November 13, 2007
Shop ‘Til You Drop at the In-House Shop Hop
Our November program is a Vendor’s Fair with most of our local quilt shops coming directly to us. It’s a shop hop at our regular meeting place. Our vendors include: Bernina on Main St., Stitches & Stones, Sulphur Grove Quilt Shop, Janet Miller (City Stitcher), Linda’s Sew ‘n So, Enon, Appalachian Quilting, Unique Stitches and Jessie Charles (scissor sharpener).
Each shop will offer a discount or other special for the evening just for our guild.
This year each shop will have 5–7 minutes to tell a little about their shop, what’s new or what they have brought that you need to make sure you see at their booth.
This is a great opportunity to look for supplies for your next project, Christmas gifts or supplies for Christmas gifts. Fabric and quilt books make a great gift idea for members of your quilting family or friends.
You can check out sewing machines if you are in the market for one or see what’s new. It is also a great opportunity to show our support for all of the local shops and for members new to the area to learn about the location and projects carried by each shop.
A Note from the President
Please give special thanks to Sue DeSantis for all she did to produce a successful guild challenge. I thought the idea was very clever and the creative results from the participants were stunning.
Since we alternate the challenge and the guild quilt show, there won’t be another challenge until 2009. So now we can focus on getting quilts ready for the quilt show in May of 2008.
I’m happy to tell you that the Shirley Stutz class filled quickly, and we have seven people on a waiting list.
Many thanks also go to our slate of officers for the coming year. I am very grateful for all the work Susan Hill has done as Vice President and welcome Shari Brindley as our new VP in January.
Don’t forget our final board meeting for the year, November 5. All are welcome, but especially we want to see board members and committee chairs at this meeting at the senior center at 6 p.m.
All this we do for the love of quilting,
Welcome New Members
For your information, there are currently 210 members in our guild and 84 plus10 guests attended the October meeting.
Lesa Marie Bame
4388 Moss Oak Trail
Please make the following changes to your roster:
Thank you to all of you who participated in the Challenge this year. We had 40 people sign up and 21 completed their quilts in time for the Challenge night. I enjoyed seeing the variety of creative expressions that resulted from guidelines given. Congratulations to the following people for their winning efforts:
Pieced Appliquéd Art
1st Rose Hoeg 1st Chris Landis 1st Susan Schaller
2nd Jane Kelly 2nd
3rd Jayne Burk 3rd Connie Howard 3rd Harolyn Burns
See Photos on the Website
Fons & Porter Subscription Offer
Connie Combs will again offer the Fons & Porter magazine subscription to the guild as a fundraiser.
Members who are renewing should bring their labels to the November meeting and she will also sign up news members. Cost is $20 with a portion coming back to the guild.
This fundraiser will be available through the January meeting. Connie's phone Number is 429-3281
2008 Raffle Quilt
Speaking of fundraisers, the raffle quilt is finished and beautiful (see photo on website) and now we need to push on selling tickets. This is a MAJOR fundraiser for the Guild and we need to keep up our sales until the quilt show in March.
Did you pick up tickets at a Guild meeting? If so, do not leave them on the shelf. If you are going to sell them, sell them…if not, make out a check to the Guild and bring in the stubs with your name (Guild members are certainly qualified to win!) Then, pick up some more tickets and sell them this time! If you did not get them at a meeting, call Pat Emanuel and make arrangements!
Pat has done a great job in organizing volunteers and getting everything ready for the raffle, and now we need to pitch in and sell those tickets.
If you are going to another guild’s show you might take along a picture and your tickets. Sell a few to the members selling tickets for their raffle quilt.
To promote the 2008
show (No, it is not too early.) you can also use the show bookmarks and flyers
posted on the web. Download them, and
again, take some to the shows you attend and to any shops out of the area. You
can also download the quilt photo. People are always able to travel
considerable distances for shows…Janice and I have been to
You might also think about taking the quilt and some tickets to any of the local shops for a day to two. The shops are usually glad to have us and you can always buy a few things for yourself while you are there.
The idea is - LET’S GET BUSY AND SELL, SELL, SELL.
Quilt Show Committee Member
Please remember that your first secret gift is in November. This will go from November 2007 to April 2008 when we will have the unveiling. I’m so excited and thankful for those of you who have joined me in trying to get to know someone else in the guild.
For those of you who missed out this time there will be another opportunity next April. Good memories of those who have empowered our lives should inspire us to invest in others. A quote from “What I Learned from God While Quilting” (available in the guild’s library). Thank you.
November 3rd Tuesday Stitch-In
Evening stitch-in held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
of the holiday, the monthly stitch-in will be held on the 4th Tuesday evening,
November 27th, at Sue White’s home. The address is
Please call Sue 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!
Retreat Activities To Offer Humor and Relaxation
Wanted…Bad and Ugly Quilts!
Please register at retreat table so that we can get an idea of how many quilts we will have to set up. These must be finished tops. They do not have to be quilted or bound (although they can be). This may be one of the only prizes you will win for that quilt.
Bad = points that don’t match, circles that look like ???, etc.
Ugly = just plain ugly! What were you thinking when you picked those colors and then you had the guts to put them together?
