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Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, Nov 9, 2017, 7:30 PM

PROGRAM

Rita Fishel from Creations Sew Clever talking “Tool Time”.  She will discuss new and interesting notions and rulers.  Also, for those with Featherweights, she will touch on a couple of attachments.

Our November activity will be a jigsaw puzzle swap. Bring any jigsaw puzzle you no longer want to the meeting.  It must have all the pieces and be taped, tied or rubber-banded shut. Bring in as many as you want. When you arrive, place each puzzle on a chair in the front of the sanctuary. You may sit anywhere there is a puzzle. If you have no puzzle to swap, but would like one, sit where there is a puzzle (it does not have to be one you want). When we are all assembled, we will begin passing the puzzles down the rows. The puzzles will be moving in a serpentine path. When a puzzle comes to you that you want, keep it. If you only want one, stand up and leave the seat. If you want more, stay. When you have all the puzzles your heart desires, you will owe $1.00 for each puzzle you keep. I hope these directions are not too puzzling and that you will find a puzzle or two to help you through the long winter days to come while we make a little money for QQ.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete and return your Membership Form!  (Click here for membership form.)

We meet on the second Thursday at:

Covenant Baptist Church
5100 Dierker Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220

(between Bethel and Henderson Roads – click here for map).

GROUP QUILT

2018 — Block Kits (instructions, white fabric and color swatch) were available at the September and October meetings. Please complete and return your blocks by the January meeting. If you have any questions, please email Patty Daugherty.

2017 — Keep selling those tickets. Proceeds benefit both QQ and Area 6 Special Olympics. So far, we have collected about $600. If you have not picked up your minimum of two books of tickets, please pick them up at the November meeting. The drawing for the quilt will be at the December meeting. If you need a photo of the quilt Wendy can email or text it to you. Just call her.

NATIONAL QUILTING DAY – PLACEMATS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS

In celebration of National Quilting Day (March 17), we will be collecting quilted placemats at the March 8 meeting to deliver to Meals on Wheels, a project of LifeCare Alliance.  There is no pattern, although you can find lots of free quilted placemat patterns online.  12″x16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible. Use your orphan blocks — you know, the ones you weren’t quite happy with the colors or the pattern — and the odd pieces of batting you trimmed off a quilt. Placemats are a perfect size to practice free-motion quilting or ruler work. We have no rules, but be sure it’s something you’d like to have under your plate — clean, odor-free, and no stray threads, pet hairs, dirt, etc. Please hold on to your placemats until the March 8 meeting (we don’t have room to store them) and I’ll deliver them before March 17. Questions? Email Janet White.

QUILT RETREAT

Spring 2018 — Registration is now open for our annual retreat at Shawnee State Park Lodge.  This year’s retreat is scheduled for March 2-4, 2018. You can mail your registration to Phyllis, or bring it to QQ. If you’re new to QQ, we encourage you to join in the fun. Shawnee State Park Lodge is a lovely facility and there is always lots of fun to go along with lots of sewing.  Questions? Feel free to email Phyllis.

Fall 2018 — SAVE THE DATE! Our newly expanded fall retreat at Kirkmont Center was a huge success. We have booked October 19-21, 2018, so mark your calendars now.

LIBRARY

The library garage sale will be up and running at the November meeting. Vikki Pignatelli was kind enough to donate her sister’s books to our library sale. Please stop by the table and see what treasures you can purchase for dimes and dollars. The items are ever changing on the table even during the meeting, so stop by several times and pick up some bargains. Our October sale netted $47.50 and we sold $10 worth of items to Half Priced Books. So, our balance in the library fund is now $98.98. We’ll be buying new items soon. If you have any suggestions for titles that you’d like added to our library, please mention it to one of the library ladies.

CHOICES

LSS Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence is an organization serving Franklin County by providing counseling and shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Choices serves 700-800 individuals annually. QQ has been supporting this organization since 1994 by providing quilts and other donated items, primarily paper goods and cleaning supplies, for the shelter.

We will be collecting toilet paper and paper towels this month. Cell phones are always welcome. Remember that Christmas is fast approaching, so please consider picking up some small items which would be appropriate for Christmas gifts and bring them to the November or December meeting. No violent toys, please.  Coloring books, crayons, stickers, dolls, balls and small cars and trucks make great gifts. For the adults, consider bringing gift cards to groceries, inexpensive restaurants or movies. New T-shirts (size XL), underwear and socks and African-American hair products are always appreciated.

There are two bags of fabric available to make 9-patch or rail fence blocks for CHOICES quilts.

SUNSHINE

When you know of a QQ Member or an immediate family member that has been very ill, is having an operation, or has had a death in their family, please let Joan Tuttle know. She will send a card so they know that their QQ sisters and brothers are thinking of them.

CHILDHOOD CANCER FAMILY CONNECTION (Kids N Kamp)

The Kids N Kamp (Childhood Cancer Family Connection) had a very lively auction at The Shoe on October 19th. There was much laughter and good-hearted fun mixed in with some very good food. Brutus and several former football players worked the room for bids. Proceeds have not been totaled yet, but we will have a full report at the November meeting. Many thanks go out to the members that donated quilts, the members that helped to set up the auction, and the members that helped to take down the auction. Many members attended the auction and purchased some very cool items.
And finally QQ as a group donated the use of our quilt racks that made it possible for us to beautifully display the many quilts. QQ has been involved with this fund raiser since 2002. Thank you for the long time commitment.