December 2020
2020 Is Coming to an End -- Thank Goodness!

It's the end of the year -- thank goodness on some parts. Other moments consisted of boredom, saving on gas, perhaps bingeing (yes, I looked up that spelling) on shows, etc.

Being quilters I sincerely hope at least one UFO (unfinished object) or PIG (project in grocery bag) was finished . . . at least before a new one was begun.

This year has set us up to continue with an alternate way of gathering in the next year. There are in-person get-togethers, Facebook get-togethers and now we have added internet get-togethers. QACDG will continue! QACDG will do what's necessary when possible to keep a community of "preserving the heritage of quilting and related arts for individuals of North Central Florida through inspiration, information and education."
Theresa Morales
Madame President
WHERE: At Home on Zoom
WHEN: Online, Thurs., Dec. 3, 9:30 am (Program begins at 10 am)
SPEAKER: Mel Beach: Challenge Yourself
 (ONLY if link above does not work = Meeting ID: 975 0754 4077. Passcode: 228563)

We had a great turnout for our November Zoom meeting. Lots of show and tell.
See you all at our Zoom meeting Dec. 10 at 10 am.

If you have any questions about joining our Zoom meeting, please call me.
Janet Verville
Above are embroidered pillows created by Janet Verville. See more of her work in the Show & Tell section of the newsletter.
Our Recipients Say 'Thank You'
QACDG in the Community

Community Service members are delivering quilts, totes, pillowcases, medical dolls and NICU hearts in our community. Some of the recipients have written us very moving letters of thanks, and we will be sharing those letters over the upcoming months, so that everyone can see the impact QACDG is making in our community. 

Donations in 2020
Medical dolls: 57
NICU heart sets: 448
Pillowcases: 390
Quilts: 261
Tote bags: 194
Cloth face masks: 1,741
Surgical face masks: 2,260

Preparing for 2021  
Are you already sewing for next year? Watch for an email from Gail asking if you need batting. We will meet in Gennette’s driveway on Dec. 17, and members can pick up pre-ordered batting, choose fabric and get quilt labels. If you need fabric or batting but cannot meet at Gennette’s in person, contact Gail Benz, Gennette Gailey, Anna Rasmussen or Carol Wilkerson. We will find a way to get supplies to you!    

Hello, Goodbye, and Thanks!
The Community Service beekeepers would like to thank Gennette Gailey for the million things she has done for our bee. At the end of this year, she will step away from beekeeper duties. In January, Dianna Lawrence will team up with Gail Benz, Anna Rasmussen and Carol Wilkerson as beekeepers for 2021. Please join us in thanking Gennette and welcoming Dianna.         
Carol Wilkerson, Gail Benz, Anna Rasmussen & Gennette Gailey

Lynn Bryan

I enjoyed Genie’s recent zoom class so much and have been able to use up lots of scraps. Next step - attaching the squares and finishing the quilt for Community Service. 

I've been trying to use up holiday fabric scraps. Making the mug mats as gifts has been fun. These aren't quite finished.
Sheila Hiss

I’m Sheila Hiss from Live Oak and (used to) attend the Fiber Art Bee group.

Several of us up north here were doing one block wonders and this is mine . . .I never learn and am now working on an octagonal one block wonder! Yikes!
Helen Davis

This is a quilt made for my friend that lost the fight with COVID-19.
Doloris Utley

A jelly roll quilt. Stripes, solids with print accents and border.

Reversible holiday placemats with matching napkins.
Gail Benz

I had fun making this Disappearing Hourglass Crazy Eight Square for a Community Service quilt.

Lauren McFarland

Janet asked us to send you pics from our last Zoom Embroidery Bee. I think that’s all I showed!
Jan Bresnick

Following are the items I made this past month and showed at the November Embroidery Zoom meeting.
Bev Cheuvront
The cloth background on this mini quilt is a close-up photo of rust on a car, ink-jet printed on fabric and embellished with beads and embroidery.
Janet Verville
These photos are mine that I showed at the November meeting. 
Jean Quillen

King-sized quilt pinned together and ready to be quilted. 
About Our Monthly Meetings

