July Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The summer months are a here, so relax, barbeque and catch up on things that we don’t get to do during the busier times of the year.  Some of you are probably traveling to visit family or exploring new countries.  Wherever you go…you will probably encounter quilters, quilts and more fabric.

The yard sale last month was a nice exchange of items that benefited everyone who attended.  There were plenty of deals and steals to be had.  Thank you to those who helped set up and organize this event.

This month we will vote on the incoming board and committee chairs.  The nominated members were introduced to the membership at our last meeting.  It is wonderful that we have so many talented members who have agreed to help next year.  We hope that you will continue to support these activities and recom-mend new things that you would like our guild to do.

There will be plenty to learn at this month’s program reviewing the history of quilts and transition of how they are made today.  We will also have an opportunity to meet all of our members who “quilt for hire.”  Jot down your questions and ask the professionals what you have always questioned about long arm quilting.  This would also be an excellent time to bring a friend who is just exploring or thinking about quilting.

Eat, sleep, quilt; repeat….enjoy your July!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Retreat money
  • Workshop fees
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

JULY BIRTHDAYS

July 3 – Lois Cozzi
July 8 – Joanne Brennan
July 13 – Jane Beck
July 19 – Cindy Ackroyd
July 21 – Dani Sawtelle
July 22 – Beverly Higgins
July 29 – Paula Somers
July 31 – Pam Schweitzer

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SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015

As per our guild by-laws, the proposed slate of officers for the upcoming guild year is to be published in the newsletter.  Voting will take place at the upcoming meeting.  Appointed chairpersons are also included below.

Officers
President  Debbie Williams 
Vice Pres.  Candace Klein 
Secretary  Pat Gispert 
Treasurer  Carol Ethington 
Parliamentarian  Cindy Petersen 
Membership   Sandy Sheffield 
Workshops  Claudia Ingram 
Newsletter  Cathy Singletary 
Board of Directors  Denise Hamilton
Nancy Mitchell
Jayne Torres
Judy De Paul 
Committee Chairpersons: 
Bus Trip  Jayne Torres 
Challenge Quilt  Donna Whiting & Karen Menard 
Community Projects  Jeanette Votenz 
Historian  Melissa Bailey 
Hospitality  Tammy Arnold 
Librarian  Janice Gorgoglione 
Opportunity Quilt  Ingrid Wirebjer 
Retreat  Cindy Parker 
Sunshine  Roseanne Westenzweig 
Quarterly Block  Betty McGue 
Welcome Hostess  Mary Kovalovsky 
Webmasters  Kim Brewer & Lois Cozzi 
Secret Sister  Lucy Chiacchia 
Quilt Show  Gail Palmer & Kathy Coryn 

JULY PROGRAM
An interesting 30-minute program covering the history of quilting will be featured at the upcoming meeting.  Following that, the members of our guild who currently do long-arm quilting for hire will introduce themselves, display examples of their work, and discuss some of the ways you can prepare your quilt before giving it to a professional for quilting.  With many of us completing quilt tops for our show in 2015, these tips will be essential for helping the quilter produce an optimum work of art.

WORKSHOPS

Free Motion Quilting with Your Home Domestic Sewing Machine: April’s speaker, Elizabeth Dackson, will present this workshop on July 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church Social Hall.  In this class, students will learn the basics of free-­motion quilting on their domestic sewing machines, as illustrated in her 2013 release for Martingale, Becoming a Confident Quilter -­ from basting options, to thread, needles and setting up your workspace to support your quilt. Students will also learn about troubleshooting techniques to employ if/when they experience difficulty while free-motioning, such as thread breakage and skipped stitches. Students will practice four different continuous line free-motion designs to build their skills.

Cross Terrain:  This workshop to be conducted by Claudia Ingram and Nancy Mitchell will feature a pattern that can be found on Moda Bake Shop.   The class will be held on October 18 in the Social Hall.  Cost: $15.  See Carol Ethington to sign up; more information will be announced at the upcoming meetings.

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QUARTERLY BLOCK

Ingrid Wirebjer has come up with another great block for us all to make, her last entry as Quarterly Block chairperson.  “Simply Woven”  features autumn-colored fabrics.  Instructions and fabric requirements can be picked up at the next two meetings.  It will be due at the September meeting, just in time for the lucky winners to assemble a top for the fall season.

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RETREAT

It’s not too late to sign up for the summer retreat which starts on July 31.  Anyone who has not registered at this point only has to make payment in full at the July meeting. 

Same costs as at recent retreats:

Youth Dorm:
$70 a night for lower bunk
$65 a night for upper bunk

Semi-Private Cabin (2 to a room):
$95 a night

It's a great way to get to know Guild members and complete some of those UFO's.  Come sew, have a great time and not have to cook or clean for 3 days!

Mark your calendars for these retreat dates coming up:

Retreat 2015:

March 12-15 (will only have Retreat House and Pool House for semi-private cabins)
August 13-16

Retreat 2016:

February 18-21
August 25-28

We will have our usual dorms and cabins, except for March 2015.  Pool House sleeps 14 and Retreat House sleeps 20, so plenty of rooms for those wanting cabins.

GUILD PINS

Anniversary pins commemorating the 25th year since the guild’s founding, will be available at the check-in table.  The cost is $6.  There are only 100 available so get yours before they are gone.  Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

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GUILD CALENDAR

July 7 – Quilt Show Committee meeting
6:30 p.m., Bloomingdale Library

July 14 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m.

July 19 – Elizabeth Dackson workshop
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church Social Hall

July 23 – Board Meeting
All incoming and outgoing members invited
6:30 p.m., Bloomingdale Library

July 31 – August 3 – Retreat!
Day Spring Episcopal Center, Ellenton

August 11 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m.

SUNSHINE NEWS

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken into consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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June Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Our group had a very exciting meeting last month with our annual salad supper, challenge quilt reveal, and drawing for the Opportunity quilt.  I’d like to personally thank Kathy Coryn and Barbara Hultman for coordinating the challenge for two consecutive years.  It was very successful having 27 of our members participate!  The results were amazing and we may see some of these hanging at the next quilt show.  Congratulations are certainly in order for Pam Johnson’s entry of “I Spy”, winning Judge’s Choice and Viewers’ Choice awards.

This month we will have business of deciding who will receive our annual charity donation.  We will also present the slate of officers for next year’s board and committee chairs.  Following our business meeting, we will have an opportunity to purchase items from our quilting “yard sale.”  Revenue from donations will benefit the guild treasury; members are also encouraged to rent a table and sell their own items.  We will have a special guest with quilting fabric for sale at a discount.  Time to build up your stash again!  Bring checks, cash and plastic---you never know what you might need to buy!

The quilt show committee is busy planning and preparing for our November 2015 show.  Please start thinking about what quilt you can make to showcase your particular talent or what challenge you want to conquer before then.  We would like our entire membership to hang something in the next show…so start planning now.

Lastly, I would really like everyone to complete their community service project by the end of July.  A NICU baby quilt is such an easy way to support our community.  If you need a pattern or idea, ask another member for help.  Certainly pair up with another member and work together on two quilts.  There are many personal rewards of sharing your ability to create.

Thanks to all who share their time and talent in this group.  We also welcome all of your new ideas for upcoming classes and programs.  If you would like to teach a specific technique or project, please let our workshop chairperson know.

Denise Hamilton

 THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Quilting related articles for yard sale
  • Quarterly block – “Scrappy Flag”
  • Shopping $$$
  • Retreat money
  • Workshop fees
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

June 2 – Janice Gorgoglione
June 6 – Bunni Dion
June 11 – Denise Hamilton
June 12 – Pat Dunlap
June 19 – Jan Fox
June 21 – Mary Ann Metz
June 21 – Lisa Boydston

SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015

As per our guild by-laws, the proposed slate of officers for the upcoming guild year is to be published in the June newsletter.  Voting will take in July.  Appointed chairpersons are also included below.

President: Debbie Williams
Vice Pres.: **unfilled**
Secretary: Pat Gispert
Treasurer: Carol Ethington
Parliamentarian: Cindy Petersen
Membership: Sandy Sheffield
Workshops: Claudia Ingram
Newsletter: Cathy Singletary
BOD: Denise Hamilton
   Nancy Mitchell
   Jayne Torres
   Judy De Paul

Committee Chairpersons:

Bus Trip: Jayne Torres
Challenge Quilt: Donna Whiting & Karen Menard
Community Projects: Jeanette Votenz
Historian: Melissa Bailey
Hospitality: Tammy Arnold
Librarian: Janice Gorgoglione
Opportunity Quilt: Ingrid Wirebjer
Retreat: Cindy Parker
Sunshine: Roseanne Westenzweig
Quarterly Block: Betty McGue
Welcome Hostess: Mary Kovalovsky
Webmasters: Kim Brewer & Lois Cozzi
Secret Sister: Lucy Chiacchia
Quilt Show: Gail Palmer & Kathy Coryn

WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF SOMEONE TO SERVE AS
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR THE 2014-2015 YEAR.

This person needs to have been an active member of the guild for a minimum of 2 years, and is responsible for setting up the monthly guild programs.  A detailed description is available on our web site at the end of the By-Laws.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact either Roseanne Westenzweig or Judy De Paul at her cell phone.

HOW TO SPEND OUR DONATION $$$

As Denise mentioned in her monthly letter, it is time for the members to vote on how we will allocate the money designated in the budget for donation.  The Board discussed some options and has come up with three suggestions for your consideration.  A vote will take place at the upcoming June meeting.

Quilts of Valor - The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.  It is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit foundation that began in November 2003 and has given away nearly 100,000 quilts.  There are chapters of the foundation in most states.  The Florida coordinator is Linda Fentiss who is a member of a group that meets monthly at Crafty Threads.  She is also helping Inspire quilt shop in Plant City start a group of sewers who will meet monthly.  Donations to QOVF can be in cash or in fabric to make more quilts.  Please visit the Quilts of Valor web page for more information. 

(The upcoming sew days at Inspire are June 27, July 18, August 22, and September 26.  They also seek longarmers who will quilt the tops.  Minimum size is 55 x 65 but no larger than 60 x 80.)

Family Promise of Greater Brandon – This is an organization that works with local congregations to utilize their space and volunteers to provide temporary housing for guests in their program.  Their goal is to partner with homeless families to help them regain their independence and find permanent housing.  They strive to empower families to keep their housing after the program, not merely to help them in the short-term.

Families with children are eligible for a maximum 60-day program if the parents are able to work on a plan for self-sufficiency.  Background checks and substance testing are required.  To learn more about this organization:  www.familypromiseofgreaterbrandon.org.

Boys and Girls Club - The mission of the B&G Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need them the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.  The clubs are community based, provide a safe, affordable place for young people during non-school hours and during the summer, and are led by paid, trained professionals.  The FUMC congregation shares space with the B&G Club of Brandon.  Learn more at www.bgctampa.org.

JUNE PROGRAM

Are you ready for our Yard Sale?  What better way to downsize, clean out some unwanted items or just get rid of some fabric that you are no longer crazy about.  The price per table will be $10, and you can share a table with a friend.  Please call or email Roseanne ASAP if you wish to reserve a table. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 813-380-3606.  If you simply want to donate items to the guild for auction or sale, please bring them to the June meeting.
There will be a collection bin at the entrance to the chapel.  It is requested that you price your items before donating, with a sticker or tag. At this time, it is planned to set up the sale in the chapel, but depending upon the number of tables reserved during the upcoming week, we may change to the Social Hall.   

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  Our V.P. Roseanne Westenzweig is nearly finished putting together a slate of officers for 2014-15, with assistance from Judy DePaul, Sandy Sheffield and Donna Whiting.   There is still an opening for Vice President, a very important job in the guild.   We need fresh new ideas and your talent!  Please contact one of these ladies.

WORKSHOPS

On June 14, we will have a Saturday Sew-cialize (Sit & Sew) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall.  Bring your own project(s) and spend the day sewing with friends.  This would be a perfect time to make that charity quilt, either for the NICU at Brandon Regional Hospital, or for another worthy recipient.  The cost is $5 to help defray our donation to the church for the use of the room, coffee, etc.

Free Motion Quilting with Your Home Domestic Sewing Machine: April’s speaker, Elizabeth Dackson, will present this workshop on July 19.  In this class, students will learn the basics of free-­motion quilting on their domestic sewing machines, as illustrated in her 2013 release for Martingale, Becoming a Confident Quilter -­‐ from basting options, to thread, needles and setting up your workspace to support your quilt. Students will also learn about troubleshooting techniques to employ if/when they experience difficulty while free-motioning, such as thread breakage and skipped stitches. Students will practice four different continuous line free-motion designs to build their skills.

SECRET SISTERS

The reveal dinner for participants in the Secret Sister program will take place on June 2 at 6:30 p.m.  The location is Mimi’s Restaurant, 804 Providence Road in Brandon.  Please contact Donna Whiting if you have any questions.

GUILD PINS

Anniversary pins commemorating the 25th year since the guild’s founding, will be available at the check-in table.  The cost is $6.  There are only 100 available so get yours before they are gone.  Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

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QUARTERLY BLOCK

Our latest quarterly block, a red/white/blue scrappy flag, is due at the upcoming meeting!  To participate, you only need to make one flag, though, as always, the more the merrier.  The photo depicts just one way to combine several of the blocks.

Directions can be found on the guild website, under “Upcoming Events.”

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OPPORTUNITY QUILT WRAP-UP

The drawing for our opportunity quilt was held at the May salad supper and the excited winner is new member, Judy Charlton.  All 3000 tickets were sold!!!!  Thanks so very much to everyone who helped, especially the ITIS bee group.  The quilt featured blocks made by many members; Claudia Ingram spent countless hours on planning the quilt and assembling the blocks.  Lois Cozzi provided the long arm quilting at no cost, and the backing and batting were donated by members.   It was a true team effort.

Five prizes were given to members who sold more than 20 tickets.  Top Sellers:

258 - Claudia ingram
100 - Cathy Singletary & Denise Hamilton
80 - Nancy Mitchell
60 - Cathy Coryn, Fredde Gentry, Ellen Lanuotte,
Betty McGue, & Kari Power

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Sara David has an interest in Modern quilts and art quilts.  She has been quilting for 2 years, since she started seeing these Modern quilts.  She hails from New England, has a background in marketing, publishing, graphic design and website design and is a mom to 2 adult sons.  Her other interests include garment construction, home décor, research, reading, hiking and travel.

Sheila Keel is a lifelong Floridian.  She is now retired from a career as a payroll manager.  She has 4 stepchildren and 3 grandchildren, with another due any day!  She likes to read and garden, and is new to quilting, with an interest in both traditional and modern quilts.

Michele Wilbur is from Liverpool, NY where she was in the insurance industry.  She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.  She loves all kinds of sewing and has been quilting since she was a small child.  She admits to a specific interest in art quilts.

GUILD CALENDAR

June 2 – Secret Sister reveal dinner
Mimi’s Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.     

June 9 – Guild meeting and yard sale
6:45 p.m.

June 14 – Saturday Sew-cialize
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Church Social Hall

June 18 – Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale library

July 14 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m.

SUNSHINE NEWS

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken into consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Ladies, I am amazed by the attendance and enthusiasm for our monthly meetings this year. And the Show and Tell can’t get any bigger or better! I hope everyone enjoyed our Modern Quilter last month, Elizabeth Dackson. She really got many of us thinking differently about negative space, block grids, and turning traditional blocks into modern work.

This month is one of our FUN social gatherings that has become a true Piecemakers’ tradition. All members are asked to bring a favorite salad, Board members will provide the dessert, and our hospitality committee will provide drinks and the rest. We will also get to view all of the wonderful entries for this year’s challenge quilt celebrating our “25 years” of existence and the opportunity to vote for your favorite. It will be a wonderful evening of relaxing and getting to know each other better. We will also have the drawing for our Opportunity Quilt!!! Don’t miss out on taking the prize quilt home with you.

Next month, in June, we give you the opportunity to “recycle” your unwanted items and bring them to our Yard Sale. You may donate your items with the revenue going back to the guild or rent a table of your own for $10 and keep your profits of the evening. Either way, your sewing space becomes less cluttered and someone else goes home happier. Another win/win situation. Start going through your things now and please bring us your unwanted treasures.

Thank you to all who help in so many ways.

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Opportunity quilt ticket money and stubs – NEED IMMEDIATELY
  • Sympathy block for Cindy Ackroyd
  • Workshop fees
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

MAY BIRTHDAYS

May 5 – Sandy Sheffield
May 13 – Carolyn Henderson
May 13 – Nancy Mitchell
May 20 – Kathy Mello
May 23 – Mary Maggi
May 27 – Alfreda Sonneveldt
May 30 – Rosemary Lacovare

GUILD PINS

Anniversary pins commemorating the 25th year since the guild’s founding, will be available at the check-in table starting at the May meeting.  The cost is $6.  There are only 100 available so get yours before they are gone. Here is a picture of the pin; they will be 1” square:

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MAY PROGRAM

In May, we have our annual Salad Supper when the Challenge Quilts will be revealed. Members are asked to bring any type of salad; don’t forget to include serving utensils if needed. The Board members will provide desserts.

Then get ready for our Yard Sale in June. What better way to downsize, clean out some unwanted items or just get rid of some fabric that you are no longer crazy about.  The price per table will be $10, and you can share a table with a friend.  Please call or email Roseanne if you wish to reserve a table. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 813-380-3606. If you simply want to donate items to the guild for auction or sale, please bring them to the May meeting.

There will be a collection bin at the entrance to the chapel. It is preferred that you price your items before donating. Larger items may be auctioned off to benefit the guild. 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Are you, or is someone you know, ready to take on a Board position or chair a committee? Our V.P. Roseanne Westenzweig is nearly finished putting together a slate of officers for 2014-15, with assistance from Judy DePaul, Sandy Sheffield and Donna Whiting.  This is a great way to get to know more people and do something to improve the Guild. There are still openings for a Vice President and someone with accounting/bookkeeping experience for Treasurer.  We need fresh new ideas and your talent!  Please contact one of these ladies.  

WORKSHOPS

Scrappy Trip Around the World: Claudia and Nancy will be leading a class on this very popular pattern on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. At this time, the class is full, but Carol Ethington can still take your name for a waiting list, if you are interested. The fee is $15.

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On June 14, we will have a Saturday Sew-cialize (Sit & Sew) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall. Bring your own project(s) and spend the day sewing with friends. This would be a perfect time to make that charity quilt for the NICU at Brandon Regional Hospital, or for another worthy recipient. The cost is $5 to help defray our donation to the church for the use of the room, coffee, etc.

Free Motion Quilting with Your Home Domestic Sewing Machine: April’s speaker, Elizabeth Dackson, will present this workshop on July 19. In this class, students will learn the basics of free—motion quilting on their domestic sewing machines, as illustrated in her 2013 release for Martingale, Becoming a Confident Quilter – from basting options, to thread, needles and setting up your workspace to support your quilt. Students will also learn about troubleshooting techniques to employ if/when they experience difficulty while free-motioning, such as thread breakage and skipped stitches. Students will practice four different continuous line free-motion designs to build their skills.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets. You should have completed selling your tickets by now; we need your money, and especially the TICKET STUBS, since the drawing will be at our May meeting

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes!

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Ingrid has announced the next quarterly block, a red/white/blue scrappy flag! To participate, you only need to make one flag, though, as always, the more the merrier. The photo depicts just one way to combine several of the blocks.

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Directions can be found on the guild website, under “Upcoming Events.” They will be due at the June meeting.

CHALLENGE QUILT

Wow!  Twenty-seven quilts (yes, 27!) were turned in for this year's challenge.  Is that a record? Thanks to all the participants for their creative efforts.  The quilts will be displayed at the May salad supper and all members will be able to vote for their favorite.

SUNSHINE NEWS

We will be collecting sympathy blocks for Cindy Ackroyd who lost her husband in February. Please see the directory for instructions.

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Brenda Edwards made her first quilt in 1969! She is a retired state administrator from Michigan, with 3 children and one grandchild. Like many guild members, she also enjoys knitting, crochet and sewing in general, as well as reading.

Marcia Morris has lived in Hillsborough County for 28 years and resided in Iowa and Illinois prior to that. She is a dental hygienist by profession and is currently involved with the Florida State Golf Association. She started hand quilting in the 70’s, and more recently has taken up machine work. She loves golf, gardening, bridge, cooking, decor and sports. Marcia is not partial to any particular style of quilting, stating that she loves traditional and modern. She has 2 children and 3 grands.

Mary Nell Kirkner has been quilting for 23 years, ever since meeting quilters in Mississippi at the time her husband entered the Air Force. She is a former nurse who loves smocking, knitting, crocheting and all crafts. She is particularly fond of Civil War and modern quilts. She has 3 children and 2 granddaughters.

More next month!

GUILD CALENDAR

May 3 – “Scrappy Trip Around the World” workshop
Church Social Hall, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 5 – Challenge quilt participant reception
Kathy Coryn’s home, 6:30 p.m.

May 12 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.
Annual salad supper/Challenge quilt reveal

May 14 – Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale Library (all welcome)

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens. Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby. Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Wow…it is almost Easter and time to finish up those challenge quilts!  What a busy spring it has been for our guild.

Last month’s program was wonderful, and we learned lots of great techniques and tips in the workshops.  We will get fresh ideas and inspiration in the modern quilting world with this month’s speaker, Elizabeth Dackson.  She had a book published recently and is a local teacher.

The nominating committee is very busy filling the slots for our next operating year.  We are always looking for newer members to take an active role in helping out in their area of interest.

The winner of our BIG fundraiser, the “Black Diamonds” Opportunity quilt, will be selected at our May salad supper.  Please try to sell as many tickets as you can to help us reach our goal of $3000.  It is a beautiful king-size quilt that many members contributed to making.  Let’s replenish our funds before getting close to the financial needs of the next quilt show.  E-mail your long distance friends the link to our web page to see the photo, or gift tickets to someone you love for a birthday or special occasion.  Remember all of your quilting friends who would LOVE to win this quilt.

Enjoy the opportunity when you have time to quilt, especially with others who share this love.  We have been very fortunate to have MANY new members this year.  This is vital to the group’s long term growth because it provides plenty of new ideas, talent and diversity of our members.  Thank YOU for keeping the Piecemakers a strong, active, and competitive guild in Brandon.  The benefits of membership far outweigh the effort to belong---even for those who chair positions or sit the board.

Many thanks to those who “piecefully” do their volunteer jobs every month….and do them very well.

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Challenge quilt
  • Opportunity quilt ticket money – need ASAP
  • Sympathy block for Cindy Ackroyd
  • Workshop fees
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

April 1 – Mandi Persell

April 2 – Ingrid Wirebjer

April 2 – Michelle Lane

April 6 – Emma Jensen

April 6 – Cindy Petersen

April 7 – Claudia Ingram

April 7 – Debbie Williams

April 7 – Judy Charlton

April 8 – Kathy Comer

April 24 – Teena Cummins

April 24 – Denise Skillman

April 25 – Nan Ryan

APRIL PROGRAM

Elizabeth Dackson will present a lecture entitled, "Merging Modern and Traditional Quilting: Hello Modern Traditionalism." It is about finding new and inspiring ways to take block-based quilts to the next level to create fresh, modern traditionalist quilts.  She utilizes alternative grids, unexpected fabric choices and deconstruction.  

Elizabeth became a fabric addict before she became a quilter, but she’s quite addicted to both these days! She designs quilt patterns found both on her blog, “Don’t Call Me Betsy,” as well as in various well-known quilting publications.  Her first book, Becoming a Confident Quilter, was released in the fall of 2013.  She teaches regularly throughout the country. Her first electronic teaching production, “Start Free-Motion Quilting,” is now available through the Craftsy online platform. Elizabeth is the founding member of the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild and current president.  She lives in Tampa with her husband, son, and neurotic beagle.

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In May we have our wonderful Salad Supper with Challenge Quilt reveal; then get ready for our Garage Sale in June. What better way to downsize, clean out some unwanted items or just get rid of some fabric that you are no longer crazy about.  The price per table will be $20, and you can share a table with a friend.  Please call or email Roseanne if you wish to reserve a table. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 813-380-3606. 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  Are you, or is someone you know, ready to take on a Board position or chair a committee?  Our V.P. Roseanne Westenzweig will be putting together a slate of officers for 2014-15, with assistance from Judy DePaul, Sandy Sheffield and Donna Whiting.  This is a great way to get to know more people and do something to improve the Guild. We need fresh new ideas and your talent!  Please contact one of these ladies.  

WORKSHOPS

Scrappy Trip Around the World:  Claudia and Nancy will be leading a class on this very popular pattern on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. See Carol Ethington to register and receive the handout with fabric/cutting requirements.  The fee is $15.

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On June 14, we will have a Saturday Sew-cialize (Sit & Sew) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall.  Bring your own project(s) and spend the day sewing the friends.  The cost is $5 to help defray our donation to the church for the use of the room, coffee, etc.

April’s speaker, Elizabeth Dackson, will present a workshop on July 19.  Carol Ethington is still considering options for the project and/or technique to be featured.  If you have a request after perusing Elizabeth’s website (www.dontcallmebetsy.com), please contact Carol.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets.  If you have finished selling your tickets, Please turn in your money ASAP.

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes!

If you know of anywhere we can display and sell tickets for the quilt (craft fairs, other guild meetings, etc.), please inform Claudia Ingram, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QUILTS FOR QUILTING

Many members produced small quilts that Jayne Torres collected and sent to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah for their fundraiser.  We can participate in the auction and bid online via this link:

http://www.benefitbidding.com/auctions/listings/index.cfm?auction=137&resetcategory=1

Also, the museum had an entry on their Facebook page specifically mentioning Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon and their contribution of quilts in honor of the 25th anniversary of founding.  What an honor!  Kudos to all who participated in this effort!

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Ingrid announced in March the next quarterly block, a red/white/blue scrappy flag!  To participate, you only need to make one flag, though, as always, the more the merrier.  The photo depicts just one way to combine several of the blocks. 

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Directions can be found on the guild website, under “Upcoming Events.”  They will be due at the June meeting.

CHALLENGE QUILT

It’s time to turn in those quilts!  Remember to place your entry in a non-see-through bag, and cover your label.  For other specifics, please check the guild website under Upcoming Events.

The reveal for challenge participants will be held at Kathy Coryn's home on Monday, May 5 at 6:30 pm.

TIPS, TRICKS & TECHNIQUES

There are literally millions of sources online where quilters can learn new tips or review old techniques when a refresher is required. One of our “veteran” members sent in this link, which she recommends to all our members: 

http://www.pieceocake.com/Lessons/LessonsFromPOC-AppliqueTechniques.html.  It has a list of all Becky Goldsmith’s free lessons and videos with links to each one. 

SUNSHINE NEWS

We will be collecting sympathy blocks for Cindy Ackroyd who lost her husband in February.  Please see the directory for instructions.

Also, please keep Sandy Sheffield in your thoughts and prayers, as she lost her father in March.  If you would like to help Sandy, please contact Roseanne Westenzweig. 

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Liz Gray grew up in Massachusetts, but came to Florida for college and ended up staying.  She is a former social worker who is now full-time mom to 2 teenage boys.  She loves cooking and baking, as well as scrapbooking and other paper crafts.  Though she admits to having lots of unfinished projects in her 12 years of quilting, maybe that will change, now that she is a member of the guild.

Anne Stern is from London, England!  She spends 4-5 months out of the year in Florida.  She is a sales director, mother of 3 and grandmother of 3.  In addition to quilting, she enjoys stained glass, gardening, walking and making paper.  She favors contemporary quilting, with embellishments such as beading.

Cindy Reilly is a brand new quilter!  In fact, she has never quilted, so guild members can teach her a lot.  Her hobbies are baking, cooking, playing poker, reading and sewing.  She is an accountant from Astoria, Queens, and has 3 children and 5 grandbabies.

Judy Charlton is another brand-new quilter who is favoring simple patchwork so far.  She grew up in Miami, and is a teacher, with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren during the summer.

More next month!

GUILD CALENDAR

April 14 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

April 23 – Board meeting (all welcome)

                Bloomingdale library, 6:30 p.m.

May 3 – “Scrappy Trip Around the World” workshop

                Church Social Hall, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 5 – Challenge quilt participant reception

                Kathy Coryn’s home, 6:30 p.m.

May 12 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

                Annual salad supper/Challenge quilt reveal

May 14 – Board meeting (all welcome)

                Bloomingdale library, 6:30 p.m.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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March Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Happy Spring everyone!  It is nice to see the plants getting green and growing again.

I hope that everyone who wanted to attend the bus trip got a seat this year.  The co-chairs, Dawn and Cindy, always provide the ultimate 12-hour day for our members.  Thanks for your support of a great social day for all of our quilters.

This month’s meeting will be fabulous with Pat Sloan visiting our group.  She is well known for her beautiful work of appliqué and piecing and will offer us two workshops.  Remember to invite your quilting friends to her lecture, and please note that there will be a small guest fee this meeting with our national speaker.

Miniature quilts to donate, quarterly block, challenge quilts, and selling tickets for the opportunity quilt should be on your “get it done” or almost done list for March.  Please ask the appropriate chairs if you have any questions to get these projects submitted. 

Our nominating committee will be looking for members to take board and committee positions for our next operating year.  Please consider helping in your area of interest.  Many positions will be open so please consider being more involved next year.

Look for photos of our next quilt show venue, the Regent, on our website and start thinking about your participation in the show.  The quilt show committee will be forming over the next month or two, with planning and preparing for this huge fundraiser.  Please let Gail Palmer know if you are interested in a committee lead position.

As you start your Spring cleaning, save those sewing related treasures and donate to the PMQG yard sale in June. 

Happy Quilting….when you have your gardens cleaned!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Quarterly “tulip” block
  • Opportunity quilt ticket money – need ASAP
  • Workshop fees
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

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MARCH BIRTHDAYS

March 6 – Carol Ethington

March 6 – Natasha Subko

March 10 – Pam Johnson

March 15 – Cathy Hendley

March 20 – Denise Overbey

March 21 – Lucy Chiacchia

March 26 – Candace Klein

MARCH PROGRAM

Our program in March will be presented by popular quilter and designer, Pat Sloan.  Pat has a passion for creating and quilts are her medium.

She started sewing as a child and continued to sew clothing for herself until she discovered quilting, which she has been pursuing for over 20 years. She started teaching and then decided to put her ideas into patterns.  She runs her own design business called Pat Sloan & Company with husband Gregg (the Shipping Department) from their home in Fairfax County, VA.

She starts out her designs by drawing them in note pads, and then moves them into the computer. What she has found is that she really enjoys sharing what she does. She loves to travel to talk and teach from her quilt designs. And she really loves to see what other quilters do with her patterns.

Pat has designed several fabric lines with P&B Textiles and is now with Moda Fabrics.  She has designed patterns to showcase her fabric lines and has 30 books published with Leisure Arts.  The best way to see Pat’s work is to go to her website and look around: www.patsloan.com.

Pat’s other great passion is hosting her internet radio show! Every Monday is a new show where she interviews loads of quilt authors, fabric designers, and interesting people in the world of quilting.

American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine is her sponsor and the show is all recorded.  It is the only "all quilting" radio show on the internet. New recordings come out each Monday afternoon after the live show at 4pm eastern. Subscribe via iTunes, listen on your computer or download to a player and listen while you quilt!

WORKSHOPS

The Magic of Easy Machine Applique:  We will be having two workshops with Pat Sloan.  The fee for each of Pat’s classes is $45 and there are still a few openings in both classes.  You’ll learn ALL of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué.  On Saturday, March 8, the pattern will be “Pollylops.”

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On March 10, the project will be “Blue Bird,” pictured below.

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Scrappy Trip Around the World:  Claudia and Nancy will be leading a class on this very popular pattern on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.  Stay tuned for fabric/cutting requirements.

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OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets.  If you have finished selling your tickets, please turn in your money ASAP.

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes!

If you know of anywhere we can display and sell tickets for the quilt (craft fairs, other guild meetings, etc.), please inform Claudia Ingram, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QUILTS FOR QUILTING

Jayne Torres is collecting miniature quilts to send to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky for auction purposes.  She has almost met her goal of collecting 25 quilts, representing our guild’s 25 years in existence. She plans to mail these quilts in early April, so our March meeting is your last opportunity to bring your contribution.  If you have any questions, please contact Jayne at 813-651-4468.

GUILD CALENDAR

March 1 – Mystery Bus Trip, 7 am – 7 pm

March 8 – Pat Sloan workshop, 9 am – 3 pm

March 10 – Pat Sloan workshop, 9 am – 3 pm

March 10 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

March 19 – Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
     Bloomingdale Library (all welcome)

April 14 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Don't forget… the tulip block is due. We will hold our drawing at the March meeting.

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Ingrid has the next quarterly block sample done and can't wait to share it with everyone - red/white/blue scrappy!!

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CHALLENGE QUILT

Just one more month till the challenge quilts are due!  Can't wait to see what you've created to celebrate the guild's 25th anniversary.  It's not too
late to be part of this annual event.

The reveal for challenge participants will be held at Kathy Coryn's home on Monday, May 5 at 6:30 pm.

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

March 7 & 8 – “FANtastic Quilt Show”
Lake County Quilter’s Guild; Mount Dora, FL
www.lakequiltguild.com/quiltshow

March 7 & 8 – “Suncoast Quilt Expo”
Manatee Patchworkers; Bradenton, FL
http://manateepatchworkers.org/

March 8 & 9 – “Quilting by the Gulf XV”
Venice Quilters’ Guild; Venice, FL
www.VAQG.org

March 14 & 15 – “Today’s Pleasures…Tomorrow’s Treasures XV”
Suncoast Quilting Circle, St. Petersburg, FL
www.SuncoastQuiltingCirlce.org

March 14, 15 & 16 – “Fabric in Motion”
West Pasco Quilters’ Guild; New Port Richey, FL
www.WestPascoQuilters.org

SUNSHINE NEWS

Condolences go out to Sandi Pratt who recently lost her father.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

February Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

What an exciting start to the new year for Piecemakers guild!  The City Quilter was fabulous and retreat was wonderful.  Thank you to our Program chair, Roseanne, and Workshops, Carol, for coordinating this great speaker and teacher’s visit to us and the Naples guild.  Retreat ladies, Cathy and Lucy, really surprised us with gift bags, new room layout, and the bonfire was HOT!  It was the “best retreat yet” for many of us who laughed, shared and relaxed with our friends.  You ladies have all worked very hard to make our members happy.

We have so much more ahead of us.  Eleanor Levie will be here this month for a lecture and a workshop to create a wall hanging or table runner.  Her “skinny” quilts will be the perfect gift or addition to anyone’s decor.

I hope that everyone was pleased with the announcement of our next quilt show on November 6 & 7, 2015 at the Regent.  Bringing the event closer to Brandon was a big priority, along with promoting more members to participate.  These two changes should certainly produce the best show yet.  We hope to announce the chair soon, along with the committee heads who will start to plan for this big event.  There is so much talent and expertise in this group that anyone who wants advice or assistance with their entry should easily be mentored by those who have entered quilts in previous shows.  This event needs to display all levels of experience and techniques in our group and will hopefully be the best memory in your quilting journey.  Only twenty- two months before your quilt will hang in the ballroom of the Regent!

Our group continues to grow with new members, which fosters new ideas, techniques, and broadens our entire quilting experience.  Please use the suggestion box to aid the board in keeping the group current with the needs of the membership.

Sell more tickets to the opportunity quilt, finish your miniature quilt donation, and participate in the “25th year” challenge quilt.  I hope to see many of you attending the bus trip on March 1st for another special day of quilting fun! 

For a special gift to the ones you love this Valentine’s Day, make them a quilted treasure of love.

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Quarterly “tulip” block
  • Workshop fees
  • Bus trip payments
  • Opportunity quilt ticket money
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Library books
  • Show and tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

February 1 – Sandy Sheffield

February 5 – Kari Power

February 11 – Mary Grable

February 17 = Ardyce Clements

February 22 – Margaret Beach

February 22 – Peggy Werdann

February 23 – Ruth Davies

February 29 – Dianne Bryant

FEBRUARY PROGRAM

The speaker at our next meeting will be Eleanor Levie.  Though born and raised in Baltimore, Elly's personality is less Baltimore Album and more Crazy Quilt.

Since 1978, she has produced books and magazines featuring needlework, crafts, and most of all, quilts. Her latest how-to is Quilt Blocks Go Wild! Like most of her publications, this book features designs by today's top quilters in addition to her own. Readers rave about the wide range of signature styles, the something-for-everyone appeal of Unforgettable TOTE BAGS, Skinny Quilts & Table Runners I and II and more. Previously, Elly produced eight volumes of the Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library series, authored Great Little Quilts, Country Living's Country Quilts, and American Quiltmaking: 1970-2000.

Lucky to have learned from the experts while she edits their books and chapters, Elly enjoys creating quilts and quilted accessories that are eclectic and eccentric. Sharing her exciting collection of antique, vintage, and art quilts, she loves getting beginning and experienced quilters to s-t-r-e-t-c-h, to try something new, to push the envelope a little, to quilt outside the box.

Home is now Center City Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and their cockatiel, Spike. Son Sam has left the nest and is busy saving the planet, but still inspires his mom to quilt "green."

WORKSHOPS

Extra Leaf for your Table:  Our February speaker, Eleanor Levie, will teach a striking pattern which can be a table runner or wall hanging.  It involves fusing on black felt. The alternate design is “Chili Pepper.” Contact Carol Ethington for a supply list, if you have not already received one. The class will take place on Monday, February 10; the cost is $35, which includes the pattern.

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The Magic of Easy Machine Applique:  In March, we will be having two workshops with Pat Sloan.  The fee for each of Pat’s classes is $45 and there are still openings in both classes.  You’ll learn ALL of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué.  On Saturday, March 8, the pattern will be “Pollylops.”

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On March 10, the project will be “Blue Bird,” pictured below.

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Scrappy Trip Around the World:  Claudia and Nancy will be leading a class on this very popular pattern on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.  Stay tuned for fabric/cutting requirements.

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QUARTERLY BLOCK

The latest block is a red, paper-pieced tulip. The sample Betty McGue showed at the last meeting was just an idea of what you could do with the blocks if you are lucky enough to win.

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Though the requirement to participate is only one tulip, please don't let this stop you from making 2 or more ... the more the merrier.  If you make multiple tulips, a variety of reds and greens for each block will be fine.

ARE YOU MAKING A RED QUILT?

If there is a Valentine quilt in your future, or other project using red fabrics, you will find some very useful information in Barbara Brackman’s blog.  Click here for the link: Barbara Brackman's MATERIAL CULTURE: Search results for running reds.  If you are unable to find the article this way, check her blog for her November 23 post. 

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Tickets for the opportunity quilt, which Claudia displayed in October, are being distributed. Thanks to you, the quilt is beautiful!

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets according to our by-laws. You have 3 options:

  1. Buy all 20 (or more) tickets for yourself.
  2. Sell 20 (or more) tickets to others.
  3. Make a $20(or more) donation if you don't feel comfortable selling tickets.

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes! We have 3000 tickets to sell, so let's get going.  Claudia asks that you wait until your whole group of 20 tickets has been sold before turning in your money to her.

If you know of anywhere we can display and sell tickets for the quilt (craft fairs, other guild meetings, etc.), please inform Claudia Ingram, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QUILTS FOR QUILTING

The National Quilt Museum located in Paducah, KY is sponsoring a fundraising effort to assist their mission of advancing the love and art of quilting worldwide.

I’m asking our guild to respond to their request for miniature quilts that will be auctioned off in Paducah and Grand Rapids, Michigan in April and August of 2014.

What is a miniature quilt? Generally it can be ANY SIZE UP TO 20” x 25”.  I’ve already received some beautiful miniatures from our membership, but the more the merrier.  My deadline for sending these quilts will be our March meeting.

As we are celebrating the guild’s 25th anniversary in 2014, I’d love to be able to send 25 quilts to Paducah.   Let’s share our love of quilting with the world!  Any questions, please contact me at 813-651-4468.

HAPPY QUILTING!

Jayne Torres

GUILD CALENDAR

February 10 – Eleanor Levie workshop, 9 am – 3 pm

February 10 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

February 19 – Board meeting 6:30 pm
                   Bloomingdale library (all welcome)

March 1 – Mystery Bus Trip, 7 am – 7 pm

March 8 – Pat Sloan workshop, 9 am – 3 pm

March 10 – Pat Sloan workshop, 9 am – 3 pm

March 10 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

CHALLENGE QUILT

There’s still plenty of time to make a challenge quilt! The quilts aren’t due until April.  Encourage your friends or members of your bee group to participate with you.

