February 12, 2008
Fairborn Senior Center
325 N. Third Street
Unfortunately, it is that time of year. Meetings will be canceled if Fairborn schools are closed.
Quilt Blocks and How They Got Their Names
By Lisa Broberg Quintana
The February program will be a slide lecture entitled ―What’s in a Name? Historical notes to the
derivation of quilt names—or—OH! So that’s where it came from!‖ This is part one in a series I put
together in Connecticut about the historical background of antique quilt block names. Some of you
may be familiar with The Lone Eagle, but how about Nelson’s Victory, the W.C.T.U. block and Odd
So...who am I and why the heck do I think I can speak on this? Well, I’m just one of you now,
but I was a museum curator, trained at Colonial Williamsburg and I hold a MA in Colonial American
History from the College of William and Mary. I served as director or curator at a number of small
institutions in Connecticut, most recently, the New Haven Colony Historical Society until I quit to do
free-lance museum work when I had my daughter. I continued to lecture, write articles and exhibition
reviews until I moved to Ohio in June 2005. I came home so to speak as I was born and raised in
south central Michigan and joined the guild in February or March of 2006.
A Note from the President
Already in the new year we’re looking forward to next Christmas with the opportunity to create
ornaments in order to decorate a TWIG tree to benefit Children’s Medical Center. Please read Connie
Combs’ article explaining the project.
On our web site we’ve listed the projected programs and workshops for the coming year. With
three major workshops scheduled, we will challenge our skills and stimulate our enthusiasm.
Which reminds me that dues of $20 are now due. Thank you very much to each of you who
has already paid them.
Our most important event this year is our quilt show May 16 and 17. We want everybody to
participate in this as we only do it every other year. It’s a unique opportunity to show the public what
we’ve accomplished since our last show. And it’s great fun!
February 4th is our first board meeting of the new year. It’s at 6 p.m. at the Fairborn Senior
Center. All are welcome,
especially the executive board and all committee chairpeople.
All this we do for the love of quilting.
Regretfully, one of our advertisers and supporters, Unique Stitches, is closing. A message from shop
owner and guild member Marian Gebele is included in this Newsletter.
We appreciate her support over the years. – Ed Chamness
Hello from me, the new VP - Shari Brindley
Just a brief hey there. I’m really looking forward to and somewhat anxious about the upcoming
year as your program coordinator. Some of you have already assisted me with names and suggested
speakers for the future. I am open to all kinds of lecture ideas. Our only restraint is our budget. Some
speakers are just too costly to have come to the guild due to travel distance and/or the fees they
charge. Not that they are not worth what they charge, but we just can not afford to pay that amount.
If anyone knows of or would like me to research certain speakers please feel free to e-mail me.
If you would like to contact me, e-mail is the best way. I respond to you much quicker by computer
than by phone. That being said, my address is xbrindley(at)donet.com, and I usually get back to folks
that same day or the next unless I am out of town. This is your guild and just like the past VP’s I want
to provide the workshops and programs you desire.
Workshops for 2008
I have started a sign up list for all three workshops scheduled for 2008. I will be accepting
payments in March for one or all of the workshops. I am letting you know way ahead of time because
if we do not fill up the workshops with our guild members, I will be contacting other guilds to see if
they would like to participate.
It is very important that we fill these workshops to the fullest.
I will e-mail a supply list and specific details to those who sign up and pay for the workshops as that
information becomes available.
The following is a more detailed description of each workshop that Susan Hill has already
worked so hard to provide for us.
June 28 (Saturday)
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Combination of Improvisational Curves and
Manipulations of Quilts
Cost is 45.00
Location of workshop is to be determined.
Maximum number of students requested by
Vikki is 16.
July 9 (Wednesday)
9 or 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. (6
Running Amok with Creativity
Cost is 40.00
Location of workshop is McDonald’s Training
Center, 278 E. Main Street, New Lebanon,
Maximum number of students is 20.
August 16 (Saturday)
(Times to be determined)
Based on her new book ―Adventures in
Circles‖ which won’t be published until July
Cost is 40.00
Location of workshop is to be determined.
Maximum number of students is 20.
