President: Carol Stearns
Can you believe that the year is almost over? We’ve accomplished a lot this year and had a lot of fun along the way!
June, Linda, and I organized the distribution of all of your beautiful quilts, stockings, and pillowcases and bags. I’m looking forward to our program in November highlighting some of these organizations and what they do for our community.
This past Saturday we held a fun workshop at Holy Trinity learning how to make “exploding pineapple blocks” as June calls them. Such a simple technique resulted in an amazing variety of quilt blocks. I enjoyed serving lunch and helping some attendees with their color selections and fussy cutting. We received several requests for more workshops next year so maybe we can do that. Don’t forget to bring your project for show and tell.
Carolyn Urquhart made a beautiful Christmas potholder for each workshop attendee—what a lovely gift for everyone. Thank you so much, Carolyn!
See you in November! Remember, it’s voting month!
Vice President: Carolyn Urquhart
Everyone had a good time at the October workshop and some beautiful exploding pineapple were created. I was amazed at the development of the pineapple and can’t wait to finish my table runner. I hope everyone will bring their project to the November meeting to share with everyone.
Thank you so much June for teaching the class.
There was lots of laughter and sharing of ideas and helpful sewing tools. And we enjoyed a delicious lunch, too. The following photos show everyone hard at work during the workshop.
Below are photos of everyone’s works-in-progress.
Treasurer: Marie Robert
Previous Balance: $2,911.56
Income: Workshop reservations and door prize donations
- Income: $195.00
- Income: $223.00
- $18.43: Cutters
- $57.90: Speaker gifts
- $27.78: Fat quarters
- $265.00: Cash for November meeting challenge prizes
- $190.78: Two rolls of batting
Balance as of Oct. 23, 2013 (at First City Bank): $2,769..67
November Meeting Donors:
- Amy Bouchard
- Sharon Starkes
- Addie Lowery
- Valerie Valade
Reminder: Donations are $10 in value and each donor brings two items which are quilting- or sewing- related.
Charity: Linda Frick
The Charities we are supporting this year are Children in Crisis, Child Protection Team, Children’s Home Services, Project Linus, Opportunity House, and Life, Inc. In addition to those groups, Carol took items to the following groups:
- Opportunity Place on Lovejoy road (22 pillowcases and 17 stockings)
- Ronda Coon Home for Women, a division of Family Life Ministries (8 pillowcases and 8 stockings)
- Horizons, 2 table runners (the remainder of the pillowcases and stockings)
For the meeting, the following representatives of the various charitable organizations have been invited to give a brief presentation of their programs:
- Lynn Tuele, Children’s Home Society (adoptions)
- Jennifer Allen, Children Protection Team (foster children from abused or neglected homes)
- Judy Manning, Children in Crisis (homes for foster children and those with no parents)
- Lil Jennings, Opportunity Place (homeless shelter for families with nowhere to go—currently 16 children there)
Quilts, pillow cases, bags, and stockings have been sorted and divided and some of the items have been distributed so the agencies can further serve their clients and plan for the holidays.
I would like to thank everyone who so generously contributed time and materials and sewing skills this year to accomplish our goals. At current count, you all contributed 108 quilts, 107 pillowcases, 30 bags (some with extra goodies) and 103 stockings. I know there are a lot more stockings out there from those available at our last meeting, so I would like to encourage you to complete those and bring them in for our Nov 14 meeting. If you still have charity quilts to complete from kits that were given out, please try to bring them in November also.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated. This has been a great year.
Quilts of Valor Information
Susan Gordon, Executive Director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation has put out a request for help asking for Quilts of Valor donations:
“To the Quilts of Valor Community of Volunteers,
We need your help! The QOVF story on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Monday evening has brought impressive national attention, new Facebook friends, website visitors,interested volunteers, many new groups registered AND over 251 requests for Quilts of Valor since the broadcast.
Each month we have standing requests for over 240 quilts from medical facilities in Afghanistan and Germany, as well as stateside programs working with both active military and veterans. With the additional 251 requests, we are short of Quilts of Valor needed for presentations in the next couple of months. If you have a quilt under way, please get it finished and get it to your State Coordinator or to our Destinations Coordinator. If you have not started your next Quilt of Valor, would you try to get another one completed and to the long armer before the holiday season is upon us?”
In response, Ginger at Flying Needles sent out an email addressing the Quilts of Valor needs to her guild and asked to share it with other quilt guilds in our area:
Thank you for all the work you do to support Flying Needles Quilts of Valor. I hope you saw the segment on NBC nightly news about the quilt of valor last week. If you missed it, here is the link to the news website to see it.
As you can see from the email below, the news story has resulted in an increased demand for quilts of valor. I’m working on getting all we can finished for the returning warrior workshop in Dec and will send off a bunch of tops to the longarmer before Thanksgiving, so we’ll have some ready to bind in Jan. Remember that the minimum size is 55 by 65 inches, ideal is 60 by 80 inches and the MAX is 72 by 90 inches. In this case bigger is NOT better. Keep up the good work.”
You can read more about Quilts of Valor here.