Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
From your President:

This month, we are having a presentation from Amy Loh Kupser and a trunk show.
Challenges are due! I cannot wait to see what is going to be voted on. Remember
it’s salad supper for L-Z members, so don’t forget to bring yours if its your turn.
Also, we are installing officers and would request that everyone be there for that!
Thank you. Thank you to all whom have assisted me with my term as President.
I am hopeful that changes that were done in my term are going to help the Guild
move forward and gain more new members.
Your fearless Prez,
Amanda Blackburn
P.S. Anita did post on Facebook some items that could be made for the Art in the Park sale in July, so
please check that out!​

 Susan Smith & Anita Polansky

​​Fat Quarter Lotto for May

Patriotic Fabrics

Art in the Park
Sunday, July 15, we will again be hosting a booth and need
your help in making items for us to sell at this event. Anita
Polansky is our contact person, and shared some ideas. Feel free to make other items not on this list as these are only suggestions. Thank you for all your efforts. Hot pads, coin purses, baby quilts, table runners, place mats, small wall hangings, mug rugs, children's purses, etc. 

Questions for Anita:
390-7226 or you can email her at:

Refreshment Hostesses

May Chair:  Georgetta Platt - 308-379-0516
Salad Supper:  L - Z bring salads

Connie Olson                             Susan Guzinski
Jan Sittler                                   Mary Lothrop
Joyce Kresnicka                         Shirley Wahlgren
Mary Wellensiek                         Tamara Dankert
Les & Edith Soper                      Pam Ogden
Mary Ann Teller
Minutes from the April 12th, 2018 Meeting
The regular meeting of the Prairie Pioneer Quilters was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on April 12, 2018.

Speaker, trunk show. Peg Spradlin from Cozad, Ne.
Approval of Minutes, 1st Lori Bendixen, 2nd Donna Person

Approval of Treasurer Report, 1st Jan Sittler 2ndJulie Lechner

Programs Mary Lothrop and Shirley Wahlgren. Class: Peg Spradlin, Colorful Shadow Applique.

May 12, 2018, Amy Loh Kupser trunk show

Stair Fair, Jan Sittler. Information online about new things. NSQG New site online. 

Meeting for NSQG April 28th in Seward, Ne. Dues are $25.00 to join.
Christmas in July, July 14th in Atkinson, Ne.

 Publicity: Peggy Helms. No report

Newsletter and yearbook, Shirley Wahlgren for Lisa Foglesong. Check list to make sure your information is accurate and correct if needed.

Courtesy Pat Johnson. Thank you for everyone who signed up to help with guild food service.

Librarian Nancy Kramer. Please return checked out books or recheck them out for the summer. Some of the books will be available to purchase at the ART IN

Membership Susan Smith and Anita Polansky. Dues for next year, August 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Cost $25.00 for dues and a late fee of $10.00 if paid after June 30, 2018. Two guests and one becoming a member. Fat quarters, Guest and Kay Knowles. Raffles, Joyce Shaffer, Donnise Larsen, Linda Kruse, guest Michille Cervantes, and Susie Powell

Historian Beth Engler. No report

Community Projects Susie Powell. Fabric available for charity quilts. Three kits also available to be made for charity quilts.

Missy Lemons on mystery bus trip. If you have not paid please pay $53.50 to Missy Lemons. Food items have been selected.

 Budget for next year passed. 1st Nancy Cramer, 2nd Barb Brettmann. Audit approved, 1st Nancy Cramer, 2nd Amanda Blackburn. By-laws approved, 1st Toni Arnold, 2nd Dawne Brooks

Voted on Officers: Sandi Griepenstroh, President, Shirley Wahlgren, Vice President, Janet Kosmicki, Secretary, Treasurer, Natalie Meyer. Vote accepted.

Show and Tell

Meeting was adjourned by Amanda Blackburn. The next general meeting will be at 7:00p.m. on May10.

Steering Meeting at Perkins, 6:30 p.m., Thursday 19, 2018.

Minutes submitted by: Donnise Larsen
Coming up:
Spring President’s
The Spring Challenge is "Wild Animals," so anything quilted qualifies for Amanda's final challenge.  Please bring your completed projects to the May meeting, and the group will vote.  Three prizes awarded!
Please see your April newsletter for new 2018 State Fair News.
Membership Dues
2018-2019 membership dues should be paid this month. If you
are not able to make it to the May meeting, please send your $25 membership check to Susan Smith, 1004 W 7th St, Grand Island, NE 68801. Susan can also be reached on the PPQG Facebook page, or by calling/texting 383-3042 or

NOTE: If your payment is not received by June 30, there will be a $10 late charge assessed.
2018-2019 Yearbooks
Plans are to have the 2018-19 Yearbooks at our next meeting,
which is Thursday, August 9th. In order for that to happen, we
need all contributions by July 1. 

This means membership dues,program schedules, By-Laws revisions, serving committees,challenges, etc. Some of you have ALREADY sent me yourinfo, and I am eternally grateful for your speediness! Thissummer, I will not be calling people as I’m trying to finalizedetails. Your info needs to be turned in on time, or it will notbe included in the Yearbook. Thank you.
PS - If you want to be on a committee with someone, you’ll
need to have that arranged by contacting Pat Johnson (courtesychair), or you can switch with someone after the Yearbook is published. 
Fabric Squares, Strips Wanted for Rosebud, SD Orphanage
Something that seems to be a common theme among quilters is the desire to help and be of service. We have quilters who sew for charities and churches, many who volunteer for the NE
State Fair, those who offer their time to different organizations, and more. One of our new members is starting up a club in South Dakota. Janell Stoeger lives in Valentine, NE, and sent me
an email with the following info:

I will be sponsoring an after school club next year at the Todd Co. Middle School in Mission, SD (located in Todd County, one of the poorest in the country). One of the students approached me
about making quilts for the kids in a group home (orphanage) in Rosebud. There are 17 single beds and 2 cribs. Kelcee wants to make it so the kids get to keep the quilts when they go to their foster home. This will be an on-going project and will impact lives-for the kids who give the quilts and those who receive them. I am looking for fabrics: 5” squares, 10” squares and 2.5” strips, if anyone is willing to give, I would greatly appreciate it. IF
anyone would like to send money instead that will be used to purchase batting and thread, that would be a huge blessing as well. Items can be shipped to Janell Stoeger, Todd Co. Middle
School, 601 S. HWY 83, Mission, SD 57555.
Checks should be made out to Todd Co. Middle
School with Quilt Club in the Memo line, please.

Janell will be at the October 2018 guild meeting with Bonnie Hunter and would be thrilled to pick up any fabric donations at that
time. Call Janell with questions at 402-376-5413
or email her at