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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

January 2019 Newsletter

President's Letter - Helen Hofbauer
Happy Holidays one and all!!

I hope everyone had a warm and special holiday season. I wish all a prosperous New Year! 

We have so much ahead of us this year...with great speakers that we’ve had and more to come, and a spectacular quilt show. It’s quite exciting on what we expect to get this year! But we need to remember what is most important...giving. Giving our time, giving a smile. 

Let us go forward this year and make it one where we will be thoughtful, generous, and always kind to everyone we meet.

Cheers! 

Helen Hofbauer 


Programs - Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake
January 14  Penn Oaks Guild member Robin McMillen is our speaker.  Robin's topic - History of Visual Arts and How to Draw Inspiration From Your Favorite Artists and Reflect That in Your Quilt. Robin will be speaking about the history of artistic expression and the 7 different forms of art -  Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, Performing.  She will bring in many of my quilts and discuss how famous artwork I admire influenced the decisions she made.  It is her hope that the talk will inspire others to look at their quilts differently and incorporate elements from their favorite artists be it colors or design.  It will be a presentation that will include a slide show with quilts as well.      

February 11  Ann Tumolo of Calico Cutters will have a trunk show  A Parade of Quilts  for us.  I have asked Ann to please include wall quilts she made and painted faces on.  In addition she is going to demonstrate thread painting.  She has taken many classes from Joyce Hughes.  There will also be demos on paper piecing, binding and continuous binding.  A big thank you to Denise, Carolyn and Helen for volunteering to conduct the demos.

March 11   Annual Challenge. Dana has all the information posted below.

Ryan's Case for Smiles   The last few pillowcase kits will be available at the January meeting.  Take as many as you'd like.  Only 20 minutes of sewing can put a huge smile on a sick child's face.  Please wash (in free and clear detergent) and return all completed pillowcases in plastic bags to our February meeting.  The plan is to present the pillowcases at the March meeting. 

Winter is coming! Guild Meeting Cancellations:  The Board will be communicating via e-mail by 4:00PM.  Please remember to check your emails.


Hospitality - Angel
Snack list for the January guild meeting is: E. Lance, R. Lodi*, L. Lombardo, J. Loncaric*, E. Mayer, E. McMillen, R. McMillen, K. Meanix, E.Mincarelli, R. Newlander.  Remember to switch your responsibility with a friend if you cannot attend so we don't run short.  A star after your name indicates that you bring a drink for the group instead of a snack.  





Here's a great project to keep you looking good this winter. Designers are coming out with lots of knit fabrics that are wonderful and perfect for a project like this. You can find the free tutorial at Polka Dot Chair Blog

Challenge - Dana O'Connor

Choose an artist from the following list and create a quilt (no more than 150 inches in perimeter) either representing a piece by that painter or design something in the style of that painter. Bring to the March meeting unlabeled or with the label covered in a brown paper bag. Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt Michelangelo, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet Salvador Dali, Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Degas, Rubens, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.

Quilt Show Needs-Show dates May 3 & 4, 2019Hey quilters - our show is only 4 months away! Now is the time to move into high gear. We apologize for the repetition, we just want to be sure to get the information out.

Here are some of the things you can do to prepare for the show.  Remember: the proceeds from the show provide the funding for our wonderful programs.  Rita Marie has done a great job with speakers and we want to keep that going strong. 

