June 10, 2008

7:00 P.M.

Fairborn Senior Center

325 N. Third Street

Fairborn, Ohio


Visitors Welcome - $5.00 Speaker Fee


Even if it is a BEAUTIFUL day we will not cancel the meeting!


(No Newsletter in July:  Remember meeting is July 8)


Lecturer is Crazy about Curves

            Come join us for an evening with Vikki Pignatelli, full-time professional quilt-artist, designer, international teacher, lecturer and author. The meeting will be 100% Vikki. No business will be discussed as Vikki would like to spend as much time with us as possible. If you have guild questions on a topic please contact the person directly, and he or she will be glad to answer your questions.

Vikki entered the world of quilting in 1991 by attending a beginner’s class and quickly fell in love with the art of quilting. She is a self-taught artist with experience in painting (watercolor and oils) and sculpture, and she enjoys a passion for color and flowing designs. She developed a simple layering technique that is a blend of piecing and appliqué.

Vikki is the author of two books featuring this technique, Quilting Curves and Quilting By Improvisation. Also, Vikki has written “how-to” articles published in various quilt magazines.

When the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild compensates their speakers, we ask that nonmembers pay an entrance fee of $5.00.

            Membership dues are currently only $20.00/year and we encourage you to become a member, get involved and share in the great times we have together. What a bargain, pay for 4 meetings and get 8 free along with all the other benefits of being a MVQG member!

Shari Brindley

Vice President



A Note from the President

            Many thanks to Billie Ferguson and her team who put together a wonderful quilt show.

We can all be proud of the quality, variety and quantity of quilts that our members displayed. There were around 300 quilts. There were also 24 people for whom this was the first time they put a quilt in our show. Somebody from Pennsylvania won the raffle quilt!

We didn’t have an official judge for the show, and we hope that helped encourage first-timers to enter their quits. Personally I am opposed to judging since I see each quilt as a unique, beautiful, creative expression. We did have viewers’ choice ballots, but even that I don’t participate in as each quilt has a special beauty. There are plenty of other quilt shows that people can enter who want their work to be judged.

I am grateful to Susan Hill who has agreed to be the next quilt show chair, and several of the current workers also agreed to help with the 2010 show!

Every other year we look forward to a guild challenge. I thank Sue DeSantis who has agreed to run the next challenge.

All this we do for the love of quilting.

Ron Lundquist

President, 294-7844



July Meeting

July 8, 2008

7:00 p.m.

Fairborn Senior Center

Quilt as Desired?!

            Fiber construction artist, Cathy Franks, will talk to us on “How to Find a Quilting Design”. She is an international award winning quilt artist known for her design techniques and quilting style. Cathy has been quilting for 30 years, machine quilting for 15 years and long arm quilting since 1993. Her work is awesome and really something to see and emulate.

Cathy will be blessing us with a wonderful workshop the following day. Check out her website at cathyfranks.com to see just a small part of what she has accomplished.

Shari Brindley

Vice President


(Mark your calendar and set your alarm...no newsletter in July)



Welcome New Members

For your information: There are 189 current members.  For the May meeting 78 members and 6 guests attended.

Cicily Brogan

1234 Waters Edge Dr.

Centerville, OH 45458



Lynn Hunger

18 South Mulberry

Tremont City, OH 45372-0080



Lois McFarland

25 Martingham Ct.

Beavercreek, OH 45440



Please make the following changes to your roster:

Amy Ciric


Ann Frederick


Phyllis Helm


Linda Newcomer


Susan Voegtly




Secret Stitchers

            Secret Stitchers for next year will be headed up by Barbara Carruth. A big thank you to her for stepping forward and allowing fellowship to flow through our guild.


Sunshine News

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

No news is good news! If you hear of a member who could use our support, please give Lee a call.


June/July Stitch-Ins

The 3rd Monday Evening Stitch-in is held on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

            The 3rd Monday June evening stitch-in will be held June 16th at Marlo Sigler’s home. The address is 2681 Hayward Ave., Dayton. Her telephone number is 890-3383.

The July evening stitch-in will be held July 21st at Helen Stevenson’s home. The address is 48 Lavender Place, Tipp City. Her telephone number is 669-1907.

