River Heritage Quilters’ Guild      Quilt Chatter
Volume 31 Issue 4               www.riverquilters.org              April 2009


From Our President…

 Hi Ladies-

What a fun meeting with Cheri' and Donna from the Missouri State Quilters’ Guild.  I have belonged to the state guild for many years, but have only made one retreat.  I think the 2009 retreat will go on my "to do list".  It is a lot of fun, good food, nice rooms, and lots of giveaways!!!  Next month we have Patricia Reagan, Department Chair of the Fine Arts Department at SEMO, speaking on Blended Techniques, Color and Design.  I don't know a lot about color myself, so I am looking forward to this program.

I continue my march toward finishing UFO's.  I am making progress, but I think Caroline is ahead of all of us in that category.  And, what about three stork scissor pins in three months for Karla????  We continue to have great show and tell.

I am all wrapped up in getting ready for the retreat so may have a P.S. after we get back.

Keep quilting


P.S.  Retreat was wonderful as usual.  There were 48 ladies present in seven cabins.   Lynnore has reserved eight cabins for next year and there are many that are going on Wed night to make it a five day retreat.  If you weren't there, please consider it for next year.  We met another group from Murray, KY and invited them to "party" with us on Sat night.  They are planning to meet us again next year, same time, same place.




April Program:  Patricia Reagan, Department Chair of the Fine Arts Program  at SEMO will enlighten you on blended techniques, color and design.  She will also talk about dyes.  Come and enjoy this timely program.


Fat Quarter

Bring a green fat quarter to the April meeting and you will be entered to win a basket of Fat Quarters.  


 Hospitality for April Meeting…

SNACKS:  Jeannette Buchheit, Merle Deneke, Mary Belle Dohogne, Judy Douglass, Deanna Easley, Nancy East, Jewel Eggley, and Lois Emerine.


DRINKS:   Michelle Bogenpohl, Mary Alice Carlton, Martha Cox, Dee Roe Carter, Roselyn Conrad.  It is suggested that each person listed bring 2 two liter drinks.


If you are unable to bring your assigned item, please call Darla Snider.

Quilters’ Meals Out for 2009

4th Monday of the month

*Please notice the times listed for each month.


Apr. 27 - 5:30 pm - Red Lobster


May 25 - Memorial Day - no quilters’ dinner out


June 22 - Madeline’s Picnic - time to be announced


July 27 - 5:30 pm - Ruby Tuesday


Aug. 24 - 5:30 pm - Outback Steakhouse


Sept. 28 - 5:30 pm – Applebee’s


Oct. 26 – 5:30 pm – Bella Italia


Nov. 23 - 1 pm - O’Charley’s


Dec. 28 - 1 pm - Crackerbarrel



"Do you have any scraps you would like to get rid of?

Put your scraps in a plastic bag and bring them to Judy Douglass and/or Mary Tripp.

Scraps include any small pieces of fabric, batting or thread that you want to get rid of. "




Cape Girardeau Senior Center Meal Delivery

Schedule for April 2009

 April 2:  Madeline Gieselman & Muriel  La Madrid
 April 9:  Sandy Wilhelm & Priscilla Kirby

April 16:  Vonda Slinkard & Kathy Berkbigler

April 23:  Darla Snider & Glenda Nations

April 30:  Madeline Gieselman & Muriel  La Madrid


            Volunteers are needed for May

            Contact Muriel La Madrid


RETREAT REPORT: from Lenore Meyer

I think everyone had a wonderful time on the retreat.  There was lots of laughter, sewing, shopping, visiting, and even making new friends as we met up with another quilting group from Murray, Ky.  I have reserved an additional cabin for next year plus extended our reservation to Wed. thru Sun.  Mark your calendars for March 10-14, 2010.  One cabin has already responded that they want the extra day next year.  For this to be economically feasible, we will need to have at least five to a cabin on the extra night.  Cabin mothers please contact me, Lynnore Meyer, if you have quilters who wish to extend the retreat for the extra day.

From Vicki Butner: I attended RHQG retreat last weekend for the first time and had a wonderful time.  I just moved to Cape last August and have been attending guild meetings since then.  Retreat was not only a way to sew for hours on end, it was also a way to actually get to know some of the members of guild.  It's nice to find people that not only have quilting in common but also many other interests in common.  One of those was FOOD.  We had great food in the cabin and went to some great restaurants in the area.  And the banana splits -- delicious!  Plus, we had the love of fabric shopping in common.  I'm pretty sure I won on that contest this time!  Hancocks is a huge candy store for quilters. The view from the cabin was excellent, especially watching the dog run beside the lady in the golf cart.   And to top it off, I have FINISHED the quilt top that was started at retreat (well, the borders still have to be added.......).  I must say though, I slept for several hours Sunday afternoon after lunch.  All that sewing and visiting is tiring!  Thanks to one and all for including me in this great event and I look forward to next year already!    

