May 2016 Meeting Review

Forgive me again for being late - it's been an interesting spring. Anyway, enough about me, on with the show!

On a fine May evening, we were joined by the warm and ridiculously talented (and local!) Shelley Swanland, who charmed us with her quotes and her amazing and unique cathedral windows quilts!

If you risk nothing, 
you risk everything.
- Geena Davis

Shelley shared with us her story as seen through her numerous and beautiful quilts, including the method she created for making cathedral windows that makes it much less scary. She will be joining us for a cathedral windows workshop on August 20th where she'll teach us her magic. Can't wait, Shelley!

Along with the cathedral windows quilts, Shelley is also a master embellisher and shared many of her "twuilts", a word she devised by combining "tweet" (a communication from Twitter) and a quilt. Each tweet can be 144 characters, so Shelley's twuilts are 144 square inches (or 12" x 12" finished).

The Saturday after the May meeting, Shelley lead an embellishment workshop, which was fun and highly educating, even for the seasoned embellishers who attended.

The ladies who attended the 2016 Raincross Spring Retreat, My Quilted Journey, at ViƱa de Lestonnac Retreat Center in Temecula showed off their make and take projects and effused about the fantastic time had by all. Check out the photos here.

Reservations with a $50 deposit were opened for the 2016 Raincross Fall Retreat, again at Roughley Manor, October 27-30th. Total cost will be approximately $315 for a 3 night stay, $225 for a 2 night stay. There are only 24 spots available so contact Andie B. ASAP to inquire if there are any spots left.

Susan C. reminded us that the Quilts of Valor presentation is coming on June 11th. Click here for more information and click here to help us identity who created these quilts.

There is also another Hoffman tour, including the offices and factory, scheduled for July 11th at 9:30am. For those who'd like to carpool, please 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. Woohoo!

Elly H. showed us our June BOM, call the Rolling Wheel. Click here for the pattern.

We also saw some lovely quilts during Show N Share; as soon as I can pry them out of Mrs. Mary T., I'll be sure to get them on the blog!

The elusive Mystery Box made a reappearance! Congratulations to Dorothy M. who got to give it a new home.

We also started a new "thing" - wear your Raincross Quilt Guild pin and receive an additional door prize ticket! If you don't have a pin yet, you can buy them at the door for $5.

Door Prize Winners:
2 yards Ginny Beyer fabric - Catherine S.
Moda charm pack - Sharon G.
2 yards black Kona - Linda H.
Moda jelly roll - Barbara O.

And finally, a preview for the June meeting...

It's Potluck Time! Everyone is invited to be bring a snack to share. We also will be joined by the Temecula quilt shop, Needle in a Fabric Stash, which specializes in modern fabrics and quilting styles, so be sure to save your pennies and be ready to shop!

- Cassandra G.

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