Maple Leaf Quilters Online

April 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor


Whew! What a month it has been. I don’t know about you, but hearing DeLoa Jones speak at the Gathering 2002 set my mind in motion as to all the projects I want to tackle. Twenty-five quilts in one year is quite a challenge. Thanks to Peg I also got to visit Loving Stitches. I know I’ll be going back to that shop! As there is much to include in the newsletter this month, I will keep the commentary short. I do want to highlight that we won’t be doing the Gathering next year, and you have a chance to sign up for a position in the guild next year (see below for more on both).
I’d love to include your news in the newsletter. Just remember to get it to me by the 1st of each month.

Happy quilting,


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

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: Carol Honderich, 534-1915 or e-mail
Co-chair: Edith Shanholt, 875-1808 or e-mail
Secretary: Marie Troyer, 295-7787 or e-mail
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027

Monday, April 8, 2002, 7pm. Sew What at Edith’s

Saturday, April 13, 2002, 9 am. Featherweight Class at Elkhart Public Library (downtown)
(library opens at 9 am)
The instructor, Nancy Behrman, is fun and does a terrific job. I know you will all hug your machines after the class is over and you will believe the transformation was magic......
Please send the check for $35.00 to Nancy. Her address is listed below. Make the check out to Nancy Behrman and date it for the 13th of April. On the day of the class, Nancy will give her an envelope full of checks.

Nancy Smith
1708 Elizabeth St.
Elkhart, In. 46516-4243

More details from Connie:
I have reserved Meeting Room 406 at the Elkhart Public Library for the entire day. It's a nice sized room, and I have requested 10 tables. The library opens at 9 a.m. I have also reserved a coffee pot. There is a small kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave available to us as well, so we could organize some kind of bring in lunch. But we'll need to bring our own extension cords.
How to find Room 406: Enter the main library doors and head to the East Elevator near the reference desk, or the stairs next to it. Go to the second floor. Turn right off the elevator and go up the short flight of steps into Audiovisual, or ring the bell for the lift if needed. Go straight ahead to the AV service desk, then past it to the Annex Elevator. Take this elevator to 4. If the library parking lot is full, on Saturdays you can use the parking lot immediately south of it. Enter this lot from the alley.

Monday, April 22, 2003, 6:30pm. Meeting hosted by Elaine and Donna. Colleen Siupinski from Erika’s Sewing Center will be teaching us how to do English paper piecing. We will be just learning the technique, not completing a project. Supplies needed: six 6-inch squares of fabric scraps (your choice) plus any hand-sewing supplies that you use. Colleen suggests using fine hand needles, and she will supply other needed items.

Round Robin--remember to bring your work to the meeting to trade with another member.

Monday, May 13, 2002, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.

Monday, May 20, 2002 (Please note date change due to Memorial Day), 6:30pm. Meeting by Peggy and Nancy with Betty as host. We will be learning the square-in-a-square technique as done by Jodi Barrows. This is a special Moms’ Guest Night. Invite your mother or mother-in-law, or adopt a mom for the evening and bring her.

Program and Hostess Schedule for the 2001-2002 year. This schedule is flexible. If you need to switch months please make those arrangements and let Carol or Edith know at least 6 weeks before the date what the program will be.

April 22
Elaine & Donna
May 20
Peggy & Nancy
June 24


The Heartland Quilters, Tea and Show and Tell Night. April 15, 2002, 6:30 PM. This is a special invitation to our group in return for the Show and Tell we hosted for area guilds. We are asked to bring no more than 2 items each for Show and Tell. This will be held at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church at the corner of Edwardsburg and Beardsley in Elkhart.

Creative Threads A-Sew-Ciation, Presenting Cynthia Guffey, April 20, 2002 at the St. Joe County Fairgrounds. Cost: $35.00 full day or $25.00 half day; full day includes lunch. The morning sessions (8:30 to 11:30) are "No-Nonsense Measuring & Pattern Alteration" and "Finishing Techniques." The afternoon sessions (1:00 to 4:00) are "Customized Sewing/Fast & Easy" and "Machine Embroidery Made Easy." See Deb Noffsinger for more details or make contact directly to, 219-277-0450, or 219-264-7203

26th Annual Quilt Fair, April 30-May 5th, 2002 at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio with special guest Nancy Johnson-Srebro who developed the "No-Fail“" method for accurate rotary cutting. Log onto for more information.

Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshewana. May 2-5, 2002. For more information and a reservation form, contact Elaine Frey or Carol Honderich, or visit this web site:

May 2002, Indiana State Museum, located in the White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis opens to the public. One of the opening exhibits, "Patches, Patterns and Palettes," features Amish quilts chosen from their permanent collection. On June 15, 2002, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the museum will be hosting the first of their monthly Family Discovery Days. June's theme celebrates quilting in Indiana, with music, storytelling, docent-led tours of the exhibit, and, of course, quilting activities and demonstrations.

