Welcome to a new year at Northern Star Quilters’ Guild.  I hope everyone has had a good summer and managed to get in a bit of sewing.  If you have, don’t forget to bring your work to our meeting for Show and Tell! We are looking forward to another exciting year with great speakers and workshops, our Guild Challenge, a trip to Lancaster, Super Saturday, SIG’s, Comfort Quilts, and “A World of Quilts XXXVIII”, to name a few of our activities.

As I have written about, we are taking full advantage of our website to keep you informed of what is happening in NSQG.  Make sure you bookmark our page and use it as a resource to find out the latest information on what is happening.  Over the next several months we will be adding some more features to the site.  For instance we plan on adding PayPal as an option for quilt registration payment (don’t worry you will still be able to write a check if you want).  This feature can then be expanded to include membership registration, workshops, etc.  As we make these changes, our goals are to make sure current information is available to you, to make the jobs of the Guild volunteers easier and less time consuming, and to keep current with today’s technology.  How many of you long time quilters still use scissors to cut your fabric?  As the new technology of a rotary cutter was introduced, you embraced it as the way to go.  We are doing the same.

Remember volunteering is what makes our Guild so great. When you fill out your registration form, choose an area or two where you would like to help.  You can also introduce yourself at our monthly meeting to the Vice President in charge of that Committee and let them know you want to help.  Or send them an email; their emails are all on the website (look under the Membership Info tab).  A few hours of everyone’s time during the year adds up and is a big help to the people running the Committees.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone on September 21st .  We have a great speaker lined up, Pat Harrison and she is teaching a dynamic class earlier that day (there is still room in the workshop).  There will be goodies to eat, friends to catch up with, and new people to meet.

Susan Fasnacht, President