We enjoyed our first Guild sponsored class in quite some time on February 10 at the new temporary location of the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center located at Neptune House in Jarboe Park. Landscape quilting was taught by JB McCrary, assisted by Janet Sebastian. It was a great day of camaraderie and fun. Here are some of the quilters in progress. We will be sharing those quilts at our upcoming monthly meeting on March 6.
In January 2022 we started our ‘year of color’ with a program from Pat Sena all about color. Starting in February we had 18 members participate in the color exchange, trading 5″ squares in each of five colors. In January we shared the quilts that were created using those colors. Everyone did a wonder ful job coming up with some creative quilts/ projects
Starting the new year is like a fresh beginning. It’s a good time to set new goals, try new things, learn something we’ve always wanted to try. I am looking forward to serving the Guild members as President again in 2023 and I am fortunate to have a great Board to help us set and make plans for some fun goals for or Guild. In the next few weeks, we will be asking for your input about what kinds of techniques, programs, and fun activities you would like to see this year. Please share your thoughts so we can work together to have our meetings fun and informative.
We will be sharing our Guild’s annual report at the January 9 meeting and we will also enjoy seeing those quilt projects from the color challenge.
Now that Labor Day has passed by, we begin to turn our thoughts to Autumn and sewing for the holidays. It seems too early to have Christmas decorations in the stores starting in July but we quilters and crafters know that we need our supplies early to get moving on our Fall and holiday projects. Now that my quilting is done for QuiltFest, I am looking forward to starting on some Fall themed sewing.
Speaking of QuiltFest, it is coming right up September 15-17 at the Prime Osborne. This year’s show is shaping up to be a fun filled opportunity to get inspiration from all the quilts on exhibit and to replenish our stashes (or collections) from the vendor booths. Many thanks to our Coastal members who have been working very hard and long hours to make this show a success. And thank you all who have signed up to work at the show and/or Guild table sharing your enthusiasm for our craft. There are likely still opportunities to work so if you have not already, please sign in to the QuiltFest web site https://quiltfestjax.com to select a job and see Karen Bradley for our Guild table to sign up for a shift or two!
See you on Monday at our monthly meeting. You can find program information in this newsletter. It should be fun!
Welcome to the dog days of Summer. My childhood Summers were filled with fun adventures outside. I grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania and we enjoyed exploring the woods, riding our bikes around town, and swimming in the pond but those activities eventually evolved to going to movies and Friday night dances at the Ross library basement! I didn’t start sewing until I moved to Florida the Summer I turned 16. When I had my eye on a cute dress that I found in a magazine someone commented ‘why don’t you just make it? You know all southern girls sew.’ Well, that prompted my request for a sewing machine for my birthday and I started making a few clothes for school.
I started quilting after I retired about ten years ago. I attended QuiltFest and was so inspired by all the glorious quilts on display that I was motivated to buy a better machine for my birthday (actually selling a little gold jewelry) and have been enjoying quilting ever since! So, I blame or credit QuiltFest for starting me along my quilted path. I started volunteering the next year as a ‘white glove’ hostess and appreciated being allowed to touch the quilts!
I hope QuiltFest is an inspiration for you as well. I noticed when I signed up, there are still lots of openings for volunteers so please be sure to pick your favorite areas to work and sign up as a volunteer. And don’t forget the Guild will have a table at QuiltFest to share information about our Guild. Karen Bradley will be signing up members to work shifts for all three days of the event. Pick a time and share what you love about being part of a quilt guild.
Enjoy the rest of your Summer and keep on quilting.