Maple Leaf Quilters Online

November 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hello Everyone

REMINDER - The November meeting will be our annual Thanksgiving Carry-In meal. We had a great meeting in October once we gained entrance to the building!! It was great having Elaine back among us. Several other members were absent due to illness. Some have left for Florida also. Be sure to gather up all your Show N Tell to share at the November meeting.



Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana

MLQ Officers:
Chair: Jan Goppert, 831-4236
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Beulah Sample, 642-4027
Librarian: Becky Yoder, 825-9344
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915
*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: November 22, 2004
Program: Annual Thanksgiving Carry-In Supper & Show N Tell
Hostesses: Sylva Keenan & Beulah Sample

This will be our annual Thanksgiving Carry-In Supper. Please sign up to bring a Salad/Veggie Tray, a Main Dish or a Dessert. If you missed the October meeting, Sylva has the sign up sheet for food items. You can contact her via email to sign up at:

MINUTES – MapleLeaf Quilters, October 25, 2004, Waterford Mennonite Church
Quilters present: Phyllis, Fern, Sylva, Edith, Pat, Laura, Roberta, Marie, Becky, Carol, Elaine, Sue and GUEST: Florence Makousky

Carol opened the meeting in Jan’s absence. Roberta provided refreshments along with cider that Janis had sent. While Roberta was setting up refreshments, Edith and Marie handed out a "Quilter’s Quiz" that we worked on while enjoying our refreshments. Carol began the meeting asking for introductions and Show-N-Tell.

Florence – Showed her September Challenge Block.
Laura – Showed her September Challenge Block.
Becky – Showed her September Challenge Block which she had reduced to an 8" block,
she also showed an appliqué block of "spider-web" fabric.
Fern – Showed her September Challenge Block along with a wall hanging that she
entered in Keepsake Quilting’s Halloween Fabrics Challenge – she didn’t win,
but enjoyed the project which was a Haunted House. She also was given a panel
of the four quilt stamps issued at Nappanee in 2001 which she offered for
auction. Becky bought them for $2.00 which will go in the guild’s treasury.
Sylva -- Showed her September Challenge Block and one completed Seven Sisters block.
Phyllis – Showed her September Challenge Block.
Carol – Showed her September Challenge Block along with her completed Bermuda
Triangle quilt top which will be quilted by her Amish family relatives and a swap
sampler made of houses using plaid fabrics. All were very attractive.
Elaine – No Show N Tell as she has been limited in what she could do -- BUT she has
worked on 17-18 Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks, borders for two
different quilts, sewed down bindings on two of Brenda’s quilts and read 6 or 7
books. She also received several Sunshine Box gifts during the evening.
Sue – Working on her Seven Sisters block. She also had instructions for the mystery
quilt for the February Retreat that she wanted someone to read and make sure
they were understandable.
Pat – Showed her September Challenge Block.
Roberta – Showed her September Challenge Block.
Marie – She brought a quilt top that her daughter’s friend is making with Marie’s help.
It was very attractive.
Edith – No Show N Tell.

Edith went thru the answers to the questions on the quiz so we could check our responses. Becky, Roberta and Elaine each had 21 correct out of the 23 questions.

- Carol reminded everyone planning to attend the February Retreat that they will need to pay $30 toward their Retreat Reservation at the November meeting.

At our October meeting Edith agreed to head a nominating committee along with Janis & Roberta for the upcoming election of officers whose terms will start in January 2005. In May 2005, 1/2 of the yearly dues will be collected and then we will begin paying a full year of dues in January 2006 on a yearly basis thereafter. Edith presented the following slate of officers and a vote will be taken at the November meeting.

Chair: Jan Goppert (we are doing away with co-chair and asking everyone to cooperate in helping the chair)
Secretary: Peggy Hochstetler
Treasurer: Janis Nelson
Historian/Librarian: Becky Yoder
Web Editor: Carol Honderich
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan

Everyone acknowledged Edith, Janis & Roberta for their committee’s work on the slate of officers and Jan’s serving as chair. We applauded Roberta’s time serving as historian.
A sheet was passed around for everyone to sign up for food items for the November meeting.
Carol returned our Kitchen Challenge items. She and Edith have photographed them and will assemble them in a booklet which will be available for the cost of making the copies.
**We were reminded to bring an item to the November meeting for one of the local Food Pantries making collections. (Canned goods, cereals, pastas, peanut butter, paper products, etc.)**

Fern handed out patterns for the November Challenge Block. She plans to send one to those members not present.

Marie and Edith began their program on teaching us how to do Hand-Piecing with Easy Tear. They handed out two different patterns we could work with along with a sheet of Easy Tear they provided. Just about everyone felt challenged in doing this project. We were shown how to mark the Easy Tear, allowing for seam allowances and then how to assemble in the proper sequence. This was very different from the paper piecing we had just done on our Challenge Blocks.

Submitted by Sylva Keenan

Fundraisers: We will continue to offer the Fons & Porter Magazine subscriptions for $20. $10 goes to the magazine company and $10 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:

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:


Block of the Month
(click for link to pattern)

September Marie Troyer Wheel of Time
October Fern Bontrager Castle Wall
November Becky Yoder  
December Laura Kercher  
January Peggy Hochstetler  
February Phyllis Windsor  
March Carol Honderich  
April Janis Nelson  
May OPEN  
June Sue Stringfellow  
July Edith Shanholt  
August Naomi Bontrager  

Maple Leaf Quilters Name Tag - Want to make a paper-pieced name tag to wear to our meetings? Here's a link to the Name Tag Pattern. Need instructions for paper piecing? Try this link:

Upcoming Quilt Events:

National Quilting Day 2005, April 9, 2005. Mark your calendar for National Quilting Day 2005 with The Friends of The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, featuring guest speaker Billie Lauder. The day will include a lecture from Billie, lunch, show and tell, door prizes and more! For complete details and registration form, send SASE to FQHF, 7897 S. 800 W., Swayzee, IN, 46986.

Sew Fun Cruise scheduled for May 8-15, 2005, see website for more information. Janome America will be providing the sewing machines on the cruise.

Recommended Quilting Web Site:
WEB LINKS TO CHECK OUT! Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues.

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