March 2015

March Program – Quilts of Valor 

First and foremost - The March meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 pm. You can arrive as early as 6 p.m. to help set up.

The March program will be Village Quilters version of March Madness where members will be making an entire Quilt of Valor top! With the enthusiastic response at the February meeting and the advance sign-up commitments, we are more than confident we will complete the quilt.
For those individuals who signed up to be part of this exciting event, the following is a reminder of what you need to bring:

  • Sewing – Sewing machine, foot pedal, cord and any other necessities you need to sew with. Neutral thread color. Please bring an extension cord if you have one. 
  • Cutting – Mat, rotary cutter, ruler 
  • Ironing – Iron and ironing board, whatever you signed up to bring.
  • The business portion of the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive between 6:00 and 6:15 so we can be set up and ready to go by the time the meeting begins. 

We hope everyone comes out and supports the Guild's service project. If you have not already signed up for a specific task, we can assure you that there will be something you can do. If you prefer to be on the side lines in the Cheering Section, please feel free to bring something of your own to work on or just enjoy the festivities. Refreshments will be served!

Of course completing the top is just the beginning... We will need to have the quilt top completed. Any volunteers to long-arm and bind?

This is sure to be a fun filled evening for a special cause. See everyone March 17th for the Madness in March!

Kathy Sorkin and Cheryl Mercy Service Committee

April Meeting – Pot Luck

Our April meeting is scheduled to be a Pot Luck Social. It is always a fun and relaxing meeting to enjoy dinner with friends and new acquaintances. Pull out your favorite cookbook or get that recipe out that everyone loves. Those people whose last name starts with A- P please take a main dish or hearty salad. R-Z will take a dessert. Executive board members will do beverages, ice, paper plates and napkins. Linda will have a sign-up sheet at the next board meeting.

President’s Letter

Dear Village Quilters:

I am out of town this week and must submit my letter to you on my iPad. So it's just a short note.

Snowy weather is great for quilting, isn't it? Having finished my Kaffe quilt, and successfully shown it at the last meeting, I am in the middle of another project using lots of varied batiks. It seems to be turning out and I will show it to you when it's done.

I learned a great deal from Barb Vlack on EQ7. That program offers so many possibilities and I am looking forward to using more of them in quilt design and exploration.

In this newsletter you will see the 2015-2016 Program. Barbara Schober and I hope you enjoy the array. I think you will also see a note from the nominating committee seeking, among other positions, a Program Chair to complete the term. The programs are all set up. The contracts are coming in. The Chair would need to coordinate housing for the speaker and hosts for the workshops, primarily. We think a small committee could handle these duties well. Please call me or Nancy Salmela to volunteer. Thank you.

Happy Quilting!
Linda Spring

Programs 2015-2016

We are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 programs for the Village Quilters. We will showcase a mixture of techniques and styles throughout the year. We hope you enjoy them.

  • On April 21, 2015 we will have our annual meeting and potluck dinner.
  • In May, Barb Eikmeier is coming to us from Lansing, Kansas. She is known for her applique techniques. Her lecture on May 19, 2015, is entitled “‘A’ Is For Applique.” In her workshop on May 20, 2015, entitled “Back Basting Hand Applique,” she will teach her particular method of applique.
  • On June 16, 2015, Melissa Wraalstadt, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, will bring quilts from the collection that are seldom seen, in her lecture called “Treasures from the Vault.”
  • On June 17, 2015, we will all have an opportunity to make aprons for the boutique to sell at our Quilt Show.
  • On July, 21, 2015, Mary Fisher, from Waunakee, Wisconsin, will help us organize our quilting studios, rooms, and/or spaces. Mary’s business, Sort ‘N’ Release Organizing, LLC, specializes in organization techniques.
  • In August, we welcome Sharon Rotz from Mosinee, Wusconsin. On August 18, 2015, her lecture is entitled “Diet Quilts.” The workshop on August 19, 2015, is entitled “String Piecing 101 and Beyond.”
  • In September we welcome John Flynn from Montana. On September 15, 2015, his lecture is entitled “Confessions of a Non-Traditional Quilter.” His workshop on September 16, is his spectacular take on “Storm at Sea.”
  • We welcome Jill Shaulis and Vicki Olsen from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs. On October 20, we will be treated to a trunk show and on October 21, 2015, we will learn their techniques in wool applique in a workshop called, “Baskets of Wonder – Wool Applique.”
  • In November we focus on machine quilting from the specialist, Pat Delaney. Her lecture on November 17, 2015, is called “Under the Bedclothes.” Her workshop on is called, “Quilt the “Mini” Wholecloth Quilt.”
  • On December 15, 2015, we will hold our annual Holiday Party.
  • On January 19, 2016, Ways and Means will take the show.
  • In February, We learn a third applique technique from David Taylor, who lives in Steamboat Spring, Colorado, where he creates dramatic art quilts. His lecture on February 16, 2016, is entitled “Artistry through Applique.” On February 17, 2016, his workshop is called “New Hampshire Beauty- Pointless Applique.”
  • The last program of the season, on March 15, 2016, will be Members Teaching Members. We will feature a round robin evening in which we will circulate among members teaching their special quilting techniques. More details on this will be revealed later.

