Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Recap of 11/09/12 Meeting

Once again, we had an active, bustling meeting.  Do you remember that Binding Blitz from last month?  Well, due to some extremely hard work by our leader, Pat, lots of quilts were quilted and ready to be bound.  So, this meeting’s focus was getting those bindings we made last month onto a whole bunch of quilts.  Pat brought in seven (count ‘em, seven …) quilts that she quilted up this past week!  What a woman!

First the bindings were machine sewn on:

Sewing borders after the machine binding was done!
And then the hand-sewing took place to finish the quilts off nicely:

 Pat also brought back three finished quilts, so she will soon be making another delivery to the Poly-Trauma Unit of the James A Haley VA Hospital in Tampa with 10 quilts and their pillowcase presentation packages.  We hope it will be a comfort to the service personnel to receive a Quilt of Valor if they have to be in the hospital over the holidays.  Here’s our group photo in front of the Crafty Threads Quilt Shop with lots of the quilts:
This month, we had a special guest join us all the way from South Carolina.  Anne helps with the Quilts of Valor Regional effort up there and while she was visiting in Tampa, she stopped by to see what the CT Quilters were up to.  She gave us lots of tips that will help our group grow and maybe even get funding.  We had a very nice visit.  Thanks for stopping in to see us, Anne!
Anne (L) with our leader, Pat (R),
with a finished quilt and pillowcase
And our own CT Quilter, Maria, was able to join us again this month along with her friend, Linda.  Maria and Linda are also members of the Cashiers Quilt Guild in North Carolina.  That group was instrumental in making, gathering and delivering quilts recently to Landstuhl, Germany.  Watch here for a blog post later about that very special project – it was quite a feat to get those quilts where they needed to go!
Linda (L) and Maria (R) sewing on bindings
And we were in dire need of more labels, when out of the blue, a friend of Linda’s arrived with a whole panel of labels to donate!  What a treasure – thank you so much!
And, of course, we can’t close this post without a mention of the food.  We had lots of tasty pastries to go with our sack lunches.  Thank you, Jadene and Pat for the goodies.

Some of our members had schedule conflicts this month and we want you to know that you were missed!  Next month’s meeting will be on Friday, December 14th.  We will be having a potluck lunch ...  More on that later … Save the Date!

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