Announcement from May 14, 2020:

Dear Fellow Quilters,

You might have heard by now that the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has released updated guidelines about group meetings. The newest Directed Health Measure is effective from May 11 - June 30, 2020. Gatherings that bring together more than 10 persons in a single room are prohibited until June 30 in our city. Therefore, the June Guild meeting scheduled for June 15 and the workshop scheduled for June 16 are both cancelled.

Oh, won’t we be glad when these virus numbers are reduced and things can go back to normal…or at least a new normal!

We do want to protect the most vulnerable in our community, and so we continue to make and wear masks, wash our hands, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and maintain our social distancing.

We will watch for the directives from the Governor and the Mayor, and keep you updated about our Guild activities as soon as we hear of any changes.

Tickets for our Raffle Quilt are still on sale! Now that we won’t be meeting in June, we will have to do our sales blitz remotely. Just call Joan Yoder at 402-421-8132. She can mail the tickets to you upon receipt of your payment. Tickets are 10 for $20. Drawing for the “Sun Jewels” quilt is July 18.

One of our future plans is to have a Bed Turning event on September 28, 2020 at Union College Seventh-Day Adventist Church. This event will allow members to see each other’s quilts in a Bed Turning format, and we will display the Challenge Quilts that night also. More details will be coming.

Vicky Skuodas sends this message about the Challenge Quilt contest…
If you need a break from making masks, think about making a Challenge Quilt!
Only a few rules: any technique is fine, max 80” perimeter, and it must have a sun on it. Easy peasy!
A prize has been offered by the Bernina store on “O” Street. Judging for prizes will be in September (instead of June) so you have extra time to complete your quilt.  
Thanks,
Vicky

I wanted to share some incredible numbers with you all. The mask-making project has 111 volunteers so far, many from our guild as well as other sewists. They have created and donated 6,438 masks, 269 hospital gowns, 254 scrub caps, and 12 pairs of shoe covers to 29 different community organizations in and around Lincoln. Isn't that amazing? People have been so generous in their donation of time and also fabric for these projects. What a team! There are now pre-cut mask making kits available, if you'd like to make masks using a kit. Just contact Sheila Green at 402-440-3127 to pick up kits or drop off donations.

There are still many other opportunities available to all who are looking for a reason to quilt....(I saw another great quote online today. "To Quilt or Not to Quilt. That's a silly question." )  I get it! Quilting does provide a certain kind of therapy when things around us are stressful. So, sit down at your machine and work on one of these projects. It'll be good for you. ;-)

  • Placemats for Meals on Wheels
  • Challenge Quilts—The new deadline for the Challenge Quilts will be the September 14 Guild meeting. We will display them at the September 28 Bed Turning event and prizes will be awarded!
  • Quilt entries for the September 28 Bed Turning
  • Cuddle Quilts
  • Quilts of Valor
I sure do miss meeting together and seeing all of you.
Take care!

Lisa Burham

Announcement from March 18, 2020:

Dear Fellow Guild Members,

The Board has had to make another difficult decision. We are saddened to announce that Lincoln Quilters Guild is cancelling the May 11, 2020 guild meeting and the May 12, 2020 workshop.

We were in discussion about this as soon as the CDC and the Lincoln Lancaster County Health department made the announcement on March 16 that "gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed nationwide for 8 weeks."

As you probably heard, the most recent announcement states that meetings of 10 people or more be cancelled for the next 15 days.

I'm sure that recommendations and restrictions will continue to fluctuate as data is compiled during this pandemic. However, we needed to act in a financially responsible way in order to alert our speaker of the cancellations within the contracted time period.

The Program VPs are working hard to reschedule the wonderful speaker we had lined up.  

As we all work together —limiting social contact, staying at home when we are sick, protecting our vulnerable seniors, and doing all that is being recommended by the experts—hopefully we will have done our part to prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, and all of this will be behind us soon.

If we are able to reschedule our meetings based upon the CDC guidelines we will immediately inform you.

I'm hoping to use this extra time to make my Quilt Show entry, and a few more placemats. What are your plans during this time?

Be sure and post on our Facebook page if you have photos of your quilting progress--it'll be like electronic "Show and Tell."

My favorite quote this week..."Good friends are like quilts--they age with you yet never lose their warmth."  

Thank you, friends, for your understanding.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Lisa Burham
President

Announcement from March 13, 2020:

Dear Members,

We need to inform you of some changes to our Guild plans that are happening as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.  

We checked with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department for their recommendations. They suggested that groups conduct meetings online if possible, and that postponing meetings would be the best choice when online is not an option.

The Board has made the decision that The Lincoln Quilters Guild meeting on April 13 is cancelled.
The workshop on April 14 is cancelled.

Our Program VPs are in discussion with speakers about rescheduling possibilities and we will let you know as soon as that new schedule is in place.

We just learned today that the Isles Sale is being postponed and they will keep us informed of the new date when that decision is made.

Our decisions were made in an effort to help protect our membership (which is composed of many of us who fall into that age group where extra caution is advised). It is also done as a public health response to help slow the spread of this virus.

Sheila Green sent this message about National Quilting Day:

The International Quilt Museum has decided to postpone National Quilting Day as scheduled for March 21. If possible, we hope to reschedule on a to-be-determined future date.

We appreciate all of you who signed up to participate in National Quilting Day. We hope you will join us when we reschedule.

Sheila Green, National Quilting Day Chair

Dear friends, please take care of yourselves, wash your hands, and disinfect “high touch” surfaces frequently. (That’s my Public Service Announcement for today :-) )

We will keep you informed and hopefully we can meet together again in May.  

Thank you,
Lisa Burham
President