June 2016 Meeting Review

Oh my! What a fun, jam packed meeting we had this past week at the good ol' Janet Goeske Center! If you missed it, we're sorry to have not seen it, but TEEHEE! you missed a whizdinger of a meeting!

While unfortunately the Temecula quilt shop Needle in a Fabric Stash was not able to join us, we were blessed to be joined by the vivacious and beautiful Ms. Faten M.-S., the owner of Easy Quilting Corner quilt shop, and her lovely family - and her shop! Faten gave us a great little trunk show from her very first quilts to the equally amazing quilts she's making today (held by her handsome children). I'll admit it was difficult to pay attention though because there was SHOPPING TO BE HAD!! Check out the loot I snagged - and such great prices. :)

The shop is 1405 Spruce St Suite D, Riverside, CA 92507, and is open Monday through Saturday 8:30am - 3:30pm. Be sure to stop by and say hi to Faten for me!

As you may know (but really, you SHOULD know, especially those who are gastronomically inclined), the June meeting is one of our two yearly potlucks for snacks - and what a bonanza we had! The truly amazing feat (which I'm still kicking myself for not getting a picture of - if you see something cool at a meeting, tell me 'Hey Cassandra, you should get a picture of this for the blog!') was the like 6 or 7 trays of deviled eggs! So much tasty!!

We had consensus that Lisa S.'s "crispy, peanut butter and chocolate thing" (it's actually called Scotch-a-roo's) and Janice B.'s Taco Salad were so to die for, recipes were demanded (really...we just asked nicely, I promise) and we have them! Click the links above. Also, the super tasty and vampire unfriendly Garlic Fries at the end of the table came from Enzo's Pizza, in case you have more vampires you need to ward off.

On Monday July 11th, Raincross Quilt Guild members are invited to take a tour of Hoffman Fabrics, including the offices and factory. The tour is scheduled to start 9:30am. For those who'd like to carpool, please contact Evelyn so she know to look for you and meet in the Sears parking lot at 7:45am; otherwise you can meet us at Hoffman. And there will be opportunities to hit a few fabric and quilt stores in Orange County afterwards, prepare your credit cards!

The next Sew Day is at the Rancho Callabero Carefree MH Park Club House on Saturday July 16th from 10am (9am is fine too) to 5pm, which is at 15181 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92504. It is recommended to park back by the pool. We'll be making Happy Bags, so if you have an acrylic Happy Bag template, please bring it. Click here for the Happy Bag pattern. Dawn M., our intrepid Happy Bag maven, has deemed that we have currently have 47 happy bags that are destined for girls age 8-12 but ZERO bags for boys - and we REALLY need boy bags! Think on that and have a look in your stash for fabrics that may suit our young gentlemen in need. :) Lunch will be potluck salad, so bring your salad add-ons and sides, etc. (Ed. note: subject to change because I just made that up - will post an update if this changes)
Cathedral Windows by Shelley Swanland

On August 20th, Shelley Swanland will return to hold her unique method for creating Cathedral Windows! Look back to the pictures of her trunk show from our May meeting to see her amazing quilts - the quilt to the right will be what we'll work on during the class.

The workshop will be at the Goeske Center from 9am-3:30pm and is $30 with space for 16 attendees. HOWEVER! If we can get 30 people to sign up for the class, the price will be cut nearly in half to $16, so bring a friend. Contact Andie B. and Dawn M. to sign up.

Finally, the Fall retreat to Roughley Manor is now full, unless any of the current attendees are unable to attend. Contact Barbara M. to see about putting your name on the waiting list.

Everyone was so focused on bringing a tasty treat to the potluck that we only had a few May BOM blocks to share - but Elly says "That's okay! If you finish a block or several blocks, bring them in and show them off!" We all get behind (Ed. note: *cough*), but by the grace of God, we can all catch up and share our beautiful stars. :)

This month's BOM looks awesome and Elly has promised us it sews up like a dream. While we learned it's technically called "Dolly Madison", Elly called it "Dolly Parton" a few times and frankly, I'm behind the name change. :D That woman has star power!!

Elly also reminded us that our TWO FABRIC challenge quilts are due at the next guild meeting in July. Are you ready? The rules again: make a quilt (or tote, jacket, whatever) any size, with just 2 fabrics, just TWO! Note: The binding and backing can be different fabrics from the two used in the quilt.

Andie B. announced that we'll be pushing to make wheelchair lap quilts (36" x 48" maximum size) for the VA Hospital and invited members to make 10" or 12" Americana blocks and bring them to the July meeting.

Karen D. announced that The 52 Project, a collective of 147 people who committed to becoming more creative on a regular basis, are pleased to announce shows of their works. There will be various exhibits and receptions between July 7th and August 7th. Click here to learn more.

Judy M. waxed poetic about her recent trip to Hamilton, Missouri, home of the Missouri Star quilt block and JC Penney's. Hamilton is also home to the Missouri Star Quilt Co., which boasts a total of 14 quilt shops in town - it's a quilters destination. Click here for the brochure Judy brought back with her.

Jeri R. informed us she has recently become a member of the Janet Goeske Center, open to those 55 years young (or younger? :D). Membership is $20 a year and helps the Center do what it does - including giving Raincross Quilt Guild a FREE place to hold our meetings. If it fits in your budget, please consider joining! Members receive a ton of local discounts - check them out here.

Speaking of our fearless leader, Jeri R. will be FINALLY be heading into surgery this coming Wednesday to replace that rascally hip. She asks for your prayers to guide the surgeons hands, watch over the operation, and bless her with a speedy recovery. Amen, sister! We want to see you shimmying down the aisles ASAP!

On May 21st, Shelley Swanland held her Embellishment workshop to a small, but rapidly enthusiastic group at the Goeske Center. Check out the pictures here.

On June 11th, Raincross Quilt Guild hosted a Quilts of Valor presentation at the RCC Alumni House to a packed audience! Over 35 quilts were presented to veterans, their spouses and/or family members ranging from those who served during WWII and through the Iraq war. Several attendees have sent in photos from the day, so I recommend you check out the pictures (which has been updated with new pictures just this week).

Whew! I told you it was jammed packed...:) Almost done...

Door Prize Winners
2 yds Kauffman fabric - Katherine R.
8" designer Fiskars & a fat - Debbie G.
Snap on necklace charms & a fat - Shelly M.
Scrap master rule - the only and only Alice!
2 yds Fossil Fern - Michelle S.
Independence Day flag sculpture - Sue C.

Mystery Box Winner
Angie N.

And Faten lovingly donated FIVE YARDS of gorgeous batik to one lucky shopper - that winner was Aileen B. Well done!
- Cassandra G.


Chris said...

What a delightfully written summary of our last guild meeting. Thank you, Cassandra!!

The Raincross Quilt Guild said...

You're welcome - I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Faten Seryani said...

Wow. I didn't get to read this until this morning <3. I can't thank you enough for the nice comments you wrote about my family, shop and me. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be there and to have met such amazing ladies. It was a fun night for all of us including my friend (Liz) who joined me that night. I am looking forward to joining the guild and be part of the community service activities going on :-)
Thanks again