Maple Leaf Quilters Online

February 2004

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hi Ladies
We held our January meeting, even though the weather left a lot to be desired. Those attending enjoyed the evening. Carol discussed several items, especially that we need to have leadership for our Guild. So, if you think you might like to try your hand chairing the Guild, we would be thrilled.
Several items were discussed at Sew What Monday night at Edith’s.


A message from Willa:
A sunshiny Hello from Ft. Myers, Florida. I am enjoying my stay here. Spending my time checking out quilt shops and quilt shows. Have seen some really quality quilts. I am trying to get my fan quilt hand quilted. Started a Celtic block for practice before I start a Celtic quilt. They have a sewing/quilting group here. They are making exciting things like pin cushions, casserole covers, and sweatshirts. I joined the Southwest Florida Quilt Guild. They meet once a month and have a Saturday "Fun Day" each month also. This Saurday they are going to make origami purses. They have Karen Combs coming this month to teach two classes. They only have 250 members. I am eager to see what this "Fun Day" is all about. Tell everyone I said "Hi."
      Willa Thiele

News Flash from Carol:
I'm so excited! I just received a phone call from Marianne Fons (as in "Fons and Porter") telling me that little sewing basket I entered in their "Love of Quilting" (Sept/Oct 2003) magazine's Fat Quarter Challenge is a winner! Whee! In addition to the personal phone call and congratulations from Marianne, I will receive a third place prize of 10 Fat Quarters, and the basket will be shown in the June issue of the magazine (which will be on shelves in April).
The Fat Quarter challenge was to use one fat quarter "... and make something fun." Trims, notions and embellishments were allowed, but no additional fabrics could be used. For my project I used 5 yards of cotton cording, which I wrapped with 1" wide strips of fabric cut from the fat quarter of fabric. I coiled the wrapped cording and zig-zagged it to form the basket shape, then made a lid for it using the same process. The entire project took about two hours and was fun enough to be satisfying even if I hadn't placed in the contest!       Carol Honderich


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: February 23, 2004 -- Laura is signed up for refreshments.
Naomi will demonstrate how to make knotted fleece blankets! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring 2 pieces of fleece (same size) material along and we'll all help each other tie up the blankets in record time!! 1-1/2 yards is good for baby blankets and 2 yards for lap size blankets. You can get coordinated prints or a solid and a print, two fleece fabrics that look nice together. Also -- bring sharp scissors, a ruler, a yardstick and pins.

*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 (inactive for this year)
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915


February 14-May 9, 2004. Quilting Genius. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI will be exhibiting more than 30 rare quilts including some never before displayed. The exhibit will feature eleven 19th century materpiece designs by Susan McCord. On the web at

March 6 & 7, 2004. Salt Creek Quilters Guild, Hinsdale, IL Celebrate the Pride of the Prairie. Over 200 quilts by members of the Salt Creek Quilters Guild will be on display at the Community House. The Hinsdale site is the new location for the biannual event entitled for 2004 "Pride of the Prairie." Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale, IL. Contact: Wanda Wagner (708) 599-2987 or

March 20, 2004. Gathering - Color Your World with Quilts. Guest speaker: Carolyn L. Mazloomi is a fiber artist, author, historian, and lecturer. Hosted by Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild in Ft. Wayne, IN.

June 3-4-5, 2004. THREE RIVERS QUILT FESTIVAL, Ft. Wayne, IN.

