Saturday, January 23, 2016

January 23rd Newsletter


  We need you for the upcoming elections!!
 Our quilt guild is run by our generous volunteer executive. Please read the attached note from June regarding upcoming elections and needed woman-power! Nominees will be presented 2nd Thursday in Feb and the election will be held the 3rd Thursday.

Jerri Thomason’s Gathering---January 30th.  A get together is planned at the North Pavilion  from 1 to 3 pm.  We have been asked to bring ‘finger food cookies or squares’ (no pies, cakes or other desserts). It seems that the gathering planners had no idea how well loved our Jerri is!

Accuquilt Training—next Accuquilt Training scheduled for Thursday, January 28th @ 9 a.m. in the Sewing Room. No sign up required. This class is geared towards someone who has not had previous training, but if you have had the training and would like a review, you are welcome to attend and observe.

When using the Accuquilt machine, ALL members need to sign up in the  Blue Accuquilt Log in and out book. Book is located on the Accuquilt cabinet on the side closest to the blue cubbies. If you are using it for a group/club, please sign the group/club name and person using machine for group/club. If you need additional assistance operating the Accuquilt Studio, please contact one of the committee members to make arrangements. The names and phone #'s are on the  1st page of the Blue sign in book.

*** If you are registered to take the Go Flower class February 24th which will use the Accuquilt machine,you must have taken the training BEFOREHAND.

Accuquilt Cutter Tip:  If you are using your own Go! Cutters, you must use OUR STUDIO PLASTIC CUTTING MATS. The go! Cutter mats are too flexible and will damage the studio roller.
Quilt Show

Quilt Show Entries:
·       Attached Entry Form must be filled out and deadline to be returned to quilt room by Feb 8th
·       Quilts are to be delivered to the Sonoran Room between 2:30 - 4:00pm on Friday, Feb 19.
·       Quilts will be available for pick up between 4:30 - 5:00pm on Saturday, Feb 20th.  If you are unable to pick up your items during this time frame, please designate an alternate person to pick up and sign for your items.
Raffle Items: 
·       Just a reminder to everyone to turn in their raffle items for the quilt show.  A bin is available by the accuquilt machine in the sewing room.  

Tables/Space: Committee heads requiring space/tables at Quilt Show, please contact Diana Shane or Debbie Johnson before Monday to confirm your needs.

Staging/Decorating:  We need small tables/shelves/cabinets; silk flower arrangements; baskets; large vases; small benches/chairs; quilts not in quilt show to be folded/draped; large pop can flowers; any aesthetically pleasing decorating item that you think we might be able to add to our quilt displays to enhance our quilts. Beg, borrow…maybe not steal…from your neighbours if you see they have something that could be featured.  Please send an email or give a hand written note to me---Penny Highet—if you have anything we could use for staging. (verbal promises will be soon forgotten, guaranteed! Lol) We can arrange pick-up if necessary but it is easiest if you are able to deliver items yourself on Friday, Feb. 19th for set-up.
Thanks to Cappy and her Blanket Crew for making 110 blankets from 4-6:30 on Wednesday! There was a great pizza supper.  (Carol’s Ginger Crisp recipe attached for those who asked her for it J) The evening was a great success due to the great prep and planning beforehand. Thanks to Jan and her helping hands. The Crew is still needs onesies (size 0-3 months) to include with the receiving blankets. TheSerger Club is going to be making burp cloths to go along with the gift package. The  newborn gift packages go to hospital to give out at their discretion as needed and also, to the Pregnancy Centre where new/expectant mothers take pregnancy/parenting classes. For each class they take, they earn points to ‘buy’ merchandise, like our blankets, for their little ones.
 Quilts of Valour. (Joyce Owens) We usually do 25-30 quilts per year but are a bit behind this year. QoV are usually delivered to Tucson Vets but last year every one of the quilts our guild made went home with someone who presented them to a Vet they knew.  In Branson, MO- an open house for vets was held and a number of our quilts were given out. Thank you's received will be posted in sewing room. If you would like to help with piecing or quilting, the Quilts of Valour group meets every Friday Morning (9-12 a.m.). Come out and help for this worthy cause.
Community Quilt group has also been very busy on Friday mornings (9-12 a.m.). Come out and share your helping hands…cutting, ironing, piecing or quilting. Thank you to Julie Langwell and her crew’s loving hands for their hard work for the Foster Children of Pinal County.

Monitors (Nancy)—a few monitors still needed for some slots in February…let’s keep our sewing room open!

