SEW WHAT’S NEW Edmond Quilt Guild P O BOX 1843, Edmond, OK 73083 The Edmond Quilt Guild meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Memorial Road Church of Christ 2221 East Memorial Road Edmond, Oklahoma Volume 7 , Issue 1 January 2009 President’s Report— Bonnie Bowman OFFICERS: President: Bonnie Bowman [email protected] 216-0388 Vice–President Lee Gray [email protected] 340-0319 Secretary: Brenda Esslinger [email protected] 946-0817 Treasurer: Cathy Dawson [email protected] 348-2148 Membership: Patti O’Neil [email protected] 341-1938 Programs: Sue Esparza [email protected] 206-2328 Communications: Judy Elliott [email protected] 715-0216 Loving Touch Com: Vicky Wyalie [email protected] 341-7309 Quilt Show Chair: 514-5598 Pam Forrester [email protected] Web Master: Don Lusk [email protected] 205-3802 Mission Statement The mission of the Edmond Quilt Guild is to preserve, teach and share the history and art of quilting. Happy New Year! New....what a word. At my age, is anything new anymore? I’m a helpless hopeful. I begin this year, as I have the last 50 plus years, with ideas of new things, new changes and new challenges in life. Sure, I’ll find myself returning to my familiar, comfortable ruts. But, recently, I’ve begun trying to downsize, due to the accumulation process that naturally occurs when you have reached the 36th year anniversary of your marriage. It’s time to decide what is really important. I certainly won’t start in the sewing room, because everything there is so very necessary. I’ll start in my bedroom closet. That’s where all of the ghosts of Christmas Past now reside. That is where all of the unfinished craft projects of my various experimentation stages rest. That is where I stashed the sewing projects from the days in which I spent time and effort making my own clothes. I made everything I wore except my underwear and shoes. I dressed in gorgeous hand made suits, sports clothes and even sleep wear. I turned a magical corner when I discovered that sewing quilts meant that no matter what, the patterns don’t go out of style, nothing has to fit and fabrics can live forever. There is no guilt in stashing fabric for quilts, even if you’re not sure you’ll use it or not. I began opening boxes that contained patterns, zippers, fabrics, shoulder pads, interfacing, belt buckles and buttons. The patterns are curiously dated and not likely to return to fashion for another 30 years, unless you consider heavy shoulder pads cool. I laughed with glee at the thought of finishing the M.C. Hammer pants, already cut out with the pattern attached in a curiously wild Hawaiian print poly/cotton fabric. You know the ones, the gathered waist and the droopy crotch with the skinny ankles. I can’t imagine what I was thinking back in the late 80's, but I had every intention of being at the height of fashion. I felt a large boulder lift off my shoulders as I emptied boxes containing patterns, polyester blend fabrics, silky rayons in bright colors, all projects I had every intention of finishing. Somewhere along the line I learned that buying clothes wasn’t so bad and, now that I have quilting as my new creative outlet, I don’t have to worry about getting around to that old unfinished project. If I don’t finish that sampler I started back in 2000, I know I’ll do it eventually. I won’t be deterred because it’s the wrong color or doesn’t fit my expanding frame any longer, or that no one else is wearing that style. The U.F.O’s of quilting will still be appealing to someone and can fit anyone who likes the quilt I eventually finish. I’ve decided that guilt is highly over-rated. Sure, it can motivate you to complete something before you start Volume 7, Issue 1 Page 2 SEW WHAT’S NEW something else. But I’m at the point in my life that joy feels better than obligation. When I work on a project that brings me joy, I can forget about the guilt of the “mistakes in purchasing” I’ve made in the past. Make yourself the pledge today to forgive yourself of your past mistakes and start a project that will bring you joy. Give yourself the freedom to set aside a project that is going nowhere and pick up one that makes you happy. Make all of the resolutions you feel are necessary to your well-being, but be sure to add the joy! Happy New Year! Bonnie Bowman Outgoing President’s Report— Laura James A fond farewell - I have to say the last two years have flown by. Why it seems like only yesterday I was just learning to balance that crown on my head and now I have to put it away. I’ve had a wonderfully talented and capable board to work with so I feel like all I had to do is to hold on and enjoy the ride. Thanks to all of you who made the job a joy. I will miss our monthly board meetings and fine fellowship. Now I’m going to get to work on a quilt for our show in 2010! Take Care Outgoing President’s Block Request … HAND THEME Make a block for our outgoing President, Queen Laura James, to help her commemorate her reign over the guild for the last two years. She has requested a HAND Theme for her blocks and has left A LOT of creative room … Block Size: Any Due Date: March 17th—guild meeting day Make a block depicting some representation of your own hand. You may trace your hand and create an appliqué. You may use photo transfer. You may paint. You may even paper piece. You can create a block of any size or style or color with a representation of your own hand or hands. Don’t worry about it for a moment. Have fun. It will be unique and wonderful because you made it. MOST IMPORTANTLY - be sure to sign and date your block. Volume 7 , Issue 1 Page SEW 3 WHAT’S NEW Page 3 Vice-President’s Report – Lee Gray Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Don’t forget to bring your December blocks to the January meeting, or if you have put your blocks into a quilt, bring the quilt. We will be taking pictures of the BOM quilts in Jan, Feb, and March to put on our web site so everyone can see the different settings used and how great they turned out. Looking forward to seeing your BOM quilt. Lee Gray Program Report - Alice Kellogg Poor Johnny had a workout and was almost beat to death with a candy cane