Well, if you missed the July meeting, you missed a historical event ! For all of you who attended – did you feel like you were John Glenn stepping onto the moon – One small click for Ocean Waves Quilters, One big leap for World Quilting. It is really hard to put into words what just happened. For our small group that is just now creeping into the 21st century with our web site, encouraging EVERYONE to go to the website to get up to the moment information about our guild, groups, events and all the happenings. This small thing that Deda helped us do is a HUGE thing in our little quilting world. I will be the first to admit I am computer challenged, but things like what happened Saturday really encourages me to get off my muffin (nice word for butt) and learn how to communicate via computer. My quilting world will open up so much. I know Janet skyps with her sister and I know others skyp with family across the nation & world, but I guess I NEVER put it together that you could skyp to learn and share with others. I have always told you about YouTube and of course Missouri Star Quilt tutorials. Just like my rotary cutter or 6”x24” ruler are tools for quilting I can’t live without, so can be this scyping thing be a tool. For the Brazilians’, this seems to be a normal daily or weekly event because this is the only way they are able to meet and share with other quilters’ in their country as they have no groups or guilds. Anna has asked Deda, Cheri and I to help them start guilds in Brazil. They want to know what a Guild is all about, what a Rookie or Material Chick group does. And now, sbecause of what Deda has shown us, a new world of quilting has opened up. My hat’s off to Deda for all of her patience and caring. For years, she has been pulling, pushing, prodding and pleading me (us) to allow her to show us the opportunities awaiting us. Now I GET IT!!! With emotional tears in my eyes, I see what she has been wanting me (us) to see. I see Anna and the other ladies from Brazil light up when they joined our guild meeting and saw all of our quilts and then they got to share what they each made. Each one sharing their quilts with us. And then - - - I look out and saw our ladies light up when we all waved good-bye to each other, and they saw us, there was a connection made that was without words. WOW – Thank you Deda for this momentous experience. Thank you, Anna and the Ladies of Brazil and Welcome to our newest members of Ocean Waves International. :-) (time out for Kleenex time)
So while I have the web site on my mind, I thought I would remind you all to KEEP YOUR FINGERS STUCK TO THE KEYBOARDS for the up to the moment information on our quilt show. Feb 12-13, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Homestead. Deda will be posting absolutely everything you would ever want to know about the show. If it’s not there, let her know and she will get it there. List of volunteers are being contacted and will need more as time gets closer. Earl had already been informed that he volunteered. He said he didn’t sign up for anything, and I told him, he didn’t have to because I put him on the HoneyDo Committee. AMAZING what a chocolate cake and a smile can do! Right?! So get ready to jump in and help, because we are going to need ALL of you, your experience and expertise as to what works and what doesn’t and your minds and hands to get the job done.
While I am STILL on the WEB SITE Subject. Remember I mentioned about the Quilter who passed away (some of you know here) the recipient of her estate wants to sell all of her Bernina’s, attachments and furniture? Well, I sent all of the photos I took to Deda for the web site. So you can go on there and see what she has and the contact information will be there also. Everything is in good if not Excellent condition and I know you will be happy with the purchase.
So as I come to a close, I am getting packed for our Iowa & Oregon trip. Looking forward to the time away but all the work I have to do before I lock my door. First I have to finish the quilt I showed, then I have to CLEAN my house. Why clean my house? Two reasons, Just in case my kids come over to check it out (or barrow something) while we are gone, they won’t think Mom is a horrible house keeper and second, it is so nice to come home to a clean and tidy home (Right?). . . . and then you bring the luggage in. . . . (There goes that image of a tidy house.) Oh well, it’s always good to get away and great to come home again. So see you in September!
Hugs and Stitches.