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

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

Hi Quilters,

I am shocked that my two year terms as president of Penn Oaks is coming to a close.  I had a wonderful time as president.  I am not an innovative thinker, I am more a planner / organizer.  So the only real goal I had for my presidency was to create a more productive and efficient meeting routine.  I really feel that the meetings are not only productive and efficient but they also have the energy and laughs that truly reflect our shared passion for quilting.  Speaking of Energy, I am super excited to see the direction the guild is heading.  We have new members taking on leadership roles.  And looking forward to next year, we have the quilt show so start working on those quilts.  Those quilt ribbons could go home with you next May.  

I want to thank all my PO Board members and Committee heads for keeping all the guild activities rolling smoothly.  I feel that everyone did a wonderful Job.  I want to thank the following quilters for contributing to my two years as President.  

Leslie O'Brien  - Programs, Publicity
Chris Harkins - Programs
Pat Sherman - Recording Secretary
Ellen McMillen - Treasurer, Membership and Getaway
Rikki Newlander - Corresponding Secretary
Denise Blake - Treasurer, Silent Auction
Jean Fox - Membership, Parliamentarian, African Dress Leader
Rob Lodi - Membership
Pat Smith - Membership
Suzanne Stiverson - Quilt Show Chair
Kelly Meanix - Newsletter, Challenge
Maureen Carlson - Website, Round Robin
Kathy DeCarli - Getaway
Rita Marie Smith - Patches of Love
Angel Henderson - Hospitality
Delores Holzwarth - Soldier Quilts, Newsletter Communication 
Maryann Lewis - Silent Auction
Carolyn Davis - Challenge
Jamie Loncaric - Challenge
Suzanne Simmons - Challenge
Jan Brown - Mystery Box
Sara Borr - Historian

Wow, it takes many hands to run the guild. I apologize if I missed anyone on the list.   I want to thank all of you.  I am going to miss my job as president, but I think the quilt show will keep my busy ;).  I look forward to seeing you all at the June Meeting.  

Happy Quilting,
Robin McMillen

PROGRAMS -Leslie O'Brien

Summer is here! Other than the random hail storm, I think we are out of the snowy woods. Weather is getting warmer and the brighter days are bound to influence our projects. Lisa O'Neill will be here in June to help get those creative ideas going. Her "slivers" quilts are bound to inspire. Her website is  http://www.athreadfromtheedge.com/ ; if you want to see examples of her work. We are happy to have her and appreciate her willingness to speak with short notice. Please keep the prayers and warm thoughts going to BJ Titus.

It has been a pleasure working on Programs for the last two years. I enjoyed getting to know Susan and Suzanne, as well as the many speakers who have come our way. Programs is a great way to get more involved in the quilting community. I welcome Suzanne Doonan as the next Programs Chair and Betsy Moses as her understudy. Suzanne has already planned much of next year and I think we are in for a great 2014-2015. Did I really just write 2014-2015! Time is going way too fast. Better get quilting so we can keep up with it!

Happy Summer and we hope to see everyone at summer events and shows. 
The Programs Committee,
Leslie, Suzanne, Betsy, and Susan

PS - More news. BJ Titus was in touch today (May 28) and we are going to hold the previously planned June workshop and lecture the day of the September meeting. Everything we planned for June will apply in September. I will update the form and have Kelly forward it to everyone. Please come to the June meeting ready to sign up for the September workshop if you want to attend. 

I am pleased to let you know that BJ Titus has rescheduled both the workshop and the lecture with us for the day of our Sept workshop, Monday, Sept, 8, 2014. 

I have attached the workshop form.The project is pictured on the form. The fee listed is the only fee. $40 Penn Oaks Quilt Guild members and $45 for non-members. No kit fee. You bring all your own materials. She will have some items to sell if you are interested. I will respond with the materials list when I hear from you. 

Please reply as soon as you can. I had an excellent response to the previously scheduled workshop and I expect this to fill up fast.

Please reply if you have any questions or call me Leslie O'Brien 610-269-5465.