at our Christmas Party. I hope you enjoyed the party as much as I did. From the level of noise, I think everyone had a good time. Who was the big winner at the “high roller” table? Thank you guild members, for all the support that you have given me over the last 5 years. With your help, I feel the guild is on a firm foundation and I am confident enough to take at least a year off and recharge my batteries. It is going to feel weird to be a “member” but that will be my title starting in January. In January, Mary Ellen Johnson from Newalla will speak to us about circles. She is the inventor of the WonderArc Ruler and has published patterns that use her ruler. We will also have cake to celebrate our 5th Anniversary, so save room for dessert! January 20, 2009: Mary Ellen Johnson and Happy 5th Anniversary EQG February 17, 2009: TBA March 17, 2009: Charlotte Hickman June 16, 2009: Irena Bluhm (contract pending) November 16, 2009: Toni Steere Alice Kellogg Reveille Quilt Studio Longarm Quilting, Memory & T-shirt Quilts Kerry Fisbeck 2000 Reveille Road Edmond, OK, 73013 405.812.3873 [email protected] The Savage Quilter Fabrics, Patterns, Books, Notions & Classes 6815 N May Ave. www.thesavagequilter.com 405.840.1466 [email protected] Volume 7, Issue 1 Page 4 SEW WHAT’S NEW With Spring and warmer weather comes the return of the quilt shows and shop hops! Make plans for checking out some of the ones listed below ... Sooner Quilts Quilting Supplies & Custom Longarm Quilting JANOME Michelle Schroeder 7821 S Sooner Rd Guthrie, OK 73044 Toadally Awesome Quilting Brenda Esslinger 3428 NW 26th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405-946-0817 [email protected] 405.282.2070 www.SoonerQuilts.com Volume 7, Issue 1 Page 5 SEW WHAT’S NEW Loving Touch– Cheryl Boles Rachel and I took the dozen quilts that we had completed for girls in foster care to Citizens Caring for Children. They were thrilled to get the quilts and were going to give them to the youngest ones in foster care who have no coats. They had just run out of blankets for this use. Vicky and I will be working together and still use the Bernina Booth at Hancock’s as a drop-off and pick-up point Thanks again!!! Cheryl Boles Membership Report– Patti O’Neil Hello members! We had a great Christmas party at our December meeting. I’m sorry so many of you missed it! There were only 47 members who signed in and 2 visitors. We’ll be collecting the 2009 dues in January. The dues are $20.00 for an annual membership and an additional $8.00 if you wish to have the newsletter mailed to you. I hope to see you in January. Please wear your name badge to the meetings so we can put a name to a face. Let’s make a New Year Resolution to bring a friend to visit or join our club in 2009. Patti O’Neil OUT & ABOUT ♦ 2009 OKC Winter Quilt & Embroidery Show - January 8-10, 2009, Cox Convention Center, OKC. Judy Niemeyer will be teaching workshops and presenting a trunk show. Sue Hausmann, of “America Quilts Creatively”, and Walt Floriani, of machine embroidery fame, will also be featured. A special exhibit will feature quilts from the “Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative”. For more information … www.prairiequilt.com or 405-853-6801 ♦ “Behind the Scenes: Curatorial Quilt Preservation” - January 24, 2009, Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City, MO. Museum curator will talk on quilt preservation and demonstrate best practices for preserving family heirlooms. For more information … www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org ♦ Dallas Quilt Celebration - March 12-15, 2009, Dallas Market Hall, Dallas, TX, www.quiltersguildofdallas.org. They are also part of the Quilt Mania II. ♦ Pieces of Our Lives - 30 Years of Walnut Valley Quilters Guild - March 28 & 29, 2009, Winfield Middle School, Winfield, Kansas, www.walnutvalleyquilters.com or Carolyn at 620-221-6544 & Penny at 620-221-0848. ♦ 40th Annual NQA Quilt Show - June 18-20, 2009, Greater Columbus convention Center, Columbus OH, www.nqaquilts.org/2009show Up to a Challenge? Try the “KONA COFFEE” QUILT CONTEST”! Deadline for entries is Sept 1, 2009 and all quilts must be coffee related to maintain their coffee theme. For more information and the rules for entering, go to their web site … www.konacoffeequiltcontest.org Our condolences go to Mira Langley, whose husband passed away on Nov 28th following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Volume 7, Issue 1 Page 6 SEW WHAT’S NEW Opening January 5, 2009 January Birthday List Mary Ann Legako 01-07 Custodia Ewald 01-08 Jere Marcotte 01-09 Shonda Lovelace 01-09 Brenda Esslinger 01-15 Jeannie Sikes 01-17 Judy Howard 01-19 Gailyn Phelps 01-22 Toni Galley 01-22 Lucy McAnelly 01-23 Sue Esparza 01-25 Cameron Potter 01-29 Volume 7, Issue 1 Page 7 SEW WHAT’S NEW The Edmond Quilt Guild board would like to announce a new feature on the web site. We have developed and included “EQG Highlights”, a retrospective review of our activities for 2008. We have also gone back and provided a retrospective review of our activities for 2007. Our intent is to complete a written summary for each year to document our comings and goings. As the years roll along, it becomes harder to remember all the facts of our guild. As such, we figured we needed to get this going before our memories faded too much and too many years came and went. The Highlights section is listed with the newsletters of each year, basically just another column in the current newsletter archive set-up. Look for both the 2008 and the 2007 summaries on the web site. We hope you enjoy the summaries! EQG Board The EQG board would like to welcome Pam Forrester and Shonda Lovelace as chairs for our next quilt show! They have accepted the challenge of coordinating and organizing the rest of us for our 2010 quilt show. Pam’s contact information is listed on page one of this newsletter. Please give her a holler and let her know what you can do to help out the show effort. We had a great show in 2007 and anticipate the same rave reviews for our 2010 show! Thanks for accepting the challenge ladies!!
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