April 2019 will be our 35th Anniversary as a Guild and our meeting will be a celebration of that. I am looking or members to assist in sorting through the archives with me to get our history in order. I bet there are a lot of interesting and fun things over the past 35 years that can be found and shared with our members. When was our first quilt show? What were the early programs? Do we have any members who were at that first meeting? (I believe we do!) What did our first Raffle Quilt look like?
meeting? (I believe we do!)
Anyone having information on our history, old newsletters, retreats, quilt show info, etc., please contact Kathy Mueller. If you are interested in delving into the archives or planning our 35th Anniversary Celebration, please contact Kathy Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big “Thank You” to Laura Blanchard, Olive Herman and Sharon Thomsen for planning a fun picnic. Great food and fun was had by all. It is always a treat to be able to socialize with our fellow members and what a better way than over a picnic. I can’t wait to see blocks that come from the Fat Quarter Exchange.
Thank you also to all of our members who volunteered to be docents at the recent US National Parks Quilt Exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. The quilts there and the other locations were spectacular. I had so much fun visiting with the guests that attended. Ladies (and husbands) were on road trips from Madison, Indiana, Chicago, etc. and making it their own “Quilt Hop”.
Kathy Mueller, President
A big THANK YOU to Laura Blanchard and Olive Herman (and helpers) for hosting such a fun evening. The food was perfect and the company of friends was even better. It was a nice evening to visit and enjoy conversation with other guild members!
We are currently securing a date in March 2020 at Richland School for our next Quilt Show. HOWEVER, we need members to chair the show and we need a committee to design our Opportunity Quilt and get it completed (with the help of ALL our members) so it can be traveling in 2019 and tickets sold on it. Our Quilt Show proceeds support our guild activities for 2 years. Our Program Budget is approximately $8,000-$10,000/year with speakers fees, travel costs, etc. Without the Quilt Show profits, we will not be able to continue our excellent and nationally recognized speakers or offer the workshops. We would not have Saturday Sewing or perhaps even our meetings at Zion (we pay them for the use of their facility). Our guild is dependent on the proceeds from the Quilt Show to get through the next 2 years.
There are members with Quilt Show Chair experience who can answer questions. There are written reports of prior shows. The 2018 Quilt Show Wrap Up meeting had many good suggestions to go forward with. BUT, WE NEED SOMEONE TO STEP UP AND COMMIT TO THE 2020 QUILT SHOW CHAIRMAN(S). AND WE NEED A COMMITTEE TO DESIGN OUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY QUILT.
This is your guild. Please consider volunteering.
Kathy Mueller, President
Please let me know if you have any of these items that need to be turned and put in the tubs:
Plastic Bags – strip search
Accucut strip die
If you have these will you please bring to the April 2nd meeting.
Also, ALL requests for reimbursements need to be in by the meeting – could you please let Kathy Mueller know what bills need to be reimbursed prior to the meeting. There have been no reimbursement requests for table covers, magazines, raffle baskets, cable ties, etc.
We have a meeting on April 2nd at 6:30 after the Board meeting.
Lana and Lynn
QUILT SHOW VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
As a Pride of the Prairie Guild member, part of each members OBLIGATION is to sign up for at least one 2hour time slot during the show. Friday set-up and Sunday take-down do not count.
There are still many time slots to be filled – Books/magazines Saturday pm – Strip search Saturday pm / Sunday am & pm – Silent auction Saturday am / Sunday pm – Quilt check – in and runners Friday after 4:00 – Quilt take down Sunday 4:00 – Guild table Saturday pm / Sunday am & pm – Bake sale Saturday pm / Sunday am & pm – Show props Saturday/ Sunday am & pm – Gym entrance greeters (1 hour time slot) Saturday am & pm / Sunday am & pm
****WHITE GLOVE HOSTING IN GYM & GYM GREETERS*******
These are one (1) hour time slots. If you have only signed up for this it does not meet membership requirements so please consider signing up in an additional time slot.
