Maple Leaf Quilters Online

February 2003

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

Too Sick To Quilt? -- REVISITED!

In November Deb's newsletter comments included reflections on a recent bout of sickness that left her lacking energy for her favorite hobby - quilting. Having myself spent the past two months recovering from surgery and then a terrible bout of the flu, I, too, have pondered what I could do to help myself feel that I was returning to some sense of normalcy where quilting activities were important. Deb suggested looking through magazines and books for inspiration, or having a small lap project ready to work on. But in my situation, even those activities seemed too ambitious.

So what is it that has sustained me? For me it has been the countless calls, cards, e-mails, and kind thoughts of all my Maple Leaf Quilter friends. While quilting is the common thread (bad pun) that brings us all together, how quickly the friendships develop, and the bonds deepen.

Thanks for caring.
Carol Honderich

Please call news items to Deb at 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 for information and directions.

MLQ Officers:
Co-chair: Connie Ozinga, 875-4730
Co-chair: Fran Hathaway, 533-4353
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Donna Stoltzfus, 831-4098

Monday, February 10, 2003
7 PM. Sew What at Edith’s.

Monday, February 24, 2003
6:30 pm. Program on felted wool Penny Rugs presented by Edith and Marie. Don’t forget your birthday fat quarters. Janet and Nancy will be hostesses.

Monday, March 10, 2003
7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.

Monday, March 24, 2003
6:30 pm. Program by Elaine Frey and Jan Goppert. Hostesses are Donna and Roberta.


Retreat plans underway! Please mark your calendars!
Feb 28, March 1, & 2, 2003 at Amigo Center, Sturgis, Michigan.
Nancy gave packets with program details, supplies needed, and a map at the January meeting. If you don’t have these contact Nancy ASAP. We can arrive as early as noon on Feb 28th and will be ending by noon on March 2nd. Don’t forget your item for the “pig out salad” meal Friday evening. Nancy will bring coffee for the pot Amigo Center is providing. If you want soft drinks or bottled water please bring enough for yourself for the weekend. We will have use of a refrigerator for the weekend. Please put your name on your items. We will be having our meals on Saturday and Sunday in the cafeteria.
Connie Ozinga, 875-4730
Nancy Smith, 293-3846

March 15th & 16th, 2003. Stitches from the Heart. Sponsored By: Covered Bridge Quilters Guild, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IL (I-80 Exit 56, south approx 2 miles then west on Rte 6 approx 1/2 mile). Show Times: Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 PM Admission Cost: Adults $3.00; Children (6-12) $1.00. This is a Judged Quilt Show with a Merchants Mall, Silent Auction of Small Quilts, Quilt Raffle, Door Prizes and Antique Bed Turning. There will be a special display by Jean Lohmar of Galesburg, IL. The local 4-H will have food available. Wheelchairs will be available for use. If you would like more information by mail please send a SASE to Yvonne Morman. For more Information: Yvonne Morman-Quilt Show 14322 Lovers Lane Rd, Princeton, IL 61356. E-mail:

March 21-23, 2003. Quilter’s Retreat, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. The theme is “Pieces of Our Lives: Heirlooms of Faith. There will be workshops on hand embroidery and miniature quilts. Cost is $188 per person with triple occupancy. Register by February 10, 2003 to receive a $10 discount. Registration deadline March 7th. For more info log onto

March 29, 2003. 13th Annual Gathering of Quilters. Hosted this year by the Tuesday Night Strippers of LaPorte, IN. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm CST at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, LaPorte. We have been asked to register as a group. Preregistration by Feb 14th of $15.00 includes a lunch; later registration does not include lunch. Speaker this year is fiber artist Ellen Anne Eddy. There will also be a large vendor mall, quilt show, fashion show, demonstrations, door prizes, block exchange, ugly fabric contest, show and tell, quilt for the cure block, and goodie bags. Contact Beulah or Connie if you need to register.

