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

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter


May. You know what that means. It is either a show year, or the year before a show, or the year after a show, depending on how you look at things. The next show is well underway with Carolyn Davis at the lead this year. Thanks again to Suzanne Stiverson for all she did to establish our show.  There are several things all of us need to do in anticipation of the show. First, keep quilting with next May as your goal. Next, think about what you would like to do to help with the show.

Do you like to cook? Do you like to eat? Help with the Dresden Plate snack bar. Do you like to decorate? Consider helping with setup. Do you want to get your hands on fabric and quilts? Help with intake, judging, and returning the quilts. Do you like to handle money? Who doesn't? Help at the entrance table. Salesman at heart? Sell raffle tickets. Retail is your thing? Work at the Acorn Shop. The show is a lot of fun, so work doesn't really feel like work. Even clean up is kind of, sort of, in a way, fun. We make money for guild activities and educate the public about what real quilting and sewing is all about. 

We still have two more meetings left this year with some great speakers. Don't forget the August bee. This year is wrapping up, but we are still busy and getting ready for next year. There is still time to donate another charity item or two and create a few more things for show and tell.

One more thing to do. Don't forget to find some time to head outside and enjoy the spring weather - when it stops raining!

Keep quilting!


Quilt As Desired... don’t you just hate those words??  Using LOTS of quilts, Michele Scott will show us many ways to quilt our completed quilt tops.  With her trademark humor, extensive quilting knowledge, and eye for color and design, any of Michele’s lectures and workshops are well worth attending.  Feel free to bring tops along for a group consultation.
Michele’s quilt designs, articles and blogs can be found in a variety of publications, including AQS’s American QuilterMcCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts and Fons and Porter, to name a few.  But by far, her greatest passion is designing fabric for Northcott Silk.  Her book, Bobbin’, Quiltin’ and Fusin’ Fun was debuted by AQS.  Search  ”Michele Scott” in YouTube to get an idea of the fun you’ll have learning from Michele!  Her website is www.piecefulquilter.com 


Programs 2016 through 2017 - Robin McMillen

I am very excited to have the Programs finalized for next year.  Below is a list of the speakers and activities.  It looks like a great year.  We have some awesome speakers, both in house and from the larger quilter community.  

I hope you are as excited as I am.  

12-SepCarol Singer World of Color
10-OctErin Underwood From Then to Now, A Trunk Show of my Quilting Life 
14-NovBarb Vedderwww.funwithbarb.com
12-DecChristmas Party / Patches of Love
9-JanKelly MeanixTrunk Show
13-MarRound Robin DemonstrationsCarolyn Davis (Binding),
Suzanne Stiverson (Beading)
Kathy DeCarli (Appliquick Applique)
Betsy Moses (Paper Piecing)
Jean Fox (Embroidery)
10-AprJody BeckJody's Jems Journey Trunk Show and Demo
8-MayQuilt Show Party
12-JunLonni RossiDouble Happiness: The Marriage of Graphic Design & Textiles

We had 36 members and 6 guests at our April meeting! Please remember membership renewals are due in June. You can print out the membership form here


May Birthdays
3 Rita Marie Smith
14 Elaine Mayer
20 Carolyn Davis
21 Stephanie Braskey
28 Debbie Hill

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Executive Board

President - Stephanie Braskey

Membership - Carolyn Davis and Jamie Loncaric
Programs - Robin McMillen and Rita Marie Smith
Treasurer - Ellen McMillen
Recording Secretary - Leslie O'Brien
Corresponding Secretary - Rob Lodi

All standing committees will remain the same except for the Challenge, which will be co-chaired by Marti Campbell and Rikki Newlander


Snack list for the May guild meeting is: S. Borr*, S. Braskey, E. lance, K. leadbetter, M. Lewis, R. Lodi, J. Loncaric*, S. Longenecker, E. Mayer, E. McMillen, R. McMillen*, K. Meanix, E. Mincarelli. A star after your name means you bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack.  Remember to switch your obligation with a friend if you can't attend the meeting and let me know.


*********Please note you need to bring 2 sets of blocks this month!!!!!!!!*****************

The MultiColored 4 patches are due at the May meeting. Please also bring your Purple blocks for June to the May meeting.  Let me know if you will not be at the meeting. Remember we are swapping 12 blocks, please put your name inside the bag. This will be our last swap for the year.

Kelly Meanix       kellymx@aol.com 610-873-7211

Challenge 2017

Rikki Newlander and Marti Campbell 
We are giving you almost a year to do the challenge for 2017. Because of the flexibility, we should have 100% participation. It gives you a chance to make something you have been meaning to make or want to make but just haven't gotten around to it.
> Portray any thing you love to do other than sewing or quilting. Any format; pillow, purse, pillow cases, baby blanket, place mats etc.
> Ideas such as bird watching, cooking, sports events, wine tasting, traveling, volunteering, reading,drawing, shopping, etc

Any size, up to a baby quilt size. We have to watch out for space at thePO Quilt show, so an apron because you love to cook can go on a mannequin.
A tote for gardening, shopping, the farmers market will fit nicely.
If you love to volunteer at the senior center, something(s) that you make for them.
Pillowcases because you love to watch your grandchildren. 
Placemats with lobsters, wine, cheese because that's what you love to eat.
A sun hat
A blanket for your pet

