Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
From your President:
Believe it or not, Spring is around the corner!  Before we all enjoy getting outside and in our gardens, there’s still plenty of time to finish up those projects we have been working on this winter. I know I have a couple of things to bind before Dress the Bed on March 31.

Speaking of Dress the Bed…that is coming up quickly! Events like Dress the Bed provide us with great opportunities to show our work to our friends in the guild and in the
community, and to see what others have been working on. Everyone doesn’t take their
work to the state fair, and not everyone gets out to the fair. This event is a chance to see
the beautiful, creative work that our guild does while we sit comfortably, eat cake, and
drink coffee! Not only that, we will have an opportunity to shop for all kinds of fun items
at the Silent Auction this year with a real emphasis on variety! What could be better than

We can always use volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up. The Steering Committee did use the symbols in the book to assign specific groups to help, but there are always
those that are hostessing tables, people who have to work, family obligations, etc. that interfere with everyone being here on that day. If you are willing to help with anything that
needs done, please contact Penni Jensen for serving, cakes/drinks, etc., Jennifer O’Connor and Janel Tagart for Silent Auction, Debbie Krugman for Quilts, or Kay McCaffery for Tables and Ticket sales. You can also show up at 11 to help set up for the quilt show and coffee, and stick around after to help clean up. We do appreciate all of your help. These events provide the funds we need to have excellent programs and classes for us all.

There are still great class opportunities coming up this spring, and Kay McCaffery will have that information at the next meeting, so bring your money to sign up for those. We will have a table to sell items at Art in the Park. Anita Polansky will be in charge, but will also need lots of help this year. Please talk to her if you are willing to help out at Art in the Park. Be thinking of smaller items that you could make to sell. Last year, the microwavable bowl covers sold like crazy! We sold every one that we had! We will share other ideas next month and in May.

 Thank you so much for all that you do and your willingness to step in and help out whenever and wherever there is a need. I was speaking recently to a friend who is in a position of leadership in a large guild in the east, and she said that it is nearly impossible to get anyone to help do anything. I was able to really brag about our guild and how we all worked together to make our Bonnie Hunter event a huge success. I was so pleased to be able to say that is the normal way our guild works. So, thanks for being such a great group and for all your hard work!

Until We Sew Again,

​​Fat Quarter Lotto for March

Children's Novelty Prints

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

March Chairs:  Susan Guzinski and Mary Wellensiek

Mary Lothrop            Kay McCaffery
Annetta Milhon         Amanda Blackburn
Vicki Bartels             Judy Williams
Colleen Gallion        Tamara Dankert
Terry Maloy              Chris Schweiger

April Chair:  Marilyn Fox

Judy Roan                Pam Ogden
Barb Brabander        Jana Cunningham
Carol Quandt            Myrna Sullivan
Les & Edith Soper    Kaye Mattson
JoAnn Nietfeld
 Meeting Minutes

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 

Accepting the Challenge
Barb Blincow of Hebron, NE, will be the quest speaker and instructor at the meeting on March 14th her program is entitled, Accepting the Challenge.

Many challenges come your way, some with pre-set boundaries such as guild challenges or mystery quilts with rules to follow.  Some are a more personal goal.

Taking on new challenges is a wonderful way to grow and learn new techniques. She will be showing some of the challenges she has attempted over 20+ years.  Not all have been a success, but the opportunity to learn new things, sometimes pushes you out of the box and are always interesting. 

4 Patch Scramble Class
The 4 Patch Scramble Class with with Barb will be at Quality Sew and Vac from 9 - 4 on Thursday, March 14th.

Those taking the class will need a minimum of 5 full repeats in in their fabric.  Questions on this should be directed to Kay McCaffery.

There are 8 people signed up so far, so there is room for 4 more to take the class.  Please contact Kay or Noelle if you are interested or need more information.  
Midwest Machine Quilters hosting Deloa Jones

Midwest Machine Quilters will host long arm quilter, DeLoa Jones of South Haven, MI on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00-4:00pm at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, NE. She will give a lecture on
“Free Motion Motifs” in the morning and “Discovering the Ghost Block” during the afternoon session. More detailsto follow. If you’re curious about DeLoa, check her website at:

To register, watch our Facebook page Midwest Machine Quilters for the form. If you have questions, give Julie Lechner a call. 308-379-3972.
Sew day at Shirley Wahlgren’s on the 2019-2020 raffle quilt.

                                      Tuesday, March 12th, 9 am til ??? We will probably                                           order lunch from  Jimmy Johns or Subway.

                                      Please call me at 308-383-0904 if you’d like to help
                                      out - accurate piecing is appreciated.
Dress the Bed
"A Celebration of Quilts"
March 31
3:00 p.m.
Boarders Inn and Suites
3333 Ramada Rd, Grand Island

Tickets are $10