Thursday, May 14, 2020

Unfortunately, like most of the world we have Covid Cancellations:Spring RetreatKathy Doughty workshop in July

17 members were in attendance! So technology CAN work! GO Guild members!

First order of business was to check in, say hello, and share our activities. We are staying home, except for that exciting grocery run, general quilting, sewing masks, attending virtual retreats, watching tutorials and webinars. A number of us are working from home, and helping students with their distance learning as well.

Our president asked that you read the March Minutes that she sent out with invitation to the May 2nd meeting, and let Kate know if you have changes that need to be made.


Patty read this report as Bethany was unable to attend.

Barbara reports five new members.

Colleen has been active on Face Book and Instagram. She reports that we have 974 followers on Instagram.

Our Lottery block from March, Disappearing Arrow (Missouri Star) is still pending, as is the four block mini quilt from the 100 Block Quilt Project. Diane had planned to display these at the Library, but due to the Corona virus the library is closed, and the date is uncertain.
Diane has also been working on tutorials for her Slow Stitching workshop, on her website:


JoAnne, Mary
Retreat has been cancelled for this year. Kathy Doughty workshop has also been cancelled.
Since both our Retreat, and Kathy Doughty workshop have been cancelled reimbursements for payments made are moving forward.
As of this post our June picnic has also been cancelled, due to closures and limitations in Maine. 
If this situation changes we will let you know

Future Meeting Locations
After quarantine has been lifted:
July - Wiggins Library (Paula), 
August West Newbury (Mary O)
September - Brentwood Library (Patty confirmed booking)
October to December are pending

New Business

Discussion was opened about continuing to meet on Zoom for the foreseeable future. While we can use the general guild account, the cost/flexibility was a focus of this discussion. A vote was taken to purchase a Zoom account for our local Guild.

Activities online
Nancy spoke about a virtual retreat she and several members have taken recently:
Threadhouse Virtual Retreat on Facebook.Check their website Thread House   A second virtual retreat is planned for Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of May 2020.

Survey results 

No additional information reported.

Paula suggested having a sew-in next time we get together. We could make “snap” pouches that would hold toiletries. Email Paula if you know of a charity that would like to be the recipient of these pouches.

We also talked about making baby quilts. Seacoast Family Promise (which serves homeless families on the Seacoast) could be a recipient? Maybe we could also use some of our charity quilts to donate to older kids. We have at least 3-4 in the container.
In terms of charity, the members decided to focus on making baby quilts to distribute to needy children. JoAnne said she would research places/organizations that could benefit from these quilts. The 'snap pouch' idea will probably be done at a later date.

Strawbery Banke 

Because of the Covid situation we don’t know if they’ll hold this event this year. Discussion about possible other venues was opened, no decisions reached. If you know of a venue for fall or later please let Kate know.

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