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Welcome to the month of November. I missed the October meeting because I was on vacation on a New England cruise from New York City to Quebec. Beautiful countryside and so different than the California landscape.

Congratulations to Betty Berg for having her beautiful quilt included in the just-released C&T book, “One- Block Wonders of the World,” by M. Rosenthal & L. Bardes. They even included her photo! So nice to have one of our talented members recognized in print. Hurray, Betty!

We were informed that we cannot make blood donations in Raynell’s name at the local blood banks. However, please know that any donation you make helps someone in need of life-saving blood. While your donation cannot be designated for Raynell directly, it does help to replenish the stock of blood that is being used up for her treatments, and is greatly appreciated. Please consider donating blood even if it can’t be done in the way we want it.

The 2018 Quilt Show is just around the corner. The Country Store is looking for hand crafted items to be donated. The Country Store has plenty of fabric but any cute item that makes the CS look like a fancy boutique is always helpful and appreciated.

The board decided the Guild’s annual Christmas donation will be to the Elderly Wish Foundation. Their mission is to grant wishes to seniors, 50 years and older, who have a life-threatening or chronic illness in Contra Costa County. The website is https:// www.elderlywish.org. We will be collecting donations from members at the November and December meetings, and the Guild will make a $250 donation to the foundation. If you wish to donate, please make the check out to “An Elderly Wish Foundation,” and place it in the box at the Sign In table at our next general meetings.

Have a fun month and if you wish, get sewing on all those cute items for the Country Store.
Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

A big thank you to Monica Kaseman and the 24 Guild members who sold tickets at Alden Lane last weekend. Everyone had fun and we made a lot of money for the Opportunity Quilt.

If anyone would like to help schedule the showing of the 2019 Opportunity Quilt, Monica has lots of good notes to help you do this job. Please contact Dianne Slattery or me if you have an inkling to help.

Enjoy the meetings and take advantage of all the Guild has to offer members.

Don’t forget your Secret Pal Quilter gift for the October meeting.

If you haven’t picked up your directory and Guild card, please do so at the October general meeting. See you there October 16, 2017.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

First, a huge thank you to our five demonstrators (Kathy Callahan, Birgit Knuth, Phyllis Nishimori, Mary Pimentel-Wheeler, and Mary Stockler) at the August meeting. It was a great way to learn new techniques. Don’t miss this meeting next year!

Linda Darnsteadt, a Guild member, had a photo of her “Cabins at the Lake” quilt in the Fons and Porter’s “Love of Quilting” July/ August 2017 magazine in the Sew & Tell section. Congratulations on the recognition.

Also in Mary Fons’ latest blog, our Guild was actually mentioned, The Quilt Scout: In Praise of Guilds! Here’s the link: http://www.quilts.com/quiltscout/in-praise-of-guilds.html.

For those of you who missed it, you can still participate in the Secret Quilter program at the September general meeting. Fill out the form, put it in the red and white bag, and at the end of the meeting, take a form out. At the August meeting, someone put one in but forgot to take a form because there was one left. Get it in September if you put a form in but do not have one now.

The board has decided to change the format of the meetings between now and the new year to see how it works. Show and Tell, book raffle, and door prizes will be done with announcements before the speaker. Remember to keep these things as brief as possible. This helps those members with transportation problems and everybody can concentrate on the speaker.

Also if you are thinking about going to the Road to California in January in Ontario, California, put your name on a card at the sign in table at the September meeting. We have two tickets to the show which were given to the Guild. We will have a raffle for these tickets.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Hope you are enjoying this hot weather; I definitely am not enjoying it!! I like 80 better than 100!

The incorporation papers have been filed with the State of California and now we wait for the next step. I’ll keep you posted.

Be sure to come to the August meeting to learn some new techniques demonstrated by our members and do some socializing.

The board has decided to change the website (http://www.gqccc.org/membership/#membersonly) password every year to protect the Guild’s internal information. In the near future, you will receive an email blast with the new password for the coming year. Once you enter this password, you’re good to go. Only has to be entered once. Watch out for this email so you don’t miss out on important information (like board minutes, treasurer’s reports, upcoming quilt shows, etc.). If for some reason you haven’t received it by September 1, check with Kathy Callahan, Jill Orr, or me to get the password.

