September 2017

Program: Quilt Show Preparation
Tuesday, September 19, 7pm - 9 pm

Hanging the 2015 Art Quilt Challenge quilts.

Hanging the 2015 Art Quilt Challenge quilts.

Members, don’t miss this important meeting! This month the Guild will prepare for the October Quilt Show, Quilts from the Village XV. Important details about show setup, working the show, volunteer needs and responsibilities will be discussed. The proper hanging of the quilts will also be demonstrated. Learn how together we can take down the show quickly and in an orderly fashion. All the wonderful programs and workshops we take for granted start with income from the quilt show. Come to the meeting this month and make sure you’re prepared for the big weekend!


President’s Letter


Our speakers this year have been tremendous.  What a treat to see the amazing antique quilt tops Dawn Cook Ronnigen shared with us last month.  In the Hexie class, Dawn shared her tips to make even the smallest hexies.  It was a great way to spend the day.  After her return to Minneapolis, Dawn was off to teach in the Netherlands.

We have only two workshops remaining in our year, in October and March.  If you are a new member, taking a workshop is a great way to meet other members.

The countdown to the Quilt Show is upon us.  Volunteers are needed at many positions.  We are also asking that you sign up on line to assist with set up and take down.  Please be generous with your time.  This is your Quilt Show!

Happy Quilting,


Treasurer’s Report


Balance on 8/1/17 $27,131.68

Income (8/1/17 – 8/22/17) $728.75
Expenses (8/1/17 – 8/22/17) $3095.98

Balance as of 8/22/17 $24,753.35

Income for this period included 9 guest fees at the August meeting, raffle ticket sales, 3 workshop signup fees, and 3 new members.

Expenses for this period included the balance of the rental fee for Libertyville Sports Complex, Quilt Show expenses, and August speaker fees and dinner.

Submitted by Judi Young, treasurer


Sign Up Online to Work the Show!  

Mary Q. sorting quilts after check in.

Mary Q. sorting quilts after check in.

Sign up for working the Quilt Show online. We have lots of spots available so sign up for several shifts. Go to the Village Quilters web site and choose SHOW from the top menu, then VOLUNTEER from the drop down (or click the Volunteer link), and there you will see the connection to signup sheets. We will have signup sheets at the September meeting for those of you that are unable to use the on line method.  The show’s getting close! Sign up soon to get the spot of your choice.

Carol & Laura


Don’t Forget Sleeves and Labels!

All quilts (except Art Quilt Challenge entries) that are hung must have 4” sleeves securely attached. Please check out the Members Show Info page for details on sleeves. We will be using the 10’ stands, so even if you have a large quilt, put the sleeve at the top of the quilt. The committee has decided to hang 217 quilts, so even the Quilts of Valor submitted as “no need to hang” will be hung and will need a sleeve.

Left Photo shows the location of the 4" sleeve at the top of the quilt, the paper ID card at the lower left, and the fabric quilt label at the lower right. Right Photo shows folded quilt with paper ID card on top.

Left Photo shows the location of the 4" sleeve at the top of the quilt, the paper ID card at the lower left, and the fabric quilt label at the lower right. Right Photo shows folded quilt with paper ID card on top.

In addition to the sleeve, each quilt will also need a fabric label with the name of the quilt and the quilter attached. These are typical quilt labels made by the quilter. Each quilt must also have a printed paper ID card (which will be distributed at the September meeting) pinned with 2 safety pins to the bottom left of the back of the quilt. (Make sure pins don’t show from the front.) This card will have the section, room, and location where the quilt is to be hung printed on it. When you bring your quilt to check in, please fold the quilt so the paper label is on top.

Silent Auction Seeking Contributions

Quilters, crunch time is approaching! If you haven't begun your Silent Auction contribution, please do so NOW. We have received many wonderful items for the auction, but still have a long way to go to meet our goal of 100 small quilted items. We will accept items up until the day of the show, but it is easier to get them cataloged if we have them beforehand. Please contribute to this important fund raiser for the guild.

Notes from the Service Committee

Sit 'n' Sew area from the 2015 Quilt Show.

Sit 'n' Sew area from the 2015 Quilt Show.

Thank you to everyone who nominated a veteran (or two) to receive a Quilt of Valor (QOV) at our quilt show!!  QOV nominations for our quilt show have ceased.  We currently have 19 names from the following conflicts:  WWII - 1; Vietnam - 14; and Iraq/Afghanistan - 4.  We have reached our goal of (almost) 20 names, all nominated by guild members.  The number of nominees was limited because we didn’t want the award ceremony to be unduly long.  The QOV award ceremony will take place on the second day of the quilt show, Saturday Oct 14 at 1 pm.

