Saturday, August 11, 2018

August Guild Meeting

Monday, August 13
Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Location:
Westside Baptist Church in the Family Life Building (behind the church)

10000 W. Newberry Rd. Gainesville
2.56 miles west of The Oaks Mall

August’s program — Quilt as You Go
Joining Quilt As You Go (QAYG) Blocks -- Learn what kind of quilt block designs easily lend themselves to QAYG, can be converted to QAYG, or are not candidates for QAYG. Several methods on joining QAYG blocks will be shown, including Georgia Bonesteel's Lap Quilting and Betty Cotton's The Cotton Theory Method. There will be samples to see and a tip and reference sheet to take home. If you want, bring some sample quilt blocks to see how they might be used as QAYG. Bring your QAYG projects you have completed to share with others.

President's Message:
Last month all I heard was the dreaded...Christmas in July. Yes, it is coming and that means that I have to get busy working on Christmas purses and makeup bags, a wedding quilt for a dear friend in Lakeland, a baby quilt for my Chinese language partner, plus all those people in need and a quilt for the show. I know I am not the only one who has a buffet list..... better get those needles flying.

We have two opportunities to accomplish some of this work with the 9/22 
Charity event and the Fall Retreat 11/2-11/3. I am looking to schedule something in early December for a workshop featuring quick and easy last-minute Christmas Gifts. If you have a favorite go to gift, bring it to show and tell and share.

And don't forget to bring your brown bag challenge.... three fat quarters, with a note of your likes/hobbies in some form of a bag. You will get yours back in December at our Christmas Party.
Remember to sew Happy Quilts.

Leesa Lloyd

Fall Retreat 
A fall retreat , organized by Jean Genton will be held November 2 and 3 from 9am to 8pm.  Cost for one day is $20 and for 2 days is $40. Your registration must be received by October 24th.


Charity Quilting
Charity sewing will be at Millhopper Library (new location) from 10 to 2 on Monday, August 27.  There will also be a charity sewing event on Saturday, September 22 ath the Millhopper Library from 10 to 2. Bring your machine and a pot luck item to share.

Call for hearts!!!! DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HOSPITAL NEEDS 600 A MONTH? There are 100 new babies that need these little flannel treasures to provide the comfort of momma in the neonatal unit at Shands. We have flannel to give, we just need you to make them. Please give an hour a month to make them.

Brown Bag Challenge
Do you have fabric that you bought and don't know what to do with it? Want to be inspired by a new pattern or design? Are you lazy and want someone else to Make something for you?

Gather three fat quarter that go together...put a note with your name and three things that you like to do for fun (besides quilting) Put everything in a bag. You give a bag you get a bag...
You will have three months to make something small (no larger than 30 x 30). It can be a mug rug, a table runner, a bag, a water bottle holder...Once you give up the bag, you give up control. We ex-change in August...you have September, October and November to work on it. In December, you will get a fun Christmas gift from your Tree City Santa. It will be fun to see if you can recognize your fabric or if you remember :)


UFO Challenge
Bring a UFO that you plan to finish this year. If you bring it finished by the end of the year you will get a prize. We will present them at show and tell. It is up to
you if you want to tell the date when you started it.

Quilt Show Notices
The quilt show needs your help and your quilts!!!
Our show will be led by
Gwen Lombard who needs help with Admissions, White Gloves, Nametags, Pro-grams, Scavenger Hunts, Viewer's Choice, Basket Raffle, Scheduling, Inside Sign-age, Hospitality, Inside Decor
Leesa Lloyd who needs help with Judging, Quilt Pickup, Registration, Awards/Ribbons, VIP Event, Youth Exhibit, VA Display
Anne Mullins who needs help with Show Setup/Take down, Staging, Security, Outside Signage, Vendors, Quilt Shop/Show Distribution, Opportunity Quilt
Elena Frasier from Strategic Gator will be handling our advertising since we have spe-cific guidelines for the grant.
Think what you want to do....get those needles sewing for beautiful quilts...contact a chairman.
We are forming committees...Gwen, Leesa and Anne will be chairman so don't be shy. We need knowledgeable veterans as well as fresh ideas.

A judge has been secured. You can check out NQA Certified Judge, Molly Waddell from Port Orange on her website www.mollywaddell.com

Please donate items for the donation baskets for the quilt show. Now is the time to clean out your sewing rooms for all the books, Fabric, notions, patterns and containers to help make our show successful and profitable. Please remember to be thoughtful and include items that you would like to receive. Please bring donation items to the meeting.

