Maple Leaf Quilters Online

February 2006

Goshen, Indiana

Sylva Keenan , Editor

Hello Everyone: We have a new year with new projects to accomplish. The January 7th workday at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, was a fun time of working on the Seven Sisters blocks, visiting and eating! I’m sure those attending the Retreat at Quaker Haven had a wonderful time as well. Please check the list of items you will need to bring along for the February program . Sylva


Regular Meeting: Waterford Mennonite Church on the 4th Monday at 6:30 PM.
Address: 65975 St Rd 15, Goshen, Indiana

MLQ Officers:
Chair: Jan Goppert, 831-4236
Secretary: Peg Hochstetler, 533-3706
Treasurer: Janis Nelson, 260-768-7202
Librarian: Becky Yoder, 825-9344
Newsletter Editor: Sylva Keenan, 642-4570
Web Editor: Carol Honderich, 534-1915

*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 13, 2006

Guild Meeting Program for February: Claire Baker, Backbasting Applique Technique
Next Meeting: February 27, 2006
A note from Claire:
Here's the items the ladies need to bring to guild to learn how to backbaste. This is NOT a beginner's appliqué class! You need to have some sort of understanding about appliqué. That would be most helpful.

  • 12 1/2" square light background fabric
  • Marking tool. I like using the water erasable blue marker. Most anything will work except don't use a pencil or pen! The purple markers that disappear may work for a little while, but they disappear so you'll just be frustrated with it when you have to keep marking your pattern!
  • Thick needle, not a darning needle or one that yarn goes through.
  • Pins
  • Quilting thread, the kind that is waxed/coated, any color.
  • Thimble if you like one.
  • Sharp scissors, small are best.
  • Your favorite appliqué needle. I will bring my favorite.
  • 3 other fabrics. We'll be making a flower so one color for petals, one for the center and one for the leaves, thread to match.

Hostesses: Betty & Peggy

MINUTESMaple Leaf Quilters, January 23, 2006 , Waterford Mennonite Church
Members Present: Elaine Frey, Peggy Hochstetler, Carol Honderich, Sylva Keenan, Laura Kercher, Roberta Poscharscky, Beulah Sample, Sue Stringfellow, Marie Troyer, Phyllis Windsor, Becky Yoder, Florence Makousky, Claire Baker, Marcia Vierck, Gretchen Weaver, Fern Bontrager, Betty Geyer, Nancy Smith, Carol Diaz, Edith Shanholt, Janis Nelson, Debbie Kelly, Barb Dizney, Debbie Cramer, Jan Goppert

Guests: Laura’s daughter – Miriam Kercher, Cindy Williams, Anita Barlow.

Hostesses: Marcia and Carol H

READING : “Quilt Show And Tell” by Rose Kelley from Jan/Feb ’06 Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, read by Jan Goppert

BOM : presented by Florence, the Dutchman’s Puzzle

PROGRAM : Anita Barlow, from Lolly’s Fabric Store in Shipshewana gave a presentation on Quilting Notions. She presented many of the usual notions such as scissors, rotary cutters, cutting mats, rulers, stilettos, threads, needles, pin cushions, marking pens/pencils, sewing machine oils, vintage soap, batting and lint rollers.

She discussed how you could substitute some of these notions with items bought from the grocery store, office supply stores or from quilting magazines. She also talked about how certain items can be used for other things such as a stiletto can be bought at the grocery store “aka the wooden skewer”! The sewing machine oil is great for noisy hinges! Anita passed around the notions so that we could get a closer look at the more unusual items!

Anita shared her two favorite books, “ Around the Block” by Judy Hopkins, a book of 200 rotary cut blocks presented in 6 sizes and “ The Quilter’s Pocket Reference “ by Peggy Scholley. Thank you Anita for sharing!

Snacks: Thank you for bringing the fresh fruit and crackers Carol and Marcia!

