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

Sunday, October 25, 2020

November 2020 Newlstter

 President's Message

 HAHAHAHA: I saw this picture when going through old newsletters and just had to put this in. I am sure we can identify with this picture as we have seen women like this at quilt shows. And perhaps some of us can identify personally, (absolutely not me).


We are now in turkey month! Have you been working on Thanksgiving table runners, holiday decorations etc? I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

 The presentation from Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Co. was fantastic. I have never used Aurifil and now powered with her information, I will try it. Thank you Jen for arranging this presentation.  If you haven’t been attending, you are missing out on great speakers. Watch your email for our November Zoom meeting. Read Jen’s message below for more information.

 Autumn is officially here as the weather is getting cooler.  Some of the trees have orange, yellow and red leaves. I love the fall colors. Speaking of fall, that is one of the seasons you can choose for your challenge quilt.

 Unfortunately we will not have a getaway in February. Wearing masks and social distancing sucks the fun out of it. Let's all look forward to 2022. I want to thank Ellen and Cindy for their diligence in trying to make this happen.

 Our sew along is now over. Thank you Kelly for all the work you have done for us with this wonderful sew along. I have 48 blocks to put together into a quilt by February. I have been interviewing sashing fabric and finally chosen one. Goal: get it put together and quilted by February. On the back burner as I have some kids quilts to finish for the holidays.

 We received the below thank you letter. These quilts were some of the 44 donated to local shelters by Brenda Calhoun. Let's continue our charitable work throughout this year, it is greatly appreciated.


Suzanne Stiverson is having a big follow -up surgery on October 31, from her cancer surgery 7 years ago. She will be in the hospital for 5-7 days and perhaps rehab after. 
Jack, her husband,  will send updates and we will forward the guild with the information.

 I will see everyone at the November meeting!

President Lynn Telson

Programs - Jen Burke

Programs

As a reminder, Lynn has asked us to invite a friend to each of these programs if we can!

Thanks to all of you who attended the thread lecture. Your swag has arrived, and I will be delivering it to you by Halloween. Please be patient, I will get it to you, I promise. If you happen to be traveling through the exciting borough of Malvern and want to do a porch pick up, let me know (910-381-8214 or usnmcdoc@yahoo.com) and I’ll leave it on my porch.

November -  Beth of Eva Paige Quilts will be demonstrating her “accordion” method for scrap quilting. She has created a way that you can sew scraps together into half-square triangle accordions and make beautiful tops. She will be showing us the methods as well as having a trunk show. If, after the meeting, there is enough interest, I will be setting up a Zoom class (likely on a Saturday) for us to learn the method fully. This would not be covered by the guild, but the more interested, the less it would cost us as a guild!


In December we will be playing Quilto on Zoom. So wear your favorite ugly sweater (there’s a prize) and plan to have a cocktail or mocktail and join us for some Quilto. 

Membership - Bob & Kathy DeCarli and Marianne Caporale

The last Zoom meeting was well attended we had 21 of our 30 members and one guest. It was good to see Stephanie again. The speaker was great, thanks Jen. I hope I get some 28 weight thread in my stocking this Christmas. I have been sort of good. I’m sure Bob will have something to say about that.Martha Hopkins won the guild door prize generously provided by Ellen McMillen. If you have a sewing item you would like to donate to the next meeting please let me know. The speaker provided a lovely door prize won by Elizabeth Young.

   Kathy DeCarli

Corresponding Secretary-Maureen Carlson

Do you know a Penn Oaks member who is experiencing a life event?  Is sick?  Could just use some cheering up with a word of encouragement from their quilt guild?  If so, please let me know and as Corresponding Secretary for the guild I will make sure they get some guild well wishes and sunshine.     

