Guild Meeting Minutes

Guild Meeting Minutes

August 2017

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Guild Meeting – August 28, 2017

President Grace Moritz called the meeting to order at 1:00.  Sharon Moravits introduced Alice McElwain who presented the program on crazy quilts and showed an antique crazy quilt that was made in 1902.  Alice gave a workshop at 9:00 to 12:00 before today’s meeting.  The vendor was Country House Quilting, Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

Shirley Wenger moved to approve the minutes of the July meeting seconded by Karen Bacon.  The motion carried.

Sue Wagner made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report seconded by Sharon Caton.  The motion carried.

Bob Harmon has two items which were left at Laurie’s house at the revealing of the Secret Siblings.  See Bob if either of the items belongs to you.

Laurie Davis announced that sixty-four members were in attendance, three new members, four guests, and three visitors.  Grace stated that our membership is now 145.

Grace announced that one our members, Deloris Sernett  passed away on July 19, 2017.  We will mess Deloris at meetings and will miss seeing her beautiful quilts at Show and Tell.

Anyone wishing to bring a few quilts to show to the residents can meet at Brookfield tomorrow morning at 10:30.

Shirley Jenkins won three ribbons at the Benton County Fair.  Grace presented her with a check for the winning baby quilt.  We sponsor the prize every year.

We still would like to have working sewing machines to have for use at Kid’s Kamp and workshops.

Videos are now up and running on the web site.

There will be a 6-hour workshop on “Tree of Life” on September 26, the day after our September meeting.  Cost will be $40.00 and will be presented by Trisch Price.  There will also be a workshop prior to our October meeting for painting barn quilts.  All supplies will be furnished and the cost will be $45.00.

We have the downstairs room scheduled for several events throughout the month.  If you do not wish to use that room at the church for a meeting, let the church office know, so it will be available to them.

Our retreat will be Feb. 22-25, 2017 and the cost will be $150.00.  It is limited to 30 participants.

Susan Richmond stated that there is a Quilt of Valor work day on the third Thursday of every month at Sew in Heaven in Fayetteville.  The next work day will be September 21, 2017 at 11:30 and if you do not wish to take a sewing machine, there will be cutting and pressing jobs to do.  Quilt of Valor is a completely donation-based national organization that has specific guidelines for the quilts that they donate, with 60 inches x 80 inches being the required size.  Long arm quilters are needed to quilt the completed tops.   Since their beginning in 2003 the organization has presented 166,473 quilts.  Susan is the contact person for this area, and would consider starting a group here if there is interest in doing that.

Gail Thorson gave a report that the Quilt Show planning is going well.  There will be memorials for Barbara Vaz and Deloris Sernett and a chairperson is needed to handle that.

Eileen Bell already has collected many items for the Country Store and many members are already making things to contribute.  Eileen appreciates everyone’s efforts and thanked all for their work so far.

Cathy Beaver thanked all for the 28 pillow cases and for the many quilts.  She said she may make up some pillow case kits for us to use.  The pillow cases go to the Ronald McDonald House.

Sharon Caton had the idea to make and send rag quilts to the flood victims in Texas.  Sandy Wilson has a friend who works at a church in a location where there is serious damage, and Sandy will contact the friend to coordinate sending some quilts down there.

Sharon Moravits showed the quilt and runner that some of the members finished.  It is the quilt that Barbara Vaz was making for her daughter.   Laurie will see that it is given to Barbara’s husband and he will pass it on to Barbara’s daughter.

The meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.  After Show and Tell, the committee for the Christmas Party met.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Interim Secretary

 

July 2017

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Guild Meeting – July 17, 2017
The Guild Meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017 by
President Grace Moritz. Sharon Moravits introduced Raymond Hill from
Bittersweet Quilts who gave an enlightening program concerning sewing machine
maintenance. Raymond gave a workshop prior to the meeting. Our vendor was
Bittersweet Quilts.
Brenda Askland and Bob Harmon introduced the two students, ages 8 and 13
who attended Kid’s Kamp and they showed their completed quilts. Norene
Harmon and Shirley Wenger also helped at the camp.
Minutes of the previous guild meeting were reconstructed from notes since
Barbara Vaz died suddenly two days after our last guild meeting and her notes
were not available. Carol Bourque moved and Sandy Wilson seconded the motion
that the reconstructed minutes be approved. The motion carried. Laurie Davis
moved and Sharon Caton seconded that the June Treasurer’s report be approved.
The motion carried.
Grace Moritz announced that a foot for a Brother sewing machine was found
after the last workshop. See Grace if yours is missing.
The Benton County Fair will be August 8 – August 12. Our guild always presents a
prize for a baby quilt entered in the fair. We had 56 members present and no
visitors.
Laurie received a call from Barbara Vaz’s husband who asked her to pick up some
records belonging to the guild and also the last quilt top that Barbara made which
was for the last of her seven children; the others had a quilt made by Barbara.
Guild members will finish the quilt, provide backing and batting and have it
quilted and another member will bind the quilt so that he can give it to Barbara’s
child. The death of Jo’s Dodd’s son was announced; as well as the fact that Barb
Thorson is having medical issues and would like to have visitors. See Margo Webb
for more information about a good time to see Barb.
Grace asked for a volunteer to host the Christmas Party in December. Grace
indicated that it does not have to “live up to” any specific expectations and
something simple would be just fine. It was assured that the volunteer would
have a committee to work with.
Laurie Davis announced that she needs a Vice President for next year and said
that it takes many, many people to make the Guild run. If you volunteer to help,
we can find a job that will only take a small amount of time, but you are needed.
Elaine Sick explained the challenge quilt will have no theme and will be shown at
the December Christmas Party. All entrants will purchase a fat quarter for $2.00.
The fat quarters will all be identical, have to be used in the quilt and other fabrics
can be added. The only rule is that it be no larger than 18 inches by 18 inches.
Eileen Bell appreciates all the Country Store donations. She suggested that if we
have something we really enjoy making, make several to sell, but that all
items are welcome.
Sharon Moravits announced that a workshop will be held before our August
meeting taught by Alice McElwain on crazy quilts. The cost is $20.00 and includes
a kit. There are only a few spots left. There will be a 6-hour workshop the day
after Guild in September by Trish Price. The cost will be $35.00 and you will have
a supply sheet of items to bring.
Fat quarter drawing winners were: Patsy Graser, Sharon Caton, Brenda Askland,
Sue Wagner and Susan Richmond.
We will to Brookfield on August 29. Anyone from our Guild who would like can
go. We take quilts to show and visit with the residents for a while.
Grace announced that if you have a sewing machine that you no longer use, we
would like for it to be donated to the guild for use by someone at a workshop or
Kid’s Kamp. We have space for a few to be stored at the church for that purpose.
Bob Harmon announced that video equipment is set up in the church and the
Show and Tell for today will be recorded and thereafter at every meeting. If you
do not wish to be shown on video, just tell them before you present your quilt.
Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.
Respectfully submitted,
Judy Boese
Interim Secretary

June 2017

June 26, 2017 Guild Meeting
Vice President, Laurie Davis filled in for President Grace Moritz, while she attends to her mother’s estate.
The meeting was called to order at 1:00. Laurie welcomed members, guests and visitors. Eighty-two
members were present, one guest and two new members. Fifteen people attended the workshop on
Tumbling Blocks prior to the meeting. One of those attending was a guest.
Sharon Moravits introduced Kelly Ashton from the Kansas City, Missouri area. Kelly presented 60
Degrees of Inspiration. Kelly had many quilts, modern and antique, to demonstrate the use of geometric
forms in quilting.
The May minutes were presented for approval. No additions or corrections were needed. The minutes
stood as printed and posted. The treasurer’s report for May was presented. There was a motion to
approve and a second, and the motion carried.
Laurie announced that the Grove, Oklahoma Quilt Show will be July 21st and 22nd. The Grove guild is
accepting entry forms for quilts and must be submitted by June 30th.
Eileen Bell gave a report about the Country Store for the Spring Quilt Show.
Sharon Moravits announced the workshop and programs for the next few months. The July program will
be presented by Raymond Hill and there will be a workshop on sewing machine maintenance. There will
be a limit of 20 for this class. The vendor for July will be Bittersweet Quilts. The August meeting will be
the presented by our own Alice McElwain and will include a workshop on Crazy Quilts.
Brenda Askland and Bob Harmon gave a report on the “Kids Kamp. While the enrollment was small, the
camp was a terrific success and much was learned by all.
Barb Ostermeier announced that the storage facility has been cleaned out and thanked all who helped.
She stated that from now on all things put in the shed should be placed in plastic tubs with silicone
packets included.
Under old business, Laurie announced that a book called Scrappy Etc. was lost at our last meeting. If it is
found, please return to Susan Coon
Under new business Laurie announced that the Nominating Committee for 2018 consists of Laurie Davis,
Elaine Sick, and Myrlene Zimmerman. She asked for an additional volunteer from the membership and
Roxanna Juergens volunteered. Laurie also announced that we are in need of a Historian. No member
volunteered for this position.
Another place that we are in need of help is with the Opportunity Quilt. We need someone to keep
track of the schedule and where the Quilt is kept. Sue Wagner stepped up and accepted this position.
Under announcements, Laurie reminded everyone that our July meeting is the 3rd Monday of the month
(July 17), rather than our usual 4th Monday. It was also announced that the Benton County Fair is
scheduled for August 8-12.
The meeting concluded with door prizes and the Fat Quarter Drawings. The meeting was then
adjourned, followed by Show and Tell.
Respectfully Submitted by Laurie Davis
***Due to the passing of our Secretary, Barb Vaz, these minutes were recreated from the agenda notes
and memory to the best of our ability.

May 2017

May 22, 2017 Guild Meeting

The May Luncheon was held today.  Those with last names beginning N-Z provided sandwiches, A-F brought salads and G-M brought desserts.  The meal began with a prayer offered by Patsy Graser.

President Grace Moritz called the business meeting to order at 12:30, stating that the program speaker would be presenting at 1:00 and the business meeting would continue after her presentation.

The guild meeting minutes were presented.  Joanne Ruprecht made the motion to approve the minutes.  Shirley Wenger seconded the motion and the motion carried.

The treasurer’s report was presented.  Sharon Caton made a motion to approve the report.  Rita Fugate seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Grace announced that Betty O’Neill is now Assistant Vice-President.  A vote was not necessary because the board appointed her and voted her in.

Laurie Davis announced there were a total of 77 in attendance.  Sixty-eight were members, six guests and three new members.

Grace announced that if anyone had Guild binders and are not using them to turn them in so the board knows where they are at.  Carol Bourque announced that the binders that were missing pertaining to the Quilt show are in the storage locker according to Alice McElwain.

Grace announced that Carol Sanders is in the process of moving and the guild is looking for a new Historian.  She asked anyone interested in that position to see her after the meeting.

At 1:00, Sharon Moravits introduced the speaker for the day.  The speaker was Judy Wampler, a retired teacher from the Carthage school system.  She presented quilts representing the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  She became interested in this when a literary historian came to the school she was teaching at in Avilla.  Her goal was to put the quilts into her daughter’s quilt shop in Carthage, but along the way, her daughter’s quilt shop closed.

After Judy’s program, the business meeting continued.

Sharon Caton announced the vendor for the day was Sharpening on Site.

Carol Bourque announced she has chairs for every committee for the Quilt Show.  Those chairs will be calling on volunteers very soon.  She asked volunteers not to be frustrated if they were called by more than one committee chair since they have no idea who took positions on what committee.  She stated the categories for the Quilt Show will be:  Applique’ (at least 50%), Mixed Technique (two or more techniques must be included), Pieced bed-size, Pieced lap-size and Pieced wall/baby, Miniature, All other techniques.  The entries are limited to one per guild member at this point, but may be opened up later.

Bob Harmon announced that Norene got an email from Joyce Jones, thanking the guild for thinking about her and informing the guild that she will be having Gallbladder surgery and is unable to attend this month.  He also announced Kids Camp has a limit of six openings, all of which are still open.  Members should notify Bob or Brenda Askland if they have any children interested in the class.  An adult must accompany each child, but this adult does not have to be a parent.  Bob passed around a sign-up sheet for volunteers to assist children at the camp.  The camp will be held June 26-30, Monday through Friday from 8-12.  They need Jelly Rolls donated for the class.  The class will be free.

Bob also announced free classified ads on calicocutups.org for members only advertising items under $100 for two weeks.  Members should email or call Bob Harmonif they have any items for the classified ads.

Cathy Beaver said she delivered 17 quilts to Children’s Advocacy Center.  She said they were in need of quilts since their supply was very low.  She also delivered two quilts to Habitat for Humanity and they have a need for four more quilts as well.

Sharon Moravits announced the June workshop will be a Tumbling Blocks workshop and it will be held at 9am the morning of the guild meeting on June 26th.  The July workshop will be basic machine maintenance and is limited to 15 people.

Elaine Sick announced that dog beds will not be taking scraps from June to August.  They have made and donated 80 dog beds this year, last year they donated 150.

Elaine also announced that she will announce the Challenge Quilt in July.  She said the challenge will be limited to 20 participants and will be based on a specific Fat Quarter.  The details will be given in July and the cost will be $2 for the fat quarter.

Elaine showed members the Opportunity Quilt and announced that tickets will be available in June.

Rare Bear is a progam that donates stuffed bears to children with rare diseases.  Each bear is numbered and different.  The batting for this project was donated by Mountain Mist.

The Fat Quarter Exchange yielded six winners.

Five door prizes were drawn for.

Myrlene Zimmerman will be teaching Free Motion Quilting at Newbees and the openings for the class are limited.

The meeting was adjourned.

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

 

April 2017

April 24, 2017 Guild Meeting

Many thanks to Judy Boese for filling in for me at the April guild meeting.  These highlights contain excerpts from Judy’s minutes word for word.

The meeting was called to order by President Grace Moritz.  Jane Bromberg of Kansas City, Missouri presented a program showing ideas for binding quilts.  Seventeen people attended Jane’s workshop prior to the meeting.

President Grace Moritz extended her thanks for all the help she has received while she was unable to attend board and guild meetings.  She also was thankful for all of the cards she received.

Grace Moritz announced Harold Rogers of Sew & Sew in Pea Ridge was our vendor for the day.  Present were 86 members, five visitors and one person rejoined.

Betty O’Neill has accepted the office of Assistant Vice President due to the resignation of Margo Webb.  The appointment of Betty O’Neill will be approved at the next meeting.

