Franklin County
Quilter's Guild

April 16, 2008


    - 50 members; new member: Sarah Fabrizio; Guests:  Linda O'Donnell.
    -THANK YOUS:   to Tom & Judy Thomas, Yankee Pride, for a $200.00 donation in addition to vendor's fee at the quilt show; to Susan Bruce for $180.00 realized from sale of sugarhouse block pattern by Tammy Breckenridge of Maplewood Quilts. 
    - Condolences were expressed for Marge Taylor on the death of her grandson who lost his life in an automobile accident.  Secretary asked to send sympathy note in behalf of FCQG.

Quilt Show:
    - Thank you to all members who volunteered to help make the show a success.  Enclosed in evening packet is a summary list of award winners as well as raffle winners.  Special thanks:  to Gail & Ted Darling and Scott Perry for pole transport; to those members and family who were at both set-up and take down; to those men in our lives (whether husbands, sons, brothers, friends) who provided much needed manual labor and tools.  Thank you to Phyllis Fletcher who did a yeoman's job with quilt registration; she worked overtime behind the scene to refine and further organize the process.
    - Quilt Show Constructive Criticism sheet was provided so each member could express her view of how the quilt show can continue to be improved.  Several suggestions made will be incorporated in the Constructive Criticism sheet.  Members may join Sharon and Bonnie on April 23rd, 6:30 pm, at Bonnie's home, to discuss this year’s show and begin planning for next year's show.  Please call Bonnie if you plan to attend so she will have an idea of the number for space.
    - 2 Day Show:  Nancy Orcutt made a motion to continue with a 2-day show; Bonnie Evans seconded.  Motion carried.
    - Additional awards:    Shireen Melton made a motion to continue the Founder's, President's, and Vendor’s awards and extra category for smaller bed quilts; Nadine Froebel seconded.  Motion carried.
    - As part of the Tonga Dimes demo, Bonnie offered to quilt one Dimes quilt; anyone purchasing kit from Yankee Pride could enter drawing.  Nadine Froebel won this special drawing.
2009 Charity Quilt will be given to Franklin County Relay for Life as voted by guild members in March.
2009 Raffle Quilt:  Illustration of pattern selected by guild vote is in meeting packet.  Request each member provide 5 -10 strips of 2 1/2 inch by WOF (42" or 44") strips of neutrals to tans and browns.  Please stay away from browns with green tones.  Bring to May meeting.
Nominating committee:  Still looking for a candidate for Pres., V. Pres, and Assistant Programs and a few other positions.  Please see Gail Darling, Shireen Melton or Sharon Perry to volunteer.  The slate of officers will be presented in May to be voted on in June.
April Quilting Bee:  Quiche Perry will host on Saturday, April 19th, 9am-4pm, potluck lunch, at Back Inn Time, 68 Fairfield Street, St. Albans.
Breast Cancer Survivor quilts:  Last year Bonnie Evans put on a special fund raiser for breast cancer survivor fabric.  Bonnie made a request for donation from the guild to purchase Breast Cancer Quilt fabric for this year’s quilting marathon.  The guild has given away 70 Breast Cancer Survivor Quilts.  Item will be put on June agenda for further discussion.

Green Mountain Quilters' Guild (GMQG):  Spring meeting is in Bethel, VT on May 17th.  Guest speaker will     be Sue Reich, a quilt historian.  GMQG is the State guild of which we are a member and meets twice a year. Sharon Perry is FCQG representative.  Items are needed for the guild’s donation for the teacup auction donation.  Please drop off items at Cowles Quilting by Friday, May 9th.  Please contact Nancy Orcutt or Denise Chase to carpool.
Vermont Quilt Festival (VQF):  VQF will be held at Champlain Valley Fairgrounds at the end of June.  Number of registrants continues to grow.  More information will be in next month's meeting announcements.

WIP (AKA UFO) CHALLENGE:  122 WIPs completed as of March.  Beth Jessiman had the most WIPs in March.

    - May meeting is on Friday, May 30th with Deb Tucker.
    - Staples Business Rewards reminder (use phone #868-7168)
    - Chocolate Celebration, Back Inn Time, April 20th, 1pm - 4pm.  See Susie Perry for tickets and more information about fund raiser for Voices Against Violence.
    - Machine Quilters Expo, through Saturday, April 19th, at The Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.

BOM RAFFLE BLOCKS were won by Denise Chase.  Gail Darling showed sample of May BOM.

PROGRAMS:  Deb Tucker's classes on May 30th and May 31st will be open to the public after this evening’s meeting.  A few openings are still available.  Classes start at 8:30 am.  Info packet will be forwarded to participants.

MONTHLY DRAWINGS:  Nancy Orcutt brought donation of two boxes of fabric from a former quilter for a special drawing; winners were Nadine Froebel and Peggy Burbank.   Monthly drawing winners were Quiche Perry,  Rolande Fortin and Carole Bessette.

CHARITY QUILTS SHOW AND TELL:  7 beautiful quilts!

SHOW AND TELL:  A raffle quilt to benefit the Hospice Program was displayed.  See Deb Dusablon or Jen Martin for tickets.

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS were shown for possible recovery.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Rixon, Secretary