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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

With Thanksgiving behind us, we turn our minds to the December holidays and the new year beyond.  Because of your hard work and generosity, 190+ children in our area will receive a Christmas stocking full of toys and other goodies, where otherwise they might not have received anything at all.  I hope that you all read the article outlining this project in the November 26th issue of The Brandon News, and the accompanying notice of our upcoming quilt show.  Barbara Routen did a good job; thanks to Nan Ryan for initiating that element of our publicity. 

The “Audrey Gantous Memorial Stocking Project” will go on, but we need someone to take it under her wing.  If you are interested, please let me or one of the Board members know.  It is not a particularly time-consuming task, and the liaison person at the Sheriff’s Department is already in place. 

And speaking of our quilt show…….the sewing day on November 15 was a lot of fun, and produced some nice things to be sold in our Boutique.  Thank you to Pam Johnson for her guidance and enthusiasm for making the sweatshirt jackets, despite being “under the weather.”  Betty McGue and her committee will be organizing a few more days where you can get together with other members and create items for sale.  For you newer members, this would be a perfect opportunity to get to know other Piecemakers.  Generally, you will only need a sewing machine and the usual supplies.  Patterns, fabrics and other notions, as well as lots of assistance will be provided.

So…..what else is in store for 2015?  Up first: our very own Ingrid Wirebjer will teach a Quilt-in-a-Day project on the 17th of January.  Then, there will be the Mystery Bus Trip on the 24th.  I hear that there will be 55+ members joining me.  I don’t think any of you will be disappointed.    In February, there will be a workshop by Sandy Blackwell.  In March, we will be retreating to Day Spring for 4 days of nonstop sewing and other fun.  In April?.......well, you get the idea.  Lots of activities are in place or are in the planning stages for your enjoyment.

Like many of you, I will be finishing up some quilts for Christmas gifting in the next couple of weeks, as well as attending to the usual shopping and decorating tasks.  May we all find a few moments in the midst of the busy-ness to reflect on the gifts we already have…..the love of family and friends, the talent to create beautiful objects in fabric and the joy of sharing that talent with others. 

Blessings to each of you during this glorious season.

Debbie Williams

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Christmas ornament (see details below)
  • Workshop fees
  • Quarterly block
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts
  • Retreat payment (December final due date)
  • 4 – 10 inch layer cake squares in Christmas colors and prints for our quilt show boutique
  • Quilt Show boutique donations, magazines, books and patterns and silent auction donations
  • 1 inch wide by WOF of any color for fabric garlands to be made for quilt show boutique

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS


6-Dec

Tammy

Arnold

6-Dec

Ruth

McCreery

10-Dec

Anne

Stern

17-Dec

Melissa

Bailey

28-Dec

Jeanette

Votenz

30-Dec

Ruth

Mahoney

30-Dec

Kathy

Massarelli

MEMBERSHIP:

Welcome new members!  On behalf of Piecemakers, we’re so glad you joined our guild. 

Christy Lodrigues – Christy has lived in Oklahoma and New Orleans.  She currently works in a clerical role and has 2 children and a grandchild on the way!  She enjoys sewing, crafting and card making. New to quilting,  Ingrid Wirebjar encouraged her to join Piecemakers to continue her learning path. 

Georgia MacDonald – Georgia grew up in Columbus, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.  She’s a retired teacher and has 4 grandsons with one on the way! She learned quilting 30 years ago but, did not start to actually quilt until 2 years ago.  Her favorite style of quilting is modern.

DECEMBER PROGRAM

Christmas Dinner meeting.

WORKSHOPS

Workshop Chairperson:  Claudia Ingram

Note:  To be added to list of class participants, workshop fee must be paid at time of sign up. 
All workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Coffee is provided at all workshops; members can bring their own water or other drinks.  A refrigerator is available for members who prefer to bring their own lunch.

Workshop schedule:

1/ 17/15 – “Night & Day”, Eleanor Burns pattern – class taught by Ingrid Wirebjer, $15.00 plus cost of book

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Night & Day

2/21/15 – “Squareagonals”, Sandi Blackwell – price to be determined
4/11/15 – Abby Lane Quilts – project & price to be determined
5/16/15 – Scrap quilting with Claudia & Nancy - $15.00

HOSPITALITY – CHRISTMAS DINNER

Chairperson:  Tammy Arnold

We are asking each member to bring a home made ornament (please no store bought).  Place your ornament in a gift bag or wrapped with no tag AND include your name on the inside as the maker of the ornament.  We will begin accepting them now and up to the night of the dinner.

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Chairperson:  Ingrid Wirebjer

I need 25 volunteers to make 2 blocks for the Opportunity quilt. I will have the pieces at the December meeting (12/8/2014). They need to be returned at the January meeting( 01/12/2015). Of course, fabric and directions will be included.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Quarterly Block Chairperson:  Betty McGue

“Scrappy Mountain Majesties”
Made in blue & white
Pattern for block available at monthly meeting or online

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QUILT SHOW NEWS

Quilt Show Chairpersons:  Gail Palmer, Kathy Coryn

“A Harvest of Quilts – Past, Present & Future” will take place on November 6 & 7, 2015. Plans are in full gear!

The quilt show lists of rules and categories can be accessed on the guild website under the Quilt Show tab.

Betty McGue and her Boutique committee have planned projects for members to complete.  If you have an idea for an item or project that might be of interest to other quilters and shoppers, please let her know: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Saturday Sews will be planned later in the year, providing members opportunities to work together making items for the Boutique, if they wish.  Stay tuned.

Reminder from Betty:  “Take and Make” patterns for fabric boxes, fabric microwave bowls, Christmas table runners were available at our past meetings.  Please bring these to our December meeting if you have your finished project(s).

10 inch squares for boutique
Here’s the monthly list:

September Yellows & golds
October Halloween colors & prints
November Fall colors, browns, blacks & prints
December Christmas colors & prints
January Blues
February Pinks & reds
March Purples
April Spring colors & prints
May Batiks
June Whites & creams
July Red, white and blue & prints
August Novelties

Fabric garlands  - Betty and her team are also collecting 1 inch by WOF strips in any color or print.  These will be used to make themed garlands.

Donna Whiting and Barbara Hultman are collecting quilts for the Quilt Auction.  Please consider making something for this; any size project is welcome.

Jeanette Votenz is in charge of raffle baskets.  She’s looking for donations of baskets and items to be placed in those baskets. 

Also, to enhance the venue, the committee will be looking to borrow autumn-themed décor items.

Kari Power is seeking donations of gently loved/used magazines, patterns and quilting books that are no longer wanted.  This was a big fund-raiser from our last quilt show so we’re encouraging all our members to help contribute.  Kari will be accepting donations each month at our guild monthly meeting.  

If any member is a member of NQA, please contact Gail Palmer or Kathy Coryn.  In order to secure insurance for our guilt show venue, we need (5) of our members who are NQA members.

CHALLENGE QUILT 2014- 2015

Challenge Quilt Chairpersons:  Donna Whiting, Karen Menard

This year’s theme is a panel.   The rules are simple:

  • Take a pre-printed panel and make it your own.
  • Keep the quilt size 50 inches or under.
  • Take picture of panel prior to your additions so that we can see the transformation.

