“Collecting the Pieces”
Among the first members were people from several different groups; some knew Judy Kirby as a teacher at Licking Valley or from her at home quilt teaching at “Patchwork Cottage”; a few from another quilting group called Legendary Quilters and assorted others with associations at “The Sampler”, a quilt shop in Granville owned by Anne Ormond. A representative number from those different groups came together at a meeting in Granville in June 1990. The newsletter from August ’90 defines various offices and committees. It called for a contest to give this group a name. Office candidates and those ultimately becoming the first officers are: President-Judy Kirby, 1st. Vice Pres.-Tresa Keys, 2nd Vice Pres.-Debby Warthen, Secretary-Penny Haren and Treasurer-Denise Edmunds. The Sept. ’90 newsletter listed Penny Haren and Marsha Jones as Editors. Per the very brief proposed By-laws, dues were $12.00 plus $5.00 extra if you would like the delightful newsletter mailed to you. We did not actually collect those dues until Jan. ‘91 although some members wanted to help us build an operating fund and paid in advance. A quilt block challenge was proposed and it was suggested that those blocks might be contributed to a raffle quilt. Marilyn Anderson and Lois Minisker found us a meeting home. Future meeting were held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Granville, Ohio, for FREE, on the third Tuesday of each month.
Paul Goudy, the curator of the Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville, invited our group to host the Museums next quilt show in May 1991. We voted to accept this ambitious project that would be a month long exhibit!
The FIRST splinter group was announced by Marilyn Anderson, an appliqué group that met at her home on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, starting that September. Judy Kirby followed with an announcement of an evening group at her home on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thirty six potential names were suggested for this guild. Each submission was accompanied by a fat quarter. The top three names were; Heart ‘N Hand; Heart of Ohio Quilters; and Ohio Star Quilters. These were voted on at the Oct. ’90 meeting. Judi Kirby, Susie McCleary, Pam Abraham and Debbie Warthen had submitted these names and they divided the fat quarters as their prizes. The name HEART OF OHIO QUILTERS GUILD prevailed!!
In four short months our roster held forty names. Roll was called for attendance at each meeting until that became impractical in April 1992. Each member was fined 25 cents if she forgot to wear her nametag to the meeting.
A Quilt Show committee, including plans for a raffle quilt was started at the Oct. ’90 meeting. Pam Abraham, Dee Dee Dudgeon and Penny Haren made 30 block packets that were sold at the Nov. meeting; these were due back by the meeting in Jan. ’91. A timeline for the month of May Quilt Show was set; Denise Edmunds and Pat Schramm were publicity chairs; Marilyn Anderson secured Anita Schakleford to teach on two of the weekends. Plans were made for a luncheon/style show to be held the first weekend of the show. The show was named TIMELESS TREASURERS. Fashions for the style show were furnished by The Granville Sampler, The Quiltery and The Glass Thimble quilt shops.
The first guild bank account was opened with Denise Edmunds and Tresa Keys as signers. By the Dec. ’90 meeting we had $324.00 to start funding some of our lofty ideas.
Carol Lucko won the design for our guild pin contest. It consisted of a blue background, white Ohio star and red heart in the center. Joy Jung researched how these could be produced for purchase by members and also sold at the show.
By December we had reserved the Charm Country View Inn for our FIRST guild sponsored retreat, to be held in Feb. 1991. A collective effort would be to work on the raffle quilt.
It was recommended by the guild board that we charter with the National Quilting Association. This would be especially helpful in seeking insurance coverage for the show. We voted on this and officially became Chapter 501 of the NATIONAL QUILTING ASSOCIATION in January 1991.
Marsha McCloskey, Marianne Fons, and Pat Andreatta were some nationally know teachers being featured by various quilt shops in the area.
The central Ohio coordinator of ABC quilts spoke at our Feb. meeting. Rose Beck became the first committee chair to start getting groups of us together to make baby quilts for this effort. This eventually became a splinter group that met at St. Francis Church in Newark. By Aug. of 1992 we had donated our first 100 baby quilts!! One workshop was even covered by Channel 6 news!
