Meetings and Other Fun

Meetings
The guild has a Day Group and a Night Group. Both groups meet at Central Lutheran Church located at 15th and Cordova Streets.  The Day group has additional sessions as indicated below. Each group schedules their own programs.  All members are welcome at any meeting. Programs for both groups are published in the newsletter.
The Day Group meets at 10:00 AM for informal visiting with the actual meeting/program beginning at 10:30AM. Show and Tell follows the meeting/program.  Each day meeting will have at least one table on which members may put items that are free to others and from which she/he may take items.
·     First Thursday: business meeting, birthday celebration, Show and Tell
·     Third Thursday: Program meeting, Show and Tell
·     Fourth Thursday: Open Sew – bring your machine or handwork and visit with other members while you work…or just come and visit.
·     Fifth Thursday: Comfort Quilt Workday. When there is a fifth Thursday, come and help other members make comfort quilts that are distributed to local charities.

The Night Group meets at 7:00pm on the third Thursday.  Sessions are less formal and have fewer participants than the day group. They begin each meeting with “around-the-table” Show and Tell then move to a program as time permits. The group plans programs in advance annually or semi-annually.
Visitors and new members are always welcome at Day Group and Night Group meetings.

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Annual Meeting
The guild’s annual meeting is held in September of each year. The meeting alternates between a night meeting in even numbered years and day meeting in odd numbered years. At this meeting, new officers are elected, the annual budget is approved and other essential business is conducted. We celebrate together with a potluck meal while food and fun rule. Each year, the President provides a challenge fabric for the coming year and members bring their item(s) made from the previous year’s challenge fabric for display.
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Comfort Quilts 
Guild members make over 100 quilts annually and give them to community agencies which serve the elderly, ill, poor, homeless and others who are in need of warmth and comfort. All sizes of quilts are used:  infant, crib, wheelchair, lap, twin and full. Teen-age new mothers need baby wraps, especially with big, bright colors and patterns. Elderly nursing home patients, who may be in wheelchairs, need smaller lap-size covers that aren’t too big to handle and won’t drag on the floor. Bed sized quilts are used to sleep under.
Comfort quilts are works of love and concern, not aspiring to be works of art; they could be called “opportunity” quilts because making them gives our members a chance to try out new methods, fabric and color combinations, and unusual ideas. Every fifth Thursday, the guild has a Comfort Quilt workday where members can enjoy working together with other members in “marathon” work sessions. Most comfort quilts are machine quilted or tied, rather than hand-quilted. The guild buys batting, sets up patterns and kits and accumulates fabric for the guild “stash”, which any member can dip into for comfort quilts. A group “tape-and-pin-baste” operation has the flavor of an old-fashioned quilting bee, with a half dozen or so people around a table taping down backing, carefully laying out batting and top, then basting the three layers together with safety pins.
Some of the agencies that have received ALCQ comfort quilts through the years include: AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis), Booth Memorial Home, Clare House Women’s Shelter, Serendipity Adult Day Center, Clare House Women’s Shelter, Mary Conrad Center Nursing Home, 4-A’s (Alaska AIDS Assistance Association), McKinnell House, Charley Elder House, McAuley Manor, Cares for Kids, Lutheran Social Services, plus other arms of the Salvation Army and Catholic Social Services.

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Christmas Stockings for Children

The Night group works with the Office of Children’s Services and donates Christmas stockings filled with “goodies” for children who are in the system. The group normally makes stockings at one of the summer meetings and stuffs them in November or December.

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Teddy Bears and Quilts

This is a community service program that brings together children, teddy bears and quilts. Members rescue new and gently used teddy bears and other stuffed animals and make teddy-sized quilts to reflect the personality of each animal.  In the Spring each year, the guild hosts an annual Teddy Bear Tea during which the public and local agencies are invited to see all the animals showing off their specially made quilts. Since the program began in 2003, hundreds of critters with quilts have found children of their own through this outreach program. The guiding principle is “Every child deserves a teddy bear, and every teddy bear deserves a child.” Agencies frequently tell us stories about how much it means to the children to receive such a special handmade gift.

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Annual Quilt Retreat

Annually ALCQ holds a retreat for members and other quilters. This 3 or 4 day quilt getaway lets quilters socialize, work all hours on quilt projects…or not, eat great food that someone else prepares, try novel techniques, entertain new creative and wild-eyed notions, share project ideas, laugh a lot, and come home revitalized. In recent years, our retreats have been held in the Spring in the Willow/Hatcher Pass area at the North Star Bible Camp.