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

Monday, March 25, 2019

April 2019 Newsletter

President's Letter
Getting excited yet!!??

The Penn Oaks Quilt Show is soon upon us!! You ask, what can I do for the show? We still need volunteers; to assist with set ups, break downs, and for coverage in many areas during the show. I’ve always enjoyed the quilt shows. It’s an opportunity to get to know our other members, ones you don’t normally have a chance to chat with during a regular meeting. 

Plus, the Acorn Shoppe is still collecting items, either consigned or donated. As for consigned items, please complete the form listing your goods and prices. I will be taking items at the April meeting. If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Please make a point to sign up to volunteer for time slots. 

Thank you,

Helen Hofbauer 

Programs- Rita Marie Smith and Denise Blake
April 8:  Jan Mast, owner of The Old Country Store in Intercourse, is coming to speak to us about the trends in the quilting industry.  She will have been to the Fall Quilt Market and is going to tell us of all the latest and greatest going on in the quilting world that she learned at the Market. Jan may be bringing items from the shop for sale.
Jan will be bringing some best selling/trending merchandise (at special prices) for sale.  Cash, personal check and credit cards are acceptable.

May 13:  Sue Reno is our speaker. Her topic is From Foliage to Fiber Art...and Beyond.  Sue is an award winning fiber artist who lives and works in Lancaster County.  Her lecture is an overview of her working methods and techniques.  Cyanotypes, heliographic prints, digital prints, thermo fax prints and collagraphy are explained and illustrated.  She will have a large selection of her work to share in a trunk show.  Please visit her website to read so much more about her.....suereno.com.  

June 10:   Michele McLaughlin is coming and will be telling us all about  The History of the Sunbonnet Quilt Pattern.  Michele has been quilting for over 35 years and sewing since she was a child.  She is the founder of the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group and has a membership in various quilt organizations including the American Quilt Study Group.  She has completed various classes in quilt appraisal and history and has a special interest in researching Pennsylvania quilts and makers.  Sunbonnets remain one of the most beloved--and maligned--quilt patterns of the 20th century.  This lecture is one of her most popular and provides an insight to the development of this quilt pattern.  Michele's trunk show features over 50 different examples and demonstrates the versatility and humor this pattern continues to provide quilt makers.

Members and guests are encouraged to bring their own sunbonnet quilts for Michele to review and possibly identify the pattern.



Cases for Smiles:  We had 313 pillowcases for Ryan's Cases for Smiles ! !   Plus 37 from Rikki Newlander's granddaughter's girl scout troop and 20 from Donna Daly's sewing club at school.  Grand total....370 !   I made arrangements with and gave Cindy the pillowcases so that they could be on their way to the children.  She was so very pleased and grateful for our generosity.  Cindy is planning to come to our April meeting.  She said there is always a need for pillowcases, especially for patients in their middle to upper teens. They don't have to have a sports theme because everyone doesn't play sports.  So....if you want to make a couple more with teens in mind (wash in free and clear detergent) to give her at our next meeting, that would be great.  

Please remember Programs is always looking for ideas for speakers. If you have someone you would like to see, be sure to contact Rita Marie smitty308@verizon.net and Denise Blake dewpink@gmail.com.


Hospitality - Angel
April snack list is: L.Telson, P.Toghill, C. Vognetz, E. young, J.Zubert*, D. Blake, S. Borr*, J. Burke,M. Campbell. If your name is starred please bring a beverage for the group instead of a snack.. If you can't attend the meeting switch your responsibility with a friend so we don't run short.

Quilt Show News
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed and sponsored baskets for the quilt show this May. It looks like we will have 10-11 baskets. I'm  sure that they will draw interest from our guests and help fund the show. We are still accepting donations of fabric, notions, patterns, books, rulers etc. for a general quilting basket. Please bring them to the April meeting. If you have any questions please contact me at ellenlance55@gmail.com. Thanks again, Ellen Lance

Quilt Show Reminders*  The volunteer sign up sheets for working at the quilt show will be available at the April meeting. Take a moment to schedule your time. This is a good opportunity to meet and greet our guests.
*  Helen will be accepting items for the Acorn Shoppe at the April meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting please contact Helen to make other arrangements.
*  The due date for the Quilt Entry form has been extended to April 8th. More information will follow in a separate email. I would appreciate receiving the entry forms as soon as possible.
*  Final deadline for the mini quilts and the raffle basket donations is the April meeting. Please take note of Jean and Eileen's notice in this newsletter.
*  Members who do not contribute in some way to the quilt show will be required to pay the entry fee to attend the show.

