Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!
PROGRAM – Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7 PM
The speaker for March is Erica Plank of Unseen Hands. She is based in Payallup, Washington and designs patterns for quilts and embroidery.
We will also have a presentation by our Quilter of the Month, and Show and Tell.
We meet on the second Thursday at:
Covenant Baptist Church
5100 Dierker Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220
(off Bethel, between Sawmill and Reed – click here for map).
NATIONAL QUILTING DAY – HAPPY BIRTH DAY, BABY!
The Quilt Alliance stepped up and saved National Quilting Day in 2016 when NQA went out of business. This year they are bringing back a popular NQDay project – make a quilt for the first baby born on National Quilting Day (or after) in your local hospital. Samples were shown at February’s meeting of the easy 40″ square free pattern and variations. Learn more about the project and get the free pattern in PDF format on the QA website: http://quiltalliance.org/nationalquiltingday/ If you’d like to make a quilt for a hospital, please let Janet W. know. If not, you are still welcome (please!) to download and use the pattern for other service projects or personal use. They got a very late start this year, so the more of you who will take a minute to get the pattern, the better! If you have any questions, email Janet.
PLACEMATS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS
Final call for placemats for this year! In celebration of National Quilting Day (March 18), we will be collecting quilted placemats at the March 9 meeting to deliver to Meals on Wheels, a project of LifeCare Alliance. You still have time to make one, or a few! 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. Think of it as spring cleaning — use your orphan blocks and leftover batting and get it out of the house! They’re also a perfect size to practice free-motion quilting. 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.
In January the Central Ohio Diabetes Association announced a merger/partnership with LifeCare Alliance. Other programs include the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Senior Lunch facilities, and visiting nurse information. Questions? Contact Janet White.
The library garage sale at the February meeting netted $44.35 to take our library balance up to $204.44. Thank you for your donations and thank you for your purchases. The monies collected will be used for the growth of the library. We have added Sandra Dallas’ best seller “The Last Midwife” to our collection. I highly recommend all of Sandra’s books. They all have a touch of quilting in them and a very well developed mystery too. This book will keep you guessing right up until the last paragraph.
This month we will be collecting cleaning supplies such as Lysol disinfectant spray, toilet bowel cleaner, all purpose cleaner (such as 409), Mr. Clean Magic Sponges and paper towels. As usual cell phones are always welcome.
A big thanks to those working on our scrap bag project – we received 3 quilt tops, one bag of 30 rail fence blocks and assorted 2.5″ x 6.5″ rail fence strips at the February meeting. Robin R. also donated 3 quilts. This month we still have a couple of scrap bags available as well as a rail fence quilt top kit and rail fence block kit available for those who would like to help our charity project. Thanks for the great response.
“Choices Eliminating 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. (www.choicescolumbus.org)
This year’s President’s Challenge is flowers – flowers of any variety, shape and color. There are no requirements as to size, shape, technique, fabric, or embellishments. Maybe it is time to finish those floral quilts languishing in the closet, use all that state flower fabric you were collecting or even labels from tea bags! The quilts are due at the June meeting. The guild members will chose the awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by voting. The votes will be tallied and the one receiving the most votes will be first place, second number of votes will be second place, and third number of votes will be third place.
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.
We are excited to schedule a workshop with Vikki Pignatelli for her “farewell tour” before retirement. Mark your calendars for October 13 & 14, 2017. Many thanks to Quilt Trends for agreeing to let us have the workshop at their shop and to the Art Quilt Alliance for helping to sponsor and advertise the event.
Looking further in advance, we will be hosting Donna Lynn Thomas for a lecture at our April 12, 2018 meeting followed by workshops on April 13 & 14. Mark your calendars!
CHILDHOOD CANCER FAMILY CONNECTION (Kids N Kamp)
Save the date, October 19, 2017, for the annual Columbus Childhood Family Connection Tailgate Party at The Shoe. Over the years QQ and the area quilters have helped to raise $465,000 to support area families stricken by childhood cancer. They are looking for donations of quilts from wall hanging size up to and including king size quilts. Ohio State themed quilts sell well as it is a sports themed event. But all quilts are welcomed. The quilts are professionally judged and the best of show is awarded a Bernina courtesy of Beth’s Creative Stitchery. First prize winners in the other categories win packages from local quilt shops. For more information call Childhood Cancer Family Connection and ask for an information packet. 614-262-2220 To see the scope of their good works visit their website www.kidsnkamp.org