June 2015 Guild Meeting

MMQG General Meeting Notes

June 23rd, 2015

Meeting began with Robyn giving a preview of activities/programs for the 2015-16 year!

Rose will be leading a round robin next October – bring in a block, they will be put in a shoebox and exchanged, and each month something will be added to the block. At the end of the round robin, you will have a finished quilt! Let Rose know if you are interested!

Robyn will be leading an eight step Mystery Quilt – “Mystery of the Kitty” – sign up to get cutting instructions and instructions 1 and 2… cost is $10. June will mark a big reveal with prizes for those who finish (pieced, quilted, and bound). Size will be 75 X 93 w/o border, 90 X 108 w/border. Backgrounds can be light or dark, then two contrast fabrics. Robin’s is red, white, and black background. She is also doing a white background, peach, and scrappy 30’s for color 2. Color two will be finished two and three inch squares, so a small print or solid would be appropriate. Let Robyn know if you are interested or have questions!

Robyn will also be leading a paper piecing project – we’ll be doing 6” blocks for next year. Had a nice show and tell of the quilts people completed this year – BEAUTIFUL!!!. Table runner, quilt, jacket, even Christmas ornaments!

We’ll be doing a 9” block exchange next year – participants will make groups of 6 blocks, first due in November with Red and White as the color. Black and Whites exchanged in Feb, Blue and Whites in May. They will be sorted and exchanged so you won’t get your same blocks back. In September Robyn will have some samples to share to kick this off!

Linda Hernden reported on the 30’s group which is going strong – the books “Farm Girl Vintage” and “Quilty Fun” will be the inspiration for a block of the month next year. Some highlights are barn and tractor blocks and quilts – each barn has a little quilt block on it – super cute. Robyn has books available to order if you’d like. The quilt that was started this year will also still be worked on. Linda requests that anyone interested in joining the 30’s group give her their email so that they can receive updates.

Remember – Next year full classes of 20 or more will still earn participates a $5 coupon towards any other class!

Linda reported on Charity Quilts – approx.. 6 quilts turned in tonight for a total of 259 quilts this year – WOW! They’ve gone to Gratiot County Child Advocacy, Joshua House, Clare Hosp., Love Inc., Harrison Baby Pantry, Mt.Pleasant Hospital, Women’s Aide, Central Michigan Pregnancy Clinic, Isabella Child Advocacy, Com on Aging , United Way, Gratiot Community Hospital, and Harrison Child Advocacy. Will also be adding Foster Closet of Isabella County to our list of recipients. Linda thanks all for all the supplies people have donated, as well as attendance at bees and making so many quilts. There will be 4 bees next year – looking forward to it!

National Quilting Day yielded 122 Pillowcases – these went to Women’s Shelter, Underground Railway, Midland Hospital, and Foster Closet. Board discussed that next year on National Quilting Day in March we’d do pillowcases again for our charity – we will plan on donating them to Foster Closet, area hospitals, and any other place that would like to receive them as suggested by members. Members agreed that would be a good idea. Robyn will go ahead and begin to acquire fabrics for this event for next year.


Patti Kent was our presenter this evening – she is from Bay City and gave a very entertaining and informative lecture on hand piecing as an alternative to machine piecing quilts.

Next was our drawing for the membership card signatures basket – tickets earned by attending five or more events… the lucky winner of a basket full of treats was…..

Be sure to attend classes next year as we’ll be doing another drawing in 2016

We had a lovely show and tell, followed by ice cream.

Business Mtg:

Meeting began with an update on the COA quilt – Winter quilt is finished and was shared – super cute – and it completes the four seasons.

Upcoming Programs- Vice President Report:

Pat reports we will have a bus trip July 28th it will be “Row Row Row By Row” – we’ll be going to the west side along lakeshore, visiting at least 4 quilt shops which so far are a mystery . Will be leaving at 7am, cost is $59 and includes travel and continental breakfast – lunch will be on own. Please commit by July 1st– Krista Prout will be coordinating receipt of payments – more information to follow. Pat will email as to where pickup location will be and pickup time in MP when that information becomes available. We’ll spend about an hour and 15 minutes at each stop.

There is also still room for the Springs Fall Retreat in October – Thurs-Sun, cost is $195 for weekend and includes room and food. If interested please contact Pat, check would be made out to the Guild. Pat has also booked one person for next year – Francis from Traverse City will be doing a program – Francescacreations.com. She’ll be coming in March and also doing a class on wearable quilting.

Please remember that we need a first vice president for next year.

Secretary’s Report:

Deb had emailed membership proposed Bylaw revisions again over the weekend. Motion was made that bylaw revisions be passed, was seconded and approved by membership vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer report was distributed – all looked good – no questions.

Newsletter Report:

Tammy reports newsletter going well – anything for September needs to be to Tammy before the 15th of August.


Carol thanks all for the refreshment help this year!

Evening ended with our 50/50 drawing, paper piecing drawing for $25,and fat quarter drawings.

Meeting Adjourned @ 9:00

See everyone in September!

