Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, May 10, 2018


Unfortunately, our planned speaker is not able to join us after all. We are working on an alternate. So come to the meeting prepared for a surprise!

The proposed slate of officers is:

  • Vice President/President Elect — Evette Wise
  • Treasurer — Rita Reed
  • Secretary — Cindy DeWulf

The vote will occur at our May meeting after any additional nominations are made from the floor.

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).



THREE CHEERS FOR THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!  Join us in the Patriotic/Red, White and Blue Nine-Patch Block Raffle. The guidelines are simple and you can make three 9-patch blocks in no time – make one set of three blocks or up to four sets. If you’re lucky, you’ll go home with many
more and have a project done by the Fourth of July!

  1.  Make THREE blocks. For each block you will need nine 2″ squares, three fabrics: red for the center square, blue for the four corners, and white/cream for the other four squares. Make three identical blocks with the same fabrics. You can easily get three blocks from a few 2″ strips from fat quarters. (For three blocks you need a total of three red center squares, twelve blue outer squares, and twelve white squares.)
  2. Use any red, white, and blue fabrics, preferably some patriotic prints, any value from light to dark as long as there is good contrast. Please – no solids or metallics. Use good quilt shop quality cotton fabrics, and please pre-wash all fabric. Patriotic prints can include stars, stripes, flags, fireworks — there are lots of options, use your imagination!
  3. Arrange fabrics as shown (top row: blue/white/blue; middle row: white/red/white; bottom row: blue/white/blue). Stitch with 1/4″ seams. Your blocks should be 5″ square with seam allowances, 4.5″ square finished.
  4. You are welcome to make up to four sets of three blocks, but please use different fabrics for each set. Your name will be entered in a drawing to win blocks once for each set you turn in.
  5. Put each set of three blocks in a small baggie with your name in or on the bag. Turn blocks in at the May or June meeting to Janet White, Cindy DeWulf, or Betsy Weigant. Drawing will be held at the June meeting – it will depend how many blocks we collect before we know how many you could win. If enough people participate, we will have three sets to raffle – six blocks or sixty – a placemat or the start of an Irish Chain quilt! (Three people each won 23 blocks for the
    February drawing.)
  6. If you would like to participate but cannot attend the meetings, please mail your blocks by June 1 to Janet White (see newsletter for address).


Sign-ups are in process for the three day-long (9 am to 5 pm) Saturday Sew-Ins at MedBen conference center in Newark, 1821 Main St. The center has a large open area, a first floor entry, and a kitchen. There is room for 30 people.  Lunch will be provided.  Here are the dates:

  • May 5, 2018
  • July 7, 2018
  • November 3, 2018

If you would like to attend, 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.


At our April meeting we began our committee sign ups. Committee work is
a wonderful way to give back to the group and to meet other members. Please consider joining a committee and making new friends. Workshop, retreat, and banquet committees are full. BUT we still have opportunities in the following committees: Hospitality, Bus Trip, Group Quilt 2019-2020, and Library. Sign up sheets will be available on the piano during the May meeting


We had a very successful garage sale during the April meeting. Thanks to hard work by the library committee and really nice donations by guild members, many treasures were to be had. We raised $75.52 bringing our library fund to $131.59. We have received two very good novels by donation: Clay’s Quilt by Silas House and A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. In Paducah I purchased Threads of Change by Jodi Barrows. This is the first book in a series that takes place in the 1850’s. If we like it, the library will purchase the rest of the series. AQS was giving away a free book and we picked up Newfangled Piecing Faster & Easier
by Cathy Busch.


Thanks to all who donated completed quilts as well as quilt tops. Wendy  will be getting the tops quilted this summer in time to donate them this fall. We always have need of pieces to make nine-patch or rail fence blocks for CHOICES quilt kits. We need 3-1/2-inch squares and 2-1/2 by 6-1/2 inch rectangles.

The following are some of the items on the Choices Wish List: powdered laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, heavy-duty plastic silverware and plastic cups, new women’s socks and underwear of all sizes, flip-flops of all sizes, night lights and forever stamps. These can be placed in the Choices box. Cell phones are always welcome.

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.


  • Saturday Sew-In – May 5, 2018
  • Regular Meeting – May 10, 2018
  • Board Meeting at Old Worthington Library – Jun 7, 2018
  • Potluck – June 14, 2018
  • Saturday Sew-In – July 7, 2018
  • Fall Retreat – October 19-21, 2018
  • Saturday Sew-In – November 3, 2018
  • Jackie Gehring Workshop – April 12-13, 2019