Monthly guild meetings are scheduled 9:30 am - noon
9:30 am - 10 am Social Hour. You can see other members, chat with each other and check your volume settings.
10 am - noon General Meeting, including business meeting, program (usually 60 minutes), member show and tell (Members will be muted so there are no distracting background noises)
After the meeting -- Stay and chat some more or ask a question!
These programs will be on Zoom! There are tutorials on Zoom (see past guild emails). 
Contact me if you have questions about Zoom. 
You do NOT have to have a Zoom account. You just click on the link we send you for a specific meeting and you are in!
December 3 Program, Challenge Yourself, with Mel Beach 
"Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts!). Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level. I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips/tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill!" 
Click here to visit Mel Beach's website.
After the presentation, the speaker will take live questions from the Zoom audience.

January 7 Program, How Hard Could It Be?, with Robin Koehler
"One GIANT Show and Tell, from start to present. Meet Robin Koehler and hear how she stumbled upon this journey of quilting and design. Trunk show quilts include 1st quilt, some winning quilts, pattern quilts, quilts juried into Paducah and Mancuso Mid-Atlantic shows, and a few art quilts just for fun."
See Robin Koehler's website here.
After the presentation, the speaker will take live questions from the Zoom audience.
Mel Beach
Robin Koehler
Annual Dues

Dues reminder - you may send your $25 check to our post office box:

Please mail your check to:
P. O. Box 357012
Gainesville, FL  32635-7012

Send any changes to your address, phone, or email to:

Marie Davis

December Birthdays

Karen Hagler
Carol Feltz
Jean Paty
Justina Zamora
Joy Avery
Liz Finn
Patrica Hodges
Cathy Alsmeyer
Kate Murrell
Connie Lucas
Bettye Harris
Anna Rasmussen
Sandy Pozzetta
Cheryl Watson
Mimi Shaughnessy

Did You Respond to the Guild Survey?
We want your thoughts and ideas! Click on the Feedback Button to go to a short survey about your guild programming interests.

Shopping at Amazon for the Holidays? Use Amazon Smile and Help QACDG

Sign up with Amazon Smile, and every Amazon purchase you make will benefit the guild -- at no cost to you! Here's how: Go to AMAZON SMILE and choose QACDG as your charity. Make your Amazon purchases through the company's site (it's exactly the same as, but handles the charitable donations), and the company will donate a percentage of your purchase to QACDG.
Welcome Our 2021 Board Officers

Our incoming slate of officers will be installed during the December meeting. Beginning in 2021, our board will include:

Theresa Morales, President
Judy Kavanagh, 1st Vice President for Programs
Marie Davis, 2nd Vice President for Membership
Barb Lindsey, Secretary
Lucy Jackson, Treasurer.
Did you miss our November meeting and Nancy Roberts' workshop on Stitched Leaf Bowls? Now you can view at your leisure on YouTube!

You'll find the video by clicking here. The workshop starts at about 14:50. Download a copy of the class instructions here.

Once you've made your leaf bowls, please share a photo for our next newsletter!
Monday Morning Sit & Sew

Our recent Zoom Social was so successful that we decided to do this every Monday morning. So….I scheduled one for every Monday morning, until further notice.

Time: 10 AM - 11 AM

USE THE SAME LINK every week!!!!!
Join Zoom Meeting

ONLY if link above does not work: Meeting ID: 964 4811 1612, Passcode: 596662
Te' Haynes
The guild's beloved "Queen of Scraps" -- Emily Schaefer -- passed away in November, bringing a very sad and challenging 2020 to a close. This year, we lost a large number of members, as well as spouses of members.

During our December meeting, we will take a moment to mourn Emily and all the members we've lost this year, remember the joy they've brought us, and celebrate their lives.

In our January newsletter, we will include memories of Emily and of all our quilters who have passed on this year. If you have a short memory, story or thought about our late members, please send them on to share with the group.
2020 Raffle Quilt
The lucky winner of our 2020 raffle quilt will be drawn during our December meeting. If you would like to buy or sell tickets -- time is running out. It's only $1 pert ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

If you want tickets to sell, I can arrange to mail or drop off tickets, or you can pick them up at my house. Also, some people are just sending me a check for the number of tickets they want, and I fill them out, and take a picture of the tickets to send to them before putting the tickets in the jar.

