President’s Message

As we wind down 2020, it is time to look forward. What new adventures are you planning to engage in during 2021? A new quilting technique, a pattern you always wanted to try, or completing another UFO? GQCCC will be having more speaker classes on Zoom beginning in January. Be sure to check them out and register at https://www.gqccc.org/class-registration.

The 2021 Quilt Show will be a virtual experience. As we begin down the road on a new journey, we will be letting you know how you can help and participate to make the show a success.

Unfortunately, the Farmhouse was closed to groups in November. We still have Zoom open sews on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The Chicken Challenge mini-group is now on Zoom on the first Monday night of the month. You can find the Zoom information to join here in the newsletter, in the member’s section of the website, and on Facebook.

Helen Anderson and Mary Ann Johnson have stepped down as Co-First Vice Presidents. Thank you, ladies, for your service to the Guild. Without people being active in the running of the Guild, GQCCC would cease to exist. Donna Brooks has graciously agreed to be the interim First Vice President. Yeah, Donna!

The second Monday, December 14th, will be our holiday event, Aurifilosophy featuring Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill. You must register at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ by Tuesday, December 8th or you cannot attend. Friday, December 11th, will be the only time you will receive your personal link to the meeting. Be sure to save that email.

Sheri has a pattern give-away that she will hold the night of the presentation. You can enter at https://www.wholecirclestudio.com/?page_id=1761. Members that attend the December event will be receiving swag from Aurifil. It will take some time to get since it is coming from Italy. Once it arrives, logistics on getting it to members will need to be decided. We will let you know once the plan is set.

Happy New Year.

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

It is time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for our blessings while getting ready to welcome the new year. For many, UFOs that have been sitting around (sometimes for years), were dusted off and completed. For GQCCC, we were fast forwarded into new technologies that will have lasting future benefits. Membership is now a breeze with the process all available online. Zoom meetings have expanded what we can offer and increased our ability to connect to members. Teachers and speakers that may have otherwise been unavailable to the Guild can easily teach or speak via Zoom. Classes that were once only available on Tuesday mornings can now be offered at more convenient times. Even as we ease back into in-person events, virtual offerings will be a staple at GQCCC.

The Farmhouse is open with a max capacity of 9 members. Some mini-groups have started to meet. Please refer to the schedule to verify what groups have resumed and be sure to call the hostess before going to the Farmhouse. Some groups may also be hosting a Zoom Open Sew simultaneously with those at the Farmhouse. A reminder that Zoom open sew access is listed in the schedule, in the members section of the website, and on the Facebook members’ only group.

Monday, December 14th, will be our holiday event, Aurifilosophy. This will be handled differently than our Zoom General meetings. A detailed email blast will go out giving you instructions in the coming weeks. Watch for it.

Alex Anderson is our speaker in November. You know the drill by now. Register by Friday, the 13th, at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ to attend. Visitors can pay $10 to attend. So reach out to prospective quilters, friends and family to invite them. They can register using the same registration link and information will be emailed to them on how to pay.

Wishing you and yours wellness, love, and creative expression in this holiday season.

Happy Quilting!
Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

I love the gradient colors of Ombré fabrics. It reminds me of the colors of nature, like the changing of fall foliage. This month Jennifer Sampou is speaking about Ombré fabrics and teaching a class. The class project is a reversible table runner and will be on Zoom. Hurry and sign up and invite your friends. You can register at www.gqccc.org/class-registration.

The 2021 Opportunity Quilt, “Midnight Garden,” is completed. This is one of the only Guild fundraisers this year. The quilt is a beautiful quilt with colorful appliquéd batik flowers. Thank you to everyone that participated in its making. Now it is time for all members to sell tickets for a possibility to win it. We are doing things a little differently this year. Look for more information in this newsletter on the changes and how to get your tickets.

We are getting ready to open the Farmhouse up to mini-groups. I know many have been waiting anxiously. Only 9 members can be in the Farmhouse at once, so dropping into the Farmhouse will not be allowed. You will need to contact the hostess before going to verify there is room for you to attend. Rules for the Farmhouse and the Guild’s Covid 19 plan can be found in the members’ only section of our website and is included in this newsletter for your reference.

