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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE September 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE September 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

What happen to all the sewing machines?  Walmart, Joanna’s, Pasadena Vacuum & Sewing were sold out which included sergers until October of this year.  Joanna’s only had Universal Sewing Needles, which is not what I was looking for.  Upland Vacuum & Sew had sewing machines only because Rosallie the owner purchased a year ahead of schedule.  And, if your machine needed servicing, well right now, you will not receive your machine back until the end of October.  Some members purchase new machines.  One of our guild members was quoted $125.00 to service her Brothers sewing machine.  I told her to bring her machine over, and I will service it for you.  It took me 30 minutes and it was running smoother and quieter.  Walmart was out of fabric.  Your options were ordering online or looking through a window and pointing to the bolt of fabric SCREAMING to the worker “I want that one, no Not that one THAT one. ½ yard only please.  Connecting Threads took four weeks to deliver six yards of backing for a project my wife was working on.  When the fabric came, she remembered about the project.

Mentor Night was a success! We had 31 members and one visitor, which I understand has also joined our Guild too!  Her name is Elizabeth Leahy, but she calls herself Liz.  Welcome to our family Liz.

Over the last six months, this pandemic has been challenging for our guild and many organization across the country.  We have worked very hard to stay in-touch with one another by implementing zoom technology just to see each other and check among each other that we were all right.  Our guild is a community base organization and we tend to keep it that way going forward. 

As President in conjunction with your Board-Members, we voted to renewal “all” current memberships for free for 2021.  Bobby Noon, our Treasurer, has stepped forward very graciously will donate all the door prizes when we return back to the Church.

As far as returning back to Arcadia Community Church (ACC). My understanding is the ACC Board members will meeting the last week of January 2021 and will decided about re-opening up the Church going forward.

“Until next month, keeping quilting…

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE August 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE August 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Mentor Night is coming and our First Official Program of the Year…

Yeah!  The most excellent part of the year for me is when our members come out and show their talents and skills and how it’s used in quilting.  This year we have Bobby Noon, demonstrating how to prepare your quilt for long arm quilting. Donna Owens will present Flange Binding.  Manny Caldera will show you how to clean your cutting mat and shaping your rotary blade.   

Our 1st. V.P. for Programming, Linda Rasmussen has acquired Pam Hatfield as our presenter for the month of September.  This is going to our first official Zoom program since the pandemic started in mid-March.  “How exciting…

 On July 25, Julia Lau had her Zoom meeting on how to create a shopping bag and there were 25 individuals who attended the class including 12 year old Kingston who is Jackie’s Irwin Granddaughter.  Of those 25 Individuals, was no other than Julia’s Mom from Germany; she is doing her part on social-distancing. 

I am very sad that we do not have more members joining our zoom meetings.  There are issues that are coming for the month of September and October that is going to affect our members and for this reason it will be important for you to attend. What you can do is program your cell phone calendar to remain you about our meeting. Make sure your turn on the alarm feature.

On August 29, 2020, Julia Lau, our Social Media Chair will be having another “Shopping Bag” class for those who were not able to attend this outstanding presentation.  Invitations will be going out shortly.  Start calling those guild members for those who do not have access to the internet.

I hope that all members are doing well and are in good health, be safe and see you are our Mentors meeting at the end of the month.

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE July 2020

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE July 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Sad Pandemic and Social Unrest…

I was sad to hear that Arcadia had looting occured during the social unrest as Jenny from Pollard’s explained to me.  Just days before the social unrest, she removed everything from the front window and put up snow-flakes falling from the ceiling for the month of June.  Although, the Music Store to the right was looted and several instruments were taken.  Also, not so lucky was the Exercise shop on the corner; which someone took off with several exercise bicycles down the street.  These incidents were never reports in the local newspapers.  Going for more sad news, is George Appliance Shop in Temple City is for sale!  Any takers?  I guess he wants to retire?

Our Zoom account has been getting a lot of traction lately with several min-groups using the account to meet, which good to hear.

Over-the-weekend, our 2nd V.P. in charge of Programming; Linda Rasmussen, put on the long awaited presentation of “Quilting Trips & Tricks”.  This was the discussion in the afternoon and into the evening how successful this presentation was.  What I understand there is another presentation scheduled on machine maintenance.  “Wow, I am in…

Wandering-In-The-Park!!!  Yes, we met on July 5, 2020, 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Santa Anita & Huntington Dr., Arcadia Park for our first social-distant-group gathering since March 2020.  You needed to wear a Face-Mask, bring a chair, water and two guilt’s for our Show-N-Tell.

