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National Quilting Day


National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March. It is a day that is celebrated around the country with special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more. This is a day to appreciate and to recognize quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love and skill that goes into the making of each quilt. National Quilting Day was started at the June 1991 annual show of the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska […]

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Farm Fiber Fun 2019


Save the dates: May 16-21 A time to get together with others and learn new fibery techniques. Especially anything messy such as dying fabrics with many techniques, mono printing with gelli plates or glass base, stamping, etc. Also things such as felting, tatting, sculpting features for fiber figures, wool, and weaving. Farm Fiber Fun needs: Coffee Cans (plastic) 1.8 lbs. size More information to follow in the March newsletter.

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President’s February Message


The MVQG Spring Retreat is coming fast. I started going 6-7 years ago and have only missed one since then. It is a time to get away from all the things in life that we have pulling us away from sewing every day …….cleaning, cooking every meal, responsibili-ties to others, meetings, yard work…you get it. It was a little scary my first time because I didn’t really know anyone except 1 person. What was I getting myself into? I took […]

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New Historical Quilt Books


BOOKS OF INTEREST The Historical Interest committee is delighted to tell you of the 2 new books in the library. Both are written by my 3rd favorite Quilt Historian, Sue Reich. Reich is a superb researcher. In World War I the pictures of quilts are not what we would call patriotic. Chapter one is “Quilting through the 1910s.” From Crazies to redwork to tobacco silks are covered. Pictures of antique fabrics and a page for the Sears catalog and the […]

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President’s January Message


Admittedly, this is the first time I attended the Charity Group. It was an amazing experience. Lots to do, hustle, bustle and conversation. There were multiple stations set up including piecing tops, piecing backs, finding backs to be pieced, sandwiching layers, running the tying thread, and tying the quilts. Each person was working diligently toward the goal of a finished quilt. Once they are tied they go home with someone to be bound and returned to the general meeting or […]

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2019 Programs and Classes


March 5: A regional speaker from Iowa, Becky Wright, will present two different trunk show/lectures on Civil War Quilts. In the afternoon she’ll focus on “The Importance of Quilts and Textiles during the Civil War” and in the evening her topic is “Christian Stafflinger: The Story of a Soldier and His Quilt.” April 2: Rita Lynn from Almost Heaven Designs in Colorado, will present two different trunk show/lectures for our Guild meetings in April — “Follow the Path, Even if […]

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2019 MVQG Challenge-Wine and Chocolate


The theme for the 2019 MVQG Challenge is Wine and Chocolate. Specific rules are $1.00 entry fee per challenge. Quilts must be no larger than 144 inches in circumference. You may use both wine and chocolate or either one. Bring your challenge to the Sept meeting. They will be displayed and voted on at the meeting that night. Top three vote getters will win gift certificates to Heartland Cottons in Dewitt, Iowa. Now sit back, close your eyes and imagine […]

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Spring Retreat Time


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Click here to download Spring Retreat Form. SPRING RETREAT It is time to get ready for Spring Retreat! Non-stop fun from March 6—March 10! The MVQG Spring Retreat is March 6-10, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church Camp in DeWitt, Iowa. Retreat starts at 8 am on Wednesday and ends at 3 pm on Sunday. At retreat you can do anything you want: sleep in, stay up all night, go on road trips with your friends, work on your own projects, […]

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President’s December Message


This month we are going to look at what the Pin-Pals are about. In December we meet on the 18th 9-3 at the Butterworth Educational Center (garage) We will be meeting the 4th Tuesday of each month starting January 2019. Winter is setting in, which means less getting out to be around friends. It is important that we keep in touch and get out among people when roads are good. We stay happier when we are able to do that. […]

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President’s November Message


by Diana Engelbrecht Over the next year I am going to introduce you to each of our guild groups that meet. There are a lot of new members and it is my hope to help demystify some of the announcements. Get Away is open to all members. We meet at the Deere Wiman Carriage House for one Friday, 8 am-9 pm, Saturday 8 am-9 pm and Sunday noon-5 pm each month. Usually it is the first full weekend of the […]