President's Message

President's Message - January 2019

Happy New Year everyone,

As I write this, I am still enjoying the glow of a wonderful pre-Christmas trip to Yosemite for the Bracebridge dinner. It was a wonderful three days for family and making new memories. The house is decorated, the gifts are purchased, the menu planned, and my thoughts are moving to the year ahead.

New Year's resolutions have never been high on my list of to-dos, but this year I think I will make an exception.

  1. The stack of UFOs in my sewing room have been calling for a while. Last year I made the list and finished only 2 of 10. This year I resolve to either complete or donate to the garage sale during the Quilt Show (at least enough to make a few tic-tac-toes).
  2. I will be more consistent in attending my friendship group!
  3. I will using my stash!!!

You may feel free to check up on me at any time (we could all use a gentle nudge from a friend now and then).

~Rita

Rita Jacques, President
stan2rita@sbcglobal.net, 360-561-6296

 


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Welcome pineapple

Membership News: January 2019 


Welcome new members Barbara Boyer of Pacific Grove. Barbara attended our holiday party and won one of our beautiful, fabric-filled baskets. We can't wait to see what you do with that addition to your stash, Barbara. Also, welcome back Lori Green of La Selva Beach. We're looking forward to your great creative energy throughout the new year. 

Linda Branting, lmbranting@aol.com, 650-703-0531

 



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Member Exhibit

Member Exhibit: January 2019

Never Too Late to Learn Something New

From Tradition to Modern

by Janyce Anderson

January 4 thru Fabruary 19, 2019

In the Gallery at Back Porch Fabrics

Artists' Reception

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

 


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UFO Challenge

Stash Buster's Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

What’s in your fabric collection? Are there boxes of scraps, jelly rolls, layer cakes, fat quarters or yards of special fabric? Do you have one of these items or all of these items? Starting in January 2019, we are going to challenge you to use your stash to create beautiful quilt projects. Along the way, we will share many helpful resources and ideas.

Official Rules:
  1. Use the fabrics in your stash to finish projects on the Stash Buster’s Tic-Tac-Toe card. Chose from projects like making a block of the month or breast cancer heart pillow cover.
  2. Bring the finished project to our monthly guild meeting and show us how you used your stash.
  3. During the year, there will be 3 drawings for challenge participants. Each drawing prize will be a $25 gift certificate to Back Porch Fabrics. The first drawing will be in April. It will include quilters who have completed a row of projects and made one Tic-Tac-Toe. The second drawing will be in July. It will include quilters who have completed 2 rows of projects and made 2 Tic-Tac-Toes. The third drawing at the end of the challenge will be in October. It will include quilters who have completed 3 rows of projects and 3 Tic-Tac-Toes.
Donna Appleget, jaappleget@aol.com, (831) 324-4316
Linda Stoner, b.stoner@att.net, (831) 333-9663

 


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Charity Quilt News

CQFG Sew-In: January 2019

There will be a CQFG meeting in January with no "project" at this time. I would invite you to make this friendship group your resolution for the new year! We concentrate on the Charity/Confort quilts that our guild is so famous for. I would be glad to send you driving directions, just give me a call. We meet from 9:30 a.m. to after lunch, so bring your lunch box!

Terann Carr, Charity Quilts
cacarrs@sbcglobal.net, 831-375-7881

 


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The Language of Love - "Charity" or "Comfort" Quilt

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
cacarrs@sbcglobal.net, 831.375.7881

 

 


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President's Message

Quilts for Fire Victims

Thanks to all who have so generously donated time, energy and quilts to our effort in getting quilts to the victims of the two northern California fires. We sent 10 to our contact for the Carr Fire effort. Over the Thanksgiving holiday her attention was directed to the Camp Fire, and 17 were sent there. She phoned to thank us for the beautiful quilts she received and said they are sought after and appreciated more than she could express.

We were also able to find a direct contact in Chico through this organization http://eternityquiltevents.com/warm-hugs-for-christmas-camp-fire-quilt-relief-effort/. We sent 16 quilts before December 15 so that they could be handed to families for Warm Hugs for the Holidays. WE CARE project is supporting school children in the area as an ongoing project and they are looking for quilts at least 42”x54” and also pillowcases. This need will extend well into the new year; so I would encourage you to look through you stash to see if there is a UFO waiting to fill this need.

