Meeting Updates

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Hello, everyone:

I hope you are staying well and safe in your homes.  I see a lot of quilts for show and tell when this crisis has passed.  Plenty of quilts for our charity and our quilt show.

I’m sending this email to you today to let you know that the board meeting scheduled for 4/1/2020, and the guild meeting scheduled for 4/16/2020 have been cancelled.  This is due to the fact that the school will be closed until 5/4/2020 and the guidelines set by the government for social gatherings, limited to small groups, has been extended to 4/30/2020.

I want to assure you that the members of the board are doing their best to make sure that we continue on with business as usual so that when this crisis passes, Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild will be able to pick up and move forward without a stumble.  We are speaking by phone and corresponding by email on an almost daily basis to handle questions and all situations.  We are moving forward with the hope that we will be able to hold our May guild meeting and our Quilt Show in October as planned.  The quilt show committee is working hard behind the scenes.  If you are a Quilt Show subcommittee member, I thank you for your continued efforts.

At this time, the suggested bylaw changes are on hold until the guild has an opportunity for a group discussion and a vote.  We will take this one day at a time.

Nominations for the executive board positions must move forward.  I am hoping that we can present a slate of nominees at the May 28th guild meeting for an immediate vote.  At present, we do not have a full slate.  Jamie Ruh has agreed to return as next years Secretary and Layne Rando has agree to return as next years Accounts Receivable Treasurer.  We still need nominees for President, Vice President and Accounts Payable Treasurer.  If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else for one of the open positions, please contact the nominating committee:  Diane Kelley, Chair, Judy Naylor, Vice Chair, Linda Lydecker, Deb Desmarais and Maggie Judd.  The continuation of our guild depends on a complete executive committee.  We also need a Programs Chair for next year if we are to continue having programs at our guild meetings.

A bulk email was sent to all the members using my personal email address of .  If you did not receive an email from me, please make sure that you have my comcast email as a contact so that my emails do not you to your junk mail. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I love hearing from all of you.  Be well and safe.

Mask Making Supplies

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I know everyone has fabric. That is not the issue. Not everyone has elastic or interfacing.

If you are interested in helping but need supplies. E-mail me and I will try my best to get it to you.

Cathy H

Face Mask Donations

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The news has been a bit confusing regarding the efficacy of the home made masks. I can tell you the response I got from employees at Lawrence General Hospital was overwhelming. They were thrilled to get the masks.

If you were on the fence as to whether or not to make them, please do. If you do not want to go out of your house, I can come pick them up. Otherwise there is a plastic bin on my back deck to drop them off.

Cathy H

Face Mask Coordinators

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We have coordinators who need masks.  This is an immediate need.  All masks are welcome. 

  • Cathy Harnisch and Janice Jones is coordinating for Lawrence General Hospital.  You may drop them off with Cathy Harnisch. She will have a bin on her back deck.
  • A friend of MVQ, Abigail Jurist Levy, is coordinating for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.  She has a bin on her front porch at 115 Friend Street, Amesbury where you can place masks.  Or, you may drop them off at my home in Haverhill.
  • Cathy Carroll is coordinating for another local hospital.  You may drop masks off at my home in Haverhill.

I will have a bin in the back of my husband’s open truck (tailgate down) all day for the next few days.  The address is 344 Liberty Street, Haverhill, MA.  No need to make an appointment.  You may come any time from 10 am to 5 pm to drop off masks.  I will waive to you from my studio window.

Any and all masks are needed.  They can have ties in place of elastic bands due to the shortage.  If you need instructions you can access the one prepared by the Deaconess Hospital at this link:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Liz Swan

Face Mask Update

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Recently we posted information regarding face masks.  I asked members to let me know if they were willing to chair a committee.  One of our members was contacted by a friend who needs masks for a local hospital and asked if I would be willing to collect the masks for her to pick up.  I agreed. 

Therefore, if you have masks that you would like to donate you can bring them to my house in Haverhill.  It will be by appointment only so contact me by email ( if you wish to donate.  Cotton or cotton/flannel masks are accepted.  The style of mask is not important.

Also, there was a request to post directions for making masks, so I am including a link to the Deaconess Hospital “how to” video with materials and instructions put out by a group making masks for doctors on the North Shore.

Your masks do not have to be made with these instructions.  All masks are being accepted at this time.

Thank you in advance for your support of this important effort.  Be well.

Elizabeth Swan, President

Note: Cathy Harnisch in contact with a nurse from Lawrence General. She will also accept masks to bring there. Contact her via email.

Comfort Quilts

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I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these trying times.  What to do with all that time now that we are ordered to shelter in place until April 7th???  As quilters, I’m sure we all have an abundance of fabric that is begging to be used.  I know I do! This is a great time to make those quilts for Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley.  It will not only fill our days but give us the opportunity to present them with an abundance of quilts next October.  Those kids sure could use them.  They are twin size quilts and don’t have to be fancy or difficult, just colorful and bright and filled with love. 

I know that this sense of giving will make us all feel a little better about our time in the house and give us the opportunity to do something with that time that makes a child’s life better. It’s a wonderful gift we have to share.  Thank you all for sharing with these wonderful children. 

Please feel free to share your quilts on our Facebook page so we can all see your beautiful creations!

Ronni Longwell


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If you receive an email or text message that looks like this, it is NOT from me.  It is spam.  Do not open it; delete it:

Elizabeth Swan, President