Also in August there will be a Secret Quilter questionnaire. If you chose to participate, you fill out the form and put it in the basket. At the end of the meeting, take a form out of the basket (make sure it’s not your own form). This person will be your Secret Quilter. Each month from September through December, you will bring a present for your quilter. The present will have the name of your Secret Quilter on it and you will put it in a brown paper bag with no name. During the meeting the presents will be taken out of the bags. At the end of the meeting, you pick up your present. It is all explained in the form. This a fun thing in which to participate.

There have been some changes. Lee Zahn, Workshop Chair, is moving to Boise, Idaho. We’re sorry to see her go and appreciate her work. She found her own replacement, Diane Slattery. Diane will do a great job, also.

Maryann Carroll-Moser has agreed to schedule visiting guilds and their opportunity quilts. Thank you, Maryann.

If you want to help do something, just let us know. Remember we are a volunteer organization. Any questions call me, 672-6845.

See you at the August general meeting, August 21, 2017.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

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Welcome to our new fiscal year. I look forward to serving as your President for the next two years. My goal is that we have fun participating in guild activities. Re-member we are a volunteer organization. Please make sure you do your part when asked.

At the July meeting there will be a vote on changing our organization from a nonprofit association to a non-profit corporation. In researching liability insurance for venues which we needed insurance, it was discovered that we could not get liability insurance to protect the officers and the guild if we were ever sued because we were not incorporated.

In October 2016 the board approved the incorporation process. An attorney has been hired to file all the paperwork and guide us through this process. This vote will be in July. An email blast will go out with more information.

Also plan on coming to the August meeting to learn a variety of new techniques demonstrated by our members. The Secret Pal Quilter activity will be introduced at this meeting, also.

See you at the July meeting.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Thank you for participating in the creation of this beautiful butterfly quilt for me.

I love the bright colored patterned fabric used to make the butterflies and the great quilting using the colorful variegated thread and the great nature motif of flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, and bees. All these images of nature are perfect for me.

I was so touched to receive this lovely quilt and greatly appreciative of all the work that went into making it.

Thank you so much.

Yesterday’s thank you for my beautiful butterfly quilt was to all the wonderful members of this guild, and the lovely butterfly blocks that were made.  Today is a special thank you to a few individuals:

Tammy Zanella orchestrated the entire quilt making enterprise and prepared quilt block patterns for distribution.  Along with Monica Kaseman, Valerie Sauban and Jackie Seidell, a pattern was chosen and the four of them designed the layout and sewed it all together.  A close up of the quilt highlights the interesting offset sashing arrangement that gives the illusion of butterflies flying around the quilt.

Bobbie Whitlock, quilter extraordinaire, quilted the quilt with a lovely nature pattern of butterflies, bees, dragonflies and flowers and various sizes of bubbles in the border.  The brightly colored variegated thread makes these images pop.

We have all come together around our love of quilting, making friends, learning from each other and having a good time.  The last four years of being an elected officer of the guild has been very rewarding for me, and the best part has been getting to know our members and participating in all the activities.  Thank you all for a super time!

Dale Wolfe

Our May general meeting was busy as the guild’s new slate of executive officers was voted in for the 2017- 2019 term: President Becky Styles, 1st VP Mary Pimentel-Wheeler, Membership Reba Siero, and Corresponding Secretary Karen Morones. Terry McNally will complete the second year of the Recording Secretary 2016-2018 term. This means that Joan Reed, Koni Collins, Julia Nakao and I will be retiring.

Ann Shaw, our May guest speaker, gave a wonderful program as she displayed and discussed her beautiful quilts, which she had designed and sewn using Ruth McDowell techniques. Ann also taught a class the next day, teaching 20 happy members how to create one of her Chicken Challenge creatures. Now our 2018 Quilt Show can feature a Chicken Challenge Exhibit, so get those creatures ready for display!

We have some great programs and workshops coming up over the next few months, so be sure to keep up to date on all the happenings, through our newsletters and our guild website, www.gqccc.org.

