Maple Leaf Quilters Online

October 2000

Newsletter

Goshen, Indiana

Michiana Relief Sale Quilt. The Maple Leaf Quilters' contribution to the Michiana Relief Sale Quilt Auction netted $650 for Mennonite Central Committee World Relief activities. Thanks to all the MLQers who contributed hours of piecing and quilting to finish the Scrappy Nine Patch quilt with an appliqued vine border.

"Dye-namic Hand Dyes" Color Blocks Kit Available. MLQer Fran Hathaway has put together a pattern and fabric kit for this fun little quilt. The kit combines 3" strips of Fran's wonderful hand-dyed fabrics - one strip each of 18 different colors - with an easy-to-make pattern. Colors vary from kit to kit (border fabric is not included but is available from Fran).

This is a great one-day project, one day because once you start it you'll find it difficult to stop once you get started, "like eating one potato chip!" The kit is $20.


THANK YOU ELAINE, JANIS, AND EDITH! Middlebury Amish Harvest Festival, October 5, 6 & 7.
These MLQers made up the committee planning our participation in this annual local event held on the Essenhaus grounds. In spite of rain, wind and snow, the Maple Leaf Quilters were on site and available to demontrate various quilting technics and tools. We also provided hands-on opportunities for visitors to the festival to make their own quilt block. The display included a small quilt show, and examples of sewing machines from old to new including a treadle machine, Singer Featherweight, and an electronic embroidery machine.

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UPCOMING MLQ EVENTS

REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE

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

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:
    Chair person: Nancy Smith, 293-3846 or e-mail Aztech.@prodigy.net
    Secretary: Marie Troyer, 294-7787 or e-mail Rtmarble@aol.com
    Treasurer: Liz Martin Clark, 535-2834 (work) or e-mail lmartin@goshenhealth.com

Monday, October 23, 6:30 PM. Guild Guest Night.
Maple Leaf Quilters will host a Coffee/Show & Tell Evening for area quilt guilds, including groups from New Paris, Syracuse, Elkhart and North Webster. Each MLQer is asked to bring a small plate of cookies. We will also be serving coffee and punch.
If you wish, you may also bring something quilt-related to donate as a doorprize for the evening.

Saturday, November 11, 11:00 AM. Sewing Workshop for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Quilt. At Goshen General Hospital, Pebble Auditorium. Bring a sewing machine. We will be sewing the quilt top together.

Monday, November 13, 7:00 PM. Sew What/Business Meeting.

Monday, November 27, 6:30 PM. Annual Thanksgiving Carry-In Dinner and Challenge Night.
Our Fall Challenge (Something Fall and Winter) quilts will be displayed. Bring a dish to share. Guests are welcome!

December - No Meeting. Happy Holidays!

Monday, January 8, 7:00 PM. Sew What/Business Meeting.

Monday, January 22, 6:30 PM. To be announced.

February, 2001. EQ4 Seminar. Date/location to be announced.
Are you are interested in learning more about the quilt design software program, Electric Quilt 4.0? This seminar is an opportunity to learn more about EQ4, learn some pointers, familiarize yourself with the capabitilities of the program. If you wish to attend, please contact Nancy Smith, at 293-3846 or e-mail Aztech.@prodigy.net.

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MLQ FALL CHALLENGE. This Fall's quilt challenge is "Fall and Winter." There are no size or construction restraints - anything goes - just represent Fall and Winter in a quilt. The finished pieces will be displayed at our November meeting. Just a "heads up" on this challenge so you can be planning -- next Spring's challenge will be "Spring and Summer." Contact Nancy Smith if you have questions.

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OTHER QUILTING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

November 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2000. Dear Jane Retreat, Farmstead Inn, Shipshewana. Join Dear Jane quilters coming from all over the US and beyond for this semi-annual retreat. The Spring 2001 retreat dates are the first weekend in May.

March 1 - 3, 2001. 10th Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington Convention Center, 302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN. For more information, www.ihqs-quiltshow.org. This is a major quilt event in Indiana, featuring nationally known award-winning teachers.

