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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter


Hi Quilters,

We have some great spring activities in the guild lined up.  I hope many of you are working on your "Please Don't Touch the Quilts" challenge quilt.  Mine is already done and it is so cute.  I can't wait to see what creative projects you all come up with.  I also can't believe that it is my final few meetings as president.  The nominating committee is busy at work putting together the slate for next year.  I know they are doing an excellent job and the leadership for next year will be stellar. 

I am also happy to say that looking at the pictures of my sewing space in last months newsletter really motivated me to clean it up.  I pushed up my sleeves and sorted through some stuff.  It is a much nicer place to work.  If only I could get myself motivated to finish up some UFOs.  I don't know about you but I think at last count I have 6 quilts in some stage of progress and I only want to start more.  I wonder how many total UFOs are outstanding in the guild?  It's a safe bet that it is a pretty significant number. 

The challenge is only going to be great if you all make some quilts so my hope is that you will read the guild newsletter and then rush off to make a sign.  I think the signs would really add some humor and interest to the quilt show.  I am looking forward to seeing all your entries. 

Happy Quilting

Robin McMillen

Greetings from the Programs Team

We can't wait to see the challenge quilts in April. I'm sure everyone is hard at work on their projects that will serve as "don't touch" signs at the show. After the challenge is judged and awarded, Jan Brown from the Quilt Block will show us what is new in the quilting world this spring. April will be two programs in one since we missed Jan's talk in February due to the snow. Don't forget to bring some challenge projects of challenges past to show and tell. It will be fun to see what still have in our collections and what challenged us years ago.

In May we will welcome Jackie Gauker from Jackie's Woolens. Jackie always gives an inspiring lecture and comes with plenty of goodies from the shop for us to buy.

June is the last formal meeting of the year. BJ Titus will be here to talk about her quilting inspirations and technique. BJ has been back in touch and is willing to do a workshop for us. It looks like we have enough interest so I am working on pulling the workshop together maybe in June before we all leave on summer vacations. I hope to talk about it at the April meeting.

The Programs Team,
Leslie and Suzanne

MEMBERSHIP: Jean Fox/Ellen McMillen 

Forty-one members were in attendance at the March meeting. The two door 
prize winners were Pat Sherman and Marion Stevenson. 
Geri Skahill would like to thank you all for your kind notes and cards. She is 
still receiving treatment at HUP and your thoughtful wishes brighten her day.

April Birthdays
Myrna Paluba                     13-April
Jean Fox                               14-April
Suzanne Doonan               24-April
Marion Stevenson             30-April
May it be truly Spring on your special day.

Snack list for the April Penn Oaks guild meeting is:   L. Paylor, N. Rubinelli, P. Sherman, S. Simmons*, P. Smith, R. Smith*.  A star after your name means bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack.  If you can't make the meeting please switch with a friend so we are not left short.  

Please don't touch the quilts Challenge. 
Please remember these little quilts are to stand in place of the printed signs. We are shooting for 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Yours could be smaller, but do not make them larger than 9 by 12 inches. We are not going to be frantic about it, but size is part of the challenge. Larger ones could be an issue at the quilt show (but I have an idea about that).

We are looking forward to seeing your quilts!
Carolyn and Jamie

Suzanne Stiverson's Sewing Room

We would love to show your sewing room in the coming months. If you are interested please email Kelly at kellymx@aol.com

Nominating Committee:

Ellen McMillen (610-363-5956), Jean Zubert (484-369-8706) and Suzanne Stiverson(610-323-2949) are looking for volunteers/nominees for the Penn Oaks Quilters 2014-15 Executive Board.

If your are interested, per the Guild By-Laws, you must have been a member for at least two years.  We are also listing the committees to see if the current leads want to remain or allow new folks to take on the positions.  We are listing the names in positions for the Executive Board who have indicated they are interested.  Remember to make a great Guild, we need everyone’s participation.  We still have Recording Secretary (remember others can fill in if you can’t make a meeting) and Deputy Programs.  We have one committee opening left:  Publicity.

Executive Board for 2014-15
President                                            Leslie O’Brien 
Recording Secretary                              Open
Corresponding Secretary                       Rikki Newlander
Programs                                             Suzanne Doonan
Deputy Programs                                  Open (Shadows current Programs Leader and takes over in 2015-16)
Treasurer                                               Denise Blake (2nd term of 2-year term)
Membership                                         Dena Cory

Please call one of the Nominating Committee members if you are interested.  For Guild Committees, those who are interested in retaining their positions, please contact us.

