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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

July 2015 Newsletter

PRESIDENT'S LETTER
Dear Penn Oaks Quilters,

Even though it is June and we aren't meeting again until the August bee, we are still working on getting set for next year. Board and Committee Chairs are transferring activities to the new group. I have heard talk about the August bee and programs. Membership is active. There is even chatter about the next show.I know everyone is working on their summer quilting so we will have a lot to see the next time we meet.

I hope many of you have been participating in Row by Row. There are a lot of great shops out there waiting for you to pick up your rows. I'm sure all of you do the same thing I do when I travel. First things first, google all the quilt shops in the vicinity and plan the trip route accordingly!

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the adorable cat blocks. Yes, I am a crazy cat person! I look through the stack of blocks often. They make me smile! I'm thinking about how to combine them into an awesome cat quilt. It is fun to consider all the options. Talk about a great group quilt. Thanks, Everyone!

Have a great 4th of July Holiday. Get those red, white, and blue quilts out!
Les


PROGRAMS
Our annual "Quilting Bee" is scheduled for August 10th, 4:00 to 8:30.  Come when you can, leave if you must.  This is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones!  Bring a project, quilting or not.  Bring your favorite tips, tricks or favorite techniques to share.  Bring your favorite food.  Or just bring your favorite summer stories.  We all love to talk and listen!
 
Our October meeting is shaping up to be quite exciting.  We are in the process of contracting with Bethanne Nemesh!  If you've been to recent Lancaster and Oaks shows, you've drooled over her fabulous long-arm quilting.  "Like" her on Facebook, where you can link to her website, www.whitearborquilting.com  which has a gallery of all her award-winning quilts, as well as info about her lecture, "Walk a Creative Path".
 
Betsy Moses and Robin McMillen
 

Membership 
Please join me in welcoming Linda Lakitsky to Penn Oaks Quilters. You may have met Linda when she volunteered at the quilt show. Linda's address is 720 N. Reeds Rd., Downingtown, PA 19335 and her home phone number is 610-458-5135. Her email address is lklakitsky@comcast.net.
Note that Marie Kline's correct home phone number is 610-384-4003. Her new email address is mkline1942@gmail.com.

July Birthdays
Delores Holzwarth            6-July
Sara Borr                              13-July
Pat Smith                             19-July
Many happy birthday wishes ladies!
Carolyn and Jamie will be take over Membership mid-summer. 


Fabric Swap
Last year we did a fabric swap with 10" squares. There was talk of continuing it again this year, but changing it up a bit. We could do 2 1/2" strips, charm squares (5" squares), or fat eighths. There was also the idea of doing a block swap.....nine patches, flying geese, variable/Ohio stars, square in a square using novelty prints in the center, a modern fabric swap, a hexagon swap, a polaroid fussy cut swap, a civil war fabric swap, traditional fabric swap, low volume swap, the choices are endless.
I need to know what if anything you would like to do, we could even have a couple of different swaps going on at the same time. If you have an opinion or thought on this, contact me and let me know...kellymx@aol.com. I would like to try and get this set up in August so we can hit the ground running in September.
Please remember this, you must commit to the entire year, September through June. It is only fair to the rest of the members who are also participating and are counting on you to enhance their stash!
I know I have a great bunch of 10" squares that are just waiting to be made into a quilt!
Kelly Meanix


From Jean Fox
To Penn Oaks members and friends,   
You really took me by surprise with nominating me as volunteer of the year.  I deeply appreciate it  and thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Penn Oaks and the members hold a special place in my heart and I am deeply proud  to say I am a part of this fine group.  I feel there are others  who give so much to the guild and deserve this more than me but I really do appreciate being selected.   
Not to be forgotten is the lovely pot of flowers that came with the certificate.  I shall enjoy them and think of all of you when I look at them. They are planted in my yard so will be enjoyed for many months ahead. I am looking forward to another great year with a great group of quilters.   Jean Fox

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter

PRESIDENT'S LETTER

It's hard to believe. Another year in the books. It was a great year and I thank everyone who helped make it happen. If you see a committee volunteer, please thank them for the work they do to make POQ the great experience it is.

I will award the volunteer of the year at the June meeting. June will be our last meeting of the year. Over the summer we will announce the summer bee and possibly a workshop. Watch for emails and newsletters for announcements. 

In the meantime, the sun is shining, we can leave our houses without bundling up and worrying about icy roads. Its time to start our summer sewing. It has already hit the 90 degree mark, so it may be time to make tops and leave the batting laden heavy projects until fall, or maybe call one of our favorite long armers. Quilting the quilt is now a year round activity. We all know what we have to do - start our quilts for the 2017 show!

No, it isn't too early to start to plan for 2017. Remember how fast time went between 2013 and 2015? Working towards the next show is way of life for POQ. I don't think anyone is complaining!

Speaking of 2017....I have wonderful news. Carolyn Davis, with the help of Jamie Loncaric and several committee chairs, has agreed to head up the 2017 show!
We have a show chair! The show will go on! When you see Carolyn, please thank her profusely and offer your help.Thank you Carolyn!!!

Have a great summer and I hope to see many of you at the summer events. Don't forget to complete your membership forms!

Leslie


PROGRAMS Betsy and Suzanne
Rachel Derstine will be our speaker for the June meeting.  Rachel is an award winning art quilter living in Schwenksville, PA.  Having grown up in Japan, she is strongly influenced by an Asian sensibility of design and often uses Kimonos, silks, ikats, and batik fabrics.  The dynamic of movement and a sense of depth through color and design are featured in her work.  Hand dyed fabrics, textural couching, and intense machine quilting are prominent elements in her creations.  Rachel will be presenting her lecture, "My Quilting Journey: Boundaries and Beyond", as well as a trunk show of her gorgeous and innovative quilts.  This should be an enjoyable evening.  Bring a friend, if you can! 

