Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2009 Quilt Retreat at North Star Bible Camp

Photos submitted by Margaret Margaret Gingerich . Text by Harriet Shaftel.

Oh, my stars, but we had fun at our
Log Cabin Quilters Retreat

On Thursday we headed north on the Parks Hwy
turning off on the Willow-Fishhook Road
which keeps its surprises well hidden.
Through woods and wetlands, over hill and dale
We had no clue as to our destination until
the turn-off appeared suddenly on the right…
A large clearing surrounding a lovely lake, historic cabins, a dining facility, conference lodge, and many comfortable sleeping cabins with bunks, double sinks, hot showers - all on the verge of the Talkeetna mountains.

The setting was perfect for communing with nature, and the best part? Our hosts – the family and their helpers young and old – were proud of their place. We could feel the love – from early in the morning until late at night (allowances were made for early birds and night owls) – and the results? Fantabulous.

Supper on Thursday, three multi-course sit-downs on Fri/Sat, and an 8-course brunch on Sunday. Was there anyone who left without feeling satiated by the hearty, tasty meals?
The sewing room was well-lit by lots of natural light and accommodated all 32 of us comfortably. The chatter was easy, the UFOs splashed colors everywhere, and the competition to complete a project was low-key, thank heavens: those who opted for a massage were limp for some time after. The classes – notebook covers and fabric leis – were fun and quickly done. The two block challenges – a mystery block, and blue/gold star blocks – drew lots of participation. The "spectacular fabric" Chinese auction was suspenseful, and the raffle basket drew plenty of interest dollar-wise.
Altogether, could we have been more tantalized by goodies or more spoiled by our retreat committee? The consensus was unanimous: this was an amazing experience. Next year has already been booked - May 20th.

Note: To see our committee, look for the group sitting on chairs up front in the group picture

Monday, June 8, 2009

Business Meeting, June 4th Minutes

Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters, Inc.

ALCQ Business Meeting June 4, 2009

Call to Order: 10:30 am. President Pam Harris presiding.

Minutes from the meeting of May 7, 2009 were corrected to indicate these changes: The June 18 day program will be a presentation entitled “ALCQ History Photos and Stories” ; Harmony Moser is organizing a group of volunteers to quilt the 2010 raffle quilt. The minutes were approved as corrected.

Treasurer’s Report: Betty Bivins presented the May report. A copy is on file with the Secretary.

Old Business: Missouri Guild: Pat Schroeder reported that she has made contact with the Log Cabin Quilters of Harrisonville, Missouri. Members suggested we might exchange newsletters, send them a copy of our quilt auction DVD, do a log cabin challenge, trade post cards or trading cards. Contact Pat Schroeder with additional ideas.
Newsletter. No volunteers were forthcoming to fill the newsletter co-chair vacancy. Contact Ruthe Rasmussen or Pam Harris if you can help.
New Business:
Nominating Committee: The President has chosen a nominating committee consisting of Rena Brinker, Robin Maas, and Kay Baehr. Currently the positions vacant are secretary and newsletter editors.
Committee Reports:
Comfort Quilt Committee: Rosemary Slizs reminded members that there are kits available and tops to be quilted. The next comfort quilt workshop is the last Thursday in July.

Retreat: Cheryl Griffin reported that 32 people attended the retreat at North Star Bible Camp. Next year the retreat will be held at the same camp on May 20 to 23, 2010. Cheryl reminded members that they can order commemorative guild bags, shirts, scratch pads, and lanyards through her.

Famous Quilters: Deb Hardman asked anyone having pictures from the Gail Garber class to mail them to her for inclusion on the web site. Linda Parkhouse reported that on September 17-19, 2009, Larken Van Horn will be teaching classes on embellishments and shattered circles.

Quilt Show: Harriet Shaftel passed out fliers she made for the show. Rosemary Slizs urged people to sign up to help with the September show. Raffle tickets are available. Mona Havelock won the incentive prize for her donation for the small quilt auction. The August 20 day program will be devoted to learning how to prepare and hand quilt the 2010 raffle quilt. Doris Rhodes will lead the presentation.

Teddy Bear Quilts: Quilts made by students at McLaughlin Youth Center were displayed and members who helped the students with this project reported on what they had gained from the experience. Pat Sims will do a newsletter article, and the quilts and teddy bears will be on display at the September show.

Announcements: Any members having complaints or concerns about any guild procedure, activity, behavior, etc. should contact a member at large (Marge McLaughlin or Jetta Brewer-Huber). The member at large will bring the anonymous concern to the Board and they will decide how best to remedy the situation.

Adjournment: 10:20.
Following the meeting, spring rhubarb cake (donated by Pat Schroeder) was served and the June birthdays were celebrated.

Respectfully submitted, Darlene Appel, Secretary

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009 Day meeting Show & Tell

Today we were joined by a table full of Teddy bears & friends who each had their own quilts, made for them by young people at the McLaughlin Youth Center here in Anchorage.
Troubled kids making quilts for kids in trouble. It was very touching.
The following are photos from the Show & Tell. Your web mistress is feeling under the weather today & will come back later & edit in the text. For now just enjoy the pictures please.