Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
My Last President’s Letter
    I can’t believe it has been a year since I wrote my first president’s letter for the newsletter!
A lot has happened, but we sure haven’t had many meetings! We have had some very successful
fundraisers this year starting with Art in the Park last July and ending with our Dress the Bed this
March. Our Bonnie Hunter trunk show and classes, while not technically a fundraiser, brought
in a good amount of money, and was a huge success. We were able to bring people from all over
the state, (and as far away as Ohio!) to Grand Island for an event that went off very smoothly
thanks to the efforts of so many in the guild working together. Thank you all again for making
that such a huge success and so much fun! I know that Susan Smith was looking forward to having Bonnie here, and she would have been thrilled with the way it turned out.
     We had such a great time on the bus trip that Missy, Vanessa, Lori, and Donna planned
for us. I know that I am already looking forward to the next time for that! Having to cancel or
postpone three meetings in a row over the winter months was very strange, but the meetings
and programs that we were able to actually have were great. Thank goodness we did have good
weather for our Dress the Bed!
    In January, we had our first retreat in Schuyler at the monastery there. It was very beautiful, and as a first timer, I have to say that I was so impressed with the place! Unfortunately, when
I called right after retreat to book it for next year, they were all booked up. We talked about it at steering meeting, and I did feel that it would be nice to have it more local this next year. I
understand that it is nice to get completely away from Grand Island, but I also think that we have
enough members that just can’t travel that far, or stay away from home that long, that it would
be good to have it closer once in awhile. So, we decided in the steering meeting that we will try
to have it locally every other year, and in Schuyler every other year. We will be having the 2020
retreat at the Boarders Inn and Suites here in Grand Island. The 2021 retreat is already booked
in Schuyler. I think that is a nice compromise. I am still planning on booking a hotel room and
staying in Grand Island. They have a wonderful full breakfast at the hotel, and lots of room to
spread out for sewing in the same room where we had our Dress the Bed. It will be great!!!
    We lost two of our dear members this year. Susan Smith last summer, and E. Carol Eveland this
winter. Our lives are a vapor, but the relationships that we make and the art that we leave behind are such an important legacy. It has been my joy and my honor to serve as your president,
and I hope to continue to serve the guild wherever I can.
Sandi Griepenstroh

​​Fat Quarter Lotto for May


We all love fabric.  And free fabric is even better!  At each of our monthly meetings, for those who are interested in participating: bring one or more fat quarters and receive a ticket for each.  Winners will be drawn and announced at each meeting.

Refreshment Hostesses

May Chair:  Georgetta Platte
                    Salad Supper (A-L bring salads)

Shirley Johnson            Marilyn Flagle
Dee Regier                   Sharon Binfield
Roxanne Thiel              Sally Warrender
Michelle Cervantes      Jan Cook
Katie Thiele                  Roberta Seaman
Anna Wood                 
April Meeting Minutes

    ​Scott Flanagan from Fremont wowed the Prairie Pioneer Quilt Guild members by showing the outstanding quilts of his quilt journey.

    President, Sandi, opened the business meeting with the election of officers. The slate of officers as follows: Shirley Wahlgren , President, Janice Stuhmer, Vice President, Janet Kosmicki, Secretary, and Natalie Meyer, Treasurer, was
presented. There being no other nominations from the floor, the slate of officer was voted upon and approved. They will be installed at the May meeting.

The proposed budgets for 2020-2021 and for 2021-2022 were presented by Janice Stuhmer and Shirley Wahlgren. Missy Lemons moved to accept the proposed budgets, and Ramona Riblett made the second. The motion carried.

 Committee chairs Pat Johnson (Courtesy) and Peggy Helms (Publicity) are resigning their positions and will be replaced by Sandra Towne for Courtesy and Linda Lesiak for Publicity. Kay Knowles has also stepped down as co-chair
for Community Quilts. All other committee chairs will remain the same for 2020-2021.

    Susie Powell reported for Community Quilts that she had received a thank you from CASA, and she had delivered 13 quilts to the Madison Juvenile Services. She also asked for help to quilt the donated quilt tops. She is taking a list of names of people with longarms that would be willing to quilt just one or two charity quilts during the year to help out. Contact her to get on the list.

    Corrections were made to the January 2019 minutes as printed in the newsletter. Amanda Blackburn moved to approve the said corrections with Kathy Hurst making the second. Motion carried.

The Treasurers report was read and approved.

The winner of the Fat Quarters was Kathy Hurst. The raffle winners were: Kathy Hurst, Susie Powell and Roxanne Thiel twice. The winners of patterns donated by Scott Flanagan were: Eileen Holmes, Roberta Seaman and Ramona

Sandi announced a profit of approximately $3200 from Dress the Bed with exact figures to be announced at the May meeting.

Jan Sittler gave an updated report on the changes concerning the State Fair Quilt Show. The new white glove chair person is Anita Polansky, and she will be taking sign-ups for volunteers at the May meeting.

The next meeting is May 9th with a salad supper starting at 6:30 pm, and Janice Lippincott from Blair will be speaking on bargello quilts.

Steering Committee meeting will be Thursday, April 25th at Sandi’s house.

Sandi adjourned the meeting and Show and Tell followed.

Janet Kosmicki, Secretary
Margaret Clemans transcribed
Small Groups
Many of our members have formed groups that get together on a regular basis for sewing, fellowship and such.  Since we've had many new guild members in this past year, we have several people who would like to start a Small Group.  If you are interested in being part of this, please contact our president Sandi Griepenstroh at 

​"It is Nebraska State Fair Time"

It's time to start planning for the 2019 Nebraska State Fair!  At our May meeting we will have a signup table for those who are interested in volunteering in the Quilt Room.

    Anita Polansky is the white glove chairman
    Kaye Mattson is the entry and receiving chairman
    Lynette Koelzer is the judging days co-chairman
    Noelle Hooper is the hang/take down chairman

There are many opportunities for you to take part and see the amazing quilts up close and personal!  Come join in the fun at the Nebraska State Fair.
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Art in the Park

Art in the Park will be Sunday, July 14, at Stolley Park.  Please bring quilts and the items to sell to the park at 7 a.m. Sunday morning July 14 or to Anita Polansky's home before Sunday.

Anita will need lots of helpers to hang quilts and put out items for sale.  Anita will bring a ladder but could use 3 more to help in putting the quilts up as well.  Tables will be needed, if anyone know who brought them last year, please let Anita know.