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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 2013 Newsletter

July 2013 Newsletter


PRESIDENT'S LETTER
I hope everyone is relatively dry. Some crazy weather!  I will keep this brief. We are looking forward to the August Bee. It will be held on the same night as our meetings. The second Monday in August, August 12th. This is a nice, informal evening. Bring your projects and your dinner. I will open the doors at 5:30.  It is an opportunity to discuss projects and see what everyone else is working on. One year I brought a bunch of paper piece units and extra hands helped me remove the papers. (Thank you Ellen,Myrna and Fay Ann).  I hope to see you there. 
Email me if you have more Questions. 

Robin McMillen



MEMBERSHIP-Pat Smith/Rob Lodi
SUMMER BIRTHDAYS:
July
Sara Borr
Cindy Block
Delores Holzwarth
Mary Morello
Pat Smith
August
Kathy DeCarli
Esther Dusinberre
Helen Hofbauer
Betsy Moses
Suzanne Stiverson




Jean Zubert

For those of you who have not yet renewed your membership for the 2013-2014 guild year please send the completed form with your check to Ellen McMillen, 810 Dowlin Forge Rd., Downingtown, PA 19335. You'll find the link to the membership form on the right hand column of the newsletter. Thank you.
Ellen McMillen and Jean Fox
Membership Co-Chairs

PROGRAMS
Summer greetings from the Programs Team! Things are shaping up nicely for next year. Here is a preview of the events coming this fall. 

In September we will welcome Dalen Keys who will present his lecture "Quilting, Creativity, and Children's Books." His wife, Mitzie, will present a trunk show of her string quilts. How is that for a segue from June meeting? Some of her quilts are featured in Dalen's books. Dalen and Mitzie will have books and quilting products for sale. This may be a good time to stock up on quilt book gifts for the children in your life. Feel free to look at his website www.dalenkeys.com for a preview. 

October will be busy on meeting day. We will have a workshop with our speaker, Christine Morgan, during the day and then enjoy her lecture at the evening meeting. Christine created "Stacked and Stitched" a new way to appreciate chenille in our quilting. We will complete, yes complete, a small project in the workshop. We are working on the details. As soon I have more information I will have Kelly send it out the group. In the meantime, save all day for the guild. It will be a lot of fun.

Leslie O'Brien, Program Chair


PATCHES OF LOVE  Rita Marie Smith
Thank you to the 11 ladies who made 82 pillowcases during this past guild year.  They are absolutely wonderful and I'm sure the young ones and teens will love them.   Since we will be sending them off in September, there is still time to make a couple over the summer if you haven't had a chance to do so as yet.  If you need directions, please let me know or you can google hot dog pillowcase, tube pillowcase, etc.  and see video tutorials on youtube.  Don't forget to bring ideas and suggestions you have for charity projects to guild in September.   Have a good summer.




