How do I find information?
Our website, http://www.mvquilters.org, is one of the best places for information about our guild. If you can’t find the info here, contact the person in charge of the activity you are interested in. Their information can be found on the Committees Page or Board Member Pages.
Sign up for e-mail updates by scrolling down the right column of the webpage to the end and click on the box. Contact Cathy Harnisch
You can also become a fan on Facebook, scroll down the right column of the webpage to the end and click on the box. Contact Marianne Nowacki
Searching for Information.
This website is what is known as a blog (short for weB-Log). As such it has two distinct parts, Posts and Pages.
Posts are what you find under the home tab and generally are the first thing you see when you enter our website. Posts are added as needed to immediately get information to the members. Posts are listed chronologically.
Pages are the information under all the other tabs at the top of the page. Pages generally don’t change often. They contain information on the day to day functions of the guild. Board Members, Workshops Schedules, Guild Activities, Projects, etc.
When you use the search area on the right of the blog, it searches posts only. If you don’t find what you are looking for in your search results, check the menu of pages to the right. Most likely it is listed there.
If you are still having trouble, e-mail one of our bloggers, they should be able to direct you to the page you are looking for.
What happens at a meeting?
- Sign in at a number of your choosing.
- Be sure to have a name tag.
- Shop at the vendor.
- Buy a chance at the raffle table.
- Check out other tables for information.
- Mingle with friends.
The meeting frequently starts with the business meeting and announcements and is followed by Show and Tell. We then take a short break for refreshments and more opportunities to shop, get raffle tickets,or check out projects and activities. After break, door and raffle prize winners are drawn. The final event is the evening’s program. When we have a Speaker, their presentation will often come first followed by a break and then the business meeting.
Patterns for the Hatchet block name tag will be available. Name tags are needed to win door prizes and help other members match names and faces.
Numbers are drawn after break and the person whose name corresponds to that number on the sign in sheet wins. You must be wearing your name tag in order to win. Contact Membership Committee.
Every month we offer a monthly raffle of fabric, notions, or the like. Tickets will be sold at the welcome table before meetings and during break times. Tickets are 2 for $1.00 if you are wearing your MVQG name tag. Otherwise tickets are $1.00 per ticket. Winning ticket is drawn after the break. Contact Raffle Prize Coordinator
Most months we have a vendor from a local quilt shop. Check out what is available each meeting and make a plan for a future shopping trip for more choices. Contact Vendor Committee
The guild president leads this section where the guild’s business is conducted, announcements are made, programs explained and news announced. Keep a pencil and paper handy for notes. We try to keep this brief and have details available at tables around the room during break and on the website. Contact Guild President.
Show and Tell
Sharing of recently completed sewing projects. Pictures of show and tell projects will be posted on our blog.
Each month the newsletter publishes which group of people (alphabetically by last name) are responsible for refreshments. Bring a snack of your choice. This is voluntary and you may bring refreshments to any meeting. Contact Jeanne Elliot.
Guild meetings typically feature a speaker and some kind of trunk or slide show. The guild is known for the level of speakers it has each year. Guests are welcome to attend at a $5 fee The November/December meeting is usually a pot luck dinner and holiday celebration. Lecture Schedule can be found on the web site. Contact Program Coordinator
What are Raffle Quilts?
Current Year – Each year we create a quilt to raise funds for the guild. This quilt is taken to quilt shows and community events where tickets are sold. We are always looking for places to take the quilt. If you know of an event in your community please let us know.
Quilt Sitting – Members are needed to sit with the quilt and sell tickets at shows and community events. For each 2 hour shift your name is entered into a drawing to receive the member’s quilt which was made from the left over blocks. This is a great way to get to know other guild members. Contact the Travel Quilt Coordinator to volunteer
Raffle Tickets – Each member receives 2 books of tickets as part of their membership. You may keep or sell the tickets, you do not need to pay for these two books. Turn in your stubs at any meeting. Contact Travel Quilt Coordinator
Future – Members make a block to contribute to the construction of the new raffle quilt for next guild year. Sign-up to get the instructions for the block. Frequently, there is a nominal fee for the block. This fee will be returned to you once you have turned in your completed of the block. Blocks are due no later than January’s meeting. Submit them sooner if you can. Contact the next years Raffle Quilt Committee.
What are the Guild Programs, Activities, Events and Workshops?
Workshops – Are held several times a year and are often given by that month’s speaker. They are typically $25 and are usually held on the Saturday following the guild meeting from 9:30-3:30 at the Plaistow Library function room. Some teachers require a kit or pattern fee that is beyond our charge. Non members are welcome to be put on a wait list ($30) if the class is not full one month before . A Workshiop list is on the website. Contact Program Committee.
Comfort Quilt Project – Each year the vice president chooses a charity to support. Members are encouraged to make quilts to donate to this community program. Finished quilts are displayed at the quilt show and the final donation is made in June. Contact Vice President
President’s Block – This is the member’s gift to the President for all her hard work. The President chooses a block design and color scheme. Directions can be found on the Projects page. Completed blocks should be given to Vice President by May. Contact Vice President
Block raffle – This gives you an opportunity to make just one block for a chance on winning enough blocks to make a quilt without having to make them all yourself! A theme fabric(s) is provided for a minimal fee. This is to be used in creating a block of your choice. You may make as many blocks as you wish, as long as each is different. Complete directions are available on the Projects page. Contact Raffle Block Committee
Mystery quilt – New instructions are given every month and you won’t know what the quilt will look like until the final instructions are given. First month has fabric requirements. Directions can be found on the Projects page. Contact Mystery Quilt Committee
Scrap Bee (formerly known as Block exchange) – Follow the instructions and complete a set of blocks by the designated time. The chairperson will mix them up and return to you a set of blocks made by other participants in the exchange. If you submit 2 sets, 2 unique sets will be returned to you. Directions can be found on the Projects page. Contact Scrap Bee Committee.
UFO challenge – This is to encourage you to complete those unfinished projects. Contact UFO Challenge Coordinator.
Quilting retreat weekends – There are usually two retreats a year, spring and fall to the Franciscan Retreat Center in Kennebunk, Maine. These are open to all members. You bring your own projects to work on. Directions and forms can be found on the Projects page. Contact Retreat Coordinator
Storybook quilts– Members made quilts to go along with story books that are about quilts or have a quilt connection. The books and quilts are organized into two trunks which are lent to schools, libraries and other groups. Members can borrow these trunks for community groups. Contact Storybook Coordinator.
Mystery Bus Trip – The mystery bus trip is typically held annually in March or April. The trip has secret destinations usually going to two or three shops. We bring our own lunch to eat on the bus – (why waste time at a restaurant when you can shop). The bus leaves about 8am an returns around 5pm, but varies based on the destinations. The trip is open to members and non members are welcome to be on a wait list if bus does not fill up. Contact Mystery Bus Trip Coordinator.
Who do I notify when a member is sick or has passed away or someone from a member’s family has passed away?
The Sunshine Chairperson is responsible for sending special cards to the members of our guild. She will also coordinate meals and other special help if needed. Contact Sunshine Chairperson.
How can I get to meet and know other members?
- Volunteer to quilt sit
- Work on a committee
- Participate in a block swap
- Sign up for a workshop
- Come to an open sewing group
Open Sewing Groups
They are held at
- Nevins (Methuen) Library. Contact Kathy Pearse
- Kelley (Salem NH) Library. Contact Carol Sullivan
- Plaistow Public Library. Contact Gloria Zacharias
Schedules are posted on here.