I don’t know about you, but I can definitely feel that fall is coming very quickly. The trees on my street have started to turn color and last week I saw a very large formation of Canadian Geese flying south. My grandmother always said that was a definite sign of the coming of cooler weather. Of course, here on the Monterey Peninsula it signals more sunshine as the valley cools and the marine layer recedes.
It has been a very busy and happy month for me as Guild President. I attended the presentation of the Doc Ricketts quilt at the Steinbeck Museum. There was great satisfaction in watching Joan and Jeanne place the quilt on Doc Ricketts bed at the museum. It is perfect.
The results of the questionnaire for our Winter Social were tabulated and Claudia, Gudny, Sherrill, and I met to set up the guidelines for the new format. The newsletter will have further information. I believe it will serve both the purposes of providing funds for Community Grants as well as give greater opportunity for us to celebrate and enjoy each others company.
I was very heartened to see that we were able to meet our commitment to PIQF through volunteers, thus enabling us to have our Raffle Quilt there for ticket sales. A gigantic “Thank you!” To Noreen for spearheading this effort.
Last, but not least, was our presence at the Monterey County Fair. The quilts showed beautifully and generated some real interest in the art of quilting. So many people recognizing the time and artistry it took to produce each piece.
I am off to the Pacific Northwest to do some sailing for the next few weeks, so will miss our next meeting. I will have some quilting with me, and be back in time for PIQF. Meanwhile I hope you all enjoy this new season and keep quilting.
Rita Jacques, President
Quilts by Sharon Winter
Opening reception, Sunday, September 9, 1-3 p.m.
Gallery display: September 9 through October 23.
HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MPQG MEMBERSHIP?
THANK YOU! to our 70 members who have already renewed their MPQG membership. Are you among them? If not, a handy form is attached on page
The Challenge Committee hopes you’ve been having some fun with our “Circle Challenge” and we can hardly wait to see what everyone brings to share in this 18”x18” square format.
Two important reminders: Please remember to put a label on the back of your quilt that includes your name, your quilt’s name, and “2018 Quilt Challenge.” Please also include a 4” sleeve on the back so you’ll be ready, not only for the Fair, but also for our Guild Quilt Show in April. For step-by-step directions on constructing permanent and temporary hanging sleeves, visit the resource page on the MPQG website.
We will collect Challenge Quilts on August 6th and submit them - as a group - for display in the Quilt Room at the Monterey County Fair, August 30th through September 3rd. You do not have to enter your quilt; we will take care of entering them all and will supervise hanging. Quilts will not be judged for fair ribbons but visitors can vote for their favorites. Viewers Choice winners will be awarded at our September Guild meeting!
Sign-ups for volunteering at this year’s County Fair will continue at the August general meeting. The guild has been very helpful and appreciated in manning the Quilt Room. This is a good way for us to reach out to the greater Monterey area. Noreen Nance and the Marketing Committee for our new Raffle Quilt will be available for sign-ups. The deadline for mailed entry forms and online entries is July 31st! Quilts are to be turned in to the Home Arts Building on Saturday, August 18th. You will not get a reminder.
For fair info, go to http://montereycountyfair.com/2018-monterey-county-fair/.
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
**May 22nd Update from Joan Costello**
Please finish your silk blocks for the Steinbeck quilt and bring them to the June meeting. The blocks that are already finished look stunning!
Please read the acceptance letter below to better understand our challenge.
February 15, 2018
Dear Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild,
Many thanks for your fine proposal. We have selected yours as the best submission and are delighted that you will undertake this project.
As the National Steinbeck Center looks forward to its 20th anniversary on June 28, we are working to re-conceptualize and renovate our exhibits. We are delighted that your quilt will add interest to the Ed Ricketts bedroom in the museum.
As you know, the inspiration for this project came from Cannery Row, where everyone on the Row is preparing for Doc’s birthday party:
“Take the girls at Dora’s. All of them had at one time or another gone over to the laboratory for advice or medicine or simply unprofessional company. And they had seen Doc’s bed. It was covered with an old faded red blanket full of fox tails and burrs and sand, for he took it on all his collecting trips. If money came in he bought laboratory equipment. It never occurred to him to buy a new blanket for himself. Dora’s girls were making him a patchwork quilt, a beautiful thing of silk. And since most of the silk available came from underclothing and evening dresses, the quilt was glorious in strips of flesh pink and orchid and pale yellow and cerise. They worked on it late mornings and in the afternoon before the boys from the sardine fleet came in…”
Cannery Row, p. 157
“They were just seated formally, sipping delicately at the whiskey, when Dora and the girls came in. They presented the quilt. Doc laid is over his bed and it was beautiful.”
Cannery Row, p. 173
The National Steinbeck Center gladly agrees to the terms and plans of your proposal and looks forward to seeing your work. The NSC will reimburse you for supplies. And there will also be a $750 payment when the quilt is complete. Please take photos of your work so we may see the process as it unfolds. We would love to include progress in the Steinbeck News. Congratulations! Have fun with the construction!
Events and Exhibits Coordinator
National Steinbeck Center
Sherrill Ash, Community Outreach
Get off the roads! The “blizzard” of Car Week is coming your way! Instead of our normal third Friday, we will meet a week early, on August 10th. Our goal is to prepare for the September Tying Event by piecing some backs and cutting batting. I’ll save some labels too for those who like to do them. Same time, same place, my home near Laguna Seca, 9:30 a.m. through lunch. We would love to welcome new members, just call for directions. Bring a machine or borrow one of mine.