Quilts will be due at the April 13, 2015 meeting.  Challenge participants will be invited to a reveal tea party. The quilts will also be displayed at our May Salad Supper where guild members will vote for their favorites.  If you have any questions, please call:

Donna:  727-455-4544
Karen:  813-363-4385

RETREAT

Retreat Chairperson:  Cindy Parker,  Dawn DeCesare

Dates:  March 12th thru March 15th, 2015
Destination:  Day Springs, Ellenton, FL
Payment due by 12/8/14.
Prices:  Youth Cabin $ 70.00 per night, three nights $210.00
              Semi Private $ 95.00 per night, three nights $285.00

The semi-private rooms will not be in the cabins for this retreat. They will be in the Pool House and Retreat House.  Slightly a different set up than the usual Cabins we normally use but it will be just as wonderful as ever.  After all, we are at a retreat and it doesn't get any better than that now does it?  We will need to begin collecting at the October 2014 meeting and finalize payments by the December 2014 meeting.  Please consider what type of facility you want to stay in and have your information ready (like who you would like to room with if you take a semi private room), for us at the December meeting so that we can begin to take reservations.  Meals are included and begin the evening you start your stay for those staying overnight.  Retreats have always been a great way to spend time together and especially for anyone new to the group.  No better way to get to know more about your fellow members than at a fun retreat.  There will be lots of fun, fellowship, food, shopping and the most important thing is sewing!   No one to ask you when dinner will be ready either.  (for some of us anyway).  You can stay the number of nights you want; there is no requirement for a three night stay, just let us know what you want to do.  Also, if you are unable to come overnight you can come and just spend the day for $10.00/day.  Also, meals are available if you chose to spend the day only at a cost of $10.00/meal.  Just let us know what you want and we will get the ball rolling.  I hope all of you can make it.  It is truly a fun and wonderful time with your quilting friends.  Let us know if you have any questions, either call, text or email us.  We are in the directory.  Thanks and hope to see you at the sign up table at the October meeting.

Mark your calendars with the following dates:
Retreat 2015:

March 12-15
August 13-16
Retreat 2016:

February 18-21
August 25-28

GUILD PINS

Anniversary pins commemorating the 25th year since the guild’s founding, will be available at the check-in table.  Many have placed an order, but not paid.  Please be aware that when they are gone, there won’t be another order placed, so get yours now.  The cost is $6. Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

BUS TRIP UPDATE!!!!!

December Mystery Bus Trip Update

The PMQG bus trip is going to be much fun, and as of today every seat is FILLED.  I do have a waiting list so if interested please see me at the December meeting.

A reminder to those of you who initially paid $27.00: 

As I indicated in the November newsletter I goofed and the actual bus trip is $32.00, so you need to pay an additional $5.00.  My apologies.

Also, the lunch menu is in this newsletter so you still have time to order.  You may of course bring your lunch, and there will be a place to sit, relax and enjoy visiting with your fellow guild members.

HAPPY QUILTING!!!!

Jayne Torres

GUILD CALENDAR

December 8 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m. First United Methodist Church
December 22 – Board meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library

SUNSHINE NEWS

Chairperson:  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 Roseanne on her cell phone, or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CHARITY QUILTS

Community Projects Chairperson:  Jeanette Votenz

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 turn in quilts to Jeanette, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

Additional charities supported by PMQG:

  • Joshua House
  • Kids Place
  • Quilts of Valor

For additional information on the Quilts of Valor program go to:
http://www.govt.org
www.inspirequiltingandsewing.com

Quilts of Valor guidelines sent from Inspire Quilting:

Do’s:

• Use high quality 100% cotton fabric appropriate for adults.
• Many free patterns are available on the web.
• Recommend 60x80; MINIMUM & preferred size must be 55x65.
• Backing 4 to 5 inches larger on all four sides.
• Use straight cut or bias double fold binding.  Join binding with diagonal seams.  Apply neatly by hand or machine.
• Machine or hand quilt in appropriate design – patriotic or generic design.  Balanced stitches (5-7 stitches per inch if quilted by hand or 8-12 stitches per inch if quilted by machine.
• Low-loft quality batting. (cotton 80/20 or poly from Pellon, Warm Co, Quilters Dream, Hobbs)
• Wash quilt after quilting & bound.
•  Make coordinating pillowcase or bag and place QOV in.

Don’ts:

• Use sheets, thin, stiff, metallic or scratchy fabric.
• Make rag, flag or replica quilts.
• Make a wholecloth or cheater cloth unless you are a professional quality quilter.
• Make tops less than 55x65 or larger than 72x90.
• Fold over backing and use as binding or zig-zag binding in place.
• Tie.
• Stitch in ditch on a domestic machine or use giant meander.
• Use high loft batting.
• Use scented laundry products.
• Send a quilt covered in pet hair or tobacco smoke.
• Send quilt without presentation case.

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.

PLEASE TEAR OFF BELOW AND RETURN TO JAYNE TORRES

Mystery Bus Trip Lunch Menu Choices

1.             Ball club                                                                  $8.50
Ham, turkey, Applewood smoked bacon, Lettuce, Tomato on Toasted Pretzel roll

2.             Chicken Caesar Wrap                              $8.00
Grilled chicken wrap stuffed with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing

3.             Buffalo Chicken Wrap                             $8.00
Buffalo chicken wrap stuffed with lettuce, shredded carrots bleu cheese crumbles, ranch dressing with your choice of mild, medium or hot sauce

4.             BLT                                                          $7.00
Bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on grilled pretzel roll

5.             Black Bean Burger                                  $7.00
Grilled black bean burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo

6.             Six ounce burger                                     $7.00
Seasoned 6 oz. Burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.

ALL SANDWICHES COME WITH CHIPS AND COLESLAW.

 

Name:________________________________________

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November Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I don’t know how it happened so quickly, but the holiday season is upon us.  Thanks to the Cross Terrain workshop taught by Nancy and Claudia, I am well underway with a project for gifting.  I’m diligently working to finish it in time to get to the machine quilter.  Maybe some of you also have quilty projects to complete…..a good time to work on them might be at our Saturday Sew on November 15, after you’ve completed something for our quilt show Boutique. 

A big shout out to Candace Klein and our members who gave of their time and talents to bring you our “Sharpen Your Skills” night during our last meeting.  It was a lot of fun to walk around, learn a few new tricks of the trade, chat with new members and old friends, and to eat a slice of our delicious 25th anniversary cake.  For those of you who missed it, maybe we’ll try it again next year or the year after, with different skills and different presenters.  Thanks to all of you who made nice comments about the evening.

So many exciting things are happening in the upcoming weeks and months for our guild.  Don’t forget to bring your filled Christmas stocking to the next meeting.  These will be given to the Sheriff’s department for a needy child in our community.  Please check below in this newsletter for details.  Since I have bought items aimed specifically at one gender or the other, I am going to label my stockings with “Boy” or “Girl.”  You are not required to do this, but it makes sense.  Next year, we will be looking for another member to head up this project, so keep this in mind and see if you have it within your heart to volunteer for this effort.

