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

Thursday, August 30, 2012

September 2012 Newsletter

September President’s Note        ROBIN MCMILLEN
On the subject of friendship, Oprah said, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”  I am crazy about my quilt friends and I am looking forward to the first meeting in September so I can catch up with you all.  The fellowship time with my friends is as valuable to me as listening to a great speaker.  On that note, I want to emphasize the importance of hospitality.  Angel Henderson is our hospitality chair but she needs your help.  We are dividing the guild members by month to assign snack duty.  See list below.  We all like treats right?  I think we can agree that delicious snacks, both sweet and savory make us happy.  Please take the time to note the month assigned to you and be mindful in preparing and bringing food to share.  If you cannot make the meeting assigned to you then it is your responsibility to swap with someone else (please notify Angel of the swap).  I am so excited to be President this year.  I want the meetings to be informative, efficient, and friendly.  I think hospitality plays an important role in making a guild meeting great. 
I hope you all have been quilting over the summer.  Show and Tell should be chock full of great projects you all completed over the summer.  The 2012-2013 guild year is going to be awesome, I can’t wait to get started. 
Robin McMillen


Each Guild member is responsible for bringing a snack or beverage for the group twice a year.  Lets continue this lovely tradition which makes the meetings more fun and helps those loyal members who have to come to meetings straight from work and need extra energy.  Bring a variety of fruits, vegetables, protein and of course those homemade goodies.  Switch with a friend if you can't make your assigned meeting and let me know who will be bringing the treat.  A star by your name means you bring a beverage for the group in lieu of a snack. Looking forward to a great new quilting year.  Angel 

September Snacks

A. Barchi

D. Becker

D. Blake*

C. Block

S. Borr*

S. Braksey

J. Brown


This year we are planning to get you and your quilts ready for our Quilt Show with some very inspirational and instructive speakers.

September – Jacquelynne Steves, Fabric Design: From My Studio to Your Favorite Quilt Shop.

We will start the new Guild year with Jacquelynne Steves, fabric and pattern designer and author.
Sharing her inspiration and creativity for fabric design and patterns, she is sure to inspire you.  Her new Christmas fabric line will be out just in time for us to preview. 
Visit her web site at www.TheNobleWife.com and see her refreshing, modern, and country outlook on life.

October  - Carol Blevins – Let’s Talk Edge Finishes

A favorite of the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild will return.
Carol Blevins will be back with her vast knowledge and experience. Carol is going to encourage us to think out of the box when it comes to quilt edges. Using many quilts as examples, Carol will share tips and clues as to what those judges want when it comes to edges. Carol is a font of information, so bring your notepad.

November  - Frank Clemens – Color, Color, Color

Stuck on Color? Intimidated by the new bold fabrics out there?
Frank Clemens comes with high recommendations to encourage you to get over your fear of color.
His program promises to be exciting and dare we say colorful!!!  

December  - Christmas/ Holiday Party

Celebrate the season with the Guild!
Chris and Leslie are working on some fun activities for our party to be announced soon.
We will continue the tradition with the 12 inch block exchange as well as have some new activities and treats.

January – TBA

February – The Quilt Block – Borders, Batts and Binding
Jan and Cynthia of The Quilt Block will be with us to demonstrate the latest tools and rulers to help you finish those borders and bindings. 
They will also discuss battings on the market today.
We are looking forward to this one!!!

March – Lisa Calle – Divide and Conquer
Long arm machine quilter extraordinaire will show us how to approach the quilting design process in a whole new way.  She will also talk on how to prepare your top for your long arm machine quilter and how to block your quilted top.
This promises to be a great lecture from a great quilter!

April - Challenge and New Member Night
Join us as we view the Challenge quilts for 2013.
We will also introduce our new members in a special way.

May -  Bob DeCarli, Weaving Patterns to Quilts 
Bob’s first book “Shadow Log Cabins”, is due out this fall and
he is already in the planning stages for a second.
As always, Bob’s ideas will be unique and creative showing us
how to take weaving patterns and translate them into quilts!

June - TBA


Not too early to start stitching—8 months to go!!!!!

Remember our next quilt show is Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2013.

At last year’s show, 2011,  we had that neat vendor Some Art Fabric from Georgia—Colleen Casey.  You may remember that her sweet mother, Joyce Patrick, had recovered from breast cancer.  Well, the reason Colleen cannot come this year, is Joyce’s cancer is back and has metastasized. It is not a good prognosis and Colleen will be focusing on her Mom through this next year.  She wants to return to our show in 2015 because they had such a great time.  If you want to send a note, here’s the address:  Joyce Patrick, c/o Some Art Fabric, 800 Foxcroft Trail, Marietta, GA 30067. 

