Cynthia: OMG I can’t believe we’re 4 years old already!
Lysa: Do I go now?…lol!
Cynthia: What do you think of our guild and how much it’s grown, wow! I remember when we first started it. We were so worried nobody would come.
Lysa: Can you imagine if no one came. We’d be sitting there looking at each other, looking at our watches, eating all the snacks we brought. Although I don’t think we had snacks at our first meeting did we? I guess Teresa would have been there, since she owned Quilt Essentials (where we held our first meetings). So we were guaranteed at least one person other than us to show up! It’s amazing to look around the room at each meeting and to see so many people now. Kind of makes you feel like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams doesn’t it,”build it and they will come”, except the ghost baseball players part (oops, spoiler alert!). Talk about a leap of faith, I’m not sure what we were expecting. Although we were always pretty clear we wanted to keep the guild open, any level of quilter welcome, all inclusive and fun! Do you have any big memorable moments in the guild that really stands out for you?
Cynthia: Lol! I think we hit a home run!
Aww I miss Quilt Essentials so much, such a wonderful store. Teresa was so kind to host us for our first year and support us.
A memorable moment… hmmm….. (kidding!) – Oh my gosh the quilts that our wonderful members made for us and presented at our anniversary meeting- simply amazing, thoughtful, brilliant, wonderful, full of love and kindness. It certainly makes you feel appreciated doesn’t it! And shows the love that our members have for our amazing group.
Along with that, our big show at Creative Stitches last year, and really pretty much every meeting has something fun, or funny, exciting, or impressive, happen. I don’t know about you but I take a whole day to wind down after a meeting, so much fun! I seriously felt hungover after our September meeting. Is there such thing as a guild hangover? I think so, ha!
What was your favourite moment(s) from the last 4 years?
Lysa: I have to agree the last meeting was HUGE, being given those beautiful quilts! I still get goose bumps just thinking about it! And yes the Creative Stitches shows too. I’d have to add the workshops we’ve had (I know I’m kind of bias there) but having Monica (Happy Zombie) out, Barb Mortell, Cheryl Arkison, Sonja Callaghan … aw, they were all great! I have to admit though, the paper piecing workshop Sonja did is still a favourite of mine, mostly because I sat in front of Helen and I just loved hearing her swear! Let’s see we also had Paul Klampitz, Bernie and Shelly, and YOU do workshops too! Did I miss any? The sew-ins have all been pretty rad… everything is a favourite, the retreats, the challenges, the Coffee Klatches! Darlene’s squeals! The shop hops…How do we pick just one!
Remember when we had the featured members? Wow, we’re really done A LOT in four years. No wonder we have meeting hang overs!
Oh and we have to mention how Carol Browne documented it all! My favourite of her photo’s was how she captured the announcement of Happy Zombie is coming to town, just exactly as it happened! Oh and the butt pictures! The new Butt pictures are great! We’ve always had such great photo’s and I must add I think we’ve always looked so great online, thanks to you! Everyone give Cynthia a round of applause! Hasn’t she always made us look so great!
Wow, how lucky are we! The guild is growing, so many people are contributing and they are doing such a bang up job! Gosh, I’m sure you feel the same as me, so, so proud!
We love you Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild!