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.
I miss your faces and hugs. This virus and the heat are kicking our butts. Going on 6 months I can say we all have learned a lot, with creative ways of getting together, shopping for fabric and notions, talking to friends, having quilting bees and cool drink ideas….
Our Guild will be having our monthly meetings, board meetings, speakers and workshops via Zoom. We know there will be a learning curve for all, but it really is interesting, fun, and exciting. Once you get the hang of it, there are so many options you can personally use…. friends, family, or anyone you want to contact. You should be able to use your iPhone, iPad, tablet, desktop or any other electronic device. There are lots of websites and videos on-line to help you through the process.
Please at least try it once and see if you like it. Going forward this will be the NBQA WAY OF LIFE until at least January 2021. The Program Committee has been working very hard to obtain speakers for meetings and programs. It has been a real challenge to find presenters. We do have a few lined up. If you know of any quilt professionals, locally or nationally , who are set up as a Zoom presenter, please contact Gail Macera, as she is looking for speakers and workshops. Also, if any member is willing to do a workshop or a presentation during a zoom meeting, please let Gail know.
Through these past months I have tried to keep our members together through Facebook, emails and newsletters. I appreciate your support in my Facebook Weekly President’s Contest. I wanted it to be fun, and be a way to stay connected to our membership. Thanks for all the support and posts. I will be continuing this as long as I can think of questions. If you have any you think might be fun, just email me. I’m running out of them, but I have lots of prizes to send out thanks to Missy our Door Prize Chairperson.
Also, thanks to Paula for doing additional newsletters during these times. I hope you have enjoyed them, as it is a lot work, but Paula and I work great together to make it fun. And thanks, to Louise for checking our Gmail and sending out notices of updates to all when needed. I don’t know what I would do without Louise. Speaking of volunteers, please consider helping out on a committee or a board position this coming year, as our board will be stepping down in May 2021, and a few committees will be open. The current board will remain in their positions, due to the pandemic, for 3 years, which is the maximum term for those positions. So if you are interested in any of the positions, please contact me or a board member as soon as possible, so you can be mentored in their final year. You all make up the guild, and we need your help to continue it.
On the issue of volunteers, we are looking for a member or members interested in the 2021-22 Raffle Quilt Committee. A Quilt will be needed for our 2021-22 year. Vice President Celia was the committee chair for the 2019-21 raffle. She would like to pass this on. If anyone or a group is interested in doing this major fundraising project for the guild , please contact Celia or me as soon as possible.
If you have friends or family who quilt, please talk to them about NBQA. It will be an exciting year, even though we may not “see” each other. There will be so much to experience and learn. Remember, we are all in this together, and together we can make it happen. Keep Healthy and Safe and I will “SEE YOU SOON ON ZOOM”
President, Geri Bergreen
November 19th we have the wonderful David Sirota as our presenter via zoom and then the next day we will be taking a virtual class with him (which I took on July 31st and was quite pleased) called The Chevron Star…or Not. Registration for his class will be done through his registration link (which he will forward to us as we get closer to that date).
David Sirota website – https://www.quiltmavendave.com/
Registration for his class will be done through his registration link (which he will forward to us as we get closer to that date). For the class, description click here
From David’s Website:
Think about it…
- You won’t forget to bring any of your supplies
- Can’t get stuck in traffic and miss the beginning of class
- You’ll have all the fabric you need at your disposal
- Do your own mini trunk show:)<
- Make a cup of coffe or tea (or wine) at any time
- Intereract in real time with other participants
- Ask questions as they come up
- Make new friends
- No distractions
- You don’t even need to wear pants<
Online classes are a relaxing way to learn the “Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing Method”© in the comfort of your own sewing room. The class is formatted exactly the same way as an in-person class, with three cameras so that you have an unobstructed view of the demos.
It helps if you have a webcam, but it’s not a requirement as long as you can see and hear me. And you can connect by phone. (Don’t forget to have your charger nearby)
Once you’re registered, I’ll either email the documents and patterns you need or mail hard copies.
To find out what you need to “bring to class” class, go to “Class Descriptions and Cutting Specs” from the main menu (above) and from the drop-down menu, pick the appropriate class.
You’ll also receive an email with the ZOOM link once registration is closed. You don’t need to download anything. Just follow the link and don’t forget you’ll need the password. The Zoom class will open half an hour before the start time to give you a chance to settle in.
Class size is limited to 24 quilters.