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PROGRAM – Thursday, Jan 12, 2017, 7 PM

The January meeting features Terri Brown, owner of The Laughing Ewe in Canal Winchester, OH.  She will talk about her shop, working with wool and will have merchandise for sale.

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).

2017 GROUP QUILT

Just a reminder that your star blocks for the group quilt are due at the January meeting including a 5” squares of matching star fabric. Please be sure and put your name on the bag with your block so we know who has turned them in. Several blocks were turned in at the November meeting that were not identified – if you turned in your block then and did not have your name on it, please let us know at the January meeting.

We will be distributing the applique border sections in January. We hope to get them distributed at the QQ meeting.  If not, they will be mailed to our applique volunteers.

PLACEMATS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS

We are collecting quilted placemats again this year for Meals on Wheels, a project of LifeCare Alliance. There is no pattern, although you can find lots of free quilted placemat patterns online. 12″ x 16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible. It’s a great way to use up orphan blocks (a 12″ block with 2″ strips added to the sides and you’re done!) and leftover batting. They’re also a perfect size to practice free-motion quilting. 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.

We’ll be delivering placemats in celebration of National Quilting Day (March 18), so please plan to bring your placemats to the March 9 meeting. (We don’t have room to store them in our cabinets – too many books!)

Other LifeCare Alliance programs include the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Senior Lunch facilities, and Visiting Nurse information. Questions? Contact Janet White.

LIBRARY

The QQ library will be open for business during the January meeting. Please return your books promptly and browse our large collection of novels and how-to books. There is lots of inspiration and entertainment
available. The library committee is always willing to help you find a title. We will also have the library garage sale running, so bring your dimes and dollars and pick up a stack of bargains. If you would like to donate usable items to the sale, just bring them to the meeting. Check back several times during the meeting as the inventory changes quickly.

CHOICES

Thanks to all who brought donations for Choices last year.  They have been taken to Faith Mission who is currently taking the donations for Choices as they have more storage room. 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.

“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)

President’s Challenge

This year’s President’s Challenge quilts will be revealed at the June meeting! The President’s challenge for this year was to make a quilted item featuring a representation of a “critter” or to use “critter” fabric in a quilt. Any size! Any critter counts – cats, dogs, penguins, bugs, …! If you want to make something for the challenge but don’t necessarily want to keep it, you can donate it to “My Very Own Blanket”. If you choose to donate, it needs to be in sizes of 36″ x 36″ up to 60″ x 80″ or twin size or any size in between. But for the challenge, any size is fair “game.” Not finished? Bring it anyway!

Click here to see photos from the 2015 President’s Challenge.

SHAWNEE RETREAT 2017

QQ’s annual retreat, held at the beautiful Shawnee State Park Lodge (14 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio) will be held March 3-5, 2017. The retreat is currently full. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, email Phyllis Post.

SUNSHINE

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.

WORKSHOPS

Registration forms for the Bonnie Hunter workshop will be mailed to you next week and posted on our Facebook page. Bonnie will be speaking at the Connecting Threads meeting on Tuesday evening, June 27, 2017 (free to QQ and CT members) and leading a QQ workshop on June 29 at Mifflin Presbyterian Church in Gahanna. Current QQ members can begin registering for the June 29 workshop on January 13. Cost will be $55.00 for members. Each participant must have their own copy of Bonnie’s new book, “Addicted to Scraps”. A supply list will be provided well in advance of the workshop. Lunch is on your own – there are a number of restaurants nearby. We will open registration up to Common Threads members on March 1 and to the general public on March 20. So, if you want to attend, sign up early. If there are spots available in the June 28 workshop, QQ members will have the opportunity to sign up before Common Threads opens it to the general public. You can check Bonnie out at www.quiltville.com.

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.