Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two Upcoming Fun Events for Q2 Members

Here is the first of two great opportunities to enjoy the company of your fellow Q2 members and let your eyes drink in the beauty of all the lovely quilts to see and enjoy the wares of the many vendors that will be at the Festival in Cincinnati.  The information on the first trip follows:


International Quilt Festival
Cincinnati, Ohio

April 7 - 9, 2011

April 7th
Leave Midland at 7:00 AM
Stop in Bluffton, OH at Forever in Stitches & Lunch
Stop in Fairborn, OH at Applachain Quilts
Arrive at Hyatt Regency at 4:00 PM
Preview Night at the Show 5:00 - 9:00 PM

April 8th

Spend the day at the International Quilt Festival
Duke Energy Center (walking distance from the hotel)
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Spend the evening at one of Cincinnati’s downtown restaurants or
take the bus across the river to Newport on the Levee and Newport
Aquarium for dinner, shopping and entertainment. also available a
Cruise/Dinner Cruise on one of
BB Riverboat’s 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

April 9th

Spend another day at the show
10:00 AM -3:00 PM
or visit The Cincinnati Museum Center and Omnimax Theatre
10:00 AM -3:00 PM

Depart Hotel at 4:00 PM

Stop at Olive Garden for Dinner

Arrive Midland 11:30 PM (Approx)

Note:  This trip is limited to 40 quilters on a first come, first served
basis.  Friends welcome.

Bus Transportation provided by Mitchell Buses . . . . . . . $115.00
Hyatt Regency - We have a block of twenty rooms for our group
please see Linda McGibbon to reserve your room)
(double occupancy - 2 nights) . . . . . $149.76/person for 2 nights
(breakfast not included)

Please contact Leslie Peterson or Linda McGibbon for more

Check the following web sites for more information:
International Quilt Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati . . . . . . . .
Forever in Stitches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Appalachian Quits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cincinnati Museum Center
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
BB RiverBoat Cruise . . . . . . .
Newport on the Levee .
Newport Aquarium . . . . . .

The second of the fun activities is a Summer Retreat in Gladwin next June.  If you have never been on a retreat, you are in for a good time.  I would urge you to go if you are free at that time. 

A Summer Retreat atThe Springs

1940 N. M-30
Gladwin, MI 48624
June 6-9, 2011

Quilting Center
The Springs is a Christian Camp and Year Round Retreat Center. They
host several quilting retreats throughout the year.
Our retreat starts at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 6th and ends at 5:00 PM
on Thursday, June 9th..
Each person will have a 6' table & padded chair. Bring a cushion or your
own chair for comfort. Bring your Ott lights too. We will have work
stations setup for cutting & ironing. Plus they have a wall for designing
quilts which can be shared by several people. Be sure to bring your
projects, rulers, rotary cutters, cutting mats, etc.

All meals are included starting with lunch on Monday and ending with
lunch on Thursday. The meals will be served buffet-style and are
prepared by the retreats staff. We will have a snack table for anyone
who wants to bring something to share. There is a refrigerator,
microwave and pop machine

Other Activities
The Springs is located next to the Sugar River. For those who are
adventurous, you can kayak or canoe - bring your own or use one of
theirs. They also offer a Zip Line Activity for $5.00 with a 10 person

White Elephant Auction We will host a white elephant auction
with the benefits being donated to the Center for their youth
programs. So bring items from your stash that you no longer want,
and will be auction them off

Rooms The Springs offer 20 hotel style rooms with private
bathroom. Each room contains 2 double beds - linens, towels &
wash clothes are included. Please bring your own soaps and

Prices Four days and three nights including lunch & dinner on day
1, breakfast, lunch & dinner on day 2 & 3 and breakfast & lunch on
day 4

Double occupancy /person $185.00

Contacts Leslie Peterson 989-450-0697 or Linda McGibbon


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sit and Sew will be on Friday, September 24

Please don't show up at Sit and Sew tomorrow or Tuesday!! For this month only, we will be meeting on Friday, September 24th at the usual time and usual place (10:00 - 3:00 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson). Hope to see lots of you there ready to work on anything you wish and to enjoy being with all the other quilters. As usual, bring your lunch, eat out or some go get lunch and bring it back. Sewing machines are welcome! I think you will really enjoy the day and it's such a good way to get to know each other.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What Happened To?

