Category: What’s Happening

The July Program and Workshop

The program for the July OPQG monthly meeting, “Leisure Quilts as Refrigerator Art”,  was given by Jan Patek from Cameron, Missouri. Check out her blog


In her workshop, she taught a few of her simple techniques for making all those applique pieces and parts look perfect, every time!

The workshop was full of happy students. (Several stayed long enough to be in a pictures.)  Great thing about workshops is not just the education portion, but it also includes the chance to strengthen friendships and forge new ones.  It was a great day!

Baby Quilt Sew-In

If you’ve never attended a Baby Quilt Sew in, you’ve missed a good time. On July 12, fifteen quilters attended a fun work day.  28 kits were given out and pretty soon the sewing machines were humming.  Because the quilts are small, most ladies got 2 tops done that day. Seven quilts were donated by two guild members who used their own fabrics. 

Bobbi Thorne and Sandy Sutton, co-chairman, want to say “Thank you to an awesome group of quilters for supporting the Baby Quilt donation effort.”

These are sampling of the quilt tops made that day……

Fun with the 60 Degree Ruler

The phrase “a great time was had by all” definitely was on the minds of all the students pictured in these photos from the June workshop with Reeze Hanson. As the subtitle from Heather Mulder Peterson’s book “Sizzlin’ Sixties’ stated, making hexagon blocks from 2 1/2 inch strips really is easy. In addition, these lucky members spent the day learing many other skills that resulted in making accurate piecing a breeze, especially when using the simple tools included in the class instruction. Reeze also demonstrated a variety of ways to arrange the blocks created with the 60 degree ruler. Many thanks to Reeze from the OPQG workshop members for a day well  spent.   

Community Quilts Mystery 2019

The Community Quilts group sponsored a mystery quilt for anyone that was interested. Over 30 ladies joined in an 8 week journey of instructions. The journey began with the fabric choice of two colorways in scrappy fabrics and one focus fabric. Sewing clues were given each week that were followed until the reveal. The pattern was the same for all of the quilts but color choices gave the quilts a unique difference. Here are some of the finished quilts……

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.