Thursday, October 6, 2011

Getting back on the Paloooza wagon... Happy #1 EMQG!

We're having a Party!! 12 months ago the EMQG was just a glimmer in the eye of one geeky, housebound quilter. Now, here I am, alone no longer, still a little geeky but quilting in lands as exotic as downtown Springfield. And here You are too, joining me on this crazy trip... up down and all around, but isn't it more fun together?

This post is going to be totally peppered with pictures from posts past... a little walk down memory lane, if you will.
Remember the PILE 'O' Potholders??
Our softie inspiration?
It was just last month that we swapped around some pillow cases.
Or can you remember our summer towels?
What about our inspiration for the summer snack mat?
Or the needle books?
And there is nothing quite like a nice zippered pouch...
Or those charms we made?
Another round of snack mats anyone?
And those cute pincushions that started our swap-mania off, oh so many months ago...

Have you made anything for the party yet? Anything that you want to donate to the raffle? I found some quilting books at my house that may like to come home with you... and other people have donated some fun quilting tools. My thought is, what is not serving me could very well make one of my quilting friends a happy camper. It is also so fun to take home treats that one of us made, isn't it? I use my swap pot holders from Kelly everyday, they always make my cooking chores much more cheery. So, please bring your gently used books/notions and/or your new swap projects and we will have a ourselves a little raffle.

Didn't you mention something about food Jessica?
OH YES I DID! This month's meeting will also be a potluck. Please bring what you love, savory or sweet, to share. I have some utensils and possibly some napkins. We could also use some plates. If you would like, leave a comment with your potluck tasty then those of us who are undecided can be inspired to fill in the gaps.

Weren't there going to be fun and silly activities?
OF COURSE! Here are just a few of the ones that we have come up with thus far:

1)Swap a Scrap table: bring some of your scraps of fabric that you like, but perhaps are just tired of looking at and swap with your friends for something that you want to use "RIGHT NOW!" (unclaimed leftovers will be donated.)

2)5" Charm Swap: Friendship quilts are always fun. Make your own with charms swapped with your EMQG friends. Bring 5" charm squares and swap-- you bring 10, you take home 10 etc.

3)Name Tags: Make a fun name tag with scraps, a sharpie, and an iron. Wear it tonight, take it home and jazz it up-- and wear it next month and we will ALL remember your name!

4)Raffle Raffle-- Yes, I did write raffle twice, it is just funnier that way. I pretty much explained the idea for this above-- if there are any questions please send me an email or post a comment.
5)High jinx and mayhem-- just something that goes along with being a Modern Quilter!

I hope this helps the focus the festivities... I have been wanting to post but the pneumonia fairy has visited our house the past 2 weeks and 3 of 5 of us have been hit. I am continuing to hope that my cough will just stay annoying and non-feverish. In between meals and administering meds, I have been "collecting" fabric online... it is a bad habit, but makes for such lovely packages coming in the mail. (I love saying "collecting", it sounds so much better than hoarding!)