Please call Marlo and Helen for directions and to let them know you’ll be coming. Enjoy an evening with friends and get some of your quilting and piecing done!



Workshops for 2008

June 28 (Saturday)            9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.        Vikki Pignatelli

Combination of Improvisational Curves and Manipulations of Quilts

Cost is 45.00 – Sold Out

July 9 (Wednesday)           9 or 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. (6 hours)    Cathy Franks

Running Amok with Creativity

Cost is 40.00 – Check with Shari...there may be a seat left, or get on the waiting list!

Location of workshop is McDonald’s Training Center, 278 E. Main Street, New Lebanon, Ohio 45345

Maximum number of students is 20.

August 16 (Saturday)        described as a one day workshop        Leigh MacDonald

Based on her new book “Adventures in Circles” which won’t be published until July

Cost is 40.00 Sing up today before it is opened to the general public...!

Location of workshop is to be determined.

Maximum number of students is 20.
WORKSHOPS: Fees MUST be paid 2 months in advance or your spot will go to someone on the waiting list or anyone else wanting to take the workshop. I will NOT be putting class information in the newsletters. I will e-mail you the information or you can go to the teachers website. If you have questions please feel free to e-mail me at xbrindley@donet.com or call me at 937-372-8861. Shari

Shari Brindley

Workshops Chairperson


Quilted Tree Ornaments

            As a member of TWIG 17, I am asking my fellow Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild to make quilted Christmas tree ornaments for a designer tree that would be at the 2008 Festival of Trees/Sugarplum in November.

The guild would receive publicity for designing the ornaments on the tree and free entrance tickets to go to the Sugarplum on Saturday. The ornament size should be small, such as postcard size, and the color would need be red, green or white or a combination of these.

I would collect the ornaments monthly at the meetings and also at the retreat. The last month that I could collect would be in September.

Thank you in advance for your support for the Dayton Children’s Medical Center Festival of Trees/Sugarplum event.

Connie Combs

TWIG 17—20+ year member

(Check out the website for some of the ornaments already submitted...if you need ideas, type in “free quilted christmas ornament pattern” on your search engine...



Quilt Shows

(Check the website for additional shows...if you know of a show not listed, e-mail to mvqgoh@aol.com)

     June 1st – Oct. 12th     

     Quilting Stories

Sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus 43211. Cost is $8. Quilting Stories will show how 19th and 20th century Ohio quilters used fabric and thread to tell stories about family, heroes, healing, celebrations and even political causes. The quilts on display, which range from traditional to contemporary, have a common thread. All are excellent examples of the art of quilting and storytelling by Ohio quilters. For more information, contact info@ohiohistory.org.

     Summer and Fall

     Quilts of the Midwest: Creations of Art and Utility

“A Museum Hop” that consist of nine venues that showcase over 400 quilts that were created during the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibits are located within a short drive of each other in the Columbus, Ohio area and will be accessible throughout the summer and fall months of 2008. Additional information about these exhibits can be found at: midwestquilts.home.att.net.

     June 7th – Jan 4th, 2009

     Quilts of Northern Ohio

The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, will showcase Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio. In the 19th century Ohio was the Nation's frontier and Ohio's population quickly became a patchwork of people. In this exhibit the mingling of styles and influences as seen in quilts is a direct reflection of Ohio's diverse early population. For more information about the quilt shows or programs of the Ohio Historical Society, call 800-686-6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.

     June 19th – 21st          

     39th Annual NQA 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.

     Sew Quilt Embroidery Festival

     June 26 – 28

Sharonville Convention Center, Sharonville, Ohio

Thursday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pre-festival workshops begin Wednesday, June 25th 9 a.m.

Admission: $8 Advance or with coupon $7

Quilter’s Gathering - An Evening with TV Super Star Kaye Wood

Come Join Kaye for a FUN evening of “Giggles and Chuckles”

Friday evening June 27th, 5 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.

