January 2018

Program: Brown Bag Hustle
January 16, 2018; 6:00 p.m. drop off; 6:30 p.m. meeting


January 16th is your 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-off's 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


Our Holiday Party was a real treat! Carol Swartz did a wonderful job of planning a lovely evening for all of us. We enjoyed the delicious meal, and Carol’s homemade cookies. The game was so much fun and it was great to see what gifts came from our sewing rooms. Carol, thank you very much for volunteering to plan our party, and making it a very special event. Thank you also to the members who assisted with set up and clean-up.

We are not quite done with the holidays as I write this, but 2018 will be here soon. As I reflect on 2017, our guild had a fantastic year. Our quilt show was a huge success, we had great programs and workshops, and your participation in our QOV service project was extraordinary. All of this is the result of members volunteering their time and effort to the benefit of the guild and our community. I am very proud of our members, and appreciate all you do to make this a great guild.

As we leave 2017 and greet the New Year, we make resolutions. Mine is to organize my sewing room and finish UFO’s. I will be sorting out treasures to bring to our January Brown Bag Auction.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


Treasurer’s Report


Balance on 12/1/17: $32,448.24

Income (12/1/17 –12/23/17): $ 190.00
Expenses (12/1/17 – 12/23/17) $ 630.00

Balance as of 12/23/17: $32,008.24

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 church rental fee for January – March, 2018 as well as advance payments to two speakers for 2018.
Submitted by Judi Young, treasurer


Iron Quilter is Back!


Getting back into the swing of things after the holidays is always challenging… but here we are! If you were at the December Holiday gathering, you know that we, the Service Committee, began the Service Project for 2018. Yes, the IRON QUILTER has returned! We handed out several mystery bags of assorted fabric to those willing to accept the challenge of creating "A silk purse out of a sow's ear"… metaphorically speaking. At the January BROWN BAG HUSTLE we will have even more mystery bags available and we urge the rest of you to get on the bandwagon of quilt making all 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… 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.

A reminder - for the person who took possession of the "Golden Iron" from the last Iron Quilter challenge in 2016, please return it so we have it for the April meeting.
Service Committee,
Deb Sherrock & Cheryl Mercy

New Studio Opens: MADE in Mundelein

If you were at the December party, you know that there’s a new maker’s studio open in Mundelein. MADE is a place for people who already love making things, or who want to learn to love making things. It’s the brainchild of Ebony Love, quilter and die cutting expert, who wanted a place for creatives to gather.

MADE offers classes in sewing, die cutting, quilting, and long arm quilting.  They can help you start your projects, stitch them confidently, and finish them successfully. If quilting isn’t your thing, they are happy to finish your project for you.

MADE is open by appointment Thursday through Monday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  If they have renters or classes scheduled, they are open to the public and welcome drop-ins; if not, it’s likely they are not open.  It is recommended you check their public calendar or call ahead. 

MADE is also happy to host your sewing, quilting, knitting, or crochet group! You are welcome to book their modular classroom space for your event.

Check madecreativestudio.com for more information and a class schedule.




We hope that Santa brought you all the quilting supplies you had on your list—and maybe a gift card for your favorite quilt shop. Now we wish you at least a week of R&R, i.e., quilting!

Good health and happy quilting in the new year!
Carol and Patricia


January Birthdays            
Cindy Heineman, 1/5
Mary Quednau, 1/11
Frances Dmytro, 1/14
Nancy Salmela, 1/19
Nancy Scott, 1/20
Lisa Robinson, 1/29
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