February 2018

Program: Brown Bag Hustle
February 20, 2018; 6:00 p.m. drop off; 6:30 p.m. meeting



Due to weather, we had to cancel the January 16th meeting. But wait, we’ve rescheduled the Brown Bag Hustle for the February meeting!

February 20th is your new day of opportunity. Come enjoy a night of fun and frolic and lighten your stash load as well! Drop off your items at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6:30.

Start the year off right and help Village Quilters Ways & Means at the same time. While you're cleaning out your stash to begin your 2018 sewing year, please know your cast-offs can help make the BROWN BAG HUSTLE a huge success. We are emphasizing the Silent Auction which is quilt tops, unfinished quilts of any sort, small quilts, art quilts, finished and unfinished table runners that people bid on.

We want… fabric, fat quarters, yardage, thread, yarn, pins, needles, pin cushions, bobbins, sewing machines, lights, irons, ironing boards, quilt frames, side tables, patterns, bags, beads and so on. Last year we made $788: almost double the $420 the year before. Let's double last year with real Quilter's Determination.

6 Tickets for $5 - 15 Tickets for $12 - 24 Tickets for $20 - CASH/CHECK
Info/pick-up contact Donna Fitzgerald c. 847-970-2222.

President’s Letter


Today I am on my way to a quilt retreat at Techny. Quilt retreats are a great opportunity to make progress on a quilt and catch up with friends. My goal for 2018 is to finish one UFO a month. Some will take more time than others, but it will be great fun to finish them all. I started a list, and then found a list from two years ago. Since lists are working, I posted a photo of my first UFO on Facebook, hoping this will push me to finish. This particular quilt was started in a class at a shop in Waukegan that has been closed for some time. At one time I thought I had lost some of the fabric, and visited a shop in Lawrence, KS to look for a replacement. My son was in grad school there at the time. This must be my oldest UFO. Do you have any UFOs you are trying to finish?

The January meeting was cancelled due to weather and safety concerns. The Brown Bag Auction has been rescheduled for our February meeting. This gives us a few weeks to take another look for items to bring from our sewing rooms. 

The Board met this week and I can share that Barb Jolley and Edie Hirasawa have an exciting list of programs coming up starting in May. Susan Cleveland will be here in March to lecture and teach a class. Susan has not been here for a while and we are excited to have her return. There are still spaces available in her class.

Happy Valentines Day!

Treasurer’s Report

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Balance on 1/1/18: $32,008.24
Income (1/1/18 – 1/24/18): $40.00
Expenses (1/1/18 – 1/24/18): $801.10
Balance as of 1/24/18: $31247.14

Income for this period came from members who paid for the December Holiday dinner at the December 19th  meeting.

Expenses for this period were for the December Holiday dinner. 59 members paid $10.00 each to attend the December dinner, making the cost to the Guild $801.10 -$590.00 = $211.10

Submitted by Judi Young, treasurer


Iron Quilter Returns!


The IRON QUILTER has returned as the Service Project for 2018. At the February guild meeting we will have mystery bags available for you to get ‘select’ to make a quilt for a great cause. Use the fabric in your mystery bag as the starting point for your quilt and add more fabric as needed.
As we have in years past, the finished quilts will be donated to the Staben House (serving women & children) and the Eddie Washington Center (men), facilities in Waukegan Township that provide transitional housing and community services to homeless people.

Please make quilts to cover twin-sized beds.  A twin mattress measures 39” wide by 75” long. A quilt that finishes at 63” X 87” allows for a 12” drop on both sides and on the bottom. The Staben House will also accept lap sized quilts for younger residents.

BUT… you want to make a quilt from your own stash of fabric and NOT the Iron Quilters Mystery Bag? ABSOLUTELY! Yes, please do. All quilts will be gratefully accepted. Completed quilts (quilted, bound, labeled) are due at the guild meeting on April 17, 2018.

Service Committee,
Deb Sherrock & Cheryl Mercy

Quilt Show 2019 - How Will You Help?


All of you are thinking “we’re talking about the next Quilt show already? I just cleaned up my sewing room!” Believe it or not, we will soon be setting the date and reserving the sports complex.

