Maple Leaf Quilters Online

July 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor


SUMMER. I have an uneasy feeling as I work on this month’s newsletter, because I had to miss the last meeting. I did think about you all as I was in New England enjoying the water, weather, and lighthouses. I know now what I miss about New England (we lived there from 1986 to 1989)—it’s the breezes along the coast. It can be hot, but there’s always a breeze. Some days here in northern Indiana can be so stagnant and hot with no breeze.
Seeing the coastal cities and lighthouses set my mind in gear to make a lighthouse quilt. I have a pattern from Colorado Quilt Designs, but I need a size bigger than the pattern so I’m doing the calculations for fabric and anticipating my shopping spree. I didn’t get to fabric shop in New England. I just couldn’t convince two teenage sons that it would be fun. I did manage to go to a yarn shop, but only because it was partly a candy shop. Priorities will change once the guys are grown, believe me. I’m blessed with a spouse who supports (literally!) my crafting habit.
In closing, I want to share with you a verse from a recent day on my daily calendar:
How many, many friendships life’s path has let me see; I’ve kept a scrap of each of them to make the whole of me. (Credited to June Masters Bacher).
May your lives be filled with good friends and lots of fabric scraps. If you’re not sure what to do with those scraps, come to July’s meeting. Details below.

Happy quilting,

Please send 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: Holly Hathaway
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027

Monday, July 22, 2002, 6:30 pm
. Fran and Holly will lead us in some sharing and troubleshooting, because "22 Heads Are Better Than One!" If you've got a finished or partly finished quilt and you're not sure what to do next, bring it along. Border bewilderment? Tough Technical Troubles? Quilting questions? General confusion? Bring it along because 22 Heads....

Monday, August 12, 2002, 7 pm. Sew What at Ediths. * See above.

Monday, August 26, 2002, 6:30 pm.  No one has signed up for this one, so Connie has agreed to coordinate a clean out your sewing room swap fest. More details to follow.

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


Retreat plans underway! Plan to join your fellow quilters at a country quilt retreat weekend in late February 2003. Details available soon. Do you have any suggestions for a workshop or group sew-along? Connie and Nancy and someone else (sorry) are the committee for this one.

July 18-21, 2002, Induction of Ruby Short McKim into the Quilters Hall of Fame. Included in the event are quilt shows, workshops, lectures, 100th anniversary house party, evening garden party, auction, and show and tell. There will be a luncheon. For more information and a registration form send a SASE to The Quilters Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 681, Marion, IN 46952 or e-mail: The web site is

July 19-27, 2002, Elkhart County 4-H Fair. If you are interested in entering a quilt in the fair, here are a few things you will want to know: The entry fee is $1.00 per item, or 20 items for $20 and receive 5 daily fair passes. You may enter only one item per class, but there are a number of classes, including individual categories and group quilt categories. The quilt needs to have been made during the past three years and not have been shown at the Elkhart Co Fair. The check in time for quilt entries is Monday, July 15, 1:00 -7:00 PM.

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:

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 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

Several of you asked for a copy of my "little" State of the Guild Speech. I'm including it here for you. Thank you for your kind comments.  –Carol

History and State of Maple Leaf Quilters, May 2002
Maple Leaf Quilters had its charter meeting on January 22, 1996 at Meredith’s Sewing Center. That initial meeting was an invitation to area quilters to explore starting an evening guild in Goshen. Some of the individuals in attendance that night included current members: Sylva, Edith, Roberta, Fran, Phyllis, Beulah, Donna, Deb, and me. I was excited when I went back and re-read information from that meeting and saw that not only was Deb Noffsinger there that night, but she expressed an interest in helping with a newsletter! Okay – it took us five years to get her involved and doing that – but it seems to me now that it was meant to be. In our six-year existence we’ve gone through several name changes beginning with Goshen Quilt Group, then Michiana Maple Leaf Quilters, and then shortening that to Maple Leaf Quilters. Our logo pin was designed by Max Hathaway for our first major group-sponsored event which was hosting the area Gathering of Quilters in March 1998 at Elkhart Central High School with Brenda Papadakis as our guest speaker and more than 700 guests in attendance. That event bolstered our meager treasury and we’ve felt kind of rich ever since.

