BRQG Meeting, Feb 13, 2018

There was a good turnout for this first meeting of the new year. The January meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.

President Kathy Wickham opened the meeting and several things were discussed, including possible amendments to the By-Laws, committee volunteers, and updating the current membership listing. Also, Vice President Julianne Kramer suggested a couple of quilting ideas to come, including a mystery quilt in 3 or 4 parts, and a tea cup exchange table runner program. She indicated now all she has to do is find her instructions. Good luck Juli, we are all looking forward to participating in these fun events.

Another “chore” left over from January was the payment of $20 dues for the year 2018; Treasurer Carol Dillman collected membership dues as well as admission fees for National Quilting Day. Remember, if you pay ahead you get a choice of lunch items; those paying at the door will not be provided lunch. On the webpage, look in the Recent Posts column on the right for a Registration form which you can print out and mail in before Feb. 28th.

Guild business taken care of, we moved right along to Show and Tell, see photos nearby, which include a beautiful quilt donated by Vice President Julianne Kramer to be a grand door prize at the upcoming National Quilting Day event on March 10th at Colonial Baptist Church off of Mountain Pass Road in Blue Ridge. Also shown were community quilts made by members from Challenge Fabric and fabric donated by Pineapple Fabrics. The smaller of these quilts will go to the NICU unit at Carilion Hospital and the larger will be donated to Woodhaven Nursing Home on Hwy 460.

After Show & Tell, Janice Taylor passed out square sheets of paper for everyone and demonstrated the making of an Origami Bag. The bag has 3 pockets and you can easily vary the size to fit your needs. After Janice’s demonstration, Tina Dietz demonstrated the making of a Schlep Bag and showed several variations of the bag. Tina also passed out pattern instructions for making schlep bags; they are so versatile that you will want to make more than one. Just carefully follow the instructions and you will be turning them out in all sizes in no time.

And thank you, Victoria Person for the sweet Valentine pins given to all who were present, as well as for the yummy refreshment table complete with cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries and drinks.