Maple Leaf Quilters Online

August 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

Quilting History. Did you ever wonder how quilting got started or what style the first quiltmakers chose? That’s been on my mind this month. For some answers, I found this great web site Here is a sample of what that site has to offer; did you know that:

Isn’t it interesting how quilting history and American history were intertwined? I wonder what quilting in the first half of the 21st century will be known for? Just think, we are making history with our stitches! Come to the August and October meetings to learn more about quilting history.

Starting this month, we plan to put the minutes from the previous meeting at the end of the newsletter. We want those who can’t come to stay connected with us. Let me know if you like this or not. Does it make the newsletter too long?

Happy quilting,

Please send news items to Deb at or call 534-5001.


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, or e-mail for information and directions.

MLQ Officers:
Co-chair: Connie Ozinga, 875-4730, or e-mail
Co-chair: Fran Hathaway, 533-4353, or e-mail
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027

Monday, August 26, 2002, 6:30 pm. Meet at the Goshen College Library (please note the change). Connie Ozinga had arranged for Professor Ervin Beck to present a program on the display currently in the library gallery: "Friendship quilts and family records." We will open with the program. Professor Beck has graciously arranged for us to remain in the library for refreshments and show and tell and business following the program. The college library is officially closed at this time, and the doors will need to be locked once the program begins, so please arrive promptly. Thanks to Sylva and Beulah for hosting this meeting. Details from a press release are as follows:

GC Art Gallery hosts look at Mennonite and Amish folk art and genealogy; “Friendship Quilts and Family Records” runs May 19-Sept. 22

GOSHEN, Ind. – From the geometric fabric patterns of quilts to the colorful and artistic orderliness of family registers, the Goshen College Art Gallery will feature histories told through Amish and Mennonite folk art in an exhibit May 19-Sept. 22, 2002.
“Friendship Quilts and Family Records,” sponsored by The Mennonite Historical Society and the college’s Amish-Mennonite Museum Committee and Mennonite Studies Program, opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. May 19 in the gallery located in the lower level of the Harold and Wilma Good Library.
The exhibit includes family histories from Hopedale, Ill., and the Indiana towns of Middlebury, Berne and Topeka. Ervin Beck, Goshen College professor of English and one of the organizers, said some quilts and records match in colors and styles since they come from the same areas and eras, but the main relationship between the two is that “both record, in colorful visual form, networks of relationships between kin and friends.”

For a map on how to get there go the this link

Monday, September 9, 2002, 7 pm. Sew What at Ediths. * See above.

Monday, September 23, 2002, 6:30 pm. Meet at Jeanette’s Fabric in Wakarusa. Jeanette will present a program on Sewing Machines and Embroidery Machines. We will have our business meeting there and hopefully time to shop.

Monday, October 28, 2002, 6:30 pm. Amish Traditional Quilts (and meal) given by Rebecca Haarer (and O&M Banquets).
Preview : The October program has been planned to be held at Ora and Mary Miller’s home. We will be served dinner and have a presentation on Amish Traditional Quilts given by Rebecca Haarer. The fee will be $18.00 per person. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Please be there by 6:15 pm. Program will start at 7:30 pm.
Please have fee returned to Janis Nelson or Paula Newman by Sept.23rd. Checks are to be payable to Rebecca Haarer. We need at least 12 ladies to sign up, and we will have a limit of 30 ladies.
The Millers live about 1 mile south of the old Honeyville store. There is a sign in front of the Millers that reads "O & M Banquets". If you have any questions call Janis Nelson.


Retreat plans underway! Here's the information for our Maple Leaf Quilters Retreat – Please mark your calendars!
March 1 - 2, 2003 at Amigo Center, Sturgis, Michigan. The actual cost person is $73.84 – which includes 1 night (3 in a room) and four meals. We have been putting money in our treasury for some time hoping to spend it on a retreat. If the guild pays the first $500 of the cost of the retreat, the cost per member will drop to about $40. per person. This is based on renting 5 rooms and having 3 in a room. If the guild pays the first $300 of the cost of the retreat, the cost per member will be about $54. per person.

The contract to Amigo Center needs to be signed and returned to them by the end of the month. We need some feedback from each person. Please contact Nancy or Connie and tell them whether you plan to attend and your thoughts about how much the guild should contribute to the initial costs.

Connie Ozinga, 875-4730, or e-mail

Nancy Smith, 293-3846 , or e-mail (PLEASE NOTE: this is a new e-mail address for Nancy).