Gail Palmer, Kathy Coryn and the rest of the Quilt Show committee are working hard to get the details of our upcoming show ironed out.  There will be many opportunities to volunteer next year, in various capacities for the show.  But the real key is this: Are you making a quilt, or quilts, to enter in the show?  All the greatest vendors and most intriguing Boutique items won’t mean much if we don’t have a nice array of quilts to display.  All styles, sizes and skill levels are needed!  Please don’t delay in getting your projects moving toward completion.  My goal?.....one quilt from at least every member of our guild.  Really…..

I am so very thankful for my quilting family.  You all share the enthusiasm for the creative part of my life that contrasts nicely with my work life.  Please enjoy the upcoming weeks of thankfulness with your family and friends.

Debbie Williams

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Workshop fees
  • Quarterly block
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts
  • Christmas dinner $10.00
  • Christmas stocking (see below for details)
  • Retreat payment
  • 4 – 10 inch layer cake squares in fall colors, browns, blacks and prints for our quilt show boutique
  • Quilt Show boutique donations, magazines, books and patterns and silent auction donations
  • 1 inch wide by WOF of any color for fabric garlands to be made for quilt show boutique

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Nov 1         Elizabeth Bell
Nov 7         Kathleen McCatty
Nov 9         Carol Menard
Nov 10      Rebecca 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

MEMBERSHIP:

Welcome new members!  On behalf of Piecemakers, we’re so glad you joined our guild. 

Fran Gregos: Born in RI and grew up in Newton (Sandy Hook), CT and later returned to RI to attend college in Providence. Fran previously was an insurance agent and is the proud mom of 3 sons, 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.  Fran has been a caregiver for her parents – her dad is now 101. She made her first quilt in 1987 for her parent’s 49th anniversary.  She’s fond of the “Lover’s Knot” pattern – having made many for wedding gifts and taught a class for several friends of the same pattern.

Jeanette Mack: Jeanette considers Florida her home after having lived in many places due to a military life.  She is currently a director of a child care center and has 3 wonderful teenage boys.  Jeanette loves to knit, read books and ride her motorcycle.  She’s been quilting for several months now and her mom got her started – she loves to be creative.  She’s hoping to find her quilting niche through experience and exploring all styles.

Debi Moore: Debi grew up in Pittsburgh and moved to Orlando in 1979.  Prior to her current job as a quilting instructor she was an executive assistant.  She has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  Debi enjoys reading, dogs and grandchildren!  She’s been quilting now for 10 years after she decided to take a class and never stopped!  She likes all styles of quilting – but, finds that applique has a special place in her heart. 

NOVEMBER PROGRAM

Vice President:  Candice Klein

Judy Hansen from Quilt Shop of Deland will be our November speaker.  She will lecture on how an idea becomes fabric, bringing lots of step-by-steps on how she gets an idea, paints it, paints it again, and tweaks it to the final luscious piece of fabric.  In addition to presenting a trunk show, she will also bring merchandise for sale (many discounted) from the shop.  She accepts cash, checks or credit cards.  SHE ALSO TAKES SPECIAL REQUESTS TO BRING.  She'll be bringing her Nutcracker Christmas and Nite Owls fabric lines.  For more information, go to www.quiltshopofdeland.com to see more of the shop or to www.fabri-quilt.com and search Judy Hansen to see her fabrics and download free patterns for her fabric lines.  Short previews of her classes can be seen at www.craftdaily.com.

WORKSHOPS

Workshop Chairperson:  Claudia Ingram

Note:  To be added to list of class participants, workshop fee must be paid at time of sign up. 

All workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Coffee is provided at all workshops; members can bring their own water or other drinks.  A refrigerator is available for members who prefer to bring their own lunch.

Workshop schedule:

11/15/14 – “Sew Much Fun Day” – open sewing  - $5.00

1/ 17/15 – “Night & Day”, Eleanor Burns pattern – class taught by Ingrid Wirebjer, $15.00 plus cost of book

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Night & Day

2/21/15 – “Squareagonals”, Sandi Blackwell – price to be determined
4/11/15 – Abby Lane Quilts – project & price to be determined
5/16/15 – Scrap quilting with Claudia & Nancy - $15.00

HOSPITALITY – CHRISTMAS DINNER

Chairperson:  Tammy Arnold

Tickets will be on sale for our Christmas dinner at a cost of $10 per person.  In addition, we are asking each member to bring a home made ornament (please no store bought).  Place your ornament in a gift bag or wrapped with no tag AND include your name on the inside as the maker of the ornament.  We will begin accepting them now and up to the night of the dinner.

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

PMQG donated Christmas stockings are split between children at Miles Elementary School and the Sheriff’s Dept. who will distribute to needy families.

A few things to keep in mind that will help those who handle the distribution to children:

No candy, gum or perishable items.

Safety pin a small label/note on outside of stocking indicating approximate age for child and note if girl/boy.

Tie top of stocking to prevent items from spilling out of stocking during transport.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Quarterly Block Chairperson:  Betty McGue

“Scrappy Mountain Majesties”

Made in blue & white
Pattern for block available here and at monthly meeting or online

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QUILT SHOW NEWS

Quilt Show Chairpersons:  Gail Palmer, Kathy Coryn

A Harvest of Quilts – Past, Present & Future” will take place on November 6 & 7, 2015. Plans are in full gear!

The quilt show lists of rules and categories can be accessed on the guild website under the Quilt Show tab.

Betty McGue and her Boutique committee have planned projects for members to complete.  If you have an idea for an item or project that might be of interest to other quilters and shoppers, please let her know: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Saturday Sews will be planned later in the year, providing members opportunities to work together making items for the Boutique, if they wish.  Stay tuned.

Reminder from Betty:  “Take and Make” patterns for fabric boxes, fabric microwave bowls, Christmas table runners were available at our past meetings.  Please bring these to our November meeting if you have your finished project(s).

10 inch squares for boutique
Here’s the monthly list:

September Yellows & golds
October Halloween colors & prints
November Fall colors, browns, blacks & prints
December Christmas colors & prints
January Blues
February Pinks & reds
March Purples
April Spring colors & prints
May Batiks
June Whites & creams
July Red, white and blue & prints
August Novelties

Fabric garlands  - Betty and her team are also collecting 1 inch by WOF strips in any color or print.  These will be used to make themed garlands.

Tuesday Boutique Sew Day
November 11th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
@ 1005 Centerbrook Drive
Brandon
(Gail Palmer)

Let’s make our Christmas stockings together for this year’s charity donations and make a second one for next year’s boutique.  Bring Christmas scraps or any stocking pattern you have.

Also, Donna Whiting and Barbara Hultman are collecting quilts for the Quilt Auction.  Please consider making something for this; any size project is welcome.

Jeanette Votenz is in charge of raffle baskets.  She’s looking for donations of baskets and items to be placed in those baskets. 

Also, to enhance the venue, the committee will be looking to borrow autumn-themed décor items.

Kari Power is seeking donations of gently loved/used magazines, patterns and quilting books that are no longer wanted.  This was a big fund-raiser from our last quilt show so we’re encouraging all our members to help contribute.  Kari will be accepting donations each month at our guild monthly meeting.  

If any member is a member of NQA, please contact Gail Palmer or Kathy Coryn.  In order to secure insurance for our guilt show venue, we need (5) of our members who are NQA members.

CHALLENGE QUILT 2014- 2015

Challenge Quilt Chairpersons:  Donna Whiting, Karen Menard

This year’s theme is a panel.   The rules are simple:

  • Take a pre-printed panel and make it your own.
  • Keep the quilt size 50 inches or under.
  • Take picture of panel prior to your additions so that we can see the transformation.

