July 2015

July Speaker: Mary Fisher, Sort N’ Release
July 21

On July 21st, Mary Fisher, a professional organizer, from Waunakee, Wisconsin, will use her expertise to help us organize our quilting studios, rooms, and/or spaces. Mary’s business, Sort N’ Release Organizing, LLC, specializes in organization techniques, including 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.


July Workshop: Quilt Show Work Day
July 22

Come complete your quilts for the Show!

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


Village Quilters President’s Letter

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and good wishes for my husband’s swift recovery from back surgery.  He is doing well in rehab and we look forward to the time—soon—when he can continue his recovery at home.

We are looking for assistance in a few categories.  The program committee needs members to do some of the leg work such as making speakers’ travel arrangements, getting the speakers to and from the airport, getting dinner and lunch for the speakers, and making arrangements for the speakers at the program and the workshop.  If a couple of people volunteer, nobody must carry the whole burden. While we await Jane’s recovery from surgery Mary Dietz (for the summer) and I are doing this work and planning the next years’ programs.  Please help us out.

We need a new historian.  This person will take photographs at the meeting and the quilt show for posting to the newsletter and preserving for the guild.  If you enjoy photography, please step forward.

Finally, we need someone to coordinate the December social and the May Potluck.  Again, we really would appreciate it if someone would step up for these jobs.  New members are especially invited to take them on.  It’s a great way to meet the guild members.

I am happy to report that my Quilt of Valor is quilted and I am putting the binding on. I am also in the process of putting my 12 by 12 art quilts together. Then I have a few labels to do. I think I can get it all done for the show deadline, which is fast approaching.

Meanwhile, my garden is a pleasure this summer. I spend as much time as I can—sometimes only one or two days a week—outside with my hands and knees dirty and a smile on my face.

Happy Quilting!


From the Treasurer

Balance 5/24/15:  $25,918.22
Income:  $1,756.00
Expenses: $753.27
Balance 6/24/15: $26,920.95
Note: the portion of income related to the quilt show is $806.00
We still have some major expenses coming up related to the show and some nationally known speakers. Please take a look at the upcoming workshops. You will meet new friends and spend a day doing what you love best. They are well worth the investment!

Respectfully submitted,
Kimberly Jurco


Quilt Show News

Register Your Quilts NOW! Time is running out!

Remember, the deadline to register your quilts  to be hung in the show is July 31st! Fifty (50) quilts are currently registered. We expect over 200 more! Please register your quilts as soon as possible. To register your quilt, go to the Member’s Show Info page on our website which is under the Show pull-down menu at the top of the webpage. Full instructions, including the steps to take, the information you will need to have ready, and the link to the registration page can be found here. (The link is at the end of Step 2.)

Don’t delay! Register today!

Enid Mattimiro and Kearstie Grenier, Cataloging



Ladder-Climbers Volunteer on Hanging Day

Thanks to all who signed up to climb the ladders to hang quilts for our show. If you would like to volunteer, you must be comfortable climbing 1-3 steps up a ladder, be able to hold a few pounds of weight over your head, and be available on the morning of Hanging Day (October 1, 2015).

If you would like to volunteer, or if you signed up but haven't been confirmed, please email Margaret Martin at webmaster@villagequilters.org.







Important Boutique News

Boutique vendor/Members who are making multiple items to sell for profit in the boutique this year should plan to attend an informational meeting at 6 pm on August 18th before the Guild meeting. At this meeting we will discuss displays, pricing, pre-and post-inventory forms, as well as how you will be paid after the show. Bring samples of your products to show everyone.

Boutique vendor/members, be sure to sign up to work at least one shift in the Boutique during the show.

Please let Judi Young know if you are unable to attend this meeting.



Do you love fabric? Do lovely colors and patterns make you happy? Have we got a job for you! Join us and help sort scraps for Scrapapalooza!

Scrapapalooza Sorting dates in July:

Wednesday, July 8  from 1-3pm
Thursday, July 9 from 10 to Noon
Wednesday, July 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

At: Gayle Springer's home in Lake Forest. Please check the Membership Directory under the Members Only section of the website for address and phone number.


