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