April 2015

Spring Social and Annual Meeting

The April meeting will be our Spring Social. The menu is provided by some of the best chefs in the area, you. It is a pot luck format with members whose last name begins with A-R should take a main dish or hearty salad. Those with last name S-Z should take dessert. Board members will bring beverages and paper products.

We will start around 6:30 pm—as dishes arrive. The business part of the meeting will elect new board members and approve the budget. Don't forget your show and tell.

Hope to see you there,
Lorraine Potts

Happy Spring!!!

Now begins the great competition between my garden and my studio. I never know from day to day which will win.

The evening of sewing at the March guild meeting that resulted in a completed quilt top for Quilts of Valor was really fun. I hope we do it again soon.

I have started my quilt for QOV. I bought Triangulation software. It is helping me make lots of accurate half-square triangles at once, which is where I was stuck on the pattern I chose. I am on my way now.

I hope you are as pleased as we are with the 2015-2016 programs planned. Let's all fill the workshops up as soon as possible. I know you will enjoy the new workshop space.

My current problem looking for a solution—how do you keep track of partially used sewing machine or hand sewing needles so that you can remember what size they are? I am trying a large magnifying glass with little success. Who has already solved this one?

See you at the April meeting.
Happy Quilting!
Linda Spring

Village Quilters Board

The list of nominees for 2015-2016 board positions is as follows: 

President:  Linda Spring
Co-VPs Membership: Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe
VP Programs: Jane Reents (with assistance of members who have agreed to help with transportation and other areas of the job)
Advance Programs: Jane Reents
Secretary: Judy Hillebrand
Treasurer: Kimberly Jurco
Assistant Treasurer: Laura Partridge
Newsletter: Kearstie Grenier
Thank you to those who have agreed to serve on the board for another year and welcome to those who will be joining us. 
Nancy Salmela, Member at Large/Chair of the Nominating Committee


I need VQ members' names, NQA membership numbers and expiration dates for the guild's renewal form which is due in June. We must have at least five NQA members in the guild to qualify for a Chapter Membership. Why does the guild belong to NQA? Because NQA has insurance policies specific to our needs for our raffle quilt and show. Please either send me an email with your information or telephone me.

Thank you very much! 

Nancy Salmela - Your NQA Representative

March Madness "Quilt of Valor"

We did it!  Village Quilters came together and completed their goal of making a Quilt of Valor quilt top at the March meeting.  A great big "THANK YOU" to all who participated - without the dedication and enthusiasm of each and every one who helped… this could not have been accomplished. So what's next? Stay tuned.

Proud to be members of Village Quilters,
Cheryl Mercy and Kathy Sorkin, Service committee

Thank You

Thank you, all of you quilting ladies who cut fabric for the Quilt of Valor top and then continued to cut 2" strips of black fabric.


The strips will be sewn into a hanging system allowing versatility as we hang our quilts on conduit at our show. 

You were a great help,  
Kate Klein


Our budget for this program year called for a loss of approximately $3000 with a net program budget of $5400. Year-to-date we are at about break even. This is because we cancelled the lecture and workshop for Thomas Knauer due to lack of interest in the workshop. Had we not done that we would have lost approximately $1500 for this program year. We may also have other expenses submitted before the end of April that will put us into the negative column.

We are budgeting for the 2015 quilt show to net $12,000. This is an aggressive target, as our last show brought in a net of $8400. With that, our budgets for the next two program years call for net program expenses to be $6000 for each year. In that number, we have budgeted for 12 participants in each of the 6 workshops that are being offered. ($9600 for expenses less $3600 in workshop payments = $6000 in net costs).

We are budgeting dues of $5500, which is a bit less than last year’s dues, as we are offering an early-bird discount this year. Our other expenses are targeted to be $3255 per year.

In summary, our budget for next year shows net income of $8245 and our budget for the following year shows a loss of $3660.

In the unlikely event that our quilt show nets less than $12,000, we have a cushion between the two years of approximately $4500 before we would begin using our savings. And if the quilt show is as successful as we are planning, then we can increase the program budget for the 2016-2017 program year or later program years.

Cash Balance 4/30/14: $ 17,090.83
Income: $ 9,797.00
Expenses: $ (9,792.57)
Income Rec'd for next program year: $ 4,353.37
Cash Balance 3/31/15: $ 21,448.63

Nancy Smith, Treasurer

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 will get excited and sign up for these classes. The Workshop Registration form is in the Members Only section of our website.

May – Barb Eikmeier

Barb grew up in Willows, CA where she learned to sew at a young age in 4-H. She officially made her first quilt while in High School but didn’t begin to quilt seriously until after her marriage in 1984.

Married to a career army officer, quilting became her portable career as they moved around the country and to South Korea. Her classes at those military assignments were popular among both American and International students.

She has written four books, published by Martingale & Co, of which the newest one is Back Basting Appliqué Step by Step.

Barb currently lives in Lansing, Kansas with her husband, Dale, (now retired from the army), and an ever changing entourage of family pets, currently two dogs and two cats. Her adult children live with many of her quilts in their own homes; Eric and his wife Brooke in Colorado and Sarah in Florida.