March ’91 found us with about 50 members; new mailboxes instituted by Theresa Roy; a guild library where Renie Morin, FIRST librarian, added a new book every time 5 new members joined; Carol Lucko was our NQA liaison; Penny Haren wrote our newsletter that contained lots of recipes, poems and quilty readings, members personal profiles and extended neighborhood news and Pam Abraham our FIRST program chair contacted various people to bring exciting programs.
Food was discontinued at the meetings because we had some near misses around the quilts. We were encouraged to bring our own cups for drinks only. A curious note is that all clean up and put away was divided among the members alphabetically each month. A vote to reinstate refreshments was held in the spring of ’92 so as to promote social time and camaraderie.
May ’91 was the First quilt show for HOQG. Each member was responsible for selling 25 raffle tickets. Some of us even sold them at the mall on weekends. A preview party chaired by Tresa Keys was held at the opening May 3rd, 75 people attended. Penny Haren’s Miniature Baltimore Album won Best of Show and Rae Howards Rose Appliqué made by her mother in law won Viewer’s Choice. The museum reported that some 2000 people attended the show including 9 tour busses, the largest show the museum had ever held!! Carolyn Rupp of Granville won the raffle quilt. She was kind enough to allow us to exhibit it at the Ohio State Fair the next Aug. where it won a Blue Ribbon and a $25.00 prize which she donated back to the guild. Sandy Corbett sold the most raffle tickets. A total of 1750 tickets were sold @$1.00 ea. or 6 for $5.00.
Marilyn Anderson and Tresa Keys chaired the Style show/luncheon held at the Granville Inn for 70 guests on the first Saturday. Then, on two other Saturdays we hosted Anita Schakleford from Bucyrus to teach classes on dimensional appliqué, including a Hummingbird designed just for us, each class cost $25.00 and all seats were filled.
We were immediately invited by the Robbins Hunter Museum to do another show in Spring 1992. After much discussion at the June board meeting, it was decided that we would consider another show Spring 1993 and look for a place to hold it for a shorter time! But, we planned another style show/luncheon for April 25, 1992.
A Baltimore Album splinter group was formed with Joy Jung leading it. They began meeting June 10, 1991.
We were now ONE YEAR OLD! We celebrated with a picnic at Spring Valley Pool shelter house. A great scavenger hunt was the icebreaker, it included bringing items such as a “virgin” quilter; any item with a nine-patch on it; scraps of fabrics with elephants or giraffes and an autograph of a famous quilter. Virginia Bauman won, as she brought all 27 items and Rae Howard was a close second with 26 such treasurers.
Penny Haren announced that starting with the 12th issue of the newsletter, there would be many improvements, as she now had access to “Word Perfect”. It would even correct her spelling!
We had Christmas in July. A Christmas challenge with four unusual Christmas fabrics was presented and 21 people accepted the opportunity to participate. It was FREE but if you failed to return a finished project in December you would pay $5.00 back to the guild.
Rae Howard volunteered to start and keep our first memory book. We would be recorded for posterity from this time on.
In August 1991 we voted to buy a used copy machine from Denison University. It cost $200.00 and Judi Kirby kept it in her basement. Members could use it for $.05 per copy on the honor system.
We also decided to make another raffle quilt for a fundraiser with the theme, “MY heart belongs to Ohio”. Two hundred hours were spent quilting this quilt in Virginia Bauman’s home. This quilt went to the NQA convention held the summer of 1992 at Bowling Green State University. Twenty three members took a chartered bus to see it hang in Chapter Row.
Up to this time, our use of the Methodist Church had been free. It was decided that we would pay $20.00 to the church each time we held meetings, workshops, splinter groups, etc. Very shortly thereafter we decided to hire the janitor for clean up after our meetings, as well.
We love contests! The next one was to name our Newsletter. Lois Timmons won the contest with THE THREAD CONNECTION. Her prize was one year’s paid membership.
Dues were raised to $17.00 for 1992 with no exception for the newsletter.
