Looking Ahead to AQG in 2014

<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, here we are, about to begin a New Year -2014!!! Where did 2013 go? 2013 can't be over yet, I haven't finished all of my quilts yet (let alone my Spring and Fall House-Cleaning, autumn canning and laundry and all those other chores that get in the way of my quilting) !!!!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; AQG has a busy year ahead in 2014. Planning for our biennial AQG Spring Quilt Show which is scheduled for May 17 and 18, 2014 is well under way, but crunch time is quickly approaching now that 2014 is upon us!&nbsp;The theme for this year's quilt show is "Grandmother's Quilt Cupboard," and while 'traditional quilts' will&nbsp;have a part in this show, all manner and style of quilts will be on display – all of them made by members of the Adirondack Quilters Guild. This is an NQA-judged show, so it promises to deliver some beautifully mad works that are sure to delight your quilting senses! We hope to have well over 150 quilts, from miniatures, to quilted garments and bags, to art quilts and landscape quilts, to bed-sized quilts on display for the quilt lover's pleasure. We will also have a wonderful vendors' mall with several quilting and sewing related vendors on site, as well as quilting demonstrations, quilt raffle, a huge fat quarter basket raffle and quilts for sale – and maybe even a few surprises. As usual we will&nbsp;provide specially made ribbons to&nbsp;representatives of sister guilds who attend the show, as well as local media representatives and&nbsp;local dignitaries to place on the quilt of their choice as "Guild Choice," "Media Choice," or Special Choice" award winners at the show.&nbsp;&nbsp;The show will be held at Holy Family School located at 12 Homestead Park, Malone, NY 12953. It's a great venue, we get to use the ENTIRE SCHOOL to house our show – quilts displayed in the ample gymnasium and hallways, vendors and special events and demos in the classrooms – and it's&nbsp;&nbsp;close to local eateries and motels,&nbsp;and we have ample free parking. As usual, AQG has adopted a local organization to share in the proceeds from this show and raffles – this year's beneficiary is&nbsp;"Meals on Wheels Program" &nbsp;(part of the Franklin County Association of Senior Citizens). Plan to spend a beautiful Spring weekend on an Adirondack Drive that culminates in a visit to our quilt show!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Hope to see you there.</p><p>Besides our AQG quilt show, we have a year packed with quilting related events.</p><p>Our regular monthly guild business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except November -Election Day)&nbsp;from 6:30PM-approx 8:30PM at the Malone Adult Center 18, Morton St, Malone, NY 12953 . We discuss general guild business at these meetings and sometimes have guest speakers, lectures or even activities and demos such as Teacup Auctions, QUILTO games and more! &nbsp;&nbsp;We always have time for Show-n-Tell where our members show off their latest quilted creations. Membership for the guild is $15 per year. Membership entitles you to special privileges such as placing quilts on display at the biennial AQG quilt show,&nbsp;priority access to guild events such as Saturday workshops, shop hops, quilt retreats&nbsp;and road trips, a&nbsp;10% discount on most purchases at JoAnn Fabrics (many other area&nbsp;quilt shops also&nbsp;offer discounts and specials to guild members if you show your guild card at check-out).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>AQG Saturday workshops are held the third Saturday of every month from 9AM – mid afternoon at the Malone Adult Center, 18 Morton St, Malone, NY. Each workshop is dedicated to a special project, chosen before-hand by AQG members and Program Coordinators. Most workshops are led by an AQG member, but we also have several guest instructors&nbsp;throughout the year. You can see a schedule of the projects planned for this year on the Calendar tab of this website. Keep checking back, as workshop projects are posted as they are scheduled throughout the year.</p><p>We also have at least three five-day long quilt retreats planned for this year&nbsp;&nbsp;at our local 4H Camp.&nbsp;While most of the retreats are limited to AQG members, at least one of the retreats are open to&nbsp;guests invited by AQG members. Participants at these retreats can attend&nbsp;as day campers for any or all days of the retreat, or they can elect to stay right at the camp for the entire five-day duration. It's a great time to get away from it all (you know, cooking, cleaning, telephones, kids, etc) and get together with other quilters to chat, eat and QUILT! Check our website calendar for&nbsp;dates and information and fees for these retreats.</p><p>Road trips to regional quilt shows, special area quilting events&nbsp;and shop-hops are always&nbsp;part of our busy AQG year. We schedule and organize these road trips as we learn about them and publish the information on our guild website calendar – so&nbsp;take a peek to see what's happening throughout our busy AQG 2014! The calendar is&nbsp;constantly updated, so check back regularly!</p><p>We will soon be deciding on our guild's 2014 Community Service Project(s). Each year AQG undertakes at least one&nbsp;special project to use our quilting skills to benefit a deserving organizations or entity, usually we end up doing several such projects throughout the year.&nbsp;Some of our past Community Service Projects have included donations of pet food for the local animal shelters; making baby buntings&nbsp;and infant quilts for the neonatal unit at&nbsp;Malone's Alice Hyde Hospital; making&nbsp;head wraps for the Reddy Cancer Center for patients undergoing chemotherapy; &nbsp;several quilts for the patients at the local nursing homes; sending cartons home made quilts (made by AQG members) to victims of natural disasters throughout the USA via 'Quilts of Comfort' program -&nbsp;recent recipients in 2013 have included victims of tornadoes&nbsp;in Moore, Oklahoma&nbsp;and flood victims in Colorado.&nbsp;There's nothing like a home made quilt to give comfort and warmth&nbsp;during a troubling time.&nbsp;</p><p>However, we AQG Quilters also agree that all work and no play makes for a disgruntled quilter! As always, we will have our annual Christmas Party during our December business meeting – no business that night, only good food (have you gotten the idea that besides quilting, we like to eat?), good friends and, of course, quilts! What more can you ask?</p><p>That's just a bit of what we have planned at AQG for 2014. We are a busy group of quilters! If you are interested in learning more about our quilt guild,&nbsp;contact any of our members or email us at <a href="mailto:info@adirondackquiltersguild.org">info@adirondackquiltersguild.org</a> .&nbsp;</p>