January 2019

January Meeting: Brown Bag Hustle Opportunities Night

Brown Bag Hustle is the Ways & Means committee's yearly fundraiser. We cheerfully accept any and everything you can donate from your stash that someone else might treasure or even want to buy!

Brown Bag Hustle Opportunities Night will be held on January 15, after our monthly business portion of our meeting. Drop off time for your donated items will start at 5 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Bring as many guests as you can get in your car! Our guests in the past have enjoyed and purchased right along with our members.

Our Silent Auction has for the past two years been a major winner. We are eager to get partially finished or finished quilt tops, small quilts, table runners, blocks, unfinished blocks, pillow cases, antique quilts or just plain older quilts.

Special Raffle items finding happy homes are books, thread, yardage, fat quarters, rulers and sewing equipment. Ticket prices are 6/$5, 15/$12, or 24/$20 cash or checks only.

Please try to arrive early enough to help set up your own things and write up bid sheets for Silent Auction items. If you need help call Donna Fitzgerald, h 847-433-4333, c. 847-970-2222 or email donfitz7@att.net.

Please put this foremost in your mind: Your trash may be someone else's treasure.

Donna Fitzgerald

February meeting: Quilts of Valor Quilt-A-Thon

The regular February 19 meeting of the Village Quilters will be the Third Annual Quilts of Valor Quilt-A-Thon, challenging members to cut, sew, iron, piece and complete a quilt top in less than two hours. It can be done. It has been done, but only through the efforts of dedicated VQ members.

The QOV committee is asking for members willing to bring their sewing machines and sewing essentials, their cutting mats, rotary blades and rulers, their irons and ironing boards, and their enthusiasm for this event. We will be creating a foundation pieced strip quilt. The foundation muslin will be provided, along with the white center strip for each block.

However, you can't make a strip quilt top without the strips of fabric. To that end, we are asking our members to bring a variety of patriotic fabric strips from their own stash. Strips can be red, white, blue, cream colored, print, solid, striped, plaid... but no flowers and no sparkle. They can be any width from 1-1/2" to 4" and any length from 4" to 15".

Sign-up sheets for Sewers, Cutters, Ironers and General Helpers will be available at the January "Brown Bag Hustle" meeting. The Quilt-a-Thon has been a fun, camaraderie filled event in the past... let's make this one the best yet. Oh, and yes, there will be chocolate.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Mercy or Linda Spring.

February Wednesday Workshop

The February Wednesday workshop will be used to complete any unfinished tasks for the QOV and to work on quilt show boutique items with Mary Dietz and Linda Warren. Please let Mary or Linda know if you will be attending this workshop. A head count is needed so that enough tables are set up.


Quilt Retreat April 2019


Back by popular demand! Our next quilt retreat will be held on April 5-7, 2019. The retreat will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mettawa. You can sew till your heart’s content. The retreat starts at 8:00am on April 5 and ends at 5:00pm on April 7. We have a wonderful space for our sewing. It is a ballroom with large windows letting in great daylight. We have space for 32 quilters each with their own 6 foot table to use. The cost for the retreat is $55.00 for all three days.

There are also rooms available for those who would like to stay at the hotel. The cost for the room is 95.00 plus tax and this includes a breakfast each morning. You can get a room for 3 nights if you want to go on the 4th or for two nights on the 5th and 6th. If you want to stay at the hotel contact Sharon Pierluissi with your room request. You can share a room or stay on your own.

More information, including links to online registration, is available on the Retreat page of our web site. If you want to pay by check please give the check to Village Quilters.

Registration for quilt members opens on January 1, 2019 and guests on March 1, 2019 ( provided we have space available).

Please contact Sharon Pierluissi with any questions.


Quilt Show

Happy 2019!! This is going to a great year because it's time for our quilt show! Mark your calendars. The show will be Friday and Saturday October 4-5, 2019 at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Times for the show will be Friday from 9-5 and Saturday 9-4. (Note the change in times). Set up will begin Thursday, October 3 at 7am.

Start thinking about what quilts you will enter as they have to be submitted by July 16, 2019, at midnight. Sounds like a long way off doesn't it? I thought so too until I looked at all of my unquilted tops and calculated how much time they will take to complete.

If you signed up to be a sub-chair, you are expected to attend monthly quilt show planning meetings at the Fremont Public library on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.

We are so fortunate to have nearly every sub-chair position filled, however we are still looking for someone who will be in charge of equipment which includes inventory and arranging for transport prior to the show and after the show.

We are looking forward to another grand show from the Village Quilters.

Your co-chairs, Madge Pierce and Christine Tindell


President’s Letter


We enjoyed a great holiday party in December. Jo Bailey did a terrific job organizing the dinner, decorating the tables and enlisting talented bakers to supply the desserts. Thanks to everyone who participated in making the evening fun and yummy. Each of us went home with thoughtful gifts… from one’s quilt studio to another’s.

At the beginning of the year, many of us make resolutions. My resolution is to put away my current quilting project before I start a new one. Wouldn’t that be impressive?

There are many activities planned for the first part of this year. We begin with the Brown Bag Hustle, making a Quilt of Valor, then a workshop dedicated to making items for the quilt show boutique. We are a busy group. Each of you should take pride in what you do for this guild and for others.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.



Treasurer’s Report

Balance on 11/28/2018: $27,955.09

Income: $106.00
Expenses: $551.22

Balance as of 12/31/2018: $27,509.87

Respectfully submitted, Laura Partridge, Treasurer


Happy January Birthdays

Kathy Eagin 1/25
Cindy Heineman 1/5
Nancy Klein 1/23
Lisa Robinson 1/29
Nancy Salmela 1/19
Nancy Scott 1/20