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
Isn’t language an interesting thing? Words describe things, communicate information and even emotion. Take the word “charity” for instance. The dictionary uses words to bring out the meaning of charity with other words like generosity, kindness, even forgiveness. The word charity in the King James Bible is translated “love” in all modern versions. So why do we feel like we are treating others like “the needy” by calling ourselves the Charity Quilt Group? We began a discussion about this at our last Sew-In, and I think it is worthwhile to examine the topic.
There is a quilting magazine that has begun using the term “Comfort Quilts” for patterns suitable for giving. This is also an appropriate term. As quilters, we know the difference between a quilt and a comforter, but isn’t comfort the result of either gift? I love the thought of our quilts wrapping someone in our love. Have you seen the label we sew on our projects? It says, “From your friends at the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild.” Perfect.
I’m pretty old-fashioned myself and will probably still use the term “charity” out of habit, but if you would like to use “comfort quilt” to describe your work, please do so. I really think the terms are interchangeable, so I’m not advocating changing our By Laws. Just giving some leeway in terminology. Let me know what you think.
Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
Don't forget to use Amazon Smile with our guild as the donation recipient. Here's how: Go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign up. You can use Prime, or not. Then, choose Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild as your charity of choice. Last, shop as you normally would ... just make sure that you are on the Smile portion of Amazon.
You can also help the guild by signing up and using your donation eScrip at Lucky Supermarket. Ask Tina Magill for help.
Here's the basic info:
MPQG now has a new and simple way to earn money through the charity donation programs (and yes we ARE an official charity under government rules) of AmazonSmile program and through the eScrip program.
The two programs work in different ways.
FYI - eScrip allows for mass registration by the coordinator. I can do this for you and you'll get an email to confirm that you want to join. Again, it's free and only your phone # and an email are needed just like a rewards card. We can get up to 3% of amounts spent!!!! I will have eScrip signup sheets, more info, and step-by-step directions at the next meeting.
NEED HELP?...Have questions? PLEASE ASK ME.
Tina Magill, eScrip and AmazonSmile Donations Coordinator
It's not too good to be true. Over $4 Million per year in eScrip contributions are waiting for our guild - and most of this is still available from the Shares powered by the eScrip program! We can get our SHARES by getting our members to sign up and shop at Lucky, SaveMart and FoodMaxx stores.
Here's what the top earners have made this year:
Read on to understand how easy it is to sign up. It won't take long to add to the guild coffers when you do your grocery shopping at the local Lucky Markets.
The most recent report from eScrip was back in November at a whopping $5 for the guild -- better than nothing, of course. We're hoping many more members will have signed up before the next quarterly report.
Tina Magill, Escrip and AmazonSmile Donations Coordinator
email or cell: 510-206-8477
Each year, our quilt show displays beautiful quilts. This year, the creativity and quality of the art really shone, don't you think?
Members who enter quilts in our show are offered the option of having their quilts judged, or not. There is a small fee for those wishing their quilts to be judged which is applied to the fee that the professional quilt judge charges our guild. Many members enjoy the opportunity to win a ribbon and feel that they benefit from reading the judge's notes regarding their quilt.
Best of Show was awarded to Catherine McGovern for Cherry Blossom, on left. Judges Choice went to Kathrin Brown for Fall Forest.
1st Place Ribbon Winner
Deb Biller, JudgingCommittee
Not only did we have over 500 attendees, a full garage sale to start with and an empty room at the end, and a beautiful boutique, the quilt show design and quilts spoke for themselves: STUNNING!
A HUGE Thank You to all our volunteers and especially our committee chairs who worked tirelessly. We couldn't have done it without you. Committee Chairs: Phyllis Martin (Admission); Stella LePine (Awards Party); June Cornell (Boutique); Linda Branting & Phyllis Martin (Design); Liz Rondelle & Terann Carr (Garage Sale); Jeanne Krener (Treasurer); Patricia Brown (Hanging & Dismantling); Debbie Biller, Judi Brown, June Wolfe (Judging); Sharon Winter (Data Entry); Carole Olsen (Library Display); Donna Foote (Mini Raffle); Marie Faile (Parade); Dru Hammond (Programs); Maia Liddle (Publicity); Regina Moore & Dru Hammond (Quilt Reception & Return); Gudny Campbell (Raffle Quilt Marketing); Patty Kennedy (Security); Rita Jacques (Transportation); Donna Appleget (Viewers' Choice); Becky Taylor (Volunteer Coordination); and Marjorie Longo (White Glove).
And last: Our gorgeous raffle quilt is staying in our community. Terann Carr, on left, is the lucky winner. Congrats!
Kathrin Brown, Quilt Show Chair
Used with the written permission of lostquilts.com. All articles are copyrighted. Many thanks to Maria Elkins of LostQuilts.com for allowing us to share this terrific information.
At the very least, fill out a Quiltmaker’s Documentation Form for each of the quilts you make. On this form you can record all the pertinent information about your quilt. It’s nice to have digital pictures, but computers can crash and technology becomes outdated, so be sure to include a paper photograph of your quilt along with fabric swatches which are useful for monitoring fading. Please feel free to make copies of this quilt documentation form and distribute it to your friends, your quilt guild, or wherever you like.
For how-to details, click here.