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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)



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?

A Must Read for All OPQG Members

OPQG Bylaws Review

Per our existing Bylaws, a committee to Review Bylaws was created in 2017 to perform a review of the Guild Bylaws. The committee consists of Marilyn Bilyeu, Rhonda Colton, D.J. Maas, Joyce Sanders, Janice Woodring, and Nancy Yeomans. The recommendations were presented to the Board at the January, 2018 meeting. Due to recent changes in requirements and the size of the Guild, it was determined that a major overhaul of the Bylaws is needed. The existence and use of the Bylaws is for the protection of the Guild. It describes how the Guild functions and is a portion of the requirements to be a not for profit organization.

Currently we have two Documents – the Bylaws and the Policies. With the approval of the revised bylaws, the Policies document is renamed as the Standing Rules.


Please read:     OPQG 2018 Bylaws Draft after Eexecutive Board Review and 

                           OPQG 2018 Standing Rules DRAFT after E Board Review


The schedule moving forward includes:

·         This article is included in the January and February Newsletters

·         Discussion will be held at the March meeting

·         Voting on the revised Bylaws will occur in the April Meeting.

Due to the size of the new documents, they are not included in the newsletter. Those members currently receiving paper copies of the Newsletter will receive paper copies of the Bylaws and Standing Rules in the mail.

In order to adequately protect our Guild, the two new documents are 48 pages. As a result, the Committee strongly urges you to NOT PRINT A COPY. Please help save trees by reading the documents on your computer devices.

Many, many hours were spent by the Committee to complete their assignment. We even had pro bono attorney assistance in research and legal review. The proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules exceed current requirements and should favorably position the Guild for years to come.

If you have any questions, please email Nancy Yeomans at .

KSMU-FM Radio Came to OPQG

Ozarks Quilters Piece Together A Strong Tradition

  DEC 28, 2017

Mona McCann, has been quilting since she was a kid:  “I think there’s something real emotional about quilts. I feel like so much of you, is expressed is a quilt.”  Mona-Gail Pearce grew up on a farm with a Clever Missouri mailing address: “I was born in the country, and one of my grandmothers was a quilter, and I thought she was the greatest thing on earth.  My mother and aunt grew up in the Methodist Church in Clever, and I would go to the quilting each week with them.  The ladies would have lunch and talk about things in the community.”

Mona McCann’s 1991 Quilt Made For a Grandchild

Posters to Wikipedia, suggest Quilting began in Europe, sometime in the 12th Century, and came across the Atlantic to America, with the Pilgrims.  In the years since, American quilts and quilt making has seen a variety of forms, including Colonial Quilts, Medallion Quilts from the mid-19th Century, Whole Cloth, and Crazy Quilts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are over 21 million quilters in the United States.  Around 300 quilters are members of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

Judy Glover is the current President of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  “We meet once a month, the 4th Tuesday of the month, at 10am, and at 6pm.” She says as she operates a bright red, 1957 Singer Featherweight electric Sewing Machine.  “We also have sub-groups (which meet throughout the month) anyone can belong to.  Today, (11/28/17) we are doing Community Quilts, so everyone is working on a Baby Quilt, or a Hospice Quilt, or a Squad Car Quilt, to be given to someone in the community.  Tomorrow, the Quilts of Valor group will meet.”

Connie Bradford, who chairs the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Quilts of Valor Committee, says:  “When we finish up several Quilts of Valor, lap quilts, we will send them to the Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon Missouri.”

Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild President Judy Glover With Her 1957 Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine

Each year, says Judy Glover, The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, makes 2 formal presentations of Quilts of Valor quilts, to area Veterans.  “We’ve made at least 4 presentations.  The last one, we gave out 22 Quilts of Valor.”

Basically, when Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild sub-groups get together, Quilting Parties break out; much to the betterment of our community, says Judy Glover: “Our goal this year is to supply 400 Doll Quilts, to Crosslines, and we are very close to that goal. We supply to Baby Quilt Ministry, Newborns in Need,  Ronald McDonald House, both Springfield hospitals, and Hospice.  It’s all donated work, it’s all donated fabric.  We do a lot for the community.  Last year, we donated 800 quilts to the community.”

Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild Member Karen Stanley

As to what quilting is, Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild member Karen Stanley recalls remarks made to the Guild a few years back, by a visiting speaker from Kansas: “To him, quilting is 4 things, and it’s very true.  1. Quilting is Utility…We make quilts to be useful. 2. Quilting is Fellowship…We get together and talk about quilting, we chit-chat about all sorts of things. 3. Quilting is Art…there’s an art factor to even the most simple quilts, and there are some Art Quilts that will blow your mind.  And 5; Quilting is also therapy… A lot of us consider it a Zen type of thing.  It makes us happy.”

I tell my husband Gordon, (quilting) it’s my tranquilizer.  I happen to like almost any quilt, I’m that sold on them” says Mona McCann.

Mona McCann, who did most of her adult quilting with the First and Calvary, Quilters, is also sold on a particular type of sewing machine to do her quilting. A model we heard examples of earlier in this story.  Mona McCann owns 2, Singer Featherweights.  One of which she inherited from her mother, Mrs. Roy E Pearce, of Clever Missouri:  “I have a Featherweight I bought an auction.  I stood there all day to get it.  I wanted one because my mother had one.  She sold a cow to buy her Featherweight, and it still works like clockwork.  They are amazing, and just the neatest things for quilters, because they can carry them, they are in such a small case.”  

Mrs. Roy E Pearce’s Receipt For a February 1940 Purchase of a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine She Sold a Cow to Buy

Mona McCann’s mother’s paperwork from her purchase of the Singer, show the transaction took place at the Springfield Missouri Singer Shop, February 26, 1940. 



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.