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Saturday, November 9, 2002

This was our first Saturday workshop to accommodate those who cannot come to weekday gatherings. Seven quilters worked diligently assembly-line fashion to complete as many quilts as possible for delivery before Christmas.

40 quilts and 15 joey bags were delivered to the Underground Railroad in Saginaw and Pinecrest in Midland with more to be distributed to other agencies in the next few weeks.

Many thanks to those who continue to contribute to our efforts by working at home. Our Saturday workshops are much fun and we certainly enjoy one another's company.

Our next workshop will be Thursday, January 23, 2003.

Thursday, October 25, 2002

Eleven quilters worked diligently to complete 13 joey bags which will be donated to the Underground Railroad in November along with children's quilts. Using two sergers and some new approaches to the construction techniques, we worked in an assembly line fashion. Working with pre-assembled kits helped speed up the process also. Several quilters took kits home to continue the work.

Several completed quilts were turned in. We had an expert working on tieing quilts waiting to be finished. Smaller fabric scraps were cut in squares to prepare new quilt kits. At this point there are still 15-20 quilt tops waiting to be put together with batting and backing and then quilted or tied.

After the workshop, Judy and Judy delivered 20 quilts to the Family Independency Agency in Saginaw. They were absolutely delighted and couldn't wait to look through the variety brought for them to distribute to their little ones. A joey bag and child's quilt were donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan for a raffle event.

Remember that November's workshop will be SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th from 10 a.m. thru 3 p.m. at Thomas Township Library. This will be the final workshop for 2002.

Thanks everyone. Quilts and friendship make a beautiful day!!

September 26, 2002

Apologies to Thursday's participants. The digital camera was not on the scene to record the ten magnificent quilters. However, we did add 10 quilts and 3 joey bags to our "stash" awaiting distribution. Five more were "birthed" and are waiting to be tied or quilted. We have approximately 20 tops and backs ready to be assembled with batting. Next month (October) we will focus on constructing joey bags. We have quite a collection of fabrics that are not suitable for quilts but will make excellent bags.

Just a reminder that Saturday, November 9, we will have the first of our Saturday workshop/bees. This will provide an opportunity for those dedicated quilters who are not able to join us on weekdays to help with quilts to cheer the little ones during the upcoming holidays.

August 22, 2002

Noah floated by today while 4 quilters worked busily inside the library. Due to the rainy weather, end of summer vacations for some, the beginning of school for others and the confusion of there being 5 Thursdays in August, only 4 quilters came to the workshop. However, we still finished several quilts and made up more kits in anticipation of the September rush. It was suggested that we consider sending out monthly email reminders which could also let everyone know what will be happening that month. All in all, it was a peaceful day with the rain on the roof outside and the hum of sewing machines inside.

July 25, 2002

The turnout was light today since so many were enjoying summer vacations. The biggest part of today's activity was preparing kits in anticipation of our first fall Piecemakers September meeting. We discovered that we are in need of larger pieces of fabric to be used for quilt backs. We will put a plea in the September newsletter. Afterward 15 quilts and 15 joey bags were delivered to Underground Railroad. The transition of all supplies and records to Judy and Judy were completed----see pictures on the picture gallery link. Thank you Lana and Judi for a great year organizing and directing this special project.

June 27, 2002

The changing of the guard began today with Judi and Lana passing the fabric scrap boxes to Judy S. and Judy P. After much discussion, it was agreed that calling our efforts "Comfort Quilts" gives a better overall picture of what we are doing. This would also allow us to expand our list of recipients in the future if we choose. There were 13 finished quilts and 5 joey bags turned in today even before the workshop began. Wonderful!

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