"Scrap Play"
Gathering of Quilters, 2002
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Bernen Towne and Country Quilters

Dear Fellow Quilting Enthusiasts,
The 12th annual Gathering of Ouilters will be held Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Mendel Center for the Performing Arts in Benton Township, Michigan. Located on the campus of Lake Michigan College, the Center is east of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor in a beautiful rural setting just minutes from I-94 Exit #30. The Mendel Center is handicapped accessible. All events are under one roof.

Speaker: DeLoa Jones is a member of our guild and author of "Scraps Organized to Perfection" to be published by the American Ouilters Society in the Spring of 2002. (We plan to have the book available at the Gathering!) DeLoa's love of quilting started in childhood and has continued as she explores new, quick techniques. The book features DeLoa's system of organizing scraps and patterns and includes 14 scrap projects using your "stash." The Gathering presentation will include the fourteen projects from her book, as well as an additional twenty-five quilts showcasing her scrap organizing methods.

The Gathering 2002 features a large vendor mall, quilt show, door prizes, lunch, souvenir canvas goodie bags, Show and Tell and more! The day's events also include the traditional Block Exchange, Charm Square Exchange, and Ugly Fabric Exchange (and contest). A limited number of specially designed Gathering 2002 pins will be available for purchase.

Block Exchange: In keeping with the theme of"Scrap Play" we want to help you use up those scraps and have an opportunity to win friendship blocks. There are two size categories featuring two different blocks:
6 1/2'' block - Scrappy Nine Patch: Center block is unbleached muslin to allow for signature.
12 1/2" block - Scrappy Churn Dash: Use unbleached muslin for background to allow for signing. ~Iore detailed instructions will arrive in the registration packet.)

Charm Exchange: Set of 5 inch squares of ten different fabrics. Place them in a plastic bag and exchange your bag for another at the table. Add to your charm stash!

Ugly Fabric Exchange
(Beauty is in eye of the beholder): Place 1/2 yard of 100% cotton fabric in a brown paper bag. Label the front with your name and address and exchange your bag for another at the table. Next year, bring your completed project back for a viewer's choice award.
Raffle Quilts: Berrien Towne and Country Quilters will be selling tickets for two raffle quilts. If you wish to sell tickets for your guild's raffle quilt, please contact us for further information.

Pre-registration deadline is February 14, 2002. Registration fee is $15.00.

The Berrien Towne and Country Quilters are excited to be the host guild for the 2002 Gathering.
We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Kristie Watson, Registration Chairperson,
301 Parkovash Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617 (219-233-8028) e-mail: kristiequilts~home.com

Hotel Information: Hotel information has been provided in this mailing. In addition, The Hampton Inn - St. Joseph/I-94 has contracted with the Gathering for Rooms with 2 double beds at the price of $69.00. Please mention Gathering of Quilters to receive this rate. Check in time is 3PM. Check out time is 12Noon. For Reservations call 1-800-HAMPTON or (616) 429-2700.

The future of the Gathering is uncertain. Host Guilds or Groups are needed for upcoming gatherings. Please consider hosting the 2003 OR 2004 Gathering of Quilters. Notebooks are available to help plan the event. Let's continue the tradition! Please contact Jane Rush or Kay Craw if you would like additional information.

Jane Rush    
3760 Bacon School Road  
St. Joseph, MI 49085
e-mail: janeru~parrett.net

Kay Craw
10208 Rangeline Road
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
e-mail: ekcquilt(0netzero.net

UPDATED: 2/20/02