August 30-September 1, 2002. 21st Annual Auburn RSVP Quilt Show, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 500 East 7th Street, Auburn, IN (five blocks east of the DeKalb County Courthouse). Hours are Fri. and Sat. 9 to 5, and Sun. 1 to 5. Admission is $4.00. There are nice prizes for the three judged contests: savings bonds from $50 to $300! The 12” block contest is used to collect blocks for the raffle quilt for next year’s show. The block theme this year is pastel florals. If anyone has a quilt, quilt top, or wallhanging he or she would like to sell, there will be a consignment sale. RSVP will not evaluate quilts for pricing purposes. There will be a consignment fee charged for all sold quilts. If you want to display a quilt, there is no cost. If you are interested in selling a quilt or want more information about the show or displaying a quilt, the web site is, or you can call the RSVP office at (260) 925-0917. The address for RSVP is 107 West Fifth Street, Auburn, IN, 46706. Email

September Sept. 20-21, 2002. Quilts on the Grand 2002
, Grand Rapids, MI. Sponsored By: West Michigan Quilt Guild Deltaplex Grand Rapids Turner St. Show Times: 12-8 on the 20th, 9-5 on 21st. Admission Cost: $7.00 . 15 raffle quilts, vendors, over 300 quilts on display, special exhibits, demonstrations and much more
For more Information: Nancy Hoppe. E-mail:

September 27-28, 2002, Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction. Goshen Fairgrounds at 17746-D CR 34. Show Times: Fri: 5-9 p.m. Sat: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission Cost: Free! Nationally known annual sale to benefit worldwide relief. Over 300 Amish and Mennonite quilts on display and auctioned off. Also numerous booths offering antiques, new and used items plus a smorgasbord of foods. For more Information: Sonya L. Harman, Elkhart County CVB, 219 Caravan Dr, Elkhart, IN 46514. E-mail:
For more information, please visit:

September 28-29, 2002, Autumn Splendor Quilt Show. Sponsored by the Quiltmakers of the Kankakee County Fairgrounds in Kankakee, IL.

October 12, 2002, Bangor, MI, Apple Festival and Quilt Show. 10 am to 4 pm at Bangor Middle School Library. Deloa Jones, author of Scraps To Perfection will speak on “Scraps To Treasures”. The event is presented by members and friends of the Bangor Arts Council and will include people’s choice awards, vendors, and a quilt raffle. For further information call Elaine McCabe at 616-427-8126

October 18 and 19, 2002. A Harvest of Quilts Sponsored By: Quarry Quilters of Bedford, IN Stonehenge Lodge Hwy. 37 South. Show Times: 10:00 am until 6:00 PM. Admission Cost: $3.00
This show will feature quilts, guild 2001 and 2002 challenge displays, Keepsake Quilting Trunk Show, Vendors, doorprizes and more . For more Information: Sherrye Livingston, 8 Saddler Court, Bedford, IN.
October 19 (10-5) and October 20 (11-4), 2002. “Celebrating A Decade of Quilting” by the Needle and Threads Quilter’s Guild at the Fernwood Park Fieldhouse, 10438 So. Wallace, Chicago, IL.

October 26, 27, & 28, 2002. Callithumpian Quilt Show, Decatur, IN. Sponsored By: Creative Quilters Quild Riverside Center, East Monroe Street. Show Times: Sat., 7 a.m. - noon, Sun., noon - 5 p.m., Mon, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission Cost: not set yet - probably $1.00 . This is a brand new show and is being held in conjunction with the annual Callithumpian Week in Decatur. There will be a raffle quilt with tickets available at the show. For more Information: Nola Rains, 8440 N. Piqua Rd., Decatur, IN 46733

November 2-3, 2002. “Rhapsondy of Quilts” by the Berrien Town and Country Quilt Club
at the Pricilla Byrnes Heritage Center, 708 Market Street (corner of Main and Market) in St. Joseph, MI. This is the quilt guild that Holly of Loving Stitches belongs to.

Monday, July 22, 2002, 6:30, Waterford Mennonite Church

Present: Elaine Frey, Edith Shanholt, Marie Troyer, Deb Noffsinger, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Susan Stringfellow, Sylva Keenan, Beulah Sample, Trisa Spriggle, Jan Goppert, Janis Nelson, Roberta Pocharskyi, Phyllis Windsor, Pat Stahly, Connie Jo Ozinga, Fran Hathaway, Laura Kercher, Naomi Bontrager

Fran Hathaway called the meeting to order.

She asked for a volunteer for someone to take over the secretary’s position, as Holly Hathaway can no longer do it. Peggy Hochstetler volunteered.

