Wednesday, January 4, 2017

At a standstill

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Yes, in my quilting, I'm at a standstill right now. Yesterday afternoon, I got engrossed in a novel, The Devil in Jerusalem, which I'd got on my Kindle the other day and I simply couldn't put it down.  As a retired social worker who has experience in child abuse, it was hard to read at times. The story is based on a true incident in Israel about parents who became involved with a religious cult whose leader was a psychopathic abuser. I'll say no more about that, but instead of working on my quilting, I sat on my duff and read this book.

Later on, I had to prepare for the monthly Guild meeting which I wasn't particularly looking forward to. We had two major items on the agenda and I didn't know how they would go.  One involved spending Guild funds, and the members had a great discussion. With a few changes to the proposed amendment, the issue was resolved.

The other item was concerning the size of the Guild. Since I joined the group, 7 years ago, this has come up twice before.  Do we want to let the Guild grow to any size or do we want to put a limit on how many members we have?  The last time we discussed this, we had nearly 40 members, and the issue was tabled until membership neared 50. We now have 47 members so it was time to revisit it.  Again, we had a lively discussion and finally, the membership unanimously approved leaving membership open-ended. In other words, there is no limit on how large the group grows.  That being said, someone pointed out that the Guild should make an effort to offer more opportunities for small gatherings so members get to interact with and get to know each other better. So, I'll be working on that the rest of my term as chairperson.

After the Guild meeting, I came home to have dinner and then finished reading that darn book. Today I'll be running errands around town and have a meeting at 2 with the organizers of the Quilt Tour that my guild participates in every two years when they have it.  Apparently, there are some questions in their minds about having another Guilt Festival along with the Quilt Tour in 2018.  I'm curious to know what this is all about--I'll let you know tomorrow!

I've created a Survey Monkey to see how the attendees liked the Festival events and hope to get enough response to use it in planning for the next Festival. We'll see.

That's about all I have to say today. It's wicked cold here today, and predicted to stay that way for a few days, so I really should hunker down and get some sewing done!


  1. I love large quilt guilds...ours was over 100 ladies. But we did have some smaller get called CHATTERTIME was once a week at the local quilt shop. They would host us ...tea, coffee, a treat and chatter plus show and tell...and for them it was a chance to demo or show theyre newest fabrics and notions. Then they would have us shopping after so kind of a win win. Might want to consider that option.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Deb. Chattertime sounds like fun!