****Meetings are held the second Monday of the month from September through June at 7:00 PM at the Mennonite Church in Frazer****

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

October 2018 Newsletter

President's Letter
I hear that the September meeting went very well. I want to thank Bob DeCarli for a great presentation. I’ve only heard good things and I’m sad that I missed it. I want to thank Denise Blake for standing in for me while I was away. 

Ah, the weather is becoming cooler and the comfort of a quilt is just what’s needed. I love the fall. It gives reprise from the heat we had during the summer. And it motivates me to quilt more. It’s also a time to become extra crafty for Christmas gifts!! Can you believe Christmas is only three months away? Well, enough of that.

Onto the October meeting, Ann Holte will be our guest speaker. She will be discussing her study on the Friends and Family: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt.  I always find it quite interesting learning about the nature and history of a quilt. So much information is discovered about that time in history; the people, the events, and the culture. I’m rather excited!

My October Challenge: buy no new fabrics and only start projects with my own stash. (And finish projects with my stash!) 

Wish me luck! 


Helen Hofbauer 

Programs - Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake
October 8 Ann Holte will present Friends and Family: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt.  This quilt is one of a small group of similar quilts that were made in Lancaster County in the mid-1800s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the "girl cousins."  Ann fell in love with this quilt and has been studying it and making the blocks since 2009.  She keeps discovering interesting and mysterious features about the quilt and the unknown quilter who created it. 

November 12 In progress.  Pillowcase challenge.  As of our September meeting, wonderful news, 269 pillowcases have been made !  100 were made by Kathy Joyce. The challenge completion date has been extended to December.  Kits will be available at our October and November meetings to take home, sew, wash and return in a plastic bag.  Please remember the pillowcases must be washed in a laundry detergent that is the free and clear variety.  Directions can be found online at Ryan's Case for Smiles or on you tube as the hot dog pillowcase or our April 22 email to the membership. 

December 10 Christmas Party - members only please.  We'll play our popular Quilto game with prizes, have the 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished holiday themed block exchange and refreshments.

January 14 Our own Robin McMillen.  Her topic - History of Visual Arts and How to Draw Inspiration From Your Favorite Artists and Reflect That in Your Quilt.

February 11  In progress

March 11 Challenge, Information and directions posted below.

Membership - Pat Sherman
27 members and 3 guests were present at the September meeting.

Guild Meeting Cancellations:  The Board will be communicating via e-mail by 4:00PM.  Please remember to check your emails.


Hospitality - Angel
Snack list for the October Penn Oaks meeting is: L.Lombardo, E. Mincarelli, R. Newlander, D.O'Connor, M. Paluba*, G. Procario, P. Sherman, P.Smith, R. Smith*.  A star after your name indicates you should bring a beverage for the group in lieu of a snack.. Don't forget to switch your responsibility with a friend if you can't attend the meeting so we don't run short!




This would look adorable on any table and is quick to make. Click on the link above to get all the directions. Tutorial by A Bright Corner.

Challenge - Dana O'Connor
Choose an artist from the following list and create a quilt (no more than 150 inches in perimeter) either representing a piece by that painter or design something in the style of that painter. Bring to the March meeting unlabeled or with the label covered in a brown paper bag. Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt Michelangelo, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet Salvador Dali, Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Degas, Rubens, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.

2019 Getaway
Reminder - 2019 Getaway ReservationWe will accept the Getaway reservations at the October meeting.  The Getaway will be held at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand from February 20th to 24th. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 per night for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 per  night for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The double queen rooms have free Wi-Fi, a microwave and a refrigerator. A fantastic complimentary full hot breakfast buffet with made to order eggs, pancakes and waffles is served daily in the Lobby Great Room. Coffee and tea is available all day in the lobby. To learn more about the Amish View Inn visit their web site www.amishviewinn.com There will be an individual fee of approximately $20.00 to cover the shared cost of the sewing room and a Saturday night meal if we elect to have one. The Getaway reservation form will be sent via email about 10 days prior to the October guild meeting. Contact Ellen or Pat with any questions.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Pat Sherman (patspatch@comcast.net) 2019 Getaway Co-Chairs

