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Your board has met several times this year in order to get a better handle on the guild’s financial situation. With that statement, I’ve probably lost some of you already, but I urge you to hang in with me to the end of this letter; we on the board would like you to know a bit of the process we went through and how we came to the recommendation we reached.
When we first met last summer, we were a bit surprised to learn that we had nearly $11,000 in the bank. At the same time, as we discussed the budget for the coming year, we all felt that the budget for programs was woefully inadequate. As I explained to the guild in our September meeting, the board agreed that it made sense to spend some of our cash on hand to double the budget for programs to $3000 for the year. While some of the programs had already been booked, it gave our program committee some much needed relief in filling the few remaining slots.
But our treasurer’s final draft budget presented to the board in October and showing an annual deficit of nearly $3,900 (since revised and corrected to $3,400) gave us a wake-up call. At that rate, our reserves would not last more than 3-5 years. Historically, we have relied on income from the bi-annual quilt show to subsidize our budget. How much could we reasonably project for show income next year? We all felt we needed a better handle on our income and expenses and our prospects of income from future shows in order to determine how much reserve cash we need. We needed to get a better understanding of why we were losing so much money each year and what we could do to change that situation. We also wanted a cash flow review which included show income and expenses to be sure that we had the funds needed to pay for this year’s show expenses.
The board appointed an Ad Hoc Committee of Janet Bernault (Treasurer), Mary Parker (President), Jennifer Brown (Vice President), Sue Hart and Janet McGinty to review these matters and report back to the board. The committee met in October and reported to the board at the December board meeting. After review of the committee’s findings I’m writing to inform you of the board’s conclusions and recommendations.
In taking a more strategic look at the budget, the two significant expenses in the budget are programs and rent. Programs, at $3,000, cost $20 per year per member, or $4 per member per program; and rent, at $2,350 (net of approximately $500 reimbursed by workshops) costs $16 per member per year, or $1.60 per member per meeting. The board believes that programs are a fundamental piece of guild membership and that strong, inspiring, and educational programs must be the expectation of every member. At the same time, program costs for speakers and travel expenses are soaring. We cannot provide the quality programs the membership rightly demands without an adequate budget. The board believes that $3000 is the appropriate budget for the time being, but that increases will be necessary in coming years. The board also believes that our lease with the church is an excellent arrangement and doubts we could do any better elsewhere. Although we have not been informed of a rent increase, we should be prepared for one in the future. These two items alone at current levels exceed the annual dues of the members by $11. The net expense of all other costs is about $1800 (after other sources of income except dues) or $12 per member. The bottom line is that, without offsetting income from the show/raffle, we need $48 per member per year to break even. Our dues, at $25 per member, fall short of these costs by $23 per member, resulting in the guild’s annual deficit of $3,400.
The board acknowledged that net income from our show and other guild shows has been declining in recent years, and we found little reason to expect a dramatic positive change. Given recent history, we think that the guild, conservatively, should not budget more than $2000-$3000 for net income from the show. This means that the show can only cover about $1000-$1500 from our budget per year.
We started this year with nearly $11,000 in the bank, but will finish it with about $7600. With a reasonable reserve of $3,000, and show income of $2500, we can expect to exhaust our cash in about 2 more years.
This is why the board is recommending that we raise our dues. We are calling for a two step increase, raising dues by $10 in fiscal year 2014-2015 and by an additional $5 the following year to $40.
We plan to open this subject up to discussion at the next guild meeting on February 1st and again on March 1st, when we hope to put the matter to a vote. In the meantime, I welcome your questions and comments. Please call me at 781-383-9152, or email me at email@example.com.
As I write this, I’m looking at 12 inches of snow in my backyard and a thermometer of 11º. I’m going to put these difficult matters aside for a while, make myself a cup of tea, and settle in to do some sewing.
Stay warm and dry.
Upcoming Meeting Information
Janice Barclay and Janet McGinty, Program Co-Chairs
February 1, 2015: Comfort Quilts Day! Plan on spending the day with us making comfort quilts for those in need.
March 1, 2014: Diana Annis from Norton, MA will present a trunk show highlighting her redwork quilts as well as some of her other creations.
April 5, 2014: Sharon Mayers will present a lecture/trunk show “Piecing with Poppers”. The afternoon workshop focuses on the Piecing with Poppers technique. Learn Sharon’s technique for adding narrow sashing strips to make your blocks “pop”. ($30 fee) Sign up during the Jan. and Feb. meetings. http://www.piecingwithpoppers.com/index.html)
May 3, 2014: Debbie Wendt is presenting a lecture entitled “The Egyptian Tentmakers Appliqué”. She began teaching quilting while living in Cairo, Egypt. You can go to www.wendtquilting.com for a look at her work.
