Oh my gosh.
You’ll never guess what our amazing quilt guild did for me and Lysa on Thursday night. Total surprise and such an honour, they made us both quilts and gave them to us as appreciation quilts for us, the founders of our guild, the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild. Wow. What an amazing gift and what a thrill!
There were hushed goings on and they had secret sew ins to get them assembled and quilted. People were slyly handing over blocks to the project planners at meetings when we weren’t looking.
Everyone made a block with special fabrics and added in special touches like my initial, some french macarons, and even some of my first fabric collection with Robert Kaufman!
The back is loaded with signature blocks and comments from each person who made a block. And I love the numbers fabric incorporated into it, indicating all the members of our amazing guild.
Binding was procured and supplies passed along to the quilters Cathy (the lead mastermind behind the project!) and Bonnie, and finished before our big 4 year anniversary meeting this week. They were presented to us mid-meeting- and holy cow! You can sure feel the love, thought, care, and attention, radiating from them!
You may not know the story behind it, but Lysa and I met thru another local modern guild that was just starting, when their president introduced us to carpool in to the city to attend their first meeting. We chatted by email and we hit it off- dude, Lysa dressed and Frida Kahlo- Frida Kahlo!- for a dead celebrities party she went to that year- right there I knew I found my peeps! We went to that meeting, just having met in person that night, and realized there had to be more of us who love modern style in the valley where we live, and decided to start our guild. 4 years later and wow! Our members are simply amazing. Many have been with us since the very start.
Our guild has always been a little different. From the beginning we focussed on being friendly, open, casual, and kind. No drama, no politics, leave them at the door please. We weren’t so focussed on quick growth and numbers of members like some guilds tend to be. Everyone is welcome, always. If you need help, there are always people who step in right away, no questions asked, happy and willing. If you need volunteers, you got ‘em. Heck if you need some fabric you ran short of for a project, ask and likely somebody will have it and be willing to share. Time and again with different events we’ve done, our members show up and work towards getting whatever it is done, and done well to best represent our group. We often hear comments about us being the “fun” guild, that’s what we intended, as our craft should be fun. No quilt police, no drama queens, no outside personal agendas, or power struggles. Just one group working together, having fun together, and enjoying the love of modern quilting. And that’s what it’s all about!
This past year has been a big one for our guild, we officially went formal and became a society. We’re the first modern guild in BC to do that, and that’s really awesome. Lysa and I stepped back from handling pretty much all of the behind the scenes workings of the guild and passed along duties to our wonderful new exec who have taken them and run with them. I’m still involved as VP, and Lysa is on the programmes committee, but we’re somewhat on the sidelines, by choice. Things are exciting and going forward full speed ahead, how awesome, purely and simply awesome. I can’t wait to see where we go, it’s going to be fun I know that!
Wishing all of our members a huge heartfelt thank you, for all that you do and for being a part of our guild. With massive thanks for this amazing love-filled quilt, which will be treasured forever! And here’s to many more years of fun and quilting together!