Maple Leaf Quilters Online

April 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Springtime Greetings
Spring weather has made some showing - warmer temps, winds, rains and the grass & trees are beginning to show green. Several of us attended "The Gathering" in Fort Wayne. They had lots of vendors and many quilts on display. The speaker was informative, unfortunately the lighting during her presentation left a lot to be desired. She told about her trials and tribulations related to quilting over the last 20-plus years. She had worked in a job requiring security clearance and when she got letters from a fellow quilter from Russia the FBI was on her in a flash! During another security recheck they said her finger prints didn't match - all those pricks and scars from quilting! Please remember that our April meeting will be a tea with the Heartland Quilters in Elkhart on April 26 at 6:30. Bring a Show & Tell and enjoy meeting fellow quilters. We have rescheduled Betty's program for May.



REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE (unless announced otherwise)

Regular Meeting at Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana

Next Meeting: April 26, 2004 -- Heartland Quilters of Elkhart annual "Show-&-Tell Tea" at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 405 W. Beardsley in Elkhart. Everyone is asked to bring a Show-&-Tell item! All MLQ Members are welcome!!!

*Sew What Nights at Edith's on the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 PM.
Call Edith, 875-1808 for information and directions.

MLQ Officers:
Co-chair: Jan Goppert,
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Donna Stoltzfus, 831-4098 (inactive for this year)
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915


February 14-May 9, 2004. Quilting Genius. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI will be exhibiting more than 30 rare quilts including some never before displayed. The exhibit will feature eleven 19th century materpiece designs by Susan McCord. On the web at

Thru May 21, 2004. "Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts" exhibit at the Goshen College Library Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 21, 2004. Quilts are from the Sara Miller collection at the University of Nebraska, made from 1900-1950 in Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas and Illinois. Janneken Smucker (GC '98), curator, is one author of "Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest" (Good Books 2003). Dedicated to the memory of Silas and Esther Meck Smucker. Elaine reported on going to see the exhibit and marking all the quilts exhibited in her book about those quilts.

June 3-4-5, 2004. THREE RIVERS QUILT FESTIVAL, Ft. Wayne, IN.

August 13-14, 2004. Quilts for Change, Cincinnati, OH. Quilts for Change 2004 is a national juried quilt show featuring internationally recognized quilt instructors, artists, and judges Carolyn Mazloomi and Susan Shie, with keynote speaker Faith Ringgold, author, painter, and quilter.
Delores & Lynn, Show Co-Chairs

For questions or comments about Quilts for Change 2004, contact



The following is from Edith: Several persons have told me they are having trouble remembering their FQs for the swap. I missed several meetings too, so I am suggesting we have March be our "catch-up" month! At the March meeting, bring as many FQs as you want for the months of November (blacks or grays), December (whites or beiges or creams), January (blues), February (pinks), and March (greens). I will swap each individual month.

MINUTES - March 22, 2004
Maple Leaf Quilters Meeting - 6:30 P.M.
Waterford Mennonite Church
PRESENT: Marie, Elaine, Carol, Edith, Janis, Phyllis, Roberta, Betty, Peggy, Becky, Fern, Rosemond Lindenman, guest, Jan, Sue, Sylva
NEW/OLD BUSINESS: Sylva led the meeting.
--Discussed the Gathering which was held in Fort Wayne the Saturday before. Approximately 1400 people attended. It was agreed that the display of quilts ranged from fantastic to very simple!
--Discussed the Goshen College Quilt Display. It has 23 quilts and is nice and worth going to see, especially since it's free!
--**Charity quilt idea presented by Becky. She showed us several units from a Seven Sisters Quilt (it has a total of 17 whole units and 4 half units, could be English Paper Pieced or machine stitched). She thinks it would be a good project for the MLQ members to work on together. She had fall colors in mind. It was agreed that the club would begin this project at the June meeting. We talked about having a swap night of fall colored fabrics, a work night and more work nights!! Becky will give us more information as the June meeting gets closer. (You might want to check your stashes for fall colored fabric - a good way to use those small 2 inch wide pieces you have accumulated.) Becky has the fabric for shashings.
--April meeting will be the Tea with the Elkhart Heartland Quilters. Bring Show-N-Tells!!! 6:30 PM.
--Betty will lead May program and will be showing us how to make Fabric Bowls! She showed us samples and encouraged everyone to bring their sewing machines along to the meeting!! You will need material, thread and TimTex (which is available at Yoder's). She says your machine will need to be able to do the zigzag stitch. More info coming.
--Betty discussed a day trip her Extension club is taking to the Simplicity Pattern Factory in Niles, MI. Talk with her for more info.


--Jan discussed Camp Mack Retreat April 16th-18th, $75 structured program. She brought a block for Beulah's quilt. JAN INFORMED US THAT SHE WOULD BE ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRPERSONS FOR THE YEAR 2004-2005!!! YAHOO!
--Sue discussed a Spring Retreat at Quaker Haven April 30th -May 2nd, $75. She is going to check into the availability and price for a possible MLQ retreat next February.
--Sylva was busy making travel pillowcases (matches quilt). She brought a block for Beulah's quilt and showed us her finished fleece blanket.
--Roberta is busy working on a dress for a granddaughter using material that her boyfriend brought her from Africa.
--Janis brought a picture album showing the devastating fire at Lollys. She also showed us a piece of material from Lolly's that was found sticking in a nearby bush, half charred, that she is going to use in a quilt that the town of Shipshewana has commissioned her and several other Quilters to make for the Town Hall, depicting the Potowatomi Indians and the Old Order Amish cultures together. She also brought some Birthday Fat quarters!! She showed us her latest quilt that she designed called LeEtta's Star. This pattern is being sold at Yoder's. It was red and white material and hand quilted.
--Phyllis brought several blocks for Beulah's quilt.
--Betty showed us the smaller version of the carpetbag that she made. She also showed us several fabric bowls that she was in the process of making!
--Peggy showed several quilts that her mother made. She brought blocks for Beulah's quilt.
--Becky showed us her Food Challenge Wall Hanging depicting Raspberry Mouse. She showed us a Wall Hanging that she made with leftover Dear Jane blocks. She showed us her Hoffman Challenge Wall Hanging and her contest quilt that she designed, pieced and hand quilted in 4 months for the Quilters Newsletter 30th Anniversary contest. It was queen sized and beautiful.
--Fern showed us her quilted notebook cover that she made to house her quilt magazines. She also brought a block for Beulah.

