River Heritage Quilters’ Guild Quilt Chatter
Volume 21 Issue 11               www.riverquilters.org               November 2009


 From Our President…



Wasn't Jane Kennedy an inspiration for all of us?  I went to the workshop, with 15 other members, and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Several of the ladies finished their tops and the rest were nearly finished.  It was a new technique for all of us and took a bit of nerve to

slash through your sewing to insert a tree!  I would like to remind everyone that took the class to bring the projects for show and tell at the November meeting.  Speaking of the November meeting, I received a call from the library yesterday and we will be in the south room for that meeting.  This will give us better access to the kitchen.  Don't forget your drinks for the meeting, as well as a dish with a serving spoon.


Recently I went on a mini shop hop with some friends.  We went to Cottleville, Highland and Edwardsville.  It was a fun day and I think we were all inspired by the different ideas in each of the shops.  The owner of the shop in Edwardsville is a designer and had some very clever patterns available as well as a group of Laurel Burch flannels that I wish I had gotten, now that I am home!!!!


I am enjoying the cooler weather, but it reminds me that Christmas is around the corner and then we are into 2010.  Hard to imagine that 2009 is almost over.  Sure don't know where it went.  I have finished six large quilts though, so I do have a bit to show for myself.  Now I am seriously getting into the quilt show.  How about a dulcimer concert on the stage at the 2010 quilt show?

Happy quilting.



Editor’s note:  The Happy New Years in the October newsletter was my fault.  Sorry, Madeline.



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.


November Program...

 Holiday Dinner: Bring a dish to share.  We plan to eat at 6 pm.  Hospitality will provide plates, silverware, drinks, etc.  Please come early so we can be ready to eat at 6 pm.  We will also vote for our officers for 2010.



DRINKS:   Nola Koch, Glenda Nations, Mary Beth Parish, Judy Peetz, Mary Peters, Nancy Pleimann and Sherry Pressley. It is suggested that each person bring two 2-liters bottles. Water will be available.
Our November meeting will be our annual Christmas Dinner. Bring a covered dish (with serving spoon) to share. We will eat at 6:00 p.m. so arrive a little earlier so all food and drink can be in place by 6 p.m. Plates, cups and plastic eating utensils will be provided.

 If you are unable to bring drinks, please call Darla Snider.


Fat Quarter:  BROWN

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

 Are you as forgetful as the newsletter editor?  (impossible)

  I walk into the meeting and think “Rats, I forgot a fat quarter.”  Here’s my plan. Pin a brown fat quarter to your name tag right now, and you are more likely to remember to bring it to the meeting.  



Opportunity Quilt (see photos)

The drawing for the beautiful 2009 Opportunity Quilt will be at the November meeting. Tickets will continue to be available up to the last minute before the drawing.  This will be your last chance to walk away with a lovely, fantastic prize. 

 We want to thank everyone who has taken tickets for themselves or to sell outside our membership.  Please bring any unsold tickets or collected money to the meeting.  Thank you, again, for helping make this a successful project.   Barb and Mary


If you want any tickets, please feel free to call either Barb Miller (334-0231) or Mary Green (335-0656).   



     (New information about Glenn House is in boldface)
 …..from Darla Snider

      At the September Quilt Guild meeting I announced that the Glenn House decorators are requesting about 10 quilts to decorate the upper hallway. They are requesting quilts with a Christmas theme and/or Christmas colors (red and green). They will also welcome snow scenes.

     If you lend a quilt for this occasion, it will be covered by the Glenn House insurance. With your quilt please list your name, your guild name and location, the name of the quilt (if it has one) and the value. Please be sure to have an attached label. Especially needed are bed quilts.

     If you have not already given me a quilt, please bring it to the November Guild meeting or arrange for me to pick it up from you at an appointed time. I will remove the quilts from the Glenn House and return them to you at the end of their Christmas openings.

