Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, May 9, 2019

Our program will be about Quilt Labels, presented by Carol Williams.  Carol is a member of several quilt guilds in Morrow County and Zanesville as well as Florida during the winter. Her quilting journey sparked a keen interest in all things related to quilt labels, which is the topic of her May presentation. Hope to see you in the merry month of May.

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).


This is your chance! For just a $5 fee (which includes entrance to the show), you can support your guild and display your favorite quilt! The show will be June 21 and 22 at Hondros College of Business, 4140 Executive Parkway in Westerville. Entry forms were included in your April newsletter (pick one up at the May meeting or email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com if you need another one) and are due by May 31, 2019. You can bring your quilt to the June 13 meeting and pick it up after the show on June 22. Other pick up and drop off arrangements will be emailed to entrants in June. If you are going to be out of town, ask a friend to take care of your quilt or let us know – we want your quilt!

This is NOT a judged show! Our goal is to present a glimpse of quilting to not only our members, but other quilters and visitors who just like to look at quilts. We need quilts from all skill levels and many techniques. We don’t want an exhibit of just award-winning quilts, we also want quilts beginners can look at and think maybe they could do that. We want to educate the public and perhaps attract some new members – the more variety and reflection of our interests, the better the show. If our quilts all looked the same, it would be a boring exhibit.

We also need your help at the show. Volunteers are needed for set up on June 20, during the event, and for take down on June 22. Sign-up sheets will be available again at the May meeting, or you can call Kathi M. and choose a shift or two. 

Another way you can support the guild is to help get the word out to your family, friends, co-workers, strangers at the grocery store – invite them all. We plan to have postcards available.

Join us in celebrating QQ and all our talented members!  Questions? quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com or contact Kathi M.


The remaining sewing dates are July 13, and November 16 at the MedBen conference center in Newark. We already have 24 people signed up July – only 8 spots left!  Sign up soon.

Sewing time is from 9 AM to 6 PM.  We have use of a large open area, a first floor entry and a kitchen.  The center has a large open area, a first floor entry and a kitchen. There are no fees, but please plan to donate to the pot to cover the catered lunch. You may sign up for two people.  Email or see Phyllis.


On September 28, 2019, we will have a mini-workshop, “No More Boring Binding.” Sue Sandritter will provide a hands on opportunity to learn several binding techniques followed by sewing time at MedBen, 1821 W. Main Street, Newark *see above Sewing Days). Cost is $20 for lunch and a kit to complete several binding samples. The registration form was attached to the newsletter.


Our 2019 group quilt, Ohio Spirit, is finished and ready to go! We will have some tickets ready for you to pick up at the May meeting, more in June. Drawing for a winner will be at the December 12 QQ meeting. The quilt is 76″ x 106″ in scarlet and gray, with machine quilting (buckeye leaves) by Wendy Bynner. We’re hoping the more modern theme will also appeal to non-quilters who would love a scarlet and gray quilt but will never make one! 

We will have tickets at the Quintessential Quilt Show in June and need volunteers to help sell them. Remember, the group quilts are our primary fundraiser. Dues money covers basic operating expenses, but we need to add to our income in order to have monthly programs, etc. A portion of proceeds will be donated to WARM.

Thanks for your help in supporting the guild. Questions? Contact Pat Smith.


Irene Goodrich

Irene Goodrich

One of QQ’s founding members, 93-year-old Irene Goodrich was honored at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah during this year’s AQS show. This photo of Irene with her quilt from the museum collection was posted on the NQM Facebook page on April 22. Within one hour it had 500 “likes” and at least 1500 in just three hours, plus hundreds of comments and shares – she was probably on a lot of Pinterest pages the next day!

A second post on April 25 featured a one-minute clip of Irene during an interview that will be on a future episode of “Quilt Museum TV.” You can find both posts at www.facebook.com/NationalQuiltMuseum – you do not need a Facebook account to see the posts, just scroll down to find them.

From the NQM post: “For #PreservationWeek, recording the stories of our artists is in addition to preserving the artwork they made. Quilt Alliance’s “Save Our Stories” works to preserve the oral history of America’s quiltmakers. Please consider participating in their program, and watching Quilt Museum TV to see more stories from the artists who’s work we exhibit.


After the popularity of the NQM post, the Quilt Alliance moved Irene’s QSOS interviews from the 2008 NQA Show so they are easier to find.


Congratulations to Irene for this well deserved recognition. She has been an inspiration to many of us for decades.


The library had another successful garage sale during our April meeting. We added $43.85 to our coffers bringing our balance to $97.65. We will have one more garage sale in May, so bring your gently used and highly desirable donations to the sale table in May. The library will also be open during the May meeting. Members are allowed to borrow up to three books. Come and see our fantastic selection of novels, mysteries, and how-to books.


Expand your quilting horizons – step out of the box and learn something new! All members are encouraged to try something different this year. Guidelines are flexible – any item works: quilt, wall-hanging, bag, clothing, 3-D sculpture. Do something you’ve never done before. 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.


We collected even more placemats at the April meeting for LifeCare Alliance/Meals on Wheels. 130 placemats were delivered to LifeCare the next week. The ladies who work there and accepted them were thrilled and said the clients love them and use them all the time.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed. We always get such a fun variety. Placemats are the perfect size for using orphan blocks, left over batting, and to practice machine quilting. I’m going to challenge myself to do 20 for 2020 – join me! Questions? Contact Janet White.


Fall 2019 — Save the Date!  The fall retreat at Kirkmont Center will be held October 18-20, 2019.  Details will be coming soon.


The donation to Choices from our 2018 group quilt was much appreciated. Thanks to those who worked on the quilt and those who sold and bought tickets. They have started to move people into the new shelter which is very exciting for everyone involved. 

This month we will be collecting cleaning supplies such as Lysol disinfectant spray, toilet bowl cleaner, all-purpose cleaner (such as 409), Mr. Clean Magic Sponges, and paper towels. As usual cell phones are always welcome. If you donate a phone please include the charging cord.

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 – May 9, Jun 13 (potluck!)
  • Jul 13, Nov 16 – Sewing Days in Newark
  • Apr 25, Aug 15 – Board Meetings
  • Jun 21-22 – QQ Quilt Show at Hondros College of Business
  • Sep 29 – Sue Sandritter Workshop
  • Oct 18-20 – Kirkmont Retreat
  • Mar 6-8, 2020 Shawnee Retreat
  • Mar 5-7, 2021 Shawnee Retreat
  • Mar 4-6, 2022 Shawnee Retreat