Sharon Moravits asked for someone to volunteer to coordinate our visit to Brookfield in May.  A few people would be needed for part of one afternoon to take quilts and show them to some of the residents there.  This is something that our guild has done before and the residents are very appreciative.

Grace Moritz thanked Bob Harmon for the job he is doing with the Scrap Bag.  Bob has three volunteers to work on a committee to hold a kid’s camp to help children learn about quilting.

Carol Bourque, Quilt Show Chairman thanked the group for the good response and volunteering for the quilt show.  There are 18 committees to fill and she needed only one more committee chairman to handle entry registrations which would involve spread sheets.  Sandy Wilson volunteered to do that.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday, April 25 in room 23 at the church for all committee chairs.  Carol welcomes any ideas or suggestions about the quilt show.

Eileen Bell will make an area available beginning with the May meeting for items you may leave for the Country Store or Boutique for the quilt show.

Joanne Ruprecht announced that we will eat at 11:30 at the May Luncheon and we should have the food there by 11:00.

There will be a workshop in the morning prior to our regular guild meeting in June with Kelly Ashton.  The fee will probably be $20.00 and there will be a sign-up sheet at the May guild meeting.

Sharon Moravits will need all the little dresses for Africa at the May meeting so that she can get them to the missionary/contact there.

Village House would like more fidget quilts and especially a few that “make noise.”  In fact, there is always a need for fidget quilts at several locations.

Cathy Beaver will deliver her present bunch of quilts to the Children’s Advocacy Center.  She received seven more today.  Let her know what you need and she can provide batting, backing, etc. and will even cut it and see that you receive it.  She has obtained backing fabric in many colors.  Cathy thanked all who have helped her with Special Projects.  Cathy also indicated that she has learned that Village Quilting will be closed on Mondays and only be open Tuesday through Saturday.  Cathy said she has kits ready for any long-arm quilters who would like to practice on donation quilts.

Sandy Wilson announced that the Van Go Go Girls won first prize at the Q.U.I.L.T. quilt show with their slice quilt, “Madera Fantasy”.

The opportunity quilt has been quilted and only needs binding.  We may get to see it at the May Guild meeting.

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

 

March 2017

March 27, 2017 Guild Meeting

Vice President, Laurie Davis filled in for President Grace Moritz as she continues to deal with her mother’s estate.  Eighty-seven members were present, two guests and two new members.  Nineteen attended the workshop on wool applique’ prior to the meeting.  Four of those attending were guests.

Sharon Moravits introduced Brenda Patterson from Whistle Stop Wool in Joplin, Missouri.  Brenda presented The Wonderful World of Wool.

Brenda is from Michigan.  She traveled with her husband who was in the military until they settled here.  She has lived here 20 years.  Brenda has been a quilter for twenty-five years.  She began working at the Fabric Merchant then later opened Whistle Stop Wool inside the Fabric Merchant where she is a bulk carrier of wool.  She hand dyes the wool in her shop and also felts it herself.  Wool is felted by washing it in warm water.  This causes the fibers to shrink and causes the fabric not to fray.

Brenda explained the difference between felt, wool felt and woven wool.  She explained that felt is 100% polyester and non-woven.  Wool felt can range from a small amount of wool to 100% wool but, again, it is non-woven.  Felted wool is 100% wool and is woven.  This felted wool is the product that should be used in wool applique’ items that will be washed.  Wool applique’ can be used in a quilt, either using cotton, flannel or wool as the background.  The wool can be applied to the quilt using soft fuse, freezer paper, staples or pins and then appliqued in place.  She said that a needle will go through wool like butter.

Wool can also be hooked into a rug, pillow or other item using a hooking frame, pattern, wool strips and a wool hook.  When hooking an item, linen that looks like burlap is used for the base.  The style of rug hooking is determined by the width of the wool strips.  Thin strips are used in fine-cut hooking and thick strips are used for primitives.  The strips can also be woven.

Wool can be purchased at a shop like Whistle Stop Wool or online, but can also be found at Goodwill, garage sales and thrift shops in the form of wool clothing or blankets.  Brenda warned that to get the most fabric from a piece, a wool skirt produces more usable wool than a jacket.  She said that if unsure of the content of an item, burn a piece of it.  If it turns to ash it is 100% wool, it can also be bleached.  If after sitting in bleach for 24 hours nothing is there, then it is 100% wool.  Items that are not 100% wool can be used if the wool content is at least 80%.  Brenda concluded her presentation by explaining the dying process.  Dying should be done in hot water, then cooled before washing.

Laurie announced that the Grove, Oklahoma Quilt Show will be July 21st and 22nd.  The Grove guild is accepting entry forms for quilts and must be submitted by June 30th.

Carol Bourque announced the Quilt Show for our guild will be held April 13th and 14th, 2018.  Quilts will be displayed on the pews.  Vendors will be set up in the gymnasium.  The theme for the show will be “Blessed are the Piece Makers.”  Eighty-five quilts will be displayed besides the miniatures.  One quilt per member will be accepted until the deadline, then if space permits, entries will be open.  Carol reminded members that the Quilt Show is our main fundraiser and that participation is crucial.

Laure Davis announced that Margo Webb is resigning from the position of Assistant Vice President due to health issues.  Betty O’Neill volunteered to the Assistant Vice President position.  Laurie also announced that Patsy Graser and Joanne Ruprecht will be co-chairs for the May Luncheon.  This year the hosts will be members with last names N-Z and will be in-charge of tables and finger sandwiches.  Members whose last names begin with A-F will provide salads and G-M will provide desserts.  The luncheon will be May 22 at 11:30 am.

Cathy Beaver thanked members for donating Hobbs batting labels and announced that twelve quilts were donated to Bella Vista Village House.

The meeting concluded with door prizes and the Fat Quarter Drawing.  Nine door prizes were given out and six fat quarter bundles were drawn for.  Roxanna Juergens announced the Q.U.I.L.T. Quilt Showwill be Friday, April 7th, 9-6 and Saturday, April 8th, 9-4 at the Springdale Metroplex.

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

 

February 2017

February 27, 2017 Guild Meeting

Vice President, Laurie Davis filled in for President, Grace Moritz while she is attending to her mother’s estate.  Laurie announced that the retreat was a lot of fun with a lot of food and learning and she thanked Sharon Moravits for organizing the event.

Sharon Moravits then introduced the Return to Learn workshops presented by Laurie Davis, Jo Gifford, Carol Bourque, and Bill Croft.  Laurie Davis taught and assisted members to make their own stiletto using a turkey lacer, beads, glue and a clothespin.  Jo Gifford taught members how to make the blocks for the Japanese Star and Lantern Quilt using a foundation block and scraps of fabric.  Carol Bourque taught members to make a no triangle, triple triangle block.  Her blocks had no sewing on the bias.  Bill Croft taught members to make mitered borders using the Quick Easy Border Mitering Tool.

Laurie Davis announced that 81 members were present, four new members joined, two previous members joined and one visitor was present.

Brenda Askland was presented as Assistant Treasurer for the guild.  The guild approved.

Elaine Sick made an announcement regarding fabric scraps for dog beds, stating that they only want fabric scraps, not pins, tissues, etc.  She also stated that they only want cotton batting and not polyester. She also announced that there will be a sewing day for the Opportunity Quilt March 18, from 9-1.

Sharon Moravits announced that the projects for today’s workshop was pillowslip dresses and fidget quilts.  She stated they can be made at home and donated.  They need to be durable and washable.  She said these fidget quilts sell for $45 and up online.  She also reminded members that the March workshop will be wool applique and the fee for the class including materials is $20.  The class will be held from 9-12 and members must sign up.  Checks should be made to Calico Cut-Ups.  The April workshop will be binding techniques.  The speaker will be Jane Bromberg.  The fee for this workshop is also $20 and will be held from 9-12.  Sharon also announced that Dog Beds are asking for donations of old rotary cutter blades.  Make sure the blades are in a safe container.

Sharon Caton introduced our vendor for this week, Ruth from Gentry Quilts.  Rita Fugate reminded members that she will teach the Block of the Month at the Newbees meeting the second Tuesday of the month in room 23.  Carol Bourque asked members to look at yearbooks and if  their directory has upside down pages in it to return it to her for a new directory.  Barb Ostermeier announced that she will need help organizing the storage unit once she gets the shelving up and has the totes.  She sent around a clipboard for members to sign up to assist her.  Bob Harmon announced that he needs a volunteer to tape Show and Tell for the website.  Cathy Beaver announced Donations from Walmart for Special Projects as well as a personal donation of 17 boxes of fabric from an individual.  She also asked members to donate their Hobbs Batting proof of purchases.  These donations help the guild to get large rolls of batting at a discounted price.  Laurie Davis announced that Sharon Caton has a new phone number, so the number in the directory should be changed to 479-319-4789.  She also announced that the purple cake in the Diaper Cakes, Vases and More ad should be crossed out because that cake is not theirs.

Carol Bourque announced that the Quilt Show will be held at the Assembly of God in Bella Vista and that she will need help.  This Quilt Show has been downsized and quilts will be displayed on the pews of the church and only winning quilts will be hung on quilt stands.

The meeting was adjourned.

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

 

 

January 2017

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 1:00pm following Stash for Cash.  The meeting began with ruler demonstrations by Sharon Moravits and Suzanne Bowlin.  Sharon demonstrated the use of Scallops, Vines and Waves template by Quilt in a Day.  Suzanne demonstrated quilting rulers to be used with a sewing machine.  The business meeting began after the ruler demonstrations.  President Grace Moritz shared her motto for the year, Encourage, don’t discourage.  “No quilt police.”

The October and December guild minutes were approved as printed and posted.  Barb Ostermeier made a motion to approve the October, November and December treasurer’s reports.  Myrlene Zimmerman seconded the motion and the motion carried.  The 2017 budget was presented and will be voted on at the February guild meeting.

Margo Webb was presented as Assistant Vice President and Susan Richmond was presented as Treasurer after Allida Whittney stepped down from that position.  Cathy Beaver made a motion to approve  Margo and Susan into these positions.  Sharon Caton seconded the motion and the motion carried.  Grace announced that the guild is currently seeking an Assistant Treasurer and a Luncheon Hostess.  The Luncheon Hostess will be in-charge of the May luncheon and the Christmas Party.

Grace announced that the July meeting will not be held on the fourth Monday in July, but the previous Monday, July 17th.  Grace also asked members to consider the importance of a Quilt Show in 2018, stating that our guild must have a fund-raiser to maintain operating expenses.

Laurie Davis announced that 93 members were present plus four new members and five guests.  New members were welcomed with a free fat quarter.  Laurie announced the new email for the guild is calicocutups01@gmail.com

Thank-you cards were received from the following:  The Deb Project, Children’s Alliance Children’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, Joyce Jones, Alice McElwain, Cooper School and Ronald McDonald House.

Bob Harmon announced the Secret Sibling project.  He will assign secret siblings to each member who is interested in participating in the program.  Each month participants will bring a small gift for their secret sibling in a Walmart bag with the recipient’s name on it and it will be distributed at the meeting.  After six months, participants will have a potluck-reveal party.  Bob also announced he’d like to have a volunteer to videotape the show and tell portion of the meeting to post on the blog.  Members not wishing to have their quilt videotaped should inform Bob.  Bob is taking over the blog and there will be a new blog address.

Cathy Beaver received fabric donations from Walmart and has precut the fabric in ½ and one yard increments for special projects.  Some of the fabric was not suitable for quilts, however, is great for tote bags.

Shirley Wenger reminded members that there are seven small groups that are open to new members and that these small groups will be included in the new yearbook.

Sharon Caton announced that 25 rag quilts were donated to the children at Cooper School.  She thanked members who helped with this project.

Sharon Moravits announced the Quilt Retreat February 23-26 at Ozark Campground and Retreat Center near Joplin.  The cost of the retreat is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.  The non-member price will include membership into Calico Cut-Ups.  Twenty-three people have signed up so far.  The workshop preceding the February meeting will be Fidget Quilts to be donated to local nursing homes and Pillowslip dresses to be donated to an African children’s ministry.  In March, the workshop will be conducted by Brenda Patterson of Whistlestop Wool.  It will be a beginning wool applique’ class and will cost $20.  This includes the kit and the class.

Rita Fugate challenged block-of-the-month participants to use challenging fabrics.  She will be including patterns for one to two blocks each month in the newsletter and will also be teaching these blocks at Newbees on the second Wednesday of the month from 9-11am in room 23 in the basement of the church.

Grace announced that work on the Opportunity Quilt will begin at the sew-in day in March.  She also stated that members will talk about their own quilts in show and tell this year.  Grace reminded members that Calico Cut-Ups has a Facebook page.

Five door prizes were drawn for and five bundles of fat quarters were drawn for in the Fat Quarter Exchange.  The color for the exchange in February is white.

The meeting was adjourned.

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

 

December 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes
December 12, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Joyce Jones, Christmas Party Chairperson. Kay Gaudian said the
blessing before the Christmas Luncheon. Lunch was prepared by Popa Mike’s in Bella Vista with desserts
from Village Inn in Bentonville. Cookies were also provided by a guild member.
After lunch the table decorating winner was announced. Table Nine was decorated by Eileen Bell and
she was the runner-up. Sharon Moravits decorated the winning table, Table Three. The door prize
drawings were next with many members winning prizes.
The installation of officers followed. The following people were installed into office for 2017:
Allida Whittney Treasurer
Susan Richmond Assistant Treasurer
Barb Vaz Secretary
Laurie Davis Vice President
Grace Moritz President
Grace Moritz announced we still need an Assistant Vice President. She also announced that that
position was no longer necessarily a three-year commitment. Margo Webb volunteered.
The following members were honored with gifts for their service:
Verna Bottjen Hospitality Committee
Joyce Jones Christmas Committee
Alice McElwain President
Sharon Moravits announced Calico Cut-Ups first quilt retreat. It will be held February 23rd at 9am til
February 26th at 2pm. Lodging and meals are included in the price of $140. The registration deadline is
February 1st and must be paid in full. The retreat will be hosted by Bittersweet Quilts.
The guild was entertained by Perfect Harmony from Bella Vista. Several games of QUILTO followed. The
winners of the Quilt Challenge were announced. Third place went to Grace Moritz, second place went to
Jan Williams and Jo Dodd won the Grand Prize. A skit written and directed by Joyce Jones, “The Little
Orphan Block” was performed by a cast of guild members.
Myrlene Zimmerman announced that 60 quilts went to the Children’s Shelter. She also stated that
Habitat for Humanity will be having an event on December 22nd. The guild will be presenting a father
and two sons with full-sized quilts. She is finished with her commitment and will be turning over Charity
Quilts to Cathy Beaver.
The meeting ended with Show and Tell and members singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

 

October, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

October 24, 2016

President, Alice McElwain called the meeting to order at 1:00pm.