     Owners of the displayed quilts will be admitted FREE to the Glenn House Tours. Your name will be on a list at the door indicating you get in free. Guild members will received $1 off the admission cost of $5.  You must show your Guild Membership Card to receive the discount.

 If you have something to lend to the Glenn House, please contact Darla Snider. Only about 10 or 12 quilts are needed, but if I get more volunteered, I'll ask if they can be used, too. If you have any further questions or concerns about this project, please call Darla Snider. Please refer to the October newsletter for information concerning Glenn House security.


RHQG Meeting Minutes


The RHQG October meeting was called to order by President Madeline Gieselman on Oct. 12, 2009, at 6:45 at the Cape Public Library. 

There were 55 members present, and 5 guests. 


Minutes for September were approved as printed in the newsletter by Priscilla Kirby and seconded by Darla Snider.

Old Business:

Quilters’ Dinner Out will be Oct. 26 at Bella Italia at 5:30.

Thirteen October birthday members were present to receive cupcakes and fat quarters.

Final book sales are tonight and next month there will be a surprise give-aways.


New Business:

Drawing for Opportunity quilt will be next month at the Nov. meeting.

November meeting will include our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner starting at 6 pm.  Please bring a dish to share and serving utensils.  See page 2 for the list of people bringing drinks.

On Nov. 14 Anastasia will present a program on 9 patch blocks here at the Library open for the public.  Also in Nov.  the Library will display our Iron Quilters’ Challenges as well as finished quilts.


Nominating committee submitted Officers for 2010:

President :  Madeline Gieselman

Vice President:  Vicky Howard

Secretary:  Carol Gallaher

Treasurer:  Barb Miller

Historian:  Pat Smith

Joan Meyer made a motion and Mary Peters seconded to accept the slate of officers by acclamation.


Quilts to be displayed at the Glenn House are to be brought by the Nov. meeting.  They will be on display Nov. and Dec.  (See article on page 4.)


Lynn Taylor reported Craig Thomas from SEMO Council on the Arts would like us to display some quilt projects at their headquarters in February 2010.  Lynn will oversee the project, measure for sizes and make the appropriate contacts. 



Jane Kennedy, from Lone Jack, Mo. presented her innovative and creative trunk show.  Her displays were incredible, artistic and award winning.  She described her unique techniques and showed us her challenging work which speaks for itself.  She is an experienced AQS displayer, and we were thrilled to see her work. Many have signed up for the workshop tomorrow here at the Library.  It was certainly a wonderful display of gifted work.  Her book was available for purchase and signing.


Show and Tell:

Seven displayers,  Priscilla Kirby, Kay Kenner, Karla Kiefner, Marj Suedekum, Mary Belle Dohogne, and Lynnore Meyer.

 Respectfully submitted,
Carol Gallaher,  Secretary



 Congratulations to Merle Deneke.   A picture of her bag challenge quilt and a recipe will be in Anne Hazelwood’s new recipe book.


  My Favorite Gadget

Mary Lou Rutherford: My favorite gadget would have to be the rotary cutter. The ladies of the past must have been very dedicated to cut every piece out with scissors. (Editor’s note:  I read a story as a child about a young girl who was too lazy to cut out her quilt pieces individually as her mom had taught her.  She stacked the fabric and tried to cut multiple layers with her scissors.  She had to redo her work. She was not lazy; she just did not have the right tool!)  

Madeline Gieselman:  My favorite tool of all time is the Patchwork Place Bias Square.  It is a 6" square ruler and makes squaring any square very easy.  I received one as a gift when I started quilting and am on my third one.  They are a little difficult to find, but are well worth the effort.


Do you have a favorite gadget?  Please let Linda Tansil know.


