Maple Leaf Quilters Online

May 2005

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

For those of you who haven’t attended our Sew What Night’s at Edith’s, I thought you might like to know that on April 11th we had 13 ladies present including 3 guests – Barb Disney, Debbie Kelly and Claire Oleson. We also had a good turnout for our April Tea and enjoyed an evening of refreshments along with many Show & Tells.
If you are missing any of the BOM’s that have been handed out since September, please contact the person submitting the block pattern, or email me and I can either make a copy to bring to Guild or see if the person providing the pattern still has copies.
Congratulations to MLQuilters Rebecca Yoder and Carol Honderich who had quilts in recent shows. Rebecca won three second-place ribbons and one third-place ribbon with her quilts at the Sauder Quilt Festival in Archbold, Ohio, and Carol was a semifinalist at the Paducah, Kentucky American Quilt Society Show.


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana
Next Meeting: My 23, 2005
Program: Transferring Photos to Fabric
Hostess: Elaine and Peggy

*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: May 9 and June 13

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

MINUTES - April 25, 2005, Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
April Show-N-Tell Tea
The MLQ Guild invited five Quilt Guilds from the surrounding area to come to our monthly meeting for Show-N–Tell and refreshments. Each person was invited to share at least 2 items that they made.

Sixty- two women were present for the tea. They came from the following guilds:
North Webster Lakeland Quilt Club
New Paris Puzzle Quilters
Elkhart Heartland Quilters
Warsaw Sripper Rippers
Elkhart Pieceful Quilters
Maple Leaf Quilters

As each quilter came in, they were invited to write a name tag for themselves and to put their name into a basket for door prizes.

The Quilters all sat at tables which made it very easy to visit and eat their refreshments.

Refreshments were provided by the members of MLQ Guild. We had various cookies, bars, cheeses, crackers, finger sandwiches, teas, water, and coffee. Elaine provided matching table service and tablecloths.

Fern Bontrager provided the table favors which she bought and made herself! They were a folded fat quarter with a wheel of quilting tips tucked inside. Everyone enjoyed these tips!

The meeting room was decorated with 11 finished and unfinished “Buzz saw” quilts made by the MLQ Guild at the winter retreat at Quaker Haven. The quilts were pinned up on the walls and wall dividers. It gave the room a “ quilted ambiance”!

Elaine Frey opened the meeting with a brief hello and invited everyone to help themselves to refreshments before the Show-N-Tell began.

At 6:55 pm, the Show-N-Tell started, going table by table. In between tables, there were names drawn for the various door prizes. Each and every quilter received a door prize by the evening’s end. Thank you’s go to Lolly’s of Shipshewana for their large donation of fat quarters and CD fabric set. Also the members of MLQ Guild each brought door prizes themselves to be given away.

Two step stools were used to assist with showing items. This helped those in the back to see the quilts more easily. We had two guild members on the stools holding the quilts and two more members behind them folding the quilts afterwards. This made for a smooth process. As the quilts were being held up, the quilter introduced themselves and identified what guild they belonged to then explained a little something about the quilted item.

The evening ended at approximately 8:30 pm.
Submitted by Peggy Hochstetler
Work Projects Report:
Relief sale quilts- Elaine is working on the borders for the appliqué quilt.
Becky has the Seven Sisters quilt in her quilt frame and is working on it!

Charity: Becky, Elaine, Janis
Show '07: Carol, Edith
Publicity: Carol, Edith
'06 Retreat: Laura, Betty
Hospitality: Sue, Sylva
Mission/Purpose & Goals: Jan & Carol
All committees and their members were encouraged to meet via phone, Internet, luncheons, etc. to discuss their agendas and to report at the May meeting regarding their ideas, suggestions and/or preferences. We still need to set goals for the guild.

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 Bontrager and Peggy Hochstetler.

April 25

Show & Tell Tea

Jan and Everyone!

May 23

Photos to Fabric

Elaine & Peggy

June 27


Jan & Naomi

July 25



August 22


Fern & Betty

September 26



October 24


Pat & Phyllis

November 28

Thanksgiving Carry-In

Sylva & Beulah


No Meeting

No Meeting




4 - Laura Kercher
8 - Fran Bunn
16 - Sue Stringfellow
29 - Elaine Frey

25 - Donna Stoltzfus

REMINDERS (refer to your old newsletters)
All committees and their members were encouraged to meet via phone, Internet, luncheons, etc. to discuss their agendas and to report at the May meeting regarding their ideas, suggestions and/or preferences. We still need to set goals for the guild.

Discussion regarding treasury goals for 2005.
What is the planned budget and what do we need to do. Only thing planned would be a $$ cushion for the Show ’07. Other expenditures would be for charity quilt materials and program speakers.
Fundraisers: We will continue to offer the Fons & Porter Magazine subscriptions for $20.00, $10.00 goes to the magazine company and $10.00 will be given to our treasury. Also at each meeting anyone can bring in items to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the treasury.

Our Goals for the Guild:
· Increase treasury balance.
· Charity quilts for Maple City Health Care Center (everyone is encouraged to donate at least one baby quilt per year. We discussed having a work day for this.)
· Seven Sisters quilt will be for 2005 Mennonite Relief Sale. Your blocks should have been turned in to Becky already.
· Block of the Month (see following information).

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





Laura Kercher

Honey Bee


Peggy Hochstetler

Eight Pointed Star


Phyllis Windsor

Mexican Star


Carol Honderich

Grape Basket Block


Janis Nelson

Goose in the Pond (available soon)


Elaine Frey



Sue Stringfellow



Edith Shanholt



Naomi Bontrager


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