Category: What’s Happening

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.”

A Man Entertained Us In July!

Professor Ron Elmore, Associate Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, was our guest speaker at the July monthly meeting. He told us that he is a piece-er, not a quilter, and he ONLY does log cabins and the variation of log cabins, the courthouse steps and pineapples. He says he only makes straight, 1/4″ seams and doesn’t do triangles!
He began his quilt sewing career 8 years ago when he kept telling his wife “I can do that”, referring to her sewing. She bought him a machine and he has been raiding her stash ever since. He only did log cabins and courthouse steps until he met Shelley Burge who taught him the pineapple block that he considers a log cabin with the corners cut off. His log cabin blocks creates some very interesting quilt designs….. 

The Baby Sew In Was A Success

It was Friday the 13th but 23 ladies spent the day and joined forces to make and/or sign out baby quilts for Newborns in Need here in the Springfield MO area. The baby quilts are about 36 inches square, simple patterns with cute and bright fabrics……

Since January of 2018 our guild has donated 129 baby quilts to Newborns in Need; they distribute the baby quilts to other charities and to the local hospitals, wherever the need exists.  Our twice yearly Sew-Ins attract about 20 – 25 sewers.  Our guild also has baby quilt kits available at our monthly meetings for members to take home and complete. Contact Bobbie Thorne or Sandy Sutton for a kit. We hope to reach or surpass our goal of 250 baby quilts donated by the end of 2018.  We have lots of fun and put lots of love in stitching the baby quilts…..

The Monthly Meeting in June

The OPQG speaker this month was Betsy Chutchian from Texas. She is a former quilt shop owner who now designs for Moda fabrics. She a co-founder of 19th Century Patchwork Divas who are 24 ladies who exchange blocks and create some beautiful quilts from those exchanges. Their passion is vintage fabric. Her program gave an insightful look into the Divas and featured quilts made by them. 

The quilts below were a few made from the Divas’ exchanged blocks:

 These quilts were constructed using the same blocks but each had a different setting:

2018 Golden Thimble Award Winner

The Golden Thimble Award is an annual award, voted on by the membership and given by the guild, to recognize a member that has given extraordinary service to the guild.


The membership has decided that the 2018 Golden Thimble Award should go to Nancy Yeomans for her dedicated time and efforts at the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Nancy goes above and beyond in service to our quilt guild, including reorganizing the facility for more efficiency and getting the by-laws reviewed and updated. Way to go, Nancy, and thank you for all you do!

Vicki Samsel, President, presented the award to Nancy Yeomans




Past Golden Thimble Award Winners

  • 2017 Mary Loker
  • 2016 – Connie Bradford
  • 2015 – Karen Stanley
  • 2014 – Janice Woodring
  • 2013 – Genelle Reaves
  • 2012 – Bari Berger
  • 2011 – Judy Gold
  • 2010 – Kay Turner
  • 2009 – Maureen Ashlock
  • 2008 – Ann Highfill
  • 2007 – Nancy Whitaker
  • 2006 – Becky Toelke
  • 2005 – Lucille Sanders & Mary Marlin
  • 2004 – Evelyn Mihlfeld
  • 2003 – Betty Adams
  • 2002 – Donna Bollinger
  • 2001 – Louise Venturoni
  • 2000 – Liz Jackson & Nancy Jeffryes
  • 1999  – Sue Childers

Changing of Officers at OPQG

The May monthly meeting had numerous events…..

There was voting on the Golden Thimble Award for 2018. We will know who by next month who receives this coveted award.

There was lots of information about our upcoming quilt show. Registration is open for your quilt entries, quilts for bed turning and for the silent auction.

Judy Glover, outgoing President, was given a quilt in appreciation for her outstanding efforts while in office.

And the previous OPQG officers made way for new ones. We didn’t have all of them in attendance but here are a few:

From left to right – Debbie Abraham – 1st Vice President

                                 Donna Heddings – Night Secretary

                                 Rhonda Colton – Programs

                                 Ruth Pierce – Treasurer                                     

                                 Vicki Samsel – President

                                 (Nancy Yeomans – President Elect is missing)From left to right – Judy Glover – Membership

                                 Hazel McFall – Day Secretary

                                 Ruth Pierce – Treasurer

                                 Vicki Samsel – President        

                                 (Mary Loker – Quilt Show Chairman is missing)

From left to right – Presentation by Eleanor Bronenberg to Members at Large –

                                                               Karen Carroll

                                                               Loretta Herman 

                                                               Marcia Clark

                                                               (Charlotte Taylor Is missing)