Elaine Sick introduced our speaker, Jennifer Todd from the Quilted Cow in West Branson.

Jennifer Todd has been quilting since 2007.  She was not a sewer.  Within one week of learning to quilt, she had bought two new sewing machines and within a year and a half she had her own quilt shop.  In 2010 she opened as a clubhouse to gather and buy fabric at wholesale prices.  The shop expanded after the first year and now is five minutes from Silver Dollar City.

Jennifer taught a brief class on fabric weaving.  Fabric weaving can be used in backgrounds or in borders and can be done on any size fabric.  She said 18 x 18 is a good size to learn on.  You use two fabrics the same size and apply double-sided fusible on both pieces.  Fold the fabrics in half to find the centers.  Mark the center and one inch apart on the right side of the fabric using an erasable marking tool.  Place masking tape across the top of one piece as a guide where to stop cutting.  Rotary cut the center line using straight or wavy lines.  Then use the other lines as guidelines to cut along.  On the second piece, cut all the way through.  Number the pieces from left to right on the front of the fabric.  Remove the paper backing from the fusible on the back of the fabrics.  Jennnifer uses Sew Lazy Fusibond Lite made by Checker.  Cut a piece of batting slightly larger than the fabric.  Weave the fabric making sure the woven pieces are snuggly against each other.  Press in place when you have it how you want it.  Jennifer said if you are weaving a border, use muslin instead of the batting.  When weaving is pressed in place, zigzag along all raw edges to keep them from fraying.

There were no additions or changes to the September Board Minutes, so they stand approved.  Joanne Ruprecht made a motion to approve the September Treasurer’s Report.  Shirley Wenger seconded the motion and the motion carried.

The slate of officers for 2017 were presented.  Myrlene Zimmerman made a motion to accept the slate of officers, Carol Bourque seconded the motion and the motion carried.  The officers will be installed at the December meeting.

An announcement was made to sign up for the Christmas Party and to renew Membership for 2017.

Bob Harmon announced the opening of a new home for troubled teen girls in Oklahoma.  The home will house eight girls at a time and will open next year.  The home is the first of its kind in Oklahoma, and  there is a long waiting list.  Each girl will be housed for one to two years.  Bob volunteered to make the quilts for each girl to have one to keep as well as some lap quilts.  He is asking for donations of scrap fabric and batting for this purpose.  The home will be called the Pearl of Grace Ranch.  It will house girls from 13-19 years old.   The website is www.pearlofgraceranch.org.  Bob also asked for donations for a silent auction fundraiser the home will be having.

Grace Moritz announced that 81 members were present, one old/new member, four guests and one of these became a new member.

Roz Sloan awarded eight bundles of Christmas Fat Quarters.

Elaine Sick announced the Challenge Quilt contest award winners will be announced at the Christmas Party.  The winners will receive cash prizes and ribbons.  She also announced she needs volunteers for the Opportunity Quilt and that volunteers would meet after the meeting.

Sharon Moravits announced there will be a workshop before every meeting beginning in 2017.  January meeting will host the Stash for Cash, which is like a garage sale for quilters.

Myrlene Zimmerman announced that she has four quilt kits left that still need to be picked up.  She also thanked her committee.  They donated 34 quilts to the Children’s Advocacy Center and three large quilts for Habitat for Humanity.  They also made donations to the Ronald McDonald House.  She announced that her team came in under budget for the year.  The tote bag workshop earlier in the day yielded seven tote bags for donation.

Sharon Caton drew for door prizes donated by the Quilted Cow, our vendor for this month.  She awarded five prizes.

The meeting was adjourned.




September, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2016

President, Alice McElwain called the meeting to order at 1:00pm.

Sharon Moravits introduced our guest speaker and vendor for the day, Pam Goggans from Sager Creek Quilts and Yarn Works. Pam has been quilting for 26 years and sewing since she was nine years old.  Pam proceeded to show us beautiful quilts that could be made easier with various tools.  Pam has Deb Tucker certification and teaches classes at her shop.  She showed us quilts made with the Wing Clipper tool.  It’s a tool used to make flying geese, making diagonal seams that meet in the middle.

The Tucker Trimmer aids in making diagonals across squares.  It helps a quilter make half squares, quarter squares and combination squares.  Square Square helps a quilter make easy square in a square blocks.  She said the tools can be used to “Tuckerize” other patterns.  Some other tools she featured were V-Block, Corner Beam, Split Recs, Diamond Recs, Rapid-Fire Hunter Star and LeMoyne Star.  Pam told us that each tool has its own You Tube video.  Pam teaches the use of these tools in her Block Buster classes.

Pam’s work has been featured in Fons and Porter, Quilting Quickly and Love of Quilting.

 

The minutes from the August 22, 2016 meeting were approved as printed and posted.  Shirley Wenger made a motion to approve the August Treasurer’s Report.  Barb Vaz seconded the motion and the motion carried.

A motion was made by Carol Bourque and seconded by Rita Fugate to approve the following By-Laws change:  To add four additional officers to the Executive Board to make a quorum of six members.  The following officers will be added:  Programs/Publicity, Scrap Bag Editor, Special Projects and Ads/Vendors.  Any committee with a co-chair will only have one vote.  The motion carried.

Patsy Graser made a motion to approve the following policy changes:  Anything done in the name of the guild must have board approval will be added and the policy inviting Grove guild to our May luncheon will be deleted.  The motion was seconded by Sharon Caton and the motion carried.

Eighty-seven members were present today, including one guest and two new members.

Grace announced the following slate of officers to be voted on at a later date:

President:  Grace Moritz

Assistant Vice President:  Laurie Davis

Secretary:  Barbara Vaz

Treasurer:  Allida Whittney

Assistant Treasurer:  Susan Richmond

Ads/Vendors:  Sharon Caton/Judy Boese

Block of the Month:  Rita Fugate

Blog/Web/Yearbook:  Carol Bourque

Fat Quarter Exchange:  Roz Sloan

Historian:  Carol Sanders

Hospitality:  Verna Boddjen, Elaine Sick, Retha Kiphen

Library/Properties:  Barb Ostermeier

Parliamentarian:  Jeannene White as needed

Past President:  Alice McElwain

Programs/Publicity:  Sharon Moravits, Karen Moore

Scrapbag Editor:  Bob Harmon

Small Groups:  Shirley Wenger

Sunshine and Shadows:  Norene Harmon

Opportunity Quilt:  Elaine Sick

The following positions still need filled:  Vice President, Committee for Special Projects, and one more person on Hospitality.

Grace also revealed the Mystery Quilt.  Eleven members participated, finished and showed their tops.

Joyce Jones announced that the Christmas party would be December 12 at 11 am.  More volunteers to decorate tables were taken.  Reservations will be taken for $4 per member and $10 for guests through the October meeting.

Roz Sloan presented the Fat Quarter Exchange winners.  There were five winners today. The Fat Quarter for December will be Christmas.

Elaine Sick announced the October speaker will be Jennifer Todd and she will show Fabric Weaving.  She will also be the vendor.  Her shop is the Quilted Cow in Branson.  Elaine also reminded members of the Scavenger Hunt Quilt Challenge to be revealed at the December Luncheon.

Sharon Moravits announced the October Program will be two-fold.  Members can make tote bags for charity or pumpkins.  Supply lists will be in the Scrap Bag.

Myrlene Zimmerman announced that there were two more quilt kits left at the back of the room to be picked up and quilted and bound.  She said she will being 15 more to the October meeting and that will be the end of the quilt tops that were at Village Quilting.  She stated that the children’s shelter is in need of weighted lap quilts.  She said these quilts are very comforting for Autistic children.

Sharon Caton announced that someone donated two SUVs full of homespuns along with some other fabrics.  She said there are still 40 bolts to be cut up for rag quilts to go to the elementary school in Bella

Vista.  She also said that Dog beds will meet Wednesday and they need scraps.  They supply dog beds for Rogers, Centerton and Bella Vista animal shelters.  They also make quilts from some of the scraps taken in and those are donated to the shelters to be raffled off.

Roxanna Juergens drew for door prizes.  Six door prizes were given away today.

Alice announced that the guild would begin accepting dues for 2017 at the October meeting.  Dues will remain $25.  She also announced that Gay Hendricks is moving to Minnesota and she will be having a garage sale October 20-22 at 5 Cullen Hills Drive in Bella Vista.

Alice also announced that MOKA, a quilt study group serving Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas will be meeting and discussing Modern Quilts.  Alice and Linda Pumphrey from Mountain Mist will be speaking.  Linda will have her new book at this event.

The meeting was adjourned.




August, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2016

President, Alice McElwain called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.

Sharon Moravits introduced guest speaker, Jan Holzbauer.  She is a fiber artist.

 

Jan began sewing when she was a kid, sewing clothes for her dolls.  Then she began hand embroidery.  Her mom was a quilter, however at that time she didn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  Her mother guilt tripped her into quilting, and as she and her sister joked…once you prick your finger, it gets in your blood.  She made her first quilt for her step-daughter’s 16th birthday by consulting her mother over the phone on each step.  She made quilts for all her step-kids and now is on to the grandkids.

Jan made her first art quilt in 1997.  It was inspired by her trip to Israel.  It was a quilt that quoted the Lord’s Prayer.  She calls it her soccer quilt because she worked on it during soccer practices.  In 2003 she took a class from Ellen Ann Eddy, in which she learned to thread paint using bobbin work and doing the project in mirror image.  She did several other thread painted quilts.  She went back to college in her 50’s.  She attended Oklahoma State and earned a fine arts degree.  She wanted to be a fiber artist, but they didn’t have programs in that.  She learned color, design and proportion there.  Jan began turning photos into quilts.  She has three pieces of art in a show in Oklahoma City and three pieces in Broken Arrow.

Jan tried many kinds of dyes and paints until she found the ones that gave her the vibrancy she desired.  She has done several quilts using painting or dying and thread painting.  She did several portrait quilts featuring her mother.  These became her senior exhibit.

Jan stated that usually when thread painting you go from dark to light, however there are some exceptions.  Thread painting can be achieved by straight stitching or zigzag stitching. She still enjoys doing traditional quilts.  She encourages quilters to get their inspiration from everywhere and to not be afraid to try something new or limit yourself to one style and not to use good fabrics to experiment.  She now finds it a blessing to be like her mom.

A motion was made by Marilyn to approve the Minutes as posted and seconded by Joanne Ruprecht.  The motion carried.  Shirley Wenger made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Joanne Ruprecht seconded the motion and it carried.

Sandy Wilson resigned from office of Vice-President.  Assistant Vice-President, Grace Moritz will be moving up into Sandy’s position.

Grace Moritz announced that 76 members were present, two guests and one new member.  Twenty-two attended the workshop.  Two guild members will be moving away.

Grace Moritz presented the nominating committee for the guild’s approval.  Committee nominees were Laurie Davis, Sharon Caton, and Judy Boese.   Carol Bourque made the motion to approve the nominating committee, Rita Fugate seconded the motion and the motion carried.  Grace also announced that the committee will meet Wednesday at 11:30 in room 23, downstairs.

Roxanna Juergens announced the vendor for today, Bittersweet Quilts of Joplin.  They donated three door prizes.  In total, seven door prizes were given away.

Grace reminded members who participated in the Mystery Quilt to bring their quilts to the September meeting to show.

Sharon Moravits announced that the workshop for September will be Pam Goggans teaching Migrating Geese.  She also noted that the date for the workshop is misprinted in the yearbook.  The actual date will be Septmeber 26th at 9am.  The supply list for the workshop is in the scrapbag and the fee for the workshop will be $10.  Saturday, September 17th will be the Sew-a-thon at 9 am to whenever. At 10am there will be a workshop on how to make the honeybee nametag.  Members are asked to bring a lunch as well as a snack to share.

Carol Bourque requested members send support for flood victims in Louisiana.  She suggested members send donations to Our Saviors Church at www.oscconnect.com because 100% of donations go to the people in need of flood relief.

Roz Sloan awarded six fat quarter bundles to members who participated in the exchange.

Myrlene Zimmerman thanked members for fabric donations.  Quilts will be delivered to the Child Advocacy Center and Ronald McDonald House.  She also thanked members for wrapping paper donations.

Sharon Caton announced that Dog Beds will meet Wednesday in room 23, downstairs.  Twenty-three dog beds were delivered to shelters in Bella Vista, Rogers and Centerton.

A reminder to those who wish to participate in the challenge quilt contest.  There are 36 items to be included in the quilt.

Joyce Jones announced the Member Appreciation Christmas Party.  The cost will be $4.00 per person for members and $10.00 for visitors.  There will be door prizes, music, a skit and a table decorating challenge which will be awarded a $25.00 gift card.  Twelve tables need decorated.

Alice proposed the following changes to the bylaws, which were voted on by the Executive Committee:

The following officers will be added to the Executive committee:

Programs/Publicity, Scrap Bag Editor, Special Projects, and Ads/Vendors, to make a total of ten on the committee.  Any committee with a co-chair will only have one vote.

A quorum of six Executive Committee members will be needed to conduct a legal meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.



July, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

July 25, 2016

 

President, Alice McElwain called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.

Elaine Sick introduced speaker, Reeze Hanson.

Reeze presented her program, “Inspiration is in the Air.”  Reeze owns Morning Glory Designs in Ottawa, Kansas.  She has been quilting for 20 years and designing quilts for ten years.  She began quilting as a creative outlet.  Her first quilt was a king size quilt.  She jokingly said everyone should start with a king size quilt in order to make all the mistakes new quilters make all at once.  She has been published in McCalls, Quilter’s World,  and Fons and Porter to name a few.

Reeze said the source and motivation to make a quilt tells a story, in fact all art tells a story, and the stories are personal.  Quilts can also be instructive, or touch on universal truths about the world around us or human nature.  They can also entertain us.

She finds inspiration in people, pets, photos, old quilts, old quilt blocks, artwork, embroidery, beadwork, and architectural details like mosaics, murals, building details and trim, windows.  She also finds inspiration in nature, china and fabrics as well as technology.

Reeze suggested finding five things to inspire you around the room, create an idea folder or scrapbook, observe the world around you up close, to look beyond the obvious and to break out of the conventional, but most of all to have fun in designing your quilts.