Santa-Anita park get-to-together was great!  He had 10 members join us.  We updated ourselves on what is going on the quilting industry and did Show-&-Tell.  I also, gave out my gifts those members who made masks for various organizations within the community.  kTLA Channel 5 News was there and interviewed me about our activities in the park and asked about the air quality after the fireworks in the greater Los Angeles area.  I was aired several times that evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Southern California Quilter’s Run is scheduled for: July 16 – 19 & July 23 – 26, 2020.  If you want the flyer, stop by my home and pick one up!  “There are 11 Shops participating…

Closing Statement for the year: “Strong Teams, Strong Results… -Manny

PRESIDENT MESSAGE June 2020

PRESIDENT MESSAGE June 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy Zooming to the new Norm…

I have been in contact with the Eric Crus; our Arcadia Community Church representative.  The Church is closed until further notice. They are following The Los Angeles County Guild Lines.  And as of today (May 12, 2020), those guild lines were extended, but changes are coming to open several businesses within the State. If and when the Church decides to open, we will bring those recommendations to the Board for review and take action.  My goal, and the Board, is to keep our members safe.

For weeks, I have been researching what gifts I can give to those individuals within our Guild who have been creating face masks for various organization(s).  I have found what I was looking for and ordered these one-of-a-kind gifts for those members.  These will be door delivered.

On May 16, 2020, Cindy and I drove up to Big Bear to visit Bear County Quilts & Gifts, the other guild that I belong to.  (I was shocked to see how many cars were climbing the hill) social distancing was enforced and you needed to wear a face mask.  Belinda Evans is the owner and President of Busy Bear Quilt Guild.  I shared with her what Wandering Foot Quilt Guild (WFQG) has been doing for the last several months using the Zoom application.  I set-up a training session that evening for 30 minutes with Belinda, and she was impressed.

Tumbling Blocks, one of WFQG sub groups had their first Zoom meeting on May 22, 2020.  There were 7 members, and Julia mom even checked in from the Netherlands’.  Wow!    Does this count for Social Distanting!

On May 19, 2020, Our Community Outreach Chair has informed us that our donations to those various organizations needing our contributions have started again.  Marilyn has informed at our general Zoom meeting that contributions have already been provided.  “Please start sewing… Contact Marilyn Brisendine.

On May 27, 2020, Wednesday, we had our first Wandering Foot Quilt Guild General Membership meeting on Zoom.  We had 28 members who joined.  Updates were reported from our Board members, but the hi-light of the meeting was the Show-N-Tell.  We had nine individuals who shared their project(s) since this pandemic started in March.

We would like to have more Board Members join the Board meeting(s) and more membership to get out information that is beneficial to our members.  Membership Zoom meeting will be sent out on June 22, 2020 (Monday) for June 24, 2020 (Wednesday meeting).

Closing Statement for this month: “When the Going Get Tough, the Tough Get’s Sewing… Cherry Berry Quilts

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE MAY 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE MAY 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy Zooming…

Wandering Foot Quilt Guild had it first Zoom Conference activity with 14 members; we had a quorum as indicated by our Parliamentarian.  This gave us an opportunity to discuss, review and vote on activities that were scheduled in April, May and June.  It was great to see that our Board members were working on their projects, making masks and looking to provide additional classes using the zoom application.  The next Board meeting for the May 6, 2020, has been created and will be sent out a week before with an agenda.  I encourage all guild members to join our Boarding meeting going forward.  At this time, we’re limited to 30 individuals on the free zoom application.  An additional 15 individuals will be allowed to participate.  Please provide me with your e-mail address if you wish to join at your earliest convenience.  

Our Newsletter will continued to be published in order to keep our membership informed what is happening under the current pandemic crises.  I ask our members to submit photos of what they have been working on and to share among our members.  “So, let’s get sewing…

Regina Danner, our Challenged Chair presented our first Zoom Jelly-Row class, which was scheduled for April 25, 2020. What I understand is that there were eleven guild members who participated.  In addition, Regina created a YouTube video which was used to prepare our members prior to the class.

There are some changes coming to our Guild going forward as a result of this pandemic.  These recommendations will be discussed at our upcoming Board Meeting(s).  I will also keep the Arcadia Community Church in the loop.

