Maple Leaf Quilters Online

February 2005

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hi Everyone! Hopefully the new year will give you lots of time for new quilting projects and related opportunities. Remember the Retreat the guild has scheduled for February. Since the Retreat is February 25-27, it was decided at our January meeting that we would not hold a Guild meeting on February 28th.


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana
Next Meeting: March 28, 2005
Hostess: Carol Honderich

*Sew What Nights: at Edith's on the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 PM. Call Edith, 875-1808 for information and directions.
Next Meeting: February 14, 2005

MLQ Officers:
Chair: Jan Goppert, 831-4236
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Janis Nelson,
Librarian: Becky Yoder, 825-9344
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915

MINUTES - January 24, 2005, Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Thank you to our hostesses Laura & Florence for their wonderful snacks! Jan Goppert opened the meeting reading from "Pieces" entitled Quilted With Love.

Fern Bontrager, Naomi Bontrager, Elaine Frey, Elaine's friend Barb, Betty Geyer, Jan Goppert, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Sylva Keenan, Laura Kercher, Janis Nelson, Roberta Poscharscky, Beulah Sample, Edith Shanholt, Sue Stringfellow, Marie Troyer, Phyllis Windsor, Becky Yoder, Florence Mahousky

Elaine - showed us her newest project, beaded Christmas ornaments. She has been busy helping her sisters clean out her mothers sewing closet and finding new projects to finish! She also brought her friend Barb. Welcome Barb!
Beulah - was working on a Grandmothers Flower Garden using English paper piecing.
Janis - said she left her BOM's at home! She brought in two charity baby quilts. They were Raggy Flannel Quilts in pastel colors.
Carol - showed us her quilt that she made using blocks she received from a computer online swap group seven or eight years ago. She also brought in the squares that will become the relief sale quilt and stated that it is almost done and would like to put it in a frame at her house and begin quilting it on Mondays, Sew What Nights with help from all of us! More info later. She also continues to work on the Kitchen Challenge cookbook.
Janis & Edith - They were proud to announce that the Shipshewana Blessings Wallhanging pattern that they designed, pieced and quilted is now available in booklet form. They had several on hand and were autographing the booklet for the ones that bought them. Fabric packets are also available at Yoder's in Shipshe.
Edith - shared with us her round robin quilt top that she did along with seven other women via the internet (online). She also showed us her Hawaiian appliqué quilt that she made using her birthday fat quarters of hand dyed fabrics.
Marie - showed us the navy blue/gray square-in-a-square quilt that she made for her husband. It was a replica of a quilt that her husband had many years ago. It was completely finished! Her husband helped with designing the quilt.
Florence - was working on English paper piecing for a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
Laura - showed us the window valance that she made using the pattern Grandmother's Flower Garden. She was working on her green nine-patch quilt also.
Naomi - brought in a block for Beulah and two finished Seven Sisters blocks. Congratulations on her marriage on February 12th to Tomas Miller!!
Jan - donated a new Underground Railroad Book for the guild's library. Thanks Jan!

BOM'S - (These quilters brought in their finished blocks!)
Castle Wall Block: Becky, Phyllis, Sylva, Peggy Carol, Edith, Marie, Fern, Jan, Florence
Honey Bee Block: Sylva, Peggy, Carol, Marie, Jan Whirligig Block Peggy, Carol, Edith, Marie, Jan, Fern, Florence

Treasurer's Report - Janis Nelson Balance in checking - $885.13 -- Petty Cash balance - $20.50

Retreat News - Sue Stringfellow reported that quilters can arrive at the camp any time after 4:00 PM on Friday, February 25. A sign-up list was sent around for the chili supper we're planning Friday evening. Please bring whatever you would like and enough to share. Snackies are welcome also for the whole weekend!!!

New Business -We discussed whether or not to have the annual April Tea with other local quilt guilds. It would be on April 25th. No definite plans as of yet.
*Carol shared new info regarding the following: -New quilt store opened nearby. The address is: Country Quilt Shop, 431 Plymouth Goshen Trail, Nappanee, IN 46550. Open Tuesday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3
*Fern shared a website ( that was looking for volunteers to make lap quilts for wounded soldiers. The lap quilts need to be 50 x 60 in size.
*Phyllis donated two items that were auctioned off. Marie bought a quilt calendar for $9.50 and Edith bought a rooster apron for $1. THANKS PHYLLIS!!!