Nancy Smith continues to check out dates and places for a winter retreat weekend. Looks like Camp Amigo is high on the list at this moment. She will continue to try and work on the details and get back with us later.

August meeting agenda is still up in the air. Connie will come up with an idea before long.

Janis Nelson brought up an idea for the October 28th program….She would like to have us go to an Amish home out in Honeyville, IN, enjoy a homemade meal and then have Rebecca Haarer present a program on antique quilts. This would cost approximately $18 or so. She was given the go ahead to finalize the details. Car-pooling was also discussed with many of us wanting to go.

Discussed a possible new challenge for next 4H Fair---have everyone enter one quilt. Possibly ask the Fair to enlarge quilt viewing area???????

Elaine Frey– Has been busy making more baby quilts for Maple City Clinic as the supply of quilts is getting low. She has tied 4, several of them cheater quilts that go together quick. She explained to us about the Maple City Clinic and how it functions in the community.
Edith Shanholt– Was “so excited” because she actually brought a show-n-tell item!
She brought the Funky Chickens completed with borders to be given to Betty to be set up at her house to be quilted for the Relief Sale in September. Also brought a wallhanging she had done for a friend.
Marie Troyer– Brought no show-n-tell and her reason was because she was working on her “Fall Frolic Blocks” for her Dear Jane group. She did show us those though!!!!
Deb Noffsinger– Brought the picture and pattern for the lighthouse quilt that she’s planning on starting soon.
Peggy Hochstetler– Brought Beulah’s finished row-by-row challenge wallhanging. She added paperpieced trees.
Carol Honderich – Shared with us that she had finished the last block of her “Women of the Bible Quilt” that she began in November, 2000! Congratulations Carol!
Slyva Keenan– Showed us her red and green Hawaiian blocks that she was getting together for her trip to Florida next month.
Naomi Bontrager– Showed us how she was patiently ripping out the border of a Mission quilt that she was doing!
Beulah Sample– Showed us Holly’s finished row-by-row wallhanging. She had added Flying Geese to it. Beulah was awarded the “Organized & Thrifty Woman” Award because while she was on her trip out west she had begun an English Paper Piecing project. She produced 2000 plus pieces, all in little baggies, color coordinated and basted ready to be sewn together!! She had used all those nasty ad inserts in magazines as her pattern pieces. Way to go Beulah!!
Laura Kercher– Brought in Janet Kercher’s row-by-row wallhanging that she had finished for Fran Hathaway. Showed us the quilt she made and bought from an auction. Also showed her Floral Trellis quilt from a pattern by Fons & Porter.
Jan Goppert– Brought her friend Trisa Spriggle as her show-n-tell!!
Janis Nelson– Showed us her latest project, her Volkswagen quilt!! Showed us her tires!
Phyllis Windsor– Brought Pat Stahly as her show-n-tell!
Connie Ozinga– Brought row-by-row wallhanging for Peggy. She added Flying Geese to the top of the wall hanging to compliment the bottom row of Flying Geese.
Fran Hathaway– Brought in row-by-row wallhinging for Nancy. She also brought in Holly’s wallhaning for Connie.

Refreshment break was taken which Naomi provided. She brought in WARM applesauce cake with Cool Whip!! Thanks Naomi!!!!

“22 Heads are Better Than One.”  
Fran Hathaway presented tonight’s program. Members brought in quilting problems that they wanted input from the rest of the crowd!
Fran Hathaway–-had 3 yr. Old Dear Jane Blocks that she didn’t know what to do with. We suggested a couple of borders to tie it all together.
Connie Ozinga– Brought in pieces of a Lone Start that she’s had for quite some time. It was suggested to applique it onto a muslin piece, or put it back into the box…..
Peggy Hochstetler– Brought in a 3 generation quilt. Suggested finishing it with machine embroidery as it was already started that way.
Slyva Keenan– Brought her birthday square quilt in, all pieced but needed some kind of border. Suggested using several widths of borders.
Deb Noffsinger– Needed help on the easiest and quickest way to begin her paperpieced lighthouse quilt. Suggested to take 6-10 pieces of onion skin typing paper, or whatever medium she wanted to use, and use her sewing machine to trace the pattern onto it.

Peggy Hochstetler, Secretary

Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues:

Maple Leaf Quilters On-Line Newsletter Archive

Program - Hostess List for 2002-2003

Birthday Fat Quarter Club

Dear Jane Rows of Sharing Project, July 2000

Dear Jane Beatles Quilt

Dear Jane Beatles Blocks II

Carol Honderich, webmaster
updated 08/12/02