From the President and Vice President:
· Our next Guild meeting is on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. We will start on-time. Our meetings are always held the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
· We are still seeking any interested members to run for three offices for the Guild: President, Vice President, and Secretary. Please contact MaryAnn or Michelle if you are interested in running. Elections will be held in November to instate Officers for Calendar Year 2024.
· Thank you to everyone for your eager participation last month in the basket auction…what an amazing contribution in baskets – so many and thoughtfully assembled and contributed to our Guild. And thank you too to everyone who participated in the good-spirited auctioning. With all the members participation, this event raised nearly $1,000!! A grateful thanks to Sherry G and Shari B for organizing this very successful event.
· Two new volunteers joined the Guild Committee team last month:
-- Our new Hospitality Chair is Connie M. Connie will have a big initiation for our upcoming Christmas Carry-In, with help from many who have done this before.
-- Our new Sunshine Chair is Barb W. Barb can be contacted by email (see your directory) or through any of the Officers or Committee Chairs. If you are aware of any Guild member, or their immediate family (husband, wife, children) who need recognition and encouragement from the Guild for challenging times in their lives please let Barb know and she will take care of sending out cards on behalf of the Guild. It is vital to keep our Guild member family in our thoughts at time of need.
· Please find your name badge and wear it to Guild meetings. It is a good way to get to know each other, an ice-breaker for new folks, and a conversation starter. Lost your Guild name badge? Make one! Get creative – but prominently display your name! You never know when there will be a surprise pop-up drawing for a little thank-you gift for wearing your name tag!
· After a couple of months break, the 50/50 raffle will return this month. Buy your tickets prior to the start of the Guest Speaker presentation. We want to honor our guest's time without noise or distractions. Thank you!
· We also hope to have time, after the guest speaker, to do show-and-tell. We are a large group and have limited time, so we ask that our sharing is limited to 2 items per person.
· MVQG Board Meetings:
-- Last meeting was held in early September where the MVQG 2024 Budgets were set. Please see our website for a copy of those minutes.
-- Our next Board meeting will be held Thursday, November 9, at Sharing Stitches Conference Room in Xenia. We plan to discuss planning for next year as well as a review of each Committee business. You are all welcome to attend if desired.
October: We are very happy to announce that in October we will have Laura Gilmartin from Virginia as our guest presenter, who will also host two teaching workshop events. Laura is an award-winning thread painting and Tsinko inks artist. You will be impressed with her knowledge and tips. This is a great way to add to your project knowledge. We are very fortunate to have acquired Laura and her time! She was interested in seeing the shop hop at the Nutter Center which is occurring at this same time and was gracious to provide teaching opportunities for our Guild members. It is very special for our Guild as she will not be teaching at the Nutter.
Her presentation/lecture at our MVQG October meeting (Enon Knob Prairie Church) begins at 7 p.m. and is titled "Art is a Many Splendored Seam”.
In addition, she will be instructing two, hands-on workshops/classes. Space will be limited, so sign up early! Classes are listed below. Also, you can find the information on our website calendar including pictures of workshop projects.
Tsinko Inks Tulip Class: Wednesday, October 11: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Bethel location. Cost $45 for MVQG members; $55 for non-members. There is a supply list and info on the Guild’s calendar site. We will have a lightbox at the class for you to use to trace your design, if needed. You will receive a reminder note a few days before the class.
Landscape Choices for Thread Painting: Thursday, October 12: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bethel location, Cost $60 for MVQG members; $70 for non-members. We will have a pre-printed panel for you to use. She goes through the tree, grass, mountains and layering techniques for you to create depth and add coloring. . You will want to bring different sewing machine feet…mainly the open toe foot that is used for meandering, and a variety of needles for your machine. You will want to bring different colors and textures of threads and fibers to work with. See calendar site for more details.
We will surprise you with home-grown fun. We will have an added value that night of how to prepare our entries for quilt shows or judging. Watch for details in next month’s newsletter. We are preparing a new game to add to your stash and use your creative talents! You’ll have another opportunity for show-and-tell.