It's a small project (25 inches by 25 inches) where you can try new techniques or ideas.

The challenge rules have been posted on our website under “Upcoming Events.”

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

February 8 – “A Piece at a Time”
Berry Patch Quilt Guild; Plant City, FL
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February 14 & 15 – “Hearts by the Lake”
Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild; Lakeland, FL
www.ladiesofthelakes.org

February 14 & 15 – 2014 Quilt Show
Belleview Busy Bee Quilters; Ocala, FL
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February 21 & 22 – “A Gathering of Quilts”
Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild; Punta Gorda, FL
http://dpqg.tripod.com

February 21 & 22 – 2014 Quilt Show and Tea
High Point Quilt Club; Brooksville, FL
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March 7 & 8 – “FANtastic Quilt Show”
Lake County Quilter’s Guild; Mount Dora, FL
www.lakequiltguild.com/quiltshow

March 7 & 8 – “Suncoast Quilt Expo”
Manatee Patchworkers; Bradenton, FL
http://manateepatchworkers.org/

March 8 & 9 – “Quilting by the Gulf XV”
Venice Quilters’ Guild; Venice, FL
www.VAQG.org

March 14 & 15 – “Today’s Pleasures…Tomorrow’s Treasures XV”
Suncoast Quilting Circle, St. Petersburg, FL
www.SuncoastQuiltingCirlce.org

March 14, 15 & 16 – “Fabric in Motion”
West Pasco Quilters’ Guild; New Port Richey, FL
www.WestPascoQuilters.org

SUNSHINE NEWS

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roseanne Westenzweig and her family.  She lost her mother-in-law in the middle of January.

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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January Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Another year of sewing, learning and fellowship is already upon us.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday enjoying extra time with their family and friends.  It is a great time to reflect on how fortunate we have been in the past, enjoy the present, and to start planning for the future.

A special thank you to the hospitality committee for the wonderful dinner and entertainment last month.  The food, company, and atmosphere were truly a treat!

Piecemakers guild should keep everyone busy this year.  (Yes, even the highly skilled and overachievers!)  The quarterly block, challenge quilt, miniature quilt donation, “Bee” groups, and planning for the next quilt show are just a few of the things you can actively take part in.  Every month will also have opportunities for great classes and wonderful programs at our monthly meetings.  Don’t miss a single meeting because you will miss something very exciting.

Thank you to all of you who have devoted many volunteer hours to make this organization run smoothly.  The board especially puts in extra hours and is truly committed to providing guidance and decisions that affect this entire group.  This club only runs smoothly because many work hard and well together.  I invite any member who wants to become more involved to serve on the board or as a committee chair next year. 

Happy 2014 everyone…and Happy 25-year Anniversary PMQG!!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Workshop fees
  • Bus trip payments
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

JANUARY PROGRAM

At our upcoming guild meeting, our guest will be Anita Grossman Solomon, a.k.a. “The City Quilter.”  The topic of her lecture will be, “Make it Simpler.”

After graduating from college in 1975, Anita moved to lower Manhattan to paint.  After three years, she put down her paintbrushes to work with contemporary art collections.  In 1990, she took up quiltmaking and became a fulltime quilt teacher and author.

She makes “artful” bed quilts from classic blocks using her signature non-traditional methods.  These original techniques, efficient construction short-cuts and no-waste methods have been featured on several TV shows, in magazines and in her three published books.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

January 5 – Priscilla Werner

January 9 – Freddie Gentry

January 10 – Aveline Kennedy

January 18 – Esther Farkas

January 21 – Noma Riley

January 22 – Ingrid Hunt

January 22 – Mary Kovalovsky

January 30 – Glenda Palmer

WORKSHOPS

Make it Simpler, 2-Color Pineapple:  On January 14, Anita Grossman Solomon will teach her revolutionary cutting and piecing techniques for making the classic pineapple pattern without paper piecing.  The class requires only 2 yards of preferably solid color fabrics.  There are still a couple of openings in this class, so contact Carol Ethington to register.  The cost is $35, plus the book, “Rotary Cutting Revolution.” Payment for the book may be made at the class, if you have not ordered in advance through Carol.

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Extra Leaf for your Table:  Our February speaker, Eleanor Levie, will teach a striking pattern which can be a table runner or wall hanging.  It involves fusing on black felt.  Carol Ethington will have information about fabric requirements at the time of sign-up. The class will take place on Monday, February 10; the cost is $35, plus pattern.

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The Magic of Easy Machine Applique: In March, we will be having two workshops with Pat Sloan.  The fee for each of Pat’s classes is $45.  You’ll learn ALL of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué. 

On Saturday, March 8, the project will be “Pollylops.”  The picture below may not be very sharp, but it should give you a general idea of the design of this cute quilt.

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On Monday, March 10, the project will be “Blue Bird,” pictured below.

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OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Tickets for the opportunity quilt, which Claudia displayed in October, are being distributed.  Thanks to you, the quilt is beautiful!

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets according to our by-laws.  You have 3 options:

     1.  Buy all 20 (or more) tickets for yourself.
     2.  Sell 20 (or more) tickets to others.
     3.  Make a $20(or more) donation if you don't feel comfortable selling tickets.

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes!  We have 3000 tickets to sell, so let's get going.  Claudia asks that you wait until your whole group of 20 tickets has been sold before turning in your money to her.

If you know of anywhere we can display and sell tickets for the quilt (craft fairs, other guild meetings, etc.), please inform Claudia Ingram, quilt3boys@ aol.com.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

The Christmas blocks were a great success.  Congrats to all the winners.

Ingrid Wirebjer will be announcing the next quarterly block at our January meeting.  They will be paper-pieced flowers.  All the specifics will be explained at that time.

QUILTS FOR QUILTING

The National Quilt Museum located in Paducah, KY is sponsoring a fundraising effort to assist their mission of advancing the love and art of quilting worldwide.

I’m asking our guild to respond to their request for miniature quilts that will be auctioned off in Paducah and Grand Rapids, Michigan in April and August of 2014.

What is a miniature quilt? Generally it can be ANY SIZE UP TO 20” x 25”.  I’ve already received some beautiful miniatures from our membership, but the more the merrier.  My deadline for sending these quilts will be our March meeting.

As we are celebrating the guild’s 25th anniversary in 2014, I’d love to be able to send 25 quilts to Paducah.   Let’s share our love of quilting with the world!  Any questions, please contact me at 813-651-4468.

HAPPY QUILTING!
Jayne Torres

GUILD CALENDAR

January 8 – Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. - Bloomingdale Library (All Welcome)

January 13 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

January 14 – Workshop with Anita Grossman Solomon - 9-3 in church Social Hall

January 23-26 – Winter Retreat, DaySpring

February 10 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

CHALLENGE QUILT

Did you make a new year's resolution to get more involved in quilt guild activities?  How about making a challenge quilt?

It's a small project (25 inches by 25 inches) where you can try new techniques or ideas.  They are due at the April 2014 meeting.

The challenge rules have been posted on our website under “Upcoming Events.”

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Jan. 9-11, 2014 – World Quilt Show - Florida V
West Palm Beach, FL
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Jan. 24 & 25, 2014 – “Florida’s Flower Garden: A Showcase of Quilts
Southwest Florida Quilters Guild, Ft. Myers
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SUNSHINE NEWS

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

It is definitely that time of the year when the days get hectic and the calendar is full.  Our next scheduled meeting will be the annual Christmas dinner. The relaxing evening starts at 6:30 PM and there is sure to be some sort of festive entertainment for us.  Please try to come and spend a couple of holiday hours with your close quilting friends.

Thank you for your generosity and support of the filled Christmas stockings last month.  We collected and donated over 110 stockings to the county’s sheriff’s office to distribute to local children. This was our largest donation year in support of this project.  

We have a very full schedule ahead of us in the upcoming year.  Please consider taking one of our many offered workshops from our own member teachers and guest speakers.  We host Anita Grossman Solomon, the (NY) City Quilter, in January with a Pineapple block workshop.  She is known for her simplified techniques and no waste in constructing blocks. You can learn a new method for improving your accuracy and spend less time with piecing.  Workshops may also be available to non-members if space is available, with a slightly adjusted fee.  (You might consider a Christmas gift of a workshop to a fellow quilter….and cross that off your list!)

Classes, lectures, retreats, bus trips, quarterly blocks, opportunity quilt, community projects, and challenge quilt…that is much to keep up with each month.  And we are seriously going to start organizing and planning our next quilt show scheduled for the Fall of 2015.  If anyone would like to chair this big event, we really need that volunteer very soon.  We have researched alternate venues and will report this to you early in the year.

“The quilted stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes of quilt shop gift cards that would soon be gifted there….”  PEACE, LOVE, HEALTH, and GOOD TIDINGS to YOU and your kin!  Dreams do come true if you wait long enough.  Enjoy every opportunity that the season brings!

Denise Hamilton

Ed. Note:  There is an article in the Dec./Jan. edition of The Quilter Magazine, titled, “Stolen! To Stop a Thief.”   One of the quilters featured is our own Denise Hamilton.

 THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Holiday dinner ticket
  • Quarterly block(s) – “Flurry”
  • Workshop fees
  • Bus trip payments
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

DECEMBER PROGRAM

Dear Fellow Piecemakers:

Piecemakers Quilt Guild is your guild!  Therefore, I would love to hear from you about the types of programs and guest speakers you would like to have.  If you like paper piecing or applique or maybe modern quilting, I need to know so that I can arrange people who are good in this area to come speak to us and offer classes.  I have been trying very hard to get us quality speakers, while keeping cost down, to the extent that I am even trying to host them in my home; I am also asking for some help from other members in this area as well.

Remember, the only way for me to know what you like and don't like is to read your feedback - positive or negative.  You can either call me at my home # 813-685-8043 or on my cell, 813-380-3606.  My email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If you want to remain anonymous, you can put something in the suggestion box or mail it to me @ 3803 Hanover Hill Drive, Valrico, FL  33596.  Please take a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and send them to me so I know what kinds of Programs you would like to see.

Don't forget to attend ourl Christmas party in December.  In January, we are having Anita Grossman Solomon, "The City Quilter," to share some of the newest quilting trends with us, as we all know that New York gets all the latest in fashion about a year or two before us.

In February, we are having Eleanor Levie who is going to teach us to make a lovely wall hanging/table runner out of felt, so start looking for some felt on sale now.  You will need 1¾ yds of 36" wide sage green felt for background, along with 1 yd. of 72"-wide black acrylic felt for leaf/stem applique, 3/8 yd of purple and rust cotton fabric for leaf appliques and 6 yds of 18"-wide paper- backed fusible web.

And don't forget, nationally-known instructor Pat Sloan will be coming in March for a lecture and 2 workshops.  

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation!

Roseanne Westenzweig
VP/Program Chairperson

DECEMBER  BIRTHDAYS

December 6 – Tammy Arnold

December 6 – Ruth McCreery

December 7 – Dee Skubal

December 17 – Melissa Bailey

December 19 – Kathy Turner

December 28 – Jeanette Votenz

December 30 – Ruth Mahoney

December 30 – Kathy Massarelli

CHRISTMAS  DINNER

If anyone still wants tickets for the holiday dinner, please call Pat Dunlap at 813-689-6195 so she will have an accurate head count.  The cost is $10.50; this will include buffet dinner, beverage and dessert.

The dinner will be catered in our regular meeting room.  We will be playing a Christmas game.  Everyone who wants to participate, please bring a Christmas fat quarter to play with.

WORKSHOPS

Make it Simpler, 2-Color Pineapple:  On January 14, Anita Grossman Solomon will teach her revolutionary cutting and piecing techniques for making the classic pineapple pattern without paper piecing.  The class requires only 2 yards of preferably solid color fabrics.  Sign-up at the December meeting; the cost is $35, plus the book, “Rotary Cutting Revolution.” Payment for the book should be made at the December meeting.

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Extra Leaf for your Table:  Our February speaker, Eleanor Levie, will teach a striking pattern which can be a table runner or wall hanging.  It involves fusing on black felt.  (See PROGRAM section for more information about fabric requirements.)The class will take place on Monday, February 10; the cost is $35, plus pattern.

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The Magic of Easy Machine Applique: In March, we will be having two workshops with Pat Sloan!  You’ll learn ALL of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué.  On March 8, the project will be “Blue Bird.”

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On Monday, March 10, the project will be “Polylops.”  Carol Ethington will have a photo of this quilt at the December meeting.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Tickets for the opportunity quilt, which Claudia displayed in October, are being distributed.  Thanks to you, the quilt is beautiful!

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets according to our by-laws.  You have 3 options:

     1.  Buy all 20 (or more) tickets for yourself.
     2.  Sell 20 (or more) tickets to others.
     3.  Make a $20(or more) donation if you don't feel comfortable selling tickets.

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes!  We have 3000 tickets to sell, so let's get going.

If you know of anywhere we can display and sell tickets for the quilt (craft fairs, other guild meetings, etc.), please inform Claudia Ingram, quilt3boys@ aol.com.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

If all the “Flurry” blocks are returned, several members should win 16 blocks, which is enough to complete a top. You would only need to provide the sashing and borders.

Please remember the blocks are due at the December meeting.  Good Luck!!

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RETREAT

Our winter retreat is only 50 days away, depending upon when you read this!  There are still 3 dorm spaces available.  If you are interested in attending, your fee must be paid in full at the December meeting.  Please call Lucy Chiacchia or Cathy Hendley if interested, for details

Youth Dorm -  $70 per night for lower bunk
$65 per night for upper bunk

Cathy and Lucy will be at the meeting to collect your payments and answer questions.

GUILD CALENDAR

December 9 – Guild meeting @ 6:30 p.m. with holiday dinner

January 13 – Guild meeting, 6:45 p.m.

January 14 – Workshop with Anita Grossman Solomon
9-3 in church Social Hall

January 22 – Board meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale library

CHALLENGE QUILT

Do you have 25 fabrics? Or can you make 25 blocks?  Great! Then consider participating in the 2014 Challenge. The rules have been posted on our website under “Upcoming Events.”

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Joanne Brennan grew up in New York and moved to Florida 6 years ago.  She has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  She enjoys golf, bridge and needlepoint, and is a semi-retired nurse.  A neighbor introduced her to hand piecing 12 years ago and she learned machine piecing soon thereafter.  Currently, she is learning free motion quilting, as well as exploring a new interest in modern quilting.

Ginny Stanton also came from New York, as well as Georgia, before making Florida her home.  She is a retired nurse who has 4 children and has been quilting for about 10 years.

Holly Bartholomew came to Florida from Maryland.  She is a retired federal employee with 1 child and 3 grandchildren.  In addition to quilting, she enjoys golf, bunko and gardening. 

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Jan. 9-11, 2014 – World Quilt Show – Florida V
West Palm Beach, FL
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Jan. 24 & 25, 2014 – “Florida’s Flower Garden: A Showcase of Quilts”
Southwest Florida Quilters Guild, Ft. Myers
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SUNSHINE NEWS

One of our founding members, Lucelle Monroe, lost her husband, Parker, on November 10.  Several members attended his memorial service on the 16th.  Please keep Lucelle and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36“ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

It is already that time of the year when cookies, cards and gifts have priority over quilting.   We did have a nice break in the weather, and it felt just a little like autumn in Florida.

This month we will again contribute to a collection for Christmas stockings filled with children’s toys to be delivered to local needy children.  This has been a voluntary activity by our members for several years.  It is certainly fulfilling to give something to those who need it more.  The local sheriff’s office will deliver the items to an elementary school and others in need.  I hope that we exceed our past year’s donation of 100+ filled stockings.

We have many classes, lectures and social events for everyone in the next few months.  Check the website frequently to keep up with everything.  Please contact our programs and workshops chairs if you have any questions.  This month we will begin to sign up for things happening in January thru March.  (You may want to bring your calendars and checkbooks to the next meeting!)

Also, remember that our 25th anniversary challenge quilt is due in April. Retreat in January might be a great opportunity to start or finish that project. 

This month, we will enjoy the Gypsy Quilter from Georgia.  I know that she will be quite entertaining and wants to keep busy while she is here.  We have workshops, mini demos, dinners and a program with her.

Thank you to all members who have given us an emergency contact number for when they attend guild-sponsored events.  This information will accompany us to retreat, on bus trips, and be at our meetings.  Please add your information to the emergency directory, if you haven’t done so yet.

Lastly, the bus trip is planned and sign-ups are being collected for the March 1st bus trip.  It is a fun 12-hour day to an unknown location that you really shouldn’t miss.

Hope that each one of you can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones…

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Christmas stocking, filled!
  • Holiday dinner ticket money
  • Workshop fees
  • Bus trip payments
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

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NOVEMBER PROGRAM

Lanette Edens, a.k.a. the Gypsy Quilter, loves to wow people with her innovative techniques and tools to save time and ease construction of your quilts.  She says "circles aren't scary."  If you take the Saturday class you will learn the technique for framing circles and immediately design awesome works of art.  

December is our wonderful Christmas Party, as always, and in January, get ready to welcome the City Quilter, Anita Grossman Solomon.  Eleanor Levie will be here  in February and Pat Sloan, in March!

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky is seeking donations of miniature or full sized quilts to be auctioned next year as part of their fund raising efforts.  Jayne Torres will provide a further explanation of this initiative and how Piecemakers members can participate.

NOVEMBER  BIRTHDAYS

Nov. 1 – Elizabeth Bell

Nov. 7 – Kathie McCatty

Nov. 9 – Carol Menard

Nov. 10 – Becky Fox

Nov. 11 – Rosemary Gates

Nov. 15 – Cathy Kendall

Nov. 17 – Beverly Kelley

Nov. 18 – Katie May

Nov. 21 – Cathy Singletary

Nov. 24 – Kathy Coryn

CHRISTMAS  DINNER

Tickets for our annual holiday dinner will be on sale at the November meeting.  The ticket cost is $10.50; this will include buffet dinner, beverage and dessert.  The dinner will be catered in our regular meeting room.  We will be playing a Christmas game.  Everyone who wants to participate, please bring a Christmas fat quarter to play with.  Rosemary Gates will be taking ticket money prior to the November meeting.

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

Once again this year, we will be presenting the Sheriff’s Department with holiday stockings for needy children in our area.  It is strongly suggested that you make a stocking, but purchasing one is also acceptable.  More importantly, the stocking should be filled.  The only limitation is that food/candy or other consumables are not allowed.  Bring your stocking to the next meeting.

WORKSHOPS

Less Than Traditional 2-Fabric Quilt:  Lanette Edens, the “Gypsy Quilter,” will be here on November 9 from 9-3 to teach the basic construction method for all her projects.  The class is $35 and the book is $22.49 which includes the cutting arc tool set.  This is a quilt-as-you-go project using just 2 fabrics.  She will also be covering the method for making flowers that can be attached to other projects such as pillows and table runners.  The add-on for that portion would be the cost of the book, $12.99.  Contact Carol Ethington immediately if you are interested in this class.

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A pot luck supper for Lanette will take place at the home of Roseanne Westenzweig, 3803 Hanover Hill Drive, Valrico on Saturday, November 9.  The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Please call or email Roseanne to let her know you are coming and what you plan to bring.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Phone: home:  685-8043, or cell: 380-3606.

Come have some one-on-one time with our guest speaker, relax, and visit with fellow guild members.   No sewing machine required!

Jelly Roll Race:  On Sunday, November 10, Lanette will cover several different techniques as she leads a small group.  The only fabric required is one jelly roll and the class will be free.  It will be held at Carol Ethington’s sewing studio, 821 Telfair Road, Brandon, from 1:30 –4:30 p.m.  Please notify Carol if you are interested in participating.

Demeter’s Well:  On Monday, November 11, Lanette will teach the quilt shown below.  It requires strip sets made from WOF strips in shades from light to dark, then cut with a 60-degree ruler.  The cost of the class is $35; the pattern will be free.  As usual, the class will be held from 9-3 in the Social Hall at the church.

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Make it Simpler, 2-Color Pineapple:  On January 14, Anita Grossman Solomon will teach her revolutionary cutting and piecing techniques for making the classic pineapple pattern without paper piecing.  The class requires only 2 yards of preferably solid color fabrics.  Sign-ups will begin at the November meeting; the cost is $35, plus the book. 

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Extra Leaf for your Table:  Our February speaker, Eleanor Levie, will teach a striking pattern which can be a table runner or wall hanging.  It involves fusing on black felt.  The class will take place on February 10; cost is $35 plus the pattern.  Signups begin in November.

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The Magic of Easy Machine Applique: In March, we will be having a workshop (possibly 2) given by Pat Sloan!  You’ll learn ALL of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué.  Carol Ethington will have more information at the November meeting.  Save the dates (March 8 & 10) if you are interested in taking a class from this popular, nationally-known instructor.

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OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Tickets for the opportunity quilt, which Claudia displayed in October, will be distributed at our November guild meeting.  Thanks to you, the quilt is beautiful!

Each member is responsible for selling 20 tickets according to our by-laws.  You have 3 options:
     1.  Buy all 20 (or more) tickets for yourself.
     2.  Sell 20 (or more) tickets to others.
     3.  Make a $20(or more) donation if you don't feel comfortable selling tickets.

Don't forget, each additional set of 20 tickets you sell puts your name in the pot for great prizes!  We have 3000 tickets to sell, so let's get going.

If you know of anywhere we can display and sell tickets for the quilt (craft fairs, other guild meetings, etc.), please inform Claudia Ingram, quilt3boys@ aol.com.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

“Flurry” (Christmas packages). We had a terrific response to the upcoming quarterly block. Thank you. All packets have been sold and almost half were returned at the October meeting.

If all blocks are returned, several members should win 16 blocks, which is enough to complete a top. You would only need to provide the sashing and borders.

Please remember the blocks are due at the December meeting.  Good Luck!!

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RETREAT

There are only 4 dorm spaces and 1 cabin bed available at this time, so it’s not too late to plan to attend the winter retreat, January23-26.  All final payments are due in November.  Bring your check to the meeting, or mail to Judy DePaul.   Prices are as follows:

Youth Dorm - $70 per night for lower bunk
$65 per night for upper bunk
Cabin - $95 per night

Depending on number of attendees, we may not be able to accommodate day campers.  Cathy Hendley and Lucy Chiacchia will be at the meeting to collect your payments and answer questions.

GUILD CALENDAR

November 9, 10 & 11 – Workshops by the Gypsy Quilter

November 10 – Potluck dinner for Lanette Edens, 6:30

November 11 – Guild meeting @ 6:45 p.m.

November 16 – Saturday Sew-cialize, 9:00-6:00 p.m.

November 20 – Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale library (all welcome)

December 9 – Guild meeting @ 6:45 p.m. with holiday dinner

CHALLENGE QUILT

Do you have 25 fabrics? Or can you make 25 blocks?  Great! Then consider participating in the 2014 Challenge.

Remember how Marlene Glickman (last month's speaker) sewed 5" blocks, doing a little sewing each day?  Do the same and before you know it, you’ll have enough blocks to make a challenge quilt.  Join in the fun!

The challenge rules have been posted on our website under “Upcoming Events.”

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Ginny Cowan, who comes from New York City, has been quilting for 25 years.  She is a teacher who currently teaches GED classes at ECHO on a volunteer basis.  She is a mother of 2 adult sons and enjoys gardening.

Michele Lane grew up in Barre, Vermont.  She is also a longtime quilter who also enjoys other needle arts, including embroidery, crochet, knitting and itzy-bitsy applique.  She has 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren. 

Emma Jensen was born in Denmark, and has also lived in Germany and Texas.  She has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  She got started in quilting when making quilts for her grandsons, and has a particular interest in the history of quilts.  Her other hobbies include bridge, cooking and travel.

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Jan. 9-11, 2014 – World Quilt Show – Florida V
West Palm Beach, FL
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Jan. 24 & 25, 2014 – “Florida’s Flower Garden: A Showcase of Quilts”
Southwest Florida Quilters Guild, Ft. Myers
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SUNSHINE NEWS

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

We welcomed a few new members last month and I hope that we continue this trend throughout the year.  I’d like to thank Donna Whiting and Cathy Singletary for wonderfully presenting the Quilt in a Day trunk show, with preparation by Ingrid Wirebjer.  It is nice to see our own members on stage doing the program.

Pumpkins, turkeys and leaves…..which do we quilt first?  We have so many choices in the fall.  Before we know it, we’ll be approaching the holiday season and all that it brings.  That means we can start making Christmas stockings for children in Tampa and thinking about getting those holiday gifts done!  Look to purchase tickets to our Christmas dinner, which is the December program. 

There are wonderful guest speakers and workshops every month.  This month we welcome Marlene Glickman from Clearwater with her art quilts and silk dyeing. 

Please continue to think about how you can help with the next quilt show preparation.  We will need lots of ideas, time, and all of the talent of this group to have a successful show.  Please volunteer for something that you truly enjoy.  With more members contributing, the burden on each is less.  Committees will start forming after the first of the year.

Enjoy the new season…and hopefully lower electricity use (which means you can buy more fabric!).

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • DUES! (if you haven’t already paid)
  • Holiday dinner ticket money
  • Workshop fees
  • Retreat payment
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

OCTOBER PROGRAM

Marlene Glickman from Clearwater will present a lecture on “How to Begin Art Quilts.”   She will bring a series of her journal quilts that took her over 3 years to complete.  She covers a variety of ways to imprint fabric. During the last 15 minutes of the lecture, she will pick someone from our group to come up and dye a scarf to take home.

Marlene has been crafting for over 40 years, has worked in fashion design, and has made fabric art wall hangings as well as her art quilts.  Her work has been on display all over the U.S., Pakistan, Africa and Russia.  She has been published in “Quilting Arts” magazine.  She is passionate about creating textile "paintings" using new and re-purposed materials, applying dyes, paints, pen and pencil, thread, and manipulating surfaces to explore and express her  ideas.

For those who would like to explore a little bit more about Marlene, her web site is www.SilkDyes.com.

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OCTOBER  BIRTHDAYS

Oct. 1 – Barbara Ivan

Oct. 1 – Ellen Lanouette

Oct. 3 – Pat Gispert

Oct. 4 – Lucelle Monroe

Oct. 5 – Dawn DeCesare

Oct. 7 – Ruth Perry

Oct. 12 – Roseanne Westenzweig

Oct. 14 – Nancy Lewis

Oct. 16 – Audrey Gantous

Oct. 17 – Cindy Parker

Oct. 20 – Jackie Waters

Oct. 21 – Cindy Bailey

Oct. 23 – Jean Harrison

Oct. 26 – Judy DePaul

Oct. 30 – Donna Whiting

Oct. 31 – Cheryl Wyly

CHRISTMAS  DINNER

Tickets for our annual holiday dinner will be on sale at our October and November meetings.  The tickets will be $10.50, and will include buffet dinner, beverage and dessert.  The dinner will be catered in our regular meeting room.  We will be playing a Christmas game.  Everyone who wants to participate, please bring a Christmas fat quarter to play with.

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

Once again this year, we will be presenting the Sheriff’s Department with holiday stockings for needy children in our area.  It is strongly suggested that you make a stocking, but purchasing one is also acceptable.  More importantly, the stocking should be filled.  The only limitation is that food/candy or other consumables are not allowed.  You may use your favorite stocking pattern, or one will be available at the next meeting. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

At the next few meetings, emergency contact information will be collected for all members.  Forms will be handed out for members to complete with information included such as allergies, local contact phone numbers, and medications routinely taken.  Participation is optional, of course, and the information will be kept as confidential as possible.  The data will travel to guild functions such as bus trips, retreat, workshops, etc. so it will be available should an emergency situation occur.

WORKSHOPS

Summer Sparkler:  Claudia and Nancy will be teaching this workshop on October 26 from 9-3. This is a change from the original plan to present this project in 2 parts and, therefore, the cost has been reduced to $15.  The quilt is from the same book as “Lone Starburst” which Kimberly Einmo taught last year, and it uses the same ruler.  Samples will be displayed at the October meeting.

Less Than Traditional 2-Fabric Quilts:  Lanette Edens, the “Gypsy Quilter,” will be here on November 9 from 9-3 to teach the basic construction method for all her projects.  The class is $35 and the book is $22.49 which includes the cutting arc tool set.  This is a quilt-as-you-go project using just 2 fabrics.  She will also be covering the method for making flowers that can be attached to other projects such as pillows and table runners.  The add-on for that portion would be the cost of the book, $12.99.  Carol Ethington will take sign-ups at the October meeting and have additional information about fabric requirements.

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Demeter’s well:  On Monday, November 11, Lanette will teach the quilt shown below.  It requires strip sets made from WOF strips in shades from light to dark, then cut with a 60-degree ruler.  The cost of the class is $35, plus the book for $17.95.  As usual, the class will be held from 9-3 in the Social Hall at the church.

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QUARTERLY BLOCK

The next Quarterly Block:  “Flurry” (Christmas packages) will be due in December.  Ingrid made up 93 packets and they all sold!  If they are all turned in, there will be multiple winners of 16 blocks, which will provide enough "packages" for a quilt top similar to the sample shown below.  Your quarterly block will be just one of the “packages.”  Ingrid thanks everyone for the incredible response.

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RETREAT

Because of availability problems at DaySpring, the following is what has been allotted to us for January 23-26, 2014 retreat.

We had originally planned on a maximum of 64 attendees, but DaySpring can only give us 2 dorms and 3 cabins (56 places).  Any numbers over 56, therefore, will have to be UPPER bunk people (yes we can pull mattresses down to floor), but only 2 per side for an additional 8, bringing our totals to 64, our upper limit.

Early reservations are necessary to assure your spot.  As of September 23, we have one cabin and 7 dorm spaces (lower bunk) still available.  Prices are as follows:

Youth Dorm - $70 per night for lower bunk

$65 per night for upper bunk

Cabin - $95 per night

Depending on number of attendees we may not be able to accommodate day campers.

Bring your payments to the October guild meeting.  Cathy Hendley and Lucy Chiacchia will be there to collect your money.

GUILD CALENDAR

October 14 – Guild meeting @ 6:45 p.m.

October 23 – Board meeting @ 6:30 p.m., Bloomingdale library

October 26 – “Summer Sparkler” workshop @ 9:00 a.m.

November 9  & 11 – Workshops by The Gypsy Quilter

November 11 – Guild meeting @ 6:45 p.m.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Paula Somers grew up in Gibsonton and currently works for the Hillsborough County School System.  She has 2 sons and 8 grandchildren.  In addition to quilting, she loves to read, knit, and bake.  A dear friend taught her how to quilt, but Paula is still in search of her own favorite style of quilting.

Ellen Lanouette grew up in El Paso, Texas and moved to Sun City Center in 2009.  She worked for 33 years as a Speech Language Pathologist.  She worked in the public schools, was a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, and was co-owner of a private practice where they employed 5 speech therapists.

Ellen has two daughters, two sons and three grandchildren.  She loves to cross stitch and needlepoint, and is a self-taught quilter.  After many years of working on her own, she finally decided to take a quilting class in 2008.  Ever since, she has been totally addicted.

SUNSHINE NEWS

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

CHALLENGE QUILT

The 2014 challenge theme is "25" because next year we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of Piecemakers.  The challenge rules have been posted on our website under “Upcoming Events.”

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Jan. 9-11, 2014 – World Quilt Show – Florida V

West Palm Beach, FL

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Jan. 24 & 25, 2014 – “Florida’s Flower Garden: A Showcase of Quilts”

Southwest Florida Quilters Guild, Ft. Myers

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A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hi everyone! I was exhausted after the last meeting. We had a great crowd, fun awards, and learned so much about our new leaders. I was also truly touched by receiving those beautiful blocks that everyone made and signed for me. I will treasure these, along with the great memories of this past year.

The celebration of our guild’s 25th year begins in 2014.  I believe that we have much to celebrate for the silver jubilee! Our calendar is FULL of great programs, national speakers, and plenty of workshops. Please look for all of this and special project information that will be featured in the on-line newsletters.

We start this year with a wonderful traveling trunk show coming from Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day. It will be inspiring to see all of these beautiful quilts, and also provide an opportunity to purchase books at a discount.

We will also have a guild exclusive shopping event at our new Brandon fabric store, Gigi’s, located on Moon Ave. Show your support and receive a discount on all of your project needs for the holidays! (See specifics in ad in this newsletter)

Lastly, remember to renew your membership and pay your annual dues if you wish to be included in our guild’s annual directory publication.

Thank you for all of your support and hard work to keep our guild growing, fun and such a wonderful group of talented quilters.

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Dues! It’s that time again - $25
  • Workshop fees
  • Retreat payment
  • Sunshine blocks
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

*****NEWS FLASH *****

Please be advised that at the July Board meeting, it was decided to change the start of our monthly guild business meeting to 6:45 p.m.  This is to allow a little more time for our speakers and to ensure that we vacate the church by 9:00 p.m.

Social time will start at 6:00 p.m., allowing members ample opportunity to sign up for workshops, peruse the library books and socialize with each other prior to the start of the meeting at 6:45. If you know of any member who might not receive this newsletter and therefore be unaware of this change, please pass along this message.

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SEPTEMBER PROGRAM

At our next meeting, we will be treated to a trunk show from Quilt in a Day! Ingrid Wirebjer, our hostess, will present each quilt. She will also explain the story behind how one of her blocks was accepted by QIAD and how she became a QIAD teacher. It is sure to be an entertaining evening.

Roseanne Westenzweig has lined up several nationally known speakers for the upcoming months, so stay tuned to this newsletter to learn what is planned.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Sept. 3 – Chloe Anderson

Sept. 4 – Cathy Rebhun

Sept. 5 – Helen Keen

Sept. 17 – Shelly Harrell

Sept. 21 – Jenny Parker

Sept. 30 – Gayle Rudacille

WORKSHOPS

Talking Turkey: Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching us an Eleanor Burns table runner.  The cute turkey motif is perfect for the holidays. Class will be Saturday, September 21st from 9 until 3. The cost is only $15 plus, separately, the cost of the pattern. Cathy Rebhun sent out an email to those who have already signed up, with instructions for cutting before class. See Carol Ethington  at the meeting to sign up.

Summer Sparkler: Claudia and Nancy will be teaching this 2-part workshop on October 26 and November 16 from 9 to 3.  It is from the same book as “Lone Starburst” which Kimberly Einmo taught last year, and it uses the same ruler.  Samples are made and will be displayed at the September meeting. Since this is a 2-part class, the cost is $25.

Besides the “Summer Sparkler,” there are other workshops planned for November. Carol Ethington will discuss the specifics at our September meeting. In addition to these, she is lining up workshops for January and March! There will be lots of opportunities for Piecemakers members to learn new techniques and expand their quilting horizons.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

The next Quarterly Block will be due at the September meeting. We will be doing a simple pumpkin block. The pattern is called, “Oh Pumpkin, My Pumpkin.”  Notify Ingrid Wirebjer if you need a pattern; only a few days remain. You will need to use white or cream and two different shades of oranges/yellows for the pumpkin. Remember, your name will be put into the hat for each pumpkin you make.   Good Luck!

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On to the next Quarterly Block: “Flurry” (Christmas packages).  It will be due in December. As a reminder, Ingrid showed the quilt top at our August meeting.  She will have fabric packets and patterns available at the September meeting. Each kit will be 50 cents. You will need to supply a small amount of white fabric, as well as a small piece of fabric to compliment your package. A picture will be provided in the October newsletter.

RETREAT

The August retreat was a great success! Cathy Hendley and Lucy Chiacchi did a wonderful job coordinating our days and they thank all those who attended. Now it’s time to look forward to our winter retreat.

Because of availability problems, the following is what DaySpring has allotted us for January 23-26, 2014 Retreat.

We had originally planned on a maximum of 64 attendees, but DaySpring can only give us 2 dorms and 3 cabins (56 places). Any numbers over 56, therefore, will have to be UPPER bunk people (yes we can pull mattresses down to floor), but only 2 per side for an additional 8, bringing our totals to 64, our upper limit.

Early reservations are necessary to assure your spot.  As of August 27, we have 11 lower bunk dorm positions and 9 cabins spaces available, with 8 upper bunk spaces in reserve. Prices are as follows:

Youth Dorm -    $70 per night for lower bunk

$65 per night for upper bunk

Cabin - $95 per night

Depending on number of attendees we may not be able to accommodate day campers; will know more after the September meeting.

Bring your reservation deposit to the September guild meeting.  Cathy Hendley and Lucy Chiacchia will be there to collect your money.

GUILD CALENDAR

September 9 – Guild meeting @ 6:45 p.m.

September 18 – Board meeting at Bloomingdale Library @ 6:30 p.m.

September 21 – Autumn Leaves/Turkey table runner workshop

October 14 – Guild meeting @ 6:45 p.m.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Chloe Anderson considers Vancouver, British Columbia to be her home town, though she lived in the panhandle of Florida for 10 years prior to moving to Tampa. She has worked in the field of commercial design and web development.

Chloe has been quilting for eight years. In addition to quilting, she loves gardening in the cooler months, kayaking year round, and dyeing her own fabric.

This is how Chloe answered the question about how she got started in quilting:

“My mom promised to make me a quilt, we bought the materials and it became one of her UFO's.  After three years of begging, I asked her to send me the fabric and bought an old sewing machine at a garage sale.

“It was such a piece of crap.  I had to take it apart about every hour or so and repack the bushings behind the hand wheel with tiny wads of paper towel so the worn down gears would have something to grab onto.  I sewed like that for about a month before my husband bought me a Husqvarna Interlude for my birthday.  Once I opened that red box, I sewed for 4 days, stopping only for a bite to eat and a nap here and there.  Three Vikings, a Bernina and a longarm later, I'm sure my hubby wishes he had never pushed me to get that first quality sewing machine.  LOL.”

Her favorite style of quilting is “anything that feels new and fresh.  If I had to pick, I'd say modern quilting and art quilts with a special affection for anything that breaks the rules.  I've made quite a few quilts and the first 75% all had perfect points, seams that followed a strict pressing plan and borders that squared the quilt perfectly.  I find I care less and less about a quilt being technically perfect and more about the spirit a quilt has.” Welcome to Piecemakers, Chloe!

 

SUNSHINE NEWS

Blocks that were made for Brenda Doggett will be given to her shortly, since she is about to move to Idaho. Any other blocks you have made for guild members need to be turned in to Betty as soon as possible so she can distribute them.

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

CHALLENGE QUILT

The 2014 challenge theme is "25" because next year we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of Piecemakers.  The challenge rules have been posted on our website under “Upcoming Events.”

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Sept. 26-28 – “Quilting Through the Ages”

Quiltfest of Jacksonville, FL

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Jan. 9-11, 2014 – World Quilt Show – Florida V

West Palm Beach, FL

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Jan. 24 & 25, 2014 – “Florida’s Flower Garden: A Showcase of Quilts”

Southwest Florida Quilters Guild, Ft. Myers

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A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens. Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital. These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby. Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

August begins another year for our organization to host great speakers, add new members, and start the initial planning in preparation for our next quilt show scheduled for the fall of 2015.  We have new members taking positions on the board and also accepting roles as committee chairs.  We will recognize those who have given an exceptional amount of time, talent or charity to our group.

Our program will revolve around the installation of the officers and “changing of the guards.”  We will also spotlight some of our members and their work.  These individuals play a key role in organizing many of our activities and are not always recognized for their quiet contributions.  Please come, enjoy, and get inspired by our very own. 

Please remember to renew your membership and check on your personal information that will go into the next member directory.  You should also consider inviting a friend or neighbor to join us as a guest and preview what we do.

This month we are collecting items for Joshua House from their wish list.  Toiletries, gift cards and small items are easy to purchase when already shopping---and certainly this collection is for those members who just enjoy helping in this way.  (This is NOT a membership requirement-just a feel good moment!)

Lastly, the board recently decided that we should modify our monthly meeting time to 6:45 PM, with the social time starting at 6:00 PM.  This will allow ample time for our business and program, allowing our speaker to have more time to share.  Your feedback is important if the change in time does not work for you.

I am looking forward to another great year of spending time with so much talent and wonderful fellowship with the Piecemaker’s. 

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Dues! It’s that time again - $25
  • Workshop fees
  • Sunshine blocks
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts
  • Items for Joshua House – A list of specific items will be emailed to all members

*****NEWS FLASH *****

Please be advised that at the most recent Board meeting, it was decided to change the start of our monthly guild business meeting to 6:45 p.m.  This is to allow a little more time for our speakers and to ensure that we vacate the church by 9:00 p.m.