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?  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, the presentation being at 1:00p.m. We would like the veteran to arrive by 12:45p.m., and should not have previously been awarded a quilt.  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.  Information we need is the name of the veteran, branch of service, which war were they in and their rank.  Contact information for the veteran should include: address/email/phone number. The deadline to submit a veterans name is Sept. 1, 2015.

Service Committee,
Cheryl Mercy and Kathy Sorkin


Quilt Show Vendors

We are pleased to announce that we have a terrific array of vendors including 7 returning and 9 new vendors! There is something for everyone!

The Lineup is:
At the Heart of Quilting (Gammill Long-arm Quilt Shop) Beloit, WI
Built by Briick (Quilt Racks, Ladders, Organizers) Yorkville, IL
Chix that Stitch (Hand-Stitched Items) Mt. Prospect, IL
Country Creations Antiques (Antique Quilts and Antique Items) Jackson, WI
Jane Reents, Instructor (Certified Judy Neimeyer Instructor) Wauconda, IL
Karen DeWitt, Author (Author of Quilt Novels) Park Forrest, IL
LITen Up Technologies (Formerly 3 Crazy Ladies) (Quilt Kits, Pre-Cuts, QBOT-Design Tools) Lake Forest, IL
Lucy-in-the-Sky Quilts (Fabric Quilt Shop) Kalamazoo, MI
Quilt Stories by Linda Brodine (Author of Children’s Books) St. Charles, IL
Quilter’s Destination (Janome Dealer and Quilt Shop) Arlington Heights, IL
Quilter’s Garden (Quilt Shop) Princeton, IL
Quilter’s Quest (Quilt Shop) Woodridge, IL
The Quilting Connection, LLC (Handi-Quilter Long-arm Quilt Shop) Elkhorn, WI
Sew ‘n Save (Elna Dealer and Quilt Shop) Racine, WI
Stipples, Etc. (Hand Dyed Fabrics and Quilt Kits) East Lansing, IL
Stitchin’ in the Ditch (Studio 180 Design Tools, Instructor) Antioch, IL

As a new fund-raising initiative, vendors were asked to be contributing sponsors for donating merchandise toward quilt show raffle baskets. Some are donating a whole basket from their shop and some are donating items towards a group basket with other vendors. Their donations will be assembled into beautiful baskets orchestrated by Donna Fitzgerald and we will be selling raffle tickets for them during the show. 

Ginny Flock


Coming In August,  The Staffing Committee Needs You!

This year, we will be using Volunteer Spot for online sign-up. It is an easy website where you we be able to receive shift reminders and edit your shifts. If you do not wish to use the online system, you will still be able to sign up in person at the Village Quilters August and September meetings. Please note that people using the online system will have first choice of shifts.  More Information to come! 

Every quilt member is expected to volunteer for AT LEAST TWO time slots. Boutiquers are expected to fill one volunteer slot in the Boutique and two additional slots somewhere else.

Andrea Krier and Tera McBlaine



Art Quilts

We hope you'll consider creating your very own 12" x 12" Art Quilt in one (or more) of our Challenge Color Schemes:  shades of orange plus other colors; shades of grey plus other colors; aqua, cream and green; or fiesta tones.  Please quilt and bind your small quilt, and register it just like the larger quilts!  More info at our website www.villagequilters.org/challenge/

Feather Schroeder

Quilt Appraisals at Quilts from the Village XIV

I’m sure everyone is working very diligently getting their quilts finished for our October quilt show.  As you finish your quilts for the upcoming show, please 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

How Big Is Our Thread Ball?

Our thread ball is growing; thanks to Joni Baumli the ball has doubled in size.  Bring your droppings of thread to the next meeting. I hope it will be lot bigger for the quilt show..



Welcome to new member, RoseAnn Rendl, and returning member, Sue Leslie!

Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe


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

August Birthdays
Alice Hutchinson, August 1
Laura Partridge, August1
Gayle Springer, August 1
Barbara Rothschild, August 9
Donna Rochino, August 16
Debbie Pine, August 24
Leah Roberts, August 24
Kate Mayer Tekampe, August 25
Jean Rock, August 26
Louise Tischendorf, August 27
Jenet Bakke, August 30