December we met for fun and games, taking time from our busy schedules to enjoy each other’s company, celebrate special members, show appreciation to our outgoing president, and to enjoy some sugary snacks.
Our 2021 Community Service totals are announced——288 quilts distributed in 2021!!
Again we live up to our motto of “Small But Mighty”.
Meeting: Antelope Quilters Guild is meeting in person and still very active in the community.
On September 14, 2021 we were able to meet at 7:00 pm
Ascension Lutheran Church
7607 Garden Gate Drive
Citrus Heights,CA 95621
It was a joy to see the faces of members and friends.
On September 18, we joined the Elks in Carmichael for a Craft Fair. Many members have contributed to our craft fair, and we had beautiful handmade items for sale. We sold quite a few items. The money we raised will go toward programs and community service.
Even though we have no meetings, and are not gathering together in small groups, our guild is still busy. We had another mystery quilt challenge which was orchestrated by Rhonda Doty, we had a great Zoom general meeting on November 10th, and Community Service is still active .
Again our guild has shown compassion, caring, love and support to our community through quilt donations. The amount of quilts we give , with our small quilt is phenomenal. Our Community Service totals so far from November 2019 to November 2020 are:
Sac. Metro Fire-79
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-86
Capital Star Services-6
Sutter Breast Cancer Auction -8
Other members give to Sutter, but we don’t have a total for individual quilts donated by members. Huge kudos for inspiring work. These numbers are without our guild having a meeting, retreat, or class since March 2020!
The guild is getting more comfortable with Zoom meetings. This month, Rhonda Doty (aka Ethel) and Pat Edmiston (aka Lucy), had fun teaching us different ways to use panels.
The Mystery Quilt this month, was beautiful, with every fabric design and color making a beautiful quilt. Rhonda Doty sent out clues every week, and the results were gorgeous.
Pam Wells, Sharon Garsee, Kathy Beard, Kathy McGovern and Rhonda Doty all showed off their finished quilt tops.
Antelope Quilters Guild has offered a variety of activities such as monthly meetings with guest speakers, demonstrations , classes and seminars on quilting techniques, and monthly mini-groups for fun and fellowship plus seasonal retreats.
Due to Covid-19 we have suspended all in-person meetings, but are using Zoom for general and board meetings.
We have been using Zoom for Mystery Quilt Classes. Our own Rhonda Doty lead a group of quilters through the mysterious process of cutting fabric, laying out and stitching without knowing the design or look of their final project. We had great participation and already Rhonda has started a second mystery quilt group.
We are happy to present to you the 2021-2022 opportunity quilt,
Women Make the World a Brighter Place
The quilt measures 76” by 89”. The pattern we used (with permission) was International Sun Bonnet Sue by Debra Kimball, MD.
We are grateful for the many hands that worked on this beautiful quilt. We are planning on entering it in the California State Fair in 2021.
All of the blocks were made using scrap fabrics from Kathy Beard, Lynnda Fair, Lydia Shelton, and Fabienne Dransfield.
The blocks were needle turned hand appliqued by Barbara Davis, Claudine Matulich, JoAnn Lewis, Teresa Lambing, Lynnda Fair, Kathy Beard, Lydia Shelton, and Fabienne Dransfield.
The Belgium block was not part of the pattern. It was designed by Sharon Garsee.
Hand embroidery was done by Sharon Garsee.
The name of the countries were machine embroidered by Jeannie Cheyne.
The piecing was done by Fabienne Dransfield.
The free-motion quilting was done by JoAnn Lewis. JoAnn researched the flower associated with each country and quilted it in its corresponding block. There is a label on the back of the quilt with the name of the flowers.
Even with the Covid -19 restrictions, many of our guild members are still busy, while staying home and social distancing, making quilts for our community. Needs and disasters are still happening, even though we can not meet and sew together as a group.
We would like to share what our guild has done in the past, and let you know we are still working!
Packages and quilt tops, batting, backing and binding ready for members to take home to complete
Another quilt completed
Some of the beautiful quilts we give away
Volunteers needed to finish quilts
Quilts headed for a new home
Another beauty being donated
We love to make patriotic quilts for our veterans in wheelchairs
This quilt will keep someone warm
Chairperson Lois Ann distributing work to guild members