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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January 2015 Newsletter


President's Letter
Happy New Year! Did we break any of our resolutions yet? Did we promise ourselves to finish more projects, keep our sewing rooms cleaned up, get our quilts ready for the show? Hang in there and don't try to be perfect. Improvement counts!

As we move into January and the heart of winter we are ready for the the weather. Thanks to Ellen, we have the emergency call list ready. Let it snow! If the weather looks bad or is threatening to snarl traffic on one of our Monday meeting nights, watch for a phone call from the phone chain. Since we meet at night and many of us aren't keen on driving in winter weather, we err on the side of caution and will cancel if it sounds like road conditions won't cooperate.

Our winter meetings highlight and make the most of our Guild's talents. The next couple of months will bring trunk show and demos by our members.The programs committee has an exciting lineup for us. Do you have a special quilting skill to share? Be sure to make the programs committee aware. You may be the subject of a meeting some day. 

The challenge is coming up soon. Do you have your favorite cliche captured in quilt art yet?

The show will be here before we know it. Are your quilts ready or on track to be ready by May? What about your mini-quilt for the auction?

Lets get 2015 started right! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on January 12 to get the next quilting year going. This is the year of the quilt, isn't it? Isn't every year the year of the quilt? 

Happy 2015!
Leslie

Programs
From Suzanne Doonan
Our January meeting will be full of quilting inspiration from Jan Brown and Kelly Meanix. Jan will show us new things, tools, techniques, and/or patterns. The Quilt Block will vend, too. Kelly's venue will be a trunk show of her distinctive quilts. If you haven't figured out what cliche you're featuring in the Challenge in March, you're sure to find inspiration from these two extraordinary Penn Oaks quilters. 



Membership: Ellen McMillen/Rita Marie SmithThirty-five members enjoyed the December holiday meeting. Best wishes to all for a healthy and happy 2015!
January Birthday
Diana Smyrl                  25-January
Many happy birthday wishes to you!

Hospitality
From Angel
I am adding  an extra person to the list. It means some people will be bringing three rather than two per year but maybe it will cover if someone forgets. The snack list for January is: H. Hofbauer, D. Holzwarth, M. Hopkins*, M. Kline, E. Lance*, M.Lewis, R. Lodi.  Remember to switch your responsibility with a friend if you cannot attend the meeting and let me know. A star after your name means you bring a beverage for the group in lieu of a snack.

Challenge
The "Cliches Challenge" is due in March.  Remember the size should be 16" x 20", design can be vertical or horizontal.  Need help in finding a cliché?  
For ideas, Google:  ClicheSite.com.  When the challenge is turned in print the cliché you chose on a piece of paper and attach it to the front of your challenge with a straight pin.  DON'T IDENTIFY YOURSELF. 
Due date:  March 9, 2015.
Questions, contact:  Myrna Paluba or Fay Ann Grider. 

Fabric Swap
This month's fabric is "low volume". Please bring (23) 10" squares in a ziplock type bag with you name on the inside. Please remember to choose fabric that is not older than 2 years old. I will have your "small florals" set of swap blocks at the meeting. If you are not going to be at the meeting please contact me. 

Next month's blocks will be "Polka Dots" any size or colors! Please pay special attention to the size, make sure they are 10" squares and please make sure you have 23 blocks, count them twice! I have bought just a bit more fabric to allow for a cutting mistake. To make it easier on yourself, cut off the selvedges before you cut your blocks.
Kelly----questions?    kellymx@aol.com or 610-873-7211




Quilt Show 2015

All 12 of our vendor booths are now booked..  Timberline Patchwork; The Quilt Block; Pottstown Sewing (3 spaces); Jackie’s Woolens; Happy Valley Quilting; Donna’s Quits and Prims (name change);, Ribbonsmyth (ribbons and embellishments); The Bead Lounge; Penny Marble Quilt Designs and Alchemy Textiles.  We’ve got a great mix of vendors so please save your money and support these vendors.  Go to our website:  www.pennoaksquilters.org to see what they vend.  
Whew, thanks to Robin for her tenacity in getting Ribbonsmyth.  I think this is the biggest hurdle in getting our show off the ground—getting vendors.  I think this is the earliest we’ve done this since we started at Griffith Hall in 2009.