Penn Oaks 2013-2014 Round Robin
Instead of doing the traditional “Block of the Month” this year, Penn Oaks Quilters will be doing a “Round Robin”  A “Round Robin” is a quilt top that is made by a group of quilters and can be thought of as a variation of a friendship quilt.  We are going to do what is called a “Progressive Round Robin”.  The idea is based on a book by M’Liss Raw Hawley called “Round Robin Renaissance”.  Each participating person makes the equivalent of  two (2) – 12.5” blocks for each “box”  each month.  It can be two 12.5” blocks or the equivalent number of smaller units which can be used as setting blocks or sew together by the box owner at the end however they want.   You may not have time to do a paper pieced 12.5 square that month but you can do a set of  6.5” 4 patches or half square triangles that can be used to set the other blocks within the quilt top. 
Each quilter who signs up to participate will gather together at least 3 yards of material of at least 3 different fabrics.  Each participating quilter will fill out a guidance sheet indicating the participant’s preferences for the types of fabrics and blocks each quilter in their group will make for them.  The fabrics, along with the guidance sheet, will be placed in a plastic 14”  x 14” carry box (scrap booking storage box as found at Joanne’s).  This box will be brought to guild each month and passed among the participating group members till all group members have an opportunity to make the 2 12.5” blocks for that box.  At the end of the guild year, each participant will have 12 completed blocks ready to set into a quilt top.  
Groups will be limited to 6 people.  Sign-up can occur any time prior to or at the September meeting.  Please e-mail me if you are interested in participating so I can start organizing the groups.  A number of guild members already signed up at the June meeting.
The Groups are:
Skill Level:
Type of Quilt / Techniques
Beginner
Pieced blocks only
Beginner
Applique – Only   (Please indicate if you have a preference for Hand Applique only, Machine Applique only, or would not mind both techniques in your quilt)
Beginner
Mixed Techniques (Group member have the choice of doing pieced blocks, any style applique or blocks with embellishments like machine embroidery.
Intermediate/Advanced
Pieced blocks only
Intermediate/Advanced
Applique – Only   (Please indicate if you have a preference for Hand Applique only, Machine Applique only, or would not mind both techniques in your quilt)
Intermediate/Advanced
Mixed Techniques (Group member have the choice of doing pieced blocks, any style applique or blocks with embellishments like machine embroidery.
 Schedule:
September 2013
Sign up; organize people into groups, et al
October  2013
Boxes are due for  1st exchange
November 2013
2nd exchange
December  2013
No round robin exchange – Christmas block exchange and party time Plus everyone is busy with holiday preparations
January 2014
3rd block exchange
February 2014
4th block exchange
March 2014
5th block exchange
April 2014
6th block exchange
May 2014
Return of all boxes to owner. 
June 2014
Show and tell of blocks within each group. 
September 2014
Show and Tell of finished Quilt Tops to Guild and Group Members
In fairness to group participants, we are establishing these “rules” for this project:
-          This is a commitment.  If you have  doubts that you can complete 2 – 12.5” blocks each month on time and get it back to guild, don’t sign up.  There will be other opportunities in the future that will be a better fit with your availability to sew each month.  We’ve all “been there” when life gets in the way of something we want to do.
-           If you can’t make it to guild for a particular meeting, find someone to bring your box for exchange and to bring you your next box from the meeting.  If you don’t have a “friend” attending the meeting that month, participants can drop off/pick up boxes at my house.  I am working from home (telecommuting) and can usually answer the door for 5 minutes or get something quickly off the front porch.  Please let me know if you will not make a meeting or when you will stop by my house to retrieve your month’s box.  . 
-          I will be available throughout if the participants have any questions on what to make.  We have sample blocks available. 
-          I will track each group’s boxes each meeting.  Participants will “turn” in the boxes to me; at the beginning of each guild meeting.   I will note who has already had whose box to ensure all boxes get distributed equally. 
Recommendation to save time each month: 
-          Find a favorite “block”  (or set of blocks) that you will make for each quilt.  Then all you need to do each month is select which fabrics to use, cut and sew.  It is much more time consuming when you try and figure out a new block or blocks for each person each month.  There is also something nice about seeing your same blocks in different quilts with  different fabrics and set in different ways.
If you think you are interested and/or want more information and sample pictures of “Progressive Round Robin” quilts from the “Round Robin Renaissance” book, please e-mail me @ mlcarlsonwc@yahoo.com
Maureen Carlson



.The Quilt Block, Inc            95 East Welsh Pool Road
Exton, PA 19341
610- 363-0404

Open Monday - Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Closed Sundays during the Summer
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August 2nd - August 4th.
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QUILT HAPPENINGS

Statewide Shop Hop
Row By Row
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July 1 through Labor Day
The Quilt Block is a participating member
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610-363-0404

Greater Columbus (OH) Convention Ctr
www.nqaquilts.org
A Quilter’s Journey – 2013 Quilt Show
July 19-20, 2013

Falling Springs Presbyterian Church
Chambersburg, PA 17201
www.chambersburgquiltguild.org

Four County Quilters Guild Quilt Show
“Baskets of Friendship 2013”
Aug 2-4, 2013
Frederick County Fair Grounds, Maryland
FACEBOOK: Four County Quilters Guild
Quilt Show

Diamond State Quilt Show
August 8-10, 2013
Newark, DE
www.ladybugguild.org
Space available in many classes!
AQS Quilt Show
August 14-17, 2013

Grand Rapids, MI
www.americanquilter.com

Pennsylvania National Quilt
Extravaganza XX
September 19-22, 2013
Oaks, PA
www.quiltfest.com



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