Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!


Our April meeting has been cancelled due to the extension of social distancing.

Please hold on to your pizza boxes and bitty blocks. If you complete a UFO on your list and you won’t have it by the May meeting, take a photo so Nancy knows you finished it.

We meet at 7:00PM on the second Thursday at:

Covenant Baptist Church
5100 Dierker Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220

(between Bethel and Henderson Roads – click here for map).


LifeCare Alliance is extremely busy trying to maintain services during this health crisis.  Placemats will not be delivered until May or June, so they will not be collected until the May meeting. 

There is no specific pattern – there are lots of free quilted placemat patterns online.  12″ x 16″ is a good size, but that’s flexible.  Add borders to your orphan blocks and use up odd pieces of batting.  Experiment with a new block pattern or color combination;  placemats are a perfect size to practice fee-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.  Placemats must be washable.


Based on Quiltmaker Magazine’s 2015 Bitty Block free online patterns, we are making 3″ or 4″ blocks, turning them in on even numbered months: October, December, February, April, and June. We are using one background fabric all year – Moda Bella Bleached White 90098 – and we are selling fat quarters for $2. The fabric is also available at some quilt shops, just be sure it is #90098 because there are other Bella whites. One fat quarter is more than enough for three blocks of all five patterns.

The April block is Flying Geese Pinwheels.  Note:  This is a 4″ block (4-1/2 unfinished).  Bella Bleached White background: bright, clear colors (not pastels or muddy/grayed colors) for the pinwheels, prints or solids (no metallics).  Make sets of 3 blocks, put each set in a small baggie along with your name, and turn them in at the April meeting.  Drawing for winners will be after the break.

Bitty Love directions here: https://www.quiltingdaily.com/qm-bitty-blocks-flying-geese-pinwheels-quilty-pleasures-blog/


The following sewing days in Newark have been scheduled for 2020 — June 6-7, August 15, and November 7.  The center has a large open area, a first-floor entry, and a kitchen.  There is room for 30 people at each Sew-In.  There are no fees, but please plan to donate to the pot to cover the lunch.  Sew-Ins are open to current QQ members.

For the 2-day sew-in in June, the hours are Saturday 9am – 11pm and Sunday 8am – 5pm.  A block of double occupancy rooms, each with two queen beds, will be held for Saturday night at the Courtyard by Marriott Newark Granville for anyone wishing to spend the night in Newark.  You are not required to stay at the Marriott or any hotel to attend the sew-in.  You may sign up for one day or two.  If you sew for two days, you many leave your sewing machines and all your equipment and supplies in the conference center overnight.  The building will be locked and monitored with a security alarm.  Lunch for both days in included.  Participants will be responsible for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast and overnight lodging.  To make  a reservation, call the hotel at 740-344-1800.  The block is reserved under the name MedBen Meeting.  You must make your reservation by May 6.  You can cancel with no penalty before June 3..


Our 2020 show is cancelled due to lack of time to organize.


This challenge is designed to inspire you to finish any PIGS, UFOs or CATS that are currently in your stash; give YOU a chance to win some money; AND add a bit of money to the QQ bank account.

To enter this challenge you pay a one-time entry fee amount of $10.00 and turn in a list of each project you plan to finish each month.  For example:

  • November 4 – Turkey Placemats
  • December – Red and green throw

For each monthly goal you achieve, your name will be entered two times into the drawing. If you complete the monthly goal at a later month, for example, the Turkey Placemats in December instead of November, your name will be entered once.

The drawing will occur at the end of the challenge at our June Potluck. The winner will receive 1/2 of the amount of the total entry fees, the other 1/2 of the total entry fee amount will go into the QQ bank account.

Bring your completed project to Show and Tell for the designated month and be sure to let Nancy Heath know so she can enter your name in the drawing.


The quilt has been assembled at the last quilt retreat.  We will be choosing a charity to benefit from the proceeds and distributing raffle tickets for you to sell.  Each member should sell at least two books.  If you have a charity that you would particularly like to donate to, please let a member of the group quilt committee know asap.


IF we have a meeting in April, the library table will be open and we will have a library garage sale.  If you have cleaned out your sewing room, you can donate your gently used items to the QQ garage sale.  The proceeds will go toward purchasing new books.


For April, the Choices wish list is cell phones (with charging cords), powdered laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, large garbage bags, liquid hand soap, dish soap, Febreeze, new women’s socks, underwear and bras, regular size deodorants and toothpaste, feminine hygiene items and African American hair care products.

QQ has been supporting Choices since 1994 by providing quilt and other items for the shelter. CHOICES is our primary service project.  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.


Create a quilt and:

  • Use the color family represented by your birth stone.
  • Use a minimum of three solid and/or tone-on-tone fabrics in your color family.
  • Use at least ONE neutral fabric (grey, white, black, etc).
  • There is no size requirement.
  • Use any technique or combination of techniques.
  • To be revealed at the June meeting!
  • If April – if you choose, you can use the Ancient Birthstone for April which is Sapphire, instead of white, Diamond.

Months, Birthstones and Colors:

  • January – Garnet – Deep Red
  • February – Amethyst – Purple
  • March – Aquamarine – Light Blue or Green-Blue
  • April – Diamond – White (or Sapphire)
  • May – Emerald – Green
  • June – Alexandrite – Light Purple or Light Greenish Purple
  • July – Ruby – Red
  • August – Pericot – Light Green
  • September – Sapphire – Deep Blue
  • October – Tourmaline – Pink
  • November – Topaz – Yellow
  • December – Tanzanite – Blue


Save these dates for the next Shawnee retreats:  March 5-7, 2021; and March 4-6, 2022.


  • QQ meetings (2nd Thursday) – Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11
  • Shawnee Retreats – Mar 5-7, 2021, Mar 4-6, 2022
  • Placemats Due for Meals on Wheels – March 12 meeting
  • QQ Quilt Show 2020 – Jun 18-20, 2020