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!

Silent Auction

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The Silent Auction is looking for handmade items for the auction table.  Handmade items such as bags, placemats, wall decorations etc. are welcome.  Attached are a few photos for ideas.  We appreciate any donation you have.  Please let Gail Forthoffer know if you have something to donate (gforth@comcast.net) and bring to the September meeting.  If you are dropping something off at the meeting or on Thursday at Hope Church, please be sure your name is on it so we can recognize our donors!

Thanks in advance!


Message from Show Chair

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September is just around the corner and there are a couple of areas that need your help. 

* So far, we only have 3 people committed to contributing a Penny Raffle Basket.  Lottery tickets and fat quarters are needed.  Please let Bev Knapp (bevknapp@verizon.net) or Jennifer Roberts (JRoberts3655@gmailo.com) know if you will be bringing a Penny Raffle Basket to the show.  Bags for lottery tickets and fat quarters will be available at our September meeting.

* If you are putting a quilt in the show your form needs to be to Layne Rando ASAP! (laynesloft@comcast.net)  We will be finalizing the booklet in the next 2 weeks. 

* We still need someone to take over hanging show quilts.  That person would shadow Carrie as she does the hanging this year.  Please consider volunteering for this job. 

Visit to NE Quilt Museum

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The guild has scheduled another visit to the New England Quilt Museum for Sunday, October 6 at 11am.

  • Admission and the private tour are free to us as part of our Guild’s contribution.
  • Parking is available in the lot behind the museum and the shop will be open until 4pm.
  • Please send an email to susan@spinelli.us if you are interested in joining us.
  • All are invited to Tremonte Pizzeria after the tour for lunch on our own.  It is a 5 minute walk from the museum.

I hope you can join us!  It will be a fun and interesting day!

Summer Celebration of New England Quilts

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The New England Quilt Museum will be holding its Summer Celebration of New England Quilts event starting August 7 and lasting until September 8th. This event showcases quilts from local guilds. Our guild submitted an amazing appliqué quilt from Louise Robitaille which won best of Show at last year’s quilt show. The event is free.

Thank You

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I want to say a very special “Thank you” to Pattie Gregg, Susan Nelson (new member), Marilyn Dutton, Bev Valle, Angie Cyr and her son Mark.  Together, we had the Estate Sale cleared of fabric and notions and in Angie’s van in about an hour and a half!  The van was filled to the top, the owners were very happy, and the guild received a lot of good “stuff” for the white elephant room at this year’s quilt show.  Angie will have her hands full going through and sorting everything, so if you can, please contact her and ask her how you can help.  Many hands make light work.  Our volunteers are amazing!

Elizabeth Swan, President

Help needed for white elephant

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Ladies, I need your help.  Some of us attended an estate sale a couple of weeks ago at a home where a woman was a quilter and had lots of fabric.  She moved to an assisted care facility.  The family has hired a dumpster to clean out the home to prepare the house for selling.  They will allow our guild to go in and take the rest of the fabric for free, however, we need to do this on Wednesday, July 24th at 9 am.  I know it is very short notice, but if you are able to help fill trash bags and bring them out to Angie’s car or my truck please email me at liz@swanquilting.com.  Be advised that we will be cleaning out 3 floors of this home and everything is in disarray.  It will be hot, dirty work but will give a real boost to our white elephant room this year.  Please consider helping out.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!