Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

NEXT MEETING – Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mary Zesiger

Program:  “Get It Ready to Enter” with Mary Zesiger. Have you ever entered a quilt in competition? What is the job of the quilt judge and what kinds of things is the judge looking for? This lecture will discuss entry forms and mistakes quilters make in getting their quilt to the show.  Multiple tips will be shared to improve your chances of coming away with the blue ribbon.

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).


We are bringing back the ornament exchange to the December potluck! Each participant will bring one handmade ornament (made by you) wrapped in a fat quarter. The Internet is full of tutorials for ornaments. I can’t wait to try the Shabby Fabrics cathedral window ornament and the Missouri Star Quilt Company Swedish Hearts.


We are going to have demonstrations at our February meeting for making hearts. Do you have a technique that you are willing to share with a small group? From paper piecing to traditional piecing, needle turn applique, reverse applique, freezer paper and starch applique, freezer paper reverse machine applique, fusible applique, and machine applique using interfacing, the techniques are endless. We would love to see any technique that you would be willing to share. Please e-mail Cindy DeWulf, if you would be willing to share a technique. We will also have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting.


Ohio Spirit is scarlet and gray, measures 76″x106″ inches, and Wendy Bynner did an excellent job of machine quilting it with Buckeye leaves. The group quilt is a major part of the guild’s fund raising and our contributions to the community. Membership dues pay the guild’s routine operating expenses, but funds generated by raffle ticket sales help us provide our monthly programs, dinners, etc. In addition, a portion of this year’s proceeds will go to WARM, an organization in Westerville that provides compassionate short-term assistance, education services, and spiritual support to those in need.

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


Create a quilt and:

  • Use the color family represented by your birth stone.
  • Use a minimum of three solid and/or tone-on-tone fabrics in your color family.
  • Use at least ONE neutral fabric (grey, white, black, etc).
  • There is no size requirement.
  • Use any technique or combination of techniques.
  • To be revealed at the June meeting!
  • If April – if you choose, you can use the Ancient Birthstone for April which is Sapphire, instead of white, Diamond.

Months, Birthstones and Colors:

  • January – Garnet – Deep Red
  • February – Amethyst – Purple
  • March – Aquamarine – Light Blue or Green-Blue
  • April – Diamond – White (or Sapphire)
  • May – Emerald – Green
  • June – Alexandrite – Light Purple or Light Greenish Purple
  • July – Ruby – Red
  • August – Pericot – Light Green
  • September – Sapphire – Deep Blue
  • October – Tourmaline – Pink
  • November – Topaz – Yellow
  • December – Tanzanite – Blue


This challenge is designed to inspire you to finish any PIGS, UFOs or CATS that are currently in your stash; give YOU a chance to win some money; AND add a bit of money to the QQ bank account.

To enter this challenge you pay a one-time entry fee amount of $10.00 in October and turn in a list of each project you plan to finish each month.  For example:

  • November 4 – Turkey Placemats
  • December – Red and green throw

You may enter the challenge any month following October, but only until May. You will not get credit for projects completed previous to your entry month. For each monthly goal you achieve, your name will be entered two times into the drawing. If you complete the monthly goal at a later month, for example, the Turkey Placemats in December instead of November, your name will be entered once.

The drawing will occur at the end of the challenge at our June Potluck. The winner will receive 1/2 of the amount of the total entry fees, the other 1/2 of the total entry fee amount will go into the QQ bank account.

Bring your completed project to Show and Tell for the designated month and be sure to let Nancy Heath know so she can enter your name in the drawing.


Our swap kicked off in October with 19 participants! Thank you for your patience as we sorted the boxes. In November, we will add a label to each box with the monthly rotation list so that the distribution of boxes will go more smoothly.


