September 26, 2013

September meeting Recap

-- Upcoming sew in: Oct. 6 from 1-6pm at Sew Original. Teri will be teaching lessons on pillowcases and name tags.
-- Carolyn Friedlander (designer of Arcitecture fabric) will be speaking at Thimble Pleasures in Raleigh on Friday Nov. 15 at 6pm.
--Fall Bazaar: South Fork is holding a bazaar Friday Oct. 25th. They are looking for volunteers willing to volunteer for a couple of hours. They also would like guild members to make zipper pouches for the event. If you are interested in helping contact Katie.
-- Upcoming swaps: name tag swap, this is an open swap between you and your partner.
--Fall Sewing Retreat: Lee will be hosting a retreat at her family's mountain cabin on Oct. 25-27th. Contact Lee if you would like to attend.
--Contact Info: We will be putting a link to an excel spreadsheet on the blog where members can include their contact information. This will be a way for members to access contact info for other guild members. You only have to include information you wish to share with the guild. More info coming soon!
--Dec. meeting cancelled. Holiday party will be at the Nov. meeting.
--1 million pillowcase challenge: we will be accepting the finished pillowcases at the Oct. and Nov. meetings. If you are interesting in participating or have questions contact Teri.
--National Quilt Guild: This month we were given the highlights about joining the National Quilt Guild, and what it would mean for our guild. The members will vote in October about whether to join or not. Here are some highlights:
>receive 501 status ( non-profit tax exempt status)- bank account
>dues structured by number of members (additional $10-15 along with local dues)
>discounted entry fees for guild shows
>discounts/special offers
>participation in guild swaps/challenges
> provide a website
> organize members/dues 

The speaker was Martha Neeley from Knot One Smock Two. She spoke about hand embroidery. 

September 25, 2013

Charity Chat with Katie

Katie here, wanting to update everyone on the goings on in all things charity related for the guild. 

American Patchwork & Quilting - 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge 
We are linking up with the million pillowcase challenge and wanted to encourage everyone to make at least one pillowcase for donation. As a guild in total the goal is at least 50 but more would defiantly be better, which is actually about 2 per person. I know we can rock this because they only take about 10 minutes each to put together. A tutorial is hereWe have put together some kits from the guild stash fabrics meaning no measuring and very little cutting for you. If you want to get a kit (or kits) they will be available at the sew in on 10/6/2013 which will be at Sew Original starting at 1 pm. You can also contact me or Teri directly and arrange to pick some up from us or we will also have them available at the next meeting. 

Secondly we as a group have been asked to make donations or volunteers for the upcoming Fall Carnival that the South Fork Recreation Center is having on 10/25. They have been a very welcoming location to have our meetings and this even is to help keep the costs of the center down so that they will be able to continue to provide for the community. If you would like to volunteer time for the event please contact Kim Young at 336-659-4305. We will be collecting donated items up until the next meeting on 10/22. They are looking for both door prizes and prizes for children participating in the various events so any donations will be greatly appreciated -- pouches, wall hangings, mug rugs, ect.

Senior Services of Winston Salem, NCUp next is the ongoing donations of lap quilts for Senior Services. I have shuffled the stash around into kits for easy projects and welcome anyone to complete a few blocks, an entire quilt top or a completed project. I know time is valuable to each of us but this is something that really makes a difference to the recipient to know that others care. Our last drop off was 13 quilts and the report back was nothing but praise for the wonderful work we are doing. Our yearly total at this time is about 40 and that's because we are awesome -- shall we strive for 50+ completed in 2013? 

September 23, 2013

Hello Fellow Swappers!

Hello quiltie friends! I hope many of you were able to participate in the recent Quilt Carolina Shop Hop. If you are on Instagram, you may have seen part of the adventures that some of us had. We are blessed with lots of LQS’s!
Some inspirations...
(Dear "Lauren", please don't take this personally! ;)
As you may know, I (Teri Emerson) am taking Colleen’s role as the TMQG Swap Organizer (aka Swap Mama.) Thank you, Colleen for serving the group for not one year, but two! We appreciate the efforts you took to put together the various swaps many of us have enjoyed!

Due to the growth of our guild, we will be changing things a bit. There will be fewer swaps, but I am certain that does not mean less fun! The first swap I am organizing this year is a Nametag Swap. I am hoping for close to 100% participation, so we can get to know each other even better! A nametag is a simple thing to make and won’t be time consuming.

 NAMETAG SWAP SIGN-UPS will be at tomorrow’s meeting!! If you cannot be there, it’s not a problem, just email me so we can arrange for a partner for you.

 This is NOT A SECRET swap but an OPEN swap, so you will be working with your partner on each other’s nametag.

(And it just might take longer to read this note than it will take you to make it!)

I hope you are putting the final touches in your partner’s travel pillow or have it ready to go! I can’t wait to see the nice things you all have stitched up and I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow at 6:30p at the South Fork Community Center!

FYI, there are CUTE nametags on this Pinterest board. And here are a few tutorials:

September 6, 2013

Amanda Murphy

Modern fabric and pattern designer Amanda Murphy  is coming to Sew Original in Winston Salem. She'll be having a trunk show! It's Saturday, September 21 at 11am. The cost is $10; call or stop by the shop to sign up! You can see all of Amanda's amazing work  at