Maple Leaf Quilters Online

October 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

October Greetings

Hello Everyone —
I know everyone is busy this time of year. There are lots of fall festivals, bazaars and craft shows going on in our area. If you missed the September meeting, Marie had patterns for the September block of the month. It will be interesting to see the differences in blocks based on what fabrics you use. Your Seven Sisters blocks need to be completed by the November meeting. Janis has volunteered to collect gift-wrapped items for a sunshine box for Elaine as she recovers from her surgery.


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana
Next Meeting: October 25, 2004
Program: Edith Shanholt & Marie Troyer
Hostesses: Janis Nelson & Roberta Poscharscky
*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: 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

October 25th Meeting:
A note from Edith: "Marie and Edith will be teaching how to do Hand-Piecing with Easy Tear.
Please bring the following:

  • needle
  • thread (neutral color)
  • thimble
  • ruler (6" is long enough)
  • pins
  • scissors
  • muslin fabric (about a 9-10" square should be enough)
  • two coordinating fabrics (about a 9" square of each)
    Marie and Edith will provide the rest of the materials we will use.

    MINUTES – MapleLeaf Quilters
    September 27, 2004, Waterford Mennonite Church

    Quilters present: Naomi, Janis, Phyllis, Willa, Fern, Sylva, Peggy, Beulah, Betty, Edith, Pat, Laura, Roberta, Jan, Marie, Becky
    LaVerda McGowen, Nora Elswick, Florence Makousky

    Jan opened the meeting at 6:40 PM.

    Quaker Haven Retreat Reminder - Discussed the upcoming retreat - $30 down payment will be due at the November meeting. At the retreat Edith will bring some baby quilts that will be set in frames to be tied or quilted for charity. The retreat dates are February 25, 26 & 27. We need at least 20 people signed up. The facility can comfortably accommodate up to 25 participants. Total cost of the retreat will be $70. More details will be available as we get closer to the event dates.

    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.

    At the October meeting Edith will head a nominating committee with Janis & Roberta for the upcoming elections for officers whose terms will start in January 2005. In May 2005, 1/2 of yearly dues will be due and then we will begin with full dues come January 2006.

    During Show-N-Tell the following quilters shared their Kitchen Quilt Challenge...

    Naomi — APPLE PIE center piece
    Sylva — CORNBREAD & BEANS wall hanging
    Betty — PINEAPPLE COOKIE toaster over cover
    Fern — APPLE DUMPLING casserole cover
    Peggy — CINNAMON ROLL hot pads
    Carol — VEGGIE SOUP & CRACKERS wall hanging
    Jan — GRAHAM CRACKER FLUFF wall hanging
    Marie — SNICKERDOODLES hot pads
    Elaine — ROCKY ROAD FUDGE BAR wall hanging
    Edith — SAUSAGE SANDWICH crock pot cover with hot pads
    Becky — RASBERRY MOUSSE wall hanging

    SEVEN SISTERS SQUARES: Quilters who brought in squares and/or were working on their squares this meeting: Beulah, Naomi, Pat, Peggy, Laura, Edith, Sylva.

    October Quilt Shows in the area are in Michigan City (Oct. 9-10), Bedford (Oct. 22-23), and Muncie (Oct. 2-24).


    Phyllis — Showed us her Thimbleberriest tablecloth

    Janis — AKA "The lady who works at Yoders" Made "Big Block" quilts for her grandmother who turns 100 years old this month and also for her mother. Showed us her "Dear Hannah" round robin quilt made out of 6" blocks using materials in beige colors. She also showed us her friend Aleta's wall hanging where she manipulated her 6" squares on her computer and made them all elongated diamond squares.

    Peggy — Showed her appliquéd wall hanging she made for her husband with his company's logo, a paper pieced deer wall hanging, and an autographed rail fence quilt she made for a friend.

    Laura — Showed us her origami purse on which she used wooden handles.

    Jan — Showed us the Pizza quilt that she and her grandson made together from an Ami Simms pattern. She also donated a book to our library entitled "Picking a Sewing Machine".

    Edith — Showed us a flannel baby quilt she made from scraps that Carol was throwing away!

    Willa — Showed us her "Whispering Pine" wall hanging that she used "Set-a-Color" method for background material. She learned this technique with her Florida quilt group. She also modeled a quilted short jacket that she made. She showed us her "Celtic Blue" quilt, all she has left to do is the appliquéd borders. She will be leaving for Florida this week and she showed us the two wall hangings that she made to put in her "shed" where she quilts with her friends. One showed herself and her four friends and the other one had "Resource Center" appliquéd on it.
    Submitted by Peggy Hochstetler

    Goals for coming year:
  • Increase treasury balance.
  • Charity quilts for Maple City Health Care Center (everyone is encouraged to donate at least one baby quilt per year. We discussed having a work day for this.)
  • 7 Sisters quilt will be for 2005 Mennonite Relief Sale.
  • Block of the Month (see following information).

    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. August, 2005 is still open for signing up to provide a block.

    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 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:


    Marie Troyer


    Fern Bontrager


    Becky Yoder


    Laura Kercher
    (to be given at the November meeting since we don't meet in December)


    Peggy Hochstetler


    Phyllis Windsor


    Carol Honderich


    Janis Nelson


    Fran Bunn


    Sue Stringfellow


    Jan Goppert


    Naomi Bontrager

    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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    updated 10/18/04