On March 16th the Crossroads Quilters Guild meet for our monthly meeting at The First Christian Church in Effingham IL.
MaryJo T. & Crystal H. provided some great tasting snacks for our social time, thanks so much ladies!
Our program was given by Patty M., the owner of The Quilt Top Shop (retail stores in both Ramsey & Altamont) on the June Taylor Charming Circles Tool. Patty showed us how to make the Orange Peel (Cathedral Window) Type blocks that once stitched together the quilt was totally finished, no extra quilting needed! The blocks that were demonstrated were made using denim and cotton fabrics but Patty did suggested that a flannel fabric quilt would also be very nice! The Charming Circles Ruler is available at the Quilt Top show for around $16.00 each. Here is the June Taylor YouTube Video showing the ruler:
After the program we were treated to some of the many quilts made by our guild members during Show & Tell time. Here are just a few of the many quilts that were shared with the group!
(just click on the photo to see a larger view!)
During the Business Meeting we seated our new guild Officers (As two officers had stepped down)
Our current 2015 Officers, Chairmen & Committee heads are as follows;
President, Sandy F.
Vice President, Connie T.
Secretary, Robbin W.
Treasurer, Harvy G.
Newsletter, Robbin W.
Program Chairman, Sue W.
Soldier Quilt Committee head, MaryJo T.
Donation / Charity Quilt Tracking, Karie W.
Challenge Quilt Committee head, Crystal H.
Quilt Show Co-Chairmen, Marilyn S. & Elizabeth K.
Guild Website/Bloggers, Robbin W. & Elizabeth K.
Guild members were reminded that yearly membership fees are due, that charge is $20.00 and should be paid to guild treasurer ASAP.
New membership books were passed around and any information for corrections were taken. Please remember our book maker is only human and that means mistakes can happen! Corrected info stickers will be available at our next meeting.
Our Raffle Quilt was on hand to be seen, we have decided to call it Autumn Stepping Stones. Sue and the rest of the Raffle Committee Quilters did a amazing job on the quilt again this year, Thanks so much ladies! Tickets will be available beginning at the Effingham Artisan Fair on May 8th & 9th, or from any Crossroads Quilters Guild Member for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
MaryJo T. collected the first batch of 12″ finished blocks that will be made into quilts our guilds Quilts For Soldiers Project. All blocks are to be turned in at the April meeting to be included in the prize drawling so be sure to get your blocks finished up!
The monthly Quilt show meeting was postponed due to scheduling conflicts however a few bits of info was passed along. Rita N. is working on the 2015 Bed Turning and is hoping that it will be featuring quilts from the Amish and Mennonite quilters. Beth K. talked about adding a online entry for for the quilt show as well as a few changes to the categories for this years show.
The yearly Guild Group Retreat at The Watson Methodist Church was postponed due to unexpected issues but we hope that it will be rescheduled soon.
It has been a long cold wet winter but we have all kept busy as 70 completed charity / donation quilts were turned in! 57 quilts for Project Linus, 7 Quilts for Soldiers, 4 Preemie Quilts for Cardinal Glennon , and 2 for a local nursing home. that brings our yearly total to 114 donated charity quilts. Keep up the great work!
Beth K. asked that anyone with information on quilt shops, machine quilters, or hand quilters to please send that info to her so she can see about adding it to the guilds webpage / blog. all info will be checked and the shop owners asked before any information is added.
Sharon S. talked about upcoming Linus Sew Days as well as a fund raising quilt class (featuring the Have A Heart quilt) that will take place on may 1st 7 2nd at The Cross Country Mall, Matton IL. A sign up sheet was passed to see in enough guild members were interested in taking the class, if enough sign up a special class will be offered in Effingham. Please see or contact Sharon S. for more information.
Fabric Printed name tags were offered to guild members, tags will included the guild name, logo block, and members name printed onto fabric for easy finishing. If you would like to have a name tag printed please contact Beth K. as soon as possible. It will be up to you to finish the tag, making it into a pin or a necklace type name tag of your choice. Name tags MUST be worn to meetings or you will be fined a small fee!
Our next guild meeting will be on April 20th at The First Christian Church in Effingham. Our Social Time Snacks will be provided by Trudy B., Mary E., and Judy T. Our program will be given by Phil Lewis (a volunteer curator at The Lincoln Museum) and will be on Underground Railroad Quilts. Meetings are open to the public, visitors are allowed to join in two times before being asked to pay the yearly membership fees to continue attending meetings. All quilters age eighteen or older are welcome, so please feel free to join us!
PS: I promise to have better photos next time, I already have my spare camera charged and in my bag ready to go!