January 8, 2008

7:00 P.M.

Fairborn Senior Center

325 N. Third Street

Fairborn, Ohio


Visitors Welcome



Unfortunately, it is that time of year.  Meetings will be canceled if Fairborn schools are closed.


‘In-House’ Meeting is About

Helping Those Less Fortunate

It’s time for the January Community Service meeting once again! For those of you who are new to the guild, we have chosen January as the perfect month to have this “in house” project because of the uncertain weather.

This is a good time to come and experience a kind of old fashion quilting bee. It gives us all a chance to sit and chat while keeping our hands busy for a good cause.

Members can bring supplies for the community quilts (cutting mats, rotary blades, rulers, scissors, needles and thread).

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to the community project this past year. Many hands make light work. Bless all of you during this holiday season, and I look forward to completing many quilts in the new year.

Chris Landis

Community Projects



A Note from the President

I have a new e-mail address shown at the end of this note. If you’ve sent any messages to my old address, and I haven’t responded to them, that’s the reason.

It is astonishing to me that a whole new year has begun. May this year go as well and quickly as the last! I thank every one of you who has helped the guild prosper and be a welcoming place for quilters to share their skills and passion for quilting.

Our focus until May will be the quilt show. Every other year we take on this most crucial fundraiser for our guild. We need every member’s contributions of quilts to hang as well as participation in organizing and conducting the actual event.

I can’t stress enough that all skill levels and that all types of quilts from small to large, from simple to complex, from traditional to art quilts—all are welcome. This is not a time to be shy and think yours aren’t good enough.

Variety is great! Ordinary people who walk through the quilt show don’t understand technique or count stitches per inch. They just like what they like and appreciate our efforts.

All this we do for the love of quilting,

Ron Lundquist

President, 2947844




Retreat Information

Reminder: Final payments for retreat are due in JANUARY this year. Thanks, Shari

Full retreat information is available on the Website:  www.miamivalleyquiltersguild.org


Welcome New Members

For your information, 57 members attended the December meeting. Currently for 2008, 83 members have renewed.

Rhonda Dobson

3673 Bristol Lake Drive

Amelia, OH 45102

Beverly Kunkle

3039 Kant Place

Beavercreek, OH 45431


Please make the following change to your roster:

Susan Dow



Membership 2008

            The 2008 membership dues must be paid by the end of January to remain active.

The fee is $20.00.

Dues can be mailed to:

            Kim Gros

            12185 Wellington Ave.

            Medway OH 45341

If you want to receive your card by mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please mark your check with “Dues for 2008.”


Fons and Porter

A new or renewed subscription to Fons and Porter magazine is $20 for 1 year. Please make check out to MVQG. Include mailing label if you can. Our guild will get $5 for each subscription that we get.

This makes a great gift that will last all year long.

Connie Combs









2008 Lecture/Workshops

January 8           Community Projects

                                    Chris Landis, Community Projects Chair

February 12       Lisa Quintana

                                    Guild Member

March 11             Cathy Corcella

                                    Lecture with hands on project “Grandma’s Birdhouses”

                                    Website: www.ohiostarquiltproducts.com

April 8                  Sandra Brothers

                                    Lecture: “Underground Railroad and Other Story Quilts”

May 13                 Surprise!!!

                                    Details Coming Soon!!!

May 16-17           MVQG’s Membership Quilt Show

                                    Miami Valley Fairgrounds

June 10               Vikki Pignatelli

                                    Lecture: “10 Attributes that Make a Good Quilter Better”

                                    Website: www.vikkipignatelli.com

*June 28              Vikki Pignatelli Workshop

Workshop: Combination of Improvisational Curves & Manipulations of Quilts (Because Vikki has been here before, she will refresh those who have taken her workshop and then proceed with some of her new ideas)

                                    Website: www.vikkipignatelli.com

July 8                   Cathy Franks

                                    Lecture: “How to Find a Quilting Design”

                                    Website: www.cathyfranks.com

*July 9                 Cathy Franks Workshop

                                    Workshop: “Running Amok with Creativity”

                                    Website: www.cathyfranks.com

August 12           Leigh MacDonald

Lecture: from the chapter: “Embellishments and Beading” from her new book, “Adventures in Circles”

                                    Website: www.adventuresinquilting.com

*August 16         Leigh MacDonald Workshop (from “Adventures in Circles”)

                                    (At the time of signing she hadn’t developed her workshop

                                    details) However, it will be taken from her new book.

