Member Rosemarie Gilson Passes

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The Plaistow Thursday night quilters are saddened to report the sudden passing of our long time quilting friend Rosemarie Gilson.  Rosemarie had a massive heart attack last week and passed away Saturday, July 10th.  Ironically, she was moved to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill for her final days, where we had all made and donated the quilts.    Rosemarie has been a member of MVQ for well over twenty years, serving most recently before Doris as the Sunshine lady.  She was one of those faces who greeted you when you dropped off your quilts at the quilt show on Thursday morning, and those who did quilt show set up will also know her husband Ken who helped set up the show for us for many years.  Rosemarie loved and was an accomplished quilter, recently showing us on Thursday night her George Siciliano workshop piece.  She was a fabulous knitter, a choral singer  and an amazing baker, which we on Thursday night reaped the rewards many a week.   She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  There will be a memorial service for her on Saturday afternoon, July 31st at Hampstead Congregational Church.

With sadness,

Gail, Helen, Mary Jo, Sue, Sue and Carole.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, N.H. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, N.H.

Many Thanks

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……for  the kindness extended to me this year and the superior sendoff! The climbing  plant seems happy and when wintered over will remind me of the guild’s generosity. Your cash gift has been lightly laundered and divided between NEQM and The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.  Probably the nicest gift of the year was the abundance of talented volunteers who readily stepped in to help. Many key spots in Beth’s year are ably filled ….. more openings are calling. Please think about taking your turn to give back. 


Quilter of the Year- Suzi Calderwood

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Thank you all so much for the Quilter of the Year award. I am still in awe and shock that I received this. My husband sent an email to one and all, even his facebook friends. I of course will probably not tell anyone but he will tell everyone. Again thank you everyone for the honor.


Raffle Quilt – Thank You

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This is absolutely the best quilt! Thank you to all who put in countless hours making it, quilting it, sitting with it at all the shows and then drawing my name. Every time I walk into my bedroom, I marvel at the beauty of it, the amount of work that went into it and the number of fabrics. Gotta love all those Oriental fabrics. It’s true, I am sleeping better.
Betty Hill

30th Anniversary Dinner

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The following was submitted by Gail Wozniak.

Thursday, May 6th over 70 women gathered at Maria’s Family Restaurant in Haverhill to celebrate in style, the 30th anniversary of MVQ.  We were thrilled to have in attendance Pat Mamacos and Lois Schofield, two of the founding mothers of the guild whose vision and dream of a quilt group for women who love the art of quilting has forged on for thirty years.  Flowers were presented to these ladies as well as a plant to Pat Beevers,  who although not a Founding Mother, joined the group a month or so into existence.  She has been a member all these years and our longest continuing member.  It was great to see that many members have been  members for over twenty years as we stood to show our years of membership in the guild.      Over thirty raffle prizes were won by guests that evening.  I think many long time members will attest to what a great group of members we are with all sorts of varying talents in the group and the love of the art of quilting has kept us woven together all these years.  I know there are many splinter groups from this large group, some new and just formed and others still meeting weekly after twenty five plus years.   And on to number 35!!!

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