|Posing Tuesday night for the camera on my daughter, Dayna's, first quilt I made her, circa 1997|
|Chinese Coins wheelchair quilt; I added 3 strips, the yellow, the taupe trees, and the taupe gypsy jewels|
|This one is made with some of the orphan blocks I adopted at our August meeting|
|The backs. The floral is from my stash, the horse one the guild's|
In musing over the past two days on the way I now feel about the guild, I think that I have some advice for both sides:
1. For the new member: get involved as soon as you can find a way. I joined the executive in a fairly minor role as the new librarian. In attending the executive meetings, I get to meet a group of about 10-12 great women, and means more people will know who I am. Going to the sewing bee day meant I got to meet several more, and was able to get to know those I did already know by name on a more personal basis. I was invited to a cottage group on my first meeting, but it isn't very close to my house...(our guild covers the entire Essex County, so a lot of area)
2. For the guild: 1. Something I am going to put either to the new executive or in our new suggestion/tip box, is to have a person or persons in charge of meeting and greeting the new people and getting them involved right away in some small way. This could be in a block exchange, or a mini-quilt activity, or a bring your favourite quilt book to the next meeting and the four, or however many new ones join at any given meeting, get together with the persons in charge either just before the meeting or during the break. 2. Make a bigger deal out of Show 'n Tell that is brought by new members. That nearly made me not go back, I was so crushed over that first year. Although I'm not looking to be revered, I sure would have liked a little more recognition for or interaction about the quilts I first brought to this group where I knew not a soul. (btw, I'm hoping to change a bit the way we do Show 'n Tell, as in time and a space to get up close and all touchy-feely with the quilts!) 3. Somehow have a list of cottage groups available for all members to see, and where/when they meet and if they are open to someone new joining.
Back to Rocco, I cannot believe he is six years old today. It's been a little while since he's been on the blog, so today he's a star:
|Happy pittie...on a human bed with a pillow and a stuffie!|
|This morning after I'd given him his birthday biscuit, and sung Happy Birthday to him, and of course he'd joined in his best pitbull throaty singing voice!|
Wheelchair Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Chinese coins and original design with flying geese
Size: approximately 28X36"
Fabric: guild charity quilt stash, and orphan blocks and my own stash
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina, walking foot and FMQ
Threads: Gütermann for piecing and for quilting
Linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation!