Maple Leaf Quilters Online

September 2003

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hello Everyone
As we head into fall, hopefully that will allow more time for sewing all those projects we have waiting to be done. Thanks to all those attending the August meeting. We had some interesting discussions on various subjects during the evening.
As many of you already know, Carol has gone thru evaluations since her fall in July and had neck fusion surgery on Tuesday, August 26th. We wish her the best along with a speedy recovery. While she is recovering, I will be sending out the newsletter for the next couple of months and would appreciate any input you might have during this time. Remember that we still have open positions for Co-chairs of the Guild that need to be filled along with Program and Hostess slots. I want to thank those who have volunteered for some of the open program and hostess slots.



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: September 22, 2003 – Scheduled program will be one demonstration and the opportunity to purchase fabric.
Fran has made arrangements for Jane Troxell, a weaver to be at the September meeting. Jane has numerous bolts of fabric for sale for $2 a yard, so bring your checkbook, money, etc. Willa Thiele will be doing a demonstration on coloring on fabric. Hostesses are Janet Kercher & Fran Hathaway. More details follow.

*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


September 6-7, 2003. A QUILTER’S HARVEST 2003
Marshall, MI – presented by the Cal-Co Quilt Guild at the Marshall Activities Center, 15325 West Michigan Ave. For more information, email:

September 12-13, 2003. “A DAY AT THE LAKE”
Winona Lake, IN – presented by Ann Fahl at the Rodeheaver Auditorium, Park Avenue, The Village at Winona. For more information go to:
or or email:

September 18 - 21, 2003. Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. For more information:

September 19-21, 2003. Highland, Michigan -- The American Sewing Expo/Art of the Quilt Show & Contest at the Novi Expo Center Drive. For more information or SASE to The American Sewing Expo, 1385 Clyde Road, Highland, MI 48357.

October 3-4, 2003. Streetsboro, Ohio -- Quilt Show presented by Streetsboro Methodist Church
, State Route 43 (south of St. Rd. 14). For more information SASE to Streetsboro Quilters Guild, 9536 Steffner Drive, Streetsboro, OH 44241

October 25-26, 2003. Lake Forest, Illinois -- Quilts from the Village VIII presented by the Village Quilters at the Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road. For more information email Lynn Malo

October 18-19, 2003. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan -- “A Cameo Appearance: Autumn Splendor”
presented by Cameo Quilters Guild at International Academy, 1020 East Square Lake Road. For more information or email

November 102, 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,

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


August 25, 2003
Maple Leaf Quilters Guild Meeting
Waterford Mennonite Church – 6:30 P.M.

Quilters present
: Elaine Frey, Naomi Bontrager, Pat Stahly, Phyllis Windsor, Willa Thiele, Janet Kercher, Nancy Nulf, Sue Stringfellow, Roberta Poscharscky, Betty Geyer, Beulah Sample, Becky Yoder, Sylva Keenan, and Jan Goppert.

Elaine began the meeting by telling about Carol’s ordeal in Michigan in July when she accidentally fell down some basement stairs during the middle of the night. After being taken to a local hospital ER, she was allowed to return to Goshen in a few days. She scheduled an appointment with a neurosurgeon. When she was finally examined, it was decided that she needed to have a neck fusion surgery. Please keep her in your prayers during her recovery time.
Elaine took care of the Tone-on-Tone fabric swap in Edith’s absence.

Show &Tell
(listed are members and guests who brought something for Show and Tell).

Elaine – she would be doing a demonstration later, but her favorite sewing gadget is the “Reverse Sewing Tool” better known as the seam ripper. She uses hers for many things including feeding fabric under the presser foot of her machine. No Show & Tell.
Becky – she brought the “Around the Block” book as her favorite sewing gadget because of the many choices it gives in making blocks. She also had a compass she uses for making circles, _ inch bias bar and her Omni grid ruler. No Show & Tell.
Naomi – Her favorite gadgets are her cutting boards and rotary cutters, but she didn’t bring them along. No Show & Tell.
Pat – Her favorite gadget is the Reverse Sewing Tool also. No Show & Tell.
Phyllis – Her favorite sewing gadgets are the Reverse Sewing Tool, rotary cutter and her Singer featherweight machine. No Show & Tell.
Willa – Her favorite sewing gadget is her finger. She uses it for finger pressing. She recently went to Lansing, MI to a festival and bought an ergonamic rotary cutter. She doesn’t like the blade that came with it and is going to get another blade – any brand is supposed to work in it. No Show & Tell.
Janet – Her favorite gadget is the Jean Thing-a-ma-jig. It is great for sewing over heavy seams such as those in jeans. No Show & Tell.
Sue – Her favorite gadget is a little ruler to make _ and _ inch square triangles. No Show & Tell.
Roberta – Her favorites are her sewing machine and rotary cutter. She brought Show & Tell – her Chinese Coin quilt in golds and a Butterfly Fan quilt in reds. Both were very attractive.
Nancy – Her favorite gadgets are the reverse sewing tool and needle threaders. She said she goes thru many needle threaders. No Show & Tell.
Betty – She has a seam ripper with a light on the end of it. Show & Tell - She brought along several paper pieced blocks that she was going to use for demonstration at the fair until John became so ill. Also had a knitted shawl that she is making for a shawl ministry at her church.
Beulah – Her favorite gadget is her point trimmer, which she also uses to join bindings together on the diagonal, she also uses sewing snips and her seam ripper. Show & Tell was a shower curtain she has made in burgundies.
Sylva - Had metal sewing box with favorite gadget being an omni 6” ruler and also uses a hat pin for feeding fabric under machine presser foot. No Show & Tell.
Jan - She brought an old film canister that she has taped the lid shut on and then made a hole in the top for inserting old & bent needles and pins making it easy to depose of them. She also had a large clip that she uses for holding patterns when she is working on a project. No Show & Tell.
Pat – Did not bring any gadget or Show & Tell, but had a question about layering fabric for chenille cutting. Elaine showed her how to layer fabric and suggested using fabric adhesive to hold fabric in place while sewing.

Program: Elaine then began her demonstration on flying geese. She has a special ruler with measurements on it, but that isn’t really necessary if you keep in mind that when cutting a square into fourths you add 1_” to the finished size before cutting and when doing the smaller widths add 7/8”. I am sure that Elaine would be glad to help anyone if they are interested in the technique and were not at the meeting.
Roberta & Betty served refreshments and then we played dirty bingo.

Willa volunteered to do a demonstration of crayon painting on fabric. Everyone should bring a pencil and crayons (regular or fabric) and an 8 x 10” piece of fabric or muslin with freezer paper ironed onto one side to the September meeting. Fran said that Jane Troxell will bring her fabrics to the meeting. These will be available for purchase at $2 a yard. They are mostly 80’s & 90’s fabrics and can be cut to any length desired. She will also have some other quilt related items and buttons.

Edith reported that the Ronald McDonald House will put together kits for making the quilts for the Ronald McDonald House and hopefully they will be available by October. She will let us know details.

In Peggy Hochstetler’s absence minutes were taken by Sylva Keenan.


Recommended Quilting Web Site:

We recently received a note from Khanyile Dube who was a member last year while living in Goshen on a foreign exchange program. Here's her message, and checkout the website for hand dyed batiks from Africa!

Please tell this to all the gals, me and my brother and a cousin came together and formed a company. Its a Curio Exporting Company  and we officially launced it a month ago.and it trades in Zimbabwean Art, Stritly Hand made. Its an online store and the website is  You will love it. –Khae

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
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