Help Diana Smyrl get ads for our program brochure by giving suggestions.  The same goes for Pat Sherman, who is getting the door prizes.

Website is being updated with newest information on the Quilt Show.  Maureen will continue updating the Vendor and door prize lists on line

Robin McMillen is getting her food handler’s license and will lead the food committee.  She is looking into prices and possible vendors.  Keep the ideas coming. 

We need strong guys (males) for Show Set up day—Thursday April 30 in the A.M.  Please start talking to your family to chip in.  It is too hard for most of us to move the heavy tables.

Raffle mini-quilts will be 18”X18”.  PLEASE START WORKING ON YOUR QUILT AS THEY WERE TERRIFIC FOR PUBLICITY OVER THE YEAR.  TURN THEM IN TO KELLY MEANIX AS SOON AS THEY ARE DONE.  WE ARE ASKING EACH MEMBER TO DONATE AT LEAST ONE MINI-QUILT TO RAFFLE because this was a major fund raiser at our show.

Next Meeting will be in February 2015 at a deli or restaurant on a Friday.  Date, place and time to follow.


Quilt Committee Leaders Filled:  Now we need you to sign up for committees in January.

Quilt Show Co-Chairs:                                    Suzanne Stiverson & Robin
                                                                    McMillen
Floor Plans/Set- up/Tear Down                 Bob DeCarli
Acorn Shoppe:                                                  Pat Smith and Helen Hofbauer
Props:                                                                   Pat Smith
Small Quilts Raffle:                                           Kelly Meanix
Door Prizes (letters--email):                        Pat Sherman
Raffle baskets/Door prizes:                         Jean Fox
Basket Delivery                                                 Marsha Paczok
Lancaster Area Vendors:                               Pat Sherman  Distribution of flyers
Vendor letters:                                                 Suzanne Stiverson
Vendor on-site chair:                                     Robin McMillen
Registration/Admission:                               Denise Blake
Quilt Judging/forms                                        Ellen McMillen
Quilt Check in/out chairs:                             Jean Zubert & Cindy Vognetz
Ads for Programs:                                            Diana Smyrl
Program Brochures:                                        Rita Smith
Publicity/Flyers                                                 Suzanne Doonan
Quilt description/signs:                                 Myrna Paluba
Viewer’s Choice Ballots                                 Myrna Paluba
Signage inside and outside venue:           Elaine Egan
White Glove:                                                     Marti Campbell
Clean-up:                                                            Marti Campbell
Food Chair                                                          Robin McMillen
Food Handler                                                     Robin McMillen

Our show will be here sooner than you think.
Keep on quilting…..

Suzanne Stiverson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

President's Letter
Warmest greetings of the season, on the coldest day of the year so far, to the Guild!

It is a wonderful time of year. Everyone has something to celebrate. I like the music the best. Just waiting for the 24/7 holiday music radio stations to start playing the sounds of the season.

It is time to decorate the tree with carefully crafted fabric decorations, display the holiday quilts, hang the quilting stockings from the mantle, place the holiday pillows on the sofa, and unfurl the winter table runners on the table top. There is nothing like a bit of last minute stitching to help you get in the spirit of the season. Of course, many of those items are gifts for family and friends. 

Get ready for the party! The next meeting will be lots of fun.

Suzanne has put together a great craft. As we all know, we can't have too many pin cushions and this one with the jar attached will hold the supplies we need to make it easy to transport our projects. 

Please put the finishing touches on your 12 1/2 block to exchange. I wonder if any long term members have created anything out of their block collections yet? If yes, please share. 

Speaking of the exchange blocks, don't forget to sign your block. I will bring some markers so we can sign blocks you may have without signatures. Bring your past exchange blocks that are missing signatures so you can get them signed.

To the refreshments group - please don't forget! This is a party so members running out to get last minute food would be a mess. 

