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Program – Thursday, Sep 8, 2016, 6:30 PM

a tisket, a tasket

a tisket, a tasket

September is our traditional “welcome back” and catching up/planning meeting. This year we are stepping it up a notch with a fantastic basket raffle – or baskets raffles! Members are encouraged to work in small groups and assemble baskets of goodies and then everyone will buy tickets and “bid” on their favorite baskets. There are even some prizes involved!

To get us started, Bobbie provided the following guidelines:

  1. work in teams/groups of three to five people
  2. each basket to have a theme (i.e. gardening or batiks/hand dyes or red/white & blue or scrappy or
    seasonal/holiday or sweets/foods or a specific fabric ethnicity, even appliqué or art quilt based; anything as long as it’s a
    recognizable theme)
  3. each basket to have a printed list of both the contents AND the team, (i.e. if fat quarters, how many; larger
    fabric pieces, approximate yardage; what notions, threads, a set of blocks, yarns, book and/or packaged pattern titles)
  4. as long as the container holds everything, be creative with the term “basket”
  5. wrapping the basket with cellophane or tulle or netting is okay but not necessary
  6. teams may offer more than one basket if the themes/contents are different

This is a chance to purge your sewing room; your beloved stash; that drawer of quilting “stuff.” This is not a garage sale. Please take the time to make each basket awesomely special. Be creative with the packaging of the contents. There will be prizes!!

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).

Library

The final garage sale of the 2015-2016 year was a great success. Your purchases totaled a huge $74.30 to bring our balance in the library fund to $122.29. Over the summer we will add some new titles to our collection. Our favorite authors have new books on the market and we will work toward getting good pricing on those items. Our next library garage sale will be in October, so please save your contributions until then.

The library will be closed for the month of June because the tables are all needed for our banquet. We will be accepting returns, or you may keep your books out all summer if you wish.

Choices

Cell phone donations are always welcome. We are also always interested in accepting any 9″ (9.5″ including seam allowance) nine patch or rail fence quilt blocks. This month we will be collecting paper goods and cleaning supplies.

The following are some of the items on the Choices Wish List: powdered laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, heavy duty plastic silverware and plastic cups, new women’s socks and underwear of all sizes, flip-flops of all sizes, night lights and Forever stamps. These can be placed in the Choices box. 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)

Kids N Kamp / Childhood Cancer Family Connection

This year the auction will be held Thursday, October 20, at The Shoe. Not only are there wonderful quilts to see and purchase, but there is also a wealth of Buckeye memorabilia up for auction. You get to mingle with Buckeye players from the past and coaches from present. Enjoy some Buckeye cheers with alumni cheerleaders and feast on some really good finger food. You’d think that an event like this would require an expensive admission ticket, but $25 will get you in the door.

Kids N Kamp Christmas ornaments: We have a start on a wonderful selection of unique Christmas ornaments for the Christmas Wishes Tree. The project will allow attendees of the October 20 Tailgate Party at The Shoe to purchase individual ornaments for $10 each. You can bring ornaments to the meeting or work on ornaments over the summer and bring them to the September meeting. You can use Christmas as a theme, or sewing, or sports, or anything that you think would be appropriate. Please use your creativity.

Kids N Kamp quilts: If you’d like to donate a quilt, please call the KNK office at 614-262-2220.

Kids N Kamp has changed their name to better reflect their mission. They will now be known as the Childhood Cancer Family Connection. If you’d like more information about this local charity, their website is still www.kidsnkamp.org. If you have any questions, call the Childhood Cancer Family Connection 614-262-2220 or Kay Hoagland.

President’s Challenge

This year’s President’s Challenge quilts will be revealed at the June meeting! The President’s challenge for this year was to make a quilted item featuring a representation of a “critter” or to use “critter” fabric in a quilt. Any size! Any critter counts – cats, dogs, penguins, bugs, …! If you want to make something for the challenge but don’t necessarily want to keep it, you can donate it to “My Very Own Blanket”. If you choose to donate, it needs to be in sizes of 36″ x 36″ up to 60″ x 80″ or twin size or any size in between. But for the challenge, any size is fair “game.” Not finished? Bring it anyway!

Click here to see photos from the 2015 President’s Challenge.

Shawnee Quilting Retreat 2017

Mark Your Calendar! QQ’s annual retreat, held at the beautiful Shawnee State Park Lodge (14 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio) will be held March 3-5, 2017. The retreat offers three full days of unlimited sewing in a spacious, well-lit ballroom as well as accommodations in the Lodge’s very nice hotel rooms. There are several quilt shops along the route down to the Lodge as well as a few more across the river in Kentucky. We enjoy some splendid meals, excellent fellowship, and lots of sewing. Registration forms will be available in the November newsletter and due no later than the January meeting. For questions, contact Phyllis Post.

Sunshine

Welcome Joan Tuttle as the new QQ Sunshine contact. Please let her know about any quilting-related achievements of members or if you have information about a member who is ill or has lost a family member. Call Joan and leave a message if she isn’t home.

Workshops

Bonnie Hunter is coming June 27-29, 2017 for shared workshops with Common Threads quilt guild. Her blog is full of information, including tips and techniques and lots of free patterns for scrap quilts. She blends fabrics from the 1980s with current batiks and it all works. Check out her collection of vintage machines! www.quiltville.blogspot.com.

Franklin County Fair

The Franklin County Fair is July 16-23, 2016. All QQ members are encouraged to enter the Quilt and Needle Arts portion of the Fair. Organizers would love to have a representation of quilt makers from all guilds across the county. There is a $20 fee plus $1 per entry for adult classes. There are 15 Classes for Large and Small Quilts, Wall Hangings, Miniatures, and Other Items, plus two Classes for Youth/Junior entries. Items must have been made in the last ten years. Entry information and forms can be downloaded at: www.fcfair.org/senior-fair-premium-book
-or-
www.fcfair.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/OPEN-QUILTS-NEEDLE-ARTS-2016.pdf .

A special feature this year is Class 18 – Community Service Quilts. The selected service organization for 2016 is Quilts of Valor. QoV quilts will be judged, and after the fair they will be sent to the Franklin County QoV Coordinator. Quilts of Valor have specific guidelines which are included in the entry information. It would be great if we could get lots of service quilts because community service is a big part of almost every quilt guild. If you have questions about the Franklin County Fair quilt and needlework entries, contact Marty Rigo or Kathy Zaebst. Entry deadline is July 9.