A paper ballot election yielded these officers for 1992: President-Marilyn Anderson; Vice-pres.-Mary Ossa; Secretary-Carol Arbaugh; Treasurer-Hazel Bishop and Newsletter Editor-Denise Edmunds. (Penny’s column was called “Neighborly News”).
Early in ‘92 Mary Ossa introduced SECRET SIS, a program where one would draw another member’s name and secretly give gifts especially for Birthdays and Christmas. This was so popular that a second round was introduced halfway through the year.
We now had 8 books in the Library; Caren Eicke provided us with a calendar each month just to keep up with all the events and the growing number of Splinter Groups. A couple of new ones started, Miniatures Group and Thursday Afternoon Friendship Group which eventually became First Ladies and still has several original members. Caren’s daughter Barb Eiche, a budding art student was enlisted to help set up the newsletter.
The copy machine finds a new home at Virginia Bauman’s and lives there for several years.
Fifteen members went on retreat to Charm Country View Inn in February. We liked getting away to sew so much that a second retreat was held in the Fall. It was at the PIME retreat center and featured Paul McDade teaching a class on stained glass; some other members teaching; Friday night pizza; rooms set up for laying out and basting a quilt; a TV and video of workshops and even a vacuum cleaner with special attachments to clean your machine! Plus, the guild’s library, yes, it could be toted in one bag!
Our second style show/luncheon realized 185 attendees at the Granville Inn on April 25, 1992. People had to be turned away. We made a profit of $468.85; gave out 50 door prizes, including member made centerpieces; 55 garments were beautifully modeled by students from Licking Valley High School and Rose Beck and Mary Ossa’s granddaughters.
In October we had a mystery trip instead of the regular meeting. Clues led us 30 miles south to the Prairie Rose Quilt Shop in Lancaster, most of us made it there! We made “Grannies Nannies”, a form of paper piecing, sort of new at the time.
There is reference in the newsletter of a lady someone had heard of in Thornville, Ohio. It seems she had acquired a very large industrial type of quilting machine and would do quilting for hire. No one seemed to know much about it but someone thought they had seen one in a catalogue.
Officers elected for 1993 are: President-Mary Ossa; Vice-Pres.-Tresa Keys; Secretary and Newsletter Editor-Virginia Bauman; Treasurer-Rose Beck
We started 1993 with approximately 80 members; 8 splinter groups; our first Block of the Month was initiated (if you made the appliqué block the reward was ten 4” squares of fabric); and, our first 9 patch exchange. In April fourteen hundred and four 6” 9 patch blocks were brought to exchange, enough to make a quilt 10 x 30 feet! We were on a roll, so we also exchanged pinwheel and snowball blocks over the next few months. Other firsts that year were Learning Stations during a guild program; Pat Schramm introduced the first Charm Squares Swap and the first new member tea was held at Mary Ossa’s home prior to a board meeting. By Nov. we had grown to approximately 100 members and were trying to address our large membership needs.
The first of many retreats at the Roscoe Village Inn was held in March. This retreat had been formerly sponsored by the Granville Sampler. Rosemary Hauisen became the perennial retreat chairperson the following year. It was the one and only time we tried to incorporate a national teacher at the retreat. Tina Gravitt was the teacher and it was quickly decided that retreats were for OUR projects!
Linda Clark, Judi Kirby Caren Eicke and Kim Miles chaired the Quilt Show “From Us to You---Pieces of our Lives”. It was held at the Robbins Hunter Museum Oct. 16th thru 24th and included a silent auction and a raffle quilt. Fifty three wall size quilts were presented for show by approximately 27 members. We realized a profit of $1670.05
Those By-laws reared their ugly heads. Since formation of the guild there had been only sketchy By-laws, so a committee of Tresa Keys, Judi Kirby, Lois Minisker and Marge Hendy put together the first formal ones. They appeared in the June ‘93 newsletter and were voted on and adopted June 15, 1993.
Two of our members received national recognition, Kathy Stock had a mini quilt published in Miniatures Magazine and Mary Lewis had a quilt featured on the cover of a quilt magazine.