June 7, 2014: TBA
NOTE: In order to reserve your spot in a workshop, fees are due when you sign-up. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Barclay or Janet McGinty.
Please join us for Comfort Quilt Day February 1, 2014
Vivian Cardinal, Wendy Morgan, and Debbie Luoma, Comfort Quilt Committee Co-Chairs
Please plan on spending Saturday, February 1 with us for our Comfort Quilt Workshop to make quilts for those in need. We have many kits assembled with coordinating fabrics and several simple patterns available, or you can use your own creativity and inspiration and use your stash from home. If you are already working on a charity quilt at home please bring it along to work on. Quilts of all sizes, patterns and colors are accepted.
Please bring your sewing machines, irons, ironing boards and cutting and sewing supplies. If you can’t bring your sewing machine there may be quilts available to sew bindings or labels on or quilts to sandwich or you can help people with ironing and cutting so bring hand sewing supplies and pins. We ask that you please bring your own lunch.
Sewing with everyone on Comfort Quilt Day is a great way to get to know other guild members. Come and have fun with us even if you can only stay for a short time.
Important Information For April Meeting
At the February meeting, we will have sign-up for the April workshop which is a table runner using the Piecing with Poppers technique. The cost is for the workshop is $30. Your machine must have one of the following capabilities:
1. A ¼” presser foot that is capable of sewing a ¼” seam from BOTH the right and left sides of the needle.
2. A zigzag foot if your machine has an adjustable needle position.
Winter, a quilters heaven!
By Jennifer Brown
Going through all my fabric is just too much to plan. The thought makes me shudder. But for me, there is no sense using one fabric when 20 will do which means I do have to look at it, and unlike those lucky folks in the quilt mags, I do not have a custom built studio with acres of shelving. So, winter storms and my radio really give me an opportunity! Football games are an asset too (sorry, not a fan!).
I love listening to WBUR. My best present ever as a kid was my red & white transistor radio. And there were lots of talk shows on it, growing up in England. So I listened to all these great comedy shows, under the covers at night. Now I get to listen in my sewing room.
And the perfect thing to do for one 'Wait, Wait! Don't Tell Me' show is to go through one fabric pile or one large, plastic bin, or one half of one shelf of the cupboard, or one or two of the piles that seem to grow on the 'spare bed' (not actually available for use without much effort), or one of the piles on top of the cupboard. OK, or one of the long flat bins under the bed. The point is not the range of places I have fabrics stashed, but the idea or reviewing in batches!
Not surprisingly, given that I can forget what I left my office to do between the desk and the door, each review of a bit of the stash turns up fabric I forgot and gives me new ideas for colors and quilts. And a sense of accomplishment at organizing and tidying up and using what I have.
2014 “Celebrating Silver” Quilt Show Update
Sue Hart, Nancy Robertson and Cathy deVeer, Quilt Show Co-Chairs
Keep on quilting! Now the show is only 8 months away, less time than it takes to make a baby! Soon we will have the forms for you to fill out describing your quilt in 25 words or less [seriously!] Keep in mind that if you are using a pattern, you need to give credit to the designer; if you are not quilting the quilt yourself, you need to name the quilter. Tell us the name of the quilt and why this particular pattern appealed to you. Also, remember that we need a photo [even if the quilt isn't finished yet] of each quilt to help us figure out the installation of the show. Be sure to measure your quilts as this will be an important question on the form. The forms will be due July 15 and no quilts will be accepted after that. Your quilts only have to be finished by the show!
If you signed up to do a challenge quilt, keep working on that. Don't forget to make a few things for the boutique and the silent auction. This year we will be limiting the silent auction to 25 items, and any others that are submitted will go into the boutique. And, if you signed up for, or want to sign up for the basket raffle, start collecting items for your baskets now!
And perhaps, most importantly, sell those raffle quilt tickets! This is our big money maker and we need to sell a lot of tickets before the show to make enough money.
Eight months will go very quickly. Do you remember what you were doing in June? That was 8 months ago, and here we are in January already!
Nancy, Sue and Cathy
Anne Marie Stanton and Elaine Cristoferi, Raffle Ticket Sales Co-Chairs
PLEASE SELL RAFFLE TICKETS!!!
This is how we make most of the money to keep us going for another two years! The raffle quilt this year is spectacular so it should be easy to sell tickets! There is a guild requirement that each member sells two books of tickets. Tickets are available at our guild meetings. Price is $1 each or 6 for $5.
HRQG Quilt Show Raffle Baskets
Nancy Bussing and Sharon Ducey, Quilt Show Raffle Basket Co-Chairs
We are halfway to meeting our goal of 25 raffle baskets for the quilt show in September! Thanks to all who have volunteered to provide a basket and all the fat quarters everyone has provided for our fat quarter basket. If you haven’t brought a fat quarter to add to the basket, you have until the June meeting to add your contribution. So far we have baskets with the themes of coffee, tea, dog, seasonal paper goods, baby, Italian, Mexican, 2 quilting, chocolate, springtime planting, winter fun, Irish, and the fat quarter basket. Pick another theme and a few friends and put together a basket to help us reach our goal! Any questions email Nancy Bussing at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Ducey at email@example.com.
Mystery Quilt Day Thank You!
Special thanks to Kathy Rich and Sue Hart for organizing our Mystery Quilt Day for our January meeting. A good time was had by all. Can’t wait to see all the wonderful quilts put together. And Sue, thanks for the yummy chicken soup. It hit the spot.
Thank you very much for everyone that brought in food and personal hygiene items or donated money at our December meeting for the Food Bank. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Pictures of Previous HRQG Raffle Quilts
Submitted by Debbie Kiely
I have project for the boutique at the next quilt show and need pictures of previous HRQG Raffle Quilts that I do not have. They can be sent to me by e-mail or I am happy to copy and return any original pictures. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Guild Quilting Getaway Weekend
Denise Fitzgerald, Getaway Coordinator
We have 50 people signed up for our guild quilting getaway weekend scheduled for Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, MA. http://www.seacrestbeachhotel.com/ . You can work on your own quilting projects or sign up for the class (info below). If you need a roommate see Denise Fitzgerald at the guild meeting. Denise will be sending out an email next week with information on booking your hotel rooms and will also have a “to do” list handout at the February meeting. If you’ve paid your $50 deposit for quilting in the conference room you still owe the guild an additional $75 which is due by the March 1st meeting. The conference room fee includes 3 meals and one snack as well as the conference room rental. The rate for the hotel room for 2 people is $119 per night plus tax. Any questions can be directed to Denise at email@example.com or by phone at 781-826-0469.
Class Sign-up for Getaway Weekend
Spaces are still available for those interested in taking the class at our HRQG April getaway called Joe’s Quilt. Information on the class and a picture of the quilt are posted below. Please contact Denise Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 781-826-0469 or see her at the Feb. 1st meeting if you are interested in taking the class. Payment for the class is due by March 1st. If we don't have enough people sign up for the class we will have to cancel it.
JOE’S QUILT, by Mary Cannizzaro
Many years ago I saw this quilt made on Simply Quilts. Sandy Bonsib demonstrated her technique and I made Joe’s Quilt following her directions. Before I taught this class, I received permission from Sandy to teach her technique. The instructions are in her book, Flannel Quilts which is out of print. I will provide a copy of her instructions for each student as well as my twist on the process. My quilt has 30 different Cherrywood type solid fabrics. Sandy used flannels on the show. Florals, stripes, prints or scraps work well also. I will provide the cutting instructions before the class so if anyone wants to cut before they will have all they need. I would be happy to spend some time on Friday of the Getaway doing a demo on the cutting. The full day class will enable everyone to finish the first four blocks. Most people will be able to do many blocks. My instructions will include all the details for two different size blocks. Thank you for your consideration.
JOE’S QUILT - Fabric requirements
Size: 52” x 66” before adding borders
Mini Size: 22.5” x 22.5” before adding borders
Betsy Jackson and Mary Ann Karpinski, UFO Challenge Co-Chairs
The numbers that have been pulled so far for our UFO challenge are: October #8, November #4, December # 3, and January #6. If you can’t make it to a meeting the numbers will be posted on our website at http://www.herringrunquiltguild.com/ufo_challenge within a week of the meeting so you can keep up with the challenge.
Remember there is no penalty if you can’t finish your UFO before each meeting, but remember the more quilts you finish the more times you’ll be entered into the drawing we’ll be doing in June. And remember, if you don’t want the quilt when you’re finished with it, think about donating it as a comfort quilt.
Flat quilts can still get wavy borders!
This article is provided by APQS. Quilt Easier. Quilt Inspired.
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We have all had quilts come our way – or maybe we even made them – where the borders were a bit more generous than we would like. These pre-existing waves can make an otherwise gorgeous quilt become mediocre. But what about the quilt that shows up where everything lays flat and perfect...yet when you see it hanging in the quilt show the borders are suddenly waving back? How does that happen?
The answer can be traced back to just a few possible culprits. The most common reason borders are wavy after the quilting has really nothing to do with the actual quilting.
Aren't you relieved?
The waviness creeps in during the binding attachment. This is especially true if the border quilting design floats inside the border's perimeter, rather than leaving the quilt's outer edge as with pantograph quilting.
When the quilting design is confined to the border only, the stitches cause the border fabric to draw up, just like other areas of the quilt. However, the outer raw edge of the border does NOT shrink in relation to the design inside the border. Instead, you'll see soft ripples in the quilt top along the outer raw edge.
