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Saturday, January 16, 2016


January's date was incorrectly posted earlier .... it is tonight January 27 at 6pm

January’s 27TH  meeting will be a trunk show of the board’s quilting projects. We are including the heads of committees also. We have such talent in our guild. Please plan to attend and cheer these gals on. We will be having our regular show and tell also. The gals who attend the quilt camp at Bear Lake, please bring some of your projects and tell us about camp.

February’s  24TH meeting will be a charity sew. In June, Carole Carroll head of Miracle Quilts will be our speaker. So it was decided to sew some quilts to give to her. To help us with this sew, we are asking for orphan blocks, yardage, and charm squares. There will be some 12 1/2 inch patterns available at the January guild meeting. You make take them home and sew. Since we only have about 1 ½ hours to work on them at the meeting, you will probably need to finish them at home or with your sewing group.

 Quilts of any size are appreciated. So if you’re organizing your sewing rooms, keep this charity in mind. Want to get rid of your UFO’s? Bring those too. Someone else might enjoying finishing them.

 March 30th  – Charlie Coutcher on Stash Busting


 Programs Planned for 2016
                                                                  last Wednesday of the month 
January – New Officers’ Trunk Show

February – Charity Sewing

March – Charlie Coutcher on Stash Busting

April – Connie Titsworth, “What Kind of Quilter Are You.”

May – Suzi Parron – Barn Quilts and the American Trail, 


June – Carole Carroll, Founder of Miracle Quilts, 


July – A Quilted Tea Party

August – Beth Donaldson, Quilts and Human Rights

September – Denis Schober, Environment Makes a Difference

October – Traveling Exhibit from Keepsake Quilts

November- Guild Auction and Election of Officers

December – Christmas Party and Gift Exchange


Olivia has been accepted at Kendal College of Art and Designs in Grand Rapids. With her background in art, textiles and quilting awards she should go far. We should be very proud that she is a member of our Guild. Congratulations Olivia!!

Safe House
The Empty Bobbins will be collecting bed pillows for Safe House for January. Pillowcases would be welcome too. The toys we collected for Nov. were taken to Safe House and appreciated. Thank you.
Cathie Conlen

The December potluck was full. I always thing we should say to bring a platter instead of a plate to accommodate all the samples of food.    ONLY ONE PERSON signed up to bring food for the January meeting. Any other contributions would be welcome.
Sharon Muston

Sunday, January 3, 2016



February 24, 2016  .... 


For our February Meeting the guild is to make quilts for  MIRACLE  QUILTS    Carol Carroll organizer of Miracle Quilts  will be speaking in June and the plan is to present the quilts to her then.   MIRACLE QUILTS in the past brought their quilts to WOUNDED WARRIORS, WALTER REED HOSPITAL and various veterans organizations in Michigan. 


SIGN UP sheet will be posted at the January meeting.   More information will be available at that time. 

The quilts can be any style, any size or any pattern.....
  • w/chair / lap at least  48x48 inches
  • Throws - estimate size   72 x 60 inches
  • Larger quilts accepted too.

SASHING MATERIAL NEEDED …. 1-1/2 to 2 yard would be needed for the average 72 to 60 inch quilt.   Can be yardage or assorted pieces of fabric in the same colors.

                                                                           (Calculated using EQ7 )   

Any  donations  that will make this event a success will be accepted …
Patriotic  and / or Bright cheerful colors are especially desirable….

 Fabric yardage , Fat Quarters, jelly roll - 2.5 inch strips

If you have any fabrics / UFOs / Orphan Blocks that you would like to finish and donate this would be a good organization to donate to.  Masculine, feminine, traditional or modern all quilts are workable. 
Block patterns for  <12-1/2 inch blocks ( stars)  unfinished : 12 inch finished>   will be available at the January meeting.  They would like them made up and brought in to the meeting in FEBRUARY.   If you want to get started now here are links to web pages you can find patterns on. 

QUILTER'S CASHE .... any  block will do ... these are just suggestions


Bring a machine, basic sewing supplies.   An extension cord would be helpful.   Cutting and ironing stations will be set up.  There are all kinds of jobs for all kind of quilters…. If you can we will also need quilters to take the quilts home and do the FREE MOTION QUILTING ….

SOME quilt kits will be available at the February Sew In.   Any style acceptable.   We would like the  quilts back at or before the June meeting when they will be donated.

