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Goderich Quilter's Guild
Cutting Edge Newsletter
Next meeting is Monday, November 12th, 1 pm. 


TEAMWORK -There is nothing quite like it! It was like a busy ant hill at the Museum on Friday morning as so many members pitched in to sort, hang, display etc. to show off our wares to their best advantage. The Train Room, which we had considered a poor alternative, turned out to be a better choice as many of our customers commented that they preferred it - a silk purse out of a sow's ear!

There wasn't the traffic we had hoped for but several large quilts did sell late Saturday afternoon. Sunday was very quiet - we had hoped some shoppers from Saturday might return to make purchases but that didn't seem to happen as it did last year. And the take-down crew worked with amazing speed and efficiency and we were all out shortly after 4 pm.

Final sales numbers won't be known until our November meeting but a HUGE thank you to Betty and her Committee and to everyone who provided items for sale and/or volunteered at the Show. We couldn't have done it without every one of you!

See you next week!
Monica and Barb

AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  Teresa Jantzi, a professional long arm quilter from Clinton, ON. - TJ Custom Quilting, will talk to us about making "Quilt Hugs". These are like a quilted shawl- great for nursing home/hospital patients or just to cuddle in and read a book on a snowy day. She will bring a few finished samples and also some in different stages of development to help us to understand the process.

MORNING WORKSHOP - 9 am:  Linda Soldan, our guest speaker at the September meeting, will be here to inform members how to sew reusable sanitary napkins, includes pads and shields, for young girls in South Africa. Bring your flannel fabrics along with some cotton material. Please remember No animal or bug prints. The Guild will provide the waterproof shield fabric. Linda will also instruct us on making cotton drawstring bags that will hold the following contents: 2 shields, 8 pads, 2 pairs of underwear, 2 large safety pins, 1 medium zip lock bag, 1 wash cloth and 1 bar of soap.

NOTES FROM OCTOBER 1st, 2018 MEETING: Barb Hainsworth called the meeting to order and welcomed three new members, Lisa Niglas, Sabine Behnk, and Peggy Allin. Monica Mason read a thank you note that she received from Donna Debling regarding members' donation of fabric that was used to make "Hope Totes". These bags containing personal hygiene items, have been distributed annually to women in need, especially those in Women's Shelters. When Donna took on this task, she committed to making an eight year supply, 2400 bags. To date, there have been up to 4,000 totes made and she is still going strong since material is coming in steadily.

MEMBERSHIP: Thirty three members attended today's meeting of which three women were new to the Guild. It is great to see new faces and hope that they enjoy their experiences with us.

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Anne Elliott emailed the current financial report to members prior to the meeting and solicited comments from the membership.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Anita Sobens was our wonderful guest speaker today who brought with her a variety of beautiful threads from her shop, Cotton Mill Threadworks. She spoke about how to use threads in different projects, how to set up your machine for a variety of thread weights, and the proper needles to use. With the wide variety of threads produced today, a better understanding of how to pair off your sewing machine needle to your thread is necessary. For example, different thicknesses of threads and fibre contents can require different needles. Anita provided examples of good choices, e.g. 100 wt silk or 60 wt polyester applique or using a lt wt thread, e.g. Bottom Line, in the bobbin for piecing. She then displayed several of her quilts, a sampling of the differences that threads, needles and decorative stitches will do.

UPDATE: The thread workshop hosted by Anita on Tuesday was a big success. There were 20 participants in attendance and it appears as though everyone went home feeling inspired and motivated to be creative in their future quilting endeavours.

SHOW AND TELL:  What a variety of beautiful items. It must be the upcoming quilt show and sale that has spurred members on! Plus, of course, the Christmas gifts for family members that some of us have been fired up to complete before that deadline arrives.

LIBRARY:  Liz Wulf commented on the sale of Guild's Library books last month. She reported that it generated $68.00, but stated that her goal was $100.00 in order to update our library with new current publications. Liz informed members that the books and magazine were being offered again today.

QUILT OF THE MONTH:  Judy MacMillan chose the pattern "No Cream Please" as this month's quilt of the month. It is a 54" x 66" quilt. Bev Van Ninhuys and Joan Merner brought their quilts so that members could see how great this pattern looks. How beautiful is this? Judy will send out scraps you can use up.......JUST GO FOR IT!!!!!

OUTREACH: Marie Webster thanked members for remembering to record their donations to outreach by putting the required information on a note and pinning it to the Quilt. This has made her job of recording much easier. She also reminded us once again that labels are available, just ask her for them or pick them up at the Lakeshore United Church.

DOOR PRIZE AND 50-50:  There were two door prizes this month. Our guest speaker, Anita Sobens, very generously donated a lovely prize which was won by Monica Mason. Eleanor Smith won our monthly door prize and Anne Elliot was the lucky winner of the 50-50 draw.

CARE QUILT BLOCK:  Marg Fouts announced that there will not be a care quilt block patern given out this month as members are busily preparing their quilted items for our upcoming Quilt Show and Sale in November.

PROGRAMMING:  Janet MacDonald reported on the program that she had scheduled for the November meeting (as above) and reminded everyone that the December meeting is to be a Christmas catered meal by the Legion Ladies at a of $17.00 and it would start at NOON. the menu is similar to last, a full meal with all the trimmings! If you signed up at the October meeting or if you want your name added, please remember to bring your money to the November meeting. Diane Sutton will be bringing a list of those who have already paid. Any questions, please call Diane or Pat Hook.

For the December meeting, Janet asked that members make a mug rug of choice, if interested in participating. At this meeting, these will be collected at entrance and put in a shopping bag. Then after we have eaten, the bag will be passed around and each person who put one in can draw one out - no theme, no rules, just for fun!!!

OTHER:  Bev Van Ninhys displayed the bed runner that members volunteered to complete for Marg Brand, one of our founding members. This was a piece that was important to her to have it finished and given her daughter. the top had been completed by members and shown to Marg before her passing. Bev arranged to have it quilted and will see to it that her daughter, Marie, receives it. This was a complicated paper-piece pattern, but under the guidance of Betty Thomasson and Cinda Jerry, it was achievable. Great work everyone.........we did good!!