June 2018

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Greetings, Quilters!

Here we are at the close of another fun Guild year! We’ll wrap things up at our June 10th meeting/ get-together, which will be held in the lower level of Charlton Baptist Church. Please park in the back and enter through the door at the lower level. You’re invited to bring a snack/ finger food to share, but certainly that’s entirely discretionary. If you do bring something, and a serving utensil is required, please provide one. The Guild will provide beverages, along with plates and cups. And bring your wallets and checkbooks, because there are lots of great finds to be had at the Silent Auction! The Cornerstone Collectibles’ Team of Carol and Joanne have put together what promises to be a cornucopia of treasures to bid on!

In addition, bring your red, white and blue quilts to show, and any other “show and tell” quilts you’d like to show off! If you participated in a Challenge this year and haven’t yet shown your completed Challenge project, please bring it in June! Set-up for the meeting will begin at 11:30 and help is needed! If you can possibly come early to help, the facilities committee will be grateful. The Guild runs on volunteer power!!

The Membership committee people will have a table at the June meeting, so if you haven’t yet renewed your membership, you can do so then while you also check-in. There will also be a drop box for the Questionnaires that were circulated last month. Lost yours? No worries! Gaye Kenyon will have extras! If you do not renew your membership (con’t. pg. 2) Newsletter of the Cornerstone Quilters Guild 2 June 2018 (President’s Message con’t.) by the June meeting, you will not receive the newsletter going forward, which would be sad, so renew now!

And just because this Guild year is wrapping up doesn’t mean there isn’t fun being planned for next year!! And looking ahead, we’ll get the ball rolling by collecting “orphan blocks” at the June meeting, so bring any strays you don’t mind parting with. Monique Fontaine will collect them and organize orphan block packets for pickup in September, for you to transform into something amazing and wonderful! Also, Judy Bachand, with able assistance from Mary Piorun, will be reprising the “Shoebox Swap” activity that we so enjoyed several years ago. Sign-up will be in September. Look for additional information in the September newsletter.

Every year we need three people to audit the financial records. We need three volunteers to make this happen, please sign up if you can do this over the summer. It doesn’t take long, just a few hours getting together and going over the books.

Lastly, enjoy the Summer which will pass by all too quickly. Remember that rainy days are good sewing days!

Susan Burns, President

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May 2018

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President’s Message

Can it really be Spring?? Wow, April was brutal, including an April Guild meeting that was on the verge of being cancelled due to winter weather. Holy cow! But here we are, back with warm weather, daffodils, pollen, flying bugs, etc., and that means our Guild year will be drawing to a close in June. How fast this year has gone by!

We’ll be voting on executive officers at the May meeting. The slate of officers has been presented by our nominating committee, but if you or someone you know wants to be included for any position prior to voting, you need to let us know right away.

A lot goes on behind the scenes to keep our guild humming along. The Board of Directors doesn’t plan just for next month’s meeting, it plans for next year’s meetings, and beyond. To do that in the most effective way for our members, we need to know what YOU want Cornerstone Quilters to be so it remains a vibrant and important part of your lives. Included in the newsletter is a questionnaire that the Board invites you to fill out and return (anonymously) at either the May or June meeting. We’ll have a box available for you to drop your responses into. You can always email or snail-mail any member of the Board, as well. Your input is so important, please let us know what you think!

The second “Reveal” of the year will be done at the May meeting. Participants in the Architectural Challenge will be displaying how they interpreted a photo of a building/structure provided by our Vice-President, Monique Fontaine. This is sure to be interesting! The final Challenge Reveal, for the Whisper Challenge, will be at the June meeting. Also at the May meeting, Cornerstone Collectibles will be having a “Blowout!” sale, so plan to do some shopping! If you haven’t yet renewed, please do so this month so you don’t get dropped from the mailing list. You don’t want to miss a thing!

