Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
From the President 

Can you believe we are in the graduation season, Mother’s Day, and the end of Spring??? I’ve heard that many of you have been busy quilting T-shirt quilts and other beautiful things for gifts. I do hope that you’ll bring a “Show Off Your Curves” challenge quilt to our next meeting on May 13! I’m anxious to see all your projects. I will have a table for all your entries, and please do NOT put your name on your quilt. After every one is entered, there will be time to view and vote for your favorite.

I want to thank everyone for their participation in our online auction fundraiser in March. I can happily report that we took in $2643.00. We paid the auction company $795.00, so that leaves us a profit of $1848.00!!!

Remember, we will not be meeting in June and July of this year, but our present officers will continue through November 2021. We will be appointing a nominating committee for next year’s officers at our May meeting.. Those nominations will be voted on in November, and new officers will begin their term at the end of that meeting. We will not be meeting in December, January, or
February. March 2022 will begin our new year. 

 I have enjoyed seeing so many of you at our last couple of meetings, and I enjoyed the class with Connie Lange. Our program committee has done a great job of securing interesting people. I learn so much from each speaker, and I really love taking the classes that are offered. If you have any ideas of programs or techniques you would like to see in the future, please get them to
me or the steering committee. IT’S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO MEET FACE TO FACE AGAIN!!

See you on May 13 with your challenge quilt in hand! Terri Uden, State Fair Quilt superintendent will give us an update on the 2021 Nebraska State Fair.

Happy Quilting,

Refreshment Hostesses

May 13 -  Chairperson: Julie Lechner
    Pat Johnson            Marilyn Johnson
    Susie Powell            Peggy Helms
    Barbara Brettman    Karleen Beckman

2021 April Minutes

Welcome – Connie Lange, certified Judy Niemeyer instructor.

Program – Trunk and lecture presenting Judy Niemeyer quilts

Meeting called to order – 8:35 p.m.

Treasurer’s Report – Balance in checkbook is $17,954.93

Minutes were approved with the following corrections
Bobbi Byerly is a guest.

Kate Byerly is a member.

Jennifer O’Conner is listed as a hostess on April Courtesy Committee. She is no longer a member of the guild.

Committee Reports
Programs – May meeting speakers will be 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.

Our August speaker will be Kelly Lautenbach. She will be doing the Posh Santa Workshop on Thursday, May 13. Cost will be $25. She will
add another class if enough members sign up. You will also have to purchase the pattern and Quick Curve Ruler available at Material Girl
in Grand Island.

Old Business
The auction fundraiser raised approximately $1,800 profit. Thank you to committee and Missy Lemons for doing the computer work.
Since we are in a transition of fiscal year to calendar year, there will be no additional dues for the extra 4 months of August, September, October and November of 2021.

We have program funds that weren’t used due to Covid and weather this year and they will be reallocated to use for the additional 4 months due to transition.

Budget committee will meet in October and 2022 budget will be voted on in November for the new year beginning March – November 2022. 2022 Officers will be voted on in October. Installed in November.

New Business
It was discussed at Steering Committee to not sell items at Art in the Park and if we wanted to continue to display quilts. A motion was made by Donnise Larsen to participate at Art in the Park with no vending of items. 2nd by Connie Olson. Motion passed.

We will continue to sell tickets for the raffle quilt during Art in the Park.

Reminder that Steering Committee meets on the Thursday prior to our monthly meeting and all members are invited to come.

Janice Stuhmer thanked members for their support throughout this Covid year.

There were no guests.

Reminder to bring your “Show off your curves” challenge quilt to the May meeting.

All tickets were sold for the raffle quilt. Drawing was held. Winner was Chyna Hayes.

Raffle for the free year of membership from selling of the tickets will take place at the May meeting.

Winners of the raffle items were: Judy Williams, Ramona Riblett, Jana Cunningham, Marian Meyer and Vicki Bartels

Thank you from Jana Cunningham who brought donated quilt books for members who wanted them. Donations from the books are going to The Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City. This is a mission project of the Chapman Baptist Church.

Next Steering Committee May 6, Location TBA

Next Meeting May 13, St Leos

Meeting adjourned 8:45 p.m.

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