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7:00 P.M.
June 11, 2019
Fairborn Senior Center
325 North Broad Street
Fairborn, Ohio

Visitors Welcome

$10.00 Speaker Fee



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Prolific Block Designer To Discuss Career

          Canadian quilter, designer, author and teacher Judy Martin will be the speaker for the June 11 meeting of the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild. Judy has designed and published more original patterns than anyone in history. The list of Judy's quilt block designs is now at 1,067 and counting! She has posted a 31-page .pdf on her website that lists all of her original patterns, plus when and where they were


          Judy has been making quilts steadily for 50 years. In the 1980’s, she was an editor of Quilter’s Newsletter and Quiltmaker magazines. She has published her 23rd book, Singular Stars. Her articles, patterns, and designs have appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. She has had several one-woman quilt shows, including exhibitions at The National Quilt Museum, The Iowa Quilt Museum, and at AQS Shows in Des Moines, Lancaster, Daytona, and Paducah.
          She is best known for her books of original quilt blocks, star quilts, scrap quilts, Log Cabin quilts, and pieced borders.
The program will be highlighted by a trunk show of some of the outstanding quilts Judy has made from her original designs.

           Becky Odom, history curator at the Ohio History Connection, will be our speaker for the July 9 meeting. She has a bachelor's degree in history from Haverford College and a master's degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She earned her doctorate in American studies from Saint Louis University where her research and teaching focused on material and visual culture, clothing in American society and American cultural history from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression, particularly World War I, and German-American identity. She has worked

extensively in museum education and collections with quilts, textiles and furniture at numerous museums.

          The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. Chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes

managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio.

           Judy's presentation, "The Early History of Quilts through WWII", will include a PowerPoint presentation highlighting Ohio quilts from statehood through World War II.

Karen Sipos, Vice President


Dinner Theater Provides Mystery, Humor

          Congratulations are in order for the authors, cast and crew of "Shop Hop Mystery Aboard the Paducah Star", the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild's third successful dinner theatre fundraiser. The play was presented before a sold-out audience as the Guild's May meeting. 

          The first play was presented in May 2015 as a fundraising effort  to supplement guild resources on a scale with the annual Quilt Show held in even numbered years and was a tremendous success. Rather than pay royalties for a commercially available play for this year, a group of guild members wrote their own mystery script with a quilting theme. 

          The venture proved to be as entertaining as any commercial script, if not more so, and made good use of the varied talents of guild members. A special mention is due to guest performer, Mel Brindley,  as the steamship captain.

          The play was performed for one night only at the Fairborn United Methodist Church, taking the place of the regular monthly meeting. The guild appreciates the support of the church in allowing the use of their facilities.

           In addition to enjoying a tasty meal and an exciting play, one member of the audience was able go home with a gorgeous quilt that was designed and constructed to be a significant part of the mystery.  Another audience member won a  gift from production sponsor Connecting Threads.

Find Quilting Inspiration On-line

At the January 2019 Guild meeting several members presentations on Quilting with the Internet. The remarks by Debbie Ginsburg, Beryl Binkard Collins and Karen Sipos were printed for distribution and can be downloaded at  the link below.

Quilting with the Internet





And The Winner Is:

Kim Gros, who won the Christmas Tree Block Raffle in December, provided a highlight to January's Show and Tell when she displayed her finished top to claim a $50 quilt shop gift card.  There were 70 blocks in the raffle and she made two additional blocks to complete her quilt top (see adjacent photo). Instructions for the Christmas Tree Block are available at the link below.

Christmas Tree Block Instructions

     (Click Here for Christmas Tree Block Pattern)

2019 Guild Dues Accepted In Person or By Mail

     Membership for 2019 are now being accepted. Dues remain at $20.00 for 2019. A membership form is available at the link below.

     Please fill out the form completely and bring it to a monthly meeting. If you will be paying by check, please have your check prepared in advance to facilitate the sign-in process. Make checks payable to Miami Valley Quilters Guild and put Membership in the memo line. Because of expected volume, you may be asked to pick up your receipt and membership card at the end of the meeting.

     To pay by mail, complete the membership form and mail with your $20.00 check to:                                                   Miami Valley Quilters' Guild
                                               P.O. Box 340141
                                               Beavercreek, OH 45434

      Membership Card and receipts for mailed payments can be picked up at a subsequent meeting, or send a SASE to have materials sent to you.

                       (Click here for Membership Form)

Monday Sew-Ins

11 a.m. to  4 p.m.

Fairborn Senior Center: $2.00 ($1 for Senior Center Members)

Lunch Available- $4.00 / Call Senior Center  @ 878-4141 Thursdays to Order

(No meetings on holidays when Center is closed.)

Contact: Janet Stohr -

If you know of a serviceman or woman (active or veteran), who has been touched by war, and you would like to request a Quilt of Valor for them, please go to  On the left side of the Home Page, click on "Request QOV".  Fill in the information required to be contacted by the Quilts of Valor Foundation.


An Ohio Quilt Guild for Quilters and Fabric Artists in Dayton and Southwest Ohio

Miami Valley Quilters' Guild

          The Miami Valley Quilters' Guild is more than just a club, we are a diverse group with more than 250 members from all areas of interest and all quilting skill levels. Members include quilters, collectors of quilts, quilting teachers, designers and those simply interested in the art and craft of quilting. Our members come from throughout the Miami Valley Region of Southwest Ohio – the Dayton/Springfield Metro area including suburbs and communities such as Huber Heights, Englewood, Tipp City, Vandalia, Kettering, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Xenia, Fairborn, and Yellow Springs in Montgomery, Clark, Greene, and Preble counties and beyond. Our members have varied interests: traditional quilts and fabric art - hand piecing and machine work - long-arm machine quilting, home machine quilting and, of course, hand quilting. 

           As do other quilt guilds, clubs, and groups in Ohio, the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild  provides quilters with education and instruction through classes and workshops; inspiration and growth through meetings featuring accomplished quilters, quilt designers, and quilting teachers; fellowship and support through meetings, retreats, shows, programs, our newsletter, and our website; and encouragement and recognition  through quilt shows, show-and-tell sessions, challenges, charitable activities, and other events. We join other Ohio quilt guilds in promoting the history and tradition of quilting and embrace all quilting techniques, styles, and methods. 

         The Miami Valley Quilters' Guild proudly presents recent examples of quilting by its members in a biennial quilt show.  One of the best quilt shows in Ohio, the show is held in May even-numbered years at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia. 

          We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 North Third Street, Fairborn, Ohio.  Annual dues (January - December) of $20 includes attendance at meetings, access to our monthly newsletter, electronic services through our website and e-mail lists, reduced fees for classes and workshops, library privileges, eligibility for our annual retreat, exhibiting your quilts in our biennial membership shows, and much more, particularly the fellowship of fellow quilters. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings.  There is a $10.00 fee for non-members at programs featuring professional speakers. 

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