THE FRIENDSHIP STAR January
January 2023 – Volume XXXIX– Issue 4
FORT WORTH QUILT GUILD
Meeting Location: West Freeway Church of Christ
1900 S. Las Vegas Trail Fort Worth, TX 76108
President: Wanda Edmunds 682-560-9101
President-Elect: Thayne Rooney 817-223-3982 Rooney.email@example.com
Location: PO Box 121942, Fort Worth, TX 76121
Happy New Year!
Notes from the President
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season. Seems like we are having a break from the freezing weather for now with some beautiful sunny days. How I hated those grey days.
I have a few things I want to bring to your attention for the new year and our meetings.
First and foremost, we will be opening the kitchen up for ya'll to start bringing food again. Because of this I would like to have at least one person a meeting that would help Marilyn with Hospitality. Please email(mpsimth52@rrcom) or call her at (817-917-9224} to volunteer. She could really use the help.
Secondly, there will be a group reviewing our By-Laws and updating them. If you are interested in helping, contact Lynda McGee at our next meeting. We are going to try to address the update in March.
If you have any questions regarding our meetings or any of our committees, please come up to one of the board members listed in the directory. If we don't know the answer we will find out for you and get back to you.
Don't forget to check in with Cecelia to see if she needs you to take some kits home and put blocks together for the Quilts of Valor quilts. This is an ongoing project and seems to be growing more and more.
If anyone is interested in starting a Machine embroidery/Applique Bee(besides me!) , contact me at 682 560-9101 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting and don't forget your show and tell items. We all want to see what you have been working on. Also, Bring a Friend. We love visitors.
Thank you all for being part of The Ft Worth Quilt Guild. I would love to see us bounce back from our COVID shutdown and begin to grow again.
See you at the meeting
Board Meetings are returning to the first Tuesday of the Month.
Meetings will be held at Wanda Edmunds house at 6:30pm. If you have something that needs to be brought to the attention of the Board, or you would like to discuss the issue in person, please contact a Board Member. Board Meetings are open to all but only board members can vote at the meetings.
December Meeting: Christmas party
We will be welcoming Lilo Bowman to our meeting. She will be sharing her expertise in organizing. This will be quilting/sewing organizing ideas!
Hollis Threads will be presenting Quilted Hearts: an interactive program.
Thank you to everyone who has paid 2022-23 membership dues. We now have 60 members who have paid. We will again be collecting dues at the January meeting. Please bring correct amount of cash or make checks payable to FWQG.
Dues: $30 under 65
$25 65 and over
Free to over 80 with 10 years membership in the guild.
(If you can't make the meeting please send your check to Barbara Hughes
3701 Wayland Dr; Fort Worth TX 76133
Membership co chairs:
Happy New Year to everyone. The holidays are behind us….the decorations are put away Now back to what we like to do the most Quilt to our hearts content.
Thank you Shelly for getting the “Taco Salad Supper” set up it was delicious and everyone enjoyed it. Also Thank you to everyone that brought a dessert.
If you would like to bring a snack to share with the membership anything will be appreciated I will bring tea.
1-06 Melissa Picha
1-12 Barbara Anderson
1-26. Deborah Warren
Karen Holder, Marilyn Smith
Art Quilting Interest Group
The Art Quilting Interest Group met Saturday, January 7 to play with Shiva Oilsticks, oil paint in a crayon form. Many thanks to Wanda Edmunds for bringing her set to share!
None of us had any real experience with this particular medium. It was fun seeing how everyone jumped into it with rubbings, stencils, stamps and brushes. Dorene Augustyn and Alice Clayton covered more fabric with paint than the rest of us, though Meri Cozart and Cecilia Buckholz were right behind them. Wanda, Nancy Smith and Jonquele Jones rounded out the players.
Looking forward to seeing some of these pieces incorporated into a finished project!
The next gathering will be February 4. We’ll be exploring Fibers, Fabric Medium and other glues. Space is limited. Sign up at Guild.