March 17, 2001, 8:30 - 4:00 PM. Gathering of Quilters 2001, hosted by Creative Threaders, to be held at Cordier Auditorium, Manchester College, North Manchester, IN. Speaker: Beth Ferrier, Designer and Lecturer. Ticket information is available from Lana Dowell, P.O. Box 480, North Webster, IN 46555, phone 219-834-4811. As in the past, Maple Leaf Quilters will plan to send in a group registration. We will collect information on who is planning to participate. Cost is $12. and includes lunch if you pre-register.

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BIRTHDAY FAT QUARTER CLUB.  

Imagine -- It's your birthday and you've just been presented with an armful of fabric fat quarters in all your favorite quilt fabrics and colors! Hey, join the Birthday Fat Quarter club and it will happen.

From July, 2000-June, 2001 we encourage you to join the Maple Leaf Quilters Birthday Fat Quarter Club. Here's how it works: When you sign up you are committing yourself to provide a birthday card and fat quarter of fabric (approx. size: 18" x 20-22") in the color and/or theme chosen by that particular month's Birthday Gals. We will use the regular 4th Monday evening meeting as the time to present the cards and fabrics to the participants. Fabric themes you might choose for yourself could be: "purples" or "cat fabric" or "batiks" or "Thimbleberry fabrics," -- anything you like and want to collect. When purchasing your gift fabric, please buy good quality 100% cotton quilting fabrics. You can use fabric from your stash if it fits the theme/color being requested. Finding the perfect fabric and birthday card for each of the other members will be lots of fun. If you sign up late you will be responsible to make up the gals who have already celebrated their birthdays.      -- Carol Honderich

Birthday Club Members

MONTH

MEMBER

BIRTH DATE

FABRIC DESCRIPTION

JULY

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AUGUST

Nancy

8/16

Batiks

SEPTEMBER

Connie

9/3

Hand dyed and batiks

OCTOBER

Edith

10/25

Homespun fabrics

NOVEMBER

Janis

11/06

Batiks

Betty

11/27

Bug fabric

DECEMBER

Roberta

12/4

Hand dyed greens

 
Liz
12/5
Polka-Dot fabrics

JANUARY

Marie

1/11

30's Fabrics

FEBRUARY

Phyllis

2/13

Batiks

Becky

2/16

undecided

MARCH

Paula

3/12

undecided

Carol

3/27

Vegetable fabrics

Beulah

3/30

Pinks and purples

APRIL

Sylva

4/6

Green floral prints

MAY
Patty
5/6
Hand dyed, Civil War colors

 

Fran

5/8

Fabric with stripes, dots or spots

 

Elaine

5/29

undecided

JUNE

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FAVORITE ONLINE QUILT LINKS. In each edition of this newsletter I've been featuring an favorite quilt site on the internet. This month I have two more. The first site will lead you to over 200 fabric shops on line, and give you a chance to win some big prizes if you "pop" into each site. Read on:

 
Fabric Shop Hop. Register now for the shopping trip that takes you across North America in your PJ's. Join our Second FabShop Hop! Visit over 200+ of your favorite on-line independent quilt and fabric shops and become eligible to win prizes worth over $15,000! We will award three Grand Prizes -- a Bernina Serger, an Elna Sewing Machine, and a Brother Sewing Machine. (No purchase is necessary.)

The FabShop Hop2 Bunny will guide you from store to store, and when you get there, find another bunny hidden somewhere on the site. Click on the bunny, sign in to show you've been there and continue on your journey. Sign up today at www.fabshophop.com to join FabShop Hop2 for October 1-31. For more information on the October FabShop Hop2, contact Laurie Harsh, The Fabric Shop Network, P.O. Box 4128, Vancouver, WA 98662, (360) 892-6500, fax (360) 892-6700, e-mail fabshophop@aol.com or visit the web site at www.fabshophop.com.

Additional Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues:

Maple Leaf Quilters On-Line Archive:
January 2000

March 2000

May 2000

July 2000

Carol Honderich, Editor
Last updated October 11, 2000