January 19, 2015

Some quick updates

I wanted to thank everyone for the awesome donations that we put together for the Senior services -- they were beyond humbled. That's 2 market totes from 31, an extra bag and a pile of quilts that all got donated just in time to make some needy seniors very happy for the holidays. 
While I was there they mentioned that they are always willing to accept donations but they are going to expand the major donation to a biannual event and the next time that they will be doing a major collection is in June. 
They are also going to start collecting pet care items as many of the seniors have small animals and all of animal lovers know what a comfort our animals can be especially when we are alone or sick. 

Last year we donated about 40 quilts and each of them has a new home -- let's see if we can top that number this year. I'd like to challenge each of you to make at least one project for Charity in 2015. We do have fabric, even some for backings and batting so all it really costs you is time and thread. The quilts can really be any size but the 36 inch quilts do work great for wheelchair individuals. If you are in need of backing I would be happy to cut some for you and I know that Kelly would do the same if you are in need of batting. 

Hope to see everyone next week on the 27th at the January meeting. 

December 2, 2014

November 2014 Meeting Recap

Announcements

-- Quilt Con Sposoring Charity Challenge
Thank you to everyone who participated! Katie pieced the quilt top, and Kelly will be quilting it!
--Presents for speakers: you can sign up at the next meeting to make a gift for our speakers.
-- Emails: If you are having trouble receiving the blog emails or national guild emails, please let us know.
-- Thank you to our 2014 officers! Congratulations to our 2015 officers, Liz Bowen (President), Lee Monroe (Vice President), Sherri Collette (Secretary) and Ann Monroe (Treasurer)!
--Name Tags- if anyone is new to our guild and would like to swap name tags let us know and we will pair you up with a  partner.
-- Guild Dues are $25 for a year, they are due by the January 2015 meeting.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Holiday Swap and brought munchies for the Holiday Meeting!

November 24, 2014

Next Meeting Tuesday 11/25

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 25. There is a lot going on! First off, it's our holiday party. So bring something sweet or savory. If you'd like to participate, you can bring a holiday decoration item for the swap. Anything goes! Also, remember to bring your eight pointed star for the QuiltCon charity quilt. Check out Katie's blog post for more information. We are gathering supplies for Senior Services. They are looking for nonperishable food and toiletries. There is a detailed list in the last meeting recap. We are drawing the winner of the raffle quilt made by the amazing Kelly Wood during the meeting. Tickets are one dollar each or six for five dollars. Whew, I think that's everything!! See you there!

October 30, 2014

October Meeting Recp and November reminders

Our October meeting was all about using the Accucutter to speed up the cutting process. I did have a few ladies ask me about dies that were not at the meeting and I will be glad to bring these back at the November Meeting -- If there are any dies that you are interesting in trying out please let me on Lee know so that these arrangement can be made (or you can comment on this posting).

Another thing that we talked about was the upoming charity challenge project for Quilt Con in 2015. I am still needing blocks to be able to assemble this top -- I currently only have 2 but I know that some members were not able to attend the meeting. If you are able to make blocks for donation you can contact me through email (karma.willow.designs @ Gmail.com) and we can meet up -- I will need all blocks by 11/7 so that they can be assembled and ready to pass along the quilt top to our Wonderful Kelly Wood for quilting. Also a big THANK YOU to Cynthia as well for donating the backing for this project.

At the meeting we discussed the upcoming holiday celebration that will be next month's meeting. We are requesting that everyone bring a dish or snack to share and bring some show and tell. It would be a good idea to put a comment below letting others know what you are thinking about bringing so that we will have a good variety.
Ornament Pillow DIY
We will also be doing a swap of holiday decor items at this time -- open swap, no partners. If you want to participate bring in a holiday themed item like a pillow, wall hanging, or table runner. I am in the process of creating a pinterest board of ideas for this as well.

The other component of next month's meeting is bringing in nonperishable goods and personal care items to donate to senior services. This is also a great time to bring in those charity quilts that you have been working on all year. Here is the wish list that they have on the Senior Services Website -- they also mentioned housecleaning products and items like socks, undershirts and underwear last year. 

Wish List

How You Can Make a Difference

Senior Services gratefully accepts community donations of items for low-income, homebound older adults. The following basic items are needed throughout the year:
Food Items:
Small canned hams
Canned chicken
Canned tuna or salmon
Peanut butter
Crackers
Canned fruit or fruit cups
Cereal
Nutrition supplements like Boost and Ensure
Personal Care Items:
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Denture adhesive
Denture cleanser
Denture holders
Washable or disposable bed pads
Adult diapers
Cleaning wipes
Plastic trash bags
Nail clippers
Lip balm
Thank you for considering a donation! 

I know that's a lot to take in but the November meeting is all about fun and fellowship so I hope to see you all there with goodies, swap items and donations for our charity.