Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, Sept 14, 2017, 6:30 PM

GET READY FOR A NEW QQ YEAR!  Complete and Return Your Membership Form!  (Click here for membership form.)

Please fill it out legibly and completely and mail to Pat Smith or bring to the September 14 meeting.  Everyone who joins before October 1, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a free 2017-18 membership!

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).


The retreat will be held October 20-22, 2017.  It begins at 4:00 pm Friday afternoon and ends at 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

This year it will be held at a new location – the Kirkmont Center, a Presbyterian church camp in Zanesfield, Ohio, off Route 33, northwest of Marysville and not far from Mad River Mountain ski resort. The retreat house, Croft House Lodge, is a building in the camp that is somewhat secluded from the other buildings in camp.  It is surrounded by trees, has some walking trails and should be quite lovely in autumn. It has a large open living area with a fireplace, loft, and kitchen. There’s a wraparound deck/porch. Beneath the living area is a walkout basement with a bank of windows to let in lots of natural light. The room is huge – plenty of room for each person to have their own 6 foot table for sewing. There is an elevator. There is also a small parking area at the basement entrance so it will be easy to unload your sewing supplies. There are 4 bedrooms in the Lodge and each room sleeps 6 people. Each bedroom has two bunk beds, which means a total of 8 people need to be willing to take a top bunk in order to accommodate everyone. The bedrooms also have their own attached bathrooms.  You will need to bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries.

The cost is $150.00.  Your fee includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Friday dinner, three meals on Saturday, Sunday brunch, and snacks
  • 24 hour access to the sewing area

Registrations will be accepted starting at the June meeting and will be accepted until the retreat is full.  There will be a maximum is 27 attendees.  All attendees MUST be current QQ members.  All registrations must be accompanied by full payment.  All checks will be deposited upon receipt.  If you cannot attend, a full refund will be issued after a wait-listed individual takes your place and their check is deposited.


The quilt top for this year’s queen-sized quilt, Star Dance, has been completed and was displayed at the May meeting. Tickets are available for pickup at the June meeting. Each QQ member is strongly encouraged to take at least two books of tickets as this is our major fundraiser. If you do not want to sell tickets please consider buying two books of tickets for yourself. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available in books of 6 tickets. This year’s charity is the Area 6 Special Olympics, which is our local organizing group so that all donated funds will remain in Franklin County. We will be drawing for the winner at the December 14 meeting. If you have any questions, please email Wendy.


Our final QQ library garage sale of the year brought in $47.75 bringing our garage sale profits up to $360.56 for the 2016-2017 QQ year. Thank you for donating, purchasing, and reusing some really great stuff. Profits go toward the purchase of new books for our library. Over the summer we will
add new books, including books written by our workshop teachers for next year, Vikki Pignetelli and Donna Lynn Thomas. Our next garage sale will be in September, so please save your donations until the fall meetings.
The library cart full of quilting related novels will be available during our June banquet. The balance of the library will be closed. We will be accepting book returns, or you may keep your books over the summer and return them in September.


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.


Registration is now open for the October 13 & 14 workshop with Vikki Pignatelli for her “farewell tour” before retirement. The Art Quilt Alliance will be co-sponsoring the workshop which will be at Quilt Trends. This two-day medley workshop will feature “Improvisation: The Basics” and “Adding Dimension and Manipulations to Quilts: The Basics.” Cost is $110 for QQ and AQA members (includes lunch) / $130 for non-members. Vikki will provide our program for the October 12, 2017, meeting as well.


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