Newsletter for March 2023

Hi to All Gala Quilt Members and Gala Fans
Our February meeting was called to order by Bettyanne McGlinchey, President

There were 26 members present. Members took a few moments to introduce themselves.

Linda Hayes gave an update on the quilt show to be held at Ft. Mitchell om April 22,2023. An information checklist was given out and explained. All information and forms can be found on the GALA webpage online at under the Newsletter tab. Quilts entered in the show need a label, a sleeve for hanging, 2 copies of the entry form and a picture of the quilt. They must be in a cloth bag that can be tied or pinned closed. There re several drop off locations including the Gala Quilt Guild meeting on March 18,2023. (See
Information and Forms for more details.) Signup sheets for working at the show and the sales table were circulated.

Glenna Shephard spoke about a Quilt Workshop-The Kitchen Sink- that will be held July 29,2023 at First United Methodist Church of Phenix City at 1600 Sandfort Road. This is not a regular Gala Quilt Guild meeting. A Kitchen Sink can include orphan blocks, strips, pieces, etc. Ther is a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Seats are limited so sign up early. If you pay the fee and cannot attend you may find someone to take your place.

Our March 18th meeting is the Tea for this year. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite tea cup, tea bag, and treats. This is an opportunity to dress up and wear a hat. Bettyanne McGlinchey gathered names for a decorating committee and will lead the group .

Our second Skill Builder Workshop will take place following the Tea beginning at 12:30. Leeann Scroggins will email information out a week before our meeting to let you know about supplies to bring. Linda Hayes explained the UFO challenge and took forms and fat quarters from those who are participating.

Judy Lyons did a special workshop on Circles. There were 16 in attendance. Great job Judy.

We had 2 mini workshops in the morning. Pat Karlson was on quilting sleeves and Linda Jones was on rotary cutting. Both were very informative.

Rebecca Chester and Cathy Vancour took in BOMs from February. Agnes won the drawing for all the blocks. The BOM for March is green and white. Rebecca explained the correct way to cut the block and sew it.

Hometown Quilts provided some special door prizes that included storage boxes and quilt blocks. Prizes were given for name tag and attendance.

Linda Walker suggested we may some quilts for the church sanctuary as some of the people can use them during the service if they get cold. We will discuss this further at next meeting.

We had a great Show and Tell .

The meeting was concluded by Bettyanne McGlinchey

Respectfully submitted,
Bettyanne McGlinchey

2023 UFO Challenge

Gala Quilt Guild 2023
UFO monthly Challenge
This year you are being challenged to finish some of your UFO’s.
What is a UFO?

  • Any quilt related project or kit that you have started or
    have in your possession by March 2022.
  • These are YOUR projects, not things that you are making
    for others for pay.
  • A quilt must at least need a binding and a label to be
    considered a UFO.
    Do I have to make an entire quilt in one month?
  • No, if it’s a large project, it can be broken down into segments, one for each month.
  • If you are hand quilting a quilt yourself – break it down into doable parts. Show in the
    details on your list how much you plan to do each month.
  • Choose projects that have been started (but unfinished) or projects that need to be
  • The idea is to have some fun, keep the rules simple, and hopefully at the end of the year
    have fewer UFO’s.
    So, what do you need to do?
  • Sign up by the February meeting by
    o Completing the list of the 6 projects that you are planning to work on (be sure to
    make a copy for yourself).
    o Turn in your list to Juanita Christian along with 2 FAT QUARTERS entry fee.
    o Each person who signs up will be entered into a drawing for the fat quarters.
  • At the business meetings in March, April, May, September, October, and November,
    during Show and Tell, show what you have finished from your list that month.
  • If you do not complete what is detailed on your list, you will owe ONE FAT QUARTER –
    give to Juanita.
  • If you do finish what is detailed on your list, your name will be entered into the drawing
    which will occur at the end of the Challenge in December.
  • If you are not at the meeting for Show and Tell, you owe a fat quarter – UNLESS you
    send it by text to Juanita, email a completed picture to Juanita, or you have a friend
    bring in your completed project.
  • At the December meeting, a winner will be drawn to receive ALL OF THE FAT

Newsletter for February 2023

Hi to All Gala Members and Gala Fans

Our January meeting was a busy one as we started by presenting our finished quilts and bags of personal care items to Mother Mary Missions and Harbor House . All our quilts and bags were blest by the Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Photos were taken by Toni Shah of Phenix City Citizen. There were a total of 68 quilts and 54 tote bags given. Each of the recipients received 34 quilts and 27
bags to be distributed to those being cared for by them. The meeting was opened by our past president, Linda Walker, who introduced our incoming president, Bettyanne McGlinchey there was a total of 32 previous members and 6 guests in attendance. Bettyanne welcomed everyone . Visitors introduced themselves and gave a little info about their sewing journey.