Quilts will be due at the April 13, 2015 meeting.  Challenge participants will be invited to a reveal tea party. The quilts will also be displayed at our May Salad Supper where guild members will vote for their favorites.  If you have any questions, please call:

Donna:  727-455-4544
Karen:  813-363-4385

RETREAT

Retreat Chairperson:  Cindy Parker,  Dawn DeCesare

Dates:  March 12th thru March 15th, 2015

Destination:  Day Springs, Ellenton, FL

Prices:  Youth Cabin $ 70.00 per night, three nights $210.00
              Semi Private $ 95.00 per night, three nights $285.00

The semi-private rooms will not be in the cabins for this retreat. They will be in the Pool House and Retreat House.  Slightly a different set up than the usual Cabins we normally use but it will be just as wonderful as ever.  After all, we are at a retreat and it doesn't get any better than that now does it?  We will need to begin collecting at the October 2014 meeting and finalize payments by the December 2014 meeting.  Please consider what type of facility you want to stay in and have your information ready (like who you would like to room with if you take a semi private room), for us at the December meeting so that we can begin to take reservations.  Meals are included and begin the evening you start your stay for those staying overnight.  Retreats have always been a great way to spend time together and especially for anyone new to the group.  No better way to get to know more about your fellow members than at a fun retreat.  There will be lots of fun, fellowship, food, shopping and the most important thing is sewing!   No one to ask you when dinner will be ready either.  (for some of us anyway).  You can stay the number of nights you want; there is no requirement for a three night stay, just let us know what you want to do.  Also, if you are unable to come overnight you can come and just spend the day for $10.00/day.  Also, meals are available if you chose to spend the day only at a cost of $10.00/meal.  Just let us know what you want and we will get the ball rolling.  I hope all of you can make it.  It is truly a fun and wonderful time with your quilting friends.  Let us know if you have any questions, either call, text or email us.  We are in the directory.  Thanks and hope to see you at the sign up table at the October meeting.

Mark your calendars with the following dates:

Retreat 2015:

March 12-15
August 13-16

Retreat 2016:

February 18-21
August 25-28

GUILD PINS

Anniversary pins commemorating the 25th year since the guild’s founding, will be available at the check-in table.  Many have placed an order, but not paid.  Please be aware that when they are gone, there won’t be another order placed, so get yours now.  The cost is $6. Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

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BUS TRIP UPDATE!!!!!
BAD NEWS……..GOOD NEWS
Chairperson:  Jayne Torres
PRESIDENT'S MYSTERY ROAD TRIP
   SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015

SEE END OF NEWLETTER FOR BUS TRIP LUNCH MENU SELECTION FORM

When calculating the 47 passenger per person bus fee, I made a MATH SNAFU.  The actual fee should have been $32.00; therefore those who have already paid $27.00, must pay an additional $5.00.  My sincere apologies.

The good news is we have a larger bus with 10 additional seats, also $32.00.  To keep this fee at $32.00, we must fill all seats.

If there are any questions feel free to contact me at 651-4468.  Thank you.

Jayne Torres

GUILD CALENDAR

November 3 – Quilt Show Planning
Meeting 6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library
November 10 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m. First United Methodist Church
November 11 – Tuesday Boutique Sew Day
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1005 Centerbrook Drive (Gail Palmer’s)
November 15 – “Sew Much Fun Day” 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. FUMC
November 24 – Board meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library

SUNSHINE NEWS

Chairperson:  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 Roseanne on her cell phone, or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CHARITY QUILTS

Community Projects Chairperson:  Jeanette Votenz

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 turn in quilts to Jeanette, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

Additional charities supported by PMQG:

  • Joshua House
  • Kids Place
  • Quilts of Valor

For additional information on the Quilts of Valor program go to:
www.inspirequiltingandsewing.com

Quilts of Valor guidelines sent from Inspire Quilting:

Do’s:
Use high quality 100% cotton fabric appropriate for adults.
Many free patterns are available on the web.
Recommend 60x80; MINIMUM must be 55x65.
Backing 4 to 5 inches larger on all four sides.
Use straight cut or bias double fold binding.  Join binding with diagonal seams.  Apply neatly by hand or machine.
Machine or hand quilt in appropriate design – patriotic or generic design.  Balanced stitches (5-7 stitches per inch if quilted by hand or 8-12 stitches per inch if quilted by machine.
Low-loft quality batting. (cotton 80/20 or poly from Pellon, Warm Co, Quilters Dream, Hobbs)
Wash quilt after quilting & bound.
Make coordinating pillowcase or bag and place QOV in.

Don’ts:
Use sheets, thin, stiff, metallic or scratchy fabric.
Make rag, flag or replica quilts.
Make a wholecloth or cheater cloth unless you are a professional quality quilter.
Make tops less than 55x65 or larger than 72x90.
Fold over backing and use as binding or zig-zag binding in place.
Tie.
Stitch in ditch on a domestic machine or use giant meander.
Use high loft batting.
Use scented laundry products.
Send a quilt covered in pet hair or tobacco smoke.
Send quilt without presentation case.

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.

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PLEASE TEAR OFF BELOW AND RETURN TO JAYNE TORRES

Mystery Bus Trip Lunch Menu Choices

1.             Ball club                                                                  $8.50
Ham, turkey, Applewood smoked bacon, Lettuce, Tomato on Toasted Pretzel roll

2.             Chicken Caesar Wrap                              $8.00
Grilled chicken wrap stuffed with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing

3.             Buffalo Chicken Wrap                             $8.00
Buffalo chicken wrap stuffed with lettuce, shredded carrots bleu cheese crumbles, ranch dressing with your choice of mild, medium or hot sauce

4.             BLT                                                          $7.00
Bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on grilled pretzel roll

5.             Black Bean Burger                                  $7.00
Grilled black bean burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo

6.             Six ounce burger                                     $7.00
Seasoned 6 oz. Burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.

ALL SANDWICHES COME WITH CHIPS AND COLESLAW.

 

Name:________________________________________

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

It is with a great deal of sadness that I’m amending my original version of this message to you.  As all of you have heard by now, we have lost one of our founding members.  Audrey Gantous passed away on September 24 after an illness and decline lasting several weeks.  The details will be shared with each of you at the personal level where appropriate; my only task at this point is to join my voice with all of yours in expressing our condolences to Audrey’s husband and family, to include her quilting family within this guild.  Her sweetness and her genuine love of people and our shared art will be greatly missed.  I was so proud to see so many members at her memorial service on Saturday; more than 30 of us were there to say goodbye and honor her memory.

On a happier note, I was delighted to learn when I got home from my vacation that the guild registered 10 new members at the August meeting…..yes, 10!  While I know we won’t always collect new members at this rate, it is a wonderful beginning to the 2014-15 year.  Welcome to all of you who have joined the Piecemakers fold.

We have also had two Board meetings since I wrote my last letter to you and I can tell you one thing for sure:  this is a hard-working group of ladies who function well together, and who have the best interests of the guild in mind.  For this reason, I feel sure we will have a successful year.