Personal: For my first show, everyone kept saying how much fun it is. Yeah, yeah, yeah! I was not a believer. This is my 3rd or 4th show and I was and will be there everyday having fun. Yes, it is work too, but you get to work along other members and get to know them. Another face to say hello to at a meeting
We all need to do our part to make this show as successful as our past shows have been
Thank you Aniela Levin (email@example.com) 630-715-6315
The Membership Committee is excited and ready to accept renewing members and new members at our next meeting, Thursday, January 18th. Membership Dues remain the same ($25/year) and may be paid by check or cash.
Sample using a printed label:
It can be very crowded at the Membership Tables during the first three months of the year so attached you will find a form which you may download and print out at home. To avoid writer’s cramp, you may want to attach a printed label in the name section of the form. If there are no changes in address, phone or email address, you are 90% done before you come to the meeting.
Please remember that your membership dues must be paid by 1/18/18 if you plan to enter a quilt in the POP Quilt Show.
Your Membership Committee,
Nan Connors, Jennifer Henry, Aniela Levin, Sharon Olson, and Sondra Pawchak
Our Saturday sew days will be held at Zion Lutheran Church from 9 AM – 4 PM. Bring your projects, your SewEzi Table, sewing machine, or handwork and enjoy some uninterrupted sewing time.
We have scheduled the following dates:
September 9, 2017 November 4, 2017 January 13, 2018 February 10, 2018 April 14, 2018
We will have a sign-up sheet at the guild meeting preceding each sew-in just to give us an idea of how many to expect. If you don’t sign up, you’re still welcome to come and sew. Bring a treat to share, and don’t forget your lunch.
Any question, contact Christine Williams firstname.lastname@example.org 630-677-4350
Summer is winding down. Fall is in the air. And our schedules are getting crazier and crazier. The Quilt Show activities are gearing up (only 7 months away!), school has started (kid and grandkid activities to attend), fall yard work needs to be done and the Holidays are fast approaching (with self-imposed quilting deadlines). Yikes—how can we do it all?
Well, first we need to realize we don’t need to do it all. Take time for yourself. Take a step back and be thankful for what you have today. Don’t keep thinking about what you need to do next week, but rather what you have been given today and how lucky you are to be able to enjoy it. Linger over that cup of coffee in the morning on your patio. Yes, you can plan your day, your errands, supper that night, but also plan some family/friend time. Tell someone how much they mean to you. Enjoy and be thankful for what you have today!! And now back to quilting things…..
With the Quilt Show only a few months away volunteers are needed in all areas. I know I just stated that you need to take time for yourself, but if everyone helps a little, a few don’t have to do a lot. And think of all the friendships that will come from working with your fellow guild members.
I enter my sewing area with good intentions of spring cleaning and look around at what I see and what I know is there but I can’t see. I think of the woman I read about on Facebook who died with thousands of bolts of fabric and her family opened a storefront to sell it all. I may not be quite that bad, but I sure have a lot. Probably several lifetime’s worth. Okay, I’ll sort and donate some fabric out. So I start. Let’s see, maybe I don’t need this fat quarter, this quarter yard…….. But then I pick up a fabric and think I could use that in this project and before I know it, I have deviated from getting rid of fabric to rearranging it in piles for use in yet another project. Then I come across a kit I had forgotten about and I start pulling fabric for it. Before I know it, sorting and getting rid of fabric has gone by the wayside and I am happily fondling the fabric into new piles. I know this never happens to you. Well, I had good intentions.
I hope you all had a chance to see our Opportunity Quilt “Sensational Stars from the Prairie”. It is really sensational. The ladies who met every week for over a year to design this outdid themselves. Thanks to Sandy Piatak, Julie Baird, Beth Grossman, Jill Stuck and Sharon Thomsen for their creativity.
Our new website is getting lots of attention. Queries are coming in all the time that we are answering. And we have guilds visiting us with their Opportunity Quilts in May, June, August, September so bring your address labels and money to buy their tickets.
Things are starting to gear up for the quilt show next March. Committees need help so consider jumping in when something sounds interesting. The Guild Challenge with the paint chips is a fun way to start. You can get more info on this at the meetings or in this newsletter.
I want to wish all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews—make lots of memories! Travel safely to wherever you may be headed. See you at Guild!!!!!