See everyone at the meeting! Happy Holiday Sewing!
Leslie O'Brien

Programs
Suzanne Doonan and Betsy Moses

Our December program features Silent Auction, Block Exchange, and a Craft Activity.

Silent Auction
Look around your sewing space for items to donate.  Tools, books, magazines, patterns, fabric, ribbon and notions are all welcome.  A collection of fabrics scraps leftover from your quilt project packaged with a ribbon or in a plastic bag might be just what someone else needs to make a small gift.

Block Exchange
Create a 12 ½ in block with a holiday theme.  Wrap it as a gift.  We will draw numbers to determine the order of guild members selecting their gifts.  You’ll go home with something special made by a quilter.  This activity is strictly voluntary.  If you don’t bring a block, you can still enjoy the show!

Craft Activity
A pincushion for your sewing room.

What to bring:
4 inch circle of fabric

What we provide:
Jelly jars
Fiberfill stuffing
Fray check
Glue guns, both regular and mini
Glue sticks, both regular and mini
Ribbon
Clamps and Wonder Clips to help with glueing
Power strips

What you can bring (optional):
Glue gun
Fray check
Power strip
Buttons, charms, and ribbon to coordinate with your fabric
Your extraordinary design skills (a given, not optional)

Membership: Ellen McMillen/Rita Marie Smith
Forty members and five guests attended the November meeting. We're looking forward to a good turnout for the December holiday meeting.
December Birthdays
Denise Werkheiser                9-December
Kelly Meanix                       13-December
Marianne Caporale              30-December
Many happy birthday wishes to you all!


Hospitality
Snack list for the December Penn Oaks guild meeting is: J.Loncaric, S. Longenecker, E. Mayer, E. McMillen, R. McMillen, K. Meanix, E. Mincarelli, B. Moses, R. Newlander*, L. O'Brien, D. O'Connor, M.Paczok, M. Paluba* L.Paylor, N. Rubinelli, P.Sherman, P.Smith, R. Smith*, D. Smyrl, M.Stevenson, S. Stiverson*, C. Vognetz, D. Werkheiser, J. Zubert*, J. Zwizanski.  A star after your name means you bring a beverage instead of a snack for the group. Please switch with a friend if you cannot attend the meeting.

FABRIC SWAP: Kelly Meanix

This month's fabric is "small florals any shade or color". Please bring (23) 10" squares in a ziplock type bag with you name on the inside. I will have your "light prints" set of swap blocks at the meeting. If you are not going to be at the meeting please contact me. 

Next month's blocks will be "low volume". I will bring examples for you to have a better idea if you are unsure of a low volume fabric. Please pay special attention to the size, make sure they are 10" squares and please make sure you have 23 blocks, count them twice! I have bought just a bit more fabric to allow for a cutting mistake.
Kelly----questions?    kellymx@aol.com



2015 Getaway:  Kathy DeCarli/Ellen McMillen

For those of you who are attending the Getaway this is a gentle reminder that the final payment is due no later than the December 8th guild meeting. Ellen will send you an email with the amount of your final room payment. Please keep in mind that the Getaway is self-funding. If you must withdraw after the December 15th deadline you will be responsible for your share of the cost of the room. In January we'll let you know your share of the Sewing Room rental fee which will likely be between 11 and 12 dollars. We're so looking forward to our new Getaway location!



Quilt Show 2015

All 12 of our vendor booths are now booked..  Timberline Patchwork; The Quilt Block; Pottstown Sewing (3 spaces); Jackie’s Woolens; Happy Valley Quilting; Donna’s Quits and Prims (name change);, Ribbonsmyth (ribbons and embellishments); The Bead Lounge; Penny Marble Quilt Designs and Alchemy Textiles.  We’ve got a great mix of vendors so please save your money and support these vendors.  Go to our website:  www.pennoaksquilters.org to see what they vend.  Whew, thanks to Robin for her tenacity in getting Ribbonsmyth.  I think this is the biggest hurdle in getting our show off the ground—getting vendors.  I think this is the earliest we’ve done this since we started at Griffith Hall in 2009.

Help Diana Smyrl get ads for our program brochure by giving suggestions.  The same goes for Pat Sherman, who is getting the door prizes.