         1. Make a mini quilt for the raffle, 16 by 24 portrait orientation. The only rules are that the quilt must be complete and properly finished and cheater cloth cannot be used. For our newer members take a look at the 2017 Quilt Show link on pennnoaksquilters.org for ideas.
             In the November newsletter Kelly posted directions for a block that would make a cute mini quilt. Or select a favorite block, add sashing and borders to make it the correct size. Applique quilts are also popular.We are hoping for 100% participation. Any questions contact Eileen Mincarelli (Eileen4874@aol.com) or        Jean Zubert (jzbeachchair@aol.com
         2. Make a quilt for display in the show.  We need more beautiful quilts to show case. We will not have judging at this show which we hope will encourage more members to exhibit. Enjoy seeing your quilt on display - it's a good feeling! You may also sell your quilt with a 10% commission to the guild. The quilt entry form 
             will be available in January.        
         3. Make items to sell in our Acorn Shoppe -- 80% of the profits go to you or you can donate all proceeds to the guild. Helen will soon have the commission sheets available. She will collect items for the show in March and April. Contact Helen Hofbauer (hhofbauer@comcast.net) or Denise Blake (dewpink@gmail.com)              with questions.
         4. Start thinking about where you would like to work during the show.  In the spring there will be sign up sheets.  We will need volunteers to sign up for hourly spots.  Here are some of the volunteer opportunities: 
                  *Sell registration tickets at the front door, we want friendly faces greeting attendees         
                  *Work in the Acorn Shoppe selling items
                  *Sell raffle tickets for the baskets or mini-quilts - more friendly faces
                  *Be a white glove person
                  *Sign up for Prep cooking the week of the show
                  *Sign up to work in the kitchen with either the cooking or collecting the money 
                  *Sign up for set-up the day prior to the show 
                  *Sign up for clean up after the show
         5. Organize or contribute to a raffle basket. Ellen Lance will have more information about the baskets.

         We also need volunteers to make several show ribbons such as the Viewer's Choice ribbon.
         Show flyers will be available by February. We would like to have three or more volunteers to distribute them to all the local quilt shops. We'll set this up by geographical location. Contact Robin or Ellen if you would like to fill either of these needs.

Please contact us with your suggestions and ideas. We'd love to hear from you!

Robin McMillen (robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com) and Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net), 2019 Quilt Show Co-Chairs


Quilt Show Raffle Baskets

One of our fundraisers for the quilt show in May is raffle baskets. We plan on preparing 10 baskets with different themes to be raffled at the quilt show. There are many ways that quilt guild members can participate.
  1. Volunteer to coordinate a basket
  2. Join a basket team to plan and collect the basket contents
  3. Contribute items for the baskets that relate to the chosen themes.
  4. Contribute monetarily to the baskets.
Thank you to those who signed up at the November meeting. We have volunteers for 5 baskets. The themes are:

*Tea & Coffee
*Wine & Chocolate
*Pets
*Spa Day
*Movies

We are asking members to bring items to donate to the January guild meeting. These items don’t have to be quilt related. Dog/cat toys, tea, coffee, chocolate, pampering items, movies etc. are needed. If you are inspired and want to contribute a home made item for the theme that would be great.

We also need volunteers for 5 more baskets. There will be a sign up sheet at the January meeting. Create a theme or choose on of the suggestions on the sign up sheet. It will be fun to see what we can put together. If you have any questions please email me at ellenlance55@gmail.com.

NEW!!!!!! Sew Your Stash Sew Along
Mystery Sew Along
We are starting a new idea in the guild starting in January. If you are interested in signing up please email me and I will put you on the email list.

1. Instructions for each step will be given out monthly. I will email you the directions and it will be available in the guild newsletter at the end of the month.
2. Sew at your own pace, we are not swapping or exchanging, so everything you sew will be in your quilt. The quilt will finish at queen size. If you prefer a smaller quilt, simply stop when you have reached the size you prefer.
3. I highly encourage you to use your stash! Make do with what you have if possible. If you want to have one consistent background fabric throughout the quilt, 2 ½ yards should be enough (no guarantees depending on the sewing methods you choose!)
4. Feel free to use which ever method works best for you. Directions will be printed using traditional strip piecing methods when practical. I highly encourage you to make changes or modifications according to your personal preferences. Feel free to substitute any step.
5. Bring your progress to share at show and tell. It will be fun to see how similar/different our quilts are. Feel free to send your questions to Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com
6. We have about 20 people signed up. If you are interested in participating, please email me. I will email the instructions on the first day of each month, and I will put them in the newsletter which comes out at the end of the month.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

December 2018 Newsletter


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President's Letter
Hello fellow quilters!
Well, I don’t need to tell you that now that Thanksgiving celebrations are over…Christmas is just around the corner!! I only expect the time to fly from here on out! Leaving me with so much I’d like to get done and little time to complete it. Some helpful tips, that I need to abide by to feel that I did accomplish my tasks:

