“2016-2017 Annual Report from the President”
Each year it falls to the President to give you a summary of our year’s activities complete with volunteer hours. These numbers are important. They attempt to quantify the effort we put into CVQG. It’s not a perfect system. Some reports are missing. Some people include travel time and meetings into their volunteer hours and others don’t. But I think you’ll agree that the numbers are impressive- that we care deeply about having an organization within which we can share our love for quilting, and through which we can share our love of quilting with others.
Each year our guild ‘struts its stuff’ by putting on the Best Little Quilt Show. This provides us with funds for the coming year, enables us to showcase our quilts as individuals and quilting as an art form. Our net profit for 2017 was $5,707.97. We volunteered an astounding 1432 hours in planning and execution of the show! The beautiful batik Donation Quilt for 2017 raised $3,451.51. Both of these projects appropriately consume a large proportion of our volunteer energy.
Our monthly meetings are the second largest expenditure of energy. Everything from committee meetings to buying door prizes to typing up minutes takes time. Programs and Workshops leads the list with 229 hours. I’m very proud to be a part of the team that attends the meetings and gets it all ready (and mostly has fun doing it) so that you can enjoy a 2 hour meeting devoted to quilting each month.
We also invest our volunteer energy in the community. We support the Fayette County Fair by organizing and staffing the quilt division. This year we donated 91 lap robes to area nursing homes. We continue to support The Texas Quilt museum by changing out exhibits, acting as docents, and monetarily. The Quilted Stories project continues, which provides books and quilts that illustrate them to local schools. St. Mark’s Medical Center and Gardenia Janssen Animal Shelter receive quilts each year to use in their fundraising. Our yearly bus to the International Quilt Festival benefits both members and non-members. In addition, we had a special project this year; sending blankets and clothing to an orphanage in Afghanistan.
All in all, we have recorded 2417.75 volunteer hours in addition to the BLQS hours for a total of 3,849.75. Whew! I’m looking forward to building on our success during our 2017-2018 guild year. —- Kathi Babcock
‘A Cut Above’ Winner by Kathi Babcock, President
Kathi Babcock and Brigitte Mesecke
Brigitte Mesecke is the eighth recipient of our “Cut Above” award that is intended to recognize a member that has given special service to the Colorado Valley Quilt Guild. She was presented with 2 designer-edition Gingher scissors.
So what makes Brigitte ‘A Cut Above?’ Three of the members who nominated her used the same phrase. She’s ‘always willing to help’ which is shown by the number of positions she’s held in the guild since she’s been a member. Quilting is what we all have in common, but we are not created equal! Brigitte truly has talents that set her apart, winning her awards at our County Fair, at the Best Little Quilt Show, as well as the Houston Quilt Festival. Besides inspiring us with her talent and creativity, she’s used those talents for the good of the guild.
A partial list of positions held would include the office of Treasurer, Donation Quilt Chair, quilt show committees in charge of Decoration and Awards, and most recently Holiday Challenge and Charity Quilts. I’m sure you join me in congratulating Brigitte Mesecke for being a most deserving “Cut Above” winner.
City of La Grange and Fayette County welcome “A Celebration of Quilts” last weekend in February! LA GRANGE, TEXAS – February 2, 2017 – One of America’s most celebrated and historic art forms will cover the city of La Grange and Fayette County the weekend of February 24-25. Simultaneous exhibits and activities under the title “A Celebration of Quilts” will entice fabric fans from all over the state to the region. Quilt aficionados can start their journey by enjoying the 20th Annual Best Little Quilt Show in Texas on the site of the Fayette County Fairgrounds on U.S. Hwy 77 N. See scores of outstanding works from some of the best area quilters coordinated by the Colorado Valley Quilt Guild. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., admission $7. Find out more at www.cvquiltguild.com. Next, head to La Grange and the Texas Quilt Museum at 140 W. Colorado St. to see their stunning current exhibits blending both traditional and cutting-edge contemporary quilts. “Quilts: A World of Beauty 2016 Prizewinners” dazzles with award-winning efforts from last year’s judged show of the International Quilt Association. “Sacred Threads 2015” features works that explore the themes of spirituality, inspiration, and healing. The quilts in “SAQA: Tranquility” exude a sense of calmness and peacefulness from members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates. And Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., admission $8 adults/$6 seniors & students. Find out more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org. Then it’s on to Round Top and the Copper Shade Tree at 102 Schumann Ln. for “The Art in Fiber: Apparitions,” an exhibit of fiber art and transparency weavings by Laura Viada.
Viada is a hand-weaver and fiber artist whose guiding philosophy is that humans have an intimate relationship with the objects of daily life. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Find out more at www.coppershadetree.com. Finally, just outside of Round Top is the Winedale Historical Complex (3738 FM 2714), part of the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. They will have a special display of antique quilts from their extensive collection. These quilts are featured in the new book Comfort & Glory: Two Centuries of American Quilts from the Briscoe Center by Kate Adams. Find out more at www.briscoecenter.org/winedale. Of course, all four venues are open Feb. 24 & 25, so you can enjoy them in any order you please! “A Celebration of Quilts” was made possible partially by $10,000 from co-sponsor Visit Houston as part of their Tourism Marketing Matching Grant Program. Their goal is to increase leisure travel to the region. Find out more at www.visithouston.com. For information on accommodations in the area visit partners La Grange Main Street and Visitors Bureau at www.visitlagrangetx.com or Blackbird Farm Lodging at www.BlackbirdFarmTexas.com.
BRIGITTE MESECKE WINS PRESTIGIOUS “INA STENTIFORD MEMORIAL FLORAL AWARD “
AT INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL 2016
Magnificent flowers have always motivated and inspired artists and gardeners. The juried exhibit, “In Full Bloom,” celebrates the tradition of floral quilt making. It is in memory of Helen Pearce O’Bryant, mother of Quilts, Inc. Executive Vice President Nancy O’Bryant. Each year, one quilt from the exhibit is selected to receive the prestigious Ina Stentiford Memorial Award. This year, CVQG member Brigitte Mesecke was the winner. Congratulations, Britgitte!!
GARDENIA JANSSEN ANIMAL SHELTER FUND RAISER