Lockers (Sally). 2 available! If you are NOT using your locker/stash cubby, please consider giving up your space so that someone else does not have to haul their belongings back and forth.
June’s Tip
Never ever pull thread from top thru tension discs. Clip at top and pull from bottom.

Upcoming Events: 
Garage sale—This Sunday Jan 24th-- in sewing room from 1-3.  Call Nancy Proctor at 7378**** to let her know if you want a table. Come and buy new to you fabric, notions, etc.

Speakers: 
Thursday, Jan 28th Pat Fryer --Trunk show.   You don't want to miss this event! Pat is a prolific quilter, in fact,  at a recent retreat did 13 quilts in 2 days

F.A.R.T. (Fabric Accummulation Road Trip!)

Thanks to Debbie Johnson and Diana Shane for planning our trips. Our trip on  Jan 8th, to Arizona Quilts and Sun Valley Quilts in Surprise, saw 36 quilters shopping til they were dropping!
·       Next Trip! Jan 29/16Phoenix Craft fair and Sewing Festival at the Arizona State Fair Grounds in Phoenix
o   Cost--$8/person paid to driver for shared vehicle costs; shared parking costs; admittance fee (check online for a coupon); lunch unless you pack your own—which many ladies do. J
o   Sign up sheets will be going up in the sewing room. Remember to indicate if you can drive or if you are just a passenger in search of a kind person willing to drive.

Next trip will be a trip to Mesa-Date to be determined—shops that are to be visited will be Cabbage rose,  Quilters Oasis and Mulqueens.  Lunch will be announced. Meet outside seeing rm 8:45

Feb 4---Potluck. More info to follow later. Sign up at the class sign up table to attend and sign the potluck dish list in the sewing room.

At the sign-up table this week (January 28) will be:
Quilt Till You Wilt on Wednesday, February 3. We will be making pillowcases. Thank you for all of the wonderful fabric you donated at our Christmas Potluck!
          The cost is $5.00.  Please sign up this week so that we will know how much food to prepare.
"Go Flower", a project using the Accuquilt Go Machine
           The cost is $8.00.  Class on Wednesday, February 24,   9:00-4:00  *** If you are registered to take theGo Flower class February 24th which will use the Accuquilt machineyou must have taken the training BEFOREHAND.

 There are still openings for the following classes
           -Iron Caddy
Other classes have a waiting list (for cancellations, only)

Sunflower Power class begins Wednesday, Jan 27th
·       don’t forget to bring your Ziploc bags and a permanent marker
·       bring your red, white and blue 10 inch blocks for a cathedral window practice activity
·       bring an IPad/IPhone if you have one
·       we will be sorting our fabric, cutting fabric and doing some practice sewing in our first class.

Committee Meetings:

Quilt Show Committee:  Monday, Jan 25th 1 p.m. at Wendy Newton’s place

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20 newsletter

Our dear, Jerri Thomason plans to be here on January 30th.  A get together is planned at the North Pavilion  from 1 to 3 pm.  If you know Jerri, (or even if you don't) stop by and greet her.  For any of you who don't know Jerri, she was our quilt show chairman last year and has taught classes in the past and a familiar face in the sewing room.  Jerri lost her husband this past summer and has returned to Palm Creek  only for a short visit.   Let's let her know how much we miss her.

Quilt Show

Quilt Show Entries:
Quilt Show Entry Forms must be filled out and deadline to be returned to quilt room by Feb 8th
·       Quilts are to be delivered to the Sonoran Room between 2:30 - 4:00pm on Friday, Feb 19.
·       Quilts will be available for pick up between 4:30 - 5:00pm on Saturday, Feb 20th.  If you are unable to pick up your items during this time frame, please designate an alternate person to pick up and sign for your items.
Raffle Items
·       Just a reminder to everyone to turn in their raffle items for the quilt show.  A bin is available by the accuquilt machine in the sewing room.  

Calendar Happenings!

Speakers
Jan 21st: Robin Delgado.  She is a retired quilt shop owner from the State of Washington.  She will be giving a program on "How To Use Up Your Scraps".  
Jan 28th Pat Fryer --Trunk show.   You don't want to miss this event!

Jan 24th--Garage sale in sewing room from 1-3 Call Nancy Proctor at 7369 to let her know if you want a table
Jan 23rdPalm Creek Welcome Home Party 10-2.   Displaying our raffle quilts and sharing about our Guild and our sewing room.  Chaired by Pat Marble
Feb 4---Potluck. More info to follow later

New at the sign-up table this week will be:
Quilt Till You Wilt on Wednesday, February 3.
          The cost is $5.00.  Please sign up this week so that we
           will know how much food to prepare.
"Go Flower", a project using the Accuquilt Go Machine
           The cost is $8.00.  Class on Wednesday, January 24,   9:00-4:00

There are still openings for the following classes
           -Iron Caddy
           -Slash Your Stash
           -Project Bag
           -Advanced Free Motion
Other classes have a waiting list (for cancellations, only)

Committee Meetings:

Accuquilt Committee:  Friday, Jan 22  10 a.m.

