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

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

Hi Quilters

I am sure I am not alone when I say - I think I am going to drive up to Gobbler's Notch and take care of their Ground Hog Problem.  Really - 6 more weeks of winter, we'll see about that.  Man I am cold it is a good thing we are quilters - plenty of art to wrap up in.  I hope all of you are using this time stuck inside to complete some projects.  We have the challenge coming up in April.  I can't wait to see all the creative entries.  We also have the getaway at the end of the month.  I know for those of us that are going we can really use the time away.  I for one am looking forward to it. 

I have been working on my block of the week diary quilt that I mentioned in the last president's note.  I have 4 blocks done for January and I am finding it so fun.  I get to use all kinds of different materials and techniques that I don't typically use.  It also helps me get down in my sewing room when I am very busy. 

I hope all of you are keeping warm.  I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming meeting.  Jan and Cynthia will be presenting and I can't wait to see the new ideas they are going to share.  I better remember my wallet ;)

Happy Quilting
Robin McMillen

The Programs Committee has a set of 60 pens (useful when all the Guild members will be writing or voting) and 3 dry board eraser markers for Guild use. We also have extra small 2 1/2 x 3" cards (useful for votes or comments) and plain brown paper lunch size bags available. I you are running a Guild event, and need to use any of these supplies, please let the current Programs Chair know. 

February is "Sew, What's New?" month! Jan Brown and Cynthia West from the Quilt Block will present some of the latest and greatest in quilt gadgets, gizmos, and supplies. Come and learn what will make your quilting life easier and more fun this year.  Don't forget to bring your winter holiday exchange blocks that weren't signed. I'll bring the right kind of marking pen for everyone to sign them. 

Ellen Endslow from the Chester County Historical Society will be here in March to talk about the Chester County Quilt Documentation Project held several years ago. Copies the the documentation book, "Layers," will be available for purchase. Do you have any really old quilts to show us? If yes, please bring them for a special show and tell after Ellen's talk. They don't have to be from Chester County, just old. As usual, we will still have the regular show and tell.

April is the annual Penn Oaks Quilt Challenge with an added activity. How long have you been a member of Penn Oaks? Do you have any of your challenge quilt entries from years past? If yes, please bring them to share after the challenge. It will be fun to look back and see what challenged us years ago!

One more thing - I have outside interest in a BJ Titus workshop. Please email me, leslieobriensk8@comcast.net , and let me know if you are interested. I am thinking about a Saturday workshop this time. Does that make it easier for more to attend?

Please be ready to discuss a possible workshop with B J Titus. I have some interest from outside the Guild so I think we could come up with enough participation to fund a workshop. I am thinking about holding it on a Saturday this time. Let me know what you think!

Stay warm!
Leslie, Susan, and Suzanne


Snack list for the February Penn Oaks guild meeting is: A. Henderson, D. Hill,  H. Hofbauer*,D. Holzworth, M.Hopkins*, M.Kline, M.Lewis.  A star after your name means that you bring a drink for the group instead of a snack.  Remember to trade with a friend if you can't attend the meeting.  


There were 38 members in attendance at the January meeting. Myrna Paluba and Sara Borr were the winners of the door prizes.
February Birthdays

Robin McMillen            15-February
Angel Henderson         26-February
May hearts and flowers add a special touch to your sewing rooms.


The last opportunity we will have to contribute to Dresses for Africa will be at our February guild meeting.  Couldn't be easier to make....2 fat quarters and 2 yards of ribbon is all it takes.  What a thrill a little girl will get having a new dress or perhaps even her first dress !  Thank you to all the ladies who have participated and made such cute dresses thus far.   I have received a few more pillowcases for Penn State Hershey Pediatrics.  If you would like to make some, we can do so till May.  We are using the "hot dog" directions.  See me at our next meeting for information.     

From Debbie Becker

Horn sewing machine cabinet for sale. The sewing machine can be pushed down so that cabinet can be completely closed. Excellent condtion..Asking $400. Email me for pictures. It needs to be moved from the second floor.

From Suzanne Stiverson
I will be holding a beading class on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. at my home in Pottstown.  I think six should be the maximum.  I’ll provide the needles, beads and beading thread for the samples.  I’ll send out a list of what is needed to bring.  The class will be $15.  I need to get confirmations from those who have previously contacted.  If need be, I can be flexible on the date. 

From Marion Stevenson


December 20, 2013 to April, 27.2014

"Worked by Hand:  Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts", the National Museum of Women in the Arts,
1250 New York Ave.  Washington, DC 20005.  The display showcases thirty-five  18th. to 20th. Century quilts
from the Brooklyn Museum's renowned decorative arts collection.  See more: 

2014 Quilt Competition & Display
January 13-April 6, 2014
Peddler’s Village Gazebo
Lahaska, PA

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


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