Our 29th annual show has just happened and I feel we are so fortunate to have a venue like the Washinton County Fairgrounds to show-case all the talent inherent in our Guild. I continue to be amazed at the examples of creativity and exquisite workmanship apparent in our members' quilts. Each year seems to get better.
As most of you know, quilt shows don't just happen. There is a yearlong planning process that involves the work of many people. I would like to applaud the women who have been so indispensable in assisting me this year to ensure a successful show. Linda McGinnis took on the job of publicizing our show. She also was instrumental in getting our raffle quilt photographed and the posters, postcards, flyers and pins ordered and distributed. Virginia O'Donnell agreed to the huge task of being the registrar. Not only did she record all the entries (174 of them), but her job entailed sending the file to the brochure layout person, printing out the depot information, the ballots, and the identification tags for all the quilts. Suzanna Dessauer procured the ads for the brochure and worked with Janice Jones who did the brochure layout electronically. Gone are the days of paste up for a show catalog! Sharon Andres and her husband worked hard to get us a good price on the printing of the brochure after they realized they couldn't do it economically themselves. Lorle Starling does a great job in setting up our merchant mall. She follows through and makes sure everyone's space is as it should be. She also served as my mentor throughout the show process. Sharon Guthrie again organized the depots making sure all our quilts were safely handled. The Challenge quilts were brought to us by Barbara Lamb. Maureen Orr Eldred took on the big task of finding volunteers and assigning them where needed each day of the show. She volunteered for this duty in addition to her other jobs on the Board.
A big THANK YOU goes to my small quilt group, WANDERING FOOT QUILTERS, who came forward to help with anything I needed. Karen Huckfeldt sent out the pre-addressed envelopes for quilt registration and also did the ground work for securing a shuttle for our quilt visitors. Lynne Borden did a wonderful job making a detailed architectural drawing of the Fair Complex for the show layout. Her work will aid us every year in hanging the quilt show. Judy Simons and Trudi Luther assisted her in the placement of the quilts. All three of them spent many hours in arranging and re-arranging the quilts so that we would have a floor plan that enhanced your viewing pleasure. And Judith Ann Schur came through again with her culinary delights for our preview night.
This year we were fortunate in having many husbands help in our show effort. Bob Simons, Art Luther, Jerry Bitz, and Roy Bishop were there with ladders on the day of setup and provided much of the grunt labor. Bob Eldred provided a laptop for our use and manned the admissions door on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Hats off to all the guys who helped!
My appreciation goes out to all of you who came up and said, "I'll help where you need me." You know who you are! My thanks also to the many volunteers who helped at the show. Some of you were there every day doing your part to make our show a delight for all the viewers. Without each and every one of you, we couldn't have the caliber of quilt show that we do. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful circle of friends sharing a common interest.
Start Quilting for next year's show! The dates are: May 21, 22, 23 and falls on the weekend BEFORE the Memorial holiday.