President’s Message

  Hello ESQ Members,

I hope you are all staying well and staying cool during this very warm July!  While we may not be able to be outside as usual this summer, enjoying the beaches, parks and pools, at least we have a lot to keep us busy while we’re home – our quilting, craft and art projects are there to keep us going! If we’re lucky, the AC feels pretty good, too, on these hot days. Thank goodness for our love of artful endeavors!

Our speaker at the July meeting, Rachel Derstine, gave a very interesting presentation on decorative couching.  Her quilts were beautiful and her video showing her technique was quite informative.  If anyone has gotten inspired and would like to take an online class with Rachel, please let me know.  We have started a list of interested members.

Next month, on August 6th, we look forward to an exciting presentation from Mel Beach, all the way from San Jose, CA, via ZOOM.  Mel will be presenting a trunk show and explaining her methods of fabric dyeing so it should be an enjoyable meeting.  Please check your email around July 31stfor a ZOOM invitation to register for the meeting.  When you register, you will then receive the link to use for the meeting in your confirmation email.  Please sign into the meeting by 7 pm and the hour-long presentation will begin at 7:15 pm. As always, please contact me with any ZOOM questions (  I’m very happy to help!

The Mystery Quilt is beginning this month so look for the first clue from Pat Cacace inside this newsletter.  Also, the membership indicated a lot of interest in Focus Groups, based on the poll from the last general meeting.  Please read the article in this newsletter for more information about that topic.

Don’t forget to contact Sue Acevedo ( when you have completed additional work on your UFO projects.  Please contact Betty Belford ( if you have Quilt of Valor blocks to hand in.

Please keep wearing those masks, wash your hands, keep your distance and, most importantly, stay well!

                                                                                                  Mary Schuellein