Welcome to PALS

From Your Chairs-LouAnn Mrotz and Jami Harwood

First of all, we want to apologize for cancelling our January meeting.  Nobody is more disappointed than your chairpersons.  We follow PALS policies to cancel the meeting when Oakridge schools are closed.  This policy will be reviewed again at our board meeting.  Our main objective is to make sure we all stay safe if it’s icy, slippery or any other kind of hazardous weather.  We have to make our decision early so everyone can be made aware.  If the weather decides to get better, as it did, we can’t change it back.

Let’s talk more about UFOs (Un-Finished Objects).

The topic of our January meeting will be carried over to our February meeting.
My definition of a UFO is any project that I have started in some way but haven’t finished yet for whatever reason.  From the AQS blog, Suzanne Montgomery defines a UFO as a top that is waiting to be sandwiched & completed.  If she has started piecing the top, it is a WIP (Work In Progress).  If she has only cut the pieces, it is a PIZLB (Project In Zip-Lock Bag).  Fabric/Patterns that are for a specific project are WHIMM (Works Hidden In My Mind).  If it’s something she will never finish, it is a WOMBAT (Waste Of Money, Batting, And Time).

However YOU define UFO, it’s safe to say it’s ‘Un-Finished!’
My personal goal is to finish at least one of my UFOs each month this year.  I have 19 completed tops on the shelves of my ironing station and 8 other projects that are at least partially pieced. And lots more elsewhere…

LouAnn’s  personal goal is to finish all of her large (throw size and larger) UFOs by the end of this year.

Wish us LUCK!!

I hope that you will consider joining our board members and challenge yourself to start on one of your UFOs and bring it to our May meeting COMPLETED!  And of course, if you finish more than one, we’d love to see them all!

 Jami & LouAnn

Our February Meeting is a Board Member Challenge

Board members are to bring a UFO.  No quilt tops…bring your story of why they were left behind. Fat Quarter Fun!!  Please remember to bring a Fat Quarter with you to the meeting. The vendor for the February meeting will be Chris Hren, the owner of Quilt Something New.  Her shop has expanded and she is now located in White Cloud.


Our first speaker/teacher for 2018 will be Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Designs, antlerquiltdesign.com.  He has a brand new book, “Stashtastic”,  just released in December.  His first class will be on Sunday, March 4th, “English Knot.”  On Monday, March 5th, he will teach “King’s Cross.”  Please be sure to check with Resources to sign up and get your supply information for each class. Doug will have lots to teach us.  We’ve heard he’s a lot of fun and has a great story.  More information is available here.

Welcome to PALS

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PALS (Patchers at the Lakeshore) was formed in January 1991 to nurture and encourage friendships through the education and tradition of quilting. We are all quilters – novice, expert and everything in between! We have a large and resourceful membership of about 250.

PALS meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Reformed Church, 4200 Apple Avenue in Muskegon. A special program, guest speaker or activity follows a short business meeting. “Show and Tell” is a special time at the end of each meeting, where members bring their latest projects to share with the group.PALS_meeting

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