From Marie Kline
The Quilter's Alphabet
Accuracy...mood dependent
Bleed...bless the fabric that doesn't
Credit card...purrs in a quilt shop
Distance...at which points look good
Even...well, does it look even?
Fudge...adjustment terminology
Golden...the moment it's finished
Hug...wrap up in a quilt
Iron...the great fabric discipliniarian
Justify...can't cook! Quilting an heirloom
Knot...size need not stop a truck
Love...quilting is a labor of love
Marker...please, let it wash out
Needle...feet always find it
Ouch...related to one end of a pin
Pucker...that rascally little puffy thing
Quilts...a thing of beauty, a joy forever!
Rip...as ye sew, so shall ye
Seam...straight is good
Time...to quilt, grab more
Underside...where all the work shows
Victim...of quilt guilt (too many?)
What...a quilt (all pourpose comment)
Xamine...I'll say how close
Y...only quilt on the days ending in "Y"
Zero...other things you would rather do!

Newsletter Articles
As always members are invited to send items to be included in the newsletter. Please send them to Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com Items are due no later than the 24th of the month. The newsletter is published on the 25th. Please send them in an email and not as an attachment.

Quilt Happenings

Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild
Quilt Show and Artisan Market
9/29/18
9:00 to 3:00
Manor Church
530 Central Manor Road
Lancaster PA 


Quilting Across Culture: Piecing Together Tradition

Learn more about African American, Amish, and Mennonite quilting traditions with a quilting fest from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 3.
The day will include presentations from Kyra Hicks and Janneken Smucker, opportunities for individuals to share the story of one of their quilts, and time to fellowship over soup and a dessert potluck. There will be shared quilting time on pieces to be auctioned at Mennonite Central Committee relief sales.
Piecing Together Traditions will be held at the MCC Material Resources Center, 516 West Trout Run Road, Ephrata, Pa. Registration costs $15, due October 3. Register by calling the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at (717) 393-9745 or online at lmhs.org

Quilt Exhibit - Extraordinary Quilts of Gee's Bend 

The women of Gee's Bend - a small, remote, black community in Alabama- have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present.  
Where: Swarthmore College campus List Gallery and McCabe library
When: September 21 - October 12
“Quilts From The Heart of Berks”
Berks Quilters Guild
October 5 & 6 2018
$8.00 Admission
Friday, 9-5pm
Saturday 9-5pm
Leesport Farmers Market
312 Gernant’s Church Road
Leesport, PA
Click here for more details
The Valley Forge Quilt Show
Friday, October 19, 2018, 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 20,2018 10am-4pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
132 E. Valley Forge Rd.,
King of Prussia, PA 19400
Click here for more details
A Thread Runs Through it
Brandywine Valley Quilters Show

October 19-21st, 2018
10.00 for both days
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Click here for more details
Lebanon Quilters Guild
12th Annual
Exhibition of Quilts
November 9th & 10th, 2018
10am- 4pm
Lebanon Expo Center & Fairgrounds
80 Rocherty Road
Lebanon, PA
Click here for more details
Fall in Love with Quilts
MLQ 2018 Quilt Show and Christmas Boutique
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Donation $5
Click here for more details
The Lancaster Quilt Show @ The Continental Inn*
March 27-30th, 2019

*DoubleTree Resort
2400 Willow Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Watch for more info at www.lancasterquiltweek.com


Saturday, August 25, 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

President's Letter
And so we begin our new quilting adventure at Penn Oaks Quilters Guild. I would like to say that the board wants to extend an invitation to anyone at any time to join us at our board meetings as an observer. If there is something you would like to present to the Board, please contact me and we can set you on the agenda for the next meeting. Board meetings will be held the night of the guild meeting at 5:30pm. There will not be one in September.
I would like to just make note how I feel our guild is in my eyes.
Our Guild is a Quilt:
There are those who are the bright scrappy pieces,
Those who are novelty, with their quirkiness and character,
Those who hold a place in the background,
Some who enjoy being the stitching that connects us together,
Some who know how to bind one another close,
But together, all of us are the batting that gives each other warmth.
As one, we are beautiful, cherished, and comforting.

Let’s go forward, cherishing what makes Penn Oaks special.

Helen Hofbauer

Membership - Pat Sherman
Guild Meeting Cancellations:  The Board will be communicating via e-mail by 4:00PM.  Please remember to check your emails.

Hospitality - Angel Henderson
Snack list for the September meeting is:E. Lance, M.Lewis, R.Lodi, J.Loncaric, S.Longenecker*, E. Mayer*, E. McMillen, R. McMillen K Meanix. A star after your name means you bring a beverage for the group in lieu of a snack. If you can't attend the meeting please remember to switch your responsibility with a friend so we don't run short.