Vice-President Juanita Christian explained upcoming projects. I will be sending a new sheet of that info to you with newsletter. Judy Lyon talked about the upcoming workshop in February which is inset circles. A sign up sheet was passed around . Judy showed some examples of this technique . She will be sending an email with the needed items to bring to make this project.

This will run between February and May and again August thru November meetings. Sign up sheet will be passed out at February meeting.
Forms and guidelines were sent out in a previous email. A donation of two fat quarters is needed to participate. This is an accountability process to help anyone interested in moving forward with projects they have already started. If the stated goal is not met, and additional fat quarter should be donated to the “pot”. At the December meeting a participant will win all fat quarter that have been donated.

Fort Mitchell Quilt Show is coming up on Saturday , April 22, 2023. Our Chairperson Frances Thomason provided information as follows:
Monday April 17,2023 Set up
Wednesday, April 19,2023 Judging
Saturday, April 22, 2023 Quilt Show in conjunction with Pioneer Day.
We will have a sales table again. Sign up sheet was passed out for this. A Quilt Show meeting was held on January 17, 2023. Sub-committees were formed. Entry forms are being created. Save the Date cards are available to anyone who knows of a business of group that
would help us promote this event by allowing cards to be displayed. GALA members are encouraged to submit entries. Some of the categories are: ANTIQUE, CHILDRENS, NEW QUILT (within last 5 years).

Row by Row projects were shown and photographed. They were beautiful.
Brown Bag projects were shown again and shared and photographed.
Audrey Bergeron collected dues for the year and reported we have 34paid members.
We had a show and tell and drawings for BOM , Sign in and Name Tag prizes.
Linda Walker also talked about updating our Gala Logo to get it in a form to be used for T-shirts or other promotional items.

This is all I have for now. Looking forward to February 18, 2023 our next Gala Quilt Meeting.
Respectfully submitted
Your friend and President,
Bettyanne McGlinchey

Pioneer Day Quilt Show


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January 2023 Newsletter

Hello Quilt Members and Fans   December Meeting was very exciting . We are changing some things and have lots of new projects for you this year.

Our outgoing President Linda Walker has been very helpful and now has decided to let someone take over those duties.  I only hope I can do the Gala Quilt Guild justice as she did.  

There were 33 members and 3 visitors present which shows we are going in the community.

Pat Mistretta gave out a questionnaire regarding a possible quilt retreat this year. Several sites are being investigated and Pat will update us on that at a later date. If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding this please contact Pat. 

Our meetings have been changed to 10 am  and our workshop will begin now at 12:30.  Hope this makes a more accommodating schedule for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on January 21,2023 when we will be presenting all our quilts and bags we have been making this past year to the recipients which are Hope Harbour and Mother Mary Mission. Presentation will happen at 10am so we would really appreciate if some could arrive by 9:30 am to help us place the quilts on the pews in the sanctuary. This will be followed by our regular meeting after the presentation. 

The program for the meeting will be the members displaying their brown bag gifts from December. Anyone who received a gift please bring it to show.We have also concluded our Row by Row so please bring in the quilt tops to show. It will be exciting to see all the talent we have in the guild.

Special announcement :  Our yearly dues of $25.00  need to be paid this month.  Bring your cash or checks and give to our new Treasurer , Audrey Bergeron.

I am scheduling a committee meeting in between the workshop and presentation so all officers and members at large and committee members please attend. the meeting will begin at 11:45 in the middle room.  I appreciate your promptness and input.

Our workshop will be a Skill Builder presented by Linda Hayes. She will be showing us Fence Rails . This will start at 12:30 . Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. Linda will follow up with more details about other  supplies to bring in an email.

Please review the attachments to this email which are : latest  roster, December minutes, and programs and workshop schedule . 

Affectionately yours my fellow quilters, Bettyanne  McGlinchey , your new president  

December 2022 Newsletter

Dear Guild Members and Devotees:

Our last Guild meeting of the year will be held on Saturday December 17th at the usual Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City, with parking on the downhill side of the church.  Our format is different for this holiday time of year.  NO WORKSHOP in the morning.  We will be open at 11:00 (I’ll probably be there at 10:00) to set up for our pot luck luncheon at NOON.  Please bring something to share – a protein, a side dish, a sweet, a nosh of any sort.  You can bring store-bought or home-made.  If you bring something in a crock pot we can plug it in til just before we eat.  We plan to present the church custodian Alvin Bass with a card and our donated collection funds for him, along with a quilt.  Vickie is the church secretary and she asks that we keep any presentation very very low-key because he is such a humble man – he wouldn’t want any sort of big fuss made.  I am bringing thank-you gifts for those who have held a position in the guild this past year, and a few other prizes as well.

We will do a brief, bare-bones business meeting and discuss the upcoming calendar.

