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Last month our meeting was very informative and interesting.  We sure saw a lot of quilts! It was neat to learn new techniques and about a married couple who complement each other with their passionate creativity and artful piecing and quilting!


Recently, I was out of town; we took a trip to Michigan to visit relatives.   In the town of Charlevoix, Michigan, there was a small quilt shop near the bay where many beautiful yachts are stored.  The little shop always had neat, new ideas and colorful fabrics.  I was excited that we were going there for a short trip, but much to my dismay the shop had closed recently.  I was sad! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy visiting other areas and quilt shops for new and energizing ideas. They always seem to have different things than our home shops!


We will be able to see all the winning quilts from our quilt show at the September meeting.  Please try to attend!

Until next time, please keep quilting!

As we enter the fourth quarter of this year, we have completed yet another Autumn Gems Quilt Show and are already discussing how we can improve it or get more attendance for next year.  We showed over 450 quilts, including bed turning presentations.  That is a lot!  And each year the quality of the quilts gets better and better.  Thank you to all members and/or their families who volunteered their time and energy to making it another successful show!

I want to thank all of you who sent cards, expressed their condolences, or attended visitation for the passing of my mother at the end of August.  As many of you know, she passed away the morning of quilt show setup.  Many of you had seen her at the past shows, the last few years in a wheel chair. It is from her that I learned the love and art of sewing!

Please read your newsletter this month!  We have lots going on, October Quilts of Valor workshop, November to Remember, and the annual Christmas Party in December with the drawing for the raffle quilt, which is always a great time!

We had a lot of fun on the bus trip to Madison; thanks to Viv for organizing it!  The bus was nearly full, only two or three seats vacant.  It was a lot of fun observing everyone enjoying the trip!

The October meeting will feature a colorful program by Linda Honsberger entitled, “The 30’s and More.”  We will see a lot of quilts.  Linda is a professional quilt appraiser from the Milwaukee area.  See you there!!!

Keep Sewing!!

Your GEMS President,

Jean Cullum