Programs Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake

September 10 Our friend and guild member, Betsy Moses, requested that her fabric and sewing items be donated to our Guild and as well as the proceeds from the sale of those items.  Suzanne Stiverson is downsizing and has donated beautiful fabric with yardage over 2 yards. I'm sure there will be many nice things that you just can't pass up.  Cash or checks accepted.

October 8 Ann Holte will present Friends and Family: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt.  This quilt is one of a small group of similar quilts that were made in Lancaster County in the mid-1800s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the "girl cousins."  Ann fell in love with this quilt and has been studying it and making the blocks since 2009.  She keeps discovering interesting and mysterious features about the quilt and the unknown quilter who created it. 

November 12 In progress.  Pillowcase challenge

December 10 Christmas Party - members only please.  We'll play our popular Quilto game with prizes, have the 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"  unfinished holiday themed block exchange and refreshments.

January 14 Our own Robin McMillen.  Her topic - History of Visual Arts and How to Draw Inspiration From Your Favorite Artists and Reflect That in Your Quilt.


Ways and Means - Diana Smyrl

OUTSTANDING FABRIC SALE
At the September Guild Meeting
Yardages from 1yd to 5yds
Mostly Updated Fabrics
Cash or Checks Accepted
We are having another terrific silent auction sale at the September meeting.Already one group of fabrics have been sorted and priced.  There are a lot of recently new fabrics and the yardage is quite extensive.  Another load of fabric was picked up in August and I am sure it will be just as exciting.  There is no speaker at the September meeting so…..”it will be shop until you drop.”


Quilt Show Update

Vendor News:
5 of 13 spaces under contract!
*  Ladyfingers Sewing (Gail Kessler) three spaces. She will be vending Bernina Sewing Machines. Pottstown Sewing has another commitment for our show weekend.
*  The Quilt Ledger (Leslie Reese) signed up for two spaces.
*  Happy Valley and Penny Marble have replied that they will be returning.
Suzanne Stiverson and Maureen Carlson are our Vendor Co-Chairs, with the added assistance of Nancy Di Teodoro. Thank you for all your hard work! 
Mini Raffle QuiltsKeep working on those mini raffle quilts. They've been a great attraction and source of revenue at our previous shows!
Rules:
*  Dimension: 16" x 24" portrait orientation.
*  The quilt must be complete and properly finished. 
*  Cheater cloth may not be used. 
More questions: contact Eileen Mincarelli (Eileen4874@aol.com) or Jean Zubert (jzbeachchair@aol.comThere are no other rules for this quilt other than to make it your best effort, a work you'd be proud to present to a friend. We're looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations. If you have a finished quilt please bring it to the September Show and Tell.There will be many more opportunities to volunteer in support of the show. More about this as we move forward. We would appreciate your suggestions and ideas! Please reach out to us, we would love to hear from you.

Robin McMillen (robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com) and Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net), 2019 Quilt Show Co-Chairs

Quilt Tip from Marie Kline
Start a scrapbook with magazine pictures of quilts and color combinations. One who subscribes to several home-type magazines can soon compile a collection that is as inspirational as, if not more so than, an expensive book.

Pillowcases - Rita Marie Smith
Are you making up some pillowcases for Ryan's Smiles? Member Kathy Joyce has been busy.......
"I have 100 pillowcases made with kits cut for more. I'll divide them between Penn Oaks (100) and Calico Cutters (40), all going to the same place anyhow. I was inspired and moved by Linda Kerschner saying that Ryan liked the feel of a flannel pillowcase as opposed to scratchy hospital pillowcases."
If you are looking for a tutorial, you can find it here  Pillowcase Tutorial If you can only do one charity project this year you will find this fast, easy and a stash buster. One can be made in about 20 minutes. Flannel was also requested as an option as it is nice and soft. There will be kits available to take home, sew, wash and return at our October and November meetings.  Important  the pillowcases must be washed in a laundry detergent that is the free and clear variety.  Cancer patients can be very sensitive to the fragrance in the other types of detergents.  If you do not use the free and clear type, please give the pillowcases to me. 



Challenge - Dana O'Connor
Choose an artist from the following list and create a quilt (no more than 150 inches in perimeter) either representing a piece by that painter or design something in the style of that painter. Bring to the March meeting unlabeled or with the label covered in a brown paper bag. Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt Michelangelo, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet Salvador Dali, Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Degas, Rubens, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.


