June 2015

June – Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

June Speaker: Melissa Wraalstadt, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts
June 16


Melissa Wraalstadt, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, will treat us to a special showing of quilts from the museum’s collection that are seldom seen, in her lecture called “Treasures from the Vault.” Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view these special textiles!

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts is dedicated to educating the public about the artistic, cultural, historic, and social importance of quilts and fiber arts. They also seek to increase the awareness of historic structure preservation. Their repurposed 1850s farmstead is used to:

  • Foster and inspire creativity by hosting exhibits of artists from traditional to contemporary techniques;
  • Educate children and adults, from beginners to experienced fiber artists, in the time-honored crafts;
  • Preserve quilts and other fiber arts items, maintaining our own collection and encouraging others to document their treasures.
  • Maintain a library for researchers interested in exploring how quilts and other fiber arts have changed over time.

The museum’s roots extend back to 1988 when a group of quilters in southeastern Wisconsin founded the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc., whose mission was to preserve the history and creativity expressed in quilts through documentation and research.Since 1988, over 8,000 quilts and their stories have been captured.These records provided the material for an award-winning book, Wisconsin Quilts:History in the Stitches, (second edition, 2009).


June Workshop: Apron Making for the Quilt Show Boutique
June 17

Join us and use our usual workshop space and time 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 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bring fabric and a pattern (see the website for some links to free patterns you may want to use), sewing machine, and all sewing supplies you will need to complete your apron. For lunch, you may bring your lunch, drive into town to get lunch at Sunset or another spot on Route 43, or go to the Lake Forest Hospital Cafeteria. In any case, come prepared for fun as we make aprons to raise funds for the guild!


Village Quilters President’s Letter

I am still playing the balancing act – quilting in the rain and gardening in the sun. This is quite a challenge on a mixed weather day.  And now I feel pressure in both areas to get some things done.  It is pleasant frustration, really.  Also I feel, as many of you must, that it is a challenge to complete all the things we need to complete as our obligations to the guild for the quilt show.  I am doing my best to sell raffle tickets, get quilts finished for the show, make an apron, make quilts for the color challenge, make something for Silent Auction, donate to the boutique, and donate to Scrapapalooza.  I encourage you all to take advantage of the upcoming apron workshop and quilt show workshop to help you on your way.
We need volunteers to run the December Holiday Party and the April Potluck dinner.  Please find a partner and let me know that you can help.

Happy Quilting!!

From the Treasurer

Balance 4/28/15:  $21,178.59
Income:  $6,275.00
Expenses: $1,535.37
Balance 5/24/15: $25,918.22
Note: the portion of income related to the quilt show is $3,335.00

Respectfully submitted,
Kimberly Jurco

Village Quilters Sit and Sew at Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival

Village Quilters will be demonstrating and selling raffle tickets at Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival at Bowen Park in Waukegan on Saturday, June 6 (10 am to 4 pm). This is like a sit-and-sew and you don't have to sign up.

However, if you can commit to being there from 9:30am–12:30pm or 12:30pm–4pm to help manage the cash box for the raffle ticket sales and to keep an eye on our raffle quilt, please contact Margaret Martin (webmaster@villagequilters.org).

We will be in the demonstration area and we may have access to electrical outlets. Contact Margaret Martin (webmaster@villagequilters.org) if you would like to bring your machine. Please bring your own comfy chair if you can.

The Dandelion Wine festival is a free annual event that celebrates the start of summer. The festival is dedicated to showcasing local and regional artists and venues, championing the arts, and remembering one of Waukegan’s favorite sons, author and visionary, Ray Bradbury. The festival features multiple music and entertainment stages, and all events are free to view.

Come sew in this beautiful, award-winning park and finish up those show entries!

Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan
If you come after the festival opens, park in the lots in the south entrance. The lot by the gazebo is closest to the festival; other lots require a hike downhill.

Saturday, June 6
10 am to 4pm (but we will arrive early, at 9:30am)

What to bring:
everything you need for a hand- or machine-sewing project, finished projects (especially if they will be in the show)
comfy, portable chair
money (if you want to buy from local artists or food vendors)

Art Quilt Challenge

Please join us in our Color Challenge!  Each small (tiny) quilt must be 12” x 12”, quilted and bound.  You may use the following color combinations:

  • Orange – As many different oranges, peaches, rusts as you choose, plus other colors.  The small quilt shown is an “Orange” Challenge Quilt, with, as you see, many other colors.
  • Grays – As many different grays as you like, plus other colors if you wish.
  • Aqua/cream/green – These three colors in whatever different tones as you like.
  • Fiesta – Warm “Fiesta” colors such as hot pink, yellow, orange, dark red, eggplant or whatever colors say “Ole!” to you.

You may applique, embroider, embellish to your heart’s delight … or if you’re like me, you might choose a pleasant block design and fool around with the colors!
For more details visit http://villagequilters.org/art-challenge-2015/.
Feather Schroeder

Quilt Appraisals at Quilts from the Village XIV

As you finish your quilts for the upcoming show, think about signing up for an appraisal or two.  Sandy Schweitzer, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, will be appraising quilts.  Appraisals take approximately thirty minutes and each appraisal is $50.00 (cash or check); Sandy also donates $5.00 from each appraisal back to our guild.

Quilts are appraised for one of three reasons: Insurance (replacement value); fair market (comparable sales value); and donation (comparable sales value).

