River Heritage Quilters’ Guild      Quilt Chatter
Volume 21 Issue 12               www.riverquilters.org         December 2009


From Our President…

Congratulations to Kay Kenner for winning this year’s beautiful Opportunity Quilt.  And, thank you again, to Mary Green and Barb Miller for designing and coordinating such a stunning quilt.

Our annual Christmas dinner was awesome, as usual.  There are no finer cooks than the members of RHQG.  I hope to see lots of recipes on the website, especially the asparagus!!!  Thanks, Vonda, for the last nibble.  Thanks, too, to Anastasia for getting our beautiful display together.  It is the first thing one sees when one walks into the library and really catches your eye.

I am off to my annual retreat in Cullman, AL, the first week of December.  This is a great group of ladies that Bonnie (Windisch) Harris became involved with when she moved to that area.  I was invited to join them a few years ago and look forward to this retreat very much.  It is limited to 20, with a long waiting list!!!  It is a great Wednesday through Sunday retreat overlooking Smith Lake.

Congratulations to those that showed their workshop projects.  They were beautiful.  Mine is in the same state as the day I left the workshop.  I don’t foresee getting any further until the beginning of the year.  This has been a very busy October for me, with no end in sight for November or December, as, I am sure, is the case with most of you.  I did pick up two more quilts from Muriel, that makes a total of six for 2009.  Am I proud of myself, or what?   Two of them were new projects, the others, from my “unfinished and old” stack.


I hope you have/had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am looking forward to having all the kids and grandkids here in Millersville.





Beautiful hand made Hinterburg Quilt Frame. 


Please send all information to be published in the newsletter by the 20th of the previous month to Linda Tansil or email newsletter@riverquilters.org . If your email address changes, send an email to let the newsletter editor know.  IF YOU GET A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, EMAIL NEWSLETTER@RIVERQUILTERS.ORG or you will not get the email about the newsletter coming out.



Print a membership form and return it with $20 to a meeting, or mail it in.  Sign up/renew your membership by February to be in the yearbook.

December Program:   Silent Auction:  Bring fabric, pattern, books, kits, blocks, tools, notions, etc., that you are not using.  Take home treasures for yourself.  Lots of fun, and the money will be spent on something like bringing in great speakers such as Jane Kennedy and Ellen Replogle, or maybe a bus trip for the members.  Bring  your ideas for how to spend the money.


RECIPES:  Thank you to those who have sent recipes.   All that have been sent are on the guild website.   There was not room this month to put them in the newsletter due to the membership form and the number of articles submitted.   They will be added to the newsletter starting in January as space permits.  Keep sending them  and I can keep adding them to the website.  Click the Recipes link on the homepage.


Fat Quarter:  Christmas Fabric

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


 Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Lorimier Gallery Show

32 North Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

February 5 – 26, 2010

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 5, 2010  5 pm to 9 pm

Normal Hours:  10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday  (closed Sunday and Monday)


From Lynne Taylor

                 I hope everyone has been thinking about which quilts you would like to exhibit in a show at the Lorimier Gallery.  The space is large, and we will be needing a lot of beautiful quilts to fill the space.  I am planning on displaying the Gift Bag Challenge quilts along with the bags, and many additional quilts.  The Arts Council needs information by December 15th on which quilts will be in our show.  You will need to bring the following to the guild meeting December 15th:  For each quilt in the show bring

· Value (dollars)

· Media (what it is made of )

· Title

· Price (if it is for sale)

· Artist’s Statement

· Dimensions

To be included in the show,  your quilt must have a pocket and a rod.

I will include as many quilts as I can in the show.  They can be any size under 60” by 60”.  You may have more than one quilt in the show.  If we run out of space, I will try to include one from each person.  If you turn in information on more than one quilt, please number your quilts (1,2,3,etc), with one being the quilt you most want to be in the show.

Also, the council will be sending out 100 postcards on Jan. 22 advertising the show and the opening reception.  They would like a list of names and addresses of people we think might like to attend and see our lovely quilts.  Please bring some addresses of people to which you would like to have a postcard sent.

They will also be posting the information about the quilt show on their website, which includes pictures of our quilts.  I would also like to have any pictures you have if they are a high resolution quality on a CD.  Thank you for agreeing to participate in this endeavor with the SEMO Arts council.  I really think we can showcase the talents of our guild members and put on a great show for the community.



RHQG Meeting Minutes, November 9, 2009


The RHQG meeting for November 9, 2009, was called to order by President Madeline Gieselman at 6 PM. 