August 13-14, 2004. Quilts for Change, Cincinnati, OH. Quilts for Change 2004 is a national juried quilt show featuring internationally recognized quilt instructors, artists, and judges Carolyn Mazloomi and Susan Shie, with keynote speaker Faith Ringgold, author, painter, and quilter.
Delores & Lynn, Show Co-Chairs

For questions or comments about Quilts for Change 2004, contact



Maple Leaf Quilters Minutes - January 26, 2004
Waterford Mennonite Church
6:30 PM
Quilters Present: Naomi, Beulah, Sylva, Carol, Sue, Laura, Peggy, Marie, Nancy, Jan
Brochures regarding upcoming quilt shows were shared. More detailed is listed under Other Quilting Events and Opportunities.
The Gathering in Fort Wayne, March
Henry Ford Museum: Quilting Genius, March-May
Chicago Quilt Festival in Rosemont, IL in March
Quilters Hall of Fame Opening in Marion IN during July
Sauder Village Quilt show

Jan shared information regarding Project Linus at Jeannette's in Wakarusa. For every finished baby quilt brought in, you will be entered into a drawing to win a new Janome sewing machine. No limit on blankets!! February 21st is the last day to bring in blankets for the drawing!

Discussion was held regarding changing the Guild year from January to December rather than June to May. It was also discussed that we need leadership for our Guild. We need people to volunteer. The Guild used to make a quilt top for the chairperson every year and it would be nice to start this tradition again. It was also decided that we would make a quilt top or blocks for Beulah as she has been so gracious to continue being our treasurer for the past 3 years, and an excellent one at that!!! She will come to the next meeting and tell us what colors and pattern she would like to have!!

Carol explained her new challenge for the next couple of months and hopes everyone will participate. She handed out a sheet with more information on it. (See detailed information in the January newsletter and in this newsletter.) It need not be a stressful project, make a potholder, appliance cover, lap quilt or a bed quilt, whatever time and energy will lend itself to!! Be spontaneous and creative!!!!

At the February meeting Naomi will demonstrate how to make knotted fleece blankets! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring 2 pieces of fleece (same size) material along and we'll all help each other tie up the blankets in record time!! 1-1/2 yards is good for baby blankets and 2 yards for lap size blankets!! Also -- bring sharp scissors, a ruler, a yardstick and pins.


Laura: has been making 70 sashes for her church for the children’s program.
Marie: has made a baby quilt and is taking care of a new puppy!! She was working on her Ronald McDonald headboard quilt during the meeting.
Sylva: spent a couple of months making 20 Teddy Bears for the Home Extension Clubs which are given to children involved in accidents or crisis situations. Also showed birthday blocks that are put together with borders and ready to be quilted.
Peggy: showed her unfinished Christmas tree skirt and her pattern that she drafted for her first quilt she made in 1975.
Beulah: has been working on many different quilts at home.
Naomi: showed a very pretty pink girl’s dress that she made for her church mission. She showed us her finished Ronald McDonald headboard quilt which just needs to be quilted. She had a beautiful partially finished Winners Circle quilt that she was making for a teacher at her church mission school.
Minutes by Peggy

The following is a suggestion Carol has for a challenge in 2004.

CHALLENGE: Food Inspired Kitchen Quilts

Your challenge: Create a “Kitchen Quilt” based on a favorite food recipe. Select an old family recipe or a new favorite. Think about the ingredients used in the recipe, the techniques used in preparation, the colors, the aroma, the reaction/pleasure of people enjoying your dish. Can you put these elements together and translate the recipe into fabric and from these elements design a quilted piece to use in your kitchen? Here are a few suggestions for types of “Kitchen Quilts.”

The “Kitchen Quilt” should reflect the recipe in one or more of the following ways:

Possible Schedule:
January -- Sign up for challenge
April -- Provide written recipe and accurate pattern for your Kitchen Quilt
May -- Have finished quilt available for photography
June -- Pattern package of all submitted recipes and patterns available for purchase.

Recommended Quilting Web Site:

WEB LINKS TO CHECK OUT! Favorite Quilt Fabric Links from past issues. The first three are new sites that Peggy provided.

Quilts Inc (website for Chicago quilt festival in March).
Quilters Hall of Fame. Marion, Indiana.
Quilt Blocks Galore (hundreds of quilt blocks with patterns, wonderful site).

Maple Leaf Quilters On-Line Newsletter Archive

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Carol Honderich, webmaster
updated 2/16/04