Maple Leaf Quilters Online

September 2002

Goshen, Indiana

Deb Noffsinger, Editor

Where’s Those Tips? You all must be as busy as I am this month, because I didn’t get a single sewing or quilting tip to use for the newsletter. So let’s try it again for October. I’m looking for one sewing or quilting tip from each of you, if possible. I’ll repeat my tip that I gave at the August meeting for the benefit of those who weren’t there. My tip is to use your compact purse mirror to change the needles in your serger. I have the kind of serger that you have to move the needles to switch to a cover stitch, and the mirror really helps—just lay it on the table of the serger, and you can see the needle shaft holes. Please send your tip as a part of your e-mail. I don’t open attachments to e-mails unless I have told a specific person to send me one.
I also have a challenge for this month. Those of us who have been procrastinating on getting our name tag made (including me) try to do that this month so that Jeanette will know who we all are on the 23rd. If you don’t have directions for the name tag, see Carol. She has the pattern and ribbons with our guild name on them.
That’s all for this month. (I have to get my name tag made.)
Happy quilting,
P.S. The next two meetings are not at the church. Read carefully so we don’t miss you due to a change in venue.

Please send news items to Deb at 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

Monday, September 9, 2002, 7 pm. Sew What at Betty Geyer’s house, 15084 SR 120, Bristol. This is to work on the hen quilt for the Michiana Relief Sale.

Monday, September 23, 2002, 6:30 pm. Meet at Jeanette’s Fabric in Wakarusa. Betty and Deb have planned for Jeanette of Jeanette’s Fabric Boutique to give a program on embroidery machines. Specifically, she will talk about the versatility of embroidery machines, how to use your computer with your machine, and what to look for when buying an embroidery machine. The meeting is at Jeanette’s store, 105 So. Elkhart, Wakarusa. She has agreed to let us have refreshments there and to shop after the meeting. As Connie says “The cash register will be open.” For those of you who are in the Birthday Fat Quarter Club, don’t forget your fat quarters.

Monday, October 14, 2002, 7 pm. Sew What 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.
Please have fee returned to Janis Nelson or Paula Newman by Sept.23rd. Checks are to be payable to Rebecca Haarer. We need at least 12 ladies to sign up, and we will have a limit of 30 ladies.
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.


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

Through September 2002- Illinois Gallery in Chicago Quilt Exhibit.
From Jan Goppert: I think it is open Monday - Friday 9 am-5 pm. My mother and I are going to go next Friday, September 13th. We would be able to take 2 more along with us. If anyone would be interested call me: at work: 537-4031 at home: 831-4236.
The exhibit is of quilts that were purchased by Pottinger from the Arthur Illinois area. This is where I lived until I was a Sr. in High School, and I still have many relatives in the area. My Grandma Plank sold most of her quilts to someone who came to her house and I am curious if they are part of this exhibit.

September 20-21, 2002. Quilts on the Grand 2002
, Grand Rapids, MI. Sponsored By: West Michigan Quilt Guild Deltaplex Grand Rapids Turner St. Show Times: 12-8 on the 20th, 9-5 on 21st. Admission Cost: $7.00 . 15 raffle quilts, vendors, over 300 quilts on display, special exhibits, demonstrations and much more
For more Information: Nancy Hoppe. E-mail:

September 27-28, 2002, Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction. Goshen Fairgrounds at 17746-D CR 34. Show Times: Fri: 5-9 p.m. Sat: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission Cost: Free! Nationally known annual sale to benefit worldwide relief. Over 300 Amish and Mennonite quilts on display and auctioned off. Also numerous booths offering antiques, new and used items plus a smorgasbord of foods. For more Information: Sonya L. Harman, Elkhart County CVB, 219 Caravan Dr, Elkhart, IN 46514. E-mail:
For more information, please visit:

September 28-29, 2002, Autumn Splendor Quilt Show. Sponsored by the Quiltmakers of the Kankakee County Fairgrounds in Kankakee, IL.

