October 2022 Newsletter

Dear GALA Guild and Followers:

We had another great meeting with very good attendance in September – thanks to all of you who attend and support the guild.  Our next meeting is Saturday October 15th (we always meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month) at Trinity Methodist Church at 1600 5th Ave, in downtown Phenix City.

For the morning workshop Frances and I are teaching a workshop on Seminole Piecing.  We have strips of fabric precut to make up your little “kit” to sew that day.  We have a few extras so you can come even if you didn’t sign up.  We plan to start teaching promptly at 10AM so please come early to set up your space.

Bring your sewing machine with a brand new needle in it (you will be sewing through several layers) and a rotary cutter with a new blade.  Bring a small ruler and small mat – you will be cutting 1 1/4″ segments.  Don’t bring a big mat. We have a lot of attendees and need to share 2 or 3 to a table. Bring small scissors and a stiletto if you have one.  I will bring some bamboo pointed skewers to use instead if you like.  Also bring a marking pen or pencil – can be permanent – marks won’t show.  Also bring an upright stitch cutter if you have one to cut blocks apart.  I have a few used Seminole Patchwork books to give away in a morning drawing!!

Some of us always arrive early to set up – by 9AM or earlier, and can use your help to set up signs, welcome table, workshop supplies, power cords and irons and boards.  Sometimes we need to drag around a few tables to arrange.

In the afternoon meeting, our own Judy Lyon will be giving us a slideshow/virtual trunk show of some of her quilts to tell us about “Modern Quilts – How I Make Them, How I Quilt Them”.

At 12:00 I want to meet with all officers and active committee members for about 40 minutes in the middle room please. Those members who can stay in the big room to welcome incoming members and possible newcomers will be very helpful during our meeting.  Also if you are interested in holding a position please attend and get a feel for behind the scenes excitement!!!.

Nominations for next year’s officers and positions will be announced.

You all are working on donation quilts and one yard bags and collecting items for the bags – especially we are looking for q-tips, brushes and combs, wash cloths, hand towels, socks and underwear, flip flops, razors and shave cream.

We will finalize the volunteers to work at Fort Mitchell’s Fall Festival on Saturday October 29 from 9-3.  We need help with sales and selling quilt raffle tickets and answering questions about the guild.  We will be having a small quilt display. Please contact me before the meeting if you have a fall themed quilt or sewn item that can be displayed that you would like to loan and bring to the meeting.  We will be setting up the sales items and display at Fort Mitchell the day before in the Visitor’s Center at 1:00 Eastern Time.  I believe we have a sign-up sheet started for all of that we can recirculate at the meeting.  Please bring any items you have made that you would like to donate for the guild to sell.  So far we have potholders/hotpads, scarves and hats, book weights, fabric ornaments, table toppers, covered notepads, pillow, zip pouches and more.

Please plan on bringing your friends and family to the Fort.  It is fascinating history, with vendors and blacksmiths (and us, of course).  There is the Visitor’s Center, 170 year old cabin, Trader’s cabin, Tavern, and fabulous carriage barn full of antique horse-drawn vehicles.  And of course the Fort itself is awesome.

For those of you who got a needle threader from me last meeting here is a video to demonstrate it in use.  https://instagram.com/p/CicneesAX2l/

Please review the attached minutes and upcoming schedule.  I will bring some schedule copies to the meeting for the welcome table.

See all of you very soon and happy sewing!

Linda Walker, President

September 2022 GALA News

Dear Guild Members and Enthusiasts:

Hello to all and Happy National Sewing Month!   Also Glenna Shephard notified us that the Guild Meeting Day on Saturday September 17th is National Jelly Roll Day!  Wow!  Never knew of it before!  Let me know if you find more sewing/quilting related days of the year.  National/International Quilting Day is the 3rd Saturday in March – there must be more.  Maybe each precut fabric gets a day!

Our next meeting will be at the same place as usual – The Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City at 1600 5th Avenue.  Park on the downhill side, and if you don’t mind walking a bit, please unload at the church and move your vehicle just across the corner in the parking lot of Uptown Jewelry and Pawn where 4th Avenue and 16th Street meet.  I am delighted to say that we have so many attendees now that we overflow park over there.  We need to keep spaces near the ramp available for those who can’t walk very far, and for new visitors to find us.

