December 2014

Publisher's Note—

This is a revised version of the December newsletter. I forgot to include the President's Letter in the first version; apologies to Linda!

Margaret Martin

December Program: Holiday Party

Our Village Quilters Holiday Party will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy a catered dinner and holiday cheer with your fellow guild members. If you have not yet signed up, send your check for $5.00 to Barbara Schober, before December 5, to reserve your spot.

January: Brown Bag Hustle

Biggest event of the year!

what day: January  meeting 
what time: 6:30 p.m. (Note the early start time!)

Three ways you can help make it as successful as in the past:

  1. Clean your stash
  2. Bring your treasures to the January meeting
  3. Come to the meeting and buy more treasures to take home
  4. Bring special items for our new silent auction corner

Donations can be anything from sewing machines, fabrics, yarn, lights, irons, patterns, books thread, bags, beads, quilts, unfinished quilts, and batting to pins and needles. You name it, we want it all.

If you need a pick up, call Donna Fitzgerald and the committee will take care of it.

Febraury: Barb Vlack

Barb Vlack will be our speaker in February, and talk about “Quilts My Grandmother Didn't Make!”.

Barb has been collecting quilts from the ‘30s and early ‘40s because there are such wonderful stories surrounding that era in our history. And they look good, too! This trunk show lecture (no slides, only actual quilts and quilt tops) will show off Barb's collection of vintage quilts, vintage fabrics, the reproductions that came from them, and stories that may have inspired these wonderful quilts!

Ever wanted to learn how to use Electric Quilt 7? This is your opportunity to learn from an expert. Barb Vlack will be teaching a workshop on Electric Quilt 7 in February. Barb just returned from teaching EQ7 in Houston. Don’t worry if you have not used Electric Quilt in the past. There is still space available in the class. You must bring your laptop loaded with Electric Quilt 7 to the class. Check out the Electric Quilt web site for information on the program and how to upgrade from a previous version.

March: Thomas Knauer

Thomas Knauer is a self-described geek. You may know him from his column in “Quilters Newsletter”, his articles in “Quilty” or “Fons and Porter Loves of Quilting” magazines, his fabric lines from Andover, or his book, Modern Quilt Perspectives. Thomas studied sculpture at Kenyon College and moved on to do graduate degrees at Ohio University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. The ideas of stitching contrasting concepts and forms together—both literally and figuratively—permeated all of his work, whether physical objects or programming-based multimedia projects.

After teaching design at Drake University, he moved to upstate New York to start a family and continue his academic career. He later began sewing for his young daughter. He fell in love with the practice and began designing fabric and sewing quilts. From there it has been a remarkable roller coaster ride, one wonderfully filled with fabric, quilts, and an extraordinary community. Oh, and more quilts. Always more quilts.

Thomas Knauer’s Wednesday, March 18, workshop, “You Are Here”, has space available.

To register for either the February or March workshops, please use the workshop registration form found on our website. Payment must be made at the time of registration to hold your place. Send your registration to Barbara Schober (address is on the registration form).

President’s Letter

Dear Village Quilters:

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. By the time you read this I will have driven up north to visit my brother and his family in Bemidji, Minnesota. I expect we all will have had a great time.

Recently I took some completed quilt tops to a long-armer including the Kafe Fassett quilt I have been telling you about. Soon you will be able to see it.

Winter weather is great quilting weather. After hiking and cross-country skiing, I look forward to some cozy time with a recorded book and some quilt projects that are all lined up and waiting for me. I hope you can find some time to do that too.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Holiday party and start setting something aside for the January Brown Bag raffle.

Happy Quilting!

Linda Spring

Quilt Show Update

A HUGE thank you to the 24 ladies who have stepped up to head the committees needed to run our upcoming Quilt Show! We do need two more ladies to head up the Hospitality Committee as well as be a Co-chair of the Staffing Committee (with Andrea Krier). Please consider helping.

In addition, Kate Klein will have a fabulous announcement at our meeting regarding a huge anonymous donation made for our guild to create a top notch show. Come to the December meeting to see for yourself!

As you head into the holiday season, consider making an "extra" holiday quilt for a donation to the Silent Auction. Or an "extra" ornament gift to go to the Boutique as a donation. Or for fun, an "extra" holiday apron to give to our Apron Queen (Frieda Roberts). If all our members can contribute one or more of these items for the show, we can have a financially fabulous show.

Enjoy your holidays!

Erica Jarrett, Kate Klein and Nancy Smith



Making a quilt for a soldier is a great way to show our appreciation for their service to our country. The Quilt of Valor organization gives us this opportunity. Our goal is to have 50 quilts… 50 quilts for 50 states… to give to service men and women during a presentation at our 2015 Quilt Show. Show your support and patriotism; make a quilt —or two—on your own or work with a friend or two! What a fun and worthwhile project.

And don't forget to take advantage of the FREE FABRIC available during our monthly quilt meetings. Visit for more detailed information on making your VQ Quilt of Valor.

Kathy Sorkin and Cheryl Mercy

December Birthdays
Chris Leone: December 1
Sue White: December 5
Christine Tindell: December 11
Cathy Tucker: December 13
Joan DeCleene: December 14
Kathy Sorkin: December 14
Marge Carhart: December 15
Kearstie Grenier: December 16
Jo Bailey: December 17
Charon Neul: December 21
Rae Marie Bradley: December 26
Donna Fitzgerald: December 27


January Birthdays
Mary Quednau: January 11
Frances Dmytro: January 14
Nancy: Salmela: January 19
Peggy Miller: January 23
Sandra Johnson: January 27