As a guild we met at Merediths for several months where we enjoyed the opportunity to shop before the meeting, but soon decided we needed a larger place to meet. For the next couple of years we met at Elkhart County Fairgrounds under the guise of being a county Home Ec. Club. We finally decided we’d rather just be a quilt guild, and now for the past three years we have been meeting here at Waterford Mennonite Church. This seems to be a good place and space for us. We appreciate the opportunity the church gives us to meet here.
Our leadership history is as follows:
• Anita Barlow, chair from 1996 to 1998,
• Fran Hathaway, chair from 1998 to 2000,
• Nancy Smith, chair from 2000-2001, and
• Edith and I, CO-chairs 2001-2002.
Connie and Fran have volunteered to CO-chair our guild this coming year. Thank you for offering your service to the guild. You can count that towards your volunteer hours that President Bush is asking of each of us. Beulah will continue her role as treasurer for the second year and Holly Hathaway will be our new secretary, replacing Marie who has done an excellent job for the past two years.

In the past it was the responsibility of the officers to plan monthly programs for the guild, but for the first time during this year you all have taken turns providing a program and snack for our meetings. I think this has really gone well and want to thank each of you for your willingness to be involved in this way. You have done a wonderful job at sharing your interests and areas of expertise with us and have provided a wonderful variety of programs. Our programs for the past year have included:
• Redwork,
• Making Molas,
• Sewing Machine care and maintenance,
• Couching and Surface Design,
• Hawaiian Appliqué,
• English Paper Piecing.
• We also had a work night when new members could make name tags and
• our Annual Thanksgiving Carry-in.
In addition to the monthly programs, Nancy Smith also organized a Saturday workshop on Featherweight Sewing machine maintenance and Janis provided a Saturday Dancing Stars workshop in Shipshewana.

We have a sign-up sheet for this coming year’s programs and hosting and would appreciate your signing up this evening for one slot of Programs and one slot of Hosting.

Maple Leaf Quilters has 22 members and we have an average of 18 members and 3 guests present at our monthly meetings. We usually have about 8 to 10 members at our 2nd Monday of the month Sew What night at Edith’s. Thank you again, Edith, for opening your home to us. I’ve found this time to be a great relaxing social time.

As a group we have gotten an amazing number of guild quilt projects done this year, including:
• the beautiful pieced and appliquéd Flower Garden Basket quilt which was a farewell gift for Khanyile,
• quilting the large quilt for Goldenrod,
• making and quilting our Hen Party II quilt for the Michiana Relief Sale,
• finishing the quilt for the Cancer Treatment Center’s Hospitality House.
• As a result of our Redwork program we accumulated blocks for a small Redwork quilt that Edith has put together into a beautiful top. (We aren’t sure yet what will happen with this quilt. Please provide us with suggestions.)
As individuals we are also a very prolific bunch of quilters. We usually have between 13 and 18 quilts and wall hangings shown during our Show and Tell time. While I don’t have an exact count, I know that Phyllis showed many quilts this past year. We’d like to recognize her achievement with this gift.
We have each been encouraged to make a baby quilt for Maple City Health Care, and we’ve made at least nine quilts for that project this year. I also know that some of you are involved in your own church or other groups making quilts for charity. Thank you for your work in that way. You can also count that time towards George Bush’s volunteer hours!

We started and are now in the middle of Row by Row Round Robin Project in which 7 of you are participating. Thank you Fran for putting this idea together for us.
We have added several books to our Library during the past year. If you have books or patterns or videos that you’d like to share, we are happy to accept donations. Phyllis has been our librarian for a number of years and has asked that someone else take over that job. Thank you for your work as librarian and getting our library in the nice shape it is in.

We started this year with $1124 in our treasury and have a current balance of about $950. We had income of the year of $545 from dues, interest on our account, and the income from the Amish Country Harvest Festival.
We’ve spent a little more than we took in, about $750. These expenses were for guild office and library supplies ($78), fabric and quilting services ($272), condolence and thank you gifts ($350), and program speakers ($50).

I have enjoyed being here as your co-chair and want to thank Edith for her support and ideas.
During the next year I would like continue to serve as webmaster for the Online Newsletter and I want to offer my help and support to Connie, Fran, Beulah and Holly in any way I can. I have enjoyed getting to know each of you and having the privilege of calling you friends. For $10 dues a year, (less than 50 cents a meeting if you go to Sew What night), I have been entertained, challenged and encouraged, both personally and as a quilter. I’d like to thank you each for that and for your involvement in this guild.

Carol Honderich
Co-chair, 2001-2002

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 07/14/02