September 2020
Keep Up With Friends
Back to School? Maybe, not. Hmmm. Something good out of this year is the new learnings we all are doing. They say learning something new is good for the brain and thus for you. That's good, right? Keeps us young. Though a social gathering would really be nice and physical contact is needed to seal that good feeling. I can't wait for that to happen! Oh, what stories we will tell. 

My call-to-action for you: Keep seeing your friends (for we need them most), and keep abreast of your "at-home bucket-list," since now there is time. See you all on the flip-side.
Theresa Morales
Madame President
We're welcoming guild members back on Sept. 3 with the next-best-thing to an in-person meeting! Join all your guild friends on Zoom, where you will be able to see each other, chat, hear our regular presentations, and show our latest work -- all safely presented on the Zoom online meeting platform!

The guild will welcome quilter Diane Harris, who will present
WHERE: At Home on Zoom
WHEN: Online, Thurs., Sept. 3, 9:30 am (Program begins at 10 am)
SPEAKER: Quilter Diane Harris: Windy Wonders: A Quilt Block Grows Up

Embroidery Bee Via Zoom
We had our first Zoom meeting on Aug. 13 at 10 am. Carol Silver, Gretchen Brooks, Cindy Townsend, Connie Lucas, Judy Zalhalka, Celeste Beck (Mary popped in to say hi), Jan Bresneck and Janet Verville (moderator) attended. It was wonderful and fun to see each other and share our Show and Tell.

We are already scheduled for a Zoom meeting Sept. 10 at 10 am. Have a great month and wear a mask and social distance.
Janet Verville

Beyond Beginner Bee
Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing well. I also hope your scrap pile and UFO piles are getting smaller, and your community service pile is getting larger. This is a great time to try out new blocks and to stretch your comfort zone. Take something we have learned before and try it again. Then please share! (I have not finished a darn thing other than community service items!) At least organize that sewing room! Stay safe. Miss you.
Carla Action

Newbie Bee
This bee teaches new quilters how to make quilts in a 10-month program. As we can no longer meet, feel free to contact us if you need help in any area. Here is hoping we can meet again soon! 
Genie White and Carla Action
Community Service Bee
Invitation to the QACDG October Ingathering
One of the most uplifting QACDG events is the annual October ingathering, the day that the Community Service Bee sorts your labors of love -- all the quilts, totes, hearts and pillowcases donated by members. If you have not attended in the past, make plans to be present this year to help decide where each of the hundreds of quilts and totes will be donated. More information about where and when we will meet will be available soon.  

Reaching our goals
Nothing can stop a determined group of quilters! In the August newsletter, we said that we needed 70-ish quilts, pillowcases and totes by October. Within days, members dropped off dozens of donations. And when Elizabeth Curry posted a Facebook request for face masks, responses came within minutes! Thank you, everyone, for your efforts during this extraordinary year.       
If you can help sew but need fabric or batting, email one of the Beekeepers (Gail Benz, Gennette Gailey, Anna Rasmussen or Carol Wilkerson), and we will get supplies to you! We also have two sites to drop off donations.  
Here are our goals and donations to date
Quilts: GOAL: 200                         NEEDED BY OCTOBER: 20-ish                                                              
Totes:  GOAL: 150                         NEEDED BY OCTOBER: 30-ish                                            
Heart Sets: GOAL: 150 sets        NEEDED BY OCTOBER: any donations appreciated                                               
Pillowcases: GOAL: 300               NEEDED BY OCTOBER: 20-ish      
Medical Dolls: GOAL: 50             NEEDED BY OCTOBER: any donations appreciated
Cloth face masks donated by QACDG
*Cancer Center @ NFR:                 416
*Grace Marketplace:                      66
*Family Promise:                             58
*Fisher House:                                 100
*UF Psychiatric Unit:                      139
*UF Vet school:                                 50
*Peaceful Paths:                               121
 of Elections:                                      600
Tally to date:                                     1550         
Carol Wilkerson, Gail Benz, Anna Rasmussen & Gennette Gailey
We have another virtual Show & Tell this month. All members are intived to share your work via email during our time in coronavirus self-isolation. Here are stories and photos we received over the past month.
Connie Lucas

The Storm at Sea was a Beyond Beginner project finally finished. The COVID-19 Cat is a Mini Bee Challenge.
Gennette Gailey

I finally finished two quilts. The first one is a pattern Marie Davis taught me at Community Service.
The second one is Wonky Star. Marsha Tucker taught the class at Day Camp.

Helene Rhine

The first quilt is a trash quilt for Community Service. The second is a strip scrap Log Cabin.
Tish Kilpatrick

Three quiltw pieced by Tish and quilted by Theresa
Barbara Lindsey

We donated 41 children's facemasks for Madres Sin Fronteras. (See Volunteer information article in this newsletter.)

Genie White

Redwork embroidery.
Joyce Dewsbury

This wall-hanging's title is Autumn on My Mind. It is pieced and both hand- and machine-quilted.

