Maple Leaf Quilters Online

August 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Late Summer Greetings
Hi Everyone
Can you believe that the summer is almost gone? Kids are going back to school which should give several of you more time for "quilting" and other projects that have been on hold over the summer months. If you did not attend our July meeting, you missed out on a fun evening devoted to making Origami Purses. The supply list was in the July Newsletter and Willa handed out an additional sheet of directions. If you missed out and would like to try this fun project, either contact Willa or me for an instruction sheet. Refreshments were wonderful also. We have several upcoming projects that you need to be aware of: the Seven Sisters Charity Quilt, the block of the month, the February Retreat at Quaker Haven and much more. Be sure to read your newsletter carefully.


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana
Next Meeting: August 23, 2004:
Program: Elaine Frey. Demo on Borders/Bindings & Flying Geese (repeat program)
Hostesses: Becky Yoder & Laura Kercher

*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:
Chair: Jan Goppert, 831-4236
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Becky Yoder, 825-9344
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915

MINUTES Maple Leaf Quilters Meeting - July 26, 2004 - 6:30 P.M. Waterford Mennonite Church QUILTERS PRESENT: Marie Troyer, Becky Yoder, Sue Stringfellow, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Jan Goppert, Pat Stahly, Roberta Poscharscky, Betty Geyer, Edith Shanholt, Laurel Everest (guest), Sylva Keenan, Willa Thiele, Beulah Sample, Fern Bontrager, Naomi Bontrager, Laura Kercher

REMINDER - If you haven't paid your $10 dues, do so as soon as possible.

Quaker Haven Retreat. Sue received info from Quaker Haven and the total cost per person will be $70. This will include several meals, beds and meeting rooms. Sue asked for help with ideas for the Friday night meal plus any fun activities that we can do through the weekend! Everyone attending needs to bring their own linens. We discussed different ideas for fund raisers to help defray the cost for the retreat. Some ideas: raffle the Red Work Quilt at the next Gathering (in LaPorte), a garage sale with basically quilting stuff and/or a bake sale. We will need at least 20 people to sign up for the retreat and can have as many as 25 people participate. At our November meeting you can sign up and pay a down payment of $30 to reserve your bed!!
Seven Sisters Quilt. Becky gave out several more units and requested that if you have any extra diamond cut material, she sure could use it in the border! The deadline for the finished units will be at the November meeting. Several people have already turned in their units!!
September Meeting. (PROGRAM UPDATE) Sue Ginther, vice president of the board for Color Marketing Group, will provide a program on Color Trends in Design. Color Marketing Group is an international organization of more than 1700 color professionals who meet twice a year to determine color trends in design and marketing. Sue is an interior designer and the owner of Presentation Products, Elkhart. Sue has a great sense of color and design, and an interest in quilts.
Also the September meeting will be our: CHALLENGE -- Food Inspired Kitchen Quilts. "Kitchen Quilt Challenge" will be our primary Show-n-Tell for the evening. See previous newsletters for details on this project. Have finished quilt available for photography in September along with recipe(s) with your project.

August Show-n-Tell
Marie - has been working with her grandchildren on their quilt that they are making for their father!
Willa - found some light weight gardening gloves at the Shipshewana Flea Market that are great for use in machine quilting. They were about half the price of the gloves you see in our quilting catalogues. She is currently working on a Treasure Chest Quilt called "Celtic in Bloom". She's done 8 blocks with just 2 more to go and then the borders are next!
Jan - brought in her Seven Sisters unit all finished!
Sue - she finished her name tag and fabric bowl! She also brought pictures of her favorite quilts that she took while at the NQA National Quilt Show in Illinois.
Sylva - entered her green quilt in the 4H Fair and it received a 2nd place. The purple dress that she made for her granddaughter to model in the fashion show received a 1st place ribbon!!
Fern - brought 1 1/2 Seven Sisters units all finished! She fell in love with the English paper piecing method and proceeded to piece several more blocks such as the Tumbling Block, Jack in the Box and a Castle Wall block.
Roberta- finished a Seven Sisters unit also. In the last month she made herself a cloth purse!
Betty - went to the Marion quilt show with her daughter Janis and had a good time. She also brought in 2 baby quilts made by Janis who was sick.
Janis and Peggy each entered a quilt into the 4H fair and both of them received a 1st place ribbon and a lavender best of show ribbon for their respective classes.        Minutes submitted by Peggy Hochstetler


Block of the Month Project
Jan Goppert prepared the following information: Traditional Design - Pattern for 12 inch finished block. The members at the June meeting decided to have a Block-of-the-Month project this year. It was decided to have the patterns be traditional designs for a 12" finished block. The blocks can be traditional designs with a "twist" if it is your own design creation. You will take the pattern home with you and make the block for yourself with your choice of fabrics. Bring the finished block (or blocks) for "Show and Tell" the next month. If you are ambitious, maybe you could make 2 blocks. Make one block for yourself and one block to donate to the guild. At the end of a year we would have quite a collection of blocks to make opportunity quilts (for raffle) or charity quilts.
The following people have signed up to bring a block design pattern for one month of the guild's
Block-of-the-Month project:


Marie Troyer


Naomi Bontrager


Becky Yoder


Laura Kercher
(to be given at the November meeting since we don't meet in December)


Peggy Hochstetler


Phyllis Windsor


Carol Honderich


Janis Nelson


Fran Hathaway


Sue Stringfellow


Jan Goppert



BEULAH'S QUILT: If you have not made a block for Beulah yet, you may do so using pink & purple fabrics, or get fabrics from Beulah. Make a 12 " block. She would like everyone to sign their blocks.

FUNDRAISER IDEA: Carol had earlier shared a fundraiser idea she received from 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 decide. There is no time limit, but what an easy fundraiser if we all participate! Good idea as a gift to other quilters 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.

Upcoming Quilt Events: Creative Holiday Expo, at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capital Ave., Indianapolis, August 26-28. (1-800-473-9464). More info at:
Many noted instructors will be presenting workshops. There is also a Sew Fun Cruise scheduled for May 8-15, 2005, use the same phone number for more information. Janome America will be providing the sewing machines on the cruise.

Recommended Quilting Web Site: WEB LINKS TO CHECK OUT! Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues.

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