Website is being updated with newest information on the Quilt Show.  Maureen will continue updating the Vendor and door prize lists on line

Robin McMillen is getting her food handler’s license and will lead the food committee.  She is looking into prices and possible vendors.  Keep the ideas coming. 

We need strong guys (males) for Show Set up day—Thursday April 30 in the A.M.  Please start talking to your family to chip in.  It is too hard for most of us to move the heavy tables.

Raffle mini-quilts will be 18”X18”.  PLEASE START WORKING ON YOUR QUILT AS THEY WERE TERRIFIC FOR PUBLICITY OVER THE YEAR.  TURN THEM IN TO KELLY MEANIX AS SOON AS THEY ARE DONE.  WE ARE ASKING EACH MEMBER TO DONATE AT LEAST ONE MINI-QUILT TO RAFFLE because this was a major fund raiser at our show.

Next Meeting will be in February 2015 at a deli or restaurant on a Friday.  Date, place and time to follow.

Quilt Committee Leaders Filled:  Now we need you to sign up for committees in January.

Quilt Show Co-Chairs:                                    Suzanne Stiverson & Robin
                                                                    McMillen
Floor Plans/Set- up/Tear Down                 Bob DeCarli
Acorn Shoppe:                                                  Pat Smith and Helen Hofbauer
Props:                                                                   Pat Smith
Small Quilts Raffle:                                           Kelly Meanix
Door Prizes (letters--email):                        Pat Sherman
Raffle baskets/Door prizes:                         Jean Fox
Basket Delivery                                                 Marsha Paczok
Lancaster Area Vendors:                               Pat Sherman  Distribution of flyers
Vendor letters:                                                 Suzanne Stiverson
Vendor on-site chair:                                     Robin McMillen
Registration/Admission:                               Denise Blake
Quilt Judging/forms                                        Ellen McMillen
Quilt Check in/out chairs:                             Jean Zubert & Cindy Vognetz
Ads for Programs:                                            Diana Smyrl
Program Brochures:                                        Rita Smith
Publicity/Flyers                                                 Suzanne Doonan
Quilt description/signs:                                 Myrna Paluba
Viewer’s Choice Ballots                                 Myrna Paluba
Signage inside and outside venue:           Elaine Egan
White Glove:                                                     Marti Campbell
Clean-up:                                                            Marti Campbell
Food Chair                                                          Robin McMillen
Food Handler                                                     Robin McMillen

Wow, Christmas is around the corner and then the new year.  Our show will be here sooner than you think.
Keep on quilting…..

Suzanne Stiverson


SILENT AUCTION


The silent auction will be in December  so if you are cleaning out your sewing room and/or stash and have extra fabric, books, magazines, patterns, supplies, ufos, etc. that you no longer want and someone else  could use, please bring them. Last year we made over $250 in December, do some shopping for yourself!


Mystery Box
Jan Brown
There will be a Mystery Box at this month's meeting.  I would love to give you a hint but then it would not be a Mystery. 
With that said be sure to bring your ones or fives for your chance to win. Remember the more chances you buy the better chance you will have for the "Surprise in the Box".
See you all at the meeting.


Pillow Cases
Allie Barchi
Here is a picture of one of the children's beds at Hershey. We had a great response last year and made 100 pillowcases. I would love to exceed this number this year. The patients and their families love the cheer they bring. Please let me know if you have an interest in a get together to do mass sewing of them or have any fabric you are willing to donate. Thanks so much :)



Here is a Youtube video showing how to make a pillow case.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7yrDQ7G9so


ChesterBears
Ladies, thank you all the interest in making the cuddly bears for the Chester County Hospital…overwhelming and much appreciated!  Copies of the pattern and instructions will be available at our December meeting.  You are more than welcome to join our small group…we meet the first Thursday of each month (with a few schedule changes for holidays/vacations) at my home in West Chester, 1 PM to 4 PM.  As mentioned, most of us do the machine sewing in advance and our together time is typically stuffing, sewing them closed and adding the bows…oh, and lots of fun, conversation, and usually a few good recipes!
It’s such a great project, we’re told the children just love them...so if you can make just one, make a few, join us regularly, or have some stashed materials you’d like to contribute, any level of involvement would be BEARY good!
Need a pattern in advance of the December Guild meeting or directions to my home to join us on December 4th, please feel free to email me or give me a call.
Susan Longenecker  Email - sslongenecker@gmail.com  Phone - 610-692-9996                 

