Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
From your President...
I see that many of our members got a lot done at the retreat this year! The sad
part is that the pile of things to do seems to get bigger, regardless of how
many we get done. We have the Potato Bar this month and it starts at 6pm. I
hope to see everyone there and we can all see the new bags that were made at
the retreat! We will have many things to discuss, so bring your thinking caps
to wear.
 Your President, Amanda Blackburn 

 Susan Smith & Anita Polansky

​​Fat Quarter Lotto for February

Small Calico Prints


February 8 - Peg Pennell Lecture and Trunk Show 
February 9 - Class: Superior Finishes
March 8 - Peacemakers Small Group Trunk Show
April 12 - Peg Spradlin, Lecture and Trunk Show 
April 13 - Class: Colorful Shadow Applique 
May 10 - Amy Loh Kupser, Lecture & Trunk Show
                "Wild Animals" Challenge Due
July 15 - Art in the Park

Help Wanted: Historian
No Experience Necessary
Job Description: Take pictures at each meeting (Quilt School, Show & Tell, Speaker Program, etc.) and Special Events like Salad Supper, Christmas Exchanges, State Fair, Contest Winners. Get pictures printed and added to the scrapbook. Email pictures to Website Chair and Facebook Page. Historian is a member of the board and requested to be at Steering Committee Meetings. Position should only cost your time; We have a budget for picture printing and scrapbook
supplies. Interested? Contact Susan Smith 383-3042 or Amanda Blackburn 
Refreshment Hostesses

February Chair:   Libby Mader - Baked Potato Bar

Jennifer O'Conner                   Christine Rott
Janel Tagart                            Donnise Larsen
Tami Petersen                        Connie Dorsey
Loretta Roehrich                    Kathy Reilly
Ruth Armatys                        Joyce Shaffer
Kathy Hurst                            Twila Strong

March Chair:  Nancy Cramer - 308-383-2243

Roberta Seaman         Sandra Towne           Roxanne Thiel
Sally Warrender          Margaret Williams      Linda Cure
Myrna Sullivan            Natalie Meyer             LaJean Nichols
Merna Wold                Janet Kosmicki           Kathy Clausen

Minutes from the January 11th Meeting
The regular meeting of the Prairie Pioneer Quilters was called to order at 7:00 pm on January 11,2018 by Amada Blackburn. Trunk Show by Diane Harris, Bladen, Nebraska. Scrappy quilts make you look at the quilt longer. She gave away to several people her scrappy quilt books.

Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.
1 Missy Lemon
2 Sandi Griepenstroh

Treasurers Report approved
1 Jan Sitller
2 Kay McCaffery

Historian – Still looking for someone to volunteer

Librarian: Nancy Cramer No Report

Newsletter – No report

Courtesy - no report

Membership - Susan Smith and Anita
Polansky. 3 new members: Deb Girard, Janelle Stoeger, Loretta Daniels
Fat quarter raffle – Sharon Sorensen
Raffle winners – Sharron Hutchison, Anna Wills, Susie Powell x2, and Debbie Krugman

Community projects – Susie Powell.
Received a thank you notes from ARC and CASA for donated quilts for their raffles.

NO QUILT SCHOOL next meeting in February 2018

February 9, 2018 Class by Peg Pennell to be held the E. Free Church. Cost $20.00 supply list from Shirley Wahlgren, 383-0904

Bonnie Hunter, October 12, 2018 meeting trunk show at the Grand Theater, members Free the ticket is non-transferable, Nonmembers $10.00
Classes for Bonnie Hunter is $75.00, includes lunch and morning snack. To held at the quilt room, Pinnacle bank building. Now open to the public. Dates, October 11 & 12. More information call Kay McCaffery, 379-1450

Dolls and Walls, April 14, set up and 15th fundraiser. More information to follow.

Mystery road trip, Saturday, July 21st, Missy Lemons will have signup sheet next meeting

Show and tell


Meeting was adjourned by Amanda Blackburn
Minutes submitted by: Donnise Larsen

Plans for State Fair Quilt Show, 2018

If you visited the 2017 State Fair Quilt Show, you noticed that once
again it was a really big show – many talented exhibitors (over
300), many beautiful quilts (667), many admiring fair visitors and a
few complaints: “Because of the overlapping of large quilts, we
can't we see enough of them.” Our plans are to encourage more
exhibitors and more visitors but we are also addressing the display
problems. So, starting with the 2018 NSF, we are making the
following changes:
 1. The maximum number of entries will be three per exhibitor
(previously it was five per exhibitor).
 2. The “Best in County” class is changing from a competition to
a recognition event. Quilts that were awarded the top honors at
their respective county fairs will be entered, received and
judged during the same time period and in the same classes as
the other quilt entries and will count as one of the three
maximum entries per exhibitor. After judging is completed and
all the quilts are hung, the Best in County quilts will be
recognized with:
 • signage recognizing them as the top county winner of their
county fair, and
 • a distinctive ribbon award

Based on historical data, we anticipate these two changes will
reduce the number of quilts from nearly 700 to a little over 500, the
approximate design capacity of the room. The room will still look
very full but we will be able to see more of the quilts, something
very important to exhibitors and fair visitors. Best in County quilts
(and all the other quilts) will be judged by a nationally certified
judge and receive an individual critique. The lower numbers will
also bring the processes of receiving, judging, hanging and release
to a more manageable level.

2018 Award Sponsorship
Early in January letters will be going out to last year's sponsors and
potential sponsors of cash awards gift certificates and special ribbons. If
your guild or small group has a new contact person, let me know that
person's name, address, email and phone number so that we can contact the right person. If you have any special requests regarding awards, let me know. And thanks again for your continued support for this wonderful show.

Jan Sittler, NSF Quilt Show Superintendent, 308-384-7890 or cell 308-390-1894

 Bonnie Hunter: Headed to Grand Island!

The Bonnie Hunter class on Thursday, October 11, 2018 will
be Cathedral Stars which is a free pattern on her blog: 

The class on Friday, Oct. 12 will be Virginia Bound out of the “Scraps &
Shirttails” book.

The cost of the classes is $75.00 for PPQG members. You will have to
purchase the book separately if you don't have it. Bonnie will have some
with her that she will sell.

For questions or to sign up for one or both classes, please call Kay
McCaffery at 308-379-1450 or
You can also call Noelle Hooper at 308-258-1750.add text.
Coming up:
Theme: Wild Animals
Any quilted item with a wild/
jungle animal in the design.
Challenge projects are due at
the May meeting. Prizes will be awarded based on viewer voting.
Quilt Retreat Thanks
Thank you to everyone that made our retreat another successful event! A special thanks to Deb Senkbile for her amazing patience with those of us who struggled with the bag
class (namely me! ). I truly enjoyed being with all of you for a great weekend of sewing!
 --Vicki Boord 
Featherweights For Sale
I have too many machines!!!
Up for sale I have a 1953 Featherweight, lots of accessories. $ 375.00
Also a 1939 Featherweight with no accessories, $300.00
Both have their original bobbin cases and were serviced June 2017, not used since. 

Did I mention I have too many sewing machines?!
Cases in good shape.
Call me at 402-460-6269, email me at, or see me at guild.
Dawne Brooks, PPQG Member