At the August guild meeting, someone asked, “Does my QOV need to be laundered prior to being awarded?” Per Rita Pennington, the Illinois QOV coordinator, since the QOVs in Illinois are not awarded to hospitalized veterans, it is not required that the quilts be laundered prior to being awarded. However, it is recommended that you launder your quilt since you, as the quiltmaker, know how to mitigate the colors from ‘bleeding’ by using a color catcher during the wash cycle.   

At the quilt show, there will be a sit-n-sew area, where attendees can sew a quilt block for a QOV… similar to how it was done at the 2015 show. The pattern has been decided, fabric has been purchased, and will be cut, ready to sew into blocks at the show.

Service Committee,
Deb Sherrock and Cheryl Mercy

Quilt Appraisals at Quilts from the Village XV   

We have over 200 quilts entered for the show. There is still time to sign up for a quilt appraisal. I would recommend that you sign up soon, because for the first time we will open up the appraisals to the public. Beginning in September, we will invite the general public to bring a quilt to the show to be appraised.

Now is the time to get your name on the appraisal list. Please call or email me to sign up for an appraisal or two.  The cost is $50.00 for each appraisal (cash or check). Our appraiser, Sandy Schweitzer, donates $5.00 from each appraisal back to the guild. You can also see me at our regular guild meetings to sign up. Don’t wait too long—reserve your spot soon.
Judy Hillebrand

Birthday Blocks

The last of the birthday blocks are due at the September meeting! Don't forget your blocks for Linda Spring, Nancy Smith, and Feather Schroeder. We hope you've enjoyed making and receiving your birthday blocks!


The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo Needs Your Help!


The Expo is right around the corner and they are looking for Ambassador Volunteers to work the show with us. The Expo brings lots of fun and excitement to Schaumburg -- with classes and workshops, displays, and great shopping.

The guild  will be displaying our beautiful raffle quilt and selling raffle tickets all three days of the show. Although the Expo does not require a set number of volunteers from the guild to allow us to do this, they rely on volunteers for many important functions. The Expo could really use your help!!  They need Ambassador Volunteers!!

As an Ambassador, you’ll earn great personal rewards, including free general admission on the day you volunteer (minimum 4-hour same-day commitment), special Expo prizes and even free class sessions!

Volunteer in as little as 4 hour increments for any of these Ambassador Opportunities: Elite Ambassador (Full Day Directing of the Ambassador Team); Classroom Assistant; Information Desk; Sewing Studio Organizer/Sprucer; Set-up Assistant; Ticket Scanner; Fashion Show Assistant; White Glove Display Gallery Monitor; or Floater.

You can read about the positions, and complete a volunteer form here: Or call Sue Scott, Monday through Friday from 10 until 3, at 440-899-4377. 

Mark your calendars for another Quilt Show!

The Raintree Quilters Guild will hold their Harvest of Quilts XII Quilt & Craft Show in Evansville, IN, on September 22nd & 23rd, 2017. They are extending a special invitation to our guild members.

As part of the Quilt & Craft Show this year, 2 new events will take place:

  1. LIVE AUCTION on Saturday, Sept 23rd at 2PM for "Quilt For The Cure Block Challenge” finished quilts, framed items, and tote bags to benefit Susan G Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate.
  2. SILENT AUCTION with online bidding at of over 20 art, quilts and high quality handmade items.  The Silent Auction bidding will start online and continue into the show on Sept 22 and 23. It’s easy to participate. Register as a guest or bidder now.

For more information, download the flyer.

Exhibit: Quilts and Human Rights

Organized by the Michigan State University Museum, “Quilts and Human Rights” includes over 40 quilts centered around themes of social justice honoring champions of human rights, documenting quiltmaking as a means of coping with oppression, and examining how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. The Pick Museum staff has expanded the exhibit by adding fifteen more quilts made between 2008 and today highlighting the last decade’s booming modern quilting movement. The exhibit runs September 5 through February 24, 2018. Read more at the Pick Museum web site.





Hexagons! And more hexagons! Great presentation this month and I especially enjoyed the fabrics used in the older quilts.  Anyone in for a challenge of 1-inch hexies?

We had nine guests and welcomed three new members: Katherine Gourley from Lindenhurst, Cindy Heineman from Highland Park, and Sandy Schraml from Grayslake.
Carol and Patricia


Happy Birthday!


September Birthdays
Nancy Smith, 9/5
Feather Schroeder, 9/12
Lorraine Potts, 9/15
Alice Wynn, 9/16
Tera McBlaine, 9/17
Linda Spring, 9/17
Maggie  Schmude, 9/18
Laurie Waldron, 9/24
Mary Dietz, 9/26

October Birthdays
Diane Hines, 10/2
Nancy Zamor, 10/8
Barb Jolley, 10/15
Myretta Taylor, 10/16
Sue Ann Kuby, 10/26