Maple Leaf Quilters Online

December 2003

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Happy Holidays

I’m sure everyone is exceptionally busy at this time of year with holiday preparations. Those who attended the November meeting enjoyed good food, fellowship and Show & Tell. It was great to have Carol back with us. We missed Edith & Roberta who were sick and Naomi who had eye surgery for a detached retina.
A friendly reminder for those who plan to attend the 2004 Gathering we have received information from the Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild in Ft. Wayne about Gathering. The program is entitled “Color Your World with Quilts.” They are suggesting that we submit our reservations as a guild. The deadline for doing this as a guild would be our January meeting since the reservations need to be in by February 13th. They also have a commemorative cookbook and pin available. Reservations are $15 including lunch, cookbooks are $7.25 and pins are $5.00 in advance. We are suggesting that everyone bring your payment and provide a SASE to be sent in with the reservations so that you will receive your badge and whatever you order directly. Beulah will collect everyone’s reservations and meal preferences at the January meeting.



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: January 26, 2003 – No meeting in December.

*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:
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Donna Stoltzfus, 831-4098
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570


I am one of the publishers of Sew What Works, a quarterly quilters' review. Our non-profit organization is sponsoring a quilt retreat in February 2004 and we would like to provide your guild members with information and the opportunity to register. You can see more details about the retreat and our publication on the website listed below. If you feel your guild members would be interested, please let me know how many registration brochures you would like us to send you, and where we should send them. The brochures should be available in early September. Thanks, Susan Churchill Madson, Features Editor

March 20, 2004. Gathering - Color Your World with Quilts. Guest speaker: Carolyn L. Mazloomi is a fiber artist, author, historian, and lecturer. Hosted by Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild in Ft. Wayne, IN.

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.

QFC is the brainchild of The Zonta Club of Cincinnati, a non-profit organization. Provident Bank is QFC's presenting sponsor. The Zonta Club of Cincinnati is associated with Zonta International, and joins it in its efforts to stop the cycle of violence against women world wide, by beginning at here at home.

Specifically, Quilts for Change 2004 is the show where no matter HOW you participate, YOU will help make life safer for women and children! Proceeds from your purchase of show tickets, drawings, workshops, and speaker, and QFC merchandise at the show will support a community awareness campaign and services to help women and their children overcome the aftermath of domestic violence and abuse, rape and other violent acts.

Domestic violence and abuse knows no particular race, age, income level, or social status. Every five minutes in the U.S., a woman dies or becomes hospitalized due to a violent act perpetrated by someone she knows. We believe that a woman has the right to feel safe in her own home, to live free from abuse as a fundamental right. That's why Quilts for Change is so important.

Quilts for Change brings women together in using our collective "weapon" ...the power of needle and fabric in promoting community change. We saw how quilts changed a nation's perception and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients. Now it's our turn to use this uniquely woman-centered art form to help change the life of a mother or daughter, a sister or aunt, a friend or co-worker. Our show judges, along with this year's phenomenal instructors are all women who are at the top of their game. When they heard about our mission, they were eager to join us to help end violence and abuse of women and children.

We invite you to become part of the effort. We have planned a hospitable and accommodating show for your pleasure, and we hope that you will be part of our growth over the years. For your convenience, you may purchase show tickets, register for workshops and volunteer opportunities, reserve space in the vendor mall, download the Quilt Entry Form, or indicate your willingness to donate a quilt-related item for drawings or cash for prize awards... all online!

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati and our presenting sponsor, Provident Bank thank you in advance for your support and encourage you to come to the show in Cincinnati August 13-14, 2004.

Enjoy the beauty of quilts and great shopping while changing lives.

Kindest regards,
Delores & Lynn, Show Co-Chairs

For questions or comments about Quilts for Change 2004, contact


November 24 , 2003 - Annual Thanksgiving Carry In and Show and Tell.
Maple Leaf Quilters Guild Meeting
Waterford Mennonite Church – 6:30 P.M.

