Gail Wozniak’s Father Passed Away

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Richard Clarke, father of longtime member, Gail Wozniak passed away on Thursday after heart condition that kept him from hospital to home for about a year. At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours and a private service.

In Memory of Peter Hudson

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Peter Hudson, Jan Taylor’s son, passed away on Sat. 3/26/11 after an 18 year long battle with a brain tumor.  He died peacefully at home in Oakland, CA.

He was 41 years old, and was Administrative Manager for the Bay Area Youth Action Consortium (BAYAC).  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and coworkers.  His life was too short, but the world is a better place for him having been in it.

If you feel like doing something in his memory, give to charity. You can choose your own, of course, but Pete had two suggestions:

The American Brain Tumor Association ( which supports the types of research that gave him 18 good years after his tumor was diagnosed. Let’s hope the research continues so people in the future get even more time.

And, Bay Area Community Resources (, designated for the Bay Area Youth Action Consortium (BAYAC). Pete’s work at BAYAC over the last decade gave his life meaning and purpose.

Infinite Variety – A Trip to NYC

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When I heard about the exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, I thought it would be a great trip.  I have a niece who is presently attending college in NYC.  This gave me a great opportunity to go to NYC and stay with her.  I mentioned this to Carol Sullivan.  We both decided it was a must do trip.

The exhibit “Infinite Variety – Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” is phenomenal.   Just walking through the door you are awestruck.  It’s hard to fathom you are looking at 650 red and white quilts.  The way the quilts are displayed you feel surrounded by history. 

Previously, I was never particularly fond of red and white quilts.  Now I have a greater appreciation of theses two color quilts.  The variety of quilts is just stunning.  There were appliqued, pieced, and Hawiian applique.  There were a few variations on bar quilts.  Quite a few used the same block but the different color placements and settings made the exhibit all the more interesting   Who knew you could do so much with just two colors.  Will I be making a red and white quilt in the future? No, but blue and white is definitely a possibility.

If you can get to NYC this week, it is well worth the trip.  The red and white quilt exhibit runs through to March 30th.  If not, the museum will be coming out with a catalog of all the quilts in the exhibit.  Once I get home I will upload the pictures Carol and I took.

Your friend in quilting,

Cathy Harnisch

Mystery Bus Trip 2011

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As you see in the picture – a bus full of MVQ quilters headed off last week to two stops in Connecticut.  We first went to Quilters Dream in Vernon which was a great shop, great variety and everyone enjoyed it.  Located right off Interstate 84 in a strip mall, stop in some time if your travels take you that direction.

Our second stop, we had been to seven years before, was in Willimantic at a shop called Quilting by the Yard.  Another shop with diversity of fabrics.   Both gave us nice discounts and free give always.

If you missed the trip this year be sure to watch the details for next year.  Always a fun time.

Gail Wozniak

Saturday’s Ribbon Workshop

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Saturday’s quilt show ribbon making workshop was a big success and we created enough origami ribbons to more than meet the judge’s needs for the quilt show.  Pat and I would just like to thank all the volunteers that showed up to help in this effort.  More than 20 members were there to work on this project.   Maggie’s superior teaching skills had everyone turning out ribbons in no time, and they are gorgeous as you can see by the photos.  We truly appreciate the volunteer’s generous giving of their Saturday morning to help in this effort.  It is truly the spirit of this Guild in action.

Mary & Pat

Quilt Show Posters,Bookmarks & Postcards

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There is some information missing from our Quilt Show promotional materials.  Would anyone who has any of the materials, posters, postcards, or bookmarks please write the hours of the show on the material before posting or mailing?

They are as follows:

Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm


Mary Ginn

Antique Quilts Welcomed

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The Quilt Show is opening space to any antique quilt a member might have.

Just let Roselie Berard know and they will be hung on Thursday along with the other quilts.

This will be a nice addition to our Show!