As mentioned at the September meeting, there are going to be opportunities for members to volunteer for various projects and initiatives.  Now, this doesn’t mean that you will have to design, plan and execute a project all by yourself.  I encourage you to gather your friends together and brainstorm some of the ideas that will be suggested for you.  Spread the work around, make it fun, and please don’t expect the Board to do it all.  They’re great, but they need and want your assistance. 

At this time, there is one person who really needs some help, and that is Tammy Arnold, our Hospitality chairperson.  She has several ideas for the upcoming holiday dinner, but has asked for assistance in planning that evening.  If you think you can help in any way, please contact me or Tammy by email, or come speak to me at the next meeting.

See you on October 13!
Debbie Williams

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  •   • Workshop fees

  •   • Quarterly block

  •   • Money to purchase guild pin

  •   • Library books

  •   • Show & Tell quilts

  •   • Charity quilts

  •   • Bus trip reservation $27.00

  •   • Christmas dinner $10.00

  •   • 4 – 10 inch layer cake squares in Halloween prints or colors for our quilt show boutique

  •   • 5x5 blocks in modern fabrics for our  Opportunity Quilt (see Opportunity Quilt section below)

  •   • Quilt Show boutique donations, magazines, books and patterns and silent auction donations

  •   • Fabric boxes or fabric microwave bowls for quilt show boutique for anyone who had interest in these projects (patterns were available at our Sept guild meeting).

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Oct 1          Linda Hitchens
Oct 1          Barbara Ivan
Oct 1          Ellen Lanouette
Oct 3          Pat Gispert
Oct 4          Lucelle Monroe
Oct 5          Dawn DeCesare
Oct 11        Judy Klispie
Oct 12        Roseanne Westenzweig
Oct 14        Nancy Lewis
Oct 16        Peggy Nugent
Oct 17        Cindy Parker
Oct 17        Donna Watts
Oct 20        Jackie Waters
Oct 21        Cindy Bailey
Oct 23        Jean Harrison
Oct 26        Judy De Paul
Oct 30        Sara David
Oct 30        Donna Whiting
Oct 31        Cheryl Wyly

MEMBERSHIP:

Welcome new members!  On behalf of Piecemakers, we’re so glad you joined our guild.  This month, we’d like to share a few things they shared with us to introduce them to our membership:

Gail Alonso: Born in Plant City, Florida and a proud mom of 2 and grandmother of 2.  Gail enjoys golf.  She’s been quilting for a short while and considers herself still learning.  She doesn’t have a favorite style of quilting but, likes “everything.”

Jean Harrison: Jean has always lived in Florida and is a retired nurse.  She enjoys cooking, yard sales and has been quilting since 2001.  Her favorite style of quilting is applique.

Linda Hitchens: Linda grew up in Wilmington, Deleware and is in the mortgage and banking field.  She is a proud mom of two; a boy and girl.  Her neighbor introduced her to quilting 18 years ago.

Judy Klispie:  Judy moved to Florida 13 years ago and is a teacher.  She’s a proud grandmother of 5 who enjoys painting and machine embroidery.  She is new to quilting and is looking forward to finding lots of new quilting ideas.

Karen Meicher: Karen grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and works in customer service at Progressive Insurance.  She has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons.  Karen enjoys bowling and her sister introduced her to quilting 13 years ago.

Linda Wassum: Linda moved from Ohio to Florida this summer and retired after 43 years of teaching music to elementary children.  Linda has a son and a daughter and a brand new grandson!  Linda enjoys music and plays the French horn.  She started quilting 14 years ago when visiting her mother and sister in CT.  Her favorite quilting style is machine quilting on a domestic machine.

Donna Watts: Donna grew up in Alabama and has lived in Florida on and off for 20 years.  She’s a Registered Nurse who has 2 children, 1 grandson and a soon-to-be granddaughter!  Donna has been quilting since 1996 when her daughter got her started.  Donna enjoys reading and favors art quilts and traditional quilts.

Sondra Cone: Born in West Virginia and moved to Florida as a teenager.  Sondra is a retired teacher and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  She enjoys reading and work with the Meals on Wheels program at her church.  Sondra and a friend took a quilting class at Armwood High adult program in 1991.  She quilts more since retirement and also makes quilts for the Stephen Minister program at church.  Her favorite quilts are modern and contemporary. 

Martha Freeman: Martha grew up in NE Ohio but, moved here from Jacksonville, Florida.  She’s a retired quilt shop owner and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  35 years ago, Martha took a class and she’s been quilting ever since.  Her love is traditional quilting and she also likes piecing and applique as well as machine quilting.

OCTOBER PROGRAM

Vice President: Candice Klein

In addition to celebrating our guilds 25th Anniversary, Candice has been working hard to line up some very talented guild members who will do various demonstrations to “sharpen our quilting skills”.  There will be table rotations on many quilting topics that help to brush up on our basics or to learn new ones.  All techniques are sure to help in our day to day quilting efforts and are coming just in time for getting your quilts ready for quilt show.   Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn from these seasoned and experienced quilters Candice has lined up for us! 

p.s. I also hear she’s planning for a special treat!

WORKSHOPS

Workshop Chairperson:  Claudia Ingram

Note:  To be added to list of class participants, workshop fee must be paid at time of sign up. 

All workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Coffee is provided at all workshops; members can bring their own water or other drinks.  A refrigerator is available for members who prefer to bring their own lunch.

Workshop schedule:

10/18/14:  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.  Cost: $15.  See Claudia to sign up.
Important notice:  Class full

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11/15/14 – “Sew Much Fun Day” – open sewing  - $5.00
1/ 17/15 – “Night & Day”, Eleanor Burns pattern – class taught by Ingrid Wirebjer, $15.00 plus cost of book
2/21/15 – “Squareagonals”, Sandi Blackwell – price to be determined
4/11/15 – Abby Lane Quilts – project & price to be determined
5/16/15 – Scrap quilting with Claudia & Nancy - $15.00

HOSPITALITY – CHRISTMAS DINNER

Chairperson:  Tammy Arnold

Tickets will be on sale for our Christmas dinner at a cost of $10 per person.  In addition, we are asking each member to bring a home made ornament (please no store bought).  Place your ornament in a gift bag or wrapped with no tag AND include your name on the inside as the maker of the ornament.  We will begin accepting them now and up to the night of the dinner.

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Quarterly Block Chairperson:  Betty McGue

“Scrappy Mountain Majesties”
Made in blue & white

Pattern for block available at monthly meeting or online

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QUILT SHOW NEWS

Quilt Show Chairpersons:  Gail Palmer, Kathy Coryn

A Harvest of Quilts – Past, Present & Future” will take place on November 6 & 7, 2015. Plans are in full gear!

The quilt show committee has had several meetings and has published the lists of rules and categories.  Careful consideration and much discussion have gone into producing these documents which can now be accessed on the guild website under the Quilt Show tab.

Betty McGue and her Boutique committee are hard at work, planning projects for members to complete.  If you have an idea for an item or project that might be of interest to other quilters and shoppers, please let her know: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Saturday Sews will be planned later in the year, providing members opportunities to work together making items for the Boutique, if they wish.  Stay tuned.

Reminder from Betty:  “Take and Make” patterns for fabric boxes and fabric microwave bowls were available at our Sept. meeting.  Please bring these to our October meeting if you have your finished project(s).

