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Ultimate Guild Challenge

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The 2024 AQS Challenge has been announced.

         “Water Surrounding our World”

AQS ultimate quilt challenge deadline dates are fast approaching. Hope everyone was able to finish. I’ve seen a couple entries and they are fantastic.

UPDATE

Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2

Drop off times are 9-2

Calvary Christian Reformed church (guild meeting location).

See you all and your quilts that you worked so hard on. Good luck everyone.

Neonatal Quilt Project

Guild members make and donate baby quilts to the Neonatal Unit at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. These quilts may be made individually or by groups. The crib-sized quilts are collected at each meeting and are given to the Neonatal Unit for distribution throughout the year to at-risk newborns.

Please note: you may use any pattern that you choose as long as the finished product meets the following requirements. Tried and true patterns are available on the Facebook page as well as on the website.
1. Quilts must be made of 100% cotton or cotton flannel. No polyester may be used on any portion of the top, back or binding as it may generate an electrical charge that would interrupt the monitors. (NO Minkee or Fleece)
2. Quilts should measure no less than 36 inches on a side and no more than 42 inches on a side. They do not need to be square (example: 36″x40″ would be fine).
3. No embellishments of any kind (example: buttons, lace, bows) or anything that could become detached and therefore a choking hazard.
4. Please make sure you check carefully for threads and trim them. We do not want any part of a baby’s body to become entangled.
5. You may use any kind of batting as it will be enclosed inside the quilt.
6. Quilts may be tied with cotton thread (example: embroidery floss or crochet cotton) and NOT yarn. They may also be hand or machine quilted.
7. You may bind them in the traditional way or using the “pillow case” method.

Santa Claus Girls

Dolls & Quilts ready for distribution.

The Santa Claus Girls organization brings Santa Claus to children 12 years of age and under, living within the limits of Kent County, who otherwise might not know the joys of Christmas.

At the September meeting over 300+ Dolls and quilts where received for Santa Claus Girls  – Thanks to everyone for your great support in making this Christmas a special one for those in need.

Latest News: Our dolls and quilts that were at the Delta Plex will be usable for Christmas 2024. More details to come.

Library

We have over 1000 books to choose from. Books are available for free loan to members only.

Members may check out up to 5 books and keep them until the next meeting (two months). There is a $1.00 fine per book, per meeting missed. Or maybe you would like to work off your fine by helping with the library. Please feel free to contact the librarian if you have a suggestion for a book you would like to see added to the library or would like to see a current list of what is available.

Don’t forget…  The magazines on the table are FREE! Please take home as many as you would like!

Volunteer Opportunities:  We are looking for library volunteers for every meeting. It’s a great way to get your hands on the new books before they go back out on the table. No previous experience is needed!

WMQG Quilt Retreat

The 2024 WMQG Retreat is again happening at The Springs in Gladwin, MI.

Coordinator, Louisa R. has 6 openings for the 2024 Retreat.   She can be contacted at louisasews@yahoo.com.

Email her today to sign up and get all the details.

AQS Quilt Week

Location: Devos Center

Returning to DeVos Place August 21-24, 2024

Quilting Fun on a Grand Scale!

Join AQS in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a week of quilts! Take quilt classes, enjoy lectures, and shop fabrics, notions and more at the Vendor Merchant Mall. Most of all, be inspired as you explore beautiful quilts, from award-winning and semi-finalist contest quilts to special exhibits.
While you’re enjoying QuiltWeek, be sure to check out the local area, including Meijer Gardens, museums, and so much more. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay the week!

Block Party

Anyone may participate in the Block Party at each meeting by making one or more blocks. The block pattern will be provided at the previous meeting and in the newsletter. The more blocks you make, the better are your chances of winning the set of blocks.

Before the meeting, turn your blocks in at the Block Party table. You should have your name on your block twice.  One of the names is removed and placed in a basket for the drawing, and one is left on the block so the winner will know who made each block.

After the meeting begins, the blocks are counted and divided into sets. Winners’ names are drawn, and announced after the break during the meeting.

See the March newsletter for the Block Party instructions – Join us!  It’s Fun

Hospice Donations

Thank you for all the multiple items you have donated to Corewell Health Hospice.

At the current time they do not need pillows unless they are specific to a holiday, occupation, sports team, or possibly a specific dog. They do prefer pieced rather than a solid fabric. As always quilts are greatly appreciated and very well received. Approximate size should be 54 x 54, larger than a lap and smaller than a bed size, with a matching pillowcase, is also appreciated.

Other items in need would include the following items.  Click for directions.

  • catheter bag covers
  • acitivity aprons
  • pillows
  • If you have items that you would like to donate but cannot make it to meetings, please just contact me and I will gladly
    pick them up.
  • Thank you for all you do for this worthy cause.
  • Happy stitching

Karen Lawrence

Quilting Bees

WMQG quilters have formed quilting bee groups that meet outside of our regular meeting times.  This is a great way to get to know quilters and make new friends.

Some of our groups are closed to new members, but many are currently open.  You may view both lists by clicking below.

Open Quilt Bee GroWMQG-Open-portrait-1-2.pdf

Closed Quilt Bee Groups

For questions and contact information for individual bees, please contact our Beekeeper, Penny McNicholas. mcnick618@gmail.com

PATCHES OF NEWS

2024 West Michigan Quilters' Guild
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Quilts on the Grand

Sadly, our show is cancelled for 2024 and 2025.  The new venue is having issues with the township and therefore the renovations have not scheduled.

The Show Committee has spent considerable time searching for a venue that is suitable for our show.

Thank you to all who have given us places for review.

In the meantime, please continue making your beautiful quilts.   Bring them to the show and tell at the guild meetings.

Karen Giles – Show Chair