Possibilities are endless.
> Categories for awards could be:
> Most original portrayal
> Most fun hobby
> Challenge that no one could guess whose it is

ON JUNE 13, 2016

(Please no items delivered at the June Meeting)

Member Profile - Myna Paluba
How many years ago did you start quilting.
I became interested in quilting in 1982.  My first quilting class was held at the home of Jacqueline Magann in Berwyn, Pa.  Jacqueline was one of the founders of Main Line Quilters.
What is your favorite part of the quilting process?
I enjoy the color and fabric selection and especially the machine piecing.  My least favorite part is machine quilting.  Have taken a few classes, but remain totally frustrated with machine quilting.  For peace of mind and sanity I prefer to have someone else perform this task .
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is blue.  When I first started quilting my color pallet was earth tones.  Today I prefer bright colors and love throwing in a few zingers when needed. 
How many quilts do you think you have made?
It is exhausting just to think about this number.  I have three albums filled with pictures of every quilt I have made, large, small and in between sizes.  I started counting the pictures in the first two albums, but stopped when I reached 150.  The count is high because for many years I was involved with a wonderful group of ladies who sold their quilts at the Brandywine River Museum.   The more you made the more you sold.
What is your next project?
I want to make a queen size bed quilt for my wonderful physician, Dr. Ann Reilly.  I have been a patient of Dr. Reilly’s for over 30 years.  She is a lovely lady and has always been there for me.   She is a physician who has time for her patients and now it’s time for me to start her quilt.
Tell us something the members may want to know about yourself.
I am married to my high school sweetheart.  We live in a historic house in Strafford-Wayne and we enjoy antique shopping and gardening.  We have formal gardens which we maintain ourselves and have a very large pond with Koi and goldfish.   Before moving to Wayne we lived in a house which was a log cabin in Honey Brook built by the Winchester Family (as in guns).   I have a twin sister who lives in the Brandywine area who is a beautiful seamstress, but not a quilter.  I have made so many friends through the love of quilting and I thank all of you for your lasting friendships. 

Quilt Show 2017 Update

Members, we are counting on more fabulous new quilts for the show. We met to discuss possible changes, or adjustments, to our categories. There will be more information a little later, for now, don't stress over categories. Just make some wonderful quilts, wall hangings, or accessories.


Carolyn and Jamie  

Write As Desired…….

Working the Stash
Collecting and stashing fabric is one of my most pleasurable aspects of quilting.  What is more fun than perusing the bolts of fabric at your local quilt store and taking home new yardage or even a new bundle of the most luscious colors imagined!  Getting new fabric is fun, inspiring and sometimes magical!  But what about that stash you already own? 
Working the stash requires the quilter to make all the decisions and not rely on a team of color experts who design easy to mix and match fabric collections. Working the stash can be difficult, time consuming and indeed daunting. Working the stash can cause feelings of uncertainty and the quilter may feel the need to fall back on the “matched” collection.  But working the stash can also be exciting, spontaneous and give reason to try new ideas!
A quilt anthology which I have not been able to put down is, “Unconventional & Unexpected, American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000” by Roderick Kiracofe.  The book shows a stunning collection of quilts of collector Roderick Kiracofe.  There are no elaborate Baltimore style appliques or blue ribbon showpieces, but rather a collection of more casual works by predominately undocumented quilters.  Ordinary quilters who at times produced extraordinary works using their limited stash.   These quilters were unafraid to put fabrics together that did not always match. 
In working my own stash, I have come up with a few ideas that I will share.   1) Commitment – Stay with it. Trust your instincts.

      2) Dig deep – If that perfect fabric does not surface, look again. If that perfect fabric is not there, can something else be used?

      3)Unbundle your bundles – This may seem counterintuitive but if you bundled some fabric for a project years ago, unbundle it.  Your ideas on use of the fabric have probably evolved and that certain something you need for your current project may just be in a bundle that you have not gotten to, and may never.

      4)Don’t save a fabric – This too may sound counterintuitive but if you have been saving a favored fabric for some time, it could just be what you are looking for your current project. Use it!  This also gives you a great reason to revisit your local quilt shop for your next project!

      5) Remember - It’s All a Journey! 

Chris Harkins

Ronald McDonald House Snacks
Cindy Vognetz and Eileen Mincarelli and I bagged up the treats  for Ronald McDonald House that all of you have donated. We have 213 snack bags containing 3 or 4 items each. I know that this will make a lot of children happy. Thank you for your generosity.

Jean Zubert

Quilt Happenings

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Celebration of Quilts 2016
York Quilter’s Guild
May 20-21, 2016
Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center
York, PA
Quilters Unlimited
Virginia’s Beautiful Waters
June 3-5, 2016
Chantilly, Virginia
Quilting by the Bay 2016
June 11-12, 2016
The Annapolis Quilt Guild
Annapolis Senior High School
Annapolis, MD
Trash to Treasure
June 11, 2016, 10 AM – 1 PM
Main Line Quilters
Tredyffrin Township Library
Mid-Appalachian Quilters (MAQ)
July 15-17, 2016
Mount St Mary’s University
Emmitsburg, MD
Quilt Odyssey
July 23-26, 2016
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Hershey, PA

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