Newsletter - The Stitchin Times

Prairie Pioneer Quilters
Grand Island, Nebraska
From your President...

Hello all,
Hopefully everyone had a great Halloween and saw many ghosts and goblins out and
about. Thanksgiving and the challenge for Fall is due at this meeting and I cannot wait
to see what everyone has thought up for it!  We have Lynette Koelzer from Wood River doing a trunk show and presenting, “How to Make an Award Winning Quilt.” Can’t wait to see everyone and have a great holiday season!
Stay warm,
Amanda Blackburn

 Susan Smith & Anita Polansky

​​Fat Quarter Lotto for January



December - No Meeting, Merry Christmas
January 11 - Diane Volk Harris, Lecture and Trunk Show
January 26-28 - Member Retreat, Aurora Leadership Center
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

January Chair: Jodie Reeh

Judy Roan                            Marilyn Fox
Terri Maloy                           Janet Nott
Margaret Williams                Kaye Mattson
Tina Johnson                       Chris Schwieger
Vicki Bartels                         Carol Quandt
Joyce Yosten                       Naida Rogers

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

Community Quilts
We received 2 completed quilts
and one top at the October
meeting. Continue to work on
your charity quilts and if you
don't have time to quilt and
bind them, we'll take care of
that for you. Thanks again from
Susie and Kay.
Minutes from the October 12th Meeting

The regular meeting of the Prairie Pioneer Quilters was called to order at 7:00 pm on October 12, 2017 by President Amanda Blackburn.

Guest Speakers - Round Robin, Kearney Quilt Speakers were:
Leslie Martin/baby quilts with minky Kathy Brisban/ 820 pellon
Lois Anderson/ Christmas ornaments Cheryl Heodstron/ flannel blankets

Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.
1 Nancy Cramer
2 Georgetta Platt

Treasurers Report approved
1 Noelle Hooper
2 Judy Brott

Committee Reports
Historian - Donna Kluck and Beth Engler resigned for personal reasons.

Librarian: Nancy Cramer will take over in January 2018.
Received a thank you note from Susan Minchow for cash award at State Fair. Susan is from Pleasant Dale, Nebraska.

Dee Regier - Thank You for helping with Prayer blocks. She has all she needs.

Newsletter – no report
Courtesy - no report

Membership - Susan Smith and Anita Polansky. No guest and no new members. Fat quarter raffle - Georgetta Platt. Raffle winners - Joyce Schaffer, Sandi Griepenstroh, Sharon Binfield, Anna Wilson &
Margaret Clemans.

Community projects - Kay Knowles. If anyone needs help with charity quilts, top quilted, contact Kay at 308-370- 0113.

Challenge for November meeting, Presidents Choice is Bubbles. 
Christmas exchange is 2 or 4 mug rugs, they can be wrapped in paper.

New Business
-Next month: Kay McCaffery will have a sign up sheet for Bonnie Hunter

-January 2018 Quilt Retreat in Aurora, Nebraska. Vicki Boord has information and sign-up sheet. Deb Senakbile well be teaching a bag class.

-Missy Lemons is planning a Mystery Bus Trip for
July 21, 2018. No prices yet.

Steering Committee meeting Thursday, October 19th at the Chocolate Bar, 6:30.

Show and tell

Meeting was adjourned by President Amanda

The next general meeting will be at 7:00pm on
November 9, 2017

 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