Social time will start at 6:00 p.m., allowing members ample opportunity to sign up for workshops, peruse the library books and socialize with each other prior to the start of the meeting at 6:45.  If you know of any member who might not receive this newsletter and therefore be unaware of this change, please pass along this message.

AUGUST PROGRAM

From Jayne Torres: “As your vice president I had the responsibility of planning the monthly guild meeting programs.  This year we have had some wonderful speakers and learned a lot of new ideas.  In August, we will install all the new members of our executive committee, Board of Directors and the committee chairwomen.

So let me tell you what the August program will be....................I JUST DON'T KNOW!!!  Our president Denise has told me "NOT TO WORRY"-she's handling it, so do make sure you come because I know a good time will be had by all.”

Roseanne Westenzweig will be taking over the duties of Vice President.  She has a great year planned with some top name speakers and some very interesting programs and classes.

AUGUST  BIRTHDAYS

Aug. 3 – Betty McGue

Aug. 3 – Gail Palmer

Aug. 11 – Shari Gillis

Aug. 12 – Karen Menard

Aug. 15 – Betty Lucas

Aug. 18 – Andrea Wolper

Aug. 22 – Linda Lammers

Aug. 23 – Denise Meicher

Aug. 27 – Kim Brewer

Aug. 28 – Barb Hultman

Aug. 28 – Jayne Torres

WORKSHOPS

Talking Turkey:  Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching us an Eleanor Burns table runner. The cute turkey motif is perfect for the holidays.  Class will be Saturday, September 21st from 9 until 3.  The cost is only $15 plus, separately, the cost of the pattern.  See Cathy Rebhun at the meeting to sign up.

Summer Sparkler:  Claudia and Nancy will be teaching this 2-part workshop on October 26 and November 16 from 9 to 3.  It is from the same book as “Lone Starburst” which Kimberly Einmo taught last year, and it uses the same ruler.  Samples are made and will be displayed at the August meeting.  Since this is a 2-part class, the cost is $25.

SUNSHINE NEWS

Audrey Gantous was recently hospitalized, but is back home and recuperating well.  Feel free to send get well wishes and prayers her way.

We are still collecting sympathy blocks to remember Phyllis Kalinowski.  These will be assembled into a quilt for her family.

If you know someone in our guild who is sick or having surgery, is moving away from the community or who has experienced a death in her family, please notify Betty McGue.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

The next Quarterly Block will be due at the September meeting. We will be doing a simple pumpkin block. The pattern is called, “Oh Pumpkin, My Pumpkin.”   Patterns will be available at the July meeting. You will need to use white and two different shades of oranges/yellows for the pumpkin. Remember, your name will be put into the hat for each pumpkin you make.   Good Luck!

CHALLENGE QUILT

The 2014 challenge theme is "25" because next year we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of Piecemakers.  The challenge rules
have been posted and our website under “Upcoming Events.”

GUILD CALENDAR

August 1-4 – Retreat

August 12 – Guild meeting

August 28 – Board meeting at Bloomingdale Library

September 9 – Guild meeting

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

This year has certainly flown by, but not without lots of great classes, programs, and fun.  We continue to welcome all new members and challenge ourselves with more projects.

We have lots of exciting things happening at this month’s membership meeting.  We will vote on the members nominated to serve on next year’s board.  We will also decide which local organization will receive our annual donation.  Lastly, we will discuss and vote on the formation of Standing Rules for our guild.  I can only encourage you AGAIN to please print and read this prior to our meeting.

We will host a collection drive next month for items needed by Joshua House.  This is totally voluntary and will certainly be another opportunity to help those children who are living there.  Items can include gift cards, hygiene products, twin bedding, linens, and art or school supplies.  Please visit the website at www.friendsofjoshuahouse.org to view the detailed wish list.  There will also be a list at our check-in table for you to take.

Many of you have recently taken our workshops and have produced beautiful and almost complete projects.  This month’s speaker, Juanita Yeager, will inspire us even more to use color and art in our work.  She will also teach a workshop to create a beautiful appliquéd hibiscus wall-hanging using hand-dyed fabrics. 

Please remember to finish and turn in your donation quilts this month for the Brandon hospital NICU.  All blocks for the opportunity quilt should also be turned in for the next step of assembling the quilt top.  This is a very exciting way to start a new year!

Enjoy your summer with barbeques in the park, time with your friends and constructing more QUILTS, of course. 

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Workshop fees
  • Retreat payment
  • Opportunity quilt blocks
  • Sunshine blocks
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

JULY  PROGRAM

Juanita Yeager of Altamonte Springs will give a talk and a trunk show featuring her quilts.  She is known for her dramatic use of color and large scale compositions.  Her work is diverse, ranging from realistic to abstract.  She admits that most of her designs could be accomplished on canvas with paint, but she loves working with cloth, scissors, needles and thread.  In addition to being an artist, she has judged and juried the works of others into many show and exhibits.  She dyes her own fabrics and teaches classes from her home studio or at retreats where she shares her knowledge with other.

She produces an average of 10 quilt works per year in addition to accepting one or two commissions per year.  Her work can be found in private homes, offices and in public places.

JULY  BIRTHDAYS

July 3 – Lois Cozzi

July 13 – Jane Beck

July 19 – Cindy Ackroyd

July 21 – Dani Sawtelle

July 22 – Beverly Higgins

July 31 – Ann Brakob

July 31 – Pam Schweitzer

WORKSHOPS

For those of you signed up for Flowers on a Grand Scale to be held on TUESDAY July 9th (the day after our meeting) from 9 until 4, don’t forget to bring $50 payable to Juanita Yeager for the kit.

Talking Turkey:  Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching us an Eleanor Burns table runner. The cute turkey motif is perfect for the holidays.  Class will be Saturday, September 21st from 9 until 3.  The cost is only $15 plus, separately, the cost of the pattern.  See Cathy Rebhun at the meeting to sign up.

SUNSHINE NEWS

We are still collecting sympathy blocks to remember Phyllis Kalinowski.  These will be assembled into a quilt for her family.

In other Sunshine news, Sandi Pratt recently had major surgery at Brandon Hospital, so please bring a sunshine block for her.  Cards would also be appropriate, but she is not quite up to having visitors yet.         

SLATE OF OFFICERS 2013-14

President - Denise Hamilton

Vice President - Roseanne Westenzweig

Secretary - Cathy Singletary

Treasurer - Judy DePaul

Parliamentarian - Audrey Gantous

Membership - Kim Brewer

Webmaster - Kim Brewer

Workshops - Carol Ethington

Newsletter - Debbie Williams

Board of Directors - Pat Dunlap, Nancy Mitchell, Gayle Rudacille, Jayne Torres

Hospitality - Pat Dunlap, Carolyn Henderson, Denise Skillman, Rosemary Lacovara, Rosemary Gates, Cathy Kendall, Ruth Davies, Pam Schweitzer

Bus Trip - Dawn.DeCesare, Cindy Parker

Quarterly Block - Ingrid Wirebjer

Concierge - Mary Kovalovsky

Challenge Quilt - Barbara Hultman, Kathy Coryn

Community Projects - Andrea Wolper

Historian - Melissa Bailey

Librarian - Bev Higgins

Opportunity Quilt - Claudia Ingram

Retreat - Lucy Chiacchia, Cathy Hendley

Sunshine - Betty McGue

Secret Sister - Donna Whiting

RETREAT

Our upcoming summer retreat will take place August 1-4, 2013.  As always, retreat is held at Day Spring Episcopal Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida.

We have a slight price increase, the first in several years, of the following:

  • Youth Dormitory is $65 per night for a top bunk and $70 a night for a bottom bunk.
  • Semi-Private Cabins will be $95.00 per night.  Select roommate  and indicate on your reservation.

FYI after July 1st no money will be refunded if you cannot attend.  You will be responsible for finding a replacement.

Lucy Chiacchia and Cathy Hendley will be accepting payment at the July meeting.

Your total amount due must be paid by the July 8th meeting.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Diamonds are Forever” is the name of our quilt.  We have received all but a few blocks of the 264 we need.  Please remember to finish yours and bring it to the next meeting.  If you cannot attend the meeting, please send them with a friend or mail them to Claudia Ingram.  Thanks.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

From chairperson Ingrid Wirebjer: “I would like to thank all who participated in the Quarterly Block celebrating Florida's 500th Birthday. Collecting 42 blocks simply took my breath away. Thank you all!”

The next Quarterly Block will be due at the September meeting. We will be doing a simple pumpkin block. The pattern is called, “Oh Pumpkin, My Pumpkin.”   Patterns will be available at the July meeting. You will need to use white and two different shades of oranges/yellows for the pumpkin. Remember, your name will be put into the hat for each pumpkin you make.   Good Luck!

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CHALLENGE QUILT

Next year's challenge theme has been announced.  The theme is "25," to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Piecemakers in 2014.  See the Challenge rules on the guild website under “Upcoming Events.”  Consider participating--it's a lot of fun!

GUILD CALENDAR

July 8 – Guild meeting

July 9 – Juanita Yeager workshop

July 16 – Board meeting at Church (all incoming & outgoing Board members/chairpersons invited)

August 12 – Guild meeting

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the recent challenge quilt.  The quilts were beautiful, very colorful and certainly portrayed your favorites in children’s literature.  This year’s winner was Pam Johnson for her “Elmer” quilt. Next year’s challenge theme will focus on celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our guild.

The salad supper last month was a great sampling from our best cooks.  Thanks for sharing your salads, desserts, and your favorite apron with the group.  Our diversity of style, personality and family history was evident in the apron parade.  I hope that everyone took advantage of this social meeting to get to know each other a little better.

This month’s program will show us how to create memory quilts.  It is time to start gathering up all of those special t-shirts and other clothing that will need to be part of your next project.  It will be fun to work with different kinds of fabric and use our creative brains.

Lastly, we have new candidates for next year’s board and committee chair positions posted in this newsletter.  These will also be announced at our meeting and voted on at our July meeting.  I would like to thank Jayne Torres, Diane See, and Mary Ann Metz for working together as the nominating committee to accomplish this task.

The days are hotter and the kids are almost out of school…summer is upon us!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Quarterly block
  • Workshop fees
  • Retreat payment
  • Opportunity quilt blocks
  • Sunshine blocks
  • Library books
  • Charity quilt
  • Show and Tell quilts

JUNE PROGRAM

Our guest speaker, author Trish Bowman, will take you back in time through her memories and YOURS, while exploring our love of quilting.  As author of a newly released AQS book, Easy Memorabilia Quilts, Trish will show you the many ways there are to express yourself and your memories through quilts.  Not only will her lecture and trunk show highlight T-Shirt and clothes quilts, but other various examples of preserving the past.  Don't miss this insightful trunk show and lecture. 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

June 2 – Janice Gorgoglione

June 6 – Bunni Dion

June 11 – Denise Hamilton

June 12 – Pat Dunlap

June 19 – Jan Fox

June 21 - Mary Ann Metz

June 28 – Brenda Doggett

WORKSHOPS

Stars and Stripes: Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching a festive patriotic banner/table runner on June 8th from 9 until 3.  Ingrid will bring the patterns to the class (for those of us who don’t already have them) and we’ll be paying her $8.56 for the pattern plus tax.  Please try to bring exact change or a check payable to Ingrid.

Flowers on a Grand Scale: On TUESDAY July 9th from 9 until 4, we’ll be having Juanita Yeager teach us how to use her hand dyed fabrics to make a beautiful easy-to-sew flower.  The workshop cost is $35 plus the kit cost of $50 which includes EVERYTHING you need for a completed project including the top materials, batting, backing, and even threads.   All you need to bring is a sewing machine (with needles and feet specified in the supply list) and your enthusiastic self to make a gorgeous piece of art.

See Cathy Rebhun, workshop chair, to sign up.

Just a reminder for those of you who attended the Claudia and Nancy “strip” workshop to bring your masterpiece to the guild meeting for a group show and tell.  Even if yours is not finished, let’s show the guild what we were able to accomplish.

SUNSHINE NEWS

On Tuesday, May 28, the unthinkable happened.  Phyllis Kalinowski, who joined our guild just last fall, was struck by lightning and killed while walking on Belleair Beach.  She leaves behind a husband and two grown children. 

Her bee group has assisted the family by contributing food.  If you would like to find out if you can help in any way, please contact Roseanne Westenzweig.  The Board will be approving a donation in Phyllis’ honor after identifying the family’s choice of recipient.

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Please consider completing a SYMPATHY block for Jayne Torres and bringing it to our next meeting to honor her late husband.

Also, two members will be leaving our area in the upcoming months.  We would like to collect FAREWELL blocks for Ann Brakob and Brenda Doggett.

Consult the directory for instructions on how to construct these blocks. The same information can be found on the guild website under “About the Guild.” Remember, the blocks should be signed with your name and, if you desire, a personal message.

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs cheering up due to illness or a death in the family, or if someone is moving out of the community. She will organize the making of Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks, if appropriate.

SLATE OF OFFICERS 2013-14

President - Denise Hamilton

Vice President - Roseanne Westenzweig

Secretary - Cathy Singletary

Treasurer - Judy DePaul

Parliamentarian - Audrey Gantous

Membership - Kim Brewer

Web Master - Kim Brewer

Workshops - Carol Ethington

Newsletter - Debbie Williams

Board of Directors - Pat Dunlap, Nancy Mitchell, Gayle Rudacille, Jayne Torres

Hospitality - Pat Dunlap, Carolyn Henderson, Denise Skillman, Rosemary Lacovara, Rosemary Gates, Cathy Kendall, Ruth Davies, Pam Schweitzer

Bus Trip - Dawn.DeCesare, Cindy Parker

Quarterly Block - Ingrid Wirebjer

Concierge - Mary Kovalovsky

Challenge Quilt - Barbara Hultman, Kathy Coryn

Community Projects - Andrea Wolper

Historian - Melissa Bailey

Librarian - Bev Higgins

Opportunity Quilt - Claudia Ingram

Retreat - Lucy Chiacchia, Cathy Hendley

Sunshine - Betty McGue

Secret Sister - Donna Whiting

RETREAT

Our upcoming summer retreat will take place August 1-4, 2013.  As always, retreat is held at Day Spring Episcopal Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida.

Deposits may be brought to the June meeting.

A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 will hold your reservation.

We have a slight price increase, the first in several years, of the following:

  • Youth Dormitory is $65 per night for a top bunk and $70 a night for a bottom bunk.
  • Semi-Private Cabins will be $95.00 per night.  Select roommate early and indicate on your reservation.

FYI after July 1st no money will be refunded if you cannot attend.  You will be responsible for finding a replacement.

Lucy Chiacchia and Cathy Hendley will be accepting payment at the June meeting.

If you prefer you could make 3 equal deposits of $70/$65 for the dorm, or $95 for a cabin.

Your total amount due must be paid by the July 8th meeting.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Diamonds are Forever” is the name of our quilt.  We have received 116 blocks of the 264 we need.  Please remember to finish yours and bring it to the June meeting.  If you cannot attend the meeting, please send them with a friend or mail them to Claudia Ingram.  Thanks

STITCH N’ PITCH

The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing together two American traditions – baseball and the needle arts.  At the game against Detroit on June 30, the Rays invite anyone interested to sit and stitch among  friends, family and colleagues while cheering on the Rays.  Finished projects may be donated to the local chapter of Project Linus.  The first 300 tickets purchased will be given a Stitch N’ Pitch tote bag.

Kim Brewer will coordinate the purchase of tickets from our guild.  Payment for these tickets must be made no later than our meeting on June 10.

At their recent meeting, the Board decided that any Piecemaker who donates a quilt to Project Linus through this event may consider this her donation quilt for the year.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Welcome to the Sunshine State!

The next quarterly block will celebrate Florida's 500th birthday, for it was on April 2, 1513 that Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon first set foot on the southeast peninsula of North America and named it, “La Florida.”

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The quarterly block requires 8 colors that represent Florida. As you can see, Ingrid Wirebjer selected salmons, greens, teals, oranges, and yellows. You will provide your own fabrics for this block. Fifteen members have signed up to participate so far; the more blocks made, the more can be won.

The blocks will be due at the June meeting.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Lois Cozzi grew up sewing, and after inheriting her mother’s fabric stash, became even more interested in the craft of quilting.  She has made numerous quilts for coworkers and looks forward to having more time to quilt after retirement.  She is a software quality assurance engineer, and has 2 grown sons and 1 granddaughter.  Lois is a gadget lover and considers applique one of her next personal challenges.  She grew up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

CHALLENGE QUILT

Next year's challenge theme has been announced.  The theme is "25."  The 25th anniversary of the founding of Piecemakers takes place in 2014.  Quilts will need to be 25" square and include something that symbolizes a 25th anniversary:  something silver or 25 fabrics or 25 blocks, etc.  Complete rules in the next newsletter.  Consider participating--it's a lot of fun!

GUILD CALENDAR

June 4 – (at FUMC Church office bldg. rescheduled from June 18)

June 8 – Workshop

June 10 – Guild meeting

July 8 – Guild meeting

July 9 – Juanita Yeager workshop

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I am very anxious to see the Challenge quilts revealed at this month’s salad supper.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to sample all of our favorite recipes too.  Remember that we start our dinner and meeting at 6:30 to allow for more social time.  There is also a chance to wear one of your favorite aprons too. 

The bus trip was another fabulous event and very well attended.  Our co-chairs really took us to some new and well-stocked shops on the eastern coast.  We visited shops in Orange City, Deland, and Ormond Beach---who would have guessed!  I know that most of us are nicely stocked up on plenty of fabric, kits, and new ideas for the summer months.  I am certain that some of us will van pool to return to these favorite shops again.

As we get closer to the end of this guild calendar year, I want to remind all of you of your special talent and gift that you have for quilting.  Please remember that we expect everyone to donate at least one quilt to our community project designated charity.  We also want everyone to help make blocks for the Opportunity quilt which will be raffled after completion.  These blocks require your leftover scraps, come with easy instructions, and should be returned by the June meeting. 

I’d like to thank everyone who volunteers to keep this guild active, fun, entertaining, organized, accountable, and a resource for those who want to keep learning.  I know that there are many people who volunteer in so many ways each month.  Recognize and thank them for their continued support.

This month should bring us many good things…

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD: 

  • Salad to share, utensils (Board: dessert)
  • Workshop fees
  • Retreat payment
  • Opportunity quilt blocks
  • Sunshine blocks
  • Library books
  • Show and Tell quilts

MAY  PROGRAM

Don’t forget that our May meeting will feature our annual Salad Supper.  Members are asked to bring a salad to share and Board members will contribute desserts.  In addition to delicious food, there will be an apron contest and the reveal of the Challenge Quilts. 

Eighteen challenge quilts were turned in and there was only one duplication. Thanks to everyone who participated!  Guild members will have the opportunity to vote for Viewer's Choice.

MAY  BIRTHDAYS

May 5 – Sandi Pratt
May 13 – Carolyn Henderson
May 13 – Nancy Mitchell
May 20 – Kathy Mello
May 23 – Mary Maggi
May 27 – Alfreda Sonneveldt
May 30 – Rosemary Lacovare

MESSAGE FROM A MEMBER

My sincere thanks and gratitude for the many cards and expressions of sympathy offered my family and me in the passing of my husband!  Your generous outpouring has given me strength to go forward.

God Bless!
Jayne Torres

WORKSHOPS

Have you signed up yet?  We have several great workshops in the near future.

Coming up first, we’ll be “stripping” with Claudia and Nancy on Saturday, May 18th from 9 until 3. Make either "Keyholes" or "Strip Off" with scraps or a jelly roll.  The class is only $15 plus the cost of the pattern/book.   

Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching a festive patriotic banner/table runner on June 8th from 9 until 3.  Everyone’s going to want to whip up this adorable project in time for the 4th of July.   It’s only $15 plus the cost of the pattern.

On TUESDAY July 9th from 9 until 4 we’ll be having Juanita Yeager teach “Flowers on a Grand Scale.”  See her website at www.Juanitayeager.com for more information on the workshop and to see a small photo of the project which uses Juanita’s hand dyed fabrics to make a beautiful, easy-to-sew flower.  The workshop cost is $35 plus the kit cost of $50 which includes all the fabric for the quilt top.

See Cathy Rebhun, workshop chair, to sign up!

SUNSHINE NEWS

Most of you are already aware that Jayne Torres' beloved husband Harry passed away 4/22/13 after a long illness.  Please consider completing a SYMPATHY block for her and bringing it to our next meeting to honor and comfort Jayne and her family so they know the Piecemaker family has them in our thoughts and prayers.

Also, two members will be leaving our area in the upcoming months.  We would like to collect FAREWELL blocks to remind them of our guild and thank them for their membership. Please bring these to our May and June meetings for Ann Brakob and Brenda Doggett. 

Please consult the directory for directions on how to construct these blocks.  The same information can be found on the guild website under “About the Guild.”  Remember, the blocks should be signed with your name and, if you desire, a personal message.

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs cheering up due to illness or a death in the family, or if someone is moving out of the community.  She will organize the making of Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks, if appropriate.

RETREAT

Our upcoming summer retreat will take place August 1-4, 2013.  As always, retreat is held at Day Spring Episcopal Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida.

Deposits may be brought to the May meeting.

A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 will hold your reservation.

We have a slight price increase, the first in several years, of the following:

  • Youth Dormitory is $65 per night for a top bunk and $70 a night for a bottom bunk.
  • Semi-Private Cabins will be $95.00 per night. 

Select roommate early and indicate on your reservation.

FYI after July 1st no money will be refunded if you cannot attend.  You will be responsible for finding a replacement.

Lucy Chiacchia and Cathy Hendley will begin accepting payment at the May 13th meeting prior to the salad supper.

If you prefer you could make 3 equal deposits of $70/$65 for the dorm, or $95 for a cabin.

Your total amount due must be paid by the July 8th meeting.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

The string blocks for the guild's opportunity quilt (one of our primary fundraisers that takes place every other year) were passed out at the last meeting. Fourteen sets still need to be adopted. All blocks are due at the June meeting. If you have a question regarding the block, please contact Claudia Ingram by email.

PIECEMAKER HAS QUILT IN LANCASTER SHOW

One of our members, Ann Brakob, had a quilt juried into the AQS show recently held in Lancaster, PA.  This quilt, now titled, “Baby Makes 3,” also appeared in our guild show last October and was a blue ribbon winner in the Small Applique category.  Congratulations, Ann!

STITCH N’ PITCH

The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing together two American traditions – baseball and the needle arts.  At the game against Detroit on June 30, the Rays invite anyone interested to sit and stitch among  friends, family and colleagues while cheering on the Rays.  Finished projects may be donated to the local chapter of Project Linus.  The first 300 tickets purchased will be given a Stitch N’ Pitch tote bag.

Kim Brewer will coordinate the purchase of tickets from our guild.  Payment for these tickets must be made no later than our meeting on June 10.

At their recent meeting, the Board decided that any Piecemaker who donates a quilt to Project Linus through this event may consider this her donation quilt for the year.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Welcome to the Sunshine State!

The next quarterly block will celebrate Florida's 500th birthday, for it was on April 2, 1513 that Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon first set foot on the southeast peninsula of North America and named it, “La Florida.”

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The quarterly block requires 8 colors that represent Florida. As you can see, Ingrid Wirebjer selected salmons, greens, teals, oranges, and yellows. You will provide your own fabrics for this block. Fifteen members have signed up to participate so far; the more blocks made, the more can be won.

Instructions will be available at the next meeting. The blocks will be due at the June meeting.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

TAMMY ARNOLD is a longtime quilter (25 years!) who fell in love with hand piecing after learning from a friend.  She now machine pieces and loves to see her projects completed!  She grew up in St. Petersburg, served in the U.S. Air Force and is currently working in Information Services at South Florida Baptist Hospital.  Her other hobbies include walking, running and reading.

DENISE MEICHER has also been quilting for more than 20 years.  She is originally from Wisconsin, has one son, and currently works in the insurance field.  In addition to quilting, she enjoys working with plants.

FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON

Reminder: If you have not picked up your 2012-2013 membership card and directory, they will be available at the Membership check-in at the General meetings.

SECRET SISTERS

Donna Whiting has taken over the reins of leadership for this popular program.  For those interested in participating in Secret Sisters during the upcoming year, there will be questionnaires to fill out at the May meeting and names will be drawn in June. 

GUILD CALENDAR

May 4 – Luncheon for Challenge Quilt participants

May 13 – Guild meeting/Salad Supper

May 18 - Workshop

May 21 – Board meeting (all welcome)

June 8 – Workshop

June 10 – Guild meeting

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

It is really Spring and everything is growing again!  The beaches are getting warm, our families come to visit, and somehow we sneak in an hour or two of quilting.

The challenge quilts should all be turned in at this month’s meeting with the reveal happening at the May salad supper.  Our co-chairs this year should be recognized for keeping the theme simple and interesting and enabling us to use them later for gifts or donations.  I am sure we will produce adorable children’s quilts from this project.

The annual bus trip also occurs this month and the destinations are truly unknown, even to me.  It will be a fun day of shopping, exploring, and just socializing with a bus full of quilters.  It is a wonderful way to get to see some of the local shops and attractions that we might normally miss.  Make a list of your quilting needs and bring some of your fabric swatches.  It could also be a good opportunity to finish sewing the binding on that donation baby quilt. 

Our speaker this month has created many beautiful quilts that will inspire all of us to make fresh and new things.  I have seen some of her designs displayed by local shops and at shows recently, and I’m sure that we will benefit from her lecture and trunk show.  We are very fortunate to have such incredible talent in the local area. 

Everyone please remember to communicate with the board if you want things to happen differently or have specific requests.  This has been a HUGE growth year for our organization and the membership should be very proud of everything that we do.  Also remember to “thank” Jo-Ann fabrics whenever you visit for allowing our group to have our monthly board meetings in the office without a room usage fee.  This has worked out well because it is convenient for everyone, provides a neutral atmosphere, and is private for discussion.  As a reminder, any member is welcome to attend our board meetings. 

Hope to see all of you on the 8th!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Challenge quilt
  • Workshop fees
  • Library books
  • Show and Tell quilts
 

APRIL PROGRAM

Robin Koehler of “Nesltings” will entertain and inform us with a Show and Tell of her quilts, from her first to most recent.  Robin will lead us on her journey of stumbling into the art of quilting and design. She  has had quilts juried into AQS Paducah and Mancusco shows.  She will talk about her various workshops, as well as her love of beading. Come and meet our quilting sister who resides in nearby Tarpon Springs.

Don’t forget that our May meeting will feature our annual Salad Supper.  Members are asked to bring a salad to share and Board members will contribute desserts.  In addition to delicious food, there will be an apron contest and the reveal of the Challenge Quilts. 

APRIL  BIRTHDAYS

April 1 – Mandi Persell

April 2 – Ingrid Wirebjer

April 6 – Cindy Petersen

April 7 – Claudia Ingram

April 7 – Phyllis Kalinowski

April 7 – Debbie Williams

April 8 – Kathy Comer

April 24 – Teena Cummins

April 24 – Denise Skillman

WORKSHOPS

Have you signed up yet?  We have two great workshops scheduled.

On Saturday, May 18th from 9 until 3 we'll be "stripping" with Claudia and Nancy. You can make either "Keyholes" or "Strip Off" with scraps or a jelly roll.  The class is only $15 plus the cost of the pattern/book.   Sign up at our April meeting to lock in a spot.

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!  On June 8th from 9 until 3, Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching a festive patriotic banner/table runner.  Everyone’s going to want to whip up this adorable project in time for the 4th of July.   It’s only $15 plus the cost of the pattern.  Be sure to sign up before the April 20th bus trip so you can shop for fabric on the mystery tour!

See Cathy Rebhun, Workshop Chairperson, to sign up for both of these great opportunities.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Welcome to the Sunshine State!

The next quarterly block will celebrate Florida's 500th birthday, for it was on April 2, 1513 that Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon first set foot on the southeast peninsula of North America and named it, “La Florida.”

The quarterly block requires 8 colors that represent Florida. As you can see, Ingrid Wirebjer selected salmons, greens, teals, oranges, and yellows. You will provide your own fabrics for this block. Fifteen members have signed up to participate so far; the more blocks made, the more can be won.

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Instructions will be available at the next meeting. The blocks will be due at the June meeting.

CHALLENGE QUILT

The time has come to turn in your challenge quilt! Please bring your quilt to the April meeting in a non-see-through bag and cover the label with a piece of fabric.  Also, include a brief paragraph explaining the creation/inspiration of your quilt.

The luncheon for participants will be held Saturday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the FUMC social hall. The challenge quilts will be displayed at the May salad supper where members will be able to vote for their favorites.

FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON

Reminder: If you have not picked up your 2012-2013 membership card and directory, they will be available at the Membership check-in at the General meetings.

BUS TRIP

The bus trip is planned and is guaranteed to be a great one. Please come and join us on April 20th. We will meet at the K-Mart Parking lot on Hwy. 60 at 6:45 and leaving promptly at 7:00 AM. We will return by 7:00 PM.   We have a full day planned and think we have some areas picked out that a lot of you have never visited. The tickets will be $32.  We will take sign-ups through the March meeting. We will create a standby list and accommodate as many as possible. Last year we filled the bus and we hope to do the same this year. Please make your checks payable to PMQG.  Thanks, and we look forward to having you on the 2013 President’s Mystery Bus Trip.

Cindy Parker/Dawn DeCesare

SECRET SISTERS

Donna Whiting has taken over the reins of leadership for this popular program.  For those interested in participating in Secret Sisters during the upcoming year, there will be questionnaires to fill out at the April and May meetings and names will be drawn in June. 

GUILD CALENDAR

April 8 – Guild meeting (Challenge quilts due)

April 16 – Board Meeting

May 4 – Luncheon for Challenge Quilt participants

May 13 – Guild meeting/Salad Supper

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs cheering up due to illness or a death in the family, or if someone is moving out of the community.  She will organize the making of Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks, if appropriate.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I hope that everyone enjoyed our “Spring Cleaning” sale last month and acquired MORE fabric and notions for their stash.  Over $300 was gained from the sale of leftover Boutique items—thank you ladies for your work again!

We have lots of fun things happening in the next couple of months.  The challenge quilts are due to be turned in at the April meeting, and will be on display at the May salad supper.  This year’s theme is very easy for everyone to try.  We also have the President’s mystery bus trip scheduled for April 20.  You don’t want to miss this 12-hour day of sharing, shopping and laughing with the finest in our group. 

This month we will have the owner of Inspire Quilting in Plant City share and develop our knowledge of color theory.  This will be a great opportunity for us to learn more about color choices and experiment on our own.

Always remember look for current flyers and ads that are available at our check in table.  The personal member directory is also near the entrance and available for everyone to use.  It contains photos and personal interests of our members and is truly a joy to review.  Thank you all for contributing to this.

Please get involved in all aspects of our group.  The quarterly block, helping make blocks for the next opportunity quilt, and making a small quilt for charity are just a sample of opportunities for personal growth and group giving.  If you have any questions about anything, please contact any of the board members or specific committee chairs. 

Happy quilting this spring!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Workshop fees
  • Library books
  • Show and Tell quilts

MARCH  PROGRAM

"Color Theory" will be the topic of discussion at our March meeting.  Lynn Haberl of INSPIRE QUILTING in Plant City will be our guest speaker. As one of our guild sponsors, Lynn will be bringing fabric, fat quarters, a few smaller machines to introduce some new features from Brother's product line, as well as new gadgets on the market.  Please join us for a very informative evening.

MARCH  BIRTHDAYS

March 6 – Carol Ethington

March 6 – Natasha Subko

March 10 – Pam Johnson

March 15 – Cathy Hendley

March 20 – Denise Overbey

March 21 – Lucy Chiacchia

March 26 – Candace Klein

WORKSHOPS

On Saturday, May 18th from 9 until 3, we'll be "stripping" with Claudia and Nancy. You can make either "Keyholes" or "Strip Off" in the class and each can be made with scraps.  The class is only $15 plus the cost of the pattern/book.  

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!  Ingrid Wirebjer will be teaching a festive patriotic banner/table runner.  Everyone’s going to want to whip up this adorable project in time for the 4th of July.   Details will be available at the March meeting.

See Cathy Rebhun to sign up for both of these great opportunities.

Wool workshop attendees:  Please remember to bring your project, completed or not, to the meeting so we can show off our accomplishments! 

Several people enjoyed the peanut butter cookies at the workshop.  Here’s the recipe so you can make your very own.  They’re really easy and flour free.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

1       cup creamy peanut butter
¾      cup sugar
1       large egg
½      tsp baking soda
¼      tsp salt
1       cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used the minis)
Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Stir together peanut butter and next four ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips. 

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. 

Bake at 350 for 12-14 min or until puffed and lightly browned.  Cool on baking sheets on a wire rack 5 minutes.  Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool 15 min. 

QUARTERLY BLOCK

The next Quarterly block is a fairly simple paper piecing block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, then this is for you. Because of the larger size block, it should be easy to manage.

As with the last Quarterly block, we will be supplying orange fabric for the center of the flower.  I have made up 28 packets, which will be sold for 50 cents each. I will also be handing out the foundation piecing pattern and full instructions. You will need to make 3 additional copies of the pattern.

I am asking that you supply your own pastel fabrics for the “petals”, white fabric for the background, and use the orange fabric we have for the centers. By using the white background and orange centers there will be more unity between the blocks. And remember to use a small stitch as this will make it very easy to remove the paper once pieced.

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The Quarterly block will be due at the March Meeting.

I hope you all enjoyed the last Quarterly block and are looking forward to the next. Please don’t hesitate to suggest future blocks.

CHALLENGE QUILT

There is barely one month left to create and complete your challenge quilt!  The quilts are due at the April meeting.

The luncheon for participants will be held May 4 at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is “Saluting Children’s Literature.”   For complete information, go to Upcoming Events on the website and click on the line that says "Click here for requirements...." It's that easy!  Remember to include six colors of the rainbow, a shape, and a letter of the alphabet.

To clarify the sizes--If you want to donate the quilt to charity, sizes are 42” x 42” for a lap quilt, or 36” x 36” for a NICU quilt. If you are keeping the quilt, there are no size restrictions.

If you need a hard copy of the requirements, contact Kathy Coryn or Barbara Hultman.

BUS TRIP

The bus trip is planned and is guaranteed to be a great one. Please come and join us on April 20th. We will meet at the K-Mart Parking lot on Hwy. 60 at 6:45 and leaving promptly at 7:00 AM. We will return by 7:00 PM.   We have a full day planned and think we have some areas picked out that a lot of you have never visited. The tickets will be $32.  We will take sign-ups through the March meeting. We will create a standby list and accommodate as many as possible. Last year we filled the bus and we hope to do the same this year. Please make your checks payable to PMQG.  Thanks, and we look forward to having you on the 2013 President’s Mystery Bus Trip.

Cindy Parker/Dawn DeCesare

SECRET SISTERS

Donna Whiting has taken over the reins of leadership for this popular program.  For those interested in participating in Secret Sisters during the upcoming year, there will be questionnaires to fill out at the March meeting.  Donna will announce when they are due and when names will be drawn.  Stay tuned.

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

March 1 & 2 – “Applique in Tampa Bay – Reflections”
Feather Princesses, Tampa

www.featherprincesses.org

March 7 & 8 – “Quilt Show 2013”
Lake County Quilters Guild, Mt. Dora

www.lakequiltguild.com

March 8 only – “Color Our World With Quilts”
King’s Point Quilters, Sun City Center
Info: Mary @ (813) 633-4936

March 8 & 9 – “Quilts in Paradise”
Friendship Knot Quilters’ Guild, Sarasota

www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com

March 15 & 16 – “Lucky 13 Quilt Show”
Creative Quilters of Citrus Co., Crystal River

www.creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com

GUILD CALENDAR

March 11 – Guild meeting

March 19 – Board meeting (all welcome)

April 8 – Guild meeting (Challenge quilts due)

A THANK YOU NOTE

Below is a photo of one of the many thank you notes received by the guild from recipients of our holiday stockings. 

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Happy Spring!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 “We sewed, we shopped…
and laughed a lot
at retreat.” 

That was a wonderful weekend away at DaySpring!  I hope that everyone gets the chance to experience a retreat and actually finish a project while they are there.  A very big thank you goes out to the retreat co-chairs, Lucy and Cathy, for their planning and execution of this important event for our group.

This month we will have fun selling some of our treasures to other members in the “Spring Cleaning” sale in the social hall.  Items that were left after the Boutique sale at the show will be there too, along with the opportunity to buy Ott- lites.  We will have our business meeting as usual in the chapel starting at 7 PM.  This will be followed by the sale in the social hall with refreshments.  

There are many fun workshops coming up that you should be interested in.  The bus trip in April will be HUGE with almost 2/3 of our members attending.  Keep on checking the website for other guild sponsored activities such as Saturday Sew, the quarterly block, the challenge quilt project, and participation in the next Opportunity Quilt.

The nomination committee is also looking for members to fill the upcoming board and committee chairs.  Please let our VP or her committee know if you are interested in leading and participating more in our group next year. 

Thank you all for participating in the quilt show survey last month.  We will go over the responses at the Membership meeting this month.  Always remember that any other comments can always be left at the suggestion box at the sign-in table at any meeting.  We have a diverse membership, and would like to satisfy the needs of most of the group as it changes.  We can only change and adapt to your needs if we are aware of them. 

It will be a very fun, busy, and productive Spring season for the Piecemakers!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Items and $$$ for Spring Cleaning Sale
  • Workshop fees
  • Library books
  • Show and Tell quilts

FEBRUARY PROGRAM

BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!!

Our February BUSINESS meeting will be held in the chapel and our February "HOUSE CLEANING" sale will be held in the social hall. Because the social hall only holds about a dozen tables we will need to share the use of those tables. The OTT lite vendor and our SHOW BOUTIQUE will begin setting up at 5:45 - all others at 6:15. Any questions please call Jayne Torres @ 748-8358. Thank You!

HELP WANTED:  Three or four people who could help set up goodies for our spring cleaning sale.  Start time 5:30pm. Please call Jayne Torres @ 748-8358. Thanks.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

Feb. 1 – Sandy Sheffield

Feb. 9 – Marilyn Baker

Feb. 11 – Mary Grable

Feb. 17 – Ardyce Clements

Feb. 22 – Margaret Beach

Feb. 22 – Diane See

Feb. 22 – Peggy Werdann

Feb. 23 – Ruth Davies

Feb. 29 – Dianne Bryant

WORKSHOPS

We've got a few great workshops coming up. First, on February 16th we'll be having a wool workshop with Jayne Torres and Pam Johnson as our instructors. You have the option to either bring your own wool kit or if you prefer, you can purchase the kit that Pam and Jayne will have available.  See Cathy Rebhun, workshop chairperson, at the February meeting to reserve a space.

On Saturday, May 18th, we'll be "stripping" with Claudia and Nancy. You can make either "Keyholes" or "Strip Off" in the class and each can be made with scraps. Both the wool workshop and the strip class are $15, a small price to pay for a fun day sewing with friends. See Cathy Rebhun to sign up.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

The next Quarterly block is a fairly simple paper piecing block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, then this is for you. Because of the larger size block, it should be easy to manage.

As with the last Quarterly block, we will be supplying orange fabric for the center of the flower.  I have made up 28 packets, which will be sold for 50 cents each. I will also be handing out the foundation piecing pattern and full instructions. You will need to make 3 additional copies of the pattern.

I am asking that you supply your own pastel fabrics for the “petals”, white fabric for the background, and use the orange fabric we have for the centers. By using the white background and orange centers there will be more unity between the blocks. And remember to use a small stitch as this will make it very easy to remove the paper once pieced.

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The Quarterly block will be due at the March Meeting (03/11/13).

I hope you all enjoyed the last Quarterly block and are looking forward to the next. Please don’t hesitate to suggest future blocks.

Ingrid Wirebjer

CHALLENGE QUILT

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa

Today is the day to start on your challenge quilt, if you haven't done so already, because they are due in approximately two months. We hope you are thinking of participating and having fun with this project!

This year’s theme is “Saluting Children’s Literature;”   for complete information, go to Upcoming Events on the website and click on the line that says "Click here for requirements...." It's that easy! Remember to include six colors of the rainbow, a shape, and a letter of the alphabet.

To clarify the sizes--If you want to donate the quilt to charity, sizes are 42” x 42” for a lap quilt, or 36” x 36” for a NICU quilt. If you are keeping the quilt, there are no size restrictions.

If you need a hard copy of the requirements, contact Kathy Coryn or Barbara Hultman.