Christmas time found us at a new address, St. Edwards Catholic Church in Granville. The large hall there with a serving kitchen accommodated our size and needs for storage, etc. Our Christmas Challenges were revealed for a contest called Strip Poker. Linda Clark, Dee Dadik and Judi Wolf won $25.00 gift certificates for quilt shops and $10.00 certificates for favorite restaurants.
Our First President Judi Kirby was awarded a lifetime membership for her service to the guild at the Dec. meeting.
A Ways and Means Committee was formed in response to the treasury showing a balance of $3.89 in Oct., luckily the quilt show proceeds boosted that to $1772.90 by Nov.
1994 Officers were installed as follows: President-Tresa Keys; Vice-Pres.-Kim Miles; Secretary-Nancy Greibel; Treasurer-Glenys Baker and Newsletter Editor-Connie Bell.
We had sort of flown by the seat of our pants in terms of funding. It looks like we needed a budget! The FIRST proposed budget was suggested by Glenys Baker, Tresa keys, Caren Eicke and Rose Beck. It was presented at the Feb. ’94 board meeting. Board meetings were now held the 1st Wednesday of each month, usually at the home of the current president.
After the January board meeting, an invitation from the Granville Inn came, asking our guild to host a show and sale March 18th & 19th, National Quilt Days. Since bad weather cancelled the regular meeting, we reached a decision by phone calls and agreed to host QUILTS FROM THE HEART, a member’s only casual show arranging quilts in themed vignettes, using decorative items and quilting props. Lois Timmons was display chairperson. June Jarvis was in charge of our ABC quilting room where members made approximately 45 baby quilts that weekend. Rita Stephens handled the publicity. Judi Kirby worked with our vendors, Jordan’s Quilt Shop from Mount Vernon; Stitchery Plus from Hilliard; C.J.’s from Newark; Quilting Bee from Dresden; Townsquare Fabrics from Caldwell and Judi Kirby from Patchwork Cottage. A few members sold items as well. The guild netted a profit of $356.50 from these sales. The Granville Inn invited us almost immediately to do this again in 1995, with the possibility of adding a retreat. Shortly thereafter Dee Dadik and Virginia Bauman were named co-chairs of QUILTS FROM THE HEART II for March, 1995.
We have grown to 123 members by May; Dues were raised midyear to $24.00 per year and a New Member Tea was held for 14 guests at Tresa Keys’ home in April.
The first mention of a guild member acquiring a long arm Nolting quilting machine is Linda Schofield. She planned to limit her day job at C.J.’s to start quilting for people.
Nancy Nash from Zanesville has her first pattern called Harvest Home featured in the Keepsake Quilting catalogue.
In August ’94 Penny Haren supplied each table at our meeting with a small basket of hearts prepared for hand appliqué. Thus began the service project called “HUGS FROM THE HEART”. Quilts with hearts and nine patches were made and given to anyone experiencing life altering circumstances. By Oct. we had given out 8 quilts. Penny had a dream that in the year 2100, a quilt research project turned up thousands of quilts with labels that said they were a gift from The Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild. We continue to try and make that dream come true with gifts of quilts that say “have a hug on us”!
Another new project that you will recognize was “born” that October. Our first make it, bake it, sew it, sell it----Auction was held at St Edwards Church hall. Approximately 130 members and guest helped us realize a net profit of $2876.96! Our own Auctioneer---Judi Kirby and assistants Bambi (Debby Warthen), Binky (Mary Ossa), Bubbles (Sue Simpson) and Buffy (Deb Robinson) regaled us with buys we couldn’t afford to pass up!
December ended this year with a GIANT of a Splinter Group Show and Tell, with all eleven splinter groups participating. The following officers were installed for 1995: President-Kim Miles; Vice-Pres.-Virginia Bauman; Secretary-Pat Schramm and Treasurer-Beth Apthorp and Kathy Giles co-editor of the newsletter. Penny’s “Chit-Chat” became “Debby’s Department” by Debby Warthen.
One of the editor’s favorite quotes to end this first chapter of “AS THE QUILT TURNS”---------------“Some people talk about what’s happening, some work to make things happen and others wonder what’s happening”.