So, your help is needed! Please think about what committee you would like to chair or serve on. If you were on a committee for the last show and would like to chair it for 2019, please step forward! We won’t start meeting until the fall but we need the chair positions filled before we start meeting. If you are interested in making the Raffle Quilt or have a great idea, we also need to hear from you. The show is so much fun especially when you meet people you normally wouldn’t rub elbows with.

The committees are:

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  • Art Quilt Challenge
  • Boutique
  • Cataloging
  • Check in/ Check out
  • Hospitality
  • Publicity
  • Quilt Appraisals
  • Quilt Travel
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Show Layout
  • Silent Auction
  • Staffing/Security
  • Vendors

Thank you for considering to help make the “2019 Quilts from the Village” a success.
Madge Pierce and Christine Tindell , your 2019 Quilt show chairs

Other Quilt Shows and Exhibits

Rosemont Quilt Festival

The organizers of the Rosemont Quilt Festival are seeking individuals to work the show. They have shifts available from Monday, April 9, through Saturday, April 14. Check the website listed below to see what shifts are available. Students age 18+ are welcome also, especially for take down. This is not a fundraiser for Village Quilters, but an opportunity to earn a little extra.

They are looking for workers to help hang the special exhibit quilts before Festival, guardians to watch over the quilts during Festival, doorpersons to scan tickets, and workers to help with takedown of special exhibit quilts after the show is closed. These are paid positions. They pay $8.25 an hour, up to $13 for parking, and you receive free entry to the show for each day you work. If you are interested, contact Terri Winsauer through email or by phone.

Terri Winsauer
Quilt, Inc.
Piece Corps Coordinator, International Quilt Market & Festival Volunteer/Show Assistant Coordinator
Cell: 281-432-9396, E-mail: worktheshow@quilts.com,
Webpage: www.quilts.com/worktheshows/Chicago

Pride of the Prairie Quilt Show

Sensational Stars of the Prairie is the title of the Pride of the Prairie show, which will be held March 10th and 11th at Richland Grade School in Crest Hill Illinois. Over 300 quilts in this show, along with raffle baskets, vendors, silent auction, bake sale, and many more activities. For more information, download the poster and/or visit prideofprairie.org.

Annual Kalona Quilt Show and Sale 2018!

In the Heart of Iowa's Amish Country, it is a fun weekend getaway! Enjoy the Quilt Show, Museum, Fabric Shops and so much more. We would love to see you there!

Kalona Quilt Show & Sale 2018
Thurs. April 26, "Evening Only" 5 - 8 pm
Fri. April 27, 9 am - 7 pm
Sat. April 28, 9 am - 5 pm
LOCATED at 715 D. AVE.
200 New and Antique Quilts on Display and for Sale
Sponsored by the WOODIN WHEEL   319-656-2240
& the KALONA ANTIQUE CO.   319-656-4489

For more information: Email: katie@woodinwheel.com or kac@kctc.net
Visit woodinwheel.com and Facebook.com/kalonaquiltshow!

Art Institute of Chicago Exhibit - Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs

This exhibit, on display through April 1, includes 27 quilts from the permanent collection dating from 1840-2001. The quilts in this exhibition, whether they depict a particular event, remember the lives of individuals, or offer a fantastical escape, all speak to the “souvenir.” They can embody particular memories and serve as reminders of places, people, events, and ideas. These remarkable quilts—mainly from the United States but with examples from England, Ireland, and Mexico—invite the visitor to contemplate things remembered and forgotten, the careful construction of memory, as well as the objects made to keep those memories ever present. A Gallery Talk is available on February 15, Noon-1:00 pm, included in general admission. More information is available on the Art Institute’s website.





January was a really busy month with little/no time for quilting. Hoping things will slow down a little so there's plenty of time for quilting in the next few months… hey, I can dream!

Carol and Patricia


Happy Birthday!


February Birthdays
Kathy Hunt, 2/2
Kathy Heusinkveld, 2/3
Kathy Avellone, 2/5
Dorie Botimer, 2/12
Dorothy Roderick, 2/16
Carole Quille, 2/18
Eleanor McMurrin, 2/23
Cheryl Mercy, 2/25

March Birthdays
Kathleen Coughlan, 3/2
Bobbie Etchell, 3/3
Sandy Schraml, 3/12
Madge Pierce, 3/20
Christine Siqueira, 3/25