In June every year, the London Friendship Quilters' Guild holds their annual banquet before the summer break. Thursday night, we gathered at a local golf club for a delicious meal followed by a truck show and entertainment.
At each place setting, there was a little gift from the guild--a fat quarter, a spool holder made by one member's father and a spool of thread. The spool holder was made from a tree branch that came down in a storm and includes a magnet (the dark circle) to hold the needle after you have finished sewing (or while you get up to answer the doorbell or the phone). A small post keeps the spool of thread from rolling away. What a great gift!
The blue yoyo was made by a member of the executive. This year, for the first time, we had a choice of two entrees for our main course--salmon or chicken. I had the salmon and it was wonderful! The servers were told ahead of time that the people who ordered salmon would have a blue yoyo and the people who ordered chicken would have a gold yoyo.
After supper, we were treated to a trunk show and quilting songs by Cathy Miller, aka "The Singing Quilter", and her husband, John Bunge. All of the songs were written by Cathy and John sang "backup" or played along on his harmonica while Cathy sang and played her guitar. She sang about stashes and shop hops and quilting acronyms and had all of us "in stitches". John even had a solo--"The Quilter's Husband's Lament" which was hilarious! Cathy's quilts were beautiful--she is an artist with her music and her quilting! You can see pictures of the quilts at the London Friendship Quilters' Guild blog.
Cathy has 4 CD's and at the end of the evening, I purchased all 4. The first thing I did when I got home was to play John's song for my husband. Somehow, he could really relate to the sentiments in the song...
If your guild is looking for an interesting and entertaining speaker for one of your meetings, I highly recommend that you contact "The Singing Quilter".