September 2018

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The President’s Message

Wow, here we are again, with summer in the rear view mirror and another fun year of Cornerstone Quilters Guild activities ahead!

Cornerstone Quilters runs on volunteer power!  Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep everything humming along!  The audit committee, made up of Mary Piorun, Joy Reece, and Judy Bachand, ably conducted the annual financial audit. Thanks, ladies! Anne Pietroburgo has lined up interesting speakers for our meetings, and Susan Therriault has made sure that we have fun workshops scheduled throughout the year.

Thanks go out to Joanne Carey and Sally Lemay for taking over the DVD library.  Carol Cruttenden and Joanne Morin have fresh merchandise for our Cornerstone Collectibles pop-up shop. (Carol and Joanne want to remind people that donated magazines must be intact with nothing removed!)  They will have “Mystery” kits available at the September meeting for the low cost of $5. Get a kit and show off your handiwork at the May meeting! Kits will include fabric and the pattern. Shopping may be done both before and after the meeting.

Judy Bachand and Mary Piorun are heading up a “Shoebox Block” challenge. The guild did this several years ago, so it’s time to bring it back! Sign up will be in September.  In addition, Anne Covino and Monique Fontaine are putting together an “Orphan Block” challenge. I understand the orphan blocks have rolled in, there will be plenty to choose from. And will there be another “Whisper Challenge”? Stay tuned!

Terri Donnelly and her able team of volunteers will continue having Outreach meetings twice a month. Dates for September are the 14th and 28th. The group meets at the Charlton Grange from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You don’t have to attend a meeting to help out! Kits are available for at-home sewing. There’s a need, especially, for quilts sized for cribs and hospital NICU’s.

Due to interest in forming a mini group dedicated to the modern quilting movement, Susan Therriault is planning an organizational meeting later this Fall at the Charlton Library. Look for more information on that soon!

We continue to look for one or more volunteers to head up a social media program. This would include maintaining (and upgrading) our website, taking charge of our Facebook account, possibly starting an Instagram account, and syncing it all. Please let any of our Board members know if you can help us out.

Laura Salo is again heading up a quilting display for “Celebrating Agriculture Day” at the Woodstock Fairgrounds on September 22nd. Laura would love for volunteers to help her out. Please contact Laura at: LauraSalo3@hotmail.com.

Thirteen members responded to the request for completing a questionnaire that was made available in the spring. The Board of Directors has reviewed the responses and we’ve made some tweaks as a result.  For one, there will be no winter brunch this coming year. There was interest expressed in having a quilt show. Please be aware that mounting a quilt show takes a team of dedicated volunteers and is an undertaking requiring a strong commitment to see it through. If you’re someone who can rise to the
challenge, let us know!

Also, we have reworked our informational brochure which will be placed in local shops and any other place we can think of to attract new members.  The new brochure is full of color and photos of quilts made by guild members. Check it out!

Lastly, as you may be aware, it’s been customary to present an outgoing President with a quilt at the end of the second year of serving in that position.  I have asked that it not be done for me, as I was fortunate and blessed to receive a magnificent quilt at the end of my first term in office that I love and use. It reminds me every day of how important the Guild has been in my life! Thanks to everyone for making the Guild such a great organization!

Susan Burns, President

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