Zoom Meeting May 9, 2020

In the current virus situation, our guild meetings are limited to online gatherings.  We had a lively meeting this past Saturday, with a discussion of applying for 501(c)3 status… those of you who are interested in helping us accomplish this, please let me know. It was great to see what all of us have been accomplishing in our social isolation.  Here are the highlights: Show and Tell is always my favorite part of any gathering, virtual and in person.  In the photo above, Nancy Young made a pillow out of all those triangles that we throw away after sewing our…

January 2020 Retreat

We had a lovely time together at the January Retreat at the Friary in Easton PA.  It was a gathering without any classes… well, a bit of focus on teaching Beginners, which everyone pitched in with but particularly Dottie Pepe and me.  Other than that, everyone brought their projects and worked on them independently.  It was a relaxing time just to braid and chat. The focus of the retreat in its planning was simply to experience the Friary as a braid in site and see what we thought about it.  We are splitting the seams at our current site, where…

Dec 7 Meeting Plans

We have an awful lot to cram into one meeting in December!  I hope most of you can make it on the 7th of December.  The most important issue will be to review the class submissions, which are due Dec. 1st.  I’m going to look through them and form my own opinions,  then present all of them to you and seek your thoughts.  Most of the classes are listed (some with photos) at the end of the last blog post on this site, and I just asked the speaker, Janice Sonnen, to teach a short class on wool applique also. …

10/12/19 Meeting

First I apologize for how long it has taken me to write this up.   With getting ready for the Methuen braid in and teaching a class there, then teaching another class as soon as I got home, and adopting a rescue dog from 5 hours away… I am tired.  All I’ve been doing the past couple days is quilting and dog-walking (I know, I should be braiding, but I’ve started a log cabin quilt).   At the meeting, we talked a lot about the January braid in (Jan 9-12, 2020) that we’re planning at the St. Francis Friary in Easton,…

9/14/19 Guild Meeting

It was so nice to see everyone again after a long summer with no gatherings! The first big topic was the January braid in we’re planning on.  It will be an “investigational” braid in!  We’re going to stay at the St. Francis Friary, which is affiliated with the St. Francis Retreat where the VF Spring Braid in is usually held, but the Friary is bigger and newer and located 20 minutes further east.  After a few physical plant issues at the Retreat, we decided it might be a good idea to plan on moving to a more modern facility.  Since…

Field Trip: The Wool Studio

Last Friday, a few of the guild members met (and SHOPPED!) at The Wool Studio in Reading.  The visit was rescheduled last minute, and many of the people who had planned to go… couldn’t.  But, Judy Borger and Sandy Huber and I had a nice time, and went out to lunch afterward.   Rebecca Erb started the business in 1999.  Originally, she was a student at the Green Mountain Rug Camp for rug hooking.  She started selling wool to the other students at the rug camp via a mailer, and the business has progressed from there.        …

Guild Meeting 3/30/19

We had a great meeting on Saturday, with a lot of members coming … enticed out by the opportunity to buy lovely and inexpensive wool.  David Pray — who is a rug hooker — realized he had enough wool that he just was never going to use, and he sold it to us for $5/yard.  Amazing price, these days!  What fun picking through the 17 bags worth of wool.  (Now how do I sneak the fabric into my house?)   We had two cancellations for the braid in, and the two slots were snapped up by guild members, so that…