And speaking of the June meeting— we’ll be having a social get-together in the lower level of the Charlton Baptist Church, with potluck finger food. It’s not necessary to bring something to share, but the more the merrier, yes? Please include a serving utensil if your dish requires one. The setup for the June meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., and extra help is always welcome, both before and after. Also, please bring your red, white, and blue quilts in June to display in honor of the National Holidays coming up. As a reminder, the June meeting will be the second Sunday, on June 10th. Cornerstone Collectibles has a great Silent Auction planned for that event. Plan to place your bids!!

Susan Burns, President

April 2018

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Greetings, Quilters!

It’s time for our first Challenge REVEAL and I’m so excited to see what everyone did to transform the Holice Turnbow Panel From You-Know-Where into something magical! So bring those re-imagined pieces and show us what you did! Holice’s guidelines were to make a top roughly 45” x 60”, the unfinished top is fine! Next up, in May, is the Reveal for the Architectural Challenge, and in June is the Whisper Challenge unveiling.

Please note that the June meeting will be the second Sunday, not the third, and we’ll be having a finger food potluck in the lower level of the Charlton Baptist Church. Our theme is “Red, White, and Blue” in honor of Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Glorious Fourth, so bring your red, white and blue quilts to show! There won’t be a Cornerstone Collectibles table in June, but Carol and Joanne are putting together great stuff for a silent auction! And look for the May “Blowout Sale” at Cornerstone Collectibles next month!

The April meeting is when we start membership renewals for the coming year. In this newsletter is the renewal form. If you haven’t renewed already (and thanks go out to those who have!), please fill out the form to bring, along with the dues, to the April meeting, or mail it to Gaye Kenyon. Anything that we can do to help Gaye and her team is most welcome. Also, please remember that the dues are now $30.00, having been voted on and approved at the March meeting.

Karen Murphy is stepping down as our Library Director, and we need someone to replace her if the lending library of DVD’s is to continue. Send an email to me or anyone on the Board if you can take this over. If you have DVD’s checked out, please return them no later than the May meeting. If no one is willing to take on the Library position, then we will likely discontinue that and place the DVD’s in the June silent auction.

Lastly, the Board is putting together a Questionnaire which we hope will let us know what you want in the coming year. The current plan is to send it out in May. Lots has happened in the quilting world, in general, over the last two decades, and we want to keep up with the times. This is YOUR guild, so give us your input!

Susan Burns, President

March 2018

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Greetings, Quilters!

Isn’t it fabulous to have more sunlight and even see green shoots popping up here and there! Having winter in the rear view mirror is so restorative to my creative spirit!! If you have the opportunity, do search out photos online from the recent Quilt Con 2018 which was held in Pasadena at the end of February. So much inspiration! The modern quilt movement is going strong and drawing in younger quilters. Susan Therriault is looking into what the interest level is for adding a mini-group focused on Modern Quilting, stay tuned for more information on that. And, “Thank you!” to Sue!

As you check in at the Members’ Table for the March meeting, you’ll receive a colored paper “Flag” for the purpose of voting on whether to increase our annual dues from $24 to $30. You must have the paper Flag to vote. Only members in good standing will be able to have their votes counted.

I’m excited to welcome back Beth Helfter as our guest speaker in March. This will be Beth’s third appearance at Cornerstone Quilters. She has a lively sense of humor and I know everyone will enjoy her!

Till then— Happy Spring and Happy Quilting.

Susan Burns, President

February 2018

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President’s Message

As I hope everyone is aware, the Guild’s Board of Directors made a collective decision at it’s meeting on August 19, 2017, to propose an increase in annual dues from $24 to $30. In 2000, when the Guild was formed, the dues were set at $24, and this has not been changed in the 18 years since the Guild inception. It’s a fact of our lives that prices go up, not down, and that has been true for the Guild and the activities it has offered to our members. A survey was made of other guilds in our general area, and dues of $30 are not out of line with what is going on elsewhere. The Board of Directors is aware that an increase in dues will make some members unhappy. We wish we could fund our activities at 2000 prices but we cannot.

