April 2015 Guild Meeting recap

Secretary Report from Deb Simmons

Meeting began with Robyn sharing that Mike and Cindy donated a lovely sewing machine that we’ll be raffling at the next month’s auction program ($5 each ticket, sold only at the meeting by Char and Rose) to benefit the speaker fund. Unfortunately Mike and Cindy will be moving out of state – we will miss them and wish them well!

Robyn shared some new blocks that were made for the raffle quilt for next year’s quilt show (which by the way we still need chairs for – Robyn has actually been asked when the Mt. Pleasant Guild’s show will be as it has achieved a reputation for being a good one!). The quilt blocks look absolutely beautiful – the finished product will certainly be outstanding! Still need more blocks for anyone who wishes to contribute – our goal is 98 !

Welcome to Kathleen Lewis as a guest for the evening, and Janet F, a new member!

Guest Speaker today was Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts in Ann Arbor, who presented a lecture entitled “What Do They Mean, “Modern” Quilting?. Very informative, with lots of examples both on screen and in person of quilts with a “modern” look!

Following the presentation by Debbie our own members shared some of their most recent creations – always fun to see what everyone is doing! We saw a Harley Davidson T-Shirt quilt, a bright bargello, beautiful floral applique, 30’s inspired, woodsy, traditional, modern, and mini – such variety from so many talented ladies!

Program/Activity Updates:

Reminder that the mini-quilt auction will be the program for our next meeting – please bring your items between 6-6:30 and have your name on your item. Several items were dropped off at tonight’s meeting – we have a wonderful selection forming already! Bidder cards will be given to all at the May meeting.

Springs Retreat: A reminder that sign-up sheets are available for the Springs Retreat held Oct. 28- Nov 1st, $195/$215 for non-members ( difference being due to membership fee) – deposit due by July 1st with the deposit balance due sept 22nd.

Charity Quilts: Linda and members shared the quilts made at the last charity quilt sewing bee – there were “rag” quilts as well as a nine-patch variation. As always, kits are available to sign out. Linda continues to receive heartfelt thank-you notes from the groups that receive our quilts– she shared one from Harrison Child Advocacy with us. Linda extends continued thanks to all who are quilting, and especially to the ladies who donated a total of 49 quilts at the last meeting! A total of 85 were turned in at the March meeting and were donated to organizations in Clare, Harrison, and Gratiot County, and included hospitals, Women’s Aide, Child Advocacy, and United Way programs. Robyn then reported that we currently have over 124 pillowcases to donate as well from the Guild’s pillowcase bee– please let any board member know if you have an organization you think would benefit from some delightful pillowcases to cheer up children or adults.

Mystic Lake Retreat – Rose reports that a wonderful time was had by all (Thank-you Rose for coordinating this each year!). Right now 15 are signed up for next year – total we can have is 24 – sign up early if you are interested, spots fill in quickly!

30’s Quilt Group – group has been exchanging 30’s fabrics in preparation for a quilting bee. Linda Hernden shared work she has done so far on the project and let members know that she will be having a classroom workshop May 16th from 10-4. Everyone is welcome whether they’ve been exchanging fabrics or not. Please let Linda know if you plan on being there or if you need information on the pattern!

Gift Basket – Robyn reminded everyone that 5 or more signatures on membership cards will entitle members to be in a drawing for a wonderful gift basket of quilting goodies worth over $200. Members can get their card signed by attending any activity outside of the regular Guild meetings. Five signatures = 1 ticket, then one more ticket for each additional signature.

Sunshine Committee: Several members shared news of friends with health challenges – please remember to put names of members on the Sunshine List so we can a card from the guild showing our support.

Business Updates:

President’s Report: Robyn reminds that 1st Vice President (program chair), and member-at-large positions are needed. We desperately need a couple of people to step forward for these positions, as well as a small group to form the committee for the quilt show. A program chair would not have to come up with program ideas on their own – Robyn as well as others in the guild have contacts and suggestions to share, and the board works as a group to consider the programs for each guild meeting, but we do need someone to be in charge of actually scheduling/booking the speakers. Pat did a great job getting quality programs lined up for us this year, but will be unable to continue in the position next year – we desperately need someone for our 2015-16 year! Please consider filling this role for the guild!

