The Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association meets in East Greenwich, RI.
This 250 member guild brings together people from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond to share, teach, learn and promote the art of quilting.
It has been a long winter and I’m so happy to see the flowers and bushes finally blooming. With some light coming with a vaccine, we hope by years end we can be together again in person for meetings and workshops. I have truly enjoyed our Zoom encounters, from meetings with speakers to workshops and “sip and sew” nights.
This new world of Zoom has opened our eyes to so many new things. It’s a very good possibility that Zoom will stay with us even after we can meet socially. Perhaps as a hybrid method of meeting for those snowy and cold nights in the winter when we would rather stay home with a glass of wine and our slippers and have a meeting on Zoom. Sounds good to me! It is a great alternative in so many positive ways, as we are getting to the age where a warm cozy house sounds comfortable. And it is so nice to see everyone, and what their world looks like.
As another NBQA year comes to an end, I want to thank all who have made my 3 terms as your president so successful. It has been quite a journey, and I appreciate all my board and committee members, past and present, for withstanding all the bumps in the road that we have endured. We couldn’t have accomplished all the things we have without the support of them and our membership.
This guild has been here teaching, supporting, and offering friendship for 45 years. That is such an achievement. When I was going through the list of past presidents, I was reminded of the ladies who had laid the foundation for NBQA, those who have passed and those who are still with us. We thank them for their service and guidance for making our guild achieve this milestone. This is a great time to become a new leader of NBQA. Our present board is stepping down, and we are looking for “new blood”. I am thankful to finally say we do have interest in the offices of vice president, secretary, and treasurer, which is wonderful, as they are integral parts of this organization. I will continue as president for a final term, unless someone is interested in serving, even as Co-President with me.
If you are still considering becoming part of the board, please contact Louise or me before the May meeting. Consider becoming one of the leaders of NBQA and be part of the history and future of this GREAT association, “where friends are made, and talents are shared”.
The 2022 Quilt Show is now being planned for next April. That too is a great chance to become involved with OUR guild. It takes an army or two to bring this major project together, with planning, setup, hosting, demonstrations, basket making, door admissions, the list goes on and on….. Please consider helping in any way you can, as this show is OUR show, not only to showcase our talents, but to bring the quilt community and others together.
Keep safe and I will see you on Zoom.
Jody Beck has been sewing, crafting, and creating ever since she can remember. She picked up quilting in 2000 & started teaching and writing patterns in 2003. She’s been privileged to have her Jody’s Jems patterns sold in shops from Hawaii to Key West, FL and has customers who love her designs from as far away as Australia and the UK. “The Art of Quilt Design” is a powerpoint presentation of how Jody created her Jody’s Jems designs. She hopes it will inspire you to design your own quilts. She has lived in 10 states with her husband of 38 years and has taught quilting in Arizona, New England, and Pennsylvania since 2003. Jody will also demonstrate her technique for making quick and easy quilts. Feel free to check out her website at www.jodysjemsquilting.com and her YouTube channel at JodysJemsQuilting
Saturday, September 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jody will teach her Starry Wonder Table Topper class. Please see the two attachments below – one is what the table topper will look like and the other is the class supply list. She has discounted the cost of the downloadable pattern for us – $9.00. The fee for this four-hour class is $35.00 made payable to NBQA and mailed to me, Gail Macera, 86 Pheasant Drive, Cranston, RI 02920. One check per workshop please as it will be easier for accounting purposes