March 2016

Program: Members Teaching Members
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  7:00pm-9:00pm

Our guild has an abundance of talented and generous members who are willing to share their tips, tricks, and expertise. For this final program of the season, join us for a round robin in which we will circulate among tables where several members will be teaching their special quilting techniques. Come learn something new and be inspired! The leaders and their sessions will be:

Donna Derstadt - “Quilt on a Chair”

If you were at Quilts From The Village XIII (Quilt Show 2013) you probably remember seeing Donna’s beautiful covered folding chairs. These were designed by Dianne Springer, and are featured in her book Scrap-O-Lator Quilts & More. There are several different designs, from scrappy and fun to more sophisticated and formal. Donna has even done an appliqued version as a special housewarming gift. Donna will demonstrate how to disassemble the chair, prepare the pieced covers, add a little ruffle if desired, and then reassemble.  It's straightforward and fairly easy to do—but the reassembly is tricky.  She will share her tips and tricks, including how to replace the hardware to make reassembly much easier.

Claire Machinist - “Applying Borders Without Math”

Claire will show her method of measuring border lengths to fit a quilt. No tape measure needed. No math involved. She has had good success using it and will share her method with us!

Kathy Heusinkveld, Lorraine Potts and Linda Warren - “Lucy Boston Quilt”

Lucy Boston was a quilter in England in the mid 1900s. Kathy Heusinkveld, Lorraine Potts and Linda Warren have been working on their versions of the Lucy Boston Quilt and will be teaching the various aspects of the block. English Paper Piecing, fussy cutting, as well as an eye for color and design are the topics for the lesson. It is a project to do by hand anywhere you have a few minutes to spare. Warning: may become addicting!

Maggie Schmude - “Quilting with Templates on a Domestic Machine”

Long arm quilters have long been able to use templates to create great designs on their quilts.  Now, those of us without a long arm can do the same thing, with a specially designed quarter-inch foot made for our machines. This presentation will discuss the various templates available and how to get the right foot for your machine. Quilting with several different templates will be demonstrated.  A handout listing sources for feet, templates and teaching videos will be available for guild members interested in further exploring this technique.

This selection of demonstrations promises to be a special experience,  don’t miss this one!


President’s Letter

 Linda sewing with her 2 1/2 year old. In Linda's words, "This is what it's for!"

Linda sewing with her 2 1/2 year old. In Linda's words, "This is what it's for!"

I had a wonderful time in the Galapagos. We climbed and hiked and swam and ate and everything. There was lava and sand. There were blue footed boobies and penguins and sea lions and colorful fish and beautiful flowers and struggling cacti. This is quite a place of contrasts and so many species unique to the Galapagos.

I have recovered from the trip. I know we all enjoyed David Taylor’s talk. I haven’t heard the group laugh so hard in a long time. He was so pleased about how much you all enjoyed the lecture and what a great audience you were. The workshop was also excellent. We learned a new way to applique (new for me). We also learned a different way to look at fabrics for applique – looking at the colors of the picture and not the shapes. As always, I learned a lot.

We are all so sorry about David’s house fire. If you haven’t heard via the internet or via the letter I sent to you, the short version is that a gas line exploded at his house the night of his lecture to us. A large fire ensued. He lost much including his sewing machines (plastic melted) and his threads. It appears that his fabric may be salvageable when rewashed. We are collecting fat quarters of good quality cotton batiks and tone-on-tone fabrics to send to him as a gesture of our support. Since he also needs thread, you may want to include a spool of solid or variegated 100% cotton thread by Superior, Sulky, YLI, or Aurifil. Please bring your donations to the meeting so that we can collect it and send it to him.

I have my Storm at Sea (small size) quilt on my design wall. It will be assembled soon. Now that I understand better how John Flynn got the colors to flow, I can begin work on the larger kit I bought. You will see it eventually.

In the meantime, Happy Quilting!


From the Treasurer

Balance 1/25/16: $27,818.98

Income: $153.00
Expenses: $1,954.70

Balance 2/25/16: $26,017.28

Respectfully submitted,
Kimberly Jurco

Membership Renewals! Early Bird Savings!


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 both form and check directly to Membership at the address on the Membership form.

Ginny Flock and Kate Mayer Tekampe

Quilts of Valor Presentation Photos on Website

Thanks to Margaret Martin for putting photos taken at our quilt show Quilts of Valor presentation up on the web! The pictures are near the bottom of the About The Show page. To find it without the link, use the the website menus: choose SHOW from the menu at the top of the screen, then pull down to ABOUT THE SHOW.

If you have pictures of the presentation or the reception, we would love to add them. Please contact Kearstie Grenier about methods of getting them to us.

Iron Quilter

Did you pick up a bag of fabric for the Iron Quilter Challenge? The deadline is approaching fast! The quilts are due at the April 12th guild meeting. Representatives from Staben House and the Eddie Washington Center will be present to accept the quilts. Don’t let them down—finish those quilts!


News from Other Guilds


String-A-Long Quilt Guild is having a show and we’re invited!

You can check out more information at their website:


Village Quilters Reminders!

There’s a lot going on in the guild. We just want you to remember:

  • Don’t forget to bring your fabric and thread donation for David Taylor to the March 15th meeting.
  • Iron Quilter quilts are due at the April Guild meeting. We can’t wait to see them!
  • April’s meeting will be moved up a week to Tuesday, April 12th to avoid a conflict with the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. It’s an early start (6:30 pm) since it includes dinner, the election of officers, and Iron Quilter presentations.
  • Watch for the new programs to appear on the website calendar in the next week. To sign up for the new workshops, fill out a form (pdf) and send with a check to the address on the form, or sign up and pay at any guild meeting.

From Membership


Welcome back to returning member, Eleanor McMurrin!



March Birthdays
Bobbie Etchell, March 3
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  
Margaret Martin, April 21
Jinni Swab, April 27
Edythe Hirasawa, April 28
Mary Ellin Innes, April 30
Enid Mattimiro, April 30