Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

Sharon MConnell,
Color Girl Quilts

Our speaker will be Sharon McConnell from Color Girl Quilts. Sharon is a local quilter/blogger/pattern designer whose quilt patterns have been featured in numerous magazines. Her work features designs for beginner to advanced quilters, using a variety of styles and fabric choices. She will be bringing patterns, rulers, and fabric bundles to sell.

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).


Previously we’ve had fun times when we have raffled off a number of themed baskets. Our February program will include the raffling of more baskets of goodies. Members are encouraged to work in small groups, but you could also work as an individual if you choose. Everyone buys tickets which are used to “bid” on their favorite baskets. Evette Wise is coordinating this basket raffle, so if you have questions, please contact her. The following guidelines are provided to help you get started:

  • You can work alone or as part of a small group, usually 2-5 members
  • Each basket should have a theme – a few ideas include patriotic, batiks, florals, seasonal/holiday, scrappy or applique, gardening, knitting or crochet. Be creative.
  • Provide a printed list of both the team members and the basket contents. For example, if it includes fat quarters or other pre-cuts – how many? If it includes larger pieces, approximate yardage. Which notions, threads, set of blocks, yarn, books, blocks or packaged pattern titles, etc.
  • Be creative with your basket, but remember it must be able to hold all items. You do not need to wrap your basket.
  • More than one basket can be offered as long as the theme/contents are different.

This is a great way to purge your sewing room, however the basket raffle is not a white elephant sale. Please ensure that the contents of the basket are something you would want to win in a raffle.


Our group quilt, “Delectable Waves”, was won by Leslie Floyd.  Congratulations!

Delectable Waves
Delectable Waves


Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering will be offering a 2-day workshop, “Creative Quilting with a Walking Foot,” on April 12-13, 2019.  Check out her website: www.tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com and her book, “Walk”. Questions? Email Quintessential Quilters.

Jacquie will also be providing the program for our April 11 meeting – “Quilting Modern: Honoring Tradition.”

QUILT RETREAT – March 1-3, 2019

Registration is still open for the annual retreat at Shawnee State Park Lodge, March 1-3, 2019.  Please see Phyllis Post if you have any questions or need a registration form. If you’re new to QQ we encourage you to attend if you can. It’s a fun weekend of fellowship and sewing in a beautiful setting. We’d love to see as many of you as possible. Questions? Email Quintessential Quilters.


QQ will be offering another Border Exchange Challenge starting in January 2019. You will make the center block and three borders will be added to it, by three other quilters, before you get it back. The categories are Beginner, Intermediate, and Anything Goes. Each group will be made up of four quilters drawn from the sign- up list. We hope to have at least two groups from each of the categories. See Joan Tuttle to sign up and get any questions answered.


Next year’s group quilt will be a scarlet and gray theme. Packets and instructions were handed out at the November meeting. You were provided the red, but we’ll count on you to come up with 5″ squares of light, medium, and dark gray cotton fabrics. Please bring your scarlet and gray nine patches to the January guild meeting.


Once again, in celebration of National Quilting Day (March 16, 2019), we will collect quilted placemats at the March 14 meeting to deliver to Meals on Wheels, a project of LifeCare Alliance.  There is no pattern – there are lots of free quilted placemat patterns online. 12″x16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible. Use your orphan blocks and odd pieces of batting you trimmed off a quilt. Placemats are a good 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. Please hold on to your placemats until the March 14 meeting (we don’t have room to store them).  Questions? Email Quintessential Quilters.


In January the QQ garage sale will be open. If you have gently used donations, please bring them to the meeting. We will gladly sell them and place the money in the library fund. At the December QQ board budget meeting it was decided that the library will share some of its funds with the QQ treasury at the end of our quilting year (June). So, your donations and purchases help not only the library, but the entire QQ organization. There will be no library garage sale in February. We do not want to compete with the February program of “Raffle Baskets.”

We have purchased some brand new books for the library. If you enjoyed our November Veteran’s Day speaker, you’ll enjoy our new book: “Quilts of Valor: A 50 State Salute”. Many of you enjoy working with precuts, so we have purchased “I Love Precut Quilts” by Tricia Maloney. Our most popular books are the mysteries and the novels. We have purchased the new first book in a mystery series by Mark Pasquini, the brother of award winning quilter Katie Pasquini Masopust. The book is titled “Rose Quilt”. The writing is quite excellent and he shows a good knowledge of quilting and a knowledge of the 1920’s era. We also picked up four mysteries by Carol Dean Jones: “Tie Died”, “Running Stitches”, “Patchwork Connections”, and “Sea Bound”. There are five more books in the series. Let me know if you like these and we will purchase the balance of the series. And by donation we received the Monica Ferris Mystery, “Darned if You Do”. Also by donation we have received “Postcard Quilts” by Caroline Reardon, “Quilting with Carol Armstrong”, “Quilting Around Your Home” by Anthony and Jeanne Jacobson, “Dimensional Quilts” by Phyllis Dobbs, “The Art of Fabric Books” by Jan Bode Smiley, and “Paintstiks on Fabric” by Shelly Stokes. So, stop by the library and borrow a book. Try something new…think outside the box!


The President’s challenge theme this year is “Out of the Box.” This challenge is to get you to use your brain and think of something that you either have not done before or change using the same colors or pattern, etc. Keep in mind that your brain is like a muscle, if you don’t use it, it stops working.

Guidelines are flexible – any item works: quilt, wallhanging, bag, clothing, 3-D sculpture – just try something different. A new technique – applique, free motion quilting, paper-piecing, hand-work; a new-to-you palette; a different style – switch from multi-block repeats to something modern. Just do it!!

Questions? Ask Juanita. Projects will be revealed at the June meeting, so you have plenty of time to get your nerve up to try something new.


Thanks again to everyone who donated to Choices this last year. As usual our donations were much appreciated. They were very busy at Faith Mission when the donations were dropped off – guess everyone was in the holiday mood so lots of other donations coming in also. This year we were able to donate around 20 quilts as well as a large variety of Christmas presents, cleaning supplies, phones and other items.

In January we will be collecting cleaning supplies such as powdered laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, multipurpose cleaning solutions and paper goods. Cell phones are always welcome but if possible please include the charging cord for the phone with your donation.

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 – Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, Jun 13
  • Jan 24, 2019 – QQ Board Meeting
  • Mar 1-3, 2019 – Shawnee State Park Retreat
  • Mar 15, 2019 – National Quilting Day
  • Apr 11, 2019 – Jackie Gehring’s program “Quilting Modern: Honoring Tradition”, www.tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com
  • Apr 12-13, 2019 – Jackie Gehring’s Workshop “Creative Quilting with a Walking Foot”, www.tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com
  • Apr 20, Jul 13, Nov 16 – Sewing Days in Newark