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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter

Programs:  Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake

August 13    Summer Bee - a casual get together at Frazer Mennonite Church from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 ish p.m.  You are welcome to bring dinner or a snack or both if you'd like and a beverage.  You can bring something to work on or not !  If you bring a sewing machine, be sure to bring an extension cord.  It is a nice time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Come and stay for as long as you can.  

September 10    Our friend and guild member, Betsy Moses, requested that her fabric and sewing items be donated to our Guild and as well as the proceeds from the sale of those items.  Suzanne Stiverson is downsizing and has donated beautiful fabric with yardage over 2 yards.  I'm sure there will be many nice things that you just can't pass up.  Cash or checks accepted.  

October 8     Ann Holte will present Friends and Family: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt.  This quilt is one of a small group of similar quilts that were made in Lancaster County in the mid-1800s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the "girl cousins."  Ann fell in love with this quilt and has been studying it and making the blocks since 2009.  She keeps discovering interesting and mysterious features and the unknown quilter who created it.

November 12    In progress.  

Pillowcase Challenge - Important   I have just been told that the pillowcases we have been sewing for Ryan's Cases for Smiles need to be washed in a laundry detergent that is the free and clear variety.  Cancer patients can be very sensitive to the fragrance in the other types of detergents.  If you do not use the free and clear type, I will buy some and wash the pillowcases.  It would be appreciated if you can provide a gallon size zip bag with the pillowcase.  

December 10    Annual Christmas Party - more info to come.

January 14    Guest speaker will be our own Robin McMillen 


If you have not renewed your membership, please remember to send to:
Diana L. Smyrl
690 Heatherton Lane
West Chester, PA 19380
Membership cards will be available at the September Meeting.

Ways and Means
We are having another terrific silent auction sale at the September meeting.  Already one group of fabrics have been sorted and priced.  There are a lot of recently new fabrics and the yardage is quite extensive.  Another load of fabric will be picked up in August and I am sure it will be just as exciting.  There is no speaker at the September meeting so…..”it will be shop until you drop.”

Quilt Show Update

The Quilt Show has an email account that Ellen and I will monitor.  The address is pennoaks.quiltshow@gmail.com.  This will help with questions and communicating with the public.  It will be posted on our Website.  

We had a productive and energetic quilt show meeting on July 11th and many items were discussed, here are some of the details. Attendees: Pat Sherman, Helen Hofbauer, Kathy DeCarli, Bob DeCarli, Maureen Carlson, Jamie Loncaric, Carolyn Davis, Dana O'Connor, Suzanne Stiverson, Ellen McMillen, and Robin McMillen

  • We discussed some changes in the floor plan and we are adding a spot for an additional vendor -- more revenue.  The Acorn Shoppe is moving to the darker corner and we will work to add additional lighting to that spot.  Glenn McMillen (Robin's Husband) is already investigating additional lighting solutions to address the problem.  
  • We decided to keep the entry fee at $8
  • We have a flyer that will be distributed at the Hershey Show by some committee members to start the publicity effort.  Pat Sherman is in charge of publicity
  • Follow up meeting will be held at the end of September.  
  • Vendor Contracts are ready to go and Suzanne Stiverson and Maureen Carlson will begin reaching out to Vendors.  
  • Following board approval, we placed the deposit on Griffith Hall for the next show.  The committee understands there were some issues last time and we are placing some stipulations in the contract to address our concerns.  
  • Quilt Entry form was discussed and we are setting fee for entering a quilt at $5 for members $8 for non-members.  To simplify the Thursday set-up, the decision was previously made to eliminate outside judging.  That also simplifies the Quilt Entry form and process. 
  • Show Colors are Green and Orange (this assists in decorating the eating area and choosing quilts to display at admissions).  We also discussed re-arranging the admissions area to improve traffic flow.  That will be further investigated.  
  • Dana O'Connor volunteered to be the Volunteer Co-ordinator to help with all of the member sign-ups in support of each of the committees during the show.  Thank you Dana!
What can you do now to support the quilt show?

  1. Make a mini raffle quilt!  Eileen Mincarelli and Jean Zubert co-chair this effort. The dimensions are 16" x 24", portrait orientation. The quilt must be complete and properly finished.  Cheater cloth may not be used. There are no other rules for this quilt other than to make it your best effort, a work you'd be proud to present to a friend. 
  2. If you have not already done so, start planning and working on projects you would like to display in the show!  What makes a great quilt show is beautiful quilts on display to inspire visitors to create.  We need your quilts ;)
There will be many more opportunities to volunteer in support of the show. More about this as we move forward. We would appreciate your suggestions and ideas!

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

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.

Something Fun To Make

One of my favorite blogs is Diary of a Quilter. She has a really fun tutorial on how to make some Strawberry Coasters. I thought you might want to check it out for a quick, cute project. You may have all the supplies in your sewingroom!

2019 GetawayHello quilters! We hope you'll take a moment to consider attending the next Penn Oaks Getaway. We will continue to hold our Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Next year the Getaway dates are February 20-24. We will take the Getaway reservations at the October meeting. This will allow everyone time to make their plans, and give our new members the opportunity to find out about this fun event. The sewing room has the capacity to hold 28 quilters. We have the option for another smaller room, if needed, which will hold up to 10 quilters. This should provide enough room for everyone who wishes to attend to do so. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $102.12 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $150.96 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The Getaway reservation form will be sent via email about 10 days prior to the October guild meeting. Feel free to email us with any questions.
Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Pat Sherman (patspatch@comcast.net). 2019 Getaway Co-Chairs