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

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2013 Newsletter

Hello Quilters,

So looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming Holiday Party.  Leslie has some excellent activities planned to celebrate the season.  Please see the details below.  One activity is a guess the quilter, holiday addition.  I am going to bring something in.  It will be so fun to play that game. It reminds me of my favorite part of the Challenge where we get to guess who quilted what.  I am going to make something delicious to share will you all.  OR maybe I will simplify and just bring M&Ms, we will see. 

On that note, I want to tell you that I did simplify my Thanksgiving menu and guess what - No one noticed and no one starved.  Wow, did I learn an important lesson.  I also had more fun and was less stressed so as a result my family had more fun too because I was not yelling at everyone.  Imagine that??!!  It also freed up some time that I could spend in my sewing room.  That was an additional stress reliever.  All I really did was cut out some squares but just touching the fabric and looking at the colors was restful.  If only I could figure out a way to avoid the parking lot at Wegmans, my holidays would be completely peaceful.  Oh well, I guess some stress in unavoidable. 

My holiday wish for you all is two fold.  I hope for improving health for those members of our guild who have struggled health wise in the past year.  And I wish for a creative and productive year quilting.  I think my New Year's Resolution will be to complete a UFO in the upcoming January and February time frame.  Wouldn't that be great to spend some time during these cold months completing a project.  Maybe I could bind it at the getaway.  MMMMM that sounds like a great way to start the new year. 

Happy Quilting and Happy Holidays. 
Robin McMillen
(610)836-1363
(610)873-2950

Programs

It's that time of year! The next meeting is the holiday meeting. There have been a couple of changes to the format so please read this carefully.....
*  Angel is arranging the refreshments per the usual method. Please see Angel's hospitality article to see if you show up in the alphabetical order and need to bring refreshments. Do not worry about bringing your own as we talked about at the meeting if you are not on Angel's list.

*  We are having an activity for those that want to participate. Please bring your favorite winter/holiday quilt project in a bag or folded inside out (so nobody can see you deliver the quilt and know it is yours). Pin your name on the back of the quilt. I will be there to collect the quilts so bring it directly to me when you arrive. Susan, Suzanne, and I will display the quilts in the back of the room. The membership will guess which quilt belongs to which quilter. To vote, you will write your name and the name of the quilter on a piece of paper and place it in a bag next to the quilt. We will draw votes from the bag. As soon as we draw the correct name of the quilter, the voter will win a small prize. The quilter will then discuss the background and history of the quilt. I hope this will be fun and help us learn a little more about each other and our quilts. It will also decorate the room for the festivities. Does this inspire you get the holiday quilt you are working on finished?

* We may also play quilt pictionary if time allows. 

* Don't forget your 12 1/2" block for the block exchange

*Show and tell will be held as usual. Feel free to participate in both!

*Plan to sign up to present at Book Night during the January meeting. I will circulate the list during the party. This was a lot of fun last year and we hope to hear from some others this year.

See you at the party!
The Programs Committee
Leslie, Susan, and Suzanne

Hospitality

Snack list for the  Penn Oaks holiday meeting in December includes: M. Lewis, R. Lodi*, J.Loncaric, S. Longenecker, E. Mayer, E. McMillan, R. McMillan, K. Meanix*, E. Mincarelli, B. Moses, R. Newlander, L. Obrien, M. Pack, M. Paluba, L. Paylor, N. Rubinelli, P. Sherman*, S. Simmons, P. Smith, R. Smith, D. Smyrl, M. Stevenson, S. Stiverson, C. Vognetz, D. Werkheiser*, J. Zubert, J. Zwizanski*. Remember that a star by your name means you bring a drink rather than a snack and please call a friend and make arrangements to get a snack in if you cannot attend the meeting.



MEMBERSHIP: Jean Fox/Ellen McMillen
Penn Oaks Quilters is 55 members strong and 33 attended the November meeting. There were no guests. Denise Blake was the winner of the door prize.


Carolyn Davis is doing very well following bilateral knee replacements. She says her recovery is exceeding all expectations and she thanks the guild for the cards and well wishes.


December Birthdays
Denise Werkheiser          9-December
Kelly Meanix                   13-December
Marianne Caporale      30-December
May your birthdays be filled with quilting delights and holiday treats.

2014 Getaway: Kathy DeCarli/Ellen McMillen
There are three rooms available for the GetawayIf you are interested in attending please contact Ellen as soon as possible. Both Kathy and I are unable to attend the December meeting so give me a call (610-363-5956) or send me an email (ejmcmillen@verizon.net). Please mail me your registration form and check. Thank you!


Silent Auction

I would like to thank everyone for making the silent auction such a big success-----especially Kelly who brought in bags and bags of fabric pulled from her stash.
Maryann

Challenge


We will be making small quilts to say please don't touch the quilts. You may say it any way you wish, as long as the message is clear.  Please keep the size no larger than 9 x 12 inches.  Shoot for 8.5 by 11 - regular paper sign size. 
We will decide whether and how we will label them after the challenge. I'm 
thinking about using an embroidered ribbon that says Do Not Touch the QuiltsChallenge 2014 and leaving space for you to sign the ribbon. But, then again, maybe we don't need that, except that we have displayed challenge quilts at 
the show in the past. I apologize if this seems like a work-in-progress.

Carolyn and Jamie
Here are some pictures to give you some ideas........
I think Bob should make one like this! You know how he loves Sunbonnet Sue!

Quilt Happenings


2014 Quilt Competition & Display
January 13-April 6, 2014
Peddler’s Village Gazebo
Lahaska, PA
www.peddlersvillage.com/bulletin.aspx


AQS Quilt Week
March 12-15, 2013
Lancaster County Convention Center
Lancaster, PA

http://www.americanquilter.com/shows_contests/

PA Row by Row Quilt Shop Hop
(63 shops)
July – September 2014







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