A REQUEST
Help please --
My second best iron spent several years in an storage unit with uncontrolled temperatures.  My best iron just bit the dust  (not holding the water for steam) and I went to second best. Unfortunately, the handle has become all sticky to the touch. Any ideas how to fix this? I will take all suggestions.
Thank you,
Jean Zubert
jzbeachchair@aol.com



Write as Desired……
December is one heck of a month. Not only do we have our regular activities but added December duties include gift buying/making, wrapping, card sending, extra baking and cooking, decorating and more than likely traveling.  On the flip side, it may be the season when we set aside an afternoon to see a special exhibit, movie or show.  We are very fortunate to have two very special exhibits in the area that are worthy of attention in this last month of their runs.

                The first is the “Costumes of Downton Abbey” at the Winterthur Museum.  I am sure you have heard of this exhibit and may have already seen it.  It is an original exhibit of fashion costumes from the PBS show.  It is structured to compare and contrast the life of the fictitious Grantham world with that of the American country house of Henry Francis DuPont.  What we are seeing are costumes which have been very skillfully and artfully created to reflect the styles of the era.  The costumes may have a piece of vintage fabric or needlework around which the outfit is created.  Sometimes pieces of jewelry or accessory such as gloves serve as the point of departure.  Yet as wonderful as the clothes appear on television, they do lack a certain presence off screen.  The story of the exhibit is not really the clothes but the characters in the show.  Fans of the show should enjoy the exhibit and it is fun but if you want vintage clothes read on.
                There is a second exhibit that I must recommend to you.
“Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800’s” at the Chester County Historical Society is a rare jewel. The exhibit is broken down into four time periods, each with wonderful clothes and a corresponding quilt.  The details on these clothes are breathtaking and to think of the workmanship in these garments is humbling as we rotary cut and chain piece.   Some garments have a bit of the owners personal stories accompanying them, others do not, but as opposed to the Downton exhibit, it is the clothes that are the stars.   Other items incorporated into the exhibit are underwear, stays, busks, and men’s and children’s clothes. It is interesting that there are many wedding dresses on display and each is a different color - all but white. Overall, it is really a grand display, local, and at a very reasonable price.  So this December, step back from the holiday madness and immerse yourself in this inspiring exhibit.

Chris Harkins








QUILT HAPPENINGS

From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
September 21, 2014-January 4, 2015
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ  07042
www.montclairartmuseum.org





Thursday, October 30, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

President's Letter - Leslie O'Brien

Hello Everyone,

It is November. Thanksgiving is almost here and that means Christmas and the winter holidays are close behind. It is amazing how our focus can change with the turn of the calendar page.

It is time to reflect on what we are thankful for. Start with family and friends who are always there for us. Food and shelter are right up there. Don't forget pets and our cats that sew and play on our computer keyboards. He he yes, this Aniken the cat typing and you all thought it was Leslie. Maybe not, but he is sitting right here on my lap! Moving along the life sustaining needs continuum we arrive at fabric, sewing machines, patterns, books, cutting tools, rulers, and all the good things that support our habit. We are thankful for a healthy habit that supports our love of art and handwork. Our habit keeps us sane and provides all kinds of goodies from bed blankets, to table runners, to wall decor for ourselves and the loved ones I mentioned at the beginning. 

This month some of us will go to Longwood Gardens and enjoy the outdoors one more time before the winter weather hits. What was that about snow mixing with rain on Friday? They can't be serious. Preparations for the spring show will continue. Cheryl Lynch, of Curvalicious (that's a quilt tool/ruler my friends, not a body type) fame, will be our speaker this month.  