Correction:  THIS is a Miracle Quilts event .... it was erroneously reported to be Quilts of Valor... sorry for any inconvenience and misinformation... ... These are both great groups.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


from our DECEMBER 2015 meeting.....

Election Results:

Leslie Kirkpatrick .... President
MARY GARROW ... Vice President
SHARON MUSTON .... Secretary
Shirley Dingman .... Treasure

Board Meetings will be the TUESDAY after the regular quilt meeting at 1pm at Little Cesar's Restaurant in Davison.   Next meeting will be January 5th.   I hope to post monthly updates to this blog.    

The guild board members have asked that IF any member has any issues, concerns, ideas for the guild that Leslie be notified ( check the guild membership book for her phone number)  She will put it on the agenda otherwise it will be added to the end of the meeting.   If you can not attend the board meeting please contact Leslie anyways and the board will work with you.


WINNER OF THE RAFFLE QUILT ......  GUILD MEMBER Eva Nash.   She bought all her own raffle tickets... Maybe that was how she won. ... I will have to try that strategy.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Rules for the MONTHLY 2-1/2 inch Strip Exchange

Rules for the 2.5 inch MONTHLY STRIP EXCHANGE 


New Monthly Fabric Exchange – 2 ½” strips
                            See the pages section of this blog for a permanent post of this information.  

Lots of quilters voted for this idea at the October meeting.  This replaces the Birthday Fat Quarter Club.  The more quilters who participate, the more fun it will be.
Here are the rules:
·    No monthly commitment, no sign up sheet.
·    Quilt shop quality fabric, clean and pressed
·    2 ½” strips by WOF (width of fabric)
·    Put 5 strips in a baggie with your name on it.  The strips don’t have to be the same fabric, just the correct monthly theme.
·    Drop off the baggy when you arrive at the guild meeting on the table by the front door. 
·    During the break, take a different baggy than the one you brought.
·    If you want to exchange more than one baggy, great!  Bring 3, take 3, etc.

·    If you really want to get rid of those leftover strips from completed projects, you can also contribute extra strips, not in a baggy.  These strips will be used in donation quilts, if enough are donated.  This is a great way to bust your stash.

Here are the monthly themes:

January - - White
February --- RED
March - - - Green 
April - - -  Pastels
May - - -  Floral 
June - - - light batiks
July - - -  Patriotic colors
September  - - -  Dark batiks
October - - -  Halloween fabrics or colors 
November - - -  Thanksgiving or Fall colors 
 December  - -  - Christmas

In the event that a meeting is cancelled...... bring your strips in to the following monthly meeting and they can be exchanged then. 
Information from the  GUILD BOARD

There are several items on the agenda that remain from the missed November meeting:

December 30th meeting – It’s our annual Christmas Potluck and Dirty Santa Gift Exchange!
Bring a dish to share, your own place setting and silverware, your own beverage if you want something other than coffee or tea.  Wear loose waist bands and bring a big plate!  We will have election of officers, raffle quilt drawing, show and tell, 50/50 drawing and door prizes after we eat of course. 

Then we’ll have our Dirty Santa gift exchange.  If you want to participate, bring a wrapped gift.  It can be store bought, worth about $20.00, or something hand made.  We put all the gifts in a big pile, and the fun begins.  

 Eating starts at 6:30 p.m.

Slate of Officers:
President:  Mary Garrow or Leslie Kirkpatrick
Secretary:  Sharon Muston
Treasurer:  Shirley Dingman
Vote for either Mary or Leslie for president.  The one with the most votes will act as president and the other will act as vice president.  (This is their idea.)  Thank you to these quilters for volunteering to be an officer.

Raffle quilt drawing:
Since our meeting was cancelled last month, the drawing will be held this month.  We need the people who have not turned in their tickets (ticket stubs with money, or all unsold tickets) to please do so at the beginning of the meeting, even if you didn’t sell the tickets. 

This is very important for 2 reasons:  The MI Gaming Board requires us to have and keep all unsold tickets to prove that we aren’t cheating on the money we make.  Also, we want everyone who bought a ticket to have a chance to win.

These are the quilters who have not turned in their tickets yet.  If you cannot attend the meeting please get the tickets to someone who will attend.  Or call any board member and make arrangements to turn in tickets.  Thank you.

Kathy Beebe, Cathie Conlen,  Alice Gajewski, Anne Palmer, Linda Van Brocklin and Dolores Welinski

Safehouse Donations: 

This month is diapers.  Buy the larger sizes, since they usually do not have a need for the smaller sizes, thank goodness.