Maple Leaf Quilters Online

March 2003

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

The Scoop on Retreat

I think all those there would have to agree that Amigo Center was a nice place, except maybe for the temperature. It was a bit warm for me, anyway. Several commented on how much you can get done when you’re not worrying about the family or what needs to get done around the house. It was a nice break from reality.
Happy quilting,


Edith’s Muffins
Refrigerator Muffins
6 cups Raisin Bran cereal
5 cups flour
3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 quart buttermilk
1 cup cooking oil
4 beaten eggs
Mix Raisin Bran, flour, sugar, soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, oil, and eggs. Stir until well mixed. Bake in muffin tins (can be filled at least 2/3 full) for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.
(Note: The handy feature is that this batter will keep up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator, and the aging seems to improve the flavor of the muffins. Just stir batter each time before putting in muffin tins.)
Makes 4 dozen muffins.

Roberta’s Salad Dressing
_ cup sugar
_ cup white vinegar
1 tsp. salt (optional)
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. garlic salt
Combine in blender. Gradually add 1 cup oil and blend well. Roberta suggests lite Olive oil. Makes about 1 pint.

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

Monday, March 24, 2003, 6:30 pm. Program by Elaine Frye and Jan Goppert. We will learn about the history of Dear Jane and Dear Hannah plus get a demo of Dear Jane software. Hostesses are Deb Noffsinger and Roberts Poscharscky. Don’t forget your birthday fat quarters.

Monday, April 14, 2003, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.

Monday, April 28, 2003, 6:30 pm. Program by Nancy Smith and Peggy Hochstetler. This is our annual Show-and-Tell Tea, and many quilt guilds will be invited. Everyone please bring a small wrapped gift such as a pattern or fat quarter. Hostesses are Donna Stoltzfus and Carol Honderich, but let’s all help them out and each bring a half-dozen of cookies.


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 Information is being added regularly, so be sure to bookmark this site for updates!

June 25-28, 2003. 29th Annual Topeka Quilt Show & Sale, Topeka, IN
One of the largest quilt shows and sales in northern Indiana. Quilts, wallhangings, quilt tops and many more quilted items will be displayed, most of which will be for sale. There will be a Merchants Mall. The admission to the show is $3 unless you are an exhibitor. Profits from this sale will be used for mission projects. Location: Topeka United Methodist Church, corner of Pine & Babcock St.
Contact: 260-593-2050 or 260-593-2860. Email:

July 17-20, 2003. The Quilters Hall of Fame's Quilt Show and Celebration 2003. Georgia Bonesteel will be inducted into The Hall of Fame. For more information please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 681, Marion, IN, 46952-0681 or email us at Please visit our website at:; phone: (765) 664-9333.


February 24, 2003
Maple Leaf Quilters Guild Meeting
Waterford Mennonite Church, 6:30

Quilters present: Naomi, Becky, Edith, Marie, Janet, Laura, Nancy, Beulah, Elaine, Paula, Nancy, Fran, Roberta, Sylva, Phyllis, Jan, Sue, Carol, Peggy

Snacks brought by Janet & Nancy S. Cake, tea, cookies, & trail mix!

Fran opened the meeting with introductions & show-n-tell.
Carol- showed her Relief Sale square in a square from her friend Corinne from the Netherlands. She showed a counted cross stitch, Dear Jane pattern. Dear Jane software program that showed her quilt in it!!
Paula – She’s here!
Marie - Baby quilt she pieced and tied. She also showed us her Dear Jane quilt in the software program book.
Edith – Showed us a picture of her finished Dancing Star quilt that she donated to Bethany Christian school for their benefit.
Nancy – She’s here!
Janet – She’s here!
Laura – She finished her bathroom and invited us all to come see it!!!
Fran – Showed us her quilt that she copied off of Arby’s bathroom floor! Showed us her quilt in the Dear Jane program book.
Sue – She’s here!
Elaine – Showed us her quilt “Uglier than Sin” that she bought at her grandma’s auction 10 years ago. She also cleaned out her sewing room this past Christmas. Showed us a bright flannel quilt to be given to Bethany Christian School for their auction.
She taught a 2 _ hour appliqué class for Heritage Days at the fairgrounds to 10 women with minimal quilting experience!
Phyllis – Brought a pattern that she doesn’t need anymore to be given as a prize at the Retreat.
Roberta – She’s here! She showed us her fingers to prove that she’s been quilting!
Beulah – She’s here!
Naomi – Brought a baby quilt for the Health Center.
Slyva – She brought a handful of Grandma’s flower garden pieces to give away.
Nancy- She’s here!
Peggy- Showed her chenille quilt, several gadgets, good and bad, and a pillow made on her Grace quilting machine,
Becky- Showed us her Hoffman challenge wallhanging that she did.
Jan – Showed us fleece booties that she has been making for her grandchildren. She brought 4 baby quilts for the Maple City Health Clinic.

Meal times announced.
Bed assignments were announced.

The Gathering info and packets given.

Discussed the April meeting in which we will host The Tea for other clubs for a show-n-tell night.

PROGRAM presented by Marie & Edith
Penny Rugs
Traditional folk art used for everything but rugs! Started during Civil War Era. Felt was the material used. Used button hole stitching most of the time with occasional embroidery stitching.
Wash and dry wool in hot water and dryer. Can use old woolen clothing, just remove seams and buttons. Kits were given out for us to practice on!!!!!!!!! How wonderful!

Minutes by Peggy Hochstetler

Recommended Quilting 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 03/10/03