Still a farm girl at heart, Barb visits her family in Willows several times a year.

On Tuesday, May 19, Barb will present “A is for Applique” A trunk show of appliqué quilts and tops. Styles range and include Brodiere Perse, Hawaiian appliqué and traditional designs. See over 40 examples of hand and machine work and find out how Barb gave up all other appliqué techniques for back basting appliqué – the topic of her newest book.

Barb’s workshop on May 20 will be “Border accents and Back Basting Hand Applique”. The topic of Barb’s newest book, this hand appliqué, needle turn technique introduces students to the basics of back basting applique while adding curved accent border. In the 6 hour workshop students will begin a small project with a scalloped edge border and receive instruction in layered appliqué, making fine points, smooth curves and much more. Barb’s website is: http://barbsfavorites.com/

June – Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

On June 16, 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, we have an opportunity to use our workshop space to make aprons for the Quilt Show Boutique. This event will be coordinated by Frieda Roberts and will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.

July – Mary Fisher, Sort N’ Release

On July, 21, 2015, Mary Fisher, a professional organizer, 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. Mary specializes in organizing sewing and crafting spaces. No matter if you have a quilt studio or sew on the dining room table, Mary’s tips will help to make better use of your sewing space.

August – Sharon Rotz

In August, we welcome Sharon Rotz from Mosinee, Wusconsin. On August 18, Sharon will present her “Diet Quilts”. Sharon’s workshop on August 19, is “String Piecing 101 and Beyond.”

September – John Flynn

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.”

October – Yellow Creek Designs

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.”

November – Pat Delaney

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.”

December - Holiday Party

January – Ways and Means

February – David Taylor

David Taylor is a two-time recipient of the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (2006, 2014), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (Paducah Quilt Week, 2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA's Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008), among many others.

David’s lecture on February 16, 2016, is entitled “Artistry through Applique.” On February 17, 2016, his workshop is called “New Hampshire Beauty- Pointless Applique.” See more at davidtaylorquilts.com.

March – Members Teaching Members

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

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets will be available at the April meeting! Each member is expected to sell at least $25 worth of tickets. Remember to bring cash or a check for $25 to the guild meeting because you pay for the tickets as you receive them.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets at the April guild meeting, they will be available at future meetings. If you need more tickets, please contact Dee Elliott. 

Quilt Show Entries

The deadline for submissions for your quilts will be July 31, 2015. The Entry Form is available on the Village Quilters website.

Enid Mattimiro

Silent Auction and Boutique Offer Unique Opportunities for Members

Besides entering quilts to display in the show, members can create and donate items to be sold in the Silent Auction and/or the Boutique.

Items for the Silent Auction should be one of a kind and valued at $25 or more. Wall hangings are especially popular as they can be displayed easily. Table runners and baby quilts are also welcome. Visitors bid on these items and they go to the highest bidder.

This year the Boutique offers members the opportunity to make and donate a few smaller items to be sold in the show. Items such as ornaments, coasters, candle mats, quilted trivets or pot holders are a few ideas. 100% of the sale of these smaller items will go to the Guild. Of course, members can also participate in the Boutique on a larger scale as in past shows by making many items to sell and receiving a percentage of each sale.

If you have any questions about these options or other ideas of things you would like to make and donate to the Boutique, please contact Judi Young.

Alice Hutchinson, Yolande Sherrod, Edie Hirasawa

Borders of Many Kinds Challenge at the May Meeting

Is your border quilt quilted and ready for Show & Tell at the May Meeting? We will do a group Show & Tell and will be ready to enter them in the Village Quilters Quilt Show for a group showing. It will be really nice to see them all hanging together.

Kate Klein

Membership Renewal

Welcome to new members, Cathleen Gustavson and Marti Austin!


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 the address on the Membership form.

Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe


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


May Birthdays
Patricia Warren: May 7
Donna Derstadt: May 10
Linda Panozzo: May 12
Joan Lagedrost: May 13
Mary Ley: May 16
Eloise Williams: May 16
Claire Machinist: May 19
Celia Stratman: May 19
Carol Miller: May 20
Penny Petitclair: May 20
Donna Lechowicz: May 22
Linda Wiemerslage: May 30

Quilt Calendar

Saturday, April 18 – Quilt Connection Quilt Show and Boutique, 10:00-5:00, at the Mayfair Presbyterian Church, 4358 West Ainslie, Chicago, IL 60630. Their Bali Holiday raffle quilt was at our March meeting.

April 22-25 – AQS Show, Paducah, KY. americanquilter.com

Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3, The Art of Collaboration Quilt Show presented by the Sinnissippi Quilters. Location is the Indoor Sports Center, Sportscore Two, 8800 Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111. sinnissippiquilters.org

New Retreat Center

Prairie Star Lodge, in Browntown, WI, is a new retreat center available for quilters. It is a 4000 sq. ft. luxury log cabin lodge set on 22 acres. They can accommodate 6-14 quilters, and have a sauna and a pool. prairiestarlodge.com

Give Away

This lovely old ironing board is free for the taking. It will fold up for storage. Contact Claire Machinist.