Maple Leaf Quilters Online

November 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

Too Sick To Quilt? I hope the rest of you have been healthier than I have this fall. I’ve been sick twice already. I won’t give you the details. Suffice it to say this Type A, first-born, overachiever finally had to relent and the rest of the family handle things around here. I don’t think I have ever had such a bad cough (even prescription cough meds didn’t handle it). As I was lounging around blowing my nose with the wastebasket nearby, I kept thinking of all the time I was burning up that I wasn’t using to quilt or knit. Oh, yeah, I didn’t even knit socks this time around the death bed. Now that’s sick! At some point I upgraded my status from critical to “going to live” and recovered some long lost energy. I was well enough to move around a little but not ready to tackle a big project. My question is, what crafting can you get done in those pseudo-sick moments? Do any of you have ideas to share with the rest of us? I know the cold and flu season is just beginning and maybe others can use some inspiration. Do you just look through magazines and books to get ideas or maybe have a small lap project that you can work on? Get your ideas to me, and I’ll post them in a future newsletter.

There won’t be a newsletter in December. Please bring your announcements to the November meeting. Carol and I will try to post an e-mail to everyone with any information that needs to get around.

I’m sorry to tell you that I’ve asked Carol to remove my e-mail address from the newsletter. I have been getting porno stuff. Feel free to send me an e-mail from your private list, but don’t give it to others without my permission. You can also leave a detailed message on my answering machine or use good old snail mail. (Note from Carol: Since many of us are having the same problem with junk e-mail, I have decided not to publish any of our guild member's personal e-mail addresses in this newsletter. Like Deb said, you may use your member roster to get that information).

Happy quilting,

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, November 11, 2002, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.*

Monday, November 25, 2002, 6:30 pm. Annual Thanksgiving Carry-In Meal. Everyone bring a dish to share.

No Meeting in December. Everyone finish your holiday projects and enjoy time with family.

Monday, January 13, 2003, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith's.

Monday, January 27, 2003, 6:30 pm.
Program by Donna Stoltzfus and Roberta Poscharscky. Find out the topic at the November meeting.

We need to fill up our program sheet for the monthly programs. The months of February, March, and April 2003 are still open. Do you have an idea? Please let Connie and Fran know, and then pass the information on to Deb or Carol.


Retreat plans underway! Please mark your calendars!
Feb 28, March 1, & 2, 2003 at Amigo Center, Sturgis, Michigan. Plan to join your fellow quilters at a country quilt retreat weekend.
Registration forms are available from Nancy. You need to pay a $25 deposit. Do you have any suggestions for a workshop or group sew-along?
Connie Ozinga, 875-4730
Nancy Smith, 293-3846

November 30th, Saturday, 11 AM - 4 PM. The Cancer Treatment Center's "Marian Hoogenboom Care House" Open House. 1804 Mayflower Place, Goshen, IN. Everyone from the guild has a special invitation since we have made a quilt for the Care House. The quilt will be officially presented to the Care Board on Monday, November 18. The presentation will be made by Maple Leaf Quilters' representatives including Liz Martin Clark and Nancy Smith.

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 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:


Monday, October 28th, 2002
O & M Banquets

Present: Naomi Bontrager, Elaine Frey & friends, Betty Geyer & friend Jan Goppert & friend, Fran Hathaway, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Sylva Keenan, Janet Kercher, Janis Nelson, Paula Newman, Connie Jo Ozinga, Robert Poscharscky, Beulah Sample, Edith Shanholt, Nancy Smith, Pat Stahly, Sue Stringfellow, Marie Troyer, Phyllis Windsor, Trish, and many fellow quilters from area quilt guilds.

Connie called the meeting to order. Nancy Smith handed out reservation slips for the February retreat at the Amigo Center in Sturgis, Michigan. $25 will reserve you a bed for the weekend!
Nancy also took names for a one day bus trip to Rosemont, Illinois for a Chicago Quilt show in April. Contact Nancy for more information regarding this trip.

DINNER: Janis introduced Ora & Mary Miller who then proceeded to serve us dinner family style after Ora said the Lord's Prayer in German.

Dinner included the following: fresh baked wheat bread & cinnamon bread, Amish peanut butter, apple butter, orange tapioca pudding, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, chicken'n'noodles, green beans, pecan pie, apple pie, peanut butter pie and pumpkin custard pie.
After dinner was over we were let in on some of Mary's "secrets" in the kitchen! One was how she shredded her apples using a grinder. She made her broccoli salad using her hand held "salsa maker". And the best was her mash potato beater. Ora had attached his battery powered drill to the handle of the rotary beater and voila, it powered itself!! The batteries were solar generated.

Janis Nelson introduced Rebecca Haarer who then gave us a lecture and quilt presentation called "Amish Traditional Quilts. She talked at length regarding the history of the quilts in the area and how they came to be. She also showed some of her favorites from her personal quilt collection.

Minutes by Peggy Hochstetler

Recommended Quilting Web Site:

From Edith: My son Jeff was here from Montana for a few days and he gave me a web site to check out. He has learned to know a woman (also on the Montana Planning Board and a few other connections), and he found out that her mother, Sue Olsen, is a quilt designer. I checked the web site out and was rather intrigued with the technique she uses.

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 11/12/02