Joanne Ruprecht made a motion to approve the minutes from the June meeting.  Shirley Wenger seconded the motion and it carried.

Carol Bourque made the motion to approve the treasurer’s report from June.  Sharon Caton seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Quilt Congress will be held October 26-28, 2017.  MOKA (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas Quilt Study Groups) will meet Oct 21-22, 2016 and the speaker will be Jan Krentz.  Crystal Bridges has an exhibit of interest to quilters.

The following drawing protocol was reiterated:  Fat Quarters, participants will be given one entry for each fat quarter they bring for the exchange.  Door Prizes, everyone will receive one ticket for attendance, and one ticket for bringing food pantry supplies.

Elaine Sick announced that the Challenge Quilt will be a scavenger hunt.  Participants will include as many of the 36 items on the list as they choose.  The finished size should be 12-36inches square.

Grace Moritz announced that 69 were present at today’s meeting.  63 members, five new members and one guest.  She also announced that the reveal of the Mystery Quilt was in this month’s Scrap Bag and that members who finished the mystery quilt should bring their finished quilt tops to show and tell at the September meeting.

Myrlene Zimmerman announced three quilts were presented to a family for Habitat for Humanity.  She also announced that quilt kits are being finished.  There are 36 quilts, plus eight that need backing.

Sharon Caton announced that she she sent out one thinking of you, one get well, and one happy anniversary card for Sunshine and Shadows.  Congratulations to Bob and Norene for celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Carol Bourque announced the August workshop to meet from 9am to 12pm before the August meeting will require one jelly roll and ¾ yard for setting fabric.  It will be a strippy diamond and will not require special rulers.

Bittersweet Quilts will be the vendor for August.  The Fat Quarter fabric for August will be leaves of any color.

Five door prizes were presented.  Thank you to Reeze Hanson for donating door prizes for today’s drawing.  Five Fat Quarter bundles were also awarded to exchange participants.

Patsy Graser made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Allida Whittney seconded the motion and the motion carried.



June, 2016
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

June 27, 2016

President, Alice McElwain called the meeting to order at 1:00.

Elaine Sick introduced our guest speaker, Tobi Lischko.  Tobi’s presented “The History of Curved Piecing.”

Tobi is a Special Ed teacher from St Louis.  She started crafting at age six with a variety of crafts and needlework.  She started sewing at 12 and even made her own wedding dress.  She began quilting in 1985, when she and her mother took a quilting class.  Within that six-week class, Tobi got six small quilt tops finished, while her mother completed one.  She had caught the quilting bug!  In 1995 a new quilt shop opened in St Louis and she began to teach at that quilt shop, where she began entering the Hoffman Challenge.  In 1998 she began lecturing at guilds about curved blocks that did not include applique.

In the early 1800’s she found the earliest curved piecing began with blocks including the Melon Patch, Orange Peel, Bay Leaf, Dad’s Plaids and the Four-Leaf Clover and the Star and Crescent.

1840 to 1870 blocks such as the Sunburst, Rising Sun, Mariner’s Compass (which comes in a variety of sizes and is made in multiples of eight points), Chips and Whetstones, New York Beauty (whose settings could be in full and change of moon or rising sun), and Crown of Thorns.

Late 1800’s to early 1900’s began circle blocks, Rob Peter to Pay Paul, Mill Wheel, Whig’s Defeat, and Friendship blocks.

Early 1900’s brought the Drunkard’s Path, Old Maids Puzzle, Solomon’s Puzzle, Snakes Trail, Drunkard’s Trail, Bow and Arrow, Sunflower, Double Wedding Ring, Pickle Dish, Fans (which is the Drunkard’s Path cut into sections).

In the 1950’s came Pinwheels, Dahlia, Jinny Beyer’s Mariner’s Compass.

Tobi entered the Paducah contest with the theme New York Beauty with  her quilt, Ocean Deep and won5th place and it is hanging in the museum.  In her “New York Beauty phase” she entered the Hoffman challenge with Sunshine on a Cloudy Day and didn’t get it finished in time, but won 1st and 2nd place in other contests with it and it was enlarged for Better Homes and Gardens.  She has also been published in McCalls Quilting, Keepsake Quilting, Fons and Porter, Quilter’s World, Quiltmaker, and Quilter’s Newsletter.  She also won 1st place in Paducah with her first quilt entry there.

She made a Double Wedding Ring quilt for her parent’s 50th anniversary.  Her black and white quilt, Yin and Yang is her most popular selling template set.  The St Louis Star, which she will be teaching Tuesday, June 28th uses symmetrical fabric which is fussycut.

The business meeting of Calico Cut-Ups began with the approval of the minutes as printed and posted.  A motion was made to approve the treasurer’s report by Joanne Ruprecht and seconded by Rita Fugate.  The motion carried.

Alice gave the Sunshine and Shadow’s report.

The Theme for this year’s Row by Row is “Home Sweet Home.”  Members may get more information about this contest at www.rowbyrowexperience.com.  The first person to complete their quilt of eight rows will receive 25 fat quarters.

Grace Moritz reported 77 present today, four of which were visitors and we had one new member.

Grace also reported that the last clue of the Mystery Quilt and the reveal will be at the July meeting.

Rita Fugate and Joanne Ruprecht took four more quilts to the veterans at Concordia, making a total of 40 quilts donated to veterans there.

Kay Guadian reported a big thank you to those who donate to the Shephard’s Food Pantry and she reported that the need is real.  She said in 2010 the pantry served 3146, in 2015 it served 7643, and so far in 2016 it has served over 25,000.

Sharon Moravits reported that the Strip and Twist workshop, scheduled for July, is on hold.  Reeze Hanson will be our guest speaker in July. She also reported that the Benton County Fair is August 9-13.  Our guild gives a prize in the quilt contest.  Members are encouraged to enter.

Alice reported that six Calico Cut-Ups quilts were found in two booths at an antique shop.  She took pictures of the quilts and labels.  Myrlene will be permanently marking quilts that go out for donation from now on with “cs” and a number for children’s shelter and “ca” and a number for children’s advocacy center.

Myrlene reported that 39 quilts were delivered to the children’s shelter.  She also reported that Judy Stone had joined her team and that they are accepting pillow cases for the Ronald McDonald house as well.  She also reported that the children’s shelter is in need of birthday wrapping paper.

Alice announced that Calico Coaches had ten volunteers and that they were to meet with Alice after the meeting.  She also announced that members could bring less food to pot luck meals.

Charlotte Foster from Country House Quilts was the vendor today.  She donated two prizes for Door Prizes.  Tobi Lischko also donated one prize for the drawing.  Six prizes in all were given out for door prizes.

There were five winners of Fat Quarters for the Fat Quarter drawing today.

The meeting was adjourned.


May, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

May 23, 2016

The May luncheon began with a blessing of the food by Sharon Moravits.

The meeting began with a hat contest.  Each table chose a winner from their table.  Each winner  was awarded a prize.

Sandy Wilson announced we had 62 members present, six guests and one new member.

The minutes of the April meeting stood as printed and posted with no additions or corrections.

Carol Bourque made a motion to approve the April treasurer’s report.  The morion was seconded by Rita Fugate and the motion carried.

Carol Sanders was honored for her ten plus years of service as the Historian for the guild.  She brought two of the most recent scrap books for members to browse through.

“A Letter from a Husband….She’s Addicted to Quilting” was read for members’ amusement.

Sharon Caton reported sending out three cards for Sunshine and Shadows.

The guild received a certificate from Habitat for Humanity for our service donating quilts for the two homes they built and two homes they refurbished.

Myrlene Zimmerman announced that all quilts from the quilt class she taught had been returned and that all available quilts will be delivered in June to the Children’s Shelter.

Sharon Moravits reminded members about the June 3rd bus trip to the Tulsa Quilt Show.  The bus will leave at 7:30 am and return at 7:30 pm and will cost $45.  She also reminded members to sign up for the Tobi Lischko workshop to be held the day after the June guild meeting at a cost of $25 plus kit.

Roxanna Jeurgens reminded members to pick up their scissors and knives from the vendor.  She announced that next month’s vendor will be Country House Quilts in Pea Ridge.

President, Alice McElwain announced that members who show their quilts in Show and Tell have the option of giving permission to have their quilt posted on Facebook by applying a permission to photograph sticker on their quilt info cards.

Alice also announced that the guild needs members to volunteer to teach someone else to quilt.  She passed around a sign-up sheet for members to volunteer and also for members to volunteer to help with parties and luncheons.  Members were also asked to turn in an Opportunity Quilt survey.  We need to have an Opportunity Quilt for Quilt Congress in October 2017.  QUILT will be hosting Quilt Congress in 2017.

Sharon and the Selvages entertained the guild with a cute skit using quilt blocks as clues to the story.

Grace Moritz did a Decoupage Demo.  The class will be held during the June 8th NewBees meeting.  She informed members they could decoupage anything:  glass, plastic, cardboard.  She asked members to bring small projects to the class.  She suggested using quilt magazines for the pictures along with Modge Podge.  She said there are a variety of ideas on You Tube on how to decoupage and that no two are alike.  The list of necessary items is available on the ScrapBag.

There were seven winners in the Fat Quarter Exchange.  There were several door prizes awarded as well.

The meeting was adjourned.

April, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

April 25, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by President, Alice McElwain.    She noted changes to Show and Tell, announcing that numbered index cards would be filled out and handed to the speaker, who will tell about the quilt based on what’s written on the cards.

Elaine Sick introduced our speaker for the day, Jill Werner.  Her presentation was “How to Build a Successful Stash.”

Jill began making quilts for her sister’s kids in 1983.  Her first quilt had 1-inch seam allowances and quickly became her first UFO, which she finished when her sister had her third child.  She entered a quilt challenge at her guild and won, which sparked her interest in art quilts.  In 1998, she entered a quilt in a Human Rights competition and won a big award (one of only four in the US and nine internationally).  She then began to make 3-D quilts and her quilts have been in 20 museums around the world.

Jill asked why we have so much in our stash and can’t use much of it?  She said that we impulse buy pretty fabrics.  The problem with that is that these impulse fabrics contain lots of prints and none work together even though they contain lots of colors.  She said our second mistake is trying to match colors to prints, which results in duplicate colors, few neutrals and equally light or dark fabrics and no brightness.  The result of building a quilt this way is a boring quilt, which makes you feel like you are not good with color and causes us to choose safer fabrics and decrease the number of fabrics we use.

She gave the following steps for building a usable stash:

Learn to analyze fabrics looking for value, color, print, neutrals and brightness.

Learn the traits of a successful quilt:  darks, mediums, lights, brights, and neutrals.  She gave the following tips:  use value to provide contrast (it’s more important than color), establish relationships between colors using multicolor prints, noting that any color can go with any color and low contrast prints are easier to use.  Include a variety of print scales, use print scales to provide contrast and consider stripes, especially for borders and bindings.

Check your current stash by sorting your fabrics into color piles then sorting each pile into categories (dark, medium, light, bright)

Fill in the holes in your stash.  Make a list of what you are short on and bring the list to the shop.  She said especially look for very lights, very darks, brights, low contrast prints and stripes.  When it comes to how much to buy, she said smaller amounts of supporting fabrics and to buy in 1/3 yards instead of fat quarters to make it more usable.  She said you will need larger yardage of neutrals and one or two yards of hard to find types, like darks and brights.

Jill also gave tips on how to use existing fabrics.  She said try using the back side because it is often lighter or grayer, she also suggested modifying existing fabrics with acrylic paint, hand dyeing or bleaching and stamping.  Another tip she gave is if you don’t have enough of an existing fabric to find another fabric with the same characteristics (color, print scale or print theme).  Her final tip was to use multiple similar fabrics, using the variation to add interest.

Alice, then announced a ten-minute break before the business meeting began.

Alice asked whether any additions or corrections needed to made to the minutes.  No one had any changes, so the minutes stood approved as printed and posted.  Carol Bourque made a motion to approve the March Treasurer’s Report, Kay Rhoads seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Clue number three to the Mystery Quilt is on the display board in the back of the room

Sharon Moravits announced the June 3rd Tulsa trip is $45 and that we need 35 to sign up.  We currently have 22 signed up.  She asked whether this was a trip members were interested in or not and why, stating that there seemed to be plenty of interest when the idea was first introduced.  Some stated that they would rather drive themselves, while others encouraged the trip as a fun bonding experience with fellow quilters.

Sharon Caton had the drawing for fat quarters.

Kay Rhoads announced that fourteen of the quilt kits were returned this week finished.  Kathy Beavers brought seven quilts.

Barb Ostermeier announced a new book added to the library.  The book is Leaders and Enders by Bonnie Hunter.

Roxanna Juergens announced that at the May meeting we will have scissor sharpening.  Members are to drop off their scissors as they arrive and pick them up after the meeting.  She did not have an exact price for the service, however she thought it would be about $6.00 per pair.

Jeanie Wyrick of Blue Top Quilt Shop was our vendor today.  She donated two door prizes.  There were a total of five door prizes given away.

Laurie Davis announced that the May 23rd meeting would be the luncheon at 11:30 with the meeting beginning at 1:00.  She encouraged members to wear hats for door prizes.  The entertainment will be a decoupage demonstration.  Those with last names beginning G-M will be hosting the luncheon and bringing finger sandwiches.  A-F will provide desserts and N-Z will bring salads.

Sandy Wilson announced that updated yearbooks were emailed today.  She asked new members to meet in the back corner after the meeting adjourned.

Seventy-nine guild members were in attendance.  We had five guests and two of those joined the guild.

Respectfully Submitted by

Barbara Vaz, Secretary



February, 2016

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting Minutes

February 22, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by President Alice McElwain.

Elaine Sick introduced our guest speaker for the day, Raija Salomaa.

Raija was born in Finland and later moved to the United States. She had never known of quilts in Finland and when she came here, she fell in love with them. When she graduated from UCLA, her friends bought her a sewing machine for graduation. She was able to look at quilts and figure out how they were made without a pattern. She dreamed of being a pattern designer for quilts. Raija began her dream of pattern design, but soon her husband became sick and they moved to Rogers and she put her dreams on hold to get a job. In 2013 she rejoined her local quilt guild and started designing quilts again and a technical writer volunteered to proofread her patterns. She quit her job to follow her dream of quilt design. That summer she approached two publishers, one wanted her to be published before they would consider her work, the other sent her digital fabrics, but nothing ever came of it. In 2014 she wrote three quilt patterns and in 2015, Timeless Treasures published her first pattern, Charlottes Lace. Since then, she has been published in magazine ads and in a Hancocks of Paducah publication and one of her quilts traveled to Austrailia and to Quilt Market in Dallas, Texas. Only two weeks ago, Raija got a design call and a day after her submission, her design was approved. She will also have an ad in a catalog that goes to quilt shop owners in April, and her design will go to Quilt Market in May.