  1. Make lists!! A list of all of those you would like to make crafts as gifts…and what each gift will be.
  2. Then make a list of all the holiday special events you want to make sure you include in this holiday season. Example: attend a Christmas show, decorate the home, attend parties. Grab a calendar and mark those events on it.
  3. Now, budget the time it takes to make those crafts…individually. Then add that time up for all those gifts and see how you can divide the time and put an increment of time, each day, or in the days truly available to you to work on them. For instance, if I wanted to have a cookie baking event with the family, that day is off my calendar for any chance to work on my projects.
  4. Evaluate the time you figured in to work on those gifts…now, does it sound reasonable to get them all done? If not, look into quick easier projects, or shorten your list of recipients.
  5. Lastly, enlist…enlist help!! Do you have a daughter, niece/nephew, grand kids, or friends that you would love to spend time with over the holiday season? Ask if they would like to help you work on some sewing projects…if they don’t sew, maybe they can assist with fabric selections, cutting patterns out, pinning, etc.
  6. Importantly, no matter what you do complete or don’t complete for the holidays…just have fun and spend time with those you love.
Happy Holidays!

Helen Hofbauer

Programs - Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake
December 10:  Christmas Holiday Party (Members only please)  Who doesn't love to play bingo ?  We will be playing the quilt version....Quilto and there will be prizes !  We'll also have our annual holiday block exchange.  Make and bring a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished holiday theme block of your choice.  Please wrap it or put it in a gift bag. There will be a designated table to put your wrapped block on. You may make as many blocks as you wish. For each one you bring, you will receive one.  Yummy refreshments and show and tell of course.  

January 14:  Penn Oaks Guild member Robin McMillen is our speaker.  Robin's topic - History of Visual Arts and How to Draw Inspiration From Your Favorite Artists and Reflect That in Your Quilt. Robin will be speaking about the history of artistic expression and the 7 different forms of art -  Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, Performing.  She will bring in many of my quilts and discuss how famous artwork I admire influenced the decisions she made.  It is her hope that the talk will inspire others to look at their quilts differently and incorporate elements from their favorite artists be it colors or design.  It will be a presentation that will include a slide show with quilts as well.   

February 11:   Ann Tumolo of the Calico Cutters Guild.   Ann will have a trunk show A Parade of Quilts for us.  I have asked Ann to bring some wall hangings she made and painted faces on.  In addition, she is going to demonstrate thread painting.  She has taken many classes from Joyce Hughes.  I am hoping to have 2 other demos by Penn Oaks Guild members.  Perhaps paper piecing and applique.  Volunteers needed !     

March  Annual Challenge.   Dana has information and directions posted below.  


Pillowcase Challenge:   Kits will be available at the November, December and January meetings to take home, sew, wash (in the in free and clear variety of laundry detergent please) and returned in the plastic bag provided.  You may use your own novelty 100% cotton fabric or a flannel novelty fabric if you'd like.  If you need directions, they can be found online at Ryan's Case for Smiles or on you tube as the hot dog pillowcase.  If you are looking for a tutorial on how to make a pillowcase using the hot dog method you will find it here  http://pinkadotquilts.blogspot.com/2018/06/


Hospitality - Angel
Snack list for the December Holiday meeting is: L. Telson, C. Vognetz, J. Burke, M. Campbell, M.Caporale, M.Carlson*, D. Daley, C. Davis, K.DeCarli*, R. DeCarli, N. DiTeodoro, E. Eagan*, FA Grider, A. Henderson, H. Hofbauer, B. Holden*, D.Holzwarth, M. Hopkins, K.Joyce. If there is a star after your name please bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack and please remember to switch your responsibility with a friend if you cannot attend. 

 Quilt Show Update Show dates May 3 and 4, 2019

Great News: We sold the 14th vendor spot so the show is now fully booked. Here is a list of vendors: 
                 Ladyfingers Sewing (3 spaces), The Quilt Ledger (2 spaces), Faraway Road Stitchery (2 spaces), Pat Beard Handwovens, Happy Valley Quilting, The Bee and the Bear, Journey Quilting (Deb Tucker 180 Rulers), Cork and Cloth, Handmaiden Designs and
                 The Engraver/The Green Hill Collection 
                 This is a very nice mix of vendors. Many of you have requested we mix it up and we think you'll be pleased. Thank you Suzanne, Maureen and Nancy!
                 Another highlight - Smithfield Barn will again grace our show with her wonderful antiques. Chris is already gathering items with our show in mind.