BUS TRIP

The bus trip is planned and is guaranteed to be a great one. Please come and join us on April 20th, 2013. We will meet at the K-Mart Parking lot on Hwy. 60 at 6:45 and leaving promptly at 7:00 AM. We will return by 7:00 PM. Typical bus trip time. We have a full day planned and think we have some areas picked out that a lot of you have never been to. Dawn and I have tested the waters and we sure had fun, got into a bit of trouble, but we’ll just turn around and do it again in April. Hey, we are Quilters and that is what we do, buy fabric right??? The tickets will be $32.  We  will continue signing folks up through the March 2013 meeting. We will create a standby list and accommodate as many as we can. Last year we filled the bus and we hope to do the same this year. Please make your checks payable to PMQG.  Thanks, and we look forward to having you on the 2013 President’s Mystery Bus Trip.

Cindy Parker/Dawn DeCesare

SECRET SISTERS

The Secret Sister group is having their reveal dinner on 2/5/13 at Bens Restaurant at 6:00 p.m.  It is always a lot of fun to see who had each other and can sometimes be quite a surprise. We will ask to see if there is interest in doing it next year and if so, we will begin a new Secret Sister program sometime in March. No gifts for the February meeting. I know I have certainly had a great year and I hope everyone else has.

Cindy Parker

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

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UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Feb. 6, 7, 8, & 9 – Quilt & Craft Show & Sale
Palm Grove Mennonite Church, Sarasota
Info: (941) 955-2187, (941) 366-3707

Feb. 15 & 16 – “Quilts from the Heart”
Quilters’ Workshop of Tampa Bay, Tampa
www.quiltersworkshop.org/quiltshow.html

Feb. 22 & 23 – “Celebrate the Quilts, Explore the Art VII”
Largo Cracker Quilters, Largo
www.largocrackerquilters.org

Feb. 22 & 23 – “Jewels in Paradise”
Peace River Quilters’ Guild, Punta Gorda
www.peaceriverquilters.org

March 1 & 2 –  "Appliqué in Tampa Bay III - Reflections"
The Feather Princesses
http://www.featherprincesses.org/Quiltshow2013.htm

March 7 & 8 – “Quilt Show 2013”
Lake County Quilters Guild, Mt. Dora
www.lakequiltguild.com

March 8 only – “Color Our World With Quilts”
King’s Point Quilters, Sun City Center
Info: Mary @ (813) 633-4936

March 8 & 9 – “Quilts in Paradise”
Friendship Knot Quilters’ Guild, Sarasota
www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com

March 15 & 16 – “Lucky 13 Quilt Show”
Creative Quilters of Citrus Co., Crystal River
www.creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com

GUILD CALENDAR

February 11 – Guild meeting & Spring Cleaning Sale

February 16 – Wool workshop

February 19 – Board meeting (all welcome)

March 11 – Guild meeting

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

KAREN MENARD is a native Floridian who has lived in Brandon since 1989.  She teaches math at Hillsborough High School in the IB program and has two college-age children.  She made her first quilt in 1990, taught by her mother-in-law, longtime guild member Carol Menard.  In addition to quilting, she enjoys gardening and ceramics.

DEE SKUBAL has lived in Florida since 1988; prior to that she came from Iowa, Missouri and Texas.  She has four children and eight grandchildren.  She has been quilting for 2½ years and began in order to make a quilt for her North Carolina home.

SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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President’s Message

Hello members.  We have made it past the end of the world, consumed lots of cookies and some holiday cheer, and now it is time again to retreat and sew!  What a wonderful quilting world….and we are in it!  A special thanks to our hospitality committee for arranging for the fabulous food and fun that we had at Ben’s Restaurant last month.  That was a nice change for our group and a special treat for those who could make it. 

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe holiday with their family and friends.   It has been a season of many things, including small miracles.  We did receive a very nice thank you note from the Brandon Outreach clinic thanking us for the donation and encouraging our members to stop by and take a tour of their facility when you have time.

This month we will have a wonderful presentation of World War II quilts.  I particularly love the history of all quilts and patterns, and how quilting has changed over the years, and hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Everyone should be working on their challenge quilt because there are so many possibilities related to Children’s Literature.  Visit your local library or your grandchild’s bookcase if you need some ideas.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

We also need everyone’s input on whether we will plan to have another quilt show in the near future.  We will have a simple questionnaire at the meeting for you to fill out and make comments on.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in January, please e-mail me and I will let you submit your response electronically.   A show or exhibit requires many hours of planning and execution, and a commitment from our members.   Please start thinking about this now and what you can contribute.

Our VP and her committee will also be asking for new members to fill vacancies on the board and committee chairs next year.  Think about how you can become more involved in our guild.

Lastly, do not forget that we are having our “Spring Cleaning” sale in February.  All members are encouraged to bring in their sewing and scrapbooking items that they no longer want or have duplicates of, and hopefully change them into cash to buy more!  There are no table fees to participate and there will be snacks at this meeting.  Please remember to reserve a table in advance with Jayne Torres, for planning reasons only.  Most of the remaining boutique items will also be for sale, so don’t forget your wallets and checkbooks. 

Best wishes for peace, happiness, and health in this New Year.  I look forward to spending more time getting to know you and your special talent in this group.

Denise Hamilton

Things To Bring To Guild:

• Show and Tell
• Library books
• Secret Sister gift
• Wool workshop fee

January Program

Sue Reich will be our speaker at our January meeting.  She first learned to quilt as a child at her Grandmother Martin's farm in Crawford County, PA. Like many women in the 1970s, the celebration of our country's Bicentennial sparked her love for quilt-making and an interest in the history of quilts.

Shortly after settling in Connecticut in 1980, the Connecticut Quilt Search Project began. Alongside approximately fifty dedicated women, Sue documented and researched 3,000 plus quilts over six years, culminating in the publication of Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut.  That experience and her membership in the American Quilt Study Group became the spring board to more publications: Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting, Crazy as a Bed-Quilt, World War II Quilts, and Quiltings, Frolicks and Bees: One Hundred Years of Signature Quilts. Through presentations and exhibits, she has the opportunity to share her collections of World War II quilts, Flower Garden quilts, Signature quilts, Crazy quilts, Connecticut quilts, etc

January Birthdays

Jan. 5 – Priscilla Werner
Jan. 10 – Aveline Kennedy
Jan. 18 – Esther Farkas
Jan. 21 – Noma Riley
Jan. 22 – Ingrid Hunt
Jan. 22 – Mary Kovalovsky
Jan. 30 – Glenda Palmer

Workshops

It's time to BYOW! Yes, that's right, you can Bring Your Own Wool to the upcoming wool workshop with our very own Pam Johnson and Jayne Torres on Saturday, February 16th from 9 to 3:30. You have the option to either bring your own wool kit (maybe one you purchased at the October meeting from the Mansfields) OR if you prefer, you can purchase the kit that Pam and Jayne will have available. Either way, you'll learn everything you need to know to complete a beautiful wool masterpiece. The cost is only $15 to attend and you can sign up at the Christmas dinner.

Quarterly Block

Happy New Year!... and to think I’m already thinking toward Spring!

The next Quarterly block reminded me of Spring flowers. This is a fairly simple paper piecing block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, then this is for you. Because of the larger size block, it should be easy to manage.

As with the last Quarterly block, we will be supplying orange fabric for the center of the flower.  I have made up 28 packets, which will be sold for 50 cents each. I will also be handing out the foundation piecing pattern and full instructions. You will need to make 3 additional copies of the pattern.

I am asking that you supply your own pastel fabrics for the “petals”, white fabric for the background, and use the orange fabric we have for the centers. By using the white background and orange centers there will be more unity between the blocks. And remember to use a small stitch as this will make it very easy to remove the paper once pieced.

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The Quarterly block will be due at the March Meeting (03/11/13).

I hope you all enjoyed the last Quarterly block and are looking forward to the next. Please don’t hesitate to suggest future blocks.

Ingrid Wirebjer

Challenge Quilt

“Saluting Children’s Literature” - We hope that if you are reading this newsletter on the guild's website that you’ve already checked out the information about the challenge quilt. If not, go to Upcoming Events and click on the line that says "Click here for requirements...." It's that easy! Remember to include six colors of the rainbow, a shape, and a letter of the alphabet.

To clarify the sizes--If you want to donate the quilt to charity, sizes are 42” x 42” for a lap quilt, or 36” x 36” for a NICU quilt. If you are keeping the quilt, there are no size restrictions.

If you need a hard copy of the requirements, contact Kathy Coryn or Barbara Hultman.

Retreat News

Retreat: January 24-27, 2013. Contact Lucy Chiacchia or Cathy Hendley if you have any questions.

Future Retreat Dates:

Summer 2013:  August 1-4, 2013
Winter 2014: January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014: July 31-August 3,2014

Bus Trip

The bus trip is planned and is guaranteed to be a great one. Please come and join us on April 20th, 2013. We will meet at the K-Mart Parking lot on Hwy. 60 at 6:45 and leaving promptly at 7:00 AM. We will return by 7:00 PM. Typical bus trip time. We have a full day planned and think we have some areas picked out that a lot of you have never been to. Dawn and I have tested the waters and we sure had fun, got into a bit of trouble, but we’ll just turn around and do it again in April. Hey, we are Quilters and that is what we do, buy fabric right??? The tickets will be $32.  We started the signup at the December dinner meeting and will continue signing folks up until the March 2013 meeting. We will create a standby list and accommodate as many as we can. Last year we filled the bus and we hope to do the same this year. Please make your checks payable to PMQG.  Thanks, and we look forward to having you on the 2013 Presidents Mystery Bus Trip.

Cindy Parker/Dawn DeCesare

Secret Sisters

At the meeting in January, Cindy Parker I will announce the date and time of the reveal dinner. (She will have flyers available with all the meeting information).  Please try to make the final reveal dinner it is always so much fun to see who had your name and reveal yourself to your secret sister. Cindy likes to give a little something to the person that gave to her all year as a “Thank You” gift. This is optional. Don’t hesitate to contact Cindy Parker or Dawn DeCesare if you have any questions.

A Penny for Your Thoughts

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

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Upcoming Quilt Shows

Jan. 25 & 26 – “Showcase of Quilts 2013”
The Villages, FL  32162

www.QGOTV.org

Feb. 15 & 16 – “Quilts from the Heart”
Quilters’ Workshop of Tampa Bay

www.quiltersworkshop.org/quiltshow.html

Feb. 22 & 23 – “Celebrate the Quilts, Explore the Art VII”
Largo Cracker Quilters

www.largocrackerquilters.org

March 7 & 8 – “Quilt Show 2013”
Lake County Quilters Guild, Mt. Dora

www.lakequiltguild.com

March 15 & 16 – “Lucky 13 Quilt Show”
Creative Quilters of Citrus Co., Crystal River

www.creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com

Guild Calendar

January 14 – Guild meeting

January 22 – Board meeting (all welcome)

January 24-27 – Retreat

February 11 – Guild meeting

Sunshine News

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

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Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

It is that time of the year again when we reach out to our old friends and neighbors with Christmas cards, hang all of those lights and garland, and try to make time for family traditions.  Most of you will also be putting the finishing touches on those handmade items and gifts of quilts.

Our guild has been extremely “giving” this holiday season.  We presented just over $1200 to the Brandon Outreach Clinic from our quilt show silent auction. 

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The Spring of Tampa Bay and Shelter Box also received large monetary donations, together totaling over another $1300.

The Christmas stocking collection was very well supported this year.  Our group filled and donated 117 stockings, along with extra toys, to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s program.  Thanks to all of you who helped make Christmas more memorable for these children.

There is no regular meeting at the church this month.  Our Christmas dinner will be at Ben’s Family Restaurant in Brandon starting at 6:30 PM on Monday, Dec 10th.  It will be fun to have dinner served to us, and enjoy a holiday meal in a new setting.  There will also be an unwrapped ornament exchange. 

I know that everyone is already planning their challenge quilt project, along with all of their 2013 dream quilt projects.  We should see some of those during our January retreat.

I would like to thank the entire board and committee chairs for working EXTRA hard this fall to make our group very successful.  We are 100 members strong, but it does require planning and organization to keep our programs, classes and activities running smoothly.  We will be looking for new leaders in the spring to start filling next year’s positions.  Please offer to help in an area that you feel comfortable. 

Have a wonderful Christmas and I am confident that we will find many hours to quilt in the New Year!

Denise Hamilton

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Holiday dinner ticket
  • Ornament for exchange
  • Quarterly block
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Wool workshop fee

DECEMBER PROGRAM

Our special holiday meeting will start at 6 p.m. for social time; then dinner will begin serving at 6:30.  We will NOT be meeting at the church.  We are going offsite to Ben’s Family Restaurant, 704 E. Brandon Blvd.  There is parking at the restaurant and at a Chinese restaurant next door.  Members might was to consider meeting elsewhere in groups and carpooling to Ben’s.

Everyone is to bring an ornament, hand made or purchased, for exchange.

If anyone has not purchased a dinner ticket, she can call Jane Beck to make arrangements.  She wants to give a count of the dinners to Ben’s before Monday night.

In January, the guild will have Sue Reich as a lecturer.  She is a quilt researcher who will speak on the topic of World War II era quilts.

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Dec. 6 – Ruth McCreery

Dec. 17 – Melissa Bailey

Dec. 19 – Kathy Turner

Dec. 28 – Jeanette Votenz

Dec. 30 – Ruth Mahoney

Dec. 30 – Kathy Massarelli


WORKSHOPS

It's time to BYOW! Yes, that's right, you can Bring Your Own Wool to the upcoming wool workshop with our very own Pam Johnson and Jayne Torres on Saturday, February 16th from 9 to 3:30. You have the option to either bring your own wool kit (maybe one you purchased at the October meeting from the Mansfields) OR if you prefer, you can purchase the kit that Pam and Jayne will have available. Either way, you'll learn everything you need to know to complete a beautiful wool masterpiece. The cost is only $15 to attend and you can sign up at the Christmas dinner.


CHALLENGE QUILT

“Saluting Children’s Literature” - We hope that if you are reading this newsletter on the guild's website that you’ve already checked out the information about the challenge quilt. If not, go to Upcoming Events and click on the line that says "Click here for requirements...." It's that easy! Remember to include six colors of the rainbow, a shape, and a letter of the alphabet.

To clarify the sizes--If you want to donate the quilt to charity, sizes are 42” x 42” for a lap quilt, or 36” x 36” for a NICU quilt. If you are keeping the quilt, there are no size restrictions.

If you need a hard copy of the requirements, contact Kathy Coryn or Barbara Hultman.


RETREAT NEWS

Retreat: January 24-27, 2013. Contact Lucy Chiacchia or Cathy Hendley if you have any questions.

Future Retreat Dates:

Summer 2013: August 1-4, 2013
Winter 2014: January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014: July 31-August 3,2014

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

At the most recent Board meeting, two “suggestions” were discussed.  One involved the timing of our next quilt show and asked that a 3-year time span be considered in order to build more enthusiasm.  This will be discussed by the Board in the Spring when the plans for our next show begin to take shape.  The other entry mentioned quilt show rules allowing more than one quilt per category per quilter.  This particular rule was revised from previous shows, partly in response to demand from the members.  In future shows, rules such as these will be reconsidered and revised as necessary.


UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Jan. 25 & 26 “Showcase of Quilts 2013”
The Villages, FL  32162
www.QGOTV.org

Feb. 15 & 16 – “Quilts from the Heart”
Quilters’ Workshop of Tampa Bay
www.quiltersworkshop.org/quiltshow.html

Feb. 22 & 23 – “Celebrate the Quilts, Explore the Art VII”
Largo Cracker Quilters
www.largocrackerquilters.org

March 7 & 8 – “Quilt Show 2013”
Lake County Quilters Guild, Mt. Dora
www.lakequiltguild.com

March 15 & 16 – “Lucky 13 Quilt Show”
Creative Quilters of Citrus Co., Crystal River
www.creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Phyllis Kalinowski has recently joined our guild.  She was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and has lived in the Tampa area since 1984.  She has been quilting for one month!  The desire to make a memory/t-shirt quilt brought her to a sewing and quilting group about 8 months ago.  Her other hobbies include beading/jewelry-making and crochet.  She collects Christmas ornaments.  A bookkeeper by trade, Phyllis has 2 children in college.  Welcome, Phyllis!


GUILD CALENDAR

December 10 – Guild meeting/holiday dinner

January 14 – Guild meeting

January 22 – Board meeting (all welcome)

January 24-27 – Retreat

SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.


CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Happy Holidays to All!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hi, Everyone!

I hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy our wonderful quilt show.  It was truly amazing to see our quilts on display for the public to enjoy.  The vendors were pleased, our boutique was almost shopped out, and our families were so proud.  Congratulations to everyone who participated and many more thanks to the quilt show committee for making this a huge success.  We are still calculating all of the numbers, but can safely say that we will be donating over $2000 to the designated charities from this show.  This is a huge accomplishment and great benefit to our community. 

We have many exciting events up next including this month’s speaker, David Taylor.  We were very fortunate that he was available to fit into our calendar while he was already scheduled at several other local guilds.  Please note that social and meeting times are 30 minutes earlier for this month’s meeting to allow ample time for our guest’s presentation.

It is ALREADY Christmas stocking collection time this year!  Please fill them generously with toys and fun things for the less fortunate children in our county.  I know that we can and should be able to donate over 100 stockings to help the County Sheriff’s office continue this great program.  Also, remember to purchase your ticket this month for our Christmas dinner at Ben’s Restaurant in December. 

We have much to be thankful for in this group of highly talented and very creative quilters.  I hope that you will find joy and time to share with your family and friends during this often hectic holiday season.  Please consider sharing and giving the gift of your quilting talent to another.  We all have this common bond of the love for quilts and the need to do more.  Share a day of sewing or shopping with someone who would love to get to know you better.  It could be the best holiday gift ever!

Denise Hamilton

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

Again this year, we are being asked to make Christmas stockings, fill them and bring to the next guild meeting. These will be given to the Sheriff’s department and distributed in December to needy children in our area.

If you are new to the guild and wondering….  these stockings should be approximately 12” high. If you need a pattern, ask another member or contact Audrey Gantous at 626-1441. The stockings may be purchased if you choose not to make one. The one restriction with filling your stockings: No candy or other consumables.

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A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

 FYI….There is a "suggestion" box at the membership table, with paper and pens.  Feel free to send your thoughts to the Board and your ideas will be taken under consideration.

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • CHRISTMAS   STOCKING!
  • Holiday dinner ticket money
  • Retreat payments
  • Library books
  • Charity  quilts
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Sister gift

NOVEMBER PROGRAM

The program this month will be given by David Taylor.

David's obsession with fabric began at an early age, salvaging tiny scraps from his mother's sewing area trash bin. This began his love and appreciation for fabric, though not a love for quilting. "Who would ever want to cut up their beautiful fabrics into tiny pieces?" he asks.

Now, more than a decade into his quilting journey, he has exhibited his work internationally and teaches at numerous venues throughout the year.

David completed his high school and college years right here in the Tampa Bay area!

Visit his web site: http://www.davidtaylorquilts.com/

Our Feb. meeting will be one of spring cleaning. Start setting aside all those great quilting, sewing, scrapbooking items that you have been collecting in your workshop. Everyone can participate................no table fees.  More info at our upcoming meetings. Start gathering your goodies now.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Bell, Elizbeth

1-Nov

Smyth, Joanna

3-Nov

McCatty, Kathie

7-Nov

Menard, Carol

9-Nov

Fox, Rebecca

10-Nov

Gates, Rosemary

11-Nov

Kendall, Cathy

15-Nov

Kelley, Beverly

17-Nov

May, Katie

18-Nov

Singletary, Cathy

21-Nov

Coryn, Kathy

24-Nov

WORKSHOPS

Cathy Rebhun has exciting news for all of you who are enthusiastic about trying wool after attending the wonderful October meeting with the Mansfields. Our very own Jayne Torres and Pam Johnson are cooking up a wool workshop for early next year. Stay tuned for more information!

If you have an idea for a great workshop or have something you’d like to teach the guild, please let Cathy know.

CHALLENGE QUILT

Yes, ladies, it's time to announce the theme for the 2013 PMQG challenge quilt. . . . . at the November meeting.

Challenge quilts are due April 8, 2013 and will be displayed at the May salad supper.

Start putting on your thinking caps!!

RETREAT NEWS

Retreat: January 24-27, 2013

Just a reminder:  your final payment is due November 12.

FYI:

We have 19 guild members in cabins and 29 members in dorms, for a total of 48 “Treaters.”

16 “Treaters” are paid in full.

If you are unsure of your balance due, call Cathy Hendley at (813) 382-3072 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Still have 7 places available in the dorm, so bring your checkbook and sign up for a great January getaway.

Future Retreat Dates:

Summer 2013: August 1-4, 2013
Winter 2014  January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014: July 31-August 3,2014

GUILD CALENDAR

November 12 – Guild meeting

November 20 – Board meeting (all welcome)

December  10 – Holiday dinner at Ben’s

UPCOMING QUILT SHOWS

Nov. 2 & 3 – “The Art of Quilting Along a Country Road” – Ocala
www.CountryRoadQuiltsOcala.blogspot.com

Nov. 8-10 – “World Quilt Show Florida IV” –
West Palm Beach
www.worldquilt.com

Nov. 10  - “A Garden of Quilting Delights” –
USF Botanical Gardens, Tampa
www.cypresscreekquilters.org

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SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Kathy Coryn wants the members to know that Pat Hill, former guild member, and her husband Lee suffered the loss of their daughter, Anna Catherine Hill, on September 22. Pat is still a resident of Brandon.

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CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby.  Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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What Kind of Quilter Are You?

The Charity Quilter rarely quilts for herself. The quilting process is personally satisfying and so is knowing that the end result goes to a good cause. The charity quilter loves the process but does not want to end up with more quilts than she can handle. They eagerly jump in and turn out volumes of pieces when given a cause by the guild or organization.

The ART Quilter has a unique vision, usually complex, working with subtleties of color and design instead of themes. Art quilters use lots of basics, blenders, batiks, and techniques, and generally do not use commercial patterns and collections. Focused, the art quilter does her best work in her own sewing room, away from the social distraction of sewing in a group.

The Gifting Quilter is more in love with the creative process than the end result, so most of their quilts wind up as gifts, often as personal quilts relating to an occasion such as a wedding, birthday, or just a special quilt. Gifting quilters use groups of collections, commercial patterns, and themes.

The Social Quilter dabbles in lots of different techniques, explores artistic expression, samples charity sewing as a club project, makes quilts for gifts and is especially attracted to the social atmosphere. The social quilter is the one who takes a long time to finish a project, or may never finish and move on to the next interesting technique, and have a lot of those unfinished projects while they sample and dabble and chat and sew and drink coffee and check out what others are doing. Along with the satisfaction of sewing, they enjoy spending time with the guild, class, sewing circle or club.

So...what kind of quilter are you?

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October Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hi everyone!

I am so thrilled that we are getting close to the “Harvest of Quilts”, our show on Oct 12 and 13 at the International Showmen’s Association in Riverview. The quilt show committee has spent months, days and plenty of personal hours preparing for this very special event. Pat Dunlap needs special recognition for leading this team of devoted volunteers. Our job as members should be to insure that all of our friends, family and co-workers know that they should come and see what wonderful work we have done. Don’t forget to mention the vendors, boutique shopping, silent auction, opportunity quilt and baskets for raffle. Network this information to all of your groups and make this the best attended show ever!

I hope that you are enjoying the new programs and workshops that are available for our members. There are plenty of great things happening each month, and you may not want to miss a single meeting. Please provide a warm welcome to all of our newest members, check out the new photo membership directory and info, and put any requests in the suggestion box.

Thank you to all who have helped or will be volunteering in any way to make this quilt show possible. The combined effort of the individual members in this group is what really makes this production special. I hope that the show brings us more members and lots of good memories for the Piecemakers guild.

Denise Hamilton

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Hello Piecemakers,

Thank you all so much for the wonderful gifts you presented to me at the August meeting. I was overwhelmed at the unexpected gift of a whole box of beautifully made quilt blocks. I took time to look at them the morning after the meeting and wanted to immediately get them on my design wall. I will have to wait though because we are leaving for a trip to Europe on Friday Aug. 17 and will not return until Sept. 2. I also love the wonderful KAI scissors; they are a perfect fit and cut beautifully. There was also a generous gift card to Keep You in Stitches. Many thanks also for all the support you have given me the past two years.

Thanks, Gayle Rudacille

P.S. Someone at the August meeting gave me a flashlight and a small scissors that had been left at Dayspring after the retreat. No one at the meeting claimed them, so let me know if they are yours.

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

- Membership dues
- Small quilts for Auction (last call)
- Workshop payments
- Retreat payments
- Library books
- Charity quilts
- Show and Tell
- Secret Sister gift

OCTOBER PROGRAM

Have you ever contemplated traveling to Ireland?

Wondered about quilting on the “old sod”?

In October, Piecemakers will host Seamus and Kass Mansfield of Button Tree Farm, Waterford, Ireland.

Seamus will present a slide show on Ireland, its lore, quilting and the wonderful Irish wool. Kass, a quilt shop owner in Waterford for 14+ years will have a small trunk show along with showing her patterns, kits and wool.

So come visit Ireland at our October 8th general meeting.

We are very excited to announce that David Taylor will present our program at the November meeting. To learn more about this very talented quilt artist, visit his website at www.davidtaylorquilts.com.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Barbara Ivan 1-Oct
Pat Gispert  3-Oct
Lucelle Monroe  4-Oct
Dawn DeCesare 5-Oct
Ruby Perry 8-Oct
Roseanne Westenzweig 12-Oct
Nancy Lewis 14-Oct
Audrey Gantous 16-Oct
Cindy Parker 17-Oct
Jackie Waters 20-Oct
Cindy Bailey 21-Oct
Judy DePaul 26-Oct
Donna Whiting 30-Oct
Cheryl Wyly  31-Oct

WORKSHOPS

Nancy and Claudia are going to work their magic on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 to 3 showing you how to make “Split Seconds”, a quilt from Karla Alexander’s book. The cost for their class is only $15 and you can see Cathy at the October meeting to reserve your space. See the sample at our next meeting.

If you have an idea for a great workshop or have something you’d like to teach the guild, please let Cathy Rebhun know

QUILT SHOW UPDATE

Silent Quilt Auction

Thank you for the quilts that have been donated to the silent auction! The October meeting will be the last chance to turn in any quilts. The quilts are much larger than at the last show, so please be prepared to bid generously. There are Christmas quilts, children's quilts, redwork, cross-stitch, and wool--they will make wonderful gifts or maybe you'll want to keep one for yourself.

Thanks, Barbara Hultman

Volunteers Needed –

Still need workers in several areas: baskets, books & magazines, plus a few other open slots. Carolyn Henderson and Rosemary LaCovera will have signup sheet at meeting. Also, if you are lending a cash box, please label it to be returned to you and bring it to Judy DePaul at the meeting.

Other Quilt Show Needs –

Pam and Sandi are asking if anyone has small lamps that they could use in the boutique. They could also use some fans. Please let them know if you can help with this and don’t forget to put your name on your items.

Decoration Needs –

If you have any autumn-themed items that could be used throughout the venue for decoration, such as scarecrows, fall leaves, pumpkins and gourds, please notify Carolyn Henderson – 689-5872.

RETREAT NEWS

January 24-27, 2013

The retreat is held at Day Spring Episcopal Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida.

Deposits for the January retreat should be brought to the next meeting. The Non­refundable deposit of $50.00 will hold your reservation. All monies will be due at the November 12th meeting. No exceptions. We have reserved 2 cabins to hold 16 campers and 2 youth dormitories to hold 34 campers. The bottom bunks will be on a first paid basis. See Lucy Chiacchia or Cathy Hendley at the meeting to reserve your spot.

After the 70 days (before retreat date), no money will be refunded if you cannot attend. You are ultimately responsible for finding a replacement. Pricing for the retreat is as follows:

Dormitory- $63 per night per person
Cabin - $93 per night per person (2 persons per room)
Day Campers are welcome at $10 a day.

Lucy Chiacchia began taking payments in September; final payments will be due at the meeting on November 12, 2012.

Future Retreat Dates:

Winter 2013: January 24-27, 2013
Summer 2013: August 1-4, 2013
Winter 2014: January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014:  July 31-August 3,2014

GUILD CALENDAR

October 8 – Guild meeting
October 11 – Quilt Show set-up
October 12 & 13 – Quilt Show !!!
October 16 – Board Meeting (all welcome)
November 3 – Claudia & Nancy workshop
November 12 – Guild meeting
November 20 – Board meeting (all welcome)

SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital. These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby. Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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September Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello, Piecemakers,

It is hard to believe that the summer is over, school is back in session and we will have a quilt show in a few short weeks.  Where does all of our quilting time go?  Hopefully everyone is working hard to put the finishing touches on the quilts that they are entering in our upcoming show. 

We will welcome Kimberly Einmo this month for a workshop and lecture.  She will be bringing her books and favorite tools, and sharing her quilting expertise.  She will also be judging the quilt entries in our show. 

Our new board is up and operating at full speed.  I want to thank everyone for their patience as I learn the responsibilities of this position.  It is phenomenal that we have almost 30 volunteers in this group who have either committed to be on the board or who are working as committee chairs.  I really enjoyed the program of revealing some of their history last month. I hope that everyone saw the diversity of all of our leaders.

I certainly would like to see this group remain current and competitive with our surrounding local guilds.  We have a suggestion box for individual comments at our sign-in table.  There is also a photo directory in the works, along with the regular take home booklet, both of which can help you better connect with another member.  PMQG business cards are also available for when you meet someone looking for a group to join.  We want to share our talent and make our presence known in this community. 

Remember that each of you should try to find the time to support our community projects by simply making a quilt for the Brandon NICU or local children in need.  Our donation quilts are a labor of love unlike those of any other organization.

Please let me know if you have any concerns at all.  This should be a very fun and exciting year!

Denise Hamilton

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A Message from your Newsletter Chairperson

I am pleased to be sending out my first newsletter to you all.  I hope to do as good a job as Judy DePaul has done for the past 2 years.  I will need the assistance of all members in getting information to me in a timely manner.  You can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  I will be writing the newsletter during the last week of each month.  Thank you.

Debbie Williams

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Library books
  • Charity  quilts
  • Membership dues
  • Boutique donations (last call)
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Sister gift
  • Workshop payments

SEPTEMBER PROGRAM
Jelly Rolls and Precuts = A Recipe for Design Success!

You’ve heard about them. You’ve seen them. But what can you do with them? Well, let Kimberly Einmo, our quilt show judge, introduce you to the delectable world of calorie-free fabric delights! These pre-cut bundles are pint-sized powerhouses of scrappy design opportunity just waiting for you to cut and sew! Kimberly will share photos, quilts and more inspiration than you can imagine in an hour to tantalize your “inner design chef” and get you excited about working with these amazing fabric bundles.

Even if you don’t plan to use these pre-packaged fabric lines, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for stash busting from your own fabrics, and ways to use up those leftover strips and squares. You’ll be scrap happy and itchin’ to stitch by the end of the hour!

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY GIRLS
4      Cathy Rebhun
5      Helen Keen
17    Shelly Harrell
20    Sandy Harbison
30    Gayle Rudacille

WORKSHOPS
November 3rd

Nancy and Claudia are going to work their magic on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 to 3 showing you how to make “Split Seconds”, a quilt from Karla Alexander’s book. The cost for their class is only $15 and you can see Cathy at the September meeting to reserve your space.

If you have an idea for a great workshop or have something you’d like to teach the guild, please let Cathy Rebhun know.

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SUNSHINE NEWS

Please let Betty McGue know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

QUARTERLY BLOCK
Ingrid Wirebjer is the new chairperson in charge of our quarterly block project.  We will look forward to her upcoming announcement of the latest pattern.

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QUILT SHOW UPDATE

The opportunity quilt for the show is nearing completion.  Out of respect for the First United Methodist Church's position against selling "raffle tickets" on their property, tickets for this quilt will not be sold until they can be purchased at the show.

Quilt intake info:
Quilt intake is Thursday, September 6 from 10 am- 7:30 pm at Claudia Ingram’s home, 834 Citrus Wood Lane, in Valrico.  Forms are available to download on our web site.   Just to help you, here are reminders of what you need to have when entering your quilts:

-Quilt entry form - original and 1 copy
-Photo of quilt
-Check to PMQG –no cash - $6.00 per quilt
-Hanging sleeve
-Quilt label  - does not need to be covered
-Quilt in a cloth bag or pillowcase
-Value sheet
-Quilt for sale sheet with photo, if applicable

You must to be a member to enter a quilt and we just started renewing,  so if you have not yet renewed your membership, you may also bring a check of $25.00 to PMQG to renew.  We don’t want anyone to not be able to enter their quilts!

Volunteers Needed
Good news – volunteers working at the quilt show will be admitted to the show free of charge on the day they work! 

We still have some volunteer needs:
-Admissions table on Saturday  - need 2 people
-Silent Quilt Auction – need people both days
-Docents – needed both days
-Magazines/books booth – both days
-Boutique – 1 more person each day
-Back-up people – both days
-Take Down – Saturday immediately after show – need 6 more
-Husbands to help organize parking for a few hours to get the lines started – 8 AM  to ? - both days

Other Quilt Show Needs

Pam and Sandi are asking if anyone has small lamps that they could to use in the boutique;  also could use some fans.  Please let them know if you can help with this and don’t forget to put your name on your items.

2 more cash boxes are also needed – please let Pat Dunlap know if you can help with this.

We would like to have a really good showing for the Silent Auction as a memorial to Michelle Soptei.  Perhaps you have something already made that you don’t really use or love -  it could be a great contribution for the Silent Auction!  Maybe you’re in a panic about getting your quilt entries ready and haven’t had time to make something for the auction yet.  Not to worry!  You can still get these quilts turned in at the October guild meeting which is the Monday before the quilt show.

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RETREAT NEWS!

January 24-27, 2013

The retreat is held at Day Spring Episcopal Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida.

Deposits for the January retreat should be brought to the September meeting. The Non-refundable deposit of $50.00 will hold your reservation.  All monies will be due at the November 12th meeting.  No exceptions.  We have reserved 2 cabins to hold 16 campers and 2 youth dormitories to hold 34 campers.  The bottom bunks will be on a first paid basis.  See Lucy Chiacchia or Cathy Hendley at the meeting to reserve your spot.

After the 70 days (before retreat date), no money will be refunded if you cannot attend.  You are ultimately responsible for finding a replacement.

Pricing for the retreat is as follows:
Dormitory- $63 per night per person
Cabin (2 per room)- $93 per night per person
Day Campers are welcome at $10 a day.
Lucy Chiacchia will be collecting payments beginning September 10 and final payments will be due November 12, 2012.

Future Retreat Dates:

Winter 2013 January 24-27,2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013   
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

CHARITY QUILTS

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU.  These NICU quilts are used on the babies’ isolettes and then go home with the baby. 

Please give these quilts to Andrea Wolper, Community Projects Chairperson, so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

GUILD CALENDAR

September 6 – Show quilt intake @ Claudia’s house, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

September 8 – Kimberly Einmo workshop

September 10 – Quilt show judging AND Guild meeting

September 17 – Quilt show committee meeting.

September 18 - Board Meeting at JoAnn Fabrics.  All members are welcome.

October 8 – Guild meeting

October 11 – Quilt Show set-up

October 12 & 13 – Quilt Show !!!

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Ardyce Clements grew up in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  She is a retired Air Force civil engineering officer.  Besides quilting, she also does some counted cross stitch and needlepoint.  Her college roommate introduced her to quilting about 25 years ago, but she only got serious about it within the last 2 years.  She spends a lot of her time driving her kids, ages 16, 13 and 7, back and forth to all their events.

Jeanette Votenz comes from Michigan.  She has been a bank teller, as well as a medical biller for a chiropractor.  In addition to quilting, she also enjoys knitting.  She has been quilting for 24 years, loves old quilts, and favors hand quilting.

 

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August Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Piecemakers,

This is my last letter to you as president and I want to thank you all for your support and help.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  We have great plans for the next year to be better and more fun with exciting new classes and speakers. Your new president Denise, has lots of wonderful ideas and will need everyone’s participation to make them happen. The quilt show is coming soon and is a great opportunity for you to help it succeed , please sign up to volunteer, we need you all.  It is a wonderful chance to get to know each other.  Thanks again for two great years.

 Gayle
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August Meeting

The August meeting will include the installation of new officers & committee chairs.  We will also be signing up volunteers for the quilt show.  More information can be found in the Quilt Show Info section of this newsletter.

 August 1 is the start of a new year for  the guild so please bring your dues of $25.  To renew.  Checks can be stamped for you or made out to Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild of Brandon.  DUES MUST BE PAID NO LATER THAN THE SEPTEMBER MEETING IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED IN THE DIRECTORY.

Remember that the official meeting starts promptly at 7 pm,  but come at 6:30 to socialize and  conduct your guild business.  We need to have our meetings completed  and be out of the building by 9 pm as the church staff that locks up must leave at 9 pm.

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September’s Program
 
Yes, it’s a month away but mark your calendars and be sure to join us on September 10th for a fun lecture from published author Kim Einmo.

Jelly Rolls and Precuts = A Recipe for Design Success!
 
You’ve heard about them. You’ve seen them. But what can you do with them? Well, let Kimberly introduce you to the delectable world of calorie-free fabric delights! These pre-cut bundles are pint-sized powerhouses of scrappy design opportunity just waiting for you to cut and sew! Kimberly will share photos, quilts and more inspiration than you can imagine in an hour to tantalize your “inner design chef” and get you excited about working with these amazing fabric bundles.

Even if you don’t plan to use these pre-packaged fabric lines, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for stash busting from your own fabrics, and ways to use up those leftover strips and squares. You’ll be scrap happy and itchin’ to stitch by the end of the hour!

August  Birthday Girls
3     Betty McGue
3     Gail Palmer
11   Shari Gillis
11   Sarah Nelson
15   Betty Lucas
18   Andrea Wolper
22   Linda Lammers
27   Kim Brewer
28   Barbara Hultman
28   Jayne Torres

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Sunshine News  
Bunni Dion recently was injured in a fall and spent a couple days in the hospital.  A Get Well card was sent and she continues to recuperate.  We hope you are better soon Bunni!
Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy block.

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Things to Bring to Guild
-     Annual dues - $25.
-     Show and Tell
-     Library books
-     Charity  quilts
-     20- 6”  Novelties for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
-     Boutique donations
-     Books/magazines/”orphan” blocks/yarn for the boutique
-     $35 for Kimberly Einmo Workshop
-     $15 for Claudia/Nancy Workshop
-     Check for Piecemaker’s “Bling” shirt

Workshops

September 8
SIGN UP NOW!  We’ll be hosting “Jelly Roll Quilt Magic” author and our quilt show judge, Kimberly Einmo for a class on  September 8th.  It’s only $35!

All it takes are 40 – 2½” strips (from a purchased precut bundle or strips cut from your own stash) plus one background fabric and the diamond design possibilities for the LONE STARBURST are practically endless!  Kimberly will teach you how to strip-piece and cut diamond building blocks from strips using her special EZ Jelly Roll Ruler using no “Y” or set-in seams, and from there you’ll design your very own, completely unique Lonestar variation quilt. Although the first part of the class focuses on fast and efficient cutting and piecing diamond units, the latter part of the class will focus on design elements and the almost limitless possibilities for designing your own quilt layout using diamonds. The real magic comes from the fact that the quilt is assembled using straight-set blocks – not diamond wedges or blocks on point. This is Kimberly’s #1 most popular class! Come join her for an eye-opening workshop for anyone who wants to create a completely one-of-a-kind quilt with a Lonestar twist!

Please check out Kimberly’s website www.kimberlyeinmo.com for a full color shot of this spectacular quilt.  (There’s a pic under “classes” and “lone starburst” and it’s the background of her video on the class page)

 

November 3
Hot off the presses!  The next Claudia & Nancy class will be Saturday, November 3rd from 9 to 3 in the church social hall.  For the tiny class fee of only $15 you can get expert coaching from our very own Claudia Ingram and Nancy Mitchell as you work on a great scrap quilt--Split Seconds-- and get to know some of your fellow Piecemakers a bit better.  Sign up starting at August's meeting where we'll have a sample of the quilt on display.   

Kudos to Ingrid!

This is a picture of a wall hanging  “Orion’s Star Cubed” that our own Ingrid Wirebjer made and submitted to the Quilters Hall of Fame as part of the celebration of Eleanor Burns’ induction into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame.