Maureen Carlson

Community Outreach-Elaine Mayer
Hello Quilters!
I am looking forward to the day we are able to resume our in person meetings. I'm sure many of you share my sentiment. We continue to work on Chester Bears, Donations to the Honeybrook Food Bank and pillowcases for Ryan's A Case for Smiles. Please let me know if you would like me to pick any donations for delivery. If you choose to deliver, please let me know how many items you have donated. Additionally, any of you who are still making masks; Penn Medicine Home Health Care is still in need.
If anyone would like fabric for pillow cases, or masks, please let me know. I look forward to seeing everyone at the November meeting!
Please email or call with any questions.
Elaine Mayer

Website - Maureen Carlson

Web Site Re-Do
We are currently in the process of revising our web site.  This revision will take several months as materials are explored to add to the site.  If you are interested in having a say in the redesign of the site, please contact Maureen Carlson to become part of the web site design group.

Flower Blocks

Thank you to everyone who made me those beautiful blocks over the summer. They are so pretty and I promise to get it on the make-it-into-a-quilt schedule. I really appreciate all the time and effort you all put into the blocks. Kelly Meanix



Sampler Sew Along - Kelly Meanix
Our Sampler Sew Along has come to an end. I hope everyone who sewed along with us had a good time and enjoyed this fun guild activity. Maybe you even learned something? Tried a new technique? I really enjoyed leading you through this quilt along. I never dreamed that 6" blocks would be such a hit!

So now is the time to get those blocks finished up. The goal is to have your quilt TOP complete by the February 2021 meeting. If you happened to have it quilted that is fabulous but not necessary. Everyone who has a completed top using at least 30 of the blocks will be eligible to win a $25 gift card from the Old Country Store. There could be some surprises too.....I would love it if you would let me know if you think your top will be together by February. Send me a quick email at Kellymx@aol.com





Here is my quilt top complete. As you can see I did sashing with some small "dots" or tiny squares. Plain white sashing felt too blah but big corner squares felt too big. These little spots are 1"square. I like how it feels and I will probably add a striped or polka dot binding to finish it. I will be honest and tell you I had to push myself to do the sashing. Probably like most of you I wanted to be done and move on. I am so glad I didn't do that and took the time to make something I really like. The sashing gives the blocks room to breath and you see them better in my opinion. That being said, do whatever makes you happy! It's your quilt.

Thank you again to everyone who sent me emails and even those that had questions about how to put the blocks together. In this weird time it made it nice to connect even a little bit. I loved seeing every block, your color selections and all the different ideas on how they are going to go together. Quilters are the best!
Kelly Meanix

2020 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this is my favorite time of all

Pick a season and make a small quilt or wall hanging that strongly evokes that season

Quilts/wall hangings will be judged by fellow quilt members in several categories:
  1. Best evokes season
  2. Best use of color
  3. Most original
  4. Best quilting
Basic Rules of the Challenge:
• #1 RULE: HAVE FUN!!! Use your imagination! Your creation can be traditional or contemporary.
• Item Selection: Your challenge must be a small quilt or wall hanging, not a tote bag, pocket book, vest or jacket, etc.
  • Finished Size: Your challenge can be any finished size you want.
  • • Methods of Construction: You are free to use whatever construction or quilting methods work best for your creation (i.e., machine piece, hand piece, paper piece, machine appliqué, hand appliqué, machine or hand quilt, etc.). We encourage you to challenge yourself and be creative.
• Fabric Requirement: You can use whatever fabrics you want in your challenge. There is also no limit to the total number of fabrics or kinds of fabrics used in your challenge.
• Embellishments: Embellishments are optional.

• Label: Make sure you put a label with your name on the back of your challenge. Give credit to the source that inspired you. Please cover up your label with a piece of paper before handing it in for voting at our guild meeting so it’s a secret as to who made it.
  • Due Date: Finished challenges are due at our April, 2020 guild meeting for judging by your quilt guild peers. All guild members attending the meeting will have the opportunity to vote anonymously for their favorite challenge quilt.
  • ALL QUILTS ENTERED IN THE CHALLENGE WILL BE DISPLAYED.If you have any questions about the challenge please contact Angela Brant at angelalendenbrant@gmail.com or 484-682-387
2021 Winter Getaway

We're disappointed to announce that the February 2021 Getaway has been cancelled. There was a large response to our email; our thanks to all who took a moment to reply. The majority of the guild responded that they did not plan to attend the Getaway, while four members responded that they did plan to attend. We're sorry to have to pass on this Getaway and will certainly miss it. On a brighter note, the 2022 Getaway has been scheduled for February 23rd through 27th. Mark your calendars.

