On Saturday, June 18th, a group of members indulged in a day away from home distractions. Most of the ladies chewed on finishing pieces for fundraising, continuing to piece a project, or plunged into a creative launch of a new project while others were present to glean feedback. The location is in a community building in north Sacramento with excellent indoor and outdoor spaces for an easy, laid-back day from mid-morning to sunset. Although we all brought our drinks and packed lunches with a few sweet or salty snacks to share, the day wrapped up with a downright delicious dinner from Panda Express.
Check out the smiling faces and the mad moment of showing off our Sock Cupcakes, generously presented to everyone by the Day Coordinator, Fabienne. The day proved to be of such delight, such a needful social gathering after pandemic days, we promptly booked another day toward the end of August!
The lineup of guild members sharing their latest and greatest was pleasantly long towards the end of a fun evening of a membership Yard Sale. Plainly, we’ve been a busy group for both personal and community service creations. Have a look at what we do!
This event, tried once before the pandemic to resounding success, was brought back this year. The Yard Sale entailed a full table at $10 or two members could split a table for $5 each. Guild members brought in a stash purge of goods no longer needed to move forward to those who found them a treasure. We all know the attraction of the four-letter words saleand free, as one Free Table became a side-line attraction for members that brought a single item or collections of bagged items.
All in all, the evening brought good hunting!
To round out the meeting, Fabienne Dransfield, our guild president, led the membership through a fun game of “In a Minute”. One individual from two groups of the membership, essentially each half of the seated audience, competed in speedy competitions involving sewing tools. Aside from the pressure of the clock ticking, some of them were complicated by the challenge of teeny size (stacking empty bobbins with chopsticks!) or oversized mitts (grab a wee pin with that!). It was hilarious!
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”.
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
The Opportunity Quilt Committee is proud to unveil the 2019-2020 Opportunity Quilt, which took First Place at the California State Fair this year, in the category: “Medium quilts, made by a group of people”.
The pattern came from the book by Carl Hentsch from the book New York Beauties& Flying Geese.
The quilt is made with all Tula Pink fabric.
The size is 59 x59.
The committee was chaired by Lynnda Fair.
Quilt top piecing was done by Charlotte Gibson and Lynnda Fair