Maple Leaf Quilters Online

July 2005

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hi To All

I hope you are having a good summer. Mine is going so fast and I have had so much to do that I feel like I am meeting myselfcoming and going. I survived the initial round of Fashion Show judging for the fair – what a relief. Now I need to get my family reunion notices out. Then maybe I can catch my breath, and by that time summer will be over. I know many of you feel the same way. I am hoping to finally get back to doing some quilt related sewing in between all the other projects I have waiting to be done. A friend told me there is to be a display of quilts in the hallway of 10,000 Villages, in The Depot, near The Bag Factory. They were made for refugees in Holland after WW II and have been preserved. There will also be books on sale. The dates are July 23 – August 1 st.



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: August 8, 2005

Next Meeting: July 27, 2005
It's a Surprise!
Hostess: Sue Stringfellow

MINUTES – MapleLeaf Quilters, June 27, 2005, Waterford Mennonite Church
Members present : Fern Bontrager, Elaine Frey, Betty Geyer, Jan Goppert, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Sylva Keenan, Laura Kercher, Florence Makousky, Naomi Bontrager Miller, Janis Nelson, Roberta Poscharscky, Beulah Sample, Pat Stahly, Sue Stringfellow, Marie Troyer, Marcia Vierck, Phyllis Windsor, Becky Yoder, Leona Martin (Sue’s friend), Kristen (Fern’s granddaughter).

Peggy – Thimbleberry Pumpkin Wallhanging, small and large.
Laura – She was looking for her lost fabric butterfly block she made for Beulah.
Florence – Brought her brand new sewing machine!!
Becky – Showed a baby quilt that she did machine quilting on, a first! Showed us her finished 2005 Hoffman Challenge Wallhanging using their challenge material. She called it “Ribbons Around the Garden”. She will be sending it to be judged in August.
Fern – Showed a baby quilt where she used the Buzz Saw pattern.
Kristen – Showed us her Rail Fence Wallhanging that her Grandma Fern helped her with! She is 8 years old and this was her first time using the sewing machine!
Sylva – Has been working daily on her granddaughter’s dress for the Fair Fashion Show.
Elaine – Showed us her finished Dear Hannah Round Robin that was quilted by Mary Helmuth, Carol’s mother. This quilt is going to be sent for display at the Quilt Museum in Washington in August thru December.
Beulah – Was working on a pieced shower curtain for her daughter. It consisted of 20 sample blocks with sashing.
Naomi – Brought snacks of homemade cookies and fresh picked raspberries!
Marie – Was cutting out material for a baby blanket.
Marcie – Showed us her FIRST finished quilt. A 9-patch light/dark square that her mentor says was hard! Also showed us her finished Buzz Saw Retreat quilt.
Janis – Showed us the Photo Transfer 24” pillow that she made for a neighbor girl using Silk Transfer paper for the pictures. She showed us the new Thimbleberry preprinted panel – you add 4 borders plus flying geese. Yoder Department Store will be holding a workshop on August 20 th using this panel.
Pat –She showed us her finished BOM square.
Phyllis – She said her sewing machine is broken, thus no new projects.
Roberta – Showed us the blue baby quilt that she made for her new great grandson.

BOM’s showed by the following quilters: Peggy , Fern, Janis, Becky, Sue, Pat.

MEETING: Jan opened the meeting with a reading from the “Quilted with Love” book.
Sue presented the June BOM, called the “Goshen Star.”
Treasurer’s report by Janis: Balance $448.10 She also collected the $5 dues for the rest of the calendar year.

Discussion was held regarding a new challenge quilt idea – when traveling buy some material, cut it into 4” squares and then share it with guild members.

Discussion was held regarding the Guild’s 10 th Anniversary Show. Tentative plans are to have a show using guild member’s quilts, new and old at the Essenhaus in 2007 with Ami Simms as the featured speaker. The show could include a breakfast seminar/lecture with Ami Simms, vendors, classes, etc. Carol and Edith will bring more info regarding actual costs, more thoughts on committees and schedule to the next meeting.

Charity Quilts: committee will be getting together soon.
Retreat 2006
: Laura reserved the first weekend in February at Quaker Haven and is awaiting confirmation at this time.
Hospitality Committee: Discussed having a “fine” of 25 cents for anyone not wearing their nametags at the meetings. Sticky nametags will be offered to guests at the beginning of meetings. Could ask guests for their phone numbers so that we could contact them later and invite them to the following meeting. It was voted and agreed upon to do the above starting the next meeting in July.
Purpose & Goals committee : they’re talking!

PROGRAM: Elaine set up a frame and a baby quilt was knotted. Several others worked on sewing and cutting for baby quilts.

Naomi, thank you for bringing the snacks of cookies and fresh raspberries!

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


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 Surprise Program Sue
August 22   Fern & Betty
September 26   Becky
October 24 Carol Pat & Phyllis
November 28 Thanksgiving Carry-In Sylva & Beulah
December No Meeting No Meeting

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Last Update - July 16, 2005