Quilt Show Committee:  Monday, Jan 25th 1 p.m

Quilt TIll U Wilt

Wednesday night, January 20 found about 45 ladies in the sewing room for a "Quilt Till You Wilt" night. Volunteers chose a task....sewing, clipping, turning, pressing or top-stitching. 



 In about 2 1/2 hours the workers produced about 110 receiving blankets which will be donated to the local hospital.  




The ladies took a dinner break for pizza, salad and dessert and kept on working.  There were some door prize drawings as well.  A great time was had by all!





Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016 Newsletter

CELEBRATE The Year!!!! An exciting new year filled with new projects and UFO’s! May you and yours be blessed with much joy, great health and happiness in 2016.



Lost and found—please check it to see if any of your belongings are in there!

Being Part of our Guild—How can you contribute to our guild? Being part of our guild means more than adding your name to the email list and using the room for your projects.
·       Consider being part of our Board (elections are coming up) or on  a committee on an ongoing basis. Join a committee for our Quilt show which will be on Saturday, Feb 20th. This quilt show provides the funds to keep our guild operational, to provide all the notions and equipment we get to use in the Sewing Room plus helps funds our community works for the Foster Children, Newborns and the Quilts of Valor. We need many hands for the Quilt Show and our Guild to be a success. Many hands make light work!
·       Make donations for the quilt show auction—for example—sew an item (bags, place mats, quilts, runners, doll clothes, etc.), gift baskets (ladies/mens/children), gift cards.  We had 120 items donated last year! Bravo!

Coming Up:
Accuquilt Training:  there is a training session for the accuquilt studio, Thursday, January 7th in the sewing room at 9 am prior to the meeting. There is no sign up, the training is focused for those who have not been trained, but anyone needing a refresher is welcome to attend and get a new ‘trained’ sticker. There is no charge to use the Accuquilt cutter. You just need to be trained and sign in to use it.
 ***YOU MUST BE TRAINED TO USE THE ACCUQUILT CUTTER*** 

Fabric Accumulation Road Trips!

·       Come have some fun and shop til you drop on a Fart Trip! Get to know some of your fellow guild members. Sign up in the Quilt Room (Clipboard by the sign in book) to be a driver or a passenger. Passengers to pay drivers $8 and share any other parking costs.
·       Wednesday, Jan 13
o   2 Quilt stores in Surprise. Restaurant booked for lunch  Leaving Palm Creek @ 8:45 am outside the Quilt Room
·       Friday, Jan 29
o   Phoenix Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival —Arizona Fair Grounds in Phoenix; Take your own lunch or eat fairground kiosk food-- Leaving Palm Creek @ ???? am outside the Quilt Room  ***$1 off coupon available on their website  http://quiltcraftsew.com/phoenix.html 
Classes: 
·       Revised Jan16  and Feb16 are on the "Calendar" page in the right hand column of this blog
·       Sign up for classes is Thursday morning before and after our Guild Meeting--at 10 a.m. and immediately after meeting
·       Beginners’ class is full but another class will be posted in February
·       Quilt til you Wilt (aka QTW) -Wednesday, Jan 20

Monitor training on Monday, Jan 11 at 9:00 am —Monitors keep our room open and running. Without a monitor…you cannot use the room! Another way you can contribute to the guild…come and see what it entails….get trained and keep our room open for sewing, fun and frivolity…

Lockers
·       See Sally Schaeffer for a locker/stash cubby after Thursday’s meeting
·       Reminder—you are entitled to use half…yes…HALF…of the locker/cubby space. Please be respectful of your neighbor who is sharing that space!

June’s Tip of the Week:
Binding- when you are joining strips to make your binding, shorten stitches so that your seam doesn’t pull apart. Before folding, spray baste them with best press. When sewing it will not be pushed by feed dogs so top won't overlap bottom

FACEBOOKjoin our guild’s page on Facebook---a private page just for us where we can share ideas, tips, humour, projects and keep connected throughout the year.   In Facebook, search Palm Creek Quilt Guild and ask to join the group. Invite a Palm Creek Guild friend to join. (***NB…this facebook page is only for Palm Creek Quilt Guild members)