August 14, 2007

7:00 P.M.

Fairborn Senior Center

325 N. Third Street

Fairborn, Ohio


Visitors Welcome - $5.00


Program to Feature Award Winning Artist

          This month we are very lucky to have Rita Steffenson. She was scheduled to come last February and the winter storms of Ohio hit us all hard. I had an opening in August and so did she, so I’m very excited to have been able to reschedule her.

Rita was born in Wisconsin without the personal history of sewing or quilt making. Yet she began the way most of us do by using graph paper and a calculator. After joining a quilt guild and attending her first quilt shows, Rita began to see the possibilities of what could be achieved. She now has a dedicated studio and can concentrate on making her works of art reflect her feelings and experiences.

She has explored contemporary techniques, color, creativity and the elements of design. She draws on a variety of her interests for inspiration: photography, dreams, imagination and nature.

In her lecture for us “Natures Imagery: Inspiration and the Creative Process”, she will share her inspiration and extensive examples of her creative process. We will see an in-depth look at the development of some recent award winning quilts. It will include all aspects of creating these quilts: composition, color palette, fabric dying, construction and quilting techniques.

For a preview of some of her work, you can go to her website:

Susan Hill

Vice President



A Note from the President

            I want to thank everybody who helped put together a successful quilt show for the Fairborn Heritage Days, June 23 and 24. We had an excellent variety of quilts on display. Enthusiastic workers from the guild demonstrated their quilting skills and did white gloving. Most importantly, we had many visitors who were impressed with the exhibit. Even several residents of the senior citizen apartment complex eagerly dug out antique family heirloom quilts to bring in to show us.

Many thanks are also due to all who participated in creating our raffle quilt. It was completed in time for the show, and we sold many raffle tickets.

We were also able to bring the raffle quilt to the Sew/Quilt Embroidery Festival at the Sharonville Convention Center, June 28, 29 and 30. Again, many thanks to all who participated. Please keep the raffle quilt in mind as fund raising opportunities arise.

June was so busy, July is a welcome relief! But don’t forget the board meeting coming up August 6. It’s already time for committee chair people to begin thinking about their budgets.

One final note, I have been looking forward for a long time to Rita Steffenson coming to speak to our guild. She was scheduled last winter when we had to cancel due to a snow and ice storm. In addition to winning awards at major quilt shows around the country, Rita is having a particularly successful summer here in Ohio winning awards at the Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s exhibit in Columbus and at Quilt National at the Dairy Barn in Athens.

All this we do for the loving of quilting,

Ron Lundquist

President, 294-7844




City Barbeque Fundraiser Results

            A total of $117.85 was raised for the guild. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Debbie Bertke


August 3rd Tuesday Stitch-In

Evening stitch-in held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

            The 3rd Tuesday evening stitch-in will be held August 21st at Marlo Sigler’s home. The address is 2681 Hayward Ave., Dayton. Her telephone number is 890-3383.

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



Welcome New Members

For your information, there is currently 195 members in our guild and 54 plus 5 guests attended the July meeting.

Carol McWhinney*

125 W. Wenger Rd.

Englewood, OH 45322



Maggie Marziale

555 Stolle Dr.

Springboro, OH 45066

(937) 350-7242


Vickie Fitchlee

18253 Jefferson Park Rd.,

   Suite 202

Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

(937) 470-9665




Special Thanks!

      Thank You to all the members who helped with the Fairborn Heritage Days quilt display. This includes all those helping setup and taking down, those who furnished many great quilts and all of you who gave your time doing demos and answering questions. We have been asked to participate again next year. I don’t have any dates as yet. Thanks again!

Linda Adams


Linda Cantrell Workshop

September 12

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church

Dayton-Xenia Rd.


Supply List


  Black/blue pigma pen size 8 or 5

  Black sharpie fine point pen

  Freezer paper

  Paper scissors

  Iron and iron pad with a hard surface (cut and press pads are too soft)

  Roxanne’s glue-baste-it (if you can’t find this Linda will have the sample size for $30)

  Basic sewing supplies

  1 fat quarter fabric for your floor—can look like carpet or wood

  1 fat quarter for cat or dog—if you choose to do a pet

  Fabric scraps for clothing—if you choose to do a person—stripes and plaids do not work well for clothing

  1 fat quarter flesh color fabric

  Bring lots of scraps—just think about what you might want in the room—lamp, a picture, a pillow Linda always says “More is More!!!”


