Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Fun Time

PTQ Christmas Party 12/6/08

Dear Patty Patchwork,

At our last meeting we met at Judy's house. She had it decorated for Christmas. She welcomed everyone and presented Sharon as our outgoing president with a gift certificate to pamper herself when she has a chance to have a manicure and pedicure.

Mary Ann and Derendia explained their project for Jan. and handed out the worksheet of material lists.

The new year will bring a few changes. We have asked the members to fill out a sheet about themselves and about the guild. We also asked everyone that would like to participate in the block lottery to make two blocks. The blocks will be made in the pattern of your choice but are to be made one with black and white prints plus one color and the other is to be made of yellow and blue. This will give us two sets of quilt blocks to give away.

The guests played dirty Santa and had great fun swapping presents over and over. The ones who brought their signature squares exchanged them and the rest will exchange at a later meeting. We all sampled a variety of dishes and enjoyed them. The guests parted with a sample of the pecans Judy had all over her yard and warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Well this is my last installment of the meeting notes as I will take the position of vice president and our new secretary will post in her very own style. It has been an honor letting you know about our guild's news and have you read my words.
Well sew long,
Katie O'Possum

November Blocks Winner and Show and Tell

Show and Tell from Nov 1

PTQ November Meeting - 11/15/08

Dear Cynthia Crazypatch,

Our meeting got kicked off with the usual reading of the minutes and the treasurer’s report. We had a visitor, Gidget, who is a friend of Terri’s and we hope becomes a member of the guild next year. The Christmas party is to be at Judy’s house and we are to bring a $15 gift for the dirty Santa and a dish of party food. If you have your signature blocks finished bring them to exchange.

Sharon found a web site which has a helpful lesson on color theory and also helps market original quilt patterns.

Derindia and Mary Ann will have a demo on a fat quarter quilt that they will teach at the Feb. workshop. This is to be a fun fast quilt and with a little preparation you should leave with a complete quilt top.

The January workshop will be a Round-2-it so bring something you have been working on and let's try to finish a few UFO’s. Also remember Jan. starts a new year and we will need to be ready to pay our dues of $15.

The fall gathering is to be Oct. 2 and 3 at the First Methodist Church if that doesn’t conflict with any of the plans of the Church. Lauren will co-ordinate the process of planning the meeting and is asking for help from anyone who is willing to help. C.C. and Christine will be co-chairs of the silent auction during the gathering and they will accept any donations during the year to go toward the auction.

Well that brings to my favorite part of every meeting and that’s show and tell. This meeting C.C. brought her finished maple leaf quilt. Annette brought her cathedral window pillow top that she made with yo-yo’s for the centers and her finished BOM quilt. Sharon brought a small cathedral window she had made some time back and admitted she had been quilting longer than she thought. All that want to help is asked to decorate the tree at the library Sat. after Thanksgiving. The block lottery had 23 blocks and our youngest member Jadea’ won them.

Well I guess that about says it all for this meeting. I hope you can come to the Christmas party cause we miss seeing you so till then keep you stitches small and you stash big.

Hanging by my tale,

Katie O’Possum

October Blocks Winner and Show and Tell

PTQ October Meeting, 10/18/08

Dear Fanny Flowergarden,

The meeting began a little differently this time because the ladies from the RAC were downstairs making banners about an up and coming event the center is hosting. Patti addressed the meeting about the fundraiser which will be Nov. 1&2 to showcase designers and how they would display art in an average home. The event will be from 4pm until 9pm Sat. and Sun with a two day ticket for $25 and $10 for Sun. only. She invited anyone interested in having their work possibly included to bring it as soon as possible. She also informed us that the starving artist sale should not have any article priced more than $300.

The minutes were then read and approved and the floor was turned over to the nominating committee. Annette presented the nominees and opened the floor to any other nominations. There were no other nominees and the members voted to accept the following members as next years officers. The president is Judy Stokes, vice president is Mary Ann Abrams, treasurer is Sue Seymer, and secretary is Joanne Slancauskas. Sharon will continue to help with the smooth running of the guild as the past president.

There were 14 present and we had one visitor which was Annette's granddaughter Emily.

The Pine Belters quilt show had 481 juried quilts and several of the PTQ members placed in the show. Watanna, Julia, Judy and Sharon were some of the ones in the show. Sharon won 2nd place on her geisha and Julia received an honorable mention on the piece she did for a class recently. Julia's quilt that she made for her son and had hand quilted won a prize for best hand quilting. The Pine Belters guild has 180 members and this was their 12th show. The next show will be 2010 and the theme is Log Cabin. Oh yes, lucky Linda Dawkins won a sewing machine.

The party that we have been invited to attend by the Golden Triangle guild at the First Methodist Church is Dec. 11th 5:30-8:00. We need to respond to let them know how many of our guild can come. The Dec. meeting of our guild will be a Christmas party at Judy's house and you are asked to bring a dish of your choice and a gift of $10-$15. We will play Dirty Santa and exchange our signature blocks that we have made. Anyone wanting to exchange signature blocks but feels they would not have time to do so before the meeting can still exchange theirs at the Jan. meeting. Judy demoed the signature block assembly and gave a hand out to aid in the construction. She also gave a helpful hint to iron freezer paper to the back of the signature piece to stabilize it when you are signing the piece.

Joanne demoed the cathedral window block and instructed us to bring 2-7" squares and 2-2" squares per ornament and anything you want to dangle from the ornament for the class Nov.1. The lottery block for next month is to be black and tan. You may use tone on tone but please any prints need only to be black and tan. As always the pattern is your choice. This month 18 blocks were turned in and Faye Robertson won them.

Well that brings us to the best part of the meeting and of course it's show and tell. Judy brought a quilt that she had made from a class she took a while back from Annis Cox that is called Glory-B which is both machine and hand quilted. She plans to give it to her granddaughter on her birthday. Watanna took the lotto blocks she had in the churn dash pattern and made a charity quilt to add to our charity quilts. CC showed off her king size maple leaf quilt she had made. Ebba showed her Jack-O-Latern quilt top she made with halloween fabric. Annette brought her A block of the northwind quilt and showed how the unique border she pieced enhanced to pattern.

The rest of the day we lunched on goodies brought to the meeting and worked on the borders of the RAC quilt. It is good to have time to do what you love doing and friends to help. We miss seeing you and hope you can join us the next time we meet. Sew till then, Katie O' Possum