Ingrid told me “the requirements were to make a 24" x 24" wall hanging using one of the Quilt In A Day patterns. As I designed Orion's Star, I really wanted to submit something different. My husband came up with the idea 3-D or Cube idea. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm happy to say that I placed third.”

We are proud of you Ingrid – Congratulations!!

Ingrid recently taught “Orion’s Star” in a workshop for us and I can attest that she did a great job.  She is a certified “Quilt In A Day” instructor and hopefully will instruct future workshops for us.

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Retreat News—Save The Dates!
Summer 2012  August 2-5,  2012
Winter 2013  January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013   
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

Quilt Show Info

We will need volunteers for the show who are able to work shifts each day from about 8:45 AM to 5 PM.  Sign up sheets will be on the stage at the August and September meetings.  Volunteers are needed for:

-Admission table (take admission fee and sell  opportunity quilt tickets)
-Grandma’s Attic Window Boutique
-Baskets
-Books/Magazines/Misc. sales
-Silent Auction
-Hostesses (white glove ladies to turn quilts an answer questions)
-Emergency help –( can be available in case of illness or other emergency)
-Tear down – many hands make light work

Anyone who has a cash box, preferably with key, that we can borrow for the show, please call or email Pat Dunlap at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it cell #813-245-5102.  Thanks, please put your name on the cash box before delivering.

We will NOT be having a quilt appraiser at the quilt show.

Roseanne is accepting ads for the Quilt Show program until Sept. 10.  Call or see Roseanne if you need an ad form.  She also has flyers if you have somewhere to place them.

2012 Quilt Show Silent Quilt Auction

Quilts are still needed for the silent auction.  Twenty quilts have been
received so far (last quilt show we had 32).  Please consider making one as
a tribute to Michele's memory and increase the monies donated to the
charities she chose.  We have a new location at the quilt show this year so
we'll have plenty of room.  Minimum size is 12 x 12 inches.  Please provide
information about your quilt that will help it bring higher bids (such as
how many hours you worked on it, techniques used, or any other special
information about the quilt).  Quilts are due at the September meeting.

Quilt Entry Info

You must be a member to enter a quilt in the quilt show so don’t forget to renew your membership this month.  Our meeting in September will be after the date to turn in your show quilts!

Quilt Registration Forms and Quilt Registration Check Lists are available on our website.
www.brandonquiltguild.com or
www.brandonquiltguild.org

You will also need to complete a Quilt Value form (available at guild meetings.) 
If you are interested in selling your quilt, there will also be a Sale form for you to complete and a fee of $10.

Grandma’s Attic Window – Boutique News

We had a great Saturday Sews in July and a special “thank you” to all of those who came to stitch and stuff and add those finishing touches.  We had a fun day and completed some neat projects!!

The August 6” squares are to be in novelty prints – have fun and cut up that stash so you have room for new fabrics!  This is our last month for turning in those squares.

We will be collecting all finished boutique items in the month of August.  Please bring them to the August meeting.  We will have the pickle jar drawing in both August and September so you have plenty of time to get those neat items to us before the final tagging and pricing in September. Be sure to place your name in the jar for the drawing.

We are looking for vintage or “antique” donations to be sold in the boutique as well as small lamps which we will return at the end of show.  Also, if any of you have some interesting old quilts for backdrop display that we could borrow please let us know at the August or September meeting.   We will be at the meetings at 6:00 to receive your treasures.  Thanks so much!!  See you soon!
Sandi Pratt and Pam Johnson

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IT'S A BLING THING
All the Piecemakers  shirts ordered in July will be delivered at our August meeting.
 Short sleeve (no matter what type of neck) are $28.00  and three quarter sleeve are $30.00.
Please make check payable to: IT'S A BLING THING.
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EDUCATION:

TWO-PLY vs. THREE-PLY THREADS: used with permission from Bob Purcell, www.superiorthreads.com
      There has been some discussion on which is better -- a 2-ply thread or a 3-ply thread.  The answer is . . . it depends.  
2-ply threads  
High-sheen threads are usually 2-ply because a 3-ply thread results in less sheen.  Most embroidery thread is 2-ply because embroiderers usually prefer a high sheen thread such as rayon or trilobal (high-sheen) polyester
Common for bobbin thread.
Less expensive than comparable 3-ply threads.
Not as strong as comparable 3-ply threads.
Preferred as a fine blending thread (applique, binding) because a fine thread blends better.
3-ply threads
Stronger than comparable 2-ply threads.
Less sheen.
More expensive than comparable 2-ply threads.

 There are places for both types.  To best illustrate the differences, consider our MasterPiece thread. Originally, MasterPiece was a #50/2-ply thread.  Even though the fibers are the absolute highest quality extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton, #50 is a fine thread and when two strands are twisted together, the result is still a fine thread.  It is not intended to be a high-strength thread, but a fine, delicate, blending thread. Because sewing machines are being factory set with increasingly tighter tension, unless one overrides the auto-tension feature and manually loosens the top tension, many machines may break a #50/2-ply cotton. On most home machines, we recommended setting the top tension to 2.0 when using a #50/2-ply cotton such as MasterPiece. Getting that word out has been difficult. We realized it would be easier to strengthen the thread than to educate the world, so a year ago we started the process of changing MasterPiece from a 2-ply to a 3-ply cotton. The newer 3-ply MasterPiece is marked as #50/3 on the label and is a stronger thread but not much heavier than the original 2-ply type because we put a nice, even, tight twist on it. The new 3-ply type does not require much tension adjusting

I hope you have enjoyed the newsletter the past 2 years.  This is my last one before turning over the pen, or I should say Word Processor, to Debbie Williams.   I know she  will bring us great newsletters!  Please help her out by making sure that you provide your current email address when you renew your membership so you can continue to receive the newsletters.
Merci!
Judy

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July Newsletter

General Meeting - July 9th, 2012

-----Bring your family’s oldest quilts
-----Bring quilts with the funniest history
-----Bring your ugliest quilt
-----Bring what was your most challenging 
project
-----Bring etc., etc., etc,

Share with the Guild Members your love of quilting.
Prizes will be given for the:
Oldest
Ugliest
Smallest
Funniest story
Etc.etc.etc.

*** LET’S HAVE FUN***

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July  Birthday Girls
4      Marsha Riddle
8      Jan Cole
13   Jane Beck
21   Dani Sawtelle
22   Beverly Higgins
28   Monda Herring
29   Cindy Ackroyd
31   Ann Brakob
31   Pam Schweitzer

In Memory of Michele Soptei

Regretfully, I need to share some very sad news with you all.  Our fellow guild member, Michele Soptei passed away this past Thursday evening as a result of complications from recent back surgery.  Michele  had been a guild member since 2002 and was  always willing to step up and help with guild matters in any way she could.  She had been in charge of the small quilt charity auction for our 2010 quilt show, and was also in charge of it for our upcoming 2012 show.  She also organized the charity opportunity quilt and had taken on assembling the quilt herself.  She had also recently agreed to serve the guild as Parliamentarian for our upcoming guild year and she will be seriously missed.  Michele was always pleasant, smiling, and had the most beautiful eyes.  She had recently lost her mother and had been dealing with caring for her father while preparing for her own surgery. 
I understand that per her request, there will not be a service but that she will be cremated and her ashes spread in Alaska.  She is survived by her husband Robert.

Michele cared very much about our upcoming quilt show and the Silent Quilt Auction for charity.  What better way to honor and remember Michele than for all of us to make a lot of quilts for the auction in order to raise more money for the charities we’ve selected!

Things to Bring to Guild

-    Your Quilts and their stories to share with the guild
-    Show and Tell
-    Library books
-    Charity  quilts
-    20- 6” Red, White, and Blue colors and prints for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
-    Boutique donations
-    Quarterly Block
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Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline
Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.
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RETREAT NEWS!

The summer retreat will be August 2-5 2012

SAVE THE DATES

Winter 2013  January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013  
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

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Quilt Show Info Update – 103 days to go

At the last meeting a list of ladies who plan to show quilts in the show was circulated.  If you did not sign up, it will be available at the July and August  meetings.  Please let us know the number of quilts you plan to enter so we have some idea of what we need in the way of space.

We are going to circulate a “Quilt Value” form at the next meeting so that everyone who is entering a quilt will see what information is needed  to help us determine the value of the quilts in the show for insurance purposes.  It is quite simple and one will need to accompany each quilt registration form.

Many of our ladies have admired the bejeweled “Piecemaker” tee shirts that many of us wear.  It would be nice if all volunteers would wear one while working at the show, so our visitors will know who we are.  Jayne will have the catalog for color and type selection at the July meeting.  All shirts ordered at that meeting will be delivered to you in time for the show.

There will be a boutique Saturday Sew on July 21st.  No sewing machines will be needed for this.  We will be  working on items for the show which do not need machines.

We would ask that any of our members who work at companies who have a bulletin board available for display of outside activities which may be of interest to their employees display a Quilt Show Flyer.  Roseanne will have a supply available for you to take.  You ladies at insurance companies, call centers, etc.  Please help us get the word about out show out to all who may be interested.
Pat Dunlap, Quilt Show Chair

2012 Quilt Show Silent Quilt Auction

Quilts are still needed for the Silent Auction and don’t forget to include information about your quilt that will help it bring it higher bids, such as how many hours you worked on it,  or special information about the quilt.  Let’s make the Silent Quilt Auction a great tribute to Michele’s memory.

Grandma's Attic Window News:

A big hello from Alaska! I will be home soon and since the temperature here is in the 50's and low 60's I will be in so much trouble re-climatizing to Florida heat! Sandi and I are looking forward to our final boutique workshop - Saturday, July 21st, from 8:30-3:00 in the social hall. This will be a fun crafty workshop making Christmas ornaments, pumpkins and a variety of holiday items. You will need to bring your sewing kit ( scissors, thimble etc) but no sewing machines are required. If you have glue gun bring it as well. We will send a special email the week before if you need to bring anything else.

Bring your lunch if you don't want to walk up to Wendy's. Don't forget your 6" squares this month and remember to bring any items you have for the boutique- we only have July and August to get things turned in!!!!

Pam Johnson and Sandi Pratt

Volunteers  Needed

If you would like to volunteer for taking in quilts day, judging day, or quilt show set up day please email Claudia Ingram.  Her email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks!

 

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June Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Piecemakers,

June is here and the guild is busy with the upcoming retreat, quilt show, and beginning a new quilt year in August.  A slate of officers, board members and committee heads will be presented at the June meeting, they will be voted on at the July meeting.  Jane Beck and her committee have assembled a fine list of names for these positions. Many thanks for these great candidates and their willingness to accept these responsibilities. A reminder to the current board members that the next two board meetings are scheduled for June 25 and July23.

See you all on June 11.  Gayle

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June Program

Joy from “Keep Me In Stitches”.    She will be bringing Sergers, projects that the store is doing now and in the future, latest tools, and over all sharing with us what is happening at their shops and what they can offer a quilter/sewer.  
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Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline
Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Things to Bring to Guild

- Show and Tell
- Library books
- Charity  quilts 36” x 36” NICU quilts needed
- 20- 6” Whites and Creams for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
- Boutique donations
- Books/magazines to be sold at the quilt show

June Birthday Girls

2      Janice Gorgoglione
6      Bunni Dion
11    Denise Hamilton
12    Pat Dunlap
17    Dora Watz
19    Jan Fox
21    Mary Ann Metz
28    Brenda Doggett

Workshops
June 16 - “Orion Star” with Ingrid Wirebjer.  This is a “Quilt In A Day” pattern designed by Ingrid who is a certified “Quilt In A Day” instructor.  Cost is $35.
Contact Roseanne Westenzweig (813) 380-3606.

July 7 – Anthony Jones

Candidates for 2012-2013 Officers & Committee Chairs

The nominating committee consisting of Jane Beck, Denise Hamilton, and Judy De Paul wish to thank all of the following members who agreed to serve the guild as an officer or committee chairperson in our upcoming guild year.  They will be presented at the June meeting, voting will take place at the July meeting, and installation will be at the August meeting.

President Denise Hamilton
Vice-President Jayne Torres
Secretary Cathy Singletary
Treasurer Judy De Paul
Parliamentarian Michelle Soptei
Membership Cindy Bailey
Workshops Cathy Rebhun
Newsletter Debbie Williams
Board of Directors Pat Dunlap
Nancy Mitchell
Gaye Rudacille
Roseanne Westenzweig
Webmaster Kim Brewer
Bus Trip Dawn DeCesare
Cindy Parker
Challenge Quilt Barbara Hultman
Doris Davies
Community Projects Andrea Wolper
Historian Carol Ethington
Hospitality Jane Beck
Dani Sawtelle
Roseanne Westenzweig
Librarian Beverly Higgins
Opportunity Quilt Claudia Ingram  & ITIS Bee (It’s Tuesday I’m Sewing)
Retreat Lucy Chiacchia
Cathy Hendley
Sunshine Betty McGue
Quarterly Block Ingrid Wirebjer
Concierge Shelly Harrell


July Program

PIECEMAKERS OF BRANDON QUILT GUILD
TRUNK SHOW

July 9th, 2012

-----Bring your family’s oldest quilts
-----Bring quilts with the funniest history
-----Bring your ugliest quilt
-----Bring what was your most challenging project
-----Bring etc., etc., etc,

Share with the Guild Members your love of quilting.
Prizes will be given for the:
Oldest
Ugliest
Smallest
Funniest story
Etc.etc.etc.

LET’S HAVE FUN


RETREAT August 2-5, 2012

Please remember the retreat starts at 8 am on August 2nd. You may arrive whenever you like thereafter.

We do have a few cabins left if you wish to attend. Please contact me if interested.  I will be away during the June meeting.
See you at the July meeting.
Sandi Pratt   813/685-0729.

Upcoming Retreat Dates

Winter 2013 January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013  
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

Quilt Show Info Update

133 days till the quilt show!  Now’s the time to go thru your magazines and books and bring the unwanted ones to guild meetings so they can be sold at the quilt show.  Donna Whiting or Melissa Bailey will be accepting your donations at our meetings.
Please continue to ask businesses if they would like to place a business card or advertisement in the quilt show program.  Forms are available from Roseanne Westensweig and must be received back by her no later than September 10, 2012.
Keep working on any projects that you are making for the boutique and also on your quilt entries for the show.

We will need volunteers to help with set up, work during the show, and take down after the show.  Watch for sign up lists at the August meeting.  

2012 Quilt Show Silent Quilt Auction

Calling all creative quilters! We need your quilt donation for our silent quilt auction for our October show. We have a few turned in already but need more to have a really good show. A donation quilt is a great way to use up odd blocks, practice a technique or find a good use for a UFO. Finish it, donate it to the auction & watch the bidding war begin! Please remember to keep track of important embellishments & hours of work to complete - we will use that info as "advertising". 
Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW BOUTIQUE NEWS

Only five more months until the Quilt Show and three more months to finish those projects for the boutique!

Save the date for our final "Saturday Sews" to make items to be sold in the boutique.  We have reserved the Social Hall at the church for Saturday July 21st, from 8:30 - 3:00.  We will be concentrating on holiday items; Christmas ornaments, Halloween decorations and a variety of small projects.  It will be a non-sewing event - in other words at this time we do not plan on a need for sewing machines.  It should be a fun filled day of handwork, stuffing, gluing, cutting, etc. at a variety of stations so you can choose the project (or several) that you would like. It will be an arts and crafts fun day so don't miss it!  Bring your lunch and drinks, or plan to walk to Wendy's.  If there are supplies you need to bring we will let you know at the next meeting.  Be sure to mark your calendars and sign up at the June meeting.

Don't forget your 20 - 6" squares.  The colors for this month are: whites and creams.

Be sure and bring any finished items to sell or "vintage" donations.  We will have a double drawing this month from the Pickle Jar so be sure and put your name in the jar whenever you turn something in to sell!

Keep those fingers moving!!

Pam Johnson and Sandi Pratt

EDUCATION

Used with permission from Bob Purcell,
www.superiorthreads.com
Color Science and Neutral Colors
Choosing thread colors is a complicated process.  If it were up to me, because I am not an artist, I would choose one red, one yellow, one green, one blue, one purple, black, and white, and be satisfied.  After all, doesn’t that sufficiently cover the entire cover the entire color spectrum?  Many years ago, we were working on color combinations for a new thread.  Heather created a variegated beige combination which, upon seeing it I commented, “That’s nothing great.  Who would want those boring colors?”  She occasionally reminds me of my comment because that particular color (King Tut #920, Sands of Time) has always been one of the best sellers.  That’s why we refer to Heather around the office as Mother Superior.  She knows color.
Neutral colors are subtle, blend well, and do not compete.  They often have a chameleon-like quality which allows them to change or blend with surrounding colors.  Neutral colors put the focus on other colors.  Although neutral colors are often described as blacks, whites, grays, and browns, this list is not complete.  Neutral colors exist in every color group including reds, yellows, greens, blues, and purples.  Do not limit your neutral color library to white, gray, and black.

Cotton Fibers and Processing

A perfect seam is the goal of every sewing project. Many factors must work together in harmony to obtain the desired result. The machine and proper needle must be in good condition, the thread must lie smoothly and evenly in the fabric, and the tension must be set properly to accommodate the thread type, size, and any differences in the top and bottom threads as well as fabric and batting type. We will assume the machine, needle, and tension settings are all OK and focus here on the importance of thread quality, and more specifically, cotton thread for piecing and quilting thread.

There is a very wide range in the quality of cotton threads. Quality is determined by two factors:

1. the quality of the raw material (cotton fibers), and
2. the methods of processing

Fiber Quality

When piecing, the finer and smoother the thread, the better the seam will appear. Some piece with polyester because it is so smooth and free of lint. The risk of using poly is when ironing the seam and possibly melting the polyester thread.  Although it is fine to piece with polyester thread as long as you exercise caution when ironing, our preferred piecing thread is a #50 high quality cotton.

Hold up some cotton piecing thread to the light and examine a few yards of it. If the thread is very fuzzy, or has slubs (clumps of excess lint spun into the thread), or is not consistently smooth, it is not a high quality thread. A low quality thread will produce a bulky and uneven seam.  It will also create a lot of lint in your machine. 

On the opposite extreme, if the cotton thread is slick with absolutely no fuzz, that is also not a good thing if you will use it in a machine. The only way a cotton thread can be totally free of fuzz is if it is waxed or glazed with a coating to cover the fuzz. If cotton thread has a hard and shiny coating or wire-like stiffness, it is a glazed thread. Some coated cotton threads are labeled ‘glazed’ or ‘coated’ but unfortunately, most coated cotton threads are not labeled as such so it is up to us to know what to look for. Glazed cotton threads are intended for hand work only and are not recommended for any type of machine sewing. The glazed coating will rub off in the tension disk area and will gum up the machine. If you can see fuzz on the cotton thread, it is not a glazed thread. Non-glazed cotton threads are fine for both machine and hand work.

The higher grade the cotton, the smoother the thread and the lower the amount of fuzz. Cotton is classified by the length of the staple, or fiber. Labels on most cotton threads do not specify the staple classification because the majority of cotton thread is regular, or short staple cotton, and that is nothing to brag about on the label.

Low quality cotton

If there is no mention of staple length on the label, it is probably a short staple cotton. The cotton fibers are approx. 1.1 inches long.  A low grade cotton thread that is not consistently smooth and has excess lint will not create the best seam. The slubs and excess fuzz in the thread will create lumps in the seam. The slubs also get snagged in the tension disk and in the eye of the needle resulting in lint and thread breakage.
Medium quality cotton  Long staple. The fibers are approx. 1.25 inches long.

High quality cotton

Extra-long staple (ELS). The fibers are between 1.4 and 2.0 inches long.  Extra-long Staple (ELS) cotton thread will be prominently labeled as such because it is a premium thread. You will be much happier using the highest grade cotton. Although it costs more, it is well worth it. A properly processed extra-long staple cotton will have very low lint and will be a much stronger thread. This means less breakage, frustration, and down time. A fine, smooth thread does not add bulk to the seams. It creates a much flatter seam which is especially important when sewing blocks which contain a lot of points. It is easier to use, will keep your machine much cleaner, and your finished project will look much better.

What about Egyptian cotton?

This is one of the biggest lies in the textile world.  Egypt does not grow even 1% of the thread labeled as Egyptian cotton.  A hundred years ago, Egyptian cotton became the generic term for long staple cotton and today many cotton-producing countries deceivingly still use this term. That is why you may see labels stating “Egyptian cotton, Made in India” or “Egyptian cotton, Made in China.”

A true Egyptian-grown extra-long staple cotton is the finest cotton available.  It is subject to unique handling and treatment. To protect the cotton fibers from damage and rough handling, only leather-coated rollers are used in the cotton gins.

Cotton Processing

Although measure of quality is the staple length, processing also contributes to the quality of the thread.

Mercerized cotton

If you do not see the word 'mercerized' on the label, don't worry.  The cotton is mercerized. Today, all regular cotton threads are mercerized, whether the labels says so or not.  Mercerizing is a process of putting the cotton fibers through a solution which causes the fibers to swell. This allows the dye to better penetrate the fibers, thereby increasing the luster and strength of the thread. How about some cotton threads that say “double mercerized”?  Our factory’s response was, “Why didn’t they just do it right the first time? There should be no need to do it twice.”

Polished cotton, silk-finish cotton, singed or gassed cotton are different terms for the same process.  A high quality cotton thread will be gassed.  This is a process of passing the thread through a flame at high speed to burn the longest hairs.  It results in a smoother, low-lint thread.  The label usually does not state that it is gassed because it sounds funny and it is not normally understood.  Hold the thread up to a light.  If you see a lot of fuzz or long hairs, it is not gassed.  If you see short hairs and little fuzz, it has been gassed.

Conclusion

As far as we have been able to determine, Superior’s King Tut (for quilting) and MasterPiece (for piecing) are the only truly Egyptian-grown extra-long staple, mercerized, gassed/polished cotton threads on the market.

We spend thousands of dollars on the machine, hundreds on the fabric, and it is well worth it to spend an extra few dollars to get the best quality piecing and quilting thread. You and your machine will notice the difference.And your family will thank you because you will be in a good mood.

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Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU.  These NICU quilts are use on the babies isolettes and then go home with the baby. 

Larger size quilts can be donated for use at A Kid’s Place.
Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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Suggestion Box

Do you have some new, fun, and creative ideas for things our guild could do?  Maybe a class you would like to have, or class you would be willing to teach?  Perhaps you were in another quilt guild that did an activity that you enjoyed.  If so, please put your ideas/suggestions in the suggestion box that Andrea will have on the  sign in  table at our monthly meetings.

Upcoming Events

June 1st-30th, 2012
Crazy 8ths Bay Area Shop Hop
www.bayareashopping.com


FOR SALE: Super Quilter frame used to quilt your own quilts similar to a long arm frame but using your own domestic machine.  See Judy De Paul for more information.  New was $600, asking $200.         684-6544

May Salad Supper

Our May meeting will be our annual salad supper so make your favorite salad to share with your fellow quilters. The board members will be providing desserts, and the hospitality committee will provide drinks. We always have great food, and eating will begin at 7:00pm. We’ll also have great quilts to look at as the guild challenge quilts will be revealed, and there will also be the drawing for our Opportunity quilt.

Things to Bring to Guild

- Show and Tell
- Library books
- Charity quilts 36” x 36” NICU quilts needed
- 20- 6” Batiks for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
- Boutique donations
- Retreat Payment
- Secret Sister gift
- Workshop payments
- Salad for supper

Sunshine News

Please let Aveline Kennedy know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

May Birthdays

May 5 Sandi Pratt
May 13 Carolyn Henderson
May 13 Nancy Mitchell
May 20 Kathy Mello
May 23 Mary Maggi
May 27 Alfreda Sonneveldt
May 30 Rosemary Lacovara

Workshops

I would like to remind people that I have a few openings in Claudia & Nancy's class on May 19 for Pineapple Punch. Also, Ingrid is teaching Eleanor Burns' Orion's Star on June 16. Then coming on July 7 will be Anthony Jones.

Roseanne Westenzweig
(813) 380-3606

May 19 – “Pineapple Punch” with Claudia & Nancy from 9-3 at the church Social Hall. Cost is $15. And requires 1 jelly roll or Bali pop or 32 scrap strips 2 ½” x 40”, and 2 ½ yds. of fabric for blocks, borders, and binding.
Claudia and Nancy suggest a fabric with a nice contrast to your strip sets work better for the yardage. You can get a FREE pattern on the Bonnie Hunter website, www.quiltville.com called “Pineapple Blossom”.

June 16 – “Orion Star” with Ingrid Wirebjer. This is a “Quilt In A Day” pattern designed by Ingrid who is a certified “Quilt In A Day” instructor. Cost is $35.

July 7Anthony Jones, who recently gave us a trunk show of some of his quilts. More information will be coming about his class.

Sign up is available at guild meetings or you may contact Roseanne.

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Sewcialize - June 2

Sewcialize with your fellow guild members. Come and sew on whatever you want and enjoy a day retreat from 8 am- 8pm. Coffee, and pizza for dinner are included, and you can bring a lunch or eat out. Cost is $10.

Thanks!

A big “thanks” for Cindy Parker and Dawn Decesare for a great bus trip on April 14. Sounds like everyone had a great time and spent a little(?) money along the way.

Also, thanks to Kathy Turner for the donation of a wipe board with stand for use by our guild.
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Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the baby’s isolettes and then go home with the baby.

Other size quilts will also be accepted for use at Kid’s Place.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

RETREAT NEWS!

All fees are due for the August 2-5th retreat at the May meeting.
The final count must be turned into DaySprings by June 2nd.
Please be sure to pay any remaining amount. Thanks! Sandi.

FUTURE RETREAT DATES
Winter 2013 January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

FYI – Regarding Lost Quilts

I’m sure you have all heard stories about quilters losing quilts – traveling quilt teachers, lost during cross-country moves, or unfortunately taken from shows. But you may not know that there is a web site for lost & recovered quilts – www.lostquilt.com. This web site has a lot of detailed information for you regarding labeling your quilts, taking pictures of your quilts, insuring them and much more.

You will also see pictures/descriptions of lost and recovered quilts, and you can list any quilts that you may have lost. Recommended steps to take to protect your quilt include the following:

- Document your quilt by keeping a journal and taking photos.
- Label your quilt!!
- Get an appraisal from a certified appraiser.
- Safely ship your quilts.
- Insure your quilt during shipping.
- Secure a copyright for original designs.
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Guild member Pat Gispert has entered a quilt in McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2012 – Amateur contest. You can vote for her thru May 20 by going to www.mccallsquilting.com and click on McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2012 and her quilt in on page 9.

!! A Harvest of Quilts – 2012 – 161 days to go!!

Advertising-
Don't forget to ask everyone about Ads in the Program for the Quilt Show. Talk up the Quilt Show everywhere you go!
Roseanne Westenzweig
(813) 380-3606

Silent Quilt Auction
Calling all creative quilters! We need your quilt donation for our silent quilt auction for our October show. We have a few turned in already but need more to have a really good show. A donation quilt is a great way to use up odd blocks, practice a technique or find a good use for a UFO. Finish it, donate it to the auction & watch the bidding war begin! Please remember to keep track of important or special features, like hand quilting, special embellishments & hours of work to complete - we will use that info as "advertising".

Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW - BOUTIQUE NEWS

Six months until the big show and only four months to turn your items in for the boutique!

A great big “THANK YOU!” to all those who came to the boutique’s “Saturday Sews” event. We had such a good time and Sandi and I want to send a very special “thank-you” to the gals who taught three of the projects – Carolyn Henderson, Jayne Torres and Lucy Chiacchia.

The 20 - 6” squares for this month should be in batiks. You have done a great job of supplying 6” squares each month and we now have quite a large collection for the show.

If you have any “vintage” sewing items or “antiques” of any kind that you would like to donate to the boutique please let us know. We will be including these items to sell as part of the “attic” theme. Proceeds from these items will also go to the boutique and you can add your name to the Pickle Jar drawing each month.

Keep on stitchin’!
Pam Johnson and Sandi Pratt

Vendors
We know have 8 vendors for the quilt show. Way to go Jayne!

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EDUCATION: THREADS AND BEDS

Used with permission from Bob Purcell, www.superiorthreads.com

This article does not pertain specifically to sewing thread, but I think you will enjoy learning about thread count and how it affects quality.

Thread count is a numerical value used to measure how many strands of thread are woven into a fabric. A higher number usually indicates a denser weave and therefore a higher quality, but there are exceptions and deceptions. The thread count does not distinguish between the thickness of the individual thread strands or the quality of those fibers.

Thread count is measured by counting the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric, including both the length (warp) and width (weft) threads. The thread count is the number of threads counted along two sides (one horizontal and one vertical) of one square inch, added together. It is most commonly used in regard to cotton linens such as bed sheets.


Thread count is often advertised as a measure of fabric quality. Common thread counts in sheets are around 150. Higher quality sheets are in the 200 range and may be labeled as percale. Percale pertains to the weave, not the fabric type, and may be used in describing cotton, polyester, or a combination of fibers. Percale is a closely woven fabric with a thread count of 200 or higher.

I recently saw a set of reasonably priced bed sheets prominently labeled “Egyptian 600.” The sheets were not cotton and were definitely not what I would expect a 600 thread count sheet to be. After examining the label more carefully, I realized the label did not claim the sheets were Egyptian cotton and did not use the term “thread count” in relation to the number 600. The brand name was merely Egyptian 600, misleading me to think they were something other than what they really were.

A quick search on the Internet shows bed sheets with thread counts of 300, 600, and even 1,500. An extremely high thread count may be misleading due to creative and deceptive ways of counting the individual strands or plies in a twisted thread. Cotton threads are made by twisting multiple strands together. For example, our King Thread is a #40 (medium size) 3-ply thread. Finer cotton threads are #50, #60, and even #100. When woven into a sheet, one thread should be counted as one thread count. However, to inflate the thread count numbers, some companies will count the individual plies and therefore count three or more rather than one. Some may use a larger area than one square inch. Such counting methods are rejected by the National Textile Association (NTA) but we know that crafty marketers ignore the rules and guidelines. Some sheets may be woven with single-ply threads (rather than multi-ply twisted threads) which results in a higher count, but not necessarily higher quality.

So what do we learn from this? Labels are often designed to mislead us. Whether it is thread, sheets, or other products, don’t be too quick to believe what a label or advertising says. Buyer beware.

Upcoming Events

Bernina Pfaff Store Class Preview is Monday, May 7th at 6 pm at the Brandon store. Reservations at 813-655-8909

June 1st – 30th, 2012
Crazy 8ths Bay Area Shop Hop
www.bayareashopping.com

April Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello, Piecemakers,

Happy April! I am looking forward to our program for the next meeting; it should be entertaining and educational. The bus trip is always fun and I can’t wait to see where we are going. The challenge quilts are to be turned in at the meeting and I can’t wait to see them. I don’t have an entry because I haven’t been able to sew for over 6 weeks. Jane Beck, Judy DePaul and Denise Hamilton are filling positions for officers, board members and committee heads for next year. If you would like to head a committee or be an officer please let them know. You might just be the person we really need. Remember that you have until July to complete and turn in a charity quilt. It can be as small as 36x36 for the NICU or large enough for a child at Kids Place or Joshua House.

See you at the meeting, Gayle

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Things to Bring to Guild

- Challenge Quilt
- Opportunity Quilt tickets & money
- Library books
- Charity quilts
- 20- 6” Spring colors and prints for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
- Boutique donations
- Show and Tell
- Retreat payment
- Secret Sister gift
- Workshop payments


April Program

We are having Ken and Connie Gleason present a program on Civil War quilts. Their website is www.kenthequiltguy.com.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the presentation demonstrates their love of history and quilting. In period costumes, they begin to transport us back to the 1860’s. The display of reproduction quilts and historical presentation will draw us in through ‘edutainment’ -- knowledge and fun. The presentation will include the impact of quilting, importance of quilts to the soldiers, ladies’ organizations, other uses of quilts, and a historical timeline.

Connie has quilted for over 40 years. She learned from her grandmother, plus many hours of classes and practice.

Ken, currently a Civil War re-enactor after 35 years as a U.S. History and Government teacher, learned the quilt basics by cutting material for Connie when rotary cutters became available. He started making reproduction Civil War quilts to keep him warm while camping. As the “quilt guy” he has worked quilt shows from Florida to Maine, as a Professional Quilt Appraiser.

April Birthday Girls
2 Ingrid Wirebjer
6 Cindy Petersen
7 Claudia Ingram
7 Debbie Williams
8 Kathy Comer
24 Teena Cummins
24 Theresa Henshaw
24 Denise Skillman

Opportunity Quilt

Don’t forget to bring your raffle ticket money and stubs to the April meeting as this is the FINAL DEADLINE. Anyone who took EXTRA tickets (over the 20 obligation sales) and knows that they will not sell them, should give them back at the April meeting also. Rewards to those who make the most effort on this guild project.

Thanks for your help!
Denise Hamilton
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Mystery Bus Trip – April 14, 2012

I would just like to remind everyone going on the bus trip 4-14-12 to be there at 6:50 AM because the bus will be leaving sharply at 7:00AM from the K-Mart on 60 in order to accomplish all our days’ activities. We will bring some water but if they want to brown bag their lunch please make certain they bring what they need. We are eating somewhere, guessing it will be around $10-12.00. Worth the money from what we have experienced. We think it will be a great time. If anyone scheduled and paid to go and find they cannot make it, please let me as soon as possible. I may have someone who can refund them and fill their seat. Thanks and we certainly look forward to seeing you there.

Cindy Parker & Dawn DeCeasare


Workshops
May 19 – “Pineapple Punch” with Claudia & Nancy from 9-3 at the church Social Hall. Cost is $15 and requires 1 jelly roll or Bali pop or 32 scrap strips 2 1/2” x 40”, and 2 1/2 yds of fabric for blocks, borders and binding. Claudia and Nancy suggest a fabric with a nice contrast to your strip sets work better for the yardage. You can get a FREE pattern on the Bonnie Hunter website, www.quiltville.com called “Pineapple Blossom”.

June 2 – Sewcialize with your fellow guild members. Come and sew on whatever you want and enjoy a day retreat from 9am-9pm. Coffee and pizza for dinner included, and you can bring your lunch or go out. All for $10.

June 16 – “Orion Star” with Ingrid Wirebjer. This is a ”Quilt In A Day” pattern designed by Ingrid who is a certified “Quilt In A Day” instructor. Cost is $35.

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Challenge Quilt

Quilts are to be turned in at the April 9 meeting and need to be in a non-see-through bag. Please cover the quilt label so the maker’s name is not visible. The bag should also include a brief write-up that describes the quilter’s inspiration, or how you came up with your design idea.

A luncheon/tea for participants will take place on May 5 in the church Social Hall with the time to be announced.

Debbie Williams and Pat Gispert
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Change in Board Meeting - April 30 instead of April 23!

May Meeting
This is our annual Salad Supper and all guild members are to bring a salad, and the board members will provide desert. Set up and drinks will be provided by the Hospitality Committee.
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Sunshine News
Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Quarterly Block
Dani Sawtelle has selected our next quarterly block and it is the Ribbon Star Block by Lee of “Freshly Pieced”. The drawing for this block will be in June. You will find directions below and can view how-to pictures and directions at this website: http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com/2012/01/ribbon-star-block-tutorial.html

Ribbon Star Block Tutorial

My 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee blocks really grew on me as I worked on them—I think the ones with the white backgrounds look especially fab. So thanks to everyone who weighed in and gave me some encouragement about this block. Without it, I probably would have moved on to yet another design! And since people seemed to like it, how about a tutorial? This is my take on a traditional Christmas Star block. It would look pretty great in holiday fabric, but I would hate to see it pigeon-holed as strictly that, so I'm calling it Ribbon Star. The tutorial makes a 12.5" block.

Cutting:
Background (white): • Cut four 3" squares • Cut eight 2.5" squares • Cut eight 2" squares
Star (yellow): • Cut one 4.5" square • Cut eight 2.5" squares
Color A (pink): • Cut four pieces, 2.5" x 4.5" • Cut four pieces, 2" x 4.5"
Color B (orange): • Cut four pieces, 2.5" x 4.5" • Cut four pieces, 2" x 3"

To make the block:
1. Mark the wrong side of all of your 2.5" and 2" squares with a diagonal line from corner to corner.
2. Lay out your pieces before you start sewing. I find it helpful to work from this layout as I sew—you'll be far less likely to get your colors and directions mixed up! Start with the 4.5" square in the center, and then lay out the 2.5" x 4.5" pieces in a cross shape, alternating colors as shown.
3. Now add the 3" background squares in each corner, and the 2" strips around those squares, as shown.
4. Next, lay out the squares that will be your star points. I put these squares face down, so I can see the marked diagonal (this is also exactly how the pieces will be sewn together). Note that to create the star points, the marked diagonals should always go from the center out.
5. Sew each pair together on the marked diagonal.
6. Trim off the excess 1/4" from the seam and press. I always press diagonal seams open—I find it to be more accurate than pressing to the side.
7. Add your 2.5" background squares in the same way you did with the star points. Note that the marked diagonal should always go the same direction as the star-point diagonal that you previously sewed.
8. Add your final set of 2" marked squares in the same way as you did the previous squares. This time, make sure the marked diagonals are angled so that they form the outer star points.
9. Your units should now look like this. Sew the block together, starting with the 2" x 3" orange units to the 3" background squares. Take care as you sew to make sure those points are lined up!

Quilt Show Info Update

The charities selected to benefit from the silent auction, opportunity quilt, and the baskets are in order respectively:
The Brandon Outreach Clinic,
The Spring, and
Shelter Box.

Grandma’s Attic Window News

Sandi and I just met to plan projects for the next month and guess what!! We realized there are only five months left to prepare for the big show. According to our time line, all boutique items need to be turned in by the end of August. September is pricing and organizing and October is show time! We know you are busy working on your quilts and appreciate the extra work of making items for the boutique as well. This month your 20 - six inch blocks are to be in spring colors - and this year the colors are really bright so have fun!

"Saturday Sews" is scheduled for April 21st in the Social Hall and begins at 8:30 and we can stay until 3:00. Many of you have already signed up to participate in one of the five projects and signup sheets will be available at the meeting for those who still want to sign up. Keep in mind that you may have a project you are already making for the boutique so just come and work on it there. You will need to bring the following items:

1. Sweatshirt project - We have the sweatshirts but if you would like to bring one you already have that would be great. Please bring buttons if you have some - all sizes, sewing machine, rulers, and sewing tools.

2. Iron Tote and Pad project - You will need a 21" x 21" piece of main fabric, 4" x 14" pieces for handles, 2 - 1" buttons with a shank, 9" of 1/4" elastic and 1/4 yd of fabric to make about 90" of binding 2 1/2" or 2 1/4", machine, thread and bobbin thread to match fabric, mat, rotary cutter, ruler (6" x 24") mechanical pencil, eraser, scissors, pins.

3. Screen Beach Bag or Purse project - 1 yd, of fun material or coordinating materials, embellishment trims, thread, machine, ruler, rotary cutter and sewing supplies. The screening will be supplied and is black.

4. Doggie Scarf and Poopy Bag project - 1/2 yd will make a poopy bag and scarf or you can use scraps in cat or dog prints or fun and colorful prints, machine and thread to match, ruler and rotary cutter and sewing supplies.

5. Cute little gift bag project - 2 contrasting fat quarters - Halloween, fall, Christmas or gift theme (16" to 18") 3/8" wide ribbon for handles, matching thread, sewing machine, ruler, rotary cutter, sewing supplies.

We will have only one more "Saturday Sews" for the boutique and it will be in July, so please come and enjoy the day and help us complete these projects. Bring a sack lunch or plan to walk up to one of the fast food venues. Also don't forget your extension cords. Bring something to drink - we will provide snacks to fuel your energy. See you then!

Sandi and Pam

Quilt Intake & Judging

If you would like to help with quilt intake on September 6 or judging on September 10, please email Claudia Ingram at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Calling all quilters!
Hello ladies. We have had some lovely quilts donated for the silent quilt auction portion of our October quilt show - we certainly have some talented & generous quilters in this guild! But we need more quilts to have a really nice display & to encourage bidders. So please schedule some time to make a quilt for our auction - any theme, any technique, any color, any shape. No smaller than 12" square please. Thank you very much ladies!!

Michele Soptei
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Thanks to Gail Palmer for this fun video. Check it out.
http://www.queenofstitching.com/index.php/videos

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RETREAT NEWS!

