September 9, 2008

7:00 P.M.

Fairborn Senior Center

325 N. Third Street

Fairborn, Ohio


Visitors Welcome - $5.00 Speaker Fee


Tools Simplify the Quilting Process

            Our guest for the September meeting is Rita Fishel, nationally known speaker, teacher and owner of the very busy shop, Creations SewClever, in Chillicothe. Her lecture is entitled “Tool Time”.

            The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, at the Fairborn Senior Center.  The $5.00 speaker fee applies to this meeting.

            Rita and family relocated to a charming farm in rural southern Ohio, after many years in the desert Southwest. In late 1992 she purchased a small clothing and fabric business. Many classes were offered in this new shop, and by far the most popular and fun were Rita’s Mystery Classes. From 16 years of Mystery Classes, a book was born and published by AQS.

            Stop by the shop when you find yourself in the area. The gang is dying to show you around with the latest ideas or techniques. The classes offered are thorough, supportive and light-hearted.

Shari Brindley

Vice President



A Note from the President

            Our Community Quilts project, under the leadership of Chris Landis, has created many quilts over the past six years for needy children and others. We thank Chris very much for doing a superb job as each gift quilt represented the generosity of every member of the guild. Now Chris is stepping aside and is eager to give this rewarding and challenging position to another guild member. If you, or your stitch-in group, want to make a quilting difference in the Dayton community by coordinating the making of community quilts, please step forward.

            The time has come for a Nominating Committee to scout out a slate of officers for the guild to vote on at the October meeting. I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve the Guild, but now it’s time for a new President as well as a new Treasurer. Please call the Nominating Committee to offer your skills: Billie Ferguson 890-3901, Ed Chamness 372-5821, Nancy Smith 426-8233, Pat Emanuel 879-1339, or Loretta Stephens 372-5439.

            And for the fun of it, several members enjoyed a workshop given by Leigh McDonald, our speaker in August. We can all look forward to seeing their completed quilts.

All this we do for the love of quilting.

Ron Lundquist

President, 294-7844





Welcome New Members

There are currently 204 members. At the August meeting, 85 members attended and also 2 guests.

New Members

Mary S. Baugh

1013 Copperfield Lane

Tipp City, OH 45371



Maria Elkins

1621 Rosemeade Drive

Beavercreek, OH 45432



Pam Geisel

P.O. Box 805

Yellow Springs, OH 45387



Elaine Jenkins

116 Hatchie Dr

Sardinia, OH 45171

Please make the following change to your roster:

Barb Cole (new e-mail) ringbac2(at)



Quilters’ RendezvousRetreat 2009

            Where has your quilting taken you lately or where will it take you in the future? Join us for an exciting and fun-filled weekend of quilting at the 2009 MVQG Winter Retreat at Bergamo/St. John Conference Center, 4400 Shakertown Road, Beavercreek.

            Our quilting journey begins on Friday, February 20th at 9 a.m. and continues until Sunday, the 22nd at 4 p.m.

            Your initial booking of this fabulous rendezvous is a $50 deposit for lodgers and a $25 deposit for commuters, payable to Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild.

            Registration will begin in September at the meeting or you may mail your form to Sandy Hartz, 3208 Lantz Rd., Beavercreek, OH, 45432, or turn it in at the meeting. Please use the form available on the website or fill one out at the September meeting.

                        Lodger                                              Commuter

                        Single          $193.00                         1 day         $37.00

                        Double         $158.00                         2 days       $66.00

                        Triple            $146.00                         3 days       $88.00

Final payment is requested by the January meeting. Any changes or additions will be completed prior to February’s meeting. Please remember the retreat is for current guild members. For retreat questions, call Lesa Bame at 937-848-5844 or Sandy Hartz at 937-429-9031.

Sandy Hartz

Retreat Chairperson


Sally F. Kerr Memorial Retreat Scholarship Fund

          The Sally Kerr fund is available to provide a “quilter in need” with a full or partial scholarship so they will be able to attend retreat. Anyone who would like to make a donation to keep this scholarship going into the future, may do so by marking the registration form and including it with your retreat fees. Information about obtaining a scholarship or making a donation can be had by contacting Kathy Bean, Heidi Young, or Lesa Bame.

            Application forms will be at the registration table. We will accept applications in September through the November meetings. Applicants will be kept confidential and will be notified before the December meeting.

Kathy Bean



MVQG’s 2008 Quilt Show Peoples’ Choice Winners

Pieced Bed               1         Mary S. Miller              Dolmabahce (2008)

                                    2         Sandy Gebele            Twisted Bargello (2008)


Applique Bed                       1   Kathy Bean                        Little Brown Bird by Margaret Docherty (2008)

                                    2         Amy Ciric                    Asleep Under the Oaks (2007)


Pieced Wall               1         Ginny Bignell               Color Wash Irish Chain (2008)

                                    2         Susan Voegtly            Color Wash Irish Chain (2008)


Applique Wall            1         Fran LaSalle               Baltimore, The End (2006)

                                    2         Kathy Bean                 Standing Room Only (2007)


Art                               1         Lesa Marie Bame      Fantasy Fireworks (2007)

                                    2         Fran LaSalle               Heavenly Blue (2007)


Challenge                   1         Susan Schaller           Posies and Pineapples (2006)