PLEASE make a patriotic lap quilt, wheel chair bag or walker bag for a mini display at the quilt show that shows our support to the Gainesville VA. We will have an extra View-er's Choice award just for this mini display. There will be some charity workshop op-portunities throughout the year for participation. We will donate everything to the VA after the show. Please contact Pamela Howell Greene or Leesa Lloyd if you have questions.

Reminders:
Name Tag
Show and Tell
Pot Luck Dish
Secret Pal gift
NICU hearts

Friday, July 6, 2018

July Guild Meeting

Monday, July 9
Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Location:
Westside Baptist Church in the Family Life Building (behind the church)

10000 W. Newberry Rd. Gainesville
2.56 miles west of The Oaks Mall

July’s program — Resizing Quilt Blocks
Have you ever needed to resize a quilt block? For example, have you wanted to convert a 12-inch finished block to a 15-inch finished block, or a 12-inch finished block to an 8-inch finished block? Have you ever thought about enlarging a 12-inch finished block into a 48-inch finished block for a cute baby quilt? There is actually a very easy way to do this. It involves a simple mathematical formula. Don’t let the math scare you away. There will be a short demonstration with a take-home handout for the formulas and examples on how to use them along with references.  Bring a copy of your favorite quilt block design, paper, pencil and a calculator and we will have a demonstration followed by a hands-on exercise on how to convert your own quilt block into different sizes. See you in July.

President's Message:
It has been Hot...Hot...Hot this summer so I have decided to do what Linda does and make Summer my Sew (Snow) Days by finishing up some UFO's and working on some wool applique. There are a lot of free sew-alongs out there between Moda, Pat Sloan and Primitive Gatherings on the internet. Plus Gwen and Mary have lots of flannel and kits for those in need.

Another thing you could do this summer is to organize your sewing space. Who knows what treasures you will find to work on, add to a project or donate to raffle baskets for the quilt show. I will bring a donation tub to every meeting for donations for baskets. There are a lot of opportunities to beat the  heat... between charity quilting, guild meeting or Jean Genton's free Dresden Class I hope to see you there.

Leesa Lloyd

Charity quilting is taking a break in July. Gwen and Mary will not be at the July meet-ing so please keep your quilts until Aug. Bring your hearts for Kathy Rapecki. Charity Monday will not meet in July. Regular activities will resume in Au-gust.

Brown Bag Challenge
Do you have fabric that you bought and don't know what to do with it? Want to be inspired by a new pattern or design? Are you lazy and want someone else to Make something for you?
Gather three fat quarter that go together...put a note with your name and three things that you like to do for fun (besides quilting) Put everything in a bag. You give a bag you get a bag...

You will have three months to make something small (no larger than 30 x 30). It can be a mug rug, a table runner, a bag, a water bottle holder...Once you give up the bag, you give up control. We ex-change in August...you have September, October and November to work on it. In December, you will get a fun Christmas gift from your Tree City Santa. It will be fun to see if you can recognize your fabric or if you remember :)

UFO Challenge
Bring a UFO that you plan to finish this year. If you bring it finished by the end of the year you will get a prize. We will present them at show and tell. It is up to
you if you want to tell the date when you started it.

Workshop August 4 (Saturday)

A potluck dish gets you a free class. Come spend Saturday 8/4 at Grace Baptist church and make a pretty Garden Quilt. Jean Genton will be teaching this fun Applique Dresden plate. Think about Daisies... Sunflowers... any color that makes you happy. 9 am-4 pm

Patriotic Quilts for Quilt Show
PLEASE make a patriotic lap quilt, wheel chair bag or walker bag for a mini display at the quilt show that shows our support to the Gainesville VA. We will have an extra View-er's Choice award just for this mini display. There will be some charity workshop op-portunities throughout the year for participation. We will donate everything to the VA after the show. Please contact Pamela Howell Greene or Leesa Lloyd if you have ques-tions.

