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

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.)


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

Questions? Call Fay Ann Grider or Myrna Paluba


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.


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:
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.


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

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