Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

NEXT MEETING – Thursday, February 13, 2019

Demo Day!  We will have our members demonstrate a variety of techniques at the February meeting.  The demonstrations will feature ruched flowers, silhouette inking, accordion half square triangles, needle turn applique, making perfect circles using aluminum foil, and cutting shapes using an AccuQuilt Cutter.  Come learn a new skill!

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).


Bitty Love Block

Bitty Love Block

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 February block is Bitty Love – fast little heart blocks! Bella Bleached White background; red prints or solids (no metallics) for hearts (you may use two reds in a block). Make sets of three blocks, put each set in a small baggie along with your name, and turn them in at the February meeting. Drawing for winners will be after the break. Details for the year were in previous newsletters. Although we hope you’ll want to make every block, it is not a year-long commitment. Questions? Contact Janet or Cindy.

Bitty Love directions here: www.quiltingcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/QMBittyLoveHearts.pdf.


Our 2020 winter retreat,  March 6-8, at the Shawnee State Park Lodge is now full. If you’d like to have your name added to the waiting list, please contact The Phyllis.

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


The following sewing days in Newark have been scheduled for 2020 — June 6-7, August 15, and November 7.  The Sew-Ins are held at the MedBen Conference Center in Newark.  The first day is a 2 day event and details are still being worked out to save a block or rooms at a nearby hotel.  Sign-ups will begin in March.


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.


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 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

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.


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


Please be sure to turn your completed blocks and fabric strips in at the February meeting.  We will be assembling the quilt at the Shawnee retreat in March.

Email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com with any questions.


February marks the return of the QQ library garage sale.  Bring those gently used items for resale and our library cash account will grow.  We were fortunate to have a $50 donation to the library, so our funds have gone from negative numbers up to $48.  We have received a donation of a wonderful CD:  Shibori, Celebrating 400 years of Japanese Artisan Design.

We have started collecting a new mystery series by Emilie Richards.  Her main character in the Ministry is Murder series is Aggie Sloan-Wilcox, the wife of a church minister in a small town in Ohio.  The first book in the series is A Lie for a Lie.  The second is titles Let There Be Suspects.  Stop by the library in February and check out a few books for those cold Ohio days.  And please remember to return your books promptly.


We will be collecting cleaning products such as toilet bowl cleaner, dish soap, or powdered laundry detergent.  Paper towels, toilet paper, and cell phone are always welcome.  If you donate a cell phone, please include the charging cord if possible.

QQ has been supporting Choices since 1994 by providing quilt and other items for the shelter. 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) – Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11
  • Shawnee Retreats, Mar 6-8, 2020, Mar 5-7, 2021, Mar 4-6, 2022
  • Placemats Due for Meals on Wheels – March 12 meeting
  • QQ Quilt Show 2020 – Jun 18-20, 2020