Hello Quilters

It feels like February since it’s snowing this morning while I’m writing this letter. On the upside, Lydia Lander noted that her Witch Hazel was starting to bloom, and that’s one of the earliest signs of spring! By mid-March we should have some daffodils in bloom and maybe some forsythia. Hang on, spring is around the corner. In the meantime, enjoy these winter days, when staying inside and sewing seems like the perfect thing to do.

Who made a new connection at last month’s meeting? You just never know what you are going to learn about one of our fellow guild members. I love what you can learn about people. That reminds me of how unique we all are. For instance, in speaking with a new member I found out that when she taught at the Blind School here in Indianapolis, she taught her students to quilt. She was even brave enough to have them use a rotary cutter! So she has set a new bar for those among us who feel we have challenges when quilting. Also, during a committee meeting I attended this month, we were discussing how we wanted to keep track of our donated items. Lo and behold, I found out that one of our members is so data oriented that she keeps a spreadsheet of the Dancing With The Stars results from each week! Don’t you just love that? Anyway, I encourage you to get to know another member a little better. Maybe one of the ice-breaker questions will be just what you need to start up a conversation with a soon-to-be-new friend.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for a committee at last month’s meeting. If you didn’t get a chance to do that, check the yellow handout or our website for the list of committees and the contacts. There is a lot of fun to be had by hanging out with a group of Mudsockers.

Were you as inspired as I was by the work of the Nurse-Family Partnership aka Tummy Time charity that we heard from at last month’s meeting? Lois LeVine arranged for two ladies from this new charity partner of ours to speak. The breadth of the services they provide as well as the positive impact they make on young mothers and babies was quite impressive. We will call this charity Tummy Time, but it’s so much more than that. Their visiting nurses begin prenatal care at around nine weeks and stay connected, if the mothers choose to, until the child is five years old. They can use baby quilts or any other baby items we can provide. It melts my heart to think of our beautiful creations on the floor of some apartment as a young mother bonds with her baby. Thank you to Lois LeVine for bringing us this worthwhile charity partner. We will hear from the Linus Foundation at our February meeting.

We are planning a Quilters Day Out for Friday, February 28th. Those who are interested in going and want to carpool should meet at the Super Target parking lot at 116th and I-69 and park on the end closest to the Mc Donald’s. We will leave the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and drive to Quilts Plus in Lebanon. We can have lunch in Lebanon and then head over to Brownsburg to check out Not Your Average Quilter. We’ll get a count of how many are interested in going at the February meeting, so we can give a heads up to both shops.

How are those 2020 goals coming along? I was hoping that January would be the month during which I would get my sewing room organized and also develop a new-found focus that would allow me to work on one project at a time. Perhaps that was too lofty a goal for January? 

Happy sewing!


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