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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November 2012 Newsletter

November President's Note

I am watching Sandy blow my trees around in the back yard as I write this note. Yikes, not so fun. I hope this note finds you all safe and dry. I can not believe it is already November. I want to take this opportunity to briefly encourage you all to get to work on Quilts for the Quilt Show in May. I recently challenged myself with curved piecing and I am almost done the top of a Pickle Dish Quilt. It was rewarding to challenge myself. I would like to suggest that you do the same. If you have never done a Y seam before give it a try. If you love the look of hand applique but have never tried it yourself, than start a small hand applique project. What is the worst thing that can happen? It does not work. Oh well, we all have projects like that. Remember, we only have 7 months to the quilt show. I know that Suzanne and her team are doing an excellent job with organization and vendors but we all know what makes a quilt show great. Great Quilts! Get to work.

Robin McMillen

Robin McMillen


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.
*Suzanne Doonan
*Esther Dusinberre
Elaine Egan
Jean Fox
Pat Gallagher
Dawn Girouz
Fay Ann Grider
Chris Harkins
(*Please provide a beverage for the meeting.)


MEMBERSHIP: Pat Smith/Rob Lodi
Welcome to Penn Oaks newest members, Susan Longenecker and Eileen Mincarelli. We now have 57 members.
Happy Birthday to our November babies!
Allie Barchie
Dena Corry
Susan Raymond
Jamie Loncaric


QUILT SHOW—Not too early to start stitching—6 months to go!!!!!
Remember our next quilt show is Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2013.
Now we have enough vendors to carry the majority of the venue expenses, we need every one of you to pitch in by asking your favorite stores (not quilt related), your salon and others to donate gift cards, small items, etc. for our Raffle baskets and our door prizes. Just make sure I get the gift and the name & business to credit them on our website. We are already covering all the quilt stores around our area. The best thing you could also do is hype up the show at your church, Bible studies and other gatherings. Get your friends to come. Attendance is our best way to bring the dollars for our programs and charity giving. If each member brought 7 friends to the show, without any other people coming, we would bring in over $3000. And that is not counting the raffle tickets and items at our Acorn Shop that would be bought by many of the attendees. So start passing the word along. Don’t forget, we also need the items listed below. It’s never too early to bring items to Jean Fox and Sara Borr.
Thanks to Maureen for learning all the new stuff needed to keep the website up. Also, she’s been updating all the vendors and donations regularly for me.
We now have eight (8) vendors and eleven (11) spaces out of twelve—Pottstown Sewing, Jackie’s Woolens, Timberline Patchwork, Handmaiden Designs, Happy Valley Quilting, Diane Phalen, J. Illiano Designs and B&K Country Crafts and Quilts. Bob indicated we could have 12 vendors, so we are trying for that number. Helen Hofbauer is still trying to round up some additional vendors and Selena is contacting possible donors for our door prizes and pulling in ads for our Show Brochure. Along with Sulky, who are sending a box of goodies in December, Frank A. Edmunds has sent support gloves and quilters hoop tape, Gutterman has sent thread, Nancy’s Notions has sent a gift certificate and Sauders sent a book, marking pencil and charm pack. Check out the list on the our website www.pennoaksquilters.org.
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 have some great ideas or want to host a small workshop to make that idea, please contact Sara.
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 sayPOQ 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
I’m plugging along on my projects….

Please remember we are looking for each member to make a 16 x 24 inch quilt to be used to raffle off at our quilt show this coming spring. We will not be making our traditional bed size raffle quilt so this is something we need everyone to contribute with in order to fund our programs.
If you would like more information please go HERE and scroll down to read all bout making a quilt. You can also call Kelly at 610-873-7211 or email kellymx@aol.com.
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 that we will have at the November meeting. Don't
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? Call Kelly kellymx@aol.com - 610 873-7211 or Suzanne
 Simmons at svsimmons@comcast.net - 610-873-3401

Patches of Love - Rita Marie Smith    
There was a brief discussion at last month's guild meeting
 and it was decided that instead of making quilts for kids this
 year we would sew pillowcases.
 The pillowcases will be donated to hospital pediatric units
and to hospice care facilities.
 Other suggestions are welcomed. Bright, cheery fabrics as
 well as seasonal fabrics of ourown choosing would be used.
 A pattern, if needed, and more information to follow. If you
have made a quilt to be sent to Yardley, please bring the 
completed quilt to our November guild meeting.      

There will be no Mystery Box in November but watch for an
exciting prize at the December meeting. The Mystery Box is
a fund-raiser for the guild. Chances are $1 or 6 for $5 and
the prize is worth $20 or more. Last month's prize was the
just-released book, Skip The Borders, and the new Wonder
Clips for holding your binding in place while sewing, a total
value of $35.

 Main Line Quilters Guild 2012 Quilt Show
“A Quilter’s Perspective:
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Main Line Unitarian Church
816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon, Pa
$5.00 entry donation






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