A Fun and Easy Project


In keeping with the strawberry theme, how adorable would these be with those cute strawberry coasters from last month's newsletter?  They also are another quick project and again you might have everything you need right in your sewing room. Strawberry Pincushion Tutorial by Down Grapevine Lane. I have made some and they are not hard at all. How cute would they be for hanging on a Christmas tree or for the Acorn Shop?

2019 Getaway
Hello quilters! We hope you'll take a moment to consider attending the next Penn Oaks Getaway. We will continue to hold our Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Next year the Getaway dates are February 20-24. We will take the Getaway reservations at the October meeting. This will allow everyone time to make their plans, and give our new members the opportunity to find out about this fun event. The sewing room has the capacity to hold 28 quilters. We have the option for another smaller room, if needed, which will hold up to 10 quilters. This should provide enough room for everyone who wishes to attend to do so. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The Getaway reservation form will be sent via email about 10 days prior to the October guild meeting. Feel free to email us with any questions.
Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Pat Sherman (patspatch@comcast.net). 2019 Getaway Co-Chairs



Accuquilt Cutters and Dies

Just a thought since several of us have these cutters, are any of you interested in sharing dies? We could have a list of our collective dies. Those borrowing dies would need to use their own mats with the dies. If other guild members, who do not have a machine, would like to participate, they can buy a die they want, but no one has, and provide the mat. I am sure someone would do the cutting for them or with them.

I just want to see if anyone is interested. Seriously, we don’t all need to have every die there is. Send me an email and we can try to set this up.
Carolyn Davis
Daviscarbob@msn.com



Newsletter Articles
As always members are invited to send items to be included in the newsletter. Please send them to Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com Items are due no later than the 24th of the month. The newsletter is published on the 25th. Please send them in an email and not as an attachment.

The Valley Forge Quilters are having a show in October.







Quilt Happenings
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks, PA
September 13-16, 2018
Click here for more details
“Quilts From The Heart of Berks”
Berks Quilters Guild
October 5 & 6 2018
$8.00 Admission
Friday, 9-5pm
Saturday 9-5pm
Leesport Farmers Market
312 Gernant’s Church Road
Leesport, PA
Click here for more details
The Valley Forge Quilt Show
Friday, October 19, 2018, 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 20,2018 10am-4pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
132 E. Valley Forge Rd.,
King of Prussia, PA 19400
Click here for more details
A Thread Runs Through it
Brandywine Valley Quilters Show

October 19-21st, 2018
10.00 for both days
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Click here for more details
Lebanon Quilters Guild
12th Annual
Exhibition of Quilts
November 9th & 10th, 2018
10am- 4pm
Lebanon Expo Center & Fairgrounds
80 Rocherty Road
Lebanon, PA
Click here for more details
Fall in Love with Quilts
MLQ 2018 Quilt Show and Christmas Boutique
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Donation $5
Click here for more details
The Lancaster Quilt Show @ The Continental Inn*
March 27-30th, 2019

*DoubleTree Resort
2400 Willow Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Watch for more info at www.lancasterquiltweek.com



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter


Programs:  Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake

August 13    Summer Bee - a casual get together at Frazer Mennonite Church from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 ish p.m.  You are welcome to bring dinner or a snack or both if you'd like and a beverage.  You can bring something to work on or not !  If you bring a sewing machine, be sure to bring an extension cord.  It is a nice time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Come and stay for as long as you can.  

September 10    Our friend and guild member, Betsy Moses, requested that her fabric and sewing items be donated to our Guild and as well as the proceeds from the sale of those items.  Suzanne Stiverson is downsizing and has donated beautiful fabric with yardage over 2 yards.  I'm sure there will be many nice things that you just can't pass up.  Cash or checks accepted.  

October 8     Ann Holte will present Friends and Family: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt.  This quilt is one of a small group of similar quilts that were made in Lancaster County in the mid-1800s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the "girl cousins."  Ann fell in love with this quilt and has been studying it and making the blocks since 2009.  She keeps discovering interesting and mysterious features and the unknown quilter who created it.

November 12    In progress.  

