Pam Boozan, PresidentA huge thank you to all of you who worked so hard on the 2015 Tea and Auction. It was fun and successful, meeting our budget objectives that allows us to bring featured quilters and workshops to our guild. It is a lot of work, and we are fortunate to have so many talented people willing to donate their quilts, time, boutique items, and food. It is because of you that we can celebrate this success.

I just spent four hours sewing with some friends, working on a scrappy Christmas quilt. This is the second time this week that I have had that opportunity. Friendship groups add a wonderful dynamic to my life. Of course, there is the friendship, but that is not all. I get validation that I am making something interesting and worthwhile, and I get inspired by other’s projects and accomplishments. I get excited about sewing when motivation escapes me. I learn a lot of things I don’t know. And, I am reminded what wonderful people there are in the quilting world.

If you have not joined a friendship group and want to, ask around at guild meeting. Carol Munn is the friendship group coordinator. Some friendship groups have been established for a long time and have a set number of members so that they can manage their meeting space and time. Be patient and consider starting one of your own. There are absolutely no rules to be a friendship group. Let people know you
are looking for a group.

The feedback about the workshop by Jean Impey has been glowing. I have seen a couple of the basket quilts they worked on, and they are super cute. I am sure we will be seeing them at show & tell. The guild has seen some amazing quilts from our speakers these last three months!

We are always looking for great speakers and teachers to come to our guild. If you hear about an amazing quilter, be sure to let me or one of the other board members know so that we can check them out. We strive for your satisfaction and interest in the presentations and workshops. Or if there is something about quilting you want to learn more about, we can search for lecturers or teachers. Communication is key to knowing what works for you.

I am looking for a couple of volunteers for next year. Let me know if you are interested or need more information.
Show and tell coordinator – person who gets the sign-ups for show & tell, then displays the quilts during the guild meeting break.
Ways and Means, Opportunity Basket coordinator – this is a board position, responsible for receiving the donations for the opportunity baskets, purchasing some items, and selling tickets during the guild meeting.

It is always a joy to see all of you at guild. Thank you for your smiles, feedback and words of encouragement. I need all I can get.

Pam Boozan