The new fiscal year programs opened with the chairman of the Georgia Quilt Museum Committee of the Georgia Quilt Council. In August, Amanda Whitsel presented a wonderful, interactive program designed to help keep our bodies healthly so that we can continue quilting.
At our September meeting, we celebrated our 20th ANNIVERSARY!!!! Shirley Erickson lead us in a year-by-year review of the many things that we have done. There was MUCH to celebrate!!!
Various new policies were implemented during the year, including the decision to use Charity related monies to make quilts for organizations rather than giving cash donations. The Charity Bee began meeting every Wednesday morning, greatly facilitating our charity efforts.
In October, guild members answered the “B’rest Memories” challenge in a big way, showing many blocks that were made to celebrate Breast Cancer Month. Sarah Hubbard put the blocks together and presented the quilt to Clark County Relay-For Life. They raffled the quilt and raised $2,000.
The Charity Bee jumped on this idea and, with the help of guild members, made a Jewel Box Quilt which was given to Oconee County Relay for Life. They raised a whopping $6,000. Raffle quilts were also presented to the Hospitality Network and to Athens Habitat For Humanity.
In November we enjoyed the visit of Susan Salter Rice who presented a “Twisted Log Cabin” workshop during the day and then continued with a trunk show and sale at the evening meeting…..quite a long day.
December included our usual potluck dinner and presentation of the Holiday Challenge quilts.
2006 began with two workshops by national teacher, Carol Taylor. The first day was based on her “Arc-i-texture” designs, followed by a “Free Motion Machine Quilting” session on day two. Attendees were treated to a wonderful showing of many of Carol’s famous quilts.
We were also treated to a workshop by Peggy Barkle, who taught her “Blendable Curves” technique. Several of our members finished quilts which were included in Peggy’s book about the subject.
Final workshops were presented by Barbara Redman (Grandmother’s Flower Garden) and Deb Henderson (Bloomin Rose Block Swap).
Our year ended at the June meeting with more food and the displaying of 25 quilts in the “Orange you Glad It’s Not Pink” Challenge…..a great showing for a wonderful challenge!!!