Every month the Monthly Mini is a fundraiser for the guild. Our April Monthly Mini is donated by Judy Glover and it is beautiful! It’s a 4 patch posie project from the March Education Class taught by Joanne Simonson. Chances are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Get your tickets at the next guild meeting on Tuesday, April 25. The drawing will be held at the night meeting. Don’t miss out!
The OPQG Patriotic Piecemakers were invited to the Springfield Library Center on Sunday, April 2, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of WWI. A room full of veterans and guests were present to witness men and women receiving Quilts of Valor in honor of their military service. It was a great pleasure to meet all of them, especially the WWII veterans. There aren’t very many of these special WWII people left. After the presentation, the Springfield National Guard played music for our enjoyment. Here are pictures of the memorable day…….
Our Patriotic Piecemakers, presented Quilts of Valor at the Harmony Baptist Church in Rogersville, Missouri this week. Deserving veterans were awarded a quilt to thank them for their military service. Some of that service dated back to WWII.
Nearly everyday the OPQG building is filled with activity. On a recent Open Sew day Nancy Jones completed hand piecing her quilt top. Great job Nancy!
And during the March Turning Points meeting, Carol Zygadlo gave some great instructions for embroidery stitches. Thanks Carol!
The first OPQG meetings of 2017…..
The January morning meeting historically is the Baby Quilt Sew In with a potluck lunch. And this year was no different. We can thank member, Nancy Jefferies, for organizing the event. It was a full house with sewers and helpers. The group was ‘camera shy’ and unfortunately, no pictures were taken. However, there were many baby quilts constructed that day that will be donated to hospitals and groups in need. Thank you to all involved.
We can thank Kate Rasmussen and the Scrappy Too group for the night meeting. Their Show and Tell night gave many of us inspiration to use up our scraps. There were original ideas and some from Bonnie Hunter Mysteries. Leftovers from the InBetween quilt made a beautiful look and some quilts were made from the stacks of odds and ends in the back room. Look and see what the group has accomplished……..
The GO!Cutter group had their first quarterly meeting of 2017 this week. Take a look at their show and tell projects:
Whether using the go-cutter to create more fun projects, or showing us some of her work, Glenda is one of our group members enjoying this fun group.
Yevonne and Lona had some quilts to share that showcase just a portion of their work. They said they often work together to get to a finished project.
It is an OPQG tradition to combine the November and December monthly meetings into one huge Christmas party. As you can see below it was a festive day…..
Thanks goes out to these lovely ladies who hosted the party –
Vickie Samsel, Lisa Kumfer, and Mary Ann Wenger.
We had singers, Becky Wolpert and Mary Loker, lead the Christmas carols.
The members not only quilt, they cook too! And cook they did. It was hard to find places to put everything.
The “bingo bust” – all were ready to play but a funny thing happened.
All of the cards were the same. We had a good laugh!
The Christmas sweater contest, both pretty and ugly, was a hoot!
The prettiest of the day.
And Terri Davis was very proud of her ugly one.
And this all happened in the morning, this author knows that it was repeated in the evening but I’m sorry to report, no one took pictures.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas with love, health, and happy quilting in the New Year!
Community Quilts co-chairman, Connie Bradford, contacted the Springfield Police Department to see if a squad car could stop by the OPQG building for some pictures. The SPD publicity person thought it was news worthy and contacted the local TV stations. They arrived to interview and make news clips….our Squad Car Quilts Project got famous! Because of the TV publicity, Community Quilts received donations of fabric and finished quilts to further their efforts.
On Sunday, February 12, the Quilt of Valor group, Patriotic Piecemakers, had another presentation for veterans. Twelve men and women who served our country in various branches of the military were given a quilt to say “Thank you for your service”. The quilts were in a wide array of patterns and were gratefully accepted. See the quilts below:
Operation Squad Car is the ‘brain child’ of Connie Bradford. During one of her meditation sessions on the sidewalk in front of the guild, Connie encountered a Springfield police officer. She had an idea. If there was a small quilt in the police car, a child in stressful situations could be comforted. The policeman was very receptive to the idea. Now Community Quilts has launched Operation Squad Car.
If you would like to help with this project, it would be greatly appreciated. There are approximately 60 Springfield police cars so that is a lot of quilts! We are looking for small quilts suitable for children. You can make your favorite quilt pattern. Flannel scraps made into a rag quilt or a whole cloth kid print would work too. Or if you are out of ideas, this quilt can be made in a couple of hours. It is cut WOF and sewed in strips. Here is the pattern Favorite Donation Quilt thanks to MaryQuilts.com.