Helping Out the New VP
and the Guild
I would greatly appreciate some help in finding
Blackberry place(s) for our guild’s workshops. We need a
space that could accommodate up to 20
Patchworks students with plenty of room for working on
projects that would not cost the guild for the
Quilting fabrics, services, use of the building.
supplies & country gifts Also, is there anyone who has a spare
room in their home (who doesn’t smoke or
have pets) who would be willing to
We’ve got over 2300+ bolts, our own line patterns & kits, accommodate and serve as hostess to any of
unique loc ally made gifts, great classes our overnight speakers? Most of the
& generous guild discounts (15%). teachers/speakers prefer to stay in hotels
nowadays but if there is a speaker who would
be willing to stay with one of our guild
members, it would be a wonderful way to show
If the lights are on, them what an awesome gracious group we
just knock, we’ll let you in! are.
Please feel free to e-mail me with
ideas/activities that you really like and
Stop by & see me, Phyllis Meiring appreciate about our guild and future
programs, and I will try my hardest to
incorporate them into the 2009 calendar. It will
1 Mile West of I-75 be hard to fill the shoes of past VP’s who have
done such a wonderful job, but I hope to
408 N. Main S t. continue in helping our guild to be one of the
best around. I encourage all of us to be
Piqua, OH 45356 involved in some way, shape or form in the
www.blackberrypatchworks.com upcoming year in the Miami Valley Quilters’
Guild. Each one of us has something to offer,
from being the chairperson of a committee to sewing a leaf on the raffle quilt. YOU are needed! And
more important, YOU are appreciated!
February 3rd Monday Stitch-In
Evening stitch-in held on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
The 3rd Monday Evening Stitch-in will be held February 18th at Debbie Ginsburg’s home. The
address is 701 Debron Road, West Milton. Her telephone number is 698.4711.
Please call Debbie for directions and to let her know you’ll be coming. Enjoy an evening with
friends and get some of your quilting and piecing done!
Are there other groups (hand piecing - hand quilting - talking and eating – etc.) with space for
additional participants? If so, why not list your schedule in the Newsletter.
If you are interested in starting a small group to meet in members’ homes or perhaps in a free
room at your church or a neighborhood community center, ask for other interested individuals to get
with you at Guild meeting and send information to Chris Garcher to put in the Newsletter.
Just a thought…Ed Chamness
Quilted Tree Ornaments
Twig 17 (Terrific Women In Giving), which is an auxiliary group of Dayton Children’s Medical
Center, designs Christmas trees for sale at the annual Festival of Trees/Sugarplum, which is held at
the Dayton Convention Center in November.
This small group of women has won many designer awards and has designed up to ten trees a
year. Many have sold up to $800.
As a member of TWIG 17, I am asking Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild to make quilted Christmas
tree ornaments for a designer tree that would be at the 2008 Festival of Trees/Sugarplum in
The guild would receive publicity for designing the ornaments on the tree and free entrance
tickets to go to the Sugarplum on Saturday. The ornament size should be small, such as postcard
size or 4x4x4 for dimensional ornaments, and the color would need be red, green or white or a
combination of these.
I would collect ornaments monthly at the meetings and also at the retreat. The last month that I
could collect would be in September.
Thank you in advance for your support for the Dayton Children’s Medical Center Festival of
TWIG 17—20+ year member
Twinning Doll Project
Our church ―twins‖ with a church in South America. As part of that project, we help them
support a small school and orphanage. I am proposing a project to our members to be presented at
the MVQG Retreat in February. Here’s how it would work:
I will bring plain cloth dolls to the retreat. I would ask that each of you make a small quilt for
each doll. If you like, you can also do any one or more of the following:
-- Make a simple slip/dress and/or pantaloons/undies (I will supply patterns and scrap fabric)
-- Make a simple skirt or apron, embellishing it with the colors you used in the quilt
-- Add hair (I will supply simple instructions for French knots, loops, fringed patterns)
-- Add any other embellishment you would like (ribbons, buttons, charms, embroidery, etc.)
-- Add inking for doll’s face and heart
-- Sign your doll and add a message to the dress, skirt or quilt (I will supply a sample)
If you don’t get your doll finished at retreat you can take it home and work on it. I will collect all
dolls at future guild meeting. When I have received all of the dolls, I will present them to our Twinning
Team at church for delivery to the school/orphanage at their discretion. If you would like to work
individually or as a small group to make your doll quilt that is fine too! ALSO feel free to promote this
project with any other guilds or quilt groups you belong to.
Please contact Linda Newcomer at 416.4166 or gary.newcomer(at)sbcglobal.net if you think
you would like to participate. Or you can sign up at Retreat.
Welcome New Members
For your information, 61 members and 5 guests attended the January meeting.
