As everyone around me seems to say, “I can’t believe it is almost December.”  Summer seemed to last a long time, then Fall was over in a few days.  I hope you will all enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  The Guild outdid itself last month with the food donations that will provided a Happy Thanksgiving for many who otherwise might not have one.  It is a wonderful start to the “giving season”.

Thanks to the Boutique organizers and vendors for the work that must go into all the lovely items that show up for us to purchase. I hope that “giving season” feeling continued as many members and guests began holiday shopping. A special thank you to Carol and Karen for service above and beyond their Comfort Quilt duties as they made money at their booth to help support the Guild. Your efforts are appreciated by all members. Thanks also for the money you raised at the October quilt raffle. Great leaders!

Those of us who attended the “Stuff” workshop with Valarie Poitier were not disappointed and came away filled with ideas and methods for doing exciting things with fabric in the weeks ahead. It was primarily a day of playing and experimenting with unfamiliar products while enjoying the friendship and laughter of fellow members. A great day! I heard many comments that Valarie was one of the most inspiring and enthusiastic speakers we have had in a long time. How lucky we are that she could come a year ahead of schedule to help us out!

Now comes the time of year when we all go on “overload” with the chores and social events of the holiday season. Be sure to save time for yourself to do things that help you de-stress. Things like working on your cow challenge or your show quilt and going to Guild meetings. I have read a lot of Meg Cox’s book, The Quilters’ Catalog, and look forward to hearing her at our December meeting. The book is packed full of interesting information about quilts and important people in the quilt world. Her lecture will surely be full of these stories. Another draw for the December meeting is the refreshment table full of everyone’s special holiday treats. I am a cookie lover and know I will eat way more than my share. So, see you at the refreshment table in December.

Joyce Sullivan, President