March President’s Letter

Hello Quilters,

It’s snowing while I write this, as it was while I was writing last month’s letter.  A snowy day seems to provide a calming effect that helps me collect my thoughts enough to write to all of you. 

February seemed like a busy month, with the meeting, the afternoon workshop with Connie Lancaster, the Meet & Greet at Diane Lockman’s house, the Bricks quilt skill share session with Sandy Metzger, and the Quilters Day Out. Thank you to everyone who helped with the planning and execution of these events. I think all of that activity helped pass what otherwise was a very dreary month.

March, in addition to bringing us our first days of spring, will provide us with opportunities to connect while attending at least two different quilt shows. Grab a buddy and head to the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington on March 6–8. It’s a short drive and well worth the trip. We’ll have another quilt show to attend in Fort Wayne on March 20–21. The Appleseed Quilt Guild’s show is the only show in Indiana hosting any of the Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge Quilt exhibit. There will be 75 small wall quilts on display, each of them with the same pallet of Cherrywood fabrics. How fun it will be to see each quilter’s interpretation of Bob Ross’ artistry! Next year the challenge is Princess Diana.

Speaking of quilt shows, I was so inspired by the quilts that were exhibited at QuiltCon in Austin, TX! Perhaps having a better understanding of the elements of modern quilts, thanks to our February program, helped me see these works of art with a fresh perspective. I attended a lecture by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who encouraged everyone to spend 15 minutes a day in their sewing rooms. She said that having at least that amount of time there each day keeps her focused on her projects—of which she might have 5–10 going at once—and also keeps her creativity flowing. I’m adding this to my list of 2020 goals. I know I can’t do it every day, but I also know that I feel better when I spend time in my happy place.

Based on the number of finished quilts and other projects on display at last month’s Show & Tell, there is no lack of focus and creativity in our guild. I’ve had a number of members mention that Show & Tell is one of their favorite parts of the meeting and that they find it so inspiring! We look forward to seeing more beauties each month, and we will continue to refine the process of showing them off so that we can enjoy as many of them each month as possible.

How are those 2020 goals coming along? Have you made a new connection in the guild? If not, I hope you are planning on attending an event in March so that you can connect with new and old friends.

Happy sewing!


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