We will also hold the election and installation for Officers for our upcoming 2024 year!!
If you would like to shadow, in consideration of serving in the future, please call or text me (Mary Ann 724-757-7012). I would be happy to answer any questions or refer you to a resource. As an officer, you will interact with several groups inside the Guild. While it requires a lot of time and energy…there are places to serve that many people share the efforts.
Thanks to everyone who serves…whether an officer or a chairperson. Being an officer and serving on committee positions gives a new depth of information about how things work. Through your generosity of time and talent, we were able to survive the pandemic and grow our Guild’s reach. You will make new friends and have fun along the way.
A Flamazing Retreat - Quilting with My Besties
President’s Day weekend, February 17, 18 and 19, 2024.
Held at: Wingate by Wyndham
3055 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH
The Flamazing Retreat will be decorated with flamingos and lots of hot pink. Get in on the fun by having your picture taken in the flamingo photo area. You might want to wear pink or your best flamingo themed outfit! There are a lot of quilt themed flamingo shirts available online, if you want to get matching shirts for you and your friends.
We will be playing the games Left, Right, Center, and Hold, Trade, Kitty. If you want to play, bring 3 fat quarters, and 3 sewing/quilting notions (new or gently used). The popular Bobbin game will be played all three days also. Instructions for the games will be explained at the retreat.
We will have lots of prize drawings throughout the retreat. You must be there to win the prize. Drawing times will be on the agenda passed out at the beginning of the retreat.
The retreat price is $50 per attendee. You may commute daily, or plan a stay at the hotel Saturday and Sunday night. Room fees are listed on the retreat form, available on the Guild’s website, MVQGOhio.com.
Completed forms and the $50 retreat fee may be turned in on October 10 before the guild meeting. IMPORTANT!!! Due to our having national speaker, registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cash or a check made out to MVQG. A minimum of $50 is required to sign up for a seat. You may pay for your hotel room that night or later but the entire balance must be paid by January 9, 2024. We will be collecting the retreat forms and money before each meeting through January, as long as seats are available. The seats go fast!
I’m looking forward to Quilting with My MVQG Besties!
Cindy R., Retreat Chairperson
QUILTS OF VALOR
We are getting ready for the Nov Beavercreek Senior Citizen Veterans Day Presentation. Everyone has worked hard this year. I have 13 quilts ready to present to vets in Beavercreek and at least 4 presentations in October.
Our October Sew-ins are Xenia on October 5 at Sharing Stitches and October 18 at Crestview Baptist Church in Clayton. Both are from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you are attending, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope everyone is enjoying making their blocks for the Veterans Day Block Drive. I will be collecting the blocks in October and November and I will draw names for 4 prizes at the November Quilt Meeting. Please put the blocks back into the Ziploc bag you received your scraps in, make sure your name is in the bag, and please have your name written on small pieces of paper for the drawing--1 name per block. I will have a box for you to drop your name into.
Happy Quilting, Patty H., QOV Chair
Raffle tickets will be available again at the October meeting. If you haven't already taken some to sell or need more, please see us at the meeting.
Deanna Taylor has graciously taken on the position of chair for our concessions for the quilt show. If you are interested in helping with the planning for that, please reach out to her.
While making your gifts for the holidays and general cleaning out of your sewing rooms, please start putting aside any scraps that you might be willing to donate for Scrap City. Smallest size would be a 5 inch square, no pet hair please. Sheila will start collecting scraps in January.
The Sewing Expo in Sharonville is October 12 -14. Come see us as we will have a booth to sell raffle tickets. Send your friends, acquaintances and general quilty people you run into who haven't already sold to us as we will have plenty of tickets.
Emilie T., Quilt Show Chair
PS. Pictures of the raffle quilt are on the Guild's website and on the Quilt Show's website. Please note that most information regarding the quilt show will be on the quilt show's own website.
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