SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! and a Community Quilt Finish!

Hello…I have a special announcement that I’m really excited to share with you.

Ray, our quilt finisher extraordinaire is coming to Minnesota during the last week of July. Ray’s daughter lives in the cities and they are hoping to meet up with some of the blog readers and/or community quilt contributors.

We picked July 28th as the date but I had to scramble to find a location. I travel that way regularly, but never do meet up so was at a loss for where to meet. My son Karl came up with a great idea.

The plan is to meet at Four Daughters Winery outside of Grand Meadow, Minnesota. HERE is a link to their website so you can see the place and get directions.

They open at 11 am and I plan on being there then. Everyone can trickle in and hopefully, we can all enjoy a noon meal together. We don’t have any real ending time…whatever works for anyone’s schedule is great.

I’ve talked with a few of the gals from the Cresco Ladies group and they plan on coming. Anyone else who wants to come is totally welcome to come. I talked with Doreen who has donated backing fabric and goodies to Ray. She lives close to me so we might carpool.

No program is planned. It’s more of a meet and greet. Ray and I are both so excited to visit with anyone who wants to travel our way. Grab a friend or come alone…We’ll all be friends soon.

Before I go I thought I would share a recent quilt finish from Ray. He writes:
“I finished this cute quilt top from Adele A in UT. She sent this to me for support for the Veteran quilt project in November.

When you first look at this gingham quilt, all you see is red and white. Look a little bit closer and you see lots of blue butterflies in the almost solid red blocks. So to give it a bit more boost of blue, I used a blue thread and the butterfly motif for the quilting.

Nothing says picnic more than red gingham and butterflies. I also found some blue fireworks fabric for the backing and binding.

It looks like the 4th of July!! My thanks to you, Adele, and the backing contributor for the support to finish this very special quilt.

There you saw yet another great finish from Ray. He has completed so many quilts for the Community Quilt Program. He’s been a super partner and I can’t wait to meet him in person. I hope some of you who are in the area might come and join us for this special Meet and Greet with Ray…and me. I’d love to meet many of you in person. It’s so great to put a face with a name.

Remember Four Daughter Winery on July 28th at 11 am-ish. Mark your calendars!!

11 thoughts on “SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! and a Community Quilt Finish!”

  1. I’ll be there. I’m excited to meet you. I’ll be bringing a big box of projectends for you. Can’t wait!

  2. Darn. I won’t be in MN until into August. I hope you all have a great meet and greet. I love how Ray chose to do the blue butterfly quilting on this quilt.

  3. Grandma Rabbit (Pat) in AZ

    So jealous! I’d love to meet both of you as you’re two people I greatly admire. Hope everyone who can attend has a great time. Happy 4th to all

  4. I wish I lived nearer! I have to tell you that Ray answered my plea for help in finishing up a quilt that we auctioned off for one of our church fund raisers. The money raised was to go toward a hunger relief program we are supporting in the Philippines. He was AMAZINGLY fast at getting that quilt quilted for us and sent back so I could get the binding on. It was a lap size quilt at 68 x 68 and it sold for $100. I wish I would have made it bigger, it might have sold for more. But I wanted Ray to know how much that was appreciated. Ray is a quilting rock star! Jo, if you want me to send you a picture of it, just e-mail me. I would be happy to do so.

  5. Marianne Wells

    Sounds like fun! Wish I lived closer or I’d be there in a heartbeat. Enjoy your time of quilter’s fellowship!

  6. Susan from Michigan

    This sounds like a fabulous time. Wish I could go to meet all of you and make some new friends.

  7. Arline Hansen

    I was fortunate enough to get to meet Ray when I lived in Florida. Ray was instrumental in helping me out when I had to move after Hurricane Ian by making several trips to my home and taking many tops and bags of fabric that he has and continues to use for his many charities.

  8. Oh I wish I was a bit more flexible – would love to see all of you!
    Love that gingham quilt – especially the backing! Well Done!
    Love and prayers

  9. I hope you’ve given Four Daughters Winery a “heads-up” so they can be prepared. You have a LOT of followers, there’s no telling how many people may show up. Hope it’s a grand day, wish I could be there but it’s an almost 7 hour drive for me.

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