Closing Statement for this month: “When the Going Get Tough, the Tough Get’s Sewing… Cherry Berry Quilts

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE, April 2020

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE, April 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

Happy April Showers & Easter Family!

“Cat’s Quilting Corner…

I would like to take this time to condiment for the e-mail that was sent out by Cat’s Quilting Corner that her business would “stay” open and how she would handle your quilts for long-arm quilting and the additional cleaning of her operation, and providing curb-side deliveries.  As of this writing, she is the only quilting operation that is open within 30 miles of Monrovia.

CoronaVirus-19: The virus has spread into the San Gabriel Valley.  Here are some of the community numbers as reported by the Pasadena Star News on March 25, 2020, Page 4.  Arcadia (4), Boyle Heights (5), Covina (3), Diamond Bar (2), Eagle Rock (2), East Los Angeles (3), Glendora (1), Glendale (10), Monterey Park (3), Pasadena (10), San Dimas (1), South El Monte (1), South Pasadena (3), Temple City (1).

I have called several of our members over the weekend to do a health check, and checked if everything was “ok” and if they needed anything.  It was great to hear our members are doing well.

I would like to thank some of our members (Regina Danner, Jane Crane, Alison Dingeldein) for e-mailing concerning making face masks for several of our hospital who are in “Need” of these masks.  What I understand from El Monte Community, Montebello, and Hunting Memorial hospital is that they go through between 20 – 70 face masks a day

Here is the latest information concerning our Guild going forward:

1. The Board Meetings for the Month of April & May are “Cancel”

2. Our April & May General Meeting are “Cancel”

3. Our Annual Challenge will be moved to July, Regina will contact the Judge to re-scheduled

4. Our Annual Yard-Sale schedule for April 25, 2020, will be re-scheduled for the Summer

5. Our Sprint Retreat for May is “Cancel” and Robin/Jackie has obtained a “Full-Refund”; they will provide additional information going forward (Great Job)

Note:

I have call the Arcadia Community Church and spoke with Erin concerning our cancellations.

I also spoke to Linda Rasmussen (1st Vice President; Programming), and she concur

Closing Statement for this month: “When the Going Get Tough, the Tough Get’s Sewing… Cherry Berry Quilts

President’s Message March 2020

President’s Message March 2020

Manny Caldera, President

Happy Spring and Kit Flying Family!

Well Valentine Day is now history!

Valerie Walker, a long time member of our Guild has passed away.  Her daughter, Linda contracted the Church and obtained my number.  Her mother had a sewing cabinet which was in great condition and some books.  I picked up the cabinet, some book and some rulers.  Linda said her mother got rid of most of the books except the one that Linda Rasmussen gave to her sometime ago.  Now I have it.  The cabinet will be sold at our Yard-Sale in April.

Lysette Freeman contacted Regina Danner several weeks ago and informed us that Mary Kopp passed away on November 27, 2019.  She was a longarm quilter for 35 years.  Lysette informed us that “all” of her material, rulers, sewing needles, patterns, batting, threads, sewing feets, books, kits, another sewing cabinet with a table that pulls out.  Estimated value: $10,000.00 to our Guild.  This does not include: 12’ longarm with software, Table-top longarm, 10 sewing machines, each in their own roll-aways, and one Brother Table top embroidery machine with all the hoops etc.  The family will sell the machines on their own.  The fabric and the rest of the stuff will be sold at our Yard-Sale, so Really-Save-Your-Money!  I am tired of writing all ready.  If you’re interested picking up an additional sewing machine, Lysette Freeman is our contact. Please see me for her cell number.

Speaking of the Yard-Sale, our first Fund-Raiser of the year is upon us for the month of April 25, 2020.  I spoke with Linda Rasmussen pertaining to the amount of fabric we have received, and came up with a re-schedule of the Yard Sale.  On April 22, 2020 (Wednesday), we will instead have a Community-Out-Reach Sew-In starting at 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  The Yard Sale will be on April 25, 2020 (Saturday), at Ana Seitz home front yard.  A real Yard Sale!  I look forward for everybody in our Guild to participate.  All of the major newspapers within the San Gabriel valley will be contacted including other Guilds.  All proceeds go to our Guild for Guest Speakers, Operations costs, rent and supplies for our Community-Outreach programs.

