Resolutions are hard to keep

Hi, is anybody there? It’s been a long time, but I’m still here. Finally things are moving along in my hunt for like minded people. I am establishing an art quilt bee, part of the Quilt Guild of the Villages (qgotv). So far about 8 to 12 people are coming. We are in the preliminary stages, just getting to know each other.

Last week we embroidered small palm trees , to learn the chevron, stem and colonial knot stitches. I have planned a small project for the Monday meeting, our third one. We’ll make glue resist pictures, to paint at a later meeting. The Khaki Quilters are allowing us to use the room they meet in, for an hour before they begin. So anything we do must be pretty fast. I have applied for a room of our own, and am waiting for approval. In September our regular meetings will begin.

The Recreation Centers here are beautiful. Each building is decorated according to a theme. If you picture a community rec center, this is completely different. They all have outdoor pools, and a large ballroom inside. There is a room full of about 30 card tables, with lovely covers and pretty chairs, and a room with 6 pool tables. They have sound systems built in,so you can have a speaker or band, or play music. And it all looks as nice as HGTV, when they show the large, expensive places.

The Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center is where we meet now. It is a remarkable place, a museum of the military. They have uniforms and equipment from all conflicts and all branches of the armed forces on display. There are letters written from men to their families, and all the personal equipment the men used during deployment, in WWI and WWII, and the Korean War and Vietnam. And I saw a telegram informing a family of the missing in action status of their loved one. Ceremonial swords, medals, flags, and much more fill showcases. A friend visiting last week found a photo of a ship like the one he worked on in the 1970’s. It is touching, and sobering.