Saturday, January 11, 2014

Belated (a lot!) Holiday party photos (with January meeting info at the end!)

Hi everyone,

It seems for me, holiday madness, polar vortex, flooded basement and few other "fun" things combined all into one and swept me away!! Geez... Needles to say - big apologies for such belated post about our lovely December meeting and holiday party!
Promise to get my act together in this 2014 and be a better blogger! :)

Back to our holiday party and December meeting - it was just so much fun!
Lots of very yummy food was on my dining room table in a split second, thanks to everyone and of course - we had to enjoy it first! (sorry no photos of that - I guess we were all too busy eating? :)  )

Once everyone was full and had their choice of wine, what else - SHOW AND TELL!!
Karie was first with her newest beautiful quilt - Kaffe rhapsody...

Next was Rebecca, with her amazing presents for her nephew - a Star Wars pillow: (more about this one HERE)
 and her daughters...
 How beautiful! You can see more of the dolls on Rebecca's blog, HERE
Then it was Kim's turn - she had a bag full of them!
Riley Blake Challenge done:

Holiday table runner:
 with some fun quilting:
And even more colorful quilts from Kim:

Here is Jan's beautiful, bed size quilt:

Anne showed us her first attempt on her new mid-arm machine - WOW!

 Looking at the back too, of course...
Bonnie made this gorgeous pillow:
And Pam was sure busy making all these amazing  holiday place-mats!

Just beautiful!

We had wonderful time and here is one shot I managed to take that kinda shows it:
Miraculously - my big boy, Marley was not in this shot above, (how did that happen?!), but he sure was having loads of fun with everyone, asking for and giving kisses all the time...
See what I mean?

Oh wait! - that wasn't all! We also all got PRESENTS!!! Really!

This December meeting was also WNY MQG first anniversary, so our amazing VP Stephanie, announced that to many great companies and some responded in a very, very generous way! Westminster Fabrics and Aurifil thread sent us ALL presents!!! 
We had so much fun drawing names for who gets what and picking goodies. I guess I was too excited and didn't take any photos of that - what a surprise... - but here is at least one Anne took that shows just some of the goodies sent to us by these two wonderful companies: (and of course lovely, smiling faces of Kim and Stephanie!)

HUGE, HUGE THANK YOU goes to both Westminster Fabrics and Aurifil Thread (two of the best in this industry for sure!!) for their generosity!! You sure made our party even more special and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!

Now... we didn't just GET these presents you know - we had to work for them too! In order to entice EVERYONE to finish their Name Tag challenge (and make a swanky name tag), Stephanie proclaimed the rule: NO TAG - NO SWAG!!  Read: no presents for you if you don't finish/make your name tag! So there...
Oh and did we all ever do....

How beautiful is that?!

So for all of you future members out there, still thinking weather to join us - really? You are still not sure?? He, he... seriously now, this little guild is fabulous, it will be growing and having more and more fun and inspiration - so join us soon!
And for the end, to put the face(s) - smiling, happy, quilter's faces - on it all, here is a group photo of WNY MQG members who could come in December,

wishing you all a happy, creative and full-of-stitches New Year!!

If you would like to join us, even just to visit and say hi, come to the January meeting!

WNY MQG January meeting will be on:

Saturday, January 18th, at 1:30 pm

at Threads of Time quilt shop

3133 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY, 14226

Meeting agenda and more fun stuff will follow in the next post, very soon!!
Stay dry in this rain and have a wonderful weekend,

PS - did you think I was kidding when I said I will be a better blogger this year? Hmmm... take a look at this:

I am so not kidding people! ;)

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