Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, June 14, 2018


Bring a side dish or dessert to our End-Of-The-Year Potluck.  This year a Hawaiian theme is planned.  Island foods and garb welcome!  We will be starting earlier, at 6:30PM

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).


THREE CHEERS FOR THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!  Join us in the Patriotic/Red, White and Blue Nine-Patch Block Raffle. The guidelines are simple and you can make three 9-patch blocks in no time – make one set of three blocks or up to four sets. If you’re lucky, you’ll go home with many more and have a project done by the Fourth of July!

  1.  Make 3 blocks. For each block you will need 9 2″ squares, 3 fabrics: red for the center square, blue for the 4 corners, and white/cream for the other 4 squares. Make 3 identical blocks with the same fabrics. You can easily get 3 blocks from a few 2″ strips from fat quarters. (For 3 blocks you need a total of 3 red center squares, 12 blue outer squares, and 12 white squares.)
  2. Use any red, white, and blue fabrics, preferably some patriotic prints, any value from light to dark as long as there is good contrast. Please – no solids or metallics. Use good quilt shop quality cotton fabrics, and please pre-wash all fabric. Patriotic prints can include stars, stripes, flags, fireworks — there are lots of options, use your imagination!
  3. Arrange fabrics as shown (top row: blue/white/blue; middle row: white/red/white; bottom row: blue/white/blue). Stitch with 1/4″ seams. Your blocks should be 5″ square with seam allowances, 4.5″ square finished.
  4. 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.
  5. Put each set of 3 blocks in a small baggie with your name in or on the bag. Turn blocks in at the May or June meeting to Janet White, Cindy DeWulf, or Betsy Weigant. Drawing will be held at the June meeting – it will depend how many blocks we collect before we know how many you could win. If enough people participate, we will have 3 sets to raffle – 6 blocks or 60 – a placemat or the start of an Irish Chain quilt! (Three people each won 23 blocks for the
    February drawing.)
  6. If you would like to participate but cannot attend the meetings, please mail your blocks by June 1 to Janet White (see newsletter for address).


Sign-ups are in process for the 3 day-long (9 am to 5 pm) Saturday Sew-Ins at MedBen conference center in Newark, 1821 Main St. The center has a large open area, a first floor entry, and a kitchen. There is room for 30 people.  Lunch will be provided.  Here are the dates:

  • July 7, 2018
  • November 3, 2018

If you would like to attend, email Phyllis.


A photo of the raffle quilt will be coming soon.  If you would like to use PayPal to purchase raffle tickets, please use the button below:

Number of Tickets

QUILT RETREAT – October 19-21, 2018

Our Fall Retreat will be held at Kirkmont Center, a Presbyterian Church camp in Zanesfield, Ohio. This is off Rt. 33, northwest of Marysville and not far from Mad River Mountain Ski Resort.

Phyllis will accept registrations immediately and will accept them until the retreat is full – a maximum of 27 attendees. All attendees MUST be current members of QQ at the time of the retreat – make sure you renew your membership in September. All registrations must be accompanied by full payment. There will be a waitlist. All checks will be deposited upon receipt, unless you are wait-listed. If, after registering, you cannot attend the retreat, a full refund will be issued after a wait-listed individual takes your place and their check is deposited.

The Croft House Lodge is a building in the Camp that is somewhat secluded from the other buildings. It is surrounded by trees and is quite lovely in the fall. There are some walking trails. It has a large open living area with a fireplace, loft, and kitchen. There’s a wrap-around deck/porch. Beneath the living area is a walk-out 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.

This is a church camp. Sheets, towels, and wool blankets are provided. You might want to bring your own blankets though. You also need to bring your own toiletries.

Across the parking lot is a small cabin that sleeps just 3 people. That cabin will be reserved for anyone with special needs.

The retreat begins at 12:00 pm Friday afternoon and ends at 1:00 Sunday afternoon.The cost for the retreat 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

An agenda, information about what to bring, along with directions to the Camp will be available in September. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there from Dublin.

See your newsletter for a registration form.


At our April meeting we began our committee sign ups. Committee work is a wonderful way to give back to the group and to meet other members. Please consider joining a committee and making new friends. Workshop, retreat, and banquet committees are full. BUT we still have opportunities in the following committees: Hospitality, Bus Trip, Group Quilt 2019-2020, and Library. Sign up sheets will be available on the piano during the May meeting


Our last garage sale of the year was another success. Thanks to your donations and your purchases we netted a profit of $61.40 bringing our balance to $161.56. The library will not be open during the June meeting because all of the tables will be used for our banquet. We will be accepting book returns. Please hold your donations for the garage sale until next September.

We have received some new books by donation. Our April speaker Donna Lynn Thomas donated one of her newest books: The Anniversary Sampler Quilt: 40 Traditional Blocks, 7 Keepsake Settings. Members have donated Enduring Grace Quilts from the Shelburne Museum Collection by Celia Oliver, Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum by Martha Pullen, Skip the Borders Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Cushion Patterns & Designs by Poakalani & John Serrao, and The Patchwork Pilgrimage (How to Create Vibrant Church Decorations) by Andrew Liddell.


Cell phones are always welcome. This month we will be collecting paper goods and cleaning supplies. Thanks to whoever donated a large number of 3.5” blocks as well as completed rail fence blocks. Also thanks again to everyone who have donated large pieces of fabric for quilt backings. We have 18 quilt tops that have been donated as well as 5 completed quilts. We hope to get many of the quilt tops quilted this summer.  Last month 10 of the 12 nine patch block kits were taken so there are 2 left if anyone is interested. Also someone donated some 2.5” fabric strips if someone would like to make rail fence blocks.

The following are some of the items on the Choices Wish List: powdered laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, heavy-duty plastic silverware and plastic cups, new women’s socks and underwear of all sizes, flip-flops of all sizes, night lights and forever stamps. These can be placed in the Choices box. Cell phones are always welcome.

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.


The deadline for turning in quilts for the October 25th auction is September 7th. If you plan to donate a quilt, please call the office 614-262-2220 and let them know that you are planning a donation. Many criteria forms were taken during the May meeting. More forms will be available at the June meeting. QQ members have always been very generous through their donations of quilts and through their attendance at the auction. Thank you for your support of this wonderful local organization.


  • Board Meeting at Old Worthington Library – Jun 7, 2018
  • Potluck – June 14, 2018
  • Saturday Sew-In – July 7, 2018
  • Fall Retreat – October 19-21, 2018
  • Saturday Sew-In – November 3, 2018
  • Shawnee Retreat – March 1-3, 2019
  • Jackie Gehring Workshop – April 12-13, 2019


  • April 28 through June 17, 2018 – Art Quilts from 1970s through Today, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio
  • May 1-6, 2018 – 42nd Annual Quilt Show and Workshops, Sauder Village
  • August 2-4, 2018 – Good Time Quilters Show, Ohio Christian University
  • September 20-22, 2018 – Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Sharonville, Ohio