Here is what you can do to prepare for the show.  Remember: the proceeds from the show provide the funding for our wonderful programs.  Rita Marie has done a great job with speakers and we want to keep that going strong.  Jeannie Campbell was wonderful at the November meeting.         1. Make a mini quilt for the raffle, 16 by 24 portrait orientation. The only rules are that the quilt must be complete and properly finished and cheater cloth cannot be used. For our newer members take a look at the 2017 Quilt Show link on pennnoaksquilters.org for ideas.
             We are hoping for 100% participation. Any questions contact Eileen Mincarelli (Eileen4874@aol.com) or Jean Zubert (jzbeachchair@aol.com
        2. Make a quilt for display in the show.  We need more beautiful quilts to show case. We will not have judging at this show which we hope will encourage more members to exhibit. You may also sell your quilt with a 10% commission to the guild.
        3. Make items to sell in our Acorn Shoppe -- 80% of the profits go to you or you can donate all proceeds to the guild. Contact Helen Hofbauer (hhofbauer@comcast.netor Denise Blake (dewpink@gmail.comwith questions
        4. Start thinking about where you would like to work during the show.  In the spring there will be sign up sheets.  We will need volunteers to sign up for hourly spots.  Here are some of the volunteer opportunities:

    • Sell registration tickets at the front door, we want friendly faces greeting attendees
    • Work in the Acorn Shoppe selling items 
    • Sell raffle tickets for the baskets or mini-quilts - more friendly faces
    • Work as a white glove person
    • Sign up for Prep cooking the week of the show 
    • Sign up to work in the kitchen with either the cooking or collecting the money
    • Sign up for set-up the day prior to the show
    • Sign up for clean up after the show There will likely be time at the December meeting to answer your questions. Please reach out to us, we'd love to hear your suggestions and ideas. Robin McMillen (robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com) and Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net), 2019 Quilt Show Co-Chair

Quilt Show Raffle Baskets


One of our fundraisers for the quilt show in May is raffle baskets. We plan on preparing 10 baskets with different themes to be raffled at the quilt show. There are many ways that quilt guild members can participate.
  1. Volunteer to coordinate a basket
  2. Join a basket team to plan and collect the basket contents
  3. Contribute items for the baskets that relate to the chosen themes.
  4. Contribute monetarily to the baskets.
Thank you to those who signed up at the November meeting. We have volunteers for 5 baskets. The themes are:


*Tea & Coffee
*Wine & Chocolate
*Pets
*Spa Day
*Movies

We are asking members to bring items to donate to the December guild meeting. These items don’t have to be quilt related. Dog/cat toys, tea, coffee, chocolate, pampering items, movies etc. are needed. If you are inspired and want to contribute a home made item for the theme that would be great.


We also need volunteers for 5 more baskets. There will be a sign up sheet at the December meeting. Create a theme or choose one of the suggestions on the sign up sheet. It will be fun to see what we can put together. If you have any questions please email me at ellenlance55@gmail.com.



Quilt Show Mini Quilt Idea


Just in case you are looking for a little fun sewing over the next few weeks Check out Coriander Quilts. This would make a very cute mini quilt for the Quilt Show. Just add some borders or extra blocks to make it the correct size.

Challenge - Dana O'Connor

Choose an artist from the following list and create a quilt (no more than 150 inches in perimeter) either representing a piece by that painter or design something in the style of that painter. Bring to the March meeting unlabeled or with the label covered in a brown paper bag. Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt Michelangelo, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet Salvador Dali, Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Degas, Rubens, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.

