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PROGRAM – Thursday, Apr 27, 2017, 7 PM

NOTE:  change in regular meeting date for April!

Our guest speaker for April will be Ruthie Hoover, local quilter extraordinaire. Her trunk show is entitled, “One Crazy Bed Quilt at a Time.”  You may have seen her work at the Sunbury Quilt Show. Join us for what will be a great presentation.

We meet on the second Thursday at:

Covenant Baptist Church
5100 Dierker Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220

(off Bethel, between Sawmill and Reed – click here for map).

FALL RETREAT

We will be having an expanded fall retreat this year in a new location – the Kirkmont Center, a church camp. The retreat will be held October 20-22, 2017.  It’s in Zanesfield, Ohio, not far from Mad River Mountain ski resort, between Marysville and Bellefontaine. The retreat house has a spacious, walk-out basement room with a lovely view of the woods that we will use for sewing. Upstairs is a large gathering room with comfortable, casual seating as well as tables for our meals. There’s a loft, a fully equipped kitchen, and an elevator if stairs are difficult for you. The sleeping accommodations are a series of bunk rooms. Each one sleeps six and has an attached bathroom. There are two upper bunks in each room. We also have access to a small house across the parking lot that will sleep an additional 3 people. In total, we will be able to have 27 people attending, although at least eight people will need to volunteer to take an upper bunk bed.

In addition to your clothing and sewing supplies, you’ll need to bring your own bedding. We have not set the cost yet, but it will probably be around $150.00. Your registration fee will include all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. Everyone will have their own 6-foot table.
The Retreat Committee is excited to offer a fall opportunity for a larger number of people. Those of us who toured the facility think you’ll enjoy your experience there. Watch for registration information in the June newsletter.

2017 QQ GROUP QUILT

We hope to have the quilt top for the group quilt completed shortly. It is time for us to pick a charity to share the proceeds of the quilt. Please come to the April meeting with suggestions and some information about your charity to present to the members. Our plans are to have tickets available by the May and June meetings and have the drawing for the quilt at the December potluck meeting. If you are not going to be at the April meeting and have a charity you would like to suggest, please feel free to email Wendy.

NATIONAL QUILTING DAY – HAPPY BIRTH DAY, BABY!

Many thanks to Kathi Machle for donating a baby quilt for the Happy Birth Day, Baby! project. The quilt was delivered to Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s – it was so cute, I’m sure it will be loved. I hope you’ll still visit the Quilt Alliance website and download the free pattern: quiltalliance.org/nationalquiltingday.  Read about other Quilt Alliance activities for National Quilting Day too and sign a pledge to label your quilts. They also introduced a “Go Tell It” project so individuals and groups can post a short (3 minutes or less) video featuring a quilter, or quilt owner, and a quilt that has special meaning. Everyone is welcome to participate, all it takes is a cell phone for the video. And if you upload the video before April 15, you can enter a contest too! Possibilities are endless. For example if you make a quilt for someone special (child, grandchild, parent…), you could post a video explaining why it is special for you. You could post a video with a quilt made by your mother or grandmother and talk about why you cherish the memory. They want to preserve and document quilts and their stories. Check it out!

LIBRARY

Last month we rolled out our brand new library cart. We’re using this to house all of our novels. The books are in alphabetical order by the author’s last names. Now it is easier to the committee to set up the library and it is easier for you to find your favorite authors.

The March library garage sale netted $41.70. Thank you for making those purchases and thank you for making those donations. We will running the ever popular garage sale during the April meeting, so stop by the tables and pick up some bargains. Our garage sale profits go towards new books. This month many of the publishers had terrific sales, so we have purchased
twenty-three new books! Come check them out!

CHOICES

As usual we will be collecting donations at the April meeting – these can be placed in the Choices box. The following items are some of the items on the Choices Wish List: powdered laundry detergent , toilet paper, paper towels, large garbage bags, liquid hand soap, dish soap, Febreeze, silverware and plastic cups, new women’s socks, underwear and bras, regular size deodorants, toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, and African American hair care products. Cell phones are always welcome.

“Choices Eliminating Domestic Violence” is an organization serving Franklin County by providing counseling and shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Choices serves 700-800 individuals annually. QQ has been supporting this organization since 1994 by providing quilts and other donated items, primarily paper goods and cleaning supplies for the shelter. (www.choicescolumbus.org)

PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE

This year’s President’s Challenge is flowers – flowers of any variety, shape and color. There are no requirements as to size, shape, technique, fabric, or embellishments. Maybe it is time to finish those floral quilts languishing in the closet, use all that state flower fabric you were collecting or even labels from tea bags! The quilts are due at the June meeting. The guild members will chose the awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by voting. The votes will be tallied and the one receiving the most votes will be first place, second number of votes will be second place, and third number of votes will be third place. Remember to cover your label when bringing them to the June Meeting.

SUNSHINE

When you know of a QQ Member or an immediate family member that has been very ill, is having an operation, or has had a death in their family, please let Joan Tuttle know. She will send a card so they know that their QQ sisters and brothers are thinking of them.

WORKSHOPS

The June 29 workshop with Bonnie Hunter is now full.  If you want to be placed on the waiting list (people DO cancel), please email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com to reserve a spot.

We are excited to schedule a workshop with Vikki Pignatelli for her “farewell tour” before retirement. Mark your calendars for October 13 & 14, 2017. Many thanks to Quilt Trends for agreeing to let us have the workshop at their shop and to the Art Quilt Alliance for helping to sponsor and advertise the event.

CHILDHOOD CANCER FAMILY CONNECTION (Kids N Kamp)

Save the date, October 19, 2017, for the annual Columbus Childhood Family Connection Tailgate Party at The Shoe. Over the years QQ and the area quilters have helped to raise $465,000 to support area families stricken by childhood cancer. They are looking for donations of quilts from wall hanging size up to and including king size quilts. Ohio State themed quilts sell well as it is a sports themed event. But all quilts are welcomed. The quilts are professionally judged and the best of show is awarded a Bernina courtesy of Beth’s Creative Stitchery. First prize winners in the other categories win packages from local quilt shops. For more information call Childhood Cancer Family Connection and ask for an information packet. 614-262-2220 To see the scope of their good works visit their website www.kidsnkamp.org