March 21, 2015 is National Quilt Day

We will be celebrating/honoring this during our annual Banquet.  This will serve as our meeting so there will be NO MEETING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17.

Be sure and stop at the Granville Library this month.  Anne Russell was able to bring quilting to life with a wonderful array of color and pattern.  What a great way to celebrate quilting!  The display will only be there for a month so be sure you stop in soon.  Thanks Anne!

March Events

Programs:  The HOQG 2015 annual banquet, "Quilting at High Tea" will be held March 21 at 12:30 pm at Allison's restaurant, 1486 Granville Rd (formerly Damons).  Mary Huey will be our speaker.  The deadline for making a reservation is March 14.  Remember, this will be the guild's monthly meeting for March.  If you can't make the banquet, you are invited to come after the banquet and hear our speaker, free of charge.  There will be no meeting on March 17.  The banquet replaces our meeting in celebration of National Quilt Day.

Workshops:  No workshops this month

Sew-in Days:  On Saturday, March 14, Linda Richards will have a sew-in day at First Baptist Church, 1000 Granville Rd in Newark from 10am to 4pm.  Bring a project of your choice and enjoy the friendship of other quilt guild members. 

Recognition:  Kudos to Debbie Warthen, Pam Shannon and team for a wonderful retreat.  What a great way to spend the day, snowed in, with so many quilting friends.  Thanks to the committee for all your hard work and planning.

April Events

Programs: Dee Datik and Molly Butler will be presenting a program about how and why quilts are given a certain value at the monthly guild meeting, Tuesday, April 21 at 7 pm.

Workshops:  April is appraisal month in the quild.  Dee Datik and Molly Butler will be at St Leonards on April 21 to give verbal and written appraisals.  Appointments are being scheduled starting around 2pm on the 21st prior to the monthly meeting.  The cost is $25 for a verbal appraisal and $45 for a written appraisal.  Spots are filling fast so please call Judi Lewis soon if you would like to schedule a time for an appraisal. 

Sew-in Days:  Also on April 21, guild members will be joining together to work on items for the quilt show and auction later this year.  The committee is planning to have some packets already prepared for you to sew or you can bring your own.  The goal is to make items that could be sold at a boutique area at the show.  So many ideas!  If you have an idea or pattern for small projects for the boutique (coasters, table toppers, mug rugs, bookmarks, etc) bring them along.  The committee has collected lots of material to use for the projects.  Come and enjoy a day of friendship with other quilters.  We will be starting around 10 am at St Leonards on the 21st and plan to work until 4 pm.  Call Donna Brown or Carolyn Forsythe for more information.

Recognition:  At some time in the twenty-five years of the existence of HOQG, members decided to reach out to people who were experiencing a life-altering situation with a lap/throw quilt.  These quilts are adorned with appliqué hearts to remind the recipient that they are loved and cared for.  Quilts often provide comfort and warmth while healing takes place in whatever form that is.  According to our records, by April 2007, there had been 247 quilts given to people locally and far away.  As of February 2015, we have now given 330 quilts to very grateful people.  

February was a very special month.  While at the retreat in Coshocton, one of out members met a family who was staying at the Inn since they had lost everything in a house fire.  Guild members were able to contact Cathy Johnston, 2015 co- chairman of the project and secure 4 quilts for members of the family.  The mother and children were so thankful for the quilts, visited us in the sewing room and wrote some very special thank you cards to the guild.  Kudos to those who have given their time to work on these quilts for "Hugs from the Heart".  Special thanks too, to Cathy, Denise Edmunds, Becky Kirk and Gail Irwin.  


May Events

Programs:  The 2 1/2 inch Extravaganza!!  Just eight more weeks to finish your Challenge project....or start one!!  Anne Russell, our challenge creator made one in 3 days...I can't wait to see what she did.  You must have most of your pieces to be 2 1/2 inches, finishing to 2 inches.  Use up those jelly strips!!  What about all those 2 1/2 inch squares stashed in a box?  You can use any fabric, any pattern, any size.  It must be finished to win a prize, but even unfinished, we want to see your inspiration!  Quilts will be displayed at the May meeting, May 19th and members will vote for the best quilt in three categories.  Get sewing and join the challenge.

Workshops:  No workshops scheduled.  However, our No-Frills retreat is May 26,27 and 28 at Zinck's Inn in Berlin.  There are some spaces open.  Its a great way to get to know guild members better and laugh, eat and shop!  Call Anne Russell@740-587-7376 if you have questions. 

Sew-in Days:  A sew-in day is scheduled for May 23rd, 10-4 at Newark Public Library.

Recognition:  Hats off to the Banquet Committee for all your hard work and planning.  The banquet was a success and all had a good time.  I know members left the banquet, thinking of ways they could incorporate Mary Huey's ideas regarding color choices, into their quilts.