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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Newsletter 2013

Hi Quilters.

Arghhh January! I hate that month. I have nothing good to say about it. I always put off unpleasant tasks until after the holidays. So they all pile up and I can't avoid them anymore. I call it Project Paralysis. My latest bout of Project Paralysis involves the quilt for my Dad's next book. I looked at the plans in the fall - and I have to admit I found them daunting. But... I put it in a bag in the corner of my sewing room and told myself "I can't deal with that today - I will worry about that in January" Well, it is January (now February) and time to pay the piper.

I was walking around with the feeling of dread all month that I could not name. When I finally tackled that quilt, called Kathy's Star, I felt a huge relief. That was the knot in my stomach I had been carrying since January 1. I am making a block first to check the measurements and it is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, it is going well. That bag in the corner of my sewing room (that I even avoided looking at) is open and it is not nearly the dragon I anticipated. I hope you all tackle your project paralysis with the same success. My goal is to have the top put together before the getaway. Ambitious - yes it is. But I like to achieve.

I am looking forward to the getaway. Have a happy valentines day and stay warm and safe. Stay Calm, Carry on and Keep Quilting!

-Robin McMillen

Robin McMillen

Chris Harkins
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!!!
Bring a little money in case you want to buy the latest tool!
March –Lisa Calle – Divide and Design
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 More New Members
Join us as we view the Challenge quilts for 2013.
Time will be set aside to finalize any Quilt Show loose ends.
We will also have our new members and their mentors introduce themselves.
Angel Henderson

*Rob Lodi, Jamie Lonaric, Elaine Mayer, *Selena McFalls, Ellen McMillen and Robin McMillen

If there is a star before your name please bring a drink. If you cannot make it to the meeting please call some one to take your place.

Rob Lodi/Pat Smith

A warm welcome to two new members, Kate Hill and Denise Werkheiser. We will learn more about them at the February meeting when their mentors introduce them. We now have 60 members. Thank you to our mentors and new members who we were introduced to at the January meeting. If you would like to be a mentor please let Pat or Rob know.
February Birthdays: Angel Henderson Robin McMillen

Two new members below to add to your lists.  Up dated directory coming soon.

Werkheiser,  Denise
118 Skyline Drive
Downingtown, PA 19335

Kate Hill
1604 St. Peters Way
Chester Springs, PA 19425
610-935-2504 h
610-812-4277 c

QUILT SHOWGotta be stitching by now3 months to go!!!!!
Suzanne Stiverson
Remember our next quilt show is Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2013.
We now have twelve vendor spaces filled and we are DONE. Here they are: newest is The Quilt Block plus B&K’s Country Crafts and Quilts (2); Diane Phalen Watercolors; Handmaiden Designs; Happy Valley Quilting; J. Illiano Designs; Jackie’s Woolens; Pottstown Sewing (3); and Timberline Patchwork. YEAH!!!!! Check out the list on the our website www.pennoaksquilters.org plus the list of current door prizes.
Our February Quilt Show meeting will be held at the Getaway—in the lounge (remember Clue)—at 9:30 a.m. So far Robin, Pat Smith, Leslie, Ellen, Kelly, Maureen, Marti, Myrna and Pat Sherman have replied. Just let me know. Please bring updates, questions and issues to the meeting. I’ll be there and my trusty leader, Robin will be too..
Chris Harkins will manage the raffles for the GO!Baby with die, Baby Lock B9 sewing machine from Hayes (which I now have), new knitting machine from Marti and possibly another machine from Baby Lock. We have a lot to tell our potential visiting guilds about.
What we need from all of you is to go through your tools, books, patterns and fabrics to help out with Jean’s baskets and the Acorn Shop. We start putting baskets together in April, so to help manage the process, your early contributions are really appreciated by Jean and her team.
Sara Borr is requesting rick rack, lace, buttons, trims, etc. to make packets to sell at the shop. As you do your Fall/Winter 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. We have a pattern for festive table napkins. She will be sending it out through Kelly. We also will be making Kindle/Nook/Ipad covers. We will be making sachets and many items are coming from Marti’s workshops. More to come about future workshops.
Jean Fox indicated she doesn’t need any more baskets. Thanks to those who donated. 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! The quilts will be due the end of March so she can have time to take pictures for the raffle “bags”.
Also, registration for helpers started at our January 2013 meeting and will go on until full. There will be one overall 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. Thanks for everyone’s contributions so far.
When I have energy, I hit the quilt room!
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 & Selena McFalls
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
Raffles Chris Harkins (Baby Lock, Knitting machine, GO!Baby)
Quilt Show Signage (hung quilts) Myrna Paluba
Raffle Baskets Jean Fox
Raffle/Auction mini quilts Kelly Meanix
Registration and Admissions Mary Morello (Saturday only)
Show Signage Elaine Egan
Vendor Suzanne and Helen Hofbauer
Website Maureen Carlson
White Glove Marti Campbell