Massage therapists will be available at retreat; if interested, please sign up. This does not commit you to a day or time. That will be handled by Mary Jobe at the registration table at retreat. This was a big hit last year! We just want to be sure we have enough time slots available. Personally, by the time I made up my mind last year it was too late and I lost out. So this year I’m signing up early!
See Registration Materials in October Newsletter in Archives On-line
Sally F. Kerr Memorial Retreat Scholarship Fund
We are pleased and honored to have this fund provided in Sally’s memory by her husband Bill. It is available so that for years to come a “quilter in need” can be provided with a full or partial scholarship, so she will be able to attend retreat. The friendship, fellowship and fun at quilt retreat is enjoyed by all who attend!
that would like to donate to keep this scholarship going into the future can do
so by simply marking the Registration Form and including it with your retreat
fees. If you are not attending retreat and would like to donate either contact
me, Diane McLane (Retreat Scholarship Fund Chairperson) or
you are interested in applying for a scholarship or know someone that would be
a candidate, please get a form from the registration table at the meeting or
contact myself or
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 anyone in need of our support, please give Lee a call.
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 December 2007 Issue: Monday, November 19
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.
Submitted by Sandy Hartz, Treasurer
For the Period August 1 – September 30, 2007
BEGINNING BALANCE $8,605.00
Quilt Show Account 4,000.00
Reimbursement—Raffle Quilt Fabric 209.47
Reimbursement—Storage Fee 405.00
Quilt Frame—Donation (Programs) 200.00
City BBQ Fundraiser (Programs) 118.00
Membership (Aug–120/Sep–235) 355.00
Winter Retreat* 1,369.00
Door Prize (Aug–35.18/Sep–39.40) 74.58
TOTAL INCOME $7,046.05 $15,651.00
Stacy Robinson—Setup Rm (2 mos) 100.00
Community Quilts 138.22
Speaker–Rita Steffenson 298.00
Speaker–Linda Cantrell 1,138.00
Winter Retreat* 80.58
Newsletter Postage 41.00
Office Supplies—Letterhead Stationary 94.79
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,257.59
ENDING BALANCE $13,425.00
*Winter Retreat is self-sufficient.
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.
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 final board meeting for 2007 is:
The quarterly board meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the
Quilting stories, ideas, news?
MVQG Newsletter Editor
Preparation - 45 min | Cooking - 13 min | Cooling Time - 1 hrs refrigerating | Yields - 10
• ¼ cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
• ¾ cup all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground cloves
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 3 large eggs
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup pure pumpkin pack
• 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
• 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
• 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
• 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)
Directions: For cake: Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
For filling: Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Re-roll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
Cooking Tip: Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.
NOTE: Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.
Tips & Pointers for Quilters
Picture This! Instead of using a reducing glass or door peephole glass to view a quilt when laying out blocks, use a digital camera. When looking at a photograph, blocks can easily be seen if they need to be moved or turned. A digital camera is also handy when you’ve gotten your quilt blocks all laid out and ready to sew, but don’t have room to leave them out until you sew them together. Take a digital picture so when you are ready to sew, you don’t have to redo the layout.
Machine Quilting Practice: Patchwork bandanas, which are inexpensive at craft stores, make great practice pieces for machine quilting. These are especially helpful for beginners to learn quilting in the ditch.
Hand Basting a Quilt: When getting ready to baste a quilt, tape the backing to the floor, then the batting and finally the quilt top. Slip a marble under the quilt to create a bump, so it’s easy to stitch through the quilt without scratching the floor. Roll the marble to wherever you want to baste.
Movable Quilt Hanger: Place backing for the 3M™ Command™ Adhesive hooks on the backs of two small quilt hangers. Use them to display seasonal wall quilts, and when the season (and quilt) changes, move the quilt hangers to hold a quilt of a different width. There will be no holes in the walls and you can change your quilts as often as you like.
Cheer Up a Quilter: Instead of sending flowers to a quilting friend who is sick, give fat quarters or a gift card to a favorite quilt shop.
Sweep Away Wrinkles: Layer a quilt on a clean floor, taping the backing, right side down, to the floor. After layering and before pinning, take a clean broom and sweep the quilt! Start from the center and work your way out, sweeping from the center toward the edges. This gets all the wrinkles out of the batting and creates static electricity that helps keep the layers together.
Quilt Freshener: Toss in one or two new tennis balls. The bouncing of the balls fluffs the quilt in a shorter amount of time. This trick also works well when drying pillows.
Scissors Lanyard: To keep track of small embroidery scissors, use a lanyard. Attach scissors to the hook on the end and wear it around your neck when sewing. This keeps the scissors handy, and you never have to search for them on your sewing table.
Catch Thread Snips: Use a small square of batting when sewing or quilting to catch your thread snips. When it is full, clean it off or just throw it away. You’ll have fewer threads on yourself and quilts when using this trick.
Safe Storage: Use plastic pencil boxes to store rotary cutters. (These boxes are available at the beginning of each school year and go on sale once school has started.) Even the largest (60 mm) rotary cutter will fit perfectly in the box.
Lint Brushes: Small paintbrushes come in handy to clean lint from the bobbin case area of your sewing machine.
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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:
Comments, suggestions, or information to post:
Ed Chamness at mrandmrsquilter(at)aol.com
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