Quilt Show Needs You
The quilt show needs your help and your quilts!!!
Our show will be led by
 Gwen Lombard who needs help with Admissions, White Gloves, Nametags, Pro-grams, Scavenger Hunts, Viewer's Choice, Basket Raffle, Scheduling, Inside Sign-age, Hospitality, Inside Decor
 Leesa Lloyd who needs help with Judging, Quilt Pickup, Registration, Awards/Ribbons, VIP Event, Youth Exhibit, VA Display
 Anne Mullins who needs help with Show Setup/Take down, Staging, Security, Outside Signage, Vendors, Quilt Shop/Show Distribution, Opportunity Quilt
 A judge has been secured. You can check out NQA Certified Judge, Molly Waddell from Port Orange on her website www.mollywaddell.com
 Elena Frasier from Strategic Gator will be handling our advertising since we have spe-cific guidelines for the grant.
Think what you want to do....get those needles sewing for beautiful quilts...contact a chairman.
We are forming committees...Gwen, Leesa and Anne will be chairman so don't be shy. We need knowledgeable veterans as well as fresh ideas.

Quilt Show Grant
We got the tourism grant of $7,400 for the quilt show!!! Helen needs a huge guild THANK YOU for all the hard work she did over the year to get it for us. This grant will help us advertise effectively and allow Tree City to showcase a beautiful show in Alachua County.

The Winter Stars Bay Area Shop Hop
The Winter Stars Bay Area Shop Hop is July 2nd to 31st!
Enjoy this summer's theme, Metallics!
10 Local Shops are Participating!
More information is at http://bayareashophop.com/wordpress/

Reminders:
Name Tag
Show and Tell
Pot Luck Dish
Secret Pal gift
NICU hearts

Friday, June 15, 2018

Programs Survey


Lynne Meyer, our new Vice President, has a created a survey to seek members' ideas for programs. 

Please go the following link and complete a brief survey,

Programs Survey

Your input is important.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Little Dresses for Africa

Dear Tree City Guild Members,

The Little Dresses for Africa project is going strong under the leadership of Jeannine Cawthon. I hope that you will continue to give me fabric (they love florals, but remember nothing with animals depicted), trims, and thread that I can pass on to Jeannine.

Thanks, Sandy Pozzetta

sandypozzetta@cox.net

Report from Jeannine Cawthon:

Little Dresses for Africa
Since July 2014 we've sent out 2,980 dresses. Another 300+ are waiting in my living room to be sent on future trips. Nearly all of these dresses have gone with various church groups on mission trips so there has been very little postage paid. We have sent them to the following countries: South Africa, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, Congo, Puerto Rico. Also, dresses have been taken on several trips to Appalachia.

Most of the dresses were made with donated fabric, including a couple of quilting connections. We have bought almost all of the trim and thread ourselves. If we had had to purchase all of the fabric it would cost about $10.00 per dress so we are very thankful to have received so much fabric from
generous benefactors. Not until recent times have we had to buy any fabric.
The fabric that we can't use we donate to other places. In the last year or so we've been working with the Days for Girls group and have shared fabric with them and they have shared some of theirs with us. Nothing is wasted

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Basket Quilt Exhibit

The Florida Quilt Museum is hosting Baskets! A Study of Nineteenth Century Basket Quilts, the traveling exhibit of the American Quilt Study Group's Biennial Challenge from 2016.  The exhibit, featuring 25 quilts, will hang in the History Room of the Florida Quilt Museum through the end of May 2018.  The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admissions is free, with donations accepted.

For more information, click here.

Celebrate 40 Years of Eleanor Burns

Eleanor Burns sister, Patricia Knoechel, will lead the book tour and demonstrations which will take place at The Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton Florida on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m.; A $10 donation to The Florida Quilt Museum is requested to attend.  RSVP to 352-462-2842. Seating is limited.

For further information, click here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring 2018 Retreat

Come spend a blissful two days sewing with friends April 27th and 28th at 

Grace Baptist Church
7100 NW 39th Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

This is a great opportunity to have some quality time with your sewing machine, finish or start a project, and make some new quilt buddies. 

Sandy and Valerie will each teach us a new technique with a make-it take-it mini class.

Lunch and dinner will be provided each day, and we will have an Ice Cream Social Saturday afternoon.  Doors open at 8:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed for setting up the meals and cleaning up afterwards, and for set up and take down in the retreat room. It would be helpful if some of you could bring extra extension cords and/or power strips.  I will bring a portable design wall. 


The cost for guild members is only $40 to cover meals. It's not too late to get your registrations in.  We will discuss more at the April meeting.



If you need more information, please email Jean Genton at jeangenton@gmail.com.

Quilt On,
Jean Genton