From the Newsletter of the Ogallala Quilter's Society April 2020
"Sadly, we had to cancel our quilt show. We have put in 22 years of hard work and planning up to this point. I was going to be so strong and make a stand. Nobody was going to mess with with our quilt show. Due to Circumstances Beyond our Control, we had to choose to cancel our show for 2020. Now, please understand that does not mean we are closed forever!!!! Maybe we need that pause also, who knows, but we will be back bigger and stronger than before in 2021. Your chairmen have worked quickly and provided the necessary refunds to those who wanted them. The regional teachers have all been notified and have the option to return next year, Thank you, ladies, for your hard work. For those of you who wanted to take Marti Michell's classes, don't be in despair as we are working on an alternative plan, so stay tuned.
So let's look to 2021 Festival......... Those dates will be April 9 - 10, 2021.
The featured teacher will be Susan K. Cleveland. Susan is from southeastern Minnesota. She has received awards at the international level. She is upbeat and fun, and we are looking forward to learning so much from her.
So, the beauty of this year is that most of the footwork will be done for this festival. Just think, you already have your quilts ready to enter. Now you have time to get ahead of the ballgame and make more for future shows as well - or finish this one with less stress, aka binding!
We, as a board, decided to just keep everything that was planned for 2020 Festival and ROLL it on over to next year. Why not! We had developed such a success we didn't want to let it slip from our hands.
The Challenge catalog will remain the same fabrics - so if you entered this category, hang on to it and reenter in 2021. If you didn't get it finished, guess what, you have time now.
Our featured Quilter is Wendell Tucker, and I can't wait to see his beautiful quilts and Quay-Z Quilters from Tucumcari the featured guild, will all remain the same, We don't want you to miss what these people have to share with us.
We will revisit the regional teachers' classes next year. Those teachers will return, but depending on the popularity of the class whether it will be taught again, or they may have something new and exciting to share with us, you will have the opportunity to take their classes again.
The winners of the scholarships: Houston and Doris Lust, Jean Gilles Dean, Duward and Joyce Davis, and the Heart and Hand award will be awarded next year.
Our beautiful raffle quilt will also carry over until next Festival. The tickets will still be available for sale. If you need a ticket or would like to sell some for us, please let us know. The raffle quilt winner will be drawn at the 2021 Festival.
It's hard to believe that as I write this, we should be judging quilts and getting things ready for you to see on Friday and Saturday. This week is one of my most treasured weeks as I get to see and hug all my old friend and pick up where we left off, as well as make new lifelong friends. I will sure miss that this year. I am reminded of the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton song, " you can't make old friends" if you haven't heard it, find the lyrics at least and read them, they are great. I'm going to miss him too. Please know in my heart I love you all and can't wait to see you again or meet you and welcome you into our family.
My prayers during this trying time are for everyone to stay safe and well. Look to the positive and live in the present. Looking to see what this looks like in the end - you will miss the blessings you are supposed to receive along the way. One day a a time, my friend, is all we should see. Godspeed,
Blessings till we meet again!
OQS Board President