This proposal must be put to a vote of the members at our March general meeting, under the Guild’s ByLaws. If approved, the increase will go into effect when membership renewals start in April. If the members do not approve the increase, then the Board of Directors will be taking a hard look at what activities can be scaled down or eliminated with the least impact to our members. It is possible that we will not have as many paid speakers, for instance, and a subsidy for the annual Brunch may need to be eliminated. Choices will need to be made.

The guild income and expenses are included in every newsletter. If you have any questions about any of it, you are certainly free to ask them and have them answered.

I can’t stress enough that the Guild runs on Volunteer Power. Please get involved. Be on a Committee. Run for an elected position. There are always open positions. By being a part of the steering process and a voting member of the Board of Directors, you can have a direct say on what we do and how we do it. Members are always welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Directors, just let us know you’re coming so we can have a chair for you. This is your Guild. Make your voice heard and work to keep the Guild alive and well going forward.

Susan Burns, President

January 2018

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President’s Message

My favorite day of the year is January 2nd. The madness of the holidays is fading into a dim memory (usually a good thing!) and I can grab a moment for reflection on what has been and what is to come.  Setting goals is an activity I’m trying to leave in the rear view mirror at this stage of my life, and it’s hard. I’m goal driven. I make lists and check off the boxes! But I’m thinking about how achieving a goal doesn’t really bring happiness, because the goal is something you think you should have already accomplished. “I’m late! I should have done that by now! “  So I’m trying a re-set to focus on those deeply personal goals that won’t be seen by anyone but me, the ones that I do for my own pleasure, which is why there’s a better shot at achieving them. Focusing on who I am and not what I achieve is the goal for 2018. Comparison to anyone else is the enemy of joy, so I’m taking joy in what brings me joy without thought to what anyone else is doing.  So do what brings you joy, whether it’s piecing a king size quilt top with 2,543 pieces, or making a soft cushion for a beloved pet to curl up on. The holidays with all their must-do yapping are behind us. Let’s look ahead to joyful quilting which makes our hearts full. Wishing you all an overflowing basket of joy in 2018!

Susan Burns

November 2017

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President’s Message

I have a UFO. OK, I have lots of UFO’s. Some of them actually haunt me, just a little bit, as they sit in project boxes looking back at me saying “Finish me! Finish me!” But one in particular is in my mind right now. I started it in (or around) 1987. It’s a blue and white Schoolhouse pattern. I made templates out of cardboard and cut the pieces out with scissors. Because that’s what you did in 1987. I may have used an old sheet for the backing. (I’m now hanging my head in shame.) I started hand quilting it and hated the process. Yes, it’s that old. It’s already faded and hasn’t even been finished. The logical part of my mind says to pitch it, or cut it up for pot holders, or turn it into a dog bed. But the non-logical half of my brain says, well, wait a minute. Maybe it’s worth finishing! Maybe it will be something wonderful and praiseworthy once it’s done and bound! (I know this is not a realistic thought.) Which brings me to the wonderfulness of belonging to Cornerstone Quilters Quilt Guild. There is comfort in discovering I’m not the only one with UFO’s, a stash beyond – way beyond – my quilting needs, along with endless projects in various stages of construction, and that you members GET it!! I don’t have to explain, you just KNOW what I’m talking about and can totally relate. I can’t begin to tell you how powerful that is. Blessings on all of you! I expect I’m not the only one with thoughts of holiday gifts and decorations still to be whipped up as November inevitably flies by and December is upon us. Some of these creations may actually get done, but there will surely be a few that will need to be put in queue for 2018. And that’s OK! Give yourself permission to just delight in the process and the creative spirit. Display them at Show and Tell, in whatever stage of completion, and we will all totally understand! You’re surrounded by friends. And isn’t that a blessing beyond measure?

Susan Burns