You may remember the charity quilts we worked on based on a pattern from Australia. At the time they had horrendous bush fires there, and we thought we could contibute by making blocks and sending them to a gal who was working on making quilts from them. was cost prohibitive to send so we decided to use the blocks and make twin size quilts for Shelter House.
Four quilts were completed and I will be taking them over to Shelter House in the next few days. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this activityUnfortunately, this was not the easiest of quilts to make (as everyone who was involved can attest to).

That said, the quilts that were completed turned out very nice and I know the folks at Shelter House will be very appreciative.
I have a complete set sorted, with all the binding cut, ready to go if anyone is interested (beware, this is not for the faint of heart - it is a pretty tedious pattern). Feel free to contact me.
Sorry for the fuzzy photos - not a really good day for taking pictures...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September, 2010, Meeting

Tuesday evening, September 14, a great turnout of Q2 members met for their first meeting of the 2010-11 year. To start the program, Ann Simansky and Patty Rapanos were introduced. Ann and Patty have opened a brand new quilt shop, The Park Bench, in the little shopping center at Swede and Wheeler. A welcome addition to Midland for all the quilters here and those shop hopping around Michigan. It's a bright, lovely shop full of beautiful fabric. I am sure we all will be dropping in and shopping there a lot.

This years Challenge Quilt was revealed by Julie Oman. The theme is "Wish You Were Here" - pick a country and do a 20 x 24 wall hanging in the style of a travel poster. For those of you who didn't get a chance to sign up this month, you will be able to do so at the October meeting. Nice challenge.

Carolyn Freeman and Johanna Frohm are in charge of the Mystery Quilt this year and talked about that. Even the snowbirds will be able to participate in this one.

Nancy Stanley, our president, explained the Rainbow Strip Club of Batiks - that should be a lot of fun, also. A color has been chosen for each month and those participating will bring twelve 2 1/2" strips cut from one yard of batik fabric. In October, the twelve strips will be cut from red batik. The strips you bring in will be mixed with those brought in by others and in November you will take home twelve assorted red pieces.

Deb Badour told us of the classes coming up and there are some good ones. You can check on the left sidebar to see what is offered and hopefully you will be able to sign up for some of them.

Dues ($15.00) are due and accepted by Earlene Albee, our treasurer.

Sit and Sew, a popular spinoff of Q2, has had another change for this month, September. We will be meeting on Friday, September 24 instead of the usual 3rd Tuesday. That is just for this month - in October, it goes back to the usual time.

Leslie Peterson and Linda McGibbon discussed plans for a retreat in Gladwin and a bus trip to a major quilt show next year. Stay tuned and I will post more information on those fun opportunities later on.

Lisa Lien talked of the making of placemats for Meals on Wheels - more will be forthcoming on that also.

And, if you wish to have something posted in our blog, e-mail Julie or Carol. It would be fun, too, if someone would like to put up a post about something - maybe a tutorial or some great hint you have discovered. It can be done!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Guild Year Begins!

Hello everyone - yep, it is time for our FIRST guild meeting of the 2010/2011 year!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Social Time: 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Our Redeemer Church, 889 S. Poseyville Rd., Midland, MI 48640 (next to
Randy's Green Thumb)
Membership dues: $15/year (New members are always welcome! If you quilt, or love quilts, please come and join us! )

We will be introducing this year's Challenge Quilt (Wish You Were Here), a Mystery Quilt, program highlights and information on our 2011 Quilt Show. We will also be finding out about a new store in town, The Park Bench (click link to see their website)! Not a meeting to be missed...

So pack up your Show and Tell items and be there - we look forward to seeing all of you and catching up!

Jewels and Fun Old Hag.....