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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.

 

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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Guest Speaker Cynthia Regone

The Grove Quilting Guild has scheduled Cynthia Regone to be the guest speaker at their May 6th program. Friday at 9:30am, Grove Community Center, Grove, Oklahoma.

They are inviting all the local guilds and quilters to attend. Admission is $10.00 for non-members.  They need an R.S.V.P. by April 20th to secure seating for everyone. Contact Janet Leshko, 918.253.2455,  jayquiltshop@gmail.com with any questions.

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.