                                    Website: www.adventuresinquilting.com

September 9      Rita Fishel

                                    Lecture: “Tool Time”

                                    Website: www.creationssewclever.com

October 14         TBA

                                    Check the website for announcement.

November 11     Kimberly Einmo

                                    Lecture: “Quilt, A Travel Souvenir

                                    Bring your project if you were in Kim’s class last year.

                                    Website: www.kimberlyeinmo.com

December 9       Christmas Party (Members Only)

                                    Celebrate the holidays with fellow Guild members

* Denotes Workshops




Sunshine News

If you hear of a member who could use our support, please call Lee Peterson at 439-7298.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Michelle Hazlett and Michelle’s daughter, Tricia Fecher, whose mother/grandmother recently passed away. If you would like to send a sympathy card or note, please send to:

Michelle Hazlett

1079 Yuma Trail

Jamestown, OH 45335


Iris Adkins, a former member of the guild, has passed away. She had moved to Huntington, W. Va. and at this time we do not have an address for her. (If any one would have an address, please let us know.)

It’s been a difficult year for Debbie Besl who lost her father in February and recently her mother. If you would like to send a sympathy card or note, please send to:

Debbie Besl

4232 Williamsport Dr.

Beavercreek, OH 45430


Quilt Shows

     February 8th – March 19th     

     Quilt Show 2008 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Show is held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Rd., Kirtland, Oh 44094. Admission is $6; seniors 60+ $4. Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays (open Presidents’ Day). One of Ohio’s finest quilt shows, with over 200 quilted works in a judged Quilt Show. For more information, call 800-763-7400 or lfp(at)lakemetroparks.com.

     February 28th – March 1st     

     17th Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

Show held at Bloomington Convention Center, 3rd St. and College Ave. Admission is $6 per day; $12 for all three days. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be over 250 quilts for viewing, classes from top quilting instructors, Merchant’s Mall and enjoy a variety of quilt-related exhibits at area museums. For more information, call 812-334-8900 or http://www.ihqs.org.     

     April 22nd – 26th     

     20th Rotary Antique Quilt Show

Show entitled “Can’t Have Too Many Baskets” is held at the Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky. For quilt collectors, basket quilts provide a wonderful opportunity to search for the most unusual types. In this collection you will see not only a great variety of styles, colors, and interpretations, but you will also see the differences between individual collectors. Admission is $5. Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 270-442-3418 or office(at)paducahrotary.org.


May 16-17, 2008

MVQG 2008 Membership Show

The more than 200 members of the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild present their most recent works in this biennial show which is one of the largest regional shows in Ohio. Our members range from novices to professional quilters, designers, and lecturers. A boutique of member made items provides an opportunity to enhance your décor or add to your collection and a raffle quilt made by members will be awarded at the conclusion of the show on Saturday. State, regional, and local vendors provide a wide variety of quilts and quilt-related items – from fabric and notions to the latest in home sewing machines and professional quality long-arm machines.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The show is at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio, USA  Admission: $5.00

For more information visit:  http://www.miamivalleyquiltersguild.org


     June 19th – 21st          

     39th Annual NQG Quilt Show

Show is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The show will feature exhibits, classes, lectures, an extensive vendor mall and special events. The 400+ competition quilts will be joined by a special theme exhibit of Rose Quilts, selected quilts from Sacred Threads: 2007, a fascinating exhibit of Vintage Kit Quilts from the collection of noted quilt historian Xenia Cord, an exhibit called Contemporary Colorations: The Wow Factor and a sampling of wonderful NQA Chapter Challenge Quilts. Class information brochures will be available to all current members of NQA in the winter issue of The Quilting Quarterly. Registration information will be posted on their website on or about January 2, 2008. Advance registration is available for all volunteers who worked two shifts during the 38th Annual Show in 2007.      

