Congratulation Louise Robitaille

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Louise received 1st place Viewers Choice Award for her quilt she entered in the Portsmouth Fabric Company’s 40th Anniversary Kaffe Fassett Collective Quit Exhibit.

NACQJ Award of Merit

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Andrea Bursaw was awarded the prestigious NACQJ ribbon for her quilt “Beasties” at our show last weekend. It was included in the Broadstrokes special exhibit.

The following is an explanation of what the ribbon is and what it means, quoted from the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges website:

“If professionalism, experience, and integrity were not sufficient reasons alone to secure an NACQJ Certified Judge to judge your group’s show, here’s another incentive—the brand new NACQJ Award of Merit. With prior approval of the show coordinator or sponsor, NACQJ certified judges have the option of awarding this special ribbon to a deserving quilt in any show he/she might judge. At the judge’s discretion, it will be awarded to one quilt achieving recognized standards of quilt making excellence.”

Congratulations Andrea!

Condolences to the Hill Family

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Betty Hill, a former member, passed away September 11. I for one will sorely miss her.

Betty had stopped coming to MVQ due to a family scheduling conflict. Thursday night was family dinner night. She was talking about coming back this year.

More information is available here.

I’ll miss you Betty. Still can’t believe your gone.
Cathy Harnisch

Condolences to the Grew Family

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Connie Grew, a long time member of MVQ, has passed away. Connie was 95. She was also the sister of Monica Pitman and aunt to Jane Hamel.

Connie was a valued MVQ member for many years. Her quilting was outstanding and mostly done by hand. She held various board positions and always remembered our bus trips to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Due to failing eyesight, she no longer was able to do much sewing, but the craft was still important to her and she loved talking about past times and projects.

Thank you, Connie, for your contribution to our craft.

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!