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

Monday, November 30, 2015

December 2015 Newsletter

The holidays are here! The decorations are up, the 24 X 7 holiday tunes are on the radio, and the black Friday specials have begun. We have our Christmas quilts on display. It is that time of year!

The next meeting is our annual December party. Check the hospitality list to see if it is your turn to bring a treat. The party will be low key this year. Just sit and sew and eat, or just sit and eat. Take time to socialize. Don't forget the block exchange. You may exchange as many blocks as you wish. The more you exchange, the sooner you will have enough to make a quilt. 

I hope everyone has a great holiday. Remember, if you are feeling stressed all you have to do is sew for a while. It has been proven that sewing lowers stress. Of course, we all knew that before "the study" was done. Enjoy friends and family and the fun the season brings. 

Don't forget to check email and facebook if the weather is threatening since we don't have the phone chain this year. Odd to think about that today when it is sunny and 60 degrees, but winter will eventually show up. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All,

We will be celebrating the holidays this month with a party and "mini bee".  Bring your ufo's or choose one of Leslie's kits.  Don't forget your favorite seat cushion!  If you would like to participate in the holiday block exchange, bring one or more holiday blocks, 12-1/2" unfinished and individually wrapped and exchange for the same number of blocks as you bring.  Sign your work, please!  There should be no shortage of tasty treats and great conversation.

We had 40 members and 3 guests at the November meeting. 
We will be sending out an updated directory shortly as well.

December Birthdays
9 Denise Werkheiser
13 Kelly Meanix
30 Marianne Caporale

Snack list for the December holiday meeting is: E. Lance, M. Lewis, R.lodi, J. Loncaric, S.Longenecker, E. Mayer, E. McMillen*, R. McMillen, K.Meanix, E. Mincarelli, B. Moses*, R. Newlander, L. O'Brien, D. O'Connor, M. Paczok, M. Paluba, L.Paylor, N. Rubinelli, P.Sherman*, S. Simmons.  A star after your name means you bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack. If your name is on this list, mark it on your calendar so you don't forget and please ask a friend to switch with you if you can't attend the party and let me know @ 610-350-7688. 

Block Swap
The red 4 patches are due at the December meeting, please remember to let me know if you will not be at the meeting. Remember we are swapping 12 blocks, please put your name inside the bag.
The color for January is blue, any combinations you want to sew!
Kelly Meanix       kellymx@aol.com 610-873-7211

2016 Getaway
The final room reservation payment for the Getaway is due at the December guild meeting. Ellen will send you an email letting you know your balance due about one week before our meeting. The fee for the sewing room and Saturday evening dinner is not due until January. The cost will likely be around $19-20 per person, specific amount to follow. Thank you.
Ellen McMillen and Pat Sherman

Member Profile--Marian Stevenson

When did you first start quilting?

started my first quilt when I was 16.  Our next door neighbor was making one and she encouraged me.  My Mother sewed very well, I sewed, not well.  The quilt was of squares and the plain squares were cut from a new peach colored cotton sheet.  This quilt did not get finished until I was expecting my third child and I got it done for him.  It was tied and I learned how hard it was to tie through sheet fabric.  I believe he still has it and I did mend it once.

What is your favorite part of quilting?

My next start on quilting was in 1980 when I took a class with Sonja Schaeffer (sp?) and have been doing it since.  I think my favorite part is deciding what I want to make and gathering up the fabrics (shopping).  Next is cutting out.  The hardest part is settling down and finishing.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is blue, followed by red, and actually bright colors.  

How many quilts have you made?

I have not kept count of the quilts I have made.  I know I made 5 for the family and one for a Mother-in-Law and after that many tied quilts for the Spanish Mission in Kennett Square, through our church group "Magic Needles".

What is your next project?

My next project is to finish up some started projects:  2 Halloween wall hangings, a fidget quilt and two wall hangings to go out to be quilted.

What is something you want the group to know about you?

I am the person who comes with a cart for balance and a cane.  I have benign familial tremor which I inherited from my Father.  (The man who lives across the hall from us has it and inherited it from his Mother.)   We have now lived at Maris Grove five years coming up this January.  I do like to bake cookies and you all have my recipe for Swedish Oatmeal Cookies.

Upcoming Events

New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett
Michener Art Museum
November 14, 2015 - February 21, 2016
Doylestown, PA  18901
2016 Nature's Prism: A Quilt Display
January 8, 2016 - February 7, 2016
Devon, PA
Jenkins Arboretum
American Quilter's Society
March 16-19, 2016
Lancaster Convention Center
Lancaster, PA
Celebration of Quilts 2016
York Quilter's Guild
May 20-21, 2016
Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center
York, PA

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