Well, it sounds more fun than “Let’s Get to Work!” It IS a lot of work putting on a quality quilt show, but we do have fun in spite of that. Many parts make the whole event and most of those go together like well oiled gears. Members have streamlined the processes and tweaked this and that to make it even smoother for the next year. This year will be tougher than most. We did not have our faire last year, so our newer members need training, and we lost quite a few members in 2020 & 2021. Some moved away from the mountains, and we lost some in death. The most challenging part will be keeping up with the shifting rules and current mandates that COVID causes.
This year our Quilt Faire ‘Queen’ is Dana Osterlund. This means that she is in charge of everything involving the Quilt Faire. Quilt Faire committees (35 of them), report to her on their status.
Entered quilts and exhibits are analyzed, arranged and rearranged. All applications are sorted (by size, color and theme) during a Planning meeting. The final show layout is decided at this meeting and the results are distributed to the frame builders and the check-in and return crews.
Now, all the behind the scenes work gets serious. We have only 18 days or so to prepare for our invasion of Ironstone Vineyards and what we call “Quilt Faire Week”
Or in a quilt guild’s case, if the President is away, the guild will play. At least we did last week, when 1st President, Candy, was put in charge of Monday’s meeting. Because there wasn’t much business to do, Candy, a former teacher, could not have a classroom of “kids” just sitting there. So, she brought two games. The first game was a tough one. Each table was given a list of anagrams to descramble and spell out names of quilt blocks. Most tables had 2-3. However, table-4 was full of smarty-pants ladies. Table-4 not only got them all, but they were correct also.
The second game was an old guild favorite we play at Quilt Camp. Left, Right, Center. It is a dice game.
The colorful strips of fabric make a pretty centerpiece!
Also, as an added treat, three of Eileen Roberson’s quilts were on display. Eileen lives in Nevada now, but she is still a guild member. The three masterpieces will be for sale at the Quilt Faire Boutique. October 29-31, 2021.
Oh yeah, in case you wanted to know who won all those strips, and now has to make a quilt with them…
Sue graciously accepted our President’s, Diane Mitchell, request to do a ‘Trunk’ Show for us after the quarterly business meeting on September 20th. She warned Diane that she did not have much to show.
Before the meeting, Sue must have hauled eight overstuffed bags and bins from her car trunk into the Hall. BTW, this is why this activity is called a ‘Trunk’ Show.
“Not much to show”, is a whopping understatement.
Sue’s handiwork covered the walls (and some of the furniture) of Independence Hall.
Her backdrop is a quilt she made for her granddaughter. The style is called Bargello. Thank you, Alyssa, for letting your grandma show us your quilt!
Thank you, Sue! It was a pleasure to hear the history about each quilt and wall hanging. You are a very talented lady! A bunch of us are hoping someday you will teach a class for members…
Many members stayed after the meeting to help Mary Sue and Donna make kits for comfort quilts and pillowcases. Nine large tables in the ‘dinning’ room were stuffed and overflowing with flannels, kids prints, flowers, bright polka-dots, bugs, hearts and a few more dignified styles for teens and adults.
Because yours truly was picking out bright and happy fabric for scrappy kid’s quilts, I remembered to take photos after most of our participants departed. The Hall looks deserted now, but we had a good turn out.
Busy Monday Coming soon…
Quarterly Business Meeting Sept. 20th. The Zoom Room will be open for the meeting at 10:00 am. Sue Duggan’s Trunk Show & the un-luncheon after the meeting. Bring your own lunch, chair to sit in and money in case there is a raffle!
Because of COVID we did not meet and have a cut day last year. To make quilts we found fabrics in our ‘stashes’ to use. And what better time to quilt than the cold and snowy days, that you can’t leave your house if you wanted to.
We still had donations of fabrics last year, and the un-used ones bought prior to March of 2020. Mary Sue showed me how half our storage space was full of fabric designated for comfort quilts. The tables will be piled high on Monday!
So, we are meeting at the Hall at 9:00 am to get started cutting. Our normal Announcements & Sew and Tell will be happening at 10:00 am. Then it is back to work!
Those of you who attend via Zoom will need to contact Jodi Lea Greenfield (209) 795-7425, JodiLeaG@comcast.net to make arrangements. Because of the Cut Day, we are not planning to set up the Zoom for the meeting. It can be done from 10-11 if y’all want to participate. But Jodi is not planning on setting it up if no one is attending.
BTW – the attendance by Zoom is now working, and it will be set up on Monday meeting days, unless otherwise announced as above.