Thursday, February 9, 2012

passing the torch

Last night marked the end of my tenure as President of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild.   
When I first learned about the Modern Quilt Guild and discovered that there was not a chapter in my area, I decided to start one in February of 2010, never mind the fact that I didn’t consider myself a quilter at that time. We had our first meeting that April, and it has been quite a ride since then. We started with maybe ten people at our first meeting, which was held in a small dark room at the back of a fabric store. The group then moved to the beautiful home of one of our members, who graciously hosted our meetings for over a year. Last year, with our membership growing, we moved to the Centennial Barn , which is now the home of the CMQG. 

And look at the crowd last night! It was by far our biggest meeting to date, with at least 40 people in attendance. Through my involvement with the CMQG I began to make the time to work on my quilts, and as corny as it sounds, it has really changed by life. I can’t imagine my life now without designing and making quilts.  Being part of a community of incredibly talented women that fosters creativity is so inspiring, and I've learned that I am indeed a quilter, and I think I have been my whole life. I just needed a little jump start to get going.

I'm so proud of the work that has been done by our guild members, and I am excited to see how the guild continues to grow and thrive. It's an honor to be part of this group and I am happy to pass the torch to the new officers of the CMQG. And I'm ready to finally attend meetings now as just a member and not the leader!
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