and a visitor Valerie Chinn won the door prize of a pillow that was painted in class. The next months block will be a black and white block of 12 and 1/2" in the pattern of your choice.
Our show and tell was lead off by Joanne who had her Chenille bag from class and a hand quilted baby blanket for her grandson. She also showed a miniature set of blocks that she had framed which would be a great gift or item to put in the RAC for sale. Jadea' had a quilt she machine quilted with a little of her grandmothers help. LaWanna showed her BOM quilt top and Watanna showed her BOM blocks. Watanna also showed a quilt she had made for her daughters 50th birthday.
I guess that about covers it I sure hope you can be at the next meeting we always miss seeing your smiling face.
Sew long until next time,
Katie O'Possum

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