President’s Message

Hello ESQ Members,

I hope all is well with all of you!  It may not be quite the same this year as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, but I hope you will still enjoy the preparations and find new and different ways to celebrate this special time. Since many of you have embraced ZOOM and seem quite comfortable with it now, perhaps you will use ZOOM to get together online with family and friends.  ZOOM is offering free sessions without a time limit beginning at midnight on Thanksgiving until 6 am on Black Friday morning.

You really all should be proud of the way you have risen to the challenge of online meetings and workshops during this pandemic. It is great to have this technology so that we can still meet as a guild and continue to do what we love to do, but it is not always easy. However, you are doing it! At our last general meeting, we had 48 people online!  It was great to see!  RaNae Merrill gave a wonderful presentation at our last meeting and the workshop she gave on that weekend was packed with information and new techniques.  Thank you, Elaine Thibault, for arranging the lecture and workshop with RaNae.  It was great!

We have a lot coming up over the next few months. Our holiday meeting will be on Dec. 3rdand we’re having a Friday Night Sit n Sew on Dec. 4that 7pm (our last Sit n Sew was very pleasant, very casual). Bring a project along or just come to chat!  We have quite a few speakers set to present during the winter months so please plan to be online on those first Thursdays of the month!

We hope everyone is enjoying the Mystery Quilt. The focus groups are having fun and making progress on their quilts.  We had well over 300 QOV blocks to send to Texas last week and we thank Betty Belford and Anne Albano for coordinating the effort. Thank you to all the participants!

Our beautiful Red Cross Raffle quilt will be ready soon and we need someone to coordinate the distribution of raffle tickets to members and collect the proceeds.  If you can help us out, please contact Cathy Peterson ( or Mary Schuellein ( Please check for further details in this newsletter.

I want to wish everyone a beautiful, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all of you for participating in the guild; you make this job very enjoyable!

Be well and Happy Quilting!

                                                                                                   Mary Schuellein