Fall MVQ Retreat at Franciscan Guest House, Kennebunk

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Hi Everyone!

We hope you are all staying cool this steamy summer!  The fall is fast approaching and this is a reminder about the fall quilt retreat at

Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk.

Dates:  Wednesday, November 6, 2019-Sunday November 10, 2019.

The cost is the same as last spring, and can be found in the retreat information/pricing attachment here.

There is a possibility of staying until  Monday, November 11th depending on how many of us are interested (as well as the other guild with whom we share the space).

Some of you have already let Phyllis know that you’re interested in the extra night.  Please let me know who else may be interested in staying the extra night. 

Please DO NOT send registration form in yet; we will let you know when registration is open!!

Thank you!

Phyllis & Sue

PS: Still waiting to hear from FGH about option of staying to 11/11

The Celebration of Quilts

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The Celebration of quilts at the New England Quilt Museum is on  until September 8 and it is free. There are 45 quilts on display from the supporting guilds. It is an absolutely  beautiful show  If you go, cast your vote for the Merrimack Valley quilt done by Louise Robitaille. The guild with the most votes will win the chance to have a display of their quilts at the museum.

Quilter of the Year 2019

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I’m Ann Hockmeyer, the 2018 recipient of the Quilter of the Year award. As the current honoree of this special designation, I have the privilege of choosing and awarding this year’s honoree. This award is given to a member who’s gone above and beyond the normal level of volunteerism. It is given to those who are dedicated to serving the guild and working tirelessly in any way they can.

Before I call her up, I would like to take a moment and recognize the past recipients. This is an extraordinary group of women that over the years have donated their time and talent to our guild. If I call your name would you please stand and remain standing until I’ve called all the names. The list of honorees begins in 1984 with Betty Hastings followed by, Joanne Finacaro, Pat Beevers, Sue Pickering & Gail Wozniak, Priscilla Trolan, Judy Hilner, Signe Kaleel, Judy Rutstein, Linda Boyle, Ildy Tary, Valerie Kelley & Gladys Sirois, Diana Dow & Kathy Pearse, Ruth Martineau & Jeanne Robertson, Marianne Karp, Andrea Bursaw & Sue Molin, Jeanne Eliot & Pat Lucey,  Roseanne Ricketson & Maggie Judd, Rosalie Berard & Carrie Zizza, Beverly Valle, Suzi Calderwood, Mary Ginn, Deb Zukas, Catherine Harnisch, Ann Stobbs & Mary Stobbs, Lin Caido, Nancy Dempsey and Liz Swan.

Please give all these ladies a well-deserved round of applause!

The woman that is receiving this year’s award serves the guild by chairing not one but two positions and co-chairs another. She stepped up and said “I can do it” when no one else would. Both positions generate much needed revenue that we all benefit from, and under her leadership, the revenue received increased from past years. She finds the time for MVQ even though she works full time and cares for her busy family. I know that she also volunteers her time for other charities as well. She’s a very giving person!

I think her most amazing skill is that she accomplishes difficult jobs with the most engaging smile. She will forge ahead, figure it out, get it done and still keep smiling! A true testament of her uber friendly and warm personality is the posse she has around her. Her wonderful posse is a group of devoted friends who help her do the guild’s work. She would be the first to say that she couldn’t do it without them but she’s a true leader and isn’t afraid to take on all the responsibility.

She is the only guild member that I know of to actually suffer true physical harm doing the guild’s work as she suffered a broken arm while carrying boxes down some stairs for the ufo auction!  I think that she’s extraordinary and I’m so proud to call her my friend!

 This year’s recipient is Stacey Caruso!

Silent Auction

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The Silent Auction is looking for handmade items for the auction table.  Handmade items such as bags, placemats, wall decorations etc. are welcome.  Attached are a few photos for ideas.  We appreciate any donation you have.  Please let Gail Forthoffer know if you have something to donate (gforth@comcast.net) and bring to the September meeting.  If you are dropping something off at the meeting or on Thursday at Hope Church, please be sure your name is on it so we can recognize our donors!

Thanks in advance!

Gail

Message from Show Chair

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September is just around the corner and there are a couple of areas that need your help. 

* So far, we only have 3 people committed to contributing a Penny Raffle Basket.  Lottery tickets and fat quarters are needed.  Please let Bev Knapp (bevknapp@verizon.net) or Jennifer Roberts (JRoberts3655@gmailo.com) know if you will be bringing a Penny Raffle Basket to the show.  Bags for lottery tickets and fat quarters will be available at our September meeting.

* If you are putting a quilt in the show your form needs to be to Layne Rando ASAP! (laynesloft@comcast.net)  We will be finalizing the booklet in the next 2 weeks. 

* We still need someone to take over hanging show quilts.  That person would shadow Carrie as she does the hanging this year.  Please consider volunteering for this job. 

Visit to NE Quilt Museum

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The guild has scheduled another visit to the New England Quilt Museum for Sunday, October 6 at 11am.

  • Admission and the private tour are free to us as part of our Guild’s contribution.
  • Parking is available in the lot behind the museum and the shop will be open until 4pm.
  • Please send an email to susan@spinelli.us if you are interested in joining us.
  • All are invited to Tremonte Pizzeria after the tour for lunch on our own.  It is a 5 minute walk from the museum.

I hope you can join us!  It will be a fun and interesting day!

Summer Celebration of New England Quilts

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The New England Quilt Museum will be holding its Summer Celebration of New England Quilts event starting August 7 and lasting until September 8th. This event showcases quilts from local guilds. Our guild submitted an amazing appliqué quilt from Louise Robitaille which won best of Show at last year’s quilt show. The event is free.