Maple Leaf Quilters Online

December 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL Since we don't have a meeting this month, the newsletter will be fairly short including minutes from our November meeting. I want to wish each one of you a wonderful holiday season. After all the busy things are over with, treat yourself to some special time for piecing, sewing and quilting. Remember Edith's family as Jack's father passed away in late November. Those of us who went to the Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshe Dececember 1-5 had a very enjoyable, relaxing time. The new conference room area we were in was very nice and well equipped. Hope to see all of you in January at Sew What and our regular meeting. Will be looking forward to seeing all the challenge blocks being finished!!!


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana
Next Meeting: January 24, 2005
Program: Photos to Fabric, Phyllis and Roberta
Hostesses: Laura and Florence

*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: January 10, 2005

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 - November 22, 2004, Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Jan opened the meeting with a prayer by Sylva. All shared a wonderful Thanksgiving carry in meal!!

Carol Honderich, Edith Shanholt, Elaine Frey, Becky Yoder, Jan Goppert Peggy Hochstetler, Roberta Poscharscky, Marie Troyer, Janis Nelson, Sue Stringfellow, Laura Kercher, Pat Stahly, Fern Bontrager, Sylva Keenan, Florence Makousky, Beuhla Sample, Guests: Edna (Becky's mother), Kaylee (Laura's daughter), Lucille Christophel, (Pat's guest)

Sylva - showed us her BOM that she had all cut out and ready to piece.
Florence - showed us her BOM Castle Wall that she had pieced along with a potholder. She is Laura's mom and is joining our guild. Welcome!!!
Laura- showed us her BOM Castle wall that was pieced. She also shared with us the story of her "hide-a-bed" quilt!!
Kaylee - (Laura's daughter) was working on a gray scarf for her doll.
Janis - showed us the wall hanging pieced by herself, Becky, Marie, & Edith. It was a spin-off of the full sized quilt that they had designed, pieced and quilted for the town of Shipshewana. Janis hand quilted it in 15 days using 420 yards of thread!!!
Carol - showed us her package of blue pieces of material that her friend from the Netherlands had sent her after she had "casually" mentioned that she was using blue material in her guild's BOM series!
Edith - showed us her BOM Castle Wall done in fall colors. She showed us the church banner that she had made for this Christmas - all she needed to do was find some button eyes for the animals!
Elaine - was working on her second Seven Sisters block.
Becky - showed us her BOM Castle Wall, which she had done in 9 inch rather than a 12 inch size. She also shared her 2003 Hoffman Challenge quilted wall hanging that was on the road for the past year. The challenge included Hoffman's line of cherry fabrics.
Jan - made the BOM Wheel of Fortune x2! One for herself and one for sharing! She also showed us 2 samples of the 20 Christmas ornaments that she had made for her family.
Beulah - she brought extra diamond cut fabric for Becky for the Seven Sisters quilt.
Phyllis - she's been busy remodeling her home and hasn't been able to get to her sewing room!
Pat - showed us her version of the BOM Castle Wall.
Lucille - showed us several quilts she had made for the Relief Sale. She showed us a Stack'n'Wack wall hanging. She shared with us a 1930's quilt that her she and her mother had worked on when she was younger.
Fern - she brought 2 baby quilts for charity.

TREASUERE'S REPORT: Reported by Beulah that the guild has approximately $450 in checking account.

One correction to the October minutes was noted.
A trunk load of canned and boxed goods was collected by the guild and were delivered by Jan to the Salvation Army Food Pantry here in Goshen. Thanks to all who contributed!
Elaine volunteered to fill in the empty slot for the May BOM.
A large wrapped present was auctioned off to the highest bidder!! It was the "traveling Snowman"! Congratulations Fern!
Carol reported that the Kitchen Quilts & Cookbook continues to be a work-in-progress.

