Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Springing into Quilting

The April meeting for the Vance Quilts R Us quilting guild was a wonderful evening of members sharing their enthusiasm for quilting and for the arrival of much needed warmer weather.  

The guild welcomed a new member, Sarah Baskerville.  We also welcomed back long absent members, Hassie Boddy and Jane Reeder.  It is wonderful to see these ladies among us again. Ellen Yancy was in attendance as a guest of Ruth Hicks.

Hospitality goodies for the evening were provided by Georgia Darnell, Ruth Hicks, Dawn Lemons and Phyllis Davis. 

During the business meeting, President Donna Wesemann announced an upcoming worshop and lecture sponsored by the guild to be presented in September by Amy Stewart Winsor.  For more information on this event, check the right hand sidebar under "Upcoming Guild Events".

Debbie Powell, charity quilts chairman,  explained receiving a letter from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA.  They asked our guild to help them reach their goal of 100 quilts for their St. Peter's Love Quilt project.  These completed quilts will be sent to St. Francis Outreach Trust of South Africa to give to orphaned children.  Vance Quilts R Us has requested five sets of 4.5" blocks painted by children to include in these twins size quilts.  Find out more about this project at the link here.

Donna Compton, Christmas committee chairman, requested members bring new or gently used items to be used in baskets for the Chinese auction planned for the December meeting and Christmas party.

Big winners of the evening were Donna Wesemann, Stevie Scaramelli and Lynn Paticky who won the appliqued bunny blocks.  Rachel Wessels won the Fat Quarter Frenzy and Sue Marlette won the Quilts Like Crazy gift certificate in the raffle draws.

The evening's program was presented by Donna Sontag of Whatever's Quilted of Wake Forest.  Donna demonstrated the ease of use of HQ's Sweet Sixteen quilting machine.  Guild members were given the opportunity to test "drive" this wonderful machine.

 Dawn Lemons shares her "Veggie Quilt"

Kathy Solomon displays a Calendar Kids quilt she made for her brother using his grandchildren's hand prints.

 Hassie Boddy used a centuries old pottery design to create this reverse applique quilt.

 Sue Marlette created this "Orion's Star" to donate to the bone marrow clinic for a fundraising raffle.

 Janelle Bowen proudly displays her tulip wall hanging.

Below are pictures taken at the March 26th charity quilts workshop.

Clockwise - Barbara Bockiaro, Pat Beasley, Sandy King, Karen Hanney and Faith Smith

Patty McCrary and Debbie Powell

Linda Wincovich and Pat Beasley

Clockwise - Karen Hanney, Faith Smith, Rachel Wessels and Barbara Bockiaro.

Never caught on camera but enjoying the work were Belinda Leach, Sue Marlette and a tiny little mouse.