May 15th and 16th is the quilt show in Clare, and quilts are needed for the show. If you have a quilt that you would like to enter, the Art Council Website has an application form – time is running out – need to apply by May 1st, but entries would be greatly appreciated since they do not have many quilts as yet.

Secretary’s Report: Deb reported that members would be receiving bylaws via email – please email Deb with any concerns, which she will pass along to the board. We will have a formal vote on passing the revised bylaws at our next business meeting.  Please review the proposed by changes here: 2015 Bylaws.

Treasurer’s Report: Leigh had report available for membership review- all looks good, no issues/concerns to report.

Final Notes:

As always, the meeting ended with block and blotto raffles. Next months’ colors, picked by Nancy, will be green, blue & white. We had two piles of fat quarters, nine each, and two lucky winners of these.

50/50 raffle raised $15.50 for charity quilts tonight!

Reminder that ABCD are the refreshment letters for next month.

See everyone in May for the auction !

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Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts

The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival invites quilters to share their quilts, wall hangings, runners, and mini-quilts for the enjoyment of all.

Print the Quilt Show Registration Form here: Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts

Quilt show rules:

  • Quilts must be owned or made by you
  • There is no cost ot exhibit a quilt
  • Due to limited space each exhibitor may show a maximum of 2 quilts and 2 wall hangings
  • It may be necessary to use safety pins and /or straight pins to attach information labels
  • Provide a brief description of the quilt on the quilt show form.  Include the quilt name or block pattern, quilt dimensions, piecing and quilting information, and other interesting facts about the quilt
  • Quilts will be accepted for exhibit by returning this completed form to a committee member by April 15, 2015 or mailed to:

Merrie Hammel

725 E Ward Rd

Shepherd, MI 48883


Quilts should be dropped off between 4-7pm on Friday in the mat room, Aprils 24th, and picked up between 5-6pm on Saturday, the 25th


Registration Deadline is April 15, 2015


Questions can be directed to one of the following Festival of Quilts Committee Members:

Sherry Dickman (sdickman@shepherdschools.net)

Joan Faulkner (queen_of_scots@frontier.com)

Merrie Hammel (mhammel45@gmail.com)

Jeanneane Wood-Nartker (wood1bj@cmich.edu)


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Guild Member, Brab Grajek, has gathered information for us to once again order MMQG logo shirts!  Its been a long time since our last order and we have many new members who would like to have a logo shirt as well as long-time members who have work out their shirts!

Please click on the link for the order form and bring it to the February 24, 2015 guild meeting with your payment.


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Thirties Exchange Club Update

Hello Everyone!

Linda Hernden :-) wanted me to send a little update to everyone about the Thirties Exchange Club she is coordinating.  If you are interested in participating, at the next guild meeting the group will be exchanging 8-10 pieces, 6″ X 20″ each.  The quilt they are working towards gathering fabric for was featured in the May/June 2013 Fons and Porter magazine and was entitled “Emily’s Wedding Quilt” – there is a free download for the pattern on their website (the downloadable pattern is called “Aunt Gracie’s Garden”)  @ the following link:   http://www.fonsandporter.com/content_downloads/Aunt_Gracies_Garden_RS.pdf 
Linda has reserved Room A at the Commission on Aging from 10-4 on Saturday May 16th for a sew-in for those interested in working on the quilt!
Linda would like to add you to her group email list if you are interested in participating, so please let her know, although new members are welcome anytime.  Also, if you do not want to exchange fabrics, but would like to participate in the sew-in, you are very welcome to attend.
Linda’s email is:  ghernden@hughes.net.
Hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying some sewing time!