Don't forget to start your winter blocks for our December block exchange. Suzanne and Betsy are planning the December meeting and you won't be disappointed.  

We are now in the thick of Penn Oaks Quilters Year 2014-2015. I hope you are all enjoying it.

See you at the meeting!
Leslie O'Brien

 Suzanne Doonan, Programs Committee
Update on Longwood Gardens Tour
We're working on a slightly different venue for November 9, a meet-up at Longwood. Look for an email from me on Thursday, October 30th with details. Those of you who gave me money will get refunds.

November Speaker is Cheryl Lynch who promises her own special inspiration. Her topic is Sensational Silks and she will vend her tools, books and silks.

December will be a special time for us. Silent Auction, a craft project (hand-out available at the November meeting followed up by email), and our annual Block Exchange (12 1/2 in block with a holiday theme). Wrap your block. Part of the fun is picking a "gift" only to discover something special inside. 





Membership: Ellen McMillen/Rita Marie Smith
Thirty-eight members and one guest attended the October meeting. Please welcome our newest Penn Oaks member, Dana O'Connor. Dana is also a member of Red Rose Quilters and is the daughter of a charter member, Pat Sherman. We have three mother-daughter pairs in the guild.
November Birthdays
Allie Barchi                8-November
Dena Corry              13-November
Jamie Loncaric        28-November
Many best wishes ladies!


Hospitality: Angel Henderson
November snack list for Penn Oaks guild meeting is: P.Gallagher*, F.A.Grider, C. Harkins, A. Henderson, D. Hill, K. Hill*.  Remember to switch your responsibility with a friend if you cannot attend and let me know. A star after your name means you bring a drink for the group instead of a snack.

FABRIC SWAP: Kelly Meanix
This month's fabric is "light prints". Please bring (23) 10" squares in a ziplock type bag with you name on the inside. I will have your batik set of swap blocks at the meeting. If you are not going to be at the meeting please contact me. 

Next month's blocks will be "small floral any shade or color". Please pay special attention to the size, make sure they are 10" squares and please make sure you have 23 blocks, count them twice! I have bought just a bit more fabric to allow for a cutting mistake.
Kelly----questions?    kellymx@aol.com


2015 Getaway:  Kathy DeCarli/Ellen McMillen

For those of you who are attending the Getaway this is a gentle reminder that the final payment is due no later than the December 15th guild meeting. Ellen will send you an email with the amount of your final room payment. Please keep in mind that the Getaway is self-funding. If you must withdraw after the December 15th deadline you will be responsible for your share of the cost of the room. In January we'll let you know your share of the Sewing Room rental fee which will likely be between 11 and 12 dollars. We're so looking forward to our new Getaway location!


2015 Challenge Project – Clichés

Size:  16” x 20” (Design can be vertical or horizontal.)

Examples:

1.     Out of the mouths of babes
2.     All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go.
3.     Happy as a clam
4.     All that Jazz
5.     Taste of one’s own medicine
6.     Birds of a feather flock together
7.     You can’t judge a book by its cover
8.     Happy as a pig in mud
9.     Grinning from Ear to Ear
10. To bite off more than you can chew
11. Blast of the past
12. The blind leading the blind
13. Open up a can of worms
14. Pulling my leg
15. On Pins and Needles

For other thoughts and ideas, Google: ClichéSite.com or use a favorite cliché of your own.

When challenge is turned in print the cliché you chose on a piece of paper and attach it to the front of your challenge, but
DON’T IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

Questions? Call Fay Ann Grider or Myrna Paluba

SILENT AUCTION


The silent auction will be in December  so if you are cleaning out your sewing room and/or stash and have extra fabric, books, magazines, patterns, supplies, ufos, etc. that you no longer want and someone else  could use, please bring them. Last year we made over $250 in December, do some shopping for yourself!

Thank you,   Maryann

Quilt Show 2015
 We have six vendors signed up.  Timberline Patchwork; The Quilt Block; Pottstown Sewing (3 spaces); Jackie’s Woolens, Happy Valley Quilting plus Donna’s Quits and Prims (name change).  This totals 8 of the 12 spaces..  Robin and I will be calling other vendors to confirm or not.

