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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

March 2018 Newsletter

President's Letter
I hope everyone had a wonderful time at the Getaway, whatever your goals were, getting lots of sewing done, spending more time with friends, shopping, or all of the above.  Ellen and Pat always do a wonderful job of organizing this event and deserve a huge thank you.

There was wonderful news at the February meeting.  Jean Zubert volunteered to be Quilt Show Chairperson and the members voted to have another quilt show. That means there is lots to do and we are a little behind schedule.  Let’s all support Jean and her committees so that we can have another successful show.

At March’s meeting, we will have our annual Silent Auction.  I really don’t need anything but I know I’ll find some treasures that I just have to have.  It’s fun and a great fundraiser for the guild.  Diana Smyrl puts together the most tempting bundles and there are always tools, books, etc as well.  If you’ve never been to this before, please don’t miss it.  I’ll bet you’ll find some treasures too.

See you March 12,

Stephanie Braskey

Kelly Meanix stood in for Stephanie Braskey who was away.
There were 35 members and 1 guest present.
Debbie Becker reported that we have a $19,000 balance.
Kelly Shaw of AseraCare Hospice talked about the need for volunteers. We have information for any member interested. She is also looking for volunteers to make pillows/quilts from patients' clothing to give to their families.
Jean Zubert brought the snacks and various members helped fill bags that will go to Ronald McDonald House.
The Challenge quilts were all amazing but we are not sure who won as they left with their quilt before the meeting was over! Denise Blake made a beautiful ribbon, mug rug and a $30 gift certificate for the winner. We will update when we know who the winner is!
There is a workshop tentatively scheduled for 6/11/18 with Joyce Hughes. If you are interested please contact Rita Marie Smith.
Members are reminded that next month is our Silent Auction. If you have any donations please contact Diana Smyrl. Please be generous with you purchases, this is a fund raiser.
We received 2 quilts for the Downingtown Library fund raiser. If you are interested in making a quilt,  please see the details in the newsletter.
The by-law changes were discussed and voted on.
Robin McMillen gave a report on quilt show finances. Jean Zubert has volunteered to be the Quilt Show Chairperson with the show to be held in May of 2019. The membership voted to proceed with a show. Jean will be announcing the changes she plans to make to the show in the coming months. She is looking for a new venue.
Show and Tell
Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted (substituting for Leslie O'Brien),
Kelly Meanix

Programs Rita Marie Smith and Linda Kerschner
March 12:  Rose Morgan, a member of the Calico Cutters Quilt Guild, will be sharing her Creative Journey in the World of Quilting and her wonderful          quilts.  We will also be having our Silent Auction.  Please see Diana's special write-up. 

April 9:  Gail Kessler, of Lady Fingers Quilt Shop, Oley, PA.  She is an author, fabric designer and instructor.  Her topic is "From Concept to Cloth."

May 14: Sarah Bond, a Philadelphia area quilter and teacher.  Sarah's family history ... the quilts and quilters in her family before the Civil War up to            the Civil Rights era.  She will share some of their quilts as well as some of her own.

June 11: Joyce Hughes is an award winning quilter, lecturer and teacher.  She will speak of her quilting journey and thread painting. 

Workshop Opportunity with Joyce Hughes, Monday, June 11.  Time TBA.  Joyce has offered to hold a workshop for us on raw edge applique, dimension thread painting and embellishment.  It would be during the day, June 11, at the Frazer Mennonite Church with a maximum of 15 participants.  The cost per person to be determined by the number attending.  Joyce would provide a kit for $15 and a supply list.  I will have a sign-up sheet at upcoming meetings to see how many would be interested.  You can visit her website to see an example of a panel we would use.

Hospitality - Angel
Snack list for the March guild meeting is: J.Zwizanski, A. Barchi, D.Becker, D. Blake*, S. Borr*, S. Braskey, J. Brown, J. Burke, M.Campbell. A star after your name indicates you bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack. Don't forget to switch your responsibility with a friend if you can't attend so we don't run short!

Nominating Committee
We are looking for volunteers to fill open officer positions on our Penn Oaks board for 2018-2019 guild year.
Stephanie Braskey has done a great job as president these past 2 years - we will need to fill her position.

Linda Kerschner will move into Program Chair position and Diana Smyrl has agreed to stay on as Membership chair.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

Program Assistant
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Ways & Means

Please consider filling one of these positions. Contact one of us with your interest/questions.

Pat Sherman 717-517-0438  patspatch@comcast.net

Diana Smyrl 412-576-2604 2038ds@comcast.net

Cindy Vognetz 610-324-2652  cvognetz@hotmail.com

If we don't hear from you- we will be calling you!

Quilt Show- Jean Zubert

The Quilt Show 2019 is on!

We are researching for another venue that is comparable to Griffith Hall in Glenmoore. We are looking at other places to see if there is a better place or a better deal. If anyone has any suggestions please contact Pat Sherman at  patspatch@comcast.net or 717-517-8018.

Here are the positions covered:

Viewing area set up  - Bob DiCarli
Admissions - Kelly Meanix
Quilt take in and return - Cindy Vognetz and Ellen Lance
Mini Raffle quilts - Eileen Mincarelli
Raffle Baskets - Ellen Lance
Judging - Ellen McMillen

Here are the positions we need to cover:

Vendor Co-ordinator/Liaison - open
Acorn Shop - open
Programs and advertising - open
Publicity - open
Signs for quilts on display - open

Please contact me if you would like to volunteer for any of these positions. I have past reports to give you for each position. I will schedule a meeting when we have a lock down on the venue.