Little Bitty Tree

Little Bitty Tree

Based on Quiltmaker Magazine’s 2015 Bitty Block free online patterns, we are making 3″ or 4″ blocks, turning them in on even numbered months: October, December, February, April, and June. We are using one background fabric all year – Moda Bella Bleached White 90098 – and we are selling fat quarters for $2. The fabric is also available at some quilt shops, just be sure it is #90098 because there are other Bella whites. One fat quarter is more than enough for three blocks of all five patterns. The December block is paper pieced – 3″ little bitty tree blocks! Bella Bleached White background; green solids or prints (including green Christmas prints and metallics) for trees; brown trunk Make sets of three blocks, put each set in a small baggie along with your name, and turn them in at the December meeting. Drawing for winners will be after the break. (Note: The background cutting guide included with fat quarters is not correct for tree blocks.) Details for the year were in the last two newsletters. Although we hope you’ll want to make every block, it is not a year-long commitment. Questions? Contact Janet or Cindy.


50/50 YARD SALE – JANUARY 2020

Different from the guild’s garage sale, more like your personal boutique fabric sale – but better. Sell fabric that you realize you aren’t going to use. Fabrics must be in ONE YARD increments – two half-yards, four fat quarters, or yardage. Only fabric is to be sold – no books, rulers, pins, etc. 50/50 split with QQ.

Each seller will have a table, or several sellers can share a table. You can bring your own table, or use church tables. Notify Nancy Heath one week in advance of the sale if you will have your own table.

Each seller brings their own money to make change. Measure and label all yardage. If you have 1¼ yards, it will still be sold as ONE yard. If you have bolts of fabric, please measure ahead of time. You might consider pre-cutting in yard increments. It might be helpful to bring bags for your customers.

Honor system to turn in one half of your sale earnings to the guild at the end of the sale. Cash preferred, but if the seller is willing, checks will be accepted, especially if it is for a large amount. No credit cards. More details will be available prior to January.


Once again, in celebration of National Quilting Day (March 21), QQ will collect quilted placemats at the March 12 meeting to deliver to Meals on Wheels, a project of LifeCare Alliance. (www.lifecarealliance.org) There is no pattern — there are lots of free quilted placemat patterns online. 12″ x 16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible. Use your orphan blocks and odd pieces of batting left from other projects. Experiment with a new block pattern or color combination. 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. Placemats need to be washable. 

A new twist this year – a placemat challenge! We will provide the pattern and a piece of fusible batting, you make a placemat and possibly win a prize! Details in December or January. Please continue to make as many placemats as you want to — last year we had more than 100! (I’m still shooting for my personal goal of 20 for 2020.) Please hold on to your placemats until the March 12 meeting (we don’t have room to store them). Questions? Contact Janet W.


Our 2020 winter retreat will be held March 6-8 at the Shawnee State Park Lodge.  Registration forms will be available in December. This is always a great retreat and an excellent way to get to know some of your fellow QQ members.

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.


Our October garage sale netted $19.70 to bring our balance to $130.26 in the library fund. By donation we have received two books: Journey to Jericho (Quilt Blocks and Symbols Inspired by the Bible) by Kaye England, and the novel Threads by Patsy Brookshire. We will be ordering some new titles and will have them available at the library tables in November.

We will be having the library garage sale in November. Bring your gently used sewing items for donation. This will be our last garage sale until February, so gather up those donations for November.


We will be collecting toilet paper and paper towels this month. Cell phones are always welcome. Also remember that Christmas is fast approaching, so in addition to any regular donations you might want to make, please consider picking up some small items which would be appropriate for Christmas gifts and bring them to the November or December meetings. Please remember – no violent toys, but coloring books, crayons, stickers, dolls, balls and small cars or trucks make great gifts. For the adults, gift cards to groceries, fast food restaurants or movies, large size T-shirts, underwear and socks (new only), and African-American hair care products are appreciated.

There are still a number of quilt top kits available for construction. There are also a number of small bags with fabric to make 9” nine patch blocks.

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.


  • QQ meetings (2nd Thursday) – Dec 12 (Potluck), Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12
  • Shawnee Retreats, Mar 6-8, 2020, Mar 5-7, 2021 Shawnee Retreat, Mar 4-6, 2022
  • Placemats Due for Meals on Wheels – March 12 meeting
  • QQ Quilt Show 2020 – Jun 18-20, 2020


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