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Message from the President

Clare Jan 2014 cropped

Well, SewFest Retreat 2014 and our annual convention has come has gone. We look forward to it all year and it is over before we can blink an eye.  Everyone had a great time and got lots of sewing accomplished. I even finished hand quilting a quilt that I have been working on for six months. You can be sure it will hang in the Lavender Mountain annual quilt exhibit at the Rome Library in March.  We had 40% participation at the retreat and 50% at convention.

Our speaker at the convention, Marquetta Johnson, was very inspiring. Her colorful hand dyed fabrics and her unique original quilts were on display. Her power point presentation was very clear. Her enthusiasm and passion for quilting and passing on her knowledge of quilting is contagious. We all need to be sure to be passing on the love of quilting to a new generation.

The next big events coming up in our quilting world will be the American Quilter’s Society show in Chattanooga, TN and the Quilting Live Show in Marietta, GA. I hope to see some of you there. Another nearby event will be “Quilts By the Lake” quilt show in Oxford, AL sponsored by the Lick Skillet Quilt Guild. These three events are all in the same week ending September 13. There is also the Collinsville, AL Quilt Walk on September 26 and 27. There is always so much going on in the quilt world in the fall which is why we decided last year to have our retreat and convention in August when things are a little slower.

I hope to run into some of you at one or more of these upcoming events.

Happy Quilting,
Clare Gilliland, President