Message from our President

Hello Pinnacle Quilters and interested parties! This message will be covering March and April. Anna (our newsletter editor) will be out of town for a few weeks, so she is combining two month’s newsletters.

Well, March is starting out wet and windy!!! Just the perfect weather for quilting! I hope everyone is having a chance to cut, piece, quilt, trim, bind — all the milestones we, as quilters, go through in our creative processes as we make quilts, table runners, wall hangings, and all the various items our wonderfully creative minds come up with or find patterns for that just call our name to be made!!!!

As we approach Spring, our minds tend to get more creative —– at least we hope we get more creative!!! I, for one, am thinking of our most recent guild challenge — the “B&W+2”, which our own Anna Berger presented at February’s guild meeting. She mentioned in an email that there are already 10 (ten) signed up so far — hope we get more members signed up between now and next guild meeting. It is a $5 fee, and you get a fat quarter of your choice from the fabrics chosen by Anna, plus the instructions/restrictions for completion of the challenge, to be turned in on May 15th at the guild meeting. You may add 2 colors, prints or solids, AND, you may add a solid white and a solid black —- for a total of FIVE (5) fabrics. Anna has complete instructions in each fat quarter —- let’s see if we can beat our record of seven completed challenges!!!

We had a great guild meeting in February, Rolan and Joel from Arti-culture spoke about our “paint party” on March 3rd —- although by the time you read this, we will have already made our “Ohio Star” painted quilt blocks. Hope to see ALL of the completed “blocks” at the March guild meeting. We also had Maia Liddle from Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild bring their current Opportunity Quilt to show and sell tickets — hope you bought some. It will be raffled at the Pacific Grove “Good Old Days” in April.

Last weekend, February 24th-25th, was the annual Watsonville Quilt Show. There were quite a few wonderful quilts on exhibit, plus all the great vendors. We did miss the Watkins spice people and the Kettle corn guy — maybe they will return next year. Of course, we were flabbergasted (again) by all the “goodies” to be had at the “bargain tables”!!! With great restraint and self-control, I only purchased some yarn for a donation afghan. Yes, we quilters DO have other “hobbies” to occupy our “non-sewing” times!! Since it was so cold and windy at Watsonville, the hot soup available at lunch was very welcome!!! A great time overall, and I saw many of our own Pinnacle Quilters there, enjoying the show and vendors.

In April, we will have Sandra Bruce as our speaker, her workshop will be on Wednesday following Tuesday’s guild meeting. Please see Nadine DaRoza, our Program Chair, to sign-up for Sandra’s workshop, “Color Dance”, a wonky log cabin quilt. Remember, you are NOT signed up until you PAY for the workshop!!!

Even if our guild does not have a speaker or class every month, please join us at guild on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. After all, where else can you be surrounded by people with similar likes, wonderful gifts, and creative minds! On that note, I will close my message for this newsletter —– remember, keep quilting!!!

 Dianna Smith, President of the Pinnacle Quilters of San Benito County