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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE January 2019
By Deb Kelly
WOW! 2019! I don’t know about you all, but I am tired! Planning (check), shopping (check), wrapping (check), cleaning (check), baking (check), visiting friends and family (check), finishing up those handmade gifts (check??), putting aside those unfinished handmade gifts for next year (CHECK)……it’s time to relax and settle in for our long winter’s nap. My New Year’s resolution is to finish something before I start another something, AND to spend a few minutes on the elliptical every day – I wonder which resolution will be broken first.
While you are putting away the remnants of the holidays, hunt down any judges’ comments that you may have saved from any quilts that you have entered in any show and bring them and your quilt(s) to the January meeting. We will share those comments as a learning opportunity - accepting the comments as a positive learning tool, and not feel as though they are criticisms, and more importantly learning how to improve our skills. Entering a quilt in a show for me is not about competing or winning, but learning. I know I will never be an award winning quilter, but I do pride myself on successfully (in my own opinion) incorporating a judge’s comment on new quilts – bindings that are not “full”, stitch length that is not consistent, points that are not met – things that I may not have ever noticed or paid attention to without the expert eye of a judge. So, hopefully, after the January meeting, you will be more inclined to enter a quilt for judging in a show, rather than for display only. No more “I would never win…”but “let’s see how I can improve the next one”. You may be surprised!
Happy quilting in the New Year! Stay warm and cozy with a project at hand!