Happy fall!  We hope that the seasonal changes happening around us are providing plenty of quilting inspiration.

Over 65 members joined our very first zoom Guild Meeting in September and it was good to see people log in and eagerly connect with other members they had not had the chance to see for some months.  As time goes on and we become more comfortable with this format, we are hoping to set up chat rooms where small groups will be able to spend a little more time together and catch up.

This month, our speaker will be Adele Scott who will be sharing her favorite tips, techniques and tools.  The Guild Meeting will start at 5:45 p.m. and the Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Links to both these zoom rooms will be sent out to everyone beforehand.

The Board and other volunteers are busy planning our Quilt Social event which will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the grounds of the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To allow us to maintain social distancing, this is a member-only event and everyone must pre-register and receive a time slot ahead of time.  There are still some spaces available in the afternoon, see the details further on in the latest news section.

There will be a lot of quilts to see at the Quilt Social.  All the 2020 Challenge Quilts will be on display with the opportunity to cast your vote, the beautiful 2021 Quilt Raffle quilt will be exhibited, and all the Comfort Quilt Salt ‘n Pepper summer project quilts will be there with the opportunity to win one of your choice.  In addition, as some of you know, Jennifer Larrabee has put together a quilt from blocks she received from 45 different people in 17 different states using the fabric scraps left from masks they made. The quilt is a feast of wonderful colors and shapes.

The last date to become a member and to have your name listed in the Member Directory is October 31st.  This year we will be sending all members an email containing a link to the Directory in PDF format which can be downloaded onto your computer and printed if you choose.  We will be printing a limited number of booklets.  If you would like a booklet, please submit your request via the Membership section in the latest news section which follows. Because we are not meeting in person and mailing is expensive, the booklet will be available for pick up at a number of locations.  If pickup is not possible for you, we will make other arrangements.

We know that many of you like having the booklet – we do too!!  But we are keeping our eye on our finances in light of all the uncertainties that we are facing.  We do, however, have a brand-new option for the digital Directory!  As a way of helping us stay connected as a community at a time when we can’t get together in person, every member will have the choice to submit a  face shot photo for the Directory which will appear next to their name and contact information.  One of our new members, Joanne Visovsky has very generously taken on this project and is enthusiastic to get started. You will be receiving an email shortly to let you know how to submit your photo.

Because the Treasurers’ reports will not be available at the meetings for members to review, Rebekah Glacey and Karen Martinez, who are working very hard behind the scenes to keep the Guild finances ticking over, will be providing a Budget Report and Balance Sheet via email to members.   As you will see, we are making some savings as a result of holding our meetings online but there are also areas where we may lose income.  We appreciate your support and will need it more than ever as we go forward.

We hope to see you at the Quilt Social.  For those of you who will not be able to make it, we will miss you but look forward to seeing you at our zoom meetings!

Stay healthy,
Karen and Anne

October 2020