Okay members, who wouldn’t want this in your home this fall? Vicki Brunk made and donated this mini. She got the pattern when Yellow Creek Quilt Designs was at the guild. It is a combo of cotton with wool appliqué. She did an excellent job. Come to the September guild meeting and come with money. Tickets will be $1 or 6 for $5. The more you buy the better chance you have to win. Remember the money benefits our guild.
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!
Missie Carpenter (www.traditionalprimitives.com) grew up in Springfield, Missouri, so both she and the OPQG members enjoyed her visit at our August meeting. Her quilts were something to see and up close they were amazing!
If you were unable to attend, here are a few pictures of what you missed…..
If you have a Featherweight machine and leave it at home, you are missing the fun at the
Featherweight Group meetings…..
These little machines made BIG bags as seen in this group picture.
The OPQG Patriotic Piecemakers presented quilts to deserving military veterans last Sunday. Most veterans were from the Vietnam era. There were tears in the eyes of some as they were handed a quilt and thanked for their service. Our own OPQG member, Barbara Benoit, created and presented three of her family members with quilts. There was a special presentation by the Ladies American Legion Post. The ladies presented yards and yards of fabric and a check to the Patriotic Piecemakers so that they can continue to create Quilts of Valor. It was a very memorable day!
The Veterans and Their Quilts…..
Barbara Benoit presenting quilts to her family…..
The Ladies American Legion members presenting Connie Bradford, chairman, with fabric and a check….
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!
This editor just had to share this tidbit…..
The OPQG ladies selling tickets for our 2017 quilt got a special surprise. Tom Green, of Springfield, bought raffle tickets from them at the Fair. He composed this poem on the spot and read it aloud as he was dropping his tickets in the box. Such a talent!
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:
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…..