2019 Getaway Update - Pat Sherman and Ellen McMillen
Oops correction - We have 24 members signed up for the Getaway, leaving four available spaces. For our new members the Getaway will be held at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand from February 20th to 24th. You may reserve for one or more nights. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 per night for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 per  night for Friday/Saturday nights. The double queen rooms have free Wi-Fi, a microwave and a refrigerator. A fantastic complimentary full hot breakfast buffet with made to order eggs, pancakes and waffles is served daily in the Lobby Great Room. Coffee and tea is available all day in the lobby. To learn more about the Amish View Inn visit their web sitewww.amishviewinn.com. If you would like to attend please contact Ellen before the December meeting. She can answer your questions and send you the reservation form.

Reminder - the final payment is due at the December meeting. Ellen will let you know the amount of the room balance due prior to the meeting.

Getaway Opportunity - Denise Blake
As many of you know, I work at the Joanne's store in Downingtown. A couple of weeks ago, these two wonderful women came into the store (they were looking for something in particular, but, of course, we got side tracked on other subjects) and it turns out that they run a getaway several times a year. It is held at a B & B in Lancaster, includes several meals, a mystery quilt-working at your own pace-an original design by one of the women, room and board, irons and cutting mats are supplied, you can use one of their sewing machines, if you let them know in advance, unlimited soda/water/iced tea, time to shop and explore, friendship, and help if needed. All for around $300 from a Friday to a Sunday. Check out www.quiltaways.com. I told them that I would mention them to our guild and they will mention out quilt show to patrons. Not a bad deal. So, check out the website and maybe go. It looks like a lot of fun.
Denise Blake


Fabric News!


I know many of you have probably ooohed and aaahed over Cotton & Steel fabric from RJR. Well the ladies have left Cotton & Steel and are now called Ruby Star Society by MODA. You can read all about it HERE They are very talented and have some beautiful designs, with a vintage yet modern flair. Check them out!

NEW!!!!!! Sew Your Stash Sew Along
Mystery Sew Along
We are starting a new idea in the guild starting in January. If you are interested in signing up please email me and I will put you on the email list.


1. Instructions for each step will be given out monthly. I will email you the directions and it will be available in the guild newsletter at the end of the month.
2. Sew at your own pace, we are not swapping or exchanging, so everything you sew will be in your quilt. The quilt will finish at queen size. If you prefer a smaller quilt, simply stop when you have reached the size you prefer.
3. I highly encourage you to use your stash! Make do with what you have if possible. If you want to have one consistent background fabric throughout the quilt, 2 ½ yards should be enough (no guarantees depending on the sewing methods you choose!)
4. Feel free to use which ever method works best for you. Directions will be printed using traditional strip piecing methods when practical. I highly encourage you to make changes or modifications according to your personal preferences. Feel free to substitute any step.
5. Bring your progress to share at show and tell. It will be fun to see how similar/different our quilts are. Feel free to send your questions to Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com
6. We have about 20 people signed up. If you are interested in participating, please email me. I will email the instructions on the first day of each month, and I will put them in the newsletter which comes out at the end of the month.

Cherrywood Challenge Opportunity

I wanted to share the announcement of the new Cherrywood Fabrics challenge.  Owner Karla Overland keeps surprising us with her challenge themes, including Broadway musicals, Van Gogh, and Prince. For 2019, she has chosen Bob Ross, a dorky guy who became a big celebrity through a PBS show on how to paint. Although Bob Ross has been dead since 1995, his fame still grows, with his shows now viewed on YouTube. 
        There are a couple of things that are different in this year's challenge, most especially that ALL the fabrics in your 20 inch square challenge quilt must be Cherrywood and in the chosen palette that is based on BR's favorite colors. Go here for more information Cherrywood Challenge




Quilt Happenings

Susquehanna Art Museum, Thru January 20, 2019. Color Improvisations 2. Special invitational exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow. 
http://www.susquehannaartmuseum.org/galleries/colorimprovisations-2/

 AQS QuiltWeek, March 27-29, 2019, Lancaster County Convention Center. http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/lancaster-pa/ The Lancaster Quilt Show, March 27-30, 2019. Double Tree Resort. 

https://www.lancasterquiltweek.com/ Homemaker’s Country Quilters, Blooms of Spring, April 5- 6, 2019. Penn State Extension Building, Collegeville, PA http://homemakerscountryquilters.org/2019-quilt-show/

 Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Bird’s’ Blooms and Butterflies Quilt Show, April 26-27, 2019. Sussex Academy, Georgetown DE. https://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/quilt-show 

Penn Oaks Quilters, For the Love of Quilting X, May 3-4, 2019. Griffith Hall, Ludwig’s Corner Fire House, Glenmoore, PA http://www.pennoaksquilters.org/

Quilt Fest Mancuso Show http://www.mancusoshows.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/quiltfest-lancaster/ May 9-11, 2019

 Quilters Unlimited, Sea to Shining Sea, May 31- June 2, 2019. www.quiltersunlimited.org/quilt-show

Thursday, October 25, 2018

November 2018 Newsletter

President's Letter
Programs has a great line up for us this year. Thank you Rita Marie!

Ann Holte was a great speaker. It was quite interesting all the information that was found out from the diamond quilts. Knowing they were local families in Lancaster County, it’s great to know we are in an area rich with great quilt history. 

Jeannie Campbell is coming in November with her landscape quilting. We don’t want to miss out in that! 

My October’s challenge: I had not purchased any new fabrics this month. And I have created and finished quilts with my stash! I feel good knowing I’m working at my pile(s)!! 

November’s challenge: I’m going to do my best to continue to not purchase more fabric...this has been very difficult! But I do have 5 memory t-shirt quilts that I need completed by Christmas! Wish me luck! 

See you soon!
Helen Hoffbauer


Programs - Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake


November 12:  Jeannie Campbell's presentation will be Creating a Landscape Pattern When You Don't Know How to Draw.  She is going to show us how to take a simple landscape photo and turn it into our own personal quilt art.  She has been sewing for 45 years but quilting became her passion in 1989.  Her quilts have won ribbons in many local shows.  She has taught at local quilt shops.  Her interests include landscapes, bargello, applique and longarm quilting.  Jeannie will nothave items for sale.

December 10:  Christmas Holiday Party (Members only please)  Who doesn't love to play bingo ?  We will be playing the quilt version....Quilto and there will be prizes !  We'll also have our annual holiday block exchange.  Make and bring a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished holiday theme block of your choice.  Please wrap it or put it in a gift bag. There will be a designated table to put your wrapped block on. You may make as many blocks as you wish. For each one you bring, you will receive one.  Yummy refreshments and show and tell of course.  

January 14:  Penn Oaks Guild member Robin McMillen is our speaker.  Robin's topic - History of Visual Arts and How to Draw Inspiration From Your Favorite Artists and Reflect That in Your Quilt.  

February 11:   Ann Tumolo of the Calico Cutters Guild.   Ann will have a trunk show A Parade of Quilts for us.  I have asked Ann to bring some wall hangings she made and painted faces on.  In addition, she is going to demonstrate thread painting.  She has taken many classes from Joyce Hughes.  I am hoping to have 2 other demos by Penn Oaks Guild members.  Perhaps paper piecing and applique.  Volunteers needed !     

March  Annual Challenge.   Dana has information and directions posted below.  


Pillowcase Challenge:   Kits will be available at the November, December and January meetings to take home, sew, wash (in the in free and clear variety of laundry detergent please) and returned in the plastic bag provided.  You may use your own novelty 100% cotton fabric or a flannel novelty fabric if you'd like.  If you need directions, they can be found online at Ryan's Case for Smiles or on you tube as the hot dog pillowcase.  If you are looking for a tutorial on how to make a pillowcase using the hot dog method you will find it here  http://pinkadotquilts.blogspot.com/2018/06/



Membership - Pat Sherman

Membership information:
I am sorry I missed some birthdays, So birthdays for September were
     Rikki Newlander
     Maureen Carlson
     Martha Hopkins

Birthdays for October:
     Denise Blake
     Kathy Joyce
     Elizabeth Young
     Rob Liodi
     Elaine Egan

November birthday
     Jamie Loncaric

At our October meeting we had 31 members. Two new members joined, Welcome to Sarah Reindel and Elizabeth Young. We also had 2 visitors.