Pressing Matters      Submitted by Madeline Gieselman

A switch on the handle of the Hamilton Beach Smart Lift iron lets you choose between stay on or automatic shutoff.  By pulling a trigger on the handle, the soleplate lifts to a resting position (think built-in kick stand); pull the trigger again, and the iron returns to pressing position.  A carrying case doubles as on-the-go ironing surface.  $69.99


(Taken from American Patchwork and Quilting  December 2009)



TURKEY QUILT:   http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/thanksgiving_patterns/turkey_applique.html


Free Oak Leaf and Acorn Wreath Pattern: http://www.patchpieces.com/Applique.html


Free Pattern for Autumn Applique Shirt:   http://www.freeapplique.com/autumn.html


2009 Officers

President—Madeline Gieselman

Vice President—Nelda Steffen

Secretary—Carol Gallaher

Treasurer—Barb Miller

Historian—Pat Smith



2009 Committee Chairman

Audit—Glenda Nations

Community Projects—Nancy East

Hospitality— Darla Snider

Library—Deanna Easley

Membership—Mary Tripp

Yearbook—Sally Miller

Pattern of the Month—Vickie Howard

Quilt Show— Madeline Gieselman

Opportunity Quilt—Mary Green and Barbara Miller  

Newsletter/ Website—Linda Tansil

Publicity—Sally Miller

Senior Meal Delivery—Muriel LaMadrid

Special Events—Anastasia Gonzales


Officers nominated for 2010:
President —  Madeline Gieselman

VP — Vicki Howard 

Treasurer — Barb Miller
Secretary —   Carol Gallaher
Historian  Pat Smith



Upcoming Guild Activities….


 Guild Meeting:  Holiday Party!
November 9
Eat at 6 pm

Introduction to Quilting

Nov 14 10am to Noon

Quilters’ Dinner Out

Nov 23, 1 pm, 0’Charleys


Quilt Show

September 25 and 26, 2010


Please tell your friends about the presentation below.  Thank you, Anastasia, for giving your time and talents to put together the display cases and the presentation.   Our guild will exhibit quilts in the library display cases for the month of November.  If you have a quilt Anastasia can use, please get them to her this month. 

Introduction to Quilting Presentation

Saturday, November 14, 10 am to noon

Cape Public Library

Have you ever thought about making a quilt, but weren’t sure if you wanted to invest the time or expense to get started?  Join Anastasia Gonzales (a member our guild) as she demonstrates how to make a nine-patch block, a beginning quilting project.  Techniques of cutting the quilt pieces and sewing the block will be shown.  If time permits, you will have a chance to try it for yourself.


 A QUILTER’S GARDEN QUILT SHOW  November 20—21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 9 am-8 pm;   Saturday, November 21, 8 am-3 pm

American Legion Building, 1001 W. 22nd St., Higginsville, MO  (East of Hwy 13 on 22nd St)  Turn East at Red Shanty Liquor Store & BBQ

Shop our boutique of hand crafted small quilts and other items (Christmas is just around the corner)

Shop Our Many Vendor Booths

Opportunity Quilt - $1 Donation

Lunch Available by the American Legion Auxiliary

Contact Information:  Barb Rasa-660.584.7379, Mary Hughes-660.584.3907, or Pam Fisher-660.584.3399

Come to Higginsville and make a day of it.  The Heartland Artisans Guild will have open houses to sell their hand crafted items (brochures and locations will be available at the quilt show) and there is also a large craft fair at the Higginsville High School on Saturday, Nov 21st.


GUILD QUILTS AT THE GLENN HOUSE, Nov. 29th—Dec. 19th 2009

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




  NOVEMBER 2009   * indicates a birthday











Community Projects






*Donna Irwin



Guild Meeting
Eat at 6 pm

Bring covered dish, and  some of you are bringing drinks.







*Susan Suhr


*Susie Owens
“Introduction to Quilting” presentation at Cape Public Library, 10 am to noon


Community Projects

 *Roselyn Conrad
*Lois Rose







*Sherry Pressley


1 pm LUNCH at O-Charley’s






*Betty Carroll




Dec 1:  Ruth LaClair



Dec 4:
* Mary Tripp


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