A message to members, from our President:
Quite the year we have had! Please join us on Zoom for our December meeting, "Celebrating 12 Months of Quilting", as we end 2020 and look ahead to 2021.
We were full steam ahead until March of this past year and Covid 19 put the brakes on everything. Despite the need for distancing, we have had a busy year. A Community Quilt was completed and donated to the Eastern Madera County SPCA. As a group and in individual efforts, we distributed more than 1,000 masks to health care workers, first responders, and a variety of local facilities. We made and distributed a record number of Cuddle Quilts, including most recently delivering quilts to people who lost their homes in the Creek Fire. We all had time to work on our own projects. And we hosted some virtual presentations and a workshop.
Zoom has been both a challenge and an opportunity for many of us. We continue to learn and practice how to use this virtual platform to visit and to meet until we can meet in person again. February will bring another virtual program and workshop, presenting the Material Girlfriends (they designed our 2020 mystery quilt).
I hope you all will continue to support the Guild with your memberships, your efforts for our charitable contributions, and your participation in our general meetings.
Thank you all, Penni Simily
Promote the preservation of traditional needlework and quilting techniques,
while encouraging experimentation in contemporary application of these techniques.
Educate the public in general about the value of artistic, handcrafted quilted items.
Encourage cooperation, fellowship, creativity, and quality craftsmanship.
Sierra Mountain Quilters Association
PO Box 1359
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Meetings held at the Oakhurst Community Center (unless otherwise announced) at 39800 Fresno Flats Rd (Road 425B), Oakhurst, CA 93644
Virtual Show and Tell
Click on, or hover over a photograph, to see information about the quilt.
Community Quilt - Paws Furever
Whew! Now that was definitely a work of heart for the both of us. Patty loves dogs and Lissa adores cats. We both worked so hard on the Eastern Madera County SPCA community quilt. We both have embroidery machines and enjoy making quilts, so we each did a number of embroidered blocks of dogs and cats to begin with. Then the borders were put on the blocks and we chose a background. That was fun! Going shopping for fabric! This was all before Covid-19 reared its ugly head, thankfully; otherwise it would be a different story. Next, we tried to figure out a layout for the quilt. That was a lot harder than we thought. We put the blocks on Patty’s flannel board and cut the sections that would attach them all together. We were both thankful when that was done. Next to decide on a quilter. Well, that was a nobrainer: Jeri Carney to the rescue. We decided it needed something in the center of the quilt, and Patty came up with a fun phrase: Paws Furever. How cute is that! We are both sad that we cannot do a show and tell at a guild meeting, but you can see it here on the SMQA website and the August 2020 newsletter.
Submitted be Lissa Metzger
THANKS FROM EMCSPCA Thank you to the SMQA for the lovely quilt you donated for our Eastern Madera County SPCA raffle. I had the pleasure to call one of our own, Betsy Anne Youngholm, with the news that she had won the quilt and she was extremely excited. We are so pleased that a member of our SPCA and, of course, a member of the quilt guild, was the winner. Our total income from the quilt raffle was $2,681. Thank you to the two artists and to the quilt guild for this wonderful donation.
Sincerely, Nancy L. Swanson EMCSPCA and SMQA