Quilt Show 101 for newcomers

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Welcome to all our new members. Sometimes joining a guild can be overwhelming- old timers take for granted all of our activities and newbies are left to wonder!

Here is a brief outline about our annual Quilt Show:

  • Held every year at the end of NH school vacation- Friday and Saturday- May 2nd and 3rd at Timberlane Jr High in Plaistow
  • Quilt judging is usually done at Merrimac Library on a Wed, Carrie Zizza is coordinating.
  • Quilt drop-off and show set-up is Thursday,May 1st at the School
  • Members are required to give 2 hours of volunteer time either before or during show. Many opportunities abound!
  • Quilt entry forms [found on blog] are to be sent in before March 31st.
  • You can choose to have your quilt judged by a certified judge- $3:00 per quilt. Great chance to learn from a professional!
  • Challenge Quilts: Carol Sullivan is chair- make a quilt related to the Theme- “Quilt as Art”-  separately judged according to specific criteria- info on blog
  • Quilt Show ads: Members can gather an ad from a business for our booklet- can be any type of business, not just quilt related. Letter is on blog with info you will need.
  • Publicity: Take a few bookmarks or posters- give to friends or hang in public places in your tow.- Available on back table during meetings.
  • Penny Raffle Table:  members donate a basket, bucket, tray etc filled with new items- either quilt related or not [tea, chocolate, gardening, teddy bear etc.] Kathy Pearse is coordinating.
  • Silent Auction: Members donate a handmade article to be auctioned off during the show. 50% of proceeds goes to maker and 50% goes to Guild fund for a new loud speaker system.
  • White Elephant:  members bring in fabric [no upholstery], patterns, buttons, lace, unwanted tools or unfinished quilts- 100% of proceeds to the guild.
  • Kitchen: Volunteers are needed to man – bake cookies to sell- donate bottled water and Diet Soda to sell. Deb Zukas is chair.
  • Boutique: An opportunity for members to sell homemade articles,pins, bags, knit items, [quilts do not really sell], tools, books , patterns that are in excellent condition. 20% goes to guild- maker gets 80%. Maggie Judd, Pat Lucey chairs. Boutique form is on blog.

Later blogs and the newsletters will have more details on how you can participate. Longtime friendships have developed by saying yes to volunteering!  [ask Maggie and Pat]