Diana Smyrl is getting lists organized for the program advertisements, along with Pat Sherman preparing to send out requests for door prizes.  Suzanne Doonan is making sure we have all advertising/marketing avenues covered.  If you have suggestions, particularly long-armers who might want to advertise in our program or provide door prizes (the latter is listed in the program and on-line), please contact the appropriate Chair.

Pat Smith that she is working to develop a list of ideas for making items for the Acorn Shoppe.  Pat’s daughter is also collecting vintage sewing related items to sell just like last year.  We were excited to hear that because we all loved that special touch last time.  Suzanne Doonan will make sure we advertise that we have a judge who has judged at Hershey.  Helen did a great job of getting two new judges.

Website is being updated with newest information on the Quilt Show.  Maureen will be putting the Vendor and door prize list up soon.  Ellen will provide the whole quilt entry form and rules on the website..

Robin McMillen is getting her food handler’s license and will lead the food committee.  She is looking into prices and possible vendors.  Keep the ideas coming.

Jean Fox needs ten containers/large baskets for raffles.  Make sure you contact her to make sure she doesn’t have enough.

We need strong guys for Show Set up day—Thursday April 30 in the A.M.  Please start talking to your family to chip in.  It is too hard for most of us to move the heavy tables.

Raffle mini-quilts will be 18”X18”.  PLEASE START WORKING ON YOUR QUILT AS THEY WERE TERRIFIC FOR PUBLICITY OVER THE YEAR.  TURN THEM IN TO KELLY MEANIX AS SOON AS THEY ARE DONE.  WE ARE ASKING EACH MEMBER TO DONATE AT LEAST ONE MINI-QUILT TO RAFFLE because this was a major fund raiser at our show.


Next Meeting will be in February 2015 at a deli or restaurant on a Friday.  Date, place and time to follow.

Quilt Committee Leaders Filled:  Now we need you to sign up for committees in January.

Quilt Show Co-Chairs:                                    Suzanne Stiverson & Robin McMillen
Floor Plans/Set- up/Tear Down                 Bob DeCarli
Acorn Shoppe:                                                  Pat Smith and Helen Hofbauer
Props:                                                                   Pat Smith
Small Quilts Raffle:                                           Kelly Meanix
Door Prizes (letters--email):                        Pat Sherman
Raffle baskets/Door prizes:                         Jean Fox
Basket Delivery                                                 Marsha Paczok
Lancaster Area Vendors:                               Pat Sherman  Distribution of flyers
Vendor letters:                                                 Suzanne Stiverson
Vendor on-site chair:                                     Robin McMillen
Registration/Admission:                               Denise Blake
Quilt Judging/forms                                        Ellen McMillen
Quilt Check in/out chairs:                             Jean Zubert & Cindy Vognetz
Ads for Programs:                                            Diana Smyrl
Program Brochures:                                        Rita Smith
Publicity/Flyers                                                 Suzanne Doonan
Quilt description/signs:                                 Myrna Paluba
Viewer’s Choice Ballots                                 Myrna Paluba
Signage inside and outside venue:           Elaine Egan
White Glove:                                                     Marti Campbell
Clean-up:                                                            Marti Campbell
Food Chair                                                          Robin McMillen

Food Handler                                                     Robin McMillen

Criteria for judging quilts
For those of you who are planning to enter quilts for judging (and I hope that will be many) you may wish to read one or both of the articles I found while searching out this topic. The authors include all, or nearly all, of the criteria the NQA judges use when viewing our quilts. You can find these articles from the following links:
http://piecesofpye.com/articles/preparing-a-quilt-for-judging/
https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/tag/quilt-show-judging-criteria/
I believe NQA once had this information on their site but I could not find it. If someone does find this information on their site please let me know.
Ellen

QUILT HAPPENINGS

From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
September 21, 2014-January 4, 2015
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ  07042
www.montclairartmuseum.org


Fall Frenzy Shop Hop
November 7 to November 10 
Passports available at:
The Quilt Block, inc.
95 E. Welsh Pool Rd.
Exton, PA