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

Sunday, August 25, 2019

September 2019 Newsletter

President's Letter
Hello Quilters! 

It’s been a fast summer for me. I think to myself, what events had happened to make it feel that I was so busy all summer long. Well, other than attending a quilt show with friends and other family gatherings and events, I’d like to say that my goal to finish 5 to 6 UFOs was accomplished! Five quilts! That felt good to get them done. Only thing, as I was pulling out some of them, I found more UFOs. I still have a stack of tops that just need quilted. That’s what I’ll concentrate on now.

As we begin this new year, 2019-2020, I see a great lineup for programs! We also have a need to fill in some of our committee chairs. We have Community Outreach, the Quilt Challenge, Publicity and History/Parliamentarian. If you feel led to take on one of these roles, please contact me. 
  1. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller
Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Helen Hofbauer 

Programs - Denise Blake and Jen Burke
Fellow quilters,
I'm hoping that you will enjoy my line-up for our 2019/2020 quilt year. Here are the beginnings:

September 9, 2019
Barbara Yates Beasley. bara Yates Beasley .
The guild is proud to announce that the speaker at our September meeting is Barbara Yates Beasley. She comes all the way from Colorado! Barbara will be presenting her stunning and unique quilts "Windows into the Souls of Animals".We will enjoy a lecture from her on how she captures the beauty of animals both domestic and wild in unique fabric and paper collage. They are spectacular quilts! She is part of the Handweaver's Guild of Boulder as well as Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Her awards list is long and she has had many juried quilts and artists in residence opportunities. Please join us in welcoming Barbara to our guild! Bring a friend, it won't disappoint!  For a preview, check out https://barbarayatesbeasley.com/

October 14, 2019
Ann Tumolo, is a local quilter who will be talking about thread painting. She will be giving a trunk show with some of the marvelous quilts she has made. Come early (6:30 p.m.) and she will show us thread painting on her domestic sewing machine. Side note: Rita Marie and I took a class from her and it was a lot of fun, we learned a lot, and our "painting" looked really cool.

November 11, 2019
Brita Nelson (pronounced Breeta) www.questioningquilter.com, will be joining us for a lecture and a class. Her lecture, Every Last Crumb, an Adventure in Scrap Quilting will give us an insight into helping us with our leftover scraps and doing something meaningful with them. Our class will either be: Crumbs to Quilts where we take scraps and make our own fabric with them. This leaf is an example. She will also be giving me a live sample that I will bring to guild in September so that we can see what she is talking about. It's like we would create our very own custom fabric. OR: Folded Paper Piecing in which we would paper piece without actually sewing on the paper. The paper is like our template, which can be reused. A blurb from her description: "Foundation Paper Piecing made easy.  No printing multiple copies, no ripping and tearing, no picking little bits of paper out of the seam". I know we already chose the paper piecing one, but now that I have a handle on what she will really be doing, we have a re-vote. The class will be 1-4p.m. I'm hoping to get at least 10 people. We can have up to 20. The more we have, the cheaper the class.

December 9, 2019
It's never too early to start thinking of Christmas. We'll be having our holiday party. One thing we always do, and I'm not about to break tradition now, is a Christmas or winter themed quilt block exchange. The block will be 121/2'. You can piece it, applique it, embroider it, bead it, whatever comes to mind. It is strictly optional, but always fun to participate in. We put all the blocks, wrapped, so we can't see them, in a pile and draw names. Typically you don't get one you made. However many you make, you get back. I'm pretty sure some of us have enough to make a wall hanging by now. In fact, if anyone has completed a project from their Christmas blocks, why not bring it in for show and tell? We would all love to see them. We'll be playing some fun games, also. Haven't decided how we'll do goodies. I'll get back to you on that.

That's it, so far. Any questions feel free to contact me.
Denise Blake

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.

Hospitality - Angel

The snack list for September is: S. Reindel, P.Sherman, P. Smith*, RM Smith, D. Smyrl, S. Stiverson, L.Telson*, P.Toghill, C. Vognetz. Those with a star after their name should bring a drink for the group instead 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!!

