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I don’t know about you but I feel like there is so much going on even with still staying close to home. What is it going to be like when we can be out and about again? As I write this I just finished Jean Impey’s Basket Case class and am working on some virtual classes from QuiltCon — more projects to add to my pile of things I need to finish.
The guild has had two very successful meetings and virtual classes so far this year. I am so glad that you are enjoying our speakers and there is more to come with speakers and then a class in March and plans for April through November. And that is just the meetings and not the rest of the activities and challenges.
I can hardly wait to see the results from the Beatles Challenge after you vote for your favorite quilt. Remember they are posted on our website so that you can examine them at your leisure and be ready to vote at our March meeting. There are some really great quilts there.
But of course the challenges are not over. We are just starting the Desert Guilds Quilt Show challenge — Fortune Cookie. I wonder what my fortune is going to hold for me when I get my packet? If you missed getting a packet in February, Robert Tucker will have them at the next Sew What Table event or you can order one through the website to be mailed to you later in the month.
Speaking of the quilt show, it is not too early to start planning what quilt(s) you will enter — besides the challenge of course. There is the miniature section that you can enter with multiple entries. And there is the main entry of wall hangings, throws, bedquilts, art quilts, etc. If you have never entered a quilt show this is an opportunity to do that. You just need to fill out an application this fall, take a picture of your quilt and yourself and send it in. The show is not juried, but you do have to be one of the first 40 people from our guild to enter to have your quilt accepted to the show.
Do check out the newsletter for upcoming activities and programs. We will be starting our first QuiltAlong in March so look for those details. I am looking forward to the QuiltAlong since it is something I have never done and I love the look of the quilt they have chosen — Simply Woven.
So happy quilting and stay safe,
Kathleen Herring, President
Have you been thinking about signing up for one of our virtual classes with the guild, but are not sure if the experience will be the same?
Of course online line classes aren’t quite the same as in person, you might be missing that hug from a friend or be able to take a break and walk around the room to see what everyone is working on, but it can be a really great experience!
I encourage you to sign up for March’s class with Latifah Saafir on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 9—3. Visit the Programs Page to register and pay for the class.
This class uses the Glam Clam Quilt Pattern and either the The Clammy™ 8”, 10” or 12” templates. The pattern includes baby through king sized layouts and you can make any size that you would like. Note that the only quilts that may be finished in class will be a baby sized quilt and maybe the lap sized if you’re working on a 12”. But, you will get a lot done on larger sizes and will go home confident enough in the technique to be able to finish your quilt easily. Your pre-work before class is to cut out your whole clamshells. This can take awhile and you don’t want your whole class to be spent cutting out clamshells!
Heather Keenan and Annie Houston, Programs Co-Chairs
March Meeting and Workshop with
Join us for her lecture "Being True to Your Inner Artist." Latifah is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. She is also offering a workshop, “Glam Clam Quilt,” which is a modern twist on the classic clamshell shape, as well as an updated method to piecing it all together. Space is still available in this workshop and you can register through our programs page.
April Meeting with Patricia Belyea, "The Alluring World of Yukata Quilts."
A creative quilt maker, speaker and teacher, Patricia co-owns Okan Arts with her daughter Victoria. The small family business imports vintage Japanese textiles for adventuresome quilters. Patricia is the author of East-Meets-West Quilts, a book about making improv quilts with Japanese fabrics.
April Meeting with Lori Allison, "All About Color Trunk Show"
Lori is a former Home Ec (FACS) teacher, a quilt pattern designer (Allison Quilt Designs) and now an online and show vending retailer of all Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics, books, patterns & unique quilt kits. Her "quilt show" to the guild will be 20 of the latest quilts and wallhangings made with Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics. Join Lori for a fun, bright, colorful display featuring creative ways to use the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.
I am so pleased to announce that we have a slate of officers who have volunteered to be on our guild board for the upcoming year. Thanks to all of them for being so willing to share their time and expertise with us. This is the slate I will be presenting at the March guild meeting, for voting on in April:
President ...................................................Kathleen Herring
Vice President of Facilities .........................Treese Pflum
Vice President of Programs .......................Annie Houston and Heather Keenan (sharing the position)
Vice President of Opportunity Quilts ..........Theresa Lake and Kim Johnson (sharing the position)
Treasurer ...................................................Cal Trimpey
Secretary ...................................................Patti Reyes
Membership ...............................................Pat Siegel
Parliamentarian .........................................Janna Calkins
Philanthropy ..............................................Jackie Mason and Judi Moran (sharing the position)
Additional nominations may be made from the floor with the written consent of the Nominee. Officer candidates must be members in good standing, i.e., current dues paid.
