Maple Leaf Quilters Online

August 2005

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hi To All

We had a good turnout at the July meeting and enjoyed a special evening despite the rain storm. See the minutes for more details. If you were not present in July, we received an instruction sheet for the August program that Becky & Sue have planned. If you need directions contact either of them for details. We also got the July BOM from Edith. Hopefully you are working on the various blocks. I am slowing getting caught up on mine. Hope to see you at the August meeting.


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

MLQ Officers:
Chair: Jan Goppert, 831-4236
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Janis Nelson, 260-768-7202
Librarian: Becky Yoder, 825-9344
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915

*Sew What Nights: at Edith's on the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 PM.
Call Edith, 875-1808 for information and directions.
Next Meeting: September 13 , 2005

Next Meeting: August 22, 2005
Magical Hexagon, Becky & Sue
Hostesses: Betty & Fern

For more information, a materials list and the pattern you will need for the August meeting project, click here: Magical Hexagon.

MINUTES – MapleLeaf Quilters, July 25, 2005, Waterford Mennonite Church
Members present : Fern Bontrager, Naomi Bontrager-Miller, Elaine Frey, Jan Goppert, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Sylva Keenan, Laura Kercher, Florence Makousky, Janis Nelson, Roberta Poscharscky, Beulah Sample, Edith Shanholt, Sue Stringfellow, Marie Troyer, Phyllis Windsor, Becky Yoder, Leona Martin, Lynn Nelson, Claire Baker(Welcome, Claire!), Marcia Vierck, Barb Disney

Snacks : Sue brought all the makings for Ice Cream Sundaes!!! Thanks Sue!

July BOM was presented by Edith. She gave out directions for an appliqué design it-yourself block.

Show-n-tell: MagicalHex.jpg
Marcia – Showed us her first attempt at appliqué!
Janis – Shared with us her “Dear Hannah” Round Robin wall hanging that was hand quilted by Mary Helmuth.
Marie – Showed us her finished “Buzz Saw” quilt and her “Dear Hannah” Round Robin Wallhanging. Both were machine quilted by Aleta.
Edith – Shared with us her “Dear Jane” Amish Block Swap Wallhanging.
Lynn – Showed us the blocks she was making for Thanksgiving time.
Claire – Shared with us her “Little Brown Bird” quilt that she has been working on for several years. It is missing one block and she believes it is in one of the many boxes that she has from her recent move to a new home!
Becky – Showed us her “Ferris Wheel” quilt that she made and hand quilted from her Stash of Aunt Gracie material. She used buttonhole stitching also.
Sylva – Shared with us the large “Double Wedding Ring” quilt that she finished doing hand piecing. It came from one of her infamous “boxes” from a friend who passed away. It was machine quilted by Aleta.
Barb – Has been working on her machine quilting by doing many charity quilts for others.
Fern – Entered a “Double Irish Chain” quilt in the Elkhart County 4-H Fair and won BEST OF SHOW!!! Congratulations Fern!!! She also shared a quilt block that she bought on E-Bay and will be using for the center of a “Feathered Star”.
Florence – Shared with us a “Frog” Baby quilt that she pieced and quilted on her new sewing machine!
Beulah – Presented a charity baby quilt. She continues to work on 2 more “Chinese Coin” Quilts.

Becky & Sue handed out the instruction sheet for our August program. It is called the “Magical Hexagon”.

Nine baby quilts have been donated this month so far!

Laura stated that Quaker Haven has responded via E-mail that we have secured the cabin again for the first weekend in February.

Carol and Edith handed out a tentative outline regarding the proposed MLQ 10th Anniversary Quilt Show in 2007. Discussion was held and then we had a show of hands. Seventeen hands voted to go ahead with the proposals depicted in the handout.

JULY PROGRAM : We had a surprise field trip to the Depot in Goshen to view the traveling Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) quilt exhibit. There were 18 quilts that had been preserved from WW II. We were given a presentation by Lois Flickenger of MCC telling about the quilts and their history of being used for refugees in The Netherlands.
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.

If you are looking for block ideas for this project on the internet, you might try this site:
Quilt Blocks Galore, You will find hundreds of quilt blocks patterns. 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:

Month Quilter Block of the Month


Marie Troyer New York Beauty


Fern Bontrager Castle Wall


BeckyYoder Whirligig_Block


Laura Kercher Honey Bee


Peggy Hochstetler Eight Pointed Star


Phyllis Windsor Mexican Star


Carol Honderich Grape Basket Block


Janis Nelson Goose in the Pond


Elaine Frey Applique Flower (no link)


Sue Stringfellow Goshen Star


Edith Shanholt Bellefleurs


Naomi Bontrager

Maple Leaf Quilters Name Tag - Want to make a paper-pieced name tag to wear to our meetings? Here's a link to the Name Tag Pattern.
Need instructions for paper piecing? Try this link:

Upcoming Quilt Events:

Maple Leaf Quilters Meetings for 2005. Please sign up soon if you haven't yet.

January 24 First Quilts Show and Tell Edith & Marie Laura & Florence
February 28 No Meeting due to Retreat No Meeting
March 28 Crazy Patch Quilts
Edith & Carol
Fern and Peggy
April 25 Show & Tell Tea
Jan and Everyone!
May 23 Photos to Fabric Elaine & Peggy
June 27 Quilts for Kids work night Jan & Naomi
July 25 Passing on the Comfort Exhibit at the Depot Sue
August 22

Magical Hexagon
Becky & Sue

Fern & Betty
September 26   Becky
October 24   Pat & Phyllis
November 28 Thanksgiving Carry-In Sylva & Beulah
December No Meeting No Meeting


Here is an item you may be interested in.
I received it from Dotty Niebling who lives in Sturgis .

2005 "Bouquet of Quilts" Strolling Quilt Show
Presented by The Tangled Threads Quilt Group from Sturgis, MI.

Where:  Downtown Sturgis, Michigan
When:  August 19th (Friday)  3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or
               August 20th (Saturday)  9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information or to enter a quilt, contact:

109 E. Chicago Road
Sturgis, MI 49091
Phone:  269-659-6001

FYI - Downtown Sturgis has a "Fun Friday" every Friday evening with Pleasant Street closed to traffic. There will be a Farmer's Market, band or entertainment on a stage and food vendors, so you could take in both if you decide to come on Friday night!

Recommended Quilting Web Sites:

Carol Honderich, Webmaster

Last Update - August 14, 2005