Quilt Show News

Quilt Show Entries

The deadline for submissions for your quilts will be July 31, 2015. The Entry Form is available at our website.

Enid Mattimiro

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction Committee is awaiting your unique contribution with bated breath! We have so much talent in our guild, we just know that many beautiful items are on their way to this important fund raiser. This lousy weather is the perfect time to whip up a small wallhanging celebrating (?) winter, or better yet, spring! Thank you in advance!

Alice Hutchinson, Yolande Sherrod, Edie Hirasawa


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

Quilt Show Publicity

Are you a user of social media? Do you enjoy friending, liking, sharing, tweeting, posting, blogging, or keeping up with all the local news online? Perhaps you spend time occasionally on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, or Pinterest. If so, the Publicity Committee could use your input.

Hard copy newspapers are getting smaller and it’s getting more difficult to get coverage in them. With our limited budget, we’d like to leverage the power of social media to reach our quilt show audience. We will need committee members to do things like: take “sneak peak” photos of works in progress, post or pin photos occasionally, and like or share posts with contacts. The idea is to build some interest over time, dividing up the posting, tweeting, and sharing so that it isn’t too great a burden on anyone.

If you have a Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest account but aren’t sure how to do all of these things (you just read and like other’s posts) we can help you learn how to get more from social media and aid us in quilt show publicity at the same time. If you are interested, please contact Kearstie Grenier at

2015 Quilt Show Boutique to Offer Many Options for Members

In an effort to generate more income for the Guild through the Boutique, several new options will be available for members to participate.

  • As in years past, members can commit to creating multiple original items and receiving 85% of the sale of each item (15% goes to the Guild). Members who choose this option will also be expected to work in the Boutique during the show for 2 hours.
  • Members can make and donate 1-5 small items to the Boutique with 100% of the sales going to the Guild. (Suggested Items- ornaments, pincushions, potholders, mug rugs, wine bags, etc.)
  • Members can make and donate aprons to be sold in the Boutique with 100% of the sales going to the Guild.
  • Members can donate bags of scraps to be sold in the Boutique as part of Scrap-A-Palooza. 100% of the sales will go to the guild.

Stop by the BOUTIQUE exhibit before the monthly meetings to learn more about these options and to sign up to participate.

Judi Young- BOUTIQUE
Frieda Roberts- APRONS

Save Your Thread

Don't forget to save all you cut off threads from your projects. Yes, pick them up off the floor. I am trying to see how large a thread ball Village Quilters can make and display at our quilt show. Bring them in every month and add to the collection. Look for the thread ball jar at the sign in table. Silly thing to do but it will be fun to see what happens.

Carol Swartz


Just to let you know...the books Joni Baumli donated are ready for checkout.

Your Librarians,
Eleanor McMurrin and Christine Tindell

Membership Renewal

It’s time to renew and the early bird special is back!

Renew your membership by April 30th for $45 (a $5 saving)!

Download the membership form (pdf) and bring to the next meeting with your membership fee or mail them directly to Membership to the address on the Membership form.

Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe

Happy Birthday!

March Birthdays
Bobbie Etchell: March 3
Leona Laouras: March 7
Irene Terrero: March 12
Freida Roberts: March 15
Madge Pierce: March 20
Kristina Summers: March 30


April Birthdays
Peggy Williams: April 5    
Erica Jarrett: April 6    
Barbara Davis: April 9    
Pam Schoessow: April 14
Dorothy Lind: April 20
Margaret Martin: April 21
Edythe Hirasawa: April 28
Mary Ellin Innes: April 30
Enid Mattimiro: April 30

Quilt Calendar

Southport Quilt Guild's annual show will be held March 7-29 at the Kenosha Museum, 5500 First Ave, Kenosha. The Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. "More than 60 quilts highlight a variety of contemporary and traditional blocks of quilt patterns. Also includes the annual challenge, 'Trip Around the World.'"

On Saturday, March 21 (National Quilt Day) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there demos and hands-on quilting activities for kids. At 2 p.m., there will be a trunk show and presentation by Wendy Butler Berns. There are no admission fees; a limited number of free tickets will be available for Ms. Berns presentation.

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