As your new Programs Committee co-chairs, we're really looking forward to our new line up of speakers for this next year! Sign up for guild members will begin at the Salad Supper on May 3 at 5:00 p.m. 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. If a workshop requires a kit, you can include that kit price with your registration fee. 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. Please note that workshop registration costs are now $35 for members and $45 for non-members.
Specialty: Fresh approach to color using high contrast fabrics
Jill is a designer for Riley Blake, is a master designer for Auriful threads and is a Bernina ambassador.
Lecture: Trunk Show
Workshops: Carousel and Cabin Fever
Specialty: Kaleidoscope designs
Paula designs fabric exclusively for Benartex and has authored six books.
Lecture: Live from New York
Workshops: Sixty Thirty and Simple Symmetry
Specialty: Machine quilting
Angela is the host of The Midnight Quilt Show and her work has been published in numerous magazines and books.
Lecture: Trunk Show
Workshops: Quilting Negative Space and Dot-to-Dot Quilting
Specialty: All things Modern Quilting
Bill and his wife Weeks Ringle design fabric for Benartex and have taught modern quilting throughout the world.
Lecture: Transforming Traditions: Modernism and Quilts
Workshops: Working with Large Scale Prints and Rediscovering Your Stash
Specialty: ReMARKable quilting
Mark is an award winning quilt artist who has lectured and taught all over the world.
Lecture: Man Quilter
Workshops: Remarkable Stained Glass and Machine Trapunto for the Timid Quilter
Specialty: Patchwork and applique featuring her batiks and print designs
Edyta designs fabric for Moda and threads for Aurifil. She's published five books, has been featured in magazines worldwide, and her quilts have received many awards.
Lecture: Reasons for Quilting
Workshops: Spool Quilt and Tree Farm
Mary Lou Wiedman
Specialty: Vibrant use of color and whimsical designs
Mary Lou has written five books, designs fabric for Benartex, represents Bernina, and has taught worldwide.
Lecture: Out of the Box
Workshops: Flower Power and Creative Cow
For additional information visit the Guild's Program page!
Julie Mooberry, Carol Benson, Carole Fay, Debbie Sherman
Congratulations to Marcia Hammerstrand of Bloomington. She had the ticket for the 2018 raffle quilt, “Bunny in the Blooms.” Marcia said that she is a newer quilter and that the raffle quilt will serve as an inspiration for her.
Thank you to everyone who bought and sold raffle tickets or made a donation to the guild. As you know, the proceeds from the raffle quilt go toward bringing in great speakers and as well as all of the great things that the guild does in our community. Can’t wait to see next year’s raffle quilt!
Evelyn Young and Sherrie Snyder
We would like to thank everyone for their participation and support of the projects completed for our community this 2017-18. Valor quilts, pillowcases, quilts for new babies and ‘Children without Beds’, Cancer Comfort Quilts and Fidgit squares. It would be impossible for us to recognize each person who gave these items because our list does not agree with the higher numbers of projects received.
Next fall, we will suggest that our guild continue to support these projects and have ideas to add a few more for you to choose from. In April, we displayed 5 quilts that came in for the ‘Bed Blitz’ for this coming September. We will ask for 55 additional ones for the total that Nancy Stone has set as her goal. She heads this program for our guild. She is hoping that we will think of bright-colored ones for children 4-12 years old, approximately twin size. (This could be a summer project.) Finished pieces may be turned in anytime you see us this summer OR next fall.
CAROL LOU EISENHARDT & CATHIE LOCKWOOD
Dear members of the guild:
First of all, I would like to thank you for asking me to represent you as the featured artist at the quilt spectrum. What an honor. I am also wanting to thank all who helped to make my part easier. I want to thank Connie Guhlstorf. She sent me pictures of the last two featured artists' displays and a time line for me to follow. She also sent a list of things 1 might need for set up, offered me the use of her and Anne's quilt ladders, and answered questions before I could even ask them. Thanks to Lisa and Nancy for taking care of posters, publicity and all the signs. And now I can't name the rest, because I know I'll leave someone out, but thank you for helping with set up, those who brought food, or water or snacks, those who helped put my quilts back up after I came in Saturday and found them on the floor, those who sat for me or with me, or came by to see if I needed anything. Thanks to those who came by just to say Hi and to offer me encouragement. Thank you to Ruth for not only your help, but for putting on a great show, and thanks to Carolyn for not only being president this past year, but also for helping to "take care of me" during the show. I thoroughly enjoyed those two days because of all of you. I hope I did you proud.