Committees for 2014-15  Must be a member for one year.  President appoints committee members or accepts volunteers.  We are listing the positions so that you can consider volunteering or reconfirm your interest in keeping the position for this coming year.  Since we are asking for the Executive Board, we thought we might help out the new president.  Let us know if you want to volunteer.

Publicity                                             Open
Hospitality                                         Angel Henderson
Soldier Quilts                                     Delores Holzwarth
Silent Auction                                    Diana Smyrl                    
Patches of Love                                Ali Barchi
Challenge                                          Myrna Paluba & Fay Anne Grider
Mystery Box                                      Rita Marie Smith
Winter Getaway                                  Ellen McMillen and Kathy DeCarli
Newsletter                                          Kelly Meanix
Mailing & Phoning non-
  Computer access members               Delores Holzwarth
Penn Oaks Website                            Maureen Carlson
Historian                                             Sara Borr
Quilt Show                                          Robin McMillen & Suzanne Stiverson
Parliamentarian                                   Jean Fox

Coming In September------A Fabric Swap

Penn Oaks Fabric Swap starting in September! This is a great way to build up your stash with some new fabrics.

Members can sign up now through August. I will have a signup sheet at the next 3 meetings or you can email me over the summer.

This is a 1 year commitment so please keep that in mind. The swap will run September 2014 through June 2015. If you are absent from a guild meeting you can mail them to me, drop them off at my house or I could pick them up from you.

Depending on the number of participants you are to cut out that many 10" squares from 1 fabric. For example if there are 15 people participating you would cut out (15) 10 inch squares from 1 fabric.

Stack them up and bring them to the guild meeting each month in a large ziplock bag with a paper or index card inside that has your name on it and give them to me. I will take them home and divide them up and bring them to the next meeting at which time you will bring the next set of blocks. You will go home with a nice new set of different fabrics! 

We will have a theme for each month, either a color or a pattern (I am open to suggestions). The only stipulation is that it is current fabric, not old stuff you are trying to get rid of. If you don't want it no one else does either! Depending on the amount of people who want to participate it may involve having to buy fabric. 

If this is something that has interest we can do some different sizes.....2 1/2" stips, charm squares, fat eighths, etc. down the road. If you have any questions email me  ..Kellymx@aol.com. Once we have a list I will email the participants with our choices for the entire year. The more that participate the more fabrics you will have for your stash!

2015 Penn Oaks Quilt Show
The first meeting for the 2015 “For the Love of Quilting VIII” bi-annual Quilt Show will be held at Robin McMillen’s home at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 16.  Robin lives at 1379 Pennsridge Place, Downingtown, PA 19335 (610-873-2950).  If your are interested in helping by chairing a position or just pitching in, please attend.  Please confirm with Robin or Suzanne Stiverson your attendance and your chairmanship.

We have need for the open positions below and confirmation of current chairs.  Assistants and helpers are needed for all jobs.

Quilt Show Chairs:                              Suzanne Stiverson & Robin McMillen
Floor Plans/Set- up & Tear-Down
Chair:                                                 Bob DeCarli
Acorn Shoppe:                                     Pat Smith
  Asst.  Acorn Shoppe                          Open
Props:                                                  Pat Smith
Small Quilts Raffle:                             Kelly Meanix
Door Prizes (letters--email):               Open
Raffle baskets/Door prizes:                Jean Fox
Lancaster Area Vendors:                    Pat Sherman
Vendor letters:                                    Suzanne Stiverson
Vendor on-site chair:                          Open
Registration/Admission:                     Open
Quilt Judging:                                      Ellen McMillen
Quilt Check in/out chairs:                   Jean Zubert & Cindy Vognetz
Ads for Programs:                               Open
Program Brochures:                           Rita Smith
Publicity/Flyers                                   Open
Quilt description/signs:                       Myrna Paluba
Signage inside and outside venue:     Elaine Egan
White Glove:                                       Marti Campbell
Clean-up:                                             Marti Campbell
Food Vendor:                                       Open

It’s not too early to get started on your projects and small quilts.

Suzanne and Robin


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