Ways & Means - Robin McMillen
  1. Here is a link to a survey for the quilt show.  Please take time to submit responses, I would like to report results at the September meeting.  Thank you for taking the time.  2019 Quilt Show Survey

  2. I am collecting materials for the silent auction again and I will be at the September meeting.  Please bring in any items you would like to donate.  If it does not spark joy in you, there is the change that it will spark joy in others and raise some funds for the guild.  

Membership-Kathy and Bob DeCarli
 We will be available to collect late membership forms and dues. Denise and Jen have done a great job planning programs for this year. You won’t want to miss a meeting. Marianne Corporale has been doing the job of organizing the directory. We will be handing out membership cards so be sure to sign in and get yours. 
The membership list was sent out on 8/24/19. Please check it and make sure all your information is correct. Let us know of any corrections or changes.

Bob and Kathy DeCarli  quiltingkathleen@yahoo.com or quiltingbob@yahoo.com.

Sara Borr
Delores Holzwarth
Pat Smith

Donna Daley
Kathy DeCarli
Helen Hofbauer
Suzanne Stiverson
Page Toghill

Maureen Carlson
Martha Hopkins
Rikki Newlander

Happy Birthday to our members!

Corresponding Secretary I am the corresponding secretary for the coming guild year.  I am asking each guild member to help me fulfill the mission of the Corresponding Secretary position.  Part of the position responsibilities is what is called "sunshine".  Sunshine is where cards are sent to members of the guild that have been ill, hospitalized, have lost a loved one, or are struggling in some other way.  Since I don't talk with each and every guild member consistently, I will need you all to e-mail me if you know of someone who could use some Sunshine in their lives from Penn Oaks!

Thanking you in advance for your assistance this year with this endeavor.  

Maureen Carlson

484-880-1984 (Cell) or 610-696-7736 (home)

Sew Your Stash Along
I hope you are all sewing along on the last round of our quilt. I have decided that this will be the end. If you wish to make your quilt King Size I will send you to the website that will give you those directions (the last extra round).

I would like to have everyone who is participating to bring your quilt to the November meeting so we can take some pictures to send to the creator of the quilt. So try and catch up before the holidays are here! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Kellymx@aol.com 610-873-7211

There are plans to do something similar next year, starting in January. I will talk about them at the September meeting to see what you all are interested in doing. 

Kelly Meanix

A Fun Sewing Project!

How fun is this? It caught me eye because it is a "K" and because what a way to use up your scraps! You can go to Sew Me Something Good to find out how to make your own letter.

2020 Getaway

Hello 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 19-23. 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, allowing one 6 foot long table per quilter. The sewing room fee is $400 plus 6% tax; this amount will be shared equally by all attendees. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $109.89 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $159.84 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. Come for one night, two, three or all four nights to sew, shop and visit with your fellow members. Take a look at the Amish View Inn web site ( www.AmishViewInn.com) to learn about this wonderful venue. The Getaway reservation form will be sent via email about 10 days prior to the October guild meeting. We'll be at the September meeting to answer any questions. Feel free to e-mail us as well.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Cindy Vognetz (cvognetz@hotmail.com2020 Getaway Co-Chairs 

Downingtown Library Fund Raiser
Once again 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 quilt as a donation. The size request is 16” by 20” (give or take 2 inches.)

This time we have chosen a theme - “butterflies, birds, and blooms” which can be interpreted in any method including piecing, appliqué, hand or machine quilting. Any form of embellishment is also acceptable. Please sign or label your quilt and include a sleeve or corner triangles on the back for hanging. A dowel is not necessary.

Quilts will be accepted any time between now and September 14th. The drawing will take place Sept. 27th at an evening reception.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the library while the quilts are on display.

For a little incentive , the quilter whose quilt sells the most tickets will win a $25 cash prize.

