May 2018

Speaker: Valli Schiller, My Life in Quilt Years
Tuesday, May 15, 2018; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Join us this month for a digital slide presentation and trunk show of about 20 of Valli’s quilts ranging from traditional to art to modern styles. The stories behind them have common threads that will resonate with all quilt lovers.

Valli Schiller began her love affair with sewing and design at age 10 when she transformed a castoff chenille bedspread into a decidedly unusual angel costume. Many garments, costumes, curtains and quilts later, her passion for creating wonderful stuff out of fabric and thread continues. She's an enthusiastic machine stitcher who loves experimenting with innovative techniques and sharing them with others.

Valli’s quilts have been exhibited internationally, in such venues as the IQA judged show in Houston, the AQS judged show in Paducah and the European Quilt Expo in Lyon, France. One of her quilts was a finalist in the 2007 $100,000 Quilt Challenge. Her quilts have won multiple awards including Best of Show (MN Quilters 2006, Quilt Odyssey 2005) and her work has been featured in many publications.

Valli lives in Naperville, Illinoi.


Workshop: Confetti Nine Patch, Valli Schiller
Wednesday, May 16, 2018; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Here’s a great way to have fun with your fabrics – ALL of them. Even “uglies” add sparkle to this fun, lively quilt design. Come with extra fabric to swap during class!

You’ll Learn about:

Working with value and contrast
Rotary cutting strips and squares
Super techniques for machine piecing with speed and accuracy  
Pressing tips
Design ideas for nine patch blocks

You’ll get: Illustrated cutting, piecing, and pressing directions, yardage and block charts for crib through king size quilts, and quilt layout diagrams.


President’s Letter


Welcome to the 2018-2019 Village Quilter’s year. Our annual business meeting in April was a success. One of our guests commented on the variety and number of delicious salads we provided! Barb Schober was presented with the beautiful quilt that was made for her as the retiring president. The tradition of making a quilt for the outgoing president is a nice gesture. Thanks to Linda Spring for making the quilt a reality.

Our outgoing service chairs, Deb Sherrock and Cheryl Mercy, collected over forty quilts for the Staben House and the Eddie Washington Center. Each of you who contributed towards this accomplishment should feel proud of the generosity of your time and talent. Jobs well done by so many.

As your newly elected President, I want to remind all of you of the uniqueness of this group. You are a very welcoming, generous group. When you sit at our meetings, each of you is sitting next to a very talented and inspired quilter, maybe a beginner quilter or an experienced quilter, but collectively we are amazing.

Barb Jolley and Edie Hirasawa have planned workshops to challenge us this upcoming year...  to bust our stashes. Please look over the workshops and plan to attend one or two, three or four!

Christine Tindell and Madge Pierce have kindly agreed to chair our next quilt show. Please, please volunteer. We are early in the process, but by fall the planning begins. One reason that this guild is so successful is because everyone works together.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work and serve as your president. I am excited to get to know each of you better.

Marti Austin


Thank You


I was thrilled to receive the beautiful President's quilt from the guild.  I love the batik fabrics and the wonderful quilting. Many thanks to all of you, and a special thanks to Linda Spring, Madge Pierce, Marti Austin and Donna Derstadt for organizing the project, assembling the top and quilting.  I plan to enter it into our next quilt show so everyone can enjoy its beauty.

Barbara Schober


And the Winning Quilt Is...

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Once again, the Iron Quilter Competition was a terrific success! Over 40 quilts were collected, and as always, choosing a favorite was difficult. Here’s a photo of the winning quilt and its makers. Congratulations to them, and thanks to all who competed. Another job well done.


Quilt Show Help Wanted

Many of the Quilt Show 2019 committee chairs have been filled, but we are still looking for members to lead the following committees:

Set-up & Take-down

You need not lead alone; we are happy to have co-chairs in these positions. If you are interested, or for more information about what’s involved, please contact the Quilt Show chairpersons, Christine Tindell and Madge Pierce via email at


All Under One Sun . . . Africa


Recent visitors to Paducah were delighted to see this fabulous quilt exhibit by our own Yolande Sherrod.  Yolande's quilts were on display at the historic Hotel Metropolitan Museum. As Yolande states in the exhibit brochure, "Quilts on exhibit here are a combination of my vivid imagination and of our rich heritage."  The quilts were a feast for the eyes. Edie Hirasawa and Alice Hutchinson assisted Yolande as Curators of the exhibit.


Take the UFO Challenge 2018


Do you have a backlog of unfinished projects? Need to make space in your sewing room for more fabric? Feeling a little guilty about those orphan blocks? Have we got a challenge for you!

Instead of a birthday block swap, this year Nancy Smith and and Edie Hirasawa have issued a UFO challenge to members. The entrance fee is two quilt shop quality fat quarters (no novelty or Christmas prints, please!) and a list of your unfinished “quilty” projects as of April 30, 2018. The challenge will run through April 30, 2019. The complete list of rules is available on the Challenges page on our web site.

Take the challenge and gain control of your sewing space. List those UFOs today!


Yummy Recipe Revealed

Sue Minster made a delicious dessert for our April Potluck. Many wanted to know who made it and Sue offered to share the recipe with the guild. Thank you, Sue!


Cherry Bars

1 ¾ cup sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
Cherry pie filling (I used 2 - 20 oz cans because I like lots of cherries)

1 cup powdered sugar
1 – 2 TBSP milk
½ tsp almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease large jelly roll pan or 11 X 17 inch cake pan.
  3. Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, beating well. Add flour and baking powder, stir until just blended.
  4. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the greased pan.  Spread the pie filling over the batter. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over the pie filling.
  5. Bake for 33 – 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. For glaze, mix together the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl adding additional powdered sugar, if needed, to make of a nice drizzling consistency; drizzle over cooled bars.  Let set.
  8. Cut into bars.  Enjoy!



Welcome new member Nancy Klein!

May 1, 2018 starts the new membership year for Village Quilters, so it's time to renew now. There are several options for renewal. All renewals require 2 steps: (1) filling in a registration form and (2) submitting a payment. Your registration is not complete until you have submitted the form and paid the fee.

To register online or pay your dues with your credit card, follow the Join Us link under the Members tab. Click on the green "Join or Renew Online" button and you'll be taken to a page where you can complete the membership form online or download a pdf of the form to mail. Scroll down the page to pay your dues online or for instructions to pay by check.

(To pay using a credit card, follow Option 1. Pay your membership dues online and click the ADD TO CART button. A shopping cart icon should in the upper right corner of the browser window. Click it to view your cart and checkout as you would for any online purchase.)

OR fill out a paper registration form and mail your check for $50.*

*$25 for Active Military or Spouse.  

If you have any questions, please contact Membership (Celia Stratman and Kimberly Jurco.)

Carol and Patricia

Happy Birthday!


Birthdays in May
Emmy Moore, 5/1
Ann Kohn Keil, 5/2
Patricia Warren, 5/7
Donna Derstadt, 5/10
Marti Austin, 5/13
Joan Lagedrost, 5/13
Eloise Williams, 5/16
Kate Brennan, 5/18
Claire Machinist, 5/19
Celia Stratman, 5/19
Carol Miller, 5/20
Penny Petitclair, 5/20
Donna Lechowicz, 5/22
Amy Parker, 5/27

Birthdays in June
Kathy Downie, 6/1
Judi Young, 6/1
Kate Klein, 6/6
Linda Warren, 6/7
Andrea Krier, 6/11
Dianne Siekmann, 6/14
Priscilla Maves, 6/15
Mary Gustafson, 6/19
Amy Dryfoos 6/23
Sue Minster, 6/28
Jolie Fiore, 6/30