Pillowcase Challenge - Important   I have just been told that the pillowcases we have been sewing for Ryan's Cases for Smiles need to be washed in a laundry detergent that is the free and clear variety.  Cancer patients can be very sensitive to the fragrance in the other types of detergents.  If you do not use the free and clear type, I will buy some and wash the pillowcases.  It would be appreciated if you can provide a gallon size zip bag with the pillowcase.  

December 10    Annual Christmas Party - more info to come.


January 14    Guest speaker will be our own Robin McMillen 


Membership

If you have not renewed your membership, please remember to send to:
Diana L. Smyrl
690 Heatherton Lane
West Chester, PA 19380
           
Membership cards will be available at the September Meeting.

Ways and Means
We are having another terrific silent auction sale at the September meeting.  Already one group of fabrics have been sorted and priced.  There are a lot of recently new fabrics and the yardage is quite extensive.  Another load of fabric will be picked up in August and I am sure it will be just as exciting.  There is no speaker at the September meeting so…..”it will be shop until you drop.”


Quilt Show Update

The Quilt Show has an email account that Ellen and I will monitor.  The address is pennoaks.quiltshow@gmail.com.  This will help with questions and communicating with the public.  It will be posted on our Website.  

We had a productive and energetic quilt show meeting on July 11th and many items were discussed, here are some of the details. Attendees: Pat Sherman, Helen Hofbauer, Kathy DeCarli, Bob DeCarli, Maureen Carlson, Jamie Loncaric, Carolyn Davis, Dana O'Connor, Suzanne Stiverson, Ellen McMillen, and Robin McMillen

  • We discussed some changes in the floor plan and we are adding a spot for an additional vendor -- more revenue.  The Acorn Shoppe is moving to the darker corner and we will work to add additional lighting to that spot.  Glenn McMillen (Robin's Husband) is already investigating additional lighting solutions to address the problem.  
  • We decided to keep the entry fee at $8
  • We have a flyer that will be distributed at the Hershey Show by some committee members to start the publicity effort.  Pat Sherman is in charge of publicity
  • Follow up meeting will be held at the end of September.  
  • Vendor Contracts are ready to go and Suzanne Stiverson and Maureen Carlson will begin reaching out to Vendors.  
  • Following board approval, we placed the deposit on Griffith Hall for the next show.  The committee understands there were some issues last time and we are placing some stipulations in the contract to address our concerns.  
  • Quilt Entry form was discussed and we are setting fee for entering a quilt at $5 for members $8 for non-members.  To simplify the Thursday set-up, the decision was previously made to eliminate outside judging.  That also simplifies the Quilt Entry form and process. 
  • Show Colors are Green and Orange (this assists in decorating the eating area and choosing quilts to display at admissions).  We also discussed re-arranging the admissions area to improve traffic flow.  That will be further investigated.  
  • Dana O'Connor volunteered to be the Volunteer Co-ordinator to help with all of the member sign-ups in support of each of the committees during the show.  Thank you Dana!
What can you do now to support the quilt show?

SEW! SEW! SEW!
  1. Make a mini raffle quilt!  Eileen Mincarelli and Jean Zubert co-chair this effort. The dimensions are 16" x 24", portrait orientation. The quilt must be complete and properly finished.  Cheater cloth may not be used. There are no other rules for this quilt other than to make it your best effort, a work you'd be proud to present to a friend. 
  2. If you have not already done so, start planning and working on projects you would like to display in the show!  What makes a great quilt show is beautiful quilts on display to inspire visitors to create.  We need your quilts ;)
There will be many more opportunities to volunteer in support of the show. More about this as we move forward. We would appreciate your suggestions and ideas!

Robin McMillen (robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com) and Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net), 2019 Quilt Show Co-Chairs

Challenge - Dana O'Connor
Choose an artist from the following list and create a quilt (no more than 150 inches in perimeter) either representing a piece by that painter or design something in the style of that painter. Bring to the March meeting unlabeled or with the label covered in a brown paper bag. Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt Michelangelo, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet Salvador Dali, Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Degas, Rubens, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.


Something Fun To Make

One of my favorite blogs is Diary of a Quilter. She has a really fun tutorial on how to make some Strawberry Coasters. I thought you might want to check it out for a quick, cute project. You may have all the supplies in your sewingroom!

