Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, September 12, 2019

We will present our plans for this year and have a “What-I-Did-This-Summer” show-and-tell.  The meeting starts at 7PM.

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).


Football season has arrived – it’s time kick ticket sales for our scarlet and gray group quilt into high gear! Instead of making an heirloom quilt this year, we opted for a fun quilt that should have greater appeal to the general public – there are more Buckeye fans than quilters out there! 76″ x 106″, the quilt is perfect for a game day couch quilt or dorm bed.

Here is the PayPal button to purchase tickets for our Raffle quilt.  The tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The drawing for a winner will be at the December 12, 2019 QQ meeting.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).

Number of Tickets

2019 QQ Charity Raffle Quilt

2019 QQ Charity Raffle Quilt


We are kicking off a 9-month swap called the Pizza Box Swap. Each participant picks the fabrics for their own quilt, and places the fabrics in the pizza box. You can identify any preference or special requests for your blocks and include that in your box. You make the first 9-1/2” block for your own box. (9-1/2” unfinished, including seam allowances – will be 9″ finished.) Each month, the participants will swap pizza boxes and will make one 9-1/2” block from the fabric in the box they get. At the end, you will have your pizza box returned to you, with nine 9-1/2” blocks made from your fabric.

Sign-ups will take place at the September meeting. If you cannot attend the September meeting, but would like to sign up, please email Cindy D.
If you would like to help plan future swaps, we could always use more help. Just let us know.


We had fun a year ago with our 9-patch block lottos, so we’re back with something new! Based on Quiltmaker Magazine’s 2015 Bitty Block free online patterns, we’ll be making 3″ or 4″ blocks, turning them in on even numbered months: October, December, February, April, and June. You will make a set of three blocks, put them in a baggie with your name, and turn them in at the meeting. We will sort them and draw for a winner after the break. The number of winners and blocks will depend on how many members participate. The blocks are simple and pieces are not as small as
it sounds. We will be using one background fabric all year – Moda Bella Bleached White – and to be sure we all have the same fabric, we will be selling fat quarters for $2. One fat quarter will be more than enough for three blocks of all five patterns. If you want to make more than one set, we will have more fat quarters. Each pattern has a suggested theme fabric but your three blocks do not need to be one fabric – good for scraps or charm squares! The October block is easy – our Bella white background and the bow ties can be any fabric, prints or solids, but no metallics. We will have a demo at the September meeting with hints on construction. Details for the year are in the newsletter! We hope you’ll want to make every block, but it is not a commitment. If you cannot attend the September meeting but want to join in, let us know so you can get the required white fat quarter. Questions? Contact Janet or Cindy.


“No More Boring Binding” with Sue Sandritter. Join us for a morning hands-on class to learn new and perfect old binding techniques, followed by shopping with Sue and open sew in Newark.

The workshop is Saturday, September 28 from 9AM to Noon (with an optional free sew from Noon to 5PM).  It will be held at MedBen, 1821 W Main St, Newark, OH.  The cost ($20) includes lunch and class materials. If you need a form, please email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com


November 16 Sew-in in Newark. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There are no fees, but please plan to donate to the pot to cover the lunch. Check with Ed about open spots.


Our standing committees include Community Service, Fundraising, Hospitality, Library, and Workshops. We will also have signups for the Retreat Committee, Group Quilt subcommittee, and a new category: No Piece Too Small. This is a place for you to sign up to contribute to QQ without joining a committee. Maybe you love to bind quilts and are willing to do one for a guild project. Perhaps you’d like to make table decorations for a banquet, but can’t be on the committee. If you don’t mind picking things up at Costco or GFS once or twice a year, you can sign up here. We all have things to contribute and we know, as quilters, that no piece is too small!

If you cannot be at the September meeting and wish to sign up, please email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com.


Registration is open for the 2019 fall Kirkmont retreat. The retreat will be held October 18-20, 2019 at the Kirkmont Retreat Center in Zanesfield, Ohio (near Bellefontaine). The facility has a large, well-lit space for sewing.  We’re limited to 27 attendees, so if you want to go, make sure you register as soon as you can.

The Winter Retreat will be held at Shawnee State Park Lodge.  It will be held March 6-8, 2020.  Registration forms will be available in December.  Note:  this is a month later than usual.

Save these dates for the next Shawnee retreats:  March 5-7, 2021; and March 4-6, 2022.

Remember, you must be a current member of QQ in order to attend any of our retreats.


The library could use some additional helpers. Duties include putting out the books, putting the books away, helping members to find certain
titles, checking books in and out, and helping at the garage sale table. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

We will be having a really wonderful garage sale in September. If you would like to donate fabric, notions, rulers, patterns, books, magazines, and other sewing goodies, please bring them to the sale table. Bring your dimes, quarters, and dollars and pick up some really nice finds. And remember, if you are on the library committee, you get to see all of the
goodies first! Proceeds go to purchasing new books for the library. Speaking of new books, we have purchased the latest Mary Marks novel, “Knot on Her Life”. Mary’s murder mysteries are really very humorous and her little quirky quilting group always solves the crime.


In September meeting we are collecting unopened packages of toilet paper and paper towels.  Of course we are always happy to get cell phones (with cord if you have it).

Because of the guild’s hard work this last year, we have several completed quilts that will be taken down to the shelter at the time of our next donation.

CHOICES is our primary service project.  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.


  • Sep 29 – Sue Sandritter Workshop
  • Oct 18-20 – Kirkmont Retreat
  • Nov 16 – Sewing Day in Newark
  • Mar 6-8, 2020 Shawnee Retreat
  • Mar 5-7, 2021 Shawnee Retreat
  • Mar 4-6, 2022 Shawnee Retreat


Thanks to everyone who attended the Quintessential Quilt Show June 21-22. We had a great time sharing our quilts with visitors.

2019 QQ Quilt Show