March 29-30, 2003. Stitches In Time. Sponsored By: Quinsippi Needleworkers Chapter of EGA Quincy Senior High School 33rd Maine Street, Quincy, IL. Show Times: March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission Cost: $3.00. Quilts, Hoffman Challenge Exhibit, Chitra Exhibit, American Quilters Society Exhibit,Vendors, Demos, Raffle quilt, door prizes. On site-parking, lunch available on site, handicap accessible.
For more Information: Fanny Naught 202 North 30th- Quincy, Illinois 62301

April 11-13, 2003, International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Annual quilt show, sale and quiltmaking academy featuring antique & contemporary quilts, related textile arts on display; extensive workshops, lectures, special events including the Bernina Fashion Show; vendors. Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.

For information, send a business-size, stamped (57¢), self-addressed envelope and $3 check or money order for complete class catalogue, when available, to: International Quilt Festival, 7660 Woodway, Suite 550, Houston, TX, 77063, USA; 713/781-6864; fax 713/781-8182 or Quiltfax® 512/474-1166; Classes begin 4/10/03.

Heartland Quilters is planning a one day bus trip to this festival. The cost of the trip is $30, which includes admission to the show. Dates for the bus trip are either April 11 or 12. Carol will have a sign-up sheet and more details at the November meeting. Heartland Quilters is trying to get a count of people interested though the money is not due (to Anita Barlow) until February 15, 2003.

May 3-4, 2003, Razzle Dazzle. Sponsored By: Sinnissippi Quilters, Rock Valley College 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL. Show Times: 9 to 4. Admission Cost: $5.00. The show includes approximately 400 quilts:
Judged categories (including professional)and Exhibit only; Silent Auction; Appraisers; Bed Turning and Fashion Show; Boutique; Large number of vendors; Well lit and spacious facility, handicap accessible; Lunch; Door Prizes and much more. For more Information: Karen Grover 5724 Spring Brook Road, Rockford, IL. 61114. E-mail:

June 19-22, 3003. 34th Annual NQA Quilt Show, “Flights of Fancy.” Greater Columbus Convention Center's
Exhibit Hall E, Columbus, OH. Sponsored by 5 local NQA Chapters: The Quintessential Quilters of Columbus, Columbus Metropolitan Quilters, Common Threads of Columbus, Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild of Granville, and The Goodtime Quilters of Circleville. There will be classes (Brenda Papadakis will be one of the instructors), lectures, banquets, exhibits, shopping and special events. If you wish to contribute to the Little Quilt Auction on Friday night, send your miniature, doll quilt, or small wall hanging up to 28" on the longest side by June 1, 2003 to: Ruth Pennell, 4380 Allen Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43213. Not enough to do? Then consider one of the day trips offered: Longaberger Baskets in Dresden, OH or a drive to Hocking Hill with a stop at Lunn’s Fabric Studio. A list of exhibits in Ohio will be included with your registration confirmation. For more information about the NQA show, visit www. Information is being added regularly, so be sure to bookmark this site for updates!


January 27, 2003
Meredith's Sewing Center

IN ATTENDANCE: Beulah, Marie, Donna, Nancy, Jan, Janet, Laura, Betty, Sylva,
Elaine, Deb, Paula, Connie, Fran, Sue, Becky

BUSINESS: Nancy handed out info regarding the Retreat coming up. Connie
showed some material samples for the quilt we're making at the Retreat. Room
assignments and food details were discussed also.
Handout for the Gathering on March 29th discussed. Thanks to Nancy for
getting on the horn and getting us on their mailing list!!
Treasurer report . Beulah took money for the retreat and the Gathering. She
will need $$ for the Gathering BEFORE Feb. 14th.
Many birthday cards and fat quarters given out to all the birthday girls.

PROGRAM: Donna introduced Colleen from the store. She talked at length
regarding the kind of quilting, patterns, prices, and getting your quilt
ready for quilting. She also showed us the Handiquilter and how you use your
own home sewing machine on the quilt frame.

FOOD: Paula & Peggy provided snacks and drinks.

Minutes by Peggy Hochstetler

Recommended Quilting Web Site:

From Carol: For some time I've been working on a Women of the Bible quilt. The quilt has 52 6" blocks - each representing a women in the Bible. These blocks were designed during a time that I was involved in a Bible Study using the devotional book Women of the Bible. The blocks are traditional quilt blocks that connect to the Bible woman because of the name of the block and some aspect of the woman's character, name or story. The top is together and in the frame being quilted. I've posted some of the blocks at this web site.

WEB LINKS TO CHECK OUT! 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 02/10/03