Snack list for Penn Oaks June guild meeting is as follows: A.Barchi,D.Becker,D. Blake*,S.Borr, S. Braskey, J. Brown,M.Campbell*,M.Caporale,M.Carlson,D.Corry,C.Davis*,K.DeCarli,r.DeCarli*,S.Doonan,E.Dusinberre,E.Eagan,J.Fox,P.Gallagher,F.Grider,C.Harkins*,A.Henderson,D.Hill,K.Hill,H.Hofbauer,D.Holzwarth,M.Hopkins. Those with a star by their name should bring a beverage for the group rather than a snack. Remember to swap your responsibility with a friend if you can't attend the meeting.

From “Key Lime Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke  p. 13

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in middle position

1 cup butter (2 sticks, ½ lb.)
¾ cup white sugar
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cup flour (no need to sift)
2 cups oatmeal (Quaker Oats—Quick)
1 egg yolk

Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl on HIGH for approximately 1 ½ minutes.
Let it cool to room temperature.  Mix in the white sugar.  Add the baking soda, flour, and oatmeal.  Stir thoroughly.  Beat in the egg yolk with a fork until it is thoroughly mixed.
Add it to the bowl and stir until it is incorporated.

Grease (or spray with Pam or other nonstick cooking spray) a standard-sized cookie sheet.  Make small balls of dough and place them on the cookie sheet, 12 to a sheet.  Press them down with a fork in a crisscross pattern the way you’d do for peanut butter cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are just starting to brown around the edges.  Let the cookies cool for a minute or two on the sheets and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: approximately 5 dozen, depending on the cookie size.

NOTE:  Be sure to use Quick Oats.  They absorb butter better.

MEMBERSHIP: Jean Fox/Ellen McMillenForty-two members and four guests attended the May meeting. The door prize was won by Leslie O'Brien.
Membership renewal for the 2014-15 guild year will continue at the June meeting. The renewal form will be sent as an attachment in a separate email. It is easier to print it that way.
Please bring your membership forms and checks to the meeting.

June Birthdays

Leslie O'Brien                6-June
Marie Kline                   7-June
Ellen McMillen            7-June                     
Joanne Brown             9-June         
Jan Brown                 23-June
Cindy Vognetz          24-June
Bob DeCarli              26-June
Maryann Lewis        29-June
Many best wishes ladies and author Bob!

2015 “For the Love of Quilting VIII” POQ Quilt Show

The Quilt Show Committee met 4/16. 

Highlights of the meeting follow:
We will be limiting raffle baskets to ten (10) so that we have more space.  We need a Raffle basket “deliverer” for after the show.

Entry form, vendor form and advertisement/door prize donation forms are ready.

We will need a food committee because we will not seek another caterer.  Need a licensed Food Handler and a Committee head.  Please let Robin McMillen or Suzanne Stiverson know if you have a license or would like to lead this committee.  Reasoning—we can make $$ off the food.


Next meeting will be Sunday, June 9 at Robin McMillen’s home at 2pm.

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.

We have 20 member signed up so far. I will have the sign-up sheet at the June meeting and then the swap will be closed. This will give everyone time to get their squares cut and ready for the September meeting.

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 each month! 

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, no older than 2 years old, 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" strips, 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!


Our silent auction will be in June.  There are many great fabrics, books, magazines, etc. for everyone to look through and bid on.  You can still bring in any items you want to donate.


Trash to Treasure Event
June 14, 2014
Main Line Quilters
10am - 1pm
Tredyffrin Public Library.

Indoor/Outdoor Quilt Show
June 8, 2014
Pieced Together Quilting Guild and Red Mill Museum Red Downtown Clinton, NJ,

Vermont Quilt Festival
June 27-29, 2014
Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, VT

Quilt Odyssey 2014
July 24-27, 2014
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey

World Quilt Show New England XII
August 14-17, 2014
Radisson Center of NH, Manchester, NH

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

10th Annual Muncy Quilt Show
July 18, 2014
Muncy Historical Society
Muncy, PA  17756

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