Our workshop starts at 10 AM sharp.  Please come in and set up your stuff early.  I’m there by 9:00 and appreciate your help setting up guild stuff too. The main workshop will be working on the Mystery Christmas Project with Juanita – you will have already signed up and been getting her weekly email instructions.  Bring your machine and sewing supplies, small cutting mat, rotary cutter, straight rules. Bring your Christmas fabrics – you start with Focus fabric 1/4 yd or FQ, Zinger fabric 1/4 yd or FQ, and background 1 yard.If you are not in the workshop please come and help with 2 other projects.  I will bring 2 patterns to make one yard bags so bring your machine and supplies. We have the fabric already. We will work in the middle room.  The patterns are: 1 yard Magic Hobo Bag Sewing Pattern from Lecien Fabrics from Sewcanshe.com; and With Love Tote Bag from LazyGirlDesigns.com/blog.  These bags are for people in crisis and in shelters.  Please keep bringing your travel sized supplies to donate to fill them.If you don’t want to sew please come and cut our scrap fabric for quilt kits.  I am giving us all a postcard pattern that I bought at Sunday Best called Vienna – it uses 42 10″ squares.  (these are then subcut into 4 pieces that get sewed back together in a scrappy layout).  If you have a square template that cuts 10″ squares, please bring it and a cutting mat and your rotary cutter and a big straight long ruler too.  I will bring extras of those also. 

We have been very busy this year working on Jelly Roll and other donation quilts and will continue on until we present them to a Columbus Shelter and the Phenix City Crisis Center in January.  The kits that we cut for the Postcard Pattern can be made now or worked on next year for future donation projects.  I don’t want to push too hard on charity sewing when I know we all have so much else on our to-do lists; quilting and otherwise.. We already have completed dozens of donation quilts with dozens more in the works.

Please bring 2 1/2″ squares to exchange at the afternoon meeting – cut 30 squares each out of 3 autumn themed or colored fabrics to share.  We line up our stacks of 30 along the big table and go around picking up one of each.  You can also make piles of 30 fabrics of various scrappy fabrics too -(could be any number of each fabric – doesn’t have to be 30 different) – that way we all don’t get exactly the same fabrics.  And feel free to bring more than 3 fabrics worth – I cut about 12 different fat quarters up to share from my stash along with miscellaneous ones too. We love to see what you can do with your squares at a future Show and Tell!

The afternoon program for September is about Journaling/Documenting our Quilts.

In October the morning workshop will be taught by me and Frances on Seminole Strip Piecing.  You will get a kit of strips of a solid color fabric and a background solid fabric, and learn one of the Seminole techniques.  We will have the sign-up sheet at the September meeting if you haven’t already put your name down.

In November we want to do a Sit and Sew Workshop working on our donation quilts and one yard bags.  The dying workshop that was planned will be pushed into 2023 because our teacher from Auburn – Cindy Renky – is having eye surgery.  We want her to be in great shape and all healed up to teach us next year.

On October 29th Fort Mitchell is having their Fall Festival.  Please visit their Historic Fort Mitchell Facebook page for details.  We will have a sales table of items you sew that we can sell for the Guild’s profit.  We plan to raffle several quilts as well, and have a small quilting display.  If any of you would like to bring some hand sewing/quilting to work on in the Visitor’s Center, that would be great.  Visitors may wish to ask us questions about quilting or the guild.  We will be there from 9-3 and will appreciate any of you that can represent us for an hour or two.  Fort Mitchell has stands to hold horizontal quilt poles so we can display quilts or sales items on those.  We will also ask if anyone has laundry racks, coat trees, or other easily portable objects to display sales items.  

Please review the attached minutes from Frances for more details on our last meeting and everything coming up.

I wish to express the condolences of all our guild to Carla Stickles who lost her husband Gary this past week.  She has already heard messages of support and love from many of you, and I have sent a card on behalf of all of us. I know many of us have faced illness and loss among our loved ones over this past year, and hope you know we care about each of you.  I also hope the fellowship and fun of the guild can sustain you when you join us. 
Linda Walker
GALA President

Newsletter for August 20, 2022 meeting

Dear Guild Members and Fans –

We hope everyone will join us at our next meeting in the usual place – Trinity United Methodist Church at 1600 5th Avenue in Phenix City – park on the downhill side by our sign.

We had a great meeting last month (which I missed) including an unusual variety of ice creams at the Noon Social!  We had a record number of visitors and new members which is fabulous!   We hope to attract more interested quilters by word-of-mouth or social media.  Please check us out on Facebook  at galaquiltguild; or on the web at www.galaquiltguild.com.  Cathy Poyner has been great about posting all of our news and pictures in both locations!

Our next meeting is the 3rd Saturday of the month, as usual, which is August 20th.  The workshop begins promptly at 10 AM so please come early to set up your sewing spot.  I am there by 9AM and always appreciate help setting up all the stuff we put out for meetings.  Sunny Pedigo is teaching the workshop on making a Jean Circle project – you can do a table runner on up to quilt size.  Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies along with a marking pen, scissors, and glue stick.  Bring denim (not too heavy or light, not stretchy) as yardage or old blue jeans.  You will be cutting circles that are 7 inches in diameter. Having at least 10 would be a good number to start with. Sunny and Linda Jones are bringing lots of cut circles so if you don’t have any denim you can get some at the workshop to get started.  Each denim circle will have a 5″ fabric square attached to it – you can bring a charm pack or cut your own 5″ squares.  We have scraps of fabric too if you need some just to learn the technique.  Sunny will show us how to cut and join the circles, so you get the technique and can continue to any size you like.

