Wednesday, June 1, 2022

  JUNE 2022 NEWSLETTER

President's Note
What a year!  We have much to be proud of.  So many rolled up their sleeves and contributed to the success of the guild this year.  We are financially solvent and we have a full slate of leadership for next year.  What an energetic group.  We may be small but we are mighty!

I would like to send some shout outs!

To Marianne Caporale -- The Open House was lucrative and a total win in large part due to your efforts.  The way you organized and priced items, it made all the difference.  Your guild owes you a huge thank you.

To Jen Burke -- Thank you for organizing such interesting speakers and covering for me when I was unavailable for a few months.  You carry such a challenging work load caring for others and you still made time for your guild.  Thank you so much.

To Sarah Reindel and Elizabeth Young -- Thank you for stepping in to help with a meeting place.  Our first meeting in person was not ideal to say the least and you really helped us connect with Covenant.  What a wonderful meeting space and the Open House was great too.  

To Angela Brandt -- Thank you for the running the challenge and organizing the display quilts for the open house.  It is great to have your vision and input.  The quilts made the open house look wonderful.

To Kathy DeCarli -- Thank you for stepping in and calling the members to organize a board.  That was amazing.  I was sincerely worried about the guild and your initiative, calling and drumming up volunteers was exactly what was needed.  

To Bob DeCarli -- Thank you for keeping us informed with the newsletter and for organizing some excellent sew along events.  I know how much work that is and it is appreciated.  It provided a great way for us to connect when connecting in person was not feasible.  

To Ellen McMillen and Cindy Vognetz -- Thanks for organizing our getaway this year and helping to make things feel normal.  I personally had a wonderful time and I sincerely appreciate you staying on top of changing conditions.  

To everyone who lead and worked at the Open House -- Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I am so sad I missed it or I would have personal shout outs for everyone.  But know that I am thankful and impressed with how successful it was.  

To the new board members:

I am so excited for next year.  Thank you for volunteering and I know the out going members are hear to help in any way.  

Robin


Our June meeting will be our postponed celebration of our 35th anniversary. We will have a cake to celebrate (depending if the church’s mask policy at the time of the meeting) and a show and tell. Do you want to show your first quilt? Your pandemic finishes? Your favorite quilt? Please bring a quilt or 2 for show and tell.

2022 Slate of Candidates

President - Carolyn Davis / Jamie Loncaric

Program Chair - Donna Daley

                      Assistant-Deb Houck

Treasurer - Rita Marie Smith

Recording Secretary - Angela Brant

Corresponding Secretary - Nancy DeTeodora

Membership - Elizabeth Young / Sarah Reindel

Ways & Means - Jen Burke

2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

The 2022 quilt challenge had less entries than usual but those entries were excellent. Challenge was to portray a different country.

Winners were as follows:

Best portrayal of country         Best use of Color
1st Place- Cathy DeCarli          1st Place- Maureen Carlson
2nd Place- Sarah Reindel         2nd Place- Bob DeCarli

Most Original                          Best Applique
1st Place- Sarah Reindel         1st Place- Maureen Carlson 
2nd Place - Bob DeCarli          2nd Place- Kathy DeCarli



            













Ways & Means
Nothing new this month

Membership - Sara Reindel and Elizabeth Young
At the May meeting we had 15 members.

   Penn Oaks Sunshine

If you know of a guilt member who could use some well wishes or encouragement because of a sickness or life event, please contact me at marianne@thecaporales.us.  I will make sure to send our collective good thoughts to our fellow member.
 
Marianne Coporale
  Bits and Pieces From The Sewing World

1. WELCOME to QuiltFest Virtual Schoolhouse #3

The third QuiltFest Virtual Schoolhouse will take place, ONLINE, November 2-5, 2022. 

Mancuso Show Management is no stranger to online quilting and textile arts seminars. We've learned that many students enjoy learning new and exciting techniques from the comfort of their homes. The great strength of this platform is that both instructors and students do not have any country borders or cultural barriers to their participation from around the world.

Put on the tea and get comfortable in your PJs and slippers, and join us for another of the Virtual Schoolhouse series. More information to come.  

