Looking back and forward,
2019 was a good year for Colorado Quilting Council, and 2020 brings new benefits for members. Looking back for a moment, in 2019 we:
- Grew from 599 members to 619 members.
- Offered 10 outstanding speakers and workshops.
- Donated 36 quilts to a variety of charities through our Project Warm Hearts.
- Honored four volunteers—Kathleen Wilkins, Pam Ballard, Rita Friberg and Daisy Sedalnick—with baskets of goodies.
- Recognized Marge Serck, owner of the Creative Needle in Littleton, and Luana Rubin, co-owner of eQuilter in Boulder, with Outreach Awards.
- Inducted Glenda Brown, Pat Cleaveland and Dee Peacock into the Colorado Quilting Hall of Fame.
- Documented quilts across the state in two settings. Welcomed 2,592 people to Quilt-a-Fair.
- Presented the Quilt-a-Fair Viewers’ Choice Award to Myrna Johnson for her “Times and Seasons”.
- Saw the CQC’s Competition Committee judge 1,161 quilts. Held two successful retreats.
- Gave grants to Firehouse Quilts of Colorado, ABC Quilts, Chaffee County Quilts of Valor and Mountain Maverick Quilts.
- Initiated CQC’s library online with 2,119 books.
- Kris Wilson won our beautiful raffle quilt on December 7th.
- And created new categories of CQC membership allowing members to expand their support of our organization as they are able.
Whew! As I wrote this list, I could see it was a very good year indeed.
As the new year begins, we are launching new opportunities:
- We’ve been listening to you and, as a result of that, are launching online registration for workshops and retreats.
- Get your gas tank filled and walking shoes on because January 1 will be Day 1 of our new CQC Colorado Shop Hop. As you travel with us this year, we want to be sure you visit the local quilt shops. Toward that end, we will recognize the person who visits the most shops in 2020. Joining the shop hop is simple. Pick up a Shop-Hop form at any CQC General Meeting and take it with you to every shop you visit to gather a signature from the shop. Then turn in your form by the end of October. The person who has visited the most shops will be the winner. In the case of a tie, one name will be pulled in a drawing.
- Our monthly Show & Tell time will be enhanced by giving you a chance to hang your quilt as the meeting begins. Members will vote for their favorite quilts during the morning break. The member with the most monthly wins will receive an award in December. You’ll still show your quilt and share its story during the Show & Tell time as we have in the past.
This is just the beginning of new ideas from our new
leadership team. As CQC’s new president, I want to hear from you. I don’t answer my cell phone if I don’t see a familiar name or number, so the best way to reach me is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email regularly and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Making Quilt Memories,