Please keep in mind that the success of this show depends on the effort we all put into it. Thank you everyone for your participation, time and work.

- Ellen McMillen



Quilt Show Dresden Plate Update

Thank you so much to those of you who signed up to bring a cake.  Cakes should be delivered on the Friday AM of the show unless you make other arrangements with me specifically.  Cakes can be delivered in the foil pan I provided to you to bake it.  There were some old directions on the carrot cake recipe that were misleading.  Email or call me if you want clarification.  


There will be additional sign-ups to help with the cooking and serving at the Dresden Plate.  I am getting so excited.  For those of you that are not familiar with how the Dresden Plate operates here is a summary:

  • The Dresden plate serves lovely, quality lunch dishes including Chicken Salad, Gluten Free Fritatas, and a variety of soups.  We are known for our food because it is all homemade and tailored to the Quilt Show audience.  I have a food handlers license and I provide detailed instructions to the volunteers to ensure everyone's safety.  
  • In addition to high quality food, we also pay special attention to detail that make the eating experience at our show delightful.  
  • We decorate the tables with flowers and table clothes that match the show theme colors-- this year is orange and green
  • The tables also have salt and pepper shakers and a quilted mug rug that add a nice touch.  Kathy and Bob DeCarli are working on green and orange mug rugs (see photo below).  Attendees are encouraged to share long tables in the lobby area of the show.  The mug rugs and flowers encourage conversation and sharing.  
  • On the subject of Cakes -- we are known for our cakes at the Dresden Plate.  Our slogan is 'Leave room for cake at the Dresden Plate"  I am adding one more cake to the menu -- the Black and White Nine Patch.  I will be making these cakes ahead of time and freezing them, I have a special pan.  Below is a photo.  
  • Volunteers at the show will wear rubber gloves and black Dresden Plate Aprons.  Volunteers will either collect money at check out or plate food in the kitchen.  If you sign up to help we will make sure you have thorough instructions so you know what is expected.  It is so much fun to serve a great product at a reasonable price to our community while raising funds for our guild.  It is a win-win.  
  • Please email me at robin_mcmillen@yahoo.com or call my cell (610)836-1363 if you have questions.  
  • I will also have a sign up at the April meeting for additional items such as Gluten Free Baked Goods.  



Mini Raffle Quilts

Last Call!!!  Please bring your completed Mini Raffle Quilts to the April 8th meeting. Remember they need a sleeve or some other hanging arrangement on the back. If for some reason that you can't attend the meeting please contact Eileen Mincarelli or Jean Zubert and we will make arrangements to either meet you or pick them up. We need time to take photos to get them ready for the show. 
Thank you.

Eileen Mincarelli                           Jean Zubert
eileen4874@aol.com                    jzbeachchair@aol.com




What a fun item this would be for the Acorn Shop at the quilt show or maybe as a Mother's Day gift. Use some of that fabric you have been saving for a special project. You can find all the directions here Polka Dot Chair Pot Holder Tutorial

Quilt Happenings

April 5-60th, 2019

Penn State Extension Building
1015 Bridge Road
Collegeville, PA  19426
Penn Oaks Quilt Show
"For The Love of Quilting X"
May 3-4, 2019
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Griffith's Hall, Ludwigs's Corner Fire House
Glenmoore PA 19343
Admission $8.00

A World of Quilts
Northern Star Quilters’ Guild
May 4 & 5, 2019
Saturday 10-5/Sunday 10-4
Western CT State University
West Side Campus
O’Neill Center
43 Lake Avenue Ext.,
Danbury, CT
Quiltfest Lancaster (Mancuso)
May 9 – 11, 2019
Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center
Lancaster, PA

Mid-Appalachian Quilters, Inc.
Annual Educational Seminar
July 12 – 14, 2019