Closing out our 30th Year

What’s not to enjoy with an evening of good food, friends, and laughter? That was my take on the annual South Bay Quilters Guild potluck on Tuesday evening, June 15th, when we closed out our 30th year as a Guild. All members seemed to be enjoying themselves as we discussed business, elected new Board members, and tied charity quilts. Here are some highlights:

A local Brownie troop came to visit and show their first quilt. Guild member Claudia Gomez had taught them some sewing basics, and each of the girls helped with sewing and assembly of the quilt. We applaud their efforts, and hope that this sparks a lifetime interest in sewing and quilting for the girls!

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Show and Tell gave us the opportunity to ooh and ahh over so many beautiful creations. Members presented their quilts for Read Me A Quilt and Quilts for Wounded Soldiers donations, the Round Robin Challenge, and the UFO Challenge. Here are a few statistics on the completed UFO quilts:

 
  • A quilt started in 1954 is now complete, and won the prize for longest gestation period!
  • One member completed 48 out of 63 projects
  • Members listed 372 projects and completed 134 of them (36%)
  • 25 Guild members participated in the challenge

Congratulations to all who worked so hard on their projects! A few pictures from Show and Tell:

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The Guild makes an annual donation to a charity suggested and voted on by all Guild members. This year the recipient of the $1000 gift is Royal Family Kids’ Camp, which supports abused and neglected children. We count it a privilege to be able to help this organization and the children.

With the business and potluck portions of the meeting complete, members were ready to tie quilts. And there was an abundant supply to be tied!

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During the tying, names were drawn for participants to select from member-donated door prizes. Thank you to all who donated such nice gifts.

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Our President, Julie, has served two consecutive terms and the bylaws dictate that she move on (to her next volunteer opportunity). As the outgoing President, she created a very clever Quilter’s Produce Stand of gifts for each of the Board members. (Where does she come up with these darling ideas??) The recycled berry baskets (go green!) held a variety of fruit and vegetable prints, a matching strawberry pincushion, and a miniature box with miniature sewing implements.

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Julie was also presented with a pair of engraved scissors, as well as numerous garden quilt blocks handcrafted by Guild members. We anticipate seeing Julie’s lovely garden quilt at the 2011 Quilt Show!

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Thank you, Julie, for your service, and I will take the liberty of speaking for all Board members to say that it has been an honor to serve with you for the past two years.

So, you can see that Tuesday was a very full evening. For those who joined us, what are your thoughts about the evening? And for those who weren’t able to make it, we hope to see you next year.

Until the August meeting, happy quilting!