Monday, December 31, 2012

Good Bye 2012, Hello 2013!

2012 has been a wildly fun year, and I'm so happy to have served as your President! It made me overcome my fear of speaking in front of people, helped me be more organized, and it helped me grow in my creative pursuits. Thank you for all of your support, encouragement and involvement in our modern quilt guild family! I look forward to serving under Christy as our guild's secretary/media officer, and watching our modern family grow even more!

There's a lot going on, so a few reminders are in order. At the January meeting on Saturday, the 19th, we will be sharing our inspiration/goal boards for 2013. If you aren't sure how to make one, here is the one I made for 2012. 

Use a half sheet of poster board, larger if you want. Make it a size that will make it easy to put up in your sewing room/area that so you can be inspired by it. You can paste on pictures of quilts or projects you want to make, list your sewing and quilting goals, include inspirational quotes, swatches of fabrics, etc. Make it personal. If you made a goal board for 2012, you can use the back of it, or you can simply update it. Share it with the group at the January meeting so that we can encourage each other to achieve some of these goals in the new year! 

How's everyone coming with the Madrona Road challenge? The rules are simple. You may only use fabrics from the Madrona Road collection (any colorway), and you may add any brand of solids you choose. Make any project you desire. Please upload pictures of your projects, in progress or completed, to the challenge Flickr page. Here's the link:
We will be revealing our projects at our February meeting. 

We all love Show 'n Tell time at our meetings! If you bring something to show, it should be a project you are working on, have made, or an item you've received while participating in a modern bee or swap. The Board will be working on a program schedule for the coming year, and we will consider scheduling a specific program for sharing those vintage quilts you've "inherited" from others. 

If you haven't yet made something modern, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a try! Start with a mug rug, table runner, or a baby quilt. It's all about challenging yourself. Go for it!

I want to thank our local quilt shops, Bolts to Binding and Strawberry Patches, for being so supportive to our group. The owners and staff are so accommodating, allowing us to hold our meetings and sew-ins at their shops! If there's a particular fabric line we are interested in, solid color that we need, or notions that we'd like to have, they are great about trying to order them. To Suzanne Zingg and Jerri Cooper-Meyer, and everyone who works at their shops, we are sincerely thankful! 

If you don't already know, we have a new Board for 2013. They are:

Christy Hall - President
Laura Haywood - Vice President
Lynn Douglass - Secretary/Media Coordinator
Pam Gavin - Program Chair
Nicci Pannell - Philanthropic Chair
Holley Arbeit - Assistant to Nicci

It is said that the way you spend the first day of the year, is how you will spend the rest of the year. I plan to sew! What are your plans?

Happy New Year!


President for a few more hours. ;-)

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