Tuesday Boutique Sew Day
October 14th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
@ 1005 Centerbrook Drive
Brandon
(Gail Palmer)

"What is a flock of Owls called?"
-- a parliament

Pin cushion Owls

Need:

fabric pieces for body and belly (scraps 6x8)
Two 3/4" white buttons, Two 1/2" black buttons
Sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.  Hand sewing needle.
Let's make a parliament of owls!!

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Also, Donna Whiting and Barbara Hultman have already collected several quilts for the Quilt Auction.  Please consider making something for this; any size project is welcome.

Jeanette Votenz is in charge of raffle baskets.  She will be looking for donations of baskets and items to be placed in those baskets.  Why not utilize one of your 50% off coupons at JoAnn’s to purchase an item to donate?  Also, to enhance the venue, the committee will be looking to borrow autumn-themed décor items.

Kari Power is seeking donations of gently loved/used magazines, patterns and quilting books that are no longer wanted.  This was a big fund-raiser from our last quilt show so we’re encouraging all our members to help contribute.  Kari will be accepting donations each month at our guild monthly meeting.  

CHALLENGE QUILT 2014- 2015

Challenge Quilt Chairpersons:  Donna Whiting, Karen Menard

This year’s theme is a panel.  We all have them in our stash, so pull one out and make something beautiful and creative!  The rules are simple:

  • Take a pre-printed panel and make it your own.
  • Keep the quilt size 50 inches or under.
  • Take picture of panel prior to your additions so that we can see the transformation.

Quilts will be due at the April 13, 2015 meeting.  Challenge participants will be invited to a reveal tea party. The quilts will also be displayed at our May Salad Supper where guild members will vote for their favorites.  If you have any questions, please call:

Donna:  727-455-4544
Karen:  813-363-4385

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Chairperson: Ingrid Wirebjer

Ingrid has selected Periwinkle pattern as our guild opportunity quilt.  According to The Quilt Index,   there is documented record of this block dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  To fit the theme of our 2015 quilt show, “past, present and future”, Ingrid has chosen to showcase Periwinkle using modern colors.

Modern quilts use solid colors, graphic designs, large prints, bright colors and even grays.  

At this time, Ingrid has updated the number of blocks needed and  is asking each member to provide her with (2 – 4),  5” x 5” square pieces of quilt shop quality fabric.  These will be due at our November meeting.   If we have any leftover 5” squares, Ingrid would first like to make a miniature Periwinkle quilt and donate on behalf of our guild to our quilt show Silent Auction.  Any remaining leftovers will be donated to our quilt show boutique.   Please no muted, pastel or dainty floral prints.

There will be more information to come in the future on next steps of assembling blocks.

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RETREAT

Retreat Chairperson:  Cindy Parker,  Dawn DeCesare

Dates:  March 12th thru March 15th, 2015
Destination:  Day Springs, Ellenton, FL
Prices:  Youth Cabin $ 70.00 per night, three nights $210.00
              Semi Private $ 95.00 per night, three nights $285.00

The semi-private rooms will not be in the cabins for this retreat. They will be in the Pool House and Retreat House.  Slightly a different set up than the usual Cabins we normally use but it will be just as wonderful as ever.  After all, we are at a retreat and it doesn't get any better than that now does it?  We will need to begin collecting at the October 2014 meeting and finalize payments by the December 2014 meeting.  Please consider what type of facility you want to stay in and have your information ready (like who you would like to room with if you take a semi private room), for us at the December meeting so that we can begin to take reservations.  Meals are included and begin the evening you start your stay for those staying overnight.  Retreats have always been a great way to spend time together and especially for anyone new to the group.  No better way to get to know more about your fellow members than at a fun retreat.  There will be lots of fun, fellowship, food, shopping and the most important thing is sewing!   No one to ask you when dinner will be ready either.  (for some of us anyway).  You can stay the number of nights you want; there is no requirement for a three night stay, just let us know what you want to do.  Also, if you are unable to come overnight you can come and just spend the day for $10.00/day.  Also, meals are available if you chose to spend the day only at a cost of $10.00/meal.  Just let us know what you want and we will get the ball rolling.  I hope all of you can make it.  It is truly a fun and wonderful time with your quilting friends.  Let us know if you have any questions, either call, text or email us.  We are in the directory.  Thanks and hope to see you at the sign up table at the October meeting.

Mark your calendars with the following dates:

Retreat 2015:

March 12-15
August 13-16

Retreat 2016:

February 18-21
August 25-28

GUILD PINS

Anniversary pins commemorating the 25th year since the guild’s founding, will be available at the check-in table.  Many have placed an order, but not paid.  Please be aware that when they are gone, there won’t be another order placed, so get yours now.  The cost is $6. Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

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BUS TRIP

Chairperson:  Jayne Torres

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
PRESIDENT'S MYSTERY ROAD TRIP!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015 – cost $27.00

GUILD CALENDAR

October 6 – Quilt Show Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale library

October 13 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m. First United Methodist Church

October 14 – Tuesday Boutique Sew Day
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1005 Centerbrook Drive (Gail Palmer’s)

October 18 – Workshop “Cross Terrain”
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Social Hall FUMC
(note:  arrive a little early to set up)

October 27 – Board meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library

SUNSHINE NEWS
Chairperson:  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 Roseanne on her cell phone, or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CHARITY QUILTS

Community Projects Chairperson:  Jeanette Votenz

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 turn in quilts to Jeanette, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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.

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September Newsletter

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

It seems a bit surreal to be writing a letter to the guild from the position of President, rather than assembling all the information for our newsletter!  This new role is going to take some getting-used-to! 

As we begin another Piecemakers’ year, I want to say one last thanks to Denise Hamilton for her leadership during the previous 2 years.  As I have said, she is a hard act to follow, but I am going to give it my all.

I am particularly proud of the increased membership that has been achieved during the past 2 years, and hope we continue to go in that direction.  With our quilt show now directly on the horizon, the added talents and enthusiasm of these newer members can only benefit the guild.  I hope that as they find themselves fitting in during the coming months, these quilters can discover roles they can play to help enhance our growth. 

We have several members who are taking on new leadership roles in the guild, and I want to ask for your support as these ladies learn their new jobs.  First and foremost, our new Vice President Candace Klein took the job with some trepidation.  She is up to the task, but will need any and all ideas you can suggest for providing interesting programs to make our meetings informative and fun.  Please put your heads together with your friends to come up with some suggestions and contact Candace directly.

Second, Sandy Sheffield is taking on her first Board position as Membership Chairperson.  Particularly here at the beginning of the year, her job is huge.  And lastly, Pat Gispert is taking over the job of Secretary.  She will be hard at work taking notes at each meeting; please support her by logging onto our website and reading the minutes.  There is no reason not to be well-informed about the activities of the guild.  If you are having difficulty logging on, please contact Kim Brewer.  She continues in her role as Webmaster and can assist you with all related problems.

Yes, the next few months will be a learning experience for me, too.  With all of these dedicated women around me, I feel sure that I’ll have the help and support I need.

