Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You can help

Everyone needs a little help. I think most of you could agree. But for non-profit organizations, that is especially true. And being a non-profit organization that prefers not to do traditional fund-raising, it is especially important that we find alternate ways to raise money.

Why Fundraising?

As members of the guild, our dues partially provide what is needed, but the more funds we can raise, the less out-of-pocket expenses we’ll have for our sewlebrity workshops and programs.

One way our guild is raising funds is by recruiting sponsors. We currently have four sponsors, and would love to get more businesses to sponsor our guild. As members, when we pay our dues, we get our money’s worth through presentations at meetings, workshops, free BOM patterns and opportunities to win those blocks. Our dues also provide access to the Modern Quilting Guild webinars, free patterns, and challenge opportunities. Our sponsors, on the other hand, only get their money’s worth if we support their businesses. So please read about our sponsors below, and consider supporting them, as they support our guild.

If you know of any other people or businesses willing to sponsor our guild, please provide their contact information to Jen Eskridge.

You will see our sponsors’ logos and Internet links on our newsletters and on our blog, but here’s a little more about each of them:

Meet our Sponsors
Busy Bees Quilting
Busy Bees Quilting is located in northeast San Antonio. Jeana Kubik is the owner and an authorized sales representative of Gammill Longarm Quilting machines, as well as a longarm quilting service provider using Statler Stitcher. Her motto is “Let the Bees finish your quilts!”

Jeana’s love of quilting began eight years ago, after she left her job as a school nurse to care for her mother. Jeana enjoys all the steps involved in creating quilts and often takes classes to learn more and continuously improve her techniques. Jeana’s fabric specialty is wide-width quilting backs. She has over 20 colors of backing fabric. Jeana will be joining us for the modern May Mercado and bringing precuts like tonga treats and Batavian jewels and will have information on Gammill longarm machines in case anyone is interested.

You can also follow Jeanna on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BusyBeesQuilting/

Cottonboll Quilting

Cottonboll Quilting is an online fabric and full service long arm quilting company with the latest Gammill equipment and Statler Stitcher software. Their fabrics include batiks, screenprints and solids from Moda, Hoffman, Island Batik, Northcott, Quilting Treasures, Choice Fabrics, Red Rooster and others. They also carry pre-cuts, and pre-fused applique kits from McKenna Ryan, Cleo, Zebra and others. They’ve recently expanded to include more fabrics they think will appeal to modern quilters, including Tula Pink's Elizabeth and Bumble.

The shop is owned by two sisters who grew up in a large family with a mother who loved to sew. After their mom retired and took up quilting, Carla and her mom began attending the local quilting guild meetings together. Carla became a fixture at the local fabric store, teaching embroidery and appliqué classes. Susan and Carla enjoy working together, sharing their love of sewing and quilting. Their business is based in Schertz and we will be seeing some of their wares at the Modern May Mercado.

You can also follow Susan and Carla on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cottonbollquilting

Kustom Kwilts
Kustom Kwilts is a Pipe Creek business run by guild member Joanna Marsh. She does custom quilting on a long arm, as well as her domestic machine, and has an Etsy store where you can find custom handmade tote bags (including the Mamacita Loca bag), travel bags, cosmetic bags, quilts, holiday items, baby items and a variety of other high quality hand sewn and quilted items. Joanna also loves to fill custom orders. If there is a special project you need made, just contact her to discuss.

Joanna was led to quilting by her need to constantly be doing something and by her grandmother, who made quilts from whatever she had on hand.  Joanna is fearless when it comes to trying new things and seems to easily master each different technique she experiments with.

You can follow Joanna on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KustomKwiltsAndDesigns, where you’ll find special offers and promotions, and on Instagram @kustomkwilts.

ReannaLily Designs
ReannaLily Designs is the sewing and quilting pattern company of guild member Jen Eskridge, currently located in Helotes. Jen is a business owner, a book author, pattern and fabric designer, teacher and tool developer. She is the author of three books: Deploy That Fabric (C&T Publishing); Learn to Sew Easy (Leisure Arts); and Hexagons Made Easy (Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place) and invented & trademarked the Seamingly Accurate seam guide that affixes to any sewing machine. On her website you can purchase her books, patterns, original fabric, kits, notions and t-shirts. A valuable part of her website is her blog where she offers free patterns, tutorials for sewing and quilting projects and shares her tips and techniques, as well as inspiration.

Jen has been sewing as long as she can remember. Her mother taught her the basics and she made her first quilt in 1993. Five years later she earned a degree in Apparel Design, and five years after that had started quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs. Jen has traveled the world gathering inspiration and ideas for designs and patterns.

You can find ReannaLily Designs on Etsy at reannalilydesigns.etsy.com; on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ReannaLilyDesigns; on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/jeneskridge/; on Instagram at https://instagram.com/reannalilydesigns_jen/ ; and on Craftsy.

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