 1. Quilting events

  “Faith Ringgold: American People” at The New Museum in New York City. February 17, 2022 through June 5, 2022. https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/faith-ringgold-american-people

 Updated “Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s Collection of African American Art” the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA. Now through July 10, 2022. https://sigalmuseum.org/exhibits/

 “Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art By Women” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. November 18, 2022 – April 16, 2023. https://americanart.si.edu/ 

“ Wild and Untamed. Dunton’s Discover of the Baltimore Album Quilts” at the Maryland Center for History and Culture in Baltimore, MD. Now through September 2023. https://www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/wild-and-untamed/ 

“Sacred Threads: Expressing Life’s Journeys” at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA (near Washington, D.C.) July 14 – 24, 2022. https://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com

 Save The Date: July 22-24, 2022 Brandywine Valley Quilters Show Neumann University’s Mirenda Center 501 Convent Rd, in Aston PA. https://www.brandywinevalleyquilters.org/quiltshow.html July 22 & July 23, 2022: 10am - 5pm July 24, 2022: 10am-3pm  Lectures and workshops from leading quilters and textile artists  20+ sewing and crafting vendors  Raffle quilts  Over 100 juried and exhibition quilts, entry open to everyone



Monday, May 2, 2022

 Penn Oaks Newsletter May 2022

President's Note

A Ghost of President’s Past (Robin is still recovering)

The news from the sale is in and we “done good”. After all is said and done, we will clear close to $3000.00. A special shout out and thank you to all who worked on this activity. A double shout out to Marianne Corporale for going far beyond the expected mile.

The sale was a huge success and we had some fun along the way. Several of our newer members showed up to help and it was fun getting to know them and learn of their quilting journey. In addition, the usual suspects from the guild showed up and it was fun visiting with them in person! We haven’t had a lot of real time visits over the past two years and we all had many stories to tell.

If the money and the fun weren’t enough, we also had some education. While going through one of the books, I found a truly interesting historical tidbit from the world of quilting. In 1982, the Art Quilt movement was in its infancy. The quilt world was turned upside at the International Quit Festival in Houston when an art quilt, “Threshold of a Dream” by Katie Pasquini Masopust, was awarded “Best of Show”. What was more shocking was that the judge that year was Jinny Beyer, “the acknowledged queen of old-fashioned quilt making” (she even hand quilts). Her choosing an abstract wall quilt over the gorgeous traditional pieces entered in the show gave instant legitimacy to the art quilt movement. It is interesting to contrast Ginny’s response with that of the “traditionalists” response the first time a “machine” quilted quilt won “best quilting”. I believe this was at a Paducah show and the reports were that the weaping and wailing could be heard as far away as Nashville. We traditionalists accept change slowly, kicking and screaming all the way. We eventually change as witnessed by the “Long-Arm” movement which permeated the quilting world with hardly a mummer.

One last thank you to all those who helped, including the usual suspects of husbands. It was great seeing them one more time for the good times.


                                                             Threshold of a Dream

May Meeting

Our May meeting is for the challenge. Please come with your challenge quilts.

June Meeting

Our June meeting will be our postponed celebration of our 35th anniversary. We will have a cake to celebrate (depending if the church’s mask policy at the time of the meeting) and a show and tell. Do you want to show your first quilt? Your pandemic finishes? Please bring a quilt or 2 for show and tell.

2022 Slate of Candidates

President - Carolyn Davis / Jamie Loncaric

Program Chair - Donna Daley

                      Assistant-Deb Houck

Treasurer - Rita Marie Smith

Recording Secretary - Angela Brant

Corresponding Secretary - Nancy DeTeodora

Membership - Elizabeth Young / Sarah Reindel

Ways & Means - Jen Burke

2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

The theme this year will be International Travels- Real or Virtual: Pick a country outside of the US and design a quilt that represents that country. Go wild!


Time Frame - October 2021 - May 2022
Size
Minimum - 18 " square
Maximum - none
Categories for Prizes
Best Representation of Country
Best Use of Color
Most Original
Best Applique- While no applique is required in the quilt, there will be a ribbon for best applique for those who are so good at it.

So get your creative juices flowing through the long winter months. Members will vote on winners at the May meeting . 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded and announced at the May meeting. If you have questions, please contact Angela Brant at 484-682-3871

Ways & Means
Nothing new this month

Membership - Sara Reindel and Elizabeth Young
At the April meeting we had 20 members, 2 guests and several on line.

   Penn Oaks Sunshine

If you know of a guilt member who could use some well wishes or encouragement because of a sickness or life event, please contact me at marianne@thecaporales.us.  I will make sure to send our collective good thoughts to our fellow member.
 