Debbie Williams

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • Quilts for appraisal along with payment (see Sept. program details)
  • DUES!!!!  $25
  • Workshop fees
  • Quarterly block
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Money to purchase “Piecemakers”  bling or embroidery shirts
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts
  • Quilt Show boutique, magazines, books and patterns and silent auction donations

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SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Sept 3 Chloe Anderson
Holly Bartholomew
Sept 4 Cathy Rebhun 
Sept 5  Helen Keen 
Sept 7  Susan Berardino 
Sept 9  Mary Nell Kirkner 
Sept 13  Genny Stanton 
Sept 15  Cindy Riley 
Sept 17  Shelly Harrell 
Sept 18 Marcia Morris
Sept 27 Michele Wilbur
Sept 30 Gayle Rudacille

MEMBERSHIP:

Welcome new members!  On behalf of Piecemakers, we’re so glad you joined our guild.

Gail Alonso, Sondra Cone, Fran Gregos, Jean Harrison, Linda Hitchens, Judy Klispie, Karen Meicher, Peggy Nugent, Linda Wassum, Donna Watts

SEPTEMBER PROGRAM

Vice President:  Candice Klein
We welcome Brenda Grampass.  Brenda is an American Quilter's Society Certified Appraiser of quilts and textiles, qualified to evaluate quilts and quilted textiles.  A lifelong seamstress and quiltmaker, Brenda will present a program entitled "To Finish or Not to Finish, That is the Question."  She has documented the quilt collections of Heritage Village in Largo, Florida, and the St. Petersburg Museum of History.  She, along with her husband, John, are co-directors of the Christian Outreach Center in Largo where she enjoys teaching children to sew and quilt.  Prior to our meeting she will be doing verbal and written appraisals for those who signed up in July.
Candice can be reached at (813) 685-2674 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Appraisal cost:  $10.00 verbal; $40.00 written

WORKSHOPS

Workshop Chairperson:  Claudia Ingram

Note:  To be added to list of class participants, workshop fee must be paid at time of sign up. 
All workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church.
Coffee is provided at all workshops; members can bring their own water or other drinks.  A refrigerator is available for members who prefer to bring their own lunch.

Workshop schedule:
10/18/14:  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.  Cost: $15.  See Claudia to sign up.
Important notice:  To date, 14 paid class participants. 10 seats remain open with 11 members on wait list (not paid).  Please see Claudia ASAP for payment and seat confirmation.

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11/15/14 – “Sew Much Fun Day” – open sewing  - $5.00
1/ 17/15 – “Night & Day”, Eleanor Burns pattern – class taught by Ingrid Wirebjer, $15.00 plus cost of book
2/21/15 – “Squareagonals”, Sandi Blackwell – price to be determined
4/11/15 – Abby Lane Quilts – project & price to be determined
5/16/15 – Scrap quilting with Claudia & Nancy - $15.00

Special note from Claudia:  “Looking forward to a fun year of sewing!”

The Ladies of the Lakes quilt guild in Lakeland has invited our members to attend their September meeting/lecture and workshop with Janice Vaine of http://grahamcrackercollection.com .  Their monthly meeting is on September 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeland Public Library on Lake Morton.  They do charge a fee of $15.00 for non-members; however, if our members have paid for the workshop, the lecture fee will be waived. If only coming for the lecture, the fee will be charged.

The details are as follows: The workshop is called Fancy Flowers which can be seen on her website under the Teaching Catalog Tab. The cost of the two day workshop on September 19 & 20 is $150.00. Please notice that in addition to the fee paid to the Ladies of the Lakes guild, there is a workbook fee of $15.00 to be paid directly to Janice Vaine. The supply list is extensive; however, many of the items are the tools of the appliquer and you probably already have some of them. Also, they are always happy to share whatever supplies they can.

They have not yet determined where the workshop will be held, but will notify all attendees when the decision is made.  If you are interested in registering for this workshop, or just need more information, please email Debbie Ferguson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QUARTERLY BLOCK

Quarterly Block Chairperson:  Betty McGue

“Simply Woven” features autumn-colored fabrics.  Instructions and fabric requirements can be found on the Moda Bake Shop website.  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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QUILT SHOW NEWS

Quilt Show Chairpersons:  Gail Palmer, Kathy Coryn

A Harvest of Quilts – Past, Present & Future” will take place on November 6 & 7, 2015. Plans are in full gear!

The quilt show committee has had several meetings and has published the lists of rules and categories.  Careful consideration and much discussion have gone into producing these documents which can now be accessed on the guild website under the Quilt Show tab.

Betty McGue and her Boutique committee are hard at work, planning projects for members to complete.  If you have an idea for an item or project that might be of interest to other quilters and shoppers, please let her know: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Saturday Sews will be planned later in the year, providing members opportunities to work together making items for the Boutique, if they wish.  Stay tuned.

Also, Donna Whiting and Barbara Hultman have already collected several quilts for the Quilt Auction.  Please consider making something for this; any size project is welcome.

Jeanette Votenz is in charge of raffle baskets.  She will be looking for donations of baskets and items to be placed in those baskets.  Why not utilize one of your 50% off coupons at JoAnn’s to purchase an item to donate?  Also, to enhance the venue, the committee will be looking to borrow autumn-themed décor items.

Kari Power is seeking donations of gently loved/used magazines, patterns and quilting books that are no longer wanted.  This was a big fund-raiser from our last quilt show so we’re encouraging all our members to help contribute.  Kari will be accepting donations each month at our guild monthly meeting.  

CHALLENGE QUILT 2014- 2015

Challenge Quilt Chairpersons:  Donna Whiting, Karen Menard

This year’s theme is a panel.  We all have them in our stash, so pull one out and make something beautiful and creative!  The rules are simple:

  • Take a pre-printed panel and make it your own.
  • Keep the quilt size 50 inches or under.
  • Take picture of panel prior to your additions so that we can see the transformation.

Quilts will be due at the April 13, 2015 meeting.  Challenge participants will be invited to a reveal tea party. The quilts will also be displayed at our May Salad Supper where guild members will vote for their favorites.  If you have any questions, please call:
Donna:  727-455-4544
Karen:  813-363-4385

OPPORTUNITY QUILT

Chairperson:  Ingrid Wirebjer

Ingrid has selected Periwinkle pattern as our guild opportunity quilt.  According to The Quilt Index,   there is documented record of this block dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  To fit the theme of our 2015 quilt show, “past, present and future”, Ingrid has chosen to showcase Periwinkle using modern colors.

Modern quilts use solid colors, graphic designs, large prints, bright colors and even grays.  

At this time, Ingrid is asking each member to provide her with (12) – 5” x 5” square pieces of quilt shop quality fabric.  Ingrid is still working on calculations of how many pieces will be needed based on final quilt size.  If we have any leftover 5” squares, Ingrid plans to donate to our quilt show boutique.   Please no muted, pastel or dainty floral prints.

There will be more information to come in the future on next steps of assembling blocks.

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RETREAT

Retreat Chairperson:  Cindy Parker

Mark your calendars with the following dates:

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.  Many have placed an order, but not paid.  Please be aware that when they are gone, there won’t be another order placed, so get yours now.  The cost is $6. Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

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BUS TRIP

Chairperson:  Jayne Torres

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
PRESIDENT'S MYSTERY ROAD TRIP
   SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015
                       
More details at our September Guild Meeting.

