Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, Jan 11, 2018, 6:30 PM


“After the Last Binding Stitch is Taken, Have Your Quilt Appraised”,   Amy Korn will discuss appropriate insurance, fair market and donation appraisals, and the need to have your quilts appraised.  She will be providing examples, as well as a look at quilt and label making. She will answer any request or question after her presentation.  Because of the time factor she will not be able to do personal appraisals but if there is enough
interest she would set up an appraisal day at another time. An appraisal takes about 30 minutes and her fee is usually $50.

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).


New for 2018! We are scheduling three day-long Saturday Sew-Ins at the MedBen conference center in Newark, where Ed Nydegger works. Ed has kindly arranged for us to use the center which has a large open area, a first floor entry, and a kitchen. There will be room for 30 people. To make sure everyone has the opportunity to attend at least one of the Sew-Ins, we’ll take signups starting in February where you can indicate your first and second choices for the date you prefer. Depending on demand, you may get to attend two of them. Here are the dates: May 5, 2018, July 7, 2018, and
November 3, 2018


FEBRUARY 2018 – Red and Cream Nine-Patch Blocks

  • Make 3 blocks. For each block you will need five 2″ squares of red and four 2″ squares of cream. Use the same red and cream for all 3 blocks. You can easily get 3 blocks from 2 fat quarters.
  • Use any red print, any value from light to dark. Any cream/ecru/off-white print fabric.  Except: No solids, metallics or white-on-white fabric. Use good quality cotton fabrics, and please pre-wash all fabric.
  • Arrange fabrics as shown at the meeting and in the newsletter (reds in the corners and center). Stitch with 1/4″ seams and press seams toward the red fabric. Your blocks should be 5″ square with seam allowances, 4.5″ square finished.
  • You are welcome to make up to 4 sets of 3 blocks, but please use different fabrics for each set. Your name will be entered in a drawing to win blocks once for each set you turn in.
  • Put each set of 3 blocks in a small baggie with your name in or on the bag. Turn blocks in at the January or February meeting to Janet White, Cindy DeWulf, or Betsy Weigant. Drawing will be held at the February meeting – it will depend how many blocks we collect before we know how many you will win.
  • If you would like to participate but cannot attend the meetings, please mail your blocks by February 1 to Janet W.(see roster for address).


2018 — Block Kits (instructions, white fabric and color swatch) were available at the September and October meetings. Please complete and return your blocks by the January meeting. If you have any questions, please email Patty Daugherty.

2017 — Thanks to all who worked on construction of the Star Dance group quilt as well as those who sold raffle tickets.  Gross income for the quilt was $1377 with expenses for the quilt being $159.55 leaving a net income of $1217.45. Half of this money ($609) will be donated to our local Area 6 Special Olympics.

Kathi M. sold the most raffle tickets including taking the quilt to several outside events during the summer. Wendy B. sold the winning ticket. Both will receive a free QQ membership for the 2018-2019 year. The winner of the quilt, Tom McDowell, has decided to donate the quilt to the 2018 Childhood Cancer Family Connection (formerly KNK) Auction so the quilt will continue to raise money for worthy local charities.


In celebration of National Quilting Day (March 17), we will be collecting quilted placemats at the March 8 meeting to deliver to Meals on Wheels, a project of LifeCare Alliance.  There is no pattern, although you can find lots of free quilted placemat patterns online.  12″x16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible. Use your orphan blocks — you know, the ones you weren’t quite happy with the colors or the pattern — and the odd pieces of batting you trimmed off a quilt. Placemats are a perfect 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.  Questions? Email Janet White.


Spring 2018 — Registration is now full for our annual retreat at Shawnee State Park Lodge.  If you would like to be added to a waiting list, email Phyllis. This year’s retreat is scheduled for March 2-4, 2018.  Shawnee State Park Lodge is a lovely facility and there is always lots of fun to go along with lots of sewing.

Fall 2018 — SAVE THE DATE! Our newly expanded fall retreat at Kirkmont Center was a huge success. We have booked October 19-21, 2018, so mark your calendars now.


After taking a well deserved Christmas break, the library committee will be working hard to bring you a fantastic library garage sale. Please feel free to bring your usable donations to the January meeting. Stop by the sale table several times during the meeting as new stuff magically appears. You sometimes have to be quick to catch a great bargain. Proceeds go to purchasing new books for our library. We have around $135 in our account, so we will be looking at the after Christmas books sales. If you have suggestions for new books, please email us. We have received 3 books by donation: Dresden Plates of Distinction by Sharon Stroud, Postcard Quilts by Caroline Reardon, and Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces by Robert Shaw.


Thanks to all who brought donations for Choices last year. They were taken to Faith Mission which is currently taking in the donations for Choices as they have more storage room. In addition to our usual cleaning supplies and paper goods we were able to donate 23 quilts, 29 pairs of winter gloves, as well as scarves, knit caps and a nice variety of toys including 9 teddy bears and 20 additional stuffed toys. As usual our donations were very welcome especially all of the toys and gifts for
the children.

In January we will be taking donations of cleaning supplies such as toilet brushes and toilet bowl cleaner, industrial cleaning rags, sponges, powdered detergent, all-purpose cleaner and dish soap. Cell phones are always appreciated. Thanks again for all you do.

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.


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.


The Kids N Kamp (Childhood Cancer Family Connection) had a very lively auction at The Shoe on October 19th. There was much laughter and good-hearted fun mixed in with some very good food. Brutus and several former football players worked the room for bids. Proceeds have not been totaled yet, but we will have a full report at the November meeting. Many thanks go out to the members that donated quilts, the members that helped to set up the auction, and the members that helped to take down the auction. Many members attended the auction and purchased some very cool items.
And finally QQ as a group donated the use of our quilt racks that made it possible for us to beautifully display the many quilts. QQ has been involved with this fund raiser since 2002. Thank you for the long time commitment.