CoronaVirus-19: The State-of-California is now under Emergence Operation.  As this virus is spreading across California and getting closer to the San Gabriel Valley.  If this happens, I will Cancel our March Meeting.  Our 1st V.P. has concerned, and I have contacted Erin at Arcadia Community Church who has spoken to their legal department and has agreed to refund our fees going forward.  Stay tune.

 If the March meeting is “not” cancel, Linda Rasmussen our First V.P of Programs has lined up our March guest speaker Audrey Durnanl.  Let’s give her a warm welcome to our Guild.

I would like to thank Susan Cribbs for putting together our new membership directory and creating our Yard-Sale flyer.

Closing Statement for the year: “Strong Teams, Strong Results… -Manny

President Message February 2020

President Message February 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

Happy Valentines’ Family!

The Road-to-California Show is now history!  Wow, what a show.  For those that did not attend, there were changes to the layout of this year show.  All the vendors were moved out of the Ballroom and moved to the main Exhibit Hall and Tent area. We ran in to Muriel Carroll who was working at the Road-to-California booth.  It was great to see her.  There were many other guild members that we also ran into.  I visited the Missouri Star Company and purchased two ceramic thimble cups for those members who wear their name tags and walked away.  Shortly after, I was taped on the shoulder by an employee from Missouri Star and she said “Mr. Caldera, you purchased an empty box, and I have your thimble cub that you need!  The employee said “I have been looking all over for you on the floor; thank god you were wearing that “Hat”, I was able to locate you.  Wow, I was impressed.  “Missouri Star You Rule…

As I walked around the Tent area, I came to a very large crowd and to my surprise, it was “Eleanor Burns“ Wow, I approached her and asked if I could take a picture with her, and she said yes!  In addition, I noticed that there were more men walking around at this year show; there was one men walking around with a ball-cap saying “Duck-Tape Expert”, wow if I need something wrapped, I knew where to go.

Wow, wow, wow, Stop-the-Presses!  On Sunday as we walked towards to Missouri Star Booth, I stopped at another booth to speak to the vendor, my wife said “Come quickly NOW!!!, we walked to Missouri Star Booth only to see Jenny Doan in person.  She replied ‘Your Manny Caldera; my son total me about you and your hat when you came to my shop in 2017.  We spoke about her customer service and the incident that happen to me when I purchased the ceramic thimble cup.  I also asked her about the quilt that I sent to her to be quilted and Jenny replied that they do 1,000 quilts a month and they now have 20 longarm machine that function on two shifts.  I opened dialog with Jenny to come to our guild for two or three days of a workshop or a lectures, and she replied that she would be happy to come out and to please write to her.  She is currently booked out for two years.  I will approach our board members with this idea. 

Well, I must say before you attend guilt shows, make sure you call your bank and inform them that you’ll be make several purchases from vendors that are “Outside of California, so you will not get Locked-Out-of-Your Account, like I did.  I had to call my bank to un-lock my account.

For our February meeting, Linda has scheduled First Quilt, Last Quilt; a presentation from own membership and how they started there quilting journey.

We have filled all the positions in our guild as of Wednesday evening after the meeting.  I was approached by Regina Danner, and Susan Cribbs.  Regina also said to include Janet Shepard.  The three amigas, will be heading our Holiday Dinner this year.  Thank you for Stepping Up!

Closing Statement for the year: “Strong Teams, Strong Results… -Manny

President’s Message – January 2020

President’s Message – January 2020

Happy New Year’s Family!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Membership and Board Members for making 2019 an outstanding year for Wandering Foot Quilt Guild (WFQG) especially our outgoing Board Members Pam Nourse; President, Alison Dingeldein; 2 VP Workshops, Terry Simon; Treasurer, and Kim Greenfield; 3rd VP Funding Raising.  These were the members of our guild that I learned to bring guidance and excitement to our membership.

With a New Year brings new ideas and new board members to our organization and changes that will enhance over-all function by increase membership, participation, activities and stellar programs.

I remember our past President mentioning the bringing of January 2019, last year that participation was key to continue to flourish.  I notice that last year that our January meeting attendances was low.  To me, this was the most important meeting to attend because there are major announcements being made pertaining to Guest Speakers, The Challenge, UFO, coming back by popular-demand The Round-Robin, The wrap-up on the Winter Retreat, Update on the Spring Retreat and last the upcoming Yard Sale.