Thank you for all the cards, caring calls and prayers. Chemo is a rough road to haul. With three more weeks that end 2/18, I’m ready for a break. I’m going to the getaway, but may nap some. My surgery is March 12 at Fox Chase.
I also thank everyone who has brought me and plan to bring Jack and me meals. It is truly humbling and we are so grateful. As I am pretty worthless—when I do go out, it is a one-shot moment and back to bed—so this help takes such a load off Jack’s shoulders.
Do know your thoughts, calls and prayers really do lift my spirit.
With so much love,
Suzanne Stiverson

Quilt Show Entry Forms

Our quilt show is just three months away. Note that your quilt entry forms are due no later than April 5th. Please carefully review the instructions and form on our web site. I would like to encourage you to submit your forms as soon as possible as the information on these forms is needed by a number of the members on the quilt show committee. Only your quilt top needs to be complete in order to prepare your entry form. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks everyone!
Ellen McMillen 610-363-5956 ejmcmillen@verizon.net


Sara Borr
With all this cold weather it is the ideal time to work on something for the Acorn
Shoppe. I hope most members will have something for the shoppe. Remember that the items do not have to be quilted. We sell all kinds of projects, knit, crochet, jewelry, etc. Also go through your quilt books and patterns. You know those that you just had to have but somehow never made. Any profit the shoppe makes goes for programs at our meetings and we have had great one and would like to continue to have them.
Any questions, please contact me.
Sara Borr


6" strips, so that we can cut and package them.

Stephanie Braskey

The Mystery Box will return for the February meeting. The Mystery Box is a fund-raiser for the guild. Chances are $1 or 6 for $5 and the prize this month is worth more than $25. Think vintage!

From: Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 634 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA 19333

February 2-28, 2013 - The Fiber Art of Japan: An Exhibition of Quilts and Costumes by Nancy Long, Fiber Artist and

The Art of Ikebana: An Exhibition of Flower Arrangements and Vessels by Jose Juico, Ikebana Artist and Potter.

Opening receiption to meet the artists and view their work: Friday, February 1 from 6-8:30 pm in the John J. Willaman Education Center.

Lectures and Demonstrations

The Fiber Art of Japan Lecture with Nancy Long, Saturday February 2 at 2 pm.

The Art of Ikebana Demonstration with Jose Juico, Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm.

 Dear Fellow Quilters, On behalf of the Pocono Mountain Quilters’ Guild, I am inviting you and your quilt group to our Quilts on the Mountain XIII showwhich will be held on April 20 and 21, 2013. This year’s show will include:·    
Member’s Quilts· Vendor Mall· Raffle Quilts and other Items· Quilter’s Flea Market· Tricky Tray· Door Prizes· FoodLocation:Stroudsburg Junior High School 1901 Chipperfield DriveStroudsburg, PA Located north of Stroudsburg and north of Route 611 at 1901 Chipperfield Drive. Turn at the Eastern Monroe Public Library and follow one mile to the first school complex on left.

Sat. April 20th 10-4Sun. April 21st 10-3AdmissionAdults:
$7Children 12-17 $3Children under 12 Free Pocono Mountain Quilters Guild on the Web:
http://www.thepmqg.comFeel free to contact us with any questions at:poconomountainquiltersguild@live.com Hoping to see you all there,Judith MehlPublicity Chair

Rita Marie Smith

As many of you know, instead of participating in Quilts for Kids this year, we are making pillowcases. If you don't have a favorite pattern, I'd be glad to provide you with a copy of an easy one at a Guild meeting (same one demonstrated at the January meeting.) The Penn State Hershey pediatric unit will be the recipient this year. They are asking for help in providing their many young patients with pillowcases. Bright, cheery, fun fabric would be most appropriate for the hundreds of children they care for. If you are aware of another local hospital or hospice in need, please let me know and we could focus on them next year. We are purchasing or using our own fabric for the pillowcases. Let's see how many we can make by May ! Rita Marie