If you know of a fellow quilter who may be interested in participating or if you can pass the information on to fellow guild members that would be great!
Our previous exhibit was well received by the library and customers so hopefully we can use our talents and love of quilting to raise some much needed funds.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thanks so much,
Debby O'Keefe  dokeefe19@hotmail.com

A Delicious Recipe from Cindy Vognetz

 Instead of a side of arugula, I served the chicken and sauce on a bed of arugula.  Delicious!! Oh almost forgot ... I used fire roasted diced tomatoes for added flavor.

Quilt Hangers by Robin McMillen

Hi Quilters
I have been making some mini quilts and hanging them on doors in my house using command hooks.  I discovered an easy and fast way to make a cute hanger for these quilts out of dry cleaner hangers
You will need
·         2 wire hangers
·         Wire snips
·         Craft glue
·         Scrap of batting
·         Scrap of fabric I used some left over binding. 
First cut the wire hangers to length

Then wrap the hanger is a batting remnant and use craft clue to wrap wire

After glue dries then trim off excess batting

Iron ¼ inch edges 2.5-inch-wide fabric scrap, Iron the ends as well then encase the batting covered hanger in the fabric and glue closed.  Use clips to secure while drying. 

Use to hang mini-quilts on a door or anywhere else. 
They hang nice and flat. 

Quilt Happenings

Schuylkill County Quilters Guild – Quilt Spectacular
September 7 – 8, 2019
Walk In Art Center
220 Parkway
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Entrance Fee $5.00
Visit them on FaceBook.
PA National Quilt Extravaganza
September 12-15, 2019
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA. 19456
Click here for more info.
PA Fiber Arts FestSeptember 20 & 21, 2019
Huntingdon County Fairgrounds
Huntingdon, PA
Click here for more info.
Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild Quilt Show and Artisan Market
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Rd
Lancaster, PA 17603
For more info, click here.
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
September 28 – 29, 2019
Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA
For more info, click here.
Undercover Quilters presents Fall Festival of Quilts
October 11-13, 2019
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Visit there facebook page here.
Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop
Maryland/Northern Virginia
October 11 – 20, 2019
For more info, click here.
The Valley Forge Indoor Yard Sale
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
132 E. Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA  19406
No admission. Free Parking
For more info, click here.
Quilting on the Line Presents “Springtime Stars”November 2 – 3, 2019
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company
3825 Federal Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD  21084
For more info, click here.
Hinkletown Sewing Presents “Inspire, Create, Discover”November 6th or 7th, 2019
Shady Maple Expo Center
9:00 am to 3:30 pm either day
$35.00 Including lunch
Contact Hinkletown Sewing at 717-355-9616 for more info.
Lebanon Valley Quilters present 13th Annual Expo of Quilts
November 8-9, 2019
Lebanon Expo Center
80 Rocherty Road
Lebanon, PA 17042
For more information, click here.
The Lancaster Quilt Show at The DoubleTree
March 25-28, 2020
Willow Valley Resort
2400 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster, PA  17602
For more information, click here.
County Line Quilters presents “A Quilter’s Home”
March 28-29, 2020
St. Cyril of Jerusalem Social Hall
1410 Almshouse Road
Jamison, PA  18929
For more information, click here.
York Quilters’ Guild Presents “Celebration of Quilts”
May 29 – 30, 2020
Grumbacher Sports & Fitness Center (York College)
899 S. Richland Ave.
York, PA  17403
For more information, click here.
Our June 2019 speaker was Michele McLaughlin and while she spoke to us regarding Sun Bonnet Sue quilts, she also mentioned that this guild year celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote.  There are several interesting posts already regarding women's fight to get the vote at: 
with more posts to come throughout the year.

Michele and company will be adding additional suffrage-related posts throughout the year.  She is also sponsoring a quilt challenge to make a suffrage related quilt.  It would be fun if some of us Penn Oaks quilters would participate even if it was just amongst ourselves "to honor the women who fought for our tight to full citizenship" to quote Michele. Some of Michele's posts on the blog talk about suffrage colors and other suffrage quilt-related information.....