Welcome to Quintessential Quilters!

Next Meeting – Thursday, Oct 12, 2017, 6:30 PM

Program – Vikki Pignatelli, “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Quilter”

Vikki Pignatelli

Join us to hear Vikki!  This may be your last chance, as she is retiring November 1. Her description of the lecture is: “For years I tried many different crafts and explored art in all mediums.  One day I realized there was a benefit to this crazy urge to try new and different things. I talk about how everything learned from past projects are contributing to and enriching my work in my quilts today.”

This program is free to members; $5 for non-members.

Vikki is also holding a workshop on October 13-14 at QuiltTrends (see below).  If you are interested, there are still a couple of spots left.  Email quintessentialquilters@nullgmail.com.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete and return your Membership Form!  (Click here for membership form.)

We meet on the second Thursday at:

Covenant Baptist Church
5100 Dierker Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220

(between Bethel and Henderson Roads – click here for map).


Registration is now open for the October 13 & 14 workshop with Vikki Pignatelli for her “farewell tour” before retirement. The Art Quilt Alliance will be co-sponsoring the workshop which will be at Quilt Trends. This two-day medley workshop will feature “Improvisation: The Basics” and “Adding Dimension and Manipulations to Quilts: The Basics.” Cost is $110 for QQ and AQA members (includes lunch) / $130 for non-members.


The retreat will be held October 20-22, 2017.  It begins at 10:00 pm Friday afternoon and ends at 1:00 Sunday afternoon.

This year it will be held at a new location – the Kirkmont Center, a Presbyterian church camp in Zanesfield, Ohio, off Route 33, northwest of Marysville and not far from Mad River Mountain ski resort. The retreat house, Croft House Lodge, is a building in the camp that is somewhat secluded from the other buildings in camp.  It is surrounded by trees, has some walking trails and should be quite lovely in autumn. It has a large open living area with a fireplace, loft, and kitchen. There’s a wraparound deck/porch. Beneath the living area is a walkout basement with a bank of windows to let in lots of natural light. The room is huge – plenty of room for each person to have their own 6 foot table for sewing. There is an elevator. There is also a small parking area at the basement entrance so it will be easy to unload your sewing supplies. There are 4 bedrooms in the Lodge and each room sleeps 6 people. Each bedroom has two bunk beds, which means a total of 8 people need to be willing to take a top bunk in order to accommodate everyone. The bedrooms also have their own attached bathrooms.  You will need to bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries.

The cost is $150.00.  Your fee includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Friday dinner, three meals on Saturday, Sunday brunch, and snacks
  • 24 hour access to the sewing area

There are still a couple of spots available for the fall retreat, but you need to register by October 12.


We had a very successful garage sale during the September meeting. The proceeds from the sale were $42.60 bringing our balance to $81.48. Martindale had a wonderful $5 book sale, so the library purchased 8 new books: “Modern Baby”, “Fat Quarter Quickies”, “Welcome Baby”, “Sew Slice Spin & Sash”, “Another Bite of Snibbles”, “Striking Strip Quilts”, “Stack Shuffle & Slide”, and “The Big Book of Strip Quilts”. Stop by the library and check out up to 3 books at a time. The garage sale and the library will be up and running during the October meeting. Please bring any usable garage sale donations to the meeting


“LSS Choices for Victims of 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)

In LSS Focus, the Fall 2017 Newsletter, there is one woman’s story:

“I was married just shy of 11 years and have two children, ages 2 and 7. My mom knew I was getting physically abused so she began to look for resources about a year ago. She found LSS CHOICES, and it has definitely
been the turning point in getting my life turned back around.

I knew I needed to get out of that relationship when he put a hole into the steel garage door with a hammer in an attempt to get back in the house. I locked him out when he began screaming and cussing at me.

My daughter had such fear in her eyes. What do you think he was going to do with that hammer when he got through the door?

I filed for divorce. Once I stepped through the doors at LSS CHOICES, it was such a relief that I was not alone. The counseling here has been tremendous.

If I didn’t have my counselor, I’m positive I would have gone back. She has helped give me the empowerment to take back my life and take back my control.

Thank you is just not enough for the donors of LSS CHOICES. I’d still be in an abusive relationship and my children would be seeing and learning it. With your help, I’ve been able to break the cycle, and I’m eternally grateful.”

At the October meeting we will be collecting donations of batteries (especially AAA), flashlights, forever stamps and first aid supplies (bandages, peroxide, Neosporin, Advil, Tylenol and cough/cold medicines. These can be placed in the Choices box. Cell phones and paper goods are always welcome. Thanks for your help for this worthy organization.


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.


The Childhood Cancer Family Connection (Kids N Kamp) quilt auction at The Shoe is just around the corner. Tickets are only $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Free parking passes are also given with each ticket purchase. The date is October 19th. Tickets are available by calling the office at 614-262-2220, on the Face Book page, and from Kay Hoagland at the October QQ meeting. The Face Book page also has photos of the quilts that will be auctioned off. Many thanks to Bobbie Brooks who donated her photographic skills to this project.

We will need some volunteers to help hang the quilts on the morning of October 19th. If you want to volunteer, please call Kay Hoagland at 614-889-8101 or email her. We start at 8 AM and we are usually finished before 11 AM.