The Prairie Pioneer Quilters were organized in August of 1986 to encourage an appreciation 
of the art of quilting by providing educational meetings, travel, fellowship and the promotion
 of a variety of quilting activities.  

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, August through May (except December).  

St. Leo's Catholic Church
2410 South Blaine Street
Grand Island, NE
Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
   2020 - 2021 PPQG Officers / Committee Chairs:

   President: Janice Stuhmer
   Vice President: Tina Johnson
   Secretary:  Mahria DePaolo
   Treasurer:  Libby Mader
   Treasurer's Assistant:  Vanessa Green
   Parlamentarian:  Missy Lemons
   Membership:  Anita Polansky, Sandi Griepenstroh
                          Carol Phillips
   Librarian:  Donnise Larsen 
   Historian:  Beth Engler
   Programs:  Sandi Griepenstroh, Natalie Meyer
   Courtesy:  Pam Ogden
   Publicity:   LInda Lesiak
   Newsletter:  Penni Jensen
   Community Projects: Susie Powell, Kay Knowles
​   Website:  Vicki Bartels
   Yearbook: Lisa Foglesong
Next Meeting:

Thursday, January 14
7:00 p.m.

QUILT SCHOOL—This will be at 6:00. Pat Johnson will be sharing a tutorial on the disappearing 4-patch.

Well, here we are in 2021!! Let’s hope for a good year of meetings starting this Thursday night, January 14th, at 7:00. This letter is taking the place of our regular newsletter this month. The steering committee met last evening in preparation for our meeting. Following are some items of business that you need to be aware of. 

PROGRAM CHANGES – This meeting we are asking you to bring your favorite “holiday” quilt for a special show n’ tell. Some of our programs have had to be juggled due to cancelled speakers etc. Sandi and Natalie will be providing an update for us at the meeting. 

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE – Remember to bring your “Quilt a Tune” entries. I’m excited to see all of your beautiful creations, and you just may win a prize! (There will be a table for you to display them on- no names should be displayed-no voting until all have been entered.)

TEA TOWEL EXCHANGE – This is also a “leftover” from 2020. We will have our exchange of our embellished tea towels. Please put them in a paper bag, and there will also be a designated table for them. (Be sure to include your name so we know who it is from.)

ACCUQUILT DRAWING – This drawing WILL be held as well as two $50 gift certificates. When you check in, take the opportunity to purchase a few tickets. This may be your lucky night!

RAFFLE QUILT – The raffle quilt was revealed in October, and we are on a time crunch to get those tickets sold. Missy Lemons will be at the meeting early so you may buy your 15 minimum tickets from her. (An added bonus is that for every 15 that you purchase, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free 2021-22 PPQ membership.)

SAD NEWS – PPQ member, Charlene Ross, has passed away. We extend sympathies to her family.

RETREAT – The annual PPQ retreat will be held in Schyler, January 22-24. Reservations have been sent in. If you haven’t paid your $165, please do so tonight. You may give your money to either Shirley Walgren or Libby Mader.

FUND RAISER – As was announced previously, our annual fund raiser will be an online auction. This is coming up in a couple of months (definite dates will be determined yet). We need each PPQ member to donate either 1 item with a minimum value of $25 or multiple items which add up to $25 value. A committee has been established to facilitate the process. When you give your item to us, we will need your name, what your entry is, a description of entry, and the value. We encourage you to get creative—besides quilted items such as: table toppers, mug rugs, fabric bags, fabric baskets, etc., consider giving gift certificates, offering an experience (such as a tutorial on a small quilted item), theme baskets, and so many other possibilities! If you already have an item ready, bring it this Thursday. Otherwise we need all donations by our February meeting. These can be turned in to any of the committee members: Janice Stuhmer, Missy Lemons, Vanessa Green, Sandi Griepenstroh, Libby Mader, or Penni Jensen.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday. Praying that this finds you healthy and happy!
Janice Stuhmer
PPQG President

2020 - 2021 Calendar

February 11:    Connie Lange from Norfolk, NE: Certified Judy Niemeyer                            instructor; Lecture and Trunk Show

February 12:    Workshop: Judy Niemeyer paper piecing technique

March 11:         Material Girl Quilt Shop: Lecture and Trunk Show

April 8:            Trunk Show by National Teacher Tonya Alexander from                              Ferndale, WA; Author of several books; Teacher; Owner of                         Stash Lab Quilts

April 9/10:      Workshop with Tonya Alexander

May 13:          Suzanne Milbourn and Carmen Ostrander:  Suzanne is an                         award-winning State Fair quilter.  She, along with her                                 sister Carmen, will present a Trunk Show and talk about                             what it takes to make a great entry for the fair.

Quilt School
Classes held 6-6:30 prior to meetings

February 11    Need a volunteer

March 11    Kaye Mattson: Orphan Blocks

April 8    Anna Wills: Ultimate flying geese ruler

May 13    No class, Salad Supper and Election of                 Officers