Celeste Beck
This is for my granddaughter’s fifth birthday. I quilted it using my embroidery machine and software called Edge-to-Edge. It is titled Her Royal Princess
The Pandemic has allowed me to finally finish my One Block Wonder. My husband named it Universal Unified Theory. The fabric started out as roosters. This is my first real pieced quilt. I kept asking myself had I lost my mind. So many pieces and so many points. I love the finished look. Diane Shepard did the long arm quilting for me.  

Christine Beriau

While I was recuperating from my fracture, I worked on these counted cross stitch zodiac signs. I made an Aries for myself, a Taurus for one grand daughter and four Cancers for my husband, daughter and 2 other grand daughters.
THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 10 AM on Zoom



What happens when you take one simple, humble, straightforward little block and reimagine it into dozens of dynamic quilt designs?

Diane Harris is a quilt designer, speaker and teacher. After 11 years as an editor for Quiltmaker magazine, she formed Stash Bandit, through which she presents energetic trunk shows and engaging classes for quilters. 

Harris, who is passionate about making scrap quilts and creating interesting original designs, says she never met a fabric she didn’t like! Her work is regularly featured in many national publications. Diane lives on a working farm in rural Nebraska. Learn more at and on Instagram, @stashbanditquilting.

Contact me at if you need help setting up Zoom.
Té Haynes
Annual Dues

If you haven't paid for 2020, please mail your check to:
P. O. Box 357012
Gainesville, FL  32635-7012
Marie Davis

Happy September Birthdays

Dolores Utley
Linda Cowell
Celeste Beck
Melanie Phillpot
Carol McCarthy
Patricia Diaz

Gretchen Brooks Carolyn Wing
Lisa Harmon
Linda Schroder
Judy Gookin
Mary Belmore
Congrats to Our Longtime Members
Congratulations and thank you to the following QACDG members for your continued support and contributions to our guild. Pins will be presented at a time when we can all meet.  

5 Years
Lynn Bryan      
Theresa Morales   
Gloria Parker       
Nancy Roberts.     
Dolores Utley
Bettye Harris
Beverly Noll
Pat Patton
Sallie Roberts

10 Years
Rosemary Bakker
Marcella Dalal
Jo Lomprey
Emily Schaefer 

15 Years
Hikmet Bates
Helen Davis
Helene Rhine
Jane Rhodes
Martin Smith
Marie Davis
Quilts By the River 2020 Show Set for Oct. 2 and 3
Miss D's Quilts by the River show has been rescheduled to Oct. 2 and 3.

QACDG will not be organizing volunteers for this show, but if you are interested in helping at the show, please contact Miss D's directly.

Important dates for the show are:
Begin submitting quilts: Sept. 1
Last date to submit quilts: Sept. 25
Quilt Judging: Sept. 28
Quilt Hanging: Sept. 29 thru Oct. 1

If you picked up a Quilt Show application earlier this year, simply mark through the dates and use it to submit your quilt. Miss D will have revised applications available soon.    

Mark your calendars.
Genie White
Please help the guild sell raffles for our annual quilt, pictured below. Since most public events have been canceled this year, we are depending on members to help raise these essential funds.

I know this quilt was made and selected over a year ago, but it is developing into more of a story. When you look at the individual bears, many of them represent first responders and essential workers. It actually turns out to be a tribute quilt for this year -- and very fitting for 2020.

If people would like to have tickets to sell, I can arrange with them to mail or drop off tickets, or they can be picked 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
Madres Sin Fronteras and the Navajo Quilt Project
Barbara Lindsey has been active with several mask- and fabric-raising initiatives. Her Facebook post calling for children's facemasks for the Rights Coalition of Alachua County Madres Sin Fronteras chapter resulted in an almost-immediate donation of enough masks to meet the agency's needs.
She is also encouraging members to contribute fabric to The Navajo Quilt Project, which gathers fabric and quilting supplies to donate to the quilters who live on the Navajo Nation. To learn more about this initiative, go to The French General quilt store (based in LA), which is spearheading donations.

Adolescent Psych Unit Needs Masks
We have been asked for 100 adult face masks for the adolescent psych unit at UF. They have asked for them prior to our yearly delivery. At the start of COVID 19, we had donated about 136 masks and they are just about out. The finished masks can be dropped off at my house or at the homes of Gennette Gailey or Carol Wilkerson. Thank you so much for your help. If you need material, please contact Gennette, Carol, Gail Benz or myself.

Quilt Luminariums Postponed to 2021
This year's remaining Quilt Luminariums have been canceled. For those who have riegistered, Ricky Tims writes:

"Your support to attend Quilt Luminarium in 2021 will be greatly appreciated and as a thank you for keeping your registration in place, I am gifting each CURRENT registrant an additional 10% off in our Luminarium Shopitarium at the in-person event next year. You do NOT need to re-register again, you will automatically be transferred to the new dates. A revised confirmation packet will be forthcoming in the next two weeks."
Judy Kavanagh
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.
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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