Bring tonight …

… and your 2013 – 2014 Mystery Quilt, or partial MQ. Thanks, Cathy, Carol, and Jan


Just a reminder for tomorrow’s meeting because there’s lots to remember! Please bring your name tag, a fat quarter of your favorite color, a batik fat quarter for the door prize drawings, red and blue fabric scraps (6″ or more) for quilt show ribbons,  quilt books or magazines to trade. Refreshments will be ice cream sundaes so bring a few cookies to share or perhaps a favorite topping.

The meeting starts at 7pm but the doors open at 6pm for socializing! See you there!



Looking for fabrics

With these cooler days if you are in off the beach, not out in yard so much, spend a little time in your fabric stash.

For the ribbons for quilt show they are looking for reds, blues, and whites.  Scour through your fabrics and bring anything over six inch pieces to the September or October meeting and leave on back table.   Prints, geometrics, stripes, florals etc all will work well.   For the white just solid or tone on tone. 100 percent cotton only, please.   They don’t have to be patriotic at all.   If any specific questions contact Carol Sullivan.

Gail Wozniak

Kennebunk Retreat

The form for the next retreat has been posted.  Please note, the form and payment need to be in by the end of September.  Let Kathy Pearse know if you have any questions.


Just a quick note to tell you that Pat Lucey is not up to doing the newsletter in the usual way. She’s still recovering from a difficult surgery but feels that she’s finally on the road to feeling better. She has requested that if you have something to share please email her soon. She will post what’s necessary on the blog. Please help spread the word about the meeting to all.


Some points to remember are to wear your favorite color and bring a fat quarter to match as part of the ice cream social. We’re also looking for a donation of a batik fat quarter from each person so that we can bundle them for door prizes. Bring them to Liz Swan when you check in at the meeting. There’s also a need for red and blue (not together) fabrics for quilt show ribbons. I know that there’s lots more but I’ll let y’all email Pat.

Thanks Ann




“Thank you to all the people who sat with the raffle quilt at the World Quilt Show or at Manns Orchid. We did very well !!  The next time the quilt goes out is November 6 through 9 at The Gathering at the Radisson in Manchester.” There will be a sign up sheet at the September meeting. If you don’t get to see it, call or email Betty Hastings Directly to sign up.”




For the people bringing treats: mention toppings for ice cream sundaes and cookies.





Merrimack Valley Quilters   General Meeting    June 19, 2014

65 members and 2 guests were present

Bev Valle, President 2013 – 2014 called the meeting to order at 7 P.M. and introduced Betsy Dorr of Quilt Essentials, our vendor for the evening.   http://www.quilt-essentials.com/

Lin Caiado, V.P. 2013 – 2014 introduced Tami McKay, of Anne Marie House, who spoke about their mission.  We presented her with 68 comfort quilts while holding them up in an inspiring Show-and-Tell circle.   http://annemariehouse.org/aboutus

Speaker:  Sue Richards introduced Judy Buswick, who spoke movingly about the subject of her book, Sally Palmer Field, New England Quilter.  http://judybuswick.com/

Membership:  Liz Swan reminded us that there will be a lottery among those whose applications are mailed in before Sept. 1, 2014; the prize will be free membership for next year.  Applications were available at the front table and are on the M.V.Q. website.  http://mvquilters.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/membership-form-2014-2015.pdf

UFO Challenge:  Ann Stobbs presented Bev Valle with the prize, picked by lottery from among those who completed the UFOs they had entered.

Block Raffle:  Ann also presented Asian blocks to three lucky winners:  Marianne Karp, Dee Morris, and Sue Dodge.

Donation and Gift recipients were announced by Bev; the New England Quilt Museum, St. Luke’s/Holy Angels Church, Glenn Hughes, custodian, and the Plaistow Library.

Raffle Quilt 2013 – 2014:  Barbara Callard, Barbara Ward, and Roseanne Ricketson presented the left-over quilt blocks to the winner of that raffle; Bev Valle!

Raffle Quilt 2014 – 2015:  Betty Hastings requested help selling Raffle Quilt tickets at the World Quilt show in Manchester, in mid-August. She sent around a sign-up sheet for volunteers.

Programs 2014 – 2015:  Lyn Grenier, Signe Kaleel, and Gail Wozniak spoke about programs for next year.  Brochures were available at the Programs table.  September’s program will be “Show Your Colors: Ice Cream Social.”  Wear your favorite color and bring a matching Fat Quarter, and all of your previously loved quilting magazines.  The Saturday workshop will be a free-sew.  Don’t forget to keep working on your toilet-paper rolls!

Quilt Show:  Gail Wozniak and Helen Weymouth, co-chairs, announced the theme of next year’s show as “Celebrate America; the Red, White, and Blue, and 35 Years of M.V.Q.”  Please volunteer to help.

Quilter of the Year:  Cathy Harnisch, last year’s recipient, revealed that there were two winners this year:  Congratulations to Ann Stobbs and Mary Stobbs.  They were presented with well-deserved gift certificates.

New Boards:  Bev thanked all of the Board and Committee members who had served under her and supported her, and then she presented the nominees for the new Board;  Ann Hockmeyer for President, Betty Dahlquist for Vice President, Jan Taylor for Secretary, Elaine Rando for Accounts Payable, and Marianne Karp for Accounts Receivable.  The members voted to accept this entire new board.

Ann Hockmeyer, President 2014 – 2015 thanked our previous President and Vice-President for their service, and presented them with pretty yellow flowered hanging plants and M.V.Q. 2014 lapel pins.

Show and Tell began with the participants of last month’s workshop on reverse machine applique with Cathy Miller.  They each brought a beautiful and unique creation, as were the other quilts shown.

Monthly Raffle:  The batik Fat Quarters were won by Dee Morris.

Next Board Meeting: Wed. Sept. 3, 2014 at 7 P.M.at the Plaistow Library.

Next General Meeting: Thurs. Sept. 18, 2014 7 P.M., doors open at 6 P.M. for set-up and socializing.

Respectfully submitted,   Janice Taylor, Secretary



The 2015-2016 Raffle Quilt Blocks will be ready at the September 18th meeting. Bring $5 in exchange for a few blocks with directions. Take them home to sew together, and when the blocks are returned, you get your $5 back. Blocks will be available until the December meeting and can be returned at any meeting up to the January meeting.

Thank you.

Lin Caiado and Bev Valle, co-chairs.




These beautiful flowers brightened my room at Cape Cod Hospital this month as I was recovering from major appendectomy surgery. I am mending slowly and will post an abbreviated Newsletter on the blog!  Pat Luceyphoto-001

2015 Quilt Challenge

The rules for the 2015 Quilt Show Challenge have been posted to the Challenge page.
Please remember it has to have the hatchet block (of any size) included on it. Hatchet block pattern for reference can be found here on blog under membership). Thank you, Gail Wozniak


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