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January 2015 Meeting Notes

Below is a recap of our January 2015 Guild Meeting from our Secretary Deb Simmons:


Our meeting this evening opened with introducing guests and new members and greetings all around. Robyn commented on the excellent turnout to the classes this past January – each had over 20 members, entitling all to a $5 off coupon for their next class! Show and tell was next, with Fran’s class members sharing their creations – it is always fun to see the different color schemes! Next we were treated to a couple of Bargello quilts made by participants in December’s class. Linda’s floral applique group shared some beautiful mini-quilts – WOW! Finally, members shared a variety of recent projects – always such a treat!

Clubs & Events:

Strip Club Group – Linda reported that she would be coordinating a strip club in which 2.5” strips could be exchanged. The number of participants would determine the number of strips brought, and exchanges would take place from Feb to May. Strips would be coordinated by color – participants would bring the strips, Linda would mix them up, and redistribute to all. Also, she will be coordinating a 30’s quilt challenge for those who would be interested in doing a 30’s exchange and making the quilt. We’d have a year to finish – a ruler called a tri-rex is needed. It is a very colorful quilt, and has an optional applique border. Pattern is downloadable from Fons and Porter magazine. Six inch strips by WOF for swapping would be the way to go, then we’d have a workshop/get together. Quilt looks complicated but is actually only two blocks – name is “Aunt Gracie’s Garden” and is free to download. (In the magazine it was called “Emily’s Wedding Quilt”). Please contact Linda if interested.

Tina was stuck at the airport and wasn’t able to update us on the yo-yo club.

Mystic Lake retreat: There are 2-3 more openings left. If you are coming, paper with balances are available. Deposit due next month, full payment by March. Donations being accepted for gift bag.

Comfort Quilts: Linda reports that this Saturday’s comfort quilt bee will be a fun combination of blocks – two rows of hourglass blocks, two of Delectable Mountain, and one of kite and strings. Fabric and batting provided, please bring something to share for potluck. Twenty people are signed up so far, please let Linda know ahead of time so she can makes sure she has kits for everyone. Starts at 8:30, ends at 5:00 – this quilt will likely take the whole six hours. Next time we’ll be doing strip quilts and Linda will have one to show for our next guild meeting. It will be a fun way to use of fabric and batting strips! Finally, the March 28th bee should be changed to April 18thit will be in room B & C. Thanks to Fran’s class for donating leftover fabric and for donating part of the money from her class to the comfort quilt fund.

Reminder that membership cards that have 5 signatures get a ticket for a gift basket drawing – get your membership cards signed from your class instructors or extra-curricular activity leader !

Board Update:

The board is working on bylaws which will be available in near future for review. Still looking for volunteers to coordinate a quilt for Commission on Aging – Robyn and Rose will do this to fill this need. Still waiting on winter quilt from Kathy at which point we can donate Spring, Summer, Winter Fall quilts. Also looking for a committee for quilt show – please consider doing this – the quilt show provides income for speakers and projects – looking for 4-5 people for this important position.

Reminder that hand quilting class in February was cancelled and will be rebooked for next year.

MMQG Wear!

Barb will be coordinating orders for MMQG wear – shirts will cost 7, long sleeve 10, 15 for sweatshirt, 20 for hooded, 25 for hooded zip. Tami has info and will put in online along with colors. Extra larges will be a couple of dollars more. At the Feb meeting you can pick up a form, fill it out, and Barb will have the garments at the March meeting for us. Great way to promote the club!

Reminder that hand quilting class in February was cancelled and will be rebooked for next year.


Blotto Block Raffle – Ethel McPhall won a very nice assortment of blocks. Next month’s theme will be Valentine’s Day, colors red & white.

50/50 Raffle – $12, half will go to charity quilt fund – winner was Judy Mitchell.

Fat Quarter drawing – lucky winners of 9 each were Rose and Gerry.

AQ magazine won by Cindy and Gerry!


Program tonight was presented by board members and was in the form of four station rotation. Member were presented with several demonstrations, including needle punch embroidery and paper piecing. A good time was had by all.

See you at our next meeting, Tuesday, February 24th!

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MMQG November Meeting Notes

MMQG Meeting

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Program: Tonight’s meeting began with an interesting presentation on a Bargello quilting technique by Ruth Ann Berry along with many lovely examples. Ruth will be presenting a class on Saturday, December 13th, in room A at 10 a.m., cost $25.