Marianne Coporale
  Bits and Pieces From The Sewing World

   In 2003, Christa Watson considered herself an avid quilter looking for a way to     fund her hobby. A woman at her church had introduced her to quilting and, as       Watson’s quilting hobby grew, so did her quilting-related expenses. That’s when     Watson decided to start selling fabric on eBay and her own online shop,               ChristaQuilts.com

   Less than three years later, ChristaQuilts.com had grown from a means of             supporting Watson’s quilting hobby into a thriving business. By 2006, Watson       realized that her site had the potential to support her family. Her husband,           Jason,  quit his job as a certified professional accountant, and the couple               decided   to grow the business enough to provide two full-time incomes.

   “At that time we were getting a bunch of emails from Amazon asking if we           wanted to sell there,” Watson recalls. “Jason said we should try it for six               months,   just to test the waters.”

   According to Amazon, there are two million third-party sellers on the site. The       Watsons decided to become one of them. Thinking like the CPA that he was,         Jason thought precut fabric bundles, rather than yardage, might do best on           Amazon. He set aside some new stock to experiment with and the couple’s           Amazon business took off.

   After just a few months, the couple saw that their Amazon sales were strong,       but  discovered a flaw in the new business — fulfilling orders had become an         all-   consuming process. After doing some research, the Watsons decided to         step things up and try the Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) program.

   FBA allows Amazon sellers to use Amazon’s fulfillment services instead of trying     to fill orders on their own. Sellers send as much inventory to Amazon as they’d     like, and Amazon scans and stores it at their fulfillment warehouses. When a         customer places an order, Amazon packs and ships the items and manages           customer service.

   “Once we decided to use Fulfillment by Amazon, it just went through the roof,”     Watson says of the couple’s fabric business on Amazon.

   The Watsons closed down their eBay and website shops and focused their             efforts   on selling precuts on Amazon.

   “Precuts were the ticket. It’s just so much less labor. Before Amazon, I was           cutting fabric eight hours a day,” Watson says.

   Today, the ChristaQuilts Amazon shop  supports the family of five and allows         Watson time for designing patterns, writing her third craft book, and teaching       quilting classes around the country.







Monday, March 28, 2022

Penn Oaks Newsletter April 2022

 Newsletter April 2022

President's Note
Hello Quilters

The Open House is right around the corner.  We have a great crew of workers organizing and planning.  What a committee.  If you have more items to donate limit them to fabrics and notions please we have enough books and magazines.  Please bring them to our general meeting on April 11th.  That way we can price and organize the items ahead of time.  

I would also like to add a restaurant review for Gracie's on West Main in Leola PA which is pretty close to Intercourse and Lancaster City so when you are out shopping you can hit Gracie's for a terrific lunch.  Many of us miss the Kling House so we are looking for good restaurants.  

Gracie's is a breakfast and lunch place known for their bacon.  I am not a huge bacon fan but the marinated chicken on my Cobb Salad was delish.  Here is a link so you can check out all the details. 


One more note: Please sign up to work the Open House if you are in town.  We could use more hands and your guild needs you.  Here is the link to the sign up Genius.  


April: Dana Jones

The International Honor Quilt: Women Remembering Women

 

When Judy Chicago’s iconic feminist art installation, "The Dinner Party," was first exhibited in San Francisco in 1979, women who came to see it were deeply moved. They didn’t want to just view it; they wanted to contribute to it. This posed a dilemma for Judy. She understood "The Dinner Party" as a finished piece. She also understood the women’s desire to recover stories of more women, women who had made a difference in their lives. The International Honor Quilt was envisioned as a way for viewers of the "The Dinner Party" to respond to the powerful and personal impact it had on them. A call for 2-foot x 2-foot x 2-foot triangular quilts, each celebrating an individual woman, a group of women or a women’s issue, went out. As "The Dinner Party" was exhibited across the United States and beyond during the 1980s, triangles were added until there were more than 500.

 

This slide show and lecture shares stories of some of the triangles, the makers and the women honored with an emphasis on triangles made by women who would later become known quilters and those made to honor quilters. You’ll also see triangles quilted by 11 children of one woman and some of the most unique of the triangles. The stories range from fun to inspiring to heart breaking. The quilts range from exquisitely made to first efforts. In the end, this is the story of women responding to a moment in history through an international community art project.                                          

Mystery Quilt
Rob Lodi submitted her mystery quilt all the way from whichever Carolina she is 
wondering about. As is usual for her, the quilt is stunning.




Attention All Quilt Market Consigners!

Our new date for the Quilt Market is April 30th. Hopefully you’ve held on to your items and your spouse/partner hasn’t tortured you TOO much about it. If you are interested in consigning your items at the quilt market, please let me and/or Ellen know by the end of March. We are trying to get a ball park number of quilters that will be consigning so we can plan the Acorn Shop. If you are interested in helping with consigning, Ellen and I would welcome the help!