Three Rivers Quilt Festival, May 31-June 1, 2002, Grand Wayne Center in Ft. Wayne. Registration deadline for workshops is May 1st (first pay, first confirmed) and for the quilt contests is April 13th. See Deb Noffsinger if you need forms.

July 15, 2002, deadline for entries for Quilted Northern Bath Tissue’s "Circle of Kindness" Quilt Contest. Details are as follows…
CALLING ALL QUILTERS! Quilted Northern bath tissue is asking for quilters to help them celebrate its 100th birthday and make 2'x2' quilts to be hung at Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide. You could win...
*$1000 in cash
*A year's supply of Quilted Northern bath tissue
*An all-expenses-paid trip for two to a Ronald McDonald House donation celebration
One runner-up will receive $500 in cash and a year's supply of Quilted Northern bath tissue.
Georgia-Pacific, the makers of Quilted Northern, want you to join their quilting "Circle of Kindness." Create 2'x2' mini-quilts that will hang in Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide to commemorate the company's $100,000 donation to the charity in honor of Quilted Northern's centennial. For each quilt you submit you'll be entered into the sweepstakes. For more information and official sweepstakes rules, visit: or submit a 2'x2' mini-quilt along with your name, date of birth, address, and phone number to:
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Quilted Northern 100th Anniversary, c/o Jillian Fowkes
676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1000
Chicago IL 60611

Liz Clark has a quilt frame for sale. Her description is as follows:
Grace Ez3 quilt frame with edgemaster and cloth leaders - $290. That's a $50 discount (not including the cost of the leaders) from the price I paid. The frame is brand spanking new (minus about 7 months) but I must part with it. Contact Liz Martin-Clark at 574.658.5572 evenings or email: turkeycreek@maplenet. The frame can be seen at Thanks!

Guild Business
1. Good News - Women of the Cloth, a small guild in Niles has volunteered to host next year's Gathering. In light of their willingness to do this, Carol quickly rescinded. I think we would all agree that we should give other’s the chance to host if they are willing.

2. At the May meeting we need to vote for, or to affirm, individuals for positions for next years' guild leadership. If we have two or more candidates for a position, we will vote. If we have only one person willing to serve in a position, we will affirm our support of that person in that position. To help you decide where you can best use your talents, descriptions of the positions are provided below.

Chair and Vice Chair/Co-Chair:
- Share the responsibility of facilitating meetings
- Responsible for the coordination of the activities of the guild
- Represents the guild to outside groups/organizations as necessary
- Helps plan events/activities for the guild

- Takes minutes at meeting and provides copies for members.
- Sends cards, thank you notes as requested by group.
- Makes phone calls and arrangements for the guild as necessary

- Maintains the guild's bank account and keeps a current balance of all guild funds
- Balances bank account monthly
- Maintains spreadsheet of expenses to provide an annual report of income and expenses
- Collects dues and other fees from members, and keeps a current list of members
- Writes checks and distributes funds as requested
-Gives monthly report or balance at Guild meetings

- Maintains list of books, video, patterns available in our library
- Tracks borrowed books, reminds individuals if they've had a book for a long time

- Collects newspaper clippings, photos, etc. and keeps a scrapbook of guild activities

Committees: (suggestions)
- Charity quilts
- Any kind of special event planning (Feel free to make suggestions)
- Quilt show
- Retreat
– Workshops

3. Program planning and hosting for the 2002-2003 guild year--At the May meeting we will ask each person to enter their name in a drawing for program planning and hosting the meetings for the next guild year. You will be asked to help plan one program and help host at one meeting.
- Hostess for the month provides a simple snack and makes an effort to welcome new persons/guests.
- Each month two people will plan the program. If you would like to invite a guest speaker we should expect to provide an honorarium of $50. If the speaker has a fee of more than $50, please check with the chair or vice-chair.

4. Also at the May meeting please be prepared to sign up for your Birthday Fat Quarters for the next year if you want to participate. Participants will provide a fat quarter and birthday card for that month's birthday girls.
Think about what kind of fabric you would like to collect for your birthday. Examples of recent popular requests have been: hand dyed fabrics, brights, Fossil Fern fabrics, batiks, etc.

5. Annual Dues. Maple Leaf Quilters dues are $10/year. Dues are payable at the May meeting.

Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues:

Maple Leaf Quilters On-Line newsletter Archive

Birthday Fat Quarter Club

Gathering 2002 Information

Dear Jane Rows of Sharing Project, July 2000

Carol Honderich, webmaster
UPDATED: 4/11/02