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

Friday, October 25, 2019

November 2019 Newsletter

 President's Letter
Greeting Guild Members!
Fall came upon me like a tidal wave this year. So much going on and so much to do…and a few surprises popping up, too! But I still need to make time to just stop and enjoy the crisp fresh morning air the change in leaves…my favorite part of fall.
I’m looking at new ideas for the guild. Things that will engage you as a group or individual. We need to reach so many interest levels and skill levels. How? And what would be the best way to do that? I want to hear from all of you. Please send me an email of thoughts and ideas you would like to have or what you would like to see for our guild. Remember, this is just a brainstorming event I’m putting together. I want to know what you’re looking for from our guild.
An example, how about “10 Minute Tut” added to our meeting? If there is a technique you want more help with, and someone is willing show it, we can get a moment at the end of the meeting to make time for a brief visual tutorial for you. Those of you interested can stay to watch. We would need ideas and time to research who in our guild can give the tutorial. We have great resources among ourselves!
That’s just one thought brought to my attention, and I like it!
I’m still working on finishing up some UFO’s! I found a lap quilt that’s perfect for the fall that I just must complete! A couple more borders...

Wish me luck to have it done by Thanksgiving! 😊
Helen Hofbauer

Programs - Denise Blake and Jen Burke
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 be: Crumbs to Quilts where we take scraps and make our own fabric with them.  It's like we would create our very own custom fabric. The class will be 1-4 pm We now have 10 people. We can have up to 20. If anyone else is interested, please email me. I will be sending info to each student in a separate email.

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

Hospitality - Angel
Snack list for the November guild meeting is: 
C. Davis, K. DeCarli, R. DeCarli*, E. Eagan, FA Grider, A. Henderson, H.Hofbauer, D.Holzwarth* M. Hopkins.  If you can't attend the meeting please call a friend and switch your responsibility so we don't run short.  A star after your name indicates you should bring drinks for the group rather than a snack.   

 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.

Membership - Kathy & Bob DeCarli and Marianne Caporale

We had 21 member’s at the October meeting and 5 guests. It was good see some former members.         
 We would like to send birthday wishes to Jamie Loncaric.
      Kathy Bob,and Marianne 

Quick Sewing Gift

There is a reason why I post a lot of projects by Diary of a Quilter. Her projects are fun, easy and always something a quilter wants to have in her toolbox.
Click on over to the post Diary of a Quilter Needle Card and get an early start on your holiday gifts!

Guild Challenge _- Lynn Telson

Theme: Your Favorite Farm Animal.

Item to make: No guidelines. You can make a quilt, wall hanging, pillow, stuffed animal, anything…..

Judging categories: Funniest, Best Use of Color, Most Original, Best Workmanship

Items are to be brought to the March meeting for judging.

Any questions? Call me. Lynn 717-799-0638

Sew Along -Kelly Meanix
Please remember to finish up your quilts and bring them to the November meeting. Everyone who finished their top (it does not need to be quilted) will be eligible to win a $25.00 gift card to the Old Country Store. We will pull one name at the November meeting. ****The last border that makes it king size is optional and does not need to be included to be eligible win.****
I can't wait to see all your finished quilts!

Sew Along for 2020. 
After reading all the suggestions you sent to me, we will be making 6" blocks for 2020. I was going to make it multiple sizes but decided to do something more simple. I will have very detailed instructions and cutting sizes to avoid the confusion we had this past year. I am also making up a quick tips sheet to help you.
We will make 3 blocks per month from January through and including October. You will end up with a total of 30 blocks. You can make it into a wall hanging, add some sashing or make more blocks for a bigger quilt, the choice is up to you. I will not have a "plan" on how to set the blocks or color suggestions.
I will send out the first 3 patterns, with instructions, in December. I know there is prime sewing time between Christmas and the New Year. It will give you a chance to get a head start. Start thinking about your colors or themes that you might want to do. If you want all the same backgrounds consider buying a few yards of fabric and set it aside.
If you decide scrappy or planned colors, this will be a very nice sampler quilt.

If you want to do something that is more planned............
This is not the quilt we are doing!
If you want to try another kind of sampler, go check out Butterfly Threads, Seeing Stars Sew Along. Diane Knott was the creator of our sew along that we are finishing up. Seeing Stars is her brand new one!

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)

2020 Getaway

There are a few spaces left for the Getaway. The Getaway will be held at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand from February 19-23.  Please contact Ellen or Cindy if you are interested in attending.
The final payments for the Getaway are due at the December meeting.

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

From Maureen Carlson
Hello Penn Oaks Members --  As several of the most recent Pennsylvania Peacemaker blog posts (http://pennsylvaniapiecemaker.blogspot.com/)  talk about, quilts were an important part of the suffrage movement – both to help raise funds (can we say raffle quilts???) or to give as gifts to donors and supporters.  Did you know that you can participate in a 2020 suffrage quilt?  The Susan B. Anthony Museum and house (https://susanb.org/)  {We all know who Susan B. Anthony is – right???) is sponsoring a group quilt.  Go to:  https://susanb.org/2020quiltproject/ for details.  The finished quilt will be displayed in various public venues.  Be part of future history and contribute a block!  

Maureen Carlson

Quilt Happenings

Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild Annual Hook-In (Wool Vendors)
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Kimberton Fire Hall
$10.00 Shopping Fee
For more info, click here.
Kindred Spirits Quilt Show
Every Weekend in November
Thursday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
North Star Orchard
3232 Limestone Road
Cochranville, PA  19330
For more info, click here: Kindred Spirits’ Quilt Show Flyer
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.
Diamond State Quilt Show
Ladybug Quilt Guild
July 30 – August 1, 2020