Quilt Chatter July 2011

Volume 23 Issue 7

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From Our President…

 Happy 4th of July,

I can’t believe that half of my presidency is over!  Everyone needs to start doing some soul searching because we’ll need someone to step up to the plate next year and become President.


I was pleasantly surprised to come home from Florida and see my flowers so beautiful and not many weeds either!  But the bugs....where did they come from?  We’ve never had bugs or mosquitoes at our house.  


I spent my first weeks of retirement making the little African dresses (200) so our total now is 725!  Amazing!!!   I’d like to see if the Missourian would put an article in the paper so if you have any dresses at home unfinished, please bring them to the July meeting.  I also made 31 little boy shorts.  I’ve run out of material so if you haven’t had a chance to clean out your stash, please do.  I’ll be heading back to Florida in August and need a project to take with me.


Thanks, again, Sally, for taking over the meeting last month…..sounds like the speaker’s trunk show was a big hit.  Welcome to our new members; I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in July.  Looks like one of our new members, Betty Kuss, has already been a winner!  Of course, just coming to our meetings makes EVERYONE a winner.  Please continue to invite others to join…..quilters are the best friends anyone can have.

Even though summer is a time for travel and vacations, the Guild has lots of fun things planned (July 14 road trip to Rend Lake; August 8 Brenda Rahm workshop) so mark your calendars!


Thanks for the fun and informative Shop Hop read.  I was laughing so hard my husband came in the computer room to see what I was doing.  He thought having a lady bus driver was a GREAT idea.


Enjoy your summer and stay safe.  I appreciate you all and thank you for your support.

Happy quilting!

  Vickie Howard, President

NEEDED BREAST CANCER PILLOWS:   Bring your pillows this month to Vickie and she will stuff them.

WANTED BY VICKIE:  Any size  rick rack/ribbon  to spice up some of our African dresses. ½ elastic for our African boy shorts.    Please bring items  to the July meeting!

Guild Historian Pictures are online:



July Program: Nancy Bishop and Cindy Gordinier will lead us in a Make-It-and-Take-It program on the history of pin cushions. Bring your needle, thread, thimble and scissors. The base is a small bottle that may be filled with sand, seeds, rice, spices or whatever you want. If you have something special you want in your container, please bring it with you. If not, there will be a selection of items available for you to choose from. This will be a fun meeting for all to enjoy, create and socialize. Ever heard of a Quilt Block Auction? Come to the July meeting to find out more!

Fat Quarter
Bring an orange (no novelty prints please) fat quarter to the meeting and you can win them all. 
Follow the link to the June Block of the Month pattern.

 You make the designated block of the month (or two or three....), bring them to the guild meeting and receive a ticket for each of your completed blocks.   At the end of the meeting, there is a drawing and the winning ticket wins ALL THE BLOCKS of the type you brought at the meeting!   Also bring your MAY block(s) because we did not draw for them at the June meeting.

RHQG Meeting Minutes,  June 13, 2011

At 6:30 on June 13, 2011, the River Heritage Quilt Guild was called to order by Vice President Sally Miller with 59 members, 3 guests, and 5 new members (Betty Kuss, Melody Loveless, Nancy Craft, Debbie Hailey, and Francis Scales) present.

Motions to approve the May minutes were made by Carol Gallaher and Pat Leech approved.

Four members (Rita Whaley, Judy Douglass, Sandy Wilhelm, and Lynne Taylor) were recognized for June birthdays with fat quarters and buckets of treats.

Mike Edmonds informed the guild that his local business is making and selling ground walnut shells used in pin cushions and other projects  (1 lb.@$3 and 3 lbs.@$7).  He left business cards for later purchases and left some packages with Carol Gallaher to sell after the meeting.

Block of the Month -- drawings for June were put on hold until next month due to the chairpersons being absent.  Next month’s patterns will be online.

A thank you note from Nancy East expressing her appreciation for prayers and support during her recent loss of her husband, Bill, was read.  It was noted by the guild Bill will be missed for all his help throughout the years.  (Editor:  A comfort quilt was given to Nancy.)

Lynnore Meyer announced the July meeting will be a pin cushion make and take activity with Nancy Bishop and Cindy Gordonier.  Each member will need to bring basic sewing supplies and a filling material (enough to fill a Cracker Barrel syrup bottle) to the next meeting.

Special Events chairperson Mary Green announced plans to have a caravan style road trip on July 14 to the Artisan Center at Rend Lake, Illinois.  On display will be quilts from local artisans and a special collection from the Civil War era.  Admission is free.   Members will be responsible for finding a driver and arranging who is traveling in their vehicle.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant near the Center.  Afternoon events are still being planned.  Tentative plans are to leave at 8:30 from the Golden Needle.  Contact Mary for finalized plans.

Newsletter items are to be submitted by the 20th of each month.  Please email them or call Linda Tansil.

Picnic in September is scheduled at the same pavilion for September 12.  Set up begins at 4:00 for anyone wanting to help.  More details will follow at future meetings.

Madeline Gieselman invited everyone to her house for a picnic on June 27.  A carpool will leave from Pioneer Orchard in Jackson at 5:30 for anyone needing help with directions to her house. Bring a dish.

State Fall Retreat is October 14-16.  If interested, see Madeline Gieselman.  Those who join the state guild receive discounts on the retreat.

Darla Snider reported the Glenn House needs quilts for display for the Open House on Sept. 24-25.  Quilts will be insured and may be dropped off at the Sept. meeting.  Quilts must be at the Glenn House by September 19.