August 2-5, 2012 Retreat!
I am taking $50.00 payments for the retreat!
Please be sure to save your bunk. See me at the meeting with any questions.

Sandi Pratt

Future Retreat Dates:

Summer 2012 August 2-5, 2012
Winter 2013 January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the babies isolettes and then go home with the baby.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Guild Calendar

April 9 – Guild Meeting

April 14 – President’s Mystery Bus Trip

April 16 – Quilt Show Committee Meeting

April 21 – Boutique Saturday Sew

April 30 - Board Meeting at Gayle’s home (changed from April 23)

May 14 – Salad Supper

May 19 – “Pineapple Blossom” class with Claudia and Nancy

May 21 – Quilt Show Committee Meeting

June 2 – Sewcialize 9am-9pm

June 11 – Guild Meeting

June 16 – “Orion Star” class with Ingrid Wirebjer

June 18 – Quilt Show Committee Meeting

June 25 – Board Meeting at Gayle’s home

July 9 – Guild Meeting – Election of officers

July 16 – Quilt Show Meeting

July 23 – Board Meeting at Gayle’s home

August 2-5 – Summer Retreat

August 13 – Guild Meeting – Installations of officers

August 20 – Quilt Show Committee Meeting

September 6 – Quilt Intake –Claudia’s home

September 10 – Quilt judging

September 10 – Guild Meeting

October 11 – Quilt Show set-up

October 12 & 13 – Quilt Show


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A Little Nostalgia For You-

MEMORIES from a friend:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons.

Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels... [if you were fortunate])
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H greenstamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

March Newsletter

President’s Message

Happy Spring Piecemakers,

What a great time to start a project to celebrate. Also work hard on your entries for the quilt show which is going to be here sooner than we think. I finished a quilt recently to put in the show and am thinking about some older quilts that have not been shown before. I am sad because due to arthritis my left thumb is in a splint to keep it from moving , hopefully after the six weeks that it requires I will not need surgery. Even though it is my left hand, I haven’t been able to find a way to do any quilting. I especially wanted to finish the appliqué block I started in the Becky Goldsmith class, but I guess I’ll have to wait.

Board members and committee chairs, I am changing the April board meeting from April 23 to April 30. I will be out of town on the 23rd. The March board meeting is still scheduled for the 26th.

Gayle Rudacille


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March Program

The program this month will be given by Anthony Jones, a local quilter who has taught quilt classes at several local quilt shop in the past. He is fun, outgoing, and creative and you will enjoy his program and quilts.

March Birthday Girls
6 Carol Ethington
6 Natasha Subko
10 Pam Johnson
13 Jackie Zimmerman
15 Lucy Chiacchia
15 Cathy Hendley
20 Denise Overbey
26 Candace Klein
31 Diane Tuttle

Things to Bring to Guild

- Show and Tell
- Library books
- Charity quilts 36” x 36” NICU quilts needed
- 20- 6” Purples for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
- Boutique donations
- Silent Auction quilts for Quilt Show
- Magazine/Books to sell at Quilt Show
- Fall decorations for Quilt Show
- Secret Sister gift
- Opportunity quilt ticket stubs/money

Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline
Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.


Workshops
April 21 – Boutique Workshop - more info will be coming.

May 19 – “Pineapple Punch” with Claudia & Nancy on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is only $15, what a bargain! It is called "Pineapple Punch" and only requires 1 jelly roll or Bali pop or 32 scrap strips 2 1/2" x 40" and 2 1/2 yds. of background fabric for blocks, borders and binding. Claudia and Nancy suggest a background fabric with a nice contrast to your strip sets work better. You can get a FREE pattern on the Bonnie Hunter Website, www.quiltville.com called “Pineapple Blossom."

June 2 – Sewcialize with your fellow guild members. Come and sew on whatever you want and enjoy a day retreat from 9 am-9 pm. Coffee and pizza for dinner included, and you can bring your lunch or go out. Cost is just $10.

June 16 – “Orion Star” with Ingrid Wirebjer. This is a “Quilt In A Day” pattern designed by Ingrid who is a certified “Quilt In A Day” instructor. Cost is $35.

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An Invitation from the Cypress Creek Quilt Guild -

We are hosting Karen Kay Buckley at our guild next month and she will be presenting a lecture and trunk show to our guild. We'd like to invite your members to come and attend this exciting lecture!

To Border or not to Border - That is the Question
During this lecture Karen will discuss if a quilt needs a border and how to select a border for your quilt. She will also explain how she designs many of her borders. Her hope is that this will inspire you to think about how to enhance your quilt with the right border.

Non-member fee: $15
Lecture/trunk show begins promptly at 6:30PM. Our social hour begins at 6PM so come early to get a good seat!

Lecture Location: Lutz First Baptist Church 18116 N. Hwy 41 Lutz, Florida. 33549

www.karenkaybuckley.com

We also have limited space available in our hand applique workshop with Karen that is happening on Saturday, March 3rd. This is a 6 hour + lunch break class – Fiesta Mexico Block Three with Border. In addition to learning to sew smooth curves, sharp points and perfect circles, you will learn to create and applique perfect ¼” strips and perfect circles of differing sizes for an exciting border.

Cost: $35 + $17 pattern fee = $52
Location and supply list sent upon signup/payment.
For questions or to check for availability in the class, contact:.
Katie Ringo
Cypress Creek Quilters Guild
Lutz, Florida
http://cypresscreekquilters.org

Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the babies isolettes and then go home with the baby.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Opportunity Quilt Tickets

Don’t forget to bring your raffle ticket money and stubs to the next meeting. Final deadline is the April meeting. Anyone who took EXTRA tickets (over the 20 obligation sales) and knows that they will not sell them, should give them back at the April meeting also. Rewards to those who make the most effort on this guild project.

Denise Hamilton

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Challenge Quilt –“Piecemaker’s Olympic Tribute”

Time is getting short for finishing your challenge quilt. Here is some information you will need to know about turning in your challenge quilt.

1. Quilts are to be turned in at the April 9 meeting.
2. Turn them in in a non-see-through bag.
3. Cover the part of the label that includes maker's name. In the bag, include a brief write-up that describes the quilter's inspiration, or how she came up with her design idea.
4. A luncheon/tea for participants will take place on May 5 in the church Social Hall.
Time TBA.

Construction requirement:
-Quilt top MUST include 5 circular elements
-Each quilt MUST include a top, batting, backing and finished edge. It must also have a label and a name.
-Each quilt top MUST include recognizable pieces of the 3 provided fabrics: 6” squares of GOLD, SILVER, & BRONZE

Size requirements:
-No smaller than 24” on any side
-No larger than 48” wide

Other information:
-Embellishments allowed
-A “sports” theme is not required
-“Winners” will be determined by a vote taken at the reveal gathering and by the members at the May salad supper.

Questions?
Call or email:
-Pat Gispert( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 281-8877
-Debbie Williams ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 681-7451
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Reminders

Board Meeting Reminder
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 pm on March 26 at Gayle Rudacille’s home.

Quilt Show Committee – March 19

April 14 (Saturday) – President’s Mystery Bus Trip


RETREAT NEWS!


The summer retreat will be August 2-5 2012. A $50.00 deposit can be paid at the March meeting. We have reserved 2 cabins to hold 16 campers and 2 youth dorms to hold 32 campers. The bottom bunks will be on a first paid basis!!

SAVE THE DATES
Summer 2012 August 2-5, 2012
Winter 2013 January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

Quilt Show Info Update

Quilt dates to remember:
September 6 - quilt turn in
September 10 - quilt judging
October 11 - quilt show set up

If you would like to volunteer for any of these dates please contact Claudia Ingram at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Categories and Rules for quilt entries are posted on our web site.

Program Ads:
The Publicity Committee for the Quilt Show is asking everyone to try and obtain at least one advertisement for the program.

Prices are $50. ($37.50) for a business card size,
Half page 5 x 4, $75. ($56.25) and
Full page 5 x 8 is $100 ($75).

Price in parenthesis is for Guild members/sponsors and Show Vendors.

Ask your hairdresser, dry cleaners, favorite restaurant, nail salon, daycare, etc. Anyone who sells $200. or more of ads will have their name entered in a drawing for a FREE QUEEN SIZE QUILT QUILTED!

Magazine/Book Donations:
Donna Whiting will begin accepting donations for the magazine sale at the Quilt Show. You may bring magazines, books, patterns, kits, unfinished projects. This can include cross stitch and other sewing kits, patterns, books etc. If you have any embroidery CDs, those as well. If you have a large amount, I would suggest you call Donna to see what would work better for the two of you to transfer. I have a bag started, and am glad to get it out the door.

Vote for Charities to Benefit:
In the March meeting, we will vote for the three projects to benefit from the sale of the opportunity quilt, the silent quilt auction and the baskets.
The Quilt Show Committee has chosen 3 charities to support with the proceeds from the silent quilt auction, the opportunity quilt, and the baskets. The charities are “Shelter Box”,
Brandon Outreach Clinic, and The Spring. Here’s a brief explanation of the charities:

ShelterBox
www.shelterboxusa.rog
We respond instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most.

Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

We are now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies.

Brandon Outreach Clinic
www.brandonoutreachclinic.com
Their mission is to provide primary and diagnostic health care to those unable to afford it. They are a local charity, and visited our guild a few months ago.

The Spring
www.thespring.org
The Spring is Hillsborough County's only certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Emergency Shelter Agency.

The mission of The Spring of Tampa Bay is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities.

Show Decorations:
Andrea Wolper will be decorating the tables etc. for the show. If you have any fall decorations you are willing to donate, please bring them with you to meetings going forward. This would include, table cloths, pumpkins, fall leaves, scarecrows, indian corn etc. Anything she can use for decorating.

Reminder, we will be posting regarding the quilt show on our website, so please keep checking.

Granny’s Attic Window (Boutique)

April 21st will be a “Saturday Sews Day” for the boutique. Sandi and I are busy coming up with some fun projects of various difficulty levels so there will be something for everyone! Or, you may prefer to bring your own projects that you want to make for the boutique and work on it that day. Please mark your calendars now as this will be a time for making items specifically for the Quilt Show. We hope to have one more workshop in July where we will concentrate on a holiday theme of harvest and Christmas items. If you have some great ideas please share them with us as we go along. We’ll bring some yummy treats to the workshop, but plan to bring a sack lunch or walk up to a local fast food for lunch on those days.

Please see us at our table this month for kits that are already made up for you to “take and make”. We also have a file box of more ideas for you to make. And, a special thank you to all of you who have already given us some wonderful items to sell!

Sandi Pratt and Pam Johnson
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I liked this Cryptoquote from this week’s paper:

“The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary.”
Mary Kurtz
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Getting to Know You

Rosemary Gates is a new Piecemaker’s member. She moved to Florida from St. Paul, Minnesota in 1986 for warmer weather and is currently retired. She’s worked in various areas in the past – banking, home health care, office work for construction, and demoing food at BJ’s Wholesale Club. She has 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren aged 18 and 23, and also enjoys knitting. She has been quilting over 2 years and got started with Rachel’s Guild.

Welcome Rosemary!
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Kudos to our Guild Members!
Did you see the article about the Strawberry Festival in the Tampa Tribune about Betty Lucas? Betty has been quite active with the Strawberry Festival and more specifically their Neighborhood Village. As quilters, we congratulate and thank you for all you have done in promoting handcrafted and homemade items!

Diane See also made the paper and advised wearing comfortable shoes to walk and see everything at the Strawberry festival. Diane was noted as being a past quilting participant and 2011 Grand Champion! She’ll have to tell us more about that.

I know we had some members who entered quilts in the State Fair, and also the Strawberry Festival. Let me know who you are so we can recognize you!
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Upcoming Events

March 9 - 11, 2012 – Hudson

West Pasco Quilters' Guild, Inc. presents their 2012 Biennial Quilt Show - A Celebration Of Quilts.
Veterans Park Complex, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.
Hours: Friday/Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4.
Donation $6, Multi-Day $10.
Over 400 quilts on display, Guild boutique - silent auction, A LIVE Large Quilt Auction on Sunday, FREE lectures & trunk shows, MANY VENDORS! Great food - door prizes - kids' activities
website: www.westpascoquilters.org

March 9 - 10, 2012 - Melbourne

Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Club of Satellite Beach proudly presents “Timeless Treasures” Quilt Show
10 am until 5 pm, Friday and Saturday at
Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.

The Opportunity Quilt “Celestial Celebrations” to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Brevard County. There will be 300+ judged quilts and displays of wearable art, lectures and quilting demonstrations, vendors and club boutique, silent auctions, and door prizes. Certified quilt appraisals by Nan Moore.
Entry donation is $7.00.
Contact: Helen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.seasidepiecemakers.com

March 16 & 17, 2012 - New Smyrna Beach

Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild present "Rings of Love" 1210 Mission Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Admission $7.00
Friday 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm.
Judge Quilt Show, Boutique, venders, quilt appraisals, Demos, 7 raffle Baskets, Box lunch available.

March 31 & April 1, 2012 – Venice

Venice Area Quilters Guild presents Quilting by the Gulf XIV Quilt Show at the Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice.
Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun 10-5.
Admission $7 or $12 for both days
200+ traditional, contemporary, art quilts. Giant boutique, tea room with proceeds to cancer research, merchant mall, silent auctions of small quilts and quilt block sets, appraisals, raffle quilt, door prizes. Group rates and bus parking available.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 941-488-6875 or 941-408-9572
Website: http://www.vaqg.org
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February Newsletter

President's Message

Hello Piecemakers,

We are just back from a wonderful retreat. It couldn’t have been better, the weather was perfect, the food too good and we had lots of fun. Many thanks to Sandi Pratt for an outstanding job of coordinating all the parts of the event.


We are also looking forward to a program by Becky Goldsmith and her two appliqué classes. I am back at home trying to get my retreat project organized and trying to find time to work on my challenge quilt. The quilt show committees are busy with their plans and I know the boutique girls have some wonderful items ready to sell, more are coming. We are getting to the time in our schedule where we will all be signing up for committees which will be finalizing plans, we need everyone’s help. Most of what we are doing is fun so be ready to help out. See you at the meeting.

Gayle


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February Birthday Girls
1 Sandy Sheffield
2 Margaret Beach
2 Peggy Werdann
4 Donna Della Pia
9 Marilyn Baker
27 Diane See
29 Dianne Bryant

Things to Bring to Guild

- Show and Tell
- Library books
- Charity quilts 36” x 36” NICU quilts needed
- 20- 6” Pinks and Reds for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)
- Boutique donations
- Opportunity Quilt Blocks –finished or not

February Program

Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’Cake Designs will present our program/lecture. Non-guild members are welcome to attend this program for $10 which can be paid on admission.

Suggestion Box

Do you have some new, fun, and creative ideas for things our guild could do? Maybe a class you would like to have, or class you would be willing to teach? Perhaps you were in another quilt guild that did an activity that you enjoyed. If so, please put your ideas/suggestions in the suggestion box that Andrea will be putting on the sign in table at our monthly meetings.

Workshops

Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs

Roseanne wants to remind us that the classes are on Saturday, February 11, 2012 and Monday, February 13, 2012. They are from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you lost your supply list, you can find it on Becky’s website. There MAY be a couple of slots left so if you are interested and didn’t sign up, call Roseanne at (813) 380-3606 to check availability.

Piece O’ Cake Designs web site is … www.pieceocake.com

Thank you,
Roseanne Westenzweig

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Guild Opportunity Quilt
Money and ticket stubs are due back at the April meeting and the drawing will be held at the May salad supper. All members are expected to sell a MINIMUM of 20 tickets but more are available if you can sell more. Don’t forget to add your name or membership number to the back of the ticket stubs that you turn in as there are incentive prizes you may be eligible to win.

See Denise Hamilton or Kathy Coryn for questions or more tickets.

Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline
Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

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RETREAT NEWS!

The summer retreat will be August 2-5 2012. I will have information sheets at the February meeting for all those interested. If you are attending this retreat a $50.00 deposit can be paid at the March meeting. We have reserved 2 cabins to hold 16 campers and 2 youth dorms to hold 32 campers. The bottom bunks will be on a first paid basis!!

SAVE THE DATES
Summer 2012 August 2-5, 2012
Winter 2013 January 24-27 2013
Summer 2013 August 1-4 2013
Winter 2014 January 23-26, 2014
Summer 2014 July 31-August 3 2014.

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Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the babies isolettes and then go home with the baby.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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Reminders

Board Meeting
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 pm on February 27 at Gayle Rudacille’s home.

Quilt Show Committee –The next meeting will be February 20 at 7 pm at Strawberry Ridge.

Quilt Show Info Update

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date for the judging has been changed to September 10, 2012. This also changed the date for quilt intake which will now be September 6 from 10 am – 7:30 pm at Claudia Ingram’s home. This will be the only day for intake of quilts so please plan accordingly.

Please review the Categories and Rules for quilt entries – they are posted on our web site. Claudia will be available at the meeting to answer any questions that you may have.

Ads for the quilt show program will soon be available and information will be coming. Cost for these ads will be discounted for guild members.
We want to encourage other guilds to come to our show so we will be giving a bus discount for groups of 15 or more.

In place of spending money on decoration for the show, we are asking for members for donate appropriate fall items to be used for displays/décor.
The Quilt Show Committee have chosen 3 charities to support with the proceeds from the silent quilt auction, the opportunity quilt, and the baskets. The charities are “Shelter Box”, Brandon Outreach Clinic, and The Spring. We will be voting on these charities at the February meeting and the no. 1 will get the proceeds from the silent auction, the no. 2 will get proceeds from the opportunity quilt, and no. 3 will get proceeds from the baskets. It’s a win for all!

Here’s a brief explanation of the charities:

ShelterBox
www.shelterboxusa.rog
We respond instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most.

Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

We are now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies.

Brandon Outreach Clinic
www.brandonoutreachclinic.com
Their mission is to provide primary and diagnostic health care to those unable to afford it. They are a local charity, and visited our guild a few months ago.

The Spring
www.thespring.org
The Spring is Hillsborough County's only certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Emergency Shelter Agency.

The mission of The Spring of Tampa Bay is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities.

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Quilt Blocks for the 2012 Quilt show Opportunity Quilt

Please turn in ALL quilt bocks for the Quilt show opportunity quilt at the February meeting - FINISHED OR NOT. I am short of completed blocks & I can use the fabric strips from the unfinished blocks. I have a lot of work ahead with this quilt & I need to have all blocks returned, complete or not.

Michele Soptei

2012 Quilt Show Silent Quilt Auction

Calling all creative quilters! We need your quilt donation for our silent quilt auction for our October show. We have a few turned in already but need more to have a really good show. A donation quilt is a great way to use up odd blocks, practice a technique or find a good use for a UFO. Finish it, donate it to the auction & watch the bidding war begin! Please remember to keep track of important or special features, like hand quilting, special embellishments & hours of work to complete - we will use that info as "advertising".
Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW BOUTIQUE NEWS

Keep those charm squares coming! Your response to the monthly 6” cut blocks has been wonderful! We will have a great selection to sell at the show. The colors for February are pinks and reds so start your rotary cutting now.

We have a very important “SAVE THE DATE” – April 21st will be a “Saturday Sews Day” for the boutique. Sandi and I are busy coming up with some fun projects of various difficulty levels so there will be something for everyone! Or, you may prefer to bring your own projects that you want to make for the boutique and work on it that day. Please mark your calendars now as this will be a time for making items specifically for the Quilt Show. We hope to have one more workshop in July where we will concentrate on a holiday theme of harvest and Christmas items. If you have some great ideas please share them with us as we go along. We’ll bring some yummy treats to the workshop, but plan to bring a sack lunch or walk up to a local fast food for lunch on those days.
The second drawing from the pickle jar will be at the February meeting so be sure you put your name on a ticket and place it in the jar when you turn things in. This makes you eligible for the monthly drawing. We are also asking that you begin saving your nice paper shopping bags for us to use for “customer purchases” at the show. In addition, if you are looking for ideas for things to make, we need some quilted purses or bags or laptop carriers etc. Those are always top sellers at the show.

Please see us at our table this month for kits that are already made up for you to “take and make”. We also have a file box of more ideas for you to make. And, a special thank you to all of you who have already given us some wonderful items to sell!

Sandi Pratt and Pam Johnson


President’s Mystery Bus Trip

The bus trip is April 14 and is currently full but Cindy Parker and Dawn Decesare have a backup list in case someone has to cancel which usually happens. If you are interested, talk to Cindy and Dawn. I wish I could tell you where the bus is going but--- it’s a mystery!

Things I enjoyed at retreat-

This is a recipe for Frito’s Candy from Cathy Rebhun. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy & yummy!

1 stick butter
2 c. pretzels
1 1/2 c. Fritos
2 T peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
peanuts (honey roasted are great)

Preheat oven to 350.

Crunch up about 2 cups pretzels and 1 and half cups Fritos. Spread in 13x9 pan (or jelly roll pan) lined with parchment paper or nonstick foil.

Dot snack mixture with about 2 tablespoons peanut butter.

Melt 1 stick butter on medium in saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar and bring to boil for 1 minute stirring 1-2 times. While still molten pour evenly over the Frito mixture.

Bake it for 8 minutes.

Sprinkle mixture with 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.

Bake another minute to melt more completely and spread them a bit with spatula.

Sprinkle with peanuts.

Cool and then transfer to the frig to finish cooling. Once completely cool break into pieces like brittle. I find keeping it in the frig works the best.

A tip on ironing seams open from Diane See. Place your seam right side down over a piece of curved molding covered with fabric or batting and the seam will open up for you to press the seam but avoid the other parts of the block.

I learned to make a cute little thread catcher. Thanks to Becky Fox and Bev Kelly for this 10 minute project.

And the jokes in the bathroom were very entertaining. Thanks Sandi for the laughs and nostalgia.

Challenge Quilt –“Piecemaker’s Olympic Tribute”

We are just about 2 months away from the turn in date for your Challenge quilt. There is more of the required fabric available so contact Pat or Debbie if you need some.

Since the summer Olympic Games are scheduled to begin in London on July 27, 2012, we challenge you to create a quilt honoring the Olympic spirit of international athletic cooperation.

Construction requirement:

- Quilt top MUST include 5 circular elements
- Each quilt MUST include a top, batting, backing and finished edge. It must also have a label and a name.
- Each quilt top MUST include recognizable pieces of the 3 provided fabrics: 6” squares of GOLD, SILVER, & BRONZE
Size requirements:
- No smaller than 24” on any side
- No larger than 48” wide

Other information:
- Embellishments allowed
- A “sports” theme is not required
- “Winners” will be determined by a vote taken at the reveal gathering and by the members at the May salad supper.

>> Due: April 9, 2012 <<

Questions? Call or email:
- Pat Gispert( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 281-8877
- Debbie Williams ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 681-7451

EDUCATION: Needles

Used with permission from Bob Purcell, www.superiorthreads.com

Have you ever wondered what a needle burr is? The eye of a needle is punched out in the manufacturing process. Sometimes the punch process is not clean and a microscopic fragment of metal is left behind (see photo at left of a new Universal #80/12 needle -- not ours!). As the thread goes through the needle, the burr snags it and causes problems. If it is a small burr and you are using a cotton thread, the burr will snag some cotton and pull out a piece of lint while the thread keeps going. If you are using a smooth polyester thread, the burr will snag the thread and result in breakage. This explains why sometimes a cotton thread might run well, but a stronger poly thread breaks. A large burr will cause problems for all threads. Burrs usually do not develop during use but exist in an imperfect needle. A burr in a smaller-eye needle (most needle styles) will cause more problems than a burr in a larger eye needle (Topstitch style).

During a visit with the largest industrial needle manufacturer in the world, I was surprised to see their catalog. It was as big as a phone book. There were hundreds of different needle styles, each offering a variety of sizes. I estimated a total of 4,000 choices. For the past 12 years, we have learned much from professional quilters, embroiderers, general sewists (I like this new word better than sewers), and educators. As far as needles are concerned, many tell us the needle they use in home machines is the Topstitch style needle -- regardless if they are piecing, quilting, constructing, or embroidering. (The only exception to this rule is when sewing on knit fabrics, and then a ballpoint needle is used.) FYI, the least favorite needle of professionals is the Universal needle.

There are three main advantages of a Topstitch needle.

1. The point is sharp, but not razor sharp. It has a very slightly rounded sharp point with allows the needle point to penetrate without cutting the fibers. Many needles have a similar point.

2. Wider and deeper groove. All needles have a groove which runs up the shaft of the needle. The thread lies in the groove rather than along the outside of the needle. The groove on Topstitch needles is wider and deeper than most other needle styles. This is beneficial especially for medium, heavy, decorative, and sensitive threads.

3. The favorite feature of the Topstitch needle is the extra large eye (see photo below). It is twice as large as most other needle styles. The large eye gives much more room for thread as it moves through the needle and greatly reduces stress on thread. (Click on the images to see close up details.)

In our sewing room, we have only four needles:

1. Topstitch #70/10 for very fine threads such as MonoPoly, #100 Kimono Silk, and Bottom Line.

2. Topstitch #80/12 for fine threads (50 wt.) such as MasterPiece cotton and So Fine #50 polyester.

3. Topstitch #90/14 for medium threads (40 wt.) such as King Tut, Rainbows, Art Studio Colors, Highlights, Metallic, and Glitter.

4. Topstitch #100/16 for heavier threads (30 wt. and heavier) such as So Fine #30, Perfect Quilter, and Poly Quilter.

But how about metallic needles? Here is the truth. The best selling brand of home machine needles in the world packages the Topstitch needle in a green Topstitch needle pack and also packages the same Topstitch needle in a gold pack and labels it as Metallic needles. They are the identical needle in two different packs. No wonder those metallic needles work so well! They are Topstitch needles.

How about titanium-coated needles? These needles are very similar to regular chrome needles but have a micro-thin coating of titanium nitride (a ceramic-like substance) applied. This micro-thin coating does not affect the overall strength of the needle, but it does make the needle last longer (5 to 8 times longer than a regular needle) and it costs only 20 cents more. Most factories around the world use titanium-coated needles due to their durability. If you have heard the rumor that titanium-coated needles can damage your machine, don't believe it. They do not create any greater risk than does a regular needle. Professionals and factories would not use them if there were a greater risk of damage. Use them and enjoy them. They really do last a long time. For scientific results of laboratory testing, please view the Organ Needle Company brochure.
Our Topstitch needles, which fit all home machines are titanium-coated.

Upcoming Events


March 2 & 3, 2012 - Largo
NEW LOCATION Suncoast Quilting Circle of St. Petersburg presents Today's Pleasures ... Tomorrow's Treasures XIV, a Quilt Show held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo. Boutique, vendors, charity quilt, silent mini quilt auction, quilters walk auction, quilt appraisals, make'n'take activity.
Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm.
$6 entry fee or $10 for 2 days.
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website: http://suncoastquiltingcircle.org
See Raffle Quilt

March 2 & 3, 2012Lakeland - Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild present "Quilts by the Lake" at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland

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March 3 & 4, 2012 – Naples
Naples Quilters Guild - Stitches in Time held at Community School of Naples
13275 Livingston Road, Naples 34109

Juried show with over 200 quilts, boutique, vendors, demos, door prizes, small quilt auction, quilt raffle, quilt appraisals Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm
Auction Sunday 2-4pm
Admission $7
Contact: Deb This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
website: http://www.naplesquiltersguild.com/

March 9 - 11, 2012 – Hudson
West Pasco Quilters' Guild, Inc. presents their 2012 Biennial Quilt Show - A Celebration Of Quilts.
Veterans Park Complex, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.
Hours: Friday/Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4.
Donation $6, Multi-Day $10.
Over 400 quilts on display, Guild boutique - silent auction, A LIVE Large Quilt Auction on Sunday, FREE lectures & trunk shows, MANY VENDORS! Great food - door prizes - kids' activities
website: www.westpascoquilters.org

March 9 - 10, 2012 - Melbourne
Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Club of Satellite Beach proudly presents “Timeless Treasures” Quilt Show 10 am until 5 pm, Friday and Saturday at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
The Opportunity Quilt “Celestial Celebrations” to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Brevard County. There will be 300+ judged quilts and displays of wearable art, lectures and quilting demonstrations, vendors and club boutique, silent auctions, and door prizes. Certified quilt appraisals by Nan Moore. Entry donation is $7.00.
Contact: Helen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.seasidepiecemakers.com


March 16 & 17, 2012 - New Smyrna Beach
Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild present "Rings of Love"
1210 Mission Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Admission $7.00
Friday 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm.
Judge Quilt Show, Boutique, venders, quilt appraisals, Demos, 7 raffle Baskets, Box lunch available.

March 31 & April 1, 2012 – Venice
Venice Area Quilters Guild presents Quilting by the Gulf XIV Quilt Show at the Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice.
Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun 10-5. Admission $7 or $12 for both days; 200+ traditional, contemporary, art quilts. Giant boutique, tea room with proceeds to cancer research, merchant mall, silent auctions of small quilts and quilt block sets, appraisals, raffle quilt, door prizes. Group rates and bus parking available.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 941-488-6875 or 941-408-9572

Website: http://www.vaqg.org
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January Newsletter

President’s Message

Happy New Year Piecemakers,

I am looking forward to a few quiet days and plan to work on some quilts I need to finish up. The retreat is later in the month and I need to have a project to work on there also. A trip to a quilt shop is in the works.

I would like for all of you to be thinking of ways to make our meetings more informative and fun, please let me know if you have any ideas. Our membership is down and we should be growing not getting smaller. I would like to see some younger members , do you have any ideas about how we could reach them?

Remember that our meetings will be held in the chapel until further notice, please sit in the front rows, you will be able to see and hear better.

This is a reminder to the Board members that the board meeting will be held just before the Jan. meeting at 6:00 in the chapel. See you on the 8th, Jane is planning a movie night (quilting related) with refreshments!

Gayle


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January Birthday Girls
5 Priscilla Werner
7 Carol Williams
18 Esther Farkas
21 Noma Riley

Things to Bring to Guild

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts 36” x 36” NICU quilts needed

20- 6” Red and Green Prints or Solids squares for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)

Boutique donations

Check for Becky Goldsmith classes in February ($35/class for members)

Opportunity Quilt Blocks

Workshops

Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs is coming!!

The classes are on Saturday, February 11, 2012 and Monday, February 13, 2012. They are from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to members is $35. and non-members is $45.

We have offered this class to the guilds and shops in the area. Anyone having a friend outside the guild can come for a fee of $45.

If anyone has any quilts or blocks made from a Piece O’ Cake pattern, bring it to the meeting so we can show it to our members.

Piece O’ Cake Designs web site is … www.pieceocake.com

Thank you,
Roseanne Westenzwe

January Program

It’s movie night and we’re watching STITCHED!

STITCHED follows three art quilters - Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook - as they create their entries for the 2010 International Quilt Festival in Houston, the nation's largest quilt show.

Each of these quilters sparked controversy in the quilting world with their work. Caryl was the first person to win Best of Show at Paducah's American Quilter's Society show with a machine-made quilt. Hollis was the first to win the coveted Best of Show prize in Houston with a painted quilt. And fitness instructor Randall often creates artwork depicting male nudes.

This fun-filled documentary highlights the bonds of friendship amongst quilters and the enormity of the quilting world with 21 million practicing their craft in the U.S. alone. Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the babies isolettes and then go home with the baby.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Quilt Show Info

2012 Quilt Show Opportunity Quilt

If you took blocks to make for the Quilt Show Opportunity Quilt, please bring your completed blocks to turn in to Michele Soptei at the January meeting. Don’t forget that she would like us to include a 6 ½” square piece of each fabric used in the block to be used in the backing.

2012 Quilt Show Silent Quilt Auction

Donated quilts can be any size larger than 12" on a side, any shape, any theme, and any technique. I do ask that you attach a note with your name & some detail about you quilt - # of hours to complete or anything special about it & I will use the info to "advertise" how special these quilts really are. Thank very much ladies - you are an incredibly creative & generous group!

Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW BOUTIQUE NEWS

This month we are asked to bring a baggie of 20- 6” Blue squares.

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Reminders


Board Meeting Reminder

The next board meeting will be at 6:00 pm before our January meeting in the chapel.

Quilt Show Committee – Next meeting is January 16.

Challenge Quilt –“Piecemaker’s Olympic Tribute”

Since the summer Olympic Games are scheduled to begin to begin in London on July 27, 2012, we challenge you to create a quilt honoring the Olympic spirit of international athletic cooperation.

Construction requirement:

-Quilt top MUST include 5 circular elements

-Each quilt MUST include a top, batting, backing and finished edge. It must also have a label and a name.

-Each quilt top MUST include recognizable pieces of the 3 provided fabrics: 6” squares of GOLD, SILVER, & BRONZE

Size requirements:

-No smaller than 24” on any side

-No larger than 48” wide

Other information:

-Embellishments allowed

-A “sports” theme is not required

-“Winners” will be determined by a vote taken at the reveal gathering and by the members at the May salad supper.

Due: April 9, 2012

Questions? Call or email:

-Pat Gispert( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 281-8877

-Debbie Williams ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 681-7451

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January Retreat January 26 – 29 – If you have questions, see Sandi Pratt. Do you have all your projects ready?? It’s going to be FUN!

Guild Opportunity Quilt

If you did not get your Opportunity Quilt tickets at the December meeting, please pick them up at the January meeting from Denise Hamilton or Kathy Coryn. All members are expected to sell a MINIMUM of 20 tickets and there are 3 incentive prizes for selling the most tickets, and for who sells the winning ticket. Members should add their name or membership number to the back of the ticket stubs that they sell.

Money and ticket stubs are due back at the April meeting and the drawing will be held at the May salad supper.

“SELL-SELL-SELL” is the motivation this year. Buy some tickets from another member so that you both can win. FYI

Have you ever asked yourself when rotary cutting if you should use the measurement on the mat or ruler? The answer is – use your cutting ruler. Each company’s grid may be different so to ensure accuracy, always use rulers of the same brand. In a newsletter from Alma Sue’s Quilts in Sarasota they reported testing the accuracy of different brand rulers with an accurate machinist’s ruler. The Omnigrid notches were the most accurate according to the machinist’s ruler. The grids on other brands were off, one by as much as 1/16”. So the lesson is to use the same brand of ruler and use the same ruler if possible. Upcoming Events

January 13 & 14, 2012 - North Fort Myers NEW LOCATIONSouthwest Florida Quilter's Guild (Fort Myers) presents Florida Celebrates Quilts “America Quilts:Traditions & Innovations” Over 200 Quilts on Display, judged, Special Exhibit “Veterans Quilts” judged and announcement of the receiver. Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pmGrace Community Center, 4151 Hancock Bridge Pkway., North Fort Myers, corner of Hancock and Orange Grove Blvd.Website: www.swfqg.com

See Raffle Quilt

March 2 & 3, 2012 - Largo NEW LOCATION Suncoast Quilting Circle of St. Petersburg presents Today's Pleasures ... Tomorrow's Treasures XIV, a Quilt Show held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo. Boutique, vendors, charity quilt, silent mini quilt auction, quilters walk auction, quilt appraisals, make'n'take activity. Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm. $6 entry fee or $10 for 2 days. Contact: Barbara This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .comwebsite: http://suncoastquiltingcircle.orgSee Raffle Quilt

March 2 & 3, 2012 – Lakeland - Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild present "Quilts by the Lake" at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland

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March 3 & 4, 2012 – Naples

Naples Quilters Guild - Stitches in Time held atCommunity School of Naples13275 Livingston Road, Naples 34109

Juried show with over 200 quilts, boutique, vendors, demos, door prizes, small quilt auction, quilt raffle, quilt appraisals Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm

Auction Sunday 2-4pm

Admission $7

Contact: Deb This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

website: http://www.naplesquiltersguild.com/

March 9 - 11, 2012 – Hudson

West Pasco Quilters' Guild, Inc. presents their 2012 Biennial Quilt Show - A Celebration Of Quilts. Veterans Park Complex, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Hours: Friday/Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4. Donation $6, Multi-Day $10. Over 400 quilts on display, Guild boutique - silent auction, A LIVE Large Quilt Auction on Sunday, FREE lectures & trunk shows, MANY VENDORS! Great food - door prizes - kids' activities

website: www.westpascoquilters.org

March 9 - 10, 2012 - MelbourneSeaside Piecemakers Quilt Club of Satellite Beach proudly presents “Timeless Treasures” Quilt Show 10 am until 5 pm, Friday and Saturday at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. The Opportunity Quilt “Celestial Celebrations” to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Brevard County. There will be 300+ judged quilts and displays of wearable art, lectures and quilting demonstrations, vendors and club boutique, silent auctions, and door prizes. Certified quilt appraisals by Nan Moore. Entry donation is $7.00.

Contact: Helen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.seasidepiecemakers.com

March 16 & 17, 2012 - New Smyrna Beach

Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild present "Rings of Love" 1210 Mission Drive, New Smyrna Beach.

Admission $7.00 Friday 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm.

Judge Quilt Show, Boutique, venders, quilt appraisals, Demos, 7 raffle Baskets, Box lunch available.

March 31 & April 1, 2012 – Venice

Venice Area Quilters Guild presents Quilting by the Gulf XIV Quilt Show at the Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice.

Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun 10-5. Admission $7 or $12 for both days; 200+ traditional, contemporary, art quilts. Giant boutique, tea room with proceeds to cancer research, merchant mall, silent auctions of small quilts and quilt block sets, appraisals, raffle quilt, door prizes. Group rates and bus parking available.

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 941-488-6875 or 941-408-9572

Website: http://www.vaqg.orgContact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

December Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Piecemakers,

I hope you all will have a happy Holiday with family and friends and that you will travel safely if you leave the area. I am looking forward to our Holiday dinner on December 12, the food is wonderful thanks to our hospitality chairperson Dianne Bryant and her helpers. The dinner will be held in the chapel and begins at 6:30. The new year promises to be busy and fun, Becky Goldsmith will be giving workshops and a program at our February meeting, be sure to sign up before all the places are taken. The price we are charging is a real bargain. In January we are having our retreat which is lots of fun, get those projects ready. Of course we will all be busy working on the Quilt Show there will be opportunities for all members to participate.

See you at the meeting, Gayle


Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline
Our sympathy to Michele Soptei for the loss of her mother.

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Things to Bring to Guild

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

20- 6” Red and Green Prints or Solids squares for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)

Boutique donations

Christmas Quarterly Block

Check for Becky Goldsmith classes in February ($35/class for members)

Workshops

Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs is coming!!

The classes are on Saturday, February 11, 2012 and Monday, February 13, 2012. They are from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to members is $35. and non-members is $45.

We have offered this class to the guilds and shops in the area. Anyone having a friend outside the guild can come for a fee of $45.

If anyone has any quilts or blocks made from a Piece O’ Cake pattern, bring it to the meeting so we can show it to our members.

Piece O’ Cake Designs web site is … www.pieceocake.com

Thank you,
Roseanne Westenzweig

Upcoming Guild Programs

December Meeting

This will be our annual Christmas dinner and tickets have been sold at past meetings ($10), but I’m sure there will be some tickets available at the door or you may contact Dianne Bryant. The food is coming from La Septima again this year so you know it will be really good! Remember that we will eat at 6:30 so come at 6:00 to conduct your guild business.

January Meeting

It’s movie night and we’re watching STITCHED!

STITCHED follows three art quilters - Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook - as they create their entries for the 2010 International Quilt Festival in Houston, the nation's largest quilt show.

Each of these quilters sparked controversy in the quilting world with their work. Caryl was the first person to win Best of Show at Paducah's American Quilter's Society show with a machine-made quilt. Hollis was the first to win the coveted Best of Show prize in Houston with a painted quilt. And fitness instructor Randall often creates artwork depicting male nudes.

This fun-filled documentary highlights the bonds of friendship amongst quilters and the enormity of the quilting world with 21 million practicing their craft in the U.S. alone.

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Quarterly Block

Don’t forget to bring your Christmas block to the December meeting so you can get your chance to win the blocks!

Opportunity Quilt

Tickets for the Opportunity Quilt will be available at the December meeting for all members to pick up to sale. Each member is responsible for selling at least 20 tickets, and I think they would make great stocking stuffers!

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December Birthday Girls

4 Diana Forrest
6 Ruth McCreery
13 Ruth Mahoney
17 Melissa Bailey
19 Kathy Turner


Getting To Know You

A new member to our guild is Kathy Mello. She is from Long Island, NY and is currently retired. She certainly deserves retirement as she has 7 children and 15 grandchildren. She has been quilting for 30 years after taking a lesson with a friend and also enjoys knitting. Welcome Kathy!