Judi Moran, Nominating Committee Chair
We are excited to launch CVQG’s very first Quilt Along! Join us making this beautiful quilt that plays with strips of fabric to make them look like they are woven together. This is the perfect stash buster, or gives you a good reason to buy that beautiful jelly roll or fabric bundle you have had your eye on. Each week we will be giving instructions on the next step, and by the end of week six you will have a complete quilt top. We can’t wait to see how different everyone’s quilt turns out.
We will officially start on Wednesday, March 24, with a Zoom Meeting at 7pm. We will be discussing some fabric selection ideas, and it will be an opportunity to see everyone who is participating. Weekly emails will instruct the next steps. And there will be prizes! Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, check out the pattern and start dreaming about what you want your Simply Woven quilt to look like.
The quilt pattern is “Simply Woven” by Jessica Kelly and is freely available through the Moda website at https://modafabrics.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/simply-woven-quilt/
Kelley Bachli and Patti Reyes, QAL Co-Hosts
January was a very busy month regarding Facebook posts. One post reached 5,375 people. This is a perfect example of why liking and sharing a guild Facebook post is important as it spreads the word and experience. Aside from our guild updates other quilting interests can be found on our Facebook page. Recently there were articles on Gee’s Bend quilters, correct cutting table height and quilting during the pandemic. Once a month there is a modern quilt highlight.
I was very pleased with participation in the Beatles Challenge. I was thinking of an idea that would appeal to many people and decided that the large body of work the Beatles composed would lend itself to many possibilities. We received 16 entries, all exciting and unique.
The Desert Guilds Quilt Show challenge is next. It is titled “Fortune Cookie”. I am the rep in our guild for this challenge. If you have not purchased the five dollar packet and want to participate please reach out to me at Lickaretta@yahoo.com.
As winter comes to an end, we look forward to our spring experiences as members of this lovely community. How lucky are we to avoid the winter chills (FREEZE) that blanketed most of the country. There is inspiration all around us here, from our fellow quilters as much as the panoramas that surround us.
Robert Tucker, Facebook and Guild Challenges
Treese Pflum, Membership Chair
With spring on the way it is never to soon to start preparing your donations to our quilt show boutique. I encourage everyone to set a goal now. I’m planning on at least 4 items but who knows I may sneak in one more. Each news letter I will put forward a few ideas of projects you may consider making. Fun projects that can be great scrap busters. I just finished two quilts and I’m planning on doing a few pin cushions I found on pinterest out of my scraps. I have saved several ideas on my Pinterest page, look me up at Theresa Hanada, Lulii Blu to see more.
Not sure what to donate? Think of things that you would be temped to buy when out exploring. If you are making gifts for the holidays, make an extra for the boutique. So happy sewing and remember your donations help to support our wonderful programs throughout the year.
Theresa Hanada, Boutique Chair
Hello everyone. I fell and broke my shoulder about three weeks ago. I have been out of commision and still have another 3 or 4 weeks to go, but I want to thank all of ladies that so generously helped out in my absence and all the wonderful good wishes from everyone.
We are about 200 caps to complete our goal of 1,000 surgical caps made by the guild members for Western Regional Hospital. I am so proud, this project has been such a success.
We are still meeting at Monica's quilt shop on THURSDAYS 10-11am to accept charity quilts and surgical caps. If you have any questions, feel free to call me 760-668-1895. Thank you all.
Marcia Ulrich, Philanthropy Chair
As you may have heard at the February meeting, we are planning a Sew What Table to be held at Joslyn Center. The date of Saturday, March 27, is still tentative. Joslyn is in the process of hiring a new Program Director, and can't fully commit to that date until they have someone on board. Stay tuned - I'll let you know, and provide details, as soon as I can.
Two of the 3 sewing machines we offered in the last newsletter are still available, the Necchi and the Viking. In addition, we now have a Janome Memory Craft 6500 that fits into a custom-designed table with a drawer. All are in good working condition, and there are numerous presser feet and other accessories with it. We’ve tested it and it is in good working condition. Contact me, Leslie, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Leslie Herbst, Sew What Table Coordinator
2020/2021 Board Members and Committee Chairs
Kathleen Herring, President
Nancy Wilhelm, VP Facilities
Kim Johnson, VP Opportunity Quilt
Theresa Lake, VP Opportunity Quilt
Annie Houston, VP Programs
Heather Keenan, VP Programs
Patti Reyes, Secretary
Pat Siegel, Treasurer
Treese Pflum, Membership
Judi Moran, Parliamentarian
Kelley Bachli, Newsletter
Marcia Ulrich, Philanthropy
Kathleen Herring, Website
Leslie Herbst, Sew What Table