To prevent waves from appearing on an otherwise flat quilt, the binding fabric must rest on top of the raw edge while allowing those soft ripples to ease themselves under the binding. Unfortunately, quilters often pull this outer edge flat, trying to make those soft ripples disappear as they attach the binding. Instead, you are stretching out the very outer edge, resulting in waves when the binding is sewn down!
Another culprit to waves on an otherwise flat quilt is fabric tautness. The tighter the fabric appears on the rollers, the greater the chance of ripples when you are finished. Be sure the fabric is only tight enough to prevent pleats or puckers. Too tight, and the quilt is being pulled beyond its normal resting state.
One final troublemaker is inconsistent quilting density. Borders that have fewer quilting stitches than the body of the quilt will ripple much more than borders with comparable stitching amounts to the rest of the quilt. In addition, puffy batting makes this discrepancy more noticeable. Strive for balance between all areas of your quilt to get the flattest project possible.
The 5th annual fabric extravaganza will be at the Holiday Inn, Nashua, NH (exit 4 off Rt 3) on Feb 20, 21 (10-6) and 22 (10-3). It's a multi-store rock-bottom clearance sale of fabric, books, charms, pre-cuts, gifts, you name it. Free admission. Participating stores: Vintage and Vogue, Nashua Sew & Vac, Quiltopia, Sew Fresh Fabrics, The Christmas Shoppe, Fabritique, and Mainely Sewing.
Upcoming Quilt Shows in the Area
March 1, 2014: 20th Annual Quilt Show and Luncheon at the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset, 43 Highland Avenue, Cohasset, MA. Tickets are available for $15 (includes the luncheon), by calling the church at 781-383-0345 or send a SASE to the church with your check. Groups of 4 or more are accepted for specific luncheon seatings by contacting the church. All proceeds benefit The Spark Center in Mattapan.
March 8 & 9, 2014: Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild of Mendon Massachusetts Biannual Quilt Show, Blackstone Valley Tech High School, Upton, Massachusetts. Saturday & Sunday 10AM-4PM. For more information visit: www.thimblepleasures.org
March 28 & 29, 2014: North River Appliquers’ of Massachusetts Quilt Show “Celebrating History”. Over 100 appliqué quilts on display. NRA promotes the art and love of appliqué, both past and present. Friday: 4:00PM-8:00PM, Saturday: 10:00AM-3:00PM; Church Hill United Methodist Church Hall, 11 Church Street, Norwell, MA 02061. Admission: $5.00. All proceeds benefit the Church Hill United Methodist Church.
April 9-12, 2014: MQX Quilt Festival, New England in Manchester, New Hampshire. For more information visit http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/East/Home/index.cfm
May 2 & 3, 2014: Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild, “Art of Quilting, Painting with Fabric and Threads”, Friday, May 2nd, 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday, May 3rd, 9 am – 4 pm, Location: Timberland Regional Middle School, 44 Greenough Rd, Plaistow, NH 03865, Admission fee is $8.00. For more information visit: http://mvquilters.wordpress.com/quilt-show/
June 27-29, 2014: Vermont Quilt Festival, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT; Show Hours: Thursday Champagne Preview: 7:30-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 9am-6pm, Sunday: 9am-3pm, Admission: One-day: $12, two-day pass: $22, three-day pass: $32, Children under 14 free with paying adult. Group discount available. All admissions include free parking. For more information visit: http://www.vqf.org/
What's Up At The New England Quilt Museum?
Diane Wilson, HRQG Rep to the Museum
January 16-April 12, 2014: QUILT JAPAN, The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
April 17-July 6, 2014: CHARMED, Every Piece Is Different
July 10-October 5, 2014: DOWN BY THE OLD MILL STREAM, Rhode Island Quilts
October 9-December 31, 2014: HUMOROUS QUILTS, Keeping Us In Stitches
Remember: The New England Quilt Museum offers free admission for all New England Quilt Museum Auxiliary and supporting quilting guild members, (that means all of us!), on the 4th Sunday of each month from 12 to 4pm. For more information on other exhibits at the New England Quilt Museum visit: http://www.nequiltmuseum.org/
Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
April 6, 2014 - July 27, 2014
This spring, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will present “Quilts and Color”, an exhibition that celebrates the vibrant color palette and inventive design of the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. Both trained artists, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy acquired quilts with bold and eye-popping designs that echoed the work of mid-20th century Abstract Expressionist and Op Artists. The exhibit looks at their collecting - how they started in the 60s, at the forefront of looking at quilts as art -- and how they amassed one of the best collections in the world, full of unique quilts that are outside of the mainstream. For more information visit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/quilts-and-color
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We hope to see you all at our February 1st guild meeting for our
Comfort Quilt Day.
Please plan on spending as much time with us as you can. It’s a great way to make new quilting friends and to give comfort to those in need. A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul.
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