Thank you for your help.
Barbara Lindsey
What stories are there to tell? We are starting with our founding members from 2003. Today we feature JOAN NEW.
Q: Why did you join the guild?
A:To make friends while I enjoyed quilting.

Q: How was the guild different when you joined than it is today?
A: August, 2003 was the first meeting, and therefore we were just organizing.

Q: How would you describe the guild or its members to others?
A: Wonderful. Good friends. Fun.

Q:Tell us a story in the guild’s past.
 A: When the Day Guild held its first meeting in August, 2003, I was ready. I had belonged to a small quilting group during the 1990s. I had made a number of large patchwork quilts and appliqué quilts. I was ready to move forward. I had begun taking a quilting magazine and discovered crazy quilting and had ordered Judith Baker Montano’s Handbook of Crazy Quilting.

In 2004, Jodi Colvard started a crazy bee and I was ready. I even knew what my first project would be. I had decided that big quilts were not my thing and so I focused on doll bed quilts. My first crazy quilt was a crazy doll bed spread. 

Shortly after the formation of the crazy bee, I became its leader. My interest in making small pieces led to the formation of the miniature quilt bee in 2007, which I also led. The guild provided me with a path of exploration, so that I found self-expression beyond patchwork and appliqué into the realm of art. At present, I feel I have barely begun to explore the world of art quilts.

I must also include that working beside friends, kindred spirits, has been satisfying and rewarding. The guild has also allowed me to branch out and show my work, not just at show-and-tell but wider. It gave me the courage to enter quilt shows, experience the thrill of getting a ribbon and the disappointment of not getting one. Therefore, I will say that the guild has opened up for me an opportunity for self-growth and a foot inside the art world, which is infinite.

What would you like current members to know about the guild? As we move into different and modern and new ways of quilting, don’t forget where quilting has come from. Don’t forget our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and all the work they did. Don’t forget the traditional patterns that connected friends, families and kept the whole family warm.

Patty Marchionno is inviting guild members to head over to the stitchen' post and join her in creating a corralful of stuffed ponies, which will be donated to children in foster care and seniors in care centers.

This volunteer initiative is spearheaded by Lorraine Turner, who will be providing the pony pattern and directions. Quilters are asked to send a photo of their horses to Lorraine, where they will be posted on her website. Volunteers will then receive an address for a recipient agency that will distribute the huggable ponies to clients in need of cheer. Click here to find more information on Lorraine's blog or contact Patty for details.
We can't celebrate together this year. But we CAN remember our 2019 holiday party and the good cheer we enjoyed!

Thanks to Lula Oliver for sharing these photos from last year, as we hope for group gatherings to resume in 2021.
Machine Repair & Cleaning
Theresa Morales will help with machine
mechanical issues and cleaning. $40 regular
price. Current SPECIAL for guild members is $20.

Theresa Morales, 513.774.8787.
Sewing Machine for Sale

I have a little-used Janome/New Home sewing machine for sale. Price: $200. It comes with the Instructions manual and a carrying case. 

This is a basic, mechanical machine, it is not computerized. This durable machine has all metal parts. It offers 'Utility Stitches" such as overcasting, sewing buttons, buttonhole stitching, blind hem stitch, etc. and "Decorative Stitches," such as the satin stitch, fagoting stitch, smocking, etc. 

Please call: Iona Malanchuk at 332-9956 for an appointment. Due to the Covid virus and a husband whose health cannot be jeopardized after having had two major operations, you may try out this machine for a few minutes on my front porch, where I will set it up for you before purchasing. Please wear a mask and gloves. 

Janome is a Japanese Company that bought out the American New Home Sewing Company. I am not available to teach anyone how to use a machine or how to sew so please come only if you are familiar with sewing machines. 
Iona Malanchuk
Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild 2020 Officers
President                  Theresa Morales
1st VP/Programs      Marité Haynes
2nd VP/Membership Marie Davis
Secretary                 Barbara Denahan
Treasurer                   Genie White
Editor: Beverly Cheuvront
Copy Editor: Carol Wilkerson
Photography: Jennifer Ciccarelli, Penny Erickson and Gloria Parker

Newsletter Deadline: Articles and photos are due the 15th of each month. If you would like to submit an item for the newsletter, email Beverly Cheuvront at
PO Box 357012
Gainesville, FL 32635
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