The auction, held in February, is similar to a giant yard sale. Items are donated by members...anything goes. In the past we have had a lot of great quilting items, but there are non-quilt related items too. The money we raise goes to the guild's education fund.
You can always use more fabric! The guild organizes shop hops to visit four or more fabric and quilt shops in a single day. Not only do we go home with new fabric, but we get to take a road trip with other members doing something
we all love.
LeTort Quilters of Carlisle
Members get together several times a year for
Sit 'n Sews. It's a time to meet in a common location for a few hours and sew together - working on comfort quilts or your own projects.
The guild retreats are a semi-annual event (the first weekends in January and May). The Retreats provide space and uninterrupted time to work on your quilting projects, as well as time to relax and have fun with guild members. Everyone brings their own projects to work on and the supplies needed to complete them. We have beginners to advanced quilters so it's a perfect time to get help or advise. Join us to have some fun quilting together.... not to mention all the good food and ... what happens at a retreat, stays at a retreat!!
How does our block of the month (BOM) work? Each year the president selects a theme and nine blocks, one for each month - September through May. One or two patterns are in the newsletter each month. The blocks you make are for you to keep and make into a quilt. At the Monday meetings, everyone shows their blocks. Also, in June, we share our completed quilt tops! Even using the same patterns, the results are very different and are wonderful to see.
Quilt challenges are held every other year, alternating with our quilt show. Quilters are presented with 'rules' such as colors, patterns, or themes for a quilt. It is wonderful to see how creative guild members can be.
The guild maintains our own library with an assortment of books. Check out books about anything from quilt patterns, stitching, dying fabric, and learning new techniques. New books are always being added to the library and are announced during guild meetings. Take some time before or after meetings to take a look and check out a book or two.
The guild's president elect spends a large portion of their time planning and scheduling classes for the next year. You can sign up for classes that are lead by our guest speakers. Classes are often held the day before a lecture.
Being a member of the LeTort Quilters is rewarding in many ways. One that is especially satisfying is the opportunity to participate in the donation of comfort quilts to various local charities. The Comfort Quilt Committee accepts your finished quilt donation and distributes the quilts to the various groups. They also provide kits, batting, labels, and backing for making donation quilts. Making a comfort quilt is a great way to practice a new skill or use up old fabrics, and they are very much appreciated!
In January 2019 we held our first tote bag and purse fashion show. Members walk down the 'run way' displaying their quilted tote bags, purses, wallets, cosmetic bags, luggage, etc., and share information about patterns, techniques, and fabric choices. It's a great way to get inspired for your next project.
Our guild prides itself on learning from each other. We hold member-lead workshops to work on projects together. Example workshops that we've held in the past include learning techniques for specific quilt and table running patterns, pop-up baskets, jelly roll rugs, and travel iron caddies.
The newsletter, "Meanderings", is our monthly publication that is emailed to members. Meanderings contains information on upcoming events, reminders, meeting minutes and other helpful guild information and photos. Guild members are encouraged to submit articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles need to be submitted by the 23rd of the month to make the next month's newsletter.
Many of our regular meetings include a guest speaker that is an expert in some aspect of quilting, from fabrics, threads, quilting techniques, patterns, tools... you name it. Often the lectures are accompanied by trunk shows in which the speaker displays and explains a collection of their quilts.
Looking for a small group of quilters interested in the same technique or pattern? Sign up for a quilt bee - examples are long arm quilting, crazy quilts, and modern quilt styles. Quilt bees function independently of the guild (setting your own scheduling and meeting places), but often share their accomplisments with the guild.
Our guild sets-up our boutique at various events such as the local FiberWorks Gathering, our quilt shows, and special guild meetings. Members make the items that are sold. The sale of boutique items goes directly into our Education Fund.