Raija said she gathers inspiration from fabric, or something she sees and sometimes designs come about out of necessity or playing on EQ7. She said the process includes writing instructions, computer programs, such as EQ7, Photoshop, Illustrator and Word, photography, layout and editing, testing, printing, website development and selling, either directly to customers or to quilt stores via distributors and big name catalogs. She said to follow this dream you also need perseverance.

Vice President, Sandy Wilson introduced our visitors and new members. There were 78 members present. Six people renewed their memberships, we had three new members and three visitors. New members were asked to meet at the rear of the meeting room for pictures and membership packets.

Raija Salomaa was our vendor at the February meeting. She donated six items for door prizes.

There were nine bundles of fat quarters donated for the fat quarter exchange.

President, Alice McElwain informed members of a fiber art exhibit at 21C and encouraged members to check it out.

Carol Borque made a motion to approve the January General Meeting minutes, seconded by Shirley Wenger. The motion carried. Barb Vaz made a motion to approve the 2016 budget. It was seconded by Rita Fugate, and the motion carried.

Jan Thurman made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report for January 2016, Grace Moritz seconded it and the motion carried.

There was no correspondence for the month.

Alice began committee reports by thanking Carol Bourque for making the yearbook.

Sharon Caton announced that she sent five cards out for Sunshine and Shadows. She also reminded members that Dogbeds will meet Wednesday at Village Insurance and informed members that this would be the last time the meeting would be held at Village Insurance.

Elaine Sick informed members that the March speaker would be Barb Eikmeir and her program will be “It’s All In the Sashing.” Sharon Moravits reminded members to attend National Quilting Day, March 19, at the church and to bring a sack lunch and something to work on. Sharon also informed members that the April workshop will be Stack N Whack quilts based on the book by Bethany Reynolds. She also informed members of the June 3rd bus trip to the Tulsa Quilt Show. The cost of tickets is $45 and nonrefundable.

Grace Moritz showed us Clue #1 for the Mystery Quilt. It involved making flying geese and star blocks.

Myrlene Zimmerman announced that Special Projects has a stash of 30 completed quilts that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Advocacy Center. She put a call to arms for members to buy and bring batting to donate for donation quilts. She announced the pantry items for March will be Jello and fruit cocktail packed in water.

Small Group meetings will be held at the church in the basement instead of Village Insurance from now on, with the exception of Van Go Go Girls, which will meet at Mercy Clinic in Bella Vista.

Patsy Graser made a motion that we adjourn the February business meeting. It was seconded by Joanne Ruprecht and the motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted by

Barbara Vaz, Secretary

January, 2016
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

January 25, 2016


The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by President Alice McElwain.  Alice thanked the membership for their prayers, flowers and gifts.

Sharon Moravits introduced guest speaker, Anthony Milam, Physical Therapist.  Anthony informed quilters of the importance of changing positions frequently.  He said that every 30-40 minutes we should take a 10 second microbreak by standing up and stretching.  He said that when you lean forward even 1 inch, your neck muscles work twice as hard.  He warned that the flexed position for a long period of time could cause hunched shoulders and eventually to decreased lung capacity.  Anthony gave two rules for good body mechanics:  when bending over to pick something up, top of the head away from the ceiling not the back of the head, and when you reach for something your nose and toes should be pointed in the same direction.  Finally, he informed us that when we stretch, we should stretch light and long.

Guild members then broke into four groups and progressed from one learning station to another.  Sharon Moravits taught techniques for the Delectable Mountain Quilt, Bill Croft taught members how to make Hotties, Carol Bourque taught 3-D flowers, and Myrlene Zimmerman taught free motion quilting techniques.

Alice, then introduced Sandy Wilson as nominee for vice president and asked for additional nominations from the floor.  There were none.  Patsy Grazer made the motion for Sandy to be vice president, Karen Bacon seconded the motion and the motion carried.  Alice then announced Allida Whittney as candidate for assistant treasurer.  Marilyn Bullock made the motion and Sandy Wilson seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

 

Membership was reported as 85 members and 5 new members.  We then had door prize drawings and fat quarter drawings.

A motion was made by Carol Bourque to approve the minutes from the December guild meeting, seconded by Sharon Moravits, and the motion carried.

A motion was made to approve the treasurer’s report for December by Joanne Ruprecht.  It was seconded by Shirley Wenger.  The motion carried.

The guild received a thank you note from Cecil Berner for an Honor Quilt he received.

Grace Moritz reported on the mystery quilt.  She said the quilt would be 68×80 and that we will need 2 ¼ yards of red, 2 ¼ yards of blue and 4 1/8 yard of white, but also said members could choose their own colors if they chose to.  Further instructions will be included in the Scrapbag and on the blog.

Myrlene Zimmerman reported that she received 23 donation quilts.  Four quilts were delivered to Habitat for Humanity.  She also announced that she will be teaching free motion quilting so members would be equipped to help more with donation quilts.  Myrlene also informed members that the food pantry item for February would be cereal with an emphasis on oatmeal.

Sharon Caton sent out two cards for Sunshine and Shadows.

Carol Bourque informed members that the yearbook will be published and printed next month.  She reminded members that the blog address is on the front of the yearbook and she welcomes updates and suggestions made by email to her.

Alice stated that the board had come up with a budget, but it was decided that copies would be printed off for members to look at

National Quilting Day is March 19.  Calico Cut-Ups will be holding a retreat from 9 am to 4 pm that day at the church.

An announcement was made reminding members to contact Village Insurance if you need to meet at their facility and if you need to cancel a scheduled meeting for there.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Vaz



December, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

December 14, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits following the Christmas Luncheon.  Sharon gave an inspirational talk about the origins of the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.   She gave everyone a smooth stone and asked us to carry it in our pockets to remind ourselves that, “I ain’t mad at nobody”.

Joanne Ruprecht moved, seconded by Elaine Sick, to approve the October and November treasurer’s report.  The motion carried.  Carol Bourque moved and Sharon Caton seconded to approve the minutes of the October Guild meeting.  The motion carried.

New officers and committee chairpersons need to have their budgets prepared for the January Board Meeting.  Year-end reports should be emailed to Sharon Moravits before the end of the year.

We had two new members today.  The winner of the Block of the Month was Grace Moritz.

Myrlene Zimmerman stated that it is preferred that a person do a top, backing, batting and quilting.  If you cannot do all, sign up to indicate which tasks you are able to do to support the projects.  Supplies will be available at every guild meeting.  You can also contribute to the process by providing fabric and/or batting that you might find on sale.  She announced the numbers of contributions we made from Gail Thorson’s records.  The entire list is in the December Scrap Bag.  The food bank donations will be made every month and in January we will bring peanut butter and jelly.

Alice McElwain announced a need for a Vice President and at a later date, arrangements might be made as to whether or not that person would advance to the presidency.

Roxanna Juergens, indicated that if you have a home business, you are welcome to purchase an ad in the new yearbook.

A thank-you note was read from Tom Jillinger, a veteran who received a quilt of valor, saying how much it is appreciated.  The Concordia group makes quilts for veterans who live at Concordia.

There was a short show and tell.

The winner of the Opportunity Quilt was Phyllis Stair.  The Challenge Quilt winners were:  1st – Jan Williams; 2nd – Joanne Ruprecht; 3rd – Pat Stringer.  There were 12 entries.

 

The following new officers were installed by Jeannene White, Parliamentarian :

President                                            Alice McElwain

Assistant Vice President              Grace Moritz

Secretary                                            Barbara Vaz

Treasurer                                           Laurie Davis

Assistant Treasurer                        Sandra Wilson

The out-going officers were thanked for leading Calico Cut-Ups through Quilt Congress and during hectic times.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary



October, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

October 26, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits.  Retha Kiphen introduced our speaker, Judy Vore, who showed her “Stack and Whack” quilts.  Judy’s mother, LaDonna Vore,  assisted her.  The vendor was Keeping You in Stitches from Jay, Oklahoma.

 

There were 65 members and two visitors.  Shirley Wenger made a motion to approve the minutes of September’s  guild meeting , seconded by Sandra Wilson.  The motion carried.  Sharon Caton moved to accept the September Treasurer’s report, seconded by Rita Fugate.  The motion carried.

The Block of the Month winners were Marlys Wicklund and Myrlene Zimmerman.  The next BOM will be any block pattern using Christmas Colors and should be 12 inches finished.  There will be no guild meeting in November and our December meeting will not have a fat quarter drawing nor will there be a food bank item.

Our December meeting will be a Christmas Party on December 14.  Sign-up is required for the Christmas Party.  We should arrive at 11:30 and lunch will be served at Noon.  Food will be provided.  If you have a challenge quilt, give it to Elaine Sick by 11:00 that day.  Alice McElwain asked those volunteering to help with the Christmas Party to meet with her after Guild meeting.

Sharon Moravits reported that Quilt Congress was a success and that we cleared about $8,500.

Gail Thorson thanked all who have helped with donations during the past two years and are still working hard to complete the 180+ quilt tops that needed to be quilted.  Gail and Myrlene Zimmerman recently made deliveries of quilts to the Childrens’ Advocacy Center and the Ronald McDonald House.  Our guild is the only one providing quilts to those places and we are also the only guild providing to several other causes.

Grace Moritz will be heading Block of the Month beginning in January.  She circulated a questionnaire  outlining three ways of having a Block of the Month and asked us which we prefer.  Sharon Caton will be doing Sunshine and Shadows for 2016.  Please donate cards for her to use.

The slate of officers for next year were introduced as follows:

President                            Alice McElwain

Vice President                  Joyce Jones

2nd Vice President          Grace Moritz

Treasurer                           Laurie Davis

Assistant Treasurer        Sandra Wilson

Secretary                            Barbara Vaz

Maggie Gorishek moved that the above-named persons be accepted as officers for 2016, seconded by Judy Boese.  The motion carried.

Because the new Village Insurance building does not have space for us to store our belongings, classes, workshops and demonstrations will be held at the church.  Workshops will probably be held in the mornings of our guild meetings.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese



September, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

September 28, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits.  It was a very informal meeting since Quilt Congress ended on September 26, 2015; no speaker, no vendor, and only a few members attended.  Carol Bourque moved to accept the minutes of the previous meeting seconded by Grace Moritz.  The motion carried.  Rita Fugate moved and Sharon Caton seconded to approve the treasurer’s report.  The motion carried.

Both Carol Bourque and Sharon Moravits have opportunity quilt tickets to sell and advised that anyone going to quilt shops should take some and have the shop sell them.  Jane Stevens asked us to do the basket pattern in fall colors for the Block of the Month in October.  We will be advised of what item to bring for the food pantry in October.   The fat quarter drawing will be for Christmas fabrics.  The December guild meeting will be a Christmas party on December 14 with a board meeting preceding it.

The Nominating Committee has announced the slate of officers for 2016.  They are as follows:

President,  Alice McElwain

Vice President,  Joyce Jones

Assistant Vice President,  Grace Moritz

Treasurer,  Laurie Davis

Assistant Treasurer,  Not yet named

Secretary, Barbara Vaz

Nominating Committee in 2016 will be Joyce Jones and two others to be chosen later.

The remainder of the meeting was spent in discussion of Quilt Congress.  Sharon Moravits opened by expressing appreciation to all who worked on Quilt Congress and deemed it a huge success with no major glitches at all.  She thanked all committees for the work that they did and if this is the last Quilt Congress, we should be proud that it was well-run and an enjoyable time was had by all who attended and that it ended on a positive note.

Many favorable comments were received from those who attended.  Positive and appreciative comments were posted on our blogspot by several attendees.  Vendors were discussed and it was decided that ample time was allotted to them for selling and no major problems were encountered.  It was decided that in the future, the contract should emphasize definitely that no tables would be provided and that the vendors should stay the entire time that the event is being held.

Treasurer Carol Bourque said the figure is not final, but it appears that we cleared approximately $8,600.00.

The Country Store was a real success; comments were made that the prices were fair and the best-selling items seemed to be fabric bundles, kits, books, magazines and patterns.  The Silent Auction raised $1,450.00.  Rita Fugate put lists on the baskets describing the contents and she indicated that it was helpful.  There was a beginning bid noted, but no “buy it now” price and that seemed to be very successful.

The program Friday evening was short, but that seemed sufficient since many had driven from far away.  The program of a light-hearted time to get acquainted and the short skit was well-received.  Many comments were heard saying the goodie bags were very nice.  Since it is difficult to get companies to donate things, there was discussion that they could remain empty and passed out either as shopping bags, or as bags to distribute door prizes.  The consensus was split as to whether it is a good idea for everyone to receive a door prize, or have larger prizes going to fewer people.  It was unanimous that the method used to pass out door prizes was very efficient.

Placement of the exhibits which directly earn money for the guild should be carefully placed for us to receive the maximum traffic; those being opportunity quilt, country store, photo booth and silent auction.

The workshops were good, but might have been targeted to very specific subjects and not well-described or named in a way that would create interest.  A Quilt Congress could present no workshops, or all-day workshops,  or other options could be considered.

The question arose about whether the challenge quilts could be registered in advance, with the person bringing it in.   We were given permission to store the challenge quilt boards at the church for our use with the understanding that the church could use them too if needed.

It was agreed that it is good for Quilt Congress to have a theme.

Meeting was adjourned.  There was no show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese



August, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

August 24, 2015


The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits.   The theme this year was to put more fun into quilting and Sharon gave us a pop quiz asking us what “fun” things we had done in the past.  Retha Kiphen introduced our speaker, Teresa Ward, who showed her quilts and gave us new ideas for quilts by using our stash.  The vendor was Bittersweet Quilts.

There were 80 members and five visitors.  Three of the visitors joined.  We now have 145 members in our guild.  Joyce Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of July’s guild meeting , seconded by Shirley Wenger.  The motion carried.  Sharon Caton moved to accept the July Treasurer’s report, seconded by Karen Bacon.    The motion carried.

The Block of the Month winners were Bob Harmon and Roxanna Juergens.  The next BOM will be baskets in fall colors and we will not need to bring our blocks until our October meeting.

Joanne Ruprecht read a thank you note written by a veteran at Concordia who received an honor quilt from the group of quilters there.  He was very appreciative.

Patsy Graser won Best of Show and many blue ribbons were won by other members at the Benton County Fair.

The September guild meeting will be a business meeting only with no speaker, no vendor, no block of the month and no fat quarter drawing or door prizes.

Jane Sassaman will be presenting the program at Q.U.I.L.T. at 7:00 on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Committee Reports:   Dog bed scraps will be collected again beginning in September.  Elaine Sick explained the challenge quilt for our guild which we will bring to the December meeting (Christmas party).  Gail Thorson thanked all for their help and noted that no more quilt tops will be taken until the ones we have are quilted and bound.  There will be more batting available in about two weeks.

Alice McElwain said the nominating committee needs to find a treasurer and Assistant Vice President as well as helpers for donation quilts.   Volunteers are needed to sit with the opportunity quilt at the Frisco Festival at Rogers on August 28 and 29.  Sharon Moravits asked for five volunteers and four volunteered at the meeting, leaving only one spot unfilled.  It was mentioned that we can sell tickets in front of Harp’s if we just give them a day or two notice.  We also have a spot to sell tickets at Riordan Hall for the Craft Fair on November 14.  Volunteers will be needed for that.

Quilt Congress Reports:  A volunteer signup sheet for Quilt Congress was passed around.  Red bandanas  will be worn as neck scarves by our members at Quilt Congress.  We now have 190 registrations.  Elaine Sick explained the quilt challenge for Quilt Congress and Sharon Moravits stated that it is not too late to fill out the form and bring a quilt for show and tell.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese



July, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

July 27, 2015


The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits. Sharon’s opening remarks concerned a walk down memory lane using sights, sounds., smells of our summers growing up. Our vender was Lonesome Pine Quit Shop in Elkins, AR. Our own Alice McElwain AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser PAAQT graciously volunteered to be our July speaker when our previous speaker had to cancel. Alice did a wonderful job of explaining all the things that go into the job of the appraising of a quilt. She can tell the kind of batting used, about the age of the quit, the design of the quilt. Members were able to bring their own quilts and give some background on the quilt and Alice was able to add some information. Alice has a wealth of interesting facts about quilting and is always willing to share her knowledge.

There were 63 members present and 4 guests with one becoming a new member.

JoAnn Ruprecht made a motion to accept the June guild meeting minutes Karen Bacon seconded. The motion carried. Sharon Caton moved to accept the June Treasurer’s report seconded by Elaine Sick. The motion carried.

The Benton County Fair will August 11-15. Quilts are due August 8 and will be judged August 10. There is no charge to enter a quilt for the Fair and all members were encouraged to take a quilt.

Quilt Congress Report: A sign up sheet was passed around for members to help either Friday or Saturday as it will take all of us to make our event successful. Elaine Sick announced the challenge quilt requirements for Quilt Congress. It was decided that no sleeve would be required. Suggestions were requested for a T-shirt, apron or something to identify guild members for those attending Quilt Congress if they have a question they could ask a person wearing that item. So far we have about 115 registrations. Lynn Hagemeir work shop on Friday morning will be for guild members only so please take advantage of this opportunity. Elaine Sick explained the Quilt Challenge size is 18 X 18 with no sleeve required. They are due to Elaine by September 4 with a theme of “Meet Me at the Fair”.

Committee Reports: Gail Thorson thanked us for bringing cereal for the Bella Vista food banks.

The block of the month winners were Marlene Zimmerman and JoAnn Ruprecht. August block of the month will be a butterfly, your choice of pattern, with unfinished size of 10.5 inches.

Honor Quilts were made at our July 15 Play Day with about 20 attending. Extra fabric and battings still available for sashing, borders and binding.

Elaine Sick talked about the CCU Quilt Challenge theme is your favorite movie and the size is 12 X 12 and due at the December meeting.

Alice McElwain is the Nominating Committee chairperson and asked Joyce Jones and Rita Fugate be on her committee. The motion was made by Carol Bourque seconded by Patsy Graser to accept this committee to fill the slate of officers for next year.

Elaine Sick showed quilt tops that the Dog Bed group made from orphan blocks. They will accept scraps for dog beds at the September meeting.

Carol Bourque reminded members that Opportunity Quilt tickets are available and when the stubs are returned payment may be made at that time. We need to sell as many tickets as possible because this is one of our money making project for the year.

Cherri Olberhelman, a former CCU Guild member has passed away.

Old Business: The Opportunity Quilt was taken to Grove and it was a successful event with about $250.00 tickets were sold. The Frisco Festival will be August 28 and 29 in Rogers and we will need members to sell tickets both days. Please think of other places we could set up the quilt and sell tickets. The quilt will be at Sharon Moravits house in case you decide you and a friend want to take the quilt and sell tickets.

JoAnn Ruprecht announced the calendar has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

New Business: Elaine Sick announced that New Bees will have a class on making T-shirt quilts taught by Marilyn Bullock. She will be at the August 12 meeting to explain what is needed in supplies and the class with be at Sept 9 meeting. All are welcome to come.

The meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Caton

Filling in for Judy Bose



June, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

June 22, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits. Sharon’s opening remarks concerned “fathers” since our meeting was the day after Father’s Day. After Sharon’s opening remarks, Retha Kiphen introduced Dawn Hesse. She presented a program about the quilting after you are faced with a finished quilt top. She had many ideas and examples showing us how to do things easily and quickly. The vendor was Sew Graceful from Rogers, Arkansas.

There were 70 members and three guests; one of the guests became a new member. Joanne Ruprecht made a motion to accept the May guild meeting minutes and Karen Bacon seconded. The motion carried. Patsy Graser moved to accept the May Treasurer’s report, seconded by Sharon Caton. The motion carried. The Block of the Month winners were Joanne Ruprecht and Grace Moritz. Sun Bonnet Sue will be the block for July.

Alice McElwain announced that the Nominating Committee will meet on July 20. Please say “yes” when you are called and asked to serve.

Thank you notes were received from Grand Lake O’the Cherokees Quilt Guild for the May luncheon and from Heidi at Bentonville Manor for fidget quilts, pillow cases and items donated for the “garage sale” for their residents.

Donna Lynn Thomas has cancelled all of her commitments including the workshop and program with us in July because of a family illness. Another program will be scheduled to replace it and the July meeting will be held in the sanctuary.

The Benton County Fair will be held August 11 through 16.

Quilt Congress Reports: Kay Gaudian and Carol Sanders thanked us for sewing the first batch and brought another 150 goodie bag kits for us to finish. Elaine Sick summarized the challenge quilt requirements for Quilt Congress.

Committee Reports: Gail Thorson thanked us for bringing peanut butter and jelly and asked us to bring any kind of non-perishable cereal next month for the Bella Vista food banks. Bring a food donation and receive an extra door prize ticket.

Gail Thorson took 55 quilts and donated them to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. Our hearts were touched when she reported that when the child receives a quilt, he or she takes it everywhere and never is without it. For many kids, this is the first thing they have ever had of their own. Some fabric has been given to Bentonville Manor from our donation fabric. Some of the residents at Bentonville Manor would like to make totes for their belongings and a volunteer is needed to go there and help them with that. Call Gail and she will give you the number for Heidi, the contact person there.

Please keep saving Hobbs UPC labels and give to Gail Thorson for a discount on batting. Sign-up sheet was circulated to sit with the quilt at the Quilt Show in Grove, Oklahoma on July 24 and 25.

Old Business: Joanne Ruprecht has two volunteers for the calendar and the proposed name is “Fat Quarters, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes.”

A motion was made by Rita Fugate and seconded by Joanne Ruprecht to adopt the bylaws as written and presented at the May meeting. The matter was open for discussion. Jan Williams made comments to explain some concerns and clarify some of the changes. After discussion, a show of hands (53) indicated a majority vote and the motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese

May, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

May 18, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits. Sharon gave a hilarious monologue about craft projects in the past and showed some examples. Granny squares were everywhere. After Sharon’s opening remarks, Retha Kiphen introduced Debbie Devine portraying Rose Kretsinger giving a talk to a group of quilters in 1946. Debbie has researched her subject thoroughly and showed patterns and quilts that Rose designed and made. The vendor was Country House Quilting, Pea Ridge.

There were 69 members and 11 guests present. The meeting was preceded by a covered dish lunch. Ten of the guests were from Grand Lake O’the Cherokees Guild in Grove, Oklahoma.

Maggie Gorishek made a motion to accept the April guild meeting minutes and Joanne Ruprecht seconded. The motion carried. Karen Bacon moved to accept the April Treasurer’s report, seconded by Joyce Jones. The motion carried.

Quilt Congress Reports: Kay Gaudian and Carol Sanders will bring 150 goodie bag kits next month for us to finish. The theme for the Challenge Quilts in December will be “your favorite movie”. We need a new food/meal coordinator since Jo Gifford is planning to move. Postcards were made available that we can pass out to anyone who may wish to have the information about Quilt Congress.

Committee Reports: There was no drawing for the Block of the Month blocks this month but we will use the same pattern next month and add to the total. If you have any orphan blocks, bring them to Jane Stevens and she will work them into a quilt.

Old Business: The opportunity quilt was shown again and tickets were picked up to be sold. We need a person to schedule the opportunity quilt in its travels. Donna Thomas will have a workshop on July 25 at 9:00 a.m. Three members of the Grove Guild told about their quilt show on July 24 and 25. Three of our members visited at Brookfield on May 12 and showed quilts to some of the residents.

The By Laws committee met to address some ideas which had previously been presented concerning the proposed changes. Carol Bourque presented the revised changes. Copies of the changes were made available, and Carol also said she would provide a copy via email to anyone requesting it. Carol also read a clarification which stated that By Laws do not need to be filed with any government agency. Only changes to the Articles of Incorporation need be filed with the state. The By Laws changes which were presented will be voted on at the June general membership meeting.

New Business: Joanne Ruprecht had a money-raising idea that we could publish a calendar and display our quilts in various ways.

Announcements: Our July meeting will be in the church sanctuary (no food or drinks allowed there). The bus trip on July 10-11 to Missouri Star Quilts has had two cancellations and so if you would like to purchase those tickets and go, contact a representative of Q.U.I.L.T.

Beginning next month, we are going to be doing a service project. Bring peanut butter and/or jelly to the July guild meeting and you will receive an extra door prize ticket. The food will be delivered to Bella Vista food banks.

Ninety-five pillow cases were delivered to Bentonville Manor and some of the residents would like to have a little sewing group there.

Meeting was adjourned and followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese



April, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

April 27, 2015


The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits.  Sharon gave the “Top Ten” reasons that everyone should attend a quilt retreat.  After Sharon’s opening remarks, Retha Kiphen introduced today’s speaker and vendor, Lynn Doyle who creates “Blooming Minds” patterns.  She gave an entertaining program and showed many of her items.

There were 95 members present, four renewals and four visitors.

Karen Bacon made a motion to accept the March guild meeting minutes and Carol Bourque seconded it.  The motion carried.  Joanne Ruprecht moved that the Treasurer’s Report for March be approved, seconded by Maggie Gorishek.  The motion carried.

Carol Bourque and Judy Boese presented a short skit to share details about Quilt Congress.  One of the silent auction items will be an autographed book by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.  Apparently, one of our members, Kelly Eighmy, has Oklahoma connections and Ree Drummond generously donated it to us.

Kay Gaudian and Carol Sanders provided goodie bags which had been cut out and asked members to sew them up and bring back next month.  Kay Gaudian gave instructions on the method of assembling them.  They passed out 150 bags and will have another 150 to be done in the future and distributed at Quilt Congress.

The theme for the Challenge Quilts in December will be “your favorite movie”.

The drawing for the Block of the Month blocks was won by Marsha Jertson.

Carol Bourque showed the opportunity quilt and asked for a small group or several members to bundle the tickets and sell them at guild meetings.  The tickets are printed and Carol handed some of them out before the guild meeting.  For a packet of six tickets, we would pay $5.00 up front when taking them to sell and we can take as many packets as we wish.   Carol also asked someone to keep the calendar and make sure the opportunity quilt gets taken to places in order for tickets to be sold.  It is much easier to display now as we have a smaller rack to use.

During Quilt Congress, our members can sign up for a morning workshop on September 25 presented by Lynne Hagmeier for $20.00 plus $15.00 for a kit.  That is possible because Lynne was going to be our speaker and conduct a workshop for us in September.  Now Lynne will give another workshop and program connected to Quilt Congress instead.

This was the last month for scraps to be taken for dog beds.  The group may start up again in the fall, but there is an abundant supply of beds now at the animal shelter and the group will be working on donation quilts instead.

Sharon Caton announced that there is one vendor space left which can be rented for Quilt Congress for $75.00.  The  merchandise need not be related to quilting.  The space is 10 feet by 10 feet.

Sharon Moravits read a thank you note received from Audrey’s Home of Hope thanking us for the opportunity to speak to our group and for the baby quilts which were given.

There will be a workshop by Donna Lynne Thomas on July 25 which is the Saturday prior to our regular guild meeting.  The cost will be about $15.00 and more details will be announced later.

Sharon Moravits asked for a show of hands of those who might be interested in a bus trip to a Quilt Gardens Festival to see a 90-mile trail of quilt gardens including a visit to Shipshewana, Indiana.   There were apparently about 20 persons at this time who are interested in such a trip.

Meeting was adjourned followed by show and tell and a short meeting of the hostesses for the May luncheon.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese





March, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

March 23, 2015


The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits.  After Sharon’s opening remarks, Retha Kiphen introduced today’s vendor, Ruth Morgan who owns Rebecca’s Quilt Shop in Kansas, Oklahoma.  Ruth’s shop was formerly Guthrie Fabrics in Colcord, Oklahoma but has moved to Kansas, Oklahoma.  Retha introduced the speaker, Paula Marie-Daughter, who gave a program titled “Binding Made Easy”.  She also gave interesting comments about her use of color, labels, and showed many of her quilts.

First Vice President Alice McElwain reported that we had 93 members present, 1 new member, 3 renewals and 6 visitors.

Jennifer Lemerise from Audrey’s Home of Hope gave a brief outline of their mission to aid 12 to 15 women in crisis by providing a safe temporary home.  Audrey’s Resale Boutique is now in operation and will provide the income to operate the home.  The Boutique will have an open house on April 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Members of Silver Needles presented six baby quilts to Jennifer.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Carol Bourque and seconded by Sharon Caton.  The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Joanne Ruprecht.  The motion carried.

