It’s November and the holidays are approaching rapidly, even though the last few days have definitely felt like summer—we called it Indian Summer in the northeast when I was growing up. My sailing trip to the Pacific Northwest was wonderful. Every moment offered another memory that would be perfect for a quilt.
I’m sure most of you attended PIQF. It was a wonderful show and a great exposure for our Opportunity Quilt. Everyone who volunteered, whether selling raffle tickets or performing white glove duties, has shared that they had a great time meeting other quilters and getting to be up close with the quilts on display. I want to personally thank everyone for their participation, especially Noreen Nance who spent all four days there coordinating and overseeing volunteers.
As we move into the holiday season, remember to take time to just enjoy the gifts that this time of year brings.
Rita Jacques, President
If you are new to our guild, our Winter Social is also our Annual Fundraiser. We make up baskets and buy raffle tickets and other donations will be up for bid. The money made from this fundraiser will go to our Grants Program, which awards small grants to groups which provide educational and creative programs that are consistent with the MPQG Purpose. (If you know of a group, have them contact Sherrill Ash at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1).
So let’s get ready for our Winter Social and Fundraiser to be held on Dec. 3rd at 6:30pm at the Pacific Grove Community Center. Please bring to the November 5th meeting @ 9:30 AM your items to be donated for the raffle baskets. The basket themes are:Here are the basket themes:
Or bring a novelty item or book to fill the baskets. If you are unable to come to the November meeting and have a donation, contact Claudia Gano so we can pick it up.
Do you have a large basket that you would be willing to donate? We need volunteers to take the basket contents home, decorate them, and bring them back for the party. Call me.
We will also be having silent auction this year. You may donate quilting related items, services such as binding a quilt, quilting a quilt, organizing someone’s quilt room, teaching a quilting skill, home cook meal, or anything you would like. Groups can go together or a donation may be done individually. Complete the top of the Silent Auction Bid sheet for each item you/your group donate. See form here. Questions, call me or Rita Jacques.
We will be pre-selling raffle tickets at the November meeting and if you choose you may make a small monetary donation.
Due to popular demand we will be displaying your holiday quilts large, small or even a table runner. Don’t forget to wear your ugly holiday sweater on December 3rd! And other fun activities are planned.
Claudia Gano, email@example.com
Welcome new members Heather Clifton and Lisa Cartelli of Monterey, and Cheri Love and Patti Davis who have returned to MPQG. We’re thrilled to have you among us!
Members, if you have a quilting friend who is not yet a member, please invite her to our next meeting on Monday, November 5th, at 10:00am. As always, social time will begin a half hour before, at 9:30am, which will be a great time to introduce your guest to MPQG and your member friends.
Reminder: Printed Member Directories will be available only as long as the initial run lasts and they’re going fast! If you want one, email me right away and I’ll hold one for you. As handsome and handy as the printed directory is however, our on-line directory is your most up-to-date resource with new members added each month.
Linda Branting, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-703-0531
There will be no CQFG meeting in December. Happy holidays!
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.
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.
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
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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.
Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 10:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Karen Gonzalez
Locations: Family Threads Quilt Shop classroom (107 The Alameda Suite D, San Juan Bautista, CA)
We’re trying something a little new! Karen Gonzalez, owner of Machine Medics, will be in our classroom and she’ll have previously loved sewing machines for sale. If you’re looking for a gift or wanting a machine for yourself, why not stop by?
She’ll have different models and brands and the machines will be set up and ready for you to test. An each machine comes with a 1-year warranty.
Karen will be here to answer questions and assist with the machines. Or if you have a question ahead of time, give Karen a call at 831-479-8117.