I apologize for the membership list not being formatted correctly. Your new membership person, Patricia Sherman

Winter is coming! Guild Meeting Cancellations:  The Board will be communicating via e-mail by 4:00PM.  Please remember to check your emails.

Hospitality - Angel
Snack list for the November Penn Oaks meeting is: D. Smyrl, S. Stiverson, L. Telson, P. Toghill, C. Vognetz*, E. Young, J. Zubert, D. Blake, S. Borr*.  A star after your name indicates you should bring a beverage for the group in lieu of a snack. Don't forget to switch your responsibility with a friend if you can't attend the meeting so we don't run short!


Challenge - Dana O'Connor
Choose an artist from the following list and create a quilt (no more than 150 inches in perimeter) either representing a piece by that painter or design something in the style of that painter. Bring to the March meeting unlabeled or with the label covered in a brown paper bag. Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt Michelangelo, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet Salvador Dali, Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Degas, Rubens, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.

Quilt Show Update

Great news from the Quilt Show Committee -- we have 13 of the 14 vendor spots under contract or with solid verbal commitment.  Great Job Suzanne Stiverson and Maureen Carlson, you girls know how to hustle!

We held a meeting on October 4th at my house with many in attendance.  We wanted to share just a few items.  
  1. Thank you to Dana O'Conner for heading up the registration table.  Dana is also our Volunteer Coordinator so she will compile the signups as we get  closer to the show.  
  2. We approved a change to the Acorn Shoppe policy.  It was decided that we will sell fabric bundles left over from the sale we just had in September from the donations from Suzanne Stiverson and Betsy Moses's Family.  That is a change in policy.  Email Helen Hofbauer or Denise Blake if you have additional questions on the Acorn Shoppe.  
  3. We want to see close to 100% participation on the Auction mini-quilts.  Make a 16 by 24 in portrait mini quilt for the raffle.  This is a big money maker and it is fun.  A show highlight is pulling the tickets. I won my Dad's quilt at the last show - how wild is that?  Jean Zubert and Eileen Mincarelli will be collecting at the meetings.  
One last thing -- I am all about inspiration -- I am using the upcoming show to challenge myself to get a special quilt done in time to display it.  I ordered a new pattern - The Gypsy Wife Quilt from Jen Kingwell.  I would love to have that hang in the show so I am going to use the show deadline as motivation for even spending just 30 minutes in my sewing room moving a little closer to completion.  I hope our quilt show inspires you to reach and complete a project you will be proud to show and share.  

That is all for now -- reach out to Ellen McMillen or myself for more information.
-Robin M

Robin McMillen
(610)836-1363
(610)873-2950

It's always nice to support our local guilds, be sure to put this on your calendar!
Local Quilt Show
Homemaker's Country Quilt Show
Aprtil 5th and 6th, 2019
10:00 to 4:00
Penn State Extension Buiding
1015 Bridge Road
Collegeville PA  19426

Fee $7.00

Quilt Show Baskets
I am planning the baskets for our Quilt Show.  My thoughts are to make about 10 baskets with each along a specific theme. While we can donate fabric, books and quilting supplies maybe some members would like to donate money or small items that we could add as accents.  If anyone has any ideas for themes or would like to put together a team to create a basket please let me know. My email address is ellenlance55@gmail.com . Some thoughts: Wine, coffee/tea, gardening, pets, beach vacation, game night, family movie night, self-care, etc.
Thanks!
Ellen Lance

2019 Getaway UpdateAt the October meeting 25 members signed up for the Getaway, leaving three available spaces. For our new members the Getaway will be held at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand from February 20th to 24th. You may reserve for one or more nights. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 per night for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 per  night for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The double queen rooms have free Wi-Fi, a microwave and a refrigerator. A fantastic complimentary full hot breakfast buffet with made to order eggs, pancakes and waffles is served daily in the Lobby Great Room. Coffee and tea is available all day in the lobby. To learn more about the Amish View Inn visit their web site www.amishviewinn.com. There will be an individual fee of approximately $20.00 to cover the shared cost of the sewing room and a Saturday night meal if we elect to have one. If you would like a reservation form please email Ellen and she will email it to you. Contact Ellen or Pat with any questions.