The ALZ Bee met Monday, December 12th. We finished more than 10 fidget quilts for JPS! Lunch was at Yesterday's Sandwich Shop in Aledo. Members attending were: Julie Hedden, Kathy Alexander, Lynda Ives, Judy Turner and hostess Nancy Houston. We missed Sarah Tutt who was diligently making Christmas gifts for her loved ones. January work day is the 3rd Wednesday, January 18 10-4. Please contact Nancy if interested at 682-429-6895.
TIGHT KNOTS BEE
Our December meeting was held at Pat Wagers’ house. And as per usual, we spent time gossiping; you know about like shopping woes- looking for ugly sweaters. Then it came time for show and tell. Cecilia Villa showed her pillowcases for charity, and cool covers for her daughters sofa. She also showed a lovely house and flowers quilt, Judi Janes talked about the Bev Ramsey Fund. The fund that we collect every November. The fund is a scholarship for people wanting to go to quilt retreats or quilt classes. We didn’t have a lot of show and tell because everybody was busy getting ready for Christmas and running behind schedule; so we went straight to our dirty Santa exchange. Each of us brought something that we had made this year. Grace was lucky or unlucky, depending how you look at it she got number one, but that also means she gets to choose at the very last also. Judi was next and so on - lots of good things exchanged hands. Next Pat Wagers served us some beautiful tarts she had made. She also served chocolate chip cookies, nuts, and ribbon candy; all very good. It was great to see everyone this was the first meeting I’ve been to since March. We played left right center for red fabric and I won all beautiful red fat quarters.
Start a Bee
One of the most fun parts of belonging to a Guild is getting to know other quilters. But, there aren’t many opportunities to actually get to SEW and learn from one another, except in a bee. Most of the guild bees have been around for many years and don’t have openings for many newcomers. If you want to get know more of your fellow members, start a new bee!
- 7-9 members. Start with the people sitting near you at Guild or advertise in the bee section of the newsletter, or on the FB page.
- A place to meet: dining room table, living room, playroom, apartment clubhouse, nearby church… You may want to rotate hosting among those with enough space.
- Monthly meeting time for 1.5-4 hours. Some groups may also have periodic all-day project days or retreats.
- Some groups organize around a common interest: appliqué, modern, art, charity projects, while some are based on proximity.
- Start simply and see how the group’s dynamics play out through time. There are lots of activity ideas online.
BEV RAMSEY FUND
Who was Bev Ramsey?
And why do we have a fund named for her?
Bev Ramsey was a founding member of the Fort Worth Quilt Guild. She served in multiple positions in the guild and was instrumental in its growth. She was a high school math teacher at Western Hills HS and later at Southwest HS. While at Western Hills, she started a quilt bee called the Cougar Bee. She taught many ladies how to quilt, and when she moved to Southwest, the bee became the Raider Bee. Bev was the one who planned projects for the bee and taught many of us how to make them. When she retired from teaching and the bee no longer used the high school home economics classroom for meetings, we changed the name of the bee to Tight Knots.
Bev was funny! She joked about being five by five. When we went to retreats, she would read/tell jokes she had saved for the occasion. We would laugh until our stomachs hurt about wax hair removal strips, sugar free gummy bears, etc. When some people told her she brought everything but the kitchen sink on retreats, she found a dollhouse kitchen sink to add to her retreat supplies.
She loved quilting and sewing tools. She regularly did “Tool Time” at guild meetings, wearing a blinged out hard hat, and demonstrating her latest finds. When she found a new tool, she bought two—one for her and one for her best friend Peggie Herring. She loved a challenge. For years, one of her quilts hung at the Compass Center. Someone told her the fabric would not work for a One Block Wonder quilt, so (in a hold my beer moment) she proved them wrong by making it work.
Most of all, Bev loved quilt retreats. She and Peggie would pack one of their vans to the hilt and head out, stopping first at Whataburger and then at quilt stores along the route. She brought everything she (or anyone else) might need (including the kitchen sink). One time when she started to unpack, she found a bra that had been missing for weeks. She was adept at taking off her bra and pulling it off through the sleeve of her muumuu. “I wondered where that thing went,” she exclaimed. Sometimes she was so busy helping others with their projects that she accomplished very little of her own.