We look forward to better days.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Cindy Vognetz (cvognetz@hotmail.com2021 Getaway Co-Chairs

Friday, September 25, 2020

October 2020 Newsletter

President's Letter

First off I want to congratulate Kelly Meanix for being featured in the August 50+ Life Magazine regarding her quilting journey. Your can read the article on their website.

We enjoyed our first meeting in September with Barb Vedder as speaker. 29 members and guests were in attendance. Barb remembers coming to speak at our guild in the past when there was cake tasting. I am guessing this was for the food at our show. I was not a member at that time.  Everyone enjoyed listening to her presentation on solid color quilts.

We now have 38 members per Kathy. Thank you to all who rejoined and welcome to any new members. Blank membership cards were emailed to everyone. Please inform me of members that are unable to print their card and I will mail one.

I am retired at this point. Even so, there has been weeks where I don’t get to the sewing room. I will have to change that as I do have things to work on. Hope everyone is completing projects and sending them to Kelly for Show and Tell.

As a way to keep members connected, Robin McMillen came up with the idea of a Mystery Box. You should be hearing from her soon about this idea and what it entails.  I am looking forward to participating.

Maureen is now web mistress for our website. Please reach out to her as she needs assistance with ideas.

Our sew along will be ending in October. THANK YOU KELLY for all the work you did to send us 3 blocks a month for a year. I have enjoyed putting them together.

October we will be hearing about Aurifil thread. Watch your email for a zoom invite for October 12th. I have never used this thread but have heard good things. Perhaps it is time for me to give it a try.

As the weather continues to get cooler, I think all of us will be spending more time in our sewing rooms, I will.  Enjoy fall with cool crisp weather.

I will see you at our October meeting.

 Lynn Telson

Programs - Jen Burke

As a reminder, Lynn has asked us to invite a friend to each of these programs if we can!

October

Karen of Red Bird Quilting will be presenting her thread lecture. This is action packed and sure to make you learn more about thread. This lecture is 2 hours, so we will have to “zoom” through our initial meeting to get to the Zoom lecture! Bags of goodies from Aurifil are promised, you won’t want to miss this!

In December we will be playing Quilto on Zoom. So wear your favorite ugly sweater (there’s a prize) and plan to have a cocktail or mocktail and join us for some Quilto. 

Membership - Kathy & Bob DeCarli and Mariane Caporale

There is nothing like a fun meeting and a good speaker to keep one motivated. We had a good time at our first meeting . Thanks Jen for the great speaker Barb was great! We had 18 members and 10 guests. Zoom has made it possible to keep in touch With our quilting buddies. The door prize was won by Deb Houck.We now have 39 members.
  Kathy

Corresponding Secretary - Maureen Carlson

Do you know a Penn Oaks member who is experiencing a life event?  Is sick?  Could just use some cheering up with a word of encouragement from their quilt guild?  If so, please let me know and as Corresponding Secretary for the guild I will make sure they get some guild well wishes and sunshine.     
Maureen Carlson

Survey Says:  
Thank you everyone who responded to the recent Penn Oaks survey regarding virtual meetings.  Thirty one (31) members responded and unanimously voted to continue with virtual meetings. The Programs chair will proceed and continue booking us virtual speakers and planning virtual events. This decision will be periodically re-evaluated especially as pandemic conditions change.  

The Christmas Block exchange received 10 "yes"s to hold the block exchange this year.  Details to come.  

Website - Maureen Carlson

www.pennoaksquilters.org Web Site Re-Do
We are currently in the process of revising our web site.  This revision will take several months as materials are explored to add to the site.  If you are interested in having a say in the redesign of the site, please contact Maureen Carlson to become part of the web site design group.

Sampler Sew Along - Kelly Meanix
We are coming down the home stretch of our Sampler Sew Along. The last blocks will come out on October 1st, 2020. Are you keeping up or way behind? Do what you can and be sure to show us what you made no matter what the size. This was a way for the guild to work on a group project and we applaud everyone who made blocks.

