Programs and Activities
NLCQG has a variety of programs and activities which are described below.
Workshops and Outside Activities
NLCQG arranges workshops or other outside activities such as bus trips to quilt shops. These events may require an extra fee that must be paid at time of enrollment.
Annual Holiday Party
The first Wednesday of December is reserved for our holiday party, which is held at a pre-determined location. It includes a special dinner, Christmas block exchange, additional alternate block exchanges, door prizes, and other various activities such as fat quarter exchanges or ornament exchanges. The Holiday Party is planned by the Executive Board, however, the theme for block exchanges is discussed in advance with the membership.
Block of the Month
The Block of the Month Coordinator chooses block patterns and color combinations to be introduced each month. Instructions are included so that each member can make one or more of the specific block. Each block made allows eligible members to place their name in the drawing for that months’ blocks. Members receive anywhere from 8 to 15 blocks. If participation permits, two drawings are held. Once a member wins, she is not eligible to win again that year.
The Challenge Quilt Chairman determines the theme and rules for the challenge. Each new challenge is introduced one month after the quilt show. All members are encouraged to participate and are given one year to complete their project. All projects should be kept confidential so voting is non-biased. All members are encouraged to vote.
One or more meetings per year are dedicated to finishing charity quilts. The Charity Director determines which organizations receive these quilts based on suggestions made by the members. Arrangements are made to present the quilts and any member is invited to attend. A charity quilt can be a simple pre-printed panel, two pieces of fabric tied together into a quilt or they can be as intricate as pieced quilts that have been hand quilted. All donations are welcome, and charity quilts are accepted anytime throughout the year.
each month a newsletter is published by the Newsletter Editor. It includes notices about upcoming events or programs, quilting tips and other articles submitted by the membership. The newsletter is a place for any quilt-related news and members are encouraged to submit articles they have written regarding their experiences or products they have used.
Save the date for our 2014 Quilt Show “Lake County Impressions XII”, November x-x, 2011. An exhibit of quilts and quilted items made or owned by our members are the main attraction. The show consists of, but is not limited to, vendors, silent auction, demonstrations, raffle quilt display and ticket sales.This show will by far the our most exciting show in our history. The NLCQG will be adding a few new attractions for our community. There will be Educational sessions short in nature so you do not miss any of the other activities such as the Make It and Take booths. This is your chance to learn a new technique at no cost to you. Visit the many exhibits, sit and relax and again learn a new technique. We are also bringing back the Guild Boutique. This is where we will have lots of fun things buy to fill up all those special Christmas stockings.
Raffle Quilt and Ticket Sales
Every member is expected to participate in some way to the success of our raffle quilt, as this is one of our largest fund raisers. The Raffle Quilt Committee is comprised of two or more members who volunteer to coordinate raffle quilt activities. Raffle quilt designs will be submitted to the membership and a vote will be held. Once the project is determined, the committee will oversee the activity required to bring the quilt to its finished status. Raffle quilts are started shortly after the quilt show, pieced within the next few months, and quilted during the non-show year. Once the quilt is finished, arrangements can be made for the quilt to travel to various quilts shops, other guilds, or any function where raffle tickets can be sold. Each member is asked to sell tickets through the day of the show. The drawing is held at the conclusion of the show.