October President’s Letter

Hello Dear Quilters!

What a fun 10th birthday party we had last month. About fifty of us gathered in Holland Park on a beautiful morning with food and festive decorations.  I was a bit worried before the meeting that we might be confronted with lots of loud noise outside.  However, I knew it was going to be a terrific day when I got to the park and saw a maintenance person getting ready to mow the lawn—-but the engine on the mower wouldn’t turn over!!! Forgive my Schadenfreude but we had a blessedly quiet meeting aside from our own laughter.  Thanks again to all the members who scurried around setting things up to make the day extra enjoyable for the rest of us.

The main event of the day was the parade of challenge quilts. Perhaps I should say challenge creations because there were also tote bags, a postcard and even a toy. Each item was special and unique.  I loved hearing all the clever ways members incorporated the number ten into their creations. If you have not seen the photos from the challenge, Chris Behme has posted them on the website for your viewing pleasure.

You may recall that as president of the guild I receive email from quilters seeking my advice. When I think my answers may benefit others in the quilting community, I like to share them. This one turned up in my inbox today.

Dear Ann,

Please help me. I discovered this note in my sewing room and it has thrown me for a loop. I don’t even know where it came from. 

I’ve been listening to you talk about your fabric stash for decades, DECADES! All I hear is: “Oh my precious stash! How should I store it? Should I wash it or starch it? Should I roll it or fold it?” You coo and fuss over piles of fabric that just sit there looking pretty. Meanwhile, I’m working my bobbin off with a fuzzball the size of Greenland lodged in my you-know-what.  I’ve been stuck with the same needle (no pun intended) for months and you’ve made no attempt to get me a new one. You aren’t paying enough attention to me and I fear I’m on the verge of a breakdown if things don’t change.

Ann, what could this mean?

Bewildered in Brownsburg

Dear Bewildered,

You can’t figure out where the note came from? Really? Bobbins, needles, fuzzballs–nothing rings a bell there? Ok, let me spell it out for you: the note is from your S-E-W-I-N-G M-A-C-H-I-N-E!!! Sheesh!

All mockery aside, it’s clear that you and your buddy need a relationship tune-up tout suite. I suggest you join our meeting at the Mudsock Quilters Guild on Monday, October 11. Our guest speaker will be Margaret Fette, owner of The Tailored Fit in Bloomington, Indiana.

Margaret will talk about practical sewing machine solutions, at-home maintenance and when it’s time to take your buddy to an expert. If you have any burning questions regarding sewing machine use or maintenance that you would like Margaret to answer, please email them to Jayne Gates at Jayne.gates@gmail.com by Thursday October 7.

By the way, I wouldn’t mention this around your buddy but…Margaret is also planning to bring her fabric trailer to the meeting for our shopping enjoyment. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t worship their stash? 

Take it one stitch at a time,


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