Bev passed away just after Thanksgiving in 2011. Her family asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fort Worth Quilt Guild. With the money that was donated at that time, it was decided that we would honor Bev’s love of retreating by establishing a scholarship fund. So the Bev Ramsey fund came into existence to help members who need financial help pay for workshops and/or retreats. We continue to accept donations to the Bev Ramsey Scholarship Fund, and are grateful for every gift, large or small. The Tight Knots bee donates $20 per person to the fund every December in lieu of Christmas gifts for each other.
We thank you in advance for honoring the memory of our friend and mentor with your donation to the Bev Ramsey Scholarship Fund.
QUILTS OF VALOR
Quilts of Valor
The Quilts of Valor group is busy planning upcoming awards and sew days. We will be awarding two quilts at the beginning of our January meeting. Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 6:30. This will be a short ceremony for two very deserving Vietnam veterans.
On January 18 th we will award a QOV to a WWII veteran who turned 102 just before Christmas. Her name is Myrtle “Tippy” Foster, and she served in the US Navy as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate, 3rd Class. Watch for pictures to be posted to the Guild’s Facebook page following the event.
Another Quilt of Valor awards ceremony is scheduled on January 29th, 3:00 PM at the V.F.W.
Post 5617 580 S. Cherry Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76108. Everyone is welcome to attend.
National sew day is February 4 th . We will have plenty of the new 2023 block drive kits ready for members to pick up and take home to work on. The new pattern is called split back star block, and it’s very striking. Please bring any blocks you’ve completed to the next meeting.
Visit www.QOVF.org for more information.
QOVF Group Leader
FWQG QOV Group #84516
Cook Children's continues to need a variety of quilts including NICU and fidget. You know you resolved to work down your scraps and stash stacks this year and here is a great opporunity.
Other items accepted are lovies (10x10 or 12x12), resolution squares, ostomy bag covers and post-mastectomy heart pillows. Adult quilt sizes requested are Lap (39"x48"), Throw (52"x60") and Twin (60"x75") More info on these is on the following website.
Thanks for your help.
2021-2022 Board and Committees
President- Wanda Edmunds 682-560-9101 email@example.com
President Elect- Thayne Rooney 817-223-3982 Rooney.firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President- Lynda McGee email@example.com
Vice- President- Shelley Clauss 817-994-0195 Shelleyclauss@gmail.com
Secretary- Jean Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer- Karen Wiesman email@example.com
Member at Large- Sue Hilgardner 817-308-5472 firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at Large-Dee Ramirez 817-228-8024 email@example.com
Past President/Parliamentarian - Molly Risewick 817-721-0500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeter Barbara Dumas and Janet Swords
Hospitality Marilyn Smith 817-917-9294 email@example.com
NICU Julia Hedden 817.797.6109 firstname.lastname@example.org
HUGS Mary Lou Nelson email@example.com
Lovies Beverly Peterson 817-346-0321 firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Barbara Hughes 903-926-3581 email@example.com
Dave Beers 817-666-8404 firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Julie Hedden 817-797-6109 email@example.com
Quilt Buddies Thayne Rooney 817-223-3982 Rooney.firstname.lastname@example.org
Quilt Show Volunteer coordinator
Quilt Show Booth Gillian Coleman 817 269 5158; email@example.com
Raffle Quilt Cecelia Buckholz 817-480-7606 Cbuckholz1@gmail.com
Raffle Quilt Tickets
Retreats Karen Rhyneer 817-597-0484 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine / Shadows: Ann Houpt 817-689-7678 email@example.com
WebMaster Dorene Augustyn 817-995-5740 firstname.lastname@example.org
Smore Administrator Shelley Clauss 817-994-0195 email@example.com
Husqvarna Ruby Royal Sewing machine. $1500. as is. Quilting unit was stolen so buy one for under $100. and have the whole deal. Machine Works great! Includes the Sew Steady table also for this machine.
Brother Innovis QC 1000. $625.00
knee lift, Includes cover, extension table & lots of feet incl walking foot.
Rolling case/bag for Bernina machine.
X-large size for 7 or 8 series. $185.00. like new!
Contact Dorene: text or call- 817-995-5740 She has pictures as well.
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