Thanks, Jen and Ellen

2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

The theme this year will be International Travels- Real or Virtual: Pick a country outside of the US and design a quilt that represents that country. Go wild!


Time Frame - October 2021 - May 2022
Size
Minimum - 18 " square
Maximum - none
Categories for Prizes
Best Representation of Country
Best Use of Color
Most Original
Best Applique- While no applique is required in the quilt, there will be a ribbon for best applique for those who are so good at it.

So get your creative juices flowing through the long winter months. Members will vote on winners at the May meeting . 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded and announced at the May meeting. If you have questions, please contact Angela Brant at 484-682-3871

Ways & Means
Nothing new this month

Membership - Sara Reindel and Elizabeth Young

We had 25 members attend the March meeting and 2 guests.

   Penn Oaks Sunshine

If you know of a guilt member who could use some well wishes or encouragement because of a sickness or life event, please contact me at marianne@thecaporales.us.  I will make sure to send our collective good thoughts to our fellow member.
 
Marianne Coporale
Bits and Pieces From The Sewing World

1. Needles are an ancient technology: and weren't always metal, pins were made from fish bones, as well as from long thorns.

2. Sewing was one of the fist skills the Homo Sapiens learnt: Archeologist believe that people used to sew as far back as 25,000 years ago.

3. Thread has transformed with time: Nowadays, we mostly use wool, silk and cotton yarns but early sewers used thread made from leather, thongs (this sounds intriguing), gut (any of you ever done this?) and grasses. 

4. JOANN is now an authorized retailer of Liberty fabrics.

5. Jody Rice’s love of cross stitch started where you might expect: at her grandmother’s house. The two would spend weekends together when Jody was a child, stitching while watching baseball games. As an adult, Rice found herself once again cross stitching, but this time she meant business. Launched in 2013, Rice is the face behind Satsuma Street, a cross stitch design company that offers both digital PDFs and printed cross stitch patterns, as well as complete cross stitch kits. Rice’s tag line is “changing people’s minds about cross stitch since 2013,” and if you take a look at her modern colorful designs, you’ll see why.




Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Penn Oaks Newsletter March 2022

 Penn Oaks Newsletter, March 2022

President's Note

Hello Quilters!  Things are looking up,
It is so exciting to be heading into Spring.  We had a wonderful get away at the Amish View in Lancaster.  We laughed and sewed and got our quilting groove on.  Below are some of the photos.  We hope next year to see many more of you at the get away.
                                                                        














Also -- I want to share some cool news.  My Kaffe Fassett Quilt for the contest #sayyestokaffecollective2021 was awarded an honorable mention.  How thrilling.  It was super fun to enter and check out all the other quilts.  I won some Kaffe Pre-cuts and 6 spools of Aurifil thread in Kaffe colors.  If you ever get stuck in your quilting journey, a contest is a great way to get those creative juices flowing.  Here are some photos of my entry.  Don't forget your show and tell for the March meeting -- I can't wait to see what everyone is working on.  



Please consider volunteering to lead our guild next year.  We have many open positions and we could use some new faces on the board.  Ellen McMillen has been on the board for 13 of the past 15 years and I think I have been on the board about 10 of the last 15.  Time for some new faces.  Look for communications from the nominating committee about open positions (we could also use some volunteers for the nominating committee.  Contact Jen Burke for more details.  Consider partnering with a friend to share the work load.  
Open positions are:
President
Treasurer
Assistant to program chair
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary
I am not sure about membership and ways and means.  Still need to find out if current board members are returning.  

Follow the link to the by-laws for a description of the roles and responsibilities.  Guild Documents


Guest Editorial

It was a long time coming, thanks to Covid, but we finally had a Getaway to the Amish View in Intercourse. The Getaway was simply wonderful! We laughed, quilted, shopped and told two years worth of stories. The Amish View was as wonderful as ever. The Great Room with the fire place was welcoming and it felt like we were home at last. There were, however some changes, which we did not confirm with management, that were potentially problematic. First, the Queen size beds didn't seem to be Queen size, but this was of minor concern. The toilet bowl size was another matter. It seemed that the hotel had updated to the mini-size toilet bowls. We did not confirm this with management but there was unanimous agreement that the bowls had shrunk since our last visit. It was a long way down and a difficult trip up. This was a problem for all of us and it almost reached critical mass when someone discovered the rest room on the bottom floor next to the pool. This had a comfort type toilet and so we were all saved. We had one other potentially harmful occurrence. One of our members went to battle with the removable shower head and lost gloriously. She was not hurt but the water went everywhere but the tub: the walls, floors, ceiling. There was no permanent damage, that we know of, and we were all super vigilant when taking a shower.