Show and Tell was next, beginning with quilts made at Robyn’s recent class – it was very interesting to see how the different color variations completely changed the look of the quilt. Also shared were an applique club project, many fun comfort quilts, and lots of personal projects. It is always good to see what everyone is working on!

Program Updates:

Pat Methner reported that we can look forward to a Mystery Quilt Class in April by Deb Grifka on Wednesday, April 29th. Deb’s themes are modern quilts – Pat has the directions.

Pat also requested that people sign up for classes in a notebook available at meetings in order to help plan for participants – however, please sign up individually for Linda Craig or Fran Mills’ classes by contacting them -Linda (craig1jr@cmich.edu), or and Fran Mills

Fran will be doing a Mystery Quilt class January 10th @ 9 a.m. – cost is $20.

Linda will be leading a landscape collage class which will take place on four consecutive Wednesdays – Jan 14, 21, 28 and Feb 4. Cost is $50 and fabric is provided.

Linda also will be leading a raw edge applique on January 17th – cost is $20 which includes fabric – sewing machines are optional for this one.

Rose reports that the Mystic Lake Retreat is full, final payment is due in March.

Newsletter Reminder: Tami needs newsletter requests in to her by the 15th of December in order to make the January 1st newsletter.


We have a couple of new clubs forming!

Linda Hernden will be coordinating a Strip Club, utilizing 2.5 X WOF strips.

Tina McPhall will be coordinating a Yo-Yo club with possibility of meeting, eating, and yo-yo-ing.

So….if you would like to be a stripper or are a yo-yo in the making, contact

Linda (ghernden@hughes.net) or Tina (tmcphall@sagchip.org)!

Charity Quilts – Linda Craig reports a tremendous turn out for the last quilting bee/pot luck. The next quilting bee will be on January 31st and will feature quilts with a combination of delectable mountain, hourglass, and kite blocks. Please let Linda know if you plan on attending, and hope to see you there!

Club Bylaws Update: Roberta has graciously checked bylaws for any concerns, and board is also working on a review – more updates to come.

Winter Weather – Unless the COA building itself is closed, which would be broadcast on public service media, we will proceed with the meeting as planned.

Volunteers Needed: Robyn asks to be thinking about vice-president and member-at-large positions which will be opening up for next year. Also, we need a committee established for next year’s (2015-16) quilt show and quilt raffle. Finally, we have $300 to use to create a quilt for the COA as compensation for the use of their facilities – we need a group to be in charge of coordinating this quilt project.


Blotto Block Drawing – Diane Seaver, Ethel McPhall were the lucky recipients!

FQ Drawing – 9 each, to Gerrry Schafer and Ardath Stadtfeld!

50/50 Drawing – $19 to Karen House, $19 to Charity Quilts!


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October Guild Meeting

Quilt Guild Meeting

October 28, 2014

Meet and Greet:

We welcomed several guests and a new member. Robyn pointed out the fabulous gift basket with a reminder that membership cards can be signed at each class or extracurricular activity attended – 5 signatures earns a ticket for the gift basket! Each additional signature earns another ticket! Suggestion that person who makes the most comfort quilts during the year also gets a ticket – will check with the board on that idea .


Sisters Choice: We enjoyed a wonderful trunk show by Ann Marie Rowland & Delphine Ren-Miller featuring a blend of folk style songs & quilts from the mid-1800s to today!

Business Mtg:

Open Board Positions: End of this year, we have two people who will be leaving the board: vice-president and member at large (Rose’s term will be ending). Please consider these positions, elections will be in May.

50/50 Raffle: There may be other charities in addition to comfort quilts that would benefit from the raffle, and suggestions are welcome. In March, the raffle will fund a pillow case making day for National Quilt Day – making pillowcases out of flannel in children’s prints for local hospitals. We are glad to report that the comfort quilt fund has reached the goal of $500.