                                    2         Susan Schaller           Memories of Mardi Gras (2007)


Mini                             1         Mary C. Miller             Roses are Red (2008)

                                    2         Nicki Hulsman            March of the Yankees (2008)


Kids                            1         Bootie Zengel             My Music Quilt (2004)


Wearable                   1         Susan Schaller           Pacific Rim Jacket (2007)

                                    2         Debbie Hohne            Not Anna’s Jacket (2008)

                                    2         Debbie Burk               Not Anna’s Lady Liberty Jacket (2005)


Home                          1         Bootie Zengel             Autumn Leaves (2006)

                                    2         Nola Suarez                Honey Bee Table Cloth (???)


Best of Show             1         Kathy Bean                 Little Brown Bird by Margaret Docherty (2008)



I Would be a Secret Stitcher if…

     If you have thought about signing up to be a Secret Stitcher but held back for some reason here is your chance to do something about it. Due to the less than enthusiastic response at the August meeting, if there is something to change about this project that would entice more members to participate, please share your thoughts—it is not too late. If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact Barbara Carruth at jccbsc(at) or at 254-8136.

            Sign-ups for a new season of Secret Stitchers will continue in September and go through October with the first gift exchange in November. This is a fun way to get to know another guild member. Each month you will bring a small gift such as a fat-quarter, sewing notion, a treat, or other inexpensive item for your assigned Stitcher, and you will receive a gift from your Secret Stitcher. In the last month the identities of the Stitchers are revealed.


September 3rd Monday Stitch-In

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

The 3rd Monday evening stitch-in will be held September 15th at Sue White’s home. The address is 250 Timberwind Lane, Vandalia. Her telephone number is 890-8710.

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



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 October 2008 Issue: Monday, September 15

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.


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Trinity Annual Holiday Festival

3218 Indian Ripple Road

Beavercreek OH 45440

October 4, 2008         9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Raffle Tickets Available at September MVQG Meeting


            Quilt Drawing, quilted items, handmade items, collectables, home baked goods and candies, frozen apple pies, stationery plus many other items. Also a luncheon and Garage Sale.


Contact: Trinity Community, 426-8481 or Gene Williams at 426-0467


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Quilt Shows

     September 4th – 6th

     15th Annual Circleville Goodtime Quilt Show

Show held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound St., Circleville, Oh. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact

     September 5th – 7th

     Clinton County Quilt Association 26th Annual Quilt Show

The Clinton County quilt show and corn festival will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, Floral Hall Bldg., 958 W. Main, Wilmington, Oh. Hour are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations, raffle quilts, Beehive Gift Shop, door prizes and Project Linus Sewing. For more information, contact gqualen(at)

     Sept. 6th – 13th

     Tri-State Shop Hop

Shops participating in the hop are: Aunt Ruth’s Scrap Basket, Sharonville; Best Friends Quilt Shoppe, Northgate; Cabin Arts, Burlington, KY; Fabric Shack, Waynesville; Quilt Box, Dry Ridge, KY; Quilt Bug, Lawrenceburg, IN; Sew-A-Lot, Centerville; Sew-Ezy Sewing Studio, Sharonville; Stitches ‘n Such, Glendale and Victorian Quilt Shop, Cincinnati. Susan G. Komen and the Tri-State Shop Hop join together for a cure. Purchase a raffle ticket, support a wonderful cause and you could be the winner of the beautiful 2007 shop hop quilt. Drawing will be held on September 15.

     Sept. 26th and 27th

     25th Annual Ross County Quilt Show

Show held at Tyler Methodist Church, 260 Mill St., Chillicothe, OH. Hours are 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact:

     October 4th and 5th

     23rd Annual Farmersville Quilt Show

Show is sponsored by Farmersville Rotary Club and is held at 202 Jackson St., Farmersville, Oh. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $5. For more information, email ejames.wampler(at)



Pointers & Tips for Quilting

Spotlight: A great eye-saving tool is a Black & Decker Snake light. It is long and flexible. The light curls around your neck and makes a great spotlight for redwork, embroidery, etc. No need for a high powered lamp nearby and great for traveling!

Scrapbook 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.

Digital Camera: Sometimes you cannot see what is right in front of your face, so use a digital camera. Place all of your blocks and sashes on the wall and take a digital picture of it. Put the digital photo into your computer and you’ll be able to see where the block placement is most pleasing.

Stabilizing Fabric: If you want to use fabrics paints or fabric pens to decorate a quilt block, try stabilizing it first by ironing on freezer paper to the backside. The plastic side of the freezer paper will temporarily fuse to fabric by ironing it on, and it will peel right off when you are done. This is also great for making quilt labels.

Embellishments: Shaped confetti in little bags make great sequins for crazy quilts!

Dye Check: When pre-washing your material (especially good for reds) place a piece of muslin in the washing machine....that way you will be able to tell if the fabric is really going to run.

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

Storage: Use tall storage containers with the plastic drawers to sort out different colored fabrics—one color per drawer. They don’t require much space.

Straightening Fabric: To straighten fabric after washing, in preparation for cutting, fold across the bias and pull. Get a friend to help. Pull at the fold and every few inches out to the points.

Quilt Labels: To make sure that the label you add to your quilt cannot be removed, stitch to the back of the quilt before the quilting is completed. Quilt through the label.





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)



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:

E-mail Ed Chamness at mvqgoh(at)