Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
From our President:

Welcome to Fall!

As I write this, I am remembering all the gorgeous quilts at the State Fair …. This year there were 480 entries!! Awesome! Beautiful designs and colors from all over our state. The unique ideas and creations were something to see. I had the honor of working with the computer program this year and was amazed at all the statistics we had available to share with quilt show visitors. Entering a quilt for the first time I learned SO MUCH about how the show is organized and conducted. Our guild was well represented and I'm very proud of the collection of ribbons and awards we are taking home. Hope you had an opportunity to attend the fair and especially the quilt show.

Challenge quilts are due at this meeting – If you are participating, hope you enjoyed the process – I certainly did!

Are you planning to attend the Annual Retreat in April at the Leadership Center in Aurora? I understand this was the site of the retreat for many years, and they are thrilled to have us back. The Center has a fantastic beverage bar and will be serving supper Friday, 3 meals Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. There will be an option for a sack lunch on
Friday and also a “commuter package” if you wish to attend but will not be sleeping there. More details and pricing will be available soon. We need to give them our commitment right after the March meeting, so it's important that you start making plans now. Add it to your spring calendar and come enjoy three days of fellowship with other guild members.

Happy Quilting Forever –

Prairie Pioneer Quilt Guild
August 10, 2023

President Anna Wood opened the meeting with our business meeting.

Our speaker, Ilene Bartos from Urbandale, Iowa has brought her patterns and kits for members to purchase after her presentation.

The July minutes were printed in the newsletter. A motion was made by Kay McCaffery to accept them as printed. Seconded by Debbie Krugman.

The July treasurer’s report was printed in the newsletter. A motion was made by Susie Powell to accept them as printed. Seconded by Amanda Blackburn.

There as a signup sheet for white gloving at the state fair. Several spots were left. Janice Stuhmer will begin calling tomorrow for those spots still open.

Marilyn Johnson brought the first finished Quilt of Valor that members had made blocks for. It was beautiful. More information on helping with blocks will be given before the end of the year.

Threads in Kearney will take place in October. Our raffle quilt will be displayed and tickets will be available for purchase. Anna Wood is looking for volunteers to sit at the table.

There have been 487 quilts registered for the State Fair. Terri Uden, State Fair quilt room supervisor, is looking for more volunteers:
White Gloving
On Aug. 22 after 2 will be hanging of the quilts
Needs volunteer to help put together the locator book for the quilt room
Take down will be on Monday, Labor Day. Anyone wanting to help, please be in the quilt room by 4:45

We will need nominations for officers for 2024. We need a Vice President and Secretary. We will also need a Program Coordinator, Art in the Park Supervisor and a Yearbook Coordinator.

Vice President Debbie Krugman reported that the registration forms for quilts going to Threads will be printed in the newsletter. We would like to have a nice showing from our guild.

The Budget committee will consist of President Anna Wood, Treasurer Vanessa Green, Linda Kruse and Tina Johnson.

Items of news for the September newsletter will need to be submitted by the end of day September 4.

We still need a Parliamentarian.

We still have openings for Ilene Bartos’ class tomorrow if anyone is interested. Class is $40 plus cost of kit.

Next month’s speaker is Debbie Gallaway. She will have a trunk show and a panel Stack and Whack class. You will need 7 panels, preferably pillow panels, 16 – 24” in size. Class is $40.00

Janice Stuhmer has the information sheet if interested.

We had 6 members show their quilts and bags for show and tell.

Raffle winners for the evening were: Kay McCaffery, Anna Wood, Susie Powell and Linda Ebel.

Submitted by Vicki Bartels