I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with...... Are you thinking about your setting? My quilt top is complete! I will show it to you next month. I did all the blocks except one, can you guess which one? Using your design wall will help if you are thinking about doing sashing and how big or small you want to make it or maybe not at all. The choice is yours.

Don't forget about the signature block. Write your name, the date, Sampler Sew Along, Penn Oaks, Pandemic 2020 whatever you want. This is a way to make it your very own. That white  piece on the block is very large and sticks out, so put something there. I am pretty proud of my embroidery on the block though it needs some serious practice....







If you have an odd number of blocks, feel free to duplicate a block you like. Maybe make it in different colors or just add a few four/nine patches if you are feeling like you just need to be done!

The goal will be to have the top together for the February meeting, that gives you 4 months. Extra kudos for having it quilted! The board has agreed to a Gift Card prize! I will pull a name from everyone who has completed their top just like last time. The only requirement is that 30 of the blocks that were sent out must be in the quilt. To take the pressure off, let's try and get it quilted by June 2021. Maybe (fingers crossed) we can meet in person and have an awesome show & tell for our last meeting of the year.

The extra paper pieced blocks do not need to be included but can count as your 30. There will be an extra surprise!!!???? Questions? Call or email me. kellymx@aol.com  610-873-7211

I really enjoyed sharing these blocks with you all and who knew there would be a Pandemic to mark the year! I hope you all had fun and learned some new things to add to your quilt tool box. Happy Quilting!
Kelly

Community Outreach - Elaine Mayer 
Hello Quilters!

Just a brief note from Community Outreach. Last month we donated 55 lbs of food and $50 in cash that I am aware of. This is not counting any food taken to Kelly's church.
We are continuing the Chester Bears (for those of you that don't want to sew bears, maybe a fabric or batting donation), the pillowcases for "A Case for Smiles", and support for the Honeybrook Food Bank. Rikki Newlander is collecting masks for Penn Medicine Home Care.
Yesterday Elaine Egan dropped off 17 pillowcases and I know Marianne Caporale has made a bunch. This adds to the donation of 16 from Carolyn Davis in the winter. Thanks to all for your generous donations! You may either drop pillowcases at Joannes or other collection sites, or I am happy to pick them up from your house. PLEASE keep track of how many you have donated so we have an accurate tally.
I am looking forward to in person meetings and sewing with others, and I know many of you feel the same way.
Thank you again for your donations!
Elaine Mayer

 2021 Getaway-Ellen McMillen and Cindy Vognetz


Hello quilters! Our Getaway is still on the calendar. We recognize the uncertainties created by Covid. Please give some thought to the Getaway and let us know your feelings and/or interest in having this event. We will continue to hold the Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. The 2021 Getaway dates are February 17-21. The sewing room fee is $477.00, which includes the 6% tax; this amount will be shared equally by all attendees. The number of attendees the room can safely accommodate with social distancing is 16. The sewing room fee would be approximately $30.00 per person. Should we have a smaller group who wish to attend the Getaway there is another conference room available on the first floor of the Inn. This room can hold a maximum of 8 quilters. The sewing room fee for this room is $424.00 which results in a per person fee of $53.00. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $116.65 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $166.50 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation.

Danielle Dowlin, our sales contact at the Amish View Inn tells us the following about how the Inn is functioning under current restrictions:
The Great Room falls under “restaurant restrictions” and is currently operating at 50% capacity, while also maintaining 6ft. social distancing. We are offering our full breakfast buffet, but masks are required at the buffet, a queuing line is in place at the buffet, and disposable gloves are available to use before touching buffet utensils. All items that were available pre-COVID for special order are still available, and of course, many hand sanitizing stations are available both in the Great Room and throughout the hotel. If you are staying multiple nights, we are limiting staff/guest interaction and will be offering a modified daily stayover service. Our staff will be happy to make sure you have refreshed amenities, however staff will not be permitted inside an occupied guest room unless there is a special circumstance requiring attention. Masks are required at all times except when seated in the Great Room to eat. To keep one another safe it is likely that wearing a mask will be required in the sewing room.

We will send a follow-up email in early October requesting your opinion about holding the Getaway. Take a look at the Amish View Inn website (www.AmishViewInn.com) for more information about this venue.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Cindy Vognetz (cvognetz@hotmail.com2021 Getaway Co-Chairs

 Sewing Machine for Sale!

