Maple Leaf Quilters Online

September 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

September Greetings
Hi Everyone -
Fall will soon be upon us. Fall colors are always a good inspiration for quilting projects. As I notified you earlier, Elaine was having surgery on Wed. 9/8 around noon. We knew she had been having problems with her tendon for some time. Tuesday (9/7) the tendon tore totally loose, that was the reason for the immediate surgery. She will be IN BED for two weeks, then she is going to be housebound for six additional weeks. One of her sisters will be with her for a week, then a sister-in-law will be with her the next week. As Edith reported, she spoke with Elaine Thursday and she was home. The surgery went well. She did not have general anesthesia. If you have ideas/suggestions on what we as a guild can do for Elaine, please let Jan know ( Janis has volunteered to collect gift-wrapped items for a sunshine box for Elaine.


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana
Next Meeting: September 27, 2004
Program: Bring in your Kitchen Challenges (and recipes). Carol will gather them to have them photographed and will return them to you at the October meeting.
We will also spend time working on 7-Sisters blocks, so come prepared to do that! Remember our Block-of-the-Month Project.
Hostesses: Pat Stahly & Phyllis Windsor

*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 I are in charge of the program in October, and we plan to do a program on hand-piecing. This will be a hands-on program, with everyone doing a block. We will give more details later.

MINUTES - Maple Leaf Quilters Meeting - August 23, 2004 - 6:30 P.M.
Waterford Mennonite Church
Sue Stringfellow began the meeting in Jan's absence. Jan was going to be a little late getting to the meeting.
QUILTERS PRESENT: Naomi Bontrager, Janis Nelson, Sue Stringfellow, Betty Geyer, Donna Stoltzfus, Beulah Sample, Sylva Keenan, Laura Kercher, Florence Makousky (Laura's mother), Roberta Poscharscky, Phyllis Windsor, Pat Stahly, Carol Honderich, Becky Yoder, Marie Troyer, Edith Shanholt, Elaine Frey, Fern Bontrager, Jan Goppert, Sue Ginther (Carol's guest and Program Speaker with her guests Janice & Mary).
ITEMS DISCUSSED: Upcoming garage sale mentioned. Peggy had offered to have it in conjunction with a garage sale at her home. Peggy was unable to attend the August meeting so this is on hold for now.
Quaker Haven Retreat Sue reminded everyone the retreat dates are February 25, 26 & 27. We need at least 20 people to sign up and the facility can comfortably accommodate up to 25 participants. At our November meeting you can sign up and make a down payment of $30 to reserve your space!! Total cost of the retreat will be $70. More details will be available as we get closer to the event dates.
Sue also mentioned the upcoming Round Bobbin event in Indy -- August 26-28 in case anyone was interested. Sue mentioned there was going to be a quilt show in Auburn Sept. 3-5 in conjunction with the Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg Car Show and Auction.
Carol - Showed her finished 7-Sisters block. She also had her "Women of the Bible" quilt which is now finished.
Becky - Showed her finished Origami Purse in purple. She put an extra closure on it. She showed a quilt she made from scraps that she called "Pick Your Plaid" that she made for a niece.
Marie - Showed a bag she made for carrying quilting supplies different from the carpet bags many of us made. She showed the finished quilt she has been working on with her grandchildren for their father which is called "Bull's Eye"! It has a large B on the back which is his initial. She also showed a wall hanging that was made for Church Community Service that will be auctioned off.
Edith - Is working on her Hawaiian appliqué blocks.
Roberta - Showed her Origami Purse that she completed and plans to give to her grand daughter.
Phyllis - Made a quit for her 98-year-old stepmother which she has already given to her. She brought a small piece that had cats in the blocks which had been called "Tender Touches."
Sylva - No Show & Tell, but brought Betty Geyer's picture from the newspaper and a stash of fabrics that can be used for the 7-Sisters blocks.
Beulah - No Show & Tell. She has been busy taking her daughter-in-law to doctor's appointments and Ken is scheduled for surgery on August 26th.
Donna - "Good to have her back." She had one quilt done for a nephew's wedding. She hit a garage sale where they had handmade quilts and wall hangings. Some were from feed sacks. She bought 4 quilt tops and a wall hanging for a total of $65. All were very attractive.
Naomi - Still working on the baby quilt for Maple City Health Care Clinic.
Betty - She brought in a finished 7-Sisters block.
Jan - Showed us the new Fons & Porter 2005 calendar.
Fern - Finished several half blocks for the 7-Sisters quilt. She also showed a mini quilt from a Fons & Porter pattern called Spinning Reels.
Pat - Had a finished 7-Sisters block. Had a block for Beulah. She went to a sale and bought a couple of quilt tops - very inexpensive - one large top had fans on it - all for $20.
Sue - No Show & Tell.
Janis - No Show & Tell.
Elaine - Showed a doll quilt that she began at 3:30 and had finished. She had a quilt with panels done in plaids for bible school. Also did comforters for MCC that the children have knotted which went very quickly. After doing one, they did a 2nd one in 3 days plus a 3rd one was completed. Two will go to MCC and one to CAPS. She went to Nashville and Brenda gave her 2 quilts that have to have the binding put on them. She bought a car load of fabric at Edith's dad's sale! She also got hankies to do a quilt along with an oak vanity for $30. She also went to Rebecca Haarer's shop in Shipshewana and bought 12 blocks.
Sue Ginther, Carol's guest, and her friends Mary and Janice who are quilters had brought several quilts her mother had made. Her friends had brought along several quilts and wall hangings that they shared with the group.
Following Show & Tell we had refreshments.
Janis also showed some quilts she had brought along from Yoder's Department Store for the Relief Sale.
Sue Ginther presented our program on color and how it affects us. She has her own company and belongs to a Color Marketing Group that meets twice a year. From these meetings the trends for colors are determined. She showed several samples that are used in the RV and Mobile Home Industry for interior design. The program was very informative and interesting.
Minutes submitted by Sylva Keenan


CHALLENGE -- Food Inspired Kitchen Quilts - September Meeting "Kitchen Quilt Challenge" will be our primary Show-n-Tell during the evening. See previous newsletters for details on this project. Have finished quilt available for photography in September along with recipe(s) with your project.

Goals for coming year:

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:


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 Hathaway


Sue Stringfellow


Jan Goppert


Naomi Bontrager

BEULAH'S QUILT: If you have not made a block for Beulah yet, you may do so using pink & purple fabrics, or get fabrics from Beulah. Make a 12 ½" block. She would like everyone to sign their blocks.

FUNDRAISER IDEA: Carol had earlier shared a fundraiser idea she received from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine. For each magazine subscription ($20) that we send in, the club will receive a $10 donation for the club to use, as we decide. There is no time limit, but what an easy fundraiser if we all participate! Good idea as a gift to other quilters and ourselves! Several have signed up and given their money and forms to Beulah already. She will send in the subscription forms for the magazine as she receives them.

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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