The May Newsletter is now available. You can read it by clicking on the link below or by going to the Guild's Newsletter Page.
Another big thank you to everyone who made this year’s quilt show a success. It once again showcased the talent of our Guild members. Over eight hundred people enjoyed the day, visiting the vendors, admiring the handiwork of our featured artist Connie Guhlstorf, and enjoying the comfortable surroundings. Congratulations to Mary Sanko, whose quilt won the Best in Show. The complete list of winners is listed in this newsletter and is available on the Guild website.
The reports for the show committees are coming in and should be complete in time to lay show duties aside for the summer. If you were a committee chairman and have not yet written your report, please finish up in time for the May meeting.
Several members who headed committees this year have volunteered to continue for next year’s show. In September, a call will go out to fill in the rest of the needs. I will not mention the need for someone to be chairman and/or co-chairman for 2018. You may have the peace of a summer without being harassed about it. But think about it.
Remember to bring in your yard signs to put away for next year. We will be collecting them at the meeting.
Join your sister/brother quilters at the Mennonite church for a fun filled evening of food, games, and demonstrations. We are continuing in the spirit begun by Ruth Taha at the quilt show this year. There will be demonstrations directly from the Mentor program so you can go home at the end of the evening and say, “Look what I’ve Learned.”
6 PM---Dinner is served. We will provide table service and drinks
If your lasts name begins with:
A-I Bring a salad and serving spoon or fork
J-R Bring a dessert and serving spoon or fork
S-Z Bring a bread and serving spoon or fork
Immediately following dinner, Stormy will lead us in a short business meeting.
Immediately following the meeting, ‘How To’ demonstrations by the Mentor Program Attendees will be set up for you to gather around.
To top off the evening, we will be playing a game called ‘Left, Center, Right’ where you will have a chance to win strips of fabric.
Summing up, please bring
If you wish to volunteer to help set up, help with drinks, or help to clean up, contact
We're looking forward to a great line up of speakers this coming year! Sign up for guild members will begin at the Salad Supper on May 4. Bring your check book that night – if you register for more than one workshop on the signup sheet, you will need to write a separate check for each. This includes the winter and summer retreats – separate checks for those too. We ask you to post-date your check for each workshop; the date to write on your check is indicated on the signup sheet. Your check(s) will be held and will be deposited two months before each workshop. Cash is also accepted but checks are preferred. Sorry, no credit cards. Per the guild’s guidelines, there must be a 60-day notice on cancellations in order to receive a refund.
Here's a summary of each month. Photos of their workshops are on the registration form, that's included in this newsletter.
Sept 2017 – Gyleen Fitzgerald
Specialty: Pineapple Quilts
She blends color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary angle to traditional quilting. She’s also a gifted writer.
Lecture: Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings
Workshops: Trash to Treasures Pineapples & Wisp – both stash buster designs
October 2017 – Pat Sloan
Specialty: Patchwork and Applique.
She's written 30 books, hundreds of patterns and has designed over15 fabric lines for Moda.
Lecture: My Life as a Quilter
Workshops: Mama’s Garden Quilt & Scrap Happy Trash Bag – both stash buster designs
November 2017 – Pam Buda
Pattern writer for Heartspun Quilts, Marcus fabric designer, Pioneer life historian.
Lecture: Making Do: Honoring Our American Quilting Heritage
Workshops: Starry, Starry Nines & Star String Quilt and Pinkeep
December 2017 – Flavin Glover
Specialty: Log Cabin Quilts
Her quilt ‘Row Houses’ was selected as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century.
Lecture: A New Look at Log Cabin Quilts
Workshops: Rainbow City & Tonal Reflections
January 2018 – No lecture. Winter retreat!
February 2018 – Kathryn Lilley Trunk Show
Specialty: Fabulous eye for color. Superb workmanship.
February 2018 – Laurie Shierer
Workshop: 2-day workshop - Tool Tote
March 2018 – Becky Goldsmith
Specialty – Wonky Applique and Color.
She's co-owner of the Piece O’Cake Designs.
Lecture: A Practical Approach to Color
Workshops: Best- Ever Quilter’s House & Pick Up Sticks
April 2018 – Suzi Parron
Specialty – Barn Quilts
She’s traveled the country, chronicling barn quilts.
Lecture: Barn Quilts
Workshop: Paint Your Own Barn Quilt
We hope you were able to join us for Quilt Spectrum 2017, Look What We’ve Learned, held Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 1413 Leslie Drive on Bloomington’s east side. It was a beautiful show and included nearly 200 quilts, vendors and the Unique Boutique. Bed turnings were held both Friday and Saturday. Connie Guhlstorf was the Guild’s Featured Artist. The Pantagraph included an article about the show in its Sunday edition.
The 2017 Mennonite Relief Sale was held March 17th & 18th at the Interstate Center. Guild members Cheryl Adam, Jo Bressan, Joann Briggs, Becky Carter, Pat Dahme, Pam Riss, Donna Leber, Cathie Lockwood, Jenny Pettinger, Jackie Pilon, Mary Sanko, Jayne Shindel, and Marilyn Sutherland generously donated eighteen quilts that sold for $3,505. Thank you to everyone who donated quilts and bazaar items! The Sale benefits local food pantries and worldwide relief efforts.
We look forward to these projects and to showcase our guild’s willingness to give to others. If any small groups are doing projects and would like to ask others to join, please send us the information and we’ll pass it on.
HAAQG Library will not be accepting book or magazine donations at the May salad supper meeting. Please look through your personal quilt book library and consider books you could donate at the September 2017 meeting.
We are going to look at all the HAAQG library books and purge books to sell at the September 2017 meeting. I think we will also be looking at our (HAAQG owned and donated) books to chose some to donate to local 4H groups and other groups interested in quilting.
Remember – May will be the last opportunity to borrow books from the library until September.
New books in March and April –
from Connie J Carstens
Our guild is large and has many wonderful groups from which to choose. Whether you are a new member or have been in the guild for many years, you are welcome to come to the mentor class and meet quilters who enjoy quilting and learning new skills just like you.
The Mentor program meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30PM at the Mennonite church.
On May18th, we will be making vinyl project bags. With these handy bags, it is easy to see and find the project you want to work on.
If you are interested in attending this class, please let Kay Bowen or Kay Fisher know since we will be asking Peace and Applique Too Quilt Shop to carry this pattern and they may have to order it. The supply list is in the pattern.
Kay Bowen (email@example.com) and Kay Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org
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The April 20th Mentoring Class, Project Bags, has been postponed. Peace and Applique Too is out of Project Bag patterns for the April class. To allow more time for the patterns to arrive into the shop, the class has been postponed to May 18th.
Please let Kay Fisher know if you have your pattern and that you have received notification of the class cancellation.