We now have four (4) vendors and six (6) spaces out of twelve—Pottstown Sewing, Jackie’s Woolens, Timberline Patchwork and Handmaiden Designs ( check in the mail).  Three other possible vendors said they’ll be mailing checks—Janette Illianno (quilt designer); Alley Cat Quilters (Altos fabric cutting system); and Happy Valley Quilting.  If the latter come through we’ll have 9 spaces sold by 9/1.  In 2011, we offered 11 spaces and had 11 vendors.  Maximum number of spaces is 12.  Allie Barchi suggested Handmaiden Designs.  Helen Hofbauer will be writing to a whole list of other possible new vendors and following up starting in September for the next round of letters with a contract due date of December 1.  Selena will also start contacting possible donors for our door prizes and pulling in ads for our Show Brochure.

Marti Campbell held a shape cutting/fusing workshop in August.  They made 20 bags of 15-16 die cuts that were fused with Heat ‘n’ Bond in the shapes of cats, dogs, Christmas trees, teddy bears and ducks.  She will hold another workshop in later September, and they need Homespuns, Christmas fabric and any other fabric cut in 6” strips.  Along with the die cuts, they put together fabric packets—all to be sold at the Quilt Show Acorn Shop. Participating were Marti, Rita Smith, Angel Henderson, Jean Fox, Carolyn Davis and Denise Blake.  Sara will be pricing them.  Please provide fabric to Marti Campbell September’s  meeting.  For Acorn Shoppe details, check with Sara Borr..  We also will be collecting rick rack, lace, buttons, trims, etc. to make packets to sell at the shop.  As you do your Fall quilt room cleaning, remember to collect your gently used or new (great intentions) patterns for Sara.  They sold very well last time.  If you know you’ll never make it, the guild will get the return.

Also if you would like to donate a  theme basket (Kitchen, Coffee/tea, chocolate, etc.) for our basket raffle, please let Jean Fox know.  Jean also needs larger baskets to fill. Please let Jean know if you do and you coordinate at a meeting for delivery.  If you have gently used tools, new patterns, more current gently used books or extra fat quarters, she could use them, too.  She could also use yardage of recent fabrics (not 1980’s or 90’s); fat quarters and any other cloth items like charm packs you know you won’t use.

Kelly Meanix is chairing a small quilt raffle where each member will be asked to make a 16” x 24” (finished) quilt that we will raffle at the show.  She gave information at our June  meeting so please contact her for more information or clarification.  Of course 100% participation would be terrific! 
Also, registration for helpers will start at our January 2013 meeting.  Each chair will pass a sheet or we will have one sheet with all positions to pass for you to mark the times on the day(s) you can work.  As the rules say “POQ members not working at the Quilt Show and Non-POQ members will pay Quilt Show entry of $8 even if their quilts are displayed.”

A quilt show takes everyone in the guild to be successful.  Your contributions help fund our charitable giving and programs.  We need your time as much as we need your items.

Committee Members
Show Chair                                                                        Suzanne Stiverson          
                2015 chairs + Asst                                             Selena McFalls and Helen Hofbauer
Acorn Shoppe                                                                    Sara Borr
Clean-up                                                                             Marti Campbell
Door Prize (letters, etc)                                                      Suzanne Stiverson & Helen Hofbauer
Floor Design & Set-up                                                       Bob DeCarli
Judges’ and Quilt forms                                                     Ellen McMillen
  Quilt Acceptance/Sign-in/return   (on-site)                      Jean Zubert and Cindy Vognetz   
  Scribes (for judges’ comments)                                         Ellen McMillen
Lancaster Shops                                                                 Pat Sherman
Program Brochure                                                              Carolyn Davis and Rita Smith
            Shadow                                                                  Denise Blake
Props                                                                                   Pat Smith
Publicity                                                                             Leslie O’Brien
Quilt Show Signage (hung quilts)                                      Myrna Paluba
Raffle Baskets                                                                    Jean Fox
Raffle/Auction mini quilts                                                  Kelly Meanix
Registration and Admissions                                              Mary Morello
Show Signage                                                                     Elaine Egan
Vendor                                                                                Suzanne and Selena McFalls
Website                                                                               Maureen Carlson
White Glove                                                                       Marti Campbell

Goodness, I had better get on the stick!!!!!


