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Hello Fellow Quilters,

Can you believe it? Not only are we starting a new year but we are also starting a new decade! The time has just flown by for me. This year I am looking forward to many things planned with the Quilt Guild.

January 29th is our annual Bolt to Bed “marathon”.  I know many of you are planning to attend and work with your fellow quilters to help the Guild create as many comfort quilts as we can. For those of you who feel you might be out of shape for the “marathon”, we are prepared to have you participate as you can: a half marathon, a quarter marathon, or even a few laps will get you moving into the new year. Whether you come to sew or to help others there are plenty of things to do to boost our Bolt to Bed. This is a time you can meet other members in a sewing environment that encourages camaraderie among all who attend. You want to know what the best part is? We have the most fantastic pot luck lunch we share with one another. This is where the real competition is going on! In past years it has been really yummy. I promise you will NOT go home hungry (unless you want to because of some dumb New Year’s resolution thingy). With all that said I truly hope to see you there.

April 17th and 18th, there is another Guild favorite of mine - Quilt Camp (formerly Quilt College). We changed the name because we thought maybe the “College” part might scare people off thinking it was hard even though there are classes available for beginners as well as for the more experienced. If you haven’t checked out the line- up for this year’s Quilt Camp you can do it now on our website where we have posted pictures and descriptions of each class. Sign up early as your favorite class may fill up if you delay. The sign-up form is available online at our website, or there will be sign-up sheets available at our general membership meetings. Remember that on March 1st the classes become available to non-members as well.

Starting in March our Vice Presidents are preparing for the May elections for the positions of PM President, PM Vice-President and Treasurer. They are preparing a slate of nominations for these positions which are selected by you the members of the Guild. Decide which position you want to run for or nominate someone else and let Karen Gooley or Barb King, our Vice Presidents, know to add you to the nomination list. This is always good for your New Year’s resolution because this is a stretch that gets us out of our comfort zones, however, it is always a great opportunity to work with the other board members to make this Guild the best it can be. You will be hearing more about this in the next month or so.

I hear cold, snowy, quilty weather is coming our way so stay warm and stitch up a quilt!

Randi Roten, PM President