‘STITCHES AROUND THE WORLD’ is the theme of a quilt show from Ellis County, TX. In their hope of involving many other guilds, they invite us to send an 8″ square (before Feb 25) to be included in a quilt they will display next July. If any group or individual (former Texan maybe?) from MVQ is willing to make a block to represent us, please contact Andrea Bursaw.
Fabric has generously been donated for use in our charity quilts. I will be cutting it into 1/2 yard pieces and it will be at the Charity table at the January meeting. Anyone interested is welcome to take some for use in their charity quilt.
Is there anyone that is interested in getting together to work on charity quilts? If so please let me know.
Pat Gandt, a former MVQ member and good friend to many of us in the Guild died on December 11, 2009 after a 5 year battle with Breast cancer. She will be remembered for her utter joy of life!
Wake will be on Monday from 3 to 8 at Campbell’s in Beverly- next to Shore Country Day School. Funeral will be Tuesday at 10 at St Rose in Topsfield.
One month after joining the Guild, 5 years ago, I found myself caught up in the bidding frenzy that occurs every February at the UFO auction. Lots of cool, gotta-have-it stuff!!! YES, good stuff. One particular item beckoned me….a huge box filled with solid colored, polyester and cotton, twill weight fabric; EVERY color of the rainbow, but mainly BRIGHTS! Just Gorgeous I think, no one will want them, its polyester! Being inexperienced, I failed to recognize the gusto, the fevered pitch, the determination of MVQ quilters and I quickly lost the bidding war. I suffered massive bidder remorse, depression, and then was obsessed about my loss. I approached the “winner” to ask to buy her out…..and luck was with me as she quickly said “let’s split it”. And so began the next journey of this FABULOUS fabric which has been sitting in my sewing room since that day, five years ago. Stop me if this story sounds familar.
We all know, you can never have enough fabric, so when inspiration struck this summer …I was READY! I attacked those polyester and cotton textiles with a vengeance. I made: 2 personalized “coloring book” tote bags for the great nephews birthdays, they held all of their gifts and goodies; 16 tote bags to hold personal care items for a battered woman’s shelter (a few great accent fabrics added more pizzazz); 2 larger tote bags for shopping green instead of choosing “paper or plastic”; 3 – 17″ Nancy Crow style pillows for the cabin of our sail boat, highly washable; 2 ditty bags to hold wallets, keys, cell phones and items we didn’t want to lose overboard; 2 large ditty bags for containing spare oak mast wedges and a collection of miscellaneous engine parts; and 4 “superperson” capes for the same 2 great nephews and their super friends.
Phew, I’m done, $5 well spent, and a terrific bargain among many great UFO bargains! While sharing this story I just realized, there are bits and pieces of fabric remaining…..absolutely TOO good to toss….Perhaps my chocolate labrador would like a new dog bed! So I’m back to stitching like mad and thinking maybe the rest of this FABULOUS fabric will show up at this years UFO auction on February 18th ….you know, it is possible. ——————————————————————————–
The following is a note I received from the daughter of a former member of the guild.
My mom, Gail McKenna, was a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilters for many years before she moved to Florida a year and a half ago. She passed away a couple weeks ago and I wanted to pass it along to anyone that may have known her. We are having a “celebration” of her life on Saturday, November 21 from 2pm to 6pm for anyone that would be interested. It will be held at the clubhouse at Ledgewood Hills condo complex in Nashua, NH. The address is 3 Dogwood Dr Nashua, NH 03062-4402.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Robbie McKenna via e-mail