Claire – continues to work on her 5 th “Bird of Paradise” in appliqué.
Laura – has finished her very own green quilt, which had machine piecing and appliqué!
Cindy Williams – A guest, is working on the Women of the Bible quilt with Carol as her mentor and she keeps adding more
and more blocks!
Carol – showed us a scrappy quilt her mom made and hand quilted and gave to her and showed us her Round Robin Dear Hannah Quilt. She also showed us a baby quilt that she made using some star blocks that she received from a friend. She designed the quilt using her EQ5 program, pieced it and sandwiched it all in several days. This quilt was donated to the guild to be used to give to the first baby born on National Quilt Day on March 18 th at Goshen Hospital.
Edith – showed us her finished doll quilt that she hand quilted and may donate to the Mennonite Relief Sale.
Elaine – was working on a crocheting project.
Deb – working on a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt.
Barb – showed us her Cheese and Crackers king size quilt that she pieced and machine quilted. She also showed us her finished quilt for her friend in Southern IN whose home was destroyed in the tornado of 2005
Jan – showed us the scarf she made out of Minkee fabric.
Sue - brought a book of Poems to share called “ A Year in Poems and Quilts” by Anna Grossnickle Hines.

Seven Sisters Blocks : Claire, Fern, Edith, and Elaine. Agreat many of the members were working diligently on hand piecing their Seven Sisters blocks!! Keep working girls!!!

BOM : Sylva x3 blocks, Laura x2 blocks, Becky x2 blocks, Gretchen x3 blocks, Edith x2 blocks, Marie, Marcia Phyllis x2 blocks

Baby blankets : Roberta, Carol.


Minutes written by Peggy Hochstetler

The sheet for signing up for 2006 programs, hostesses and BOM’s was circulated again.

Block of the Month Project: We will be continuing this project in 2006 and several members have already signed up for a month.
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

September 04

Marie New York Beauty


Fern Castle Wall


Becky Whirligig_Block


Laura Honey Bee

January 05

Peggy Eight Pointed Star


Phyllis Mexican Star


Carol Grape Basket Block


Janis Goose in the Pond


Elaine Applique Flower (no link)


Sue Goshen Star


Edith Bellefleurs


Naomi Checker Heart



Moving Star


No new block


Claire Baker Snowflake Block


Barb Dizney Scrappy Star

January 06

Florence Dutchman's Puzzle












August Sylva  
October Pat  





Maple Leaf Quilters Name Tag - Want to make a paper-pieced name tag to wear to our meetings? Here's a link to the Name Tag Pattern. Need instructions for paper piecing? Try this link:

Maple Leaf Quilters Meetings for 2006. Please sign up soon if you haven't yet.
January 23 Edith and Marie Marcia and Carol
February 27 Claire Betty and Peggy
March 27 Heartland Quilters Tea  
April 24 Jan
Roberta and Fern
May 22 Betty Jan and Barb
June 26 Pat Edith, Elaine, Becky
July 24   Roberta and Sue
August 21 Barb Pat and Phyllis
September 25 Fern and Laura Florence and Marie
October 23 Carol and Elaine Fern
November 27 Thanksgiving Carry-In Sylva & Beulah
December No Meeting No Meeting

Upcoming Quilt Events:

April 27-30, 2006. Grand Rivers Eighth Annual Spring Festival & Quilt Show in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. For more information contact Donna Brugger (270) 988-2225, or Chamber of Commerce, or under festivals and events. There will be a raffle, quilts for sale, demonstrations and vendors inside & outside. $3.00 donation.

April 27-30, 2006. J&S Travel Paducah Quilt Show Bus Trip. For more information, here is a PDF file with itinerary, pricing and sign-up form. Contact Jim Higgins at or at 574 596-6035.

Quilter's Hall of Fame Celebration 2006, July 13-16, in Marion, Indiana. "How Does Your Garden Grow" juried quilt show guidelines and entry form. First prize $500 donated by Quilters Newsletter Magazine.

Recommended Quilting Web Sites:

Maple Leaf Quilters Yahoo Group Site - come here to share photos, send emails, read archived newsletters, find links, files and more. If you have not signed up, or if you are having trouble reaching this site, please email Carol H. at
For Maple Leaf Quilter Members only:

Carol Honderich, Webmaster
Last Update - February 12, 2006