Joyce Jones thanked those who have donated to the Country Store and Boutique.  She asked that things be brought to guild meetings and not left at Village Quilting.  Small hand-made Christmas tree ornaments would be welcomed to put on the Christmas tree display.  There will be a meeting of that committee at Village Insurance on Thursday, March 26 where they will work on sorting and pricing.

Ten Block of the Month blocks were won by Pat Davis.  The others will be made into a quilt to be presented at a Habitat for Humanity home dedication.  The block for April will be “Lily Flower”, a paper-pieced block and the pattern will be on the blog and in the Scrap Bag.

President Sharon Moravits read a letter from the Bella Vista Fire Department which was sent to them by the mother of a young accident victim and she said the quilt given to her daughter at that time was a real comfort to her and very much appreciated.

Sharon Moravits announced quilt shows on April 10 and 11 at Benton County Fairgrounds; May 1 and 2 at Greenwood, Arkansas; Hot Springs, Arkansas in July; and Grove, Oklahoma in July.  We can take our opportunity quilt to the Grove, Oklahoma show if our guild displays at least five quilts there.  Let Sharon know if you will be displaying a quilt.  She needs to let them know by mid-June.  Also, call her for more information on the other quilt shows.

The May luncheon will be a salad luncheon and will begin at 11:30 with the theme “Summer Fun”.  The food needs to be here by 11:00.  Hosts will be those with last names beginning A – F in the Yearbook and they will provide meat salads and the remainder of the membership will be asked to bring either a regular salad or dessert.  The Grove guild will be our invited guests.  Sharon Caton and Karen Bacon are the organizers.

The visit to Brookfield will occur in May and Alice McElwain will contact them about setting a date for our visit.

President Sharon Moravits announced that since guests coming to Quilt Congress may have difficulty finding lodging, we may be asked to open our homes to one or two attendees to stay one night.  The member would receive a nominal fee for providing a room.  Sharon did not ask for a commitment now, but we should keep this in mind as a possibility.
Scrap Bag articles are due April 6.

On April 15 from 12:00 to 5:00, the Cut Up and Play Donation Day at Village Insurance will be a chance to learn to make rope bags.  If you are interested, call Sharon Moravits to find out what you should bring.  Anyone is welcome, even if you just want to watch.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

After Show and Tell, there was a short meeting of the members involved in hosting the May luncheon.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary


February, 2015
Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

February 23, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits. After her opening remarks, Retha Kiphen introduced Linda Pumphrey who gave an interesting and entertaining program about English paper piecing and showed some antique quilts as well as some of her creations. Linda is an award-winning quilter and quilt historian.

President Sharon Moravits reported that we had 78 members present; 3 new members and 7 renewed their memberships today.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Ellen Dey and seconded by Joanne Ruprecht. The motion carried. A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Rita Fugate. The motion carried.

Treasurer Carol Bourque gave a short review of our finances by outlining yearly expenses of $9,500 and approximate yearly income of $4,200 and that it is obvious that the money for dues and yearbook advertising that we take in requires earning additional money in order to continue to have top-notch speakers and programs. When asked to help, please respond with a “yes”.

Quilt Congress is September 25 and 26 at Bella Vista Assembly of God Church. The workshop given by Lynne Hagmeier on that Friday morning will be open only to Calico Cut-ups members since she was originally scheduled to give a workshop to us the following week. If you want to attend Lynne’s morning workshop only, you do not need to attend Quilt Congress.

Gail Thorson reported that the Country Store and Boutique for Quilt Congress can use all of your unwanted items such as books, magazines, rulers, fabric, etc. The boutique welcomes new handmade items. If you have things to donate, leave them on the table in the back of the room. The Country Store committee is meeting this Friday, February 27 at Village Insurance.

Rita Fugate, chairman of the Silent Auction needs helpers at Quilt Congress. Items needed for the Silent Auction need not be quilt-related and need not be in a basket, so use your imagination to come up with other containers. It was mentioned that gift cards or services could be donated.

Elaine Sick announced that a Quilt Challenge will be one of the events at our Christmas Party on December 14. The quilt should be no larger than12” by 12” and the theme will be “your favorite movie”. They may be hand or machine quilted and will be judged by guild members as “viewer’s choice”.

Fern Haskins said the group of ladies at Concordia finished an honor quilt and presented it to a veteran. They are working on another and it will also be presented to a veteran. They meet upstairs at Concordia on the 3rd Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to work with the Concordia group is welcome to join them.

Jane Stevens gave fabric for the Block of the Month for March and we can make two blocks, one to be put in a drawing and one to be made into a quilt for Habitat for Humanity. The pattern will be on the blog.

The committee working on by-laws changes will meet again. Should there be questions or comments, contact Carol Bourque.

Maggie Gorishek and Carol Bourque handed out packets for each of us to make two blocks for the Opportunity Quilt. It is a simple paper-pieced pattern and three of the fabrics were included in the packet and each person can add two others (batiks in bright colors). It is important to have these back in March so that the quilt can be put together and quilted because it is one or our money-raising projects. You can bring them to the March guild meeting, to Village Quilting or to Village Insurance the afternoon of March 18. Please do not trim your blocks.

Q.U.I.L.T. guild from Springdale/Rogers showed their opportunity quilt and announced that their quilt show is April 10 and 11 at Benton County Fairgrounds and they will have 25 vendors. The Muskogee Guild has their quilt show the same two days, so the phrase “ROAD TRIP” was heard.

The Crowder Soft Stitchers will have their quilt show at Neosho, Missouri on March 13, 14 and 15.

Bittersweet Quilts near Joplin, will sponsor two retreats which will each be Thursday through Sunday; on April 16 – 19 and April 23 – 26. You will find information on their website.

Scrapbag articles are due on March 2.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

After Show and Tell, there was a short meeting of the members involved in hosting the May luncheon.

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Boese, Secretary


January, 2015

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

January 26, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Sharon Moravits. For her first meeting as president, she gave a “State of the Guild” message. The guild has been in existence for 25 years and has had over 100 renewals for this year. The goal of the guild has been to promote education and has provided speakers, classes, workshops, small groups and more. There will be something for everyone to do for the good of the guild. Our finances are in good order even though costs have risen. A four-state quilt association has been formed and plans are being made to give free guild membership to each guild president within the four-state area. Calico Cutups have always been a charity-minded group who welcomes visitors. When we have a paid speaker, we will ask for a $5.00 fee to be paid by visitors.

Vice President Alice McElwain reported that today we have 78 members and 7 visitors present. Five new members joined and 17 renewed their memberships today.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Karen Bacon and seconded by Barbara Orlicek. The motion carried. A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Rita Fugate. The motion carried.

There will be a QOV Sew Day in Conway, Arkansas on February 7 and National Quilting Day in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 27. There is more information available for anyone who wants it.

The two-day Quilt Congress will be hosted by our guild on September 25 and 26. It is our next big task and we expect about 300 guests which will require many helpers. The theme for the convention will be “Meet me at the Fair” and there may be a workshop on Friday morning (September 25) which will be available only to our guild members. There are still a few chairpersons needed and lots of helpers in many areas. Sharon Moravits has asked for helpers especially for the Decorating Committee.

Joyce Jones, Country Store chairman said the Country Store will have two departments which will be the Boutique (new) and Vintage re-sale (donated used items). She said that it is never too soon to begin collecting items and making things to sell at the Boutique. Joyce has patterns and ideas and the fabric and batting from the donation room at Village Quilting can be used. If each person made only one item we would have a good supply of things to sell. Some small groups have begun making things. Joyce announced a committee meeting at 9:00 to 12:00 at Village Insurance on January 29 where items will be sorted. Anyone willing to help is invited to take part.

The Block of the Month brought forth 20 snowmen blocks and two drawings for 10 blocks each. The BOM for February was announced (a patchwork heart) and instructions are on the blog site.

Gail Thorson, Special Projects, thanked everyone for making 2014 a successful year. We made and gave 224 quilts, 83 fleece blankets, 43 tag-a-longs, 136 pillow cases, 24 receiving blankets, 24 toys and 183 dog beds. The donation room at Village Quilting has been organized and there are lots of  bolts of fabric and pre-cut batting available; also quilt tops which need to be quilted and kits. Feel free to take any of these to finish and bring back.

Joanne Ruprecht reported that the ladies a Concordia really enjoy making quilts and they finished one and gave it to a World War II veteran, who was thrilled to receive it. They meet at the meeting room at Concordia on the 3rd Monday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and anyone can join them. Also, this group could use backing material and batting.

Guests from the Crowder Soft Stitchers from Neosho, Missouri, Pat Ackerson and Sandy Blakely, announced their Quilt Show is being held on March 13, 14 and 15. They also brought their opportunity quilt and sold tickets for a chance to win it.

There is a sign-up sheet and still openings for the rope bowls workshop on February 12.

Carol Bourque, Treasurer, presented the proposed budget for 2015. Maggie Gorishek moved to approve it seconded by Sharon Caton. The motion carried.

A committee of five members reviewed and made revisions to the by-laws. Carol Bourque presented revised by-laws and stated that they compared ours with other guilds and tried to bring ours up to date and clarify a few gray areas. Proposed changes are as follows:
1. Present a mission statement;
2. Re-state the purpose of the guild;
3. Change to cancel meetings in November and have December’s meeting the second Monday in December to be a Christmas Party;
4. We now have five vice presidents, more than any other guild and the committee’s recommendation is to reduce to two vice presidents who move up to the office of President. The current other vice presidents would be standing committee chairmen and not officers, meaning they would not be elected. The standing committees would be Vendors, Programs and Education, Special Projects and Ways and Means. There will be a vote at the February guild meeting whether to adopt the above revisions or not. Email Carol Bourque if you would like a copy of the exact proposed changes.

We will have an opportunity quilt at Quilt Congress and everyone who wishes to will have the chance to make at least one block. The kits will be available at the February guild meeting and it will be a simple paper-pieced block.

The Quilts of Valor organization has certain requirements and a guild needs to be a member of their organization. We have veterans here who are under served and we will try to meet some of those needs by providing Honor Quilts.

The May luncheon will be hosted by members with last names beginning with A – F. We will have a speaker for that day and will invite the Grove Guild as our guests. All whose names begin with A – F were asked to gather at the end of the meeting for a few minutes to appoint a spokesperson.

If you ordered anything from Patricia Knoechel, the entire order has gone to Jeanine White so you can get the merchandise from her.

Carol Bourque gave the announcement that those wishing to renew their membership should do so today so that their name and photo will be in the yearbook.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary



November, 2014

Calico Cut-Ups Guild Meeting

November 24, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Karen Bacon.  Retha Kiphen introduced the speaker, Ardith Wharry, who was the founder of Calico Cut-Ups.  She gave an interesting program about the history behind how some quilt blocks were created.  Vice President Sharon Moravits announced that there were 66 members, 4 visitors and 4 new members.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Carol Steitz.  The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Jan Phillips.  The motion carried.

The Vendor was Bittersweet Quilts and Eileen Mulligan gave directions and shared some facts about the shop.  Eileen is the “mom” on the patterns by “Melissa and Mom”.

Committee Reports:

Gail Thorson, Special Projects thanked all for the recently finished quilts and she will be making lots of deliveries.  The donation room has been organized and having the fabrics sorted will give us more space for bolts of material we have recently received.  Batting will be easier to handle too, because pieces have been cut to crib, twin and double sizes.  There is ample fabric now to make many quilts, which we will work on at the Play Days at Village Insurance.  If you have fabric to donate, hold on to it for a while because it will needed for the Country Store  at Quilt Convention (Congress).

Sharon Moravits reported it is our turn to host Quilt Congress and it will be held at the Assembly of God Church who will generously allow us to use their entire facility at a very reasonable cost.  It will be held on September 25 and 26, 2015.  Sharon asked for volunteers to head committees and Joyce Jones volunteered to head the Country Store and several members offered to help her.  Suggestions are needed for a theme for the convention and a liaison person is needed to coordinate the food which will be provided by the ladies of the church, as well as many other tasks on those two days.   This will be a money-making opportunity and will most likely take the place of our quilt show.

Joyce Jones and Jane Stevens told about the Block of the Month for the up-coming year.  In January, the theme will be snowmen and all who make a block, will be eligible to win all of them.

Dorothy Klitzke and Retha Kiphen presented the block of the month from Silver Needles.

The following officers were installed for 2015:

President – Sharon Moravits

1st VP – Alice McElwain

Asst. V P –  Position to be filled later

2nd V P Programs –   Retha Kiphen and Elaine Sick

2nd V P Vendors/Education  –  Patsy Graser

Nominating Committee Chairperson  – Alice McElwin

Treasurer – Carol Bourque

Asst. Treasurer –  Sharon Caton

Secretary – Judy Boese

Past President – Karen Bacon

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,   Judy Boese, Secretary

October, 2014

Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Regular Meeting

October 27, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Karen Bacon.  Retha Kiphen introduced the speaker, Laura Redman, who has been very involved with the history of coverlets in the Ozarks.  She shared with us how some were woven and the people who made them.  The vendor was Suzette Bowen from Sew in Heaven at Holiday Island.  Vice President Sharon Moravits announced that there were 81 members, 10 visitors and 3 new members.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Ellen Dey and seconded by Jan Phillips.  The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Ellen Dey and seconded by Jan Phillips.  The motion carried.

There will be a fabric sale at Harding University on November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Committee Reports:

Donna Roche, Quilts of Valor, reported that she brought five kits today to be sewn and the quilts will be donated to the oncology unit at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville.  Bill Croft will begin supervising the project and the name will be changed to Honor Quilts since our guild is not officially affiliated with the Quilts of Valor organization, but we will still be donating patriotic quilts to deserving individuals who have served our country.

Elaine Sick thanked everyone for saving scraps for the group who makes dog beds for the animal shelter.  Since March they have made and donated 148 beds.  She asked for us to continue saving fabric and batting scraps but cannot use polyester batting in the beds.

Carol Bourque reported that the blog site is up and running.  If you have items to appear on it, please let Carol know.  The Facebook page for Calico Cutups is a site where anyone who uses Facebook can make comments directly.

Sharon Moravits reported it is our turn to host Quilt Congress and our top priority is to secure a venue in Bella Vista or nearby.  Let Sharon know if you have any suggestions about a place large enough to host it.  She has been in contact with the Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau and they will assist us with many aspects of handling such a gathering.  It appears that we will not have a quilt show in 2016 but will try other ways to raise funds.

Block of the Month was presented by Retha Kiphen and Marie Barnak from Silver Needles and members displayed their blocks.