PROGRAM: Jan introduced her guest and speaker for the evening. It was Rosemand Lindenman whose specialty is in making Church Banners. She began designing and sewing banners about 10 years ago for her church. She casually mentioned to her pastor that she would like to do a banner and within 2 weeks the church had her signed up for a "church banner making seminar." She's been making them ever since drawing on her experience as a school teacher.
Her patterns come from a variety of places, church bulletins, magazines, inspirational calendars, and rough drawings made from ideas from friends. She prefers using cotton fabrics with Wonder Under interfacing. Although in her earliest banners she did use other fabrics which she found out were harder to do and keep nice. She has used several different ways to enlarge her patterns. Her favorite being the overhead projector. She also has enlarged patterns using the copy machine. After enlarging her pattern onto large pieces of white paper she would cut out her pattern pieces, then trace it onto the material using Heat-n-Bond craft weight material. Next she would arrange it all on the background material and iron it on, section by section. She kept her material colors bright and vibrant so that even the people in the last pew would get the full effect of her banners. Rosemand brought quite a few of her banners and each one was striking and inspirational to say the least!

Minutes by Peggy

Jan Goppert provided the following for the newsletter:

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 7:32 AM
Subject: [isqg] Quilt Block Challenge

Hi Ladies,
This year approximately 211,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is partnering with American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine to raise funds for further research. They are asking us (quilters) to help.
How Can We Help?
-Piece, applique, or embroider the design.
- Completed quilt blocks must be received by American Patchwork & Quilting by April 30, 2004, at the below address. Include your name, address, and the story behind your design. Send completed block(s) to:
Quilt for the Cure "Quilt Block Challenge"
1716 Locust St, GA 205
Des Moines, IA 50309

As some of you know, my Mom has been battling breast cancer for the past year. She is doing better now, but she has gone through more than anyone should have to. Breast cancer has touched most of our lives in some way, whether it be a family member, or friend. We should all support cancer research. Hopefully with our support a cure will be found. I challenge all ISQG members to make a quilt block and send it in. If you belong to a local guild, please let them know about this challenge too.
The quilt blocks will not be returned. E-mail American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine at with questions.
Liz Valentine
ISQG Archivist

Subject: Quilt Appraisal Event
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 14:50:37 -0400
From: Christine Reiss Wysocki
I am a student volunteer at the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington, KY, and I would like to ask the Indiana State Quilt Guild to help us promote an event we have coming up. We are hosting a program, "Quilt Appraisal Days," May 19 and 20, and we invite quilt collectors and enthusiasts to bring in their quilts for a scheduled 30 minute appointment with an appraiser here at UK. The event is $40 for UK Art Museum members and $45 for non-members, and reservations can be made with Amy Nelson at 859-257-6218. I have postcards that I can mail to you to be put in your local library meeting room. I am also hoping that this information can be posted to your guild's website and maybe added to the newsletter. Also, if you have any mailing list suggestions of people who you think would be interested in this event, we would really appreciate it. If you could direct any future communication to Amy Nelson, I would be much obliged,

Thank you, Christine Wysocki

PREVIOUS ITEMS TO REMEMBER: Carol had earlier shared a fundraiser idea she received from the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine. For each magazine subscription ($20) that we send in, the club will receive a $10 donation for the club to use, as we need it. There is no time limit but what an easy fundraiser if we all participated! Good for gifts also for others and ourselves! Several have signed up and given their money and forms to Beulah already. She will send in the subscription forms for the magazine as she receives them.

BEULAH'S QUILT: "In appreciation for the years Beulah has spent being our Treasurer, we have decided to help her make a quilt using the color and blocks of her choice." Her box of pink and purple birthday fat quarters was available for choosing fabrics. She requested we make her a 12 -inch (12 inch finished) block of classic quilt patterns (preferably no stars). Everyone had the chance to pick out the material that they wanted to use. Several finished blocks were brought to the meeting and hopefully we'll see more results next month! Beulah was not at the meeting because her husband had just been released from the hospital in the afternoon after undergoing back surgery. Peggy was his nurse some of the time!!!

The following is a suggestion Carol has for a challenge in 2004.

CHALLENGE: Food Inspired Kitchen Quilts

Your challenge: Create a "Kitchen Quilt" based on a favorite food recipe. Select an old family recipe or a new favorite. Think about the ingredients used in the recipe, the techniques used in preparation, the colors, the aroma, the reaction/pleasure of people enjoying your dish. Can you put these elements together and translate the recipe into fabric and from these elements design a quilted piece to use in your kitchen? See previous newsletters for suggestions, ideas and schedule.

Schedule (REVISED):
May -- Provide written recipe and accurate pattern for your Kitchen Quilt
June -- Have finished quilt available for photography
July -- Pattern package of all submitted recipes and patterns available for purchase.

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WEB LINKS TO CHECK OUT! Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues.

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Carol Honderich, webmaster
updated 4/21/04