Wednesday, September 28, 2011

October News

Executive News
Here we are headed into October already. Good grief. Is anyone counting days until Christmas yet? October will be a busy month for us. Our business meeting at 7 pm on Oct. 11 will focus around three issues: our budget for the next two years, a discussion around fundraising (quilt show, raffle quilts, sales, etc.), and a review of last month's questionnaire responses. The agenda will also include the West Kootenay Quilt Conference (Rae) and tying up the loose ends for the first Guild retreat Oct. 14 -16 (Stephanie and Marj Clark). If you have a nifty new product to demo or a quick technique to show, you're very welcome to bring it along and as always we'll have show and tell. And psst, there'll be another door prize just for showing up as well as some sort of yummy treat at coffee break. The Guild retreats are shaping up to look like a lot of fun. I've had a quick glimpse of the door and game prizes Heart 'n Sole has put together for us....all I'm saying is "ooooooh" and "aaaaaah"! There are still a few spaces open for both of the retreats so the deadline for registering has been extended to the Oct. 11 business meeting, after which the folks waitlisted for their second choice may be able to sign up. Then there's also our next in-guild at 9 am on Tues Oct. 25. Irene doesn't have anything set up yet (maybe I'm wrong? if so I'll bet she tells me) so I'll be hounding her to get something/someone going before the Oct. 11 meeting. The September in-guild - Irene's crazy log cabin-ish block - was a lot of fun and more than half our members turned out for loads of laughs, great company, and a quilt block that's quick, fun and easy.
     I must especially mention all the planning and work Diane Pillet has put into the instruction for our new quilters. Diane is doing a fabulous job organizing everything and everybody, and our "newbies" are in great hands. Way to go, Diane, everyone appreciates your efforts!
     Some things for all of us to spend a little time thinking about future-wise:  What would we like to do for our Christmas party? Do you have an idea for or are you willing to lead a future in-guild day - don't feel restricted to quilt blocks, we can make "things" too. For example, I'm going to talk Rae into doing an in-guild on a zippered handy-dandy purse/makeup bag/whatever, and Irene was wondering if people would be interested in a departure from quilting and having an in-guild on card making. Are guild members interested in a shophop? What elements would guild members like to see in the open houses we plan for this year? How can we advertise ourselves at little or no cost (to attract new members, raise community awareness about our Guild, and raise funds through activities). Don't forget your ideas are what make the guild work and your suggestions are always welcome!
     Lastly, don't forget the FOFA building is available to us every Tuesday. Even if there's nothing "formal" going on, all members are welcome to bring a project and lunch. Hanging out together is part of what it's all about!

Membership in the Sunshine Quilters runs from September to August annually. If you have not already done so, please renew your membership as soon as possible so you contine to receive communication and updates from the guild.

October Events
Business Meeting - October 11, 2011 7 p.m.
In-Guild Day - October 25, 2011 9 am
Retreat - October 14-16, 2011

Caba's Quilting Cottage
100% wool batting  108" wide 10 -20% off

Heart 'n Sole
Although Cathy and her husband are holidaying in Australia for a few weeks, Heart 'n Sole is open for business as usual. Drop in and see the gorgeous new fabrics - sure to give you ideas galore!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September News

Executive News

Another new season already! Didn't we just have a quilt show or something??
Welcome back everybody, and an advance welcome to new members. It's going to be a full, fun year. We even have new-to-quilting folks joining us so we'll be a Guild in the true meaning of the word - passing on our skills and knowledge to those wishing to learn. Plans are under way for the retreats, teaching beginners, in-guilds, short clinics, open houses, etc.
Our first business meeting is going to be a busy one! Here's a sort-of agenda for you:
- welcome addresss by the president (oh, that would be me! I'll keep it short)
- introduction of members
- thought box introduction
- September in-guild
- membership payments/issuing member cards
- retreat registration
- writing thank you cards re the quilt show
- filling in a short questionnaire
- filling vacant volunteer positions (please be prepared to volunteer for something)
- treasurer's and secretary's reports
- committee reports
- show and tell
- there will be a door prize or two (yay, we all love a prize!)
and anything else that falls into my brain or you offer up by Sept 13 - I'm at 442-8493.
Evelyn will be bringing a snack and I'll be putting the coffee and tea on.
Two big items will be held over until the October business meeting - our 2-year budget (it has to wait until October as we are in the process of dealing with the quillt show money ins-and-outs) and a discussion around the quilt show, raffle quilts, fundraising, etc. Put your thinking caps on now though ... don't wait until the meeting in October to start thinking about these things or we'll be there a week.
I'm very excited about the coming year. I hope you will be too. Bring your ideas and suggestions - it's your Guild!
Cheery quilting

September Events
Business Meeting - Sept 13, 2011 7 pm
In-Guild Day - Sept 27, 2011 9 am

September In-Guild
September's in-guild, on Sept 27th,  is a patternless random-scrap crazy quilt block. All you need to bring is your sewing machine, etc., and lunch. We have a huge assortment of scraps to use so there's no need to bring your own. Enough new muslin for the base of the blocks for two or three 12" blocks per person will be provided by the guild. These blocks are quick and easy (and can be made in any size you want) so if you think you may want to make a bunch please bring along some more muslin in case the guild's supply runs dry. Sample blocks and a quilt top will be shown at the September business meeting.

Caba's Quilting Cottage
New Season brings BUY OF THE YEAR Janome Horizon with two tables $1999.00. Bring a friend and buy two another $ 100.00 off each machine. Offer good for September only

Heart 'n Sole
Heart 'n Sole will re-open Saturday Sept 10 after Cathy's return and she will be extending her shop sale just for Guild members until Friday Sept 16