            We are doing a “Self-Portrait” incognito “Everything I Want To Be, But Don’t Dare.” This is for all skill levels. Even if you aren’t thrilled with appliqué, why not try it. Our guild workshops have been lot of fun. I’m checking to see if we can do raw edge appliqué. We will start with a chair. In that chair you can put yourself, your dog, your cat or any other member of your family. You can have fun making yourself as you are…or make yourself everything you want to be, but don’t dare. She will provide several body types. You don’t need to have drawing abilities. You do need an advanced sense of humor!!!

            Please help support our workshops. Come and have some fun with other guild members.

Susan Hill






Items of Interest

Remember that the guild has an $800.00 Winkle Ranch Machine Quilting Frame that Fern Miller donated.  It includes an instructional video, patterns and templates. The guild is asking $250.00.  If you are interested, contact Susan Hill rk_hill(at),  426-4740.


Pat Emmanuel has raffle tickets available…the quilt is done and made its debut at the Fairborn Heritage Days and the Creative Festival in Sharonville.  Contact Pat, 879-1339, for tickets.



Sunshine News

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

            On Sunday, July 22, longtime Guild member Virginia Kier suffered a massive cerebral hemorrage and was put on life support at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton Ohio.  She passed away July 25at 9:02 AM.  

Visitation was on Saturday, July 28, from 10am -12pm with the service held at Noon. Reverend Donald Shurts of Gracepoint Church officiated. Visitation and service were held at Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek.

In lieu of flowers, suggests that contributions may be made to SICSA pet adoption center, 937-294-6505,






Classified Ad

Pfaff Grand Quilter, Inspira Quilt Frame, Quilter’s Cruise Control—$1800

Owner upgrading to long arm quilter. System in place to “tryout.” Maintained perfectly. Have quilted 25 quilts and several wall hangings. 120” x 32”. Lights under pantograph shelf included. All accessories and extra bobbins and machine needles included. One person set-up. Great machine. Purchased locally at Sew-A-Lot in Centerville. They provide great service and friendly troubleshooting. Machine can also be used stand-alone. Made to piece or quilt. Wide throat, very fast. Owner has also “pushed” several large quilts through the machine before setting up the quilt frame.

Try it out, by appointment only. Call Jane Michener 513-897-5142 after 6 p.m. (near Waynesville, OH)


Treasurer’s Report

Submitted by Sandy Hartz, Treasurer

For the Period May 1 – 31, 2007


BEGINNING BALANCE                                                     $9,042.00


       Door Prize                                             38.40         

       Quilt Challenge*                                    80.00

       Membership                                       162.00               

TOTAL INCOME                                     $280.40                $9,322.00     


       Sunshine                                                  9.93

       Door Prize                                               4.65

       Newsletter Postage April/May             41.34

       Membership Roster Stamps               39.00

       Fairborn Senior Center                        87.50

       S. Robinson-Setup Room/May           50.00

       Workshop—Kimberly Einmo            350.00

       Bank Fee & NSF                                  35.00         

TOTAL EXPENSES                               $617.42               

ENDING BALANCE                                                            $8,705.00

*The Quilt Challenge is a self-sufficient project.

          Earmarked Funds: $2,000.00—The Sally Kerr Scholarship Fund is being held in the main account, but will only be used in accordance with the agreed stipulations set forth by the retreat committee on behalf of the donor.


Treasurer’s Report

Submitted by Sandy Hartz, Treasurer

For the Period June 1 – 30, 2007


BEGINNING BALANCE                                                     $8,705.00


       Auction                                                     292.50          

       NSF & Bank Fee Reimbursement         35.00

       Workshop-May                                        240.00          

TOTAL INCOME                                         $567.50           $9,273.00


       Newsletter Postage—June                      41.00

       Fairborn Senior Center                            87.50

       Stacy Robinson—Setup Rm/Jun            50.00

       Domicone Printing                 

       June/July Newsletter                                 70.40          

TOTAL EXPENSES                                   $248.90          

ENDING BALANCE                                                            $9,024.00

          Earmarked Funds: $2,000.00—The Sally Kerr Scholarship Fund is being held in the main account, but will only be used in accordance with the agreed stipulations set forth by the retreat committee on behalf of the donor.


