September 2017 Helping Hands Newsletter 1
Helping Hands Newsletter
http://www.helpinghandsquiltguild.com/ September 2017 Dover, Delaware
Presidents Message Sue Hoecker
Vice Presidents Message Mary Dawn Ditty
Our speaker this month will be Sandi
Blackwell who created the term,
Square-agonal. She is from West Va.
where she sells her quilts and is deeply
involved in the quilting communities of
the state. Sandi teaches often, has
published 4 books as well as patterns,
teaches on Craftsy, etc.
Sandis program will be a Square-agonals Trunk Show. Continued on pg 2
Mark October 23 on your calendar for our annual Auction. Bins
available in back of room for you to contribute your items. Ive
been hearing a lot of great ideas for theme basketsstart
planning for yours now. You will be hearing from our Committee
regarding needs. Always a fun night.
Christmas Dinner Committee has been meeting and planning
details for a great evening of fellowship for all of us on
December 5th. Look for article in this newsletter.
Raffle Quilt 2018 is nearing completion. Lucinda Mercier is
chairing this project. Thank you to everyone who came to the
sewing workshops to work on thisyour efforts are appreciated.
Food Bank at First Baptist See article in this newsletter.
Thank you to Geri Headley for leading this effort. Many food
bags have been made by members and food items needed are
listed in a separate article in this newsletter. The end of year
holidays present significant needs for food banks. This is one
small way we can give back to the church and food bank where we
Ann Fischer has some exciting news to share from Quilting For
Others. Thirty-one quilts were assembled and sent to Houston
for flood victims. Great job, ladies! Always makes you feel good
to help others.
Membership for 2018 begins at our September meeting. $25
pays your dues for an entire year of meetings, workshops, and
special discounts to quilt shops. The value of sharing with a
group of people with like interests is immeasurable. See Kates
article in this newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you all September 25th! Say hello to
someone you havent met before and let them know they are
Sue Hoecker My Soul is Fed by Needle and Thread
Please join us every 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.
First Baptist Church of Dover, located at 301 Walker Rd.
Our membership fee is $25.00 per year.
Quilts of Valor night was a special evening. It was a very
meaningful ceremony, and wonderful to welcome so many guests.
Also enjoyed ourpicnic of fried chicken and all the side dishes.
Thanks go out to Peg Gilson and Betty Rigo for coordinating the
QOV effort, Mary Kokoszka for the ceremony, and to Robin
Aschenberg for coordinating the food. And, to each of you who
brought a special dish to share. A good time was had by all.
The Quilts of Valor free workshop was held the following day
with a full house of sewers, pressers, cutters and much donated
fabric. At the end of the day we had enough blocks for two
more quilts, with a third in the works! Great job Peg and Betty.
I hope each of you will take the simple pattern and contribute
to this worthy effort. This is your chance to be a part of this
September meeting holds the big reveal of our Block of the
Month Lucky 13 Quilts. Hope you are finishing yours to be
part of the fun. Sandi Blackwell, pattern designer, will be our
speaker for the evening, with a workshop on Tuesday. Look for
details in this newsletter.
UFO #5 is due at September meeting. I personally want to
thank Kate Ruper for this projectit has really kept me on
Raffle Quilt continues to travel to many venues. Barbara
Austin is doing an exceptional job promoting it. There are still
several slots open for you to serve at a venue its so much fun
meeting people and sharing the love of quilting. Dont forget to
pick up your tickets at the back table if you havent already
Our first annual Retreat was a great success. Thank you
to Mary Kokoszka and her Committee. A relaxing time for us all
to share free time sewing and fellowship. Thank you to Mary
Dawn Ditty and Lisa Stallings for your leadership in our evening
activities. Dont want to miss next years retreat. Date has been
set. Start planning for it now.
Refreshments Robin Aschenberg Hello Ladies of Helping Hands.
The letters of the alphabet responsible for refreshments this
month are "O -Z. If you are responsible for refreshments and are not going to attend that month, it would help if you contact another member
to take refreshments for you.
Thanks, your refreshment chair, Robin Aschenberg Any questions? Please feel free to call or e-mail me at:
302-670-2535, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Helping Hands Website: PLEASE REFER TO THE HELPING HANDS
WEBSITE http://www.helpinghandsquiltguild.com/ FOR CHANGES AND DETAILS ON OUR MEETINGS
Vice Presidents Message continued from pg 1
Membership Kate Ruper
Quilt of Valor Workshop
Our QOV Award Ceremony in August was so
inspiring that we want to get a start on quilts
for our 2018 awards. Fourteen members came
to work on QOV. Hard work was accomplished
by all! Enough blocks were made to assemble
two more quilts.
Those who helped were: Peg Gilson, Betty Rigo,
Sara Short, Tracy Vaughn, Rose Ann Battista, Sue Hoecker,
Geri Cohens-Headley, Joyce Sinclair, Beth Flaherty, Nancy
Thomson, Trish Audy, Barbara Austin, Marie Austin, Judy
Field, and Mary Dawn Ditty. See pictures of our product.
2017 QOV recipients
Reminder for Membership: HHQG Christmas Dinner The second HHQG Christmas holiday celebration will be
held December 5, 2017, at Wyoming United Methodist Church.
The doors will open at 5:30PM and dinner will be served
at 6PM. Tickets will go on sale at Guild meetings and will be
$18 per person.
THERE WILL BE NO SALES AT THE DOOR. The program
will have a short period of Show and Tell for members' quilts.
Due to time constraints, we request that you bring ONE quilt
for showing. POC: Nancy Roberts 302-538-5594
Sign up for September workshop:
Spiral Out by Sandi Blackwell
Tuesday, September 26
from 9-3 at Wyoming Methodist
$40 for members
Email Mary Dawn Ditty
Sign up for October workshop:
Wooly Tree workshop
Tuesday, October 24
2 sessions (AM or PM)
AM is full, PM still available.
$25 for members
Kits available for $25 fee payable at
ALL materials provided.
Wooly Tree model. Varied colors and sizes available.
Wooly Tree model. Varied colors and sizes available.
Raffle Quilt 2018 Lucinda Mercier
Dear Helping Hands Members,
This is our last sit n sew for next years raffle quilt and it
is to do the final cutting and piecing together of the top
and border. Please help if you can on September 13th at 6
p.m. at the Barclay Farms Clubhouse.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank our small group of ladies who have
already helped. Your time and efforts have shown, the
raffle quilt is beautiful. Be proud of yourselves.
I truly am...thanks so much, Lucinda Mercier
Workshop Fees: Fees for all-day workshops are $40 payable to the guild
when you sign up. Half day is $25. Member led workshops
are $15 to cover guild costs.
You have probably already heard, we are starting our annual
membership drive in September. We would like to have the
drive completed at the November meeting so the roster can
be finalized and made available to members in January 2018.
Dues remain $25. You can pay by cash or check made out to
Helping Hands quilt guild.
If you are not able to attend a meeting, you can mail me a
Thank you all for making my job as membership chair such a
You can text, phone, or email me with questions, but
remember I am one of those people who rarely reads email.
email@example.com , 302 697-7274, 302 359-5615 cell, Kate
Ruper 388 Sedgewick Dr. Magnolia, DE 19962