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Month: December 2018

President’s Message – November/December 2018

President’s Message – November/December 2018

Did anyone make it to the Stitches show in Pasadena at the start of the month? If you didn’t get a chance to see our booth and our quilt display, check out our guild’s Facebook page – both venues looked fabulous! Thanks to the setup crew of Terry Simon (and her Sherpa, Howard), Robin Clarke, and Marilyn Brisendine, who did a terrific job. And many thanks to all of you who volunteered to staff the booth during the show. To be honest, when we were invited on such short notice, I really didn’t think we’d fill all the slots – but you all proved me wrong! The show was mostly geared towards yarn artists (kintters/crocheters), but there are enough overlapping interests among fiber artists (I bet a lot of you knit, too) that we generated a fair amount of attention – traffic was reportedly slow on Sunday, but on Friday and Saturday we handed out about 40 copies of our newsletter and about 100 fliers about the guild. Stitches is coming back to SoCal again next year, and we’ve already been invited back – the organizers tell us that they’re interested in increasing their target market to quilters as well as knitters, so they’re planning to offer more fabric vendors and items of interest to quilt folk next year. Stay tuned for more details!

We’ve also been invited to demonstrate at the Fiber Arts Day on May 4, 2019 at the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. This is another event that traditionally has been geared toward other fiber artists – we are the first quilt guild ever to be invited. (In May, we’ll be sharing space with 4 spinning and weaving guilds.) The venue is outdoors (under the trees, which will be nice!) with limited-to-no access to electricity, so demonstrations will have to consist of handwork (no machine demos). It’s a full-day event, which we’ll probably break up into several shifts, and we are allowed free entry for up to 12 demonstrators from the guild. After the craziness of the December holidays is past, we’ll be offering sign-up sheets for people who are interested in participating – another great opportunity to showcase the guild to people who might not yet know they need to join us!

While volunteering at outside events like these is a great way to support the guild, we also need people to volunteer within the group as well. As you heard at the last meeting, we DO have a full slate of nominees for the elected offices who will be voted on in November and installed in December – again, many thanks to all of you who have agreed to serve! But in addition to the elected officers, there are quite a few unelected slots to fill – just take a look at the first page of your membership roster to get an idea of how many people it takes to keep the guild running smoothly! I haven’t spoken with quite everyone yet – but I already know that, while some of these Directors and Chairpersons are willing to continue, others are ready to hand their roles over to someone else. We’ll be letting you all know which positions we need to fill once we have our full list. The job descriptions for the various Directors-at-Large and Standing Committee Chairs are on pages 19-20 of the current roster – please take a look, and if you think you’d be interested in filling any of the open positions, please let me or another Board member know! Remember, it takes a village to run a quilt guild. Or something like that.

See you at the meeting.

President’s Message – October 2018

President’s Message – October 2018

One of the hardest things about being guild president – at least for me – is coming up with topics for this column every month. This month was supposed to be easy – I was going to be able to write about the Mystery Hop! Alas, the best-laid plans… A few days before the hop, I started having cold symptoms, and by Saturday morning they were severe enough that I had to admit I was too sick to join the group (and Terry Simon kindly stepped up to take over as Mystery guide – thanks, Terry!).

It turned out that I wasn’t the only one having a bad day. Just a few days before the hop, we had found out that the online advertised time for the rental van pickup was incorrect – instead of 7 AM, we wouldn’t be able to get the vans until 8 AM, and so the start time had to be pushed back by an hour. On the day of the hop, the start was pushed back by another hour because of mechanical problems with one of the rented vans. Many, many thanks to Susan Winnie and Cindy Caldera who offered their own vehicles to ferry half the group! The hop couldn’t have happened without you, and I’m hoping that, despite the two-hour delay which wreaked havoc with the planned itinerary, people still managed to have some fun on the hop.

But all of this left me with no topic for my column, and still swarming with too many viral particles to think particularly clearly. So instead of a past event, let’s talk about an upcoming one.

From November 1-4, the Pasadena Convention Center will be hosting “Stitches,” a multi-fiber-art expo with exhibits and vendors of interest to quilters, knitters, crocheters, and more. WFQG has been offered a free booth at the expo, where we’ll have a chance to promote the guild to lots and lots of show attendees! We have also been offered discounted admission, and discounts on classes at the events. (If you are on the guild email list, check your email – the card that you’ll need to show for your discount, plus the link to the class list and the class discount code, were emailed to you a few weeks ago. If you don’t receive email, we’ll have some copies of the flyer available at the next guild meeting.) Their promo promises “over 100 vendors offering the latest fabric, yarn, crafting supplies, book signings and [a] new Crafters Playground with free demonstrations and opportunities to try equipment and learn new techniques.” It sounds like this could be a lot of fun!

Of course, if we’re going to have a booth, we need to staff it. The response to the announcement about this at the last guild meeting was quite positive, but we still need a few more booth-sitters: we have one slot open on Friday, Nov. 2, from 4:00-6:00; one slot open on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 12:00-2:00; and two slots open on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10:00-12:00. We could also use some help with the booth setup on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 3:00-5:00. If you can help, please let me know (pjwnmd@gmail.com).

You can find out more about the show (including our booth location!) at www.knittinguniverse.com/SoCal2018.

See you at the meeting.