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MUSINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT

”Quilting is my favorite sport!” I recently saw this saying printed on a T-shirt, and I thought how it really describes me. Hello, my name is Karen Gooley, and I’m your new PM President. I made my first quilt in 2010, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love fabric, and when I go into a fabric shop, it’s like going into a candy shop. I feel in awe just like a kid!  My husband and I go camping in our trailer as often as we can, and if there is a quilt shop close by (or even not so close by), I’ll fit it in as part of our trip!

You might see quilt quotes, quilt tips, and quilt historical findings in my column because I really like those things and would like to share them with you. Since this is July, our most patriotic month, I thought I would mention that Martha Washington was an avid “needle” woman. Besides making quilts, she also made canvas work chair cushions and embroidered pictures. You can view one of her famous quilts named, “Penn Treaty Quilt”, on the internet. It’s documented to be between 220-225 years old. It is interesting that she used a fabric panel from a photograph in the center of her quilt so very long ago. I like panels too. Martha gifted it to her niece, and now it’s in the possession of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

I won’t make this too long, but I do want to give a special thanks to Randi Roten for doing a fantastic job as evening President during the past two years. We’ll miss her smile at the microphone. However, she’s not going anywhere and will still be a big part of our Guild and its activities.

Karen Gooley, PM President