Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!
Program – Thursday, Oct 13, 2016, 7 PM
Susan Edwards will be presenting a lecture and trunk show on the history and evolution of the Indian Hatchet block. She says, “In 2013, I started noticing a block (a square with triangles in two of the opposite corners) in at least one quilt in every quilting magazine I picked up. I continue to see them in almost every magazine since. Sometimes the quilts were made with just this block, and sometimes it was combined with other blocks to make a fun pattern. I didn’t know the name of the pattern, but I started thinking about doing this program. When I told a friend about it, she went home and googled “quilt block – square with triangles in two opposite corners.” She was as intrigued as I was when ‘Indian Hatchet block’ came up and she started looking at the samples.”
Susan will be showing patterns using the Indian Hatchet block that caught her interest. She’s also made more than a dozen samples. If you have a quilt using this pattern, please bring it to share.
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).
Dues are Due
Click here for the QQ Membership Form. As stated in our Bylaws, members need to return an annual membership form when paying dues. The forms are used to maintain the email list for the newsletter. It only takes a couple minutes to fill out the form but it saves a LOT of time and confusion on this end of the process.
2017 Group Quilt
Next year’s group quilt will be based on the pattern “Star Dance” by Jill Finley from Jillily Studio. In October we will be distributing block kits for the quilt. We will need 32 star blocks for the quilt. We will provide the background fabric and guild members will provide the colored fabric for the star – these fabrics should be tone on tone or small prints that read as a solid but NOT solid fabrics- each kit will contain a color chip indicating what color fabric should be used for the star. We would like the star blocks returned no later than the January, 2017 meeting.
The quilt has an applique border which will be divided into 6 sections so we need 6 people willing to do the needle turn applique on the borders. Fabric for the applique pieces will be provided. The borders will be distributed at the December or January meetings and need to be returned by the March meeting.
QQ’s annual retreat, held at the beautiful Shawnee State Park Lodge (14 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio) will be held March 3-5, 2017. The retreat offers three full days of unlimited sewing in a spacious, well-lit ballroom as well as accommodations in the Lodge’s very nice hotel rooms. There are several quilt shops along the route down to the Lodge as well as a few more across the river in Kentucky. We enjoy some splendid meals, excellent fellowship, and lots of sewing. Registration forms will be available in the November newsletter and due no later than the January meeting. For questions, contact Phyllis Post.
Placemats for Meals on Wheels
We will be collecting placemats for Meals on Wheels again at the March meeting in celebration of National Quilting Day. Placemats are a good way to use up orphan blocks or try out a fabric combo, and they are perfect for practicing machine quilting. More details later. Meals on Wheels is just one of the projects of LifeCare Alliance. (www.lifecarealliance.org)
One of the most popular and in demand quilting teachers, Bonnie Hunter, is coming to Columbus in June. We will have an opportunity to hear her speak and to take a class from her. So, the library has just ordered 4 of her books. One, Addicted to Scraps, is hot off the press this October. The other 3 are Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time, More Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make even more quilts in Less Time, and String Fling: Scrappy Happy & Loving It!
In October we will resume our ever popular garage sale. This is how we fund our library, so bring your dimes and your dollars and pick up some real bargains. We haven’t had a sale since May, so we have an abundance of really good stuff for sale. If you have items to donate, you can bring them on meeting night. Just a tip: As the meeting progresses, even more items are donated. So, stop by the sale table often as bargains get snatched up very quickly.
This month we will be collecting batteries of all sizes (especially AAA), flashlights, stamps and first aid supplies.Cell phone donations are always welcome. We are also always interested in accepting any 9″ (9.5″ including seam allowance) nine patch or rail fence quilt blocks.
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.
“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)
Kids N Kamp / Childhood Cancer Family Connection
Tickets for the Tailgate Party at The Shoe will be available for purchase at the next QQ meeting. The tickets are reasonably priced at $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Pricing includes great entertainment and excellent finger food. Plans are still forming, but so far we have signed up OSU football alumni Mike Doss, Obie Stillwell, and Tyler Everett. Cheryl Krueger of Cheryl’s Cookies and Dave Kaelin of local radio fame are also on board. You will have a chance to bid on some fabulous quilts made by local quilters; many of them award winning quilters. For the Buckeye fans we have a personal lunch with an OSU assistant football coach. More details will be coming at the QQ meeting on October 13th. The Kids N Kamp face book page will soon have photos of the quilts. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the office at 614-262-2220.
Kids N Kamp has changed their name to better reflect their mission. They will now be known as the Childhood Cancer Family Connection. If you’d like more information about this local charity, their website is still www.kidsnkamp.org. If you have any questions, call the Childhood Cancer Family Connection 614-262-2220 or Kay Hoagland.
This year’s President’s Challenge quilts will be revealed at the June meeting! The President’s challenge for this year was to make a quilted item featuring a representation of a “critter” or to use “critter” fabric in a quilt. Any size! Any critter counts – cats, dogs, penguins, bugs, …! If you want to make something for the challenge but don’t necessarily want to keep it, you can donate it to “My Very Own Blanket”. If you choose to donate, it needs to be in sizes of 36″ x 36″ up to 60″ x 80″ or twin size or any size in between. But for the challenge, any size is fair “game.” Not finished? Bring it anyway!
Click here to see photos from the 2015 President’s Challenge.
Shawnee Quilting Retreat 2017
Mark Your Calendar! QQ’s annual retreat, held at the beautiful Shawnee State Park Lodge (14 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio) will be held March 3-5, 2017. The retreat offers three full days of unlimited sewing in a spacious, well-lit ballroom as well as accommodations in the Lodge’s very nice hotel rooms. There are several quilt shops along the route down to the Lodge as well as a few more across the river in Kentucky. We enjoy some splendid meals, excellent fellowship, and lots of sewing. Registration forms will be available in the November newsletter and due no later than the January meeting. For questions, contact Phyllis Post.
Welcome Joan Tuttle as the new QQ Sunshine contact. Please let her know about any quilting-related achievements of members or if you have information about a member who is ill or has lost a family member. Call Joan and leave a message if she isn’t home.
Bonnie Hunter is coming June 27-29, 2017 for shared workshops with Common Threads quilt guild. Her blog is full of information, including tips and techniques and lots of free patterns for scrap quilts. She blends fabrics from the 1980s with current batiks and it all works. Check out her collection of vintage machines! www.quiltville.blogspot.com.
We are excited to schedule a workshop with Vikki Pignatelli for her “farewell tour” before retirement. Mark your calendars for October 13 & 14, 2017!