I am sitting at the keyboard wondering what in the world do I have to talk about. It Is a gloomy Memorial Day weekend. I have a quilt that has to be done in two weeks waiting for me upstairs. My dog is sick, my son is still asleep, and my husband is worrying about the Ducks playoff performance.

Ever have one of those days?

Thank goodness for quilting and the quilt guild. We are so lucky to share a passion for fabric and quilts that generates creativity, friendship, philanthropy and just plain fun. There are so many generous and caring people in our guild. The volunteers that keep this guild running donate their time and efforts because they love quilting and want to make sure the guild is an enjoyable experience for all.

So, as always, I am eternally grateful for all of the help and all of the shared experiences our guild provides.

Thank you for all of your smiles and words of encouragement.

Did you enjoy the speaker last month? Leora Raiken reminded us that fabric art comes in many forms and from many cultures. Her workshop taught us folk embroidery techniques that can enhance any quilt. We had a chance to try several enhancing techniques that build on basic embroidery stitches. She reinforced some of the principles I try to embrace when being creative, such as stitches don’t have to be perfect. It reminded me of The Rules of Quilting below. I haven’t mastered 1 and 2 yet.

The Rules of Quilting:

1. Don’t bleed on the quilt.
2. Measure Twice. Cut Once.
3. Its not a mistake. It’s a creative opportunity.
4. There are NO quilt police

Rules? There are rules?

Let’s go forward quilting. We need quilts for the Tea and Auction. We need baby quilts for Philanthropy.

We need to finish those UFO’s. Those grand children and great grand children need their quilts. We need to get started on the holiday quilting. We need to shop for more fabric. We need friendship and fun. So let’s get started. See you at the next meeting.