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Message from the PresidentFrances Cranford 2014

We all had a great time at the SewFest retreat and convention this year. There was a lot of quilting, socializing, buying fabric and notions from our vendor, picking out finds from the flea market table, and of course, eating. A lot of eating! It’s great to have the time to sew and only stop to have a meal that is pre-pared for you – no grocery shopping or cleaning up. It’s great to catch up with quilting friends that you only see at the GQC re-treat and convention. On Saturday after a brief business meet-ing, we enjoyed the many quilts brought by Nancy Mahoney. Nancy also had a slide show of some of the quilts she made when she started quilting and of vintage quilts she has collected. It’s always interesting to hear how someone who has made a career out of their passion got started.

I want to thank Anita Heady of Sewcial Studio for being the vendor at the retreat and convention this year. She and her husband brought wonderful quilting wares with them. They brought their hand-dyed and rust-dyed fabrics along with no-tions, patterns, and specialty rulers. Anita did several demon-strations for the group, but for individuals as well. She was happy to be there, and she said that it was the first time in three years that she had a chance to sew! We appreciate them for be-ing a part of this year’s SewFest.

Our new officers, Sara Shy, Candi Reed, Leslie Boone were installed. New to the elected board is Candi Reed, president-elect, from Douglas, Georgia who is a member of the Wiregrass Quilters Guild. Leslie Boone resigned from the secretary’s position to become the treasurer. As for committee chairs, Barb Pailloz from Mansfield, Georgia (UFO Quilters and Lake Oconee Guild) is the new membership chairman. Their participation is much appreciated. The secretary’s position and the newsletter editor are open at this time. If you would like to fill either position, please email me.

Our membership continues to grow. Please let everyone in your guilds know that we are active and would like them to join. The Council is a great way for the quilters across the state to connect to each other. Our business membership allows quilt shops and other quilt related businesses to advertise on the website. The newsletter and the website keep us informed on what events the guilds are involved in. For new quilters coming in the area they can locate a guild by going to our web page. These are a few of the benefits of membership.

Sara Shy did a great job planning this year’s retreat and convention. She takes over in January as the president. Sara has a lot of new ideas to help the Council grow in membership and keep us interesting.

Keep Stitchin’,