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Row, Row, Row by Row Bus Trip 2015

Row, Row, Row by Row

Come join us on the bus as we head to the west lakeshore and visit at least 4 quilt shops that are on the west side of the state along the lakeshore. Since there are so many potential stops, it is a mystery as to what stops will be but, it is sure to be fun!

We will be headed to the lakeshore on Thursday, July 28th. We will be departing from Mt. Pleasant at 7:00 am. The cost of this adventure to the lakeshore is $59.00/person. Included in this is round trip travel with drop off and pick up being at the door of each shop. Also included is a continental breakfast on the bus; and some surprises. Lunch will be on your own on the lakeshore.

If you are able to join us please submit your check by July 1st.

Your payment guarantees your seat. Submit your payment to Krista Prout at 4346 N Summerton Rd, Rosebush, MI 48878.

You can call her at 989-560-0705. Please make your check payable to Expedition travel.

Please include your e-mail or a way to contact you so that I can give you pick-up location and other details you will need before our departure.

Print your sign up sheet here: summer 2015 bus trip



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May 2015 Guild Meeting

May 2015 General Meeting

Our mini-quilt auction began immediately after welcoming visitors and saying hello!

Lots of goodies, lots of fun! This was followed by members show and tell. An invitation was extended to all by Barb to join a group of ladies who get together on Wednesday afternoons in the craft room to quilt, knit, and cross-stitch – anyone is invited to come – 1-5 – to stitch or just to chat.

Business Mtg:

Rough total was $1400 for the auction – proceeds will go towards the speaker fund – Thank-You!

Robin still requests Basketweave Star blocks for the raffle quilt for next year’s quilt show.

Program Updates:

Pat Methner reports that next month our speaker is Patti Kent from Bay City (Robyn relays that she is a very good teacher!)– she is doing a class on the day of our mtg. on Tuesday at the Library – the class will be a small hand piecing/ hand quilting project, price is $50 for the class and the kit. Don’t forget to use your $5 coupon if you have one! The Fall retreat at the Springs coming up – let Pat know if you are interested, ideally by July 1st. Pat is trying to plan a bus trip for July – she is debating between an overnite trip which would be $240 for a double occupancy – or as another option a day trip going to different shops (as we did last summer) – let Pat know if you are interested in either option so she can know if it is worthwhile to proceed – it would be the fourth Tuesday of July – July 28th. She would need at least 35 participants. Pat also relays that she has enjoyed her experience serving the guild but that her term is up, and she does not plan on continuing due mainly to her travelling during a large part of the guild year. She is very willing to help whoever takes her place, and does ask for a member to consider stepping forward to take on that responsibility.

Secretary’s Report – Motion to pass Bylaws – two changes were recommended first – language needs to be clarified reading payment of programs offered by members (Article IVD3); second – non-profit status needs to be struck (Article IIIE) as we do not fit this. Article IVD3 will be reworded and sent back out for membership approval shortly.

Newsletter will be going out next week – anything for newsletter needs to be sent ASAP.

Linda reports that charity quilt information will be in newsletter – count is approx.. 237, the highest since we’ve been keeping records – Linda once again thanks everyone for their time and talent in making the quilts and donating materials! The club expressed that they appreciate all that Linda does!

Club Updates:

Linda Hernden reported that fun was had by all at the thirties club sew-in – she hopes to have another little get-together soon. No other club reports tonite!

Other News:

Third weekend in July check out Heritage Days in Remus – Karen will be a featured artist there! Also, the Weidman annual quilt show is July 10th and 11th.

Block Drawing, Fat Quarter Drawing, and Sewing Machine Raffle ended the meeting.

Next month will be our ice cream social @ 7:00! See you then!

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Comfort Quilts 2015

I want to thank everyone for their great support of the comfort quilt project this year. By giving fabric, batting, scraps, orphan  blocks, raffle money, making quilts, donating your time and talent, you all have helped to have one of the most productive years yet. Following is a list of the places that I have delivered quilts to so far:

Gratiot County Child Advocacy-23

Isabella County Child Advocacy-10

Mt. Pleasant Hospital-24

Clare Hospital-24

United Way of Isabella Cty-18

Central Michigan Pregnancy Srvcs.-24

Harrison Child Advocacy-10

Harrison Baby Pantry-22

Joshua House (Clare)-6

Commission on Aging-24 Women’s Aid Service-17

Love, Inc. (Farwell)-15

Gratiot Hospital (Alma)-20

THAT’S A TOTAL OF 237 SO FAR!!! (208 was the highest number in 2011- 2012.)

When I get more, I will try to even out some of the lower numbered ones before the year is up.

We also had a group of nine ladies (8 of them from our guild) who together made 49 quilts (18 of them large ones) surprise me with them at  the March meeting. Than you so much, Judy Hunt, Roberta Richardson, Maria Salinas, Diane Seaver, Nancy Halifax, Ardath Stadtfeld, Cathy Stolerak, Jeanette Doerr, and Karen Karcher. Kudos!

Keep up the good work. I love you all.

Linda Craig, Comfort Quilt Chairperson

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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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