Maple Leaf Quilters Online

October 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

Where’s Those Tips? Thanks to Liz and Carol for sending me sewing and quilting tips. I think they gave great descriptions. Here they are:

From Carol, tips on storage and applique… Wal-Mart carries a clear plastic MatchBox car carrying case that makes a wonderful thread box. Actually it is such a good idea that quilt notion companies are now marketing the SAME box to quilt shops. If you buy it at the quilt shop expect to pay $16. If you go to Wal-Mart the price is $4.97. The box is the softer plastic that wears well and doesn't crack easily. It is about 12" x 16" with a carrying handle. It opens from two different sides -- so I keep all my regular sewing spools on one side, and all the specialty and quilting thread spools on the other side. Each little compartment is large enough for one big spool, or for 2 or 3 small spools. I love it. It keeps my thread clean, untangled, easy to see and contained. It is easy to take with me and is large enough to hold lots of thread spools.
The second tip is: If you are doing freezer paper applique, consider using a pinking shears to cut out the fabric pieces after the freezer paper is ironed on. Using the pinking shears and trimming the pieces to have about 1/8" seam allowance will eliminate most of the clipping you may need to do on curves and lessens the bulk of the seam allowance you are turning under.

From Liz… I found a great way to pick up needles dropped on the floor– my foot!

From Deb... And I’ll give one more to round things out…
To keep your beloved family members from using your precious sewing shears for cutting paper (or wire or sandpaper or…) tie a strip of brightly colored fabric around one of the finger holes. Consider a bright red strip, and tell everybody that red means STOP!

Happy quilting,

Please send news items to Deb, 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 Stotzfus, 831-4098

Monday, October 14, 2002, 7 PM. Sew What at Edith’s.*

Monday, October 28, 2002, 6:15 pm (Please note time change.) Janis and Paula have arranged for Rebecca Haarer to give us a program on Amish Traditional Quilts. We will meet at Ora and Mary Miller’s home. Before the program be ready for a large dinner. The fee is $18.00 per person. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Please be there by 6:15pm. Program will start at 7:30pm.
Contact Janis Nelson or Paula Newman to see if we still have openings . Checks are to be payable to Rebecca Haarer. We have a limit of 30 ladies.
DIRECTIONS: The Millers live about 1 mile south of the old Honeyville store. There is a sign in front of the Millers that reads "O & M Banquets." Maps are available from Janis Nelson. Call her if you have questions.

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.


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. Details available soon. Do you have any suggestions for a workshop or group sew-along?

Connie Ozinga, 875-4730

Nancy Smith, 293-3846 (PLEASE NOTE: this is a new e-mail address for Nancy).

October 18 and 19, 2002. A Harvest of Quilts Sponsored By: Quarry Quilters of Bedford, IN Stonehenge Lodge Hwy. 37 South. Show Times: 10:00 am until 6:00 PM. Admission Cost: $3.00
This show will feature quilts, guild 2001 and 2002 challenge displays, Keepsake Quilting Trunk Show, Vendors, doorprizes and more . For more Information: Sherrye Livingston, 8 Saddler Court, Bedford, IN.

October 19 (10-5) and October 20 (11-4), 2002. “Celebrating A Decade of Quilting” by the Needle and Threads Quilter’s Guild at the Fernwood Park Fieldhouse, 10438 So. Wallace, Chicago, IL.

October 26, 27, & 28, 2002. Callithumpian Quilt Show, Decatur, IN. Sponsored By: Creative Quilters Quild Riverside Center, East Monroe Street. Show Times: Sat., 7 a.m. - noon, Sun., noon - 5 p.m., Mon, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission Cost: not set yet - probably $1.00 . This is a brand new show and is being held in conjunction with the annual Callithumpian Week in Decatur. There will be a raffle quilt with tickets available at the show. For more Information: Nola Rains, 8440 N. Piqua Rd., Decatur, IN 46733. E-mail:

November 2-3, 2002. “Rhapsondy of Quilts” by the Berrien Town and Country Quilt Club
at the Pricilla Byrnes Heritage Center, 708 Market Street (corner of Main and Market) in St. Joseph, MI. This is the quilt guild that Holly of Loving Stitches belongs to.

Monday, September 23, 2002
Jeanette’s Fabric Boutique, Wakarusa, IN

PRESENT: Elaine Frey, Betty Geyer, Jan Goppert, Fran Hathaway, Peggy Hochstetler, Slyva Keenan, Janet Kercher, Janis Nelson, Paula Newman, Connie Ozinga, Roberta Poscharscky, Beulah Sample, Edith Shanholt, Pat Stahly, Sue Stringfellow, Marie Troyer, Phyllis Windsor, Naomi Bontrager

1. Connie called the meeting to order.
2. THE FUNKY CHICKEN IS DONE!!! Edith showed the finished quilt, all ready for the Mennonite Relief Sale this coming weekend. (NOTE: The quilt brought $950. at the auction!)
3. Janis continued to collect money for the October meeting in Honeyville. She said not to eat all day and be there by 6:15!!!! There are still a few openings left for any friends that may want to come along!
4. Thanksgiving diner will be the Monday after Thanksgiving. We will again have a sign up sheet for the food and everyone is to bring their own drinks and dinnerware.
5. Nancy Smith will be bringing sign up form and taking a $25 deposit for the February retreat. More info coming next month.
6. Connie received a nice thank you card from Professor Ervin Beck for the contribution the club made in his name.



... the book "Roly Poly Circus" This is the 1998 spiral bound version of Ruby Short McKim's circus animal designs. I'm interested in borrowing someone's book or buying a used copy.
Carol Honderich, 534-1915

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 10/15/02