Class reminders:

This Saturday November 1st a comfort quilt class/sewing bee will be held, with a potluck lunch. Thanks go to Cindy Harrington donated a large batting that will be used for 4 quilts, Jackie Stuter also donated a batting, and Fran Mills fabric and unfinished quilt tops. Ethel McPhall has also donated batts. Linda thanks all and invites everyone to the Saturday workshop. Three more will be run next year. Simply sign out a quilt, or show up on Saturday!

December 13th Bargello Class: Cost will be $25, Kit will be $140 which includes book. Alternatively, fabric requirement details will be given and book will be available November’s Bargello Quilt presentation

January: The board will be doing demos at our club meeting, should be exciting and fun. Fran’s mystery class is also coming up on Jan 10, and Linda’s collage class will be on the 17th.

Fat Quarters: Two piles of 13! Lucky winners were: Deb Courser and Karen Myer. Fat quarters for next meeting will be holiday/Christmas.

Blotto Blocks: Karen will have blotto block winners decide fabric choices. Quilterworld.com Block of the Month link has our directions for each month. Two piles of 13 for blottos also! Won by Tina McPhall and Nancy Halifax. Colors for next month will be Christmas – green, red, and white!

50/50 Drawing: $50 – 25/25. Lucky winner was Mary Fussman!

Programs Update: Pat shared an orange Quilt Guild Programs sheet for 2014-15. Some notes: The February and March classes have not been confirmed yet with the COA. The June class will be at the library, and Pat shared Patti Kent’s sample for that hand stitching class. Thanks to Pat for coordinating all of these great programs. There will be a bus trip in July, more info to follow. Mystic Lake is full. Don’t forget to have cards signed when attending these events!

Wall Hanging raffle: Lucky winner, Pat Methner!

COA Quilt Committee: Robyn would like to get a committee together to create a thank-you quilt for the COA. Question regarding season quilts – someone will check on whereabouts. There is a $300 budget for the quilt. The commission will decide if they want to raffle it or use it to decorate the facility. Please let Robyn know if interested.

Donation Request: There is an 8 year old at Vowels Elementary with brain cancer – 772-3340, Michele, would be pleased to accept donations for a silent auction for his benefit.

Motion to end meeting by Pat, seconded by Char – meeting adjourned at 9:00.

See you at the next meeting, Tuesday November 25th, 7p.m.!

Presentation will be by Ruth Ann Berry from the Quilter’s Clinic in Fife Lake. She will also be offering a Bargello quilt class in December.

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MMQG Guild Meeting September 23, 2014

Meeting opened by Robyn House-Guettler, president. As the first meeting of the year, there was a bit of new business as well as a lot of reminders and updates. We welcomed three guests and two new members.


For future meetings, we will follow a little bit different format:

Welcome, Meet and Greet at 7:00 sharp.

Featured program at 7:15!

Snack Break

General Business Meeting

It was noted that this format will help those members who travel a distance to get here, and will

also be helpful to our presenters.


As a fun incentive to further boost club involvement, members will have the opportunity to win a wonderful basket of fabric and supplies by attending “extracurricular” club events, such as quilting bees, retreats, road trips, and classes. Members can earn one prize ticket upon receiving 5 signatures on their membership card indicating participation in qualifying events. One additional ticket can be earned for each additional signature. A ticket will be drawn at our last meeting and the lucky winner will receive the basket!


A call-out by Robyn for members interested in chairing some quilting specialty groups – thus far we have an applique club, but it would be great to have a block exchange club, block-of-the-month club, or a STRIP CLUB!!! Please think about it and let Robyn know if interested!

Treasurer’s Report: motion by Ardath Stadfeld to accept report and so moved.

Member’s at Large: Char Ison and Rose Pavlik relayed that they will have a table set up at entryway by 6:30 on meeting nights with all handouts and attendance roster. Asked members to bring any concerns to them and they will bring those concerns to the board meetings.

Newsletter Chair: Tammy House is our new newsletter chair, with Carrie Dunn currently doing the computer work from Florida while training Tammy.


Sunshine Committee reminds everyone to let them know if a member is having a setback so that our guild can offer support.