As our fiscal year comes to a close, it is time to thank all of you for your generous donations of quilts and other quilted items, fabric and notions, that have enriched our philanthropic programs of Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts, and for our Country Store. Your time, talents and kind natures make this guild so special, so please be sure to thank yourself, too.

With summer coming up, vacations, travel and lots of quilting fun are on the horizon, so have a great time. Like most of you, my piles of UFOs are calling me, and hopefully some finished quilts will be ready to give away come September.

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Spring seems to have finally arrived in time for us to relax and check out some of the many guild quilt shows in the San Francisco surround.   Seeing quilts from other guilds can widen our experiences as we see their quilt patterns on display, their challenges, vendors and guest speakers, all of which can provide more inspiration to us in our quilting lives.  So many ideas out there, new patterns, new techniques and so many paths to follow.

The next three months of general meetings are filled with wonderful speakers to enjoy, each with their own view of quilting to share with us, so be sure not to miss our future general meetings.  Our talented, skilled and generous members continue to teach new techniques in the third Saturday member led workshops, so be sure to check out the long list of offerings in this newsletter and sign up early.

In August, the meeting will be full of member led demonstrations on many techniques and aspects of quilting, which is a nice way of receiving a short introduction to these different techniques, making it easier for each of us to select the next new thing we would like to try.

Our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th, so be sure to renew prior to June 30th.  Guild membership renewal forms can be found at general meetings, in the Farmhouse and on the website – gqccc.org.   I like to renew early so I can be sure to be included in the new membership directory and to receive my membership card.  Don’t forget that having a membership card in the guild also means discounts at many quilt stores that we like to frequent, so renew now so there will be no “discounts interruptus” to mar your shopping experience.

See you at the general meeting on Monday May 15th.   Ann Shaw will show all her beautiful quilts that she has created using, world famous and now retired, Ruth McDowell techniques.  Twenty lucky guild members will be taking a class with Ann so that they can learn these special techniques on the day after the meeting.

This will be a great year!

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Our 2017 Quilt Show last weekend was so beautiful.  All of the teams worked together to create a lovely viewing of our quilts.  Many positive comments have been received regarding the new layout for our quilt frames, with pauses in each row and two new Guest Resting Areas.

This year our guild was especially fortunate to have Nancy S Brown as our Guest Artist.  Nancy’s quilts, with animals as her specialty, were enjoyed by our members and guests, as was her daily presentation at 1pm, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Both previous vendors and new ones joined our quilt show this year, with lots of great fabrics, tools, books, patterns, design walls, jewelry, comfortable shoes AND also a vendor who makes delicious Dark Chocolates!  I think that all of us probably tasted those chocolates, maybe several times.   And, as always, our Country Store was both robust and successful!

We welcome new members who joined during the quilt show and are so glad that you will travel with us along our journey of inspiration, learning and fun.   The future holds many great guest speakers, member led workshops, and opportunities to sew for a cause, making quilts, pillow cases, wheelchair bags and more.   Both of our outreach groups, Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts, have kits available at our general meetings, to check out and sew and return the next month.

Now that spring is here, and summer is on the way, there are lots of quilt shows in the coming months, to further inspire you.

See you at the April general meeting.  And let’s get quilting!

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Yes, it is that time again! QUILT SHOW is only a few weeks away! By now you have turned in your Quilt Entry Forms and have signed up for some volunteer time slots for before, during, and/or after the Quilt Show. Please be sure to block off time for you to see all the quilts and visit the guild’s Country Store and our wonderful vendors, too, okay? We can all breathe in some inspiration as we enjoy seeing each others’ quilts.

Our March General Meeting on MONDAY, March 20, will be very special. Following the business portion of the meeting, a guild member, Bobbi Whitefield, will award a Quilt of Honor to a young man who is a neighbor and was injured during his deployment to the Middle East. His family members will be joining us for the meeting, too, to witness the ceremony.

For our program, Julie Silber, a world-renowned quilt expert, will be our guest speaker. After the program, there will be the great unveiling of both the HAWAII Challenge and the FABRIC TELEPHONE/PASS THE ENVELOPE Challenge. So it will be a full evening. PLUS Show & Tell and then lots of Door Prizes. Volunteer signups, too. So see you then!

 Dale Wolfe, GQCCC President 2015-2017