What have you sewn lately? With no quilt show in the works, I had extra time to enjoy sewing a Quilts to Share child’s quilt kit yesterday. Very fun to see these cartoonish cats frolicking across the fabric. Our Outreach groups – Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts – have kits ready for us to check out at the general meetings each month to sew for someone in need. For our August Sew In, these two Outreach teams are busy preparing lots of kits for us to sew. It is always a good time when you can sew with others and talk about what we all love, QUILTING!

In the evenings, I like to do hand sewing: hand appliqué, English Paper Piecing and Silk Ribbon Embroidery are my favorites! (I do hand sew bindings, too, but that also means the sandwich is quilted, an infrequent event in my life.) A big benefit of being a guild member is the opportunity to try new techniques, in the Guest Speaker Classes and also in our Member Led Workshops. There are lots of opportunities for you to try a new technique and see how you like it.

This summer I will be signing up for some classes and workshops and I hope you join me. With Laura Fraga, improving my hand appliqué and learning about the Dear Jane quilt. With Judy Coates Perez, thermo fax screens, textile paint, paint sticks and more. With Jennifer Rapacki, fabric weaving, raw edge appliqué, trapunto and beading. And this is a very short list, as it does not include all the great Workshops that are being held this year that I’d like to take.

We always say, “a check ensures your place in a class or a workshop”. But there is a little more to that, as they do get cancelled if there are not enough signed up. (With guest speakers, classes contractually have to be cancelled a month before the date.). Although many of our classes and workshops are so popular that they fill up fast so do sign up early.

There is also something special planned for the New Members who joined at the quilt show, so stay tuned. Our Membership Chair is in charge so I cannot say a word!

Dale Wolfe President 2015-2017