At Noon I am having a meeting for all officers and anyone on the Quilt Teacher Committee, the By-Laws Committee, and the Nominating Committee so we can get a progress report from you.  We also need whoever will be working on the Guild’s participation in the Fall Festival at Fort Mitchell.  If you have any interest in getting involved in any Guild position please join us to see all the backstage action and fun!

After lunch on your own (feel free to brown bag it or go to any local restaurant) we will have our regular meeting at 1:00.  We will discuss ongoing business and projects, and for our program I will show a portion of a DVD on quilt history.  As usual we will have prizes, the Block of the Month, and Show and Tell so please bring anything quilt/sewing related to show – could be something you made or bought or found in the attic!

We plan to have a sales table at the Fall Festival at Fort Mitchell to sell items we make for the Guild Treasury.  This event will be on October 29th and is always a lot of fun.  Members asked what sold well from our table at Pioneer Day –  by number or dollar value best sellers included the rag wreaths, Christmas Tree wall-hangings, a variety of table toppers and small mats, bowl buddies, mini-prayer quilts, BooBoo bags, towels, trivets, mug organizers, coasters, jar openers, bookmarks, pin cushions, scissor cozies, selvage bags and thread catchers, and others.  We will sell even more if we can get your help to make table signs for each item!  So please be thinking of something you can donate.  Fall and winter holiday themed items may sell especially well.  The profits from these sales really help us pay for some top-notch teachers in the future.

Speaking of teachers, there are a few slots left for the November fabric dying workshop.  The fee for Guild members is $35 and for non-members is $75.  The fee includes your kit which contains 32 fat eights of fabric to dye and supplies.  You may need to bring some basic items from home.  We need your fees paid by September to secure your spot.  

We are continuing to work on our donation quilts through this year so please show us what you’re working on.  We ask every meeting for help on completing these quilts including having some of you do machine quilting (these are small and could be done on a domestic machine with simple lines), make backs and bindings, and sew on bindings.  We have batting in a giant roll to use unless you donate your own.

Please review the attachments which include Juanita’s Calendar of upcoming events, and Frances’ detailed minutes from our July meeting.

Hope your summer is going very well so far and see you in a few weeks!

Linda Walker


GALA News for July 2022


Hi Guild and Guild Fans!

Hope everyone had a festive holiday weekend.  We can always admire our red, white, and blue fabrics and dream of patriotic projects to sew!

Our next meeting day is Saturday July 15th at Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City, AL. It is located at 1600 5th Ave, but park on the downhill side which is 4th Ave – you’ll see our Guild signs.

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Morning Workshop starts promptly at 10:00 (Eastern time), come in and set up your sewing machine and supplies any time before that.  Doors officially open at 9:30 but I am usually there by 9am and always appreciate help setting up signs, power cords, display wall, etc.  This month it will be part 2 of “One Block Wonder Quilts”.  Last month we stacked up 6 identical repeats of a fabric and cut strips into 60 degree triangles.  This month we will sew them into half-hexagons and plan a beautiful kaleidoscopic lay out.  This is being taught by Lee Ann Scogin.

At noon we will have an Ice Cream Social.  The guild will buy ice cream and sherbet.  Please everyone bring some sort of topping to share with a serving utensil.  Ideas include fruit, sauces, nuts, sprinkles, crumbled cookies, chocolate shavings, etc.  

Our meeting starts at 1:00 pm We will have a demonstration of rulers for our program.  As usual we’ll discuss business and upcoming events, give out some prizes, explain the new Block of the Month, and have a Show and Tell so please bring something to show.  It could be something you made recently or in the past, or something your grandmother made!

For those who want to participate in the Brown Bag Challenge –  please put 3 fat quarters in a brown paper lunch bag, along with your name written on a piece of paper inside the bag, not outside – and staple it shut.  Then we each draw a bag out of the pile and make something for that person with their fat quarters (with whatever we want to add). We will have it ready to present back to them at our December meeting.  It will be fun to see what people come up with!

We have CANCELLED our trip to the quilt shop in Childersburg scheduled for July 9 since the inventory there is getting quite low.  We will plan a future trip to a quilt shop or two- probably in the Macon or Atlanta area.

Please review the schedule attached written by VP Juanita Christian, and the minutes from our June meeting written by Secretary Frances Thomason for all the juicy details about what’s going on at guild!

Linda Walker 

GALA President