Programs

What a great speaker Meg was! I was impressed with her knowledge of all things quilting!

March will be Linda, the reluctant quilter. Linda calls herself a reluctant quilter because she doesn’t like to sew! While we will be in person, Linda will be remote on zoom.

Let us know if you have any ideas for speakers in the future.

Jen and Donna

Donna and Jen are still looking for someone to aid them in searching for the next board! If you can help, please let us know. If you want to volunteer for a position, please let us know! We need volunteers to make our quilt group a success! 

Attention All Quilt Market Consigners!

Our new date for the Quilt Market is April 30th. Hopefully you’ve held on to your items and your spouse/partner hasn’t tortured you TOO much about it. If you are interested in consigning your items at the quilt market, please let me and/or Ellen know by the end of March. We are trying to get a ball park number of quilters that will be consigning so we can plan the Acorn Shop. If you are interested in helping with consigning, Ellen and I would welcome the help!

Thanks, Jen and Ellen

2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant

The theme this year will be International Travels- Real or Virtual: Pick a country outside of the US and design a quilt that represents that country. Go wild!


Time Frame - October 2021 - May 2022
Size
Minimum - 18 " square
Maximum - none
Categories for Prizes
Best Representation of Country
Best Use of Color
Most Original
Best Applique- While no applique is required in the quilt, there will be a ribbon for best applique for those who are so good at it.

So get your creative juices flowing through the long winter months. Members will vote on winners at the May meeting . 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded and announced at the May meeting. If you have questions, please contact Angela Brant at 484-682-3871

Ways & Means
Pop-Up Sale-Fabric and Quilting Goodies
Ways & Means will be bringing a portion of the donated items to the in-person meetings. rember to bring cash or checks so you don't miss out!


   Penn Oaks Sunshine

If you know of a guilt member who could use some well wishes or encouragement because of a sickness or life event, please contact me at marianne@thecaporales.us.  I will make sure to send our collective good thoughts to our fellow member.
 
Marianne Coporale
Bits and Pieces From The Sewing World

Quilt and fabric designer Jinny Beyer is retiring after 50 years in the industry.

For more than four decades, Jinny has been quilting, teaching, writing books and designing fabrics for quilters. She is world-renowned for her fabric designs (manufactured by RJR Fabrics), and especially for her border prints. Jinny has traveled world-wide to teach. She’s the author of twelve books, including The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, an encyclopedia of more than 4000 patchwork blocks that incorporates historical and drafting information — a 6-year labor of love. Jinny loves to garden and cook and lives just outside Washington, D.C. in Great Falls, Virginia. Her own quilts, as well as antique ones, adorn the beds and walls of her 260-year-old historic farm house home.


February 2, 2022 – A Note from Jinny

Well, it had to happen sometime! I have made the decision to finally retire. Over the next few months, we will be winding down my online shop and I will design my last fabric collection.

My quilting journey began more than 50 years ago. During that time, I have written books, created countless fabric and quilt designs, and met thousands of wonderful quilters from around the world. Quilting has given me so many lasting friendships and has been the source and center of my creative energies.

Psychic Outlaw makes coats from quilts (send your own, or use one of theirs)


Psychic Outlaw (@psychic.outlaw) • Instagram photos and videos

2022 Quilting and Fiber Arts Events Nearby (sorta!) (Borrowed from the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild)

“Faith Ringgold: American People” at The New Museum in New York City. February 17, 2022 through June 5, 2022. https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/faith-ringgold-american-people “

Another American’s Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s Collection of African American Art” the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA. Now through July 10, 2022. https://sigalmuseum.org/exhibits/

“This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. May 13, 2022 through April 2nd, 2023. https://americanart.si.edu/visit/renwick

 “Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art By Women” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. November 18, 2022 – April 16, 2023. https://americanart.si.edu/

 “Wild and Untamed. Dunton’s Discover of the Baltimore Album Quilts” at the Maryland Center for History and Culture in Baltimore, MD. Now through September 2023. https://www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/wild-and-untamed/ 

“Sacred Threads: Expressing Life’s Journeys” at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA (near Washington, D.C.) July 14 – 24, 2022. https://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/ LMQG Trip Planned

  JUNE 2022 NEWSLETTER President's Note What a year!  We have much to be proud of.  So many rolled up their sleeves and contributed to t...