Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

NEXT MEETING – September

We will meet again September 10. 

We meet at 7:00PM on the second Thursday at:

  • Covenant Baptist Church
    5100 Dierker Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43220

(between Bethel and Henderson Roads – click here for map).


Due to cancellation of the May meeting, we conducted nominations by email.  There were no additional nominations, so the election was held by voting on May 17-19 using our QQ groups.io .  Thank to the 52 people who took time to vote, one way or another.

Results were a unanimous YES, the following are elected as officers for September 2020 – August 2021:

  • Vice President/President-elect – Sue Vallera
  • Treasure – Kathi Machle
  • Secretary – Evette Wise

Cindy DeWulf will move up to President.


LifeCare Alliance is extremely busy trying to maintain services during this health crisis.  Therefore, placemats will be collected and delivered in September.

There is no specific pattern – there are lots of free quilted placemat patterns online.  12″ x 16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible.  Add borders to your orphan blocks and use up odd pieces of batting.  Experiment with a new block pattern or color combination;  placemats are a perfect size to practice fee-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 must be washable.


April and June Bitty Blocks will be collected at the September meeting.  You have time to make a few!

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. 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 April block is Flying Geese Pinwheels.  Note:  This is a 4″ block (4-1/2 unfinished).  Bella Bleached White background: bright, clear colors (not pastels or muddy/grayed colors) for the pinwheels, prints or solids (no metallics).  Bitty Flying Geese Pinwheel directions here: https://www.quiltingdaily.com/qm-bitty-blocks-flying-geese-pinwheels-quilty-pleasures-blog/

The June block is Bitty Friendship Star, a 3″ block (3-1/2″ unfinished).  Bella Bleached White background; blue for the star (prints or solids, no metallics).  Suggestion:  Cut squares at 2″ (instead of 1.85″) and trim the half-square triangle.  Bitty Friendship Star directions here:  www.quiltingdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/QM_November_Bitty_Block-PrinterFriendly_.pdf

Make sets of 3 blocks, put each set in a small baggie along with your name, and turn them in at the September meeting before it starts.  Drawing for winners will be after the break.  If you have any questions, contact Cindy or Janet.


The following sewing days in Newark have been scheduled for 2020 — November 7.  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 lunch.  Sew-Ins are open to current QQ members.  Please email Phyllis if you are interested in signing up.


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.

Contact Nancy Heath if you finish something on your list.


The quilt has been assembled at the last quilt retreat.  We will be choosing a charity to benefit from the proceeds and distributing raffle tickets for you to sell.  Each member should sell at least two books.  If you have a charity that you would particularly like to donate to, please let a member of the group quilt committee know asap.


We know many of you are cleaning out your sewing rooms now.  We’d love to have your gently used items for the library garage sale.  We hope to have gigantic sales in September and October. 

If you have library books outstanding, please hold on to them until our next meeting. 


If you want to make some 9-patch blocks for Choices, remember that we use nine scrappy 3.5″ squares for each block.  We are also accepting quilt tops – baby to twin size – if you’ve been sorting through your UFO’s.

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.


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 a September meeting!
  • If your birthday is in 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


The Kirkmont Fall Retreat is scheduled for October 16-18, 2020.  No registrations will be taken until a final decision is made in September.

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


  • QQ meetings (2nd Thursday) – September 10
  • Sewing Days 2020: November 7
  • Shawnee Retreats – Mar 5-7, 2021, Mar 4-6, 2022