The evening began with our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas potluck dinner. 


The business meeting began shortly after, with 56 members present, one guest, and one new member.


The minutes from the October meeting were approved as printed in our newsletter by Muriel LaMadrid, and seconded by Elizabeth Brewer.


The Officers were approved by members present: President - Madeline Geiselman

                                                                                    Vice- President- Vickie Howard

                                                                                     Secretary- Carol Gallaher

                                                                                    Treasurer- Barb Miller

                                                                                     Historian- Pat Smith

November birthdays were honored with cupcakes and fat quarters.  One birthday girl was present!


Quilters lunch out will meet at O'Charleys on Nov. 23, 2009 at noon.



Fat quarters:  Nola Koch (19 quarters)

Name tag:  Mary Green

Stash for cash:  Marilou Shaner (24.50)

Attendance:  Pat Smith


Committee reports:

Community:  Nancy East reports 21 tote bags have been prepared to be given out in December.

Hospitality:  Darla Snider reported the Cancer Society needs more heart pillows.  We will need to provide the fabric and stuffing ourselves.  There is a possibility of making it our cabin projects at the 2010 Retreat.

Opportunity quilt:  The winner of the beautiful 2009 RHQG quilt is KAY KENNER.  We congratulate her and all those that helped  create this lovely quilt.

Library:  The Public Library received several of our books.  The quilt display designed by Anastasia Gonzales is presently on display.

Special Events:  Anastasia Gonzales will be presenting a class on Sat. Nov. 14, here at the Library on 9-patch quilt blocks.

Lynn Taylor reports the Arts Council will display some of our quilts in their gallery on Main St. the month of February.  She will give us more details next month at the Dec. meeting.  (See the article on page two of this newsletter!)


Next month meeting will be our Silent auction.  Please brings items to share.


Show and Tell: 

The Jane Kennedy class participants displayed their blocks made last month.  They are interesting and unique, and reported the class was fun and enjoyable.
Six displayers for this evening:  Judy Peetz, Darla Snider, Karla Kiefner, Mary Green, Marjorie Fichter, and Anastasia Gonzales. The meeting was dismissed at 7:45 PM


Respectfully submitted, 


Carol Gallaher, Secretary



Free Quilt Patterns and Quilting Motifs http://www.forestquilting.com/motifsfree/motifsfree_pg4.html


Free Redwork Patterns:  Reindeer and mailbox


Heart Pillows needed by breast cancer patients — 2 easy steps

Make one: The link to the pattern is below, or get a pattern from Darla Snider.

Take pillow(s) to the cancer society.



The link is also at the top of the guild home page,


See  Treasurer's Report


Quilt Shows and Other Area News
Find a quilt show: http://quickquilts.com/shows/



Saturdays and Sundays from November 29th through December 27 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Candlelight tour Saturday December 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm.

325 South Spanish, Cape  Girardeau, MO

 Refreshments served in the Carriage House following each tour.

Admission $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Guild members showing their membership card receive a $1 discount.

Members who loaned quilts for display get in free.
Contact:  Historical Association of Cape Girardeau, 334-1177



The Glenn House is decorated and our quilts have added much cheer to the home. Those lending quilts for the display are Joan Meyer, Clara Friese, Vickie Howard, Jeannette Buchheit, Mary Green, Velda Keister, Priscilla Kirby, Mary K. Reed, Eva Lipe, Marjorie Suedekum, Saphrona Brewington and Darla Snider. These people will be admitted free to tour the home. Other Guild members will receive $1 off the admission price of $5 when you show your membership card. 


Upcoming Guild Activities….


Guild Meeting:  

December 14

Quilters’ Dinner Out
December 28, 1 pm
Cracker Barrel


Quilt Show

September 25 and 26, 2010

Theme:  Seasons



December 2009 Calendar

*Indicates Birthdays

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
*Ruth LaClair
2 3 4
*Mary Tripp
6 7
*Joycelyn Kasten
Community Projects
8 9 10 11 12
*Nelda Steffen
13 14
*Guild Meeting: 
Social 6:30
Meeting 6:45
15 16
*Mary Medlock
*Linda Tansil
*Marla Kay Clark
20 21 22 23 24 25
*Kathy Berkbigler
*Susan Neumann
*Vonda Slinkard
*Cookie Little
Quilters' Lunch Out:
1 pm Cracker Barrel
*Karla keifner
*Thelma Stone
*Carol Schaefer
Jan 1 Jan 2