Another new member is Mary Maggi, also from Long Island, NY. She is a retired bookkeeper, and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Mary has been quilting for 16 years and also enjoys knitting, embroidery, and reading. Welcome Mary!

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Reminders

Board Meeting Reminder

The next board meeting will be December 26, at 6:30 pm at Gayle’s home.

Quilt Show Committee
No meetings till January 16.

From our Treasurer’s
Piecemakers, please remember that the correct name of our guild is Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon. When you write a check please use the correct name or PMQG...when you write Brandon Piecemakers we have to change it for the bank.

We will soon have a stamper to use on your checks but for now please remember Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon.

Thanks so much! Claudia and Nancy

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Community Projects

Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the babies isolettes and then go home with the baby.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

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NEW MEMBERS WANTED:

The Hallelujah Quilters of Brandon have several openings for new members in 2012. The group meets each Wednesday morning from 9-11 am at the Apostles Lutheran Church on Kingsway just north of Highway 60. Members work on their own projects – usually some type of handwork such as appliqué, quilting, embroidery, etc. The first meeting for 2012 will be January 4th. If interested, join us for a couple of meetings. Or if you’d just like more information, call Rachel at 813/626-4206.

Quilt Show Info
2012 Quilt Show Opportunity Quilt

Hello ladies! I finally have more block packets made up for the 2012 quilt show opportunity quilt. I will have them at the next meeting or you can contact me & we can meet up. I would love to have all the packets made into blocks - any extra I will turn into a small version of the quilt for our silent quilt auction. I need to have all the completed blocks or unfinished packets returned to me no later than the January meeting. The strips from packets that are not completed into blocks will be used to piece one of the borders for the quilt. Thank you very much for making a block for our quilt.

Michele Soptei

2012 Quilt Show Silent Quilt Auction

Hello all! We now have less than a year to go (yikes!) before our 2012 Quilt Show. We need lots of quilts for our Silent Auction in order to make a nice display. We already have 2 really cute quilts donated - Audrey Gantos has donated an adorable bear quilt to keep Pat Dunlap's bear quilt company. But we really need more! Donated quilts can be any size larger than 12" on a side, any shape, any theme, and any technique. I do ask that you attach a note with your name & some detail about you quilt - # of hours to complete or anything special about it & I will use the info to "advertise" how special these quilts really are. Thank very much ladies - you are an incredibly creative & generous group!

Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW BOUTIQUE NEWS

This month we are asked to bring 20 - 6” squares or red or green prints or solids.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

Down at the Quilt Shop – Author Unknown

Down to the quilt shop quilters go,
Out comes the MasterCard all aglow.
Out through the checkout with lots of stuff,
All for the quilts and the tools and such.

Sew-sew-sew,
Who wouldn't sew.
Go-go-go, who wouldn't go
Down to the quilt shop
Click-click-click.
Out through the checkout with lots to snip.

First are the UFO's that fill the drawers,
So many there that we can't ignore.
Finish them all, do them one by one.
Finish them all then we'll have some fun.

Sew-sew-sew,
Who wouldn't sew.
Go-go-go, who wouldn't go
Down to the quilt shop
Click-click-click.
Out through the checkout with lots to snip.

Next come the quilts that are in our heads,
All that we've planned for all our beds.
One for the master room and one for the guest,
We'll stitch them all and do our best.

Sew-sew-sew,
Who wouldn't sew.
Go-go-go, who wouldn't go
Down to the quilt shop
Click-click-click.
Out through the checkout with lots to snip.

Last we'll make gifts for all our friends,
Quilts and placemats without end.
Coasters and bookmarks, ornaments - so much!
Wrap them up in ribbons and bows and such.

Sew-sew-sew,
Who wouldn't sew.
Go-go-go, who wouldn't go
Down to the quilt shop
Click-click-click.
Out through the checkout with lots to snip.

Stitchers Christmas--Author Unknown

Twas the night before Christmas, and, oh, I was weary.
My stitching unfinished, my eyes getting bleary.
The stockings weren't finished, the chimney was bare.
And I knew that morning soon would be there.

My children and husband were tucked in their beds,
But visions of backstitches ran through my head.
I'd stitched ornaments and presents and gifts by the ton,
And now, I was finally, almost, almost done.

As I poised my needle for one more backstitch,
I heard something outside that made my hand twitch.
I jumped up from my stitching, and flew to the door,
Pressed my eye to the peephole, tiptoe off the floor.

My stitching forgotten, I peered into the night.
When suddenly, I got a terrible fright.
On my porch appeared Santa, holding his sack.
He knocked softly, and I took a giant step back.

I unlocked the deadbolt, and let Santa in,
He entered and gave a mischievous grin.
"Hope you don't mind if I come in the door?"
"Coming down the chimney can be quite a chore."

He said "You're up late. Still working I see."
"Do you know how tired you're going to be?"
"I know, Santa," I said, with a sigh,
"But I'm still backstitching the stars in the sky,"

"And the fields on that stocking look blobby you know,
I need to backstitch the drifts in the snow.
I've been stitching and stitching and stitching, no rest.
I just tried to finish stitching too much, I guess."

"I know what you mean," he said with a smile.
"This is my busiest time of the year, by a mile."
He stooped down by the tree, and he opened his sack,
And began to pull presents out of his pack.

"I've got some things here I think you might like,
An oak stitching frame, and a brand new Ott-Light.
A bundle of floss, and a great big mat cutter,"
I smiled and felt my heart go a-flutter.

He put down gifts for us all, then he waved his right hand.
"Go to bed," he said, glancing at my floor stand.
He gave me a wink, and stepped out the door.
I just stood there a moment, glued to the floor.

After he'd left, I turned back to my chair,
Picked up the stockings, and started to stare.
The backstitching was done! The stars lit the sky!
And on my son's stocking angels sung on high.

I ran to thank Santa for this final gift,
And watched as his sleigh started to lift.
I heard him exclaim as he pulled out of sight
"Merry stitching to all, and to all a good night!

Classified Section
SEWING MACHINE FOR SALE:
Brand: White. Model: 1810. Purchased: Tampa Bay Sewing Center (in Joann’s). Original cost: $375. Asking price: $75. Good starter machine for young person. Call Rachel at 813/626-4206.

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Upcoming Events

January 13 & 14, 2012 - North Fort Myers NEW LOCATION
Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild (Fort Myers) presents Florida Celebrates Quilts “America Quilts:Traditions & Innovations” Over 200 Quilts on Display, judged, Special Exhibit “Veterans Quilts” judged and announcement of the receiver. Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pmGrace Community Center, 4151 Hancock Bridge Pkway., North Fort Myers, corner of Hancock and Orange Grove Blvd.
Website: www.swfqg.com

See Raffle Quilt

March 2 & 3, 2012 - Largo NEW LOCATION
Suncoast Quilting Circle of St. Petersburg presents Today's Pleasures ... Tomorrow's Treasures XIV, a Quilt Show held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo. Boutique, vendors, charity quilt, silent mini quilt auction, quilters walk auction, quilt appraisals, make'n'take activity. Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm. $6 entry fee or $10 for 2 days. Contact: Barbara This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
website: http://suncoastquiltingcircle.org

See Raffle Quilt

March 2 & 3, 2012Lakeland
Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild present "Quilts by the Lake" at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 3 & 4, 2012 Naples
Naples Quilters Guild - Stitches in Time held atCommunity School of Naples
13275 Livingston Road, Naples 34109
Juried show with over 200 quilts, boutique, vendors, demos, door prizes, small quilt auction, quilt raffle, quilt appraisals Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm
Auction Sunday 2-4pm
Admission $7
Contact: Deb This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
website: http://www.naplesquiltersguild.com/

March 9 - 11, 2012Hudson
West Pasco Quilters' Guild, Inc. presents their 2012 Biennial Quilt Show - A Celebration Of Quilts. Veterans Park Complex, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.
Hours: Friday/Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4.
Donation $6, Multi-Day $10.
Over 400 quilts on display, Guild boutique - silent auction, A LIVE Large Quilt Auction on Sunday, FREE lectures & trunk shows, MANY VENDORS! Great food - door prizes - kids' activities
website: www.westpascoquilters.org

March 9 - 10, 2012 - Melbourne
Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Club of Satellite Beach proudly presents “Timeless Treasures”
Quilt Show 10 am until 5 pm, Friday and Saturday at
Melbourne Auditorium,
625 East Hibiscus Blvd.,
Melbourne.
The Opportunity Quilt “Celestial Celebrations” to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Brevard County. There will be 300+ judged quilts and displays of wearable art, lectures and quilting demonstrations, vendors and club boutique, silent auctions, and door prizes. Certified quilt appraisals by Nan Moore.
Entry donation is $7.00.
Contact: Helen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.seasidepiecemakers.com

March 16 & 17, 2012 - New Smyrna Beach
Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild present "Rings of Love"
1210 Mission Drive,
New Smyrna Beach.
Admission $7.00 Friday 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm.
Judge Quilt Show, Boutique, venders, quilt appraisals, Demos, 7 raffle Baskets, Box lunch available.

March 31 & April 1, 2012Venice
Venice Area Quilters Guild presents Quilting by the Gulf XIV Quilt Show at the Venice Community Center,
326 S Nokomis Ave,
Venice.
Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun 10-5.
Admission $7 or $12 for both days;
200+ traditional, contemporary, art quilts. Giant boutique, tea room with proceeds to cancer research, merchant mall, silent auctions of small quilts and quilt block sets, appraisals, raffle quilt, door prizes. Group rates and bus parking available.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 941-488-6875 or 941-408-9572
Website: http://www.vaqg.org
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November Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Piecemakers,

How did it get to be November? The time flies so fast now and the holidays are upon us. Things are gearing up for the quilt show which is only 10 months away. We need everyone’s help to make it a success. There will be many opportunities in the next year for fun things to do to get ready for the show. Be on the lookout for ways that you can help, more opportunities will be announced at upcoming meetings. There are b groups that are making objects for the Boutique and they provide a time for working together, creating items and enjoying being together. Soon we will be handing out printed material that you can take to shops, neighborhood associations and other groups who might be interested.

I want to thank all the members for their support of the Guild and the work we are doing. Please let any of the officers or Board members know if you have any suggestions as to how the guild can improve and be more interesting and fun so we can increase the number of our members.

Happy Thanksgiving, Gayle


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Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Things to Bring to Guild

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

Retreat final payment

20- 6” Browns & Blacks squares for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)

Boutique donations

Christmas Stocking and fillers, new and gently used sweaters/jackets

November Birthday Girls
1 Elizabeth Bell
3 Joanna Smyth
9 Carol Menard
10 Becky Fox
21 Cathy Singletary
24 Kathy Coryn
27 Catherine Fulton


Retreat News

All Retreat $$ need to be paid in full at the November meeting.

Retreat date is January 26th - 29th. Thursday-Sunday.

Questions?? See Sandi Pratt

Workshops
SEWcialize
A reminder for those who signed up for the SEWcialize on Saturday November 5th at FUMC Social Hall. The hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and you will get coffee in the morning and pizza for dinner. Bring your own projects to work on.
Claudia Ingram

Becky Goldsmith – is coming in February and will be doing a workshop on Saturday, February 11, and also on Monday, February 13. More information will be available at the November meeting but we anticipate that the cost will be $35 per class for guild members. Becky Goldsmith and her business partner Linda Jenkins, design guilt patterns and books for their company, Piece O Cake Designs, and are known for their applique patterns. Visit their web site at www.pieceocake.com

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Quilt Show Info
2012 Quilt Show Silent Auction


Any style, shape or theme is great - the more variety we have the better. This is a great way to use up a stray block or stretch your creative wings. Please keep track of the how much time you spend on your donation quilt - we will list that info on the bid sheet to help people better understand how much time/effort goes into one of these beauties. Thank you in advance for your talent!
Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW BOUTIQUE NEWS

What a great job you all did on the “Adopt A Bear” contest last month! Kudu’s to all and a very special thank you for making them into something wonderful to sell in our quilt show boutique booth.

This month we will be collecting the 20 – 6” squares for November in browns and blacks. Check your stash and see what you can cut up into those wonderful 6” squares. Put them in a baggie with your name on them so you get credit.

Remember, Sandy and I will be at the meeting by 6:00 so you can turn in your boutique items and check out new ideas and patterns we have to share with you. Don’t forget to put your name on a ticket and place it in the pickle jar when you give us your items. We will begin drawings in January.

One of our “Quilt Bee” groups will be making pillow cases for the boutique and are looking for anyone who has a machine that does embroidery. They will supply a flat piece of fabric for a simple design that can then be added to their projects. This would qualify as your donation for a ticket in the pickle jar. If interested see us at the meeting.

Also, don’t forget, if you have any of that colorful corn on the cob in fall colors left over from your harvest decorations, we can use it!

If you are new to the guild feel free to stop by our table and ask questions or share ideas. We look forward to meeting you! See you all at the November meeting.
Sandy Pratt and Pam Johnson

Community Projects

Christmas Stockings

We will be collecting the Christmas stockings and your donated items for the stockings at the November meeting. No candy/food items please so possible allergy problems are avoided. Remember that we would also like to collect sweaters or outer wear - new or gently used.

Charity Quilts

To fulfill your membership obligation quilt you may make a lap quilt, or a 36 “ square NICU quilt which will be donated to Brandon Regional Hospital NICU. These NICU quilts are use on the baby’s isolates and then go home with the baby.

Please give these quilts to Pat Dunlap, Community Projects Chairperson so you will be credited with fulfilling your membership obligation.

Reminders!!

Board Meeting Reminder
The next board meeting will be November 28, 6:30 pm at Gayle’s home.

Quilt Show Committee
No meetings till January 16.

From our Treasurer’s

Piecemakers, please remember that the correct name of our guild is Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon. When you write a check please use the correct name or PMQG...when you write Brandon Piecemakers we have to change it for the bank.

Thanks so much! Claudia and Nancy

Quarterly Block

Dani Sawtelle has the Christmas block available so see her at the meeting and pick up your info so you can participate in the “glitzy block”.

Getting To Know You

A new guild member is Diane Tuttle. Diane grew up moving around the country and has lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington state, New Mexico, California, Maryland and now Florida. She was an elementary school counselor until she retired 3 years ago. She has 3 children (2 boys, 1 girl), and 2 grandsons aged 2 years and 6 weeks.

Besides quilting her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking classes, playing bridge, travel, antique store shopping and having tea. She started quilting about 10 years ago by taking a class with a friend. She particularly enjoys paper piecing, bargello and raw edge applique. Welcome Diane!

Education – used with permission from Bob Purcell, www.superiorthreads.com

WISE WORDS FROM MOTHER SUPERIOR

Have you wondered why thread gets thinner as the weight or thread size number gets larger? It is confusing but there is a reason behind this system. Here is a simple analogy to illustrate why:

The goal is to determine how much thread it takes to weigh one pound.

Thread A takes 20 miles to weigh a pound so it is labeled as 20 wt.

Thread B takes 40 miles to weight a pound and is labeled 40 wt. It is a finer thread because it takes 40 miles to weigh one pound.

Thread C takes 60 miles to weigh a pound so it is even finer yet.

EDUCATION: Monofilament threads

I recently received an e-mail asking if invisible monofilament thread is iron safe. She had heard that it melts if ironed. That is a commonly asked question and most likely due to hearing sad stories of monofilament threads melting and damaging a sewing project. Here is the truth.

There are two main types of monofilament threads: nylon and polyester. Traditionally, most monofilament thread has been nylon. Nylon is strong but it has some negative properties for sewing thread. It tends to go brittle over time, discolors (yellows), and has low heat tolerance. Nylon melts at approximately 400 degrees F. Although most irons do not have a numerical temperature setting, many irons can melt nylon when set at medium or high heat.

The preferred material for monofilament thread is polyester. Polyester does not discolor, go brittle, or have a low melting point. Polyester melts at the 480 to 510 degree Fahrenheit range and most irons stay well below this temperature up to the medium heat setting.

Our MonoPoly monofilament invisible thread is 100% polyester, thus the name, Monofilament Polyester.

Another caution: Watch out for monofilament threads labeled as 100% Polyamide. That may lead us to believe it is polyester but polyamide is the chemical word for nylon. Dishonest labeling? No. Misleading? Yes.

Be safe and stay with polyester when using monofilament threads.
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Just For Laughs

SUCCESS:
At age 4 success is . . . . . Not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . . Having friends.
At age 17 success is . . . . Having a driver's license.
At age 35 success is . . . . Having money.
At age 50 success is . . . . Having money..
At age 70 success is . . . . Having a driver’s license
At age 75 success is . . . . Having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . . Not piddling in your pants.
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Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way;
BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.

Have a wonderful day with many *smiles

Upcoming Events

November 10 - 12, 2011 - West Palm Beach
World Quilt Show - Florida III, featuring the
2011 World Quilt Competition XV - On Tour
Website: www.worldquilt.com

November 11 & 12, 2011 - Davenport This year will be the bi-ennial "Horse Creek Festival" in the Historic District of Davenport. Julie Mainor will be our feature quilter for this event. Her Florida Quilt Trunk show FLORIDA QUILT COLLAGE will be presented Fri. Nov. 11th at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm and Sat. Nov. 12th at 11:00 am. Julie will be located near Grandma Emiline's Front Porch tea room, 28 Market Street Fellowship Hall (tea room will offer old Florida recipes from Emiline Bowen's decedents and will be served with stories by some of the pioneer's family members).
For lunch tickets in advance call Sue 863-289-8648
The bi-ennial Quilts and Tea Festival will be Nov. 2012For additional information www.quiltsandtea.com or www.mydavenport.org Accommodations: www.visitcentralflorida.org

January 13 & 14, 2012 - North Fort Myers NEW LOCATION Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild (Fort Myers) presents Florida Celebrates Quilts “America Quilts:Traditions & Innovations” Over 200 Quilts on Display, judged, Special Exhibit “Veterans Quilts” judged and announcement of the receiver. Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pmGrace Community Center, 4151 Hancock Bridge Pkway., North Fort Myers, corner of Hancock and Orange Grove Blvd.Website: www.swfqg.com

See Raffle Quilt http://www.ssqa.org/images/raffle/1201sfqg.htm

March 2 & 3, 2012 - Largo NEW LOCATION Suncoast Quilting Circle of St. Petersburg presents Today's Pleasures ... Tomorrow's Treasures XIV, a Quilt Show held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo. Boutique, vendors, charity quilt, silent mini quilt auction, quilters walk auction, quilt appraisals, make'n'take activity. Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm. $6 entry fee or $10 for 2 days. Contact: Barbara This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .comwebsite: http://suncoastquiltingcircle.orgSee Raffle Quilt

March 2 & 3, 2012 – Lakeland - Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild present "Quilts by the Lake" at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 3 & 4, 2012 – Naples
Naples Quilters Guild - Stitches in Time held at Community School of Naples13275 Livingston Road, Naples 34109
Juried show with over 200 quilts, boutique, vendors, demos, door prizes, small quilt auction, quilt raffle, quilt appraisals Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm
Auction Sunday 2-4pm
Admission $7
Contact: Deb This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
website: http://www.naplesquiltersguild.com/

March 9 - 11, 2012 – Hudson
West Pasco Quilters' Guild, Inc. presents their 2012 Biennial Quilt Show - A Celebration Of Quilts. Veterans Park Complex, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Hours: Friday/Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4. Donation $6, Multi-Day $10. Over 400 quilts on display, Guild boutique - silent auction, A LIVE Large Quilt Auction on Sunday, FREE lectures & trunk shows, MANY VENDORS! Great food - door prizes - kids' activities
website: www.westpascoquilters.org

March 9 - 10, 2012 - Melbourne Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Club of Satellite Beach proudly presents “Timeless Treasures” Quilt Show 10 am until 5 pm, Friday and Saturday at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. The Opportunity Quilt “Celestial Celebrations” to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Brevard County. There will be 300+ judged quilts and displays of wearable art, lectures and quilting demonstrations, vendors and club boutique, silent auctions, and door prizes. Certified quilt appraisals by Nan Moore. Entry donation is $7.00.
Contact: Helen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.seasidepiecemakers.com

March 16 & 17, 2012 - New Smyrna Beach
Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild present "Rings of Love" 1210 Mission Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Admission $7.00 Friday 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm.
Judge Quilt Show, Boutique, venders, quilt appraisals, Demos, 7 raffle Baskets, Box lunch available.

March 31 & April 1, 2012 – Venice
Venice Area Quilters Guild presents Quilting by the Gulf XIV Quilt Show at the Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice.
Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun 10-5. Admission $7 or $12 for both days; 200+ traditional, contemporary, art quilts. Giant boutique, tea room with proceeds to cancer research, merchant mall, silent auctions of small quilts and quilt block sets, appraisals, raffle quilt, door prizes. Group rates and bus parking available.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 941-488-6875 or 941-408-9572
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October Meeting Program

The program for October will be presented by Teddy Pruett. The following is her bio which is posted on her web site.
www.teddypruett.com

I've studied quilt and textile history for over twenty years and received my certification as an appraiser by the American Quilter's Society in 1994. I passed rigorous written and oral examinations and demonstrated knowledge of three hundred years of textile history, dye processes, fabric printing methods, patterns, construction techniques, regional variations, market values, and various other factors that influence the value of a quilt. I've appraised literally thousands of quilts.

I uphold the Program’s Code of Ethical Practices, and appraisals are prepared in accordance with USPAP standards and guidelines. I travel nationwide to study and remain current with the very latest in quilt scholarship.

People tell me I have a “down home” sense of humor and relaxed, unpretentious Southern style, but my lectures reveal an extensive knowledge of quilt and textile history - and I bring REAL QUILTS! Lots of quilts. Audience participation is encouraged - I love it when folks jump right in and get involved. Great fun is to be expected!

As for the at-home me, by the time I've said "hi" you will know I am a true southern chick. Fortunately, I was born into a military family and have lived and traveled worldwide so I hope my opinions and attitudes don't suffer from regionalism. I love life and try to appreciate every day to its fullest, even those days that are so horrible I 'shoulda stood in bed.' I still have dreams, lots of them. If I wasn't already older than dirt, I'd love to study the history of architecture. One of the greatest thrills of travel is studying buildings - from the mightiest cathedral to the most humble home. I'd love to study Material Culture - quilts are a perfect example of that. I want to study the entire history of the Scots-Irish, particularly their contribution to the southern United States.

I adore outsider art, the more primitive the better. But it can't be "pretend" folk art, it has to be real. I want to learn to speak Spanish, I want to be a serious photographer - black and white preferred - and I want to write books. I could fill pages with the things on my "bucket list" but real life tends to get in my way. I love the Beatles and I'd like to write an article about WHY I still love them. John Lennon's statement "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" is a daily reality.

I love dogs, the bigger the better. I love friendships that exist without constant nurturing - that just "are." I can't imagine life without trees - enormous old oaks, dripping with moss, and Weeping WIllows with branches tickling pond water. Needless to say, I could keep going here.............

Amendment to our By-Laws

The board has discussed and voted on an amendment to our by-laws regarding our membership dues. This amendment will be brought before the guild membership at the October meeting for a vote to approve or not. The proposed amendment is as follows:

The membership dues for new members who join after February 1 in a guild year which is August 1 thru July 31, will be $15.

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Things to Bring to Guild

- Show and Tell

- Sympathy Block for Marcella Smullen

- Library books

- Charity quilts

- Retreat payment

- Check for “Arrowhead” Class

- 20- 6” Halloween colors/prints squares for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)

- Boutique donations

October Birthday Girls

1 Barbara Ivan
3 Pat Gispert
4 Lucille Monroe
5 Dawn DeCeasare
7 Ruby Perry
12 Roseanne Westenzweig
14 Nancy Lewis
16 Audrey Gantous
16 Michele Soptei
17 Cindy Parker
21 Cindy Bailey
26 Judy De Paul

Workshops

Claudia and Nancy's Arrowhead class is being held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 from 9-3. There are still some openings for this class and the cost is $15. It takes 21 fat quarters for this quilt. Additional instructions will be sent to you if you are interested in taking the class. This will be the last class until after the holidays, with the exception of the all day sew in November. Contact Roseanne Westenzweig @ 380-3606 for any questions.

Thank you,
Roseanne Westenzweig
(813) 380-3606

SEWcialize
Come SEWcialize with us on Saturday November 5th at FUMC Social Hall. The hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the cost is only $10 and you get coffee in the morning and pizza for dinner. Bring your own projects to work on...sign up at the next meeting. ONLY 10 spaces remain.

Claudia Ingram

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Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline

Marcella Smullen has recently lost her son. I ask each of our members to remember Marcella in this difficult time and to express your condolences by bringing a Sympathy Block for her to the October meeting.

Thanks.
Aveline
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Membership Info

Andrea Wolper will be distributing the new Guild Membership Directory at the October meeting. If you didn’t get your dues paid by September 15, your name won’t be in the directory and guild members will have a harder time knowing how to reach you.

From Our Treasurer’s

Piecemakers, please remember that the correct name of our guild is Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon. When you write a check please use the correct name or PMQG...when you write Brandon Piecemakers we have to change it for the bank.

Thanks so much! Claudia and Nancy

Retreat News

January 26 - 29, 2012
I am collecting money for reservations at the January retreat.
Please remember all money is due by the November meeting.

Sandi Pratt
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Quarterly Block

Dani Sawtelle has the Christmas block available so see her at the meeting and pick up your info so you can participate in the “glitzy block”.
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Community Projects – Christmas Stockings

Don’t forget to be working on your Christmas stockings and buying items to stuff your stockings. Remember that we would also like to collect sweaters or outer wear that is new or gently used. This year we will be collecting them at our November guild meeting.

Brandon NICU Quilts

These 36” square quilts will fulfill your guild obligation for a donation quilt.

Getting to Know You

A new guild member is Marsha Stowers Riddle. Marsha is a native Brandonite – how many of us can say that? She has worked in accounting and has been a mom to her 3 children and now has 4 grandchildren. She has been quilting for 20 years and says that she is a hand quilter and has never quilted by machine. WOW! She is also a master gardener. Welcome Marsha!


Quilt Show Info

2012 Quilt Show Categories

The categories for quilt show entries are posted on the web site but are also attached along with this newsletter for your convenience.

2012 Quilt Show Entry Rules

The rules for entering quilts in the 2012 Quilt Show are posted on the web site but are also attached along with this newsletter for your convenience.

2012 Quilt Show Silent Auction


Pat Dunlap has donated the first quilt for the Quilt Show silent auction & it's a cutie! Now we need lots more quilts to keep it company. Any style, shape or theme is great - the more variety we have the better. This is a great way to use up a stray block or stretch your creative wings. Please keep track of the how much time you spend on your donation quilt - we will list that info on the bid sheet to help people better understand how much time/effort goes into one of these beauties. Thank you in advance for your talent!

Michele Soptei

2012 Quilt Show Opportunity Quilt

Hello all! I have packets ready to make individual blocks for the Quilt Show opportunity quilt. I have included pre-cut strips & instructions - you will need to add some material from your stash in order to complete the block. The pattern uses 48 blocks & several borders. I will have the packets available at the October meeting.

Michele Soptei

Gramma’s Attic Window News
(Boutique for the Quilt Show)

Thank you for your continued support of the monthly charm squares! We are collecting quite a stash of wonderful squares! At the October meeting we will be collecting Halloween colors and prints. For you newcomers – we are cutting 20 - 6” squares in different monthly colors and putting them in a plastic bag. Turn them in on meeting night and you’ll receive a little spool of thread to pin on your nametag.

October is “Adopt-A-Bear” month. For all of you who took home a bear to embellish this is the meeting to bring them all in for show and tell. We have had a sneak peak at a few and you won’t believe how adorable they are!

Sandy and I will be at each meeting at 6:00 sharp so you can turn in your boutique items and also to check out the new ideas and patterns we have for you. Be sure and share your ideas with us too and let us know what you’re working on. When you turn in boutique items don’t forget to put your name on a ticket and place it in the pickle jar. We will begin drawings in January!

See you at the meeting!
Sandy Pratt and Pam Johnson

Board Meeting Reminder

The next board meeting will be October 24, 6:30 pm at Gayle’s home.

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FYI

I’m sharing my email from Alma Sue’s Quilt Shop in Sarasota about their upcoming sale:

HELP...We Need Space
FABRIC CLEARANCE Monday Oct. 3
until.......gone


Annual Fabric Culling: You know we do this every fall. We take a hard look at what is on the floor, reset percentages of the kinds of fabric we want for the new season, then get rid of the fabric that exceeds our target allotment. It helps us keep our inventory down to that magic number of bolts. No, we do not want to become the Rainbow's End of Sarasota! Too much fabric is way too hard for us to manage properly. So, your good fortune, especially in this economy, we are seriously CLEARING OUT lots of bolts. Bolts will start at the price of $7.50 a yard, price will decrease each week by 50 cents. These bolts are all marked with a GREEN sticker. This annual culling begins MONDAY, Oct. 3, and will continue until all the clearance bolts are gone, or until we say HALT! We are determined not to have our carpenter build more fabric racks. We desperately need more manufacturing space and classroom space.....and we need to find it without expanding into the next suite.

Quilts On Plum Lane in Dade City are having a 25% off sale for seasonal fabrics with a coupon in October, and in November the first bolt of seasonal fabric cut for the day will be 25% off . On December 27 they have a 30% off storewide sale.

Upcoming Events

World Quilt Show Florida III
November 10-12, 2011
Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
www.worldquilt.com

AQS Quilt Shows & Contests
March 14-17, 2012
Lancaster, PA

April 25-28, 2012
Paducah, KY

August 22-25, 2012
Grand Rapids, MI

October 3-6, 2012
Des Moines, IA
www.AmericanQuilter.com

September Newsletter

President’s Message
Hello Piecemakers,
Fall is my favorite time of the year, I love the bright colors and clear crisp days that we experienced in Virginia where I was born and raised. However I have lived in Florida for more than half of my life and we do not have such a lovely season. I can only dream of it and start a new quilt with my favorite colors. We have some exciting things coming up, Leigh McDonald will teach a class and present a lecture at our meeting in September. Teddy Pruitt, will be here in October for a lecture. We are also gearing up for the quilt show and we need everyone’s help to make it a success. You will have many opportunities to share your special talents and skills.
Gayle

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September Meeting Program
The program will be presented by Leigh E.McDonald of Coral Springs, Florida. She has been sewing since Junior High School, but did not discover quilting until 1990 when she took a hand piecing class at a local quilt shop. After moving to Ohio, she entered her first quilt in an area quilt show in 1994 where it received Judge's Choice and thus started her quilting career.
She began teaching beginning quilt classes in 1995 and has been teaching quilting ever since. Her classes are based on traditional techniques, but emphasize color, inventiveness and imagination. She likes to enable her students to try new techniques or ideas successfully.
Her latest adventure is authoring a book on quilting with circles. This book came out in July of 2008. It was a long process, beginning in November of 2004.

Leigh moved to Coral Springs Florida in 2009 and is still discovering new places to see, to eat, and new birds to discover! As a fiber artist, quilting instructor and pattern designer, she seeks inspiration for her designs from the world around her. Her work is influenced by nature; birds, animals or landscapes often appear. She uses a variety of techniques; such as hand painted and dyed fabric, hand and machine embroidery, beading, and collage. Her work has been juried into numerous shows across the United States and graces public and private collections. You won’t want to miss her presentation or her workshop.
www.adventuresinquiting.com

Upcoming Workshops
September 12 we will have a workshop called "Adventures in Circles" by Leigh McDonald. The class will start at 9 AM and is currently full. Questions should be directed to Roseanne Westenzweig @ (813) 380-3606.
www.adventuresinquiting.com

Our own Claudia Ingram & Nancy Mitchell will present a class called “Arrowhead” on October 22 at 9 AM and there are still openings for this class. You can see a sample at the Sept. meeting and sign up for $15.

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Things to Bring to Guild

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

$25. For Guild Membership Dues

20- 6” Fall colors & prints squares for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)

Quarterly Block - Chain Chain Chain (Due this meeting Sept.)

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September Birthday Girls
4 Cathy Rebhun
5 Helen Keen
17 Shelly Harrell
20 Sandy Harbison
21 Jenny Bruggeman
27 Sassy Walter
30 Gayle Rudacille

RETREAT NEWS – January 26-29, 2012

Deposits for the January 26th-29th retreat will begin at the September meeting.
The Non-refundable deposit of $50.00 will hold your reservation. All moneys
will be due at the November meeting. No exceptions. We have 24 cabin beds and 32 youth dorm beds available. See me at the meeting to reserve your spot!

Quarterly Block

There is a correction to the quarterly block, Chain Chain Chain. When cutting the two different colors, cut 3) 3 ½ by 6 ½ inch blocks of each color. The original directions said 3 ½ by 6 inch.
The quarterly block is due at the September meeting.

Quilt Show Info
Gramma's Attic Window News: (For all you newcomers this is the name for Boutique Shop at the 2012 Quilt Show)

A great big THANK YOU to all of you who adopted a bear at the last meeting. We can't wait to see what you do to make your bear special at the October meeting! Also, we received over forty bags of 6" squares for August! WOW! Just a reminder -don't forget to bring your 6" squares for the September meeting - the colors for this month are Fall colors and prints. Go through you stash and see what you come up with - and then, just think, you will have room to go buy more fabric!

If you would like to join a "Quilt Bee for the Quilt Show" see Sandi and I at the meeting. We have several gals who have already signed up and we will help you get started.

We will again bring several ideas for projects to make along with patterns and samples. As we are hearing of some of the neat things you are making we are sure "Gramma's Attic Window" will be THEEE place to shop for your holiday gifts and decorations! See you all at the meeting!

Sandi Pratt and Pam Johnson

Each of you is asked to bring a donation of 20-6" fabric squares in a baggie. Each month will be a different color:

September 2011, Fall colors and prints
October 2011, Halloween colors and prints
November 2011, Browns and Blacks
December 2011, Christmas colors and prints
January 2012, Blues
February 2012, Pinks and Reds
March 2012, Purples
April 2012, Spring colors and prints
May 2012, Batiks
June 2012, Whites and Cremes
July 2012, Red, White, and Blue colors and prints
August 2012, Novelties

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Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting Reminder

The board meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at Gayle Rudacille’s home.

Secret Sister Reveal Dinner

We are going to have our annual dinner and reveal who our Secret Sisters were for the year:
Date: September 7th, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Cheddars Restaurant
11135 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, FL
813-653-7770

Please bring your final gift for your Secret Sister and let her know who you were.

I am certain all of you know where this restaurant is but just in case, it is directly in front of JoAnn’s (and I know all of you know where that is) on Causeway.

If you are unable to attend please get your final gift to someone who can bring it for you. I hope all of you can attend. In the past this has been a fun event. Just a footnote, sometimes the person receiving also brings a gift for the person who has been good to them all year, not necessary or part of the program but I know I have had a great Secret Sister and I want to reward her with a Thank you gift. Just an FYI in case you would want to.

Please RSVP by Sept. 1st - Cindy Parker
Cell 813-493-1273 (Please leave me a voice mail if I am unable to answer.)

Thanks for playing and hope you have enjoyed “Secret Sister” this year.

Membership Info

Guild membership renewals or new memberships must be done by September 15 to be included in the 2011-2012 Membership Directory . The dues are $25. And can be paid to Andrea Wolper at the Sept. 12 meeting or mailed to her at 807 Centerwood Ct., Brandon, FL 33511.

Contact Andrea also if you are interested in being a corporate sponsor for the guild. Your company info will be listed in the guild membership directory.

Christmas Stockings

We will again be making and filling Christmas stockings that will go to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Dept. to be handed out to children in need by deputies from their patrol cars and also to school children that may not get anything else for Christmas. This year we will be collecting them at our November meeting and now is the time to start buying items to fill your stockings. School supplies are still on sale and make good fillers. Other suggestions include socks, sweaters, mittens, toothbrush, toys, puzzles, books, or perhaps make a special pillowcase. Please remember, no candy or food items due to possible allergy problems.

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FYI
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For those of you with a smart phone, you can go to the Android marketplace, search JoAnn and it will come up as JoAnn 5th finger, download and coupons will come to your phone.

For Your Education

The following is from Superior Threads June 2011 Newsletter and used with permission fro Bob Purcell.

wwwsuperiorthreads.com.

How much thread does it take to quilt a quilt? It depends on the size of the quilt and the type of quilting to be done. Everyone’s technique is different so the following are only averages. Of course it is possible to use much more or much less thread. These numbers are for the top thread only.

Light Medium Heavy
Lap/Crib 200 yds 400 yds 600 yds
Twin 400 yds 800 yds 1200 yds
Queen 600 yds 1000 yds 1600 yds
King 800 yds 1400 yds 2000 yds


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Kelley’s Laws for Quilters by Helen Kelley

Helen was a quiltmaker, lecturer, and teacher who lived in Minnesota and passed away a few years back. The following is from her article in “Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine” May, 1983. These “laws” still hold true today!

First Law
The woman in the line ahead of you at the store will buy the last half yard of the fabric you wanted.

Second Law
If you use up your favorite fabric today, it will be exactly what you will need to finish tomorrow’s project.

Third Law
When ironing any unknown fabric with a hot iron, you will discover that it has a polyester content.

Fourth Law
The quilt book you put in a safe place for quick reference will be lost forever.

Fifth Law
When a bad seam is sewn a second tie, it will always be worse than the first.

Sixth Law
When sewing one more seam before going to bed, you will catch your elbow in the I dish.

Seventh Law
The burr on your scissors blade will fall exactly at the plac where precidion is most important.

Eighth Law
a 12” block will always measure 12 ½” on one side and 11 ¾” on the opposite side.

Ninth Law
The distance a spool of thread will roll under the quilting frame is equal to the length of your arm plus one inch.

Tenth Law
When you have pricked your finger with a quilting needle, you will always assume that the prick is not eep enough to bleed on your white fabric.

Eleventh Law
A lost quilting needle is a misery in the foot.

Twelfth Law
The joy of each day is directly proportionate to the hours spent in quilting.

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Sew-cialize Saturday November 5th.

Come join your Piecemaker sewing buddies for an all-day sew in. The social hall at FUMC will be available from 8 a.m. - 8p.m. Only 20 spots are available for sewers with sewing machines.....there is room for a few hand sewers too. $10 gets you coffee, pizza for dinner, and lots of fun. Sign up with Claudia at September's meeting. Don't get left out...sign up quickly and get a jump start on your Christmas projects!

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Classified Section - For Sale

Janome 760

This is the small Janome everyone wants to have. Light weight and can go to quilt retreats very easily. The machine has been only been used at about 4 retreats and was in the closet resting the rest of the time. A new one runs about $700. I am selling mine for $450. Call my cell phone 813-245-0648 for information about the machine.

Kathy Comer

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Getting To Know You

A new member to our guild is Pam Schweitzer. She recently moved to Florida from Washington DC area and is now retired after working for Frito-Lay as an Administrative Assistant. She has 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and in addition to quilting, she enjoys painting, crocheting, and traveling. She first started quilting about 30 years ago but says it became a true hobby about 15 years ago.

We also welcome Diane T. See to our guild. Diane was born and raised in New Bedford, MA but has lived in California, Africa, Vermont, Maine, and Buenos Aires. She has 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy), and also enjoys reading, cross stitch, and embroidery. She started quilting in 1980 after falling in love with a quilt in the library window and loves all styles of quilting. Diane is a longarm quilter.

Another new member is Donna Della Pia who comes originally from New York. Her occupation is a Registered Nurse, and her hobbies include sewing, baking, crafts, and reading. She has been quilting 1 year and got started by taking a quilt class.

Welcome also to Theresa Henshaw, also a Registered Nurse, who is originally from Stroudsburg, PA. Theresa has 3 stepchildren, and hobbies that include reading, cooking, and NASCAR. Theresa credits Donna with getting her into quilting a year ago.

Welcome ladies and we hope you will take a class or participate in some of the guild functions so we can all get to know you better!
Following is the budget for 2011-12 that was passed by the board of directors. This budget will be voted on at the September meeting. Please keep in mind that the revenue and expenses in this budget are the best estimates available at this time. If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Claudia Ingram 689-9172 or Nancy Mitchell 684-9786 prior to the September meeting.

