Maple Leaf Quilters Online

May 2003

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

Springtime Transitions

For many months I have had the pleasure of working with Deb to get our newsletter online. She did a fantastic job of gathering news, formatting it, writing a nice introductory piece and passing it all on to me a very efficient manner. It has been a pleasure to work with her. We all owe her much for getting this newsletter onto a more timely track than it has ever been before.

April was Deb's last month as editor, and beginning next month, Sylva has agreed to take over the editing responsibilities. This month I am the transition editor -- the interim editor -- the temp! I am the "basting threads" on your newsletter "quilt" -- there long enough to hold it together until the real quilting thread comes along.

How do you make the transition in seasons in regard to your quilting? Do you look for warm weather projects, or do you just pack away the quilts until next fall? How do you make time for quilting now that the weather is getting warmer and offers many more opportunities for working and being outside? Share your thoughts with us.

Happy quilting,

Please call news items to Sylva at 642-4570.


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, 533-3706
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Donna Stoltzfus, 831-4098

Monday, May 12, 2003, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.

Monday, May 19, 2003, 6:30 pm. Quilt artist and dyer Cathy Arnett will present a program on color.  She will include a demonstration of Jinny Beyer's shading method of color.  Cathy vends her hand dyes at regional shows and will have a sale table set up.  Cathy has visited our guild with Connie twice, so you may have met her there. Two of Cathy's quilts can be seen on Connie's husband's web page at

Hostesses are Betty Geyer and Deb Noffsinger.
Please be aware that this is the THIRD MONDAY in May, because the FOURTH Monday is Memorial Day.

CO-CHAIR MESSAGE: Officers needed for the new year, seeking cheerful volunteers, or else we will start beating you up.

Here are the opportunities (two positions have been filled):
Chair person
(1 or 2 people) – Responsibilities include setting business agenda and facilitating monthly meeting and anything else you want to do.
Secretary – Taking minutes at monthly meetings and sending them to the Newsletter Editor; any other correspondence, cards or thank-yous that need to be sent.
Treasurer – Receiving and dispersing guild funds; maintaining a current record of expenses and receipts for the guild; keeping a current guild membership roster; and reporting current financial status at monthly meetings.
Librarian – Maintains a current list of books and patterns in our library; maintains a list of checked out books and investigates missing/lost items; receives new items for the library; and makes the book cart available to members at the monthly meetings.
Newsletter Editor, Sylva Keenan – Receives items for newsletter, formats text, writes articles for newsletter; provides information to web master for on-line version.
Web Master, Carol Honderich
Formats the on-line version of the newsletter; informs members of web site updates.


Linda Worland's Paper Panache web site is one of my favorite internet quilt pattern sites. Her site currently features a wonderful Easter pattern, highlighting the real meaning of Easter, "No Chocolate Bunny." It is like nothing you've seen before. Check it out:

To celebrate Springtime Linda has offered our guild a free butterfly paper piecing pattern with instructions and tips. I will have a prize for the anyone who brings a finished butterfly to the May 19 meeting.

Click here to download the PDF file of the Butterfly Pattern and the Butterfly Instructions or call me (Carol - 533-1915) and I'll send you a printed copy.


May 10, 2003, 12-5 PM. Open House/Shearing Day at Turkey Creek Alpacas. Liz has invited fiber artists and quilters to display their crafts.
Liz and Lee Clark, Turkey Creek Alpacas, Milford, Indiana.

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.

August 8 - 10, 2003. World Quilt & Textile: On Tour
World Quilt Show - Great Lakes, Lansing, Michigan. For more information:

September 18 - 21, 2003. Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. For more information:


April 28, 2003
Maple Leaf Quilters Guild Meeting
Waterford Mennonite Church

MLQ Guild hosted a Show-n-tell Tea for various quilt clubs in the
surrounding area. There were 64 women in attendance, ranging in ages from 11
years to 82 years! There were women from the Heartland Quilters of Elkhart,
New Paris Quilters, Lakeland/North Webster Quilters and the Stripper Rippers
of New Paris.

A big thank you to our wonderful MLQ members who donated a doorprize or
brought scrumptious cookies and teas for our guests! We started out the
evening mingling with the guests while we all enjoyed the treats.

Connie and Fran opened the meeting with a brief history of our guild and then
the other guilds did the same. Fran gave a brief history of how some of the
guild members got started with their Dear Jane obsession! Along the far
wall members had pinned up their Dear Jane wallhangings and quilts and the
presentation was impressive!

Next we began the show-n-tell by having the women introduce themselves
and show us their handiwork. There were a multitude of crafts, from doll
clothes, dried flowers in frames, quilts, purses, wallhangings, pillows,
clothing, finished and unfinished projects, funny stories, etc. etc.

Through out the evening Nancy repeatedly called out names for fabulous
door prizes! Thanks to the following for bringing a prize:
Becky, Jan G. Elaine, Fran, Marie, Edith, Roberta, Donna, Sue, Janis, Carol,
Sylva, Beulah, Connie, Peggy, Nancy, Meredith's Sewing Center and Goshen

Minutes by Peggy Hochstetler

Recommended Quilting Web Site:

If you enjoyed the MLQ's Dear Jane quilts at the Show and Tell Tea at the April meeting -- you can now see those quilts, and MORE, on-line at WebShots. Here is the link:


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 05/05/03