PROGRAM - presented by Edith and Marie. Marie and Edith asked everyone to bring their first quilts to the meeting and this is what everyone brought!!
Naomi - Log Cabin quilt Wall Hanging made in the 70's.
Elaine - a Sampler quilt made in a class in the 80's that isn't quilted yet!
Barb- she received her first quilt from a neighbor lady 51 years ago. It was a Double Wedding Ring doll baby quilt.
Sylva - had a Pinwheel quilt top from her grandmother that she knotted.
Beulah - brought a mystery quilt made in 1995.
Carol - she brought the second quilt she made(in 1973). In order to get the colors she wanted she used heavier material and wasn't able to quilt it. She appliquéd and knotted it for her baby son.
Peggy - Trip Around the World quilt that was made in '77.
Janis - cotton & polyester Dresden Plate made in '82.
Betty - showed us a picture of her first quilt, a Log Cabin quilt, that she started in '84 and finished in 2002
Edith - a cross-stitched three-panel quilt made in '68.
Marie - Fan quilt Wall Hanging made in '92.
Fern - Sampler quilt 2001.
Sue - Nine Patch baby quilt pieced and knotted for nephew in early '70's.
Jan - Star Wall Hanging made in '80's.
Becky - Postage Stamp quilt (had 3938 pieces). She was 14 years old when she started it.
Roberta - Cathedral Windows '90's.
Phyllis - Double Wedding Ring, she began it in '36.
Florence - Baby quilt that she knotted in '94.
Laura - Log Cabin baby quilt for son in '97. She bought 20 yards of material to make this quilt!

Minutes submitted by Peggy Hochstetler

New Committees: A sign up sheet for 2005 meetings was again passed around for all to sign up. Sign-up was for hostesses and programs. New committee members are needed to volunteer for the following agendas. Volunteers would organize and/or report on the progress of these agendas. Charity Quilts - Becky Yoder, Elaine Frey, Janis Nelson
Publicity of Guild and Projects - Edith and Carol
Quilt Show 2007 - Edith and Carol
Hospitality Hostess - Sue Stringfellow and Sylva Keenan
Retreat 2006 - Laura Kercher and Betty Geyer

Maple Leaf Quilters Meetings for 2005. Please sign up soon if you haven't yet.


January 24

First Quilts Show and Tell Edith & Marie

Laura & Florence

February 28

No Meeting
due to Retreat

No Meeting

March 28

Crazy Patch Quilts
Edith & Carol



April 25

Show & Tell Tea


May 23


Elaine & Peggy

June 27



July 25



August 22


Fern & Betty

September 26



October 24


Pat & Phyllis

November 28

Thanksgiving Carry-In

Sylva & Beulah


No Meeting

No Meeting



AQS Book Catalog - Elaine has order forms and you can order at the Retreat.

Fundraisers: We will continue to offer the Fons & Porter Magazine subscriptions for $20.00, $10.00 goes to the magazine company and $10.00 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.

Our Goals for the Guild:
· 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.)
· Seven Sisters quilt will be for 2005 Mennonite Relief Sale. Your blocks should have been turned in to Becky already.
· 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.
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:

Month Quilter Block of the Month


Marie Troyer

New York Beauty


Fern Bontrager

Castle Wall


Becky Yoder



Laura Kercher

Honey Bee


Peggy Hochstetler

Eight Pointed Star


Phyllis Windsor

Mexican Star


Carol Honderich



Janis Nelson



Elaine Frey



Sue Stringfellow



Jan Goppert



Naomi Bontrager



Upcoming Quilt Events and Exhibits
· Quilter's Hall of Fame; "Stitches Saved in Time;" January 31-February 25, 2005, 8-5. Monday-Friday; Reception - Friday, February 4, 2005, 6-8 PM. (If you are interested in attending this reception, Jan Goppert is looking for others to go with her).
· Quilt opportunity $1 each to fund painting of the Marie Webster house.
· Quilt contest, juried quilt show.

· Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, IN, March 3-5, 2005.

· 2005 Amish Country Quilt Show, Berlin, OH, March 16-19, 2005. Berlin Christian Fellowship & Dutch Harvest Restaurant. 1 mile west of Berlin on US 62 & SR 39. Call 330-893-3232 for more information. Admin. $5.

· Third Annual Bus trip to International Quilt Show in Chicago Dates: Friday, April 8 OR Saturday, April 9 Cost" $32 per person - this includes bus trip and show admission
Departure: 6:30 AM from CR 17 Toll Road commuter parking lot, on both days
Departure 6:50 AM from Mishawaka Toll Road commuter parking lot, on both days
We will leave Chicago at 5:00 PM Indiana time, both days.
Deadline for advanced tickets is March 15. I will take reservations for the bus up to the last day if seats are available. I will pass out show admission tickets on the bus. I must receive a check in order to hold a seat on the bus for you. On you check put which day you want to go and which pick up point you want to leave from. If you have any questions please call.
Anita Barlow
802 East Kercher Rd
Goshen IN 46526-5327
Phone 574-534-5126

*The Gathering is April 9th in LaPorte, IN. Pre-registration includes admission and a lunch (ham or turkey). Deadline for registration will be during the Retreat. If you plan to go to Chicago, you will need to do so on the 8th if planning to attend The Gathering.

· International Quilt Show - Spring Edition, April 8-10, 2005 at Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. For more information, Call 713-781--6864, Admin. $10/day

· 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.

· AQS Paducah Show and Contest 2005, April 20-23, 2005. Paducah, KY

· Sauder's Quilt Festival, Archbold, OH. April 26-May 1, For more info, call 800-590-9755, or

· Dear Jane Retreat, Shipshewana, IN. April 27-May 1, For more information, contact Elaine Frey.

· 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.

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