GQCCC Virtual Quilt Show

GQCCC 2021 Virtual Quilt Show


The Quilters Behind the Curtain

Thank you for visiting the first GQCCC Virtual Quilt Show. This event had many moving parts to put together and a big thank you goes out to all those that participated.

First and foremost, thank you to our Quilt Chair, Donna Brooks. Volunteers are hard to come by and Donna stepped up to run the 2020 Quilt Show. When that show was cancelled with no idea when or if we could plan another event, Donna graciously agreed to stay on to run the 2021 Quilt Show. When it was clear that our normal Quilt Show was not going to take place again in 2021, Donna had no problems adjusting to the idea of leading the committee into planning a new online event. Thank you, Donna.

Donna could not have done pulled it off without her team of volunteers. Mary Pimentel-Wheeler continued in her position as entry coordinator with the added responsibility of ensuring that the pictures of the quilts were of high enough quality that we could use them in an online format. She jumped into the sea of emails, jpg images and downloaded data and swam with grace. Thank you, Mary.

This website has hundreds of pages and many eyes were needed to help it get up and running as smooth as possible. Becky Styles and Doris Reilly were invaluable as part of the team reviewing those pages and being willing to nitpick the details. Thank you, Becky and Doris.

Along with every quilt show goes our Opportunity Quilt. Taryn Doidge did a wonderful job these past two years leading the team of volunteers. They created a beautiful, colorful quilt that anyone would be proud to have in their home. You can visit the Midnight Garden’s page to see everyone that contributed to creating this spectacular quilt. Thank you, Taryn, and everyone on the 2021 Opportunity Quit committee.

While quilters enjoy creating quilts, Midnight Garden has a role to play. That role is even larger this year. The tickets sales for the 2021 Opportunity Quilt is GQCCC’s only fundraising event in 2021. Reba Siero continued in her role as ticket coordinator. Reba is another volunteer that had to change her perspective and devote more time by learning new processes and answering all the requests for tickets, following up with each individual, collecting the money, depositing the money and getting ticket stubs to everyone. Thank you, Reba.

Thank you to the members and friends and family members that bought tickets and passed the information on to others. Your efforts are greatly appreciated, and every dollar helps keep the guild alive and on mission to preserve quilting and the fabric arts.

Two activities that go hand-in-hand with our annual quilt shows are the two member challenges: Pass The Envelope and our Quilt Show Challenge. Our challenge leaders embraced the new world order and our challenges continued when we had no idea about the future of the Quilt Show.

Kathy Callahan led the Pass the Envelope challenge and kept quilters on a time schedule. A more difficult task these days as time and days are often indistinguishable from the next and it is easy to lose track of when it is. Thank you, Kathy.

Beverly Spurs jumped outside the box and created a Quilt Challenge that synced nicely with Midnight Garden. Turn to the Dark Side was an ingenious challenge. Thank you, Beverly.

Dale Wolfe coordinated with our featured artists and walked them through the new online format, guaranteeing that we even had a featured artist in our virtual quilt show. Thank you, Dale.

Jean Renli Jurgenson and Aileyn Renli Ecob agreed to still be our featured artists. They went above and beyond and learned how to create a video presentation, so our viewers had a more inclusive experience with them. They provided photos of all their quilts and a detailed description. They created stupendous art quilts and provided great inspiration. Thank you, Aileyn and Jean.

Thank you to our vendors that were willing to participate in our virtual show. An extra thank you to the vendors that could give our viewers a discount when purchasing something from their online store fronts.

Thank you to Cynthia Allen and Cynthia Wheeler for producing the Quilt to Share video showing all the wonderful quilt and fabric creations that were shared with others this year.

Thank you to Susan Swindell and Sharyn Owens for continuing our Patriotic efforts and providing the pictures of patriotic gifts that were created this year.

Thank you, Ann Hoeft, and to those already working on the 2022 Opportunity Quilt. Knowing that task is in confident hands allows this year’s team to focus on the tasks at hand.

Thank you to the GQCCC board that is working hard running a corporation in unusual times.

But a quilt show is not a quilt show without quilts. The most important part and the biggest thanks you go to each and every member that took the time to figure out how to photograph their quilts and submit them into an event that is foreign and new to everyone. Our members are talented, creative, and resourceful. I got to know the quilts intimately and I am awed by them all. While we will all miss seeing the quilts in person, quilters are quilters because we like to touch and feel the fabric (of course, only with white gloves at a show.), this show is a success and a big part of our purpose. Preserving the quilting arts requires us to get quilts in front of non-quilters and keeping them alive in our communities. Quilting is a tactile art and looking online is only half the experience, but it is a worthwhile experience.  Thank you, GQCCC members for keeping quilting alive.


Doreen O’Brien
GQCC President

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