2019 GetawayHello quilters! We hope you'll take a moment to consider attending the next Penn Oaks Getaway. We will continue to hold our Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Next year the Getaway dates are February 20-24. We will take the Getaway reservations at the October meeting. This will allow everyone time to make their plans, and give our new members the opportunity to find out about this fun event. The sewing room has the capacity to hold 28 quilters. We have the option for another smaller room, if needed, which will hold up to 10 quilters. This should provide enough room for everyone who wishes to attend to do so. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The Getaway reservation form will be sent via email about 10 days prior to the October guild meeting. Feel free to email us with any questions.
Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Pat Sherman (patspatch@comcast.net). 2019 Getaway Co-Chairs


Monday, June 25, 2018

July 2018 Newsletter

President's Letter
Summertime, that’s when I begin my “New Year’s Resolutions.” I look to this season to have time to get in better shape; eating farm fresh produce and going for evening walks. Plus, I get more motivated to clean up my sewing room. I may even catch up on a few of my dozens of unfinished projects! I need to remind myself, “finished is better than perfect!”
If you, too, feel the need to clean out your sewing room, as chair of the Acorn Shoppe for the quilt show, I would like to begin to take donations and/or consigned items for the shop in September.  I’m looking forward working with the quilt show committee. It has been nothing less than a treasured time to work side by side with our guild members; getting to know them better and showing the community how we can put together a wonderful quilt show! 

Have a wonderful summer and I will see you at the August Bee! 


Helen Hofbauer

New Board
If you look to the right---------------------------------> all the new board members are listed.


Past President's Letter
Thank you to everyone who made the wonderful heart blocks and nine-patch blocks for me. I’m looking forward to having some down time to put them together as well as the Polaroid blocks from last year that have been gnawing at me to do something special with.  Being your president for the past two years gave me the opportunity to get to know so many of you better.  I appreciate those who supported me in my role.  Keep on doing the wonderful quilting that you all do. 
Stephanie Braskey

Penn Oaks Guild Meeting Minutes June 11, 2018

Penn Oaks Guild Meeting June 11, 2018

7:00 p.m. President Stephanie Braskey called the meeting to order

Treasurer's Report - Leslie O'Brien for Debbie Becker
     Bank Balance $19,027.28
     May Transactions
       Income -  Dues     $360
      Expenses  $332.70
        rent              50.00
        speaker     282.70

Membership - Diana Smyrl
    39 members in attendence
      7 guests

Getaway Chair Ellen McMillen announced that the getaway will be held Feb 20-24 at the Amish View Inn. Reservations will open in October. She has reserved a sewing room for 28 with a reserve room for 10 more. There will be a $20 fee attendee to pay for sewing rooms. Pat Sherman will be Co-Chair. 

Kelly Meanix presented Stephanie this term's President's blocks. 

Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Quilt Show Chair Jean Zubert by President Stephanie Braskey. Jean received a planter of cooking herbs and the volunteer of the year pin to wear on her badge. 

Quilt Show Report - Show Chair Jean Zubert requested the floor and resigned as Show Chair. Robin McMillen volunteered to be Show Chair. There was no further discussion as President Stephanie Braskey tabled any remaining show discussions and decisions to be held later and announced the break.

The group enjoyed a special break refreshment - pizza supplied by the Guild

The group then enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Joyce Hughes about how to embellish fabric panels. 

We wrapped up the meeting with Show and Tell by our talented members. 

Stephanie Braskey adjourned the meeting around 9:20 p.m.  It was getting late and there was no time left to discuss and make decisions about the show. People were beginning the clean up and leave. There will be no meeting in July. The Guild will get together in August for the summer bee.

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie O'Brien
Recording Secretary 
Penn Oaks Quilt Guild


Newsletter Articles

As always members are invited to send items to be included in the newsletter. Please send them to Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com Items are due no later than the 24th of the month. The newsletter is published on the 25th.

Hospitality
Thank you so much Angel for our surprise pizza party! Let's do it again next year!




Some lovely quilt photos from our speaker in June, Joyce Hughes.
Pillow Cases For Conkerr Cancer
At our May meeting, Linda Kerschner spoke passionately about making pillowcases.  I was particularly moved by the realization that flannel would feel good to someone who has lost his or her hair due to chemotherapy.   When I began quilting, I used flannel for all my backing, but lost my taste for it, and have, or had, a sizable stash of flannel, now pillowcases.  I attend a small quilting group weekly at the Quilt Ledger in Christiana, PA, and was telling the others about Penn Oaks and pillowcases...... one thing led to another when Leslie Reese, shop owner said there is a group of women in Christiana who make pillowcases and drop them off at the shop, and Leslie delivers them to DuPont.   She asked if we'd like them, YES, and I have turned 35 or so pillowcases over to Linda for our cause, so a good start!   If you are up for a short drive, check our the Quilt Ledger at 326 N. Bridge St in Christiana.  It's a great little shop and you get 10% with your guild membership. One member has pledged to herself to try to make 5 pillowcases a week over the summer!