Jean Zubert Quilt Show Chair

Downingtown Library Quilts - Leslie O'Brien

A Call For Quilts! The Downingtown Library is sponsoring a quilt show to promote quilts as art with the quilts to be raffled off as a fund raiser for the library. We are looking for any interested quilter to make a small “art” quilt as a donation. The size request is 16” wide by 20” long. Any subject matter, any method, including hand or machine quilting and any form of embellishment is acceptable. Please sign or label your quilt and include a sleeve or corner triangles for hanging. A dowel is not necessary. Raffle tickets will be sold at the library while the quilts are on display. Winning tickets will be drawn at an evening reception on April 6th. Winners will be able to take their quilts that night or pick them up later at the library. For a little incentive , the quilter whose quilt sells the most tickets will win a $25 cash prize. Quilts will be accepted any time between now and March 20 at the library or they may be given to one of the following people: Karen Smith (Downingtown Library)- ksmith@ccls.org Debby O’Keefe - dokeefe19@hotmail.com Leslie O’Brien- leslieobriensk8@comcast.net Please send the following information to confirm your intention to participate to Debby - dokeefe19@hotmail.com: Your name: E-mail address: any questions? Thank you so much for supporting the library and quilts as art!

Charity Corner Debbie Becker, Susan Longenecker and Suzanne Doonan
Baby Bits  As always, feel free to make baby quilts, 30 x 30, for the NICU at Chester County Hospital. CCH also accepts knitted or crocheted baby blankets that are used in the general nursery. At this time, the nursery does not need baby hats. 
CCH also has Ob/Gyn Clinic Services for those in need.  The clinic will happily accept blankets and hats that are quilted, knitted or crocheted. Color is not important. Use scraps of yarn and fabric!!

Pillowcases  Children’s can be given to Debbie Becker or Suzanne Doonan.. Adult pillowcases can be given to Diana Smirl. Links to pillowcase instructions:

Frustrated Fidgeters.  

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING ONE OF THESE AS THEY ARE VERY NEEDED! The Pocopson Nursing Home has asked us to make sewn or knitted  items for dementia,  Alzheimer’s, etc. patients, who may become agitated and need to keep their hands occupied.  These are designed to offer an outlet for anxious fidgeting.

A twiddlemuff is a double thickness hand muff with bits and bobs attached inside and out. Fleece would work well.  An activity blanket or pillow serves the same purpose.  Activity blankets are comforting of they have some weight to them (3-5 lbs.) – this gives a sense of security. A blanket can be weighed down with thicker fill, rice, dried beans, etc. All items must be firmly attached or, if detachable, must be too large to be swallowed.

For more ideas google twiddlemuff images  and look on pinterest.

Chester Bears
There is a group led by Susan Longenecker that makes stuffed bears for use in the CCH emergency department.
Anything you make can be given to Debbie Becker or Suzanne Doonan at meetings. 

Getaway 2018

Thank you so much Pat and Ellen for hosting yet another fun getaway! Everyone had such a good time and got lots of work done! We appreciate all your hard work.

Below are pictures from our time away. If you didn't make it this year please put it on your calendar for next year!

I apologize for not taking more pictures!

How adorable is this? Pat Sherman and her daughter Dana O'Connor made these for each participant!

I was the first one up one morning!

Some news about FreeSpirit Fabric Company

Quilt Happenings

Calico Cutters Mystery Quilt Day
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Goodwill Fire Company
West Chester, PA
Door opens at 8:45 am
Registration fee – 16.00 includes the pattern
Limited to 20 participants, contact Christine Fallon or Catherine Morano to sign-up.

2018 Quilt Preview
March 1-3 2018
Thursday and Friday 9:00 - 8:00
Friday 9:00- 3:00
MCC EC Material Resource Center
517 W Trout Run Road
Ephrata PA  17522
Preview 100 quilts to be sold at the Pennsylvania Relief Sale
Free admission
Susquehanna Valley Quilt Guild
World War I Centennial Quilt Show
March 2-3, 2018
Loose Threads Quilters’ Tea
Saturday, March 10, 2018 (snow date March 17)
First United Church of Christ
145 Chestnut Street
Spring City, PA
AQS Quilt Show – Lancaster
March 21-24, 2018
Lancaster County Convention Center
25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
The Lancaster Quilt Show continued at the Continental Inn
March 21-24, 2018
Mini Mosaics Workshop with Cheryl Lynch 
Brandywine Valley Quilt Guild
Class Fee: 28.00
March 24, 2018 Saturday
9:30-3:30 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
576 Concord Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Contact Betty Jean Boyd at bettyjboyd@aol.com
An Evening with Mary Fons
April 11, 2018
Easton Fire Hall
315 Aurora Park Drive
Easton, MD
Reservation 8.00
Send check to Bayside Quilters, P.O. Box 2672, Easton, MD 21601 (please include an email address for receipt)
A World of Quilts
Calico Cutters Quilt Guild
May 4-5, 2018
Ashton Hall at the Church of the Good Samaritan
212 W. Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA
Quiltfest 2108
May 5-6, 2018
Colonial Quilters Guild
Charles Chrin Community Center
Palmer, PA
Celebration of Quilts 2018
May 18-19, 2018
York Quilters Guild
York College of PA
Penn Dry Goods Market
Antiques Show and Sale
May 18th and 19th, 2018
Friday – 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday – 10:00 – 4:00
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073

Kutztown Folk Festival
June 30th – July 8th, 2018
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Oaks, PA
September 13-16, 2018
Brandywine Valley Quilters
Quilt Show
October 19-21st, 2018
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015