Comfort Quilts – Linda Craig reports that last year we made 188 quilts which were delivered to 8-9 places. Gratiot County Child Advocacy had requested quilts – were were unfortunately out of quilts at the time, so they will be the next recipient with quilting season upon us again. A reminder that Linda has kits that can be signed out, and there is no pressure as to a deadline to finish them. Members are also more than welcome to use their own supplies. Thanks goes to Judy Hunt for making labels for us, as well as a reminder that, if members label quilts, to put our full name – Mid Michigan Quilter’s Guild – on them rather than “MMQG”, as folks generally do not know what that acronym represents. Our guild can only afford to allocate $300/yr for this project, and as such that money goes to batting. Fabrics are largely from Linda’s stash, and she also does receive some donations. The members expressed concern that this was not much money, and a desire to increase the allocation. Higher membership fees were briefly discussed, but the concern about keeping the guild affordable for everyone necessitates keeping dues low. A solution that we will try is a raffle at each meeting, with proceeds going to the comfort quilts. Members could donate quilting supplies, we could have 50/50 raffles, and so on. This evening we had a 50/50 raffle as well as a quilt raffle, and $158 for comfort quilts – and thanks to Diane Seaver and Rose Sheehan, raffle winners, for donating their prize back to the fund! Our first comfort quilt bee will be November 1st, and Linda asks that you let her know if you are planning on attending!

Refreshments – Carol Hackett reminded that the next meeting is “Snowbirds” – members brought up that that might be a pretty small group, as the snowbirds may have already flown the coop, so a call out was make that anyone going on a trip in the near future or over the winter season – consider bringing a refreshment to share next meeting !

Programs/Classes: Path Methner gave teaser reminders given that upcoming classes include Robyn’s on October 29th, $15 – a memo will be coming out soon, but keep your eyes out for a packet of 2.5” strips (you’ll need 40 strips, as well as 2 yards of contrast fabric). Saturday December 13th there will be a Bargello Class. In January Linda will be teaching a raw edge floral collage class. May will be our annual mini-autction, June our ice-cream social along with a program, and another bus trip is being planned for July. In March we will be having a machine quilting class, and reusable practice kits will be available for purchase! Next month’s program will feature Delphine, the owner of Delphine’s Quilt Shop in Gaylord – it should be quite entertaining as it is a singing trunk show (I hope I heard that right!)

Dues: Please remember that this year’s dues are due! We have 41 members so far. In addition to our wonderful meetings and programs, members receive 10% discount at Joanne Fabrics! Always feel free to bring a guest to introduce them to our group.

Field Trips: Rose reports Mystic Lake is full, but Spring Retreat still does have some openings.

Blotto Blocks: This year we will be using the monthly blocks presented on QuiltersWorld.com – we’ll have hard copies at the meetings, but you can also go on line to find out what our pattern will be. The block for next meeting is Crosses and Losses, with the color scheme being Fall Batiks. Block is 8” square. Bring in your completed block, get a ticket, and if your ticket is drawn you’ll have a nice set of blocks!

Fat Quarters: Next month the theme is “Brown”. This meeting we had two packages raffled off, each with 17 fat quarters!

Show and Tell: As always, we had a wonderful show and tell in which several members participated. The highlight was a demonstration by Karen involving toilet paper – you never know what you’ll miss if you can’t make a meeting ! See you on October 28th, and bring a friend!

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Art Reach and Comfort Quilts

From Linda Craig:
I went in to Art Reach to see how much the quilts we donated from the guild made in their auction.

The purple, turquoise, green one with the dolphin theme that Linda Craig donated made $500 in the live auction.  The more traditional beautiful quilt made by an anonymous donor along with all the other donated items in the silent auction netted $1700.  This is valuable community service provided by our guild.

Comfort Quilts Class

Linda Craig will be teaching a raw edge floral  8 1/2″ X 11″ collage class Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1-5 pm in the Craft Room, which is straight down the hall from the entrance (at the very end and to the left.)  The  class will cost $15.00 with an additional $5.00 kit fee which will include everything that is needed, but bring your own sharp fabric scissors.   Please sign up by the November meeting or call Linda no later than January 12th, 2015.

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