RETREAT NEWS: Deposits of $30 were accepted tonight for a down payment on the February Quilt Retreat to be held at Quaker Haven. The final total will be approximately $75. The final deposits will be taken at the January meeting. Sue discussed lightly some tentative plans: a mystery quilt (details later), baby quilts to be set up and tied, games and door prizes (prizes needed!!), and of course the food! Tentative plans are for a chili potluck on Friday. Again more details next meeting.
NOTE: We currently have only 15 people signed up for the retreat. We need 20. Here's a list of those signed up so far (*guests):

Jan Peggy Lynn Nelson*  
Laura Janis Marie  
Florence Carol Marcia Vierck*  
Becky Kim McMurray* Fern  



Edith, Janis & Roberta (Nominating Committee) recruited these members for the following offices. Thanks to all!!
    Chairwoman: Jan Goppert
    Secretary: Peggy Hochstetler
    Treasurer: Janis Nelson
    Historian: Becky Yoder
    Webmaster: Carol Honderich
    Newsletter: Sylva Keenan (editor)

Opportunities: Carol reported on the following items that she thought might be of interest:
she received a letter from WNIT regarding their pledge drive this month asking for volunteers to answer phones since the guild had volunteered in the past. 
she received a letter from FONS & PORTER magazine regarding special gift subscriptions ($15) and calendars ($8) for guild members.

New Committees: A sign up sheet for 2005 meetings was passed around for all to sign up. Sign up was for hostesses and programs. New committee members are needed to volunteer for the following agendas. Volunteers would organize and/or report on the progress of these agendas.
    Charity quilts - Becky Yoder, Elaine Frey, Janis Nelson
    Publicity of guild and projects - Edith and Carol
    Quilt show 2007 - Edith and Carol
    Hospitality hostess -
    Retreat 2006 - Laura Kercher

Sew-What will begin in the New Year, January 10th at Edith's house.

AQS Book Catalog - Elaine will bring the catalog to the January meeting for all to look at and order from.

A new quilting TV series will begin in January on Saturdays and Sundays on the Lifetime Real Women channel.

Jan reported that some good "End of the December" sales that will be going on.
Nancy J's in Wabash - December 27 thru January 1. 10% off when you buy what's left on the bolt. January 1, football widow's sale, 25% off storewide 1P- 5P.
Jeanette's in Wakarusa. Half-off regular price of any fabric is going on now. December 13 sale on all Christmas fabrics and more with town tree lighting and caroling December 31 sale 9:30 -1P.

NOVEMBER PROGRAM Becky Yoder presented the November BOM called the Whirligig. Laura Kercher presented the December BOM called the Honey Bee.

Minutes submitted by Peggy Hochstetler

Fundraisers: We will continue to offer the Fons & Porter Magazine subscriptions for $20. $10 goes to the magazine company and $10 will be given to our treasury. Also at each meeting anyone can bring in items to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the treasury. Our Goals for the Guild:
Increase treasury balance.
Charity quilts for Maple City Health Care Center (everyone is encouraged to donate at least one baby quilt per year. We discussed having a work day for this.)
7 Sisters quilt will be for 2005 Mennonite Relief Sale. Your blocks should have been turned in to Becky already.
Block of the Month (see following information).

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


Becky Yoder



Laura Kercher

Honey Bee


Peggy Hochstetler



Phyllis Windsor



Carol Honderich



Janis Nelson



Elaine Frey



Sue Stringfellow



Jan Goppert



Naomi Bontrager


Upcoming Quilt Events and Exhibits::
Contemporary Japanese Quilts, features exotic silks; 100 quilts at Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. October 16 - January 2, admission $7, Monday-Saturday, 9-5, Sunday, 11-5
Quilter's Hall of Fame; "Stitches Saved in Time;" January 31-February 25; 8-5, Monday-Friday; Reception - Friday, February 4, 6-8 PM. (IF you are interested in attending this reception, Jan Goppert is looking for others to go with her).
           Quilt opportunity $1 each to fund painting of the Marie Webster house.
           Quilt contest, juried quilt show.
Indiana State Quilt Guild Retreat: February 3-6; Farmstead Inn, Shipshewana, you will need to join the guild to attend.
Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, IN, March 3-5.
Chicago International Quilt Festival, April 8-10.
National Quilting Day 2005, April 9, 2005. Mark your calendar for National Quilting Day 2005 with The Friends of The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, featuring guest speaker Billie Lauder. The day will include a lecture from Billie, lunch, show and tell, door prizes and more! For complete details and registration form, send SASE to FQHF, 7897 S. 800 W., Swayzee, IN, 46986.
AQS Paducah Show, Paducah, KY, April 20-23.
Sew Fun Cruise scheduled for May 8-15, 2005, see website for more information. Janome America will be providing the sewing machines on the cruise.

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


January 24

Photos to Fabric
Phyllis & Roberta

Laura & Florence

February 28

Edith & Marie


March 28


April 25

Show & Tell Tea

May 23


June 27


July 25


August 22


September 26

October 24


Pat & Phyllis

November 28

Thanksgiving Carry-In



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