Hammersmith Quilters Guild

Welcoming quilters of all abilities!

Detail of our 2023 raffle quilt, “Around the Block”

Join us on November 4th or 5th, 2023 for our biennial quilt show at the Saugus Senior Center, 466 Central Street Saugus, MA 01906


President’s Message

Greetings!!

Thank you for being flexible in January to attend a ZOOM meeting versus meeting in person.  I think Ann Lauer’s presentation about the quilters she met at the women’s cooperative, Ride 4 a Woman, in Bwindi, Uganda was great.  I liked that as a guild, we reched out locally to teachers at the Veterans Early Learning Center in December; then in January we learned about quilters internationally.

In February, we will hear from Linda Pearl presenting “10 Quilters You Should Know and Why”.  This will be another opportunity to learn more about fellow quilters.

We will be having a Retreat March 30th through April 2nd, 2023 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Nashua, NH.  More information is included later in the newsletter along with the registration form.  Please le me know if you have any questions, my contact information is on the form.  Note:  Your deposit is due by the February 1st guild meeting.

See you all at the Senior Center on February 1st!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Martha


Ride 4 a Woman with old cutting mats
Ride 4 a Woman members with new cutting mats

On January 5, 2023, Ann Lauer spoke to our guild about Ride 4 a Woman, a charity she supports.  She came across this organization on a gorilla safari in Uganda in 2001.  When she saw the condition of the tools used by the quilters, she knew she could do something about it.  The picture on the left above shows the condition of the cutting mats the women were using.  The picture on the right shows the cutting mats she was able to provide to the charity. 

Ms. Lauer showed a film done about their work.  The URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xURsGyHL320.  To learn more, go to her web site at https://grizzlygulchgallery.com/. Click on the African Quilters tab. There is also a gofundme link on that site where Ms. Lauer collects donations to support them.  All proceeds go to the charity with Ms. Lauer absorbing all the administrative costs.  She donated her speaker’s fee to the charity and Nancy Sandreuter’s company matched the fee to double the impact.    


(Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

In the News:  The Saugus Advocate, Dec 9, 2022 Issue featured Hammersmith Quilters Guild giving a Kindness Quilt to the Veterans Early Learning Center.  Click here to see the article.