We would like to thank all the guild members that offered to help with the Opportunity Quilt.  Many of you were kind enough to offer your help while at home, or on the extra days we didn't have to need, and those that graciously came to the Sewing Basket to assist in constructing the quilt.  We have a wonderful group of caring and talented women.  The Guild is so fortunate and we are blessed with your help. Soon, all will see your wonderful work.   Thanks, Barb Miller and Mary Green.


Explain the ropes to someone new.  Lend a hand.  Bring show-and-tell.  Wear a smile
...Taken from American Patchwork and Quilting  June 2008

RHQG Meeting Minutes, March 9, 2009

President Madeline Gieselman opened the meeting at 7:05 pm.


Old Business:

February minutes were approved with one correction re: cost of Fons and Porter subscription. Motion  to pass-

Priscilla Kirby.

Bulletin board contains information regarding upcoming quilt shows in Poplar Bluff and Eddyville Ky.

Treasurers report:  Barb Miller reported balance of $10,612.01 with approximately $1500 profit on our Quilt show in 2008.  Total with our CD investment is $14,40.94.


New Business:

March birthdays were presented with fat quarters and cup cakes. 

Muriel LaMadrid is the new hostess for Lunches out  (Nov-March) and Dinner out hostess is needed for April-Oct.

New Comfort Quilt guidelines: 

President, Vice-President and Committee Chair can receive any requests for quilts to be given to guild members.

Lap size quilts to guild members in the death of spouse, child, or grandchild, or incapacitating illness.

Pat Smith was given a quilt last month with sympathy for the loss of her husband.



Fat Quarters:  Mary Beth Parrish received 25 plaid fat quarters.

Cash for Stash: $26.50 to Mary Green.

Name Tag:  Ruth LaClair

Attendance:  Darla Snider, Mary Kay Reed, and Vickie Howard


Committee Reports:

Special Projects:  Barb Miller and Mary Green reported the Opportunity quilt top was nearly complete, 8-9 workers have participated.  Should be ready to show at the April meeting.

Hospitality:  Darla Snider reported Rosie Conrad made our cake this evening to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

                    Reminder to read the newsletter each month for responsibility for refreshments .

Senior Meals:  Muriel LaMadrid reported we need help in April in delivering and driving .

Special Events:  Anastasia gave update on the upcoming Iron Quilter's  Challenge coming up on April 6 at the Golden Needle with a total of 14 class members available, so sign up soon.  Cost will be $10. Bring a sack lunch.

Newsletter:  Items for newsletter need to be sent to Linda Tansil by the 20th of each month.

Block of Month:  Ongoing and exciting.

Retreat:  Lynnore Meyer reported 2-3 last minute cancellations for this weekends retreat at Kentucky Lake.
Coupons were handed out for discounts at Odds and Ends Quilt Shop at Benton, Ky.
Darla Snider handed out patterns, fabric, and stuffing for Cancer Society pillows to be made by several cabins this weekend at retreat.  Vickie Howard's class at school has volunteered to stuff any pillows already sewn.

Quilters Lunch Out:  March 23, 11am at China John’s in Jackson.

Saphrona Brewington reported the Fredericktown Guild has a bus going to Paducah Quilt show Sat. April 25.  Cost $25, with pick up at Sam's Parking lot in Cape at 7:30 am.



Missouri State Quilt Guild President Cheri’ Hoffeldt and State Membership Chairman Donna Reed presented a lively presentation on "Quilt Time--Don't Touch My Tools".  They congratulated us on our 20 yr. Anniversary and offered information on the State Guild and the opportunity for members to join the State Quilt Guild.  Information included web site (MSQG.org), upcoming quilt retreat at Lake of the Ozarks , and a display of quilts made at past Retreats.  They also discussed preserving the heritage of quilting.


Show and Tell:

11 displayers.  Madeline Gieselman, Caroline Tilghman, Anastasia Gonzales, Karla Keifner, Priscilla Kirby, Vicki Butner, Cindy Spaeth, Jeanette Buchheit, Cheryl Tuschhoff, Kathy Berkbigler, and Clara Friese.


Meeting was dismissed at 9:20pm.


 Respectively submitted,

 Carol Gallaher, Secretary

Quilt Shows and Other Area News

Find a quilt show: http://quickquilts.com/shows/

PADUCAH QUILT SHOW:     April 22 to 25, 2009,  Paducah Expo Center/Executive Inn
            The Golden Needle / Sewing Basket is taking a bus over to the show.


Machine Quilters Showcase

Overland Park Convention Center

Fire and Ice

May 13 - 16, 2009


Threads of Life Quilt Show

Sat  June 6, 2009   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sun  June 7, 2009  1:0 PM - 4:00 PM

St Bernards Auditorium

505 E Washington

Jonesboro  AR  72401



 LINK FROM OUR READERS:      www.quiltville.com 
This is a fabulous web site by Bonnie Hunter
.  She must have at least 30 patterns that are free, and scrappy and the squares are approx. 3 - 1/2  in. raw edge to raw edge.  She had a mystery quilt called " Orange Crush "  last year.
                                                                                               Sent in by Madeline Gieselman


 Debbie's Weekly Quilting Tip - Trying to match thread to your fabric?  Can't decide between two choices?  Always go with the darker one, it will blend better.