This year WFQG ventured to a new location for their winter retreat at Vina De Lestonnac Convent where 28 members participated in an outstanding setting with great food and accommodations.  On Thursday we had an opportunity to visit Between Stitches Quilt Shop prior to a wonderful dinner that same evening at Bailey’s; wow we had our own room and the service was off-the-chart.   I provided a list of other quilt shops in Temecula which allow our group to visit them and pickup additional items.  On Saturday evening there a major announcement made by our own Parliamentarian; Linda Emery that she completed her hand-quilt after five retreats, wow!  Great job Linda.  The rest of the weekend was going well until a group of individuals got stuck on the elevator for ten minutes!  Let’s see if I remember their names: Irma Caldera, Dora Patino, myself and another individual from another Guild.  And all because I did not listen to my wife to follow her, I decided to take the elevator.  Well after the other Guild member started to panic and pushing all the BUTTONs, I was able to open the door on the second floor.  On Saturday evening, Louise had a Show-End-Tell; with door prizes and a small statements on how we started our quilting journey.  On the way home there were several of us that stopped at two quilting shops that are open on Sundays: Bluebird Quilts & Gallery and Sew-N-Sew.

I would also like to thank Marilyn Brisendine; our Community-out-Reach Chair for their donation of blankets and to Kim Greenfield for her donation of Frozen Dolls for Operation Santa.  These items will continue to give warmth and similes to all the childrens.

Road-to-California is schedule for January 23-26, 2020 with workshops starting as early as Monday.  Please remember to register our Guild and see if we can win a prize this year.

Closing Statement for the year: “Strong Teams, Strong Results… -Manny

President’s Message – October 2019

President’s Message – October 2019

You’re probably familiar with the expression “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I have no idea whether this is literally true or not—our family had dogs when I was a kid, but it’s been a long time since I’ve lived with any. I can tell you that you can’t teach a cat of any age new tricks; they are completely unimpressed by any attempts to teach them anything. But I digress.

Metaphorically, the expression suggests that beyond a certain age we become set in our ways and unwilling to venture out of our ruts. I strenuously resist thinking of myself as “old,” but it’s true that I have been quilting for a little while (I started in 1989—you do the math!). My first quilting class was a local adult ed. offering, after which I took lots more classes at shows or in shops, trying to learn as many new techniques as I could. Sometimes when ideas didn’t stick, I’d take more classes on the same subject—please don’t ask how many color theory classes I’ve taken over the years! I’ve taken classes on curved piecing, improvisational piecing, yarn couching, beading, needle-turn applique, hand quilting, machine quilting, stippled quilt designs, feathered quilt designs… Sometimes it was the topic that interested me; sometimes it was the teacher. (Elsie Campbell! John Flynn! Gwen Marston!) Some of the techniques I used again; some I tried in class, shrugged, and moved on—but all were fun to learn.

But after a while, I wasn’t signing up for as many classes anymore. It seemed I had enough skills to do what I wanted to do, and the itch to learn new things wasn’t quite as strong as it used to be. I’d still look at the classes offered at shows, and local shops, but most often I decided to spend my show time looking at quilts and visiting vendors rather than sitting in a classroom. I was at risk of becoming an unteachable old dog.

So it was something of a surprise for me when, scrolling through a local shop’s e-newsletter last month, I found a class listing that piqued my interest. With the rise of Modern quilts, big-stitch quilting has become a popular style, and (as a dyed-in-the-wool traditional hand quilter) I had no idea how you went about doing that using the techniques I knew. But there, lo and behold, was a half-day big-stitch quilting class that promised to answer all my questions and resolve all my confusion! (It was also scheduled for one week after my birthday, so—birthday gift to myself…) I signed up, gathered my required supplies, and off I went. Sure enough, I learned what I had hoped to learn—and I also remembered how much fun it was to sit in a room with a dozen like-minded quilters and broaden our horizons and our vision together.

So here’s my challenge to you: no matter how long you’ve been at this quilting game, make a promise to learn something new this year! We have a few fun classes coming up in guild workshops, not to mention classes at our affiliate shops, and don’t forget Road to California will be here in January! There are also online classes and YouTube videos if you’re comfortable with technology, and there are still new things you can learn from books and magazines if you’re a Luddite like I am. Put an end to the lie that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. Old dogs everywhere will thank you. Now, if only we could figure out how to train the cats…

See you at the meeting,

Pam