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March 2018 Meeting is Upon Us!

Are your scraps multiplying in the dark, like rabbits? Have they gone wild and crazy? Never fear! Lynn Bell will share some ideas to help us tame those unruly scraps and transform them into beautiful quilts (think beauty from the beast, or a silk purse from a sow’s ear). She would like everyone to bring one or two scrap quilts whether you made them or received as a gift, as well as a favorite scrap pattern or book to share. So sit back, relax and be prepared to come away inspired to use up those scraps that you’ve been collecting.

Join our monthly Guild Meeting the first Saturday of the month to meet people in the community, learn quilting styles, listen to expert guest speakers and teachers, and to enjoy snacks at Grace Episcopal Church, on Mt Olive Street, in Siloam Springs.

Meeting begins at 09:30 be early to find a seat and sign.

Check out our Show and Tell pages to see what members have been sewing. Here is our February 2018 Show & Tell.

 

October Guild Meeting

What a fun day in Siloam Springs! Saturday’s are my favorite! I get to go to the guild meeting and the kids hit the parks and library! There were so many baby blankets donated to the hospital. Our number so far this year is 115. Here are a few…

 

With our “Git Er Done” list that will be wrapping up at the end of the year, the Dogwood Quilters are not only attempting to finish collected projects over the past few decades, but it is nearing CHRISTMAS TIME!

Check out these busy Quilters beautiful pieces….I spy with my little eye, QUILTED BASEBALLS!

Also, our very own designer of fabric showed some samples and wrapping paper featuring our guild flower and members names….

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All of these quilts are much more vivid in real life! Visit us for our next Show & Tell

Ever wonder what goes on at a Dogwood Quilt Guild Meeting?

If you are curious like I am, need some friendly advice, can’t get your machine threaded, or would love to figure out how to get things done, then YOU should visit!

Hi, I’m ChristyLyn. I am a self starting, fabric stashing, sewing machine hoarding, vintage fabric buying, Pinterest pinning, and pattern collecting beginner quilter.  I began in 2014 when nobody wanted my mom and grandmother’s grand collection of scraps and fabric saved for decades.  I feel the need to complete quilts because I feel closer to them with every stitch I make.

Whats your story?  Why do you quilt?  We want to know!

The BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO ME was visiting a couple different guilds. The Dogwood Quilt Guild has since become my home guild. Let me highlight a few things that go on:

Guest speakers- wonderful experts from different fields such as designers, equipment dealers, scissor sharpeners, fabric dealers that come to share.

Show and tell- my favorite part…..anyone brings any project to show off that has been completed (or nearly completed) since the last meeting.

Pot luck- there is always coffee and a themed pot luck.

Community sew- many meetings we bring our gear to sew up blocks for a raffle quilt or a baby blanket race.

Education- through special guests or just by sitting next to another quilter and asking questions, education is ongoing.

Library- the guild has hundreds of quilt inspired novels, how to, and pattern books free to check out.

Friends and friendly advice- I haven’t been with a more cheerful and helpful group of people ever!

Charitable events- make a baby blanket to donate to the hospital or ten! The goal this year is to donate 150 quilts and we are getting closer to that number everyday.

Git ‘R Done list- put your project and name on this list and get encouragement to finish these projects.

Sunshine and shadows- a time during each meeting to share happy and sad events in your life.

 

I’ll end this post with some photos from the October meeting.

Here are some more of the baby blankets already donated to Siloam Springs Regional Hospital.

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Raija Salomaa Trunk Show April 2nd

Raija Salomaa, like all Finns of her era, grew up sewing, as sewing was part of the school curriculum all through elementary school and into middle school. However, it wasn’t until she moved to the United States that she saw her very first quilt. Fortunately, Raija received a sewing machine as her college graduation gift and it wasn’t long after that when her first attempt of making a quilt was under way.

Raija’s desire to make patterns came early on, and her first patterns were published in 2004. After a nine year hiatus, she began designing patterns full time. Raija’s quilts have appeared in a couple of quilting catalogs, as well as quilt magazines.

She is married to the love of her life, Sam, and they have two daughters. They have called Rogers their home for the past ten years.

Raija is the owner of Quilters Treasure Chest in Rogers an online shop and longarm business (www.qtcquilting.com).  She has patterns, rulers and fabrics available for purchase.

Guest Speaker from Siloam Springs Museum

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Karen Woodruff, Public Programs Manager at the Siloam Springs Museum, will be the first speaker at our March Meeting, Saturday, March 5th, 2016. She develops and presents educational programs for children and adults, including field trips and outreach programs, creates and conducts events, and helps with exhibits, design and advertising, social media, and website maintenance.

Karen graduated from Framingham State University in Massachusetts with a B.A. in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She’s worked in the Education Department in several museums and an aquarium for the past eight years. She’s looking forward to helping the Siloam Springs Museum grow and progress towards its future location on Broadway Street. 

The annual Siloam Springs Heritage Festival, a family-friendly summer celebration of history, community, and traditional lifeways, is sponsored by the Museum. It takes place on the fourth Saturday of June in the historic downtown, in City Park and the adjacent Community Building. In addition to great music and food, and vendors selling traditional and handmade items, visitors can enjoy a walking tour of the Historic Downtown, craft demonstrations, Living History and musical performances, exhibits of historical items, heritage groups in historic garb and much more.

This year plans are to expand to include more musical performances, such as a barbershop quartet, and to include more cultural diversity with Hispanic and Native American dance performances, storytelling, and games. Plus, it is hoped to have participation from local artisans, such as area quilters, who keep traditional skills alive.

 

 

It’s Our 25th Anniversary

Yes! Back in 1991 we got together and have been quilting ever since! We will be posting items from our scrapbooks all throughout the year, recalling special events and people and quilts over the years.

To start off we announced The Dogwood Quilters Guild 25th Anniversary Quilt Challenge at our January 2016 meeting! The theme is Silver Blossoms.  So fitting since we refer to our members as “blossoms” and our logo is the Dogwood Flower of the Dogwood trees so common and beautiful in our area of the Ozarks.

You must be a Dogwood Quilters Guild member to enter this challenge and only one entry per member is allowed. These quilts must be done *BEFORE* the May 2, 2016 meeting. Download a copy of the Guidelines

Start searching through your stash and patterns!