GUILD CALENDAR

September 2 – Board meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library, room #7

September 8
6:45 p.m. – Guild meeting and quilt appraisals prior to meeting (must sign up in advance for appraisal – see Sept program above for details)

September 22 – Board meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library

SUNSHINE NEWS

Chairperson:  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 Roseanne on her cell phone, or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CHARITY QUILTS

Community Projects Chairperson:  Jeanette Votenz

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 turn in quilts to Jeanette, so you will be credited with meeting your membership obligation.

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.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The last true month of summer is here…which means passing the torch to a new President.  I hope that you will all give much support and respect to Debbie Williams as she begins her new leadership role.  She brings much experience with her calm and seasoned decision making skills. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of you who devote your time and talent to this wonderful group.  Every member participates in a part of this process.  Just by attending a monthly meeting, you support the operation of the group which builds strength and fellowship among all.  Certainly other activities such as workshops, retreat, bus trip, secret sister, and even show and tell only further define who we are.  There is a huge “domino effect” in every activity of this club.  It sets us apart from other local groups and has kept us happy and “happening” for the last 25 years!

My experience over the last two years will be a lasting memory and change how I accomplish things in the future.  I definitely have a deeper insight in how quilters play together, create together, and share a special social bond.  I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of you better, and that alone was the biggest bonus of this position.  I laughed, cried, and tried to rise to all of the challenges.  I don’t always believe that I made all of the right choices, but tried to keep the big group in mind and thought about the end result before it happened.  I hope that some of the subtle changes were refreshing and maybe some of the surprises hopefully made you want MORE.  It was always entertaining for me to see your reaction to something unexpected. 

Those of you who helped sit on the board or head a committee realized early on that my expectations of your volunteer job were huge.  I wanted commitment, attendance, and never bad attitude.  It was ALL business and we accomplished so much!  Every single position held their own and made my job easy.  I do hope that all of you will continue to serve in other ways in the future---because of your talent and experience.

I hope to have a little more time to sew next year and finish some of those workshop projects.  Thank you ALL for the support and friendship….and I hope I can share another 25 years with the Piecemakers guild, which is my favorite social group!

Denise Hamilton

….AND A WORD FROM YOUR NEWSLETTER CHAIRPERSON:

This is the last newsletter I will produce before taking on the MUCH larger job as president of Piecemakers.  It has been a very enjoyable 2 years in this role.  Thank you to all who have contributed information; you have made my job so easy.

Cathy Singletary will take over the job in August, so please log on to read her September newsletter.  I am aware that not everyone can or does read the newsletter, and I don’t take that oversight personally.  However, I have strong feelings that this is such a perfect means to inform you of what’s happening and what’s to come in the next few weeks, that it behooves everyone to take a moment and read it.

In years past, the newsletter was printed out and mailed to each member.  The postage to do that now would take a big bite out of our budget, so we choose to do this electronically.  If you know of a friend/member who just doesn’t bother, please encourage her to log on and read this in the week prior to our guild meeting. 

And so I pass the baton to Cathy; she will do a fabulous job! 

Debbie Williams

THINGS TO BRING TO GUILD:

  • DUES!!!!  $25
  • Workshop fees
  • Quarterly block
  • Money to purchase guild pin
  • Library books
  • Show & Tell quilts
  • Charity quilts

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AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

August 3 – Betty McGue
August 3 – Gail Palmer
August 12 – Karen Menard
August 15 – Betty Lucas
August 18 – Andrea Wolper
August 22 – Linda Lammers
August 23 – Denise Meicher
August 25 – Brenda Edwards
August 27 – Kim Brewer
August 28 – Barbara Hultman
August 28 – Jayne Torres

AUGUST PROGRAM

On August 11, Denise Hamilton will preside over her last meeting as president, and it promises to be a memorable evening.  Installation of officers will take place and light refreshments will be served.  She will also recognize those special people who went above and beyond during the past year.  A presentation about staying fit while quilting will take place, and there will also be some musical fun.  Prizes and awards will be handed out.  Lots of fun for all, so don’t miss it!

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Special thanks to a very special group of ladies:

I'd like to express sincere thanks for the engraved scissors gift set.  I will always treasure my memories as a PMQG President for many years to come and these will be my frequent reminder.  Thank you for your unending support and generosity.

Denise Hamilton

WORKSHOPS

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 Claudia to sign up; more information will be announced at the upcoming meetings.

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Saturday Sew:  Dates for the coming months are:

November 8
January 17
February 21
April 18

No specific projects are planned for these days; there may be Boutique projects to work on, or if not, you can work on individual quilts of your own.  Announcements will be made in the coming months.

The Ladies of the Lakes quilt guild in Lakeland has invited our members to attend their September meeting/lecture and workshop with Janice Vaine of http://grahamcrackercollection.com.  Their monthly meeting is on September 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeland Public Library on Lake Morton.  They do charge a fee of $15.00 for non-members; however, if our members have paid for the workshop, the lecture fee will be waived. If only coming for the lecture, the fee will be charged.

The details are as follows: The workshop is called Fancy Flowers which can be seen on her website under the Teaching Catalog Tab. The cost of the two day workshop on September 19 & 20 is $150.00. Please notice that in addition to the fee paid to the Ladies of the Lakes guild, there is a workbook fee of $15.00 to be paid directly to Janice Vaine. The supply list is extensive; however, many of the items are the tools of the appliquer and you probably already have some of them. Also, they are always happy to share whatever supplies they can.

They have not yet determined where the workshop will be held, but will notify all attendees when the decision is made.  If you are interested in registering for this workshop, or just need more information, please email Debbie Ferguson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 August meeting or found on the Moda Bake Shop website.  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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A big thank you goes out to Ingrid for all the great blocks she planned and coordinated over the last 2 years.  All her efforts are much appreciated!

QUILT SHOW NEWS

A Harvest of Quilts – Past, Present & Future” will take place on November 6 & 7, 2015. Plans are in full gear!

The quilt show committee has had several meetings and has published the lists of rules and categories.  Careful consideration and much discussion have gone into producing these documents which can now be accessed on the guild website under the Quilt Show tab.

Betty McGue and her Boutique committee are hard at work, planning projects for members to complete.  If you have an idea for an item or project that might be of interest to other quilters and shoppers, please let her know: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Saturday Sews will be planned later in the year, providing members opportunities to work together making items for the Boutique, if they wish.  Stay tuned.

Also, Donna Whiting and Barbara Hultman have already collected several quilts for the Quilt Auction.  Please consider making something for this; any size project is welcome.

Jeanette Votenz is in charge of raffle baskets.  She will be looking for donations of baskets and items to be placed in those baskets.  Why not utilize one of your 50% off coupons at JoAnn’s to purchase an item to donate?  Also, to enhance the venue, the committee will be looking to borrow autumn-themed décor items.

RETREAT

Mark your calendars with the following dates:

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.  Many have placed an order, but not paid.  Please be aware that when they are gone, there won’t be another order placed, so get yours now.  The cost is $6. Here is a picture of the pin; they are 1” square:

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GUILD CALENDAR

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

August 4 – Quilt Show committee meeting
6:30 p.m., Bloomingdale library

August 11 – Guild meeting
6:45 p.m.

September 2 – Board meeting
6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Library, room #7

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 Roseanne Westenzweig on her cell phone, or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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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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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May Newsletter

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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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April Newsletter

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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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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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www.quiltfest.com

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.

____________________________________________________

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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