Do you shop on Amazon? If you do, the Guild is now an approved charity for Amazon Smile. If you go to smile.amazon.com you can pick the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County as your charity and the guild will receive donations from Amazon on qualified purchases.

A reminder that you need to register at gqccc.org/zoomregistration to attend the October general meeting. Please do not register at the last minute. Socializing in break rooms before the meeting will begin at 6:15 pm. If you need any help with Zoom, please reach out to our tech support, Cynthia Wheeler, at (925) 963-9190.

Happy Quilting! Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Our August Zoom Social was a big hit. We had four quilt shops give unique presentations that showcased beautiful fabrics, provided some great inspirations, and made us laugh and smile.

Sharon Arce stepped down as Membership Secretary to enjoy retirement. We are grateful for the time she gave the guild. Jean Gualtieri is now Membership Secretary and Mary Lou Gallagher is now Corresponding Secretary. We created a Membership Out-reach committee. Pat Abernathy, Debbie Flanders, Joan Reed, Nancy Van Meter, and Jean Gualtieri will help keep members connected.

Thank you, ladies for volunteering. It takes many people to help this guild run smoothly.

To save costs, the membership directory is available as a pdf file in the member’s section of the website. This will allow it to easily be updated as new members join the Guild.

Virtual Quilt Shows you may want to check out:

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show, Sept. 10-12

Quilter’s Take a Moment, Sept. 25-26

Quilt-a-Fair, Sept. 25-26

Pokey Bolton’s Craft Napa will be virtual in 2021 and registration opens September 15 at 9 am.

This year our December social will be held Monday, the 14th, on Zoom. Please note, this is the second Monday instead of the third. It will be an Aurifilosophy (Aurifil thread) presentation. Registration will be required, and each participant will be getting swag. Stay tuned for more detailed information.

A reminder that you need to register at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ to attend the September meeting, featuring Colleen Pelfrey. Please do not register at the last minute. Socializing in break rooms before the meeting will begin at 6:15 pm.

See you in September and Happy Quilting!
Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

During the hot summery days, we just keep zooming along here at GQCCC. We had another successful general meeting in July with 112 participants. August will be another great opportunity to connect. Normally a sew-in or demo-day, this year it is a Quilt Shop Tour. We will have four quilt shops come and give you a taste of what they have to offer. Nothing can stop quilters from adding to their stashes.

The lineup will be

  • The Cotton Patch in Lafayette
  • In Between Stitches in Livermore
  • New Pieces in Berkeley
  • Not Just Quiltz in Fremont

You will need to register again at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ to attend the August meeting. Please do not register at the last minute. Your membership needs to be confirmed and an email is then sent with your personal Zoom Link. Registering at the last minute is risking not being able to attend the meeting.

Socializing in break room before the meeting was a big hit. In August, we will open the rooms up at 6:15 to allow for a little more time to chat before the meeting.

We added three nights of open sew on Zoom. Come connect to your quilt community. You can sew, chat, asks questions about the guild, or practice your Zoom skills. Refer to the Zoom Schedule in this newsletter or in the members only section of the website for days, times and link information. If anyone, wants to become a Zoom Open Sew Host, please contact me.

To help members with the Zoom registration process, there we be a practice Zoom session that requires users to register. Be on the lookout for the email with the details.

Another venue for members to connect is GQCCC’s member only Facebook group. If you did not see your invitation, please let us know so we can resend one to you. Members can post what they have been working on, see the efforts of our outreach programs and meet new and old members.

Our goal is to continue to bring members ways to connect to the GQCCC community; to inspire quilting, provide learning opportunities and experiences that showcase the beauty of the Quilting Arts.

Happy Quilting!

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Huzzah! Our first Zoom General Meeting had a great turnout with over 100 members and guests. What a way to end our fiscal year. At the meeting we had nine lucky members receive gift cards for renewing their membership for 2020-21: Kelly Doidge, Debbie SnyderPuder, Kathy Schmitz, Kathy Baker, Waunell Michels, Claudia Foster, Carolina Solis, Elaine Ruiz and Jo Mathies. Congratulations, ladies!

GQCCC begins the fiscal year continuing on the path of embracing technology to keep our members connected and quilting. Soon you will be able to register and pay for workshops online.

