Condolences to the Wigall Family

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Out heart felt condolences go out to the Wigall family on the loss of Steve Wigall, Loleata Wigall’s husband.

Local Shows Cancelled

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Both the Vermont Quilt Festival and Main Quilts have decided to cancel this years shows.

As many shows are being cancelled, please double check before you head out this summer.

Meeting Updates

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Hello, everyone:

I hope you are staying well and safe in your homes.  I see a lot of quilts for show and tell when this crisis has passed.  Plenty of quilts for our charity and our quilt show.

I’m sending this email to you today to let you know that the board meeting scheduled for 4/1/2020, and the guild meeting scheduled for 4/16/2020 have been cancelled.  This is due to the fact that the school will be closed until 5/4/2020 and the guidelines set by the government for social gatherings, limited to small groups, has been extended to 4/30/2020.

I want to assure you that the members of the board are doing their best to make sure that we continue on with business as usual so that when this crisis passes, Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild will be able to pick up and move forward without a stumble.  We are speaking by phone and corresponding by email on an almost daily basis to handle questions and all situations.  We are moving forward with the hope that we will be able to hold our May guild meeting and our Quilt Show in October as planned.  The quilt show committee is working hard behind the scenes.  If you are a Quilt Show subcommittee member, I thank you for your continued efforts.

At this time, the suggested bylaw changes are on hold until the guild has an opportunity for a group discussion and a vote.  We will take this one day at a time.

Nominations for the executive board positions must move forward.  I am hoping that we can present a slate of nominees at the May 28th guild meeting for an immediate vote.  At present, we do not have a full slate.  Jamie Ruh has agreed to return as next years Secretary and Layne Rando has agree to return as next years Accounts Receivable Treasurer.  We still need nominees for President, Vice President and Accounts Payable Treasurer.  If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else for one of the open positions, please contact the nominating committee:  Diane Kelley, Chair, Judy Naylor, Vice Chair, Linda Lydecker, Deb Desmarais and Maggie Judd.  The continuation of our guild depends on a complete executive committee.  We also need a Programs Chair for next year if we are to continue having programs at our guild meetings.

A bulk email was sent to all the members using my personal email address of .  If you did not receive an email from me, please make sure that you have my comcast email as a contact so that my emails do not you to your junk mail. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I love hearing from all of you.  Be well and safe.

Mask Making Supplies

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I know everyone has fabric. That is not the issue. Not everyone has elastic or interfacing.

If you are interested in helping but need supplies. E-mail me and I will try my best to get it to you.

Cathy H

Face Mask Donations

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The news has been a bit confusing regarding the efficacy of the home made masks. I can tell you the response I got from employees at Lawrence General Hospital was overwhelming. They were thrilled to get the masks.

If you were on the fence as to whether or not to make them, please do. If you do not want to go out of your house, I can come pick them up. Otherwise there is a plastic bin on my back deck to drop them off.

Cathy H

Face Mask Coordinators

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We have coordinators who need masks.  This is an immediate need.  All masks are welcome. 

  • Cathy Harnisch and Janice Jones is coordinating for Lawrence General Hospital.  You may drop them off with Cathy Harnisch. She will have a bin on her back deck.
  • A friend of MVQ, Abigail Jurist Levy, is coordinating for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.  She has a bin on her front porch at 115 Friend Street, Amesbury where you can place masks.  Or, you may drop them off at my home in Haverhill.
  • Cathy Carroll is coordinating for another local hospital.  You may drop masks off at my home in Haverhill.

I will have a bin in the back of my husband’s open truck (tailgate down) all day for the next few days.  The address is 344 Liberty Street, Haverhill, MA.  No need to make an appointment.  You may come any time from 10 am to 5 pm to drop off masks.  I will waive to you from my studio window.

Any and all masks are needed.  They can have ties in place of elastic bands due to the shortage.  If you need instructions you can access the one prepared by the Deaconess Hospital at this link:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Liz Swan