MEMBERSHIP: Ellen McMillen/ Rita Marie Smith
Thirty -nine members and three guests attended the May meeting. Marti Campbell was the winner of the door prize.
May and June
 are the membership renewal months for the 2015-16 guild year. You can find the renewal form on the newsletter blog and it will also be sent as an attachment in a separate email. The form may be easier to print that way. We will have some blank forms at the June meeting for those who do not have printing capability. Please bring your membership forms and checks to the meeting. You may also mail your renewal to Ellen McMillen, 810 Dowlin Forge Rd., Downingtown, PA 19335.


June Birthdays

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

Membership Form----A form was also sent in a separate email. If you look to the right you can also click on "membership form" and print it out as well.

Penn Oaks Quilt Guild Membership Form 

PENN OAKS QUILT GUILD 
               NQA#336
 
 SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 - AUGUST 31, 2016 


NAME:_________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS:______________________________________________________________

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HOME PHONE:_________________________ CELL PHONE #____________________
(WILL ONLY BE USED FOR MEETING CANCELLATIONS)

EMAIL FOR NEWSLETTER:_________________________________________________________

DUES: $35.00 PER GUILD YEAR PAYABLE NO LATER THAN JUNE FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO PENN OAKS QUILTERS.

CASH $________           CHECK#________       AMOUNT $________      DATE________


BIRTHDAY MONTH/DAY FOR NEWSLETTER:_____________________________________

WE ARE TRYING TO GET THE HISTORY OF OUR CHAPTER UPDATED. PLEASE SHARE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WITH US.

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER OF PENN OAKS?____________________

ARE YOU A CHARTER MEMBER?___________________________________________________

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY OTHER QUILT GUILD? WHICH ONES?___________________

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN QUILTING?___________________________________________

HAVE YOU WON ANY AWARDS? IF SO WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN____________________

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ARE YOU AN NQA MEMBER? ______________________

IS SO, WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER?______________  EXP DATE_______________________
For Membership Use

Dues received (Date)______Cash____ Check___Check #______ Amount_________
  

Hospitality Angel Henderson
Snack list for our June meeting is: A. Barchi, D. Becker, D. Wilson*, S. Borr, S. Braskey, Jan Brown, M. Campbell, M. Caporale, M. Carlson, C. Davis, K. DeCarli*, B. DeCarli, S. Doonan, E. Dusinberre, E. Egan, Jean Fox*, P. Gallagher, Fay Ann Grider, C. Harkins*, A. Henderson*, D. Hill, H. Hofbauer, D. Holzwarth, M. Hopkins, M.Kline,E. Lance, M. Lewis, R.Lodi.  If there is a star after your name , please bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack.  Remember to trade your responsibility with a friend if you cannot attend and let me know. 



Fabric Swap

June is our last swap and I will bring the final fabric squares (yellow prints) to the June meeting. Please let me know if you will not be at the meeting. If need be you can mail them to the participants or make other arrangements.
There are quite a few extra blocks.....I will put everyone's name in a box and pull one. They will be the winner of all the extras.
This was a lot of fun and we got some really beautiful fabrics. Thank you to everyone for participating! If there is interest we could do another one or some variation (charm squares, 2 1/2" strips etc) of one next year. Send me your feedback and let me know what you want to do!
Kelly----questions?    kellymx@aol.com or 610-873-7211

LAST 2015 QUILT SHOW NEWS

Well the numbers are in.  We (emphasis on WE) made $3811.46.  GREAT JOB all around.  In 2013 we totaled around $2800 and in 2011 we brought in around $3000.  The food and all the efforts of our raffles and the Acorn Shoppe really paid off.  Terrific.  We had 359 attendees.  Thanks Denise for plugging through the financial reports.

We have a new 2017 “For the Love of Quilting IX” chairwoman:  Carolyn Davis with Jamie Loncaric as back-up.  YEAH!  We are in the process of sending in the deposit for Griffith Hall.

Our next show (in 2017) will be May 5-6 with set up on the 4th

Again, thanks for all the support.  I’ve loved doing the past four shows.

Start stitching!

Smiles,
Suzanne Stiverson

Newsletter
Please feel free to email me over the summer break with any news or information to send to the group. Even though we don't meet that doesn't mean we aren't sewing!

Quilt Happenings

In Full Bloom
May 30-31, 2015
Garden State Quilters Guild
Morris Sports Arena Morristown, NJ
www.gardenstatequilters.com/quiltshow.html

Annapolis Quilt Guild
June 13- 14, 2015
http://www.annapolisquiltguild.org/quilt_show.htm

Trash to Treasure
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Tredyffrin Township Library
582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA
www.mainlinequilters.com


Quilts Paying it Forward
July 17-18, 2015

Cape Henlopen High School 
Ocean Waves Quilt Guild
Lewes, DE

www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/qs15.html

Quilt Odyssey
Hershey Pa
July 23-26, 2015
https://server7.pacecomputing.com/quiltodysseycom/www/General-Information.php
AQS Quilt Week
July 29-August 1, 2015
The Oncenter,
Syracuse, NY
http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/syracuse/


Kaleidoscope of Colors
August 7-9, 2015
Eventplex, Frederick, Maryland
Four County Quilters Guild
www.fourcountyquilters.com


Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Sep 17-20, 2015
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Oaks)
100 Station Ave, Oaks PA

www.quiltfest.com