Hi Quilters,

Sara Reindel, donated to the guild, an vintage Singer 329K made in the early 60s.  It is a cute blast from the past.  It sews and has all the attachments and materials.   It is heavy but I oiled it and had it up and running, the light works too.  If anyone is interested please email me.  I looked online and a reasonable price for this machine is $125.00.  All proceeds would go to the guild.  My email is robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com.  

-Robin

2020 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this is my favorite time of all

Pick a season and make a small quilt or wall hanging that strongly evokes that season

Quilts/wall hangings will be judged by fellow quilt members in several categories:
  1. Best evokes season
  2. Best use of color
  3. Most original
  4. Best quilting
Basic Rules of the Challenge:
• #1 RULE: HAVE FUN!!! Use your imagination! Your creation can be traditional or contemporary.
• Item Selection: Your challenge must be a small quilt or wall hanging, not a tote bag, pocket book, vest or jacket, etc.
  • Finished Size: Your challenge can be any finished size you want.
  • • Methods of Construction: You are free to use whatever construction or quilting methods work best for your creation (i.e., machine piece, hand piece, paper piece, machine appliqué, hand appliqué, machine or hand quilt, etc.). We encourage you to challenge yourself and be creative.
• Fabric Requirement: You can use whatever fabrics you want in your challenge. There is also no limit to the total number of fabrics or kinds of fabrics used in your challenge.
• Embellishments: Embellishments are optional.

• Label: Make sure you put a label with your name on the back of your challenge. Give credit to the source that inspired you. Please cover up your label with a piece of paper before handing it in for voting at our guild meeting so it’s a secret as to who made it.
  • Due Date: Finished challenges are due at our April, 2020 guild meeting for judging by your quilt guild peers. All guild members attending the meeting will have the opportunity to vote anonymously for their favorite challenge quilt.
  • ALL QUILTS ENTERED IN THE CHALLENGE WILL BE DISPLAYED.If you have any questions about the challenge please contact Angela Brant at angelalendenbrant@gmail.com or 484-682-387

CCQG Auction News

If you have missed all the quilt shows, missed shopping in your favorite stores and are looking for a few bargains, mark your calendars!

The Ways & Means Committee is putting the final touches on the October 2020 Fundraiser, our first online auction!  Because of the generous donations of our members and external vendors we will have close to 70 items and services to offer. The auction will be held 'round the clock from October 26th through 4pm on October 31st.  

For more information you can go to Calico Cutters Quilt Guild


Show & Tell

Maureen Carlson - Queen Size quilt that was a block of the month called "Cotton Club" finally completed.  The pieced blocks are 5.5" each.


Kelly Meanix - This is a Laura Heine pattern (in progress) that I will be teaching in February at the Old Country Store


Lynn Telson


    

Kathy DeCarli - Firebird


Robin McMillen



Carolyn Davis - This is the appliqué block of the month from Ladyfingers, Laura Heine design and kit.


Carolyn Davis - This is an experiment with my half rectangle AccuQuilt die and fabric made in France but bought in England. All ruler work.



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

September 2020 Newsletter

President's Letter
The summer has come and gone. The August Bee had about 12 members attend on Zoom. As we enter fall, our guild year begins. The board is working hard to keep membership interest.

We have exciting speakers lined up for September and October.  September we will hear from Barb Vedder on Sensational Solid Color Quilts.  We will also have an auction item at the meeting, see the pictures below. October speaker is Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Company, talking to us about her Aurifilosophy.  I am looking forward to all the programs Jen has been working hard to line up. 

In an effort to advertise our guild, we are opening our September Zoom meeting and presentation by Barb Vedder to friends at no charge. There is no limit to the number of people you invite to attend. Please email me with the names so I know who they are to admit them into the meeting.  

Kelly's sew along is coming to an end. Have you thought about the layout you want? Robin and Helen have volunteered to organize a block exchange so all the members can be in touch with each other on some level. 