Breast cancer pillows are still needed.  Darla Snider gave out more patterns.

Lynne Taylor, first place winner in the mini quilts at the Paducah Quilt Show, will be on the KFVS Breakfast Show on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 and featured in the Southeast Missourian possibly on Sunday, June 19.  She is in the latest edition of the American Quilter Newsletter magazine.

Joplin disaster donations are still being taken.  See Vickie Howard for information on what is needed.

Drawings:  Name Tag—Pat Smith; Attendance—Betty Kuss; Fat Quarters (29)—Chris Ludwig; Stash for Cash ($35)—Chris Ludwig

Show and Tell: Carol Gallaher (2), Sandy Wilhelm, Merle Denecke, Priscilla Kirby, Kjeristy Brewington, Betty Winter, Nancy Pleimann, Vickie Morden, Sandy Hinton, Clara Friese (Golden Thimble) and Lynnore Meyer (Golden Thimble)

Program:  Donna Drees, Vice President of the State Guild and an accomplished quilter, teacher, and designer, inspired the guild with an old fashioned bed turning of her many quilts from pieced to embroidered to appliquéd.  She gave some helpful hints such as the best ripping tool—a $1 castration knife found at Orscheln’s and using Thermore as an embroidery backing to hide a multitude of sins.  Her two days of workshops on Cane Weaving was taken by numerous members who all had awesome projects in various stages of completion.  She will be teaching a class at the State Fall Retreat on Flying Geese in the Attic.

Respectfully submitted,

Betty Meyer


Members will be able to pick up their books of tickets to sell at the July meeting.  If you cannot be there, contact Merle Deneke .  A picture of the quilt is available on the guild website.





From Darla Snider

    The Glenn House, Oliver House and Cape River Heritage Museum will be hosting tours on Sept. 24 and 25. Quilts will be displayed at the above mentioned locations. Bonnie Chaudoir asked me if I could round up some quilts for the Glenn House. There is no theme this time. It is being called A Potpourri of Quilts so anything goes. At this time I'm not sure how many quilts are needed. I will get more information soon. They need to have the quilts on Sept. 19. That is one week after our September meeting. If you think you could lend a quilt for the occasion, please let me know. Priscilla Kirby has already volunteered a quilt. All quilts will be insured while at the Glenn House. Quilts will need a labels so I can get them back to the correct owners. More information will be published later as to when you can get your quilts to me.

Lynne Taylor, 2011 AQS Mini Winner

The June 19, 2011, Southeast Missourian, had an article and pictures about Lynne Taylor winning best  of show in Paducah. 

  It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,  that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


THANKS to everyone that contacted me about helping out.  I talked to one of the quilters from the Joplin guild.  She reports that they have been absolutely buried in fabric and supplies, to the point that they can’t accept any more right now. If you have already donated supplies, thank you SO much for your generosity. If you have not donated yet, but would still like to help, please consider a monetary donation to the American Red Cross earmarked for the Joplin tornado relief fund. 

Vickie Howard, President

At the June meeting Clara Friese turned in 10 more pillows for the American Cancer Society.


Treasurer Report

River Heritage Quilt Guild Programs for 2011


A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty;

an optimist sees the same glass as half full.

But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.

G. Donald Gale


MYSTERY QUILT SHOP HOP:  You can read the whole story online.  The entire story made it into the print version this month.
 July Birthdays and Other Events
1 Betty Murray
2 Cheryl Tuschoff
3 Maxine Michel and Martha Short
4 Community Projects
11 Guild Meeting 6:30 at Cape Library
13 Saphrona Brewington
18 Community Projects
24 Patti Lessman
26 Betty Phillips
30 Sally Miller

Find a quilt show: 

RHQG Road Trip, July 14, 2011

Artisan Center, Rend Lake Illinois

Join your fellow quilters for a day trip to a quilt show, and an optional shopping trip at Carbondale quilt shops.   We will use our own cars for this trip.  Tentative plans are to leave from the Golden Needle at 8:30.   See Mary Green for details.


Glenn House / Oliver House /  River Heritage Museum, Sept 24 and 25, 2011

Cape Girardeau and Jackson museums

Guild member’s quilts will be displayed in all three museums



June Calendar
5-Rita Whaley
6 - Community Projects
10- Judy Douglass and Sandy Wilhelm
12 - Sunday Cane Weaving Workshop
13 - Monday Cave Weaving Workshop
13 - Guild Meeting at 6:30
15 - Lynne Taylor
19 - Judy Robinson
19 - Mary Lou McNair
24 - Cindy Gordinier
27 - Picnic at Madeline's

2011 Officers
President—Vickie Howard
Vice President—Lynnore Meyer and Sally Miller
Secretary—Betty Meyer
Treasurer—Glenda Nations
Historian—Madeline Gieselman
2011 Committee Chairman
Audit—Barb Miller
Community Projects—Nancy East
Hospitality— Carol Gallaher
Membership—Nancy Pleimann
Yearbook/Publicity—Sally Miller
Pattern of the Month—Joan Meyer and Rebecca Webb
Quilt Show— Madeline Gieselman (2012)
Opportunity Quilt—Anastasia Gonzales and Merle Deneke
Special Events — Mary Green
Newsletter/ Website—Linda Tansil

Upcoming Guild Activities….

Guild Meeting
July 11 - 6:30 pm at Cape Library

 Quilt Show
2012 Theme: Dresden Plate

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