October 12, 2002, Bangor, MI, Apple Festival and Quilt Show. 10 am to 4 pm at Bangor Middle School Library. Deloa Jones, author of Scraps To Perfection will speak on “Scraps To Treasures”. The event is presented by members and friends of the Bangor Arts Council and will include people’s choice awards, vendors, and a quilt raffle. For further information call Elaine McCabe at 616-427-8126

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

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, August 26, 2002, 6:30, Goshen College Art Gallery

PRESENT: Nancy Smith, Naomi Bontrager, Sue Stringfellow, Roberta Poscharscky, Nancy Nulf, Terry McCarbey*, Kay Method*, Marcia Vierck*, Connie Jo Ozinga, Elaine Frey, Jean Mann, Carol Larson, Phyllis Windsor, Pat Stahly, Deb Noffsinger, Laura Kercher, Janet Kercher, Sylva Keenan, Beulah Sample, Jan Goppert, Maureen Pippenger*, Marilyn Batchellor*
* indicates a guest

PROGRAM: Connie called the meeting to order. Since Professor Ervin Beck preferred to introduce himself, Connie turned the meeting over to him.
He told us some history on how the items for the quilt exhibit were acquired then proceeded to show us the exhibit.

1. The September meeting at Jeanette’s Fabric Boutique was discussed. Since we will meet at Jeanette’s store we will not pay her an honorarium.
2. The Feb 28 to March 1, 2003 retreat was discussed. Per Nancy Smith, it will be at the Amigo Center in Michigan. There was discussion on how much the guild should pay ($300 or $500). It was agreed for Sylva to write a check for the $100 deposit for now. Connie asked that Nancy come up with some kind of a form for participants to fill out and make their payment.
3. Nancy talked about a fabric painting workshop that we could take as a group at Sauder Village in Ohio. There are several dates available, and the cost would be about $20.00. Not enough people were interested to pursue it further.
4. Deb requested that items for the newsletter be to her no later than the 5th of each month. Her phone is 534-5001
5. Elaine said that quilting on the Relief Sale quilt is behind. Betty is ok with people coming to her house to quilt even though she is recuperating from shoulder surgery. It was agreed to have the next Sew What on September 9th at Betty’s house, 15084 SR 120 in Bristol, to work on the quilt.
6. Connie showed the maps for the October meeting and program by Rebecca Haarer. See Janis Nelson if you need more information.
7. Roberta expressed concern that some members who don’t have e-mail aren’t getting their newsletter. According to Sylva, Marie is working on an updated roster. Connie said to contact Carol if you aren’t getting your newsletter.

Connie Jo Ozinga- Guest Marcia Vierck
Jan Goppert- Guest sister-in-law Marilyn Batchellor. Showed her Boston Commons wall hanging.
Elaine Frey- Guests Jean Mann and Carol Larson. Brought flannel fabrics and pattern for a sports quilt for Bethany Christian School fundraiser. She loves Retain and told us about washing colored fabric with white using Retain that day and there was no fabric bleed. Elaine also showed her Hawaiian applique quilt.
Roberta Poscharscky- log cabin quilt for the Relief Sale
Naomi Bontrager- 2 quilts top from her church to be used for missions
Pat Stahly- ????? Sorry Pat—nothing written beside your name in the notes I typed from
Phyllis Windsor- quilt throw made of Jenny Beyer scraps and talked about tour to New England
Laura Kercher- showed a quilt top make of reproduction fabrics

Typed from notes of Nancy Nulf for secretary, Peggy Hochstetler,
Deb Noffsinger


Last week I suddenly remembered that my wonderful e-mail pal in the Netherlands had a birthday coming up in two days! I wanted to send her something special, but had obviously not planned well, and was out of time. Well, Internet to the rescue! I logged onto Big Horn Quilts at and went to the "Gifts" section and requested a gift certificate for my friend. Within moments I had received back an e-mail confirmation that my gift had been purchased and that my friend was receiving notification of a gift certificate waiting for her. I was delighted to hear from her later that she was actually at the site and shopping when she received the e-mail informing her her the gift.

I love the internet!

The prices are good, there are lots of fabrics to look at, and you can even create a design board to paste fabrics as you look through the selections. That way you can see how your choices look together before buying. Sign up for the monthly newsletter that will inform you of specials and winners of drawings for prizes. Enjoy!

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 09/10/02