The President’s challenge is to make a quilt that contains flying geese. These can be in any size or formation, use your imagination and soar! The quilts will be displayed at the June meeting and the winners will be chosen by the members.
Drum roll please for the question of the day – what is the objective of a raffle? There are only so many widgets, thing-a-ma-jigs, not to mention fabrics, patterns and related stuff, available in the quilting world. The intent of a raffle is to support the guild in its various endeavours and a raffle is one such way to make some necessary funds. One never has enough fabric, widgets, etc. Tools tend to give out, break or simply disappear. And more fabric spawns new projects. That’s what raffles are all about!
For the 2019/20 season, your intrepid Raffle Coordinators (RCs) have implemented a few twists. Monthly raffles will be held from September 2019 through to June 2020. The November monthly raffle will be a Christmas theme. In April 2020, the theme will be spring – hopefully it will arrive on time not like 2019. Each month there will be seven (7) items for choosing, as our membership and monthly attendance has increased.
The Special, aka Basket, Raffles will be held in December 2019, March and June 2020. For the December raffle the RCs, with the approval of the KQG Executive, have taken a different tactic – the prize will be three $50.00 gift certificates for one lucky winner to enjoy at three different quilting shops. No, the RCs were not lazy, we just thought it would be nice for the winner to enjoy all those post-Christmas sales.
If you would be interested in helping the RCs out, as we do travel, feel under the weather sometimes, please stop by the raffle table and leave your contact info. Looking forward to a successful year!
The gift of giving is something quilters around the world are known for. Quilters are usually the first ones to donate a quilt to help someone who needs comfort and care in their lives. Our guild has been very generous helping local charities:
- Financial donations: $400 each to Kanata Food Cupboard and Ruddy Shenkman Hospice, raised from the guild’s retreat in November
- Quilts for raffle or auction to the Kanata Legion, Garden Terrace Senior Home, and Dairy Queen in support of CHEO
- Quilts donated: eight to Chrysalis House (Kanata Women’s Shelter), five to Kanata Breast Cancer Support Group, and six plus pillowcases to Ronald Macdonald House
- Over 400 “Quilties” to newborns at the Queensway Carleton Hospital
- Many bags of food items to Kanata Food Cupboard
- Hats, gloves/mitts, scarves and various winter clothes to Shepherds of Good Hope
Thank you to the guild for your enthusiastic efforts to make quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses. Most of them went just to the Ottawa House and we still have a few more to take there in September.
We will be sewing for Cornerstone Housing for Women. They have been in the news a lot lately as they are going to be opening their 4th residence. They provide long term housing for women in distress. They are looking for throw size or larger quilts and we would like to use our sew day to make a couple of bed quilts for them.
At the December meeting, we will continue with our food donations for the Kanata Food Cupboard and hats, socks, mitts and gloves for Shepherds of Good Hope.