Maple Leaf Quilters Online

November 2003

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hello Everyone
The holidays are just around the corner and it will be a busy time for everyone. If you weren’t at the October meeting, you missed a fun evening making the carpet bags under Peggy’s directions. Remember this month is our annual Thanksgiving potluck supper on Nov. 24th at 6:30. Everyone is to bring a favorite dish to share along with your own table service. So far the following people signed up to bring salad/appetizers: Jan Goppert, Marie Troyer, Janet Kercher and Phyllis Windsor. Main dishes: Roberta, Beulah, Sylva, Pat, Edith and Betty. Desserts: Naomi, Becky, Sue, Laura and Peggy. If you were not there to sign up, pick one of the areas and bring a dish in that category. After our meal, we will have a time of Show and Tell, so bring all those projects you have (finished and in progress) to share with the group. We also expect to have some guests for the evening.
Several members of the guild attended the “Dear Jane Retreat” in Shipshewana from Nov. 6-9 and had an enjoyable time working on many projects, renewing acquaintances and shopping!!! The next retreat is scheduled for May 6-9, 2004. The Farmstead Inn hopes to have their new addition finished by May.
Carol said several people are interested in doing “Round Robbins” or a “Mystery Quilt” after the holidays, so put your thinking caps on and gather your ideas in anticipation of this.
Those who attended the 2003 Gathering have received information from the Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild in Ft. Wayne about the 2004 Gathering. The program is entitled “Color Your World with Quilts.” They are suggesting that we submit our reservations as a guild. The deadline for doing this as a guild would be our January meeting as the reservations need to be in by February 13th. They also have a commemorative cookbook and pin available. Reservations are $15, includes lunch, cookbooks are $7.25 and pins are $5.00 in advance. We are suggesting that everyone provide a SASE to be sent in with the reservations so that you will receive your badge and whatever you order directly. I will have my letter at the meeting if you did not receive one so you can see all the various things that you can participate in.


Willa sent the following to some of us and I thought I would share with everyone.

Dear Girls:
We left Shipshewana on Wed. Oct. 15 and headed south. Stayed in KY the first night and arrived in Charlotte, NC Thursday night. Don't want to hurt your feelings, but it was good to be back in civilization again. Bill and I worked on Wendy's house for two weeks and he left here Sat. for Florida. Took three days to get there. I will stay here until Christmas. So I am cleaning closets, drawers, etc. Wendy has some sewing and mending she wants done. I am sure I will keep busy.
The Heartland Quilt club is looking for a place to have a weekend retreat. I picked up a brochure for Stroh House and the John Flynn classes before I left. Can anyone tell me about this place at Big Turkey Lake, LaGrange, IN? Do they do these workshops often? and is it a B&B? I mentioned it to one of the girls on the committee and she said John who? She must live in a box.
The stencils have not reappeared. No body knows anything about them. I guess I must have th rowed them in the trash somewhere. I hate that when the brain goes on vacation and forgets to take me along.
We are having beautiful weather down here. High 70's and low 80's. It does get cool when the sun goes down. I better go check on the grandkids.
Take care, and thank you for putting up with me this summer. I am sorry for the workshop. It was not the quality of class I had planned. I was totally deflated after loosing the stencils.


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

Next Meeting: November 24, 2003 – Annual Thanksgiving Carry-in and Show and Tell

*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:
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Donna Stoltzfus, 831-4098
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570


November 1-2, 2003. Berrien Springs, Michigan -- “Thanks for the Memories” presented by the Berrien Towne & Country Quilters at the Bloomland Learning Center, 711 St. Joseph St. For more information contact Linda Stanner,, or Cindy Bogner,

November 6-9, 2003. Shipshewana, Indiana -- “Dear Jane Retreat” at the Farmstead in Shipshewana. For information and registration contact Elaine Frey at

I am one of the publishers of Sew What Works, a quarterly quilters' review. Our non-profit organization is sponsoring a quilt retreat in February 2004 and we would like to provide your guild members with information and the opportunity to register. You can see more details about the retreat and our publication on the website listed below. If you feel your guild members would be interested, please let me know how many registration brochures you would like us to send you, and where we should send them. The brochures should be available in early September. Thanks, Susan Churchill Madson, Features Editor


October 27 , 2003
Maple Leaf Quilters Guild Meeting
Waterford Mennonite Church – 6:30 P.M.

Quilters present
: Sylva, Peggy, Pat, Phyllis, Roberta, Jan, Becky, Edith, Marie, Sue, Janet, Laura, Janis, Danice, Beulah, and Betty

Minutes not available at this time.


Recommended Quilting Web Site:

I’ve had suggestions for web sites that might be of interest, so check them out and see what you think. I will then add them to the ones that we already have. If you have any favorites or know of other events scheduled in the area, please let me know.

Sue Stringfellow shared the following, “Just had an idea about something that we could possibly do for the newsletters- people could suggest some of their favorite quilt related websites that the rest of us may not know about- whether it be a place to find unusual fabrics or a "tip" site. My suggestion for one would be The Quilter's Cache at This site has a lot of tips, quilt squares to download for people like me who don't have Electric Quilt and even some quilt labels to print. I still haven't explored all that this site offers!”

Does this sound like a good idea? I know some members don't have ready access to a computer and maybe this would make them feel "left out?"

This site came from our Sew What meeting: APPLIQUE INFORMATION --

This came from Carol Honderich and is about a quilt show next summer in Cincinnati:
Carol also thought several might be interested in the Sauder’s Quilt Festival in April. Elaine provided the following 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 2003-2004

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 11/01/03