Penn Oaks has many years of historical information. It was discussed at the board meeting to digitize this information and possibly post a snapshot of our history on social media. Given that, we need one or more persons that can take on the job of digitizing the information.  Please email me with your interest.

Carolyn Davis has 28 kits for the veteran quilts project started last year. We are continuing this project for this year. You can contact Carolyn or Lynn to get a kit. We need 7 yards of patriotic fabric for borders and 7 for binding. We need your help in getting these tops made. Carolyn and Lynn have graciously volunteered to quilt the tops.

We are continuing with the door prize to all members and guests that attend our Zoom meetings. If you have a donation, please contact Kathy DiCarli. All donors must be able to mail or deliver their item to the winner. 




Please send me your show and tell pictures so everyone can see them at the meeting. 

Lynn Telson


Programs - Jen Burke

As a reminder, Lynn has asked us to invite a friend to each of these programs if we can!
September
Join us for a Zoom session with Barb Vedder of fun with Barb. She will be presenting Sensational Solid Quilts. This will not be the same lecture for those of you who are also in Calico Cutters. This is a new lecture from Barb and I’m excited that we get to participate in this brand-new lecture.  
October
Karen of Red Bird Quilting will be presenting her thread lecture. This is a fabulous lecture, sure to make you learn more about thread. This lecture is 2 hours, so we will have to “zoom” through our initial meeting to get to the Zoom lecture! Bags of goodies from Aurafil are promised, you won’t want to miss this fabulous Zoom meeting!

Membership - Kathy and Bob DeCarli and Marianne Caporale
We have a new member, Deborah Hauck Welcome Deb. She already attended a Zoom meeting. She has two daughters. One will be attending Pitt this fall. Deb is interested in learning free motion quilting.
We now have 29 paid members.

I want to thank the Guild for my unexpected birthday gift! I'm looking forward to getting out to the store to use the gift card.
Stay well,
Kathy Timko
    

Ways & Means - Robin McMillen
No news on the Acorn Shoppe but I would like to share something interesting.  Over the summer, I helped two of my professional friends, one is a lawyer and one is a Phd Chemist working for Johnson and Johnson on Covid treatment.  I helped them learn about sewing and the wonders of having a sewing machine at home.  Both of these friends bought sewing machines, Bernette machines from the Country Store.  How cool is that?  They both are looking for a hobby since they are spending so much time at home and they also are trying to get their mind off their troubles.  Sewing is a great way to do that.  Hopefully they may consider joining our guild at some point.  Who knows?

All things domestic seem to be new again. 
Robin McMillen
(610)836-1363
(610)873-2950


Charity Outreach - Elaine Mayer
Dear Quilters,
As we continue to ride out the pandemic I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. This is an uneasy time for some of us; maybe you are sewing more instead of going out.

Please keep our charities in the front of your minds. We continue with the food drive for the Honeybrook Food Pantry.  St Peter Parish has a monthly food drive and toiletries for Honeybrook Food Bank. There is a trailer in the parking lot and they collect the fourth Saturday and Sunday of every month (fourth full week). It is a no contact drop off. Kelly's church collects non perishable food items or toiletries, please call for hours it is open.You may either call me for a pick up or drop them off yourself.
2835 Manor Rd.
West Brandywine, PA 19320
(610) 380-9045   stpeterchesco@comcast.net

We are continuing the Valor Quilts for Veteran patients of the Main Line Home Care and Hospice (Carolyn Davis has kits made up. Please contact her if you would like a kit. Additionally, we are making kids pillowcases for A Case for Smiles. I am happy to pick up your pillowcases and get them to a donation center.

We are also collecting the Chester Bears. Our last donation to Chester County Hospital included 16 Bears! Just yell for a pick up at your home
If you are so inclined to assist with Masks for Penn Care at Home, please let Rikki Newlander know that you have them.

I look forward to a face to face meeting at some point in the near future.
Are any of you interested in a socially distanced sew in? I could accommodate about 6-8 people in my home. Please email me at elainemaye@gmail.com if you have any interest.