Quilters present
: Sylva, Beulah, Pat, Elaine, Marie, Jan, Janet, Becky, Phyllis, Sue, Carol, Janis, and Laura. Our guests were Liz Martin (former member), Blane Stringfellow (Sue’s husband), Dee Birkey and Mary Helmuth (Carol’s sister & mother), Kaylee Kercher (Laura’s daughter) and Marsha Schelling (Liz’s friend).

Show and Tell:
Carol: brought her sister Dee and her mother Mary along with Liz and Marsha. Carol reported she is feeling better and is now able to drive.
Dee: showed a flannel sampler that she had won at a prior Dear Jane Retreat and which she cut apart and used to make a lap sized quilt.
Mary: showed a Peace on Earth wall hanging.
Liz: is trying to learn to work with alpaca wool for knitting.
Beulah: at the Dear Jane Retreat she returned to making her Dear Jane blocks. Made three at the retreat and started her fourth, which she finished and has made two more this month.
Janis: she is working on the blocks from the “Nearly Insane” book.
Marie: has been quilting at home.
Becky: showed her Hoffman Challenge wall hanging and a Ferris Wheel project from the Aunt Martha’s patterns also showed her finished carpet bag.
Elaine: showed an old quilt with a Dogwood design that she bought at an auction. She has washed it, but there are still stains on it. Also had a quilt top she bought at the Dear Jane Retreat. Showed her Round Robin that was done by six of the twelve people participating in the project. One of the rows was made by Ann who had just passed away.
Phyllis: she has put together her birthday blocks and it is going to the quilter.
Pat: had her finished carpet bag. Also a chenille pillow she made, and the colored picture from Willa’s demonstration that she finished. Showed old quilts she had bought that are very worn on the edges.
Jan: showed a watercolor wall hanging that she has been working on for 5 years. Also showed her finished carpet bag and a Christmas tree skirt.
Sylva: showed finished carpet bag, also a green king size quilt made using 1999 JoAnn Fabrics’ block of the month patterns, along with two matching pillow covers and the Bermuda Triangle wall hanging that are all finished.
Sue: she brought her husband!! Ask her for the story behind his visit.
Janet: showed her finished carpet bag.
Laura: she brought her daughter who showed her penny quilt block. Laura showed a quilt she has been making for her dad and has been working on it for a while.

Following the Show & Tell we discussed the 2004 Gathering and what we need to do if planning to attend.
Discussed the newsletter. Carol is planning to start putting the August – November newsletters on line. The most recent one will be there and the others will be in the archives.

Elaine brought two wrapped items that she wanted to auction off with the proceeds going into the checking account. The money can be used to help pay for batting and backing for relief quilts. Pat bought the first auctioned item which was a large stuffed Frosty the Snowman. Laura bought the second item which was a pillow and basket.

Carol mentioned that there are three missing blocks from the appliqué blocks for the relief quilt. She wanted to know if anyone has blocks that are not completed. We need them as soon as possible.

In Peggy’s absence the following minutes were taken by Sylva


The following is a suggestion Carol has for a challenge in 2004. Let's plan to discuss this possible challenge at the January 2004 meeting.

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? Here are a few suggestions for types of “Kitchen Quilts.”

The “Kitchen Quilt” should reflect the recipe in one or more of the following ways:

Possible Schedule:
January -- Sign up for challenge
April -- Provide written recipe and accurate pattern for your Kitchen Quilt
May -- Have finished quilt available for photography
June -- Pattern package of all submitted recipes and patterns available for purchase.

I have had another communication from a board member about the quilts some of us have offered to make for their addition. I will be picking up the fabric kits in Indianapolis the weekend of December 12, so after that I'll be contacting those of you who offered to help with this project. Perhaps we can have some work-nights to work on them together. We will not be making quilts, but rather wallhangings. I’ll have more specific information about the wallhangings later. NOW the grand opening date is scheduled for the first of March 2004. I guess we all know how construction project dates can be... Thanks, Edith

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