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Are You Up For a Challenge?

The challenge is for you to create a quilt and enter it into the upcoming 2018 OPQG Quilt Show. There are 2 challenges for you to choose from. If you are a guild member you can enter both  If you are not a member, you are welcome to join in the fun of Challenge #2.  

Challenge #1 – “The Quilted Phrase” – Take a phrase drawn at random, such as ‘a penny for your thoughts’, ‘head in the clouds’, ‘to hit a wall’ or ‘sour grapes’, and make a quilt using the phrase as inspiration.

  1. Maximum 160” perimeter
  2. Quilts will be judged and eligible for ribbons and prize money.
    1. Entry deadline – July 1, 2018
    2. Enter in Judged Quilts – The Quilted Phrase
  3. Phrases used must be drawn randomly and must come from the guild challenge’s list of 400+ phrases
  4. Challenge open to Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild members only
  5. Members may draw 2 phrases and use their favorite one for their quilt inspiration
  6. Phrase must be included on the entry description
  7. Quilt means top, batting and backing. Embellishments allowed.
  8. If a member is unable to make the guild meeting to draw a phrase, they may contact Bari Berger by email or phone for their randomly drawn phrases.

Challenge #2 – Dots & Stripes Challenge – Create a quilt of your choice using dots and stripes. The variety of dotted and striped fabrics available seems unlimited, so using fabrics of varying scale, color and style, you can create many different effects. Your quilt may be playful, whimsical and fun, or precise and symmetrical. For a unique look, try fussy cutting stripes and piece the units into elegant motifs or blocks. Let your imagination lead the way and join the Dots & Stripes Challenge!

  1. Perimeter must be between 160” and 280”
  2. Dots and Stripes must make up at least 50% of the quilt, so that they are the predominant feature of the quilt when viewed.
  3. Quilts will be judged and eligible for ribbons and prize money.
    1. Entry deadline – July 1, 2018
    2. Enter in Judged Quilts – Dots & Stripes Challenge
  4. Challenge open to anyone, you do not have to be a guild member to enter.

Quilt means top, batting and backing. Embellishments allowed.

Auction Time at OPQG

The October monthly program was a fundraising auction for our guild and raise funds it did! The guild bank account is $8,633.45 richer. Marilynn Bilyeu was kind enough to oversee the auction. Thanks goes out to her and her crew of volunteers: 

Joyce Sanders, Maryann Holt, Diane Eisman, Susan Moran, Mary Loker, Diane Williams, Elaine Woosley, Carol Hanson, Mary Ann Wenger, Lisa Kumfer, Janice Woodring, Carol Zgadlo, Carolyn Peine, and Betty Bonnot.
Thanks also goes out to all who donated items that made the auction such a great success.
We had a volunteer auctioneer for the night meeting. Due to a mixup, he missed the day meeting but look who stepped up to take over…..Our own Terri Davis! Thank you, Terri! This author heard lots of great things about the day auction and the fun that was had. I’m sorry I had to miss it; I was able to attend the night auction, though! If you missed attending either one, you missed some terrific bargains.



OPQG Quilts at the Library Center

Every year the Springfield-Greene County Library asks the OPQG to decorate a display case in the entry hall of the Library Center on South Campbell Avenue. This year the Guild’s charitable efforts are being showcased with examples from Community Quilts, Baby Quilts, Cancer Hats, Squad Car Quilts, Doll Quilts, and Quilts of Valor. The library staff receives many great comments about the display. The quilts will be up the entire month of September. Be sure to stop by the Library Center for a closer look!


Community Quilts and the Green County Sheriff’s Department

The ladies of the Community Quilt group decorated a Green County Sheriff’s Department car with quilts this week. WHY? Because they donated 25 quilts for “Operation Squad Car”. This makes a total of 65 quilts given to the Greene Co. Sheriff’s office.  Corporal Ussery told us that they are packaging the quilts in a plastic bag along with a small toy (Beenie Baby) and a note that the bundle is from the people of Greene County and the quilt was made with love by the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild. A bundle is given as an attempt to foster respect between children and the police. Thank you to all who have contributed to this effort!

The “Rug Maker” Comes to OPQG

Laura Jean Pleachet, a former rug maker at Silver Dollar City, joined us for our July monthly meeting. She entertained us with the history of her entry into rug making that started with her grandmother. The tool that she uses today for her craft was designed by her grandmother in the early 1900’s. It looks somwhat like a crochet hook with a point on the other end. All rugs begin with fabric inserted on the tool like this:

Here are some of the beautiful creations that came from Laura Jean and this little tool:

First Annual Mid-Year Baby Sew-In

The Mid-Year Baby Quilt Sew-In that was held on July 14, 2017 was a great success!!  We had 16 ladies who came to sew that day.  Each sewed one kit during our sew-in and some took a kit home.  All in all we distributed 22 kits!!!  We were delighted at such a good turn out for our first Mid-Year Baby Quilt Sew-In. If you missed the event, see a sampling of the completed quilts and some of the ladies who made them…..