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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September 2016 Newsletter

PRESIDENT'S LETTER - Stephanie Braskey
It is September!  I want to say ALREADY!  I don't know how you feel but my summer flew by. I love spring and summer.  I look at September as a new beginning, similar to January. Children are going back to school, weather is changing, and it often sparks a desire to start something new.  Speaking of new, the board and I have some plans for some new ideas as well.  You'll have to read the rest of the newsletter to find out about some.

There is a lot happening with our guild this year. Robin has a fantastic year of programs planned for us and the quilt show in May will be here before you know it.  Don't forget to work on your raffle quilt.  Remember, do your best.  We want the visitors to be excited about our mini quilts.

And how about that August Bee and Auction?!?  It was such a wonderful evening with many members enjoying stitching and chatting but the big kudos go to Diana Smyrl. She did such a great job of organizing all of the goods for the auction that there was very little one could resist. I didn't hear a final number for the evening yet but there wasn't much left at the end of the night. A big thank you to Diana as well as everyone who helped set up and clean up.

Now read the rest of the newsletter and then go stitch something.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting,


Keep the membership renewals coming! There are still a few people left to renew. We will have forms at the meeting and I will ask Kelly to resend the form via email. Thanks to everyone who already got them in!

September Birthdays
Busy month for birthdays! Happy Birthday to all!!

1 Sue Williams
5 Nancy Rubinelli
7 Rikki Newlander
12 Debbie Becker
13 Maureen Carlson

19 Suzanne Simmons
20 Martha Hopkins
23 Lee Paylor

In September Carol Singer will be speaking to us and her topic is World of Color.

The snack list for September guild meeting is:A. Barchi, D. Becker, D. Blake, S. Borr, S. Braskey*, J. Brown, M. Campbell, M. Caporale, M. Carlson*. Those with a star after their name should bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack. It's important to switch your responsibility with a friend if you cannot attend this meeting and let me know. Angel

Thanks to all the members who contributed and bought items
at the Silent Auction in August.  A special thank you to all who helped
set up for the auction and distributed to charity the left overs.

I am pleased to announce we raised $300.25 for the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild.
Diana Smyrl

***thanks Diana for doing such a great job organizing all the items and storing them all year long!***


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 the PO 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


It's no longer a mystery!!!! Come prepared for a wonderful surprise. There could be more......

Penn Oaks 2017 Getaway
Our Getaway  will again be held at the Amish View Inn and Suites in Bird-in-Hand from Wednesday February 15th through Sunday February 19th. The number of attendees will be limited to 28 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. As in the past reservations will be on a first come, first served basis and will be accepted 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 14th and the balance of your room charges will be 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 approximately one week prior to the September meeting. We're looking forward to another great Getaway!
Ellen McMillen and Pat Sherman


Many of you have participated in Patches of Love projects in the past.  We have made pillowcases, baby quilts, Quilts for the Linus Project, Dresses for African Orphanages, Teddy Bears for local hospitals, the list goes on and on.  I would like to start a new initiative in honor of my Friend Marcie who I recently made a quilt for to comfort her during chemotherapy.  Marcie is doing great by the way and I included a photo of her quilt.  

I was fortunate to receive a large stash of fabric from a local quilter named Bobby Votaw.  Bobby passed away from cancer and I think she would love it if we used her stash to make quilts for other women who are suffering through chemotherapy.  The fabric is very feminine and would make lovely, comforting quilts.  I included a picture so you can see the fabric I have.  If you would like to make a Marcie Quilt for someone who is struggling with cancer and chemotherapy please contact me and I would provide the fabric for the top and you would provide the back and batting.  
Email me at robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com.  I suggest you come up with a simple pattern including yardage requirements before you contact me then we can make sure we are efficient with our fabric usage. 

-Robin McMillen

Robin McMillen

Quilt Show
We have finalized the entry form for the show. Kelly will send it out before the September meeting. Things are moving along. Our insurance cost will be about twice what we paid in the past when we were under the NQA umbrella. We need more attendees. I would appreciate assistance from those of you with contacts in retirement living locations. We would like to offer discount, pre-sale tickets for those places which provide transportation to residents.

September will be a busy meeting. I don't want to take up too much time but welcome suggestions and participation.

Carolyn and Jamie

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
September 15-18
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456
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Boyertown Area Historical Society Quilt Show
September 16, 17, 18
45 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA
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Harvest of Quilts XIII
September 24-25, 2016
Pine Bush High School
Pine Bush, NY
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Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild Bazaar
Saturday October 1 10:00 to 3:00
Ridgeview Mennonite Church
3723 Ridge Road
Gordonville PA

Quilt Show and Artisan Boutique
October 7-8, 2016
Sponsored by: Needlechasers of Chevy Chase
Kensington Armory
Kensington, Maryland
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Brandywine Valley Quilters Quilt Show "Quilting, What a novel idea!"
October 15-16
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
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Kent Sussex Quilt Show
October 21-23, 2016
Sponsored by: Delmarvalous Quilt Guild, Georgetown
Helping Hands Quilt Guild, Dover Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild, Milford
Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave, Georgetown, DE