Hope all having a terrific summer. I'm asking for some ideas for some items to sell at the Acorn Shoppe that we can make at some get togethers.. I'm not up on what is in. Can be very simple, low cost items. All ideas will be considered.
Thanks, Sara

September Quilting Events:

Johnstown ... Sep 01 - Sep 21, 2012 
Log House Quilters Guild 25th Anniversary Quilt Show
Presented by: Log House Quilters Guild, NQA #415
Location: Community Arts Center of Cambria County
Johnstown PA
Contact: Cheryl Sessler
934 Adams Ave, Mineral Point, PA 15942
814-322-3135 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 814-322-3135 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
email: csessler443@verizon.net
website: EMail: loghousequiltersguild@yahoo.com

10-4 Daily $2.00 Educator Karen Sievert will be teahing Sept. 15th. She is the author of the new book "Prairie-Point Pizzazz". The project is called "Color, Color, All Around" Cost $30.00. Call or write Cheryl Sessler for info and to sign up for class.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX in Oaks PA

September 13 - 16
For more information go to Quilt Fest

Quilt show—A Spot of Teal is being held September 28 & 29 in Williamstown, NJ. The show is held to raise awareness and funds to help women fight ovarian cancer. For more information, or to arrange quilt drop off contact Quilt Show Organizer Laura at ASpotofTeal@gmail.com or 856-629-4412. Website iswww.aspotofteal.org

Athens ... Sep 22 - Sep 23, 2012 
Quilts...Then and Now
Presented by: Endless Mountains Quilt Guild
Location: Lynch Bustin Elementary School
Athens PA
Contact: Kelly Pakes
PO Box 424 Athens, PA 18810
570-247-7179 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570-247-7179 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
email: kndpakes@epix.net
website: http://www.emqg.org/2012show.html

(rescheduled from September 2011) 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. $5 admission. Over 300 quilts, Civil War quilt display, free parking, handicapped accessible, vendors, food availablE.

Quilts in the Mill: The Courthouse Quilters
October 5-7, 2012 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Prallsville Mills, Rt 29, Stockton, NJ

The ArtQuilt Gallery—NYC opens a show by Lisa Call entitled Line & Color which runs from September 11 through October 20th. Lisa creates bold, geometric contemporary textile paintings where color is of primary importance and is combined with hand dyed cotton fabrics. For more information, see http://artquiltgallerynyc.com or http://www.cityquilter.com. The City Quilter is located at 133 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. 212-807-0390

Stitched Through Time: A Legacy of Quilt - Part 1 (Concludes October 28, 2012)
Gloucester County Historical Society Museum
58 N. Broad St
Woodbury, NJ 08096


Silent auction will be at the October meeting. If anyone has donations, please don't hesitate to contact me (dewpink@gmail.com).
The next one will be at the April meeting.


For those who signed out on a kit ..... please complete the quilt over the summer and return it to me (Rita Marie Smith) in September.  I have to get them back so they can be sent on to a sick child in the hospital.  If you would like to make a quilt from your own stash or donate good quality cotton fabric that is also welcomed.  Quilts are given to patients up to 21 years of age.   Thank you to everyone who participates in this charity project.    

MEMBERSHIP: Pat Smith/Rob Lodi

We currently have 60 members.  Membership runs from September 1 to August 31 each year.  For the 20 of you who have not renewed to date for the 2012-2013 year,  there is a “Membership Form”. You can pick one up at the meeting or print one out. Click on "membership form" on the right hand side of this newsletter.------------------------------------> under "Important Information". It's the last one.

 Please bring your completed form with your $35 to the September meeting or mail it to Rob Lodi, 20 Highview Road, Downingtown, PA 19335. 

Debbie Becker

Maureen Carlson

Martha Hopkins

Rikki Newlander

Lee Paylor


Nancy Rubinelli

Suzanne Simmons

Denise Blake

Elaine Egan

Pat Gallagher

Chris Harkins

Helen Hofbauer

Rob Lodi

Marsha Paczok

6" strips-------MARTI CAMPBELL

We will be having another session of cutting out laminates for the quilt show, with the GO. We need 6" strips. If it can't be used for the cutouts, we are making companion "rolls", so any fabric  will work. Batiks, homespun, calico, novelty etc. A little low on purples, oranges, but all colors are needed.

Thank you to those  people that have donated already.

2013 Penn Oaks Challenge - Kelly Meanix and Suzanne Simmons

This year's challenge is called "Where I Live". This is open to broad interpretation.......you can be in a birdhouse, it can be a beach house you have always wanted, a tree house, a mansion, a castle etc....use your imagination anything goes.

We will be handing out a fabric you must use in the quilt. There will be limited quantities so think about if you want to participate and sign up at the September meeting.

The size of the quilt is 24 x 24 and is due at the April meeting. It must be quilted and finished, any techniques can be used. These will also be hung at our Quilt Show in May.

Questions? contact Kelly at Kellymx@aol.com, 610-873-7211 or Suzanne at SVSimmons@comcast.net 610-873-3401

As the new historian I am looking for any early Penn Oaks memorabilia you may have. A number of years ago our early history was thrown away and I would like to collect as much as possible. If you have any membership lists, photos, announcements early quilt show info etc. I would appreciate it.
Sara Borr

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Some Inspiritation

Here is a great place to check out some inspiration for out challenge this spring. Check it out!