The BIG CHANGE IN THE SCHEDULE starting in January is that we are flipping the time line for each meeting day.  We will start with a program and then business meeting at 10 AM.  The workshops will start at 12:30 and last approximately 2 hours.  There should be plenty of time to go grab some lunch and/or sit and eat your brown bag.  These changes are reflected on our Facebook page and web page.  We’ll print new cards to hand out as well.  This should make a shorter day for those who only wish to come to the morning events, and the afternoon workshops should be more relaxed without such a time crunch.  The Vice Presidents have planned a year-long course on skill building for beginners and all quilters, which will result in your having a great collection of blocks by the end of the year. 

Please review the attached minutes.  There is a lot of essential information for you to review there.

We had a visit during our November morning workshop from Mr. Frank Brown (“Coach” Brown) – who is the director of the newly opening Mother Mary Mission at 318 Seale Road in Phenix City.  This mission will house needy female veterans and children.  It will include many services including a Child Development Center.  Several members accepted his invitation to tour the facility on November 29th and were served lunch as well.  This mission is the Phenix City recipient of our donation quilts in January, along with a shelter in Columbus.  You are all invited to their ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday December 16th at 10 AM.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 Officers and Official Position holders:  President – Bettyanne McGlinchey; VPs – Jaunita Christian and Glenna Shephard; Treasurer – Audrey Bergeron; Secretary – Beth Hickman; Members-at-Large – Becky Hooper and Mary Bray; Hospitality – Rebecca Chester and Cathy Vancour; Block of the Month – Rebecca Chester, Judie Sargent, Suzan Denson, Karen Boyd; and Roster Keeper – Carol Bradshaw.  We anticipate another wonderful year!

We hope to see members and visitors on the 17th and enjoy the fellowship of a tasty Potluck together.  Happy Holidays to all wherever you may spend them, and a Quilty New Year!

Linda Walker

Outgoing President

November 2022 Newsletter

Dear Guild Members and Fans:

Our next meeting will be on the third Saturday of the month, as always, which is November 19th.  And we will meet at Trinity United Methodist Church as always.  It is at 1600 5th Ave in Phenix City, but park on the DOWNHILL side on 4th Ave where you see guild signs.  Our attendance is ever increasing (yay!) so we ask the able-bodied to drop off their stuff and then move your car to the parking lot at the intersection of 4th Ave and  16th Street.  You will up your step count for the day!  We now have 60!! members on the roster and we added 5 new names to this email list from people we met at Fort Mitchell last weekend.

The doors are open at 9AM and we appreciate folks coming then and helping set up.  The morning workshop “Mini-class” on Basic Binding techniques starts promptly at 10 AM.  I am preparing some small mug rugs for you to complete the binding on after I demonstrate.  So far 10 people have signed up. When we finish we will join the others in our sewing morning. Please EVERYONE bring your machine and usual sewing supplies.  For the class please bring some clips for the binding if you have them, and some to loan for those who don’t.  Also a glue stick will come in handy, and I have also used 1/4″ fusible tape to attach the back of a binding – so bring some if you have it.. A  1/4″ foot for your machine will be best to use if you have it but not critical.  The rest of you will be working on finishing stages of donation quilts, and/or making and filling one yard bags.  We plan to donate to a shelter in Columbus and to the Crisis Center in Phenix City at our January meeting.

Our afternoon meeting starts at 1:00 with old and new business, announcements and upcoming event review, prizes, Block of The Month, and Show and Tell.  New people – you can bring anything quilty or crafty or textiley to show.  It could be something you or Grandma made, or that you found or bought, old or new.

We also do a short program with our meeting and this month it will be Kim Scarborough showing us ideas for a “Kitchen Sink” quilt made from your orphan blocks and bits.  We hope to do an all day special day making these next year so start collecting – keep extra blocks, or blocks that turned out wrong, or pieces of borders or blocks that you didn’t use up.  

Review all the attachments below including the latest roster, schedule and minutes from our last meeting.  

Please note December is a little different schedule.  We open up at 11:00 – no workshop in the morning- and set up for a potluck lunch at noon.  Please bring something to share – salad, side, snack, sweets, protein – you know the drill.  The guild is going to provide ham – but no green eggs – haha!  We will only discuss any business that we absolutely have to, and do a brief BOM, prizes, and Show and Tell.

At the November meeting we vote on our slate of proposed officers which are listed in the minutes attached below.

Thank you EVERYONE who helped make or donate items for the Fort Mitchell Fall Festival, and the members who put in many hours setting up on the day before and doing the sales table and raffle table.  We earned $999 for our efforts – slightly more in raffles than items sold.  This is fantastic and worth our continued efforts in the future.  I will bring unsold items to our November meeting for our purchases (or reclaiming if you wish, as a maker).  We can hold onto items to put on the April Sales table at Pioneer Day.  I will eventually provide us all a list of what number of each item was on sale, and how many actually sold; so you will see what items were more popular.  

Hope to see you soon!

Linda Walker, GALA President