Maple Leaf Quilters Online

March 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor


As I work on the newsletter this month it has been raining and snowing and WINDY! Aren’t we all glad that we have quilts in our lives to keep warm. With temps in the 50’s yesterday and 30’s today, you never know how to dress these days. From the list of items I had to add this time, it’s clear that there are plenty of opportunities to quilt and sew coming up. When you are in the middle of a big project (or one that was supposed to get done in one day and it took you 5 hours just to do one part of it like I experienced this month as I was machine stipple quilting a fat quarter to make a purse) just remember that you are helping to preserve a tradition. I’m amazed at the number of people I meet that don’t even know how to sew on buttons, let alone try to make a quilt. And some of them don’t even like quilting, can you believe it?!?

I’d love to include your news in the newsletter. Just remember to get it to me by the 1st of each month.

Happy quilting,


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: Carol Honderich, 534-1915 or e-mail
Co-chair: Edith Shanholt, 875-1808 or e-mail
Secretary: Marie Troyer, 295-7787 or e-mail
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027

Monday, March 11, 2002, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.

Saturday, March 16, 2002, 9 am – 3 pm. Gathering of Quilters 2002, "Scrap Play." There’s still time to make your blocks if you haven’t already done so.

Monday, March 25, 2002, 6:30 PM Open Sewing - bring something to work on - either hand or machine. For those of you who need a MLQ name tag, there will be an area set up to make these by foundation piecing. Please bring white, green and brown fabric scraps. Bring your sewing machine if you want to do machine piecing for your name tag.

Round Robin--remember to bring your work to the meeting to trade with another member.

Monday, April 8, 2002, 7pm. Sew What at Edith’s

Saturday, April 13, 2002, 9 am. Featherweight Class at Elkhart Public Library (downtown)
(library opens at 9 am)
The instructor, Nancy Behrman, is fun and does a terrific job. I know you will all hug your machines after the class is over and you will believe the transformation was magic......

Please send the check for $35.00 to Nancy. Her address is listed below. Make the check out to Nancy Behrman and date it for the 13th of April. On the day of the class, Nancy will give her an envelope full of checks.

Nancy Smith
1708 Elizabeth St.
Elkhart, In. 46516-4243

More details from Connie:
I have reserved Meeting Room 406 at the Elkhart Public Library for the entire day. It's a nice sized room, and I have requested 10 tables. The library opens at 9 a.m. I have also reserved a coffee pot. There is a small kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave available to us as well, so we could organize some kind of bring in lunch. But we'll need to bring our own extension cords.
How to find Room 406: Enter the main library doors and head to the East Elevator near the reference desk, or the stairs next to it. Go to the second floor. Turn right off the elevator and go up the short flight of steps into Audiovisual, or ring the bell for the lift if needed. Go straight ahead to the AV service desk, then past it to the Annex Elevator. Take this elevator to 4. If the library parking lot is full, on Saturdays you can use the parking lot immediately south of it. Enter this lot from the alley.

Monday, April 22, 2003, 6:30pm. Meeting hosted by Elaine and Donna. Colleen Siupinski from Erika’s Sewing Center will be teaching us how to do English paper piecing. We will be just learning the technique, not completing a project. Supplies needed: six 6-inch squares of fabric scraps (your choice) plus any hand-sewing supplies that you use. Colleen suggests using fine hand needles, and she will supply other needed items.

Program and Hostess Schedule for the 2001-2002 year. This schedule is flexible. If you need to switch months please make those arrangements and let Carol or Edith know at least 6 weeks before the date what the program will be.

January 28, 2002
Connie & Betty
February 25
Donna & Fran
March 25
Marie & Paula
April 22
Elaine & Donna
May 28
Peggy & Nancy
June 24


The Heartland Quilters, Tea and Show and Tell Night. April 15, 2002, 6:30 PM. This is a special invitation to our group in return for the Show and Tell we hosted for area guilds.

Creative Threads A-Sew-Ciation, Presenting Cynthia Guffey, April 20, 2002 at the St. Joe County Fairgrounds. Cost: $35.00 full day or $25.00 half day; full day includes lunch. The morning sessions (8:30 to 11:30) are "No-Nonsense Measuring & Pattern Alteration" and "Finishing Techniques." The afternoon sessions (1:00 to 4:00) are "Customized Sewing/Fast & Easy" and "Machine Embroidery Made Easy." See Deb Noffsinger for more details or make contact directly to, 219-277-0450, or 219-264-7203

Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshewana. May 2-5, 2002. For more information and a reservation form, contact Elaine Frey or Carol Honderich, or visit this web site:

"Patches, Patterns and Palettes,"May 2002, Indiana State Museum, located in the White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis opens to the public. One of the opening exhibits, "Patches, Patterns and Palettes," features Amish quilts chosen from their permanent collection. On June 15, 2002, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the museum will be hosting the first of their monthly Family Discovery Days. June's theme celebrates quilting in Indiana, with music, storytelling, docent-led tours of the exhibit, and, of course, quilting activities and demonstrations.


Laura Kercher’s new address and phone:
24863 C.R. 30
Goshen, IN 46526
she doesn’t have e-mail for now


Carol received an e-mail from Khanyile.

"Hope you are doing well you ladies and thanks for the updated Newsletter online. I am doing perfectly well. I thought I should let you know about new developments. First, I have my Valentine story. I received some lovely flowers and some sexy lingerie from a guy out there who is falling for this gal. Who knows, you might be making a wedding Quilt and a baby one soon, keep those quilting needles sharp, hey!!.

" Some other developments now: I have been very privileged and awarded the Presidential scholarship to go and study in South Africa, one of our neighboring countries, umh!! I have to get packing again, and this will be at Fort Hare University for a Masters Degree in Human Resources, which will take me 2 to 3 years. Tomorrow we will be at the State house to meet the President as he bids us 'Farewell' and, we will be on National television, wow!! I won’t know the departure date until tomorrow.
I will keep the Quilting Spirit burning, and I have to see that those fat quarters find some space in my suitcases. On the Relief Sale Chicken Quilt, how big should be the background piece? Any color preferences or my choice? I will keep in touch. Say 'hi' to everyone."


Saw these on the Saturday morning sewing and quilting shows on WNIT last week….. The first was fusible batting that eliminates the need for hand basting or pin basting. The adhesive supposedly holds up as you work on the quilt but washes away with the first washing so as not to remain stiff.

The other product was fusible quilting templates to iron on the quilt top to guide you in stitching. It supposedly doesn’t shift as you sew over it, and it also washes away with the first washing. You can iron on smaller square sections or buy larger pieces to do the entire quilt. If you try these products let others know what you think about them.

Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues:

Maple Leaf Quilters On-Line newsletter Archive

Birthday Fat Quarter Club

Gathering 2002 Information

Dear Jane Rows of Sharing Project, July 2000

Carol Honderich, webmaster
UPDATED: 3/19/02