Details of the luncheon at Grove were reviewed and anyone wanting to carpool should meet at the Highlands Crossings at 8:30 a.m. on November 7.

Nominees for the Executive Board (officers) for 2015 were presented as follows:

President – Sharon Moravits

1st VP – Cathy Reed

Asst. V P –  Alice McElwain

2nd V P Programs –   Retha Kiphen and Elaine Sick

2nd V P Vendors/Education  –  Patsy Graser

Secretary – Judy Boese

Treasurer – Carol Bourque

Asst. Treasurer –  Sharon Caton

Past President – Karen Bacon

A motion to accept the nominees was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Dorothy Klitzke.  The motion passed.

Committee chairmen nominated for 2015 were announced as follows:

Block-of-the-Month – Joyce Jones and Jane Stevens

Historian – Carol Sanders

Hospitality – Verna Bottjen

Librarian – Bill Croft

Publicity –   Fern Haskins

Quilts of Valor – Bill Croft will help

Scrapbag Editor –   Teresa Haigh and Nancy Morris

Small Groups – Rita Fugate

Special Projects –   Gail Thorson and Jan Phillips

Sunshine & Shadows –   Sam Alps

Web Master –  Carol Bourque

Yearbook Editor –  Cathy Reed

Ways and Means – Asst. Treasurer/Sharon Caton, Asst. V P, Sheila/Sandy

Nominating – Cathy Reed, 2 others of her choice

 

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary



September, 2014

Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Regular Meeting

September 22, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Vice President Sharon Moravits.  She introduced the speaker, Patricia Knoechel of Carlsbad, California.  Patricia was also the vendor.  Cathy Reed announced that there were 84 members, 7 guests and 4 new members.

Sharon Moravits thanked the hospitality committee for the great job they do for every meeting by preparing the room and making and serving refreshments, as well as cleaning up afterwards.  Motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Marilyn Bullock and seconded by Shirley Wenger. The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Patsy Graser and seconded by Carol Bourque.   The motion carried.

Correspondence:  A letter was received from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.  They need quilts for a fundraiser, the proceeds from which will be used to promote quilting.  The guild in Grove, Oklahoma has invited us to their meeting on November 7.  A sign-up sheet was provided.

Committee Reports.  Carol Bourque announced that we now have a blogspot which can be found on the internet at Calicocut-ups.blgspot.com. This is now the official web site for Calico Cutups.  At some point in the future the name will become calicocutups.org.  Carol will let us know when to begin using the new address.

Joanne Ruprecht reported that the ladies at Concordia have made 32 blocks.  Joanne will put 20 of them into a quilt with borders for the next meeting.

Gail Thorson, Special Projects, thanked everyone who came to the workshop to work on fidget quilts.  Winners of the contest were Joyce Jones first place in both categories with 3 twin size or larger and 13 lap size or smaller and second place went to Jan Williams with 2 twin size and 6 lap size or smaller.  Gail said that we have had donations of bolts of fabric by two vendors.  Those who were at the workshop showed their fidget quilts.

Alice McElwain announced MOKA will be October 3 and 4 in Rogers and the daughter of the Master Quilter of Mississippi will appear.  Call Alice if you would like more information.

The Nominating Committee announced the following persons to serve next year:

President – Sharon Moravits

1st VP – Cathy Reed

Asst. V P –  Alice McElwain

2nd V P Programs –   Retha Kiphen and Elaine Sick

2nd V P Vendors/Education  –  Patsy Graser

Secretary – Judy Boese

Treasurer – Carol Bourque

Asst. Treasurer –  Sharon Caton

Past President – Karen Bacon

Committee Chairs

Block-of-the-Month – Joyce Jones and Jane Stevens

Historian – Carol Sanders

Hospitality – Verna Bottjen

Librarian – Bill Croft

Publicity –   Fern Haskins

Quilts of Valor – Bill Croft will help

Scrapbag Editor –   Teresa Haigh and Nancy Morris

Small Groups – Rita Fugate

Special Projects –   Gail Thorson and Jan Phillips

Sunshine & Shadows –   Sam Alps

Web Master –  Carol Bourque

Yearbook Editor –  Cathy Reed

Ways and Means – Asst. Treasurer/Sharon Caton, Asst. V P, Sheila/Sandy

Nominating – Cathy Reed, 2 others of her choice

Sharon Moravits indicated that we are not dropping the Quilts of Valor project and a debt of gratitude is owed to Donna Roche for all she has done.  We will continue with Quilts of Valor or a similar project.

Marilyn Bullock and Margo Webb of Silver Needles showed the Block of the Month.  Members showed their completed blocks and also provided samples of candy corn popcorn, the Recipe of the Month.

Meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary



August, 2014

Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Regular Meeting

August 25, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Karen Bacon.  She introduced the speaker, Vickey Beasley, Leavenworth, Kansas.  The vendor was Country House Quilting of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.  Charlotte Foster gave a few remarks about her shop.  Sharon Moravits announced that there were 78 members, 3 new members and 6 visitors present.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Joanne Ruprecht and seconded by Rita Fugate.  The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Joanne Ruprecht and seconded by Elaine Sick.   The motion carried.

Correspondence:  Benton County Fair sent their thanks to us for sponsoring a prize for the best crib and youth quilt entered at the fair.  The president shared information on the Quilt Show in Claremore, Oklahoma on October 17 and 18.  The president also shared information concerning the quilt show and sale at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, Arkansas.  There was information available should someone want further information.

Joanne Ruprecht read thank you notes and showed pictures from three veterans who were presented with quilts of valor.

Rita Fugate, Small Groups, announced that there are many small groups available for members to join and to contact the contact person listed on the web site.  Contact Rita if you cannot reach the contact person.  She will be up-dating the list of small groups for next year.

Gail Thorson, Special Projects, thanked us for saving the Hobbs bar codes for her.    She reported on the quilt contest and pillow case kits were passed out.  Gail recently presented quilts to each member of a family receiving a home from Habitat for Humanity, even though the family did not wish to have a home dedication.  She will be attending a home dedication on September 19 and another in December and each member of the family will receive a quilt.

Gail Thorson and Sharon Moravits described and showed “fidget quilts”.  There will be a workshop from 9:00 to noon on September 22, the date of our September Guild Meeting.

Sharon Moravits, Nominating Committee, said that all positions for 2015 have been filled and will be announced at the September Guild Meeting.  Sharon thanked everyone who said “yes” when asked to serve.

Quilts of Valor:  Since Donna Roche is in ill health, someone will need to begin handling Quilts of Valor.  Bill Croft has volunteered to help with this, but needs someone to work with him.  There is  still a need for quilts in Afghanistan, even though there was a previous misunderstanding of the need there.

Fern Haskins announced that she and several others went to Concordia on September 15 to help some of the residents sew blocks together to make a Quilt of Valor.  The Bella Vista television station will cover the next sewing session.  It will be explained that the quilt will be given to a deserving person.

Sharon Moravits has received 40 of the surveys she sent out, and urged all of us to mail them back to her.  If you need to, you can print it off from the blog.

Elaine Sick and Sharon Caton of Silver Needles presented the Block of the Month and members showed their blocks.

Laurie McCracken advised that Village Quilting will be having a sale (pick a chip with 15 to 50 percent discount) and will take part in the up-coming shop hop wherein the Guild having the most attendees, will receive six $25.00 gift certificates.

Four of our members met with Raina Connor of  Walmart who requested input from quilters on ways to improve the fabric and sewing departments in their stores.  Raina stated that we should be seeing some positive changes in the stores in the spring and next summer.

The Board will host the luncheon in November.

Quilt Congress is October 10 and 11 at Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Meeting was adjourned followed by show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary

 


July, 2014

Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Regular Meeting

July 28, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Karen Bacon.  Vice President Sharon Moravits reported that there were 73 members, two new members and 11 visitors.  The vendor was Sager Creek Quilts and Yarnwork from Siloam Springs.

Retha Kiphen introduced the speaker, Candy Hargrove.  Candy is a designer for the free patterns using Jo Morton fabrics by Andover.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Pat Coppola.  The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Joanne Ruprecht and seconded by Dorry Pederson.   The motion carried.

Correspondence was received giving information about The Gathering of Rogers at Rabbit’s Lair on August 7, 8 and 9.  The National Quilt Museum in Paducah sent a card telling us of a display called MasterPieces from June 13 to September 9.  There also is a brochure regarding The Great Arkansas Quilt Show.  All of this information was placed on the registration table.

Retha Kiphen announced that there are two openings for the class by Candy Hargrove on July 29.

Sharon Moravits, passed out surveys to all in order to get feedback on areas which could be improved, what the members’ interests are, or other suggestions.  She indicated that those who had not renewed their memberships this year will be sent another survey asking for the reasons that they did not re-join.  Neither survey asks for the name of the person submitting answers.  Please bring your completed surveys to the next guild meeting.

Carol Bourque asked for anyone having an idea for alternative fund-raising to contact her by email.

Joanne Ruprecht had a sign-up sheet for anyone who is willing to go to Concordia on Monday, August 18 at 2:30 to help some of the residents who would like to learn some sewing or quilting techniques.

Bill Croft, Librarian reminded all members to return books if they are finished with them.

Gail Thorson, Special Projects, thanked us for saving the Hobbs bar codes and has purchased two new rolls of batting for the donation room.  There are still many, many tops which need to be quilted.  As an incentive, she announced a contest.  For quilting two or more twin or larger quilts, the winner will receive $50.00 and the second place finisher will receive $40.00.  The person who quilts two or more lap-size or smaller quilts will receive $40.00 and second place will receive $30.00.  Put your name on each of the quilts you do so that Gail can keep score.  The winners will be announced at the September Guild Meeting.

Karen Bacon announced that Donna Roche had called and said that they do not need any more quilts sent to Afghanistan because the troops are being sent home.  Quilts are still needed to take to the hospital and home for veterans in Fayetteville.

Rita Fugate announced a new small group named Cut up and Sew which will meet on the third Wednesday of every month from 12:00 to 5:00 at Village Insurance Community Room.  This is a come-and-go group for all levels of quilters and you should bring whatever you wish to work on.  Cathy Reed is the contact person for the group so call her should you have any questions.

Carol Bourque has created a blog site for Calico Cutups which will replace the web site we now have.  Email Carol if you have a news item or picture to display on the blog.

Sharon Moravits, Nominating Committee, asked everyone to please say “yes” when asked to volunteer.  It takes many people to make the Guild educational and interesting for all.

The Grove, Oklahoma guild is sponsoring a bus trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee on September 9 through the 12th.  They will go to the AQS Festival at Chattanooga and Hancock’s of Paducah.  The bus will pick up passengers beginning in Claremore, Oklahoma and up through Neosho, Missouri.  There are a few spaces available for this trip.  See Sharon Moravits for more information.

Kay Gaudian and Carole Sanders of Silver Needles showed the Block of the Month and members displayed their blocks.

A motion was made by Carol Bourque and seconded by Cathy Reed to add an assistant to the 1st Vice President and an assistant to the 2nd Vice President in charge of programs.  The motion carried.

The November meeting will be a luncheon hosted by the Board.

The turn-in day for the quilts at the Benton County Fair has been changed from August 11 to August 9.

Cathy Reed has been in contact with many quilt guilds in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma to form the Four State Quilt Association and enable the guilds to work together scheduling programs and workshops.  The purpose would be to allow speakers to arrange their schedules to include appearances in several nearby guilds in the same trip resulting in lower expenses for all parties.

A motion to adjourn was made by Carol Bourque and seconded by Retha Kiphen.  Show and tell followed.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary

June, 2014

Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Regular Meeting

June 23, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Karen Bacon.  Assistant Vice President Cathy Reed reported that there were 66 members and five visitors present.  The vendor was Rebecca’s Quilt Shop (formerly Guthrie Fabrics), Colcord, OK.

The program was provided by Deanna Hudson of Olathe, Kansas and was entitled, “Everything Old is New Again”.  She provided ideas for incorporating hankies and other antique linens into quilts.

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Maggie Gorishek and seconded by Cathy Reed.  The motion carried.  A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Rita Fugate and seconded by Joanne Ruprecht.   The motion carried.

Correspondence was received from MOKA, a study group in Topeka which is meeting July 18 and 19.  Anyone wanting more information about the meeting should call Alice McElwain.

Donna Roche has delivered 1,584 Quilts of Valor.  She recently took 11 to the Veteran’s Home and there are 19 more needed so that everyone there will have a quilt.  Quilts are on the table and she asked that we please take one to sew.

Gayle Thorson, Special Projects, asks that we save and bring UPC  labels from Hobbs batting to her.  For every 5 that she sends in, she will receive a very discounted roll of batting for charity projects.  There are still many tops, complete with batting and backing that need to be quilted.

Carole Sanders, Nominating Committee, announced it is time to begin getting new officers and it takes all of us to run the club and for each of us to remember that if we take a job, others will always be helpful and thoughtful and there will always be someone there to help.  Karen Bacon added that we each need to take our turn and serve the Guild as best we can.

Kay Gaudian of Silver Needles showed the Block of the Month and members displayed their blocks.

Michele Clark announced that three of the cancer quilts are done and held a drawing from the names submitted.  Lee Ann O’Brien, Nancy Jewell and Dawn Black will each receive one of the quilts.

Old Business:  Fern Haskins and Joanne Ruprecht have volunteered to find out more about teaching some of the residents of Concordia to quilt.  Donna Roche said that she has some squares that the residents could sew together to make a Quilt of Valor.

The Benton County Fair will be August 12-16 and entries should be turned in on August 11.  As usual, Calico Cutups will give a prize for the favorite baby quilt entered.

Kay Gaudian showed pictures of past Quilt Congress meetings and gave a very thorough explanation of what Quilt Congress is and what is offered,  such as door prizes, silent auction, speakers, vendors, demonstrations, workshops and trunk shows.  This year it will be held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home,  Arkansas on October 10 and 11, 2014.  A sheet was passed around to sign if you want Kay to send you a packet by e-mail (or regular mail if you do not have e-mail).    The packet contains all the information you need to arrange to attend this year and enter the quilt challenge if you wish.

New Business:  Karen Bacon, President announced that next month we will vote on whether or not to change the by-laws allowing us to have an assistant to the 1st Vice President and an assistant to the 2nd Vice President in charge of Programs.  There were no questions or discussion.

Sharon Moravits has a bus trip in the planning stages for next June.

Our HQN Membership has been sent in for another year.

Motion to adjourn was made by Patsy Graser and seconded by Carole Bourque.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Boese, Secretary

 

 

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