December 2015

December Social Hosted by Steeple Stitchers
December 15, 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Note: Early Start!)

Plans are underway for our 2015 holiday party, hosted this year by the Steeple Stitchers bee. It will be held in Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Bluff, our usual meeting place, at 6:30 Tuesday, December 15. Note the early start!

Cost per person is $10, payable to Alice Hutchinson, 108 Welwyn Street, Lake Bluff, IL 60044, by December 12. Many people who were at the November meeting already paid.

This will be a catered dinner with desserts contributed by our Village Quilters members. If you are able to bring a dessert or some cookies, please let Edythe Hirasawa know. Beverages and paper goods will be provided.

Items that remain from the Quilt Show Boutique will be on sale at a discount. These would make excellent holiday gifts and are a real bargain. Please see the story later in the newsletter for more information.

Some important notes:

  • There will be a voluntary gift exchange. Gifts should be under $10 or homemade. This is a voluntary activity; those who wish to participate must bring a gift, those who do not wish to participate will not bring a gift.
  • Please bring with you a pair of scissors suitable for cutting paper. There will be an activity involving paper cutting.

Please plan to join us for a fun evening of festivities, dinner, and holiday music. We promise that a good time will be had by all!

Village Quilters President’s Letter


Well, we have had our hard freeze and our first snow. The gardens are put to bed. Thanksgiving is over.  Our Hanukkah party was December 4 and now I am ready to quilt. What a cozy activity for this time of year.  I sit up in my studio—my favorite room in the house—with corner windows looking over our front yard. I can see the weather and the neighborhood activity. I listen to a good story or good music. And I enjoy quilting—one of my favorite activities.

At the top of my projects are the free motion sampler from Pat Delaney’s workshop and Storm at Sea from John Flynn’s workshop. I am looking forward to completing both of those relatively small quilts. It always feels good to finish something. And then there is the t-shirt quilt that is still in progress.

The December meeting promises to be as fun as always. Do come and visit with your fellow quilters. We have so little time to share good food and good conversation with our quilting buddies.

At this season I find myself counting all the things I am thankful for. I feel I am overflowing with blessings. My family—10 of us including children and grandchildren—my health, my growing quilting skills, my quilting friends, my sleeping garden, the colors, shapes and contrasts in the world, and many more. It’s corny, I know, but I recommend stopping for a minute to notice all the good in our world.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Happy Quilting,

Holiday Party Committee Needs Punchbowls!

The party committee is in need of punchbowls for the December Social on December 15. Anyone who could lend a punchbowl, please contact Edythe Hirasawa via email. Her email address is available from the Membership Directory in the Members Only section of the website. Thanks in advance!

Donated Boutique Items ON SALE at December Meeting

Bring some $$$ and do some holiday shopping at the December Holiday Party Meeting on December 15th. Donated items leftover from the Boutique will be on sale at discounted prices for members to buy. All proceeds will go to the Guild. Cash or checks made out to the Guild will be accepted.

Judi Young


Just for Fun: Crocodile Quilting! 

(Note: Check out the links in the article to see photographs of the quilt.)

Susan Carlson's new collage quilt of epic proportions, "Crocodylus Smylus" is now on display in Wisconsin. It's a life-size crocodile—6 feet tall and 22 feet long! This is its debut, and you have until January 10 (2016) to see it at at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts as part of its exhibition "From Insects to Elephants".

There's a time-lapse video of the making of the quilt top available on YouTube: Introducing "Crocodylus Smylus", and more photos can be seen on the final "Croc Watch" update posted to Carlson's web site.

Margaret Martin

Happy Birthday!

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

January Birthdays

Mary Quednau, January 11
Fran Dmytro, January 14
Nancy Salmela, January 19
Peggy Miller, January 23
Sandra Johnson, January 27