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GUILD MEMBER DISCOUNT10%
A new or renewed subscription to Fons and Porter magazine is $20 for 1 year. Please make
check out to MVQG. Include mailing label if you can. Our guild will get $5 for each subscription that
This makes a great gift that will last all year long.
If you hear of a member who could use our support, please call Lee Peterson at 439.7298.
Iris Adkins, a former member of the guild, has passed away. If you would like to s end a sympathy
card or note, please send to:
Mrs. Linda Wickman
Little Lick Farm
Barbourville, WV 25504
February 8th – March 19th
Quilt Show 2008 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Show is held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094. Admission is $6;
seniors 60+ $4. Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, 9 a.m. –
5 p.m. and closed on Mondays (open Presidents’ Day). One of Ohio’s finest quilt shows, with over
200 quilted works in a judged Quilt Show. For more information, call 800.763.7400 or
February 28th – March 1st
17th Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
Show held at Bloomington Convention Center, 3rd St. and College Ave. Admission is $6 per day; $12
for all three days. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. –
6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be over 250 quilts for viewing, classes from top quilting
instructors, Merchant’s Mall and enjoy a variety of quilt-related exhibits at area museums. For more
information, call 812.334.8900 or http://www.ihqs.org.
April 22nd – 26th
20th Rotary Antique Quilt Show
Show entitled ―Can’t Have Too Many Baskets‖ is held at the Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave., Paducah,
KY. For quilt collectors, basket quilts provide a wonderful opportunity to search for the most unusual
types. In this collection you will see not only a great variety of styles, colors, and interpretations, but
you will also see the differences between individual collectors. Admission is $5. Hours: Tuesday thru
Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 270.442.3418 or
April 29th – May 4th
32nd Annual Quilt Fair
Fair is presented by Sauder Village which is located at 22611 State Route 2, P.O. Box 235, Archbold,
Oh 43502. Each year the Sauder Village Quilt Fair pays tribute to the fine craftsmanship of quilters
from across the Midwest. During this 6-day show more than 400 breathtaking quilts will be on full-
length display, creating a kaleidoscope of color and pattern in Founder’s Hall. Guests will also enjoy
special music, quilting demonstrations and shopping and will have an opportunity to meet and learn
from Sharyn Craig - guest teacher, author and quilter from near San Diego, Calif ornia. Admission is
$8.50 - $12.50. Hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, email www.saudervillage.org.
May 16-17, 2008
MVQG 2008 Membership Show
The more than 200 members of the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild present their most recent
works in this biennial show which is one of the largest regional shows in Ohio. Our members
range from novices to professional quilters, designers, and lecturers. A boutique of member
made items provides an opportunity to enhance your décor or add to your collection and a
raffle quilt made by members will be awarded at the conclusion of the show on Saturday.
State, regional, and local vendors provide a wide variety of quilts and quilt-related items –
from fabric and notions to the latest in home sewing machines and professional quality long-
arm machines. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The
show is at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio,
USA Admission: $5.00
For more information visit: http://www.miamivalleyquiltersguild.org
June 19th – 21st
39th Annual NQA Quilt Show
Show is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The show will feature exhibits, classes,
lectures, an extensive vendor mall and special events. The 400+ competition quilts will be joined by a
special theme exhibit of Rose Quilts, selected quilts from Sacred Threads: 2007, a fascinating exhibit
of Vintage Kit Quilts from the collection of noted quilt historian Xenia Cord, an exhibit called
Contemporary Colorations: The Wow Factor and a sampling of wonderful NQA Chapter Challenge
Class information brochures will be available to all current members of NQA in the winter issue of The
Quilting Quarterly. Registration information will be posted on their website on or about January 2,
2008. Advance registration is available for all volunteers who worked two shifts during the 38th Annual
Show in 2007.
Jessie Charles will be at the retreat on Friday and Saturday to sharpen your scissors. She
does sewing scissors, pinking shears, dog grooming scissors, beauty shears and knives. The cost for
her services start at $10.00. She has been kind enough to take off from her regular job to
accommodate us, so please take advantage of her services and make it worth her while. Thank you.
Massages will be available for $15 for 15 minutes (same as last year) on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. You will want to budget time and money for this awesome benefit. You can sign up for your
massage time at the registration table on Friday morning and then through out the weekend. Last
year the time slots filled up really fast, so be sure to sign up first thing.
Bad and ugly quilts need to be turned in to Shari or another committee member at the retreat
no later than Saturday morning at 9:30. Voting will be done by retreaters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with
the winners being announced during Saturday’s Show and Tell.
