Country Quilters Guild Newsletter

2017 - 2018 Officers

President - Shirley Seifert
Vice-President - Cyndi Beres
Secretary - Carol Maltais
Treasurer - Karen Grace

President’s Message January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is filled with time for Quilting, Sewing, being creative & healthy while filling your year with good friends, wonderful memories with lots of love & laughter!

 We ended 2017 with an awesome meeting in December.  Thank you one and all for bringing such delicious goodies to share at our Pot Luck Dinner. Congratulations to all our winners of raffle  prizes, poinsettia plants & evergreen swags.  Many thanks to Erika, Mary & Jill for providing such festive tablecloths, decorations & paper goods.

 Maureen Larsen’s presentation of all that is possible to add to our website was exciting and very informative. Be sure to supply Maureen with updated forms, information & pictures you want her to add to website.

 I am looking forward to January’s meeting which is our Chinese Auction.  This is a great opportunity to clean out and organize your sewing space.  Come early to set up items that you wish to donate to the auction.  You will earn tickets by either donating items or purchasing them.

Looking ahead:

 –       February 14th  regular meeting We will be playing strip poker.  Be sure to bring 10 2 ½ ” strips of quality fabric. (yes, we’re aware it’s Valentine’s day, no the strips do not need to be matching nor specific colors)

 -        February  18th, 2PM Quilt Show Meeting at the Walker Valley School House

 - March and April’s meetings we’ll be assembling Activity lap quilts for Alzheimer’s patients. Please bring 24” x 24” lap quilts.  Many articles I’ve seen encourage using at least 2 different texture squares of fabric sewn together to form the top.  They suggest corduroy, denim, flannel, felt, burlap and cotton material.  Remember they need to be washable materials. We will attach sensory items such as textures, button holes with large buttons, ribbons to tie, working zippers and pockets, Velcro/hook and loops, fringe, rope to braid, etc..  Look on Pinterest or Google under fidget blankets & busy quilts for Alzheimer patients. 


We will be collecting the following items at each meeting that  we’ll attach to the busy quilts: Large buttons, working zippers, Velcro, covered elastic hair bands, ribbon in different widths, textures and finishes, empty spools of thread, etc.

 –       May’s meeting will be held on the 18th.  Jeannie Campbell will do a lecture on Intro to machine quilting.  This lecture gives a well rounded look at Machine Quilting, including sewing machine set-up, batting suggestions, tools, & techniques. (** Jeanie needs a place to stay so we don’t have a hotel bill. Please let Cyndi know if you could open your home & host a one night stay for Jeannie)

 –       May 19th  Machine Quilting workshop at Walker Valley School house.  10 AM – 4 PM The cost is $40. for Guild Members, $45. for guests.  Space is limited to 18 sew sign up early.                          

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week.                                                                                           



January 10, 2018 Meeting Agenda

Purchase raffle & auction tickets, auction set up


Secretary’s Report

Treasure’s Report

Announce Silver Thimble Award recipient if they are present

Brief Quilt Show update with explanation of some jobs needing to be filled

Show & explanation of busy quilts for Alzheimer patients

Put auction tickets in cups near auction item during


Raffle & Auction drawings

Show & Tell

General Information

January’s meeting will be our Chinese Auction

February’s meeting we will be playing strip poker.  Bring 10 2 ½ inch strips of fabric.


Note: Those on monthly refreshments are responsible to come early to set up & start the coffee. You will be required to clean up also. Coffee and paper goods will be supplied and restocked by Sandy McKeon. Sandy McKeon will no longer be providing ½ & ½ for coffee.  That responsibility will once again need to be provided by our monthly refreshment people.  Please let Shirley know if we are low on supplies such as plates, cups, napkins, forks, spoons etc… Thank you all for providing this service to enhance our meetings.