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

Monday, August 31, 2015

September 2015 Newsletter

President's Letter

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Guild year! We have a lot of great speakers and activities planned. You are in for a great year!  There is something about fall that feels like "new years." Maybe it is the memories of starting a new, fresh, school year. Now we are starting a new, fresh, quilt year. 

I hope everyone had a great summer and spent some quality time in your sewing rooms. Please bring your summer creations and finished objects to the meeting so we can have a robust show and tell.

Did you start your challenge quilt yet? Have you been watching your favorite movies for inspiration? Or, just watching your favorite movies for no other reason than to just watch them!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the first meeting in September!

Leslie O'Brien

2015-2016 Programs

We have a fabulous line up of professionals for this fall, beginning with Gretchen Gibbons who will be presenting her lecture, "My Quilting Journey" and Working with Wool.  Visit her website, gretchengibbons.com and prepare to be wowed!  Gretchen has two best-selling books and many lovely kits so don't forget to bring your mad money.

Our October speaker is the illustrious Bethanne Nemesh whose expertise is ever evolving.  She has a very entertaining lecture and will be bringing some of her award-winning quilts among others.  Our own Bob DeCarli has a new lecture for us in November, "Tiptoe through EQ" which promises to be informative and humorous.  We also are planning a full day workshop for that day which we'll discuss further at the September meeting.  And last, but never least, Jan Brown and Cynthia West will show us what's new at The Quilt Block in December.  Be prepared to shop AND party!  What a great combination!  

The 2015-2016 programs that have been confirmed are now listed on the Penn Oaks website ( www.pennoaksquilters.org).  The line-up sounds great so take a look and pass along the information to your non-Penn Oaks quilting friends.  Guests are always welcome!


There are still a few members who have not renewed for this year.
Please bring the forms to the September meeting!  Form will follow in a 
separate email.

September Birthdays
5    Nancy Rubinelli
7    Rikki Newlander
12  Debbie Becker
13  Maureen Carlson
20  Martha Hopkins
23  Lee Paylor

The snack list for September is: A. Barchi, D. Becker, D. Blake, S. Borr*, S. Braskey, J. Brown, M. Campbell*, M.Carlson, M. Caporale.  If a star follows your name, please bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack.  If you are unable to attend, please swap your responsibility with a friend and let me know.

Penn Oaks 2016 Getaway
It's time to think about our next Getaway.  It will be held at the Amish View Inn, Bird-in-Hand, PA.  The Getaway dates are Wednesday, February 17 through Sunday, February 21. 

The number of attendees will be limited to 30 due to the size of the sewing room. Make plans with your roommate, but please submit only one form per room listing all roommates.  A deposit of $100 will hold your room. We'll be accepting your reservation at the September meeting. Reservations will not be accepted prior to the meeting.  Due to the terms of our contract the final date to register is December 15th and the balance of your room charges are due at that time. After the new year we'll collect the sewing room fee of $318.00 divided equally among all the attendees. 
Any questions - check with Ellen or Pat. You'll receive a separate email with the Getaway registration form. We're looking forward to another great Getaway!
Ellen McMillen and Pat Sherman

Silver Screen Challenge Spring 2016
Create a quilt inspired by a movie that is significant to you in some way.  It could be your favorite movie or it could be a movie you watched with your children or it could be the first movie you saw with your spouse.  There will be an award for both the best applique quilt and for the best pieced quilt.  Be creative when piecing, for example you could use the storm at sea block for The Poseidon Adventure or corn and beans block for Field of Dreams. 
The Rules:
·         Perimeter must be less than 100 Inches
·         Bring your quilt in an anonymous brown paper bag
·         Attach an explanation to your quilt including the title of the movie and an explanation of why you chose that film.  

-Kathy DeCarli and Robin McMillen

Special Raffle Item


This year we will be swapping 4 patches. I have a few people interested and will have a signup sheet at the meeting. The actual swap will start in October.
Questions? Email Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com

We are starting a new thing this year. I will be emailing you all eventually with some questions so everyone can get to know you better!
Member Profile - Leslie O'Brien

When did you start quilting?
That's a hard one! I started sewing at about age 5. The rest is a blur of stitches. I started quilting at least 30 years ago. Long before Alyn arrived and she is 22!

What is your favorite part of the quilting process?
That's easy. Designing and creating the tops and the artistic part of the items I make. After that, the longarmer is my best friend.

What is your favorite color?
My favorite color. All of them. Let's do it by elimination. I'm not fond of yellow, but it has its place in a design. blue is nice, but not at the top. Citrus green is good to make colors pop. I like salmon pink/orange. Purple and grayed lavender are good. As you can see, I can't pick just one.

How many quilts have you made?
Good questions. I just found out from a close friend that I made a dinosaur quilt for her son when he was a baby. He is now 26. I forgot all about it! I remember her daughter's quilt. It was based on Disney picture on a Bloomingdale's bag. I still have the bag. Let's just say, a lot! Mostly smaller pieces, but there are a lot!

What is your next project?
You must mean projects! I'm finishing a lap size quilt from wine themed fabrics. I've collected row by row rows from here and NY so I have to start those. I have to start the life size photo quilt of Alyn based on her senior lacrosse photo. Something about is causing me to hesitate. I think it is one of those projects I want to be perfect and I really need to jump in and get it started.

What is something the group might like to know about you?
Another hard one. How about things the group should know? I like summer. Winter is too cold and I hate going out in the snow. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I've been married to Jim 36 years. We have one daughter, Alyn, age 22.  I love cats. I love the beach. I thought I didn't like eggplant until I made a really good eggplant Parmesan last night. It isn't my favorite food, but it is tolerable now. Although I eat a lot of vegetables and belong to a local CSA, I never turn down a good prime rib. I like artsy things.

Snacks for Ronald McDonald House
I am going to be collecting snacks for the Ronald McDonald House at the Oct meeting.  The families really like to take a snack or goodies to their children that are in the hospital. Especially other children in the family like to take a "surprise" to a sibling.
They are looking for individually wrapped cookies and  crackers, fruit snacks, puddings, small bags of pretzels, chips, Doritos, etc. Single sized Twix, Hershey products and Reeses.  Something that would brighten a child's otherwise tough stay in the hospital.
I'm not going to put one more thing on your list to remember for Sept. (if you have something, I'll take it) but plan for the Oct. meeting.
Thank you,
Jean Zubert 

Raffle Opportunity! 

Denise Werkheiser has offered to give our guild this sewing machine to use as a raffle. Stay tuned for more details at the meeting.

Upcoming Quilt Shows
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXII—Sept. 17-20 Greater Philadelphia Expo Ctr., 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA (GPS USERS: 100 Station Avenue, Phoenixville, PA or 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA) Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 10 am - 6 pm; Sun., 10 am - 4 pm

ColorBurst - October 9 & 10. Presented by the Keystone Quilters Guild at Quakertown Christian School, 50 E. Paletown Rd, Quakertown, PA. Fri 10 AM to 6 PM, Sat 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission: 1-Day $7; 2-Day $10. www.keystonequilters.org

Lebanon Quilters Guild Exhibition of Quilts—Nov. 13-15
Lebanon Expo Center, 80 Rocherty Rd, Lebanon, PA
Hours Fri. 12-6, Sat. & Sun. 10-4.