Tickets available ONLY $10

Kaye is an award winning quilt engineer, renown for her techniques in simplifying quilting. She is also the hostess of the program, Kaye’s Quilting Friends, on Public Television. Kaye likes to consider herself a quilt engineer because of the tools she has designed and the techniques she has created. Her tools and techniques have revolutionized the quilting world enabling anyone to make a quilt in a timely manner and with great accuracy. Since she started designing in 1979, Kaye has authored over 20 books and created 9 quilting tools. Kaye also has an online TV program www.kayewoodtv.com. For information contact: www.pcmexpo.com

     June 27th and 28th

     25th Anniversary Quilt Show

Show is sponsored by the Owensboro Area Quilters’ Guild and is held at One Executive Blvd., Executive Inn, Owensboro, Ky. The fee is $5. Times of the show are from 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. Guest speaker will be Patricia Knoechel (Eleanor Burns’ sister) from Quilt in a Day. She will be giving demonstrations at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors will be selling quilt patterns, books, fabric, and more.

     July 17th – 20th

     Celebration 2008

If you missed last month’s meeting, our speaker Ann Calland gave us an overview of The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion Indiana (an easy day trip). It is located in The Marie Webster House and is the only quilt museum in the home of a world-renowned quilter. Their Celebration 2008 exhibits include Quilts by 2008 Honoree, Helen Kelley; American Quilts: A Retrospective 1850–1950; Quilts from Marie Webster Quilt Guild and the Indiana State Quilt Guild. Address is 926 S. Washington St., Marion, Ind. 46952 and their website is quiltershalloffame@sbcglobal.net. Admission is $4 and the hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March through December.


Want to do a Twisted Bargello or finish/start a Judy Niemeyer?

If you are interested in learning how to do a Twisted Bargello or finish/start a Judy Niemeyer, come to Appalachian Quilt Store in Enon.  We have 5 ladies already working on their Bargello!!  If you want to start or just want to come by and take a look to see if you are interested, please do.  

Here are the dates:

June 12             6-8pm               Twisted Bargello/Judy Niemeyer


June 26             6-8pm               Twisted Bargello/Judy Niemeyer

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m excited to get started and finish my Niemeyer.  And maybe even start another Twisted!!!

Susan Hill


Directions:  Take I-675 North to Exit 24 (Enon).  Turn right at the light.  It’s 2.3 miles on the right.  Look for the “Howard’s IGA”.  Turn in here.  The quilt store is just left of the IGA.  So easy.

Please Note:  If you have a Judy Niemeyer pattern, it may be wise to check her website to see if there have been any revisions.


Pointers & Tips for Quilting

Keep Those Pins Short: If you prefer to pin baste your appliqué pieces, be sure to get some fine, short pins. Using regular sewing pins will lead to the frustration of having your thread get caught up in the pins. The fine pins will also leave holes that are much less noticeable.

Prewashing without Tangle: When prewashing quilting fabrics, place a dry towel in the dryer with the fabrics to keep them from twisting.

Acid-Free Storage: The safest technique for storing a quilt that is not being displayed is to wrap the quilt in acid-free tissue and place it into an archival storage box. Support any folded areas with rolls of tissue to prevent creases. Remove from the box every few months and refold so the creases are not always in the same areas of the quilt.

Consider Using the Other Side: Consider using the wrong side of your fabrics now and then.  They may be a softer shade or the lower value of a color you are looking for.  After all, when you purchased it, you paid for both sides!

Straighter Borders and Bindings: It helps to cut the borders and bindings on the length of the grain (along the selvage edge)  because there is not as much stretch and they are less likely to be wavy when finished.

Solving Needle-Threading Problems: Threading pearl cotton is difficult because the strands separate.  Put a dab of glue on a scrap of paper and run the end (about 1/2 inch) through the glue.  Let it dry and threading is much easier.  This should work for embroidery thread as well.  Why not prepare 3 or 4 strands at one time and they would be ready to thread when needed.



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 August 2008 Issue: Monday, July 14

(Reminder – No July Newsletter)

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 2008 Officers

President                               Ron Lundquist          

Vice President                      Shari Brindley                       

Treasurer                               Sandy Hartz              

Recording Secretary            Kathy Bean               

Corresponding Secretary    Debbie Bertke          


2008 Board Meetings
February 4
May 5
August 4
November 3

All officers and committee chairs are expected to attend the Board meetings which are held quarterly on  Mondays as listedAll  Guild members are invited to attend.


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





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


Quilters’ Quotes is a copyrighted publication of the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild. No one may reprint this newsletter in any form, in part or in whole, without the written consent from the Guild.




Comments, suggestions, or information to post:

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