​​​​​​Ongoing programs: 

Ways & Means- bring fabric and quilting related items to any meeting. The items are then ironed, folded, packaged and displayed. $1 will buy you 5 tickets that you may place in a cup next the item you are interested in. The tickets will be drawn and you may go home with some great stuff.

Mystery quilt - members are given monthly clues which include fabric selection, cutting and placement. After 6, 9, 12 months the mystery is revealed.

Block of the Month- members are given instructions for completing a block which is displayed at the next meeting. Blocks are raffled off and members are asked to make a comfort quilt with their blocks.

Show and Tell- bring your most recent projects and show them off

Secret Sisters - members are encouraged to participate in this program. You are given the name of another member and for the year you bring little gifts that are given to your secret sister. At the end of the year sisters are revealed.

UFO Challenge- pick 6 of your unfinished projects and list them 1 thru 6. A number is drawn monthly and that is the UFO you must attempt to finish or make progress with. Bring you work with you to the monthly meeting for display and credit. If you participate and complete the challenge you have made room for more projects and prizes are awarded too

From my bubble thoughts:

        When you are in your craft room or studio do you listen to background music or watch tv/movies. There are so many great ones out there. I recently interviewed several artist and asked what they have playing while creating. I was surprised to learn that many quilters and creators need something to motivate them. Many have said they enjoy Netflix, Hulu or Amazon to watch and catch up on several different series. Some of these include Dontown Abbey, Mad Men and The Crown. I guess the period pieces are a big hit. There are several podcasts and youtube channels that cater to this audience. Pat Sloan has a podcast every Monday on American Patchwork and Quilting, Pat usually has three guests that join her each week for a question and answer session and a little chit chat relating to their craft expertise. The show last about an hour and are quite entertaining and informative. Bonnie Hunter has recently moved her QuiltCam to Facebook which she records live from her own home studio. While she is working on her projects she encourages her followers or Quiltvillians (as they are referred) to work on theirs and share photos, comments and questions via email which Bonnie can post while recording live. She then embeds her video to youtube for others to watch later. Recently during a few snow days we enjoyed here on Cape Cod I stumbled upon Frances Dowell of Off Kilter Quilt, she does an audio blog on her website and I found myself drawn to her quickly and have become a big fan while puttering or creating in my own studio. So next time you find yourself looking for motivation or just something to break up the silence of your bubble thoughts give one of these a try. Until next time..;)sld