NOTICE:  ALL GUILD EVENTS, including monthly meetings, retreats, and the April Social, are postponed until the COVID 19 Shelter in Place has been lifted.

UPDATE from our Love and Comfort Coordinator Paula Bidwell

Hello fellow guild members,

I am super excited to be the Love & Comfort chairperson for the 2020/2021 guild year.  The committee and I have gotten a head start on cutting and assembling kits.  We have over 200 made so far.  By the time this “shelter in place” is over, we will have many more and ready to take off running.  

Are you like many of us that are spending LOTS of time in our sewing room during the “shelter in place”?

Are you trying to organize your fabric/closet/tubs/drawers, etc?

Are you finding yourself saying things like “what was I thinking when I bought this” or “I’ll never finish this” or “they’ve outgrown this childish print” or “I’ll never use all of this in a lifetime”.  

If you are in the same boat as many of us, please consider donating these items to Love & Comfort.  Just put them in a bag(s) and save them for when the “shelter in place” has been lifted and we can meet again.  

Items we are always happy to accept are:

  • orphan blocks
  • UFOs
  • baggies — especially gallon size and larger
  • safety pins
  • fabric – – fat quarters, scraps (nothing smaller than 2.5″), yardage
    • People frequently ask what are we typically most in need of regarding fabric.  We use cotton or flannel – most any sort of theme/style because we make so many different types of quilts, however, we ALWAYS are in need of:
      • whites/creams/lights
      • blacks
      • tone on tones, solids, reads as solid
      • brights/colorful
      • infant, juvenile, teen novelty/focal fabric
      • large pieces for backs
      • batting

We will also be making quilts again using 16 patches made with 2.5″ squares (as we have for the last couple of years).  So while you are home, if you feel like making any, we would be more than happy to collect them at our next in person meeting.  Please be sure to make them scrappy (NOT matchy, matchy) — any pattern/style works, just mix them up and have fun.

If you have something to donate and you aren’t sure if we could use it, just drop me an email and I will let you know.

Thank you everyone, enjoy your time at home and stay safe!

Paula

bidwellptm@sbcglobal.net

April Events:

On Saturday, April 18, 2020 members of the Main Street Guild invite all quilters to an “airing of the quilts.”  One purpose of the activity is to brighten the quilter’s neighborhood with a quilt that can be viewed and enjoyed by passers-by.  Another purpose is to honor the life of our dear friend and fellow quilter, Joan who died on April 11.  She will be remembered by all of us as one who had a zest for life and a love of quilting.
Anyone may participate.  All you need to do is display one of your quilts in your front yard.  You can put a sign out explaining the purpose of the display, but it is not necessary.  Take a picture of your quilt in your yard and either post it on Main Street Quilt Guild Facebook page or send it to bcormier@austin.rr.com for posting.  
We hope quilters all across the area will join us in this celebration of life.