Here is the link to make the "Hot Dog" or "Taco " method. https://pinkadotquilts.blogspot.com/2018/06/pillowcase-tutorial.html
It's a great way to enclose all those raw edges and makes a nice finish. It takes me about 15 minutes to make one. If you have any questions please send me an email   kellymx@aol.com

2019 GetawayHello quilters! We hope you'll take a moment to consider attending the next Penn Oaks Getaway. We will continue to hold our Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Next year the Getaway dates are February 20-24. We will take the Getaway reservations at the October meeting. This will allow everyone time to make their plans, and give our new members the opportunity to find out about this fun event. The sewing room has the capacity to hold 28 quilters. We have the option for another smaller room, if needed, which will hold up to 10 quilters. This should provide enough room for everyone who wishes to attend to do so. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The Getaway reservation form will be sent via email about 10 days prior to the October guild meeting. Feel free to email us with any questions.
Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Pat Sherman (patspatch@comcast.net). 2019 Getaway Co-Chairs



Quilt Show 2019
We are so excited to chair the quilt show.  There was a thorough process conducted this spring to research possible venues in the area but we were not able to find another venue suitable to meet all our needs.  (Please email us if you would like more details) 
MARK your Calendars!
  • Location : Griffith Hall in Ludwig's Corner (No increase in fees from previous years, deposit due in July)
  • When: May 3rd and 4th 2019 with a set-up day on the 2nd
What is NEXT?

  1. We're planning a quilt show committee meeting in the very near future. Be on the lookout for an email if you volunteered to be a committee chair.
  2. What can you do now to support the show? Make a mini raffle quilt!  Eileen Mincarelli and Jean Zubert will be co-chairing this effort. The dimensions are 16" x 24", portrait orientation. The quilt must be complete and properly finished. There are no other rules for this quilt other than to make it your best effort, a work you'd be proud to present to a friend. 
  3. If you have not already done so, start planning and working on projects you would like to display in the show!  What makes a great quilt show is beautiful quilts on display to inspire visitors to create.  We need your quilts ;)
We feel a renewed sense of energy and commitment to continue the Penns Oaks Tradition of an excellent show we can all be proud of.   This can only happen with your support.  Feel free to email us with questions


Robin McMillen (robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com) and Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net), 2019 Quilt Show Co-Chairs



Quilt Happenings


Kutztown Folk Festival
June 30th – July 8th, 2018
Click here for more details
Bucks County Quilt Show
July 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Bucks County Visitor Center
3207 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Quilt Odyssey
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
July 19-22, 2018
Click here for more details
“Quilts All Around the Town 2018”Clamshell Quilt Guild
Connecticut College Student Center
Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT
August 4th & 5th, 2018
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Lancaster Fiber Festival
Paper, Fabric, Yarn & Thread
Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
25 S. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA  17603
August 16 – 18, 2018
Click here for more info
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks, PA
September 13-16, 2018
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“Quilts From The Heart of Berks”
Berks Quilters Guild
October 5 & 6 2018
$8.00 Admission
Friday, 9-5pm
Saturday 9-5pm
Leesport Farmers Market
312 Gernant’s Church Road
Leesport, PA
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The Valley Forge Quilt Show
Friday, October 19, 2018, 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 20,2018 10am-4pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
132 E. Valley Forge Rd.,
King of Prussia, PA 19400
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A Thread Runs Through it
Brandywine Valley Quilters Show

October 19-21st, 2018
10.00 for both days
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
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Lebanon Quilters Guild
12th Annual
Exhibition of Quilts
November 9th & 10th, 2018
10am- 4pm
Lebanon Expo Center & Fairgrounds
80 Rocherty Road
Lebanon, PA
Click here for more details
Fall in Love with Quilts
MLQ 2018 Quilt Show and Christmas Boutique
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Donation $5
Click here for more details
The Lancaster Quilt Show @ The Continental Inn*
March 27-30th, 2019

*DoubleTree Resort
2400 Willow Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Watch for more info at www.lancasterquiltweek.com