Reminder - the final payment is due at the December meeting. Ellen will let you know the amount of the room balance due prior to the meeting.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Pat Sherman (patspatch@comcast.net) 2019 Getaway Co-Chairs

A Quick and Easy Quilt


I am sure that many of us have started our holiday sewing. This quilt would make an adorable quilt, table runner or even a charity quilt. You can find the tutorial at Lolly Quiltz and it's super easy! Think how easy it would be to personalize this......sometimes you can find names in the selvages or sayings that might work. It could be in Christmas prints, all red for Valentine's Day or a cool blue thinking-of-summer quilt. This is a foundation pieced technique and a fun way for a beginner to stick their toe in the water. Give it a try!

This just happened to come across my computer as well and is very similar.....

HURRICANE MICHAEL 10.5" STRING BLOCK QUILT DRIVE
By now we have all heard of the October 2018 devastation in Florida from the Category 5 Hurricane Michael.  This storm was the 3rd most intense to hit the U.S. since statistics have been kept!!  Rescuers are still trying to dig out from under the rubble and over 40 people are still missing. The survivors are in dire need of basics like food, shelter and clothing and money is what will help provide those things. Monetary donations are very needed to help the region.  Pick your favorite charity and give if you can.  There are many reputable charities like the Red Cross or Directrelief.com but give elsewhere if you have a preference.  
In the quilt world, we have often responded to tragedies by making quilts for those affected.  I am aware of people sometimes trying to help in ways that are counterproductive.  In this case, when the dust settles and people begin to rebuild, it will be lovely to have homemade quilts on hand to give out.  It is this thinking which has Sharon and her Alabama church has taking on a quilt drive.  In 2011, Sharon's family survived a horrible Alabama tornado.  She knows first hand what it's like to experience nature's devastation.  The quilts won't go out for months, as people in the area are still in triage.  However, we can all help get things started for when the time is right for a warm, lovely and therapeutic quilt distribution. 
 The Alabama church is asking for 10.5" unfinished string quilt blocks in any colors you wish.  Multicolored blocks are fine of course.  Quilters on the other end will sew the blocks into quilts, but if you wish to donate an entire quilt or top, they will gladly take that as well.  If you're like me, you have lots of string scraps lying around.  These go together quickly, are relaxing and make an easy way for helping others.  There are lots of string block tutorials online and this craftsy one is good, even if it's a different size block.  Whatever tutorial you use, keep in mind to trim your block to 10.5".  I like to cut up old worn out bed sheets into pieces 1/2" larger than the final size needed.  In other words, cut your old sheets into 11" squares.  I recommend well-starching the foundation squares at this point.  Then start adding your strips one by one and when all done, iron the block well and trim to 10.5".  Beware, these string blocks are addictive, but all the better to help others.

Send your 10.5" string blocks to:

UMW Quilting Group, Hurricane Quilt Drive, Aldersgate United Methodist Church,  6610 Vaughn Road,  Montgomery, Alabama 36116

I've made several blocks already and plan to keep going until I see the bottom of my scrap string box.  We shall see how that goes because they do seem to multiply rather than diminish.


Newsletter Articles
As always members are invited to send items to be included in the newsletter. Please send them to Kelly Meanix at kellymx@aol.com Items are due no later than the 24th of the month. The newsletter is published on the 25th. Please send them in an email and not as an attachment.


Quilt Happenings
Lebanon Quilters Guild
12th Annual
Exhibition of Quilts
November 9th & 10th, 2018
10am- 4pm
Lebanon Expo Center & Fairgrounds
80 Rocherty Road
Lebanon, PA
Click here for more details
Fall in Love with Quilts
MLQ 2018 Quilt Show and Christmas Boutique
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Donation $5
Click here for more details
The Lancaster Quilt Show @ The Continental Inn*
March 27-30th, 2019

*DoubleTree Resort
2400 Willow Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Watch for more info at www.lancasterquiltweek.com
Homemaker's Country Quilt Show
Aprtil 5th and 6th, 2019
10:00 to 4:00
Penn State Extension Buiding
1015 Bridge Road
Collegeville PA  19426
Fee $7.00