This month Margaret Linderman will join us on Zoom. We will begin July’s meeting with break out rooms at 6:30 pm for some community bonding. Members and guests will need to register in advance to attend the meeting. You can go to www.gqccc.org/ zoomregistration/ to register. When you get your registration confirmation you can use the provided link or log into your Zoom account and use the meeting ID to join the meeting.

In August, we will have a Welcome to GQCCC Zoom meeting. Some of the planned topics are mini-groups, guild challenges, and outreach programs. The meeting will be open to any member. If you are a newer member or want to come participate, keep an eye out for more information.

With the use of member surveys, I am striving to bring activities and workshops to the guild that members want. Please find the time to complete the surveys. Hearing your voice is important. If a survey leaves you wanting to give more information or sparks an idea, please let me know. For example, Zoom is opening the doors to more speaker possibilities. If there is a speaker that you would like to see at a general meeting, or a Zoom workshop you’d like to see GQCCC host, I want to know.

I look forward to another year working for you as your President.

Doreen O’Brien GQCCC President 2019-21

Happy May. I hope the visual beauty blooming this Spring is inspiring your quilting creativity.

With the Stay at Home Order still in effect, May’s General Meeting is cancelled. We will have the 2020 Opportunity Quilt drawing via Facebook Live on May 18th at 7pm. A link will be emailed.

May is when we elect our new officers and approve the budget. This year we will need to hold our elections virtually. An email will go out with instructions. If you do not have email, wewill call you for your vote.

I am sure that you are aware that for the last few years our finances have been getting tighter. Just like for your own budget, costs continue to go up each year. The Guild’s income has not kept pace with increasing expenses. We have some savings to handle emergencies such as this, but loss of income from not having a quilt show this year has depleted those substantially and the situation has become even more serious.

To get a balanced budget, the board had to make some hard decisions. The Farmhouse’s rent increased substantially last year and will again this year. In addition, membership is down, and costs such as insurance, storage, and meeting expenses, are rising. The board spent hours in serious deliberation about how to balance our budget; it was difficult. One of the cutbacks made is printing the newsletter; hard copies will no longer be made. Exceptions will be made for long-time individual members that have no way to get an electronic newsletter.

The Board has begun discussing raising membership dues, starting next year. GQCCC dues are much lower than most guilds, and we offer more services. Increased dues in the future is a reality, but how much they go up depends on how well we, as a guild, find ways to increase income from the Quilt Show and selling Opportunity Quilt Tickets.

There are many ways that all members can help offset the Guild’s ever-growing costs. We need members to step up and help increase revenue by increasing attendance at the Quilt Show, selling more Opportunity Quilt Tickets, or giving monetary donations. We do not want to get into a situation where we need to make drastic choices, such as closing the Farmhouse, or having fewer speakers. The Board is working very hard to avoid that, but we cannot do it alone and need all members to help in any way they can. For example, we still need a Chair for the 2022 Opportunity Quilt.

Hopefully, a Country Store event will happen this fall, mitigating the loss of income this year. If we can, we will need donations, volunteers, and members bringing people to the event.

Another way we may be able to ensure the Guild’s future is grant money. If there is a grant writer in our community or someone willing to take on that task, please contact me.

One way the Board is trying to add members and member support is by using videoconferencing with Zoom. Zoom is an easy to use app that anyone can add to their smart phone, tablet, or computer; it allows you to participate in an online meeting. If we are not able to hold the June meeting in person, we will do it by Zoom.

Stay well and keep quilting. Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Thank you everyone that took time to vote in our digital election. Mary Pimentel-Wheeler is Recording Secretary, Cathy Sargent is 2nd VP and Eileen Limberg is Treasurer.

This month we had members graciously give of their time to the Guild, filling some needed positions. Yay! Ann Hoeft is the 2022 Opportunity Quilt Chair; she is currently forming her committees. Please contact Ann to participate. Cynthia Wheeler is our new Technical Marketing Chair. Cynthia is having practice Zoom sessions to help members get ready for our first online General Meeting. If you need some Zoom guidance, please contact Cynthia.

