Category: What’s Happening

Pat Speth Comes to OPQG

It was an inspiring time spent with the Pat Speth at our October guild meeting. Pat began quilting in 1988 and has a special love for scrap quilts. She loves 5″ squares, hence her “Nickel Quilts” books were born. She uses traditional blocks and designs new ones using those 5″ squares. Her favorite block is the half square triangle and variations of that block. In addition to writing numerous individual quilt patterns and a block-of-the-month, Pat has designed five fabric collections for Windham Fabrics. From simple traditional blocks, she has created awesome quilts. Check out her blog

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:

Merrily Parker Comes to OPQG

February’s monthly meeting was very enjoyable because of Merrily Parker, owner of Merrily We Quilt Along in Springfield. She entertained us with stories. The picture shows one of her first quilts that was made out of 32 yards of fabric (she knew little about quilting when she bought the fabrics). She showed us quilts from her family and others that she made. Many of her first quilts were quilted using a domestic machine. Everyone got a chuckle when she told us that “now she quilts using a checkbook.” Everyone in attendance got a $5 gift certificate to her shop. Now, aren’t you sorry you missed the day?