Pointers & Tips for Quilting

Interesting Shapes: If you want an unusual heart shape or a square shape check out the local scrapbooking shop. They have some interesting shapes that would be great for quilting.

Secret Pocket: When making quilts for children (or friends) add a secret pocket with a little love note in it...only you and the recipient will know where it is if you disguise it well. This is lovely for grandchildren, you can add a new note each time you visit them.

Resharpen Rotary Blades: To resharpen your rotary cutters, fold up a piece of silver foil so that you have several layers; then just cut through it several times and your cutter will be resharpened.

Useful CDs: Save those flat tins that the new AOL CDs come in. You can use them to store your plastic templates.! The CD itself is just the right size to make a yo-yo pattern and the tin will hold other templates! Don’t like the cover? Take a swatch of your favorite fabric and glue to the top. Be sure to label it with the contents!

Tilting Machine: Use 2 door stops to raise the back of your machine so that the machine is tilted toward you. Relieves back strain and it only costs about 39 cents at the hardware store.

Bias Cuts: Applying spray starch to fabric before cutting bias cuts will help keep fabric from stretching and distorting.

Wrapping Paper Tubes: Save your empty cardboard tubes from Christmas wrapping paper and roll your quilts onto the tubes to store them. The quilts will not wrinkle on the closet shelf.

Paper Towel Tubes: Use paper towel tubes for storing leftover pieces of bindings. It keeps then nice and flat and there is no need to re-iron.

Sandwiching Quilt: When you get ready to sandwich your quilt, it helps to use a large yardstick to smooth out the wrinkles in the batting. It only takes a few strokes of the yardstick to get a smooth laying batting, the yardstick acts as an extended long arm and works like a charm. Make sure your yardstick is smooth so that it can glide over the batting easily.

Position in Front of Machine: Sit directly in front of your line of sewing when sewing by machine. It will help to make your seams straight as an arrow. If you sit even a bit to one side or another, your line of stitching will go just that little bit with you.

Bobbin Container: You know those little tubes that contain miniature M&Ms? They’re just the size to hold bobbins. It will hold five bobbins, and they don’t unravel in your sewing box.

Detergent Boxes: Store your quilting magazines in empty detergent boxes. They are sturdy, have handles and smell good. They can be covered with contact paper or spray adhesive and fabric.



Quilt pins are available at each meeting from Kim Gros. Each pin is $3, up to 2 pins. After that they are $5 apiece.

Deadline for February 2008 Issue: Monday, January 14

All articles are subject to editing and approval by the editor. Materials received after the published deadline date will be considered for publication only if space and time permit.


MVQG’s 2007 Officers

President                               Ron Lundquist          

Vice President                      Shari Brindley                       

Treasurer                               Sandy Hartz              

Recording Secretary            Kathy Bean               

Corresponding Secretary    Debbie Bertke          


Quilting stories, ideas, news?

Send to:

Chris Garcher

MVQG Newsletter Editor

6258 Gander Road East

Dayton OH 45424


E-mail: DJGarcher(at)compuserve.com



For fees and contracts, please contact:

Ed Chamness

P.O. Box 694

Wilberforce, OH  45384




Susan Oppenheim




Classified Ads

We accept classified ads for $5.00 per issue. Items must be of interest to quilters and collectors, and may be submitted by anyone, including nonmembers.


Need to reach us?

Please send all guild correspondence to our post office box address. That way our officers will receive it. Our address is:

    Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild

    P.O. Box 340141

    Beavercreek, OH 45434




Comments, suggestions, or information to post:

Ed Chamness at mrandmrsquilter(at)aol.com


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