 

Terann Carr
831-375-7881

 


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Charity Quilt Activity for 2018

We have had an active year, as always, and here are the totals:

  • Neonatal quilts: 108 of the small ones and 10 of the 45” squares
  • CASA: 45
  • The Christ Child Society: 15
  • The VTC: 13
  • US Renal Care: 24
  • Fire victims: 46
  • Heart Pillows for the three area hospitals: 142 (the most pillows we have ever distributed in one year!)

You all are amazing!


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Shopping with Amazon Smile and eScrip

 

Amazon Smile and Escrip

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.

eScrip and AmazonSmile

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.

  • AmazonSmile requires that you designate a charity, and then make purchases at Amazon under the AmazonSmile banner. Then, 0.05% of your purchase comes directly into our bank account quarterly. Here are links to the AmazonSmile program....easy to sign up, no charge, works with Prime or regular Amazon....and you can see your contribution at any time. smile.amazon.com.
  • eScrip works differently depending on which store you purchase from. Locally, Lucky/FoodMAxx/SaveMart are major partners. (More to come when I figure it out!...possibly Target!) It's as simple as using your rewards card or phone # when you purchase after designating your Charity. Again the funds go directly into our bank account.

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.

 


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Money Pie

MPQG Members:
Let's Get our Share of $4 Million!

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:

  • St. Anthony's School - $13,043
  • Central Valley Christian School - $12,113
  • Valley Oak SPCA - $11,778
  • Sammie's Friends - $10,667
  • St. Joachim School - $10,085

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

 

 


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2019 Quilt Show Categories Have Been Revised


In this issue of the MPQG newsletter you will find the Entry Form (page 12) and the Judging Application Form (page 13) for the 2019 Quilt Show. You will see there have been some changes made in the categories (page 14) we will be using for judging the quilt. Several members of the Judging Committee met to discuss not only your comments from the 2018 Quilt Show, but also the categories used in other quilt shows. Decisions were made as follows:

    • Kit Quilts now may be judged, and will be in their own, separate category. It was determined that many quilters really enjoy the ease of using a kit which includes the pattern and pre-selected fabric, but still might spend a tremendous amount of energy and time on the making of the quilt. Such kits are becoming increasingly common. The category allows judging of these quilts so that our members’ work can be recognized, and so the member might benefit on the comments made by the judge. Kit Quilts will not be eligible for Best of Show.
    • Special Quilt Techniques is a category now being used in several other quilt shows, and the group felt it should replace ‘Innovative Quilts,’ as it is more clearly defined and more appropriately allows quilts to be in categories better suited to each entry. It will include construction methods such as fusing and digital printing, surface design techniques and embellishments such as thread painting, beading, crystals, embroidery, and painting, or a mixture of hand and machine quilting, as well as any quilt that does not obviously fit into any other category.
    • Traditional Quilts will now include all quilts based on a traditional design, pieced and/or appliquéd and will include pieced, English paper-pieced and foundation-pieced (on paper or fabric) quilts.

Definitions for the Judging Categories are on a separate page included with the Judging Application Form, for your use in determining which category to use for your quilt. Please Read These Definitions! (This page does not have to be turned in with your Application Form.)

Other news: We’ve also added one ribbon per judge for Challenge Quilt Judge’s Choice; the Judge will be able to select her Choice from any of the Challenge Quilts, not just those submitted for judging. Best of Show will be selected only from those quilts awarded First Place Ribbons Judge’s Choice may be selected from any quilt in the show, whether judged or not.

Please note that your Entry and Judging Application Forms, along with a 4 x 6” glossy photo of each quilt, can be submitted as soon as you know your quilt will be completed and that you plan to have it in the Quilt Show. Early submissions are much appreciated, but the absolute deadline in February 4, 2019.

For questions, please contact Debbie Biller at 831-655-8009 or email: mty_monk@yahoo.com

 

 

 


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Other Quilting News

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Documenting Your Quilt

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.

Quiltmaker’s Documentation Form

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.



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