Hello Quilters,

What an absolutely fabulous Fall we are having after a summer of heat and smoke. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. This is my favorite time of the year. When the days are crystal clear and the nights are chilly, I like to snuggle down and turn my attention to quilting, especially inspired by the gorgeous fall colors.

As the new evening president this is my first opportunity to say “Hello!” to everyone. My personal goal (and it is a stretch for me) is to meet each of you in person so, please, if you see me, come and say “Hello.”

Oh, and by the way, we have a great need of an evening Vice-President. In this role you would fill in for me at the meeting if I cannot make it, so, you would really be unemployed as I don’t plan on missing any meetings. You would collect the money for the tickets sold for the prizes offered at each meeting that you would use to buy the prizes for the next meeting. You would also serve on one of the committees. Call me or any member of the board if you would be interested in the evening Vice-President position.

The Publicity Committee would greatly appreciate some help if you have some time to volunteer for that committee. There are always many volunteer opportunities on all our committees if you would like to be more involved with the MVQG. There is no better way to meet people and develop friendships while promoting the art of quilting to our community. Please contact any board member to volunteer.

Just a little about me so I am not a complete stranger. I have been quilting for over 30 years, the daughter of a crazy quilter. I have always worked full time and raised my son and daughter as a single parent. That kept me pretty busy but quilting was my escape for my creative energy.   I love to use vibrant colors, especially batiks. I guess I am more of a modern quilter, and hand applique is my most favorite. My UFOs probably out number everyone’s UFOs.

“Bolt to Bed” was a great success. 72 members and guests showed up throughout the day and night with their sewing machines. At times there was a wait for a place to setup. The salad lunch was a tremendous success. So much good food! Thank you to everyone who brought goodies to add to the salad bar. This allowed everyone to eat and visit without going out. I think this was Laurie Nielson’s idea and we are so gratefulto her for suggesting it.

In the crazy quilt of life, I’m glad you’re in my block off friends.

Randi Roten, PM President