End of Year Social – June 2022

“To quilt is human. To finish is divine.” ― Unknown

Our Guild end-of-year Social yesterday was a smashing success. It’s great having some meetings in the gym, as we sit at tables, visit, eat, laugh, “table hop” and share our “quiltings”.  If we have a speaker the event is upstairs, where food and drink are not allowed, and it is more of a “presentation” environment.

At the meeting the new officers were sworn in for the coming 2022-2023 year.  As our new President, Ros is full of ideas, Ruth is VP and retreat coordinator, Eleanor is Secretary and Jocelyn remains Treasurer.  A very large and grateful “thank you” to the ladies for volunteering for those positions. And thank you to the members who stepped up in 2021-2022  to fill those positions when we were trying to get back on track after our tumultuous isolation. Sue T, as acting president this past year, was given a Mondo bag sewn by Ros and stuffed with “thank you” items from the guild. She is a former President and always gives generously of her time, organizational abilities and ideas to the guild.

This year was also the first year for the Silver Thimble Award.  It was given to Susan B in recognition and grateful appreciation of her 4 times as guild president, her accomplishments, the time she has given to the guild and her status as one of the founding members of the guild.

As a sidebar – the guild absolutely RUNS on volunteer help, so if there is a position for which you would like to offer your time and talents, please let the board know.  As you can see from our newsletter, there are many positions other than just officers that can use you and quite a few require lots of hands-on help.  If you are interested in doing a workshop to show other members a new or easier technique or process – by all means let the board know that too.  We would like to have more workshops presented by guild members – tapping into the hundreds of years of experience among us! 

So – the guild meeting!  Donations were abundant for the silent auction that Ros spear-headed, and we all got to bid on a plethora (don’t you just love that word?) of items from small packs of fabric to sewing machines and even a long-arm quilter.  Congratulations to all of you who won the bids.

The Hospitality Committee provided iced tea, lemonade and water, while members had signed up to bring various luncheon foods, platters and desserts. Good eats, and not too much left over.

The quilting part came when we showed:

  1. FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing) blocks as one of the quilt skills challenges. Our own Joy did a workshop on FPP last month. I had never done paper piecing, but I kind of fell in love with it, once I understood what exactly I was doing!  I am making several hearts – and let me tell you, this is a great way to use up those tiny pieces of fabric in your scrap bin! No cutting necessary until you have sewn on each piece and used the wonderful “Add a Quarter” ruler to cut the seams to ¼”.
  2. UFO (Unfinished Object – quilts or wall hangings, etc.)  For those accepting the challenge of finishing a project that they had laying about or stashed in a dark corner for whatever reason (and there are SO many reasons for stopping work on projects!) we got to see what they had finally finished.  We have all learned “Done is better than Perfect”, and although we all strive for perfection, it is sometimes a great sanity-saver to just finish. Don’t we all know the deep breath in and release when a project is finally done?
  3. Show and Tell:  A regular portion of the meetings where members get to show off other projects they have been working on over the past few months.  And tell the story that accompanies it of course! We all love a good story.

So what is up for the Summer?

  1. There are a couple small groups of quilting friends who meet once a week or so to do something they all enjoy.
  2. Quilt Shows are back on the calendar, if you are in the mood for a road trip. See the calendar page for quilt show dates and details.
  3. The Mod Squad (modern quilt group of Cornerstone Quilters) challenge to complete for the August 6 meeting is using 3 shades of orange and whatever other colors you want to make a piece that can be no more the 24” x 24” for a total perimeter of 96”, so it could be a table runner at 36” x 12” or another variation of the total 96” measurement.
  4. Beaches and Sun and Sea! Let the colours of Summer be your inspiration to make a quilt or wall hanging to show at the next guild meeting in September.

CHALLENGES for September Meeting

  1. Orange Peel challenge (Ros).
  2. Christmas Card challenge (Monique).
  3. UFO – Third UFO challenge. Remember – if you finish a UFO you get a ticket to be entered in the drawing for prizes after the January meeting, when the 4th and final UFO is due.
  4. Quilt Skills is still going on all summer, although we will not be meeting until September. For June to July, a 9-patch block; July to August, a 16-patch block, and August to September, a 25-patch block.  And with perseverance, you may even have your entire quilt skills quilt completed by the September meeting (if you don’t get side-tracked by vacations, gardening, birds singing, warm sunshine, the aroma of roses and lavender – you know – all those oh-so-delightful outdoor activities!), I can tell you now, mine won’t be done, but I will be working on it. Or at least thinking it or thinking about working on it!
  5. Butterfly Panel (Ros) – if you accepted this challenge to take the panel and slice it, dice it, add to it and make something new – bring it for showing.
  6. Annemarie has requested table toppers or simple table runners to display – and sell – at the Fall Harvest Festival in Leicester.  It occurs the week before our September meeting but she is willing to pick up whatever you make or meet you somewhere. If you need to contact her, you can ask for her contact information via facebook message, or send an email to the Cornerstone gmail: cornerstoneguild2000@gmail.com. You will need to key in the gmail address as the link does not work.

WHEW! I am overwhelmed just reading the list! But it will all be done – or not.

SO – SEW – it’s going to be a busy three months and even with great weather, I am sure sewing machines will be humming along with the bees. Such a satisfying sound.

“Quilters affect eternity. They can never tell where their influence stops.” ― Unknown