Quilt Shows

     August 22nd – 25th     

     American Quilter’s Society Quilt Exposition

Three shows under one roof. The Expo will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at Gaylord Opryland® Resort and Convention Center. Exhibits include quilts in the Quilter’s Choice, On the Wall and Ultimate Guild Challenge contests; the latest needlework stitched with cloth, yarn, or thread; and quilts made using a machine (long arm, embroidery, and home domestic sewing machines). More than 300 booths in the Merchant Mall provide a shopper’s paradise.

     September 6th – 9th     

     Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIV

Mancuso Show Management presents the largest and most prominent textile arts event on the east coast all under one roof. Held at the Expo Hall, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, Pa. 17110. The quilt competition features entries from throughout the nation including traditional and innovative quilts. The exhibits will offer over six hundred quilts and garments presented in gallery style as well as more than two hundred vendor booths.      

     September 7th – 9th     

     C.C.Q.A. 25th Annual Quilt Show

“Autumn Glory” quilt show/corn festival will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W. Main St., Wilmington, Oh. 45177. Show will feature quilting demonstrations, raffle quilts, door prizes and “The Beehive” gift shop. 

     September 15th and 16th

     3rd Annual Quilts at Peifer Orchards

An Outdoor Quilt Show & Sale is quilts that are displayed in a tree filled yard and barn. It is located at 4590 US Route 68 North (one mile north of Yellow Springs, Oh). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 15th and noon to 4 p.m. on September 16th. If you wish to display a quilt go to for the registration form.

     September 29th

     Quilt Show & Antique Appraisals

The show, Yesterday’s Treasures, will be held at the Hithergreen Center, 5900 Hithergreen Dr., Centerville, Oh. Show is sponsored by the Centerville-Washington Township Historical Society. Quilts from the 1880’s to present plus antique sewing accessories & memorabilia will be featured. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the Historical Society at 937-433-0123 or for more information. Another point of contact is Bootie Zengel, 433-1323 or Vicki Williamson,


Pointers & Tips for Quilting

            Bias Edge: When sewing a bias edge to a straight edge, make sure the straight edge is on top as the fabrics are fed through the machine.

            Marking Fabrics: Mark fabrics in the same light that you would primarily use for stitching. Daylight marks don’t always work at night and vice versa.

            Masking Tape: Hardware stores have a wide selection of masking tape widths. You are not limited to the standard ¾" tape for marking large quilted areas.

            Batting: Open prepackaged batting, spread it flat and allow the batting to relax for at least 24 hours. If in a hurry, place the batt in a warm dryer and fluff it for about five minutes to remove its creases.

            Quilting Designs: For quilting designs, there are many sources. Architecture, art, flooring, coloring books, wallpaper, bed linens or pick up a book on Sashiko. These will inspire some new patterns.

            Walking Foot: Use a walking foot on the sewing machine when applying binding to avoid puckers.

            Binding: Try a ½" seam when applying binding for greater strength.

Fabric Shortage: If you find you’re running short on binding, round corners of quilt. This requires much less 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.


MVQG’s 2007 Officers

President                               Ron Lundquist           294-7844

Vice President                      Susan Hill                   426-4740

Treasurer                               Sandy Hartz               429-9031

Recording Secretary            Kathy Bean                433-3343

Corresponding Secretary    Debbie Bertke           884-5078


2007 Board Meetings

The following board meetings for 2007 are as follows:

            August 6th

            November 5th

The quarterly board meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fairborn Senior Center. All officers and committee chairs are asked to attend and any interested guild members are welcome.


Deadline for September 2007 Issue: Monday, August 20

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.


Quilting stories, ideas, news?

Send to:

Chris Garcher

MVQG Newsletter Editor

6258 Gander Road East

Dayton OH 45424


E-mail: DJGarcher(at)



For fees and contracts, please contact:

Ed Chamness

P.O. Box 694

Wilberforce, OH  45384




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)


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