We have donations of nice fabric, books, notions, patterns, kits, tops, blocks. Two separate donations, Carolyn Duth, a former member who is quite ill and Linda Batley, who had a shop in Door County. Bring your checkbooks, top notch merchandise. Anything that can be used by Special Projects has been given to them.
A quilters garage sale will be held on Saturday, June 20th, at the Table Top Gym in Mew Milford, 6935 11th St. We will be selling the Laurie Larson items that didn’t sell at the guild meeting. Lots of other quilt related items are for sale also.
Wow! You really came through at the Sew-In last month. Approximately 40 people completed 490 stockings. Our monthly sew-at-homers have returned 486 so far. The SFS (Stockings for Soldiers) mini-group prepared stocking parts for the sew-in, stocking kits for the sew-at-homers and, in addition, completed more than 100 stockings. A few individuals turned in other stockings, and we had some left over from last year. As more stockings are completed by the sew-at-homers, we will surely make our goal of 1500.
Our next step is to obtain more stocking stuffers. All items on the Soldiers’ Wish List are needed–especially razors, nutrition bars, individual packages of snacks, tooth brushes, tooth paste, and lip balm (click HERE for complete list). We also need front pages of used Christmas cards in time to write a message on them.
A big thank you to all who have helped with our stockings in any capacity. A special thanks goes to our SFS mini-group, and our sew-at-homers who have worked so faithfully every month.
Mark you calendars: We will be filling the stockings on Friday, November 14th at 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 15th at 8:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge #102, 6780 North Second Street, Loves Park.
Last fall, the American Quilter’s Society added Phoenix, AZ to their list of cities that would be hosting their quilt shows around the country. Charlotte, NC was also added to the list of Des Moines, IA, Lancaster, PA, Grand Rapids, MI, Chattanooga, TN and of course Paducah, KY. It was planned for February 5 – 8, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix. So I got to thinking, maybe I could fly out of the Rockford (RFD) airport to Mesa and go to the show. I had never been to Arizona before and the time of year was right for a break from our winter weather. And why not invite my quilting friends to come along!! I got on the phone with the RFD airport and Allegiant Airlines, who flies several days a week to Mesa from RFD. I asked about the possibility of adding a flight Feb. 5th since they were planning to start Wednesday service on Feb. 12th. Word went out by email and word of mouth to determine if there was enough interest to sell seats to quilters interested in attending the show. I received 75 responses and Allegiant agreed to add the Feb. 5th flight and start their Wed. service a week early. Tickets went on sale late in the fall.
On Feb. 5th, after a snowfall the night before, we boarded a plane bound for sunny AZ leaving our winter coats at home. The MD-80 was full and 23 of us were quilters. We landed in Mesa, took a shuttle to the light rail station in Phoenix that dropped us off a block from our hotels. The light rail system is what everyone uses to get around downtown. It drops you off near hotels, restaurants, museums and at the corner of the convention center. An all day pass costs $4. Everyone had different agendas while there and had made their own plans. Some visited family and friends on the days after the show, some toured museums, and some flew to other western cities before returning to Rockford.
Our guild was well represented at the show with entries from Karen Grover, Phyllis Campbell, Susan Halversen, and Karla Nitz. Phyllis’ Route 66 wall hanging, The Luna Cafe, was featured in the show program describing the special exhibit. She was so excited!!
The weather there was wonderful!!! Sunny, temps in the 70’s, flowers in bloom, grass and trees were green. I even saw a few cactus!! Be sure to ask those of us that went how much fun we had.
Because the Super Bowl is scheduled to be played next year in Phoenix the same weekend as the show, it will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2015. I have already been in contact with RFD, AQS and Allegiant Airlines to get together a travel package to return to Phoenix for the show in 2016. I definitely want to return to Phoenix and hope you will come with me in 2016.
~ Judy Mullen
Karen Grover has won first place in the National Quilt Museum’s “New Quilts from an Old Favorite – Baskets” contest. She will be receiving her award at the AQS awards banquet in Paducah, her quilt will be featured on the cover of the book that shows all the winning entries and she will be signing copies of the book at the museum on Friday morning of quilt week.
Huge congratulations to Karen for a spectacular quilt!
Click HERE to see Karen’s quilt and the 2nd-5th place finishers.
Coverage of our Airport presentation and display made the local news! Click the links below.
Rockford Register Star (article)
Rockford Register Star (more pictures)
WREX (click on “Airport Quilt” above the photo to watch the video from last night’s newscast)
The Parks Outlook (scroll down the page for the article)
Robin Gausebeck and Claudia Hauch are featured in the Rockford Register Star GO section today. Robin’s quilt, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Nouveau” is being shown at the National Quilt Museum through June 15th and will travel through the end of 2011. Claudia’s quilt, “Floral Challenge” is a semifinalist for the 2010 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah. Congratulations to both!
Click HERE to read the full article.