If you would like to sign up for an appraisal, I will be located at a table by the entrance at our general meetings, or call or email me to sign up or ask questions.
Judy Hillebrand

Boutique Accepting Items from Members


Members are welcome to bring finished items to be sold in the Quilt Show Boutique to any of the upcoming Guild meetings. Items should be given to Judi Young. 
Several items have already been donated.  Among them are CHRISTMAS tree skirts, table runners, small wall hangings and doll bedding.
Other items that sell well are quilted pot holders, pin cushions, and ornaments.
If you have questions or ideas for other items, please contact Judi Young.
Thanks to those who have already donated items to sell in the Boutique this year.
Judi Young, Boutique Chair


Here are a few photos of the state of the Scraps!  Thank you for supplying the Scrapapalooza team with loads of scraps.    We will happily  accept more scraps at the June and July meetings ONLY.  This has become a huge project, and more scraps beyond then will be physically impossible to sort and bag. Volunteers have spent approximately 30 hours sorting, and there is so much more to do!  I have scheduled three workdays at my house (701 Morningside Drive, Lake Forest)  in JUNE:

  • Wednesday,  June 3, 1-3 pm;
  • Thursday,  June 4, 10-Noon;
  • Tuesday, June 23, June 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

Please mark your calendars, and if you are free those dates, please come.  Dates for July, August and September will be announced in future newsletters.

In case you missed the plan, we are sorting QUILTING FABRIC scraps (not yardage) into 1 gallon bags, sorted by color, to be sold at the Quilt Show in October. We are currently planning to sell the 1 lb bags full, for $3.50 each and 3 bags for $10. We have received much yardage that is not suitable for quilting, and lots of pieced blocks! I welcome suggestions for how to sell or donate these items. For now, we area concentrating on Quilt Fabric Scraps (nothing smaller than 2" x 2", please!)
Gayle Springer

Finish Your Quilt Show Entries at Special July Workshop

We are hosting a work-day for members to finish their entries for the quilt show (maybe even make a label for the back and a pocket for hanging). Or you can work on silent auction items, boutique, aprons or QOV projects. We will be meeting at Faith Lutheran Church from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Feel free to come for as long or short as you want. Bring your sewing machine, if you need one. We will have fabric for members to work on for QOV quilts for those who have their entries completed.  It will be fun to all sew together, There is lots to do.

Don't forget it is only two weeks before the deadline to enter quilts.  This will be a great place to photograph your quilt. We will have a stand with black drapes to help you out if you wish to use it.
Nancy, Erica, and Kate... Quilt Show Tri-Chair

Register Those Quilts!

The deadline to register your quilts for the show is July 31. Don’t miss out on having your quilt displayed. Register your quilts as you finish them.

Although we are expecting around 250 quilts, only 14 are currently registered. We've seen so many beautiful quilts at Show and Tell; let's get them registered! If you need a picture taken of your quilt, you may bring it to a meeting;one of us will be there to photograph it, but you still need to register it online. The link to the form is in the "Members Only" section of the website.  

Enid and Kearstie

Calling All Veterans and Active Service Men and Women

At the Quilt Show in October we will be having an Award Ceremony during which we present the Village Quilters' Quilts of Valor to a number of Veterans. 

Who are these Veterans?  The QOV Foundation can, and will, provide us with names of eligible veterans. However we would like to ask members in the Guild if there is a family member or a close friend who qualifies to receive one of our quilts. How does a Veteran qualify?   The nominated Veteran should have been "touched by war"... meaning during their military service they should have been in harms way. Your nominee does not have to be currently in active service and could have served duty during any war.  The Veteran will have to attend the Quilt Show.  Please contact Kathy Sorkin by email with the name or names of a Veteran you would like to honor along with contact information, or if you have any questions regarding the eligibility of a prospective recipient.

Help us help the Veterans in our lives by nominating a service man or woman to receive one of the many beautiful Quilts of Valor which have been so lovingly crafted over the past several months by the hands of VQ members..

The Service Committee
Cheryl and Kathy

Save Your Threads

Just a reminder to save all your thread cutting for the thread ball and bring them to the next meeting. I bring it to every meeting and it's growing so check it out.
Carol Swartz


Thank you for all the renewals!  If you have not renewed your Membership yet, download the Membership form (pdf) and bring to the next meeting with your $50 membership fee or mail them directly to Membership to the address on the Membership form.
Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe

Happy Birthday!

June Birthdays

Judi Young: June 1
Kate Klein: June 6
Linda Warren: June 7
Andrea Krier: June 11
Kathy Clement: June 12
Priscilla Maves: June 15
Jo Ann Compton: June 16
Mary Gustafson: June 19
Amy Dryfoos: June 23
Diane Carney: June 28
Sue Minster: June 28

July Birthdays

Peggy Schemenauer: July 9
Carol Swartz: July 10
Deb Sherrock: July 16
Dawn Larsen: July 17
Jane Velander: July 20
Leslie Yonke: July 22
Ellen Granda: July 25
Sylvia Bath: July 28

Give Away

Richard and I are moving to Lake Forest Place in June and we can't take it (all) with us. I am giving away my Bernina Deco 650 Embroidery Machine. It includes 3 hoops, a box of Bernina threads of a large selection of Sulky threads, also some embroidery programs, and a lot of backing web. Call me or email me; see the membership directory in the members only section of the website for contact information. 
Eleanor McMurrin

Have News to Share?

Articles for the Village Quilters newsletter are due on the 25th of each month. Please submit articles to me via email. I’d like to encourage you to attach a photo if you have one to accompany your story. Thank you!
Kearstie Grenier, Newsletter