BUDGET ITEM

PROPOSED 2011-12 REVENUE

PROPOSED 2011-12 EXPENSE

Membership

2850

109

Corporate Sponsors

125

 

Flea Market/Auction

500

 

Opportunity Quilt

 

 

Monthly Opportunity

0

 

Quarterly Block

100

100

Christmas Party

1000

1000

Workshops

3000

3000

Retreats

16500

16500

Charitable Projects

 

175

Contingency

 

100

Dept. of Agriculture

 

10

Dept. of State

 

61

Membership Directory

 

300

Donations

 

500

Dues (SSQA,NQA,AQS)

 

100

Historian

 

50

Hospitality

 

125

Library

 

200

Newsletter

 

 

Officer Expenses/Bank Fees

 

50

P.O. Box Rental/Postage

 

70

Programs/Speakers

 

4000

FUMC Room Usage

 

1100

Sunshine Fund

 

25

Website

 

200

Bus Trip

1300

1300

Challenge

 

200

Opportunity Quilt

2300

200

Quilt Show

2300

500

TOTAL

29975

29975

August Newsletter

President’s Message
Hello Piecemakers,

We are completing a wonderful and eventful year, quilt show, great speakers and fun retreats. August is the first month of our new year and we have lots of projects and classes coming up. The big thing is the preparation for the quilt show that will be held in Oct 2012, this requires the support and work from all members. Various committees will begin their plans and members will be asked to help make the show a success. Please be ready to say yes to committee heads who need your help.

I want to thank the officers, board members and committee heads for their hard work during the past year. They have helped me in serving as your president; I could not have done this job without their support and advice when I need it.

A reminder that I will be out of town for our regular board meeting in July and plan to have a board meeting at 5:45 pm before the monthly meeting in August.

See you in August, Gayle


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August Meeting Program
Installation of New Officers

September Meeting Program

The program will be presented by Leigh McDonald of Coral Springs, Florida. She has been sewing since Junior High School, but did not discover quilting until 1990 when she took a hand piecing class at a local quilt shop. After moving to Ohio, she entered her first quilt in an area quilt show in 1994 where it received Judge's Choice and thus started her quilting career.

She began teaching beginning quilt classes in 1995 and has been teaching quilting ever since. Her classes are based on traditional techniques, but emphasize color, inventiveness and imagination. She likes to enable her students to try new techniques or ideas successfully.

Her latest adventure is authoring a book on quilting with circles. This book came out in July of 2008. It was a long process, beginning in November of 2004.

Leigh moved to Coral Springs Florida in 2009 and is still discovering new places to see, to eat, and new birds to discover! As a fiber artist, quilting instructor and pattern designer, she seeks inspiration for her designs from the world around her. Her work is influenced by nature; birds, animals or landscapes often appear. She uses a variety of techniques; such as hand painted and dyed fabric, hand and machine embroidery, beading, and collage. Her work has been juried into numerous shows across the United States and graces public and private collections. You won’t want to miss her presentation or her workshop.
www.adventuresinquiting.com

Workshops

September 12 we will have a workshop called "Adventures in Circles" by Leigh McDonald. Learn the latest tricks for cutting and sewing circles! Check out her web site at www.adventuresinquilting.com and be ready to sign up for her class at the August meeting as this will be the only guild meeting before her class and we want to have a good showing.

Learn more about the class and cost at the August meeting and watch the website for further info.

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Things to Bring to Guild

“Secret Sis” gift

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

$25. For Guild Membership Dues

Sunshine Block for Jim Ethington

Sympathy Block for Rita Mancini

20- 6” yellow/gold fabric squares for Granny’s Attic Window (Quilt Show Boutique)

Quarterly Block - Chain Chain Chain (Due in Sept.)

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August Birthday Girls
3 Betty McGue
3 Gail Palmer
11 Shari Gillis
11 Sarah Nelson
15 Betty Lucas
18 Andrea Wolper
22 Linda Lammers
27 Kim Brewer
28 Barbara Hultman
28 Jayne Torres

Opportunity Quilt

Ladies,
Please contact me if you are able and interested in doing the hand applique on the opportunity quilt. We have the borders cut and ready. The vine, berries, and leaves are cut out and ready. Currently working on the flowers so all we need is your needle and thread to get these applique borders finished.

We need your help.

Thank you,
Kathy Coryn


RETREAT NEWS!


I will be demonstrating a Luggage Tag at the retreat! If you would like to make one, I will have a kit of the supplies to make one luggage tag. The kits will be $1.00 each. You will need to bring a fat quarter of fabric and matching thread. If you would like to see the pattern and buy it, emaiol This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This is a great pattern and easy to order on line. She will send you a PDF pattern. I will be bringing some samples to show off. A great item for the boutique and make ahead Christmas gifts.

All retreat moneys are due at the August meeting. If anyone needs directions to the retreat please call me at 685-0729.

REMEMBER TO BRING: umbrella, flashlight, extension cords, and all your sewing supplies. See you there!

Sandi Pratt

Quilt Show Info
2012 Quilt Show Silent Auction

Hello everyone! If you wanted to be the 1st person to donate a quilt to the silent auction for our 2012 Quilt Show, you are out of luck! Our show chairwoman Pat Dunlap has beaten you to the punch & donated an adorable teddy bear & bee quilt. It has wonderful details & is a very nice size for a child - I'm sure it's going to bring a high price! Now we need lots more quilts of all sizes, shapes, colors & themes to keep it company. Had a wonderful assortment of quilts last year & were able to cut a very nice check to charity - we want to do even better this year! Please consider making a quilt for our silent auction. The only rule we have is that the quilt be no smaller than 12" on a side. It can be any color, shape or theme. Please keep track of how many hours you put into your quilt or anything special about it because we will use that info to let the bidders know how valuable these "original pieces of fabric art" really are! This is a great way to use up UFO blocks or try a new technique. Or stick with your favorite method to make one up quick! Thanks very much Pat for getting us started & thank you in advance ladies!

Michele Soptei

GRANDMA'S ATTIC WINDOW BOUTIQUE NEWS

Sandy and I are having such fun planning for the 2012 Quilt Show Boutique and are anxious to share our ideas with you. August begins our monthly collection of Charm Square packets. Each of you is asked to bring a donation of 20-6" fabric squares in a baggie. The August packet selection is: Yellows and Golds. Many of you have reported going through your stash and sorting the various months’ colors, cutting them in 6" squares and are already several months ahead! Yea! You are really on top of things!

August is also "Adopt a Bear" month. We have about 16 Boyd’s Bears who desperately need a quilt to hold or a new outfit to wear. You could adopt one as a group project and work together, or as a solo project. We ask that they be turned in by the October meeting when we will have a "My favorite bear contest". All participants’ names will be placed in the "Big Jar" for our monthly award drawing for participation.

At the last guild meeting Sandy showed you samples of framed quilt blocks. Please search your quilt room for UFO' of finished quilt blocks that could be donated for framing. These can be any size single block. To go along with this project, we are looking for square picture frames you no longer need and would like to donate. And finally, we will come with some ideas for you to begin and we welcome your ideas and suggestions for items you would like to see in the Boutique.

Our major goal for obtaining items for the Boutique is through small groups gathering together once or twice a month to make things for "Grandma's Attic Window". Some of you already have "Bee" groups and meet on a regular basis. Others have expressed the desire to form such a group. This would be a great opportunity to begin new "QB's" for the "QS" (Quilting Bee's for the Quilt Show). Put out a signup sheet and welcome some of the new members to join you and long after the quilt show you will have wonderful new friendships. One group I know is planning on inviting at least one or two new members to join their existing group. This could be a great way to meet and greet and make our guild a warm and inviting place to be. See you at the August meeting.

Sandy Pratt and Pam Johnson

Quarterly Block

There is a correction to the quarterly block, Chain Chain Chain. When cutting the two different colors, cut 3) 3½ by 6½ inch blocks of each color. The original directions said 3½ by 6 inch.

The quarterly block is not due until the September meeting.

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Sunshine Kennedy News from Aveline

If you did not bring your blocks last month, please bring a Sympathy block for Rita Mancini, which will be put together and quilted by Roseanne Westenzweig and donated to Hospice.

Also bring a Sunshine block for Jim Ethington who has a serious bike accident and is home recovering.


Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.


Upcoming Events

Estate Sale

There will be an estate sale on August 5-6 from 10-4 at 3415 Almeria in Tampa. There are quilts, fabrics of all kinds, trims, patterns, quilting tools, etc. The fabrics are priced in bundles and I hear that there is a lot of stuff. You may want to check this out!.

Board Meeting Reminder

There will be a board meeting at 5:45 pm before the August guild meeting.

Secret Sister Reveal Dinner

We are going to have our annual dinner and reveal who our Secret Sisters were for the year:

September 7th, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Cheddars Restaurant
11135 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, FL
813-653-7770

Please bring your final gift for your Secret Sister and let her know who you were.

I am certain all of you know where this restaurant is but just in case, it is directly in front of JoAnn’s (and I know all of you know where that is) on Causeway.

If you are unable to attend please get your final gift to someone who can bring it for you. I hope all of you can attend. In the past this has been a fun event. Just a footnote, sometimes the person receiving also brings a gift for the person who has been good to them all year, not necessary or part of the program but I know I have had a great Secret Sister and I want to reward her with a Thank you gift. Just an FYI in case you would want to.

Please RSVP by Sept. 1st - Cindy Parker
Cell 813-493-1273 (Please leave me a voice mail if I am unable to answer.)

Thanks for playing and hope you have enjoyed “Secret Sister” this year.

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Membership Info

Our guild year starts anew in August so don’t forget to renew your membership which is $25. It’s a good time to recruit new members also, so bring all your non-member friends! Don’t forget that you need to renew/join no later than the September meeting in order to be included in the 2011-2012 Membership Directory. See Andrea Wolper for any questions.

FYI INFO

Thread Terminology:

Thread is made by spinning staple fibers into one long strand or cord. A strand is called a “ply”. Two or more of the strands are twisted together to make the thread, for a 2-ply or a 3-ply. When the strands are twisted, they are twisted clockwise. This is supposed to give a better performing thread during sewing.

A longer staple fiber used to spin the strand makes a stronger and higher quality thread. Cotton staple fibers vary in length from 1 to 2 inches. I remember when shopping for bed sheets, my mother always looked for “pima” cotton because she said it was the best. Turns out that USA grown pima staple fibers are the longest at about 1 and ½ inches. Egyptian cotton staple fibers are about 1 and ¼ inch long.

Synthetic fibers are cut into length of 4 to 5 inches, then are spun together to form the thread. Synthetic material can also be extruded; that is, pushed or forced out through small hole to form one continuous filament or strand. When polyester, rayon, or nylon is made this way, it is called a “monofilament thread.”

If the thread is extruded through a hole shaped in a triangle instead of a round hole, it makes a “trilobal” polyester thread. E irregular sides help to catch and reflect light to add character to your quilting or embroidery. Sometimes 2 of the trilobal strands are twisted together (2-ply). Trilobal polyester threads may be used for machine embroidery instead of rayon threads. Advantages over rayon thread are: the poly thread is colorfast and will not bleed: the poly thread has stretch and won’t break as easily; the poly thread is stronger than rayon.

To add texture to synthetic thread, after extruding, the strands can be crimped when twisting together 2 or more filaments. This makes “wooly” nylon thread used in a serger. The crimping adds bulk and creates elasticity. Cut off a strand of wooly nylon and pull it. You will see it has quite a bit of stretch. The bulk created by crimping helps to over the fabric edge when making a rolled hem in a serger. If you are using the thread on a product that will be washed frequently (like napkins), the caveat is the bulk from wooly nylon can snag and pill so your rolled hem edge doesn’t look so neat after several washings.

Regular serger thread is extruded in round holes and not crimped. It is sold on tubes or cones of 1,000 or 3,000 or 6,000 yards It is a finer strand than all purpose thread and has a special finish for high speed sewing. Generally it is a 2-ply thread but may also be a 3-ply. It is usually polyester but can also be cotton. The polyester 2-ply (50 weight) is my favorite for sewing because it does not bulk up the seam and it is strong with some stretch which is perfect for making t-shirt quilts and memory quilts from clothing.

Reprinted with permission from Ella Miller Toy for Alma Sue’s Quilt Store Newsletter, May, 2011.

 

July Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Piecemakers,

How can it be July already? Time is flying by! Next month we install our officers, board members and committee heads for 2011-2012. Our big emphasis this coming year is preparing for the quilt show which will be held in Oct. 2012. The show committees are already beginning planning. There will be many opportunities for each of us to participate in making the show a success. You will learn more as time goes by. But it is most important that every member participate, it will take all of us. We want to put Brandon on the map with the best show in the area, one that people look forward to and support. We also have exciting programs and classes for the next year so be ready to participate in them.

Gayle


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Things to Bring to Guild

“Secret Sis” gift

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

Sympathy block for Rita Mancini

Sunshine block for Jim Ethington

$25 for guild membership renewal

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Trunk Show by Dani Sawtelle

Dani Sawtelle is a daughter of an internationally known Artist with a heart for all things quilting. This passion has been going on for 31 years. Taking many classes to add to her abilities, 13 years ago she expanded to include “Hand Guided Longarm Quilting” to her resume. Dani views each quilt as a work of art and feels it should be quilted with that creativity in mind. Five years ago, she started a pattern company, “No Beans About it”. With seventeen patterns so far in her catalog that are fun and fast using a strip piecing method.

Nancy’s Notions, Clotilde and multiple Quilt Shops now carry her patterns.

We will also be voting for guild officers and committee chairs and the proposed slate is as follows:

President - Gayle Rudacille
Vice President - Jane Beck
Secretary - Cindy Petersen
Co-Treasurers - Nancy Mitchell/Claudia Ingram
Parliamentarian - Dani Sawtelle
Membership - Andrea Wolper
Newsletter - Judy De Paul
Workshops - Roseanne Westenzweig
Board of Directors - Judy De Paul
Denise Hamilton
Carol Menard
Donna Whiting
Committee Chairs:
Bus Trip - Dawn Decesare & Cindy Parker
Challenge Quilt - Pat Gispert & Debbie Williams
Community Projects - Pat Dunlap
Concierge - Betty McGue
Historian - Jenny Brugerman
Hospitality - Dianne Bryant & Committee
Librarian - Jan Cole
Monthly Raffle - Lucy Chiacchia
Quarterly Block - Dani Sawtelle
Retreat -Sandi Pratt
Sunshine Blocks - Aveline Kennedy
Webmaster - Kim Brewer
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Membership Renewal

Andrea Wolper reminds us that August is the beginning of a new guild year so we need to renew our membership. Dues are $25 for the year and should be paid at the July, August, or September meeting to ensure being listed in the Membership Directory for 2000-2012. If any of your friends have considered joining, now is the time! Please be sure to complete the renewal form so your information is current. We often forget that we changed email addresses, or maybe you have a new cell phone no. to include, so please take the time to complete the form.

July Birthday Girls

8 Jan Cole
13 Jane Beck
19 Cindy Ackroyd
21 Dani Sawtelle
22 Beverly Higgins
28 Monda Herring
21 Inez Jason

Sunshine News from Aveline Kennedy

Rita Mancini, one of our long-arm quilters, passed away June 25. Please bring Sympathy blocks to the July meeting. Since Rita left no immediate family, Roseanne Westenzweig has offered to make a quilt from the blocks and to quilt it. It will then be presented to Hospice House from the Guild in honor of Rita‘s memory.

Jim Ethington had a bicycle accident June 27 and received severe facial injuries requiring reconstructive surgery. Please bring Sunshine Blocks for Jim to the July meeting.

Ladies . . . Sunshine, Sympathy and Farewell Blocks are all easy to make. Instructions are in the back of your Membership Book. We have over 100 members and it's embarrassing to present less than 20 or so blocks to a member who has been ill or is moving away or to survivors of a deceased member. So please remember to bring them. And since we do call on you often for Sunshine Blocks, why not make up a batch of these simple nine-patches to keep on hand? Thanks everyone!


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Opportunity Quilt


The Opportunity Quilt blocks have been sewn together. Now it is time to start appliqueing the borders.

The next planned workday will be July 13 and possibly the 14th if we need to continue on.

It will be at my home at 9:30 AM. Please call and let me know if you will be able to attend or are willing to do the hand work.

Thank you, Kathy Coryn 681-3697

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Piecemaker’s Harvest of Quilts – 2012

Yes, that’s the name selected by the committee for our next quilt show! More information will be coming soon regarding quilt show entries so you can get started on your quilts.

The Boutique will be called “Gramma’s Attic Window”, and Pam Johnson and Sandi Pratt, co-chairs, will give us ideas or share your ideas with them for items to be made. They do ask that you share your ideas with them before making the item in order to avoid duplication. Group projects will be announced in the future.

Sandi and Pam are also asking each of us to bring a donation of 20 – 6” squares in a baggie to our monthly meetings starting in August. Each person’s donation of baggie squares will have a chance at winning a Charm Square prize. Each baggie can be the same print or different prints of that month’s color.

The Fabric colors for each month are:

August 2011, Yellows and Golds
September 2011, Fall colors and prints
October 2011, Halloween colors an prints
November 2011, Browns and Blacks
December 2011, Christmas colors and prints
January 2012, Blues
February 2012, Pinks and Reds
March 2012, Purples
April 2012, Spring colors and prints
May 2012, Batiks
June 2012, Whites and Creams
July 2012, Red, White and Blue colors and prints
August 2012, Novelties
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Retreat Info

Retreat is almost here – August 11-14, so get your projects ready to go! Remember it’s better to have more projects that you will have time to work on than to run out of things to do. Although, your fellow “retreaters” would be happy to have help on their projects.

If you are staying in a youth cabin/dorm, you will need to bring your own sheets and pillowcase for a single bed and bring a quilt to dress up your bed. Mattress pad, pillow and blanket are provided. You will need to also bring your own towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, etc.

Items for everyone to bring are umbrella, flashlight, sweater/jacket if you get cold, fan if you get hot, extensions cord, Ott light, cell phone charger, medications, alarm clock if needed, and of course your sewing supplies. Some people even bring their own sewing chairs. You do NOT need to bring an iron as it is provided for us. In fact personal irons are discouraged as they often “pop” the breakers.

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FYI – Choosing a Needle Size

Most professionals recommend changing a regular needle every 6 to 8 hours or with every new project. Titanium-coated needles have changed this because they last 5 to 8 times longer than the standard needle. These needles have a microscopically thin coating of titanium nitride which makes the surface much more wear resistant than regular needles. Superior is the only company that has a titanium-coated topstitch style needle. The Topstitch style is recommended for most sewing applications.

-for 60 wt., monofilament, and #100 threads: use a #70/10 Topstitch needle
-for 50 wt. threads (piecing wt. threads): use a #80/12 Topstitch needle
-for 40 wt. threads (quilting and embroidery): use a #90/14 Topstitch needle
-for 30 wt. and heavier threads: use a #100/16 Topstitch needle

Reprinted from the Superior Threads Newsletter

FYI Info

ConKerr Cancer Organization

Have you heard about the ConKerr Cancer Organization that makes pillowcases for sick kids? An excerpt from their June Newsletter is reprinted below, and for more information go to www.conkerrtampabay.rr.com.
June 2011

Hi Everyone,

There is a LOT going on in the Tampa Bay Chapter. We received a large fabric donation from the eighth grade class at McKeel Academy...we sewed with the kids at All Children's...we received a grant...we are in the middle of a wonderful fundraiser, and we have three sewing events in June! Wow! Thanks to everyone that contributes to the ginormous success of our chapter. The children love the pillowcases!!

Have you seen the June issue of Family Circle magazine? There is a great article about ConKerr Cancer. Click Family Circle to read the article online.
We need you to help us spread the word so even more folks know about the Tampa Bay Chapter of ConKerr Cancer. We are asking you to forward this email to any of your friends or family members who might be interested in the activities of our chapter, either to volunteer with us or to support us. And please, when you forward the email, encourage them to sign up for our newsletters so they don't miss future happenings. There is always a subscribe link in the footer of every email. Just tell them to take a look and click the link.
We are so excited about our Thirty-One Fundraiser that we need another email to give you all the details. We try to respect your email inbox and not overload you with emails from us. But this is so exciting and has the potential for helping the chapter so much, we know you will forgive us for one more in the next week or so. Here is a link to information on our website to get you started, but look for another email with more details soon.

Again, thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Pillowcase smiles, Carol

Tampa Bay Drop Off Sites

Bernina Sewing Center, Tampa, FL Bernina Pfaff Sewing Center, Brandon, FL Patchwork Pig, Lakeland, FL
Fabric Warehouse, Lakeland, FL
Heartfelt Quilting & Sewing, Winter Haven, FL
Heart to Heart Fabrics & More, Winter Haven, FL
Alma Sue's Quilt Shop, Sarasota, FL P's & Q's Quilting, Haines City, FL
Deborah's Quilt Basket, Venice, FL
Heart to Heart Fabrics & More, Avon Park, FL
Dr. Vincent Bryan, Chiropractor, Clearwater, FL
Rainbow's End Quilt Shoppe, Dunedin, FL Quilter's Quarter's, Zephyrhills, FL
Quilts on Plum Lane, Dade City, FL
Sue's Bay Area Sewing, St. Petersburg, FL Sue's Bay Area Sewing, Palm Harbor, FL Cotton Patch Quilt Shop, Bradenton, FL Expert Sewing Center, Sarasota, FL
The Residence at Timber Pines -
Massage Zone, Spring Hill,
FL TOPS Sewing Center, Bradenton, FL Scrap and Sew, Lutz, FL

The following is reprinted from the Fons and Porter Newsletter.

Quilters Lose Everything in Tornado

The Town and Country Quilters of Joplin, MO lost everything, including their homes, in a recent and devastating tornado. This quilting group is known for donating many of their quilts to local charities, and could use your help to get started again. They need all tools and supplies restocked because their storage house was also destroyed. Gone are all of the supplies used in the making of charity quilts (rotary cutters, cutting mats, batting, fabric, etc.). If you or your quilt guild would like to donate items, please send them to guild member:

Gloria Park
2921 N. Hickory
Joplin, Missouri 64801

 

June Newsletter

President’s Message

Piecemakers,

Hello, summer is about to begin, lots of us will be traveling and visiting with friends and family. Our guild is starting the summer season off with a bang with Bonnie Hunter, a nationally known speaker and teacher who will be with us on Saturday, June 11 for a class and on Monday June 13 for a class and a trunk show/ lecture at our meeting. Our Monday evening meeting will be in the chapel because it holds a larger audience. Please come to hear Bonnie and bring your non member friends. There will be a charge of $10.00 for all nonmembers for that presentation.

The Quilt Show committee has had two meetings and creative plans are underway for our show in 2012. Please be available to help with any of the necessary jobs that must be completed for a successful show. Stay tuned for opportunities to help. The show is our big statement to the community about promoting quilting and the charities we support. See you at the meeting.


Gayle


June Birthday Girls

2 Janice Gorgoglione
6 Bunni Dion
12 Pat Dunlap
19 Jan Fox
21 Mary Ann Metz
28 Brenda Doggett
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Things to Bring to Guild

“Secret Sis” gift

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

Opportunity quilt completed blocks

Final retreat payment

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Membership Information

Andrea Wolper, membership chair, wants to remind everyone that it is almost time to renew our membership. Dues are $25 for the year which begins in August, but Andrea will accept payment starting in July. She asks that everyone renews by the September meeting in order to be included in the membership directory which she wants to distribute in October.

June Meeting - will be held in the Chapel and will be open to non-members for a fee of $10. The program will be a lecture/trunk show by Bonnie Hunter.
Bonnie K. Hunter is passionate about quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting became her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of “Needle in a Haystack!!” creating over 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel. Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into 7 languages, and sold around the globe through fabric stores.

But Quilting has always been Bonnie’s first love. She started machine quilting her quilts in 1988 and spent many years professionally long arm machine quilting for the public after purchasing her first long-arm machine in 1995. She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.

Bonnie is dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting. She enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the USA, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.

Her first book, Scraps & Shirttails, was released in 2008 followed by her second book, “Adventures With Leaders & Enders" released in early 2010, also published by Kansas City Star. Be on the look-out for Scraps & Shirttails II, due for release in early 2011!

Bonnie writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine entitled "Addicted to Scraps" with the main intention to help you to put various aspects of your own Scrap Users System to good use!

Her large website, www.Quiltville.com is visited by thousands of quilters around the globe daily, providing many with ideas for using those precious scraps, including free patterns to get you started!

Bonnie’s favorite motto? “The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!” of course!

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Workshops - Bonnie Hunter
June 11, 9-3 Virginia Bound
June 13, 9-3 Love Shack
www.quiltville.com



Questions?? Call Beverly Higgins, workshop chair at 813-597-1144

TRAVELERS ALERT!!!!!

As you travel the roads of America this summer, and you visit a great quilt shop
or spend time at a vendors booth please pick up their business card. As
vendor chair for the upcoming quilt show I'm looking for more new vendors to enhance our 2012 Harvest of Quilts show. Pass all your new found info to me when next we meet.

Happy Quilting and Happy Summer.
Thanks!
Jayne Torres


Blogs and Web Sites

www.selvageblog.blogspot.com – be sure and look at the Sunday, May 22 posting to see the pictures of the red and white quilts show in New York.

www.barbarabrackman.blogspot.com

www.tessellationnation.com

www.jigidi.com – this is not a quilting web site but if you like to do puzzles, this is fun and addictive

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AUGUST RETREAT

August 11, 12, 13, 14.

All money is due for the summer retreat at the June meeting. Family and friends are welcome for this retreat. They just need to sign up and pay the full amount at the June meeting.

Please see me at the meeting or call if special arrangements are needed.

Sandi Pratt 685-0729.

If you are staying in a youth cabin/dorm, you will need to bring your own sheets and pillowcase for a single bed and bring a quilt to dress up your bed. Mattress pad, pillow and blanket are provided. You will need to also bring your own towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, etc.

Items for everyone to bring are umbrella, flashlight, sweater/jacket if you get cold, fan if you get hot, extensions cord, Ott light, cell phone charger, medications, alarm clock if needed, and of course your sewing supplies. Some people even bring their own sewing chairs. You do NOT need to bring an iron as it is provided for us. In fact personal irons are discouraged as they often “pop” the breakers.

SAVE THE DATES FOR 2012 RETREATS!
JANUARY 26-29-2012 AND AUGUST 2-5-2012


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EDUCATION: Fusible Thread Applique Technique

The only reason you should have nylon thread in your sewing supplies is if you want it to melt. And there is a use for melting thread. Here is a wonderful technique using Charlotte’s Fusible Web, a melting/fusible thread. Imagine being able to applique without using the usual stiff adhesive webbing and without having to use pins. Imagine applique work that remains soft. Here is a quick explanation of one way to use fusible thread. Video demonstrations are also available on the website. (www.superiorthreads.com)

The project: Applique fabric A to fabric B

Cut out fabric A to the desired shape.

Stitch around the single layer of fabric A using Charlotte’s Fusible Web thread in the bobbin and a smooth polyester thread on top. We recommend MonoPoly (the dark smoke color is easier to see) or So Fine or Bottom Line as the top thread.

Place fabric A on fabric B and iron using medium heat. The bobbin thread, Charlotte’s Fusible Web, is now sandwiched between the two layers. Ironing will melt the nylon thread and fuse fabric A and fabric B together.

Because the top thread is polyester, it will not melt and can be easily removed by pulling on it.

Stitch around the outer edge in any desired stitch to finish the applique.

You now have a nicely appliqued project without the stiff inner layer.
This is a great technique for applique, especially when multiple layers are involved.

This article used with permission from Bob Purcell, www.superiorthreads.com

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Getting To Know You!

A new member to our guild is Bette Bromund. Bette comes from Boston, Massachusetts and was a homemaker and secretary/word processor. Her family includes 6 children (2 deceased) and 4 college aged grandchildren. She is a self-taught quilter who favors traditional quilting and hand quilting, and she has been quilting for about 25 years. Other interests have included knitting, crochet, needlepoint, painting, and sewing. Welcome Bette!

Another new member is Hye Kyong Pederson. Hye Kyong grew up in Incheon, South Korea and is currently a homemaker. She has 3 children: James, 27; Jason, 26; Jennifer, 19. Hye Kyong has been quilting for 2 years after being introduced to it by a friend. What a good friend! In addition to quilting, she likes to garden. Welcome Hye Kyong!

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Sunshine News from Aveline Kennedy

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.


Classified Section

Do you have something quilt or sewing related that you would like to sell?? It can be posted in the next newsletter by emailing it to Judy De Paul.

 

May Newletter

President’s Message

Hello Piecemakers,

May is an exciting month for us at Piecemakers , we have a lovely salad supper and the reveal of the challenge quilts. The meeting begins at 6:30 so be there with your special salad and don’t be late. Pat Dunlap has begun to work on the plans for the upcoming quilt show and will be giving us information about it beginning at the May meeting but we’ll hear more in the June meeting. Pat wants to get as many people involved as possible and she has a plan as to how that will happen. Bonnie Hunter a nationally known teacher, is coming for the June meeting and will give two workshops as well. We need more members to sign up for her classes. She has some special techniques that we could all use in her projects and others. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your skills. Jane Beck is recruiting nominees for officers, board members and committee chair persons for the next year. If you would like a job let her know. See you at the salad supper.

Gayle

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Things to Bring to Guild

“Secret Sis” gift

Show and Tell

Library books

Charity quilts

Check for Workshops

Retreat Payment

Sunshine Blocks for Kathy Coryn & Priscilla Werner

May Meeting

The May meeting is our annual Salad Supper and Challenge Quilt reveal. All members are asked to bring a salad to share, and the board members will be bringing desserts. Our wonderful hospitality committee will supply the drinks and take care of the set up. It’s always very yummy so save your calories for the supper! Remember, we start dinner at 6:30 so come at 6:00 to take care of any business and socialize.

Workshops
May 21 – Hokey Pokey with Claudia & Nancy
Cost is $23. (includes $9 for pattern & class $15.) Still have openings so sign up with Beverly Higgins.
June 11- Virginia Bound with Bonnie Hunter
June 13 – Love Shack with Bonnie Hunter
Both classes are $35. We still have openings and the classes are now open to quilters other than our guild members. Contact Beverly Higgins if you are interested at 813-597-1144.
Visit Bonnie’s web site at: www.quiltville.com

June Program - Bonnie Hunter
Our program for the June meeting will be presented by Bonnie Hunter. She will have a lecture and trunk show, and the meeting will be open to non guild members for a fee of $10.

May Birthday Girls
5 Sandi Pratt
13 Carolyn Henderson
13 Nancy Mitchell
17 Rita Mancini
27 Alfreda Sonneveldt
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Retreat Info
Our next retreat will be August 11-14, 2011 at DaySpring and there still are openings. Please see Sandi Pratt for more information or to sign up, and don’t forget to bring your retreat payment to the meeting.
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Sunshine News
from Aveline Kennedy
Please bring Sunshine Blocks to the May meeting for the following guild members:

KATHY CORYN (knee surgery)

PRISCILLA WERNER (recent gall bladder surgery)

Instructions for making the blocks are in your Membership Directory.

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.


Future Workshops and Programs
Jane Beck and Beverly Higgins have been busy planning for the future and we will have some great speakers/teachers coming to our guild. Here’s a sample of what is to come:


September, 2011 - Leigh McDonald
from Coral Springs, FL
www.adventuresinquilting.com

October, 2011 - Teddy Pruitt
www.teddypruett.com

February, 2012 - Becky Goldsmith
www.pieceocake.com

September, 2012 - Kimberly Einmo
www.kimberlyeinmo.com


Saturday Sew’s
Are you interested in having Saturday Sew’s where you can just sew on your own project while in the company of your fellow quilters? Or maybe learn a new technique by having a 20 minute demo of it by one of our guild members?? The board needs your input on the future of Saturday Sew’s so please share your thoughts with Gayle or one of the board members.
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Permission Slip
This is a permission slip giving ___________________________________________________
the right to purchase fabric that makes their heart sing, allows their future quilt to be magical, and adds to their stash so that it never feels hungry.
International Quit Festival Magazine, 2009/2010

Upcoming Events
January 13 & 14, 2012 - Lake Worth
Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida will host the
Hibiscus Garden Walk & Quilter's Marketplace,
Salvation Army Gym, 4051 Kirk Rd, Lake Worth.

This is a Quilters Marketplace not a quilt show. There will be special exhibits, demos, lots of vendors, door prizes, grand prize, and fun to be had by all. 10a-5p both days, $7 entry fee. See our website for $1 off coupon.

Contact: Debbie This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.hibiscusquiltguild.org
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March 2 & 3, 2012 - Largo
NEW LOCATION
Suncoast Quilting Circle of St. Petersburg presents
Today's Pleasures ... Tomorrow's Treasures XIV, a Quilt Show held at
Christ the King Lutheran Church,
11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo.

Boutique, vendors, charity quilt, silent mini quilt auction, quilters walk auction, quilt appraisals, make'n'take activity.
Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm. $6 entry fee or $10 for 2 days.
Contact: Barbara This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

website: http://suncoastquiltingcircle.org

October 12 and 13, 2012
Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild of Brandon
International Independent Showman’s Assoc.
Riverview, Florida

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April Newsletter

President’s Message


Hello Piecemakers,


It is finally Spring, we had a long winter but now it is so nice. We have wonderful things to look forward to. Turning in our Challenge Quilts at the April meeting and the tea where we get to see them all. Then there is the Salad supper and the reveal of the Challenge quilts to guild members. Jane has found us some great speakers on a variety of subjects, there are some classes coming up that look fun too. See the information on these here in the newsletter. We are still planning for a quilt show in the fall of 2012. It is critical that we begin our planning now. If you would like to volunteer for any of the committees please let an officer or board member know. We will be asking members who have special abilities to take on some of the committees, so if you are asked please help out. It takes lots of people to put on a successful show and we need everyone.

Gayle


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Things to Bring to Guild

  • “Secret Sis” gift
  • Show and Tell
  • Library books
  • Charity quilts
  • Check for Workshops
  • Payment for August Retreat
  • Challenge Quilt in bag or pillowcase


April Meeting Program


Alice Means is a "snowbird" who spends six months in CT and the winter months in FL, where she lives on a golf course outside of Haines City. She has been quilting since 1994 and has made over 200 quilts in all sizes and styles. She is a traditional quilter who enjoys making quilts using Precise Piecing, Accurate Appliqué, Creative Colors, Amazing Adaptations, and Exciting Embellishments. She does appliqué and piecing both by hand and machine, and does all of her own quilting on her home sewing and embroidery machines.

She has won numerous awards at quilt shows throughout New England and Florida, and has been juried into the prestigious AQS shows, where she has won twice in Nashville. Alice has also entered the Hoffman Challenge since 2000, and has won 1st place in 2009 in Mixed Techniques, Best Machine Workmanship in 2007 in Pieced, a 3rd place in 2006 in Pieced, and two Curator's Choice awards in Mixed Techniques and Pieced in 2003 and 2005.

Alice has had several of her quilts pictured in Quiltmaker magazine, American Quilter magazine, and the AQS Quilt Art Engagement Calendar 2008 through 2011.

She has also exhibited at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA, the Mill Museum in Willimantic, CT, and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts in Owensboro, KY.

She is a member of SSQA, AQS, IQA, the Greater Hartford and Clamshell Quilt Guilds in CT, and the Cabin Fever and Winter Haven Guilds in FL. Between all the quilting, teaching and guild meetings, she finds time to play golf a few times every week.

Biographical info from the SSQA website.
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Workshops

May 21 (Saturday)

Put your right foot in… and make a Hokey Pokey quilt with Claudia and Nancy. Class is $15. and pattern is $9.


June 11-13 (Saturday & Monday)

Quiltville’s Scrappy Bonnie Hunter will present 2 workshops. Each class is $35. Come and use up (tee hee) your scraps:

Saturday, June 11 - Virginia Bound
Monday, June 13 - Love Shack

To see a picture and get supply list fo to
http://www.quiltville.com/truckshow.shtml

Sign up with Beverly at the April 11 meeting as classes will be opened to non-guild members after that date.
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April Birthday Girls

6 Cindy Petersen
7 Claudia Ingram
7 Debbie Williams
8 Kathy Comer
24 Denise Skillman


Quote for The Month

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
Source Unknown

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Retreat Info
Sandi Pratt will be taking payments for the August 11-14 retreat at Dayspring. Reserve your spot now with Sandi.

Basic Retreat Info:
Remember it’s better to have more projects that you will have time to work on than to run out of tBihings to do.

If you are staying in a youth cabin/dorm, you will need to bring your own sheets and pillowcase for a single bed and bring a quilt to dress up your bed. Mattress pad, pillow and blanket are provided. You will need to also bring your own towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, etc.

Items for everyone to bring are umbrella, flashlight, sweater/jacket if you get cold, fan if you get hot, extensions cord, Ott light, cell phone charger, medications, alarm clock if needed, and of course your sewing supplies. Some people even bring their own sewing chairs. You do NOT need to bring an iron as it is provided for us. In fact personal irons are discouraged as they often “pop” the breakers.
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Sunshine News from Aveline Kennedy
Our sympathy to Pam Johnson who recently lost her 99 year old mother.
Cindy Bailey recently fell and broke her foot. At least she waited till after she went to the Lancaster AQS show!

Please let Aveline know if a member needs Sunshine, Farewell, or Sympathy blocks.

Challenge Quilt

Your Challenge Quilt must be turned in at the April 11 meeting. It needs to be in a pillowcase or brown paper bag so they cannot be seen, and the label on the quilt must be covered.

The tea for the Challenge Quilt participants will be April 30 at 12 noon in the Social Hall of the church.

The challenge this year is the “Nature of Things”. The rules are as follows:

- Minimum size 48” (12”per size or variation totaling no less than 48”)
- Maximum size 180” (45” per side or variation totaling no more than 180”)
- Finished quilt must be complete with top, batting, and backing with finished edges
- No patterns or kits are allowed! Must be original design or creation.
- Any interpretation of the phrase “The Nature of Things” is allowed and encouraged, along with all techniques and embellishments
- Only one entry per member
- Completed quilt must be turned in on April 11, 2011
- The “Tea-Party” for all participants will be on April 30, 2011
- The quilts will once again be displayed at the library following the salad supper in May, 2011

Any Questions Contact: Diana Forrest or Catherine Fulton
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Quilter’s Sayings

A fat quarter has fewer calories than a hot fudge sundae!

As ye Sew, Sew shall ye Rip!

Behind every sewer is a huge pie of fabric.

“Fabricologist Resource Center” –doesn’t that sound more impressive than “fabric stash”?

God put me on this earth to sew and finish a certain number of things. I am so far behind now I will never die!

Good friends are like quilts. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth.

Hubby calls me his “sew and sew”.

I love quilting and have plenty of material witnesses.

If I stitch fast enough does it count as an aerobic exercise?

Itching To Be Stitching.

May your sorrows be patched and your joys be quilted.

May your bobbin always be full!

My husband lets me buy all the fabric I can hide!

My husband said if I buy any more fabric he would leave me – I will miss him!

Old Quilters never die -- they just go to pieces!

One quilting project, like one cookie, is never enough!

Quilters never grow old, they just go to pieces.

Quilting fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.

Quilting with a friend will keep you in stitches.

Sew Much Fabric, Sew Little Time

She who dies with the most fabric wasted a lot of time!

She who dies with the most fabric wins!
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Favorite Blog and Websites
Let me know if you have a favorite and want to share it. Here’s a couple to check out.
http://piecemealquilts.wordpress.com
http://auntiesquaintquilts.blogspot.com
http://www.needllove.com

Community Project Quilts
Ladies, the NICU needs us! When I arrived with quilts this month I was greeted very warmly with the words "thank goodness you are here, we are out of quilts". A blue one was taken from my stack and put right in service. Please go above and beyond with 36 x 36 to take care of our community's smallest citizens.

For more information, or to turn in your quilt at guild meetings, see Pat Dunlap.
Upcoming Programs

April - Alice Means

May - Guild Annual Salad Supper

June - Bonnie Hunter
www.quiltville.com

July - Dani Sawtelle trunkshow
www.quiltedladibug.com

August - Installation of Guild Officers

September - Leigh McDonald
www.adventuresinquilting.com

October - Teddy Pruitt

Thanks Jane -- for all your hard work and time spent in bringing our guild all these great programs!

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Do you something to sell, give away, or share with our guild members?? Send me an email and can be added to the next newsletter.
--Judy De Paul--

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FOR SALE
Moda pre-cuts:
Moda jelly roll - Shades of Blue - new w/ tags = $25.00
Moda jelly roll - Candy Kisses - new w/o tags = $20.00
Moda fat quarter bundle - Matinique - new w/ tags = $80.00
Moda summer Basket of Flowers quilt kit - new w/ tags = $40.00

Contact Michele Soptei @ 813-655-1615

 

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