January 2015

Brown Bag Hustle

Biggest event of the year!

When: January 20th meeting 
6:30 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 20th 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, batting to pins and needles. You name it, we want it all.

Don't forget: this meeting starts early, at 6:30 pm!

February Speaker: 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! 

STOP THE PRESSES! Are you curious about Electric Quilt but not sure you want to buy the program? Barb Vlack can install Electric Quilt 7 on your Windows laptop (sorry, not the Mac version) for use in the class. The software will remain available on your laptop for about 10 days after the class and there is no cost. This is a brilliant opportunity to test drive and learn Electric Quilt. 

Barb Vlack is an Electric Quilt expert, who just returned from teaching Electric Quilt 7 in Houston. Don’t worry if you have not used Electric Quilt in the past. There is still space available in the class. If you own Electric Quilt, please have it loaded on your laptop prior to the class. Check out electricquilt.com for more information on the program, and for upgrade information. Please contact Barbara Schober if you have any questions.

March Program

Thomas Knauer will not be visiting Village Quilters in March. Stay tuned for more information on a new program in March from our Service co-chairs.

President’s Letter 

Dear Village Quilters: 

Happy New Year. The years just seem to go faster. Our family had a great time over the holidays. I can’t quite believe that there were 12 of us at the family Hanukkah party. That’s my kids, their kids, and my sister and brother-in-law. Just a few years ago we had half that. I am constantly amazed and loving this time of my life. 

The Kafe Fasset Diamonds quilt I have been working on is back from the long-armer. I am working on the binding now and hope to have it for show and tell at the next meeting. 

We are still looking for more program ideas. Do call Bonnie Meyer or me with your suggestions. 

Now that the colder weather is setting in, we are all looking forward to seeing more great quilts at the meetings. 

Happy Quilting! 

Linda Spring

Silent Auction

Hope all had a perfectly wonderful holiday! Now that the parties are over and the winter doldrums are ready to set in, why not use these next few weeks to create something wonderful for the silent auction! This should be a new item, created with your own artistic flair—or, perhaps an orphan block just waiting for your special creative touch to become a really special item that will add special appeal to our silent auction display. There is so much talent among our members; we know that we can all come up with a really appealing contribution for the silent auction. Bring your creations to the monthly meeting and give them to Alice, Yolande, or Edythe. We will be collecting all contributions.


Remember to bring your scraps for Scrapapalooza in the Boutique of our quilt show. Amy Dryfoos, Kristina Summers or Mirre Booth will take them to be sorted in May.

Gayle Springer



Have you started your Quilt of Valor? Our goal to present at the 2015 Quilt show is 50 quilts... 50 quilts to represent the 50 United States. A bit daunting? Not really. There are a lot of simple, basic, easy to follow quilt patterns out there, and coupled with some free fabric this should be an easy task! Be sure to stop by the QOV table during the VQ meetings and check out all the free fabric and peruse some quilt pattern ideas and samples. Did we mention FREE FABRIC? 

Are you new to Village Quilters? Do you need to find a friend or two to make a group project QOV? Does creating such a large quilt intimidate or frighten you? No worries! Whether you are an old or new member, a party-of-one or a Newbie to quilting... we have a sign-up sheet for anyone looking to partner up with quilting buddies. For detailed information on the Quilt of Valor Foundation and Quilt of Valor requirements visit their website at www.qovf.org. 

Kathy Sorkin and Cheryl Mercy


If you're through with the items you borrowed from the library, please return them. 

Eleanor McMurrin


Photographs from the recent meetings are now up on the web site. There are lots of great images from Lee Heinrich's talk in November (scroll to the bottom of the 2014 photo page)! Sorry for the delay.

Margaret Martin

In Memoriam

Village Quilters recently lost two members.

Nan Eileen Rockwell, age 66, IL, passed away suddenly after an illness on November 14, 2014. She was an active member in the community and taught English at Grayslake Middle School for more than 20 years. Family and friends were Nan's passion and joy. Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia Lymphoma Society (lls.org).

Sandra Lewis passed away peacefully in her home on December 13, 2014. Her zest for life and love of quilt making will be missed. Donations in her memory may be made to:

Allen B Lewis and Sandra K Lewis Fund
Kellogg Cancer Center at Highland Park Hospital
c/o Barbara Lerch
757 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, IL 60035


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

February Birthdays
Kathy Heusinkveld: February 3
Kathy Avellone: February 5
Dorie Botimer: February 12
Leslie Bennett: February 15
Dorothy Roderick: February 16
Eleanor McMurrin: February 23
Cheryl Mercy: February 25