A big thank you to Kitty Nowack as Social Media Chair. Kitty jump started GQCCC’s online presence. We wish Kitty luck in her future fiber endeavors.

Want to give back to the Guild? We need a 2021 Traveling Quilt Chair. The position schedules sister guilds visiting GQCCC and our quilt visiting local guilds and venues to sell tickets.  Digital tools will be utilized to help sign-up volunteers to take the quilt out to play. Please contact Taryn Doidge if you can help fill this need.

GQCCC is expanding with online services to keep members involved and connected.

  • Congratulations Daryl Harvey for winning the 2020 Opportunity Quilt; see it on Facebook Live.
  • Laura Mott had great success with the first Zoom class. More classes to come.
  • Monday, June 15th, general meeting on Zoom features Mel Beach. Watch for the email with the Zoom meeting link.

It is time to renew your GQCCC membership. You can now easily complete your membership application and pay your dues online. Renew by Sunday, June 14th, and your name is entered into a drawing for a gift card from local quilts stores: Hilly’s Quilts, The Cotton Patch and Wooden Gate Quilts. Winners will be drawn at the June 15th, Zoom General Meeting.

Good luck and keep quilting.

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

We find ourselves in a one-of-a kind experience, sheltering-in-place, and using social-distancing when leaving our homes for essential activities, like exercising and shopping. GQCCC has had to cancel the 2020 Quilt Show, cancel general meetings, close the Farmhouse, postpone member workshops and have virtual board meetings.

During this stressful time, it’s good to remember that quilting, sewing and doing things that brings us joy, stop mental chatter, and quiet negative thoughts boost the immune system and bring peace of mind amidst the turmoil.

We have some good news for the Guild. Despite my newbie blunder to forget to mention creating a nominating committee at the February general meeting for this year’s elections, three gracious Guild Members have stepped up to run. The nominations are…

  • Mary Pimentel-Wheeler for Recording Secretary
  • Cathy Sargent for 2nd Vice President
  • Eileen Limberg for Treasurer

If anyone else would like to put their name into the running for any position, please contact me.

If we are unable to have the May General Meeting, elections will be held virtually.

Thank you to everyone that has put in time and effort in preparing and organizing the 2020 Show and to those members that entered quilts. Answers to questions you may have about the cancellation are found in this newsletter.

We are already looking forward to the 2021 Quilt Show, April 10th and 11th. Donna Brooks will stay on as Quilt Show Chair, yay! Our Guest Artists are still Aileyn Ecob and Jean Jurgenson, yay!

As things are changing fast in this state of affairs, we will continue to put updates on the website, social media (Facebook) and send out email blasts to keep you informed.

Stay well and keep quilting. Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Our annual Quilt Show is a little more than a month away. It is the Guild’s main source of income and our biggest social event of the year. It takes many volunteers to have a fabulous show. Remember if you don’t help with the show, Guild members must still pay admission to get into the show. Sign up to volunteer and get into the show for free while having fun with your fellow quilters. Come early to the March meeting or contact a volunteer chair directly to see where your talents can shine.

If you have not yet entered your quilt in the show, you still have time to get your entry form in to Mary Pimentel-Wheeler. Monday, March 9th is the deadline. If you need an entry form, you can go to the website and download one.

Be sure to get your raffle tickets in and spread the word to family and friends about attending the show. A successful show keeps the Guild going by paying for the Farmhouse, the monthly speakers and our outreach programs.

I forgot to ask for member volunteers for the nominating committee last meeting. I have two board members, Becky Styles and Nancy VanMeter but I need three members to complete the committee. Please let Becky, Nancy, or myself know if you are willing to help with the committee. The nomination committee task is to fill the two open Officer positions. The positions of 2nd Vice President and Recording Secretary are open. The 2nd Vice President is our Program Chair and gets the speakers and presenters for our general meetings. It is a fun and exciting position that connects you to some terrific quilt talent. The Recording Secretary is our scribe for our general and board meetings. Melissa Gerber, our outgoing Recording Secretary, estimates it takes about six hours a month to do her job. If you are interested, please contact our nominating committee.

See you at the March meeting where our guest will be Eileen Milligan of Melissa and Mom Quilts.

Doreen O’Brien
President 2019-21