Quilter of the Year 2012
Each year, as you probably know, MVQ selects from its membership a quilter to be recognized as Quilter of the Year by the guild for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions both in and beyond the quilting world.
As the quilter selected last year, it is my responsibility (with the aid of my trusty advisers) to select this year’s candidate. And tonight is the night that both the torch and the tiara get passed on to that selected member.
This year our honoree has been an MVQ member in good standing for about 8 years. She meets weekly with fellow quilters at the Red Barn to work on a variety of projects and attends their Quilt Retreat Weekend. She’s been active in the guild since first setting foot in the door, but mostly flying under the radar. She has volunteered not only her own time, but that of her entire family. About 3 years ago, she took over the Kitchen duties for our annual quilt show, and has been running a tight ship ever since. Her husband and 2 children are drafted as part of the team each year as well, and do a fantastic job. I can tell you from experience, as a quilt show co-chair, that the Kitchen is one area that runs itself without supervision and without drama. So by now I’m sure you’ve figured it out, and will join me in congratulating the 2012 MVQ Quilter of the Year, Deb Zukas.
Congratulations, Deb, on this well-deserved recognition.
2011 Quilter of the Year
One thought on “Quilter of the Year 2012”
June 23, 2012 at 8:53 am
I sincerely wish I had been able to pull myself together so that I could express myself with more than a “thank you”, but I was so overwhelmed that I just could not put together even a simple sentence. I lay awake, unable to sleep, until about 2am thinking “I should have said this, or I could have said that” – yes, this honor had that much impact on me! So if I had been able to, this is what I would have said:
First I want you to know that as much as you appreciate my family, I appreciate them even more – Bob, Thomas and Tiffany are my world and it makes me so proud that they willingly, and without complaint, give of themselves and their time to help me in all things, but especially with my quilting activities – and best of all, they enjoy it almost as much as I do. I know this honor is as much theirs as it is mine!
But mostly I want you to know this – whatever I give to the guild of myself and my time and my family, it is NOTHING compared to what I receive in return. It’s difficult to express what it is that I receive outside of the obvious, but it’s why I tell Bob quilting is “food for my soul” – it’s being in and around that quilting world, it makes me feel fulfilled, happy, motivated, excited – I love being a part of it. Every month when I leave our guild meeting, when I attend the board meetings, or a quilt show meeting, and certainly the quilt show itself, I feel all those things and so much more. I am so much better for knowing all of you!
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