Category: What’s Happening

A Sunday Presentation by the Patriotic Piecemakers

On June 9, 2018 the OPQG Quilt of Valor group, Patriotic Piecemakers, presented 23 worthy veterans with a quilt. One WWII veteran was bedridden and couldn’t be there but a quilt was delivered to his bedside. Below are pictures of some of the men and women who attended that day and their quilts. They all served our country and were given a quilt in appreciation of their sacrifices.

Baby Quilts

Donation quilts are a huge part of what we do at OPQG. Under the Community Quilt umbrella is our Baby Quilt effort. Quilts are made and donated to Newborns in Need here in Springfield. The quilts are “baby themed” and approximately 36″ square. They are a fast, fun project for anyone who has some time to sew. The Co-Chairmen, Bobbi Thorne and Sandy Sutton, work tirelessly to keep kits handy for anyone to sew but will also welcome your own completed quilt. Here is an example……


January Baby Quilt Sew In


Despite the iffy weather, 20 ladies came to sew Baby Quilts in January. Sewing machines were humming, irons were steaming, rotary cutters were slicing and ladies were laughing and talking. We ended up passing out 40 kits…WOW!!!! Many quilts have already been completed.

Sandy let everyone know Newborns in Need is very happy with our baby quilt donations.  They put together over 13,000 baby sets in 2017.  Our quilts are the ‘center attraction’ of many of the layettes they assemble.  We donated 296 quilts to them last year.  It was a little shy of the 13,000 layettes they give out so we gotta’ get busy making more baby quilts….Grin! We got a good start at the January Baby Quilt Sew-In.  We appreciate every one of you ladies that are helping us!

               Thank you,

                        Sandy Sutton and Bobbi Thorne, Baby Quilts Co-Chairmen

Some of the quilts sewed in January……


In-Between Quilt

Our fundraising effort in the year between our quilt shows is called the “In-Between” Quilt. You can win this wonderful quilt if you buy tickets. All members have been given a packet of tickets so buy your tickets soon! 


The In-Between Opportunity Quilt for OPQG to be raffled off in September 2019 is called Tulapalooza.  The quilt focused mainly on the use of Tula Pink fabrics to give it a fresh and modern look.  The quilt was conceived and created by the OPQG Modern Group who volunteered to make the quilt for the Guild.  According to the group leader, the goal was to make something that was a blend between traditional and modern to showcase something that would have appeal to many.  The blocks were created by 8 members of the group to include:  Lois Blonsit, Pamela Cannell, Deb Gillenwaters (now retired member), Jillian Grant, Donna Heddings, Annette Hosmann, Dorie Hruska (the quilter), Carol Pearson and Mary Vaughn.  “To say this was a labor of love is truly an understatement.  We wanted to give the Guild something that would get a lot of attention and maximize the number of tickets sold.”  In short the group wanted a quilt that people simply fell in love with.  It is with great pride that the Modern Group created a quilt that could be admired by everyone, no matter what their design preference is.


Pat Speth Comes to OPQG

It was an inspiring time spent with the Pat Speth at our October guild meeting. Pat began quilting in 1988 and has a special love for scrap quilts. She loves 5″ squares, hence her “Nickel Quilts” books were born. She uses traditional blocks and designs new ones using those 5″ squares. Her favorite block is the half square triangle and variations of that block. In addition to writing numerous individual quilt patterns and a block-of-the-month, Pat has designed five fabric collections for Windham Fabrics. From simple traditional blocks, she has created awesome quilts. Check out her blog

Open Sew Days at the Guild

For those of you who have never joined other members for an Open Sew Day, you have missed some fun. Lots of things go on during the time the guild is open for your sewing pleasure, including visiting with friends. Anyone can come and you are welcome to bring anything you are working on. If you need tips on design, quilt making, or just time away from housework, Open Sew is for you. Once a month there is a potluck lunch too. Contact Jane Otradovec for information.

During last week’s Open Sew, there was ……

                                                        Needle Threading, Paper Piecing, and Getting Ideas
                                                                   Pinwheels, Making Blocks, and Making More Blocks
                                                                     Binding, Designing, and Ironing….with friends???

August at OPQG

Our own OPQG member, Suzanne Louth, gave the program for our monthly meeting. She is a Texas native who can remember playing with buttons, fabric, and paper from her Grandfather’s clothing design table. He made clothes for some of the “rich and famous”. Suzanne was not interested in sewing clothes and doesn’t even like to do alterations but she LOVES to embroider and her quilt showing proves she is very good at it! She has won numerous prestigious awards. Here are just a few of her quilts…….  



It was a full house for the workshop she gave the next day. Her theme was Broderie Perse and Kay Turner said “This was the best workshop we have had.”