November 2015

November Speaker: Pat Delaney
Tuesday, November 17, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In November we focus on machine quilting from the specialist, Pat Delaney. Her lecture is called “Under the Bedclothes.” We layer up our quilts with piecing, batting, backing and quilting, but the last, not so obvious, layer is often the story. Sometimes we know exactly what the quilter was thinking, but other times it is helpful to know the story under the bedclothes. A little background on the quilter herself will often fill in some of the blanks.

This slide show presentation will show Pat Delaney’s quilts in the context of her journey to quilting and give a brief explanation of her inspirations and ideas. She loves to bring lots of her quilts for you to look at, too!

Pat Delaney began sewing when she was five years old, by creating doll clothes. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, she completed a rigorous program of study in fashion design, in addition to numerous courses in color theory and drawing. Currently, Pat focuses on creating quilts and teaching these skills to other quilters. Her quilts have been displayed in regional and national shows, and she has won numerous awards and recognition for her work, including First Place (Traditional Pieced) from IQF. Pat’s quilts have been shown on the Discovery Channel and published in the Boston Globe, Brockton Enterprise, and Abington Mariner. They have also appeared in Quilter’s Newletter Magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quiltworks, Quilter, Quilt Art Calendar, and on the cover of American Quilter’s Society catalog of books and Quilting Foundation Piecing.

Pat Delaney can be found on the web at or on Facebook at


Workshop: Pat Delaney, “Quilt the Mini” Wholecloth Quilt
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Plan out fresh ideas for machine quilting by stitching out a mini, premarked wholecloth quilt. The 16” x 16” size makes a doable project to be finished as a pillowtop or wallhanging.

Go beyond the usual, and refresh your ideas for traditional or modern quilts. You will find many designs to use on your next quilt-mini or full size.

It's not too late to sign up; we still have openings in this workshop! If you are interested, contact Mary Dietz. The supply list is on the calendar listing for this workshop on our webpage (, or for a printable (pdf) version, download the list here.


Letter from the President

Fall is coming.  All the colors make me think of quilt patterns.  And I am collecting leaves to put around my roses for the winter.  It gives me a peculiar view of leaves.  I see everyone “wasting” their leaves and I sometimes “take” my neighbors’ leaves, as if they care.

We have completed the 2016-2017 program plan.  The announcements aren’t fancy yet, but I hope you take a look at the list in this newsletter.  And we hope you like them and come to them.

I am now working on completing a quilt started by a friend who passed away a year ago. Her husband asked if I could finish it and foolishly I agreed. The quilt is composed of counted cross-stitch squares showcasing every state in the United States, complete with motto, state flower, and state crops, among other details. I am adding borders and then hand quilting it. Experts say it is not suitable for long arming.  When it is finished I know you will enjoy seeing her work. It is a nice feeling to complete another quilter’s work.

I am also working on a t-shirt quilt my daughter requested. I know some of you have made lots of them. This one is my first, and at this rate it may be my last.

Looking forward to seeing you. Happy Quilting.


From the Treasurer

Balance 9/25/15  $18,130.89
Balance 10/23/15  $28,962.66

Quilt show net income as of 10/23/15: $12,107.06

With the hard work and creative energy of so many guild members we were able to earn over $12,000 during the quilt show. This seems like a lot of money… it is! It will be put to good use over the next two years as the costs for professional speakers, air travel, extra fees for quilt luggage, meals, and hotel stays continue to go up. Great work everyone!!

Kimberly Jurco, Treasurer

NEEDED! Members To Sign Up for the November Workshop

Pat Delaney is coming from the Boston area to “Quilt the Mini” and we have very few members signed up.  If you are at all interested in learning more about free motion machine quilting, she will be teaching a 16”x16” project that could be made into a pillow top or wall hanging.  Just email Mary Dietz and we can take care of the formalities at the next meeting.

2016-2017 Programs Announced!

The 2016-2017 program list has been finalized. We have a number of wonderful speakers and workshops lined up. Mark your calendars now so you won’t miss a thing. You may sign up for workshops at any guild meeting or by mailing your completed Workshop Registration Form (downloaded from the Members Only page) and check to Jane Reents. The workshop registration fee remains $50 per workshop.

May 17: Maggie Ball  Lecture,
May 18: Maggie Ball Workshop,  "Bargello with a Twist"

June 21: Linda Honsberger Lecture, "Quilt History",
June 22: Linda Honsberger Workshop, "Hand Quilting"

July 19: Ami Simms Lecture, "How Not to Make a Prize Winning Quilt",
July 20: Ami Simms Workshop,  "Dancing Spools"

August 16: Peggy Martin Lecture, "Beyond Traditions",
August 17: Peggy Martin Workshop, "Serendipity Quick Strip Paper Piecing"

September 20: Catherine Redford Lecture, "Lessons Learned While Quilting",
September 21: Catherine Redford Workshop, "Walking Foot Beyond the Ditch"

October 18: Sandy Schweitzer Lecture

November 15: "The Best of the Best" – featuring members’ best quilts and award winners

December 20: Holiday Party

January 17: Ways and Means

February 21: Jane Reents Lecture,
February 22: Jane Reents Workshop, "Tea Time Placemats"

March 21: Members Teaching Members

April 18: Annual Meeting

A Note from "Sunshine"...

To date I have written a note to Eleanor McMurrin and former member Ellen Screenan. I will not know of illness or any other situation unless you email or call me. Please include the person's address, and if you can, the reason for the card (i.e. sickess, death in the family (who passed), accident). I will make every effort to get a card out in a timely manner.

Claire Machinist


Quilt Show Photographs Needed!


Do you have photographs of the quilt show you would like to share? We need photos of the show, including set up and take down, for use on the web site, the Village Quilters Historian project, and publicity for future shows.

Contact Margaret Martin and/or Kearstie Grenier by email or bring a thumb drive with your pictures to the next guild meeting.



Welcome to returning members, Fran Dmytro, Barb Jolley, and Bonnie Meyer!

Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe



November Birthdays

Judy Hillebrand, November 3
Ginny Flock, November 4
Eula Bates, November 11
Addie Hansing, November 12
Bonnie Meyer, November 14
Barbara J. Peterson, November 16
Kimberly Jurco, November 19
Barbara Schober, November 19
Erika Eddy, November 20
DeAnna Elliott, November 21
Yolande Sherrod, November 26
RoseAnn Rendl, November 29 

December Birthdays

Heidi Stark, December 4  
Christine Tindell, December 11
Cathy Tucker, December 13
Joan DeCleene, December 14
Kathy Sorkin, December 14
Kearstie Grenier, December 16
Jo Bailey, December 17
Charon Neul, December 21
Sue Leslie, December 23
Rae Marie Bradley, December 26
Donna Fitzgerald, December 27