Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 2011 Meeting review

Sorry it's taken so long to update.  We had a wonderful meeting with a great speaker and some big decisions made for the guild.  The biggest being that we will not be having our Great Little Quilt Sale at the Lemoore park on the 4th of July, instead we are planning on a boutique sometime in September.  

Don't forget to come to the Christmas potluck party (in lieu of a regular guild meeting)

Christmas Party
December 1, 2011
Kings County Bowl
1050 E Lacey, Hanford
6:00 p.m. Social
7:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner
Bring a Guest

Christmas is coming and our party is set for December 1st to start the month off right.  We will be having a pot luck dinner, raffle of baskets or other prizes and lots of fun.  Some surprises await.
      We need your help to have a very successful evening.  Baskets of all sorts are needed to raffle off.  Themes may be anything, not just quilting.  Try jewelry, any type of meal, chocolate, makeup, fishing, travel, framed photos, quilt racks, quilts or any of your wonderful ideas.  Drop your baskets off at my home or bring them the night of the party by 6:00. You may make up a basket or bring items to us and we will make up the baskets.  If we are to make up your basket we will need it ASAP so we have time to do the necessary preparations.
     The price of tickets will be 6 for $5 or 25 for $20.  There will be bags in front of each basket or item and you can drop tickets into the bag for the prizes you want to win.
     There will be a live auction for some items so bring your checkbook.
     The Pot Luck Dinner is another place you can show off your many talents.  Bring your favorite appetizer, salad, main dish or dessert (please include serving spoons).
     The guild will provide table service, coffee and punch.
If you have any questions, please contact any of the committee members. 

I've updated the show and tell page and the committee update pages.  Please check them out as well.  Also, forgotten in the newsletter are the October board meeting minutes but they are posted here under the minutes tab.  

Now that the guild has voted on having a boutique in the fall instead of the Great Little Quilt Sale in July, we need to get committee chairs to get the ball rolling.  Since this will be the first annual Holiday Boutique* (Name not yet chosen), we will need more time to organize.
The prospective dates will be either October 6 or 12, 2012, the hours would be 10 to 4 with a $3 admission fee.  We have a possible location in downtown Hanford (it would be storefront property).
Linda Carter has graciously offered to be the chairwoman but believes we need co-chairs for the different areas of the boutique.  The idea is to have several selling areas, such as baking, granny’s attic, sewing, quilting and other handmade items, possibly a consignment area.  We will also need someone to handle all the advertising, set up and admission.  Each department will be in charge of pricing their own items.  So we need volunteers.  If you have ever been part of a boutique your expertise would be welcomed.  Please contact either Linda Carter or Sheila Ockey.  You don’t have to do it alone either.  Grab a buddy and co-chair a selling area.
So you’re asking, (I know you are…..) what if I can’t be a committee chair, how can I participate and help the guild raise money for a nationally known speaker and to help fund the charity quilt program?  Here are some suggestions of what you can do.  Do you have a fun craft that you can teach a few friends to make?  You can hold a workshop to make and donate the items to the boutique.  Or while you’re making gifts throughout the year, make one or two extra and donate to the boutique.  If everyone in the guild would donate at least 5 items, we would have a wonderful boutique of craft items.  (Anything that does not sell, goes back to the maker.)
 Some ideas of things to get you thinking:  table toppers or runners, purses, pouches, clutches, napkins and placemats, stuffed animals, Christmas tree skirts, ornaments, banners, knitted scarves, knitted wash cloths, set of cards or gift tags (for the scrapbookers in our group), potholders, aprons, jewelry, fabric baskets, baby bibs, burp cloths, stockings, hair clips, hair bows, brooches, decorative towels, dog collars, dog leashes, pennants, bookmarks, bow ties and the list can go on and that is just craft ideas.  Don’t get me started on the food.  If you want ideas there are plenty of websites that offer tutorials and inspiration.  (Ask Barbara Sindlinger for good sites to go to for FREE tutorials.)