Happy Stitching to you all!
Elaine Mayer

Show and Tell

From Sarah Reindel







I’m making discovery bags and need several more for my preschool if anyone is interested in a little project.  I have the pattern & extra vinyl.  Looking for little items to put in the bags.
Thanks,
Sarah



Two quilts by Suzanne Stiverson





From Donna Daley


The Esther Morris Quilt was a winner in the Pennsylvania Piecemaker Suffrage Centennial Challenge.


Lynn Telson's 3 quilts.







I haven’t been able to get a lot done. Finished the sew along from last year, finished the bedspread that we were planning to take to ND, caught up with this years sew along.
Now I’m trying to make up for my lost lost March-June season for work and haven’t been in my studio for weeks
Hope everyone is well!
Marti Campbell







I made a pin cushion my friend Alison who is getting her first sewing machine.  I ordered the cool sparkly button from @tabithasewer on Instagram.  It is like a disco button :) Robin McMillen








I was asked to do an interview for a magazine last winter. It just came out in August. It was a little scary but in the end I am glad I did it. If you want to read the article you can go to my blog and click on the link. 


Kelly Meanix





2020 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this is my favorite time of all

Pick a season and make a small quilt or wall hanging that strongly evokes that season

Quilts/wall hangings will be judged by fellow quilt members in several categories:
  1. Best evokes season
  2. Best use of color
  3. Most original
  4. Best quilting
Basic Rules of the Challenge:
• #1 RULE: HAVE FUN!!! Use your imagination! Your creation can be traditional or contemporary.
• Item Selection: Your challenge must be a small quilt or wall hanging, not a tote bag, pocket book, vest or jacket, etc.
  • Finished Size: Your challenge can be any finished size you want.
  • • Methods of Construction: You are free to use whatever construction or quilting methods work best for your creation (i.e., machine piece, hand piece, paper piece, machine appliqué, hand appliqué, machine or hand quilt, etc.). We encourage you to challenge yourself and be creative.
• Fabric Requirement: You can use whatever fabrics you want in your challenge. There is also no limit to the total number of fabrics or kinds of fabrics used in your challenge.
• Embellishments: Embellishments are optional.

• Label: Make sure you put a label with your name on the back of your challenge. Give credit to the source that inspired you. Please cover up your label with a piece of paper before handing it in for voting at our guild meeting so it’s a secret as to who made it.
  • Due Date: Finished challenges are due at our April, 2020 guild meeting for judging by your quilt guild peers. All guild members attending the meeting will have the opportunity to vote anonymously for their favorite challenge quilt.
  • ALL QUILTS ENTERED IN THE CHALLENGE WILL BE DISPLAYED.If you have any questions about the challenge please contact Angela Brant at angelalendenbrant@gmail.com or 484-682-3871


Sampler Sew Along - Kelly Meanix
We are coming down the home stretch of our Sampler Sew Along. The last blocks will come out on October 1st, 2020. Are you keeping up or way behind? Do what you can and be sure to show us what you made no matter what the size. This was a way for the guild to work on a group project and we applaud everyone who made blocks.

I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with. Are you thinking about your setting? I am not sure what I am doing yet. I have included a picture of my quilt as of now. I did all the blocks except one, can you guess which one? Using your design wall will help if you are thinking about doing sashing and how big or small you want to make it or maybe not at all. The choice is yours.

Don't forget about the signature block. Write your name, the date, Sampler Sew Along, Penn Oaks, Pandemic 2020 whatever you want. This is a way to make it your very own. That white  piece on the block is very large and sticks out, so put something there.

If you have an odd number of blocks, feel free to duplicate a block you like. Maybe make it in different colors or just add a few four/nine patches if you are feeling like you just need to be done!

The goal will be to have the top together for the February meeting, that gives you 4 months. Extra kudos for having it quilted! The board has agreed to a Gift Card prize! I will pull a name from everyone who has completed their top just like last time. The only requirement is that 30 of the blocks that were sent out must be in the quilt. To take the pressure off, let's try and get it quilted by June 2021. Maybe (fingers crossed) we can meet in person and have an awesome show & tell for our last meeting of the year.

The extra paper pieced blocks do not need to be included but can count as your 30. And maybe an extra surprise!!!???? Questions? Call or email me. kellymx@aol.com  610-873-7211


My quilt includes the September blocks.


Signature Block

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