If you have questions, e-mail is the best way to reach me, Shari Brindley:
Finally, please keep in mind we will need a Retreat Chairperson and Committee for 2009. It would be
great to announce who that will be by the end of this retreat or even the beginning!
2008 Retreat Mystery Quilt
Light ¾ yard
Medium 1 ¼ yard (Could be focus/floral fabric)
Dark 1 yard
Cut (24)-3 ½" squares
Cut (10)-3 7/8" squares
Cut (2)- 4 ¼" squares, then cut in half diagonally twice
Cut (12)- 3 ½" squares
Cut (4)- 3 7/8" squares, then cut in half diagonally
Cut (2)- 4 ¼" squares, then cut in half diagonally twice
Cut (9)- 3 ½" squares
Cut (18)- 3 7/8" squares, then cut in half diagonally
Cut four strips 1 ½" x 32"
There are options for the outer border/s that will be given after the top is made at retreat. Bring all
leftover fabric with you.
Unique Stitches Closing North Fairfield Store
The following is a message from Marian Gebele, owner of Unique Stitches and a member of
the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild:
After much thought, I have decided to close the retail part of the quilt shop. As most of you know, the
past 2 years have been really rough because of my mom's illness and death, my daughter's Juvenile Diabetes
and the recent death of my grandma. It's time for me to spend more of my time at home.
On a positive note, we are in the final stages of adopting our little redhead. He is turning 3 later this
month and will be starting preschool. I love being home with him and have found that the quilt shop keeps me
from doing that.
Our oldest daughter Sarah will be going away to college in the fall and I want to spend as much time
with her as I can before she does.
So, starting Friday, Jan. 18 th, we will be having a HUGE sale on everything in the store.
Fabric: 30% off the price on the bolt…buy the bolt, save an additional 5%.
Books: Save 30%
Patterns: Save 30%
Notions: Save 30%
I know that all of you have many questions, so keep reading….and I'll try to answer them!
Wall Hanging of the Month Club
The Wall Hanging of the Month club will continue. You can plan on picking up the February kit as
usual. Beginning in March, I will charge your credit card for the kit then mail the kits to you each month. (I will
pay for the shipping.) If you pay by check, I will send you an invoice each month.
Sampler Sensation Club
Sampler Sensation will continue also. I will mail the blocks each month. I will pay for the shipping.
2007 Buck a Block Club
I am hoping to have all of the finishing kits ready by February 1 st.
2008 Buck a Block Club
Because I won't be operating a retail quilt shop, I have decided that I won't be offering the 2008 Buck a
Die Cutting 101
I will be keeping the die cutting equipment, so if you need your fabric cut, give me a call. I LOVE working with
fabric that has been die cut! I just made the Free Wheeling pattern that Kay wrote and it is awesome! I am
getting ready to start making the "Take Five" quilt.
Machine Quilting Services
I am going to continue the machine quilting part of my business, but I will operate out of my home. This is
where I started 12 years ago and I can't wait to take it back home.
I plan on moving the quilting machine and other equipment to my house sometime in February. I will
send an email out to let everyone know when that happens. In the meantime, you can go ahead and bring your
quilts to our current location.
Save 10% on quilting services if you bring in a quilt before February 15 th!!
Stay tuned to future emails…..I'll keep all of you posted on any other changes.
I can't thank all of you enough for being my customers. This has been a very hard decision, but it is one that I
have to make. My family comes first and I know that all of you understand.
I hope to see you soon, so that I can say "Good Bye" in person.
Unique Stitches Quilt Shop
2169 N. Fairfield Rd.
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Friday and Saturday 10:00-4:00
Quilt pins are available at each meeting from Kim Gros. Each pin is $3, up to 2 pins. After that they
are $5 apiece.
Deadline for March 2008 Issue: Monday, February 18
All articles are subject to editing and approval by the editor. Materials received after the published
deadline date will be considered for publication only if space and time permit.
MVQG’s 2007 Officers
President Ron Lundquist
Vice President Shari Brindley
Treasurer Sandy Hartz
Recording Secretary Kathy Bean
Corresponding Secretary Debbie Bertke
2008 Board Meetings
All officers and committee chairs are expected to attend the Board meetings which are held quarterly
on Mondays as listed. All Guild members are invited to attend.
Quilting stories, ideas, news?
MVQG Newsletter Editor
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Dayton OH 45424
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Beavercreek, OH 45434
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Comments, suggestions, or information to post:
Ed Chamness at mrandmrsquilter(at)aol.com