Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

PROGRAM – Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7 PM

Our guest speaker for April will be Barb Davis. She is a member of the Prayers and Squares quilting group.  She will talk about that quilting mission work plus Rafiki quilts for orphans and about a dozen other mission projects that she and the Prayers and Squares group have undertaken.

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).


We will be having an expanded fall retreat this year in a new location – the Kirkmont Center, a church camp. The retreat will be held October 20-22, 2017 It’s in Zanesfield, Ohio, not far from Mad River Mountain ski resort, between Marysville and Bellefontaine. The retreat house has a spacious, walk-out basement room with a lovely view of the woods that we will use for sewing. Upstairs is a large gathering room with comfortable, casual seating as well as tables for our meals. There’s a loft, a fully equipped kitchen, and an elevator if stairs are difficult for you. The sleeping accommodations are a series of bunk rooms. Each one sleeps six and has an attached bathroom. There are two upper bunks in each room. We also have access to a small house across the parking lot that will sleep an additional 3 people. In total, we will be able to have 27 people attending, although at least eight people will need to volunteer to take an upper bunk bed.

In addition to your clothing and sewing supplies, you’ll need to bring your own bedding. We have not set the cost yet, but it will probably be around $150.00. Your registration fee will include all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. Everyone will have their own 6-foot table.

The Retreat Committee is excited to offer a fall opportunity for a larger number of people. Those of us who toured the facility think you’ll enjoy your experience there. Watch for registration information in the June newsletter.



The quilt top for the group quilt is now complete! At the April meeting, the Guild chose Area 6 Special Olympics as this year’s charity. Area 6 is an all-volunteer division of Special Olympics Ohio which provides meets and competitions in myriad sports for Special Olympians in central Ohio. Our plans are to have tickets available by the May and June meetings and have the drawing for the quilt at the December potluck meeting. If you have any questions, please email Wendy.


Last month we rolled out our brand new library cart. We’re using this to house all of our novels and added numerous titles to our collection of quilting books. Be sure to check them out. Our garage sale will go on as usual during the May meeting.


As usual we will be collecting donations at the May meeting – these can be placed in the Choices box. The following items are some of the items on the Choices Wish List: powdered laundry detergent , toilet paper, paper towels, large garbage bags, liquid hand soap, dish soap, Febreeze, silverware and plastic cups, new women’s socks, underwear and bras, regular size deodorants, toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, and African American hair care products. Cell phones are always welcome.

“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)


Our President is planning to have the most participants in a president’s challenge ever. The theme is flowers. You can use fabrics with flowers, applique flowers, make flowers, whatever as long as it floral in nature. Three viewers’ choice prizes will be awarded to the three quilts getting the most votes. Remember to cover your label when bringing them to the June Meeting. Have fun.


When you know of a QQ Member or an immediate family member that has been very ill, is having an operation, or has had a death in their family, please let Joan Tuttle know. She will send a card so they know that their QQ sisters and brothers are thinking of them.


Jacquie Gehring is being rescheduled for April 2019. The contract isn’t signed, sealed and delivered, but it looks like all systems are go!

The June 29 workshop with Bonnie Hunter is now full.  If you want to be placed on the waiting list (people DO cancel), please email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com to reserve a spot.

We are excited to schedule a workshop with Vikki Pignatelli for her “farewell tour” before retirement. Mark your calendars for October 13 & 14, 2017. Many thanks to Quilt Trends for agreeing to let us have the workshop at their shop and to the Art Quilt Alliance for helping to sponsor and advertise the event.


Save the date, October 19, 2017, for the annual Columbus Childhood Family Connection Tailgate Party at The Shoe. Over the years QQ and the area quilters have helped to raise $465,000 to support area families stricken by childhood cancer. They are looking for donations of quilts from wall hanging size up to and including king size quilts. Ohio State themed quilts sell well as it is a sports themed event. But all quilts are welcomed. The quilts are professionally judged and the best of show is awarded a Bernina courtesy of Beth’s Creative Stitchery. First prize winners in the other categories win packages from local quilt shops. For more information call Childhood Cancer Family Connection and ask for an information packet. 614-262-2220 To see the scope of their good works visit their website www.kidsnkamp.org