PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE August 2018
By Deb Kelly
I saw a meme on the internet that said, “Oh look, it’s raining – I guess I’ll have to stay inside and quilt….” I could have written that! All the rain we have had caused me to go into my sewing room (my basement) and sew. However, I ended up rummaging around and found STUFF! More patterns than I could ever begin – note I said begin, and not “finish”, fabric I didn’t know I had (not enough, of course), too many UFO’s, kits that I so intend to complete…I rummaged so much that I didn’t quilt much. I think that’s half the fun! But I did find some goodies that I plan to make for our Quilt Show Boutique. I’m sure everyone has a hidden something started that could be sold at the boutique.
The Quilt Show is less than 90 days away. Scary when you think about it like that. The Quilt Show Committees are hard at work before the last-minute angst sets in. How can you help? Reach out to our Show Chairs – Terry Lieberman, Nancy Arico, or Julia Penna and offer yourself up! You may be asked to help with something completely out of your comfort zone – GO FOR IT! The Quilt Show is a great way to get to know fellow members, and since we are growing by leaps and bounds, there are a lot of members to get to know. The plus side is that it’s actually fun and rewarding to know that you were part of sharing our art with the community.
You may think it’s too late to start your challenge quilt for our August meeting – but it’s really not. Once you get started and let yourself go, it goes surprisingly fast and you might surprise yourself. I dreaded it – thought it was too “artsy” for me, but once I decided I just let my imagination take over and after a few hours I had a collage! Watch the videos that Kathy Nestor suggested (they are on the website under “Speakers, Workshop Calendar - Coming in August”) for help in getting started. After all, part of our “purpose” is to learn new techniques – what better place to try them out than on a group of friends who support our individual efforts with no criticism.
And not to forget our ICE CREAM SOCIAL – always a treat in the hot days of August. Don’t forget the block of the month too – a block to represent your favorite kind of ice cream. Instructions are in the July newsletter and also on the website under “More -BOM 8/18”. Yeah, I know, I’m pushing the website….check it out. It’s a great resource for what is happening (and has happened – check out the “Spotlight” on the home page) in BVQ! I could go on and on………but see for yourself at www.brandywinevalleyquilters.org.