Seaming together friendships—one stitch at a time!
As I sit here writing my last President’s letter I am thinking back over this year. I want to thank all the guild members who helped and guided me along the way. I could not have done it without you. My fellow officers, Gerry Schrock, Deborah Hutchins and Bev Elder have been wonderful to work with over the past year. All those who stepped up to chair a committee or be on a committee I say thank you. We are an organization who cannot survive without our volunteers. I encourage each of you in the next year to step up and help out in some way.
There are a few openings for the summer retreat. The committee is working hard planning the two days for everyone to enjoy. Our theme is simple “Sewing with friends”. I have enjoyed making a few new friends this past year and getting to know more of you. Please sign up for the summer sewing days as they will keep those friendships going and maybe you can even meet someone new.
Ruth Taha has done an excellent job the past two years running our quilt spectrum. It is with sadness that we have to say goodbye to her as they move to Indiana to be closer to their children. I wish them well and know we are going to miss all the things she has done for the guild. The quilt show went well. It may be a little while before Bev has all the final reports for us, but family must come first and she needs this time with them.
I ask that you give Gerry Schrock the same respect and help that you have given me. I also ask that you keep Bev Elder and her family in your prayers as they are going through a difficult time. I hope to see many of you at the Salad Supper.
Carolyn Gatenby, President 2017-18
Summer Retreat plans are progressing well. There are still a few openings--contact Linda Click to register. Meals are all being homemade. Sign-in on Friday will not start before 8:30 am. Please do not arrive before then. We will try to have helpers so you can pull in and unload and then park your car. If you want to volunteer to help unload, please contact Carolyn at 630-254-1036. We are planning a couple of days for you to sew and visit and have a good time. We plan several larger door prizes. Not everyone will go home with a prize. We may have a large item to raffle or it may be a door prize--still working on
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Mentoring in May will be on the second Thursday May 10th
May 10, 2018
Nancy Powell will be teaching us how to make a fabric notebook cover. Price is $5 for the pattern or $4.50 online at: https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/quilted-notebook-book-cover/555509 if you want to print it themselves. Nancy can have some printed and ready to be purchased at the salad supper. This way, people can cut their fabric and get a supply list before the class. AND let Nancy know if you want her to bring some sample notebooks to the salad supper.
Kay Bowen, Ruth Taha, Deanna & Richard Bilyeu
A huge thanks to everyone who made this year’s Spectrum another success. Many people worked hard and smart to make it all come together. The quilt entries showed a lot of skill and creativity, the vendors had a lot of nice things to buy, the committees coordinated to produce the sort of show we are known for, and our members turned out to support it. The winners of the quilt judging and the raffle drawing winners are on the guild website under Guild News and Events.
Several of the committee chairs will be serving again next year. Other slots will need to be filled. In particular, the publicity committee will need new members. The old members have good documentation to pass on for your help. This committee this year sent out the notices to local and state media and worked with the chair to update signage for the show. They were also in charge of buying the outdoor signage: the yard signs and the feather signs at the entrance to the show. If you can do all or a part of this kind of thing, let us know. Some of the media notices need to be sent out earlier in the fall. This committee could also be split up. If you are able to take any of this on, please let us know. Gerry Schrock will be president next year and, in the absence of a new chairman for the show, can keep track of who is volunteering until a new chairman is found. You can also be the new chairman. You don’t have to do anything but let everyone else do their jobs.
Openings for the rest of the committees needing new members can be filled next year.
See you all at the Salad Supper.
Salad Supper will start at 6:00 pm!
Please bring a dish to pass according to the first letter of your last name.
We will provide coffee and water.
Their will be a table of gifts! Please take 4 raffle tickets and put them in the bags. I would like everyone to get a chance on a gift.
Cheryl and Ellen
The 2018 Mennonite Relief Sale, which benefits local food pantries and world relief efforts, was held March 16th & 17th. Guild members Karen Applegate, Sue Bidwell, Jo Bressan, Becky Carter, Pat Dahme, Edie Erzen, Cheryl Gallagher, Anthea Hanlin, Deborah Hutchins, Donna Leber, Ruth Pfaffmann, Pam Riss, Mary Sanko, Jayne Shindel, and Marilyn Sutherland donated bazaar items and twenty quilts that sold for nearly $3,000. The Committee greatly appreciates your generous donations. Thank you everyone!