President’s Letter

Hello Quilters,

As I announced on Facebook and again at the June guild meeting on Zoom, our intention for the July guild meeting is to meet in Holland Park in Fishers. We’ll post any updates to our plan on Facebook. For those who aren’t on Facebook, please contact me and I’ll set up a text group; that way you’ll receive updates by text. In case of inclement weather, we’ll meet either on Zoom or at the church, but we won’t know until at least July 7th if the church will be allowing outside groups to use their sanctuary during the pandemic.

Seeing each other in person should lift all of our spirits, and it’ll be a great forum for revealing our 2020 challenge projects. Do you have your projects done?  If you need to refresh your memory on the rules for Just Initial It, check out our website.

Would you like to increase your level of participation in the guild and help us achieve our goals? Here’s an opportunity for you! We know that at least four of our officer positions will need to be filled for 2021. Alice Whitaker is chairing our nominating committee and that committee will provide a slate at the August meeting so that we can vote. If you’d like to help with nominations or become more involved, please contact either Alice or April. The board plans to meet on July 10th at 1:30 pm at Holland Park and anyone can attend the board meetings, so please come and meet us at the park if you’d like to hear more about what’s going on with the guild. Bring a lawn chair and a cool drink. We will be sitting in the shade. 

A big thank you goes to Erika Nickens, who secured a HUGE donation of fabric and quilting items from the estate of a quilter who’d worked at Quilts Plus for many years. The quilter’s family had a two-day estate sale, and even after that, we still received 13 banker’s boxes of beautiful fabric and seven boxes filled with patterns, books, and notions. Four of us recently joined Erika in her garage to sort and organize the fabric, all of which has now been put on shelves at the Community storage room for our charity quilting. This is the third large donation Erika has secured for Mudsock. Please thank her next time you see her.

I recall that when I was working, all I wanted to do was to be able to stay at home. Now that my wish has been granted, I’m trying to make the most of it and not wish for something further. Does this sound familiar? I’m hoping to keep moving along on my UFO list, which seems to have grown over the last few months.  Have you seen the 10 days of quilts that Pat Adams and Judy Dunnigan have posted on the Mudsock Facebook page?  The photos of finished quilts were a real dose of inspiration for me. Check them out! If you need a little more inspiration, visit the quilt exhibit at the Eiteljorg, which is open to the public through January 3, 2021.  This exhibit explores quilts as a storytelling medium. It includes works by African American, Latino American, and Native American women.  

This month’s “making connections” question is, “What new thing have you learned to do in the past 12 months?” It doesn’t have to be quilting related. Thanks to last month’s question about household chores and my learning about Tameira O’Dell’s love of her steam mop, I now have a new mop at my house, and I’m learning to love cleaning my floors! Ha!

That’s all for now. I hope that this letter finds you well and that you are able to make the best use of the increased amount of time you’re spending at home.

Stay well, stay connected, and see you in the park!

April

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