Welcome to the New Year! And Welcome to the first meeting of the New Year with a Stash Sale. If you want a table, you need to book one by January 20th, 2016 (before the meeting) with Alexis. Come out to the meeting and buy, buy, buy. There is always lots of choice and lots of bargains. We will also need to start thinking about our Christmas Sale next November 2016 and start making things to donate. Maybe a few each month so you don’t feel overwhelmed, even one per month. We are low on items from previous sales. Think about small items, every little bit helps.
We had a great last meeting before Christmas with a awesome trunk show with Joni Newman and her workshop during the day. I enjoyed it and we had lots to show that night. We had sign-up sheets for two workshops in the new year. Molly Hartin will be doing one on February 10th, 2016 called “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”. Cathy will be teaching one in two parts in February 2016 on doing a Tuffet. The Alphabet Challenge table had lots of inspiration with block names and techniques, and Cathy also brought back the Colours to help get you going. Block of the Month handed out a paper pieced block and Library offered lots of new selections. Outreach had a sign-up sheet for her retreat in February to put together the top for the Charity Quilt. The Fall Retreat was a huge success and the Spring Retreat is booked for April 2016.
November is the month we collect monetary donations for THE TABLE (the Food Bank) and LAWS, you will get an email reminder right before the meeting. Let’s beat our total from last year! November is the final sign-up for our DECEMBER QT (quilting together) that will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at the Perth Civitan Hall from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be both meat and vegetarian lasagna, salad, and dessert for lunch at a cost of $15.00 per person. Money will be due then. So, bring your handwork and be prepared to have a great time! Our Trunk Show will be JONI NEWMAN of Quirks and Quilts and her workshop will be in the morning of the same day and is called “Stained Glass”. There will be a sign-up sheet for a Workshop in February for a Tuffet.
Our meeting was very busy a new block for Block of the Month, workshops to sign up for, and a wonderful Trunk Show by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). Bethany Garner brought 51 pieces of fibre art that are traveling the world to introduce people to fibre art and open their minds to possibilities. The pieces we saw were in Australia 6 months ago. SAQA actually has a total of 440 pieces traveling the world broken down into 50 piece lots. WOW!
What a great turnout for our first meeting following the summer break! The 200th Anniversary Quilt, that we made to celebrate 200 years of the Perth & Surrounding Areas Military Settlement, was donated to the 200th Joint Committee for the celebrations for 2016. We were introduced to the new Block of the Month, the Outreach quilt, Touch Quilts, new Workshops, and lots of new members. C.
Two projects will be done this year for Outreach: “Fidget” quilts or touch quilts and the Outreach Quilt. Loree is thinking of doing the Outreach quilt as a weekend in-town retreat for cutting, piecing, and assembling the quilt top and to be done in February 2016. She would like to encourage the beginner and new members to plan on joining in. The touch quilts or QUIRKY QUILTS are also known as Sensory Quilts. They are only 20″ X 25″ as a guideline and an insert is included in the October newsletter. Stop by the Outreach table for information on both. C.