Sunday, May 19, 2013

Touching Base

Happy almost summer!
As our guild season draws to another close, there are a few things I would like to share with our quilting community....

On May 6th we welcomed a former Loose Threads guild member, Pam Chasen, to our meeting. Pam gave a very informative presentation and beautiful trunk show entitled Appliqué and Collage.  Pam is an accomplished quilt artist who draws inspiration from her background as an émigré from South Africa and her Jewish faith. Pam shared some of her techniques and thrilled us with several of her incredible art quilts done in the technique of appliqué and collage.  Many of her descriptions of how a quilt came to be were very moving, while others were quite amusing.  We hope Pam will come back to the guild and share more of her quilting expertise and beautiful quilts with us.  In the meantime, check out her website,, to be inspired and to enjoy learning more about her.

We have two meetings left in this season and it is hard to believe how quickly time has gone by.  The dates and programmes are:

-           May 27th -  Debby Soll will give a short presentation on Shashiko and each guild member will receive a kit with a piece of printed fabric, needle and thread to complete as they desire.

-           June 10th - closing dinner.  Joyce Ireman continues her great job of organizing the hostess list and special dinners with another fun theme for this closing dinner - Summer Picnic.  Joyce will be supplying the fixings for a fabulous dessert –make your own ice cream sundaes!! We will have the sign up list at the May 27th meeting for appetizers, salads, and main dishes......I am sure it will be another delicious dinner.  The special programme that evening will be our “10 challenge”.  I am excited to see who participated and what they did within the guidelines, which were nothing more than celebrating Loose Threads 10th year in a 10” X 10” quilted piece J
As always, we are looking for ideas for programming (not necessarily quilting related but of general interest to ALL members), and volunteers to help our guild continue to be active and vibrant.  We gladly welcome new members, but do want to stress that although we have demos and workshops, we are not a teaching guild.

Over the summer you will be receiving an email with a file attached that will contain the original by-laws of Loose Threads.  It is time to review these, and we hope people will take the time to read them and send any comments to me.  We will update the by-laws, renamed Guild Guidelines, in the early fall.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 27th.