Taken from Quilting Possibilities

Cancer Society Pillows
Thanks to all who are working on the heart shaped pillows for the American Cancer Society. Dee Roe Carter's retreat cabin completed 9 pillows which have been delivered to ACS. Mary Lou Rutherford completed 5 pillows that have been taken to ACS. When your pillows are complete, please let Darla Snider know so a record of our community work can be kept. You can either take your completed pillows to ACS, bring them to Darla at a Guild meeting, or call her to drop them by her house. Darla will have extra patterns available at the April meeting for anyone who would like to make the pillows




The  IRON QUILTERS CHALLENGE Begins  in April.   

This is going to be a fun, think-outside-the-box challenge.  There are no rules to what you do or use on your quilt except that you use the Theme and the Secret  Ingredient, and the size will have a limit.

Almost all of them will be under 15 inches by 15 inches.  This means it can be any combo you want, 8x 10, 10 x 8, 15 x 5, 5x 12, 3x5, 3x3, get it?

·  Instead of giving everyone one day to do the challenge you will have one week.

· The theme and the secret ingredient will be given out on the Monday before the next guild meeting.  You will find out Monday morning if you attend the Golden Needle class.  The theme and secret ingredient will be posted on the guild site on Monday evening for everyone else to participate from home.

· You do not pay the fee if you participate from home, because you are using your own fabrics, and supplies.

· The people who join in the Monday group challenge class will work on their own individual quilt but will have tons of fun things and ideas to use while they are in the class.....this will make the challenge part even more fun!

· Materials provided at the class will include fabric, buttons, beads, ribbons, stamps, charms, spoons.....odds and ends galore!

· There will be threads at the class also, but if you have a preference for your machine, you should bring an assortment of your own to use.

· The class will be held from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Golden Needle in Cape on  April 6th,  June 1st,  August 3rd, and October 5th (All four dates are on a Monday the week before a guild meeting.)

· The class fee is $10.00.   Email or call Anastasia Gonzales if you want to attend.   There were only seven spots left when this article was written, so contact her soon.

· Bring your machine and basic sewing supplies, (scissors, pins, mat and rotary cutter, ruler, and hand needles ( if you think you will be doing more hand sewing).  The guild website has a list of Basic Sewing Supplies.

· At the class, drinks will be provided....water, tea, lemonade.  Bring your own lunch.




The finished product will be shown at the Guild meeting the following MONDAY NIGHT, where we will vote on our favorites.


You do not need to have the whole thing done, just a top is fine for the showing, but you are welcome to finish as much as you want.


Really great  PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED!!!!!

See Anastasia Gonzales if you have any questions.



Pam Mungle graduates from basic training April 17th, and then moves to Texas.   
See your email for the phone number and addresses.  We do not put personal addresses online.






Mary Alice Carlton             Birthday Jan 26

See your email for the phone number and addresses



Betty J. Carroll   Birthday Nov 28

See your email for the phone number and addresses



Bacon, Cheese and Potato Chowder

 3 c milk

1 can condensed cream of potato soup

2 c frozen hash browns

Salt, pepper, garlic or other seasonings as desired


Mix milk and soup in saucepan.  Stir in hash browns.  Bring to boil on high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently.

 Top with sharp cheddar cheese (any kind of cheese is good), crumbled bacon and thinly sliced green onions.  It's only "Bacon, Cheese & Potato Chowder" if you add all of this.  Otherwise, it is just potato soup!!!                         From Madeline Gieselman



PUMPKIN DUMP CAKE from Mary Peters


DUMP the following ingredients into a large bowl:


1    15-oz. can pumpkin

1    can Pet Evaporated Milk

1    cup sugar

4    eggs

2    tsp. pumpkin spice mix

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cloves


Mix ingredients well.

Place mixture into a sprayed 9 x 13 pan.

 Sprinkle 1 yellow Dunkin Hines cake mix over batter.

 Melt 2 sticks butter and pour evenly over dried cake mix.

 Sprinkle 3/4 cup chopped pecans over top

 Bake at 350* 45-50 min or until brown on top

 Cool and serve with Cool Whip if desired.


k April 2009 k indicates a birthday












Senior Meals:
Madeline Gieselman & Muriel  La Madrid




Iron Quilters Class, Golden Needle, 10 am to 3 pm
*Mary Green



Senior Meals:
Sandy Wilhelm & Priscilla Kirby


*Pat Berkbigler

*Joan Meyer



Guild Meeting,6:30 social time, 7:00 meeting time



Senior Meals:
Vonda Slinkard & Kathy Berkbigler


*Terrie Olsen





*Caroline Tilghman


Senior Meals:
Darla Snider & Glenda Nations

*Nyra Campbell

*Nancy Wilson



Quilters Dinner Out
5:30 pm
Red Lobster



Senior Meals:
Madeline Gieselman & Muriel  La Madrid