“A Beautiful Design Emerges”
Guiding the guild into a new millennium were the following officers: President-Vivian Milholen; Vice Pres.-Anita Boyer-Cook; Secretary-Buffy Whitehead; Treasurer-Carol Arbaugh; and Assistant Treasurer-Donna Brown. Lori Cage joined them as newsletter editor in April.
Honing our quilting skills with workshops were Dianna Springola, Shirley Stutz and Jill Kemp of Bear Paw Designs.
In a President’s message, Vivian encouraged each member to THANK the person who had inspired them to learn to quilt. Mother, Grandmother, neighbor, close friend or someone at the local quilt shop, what a wonderful world they introduced to us!!
Linda Clark, Kim Miles, Donna Brown, Cindy Massa, Cheryl Voelker, Liz Bicking, Tresa Keys and Mary Ossa were the committee chairs for “Bridges through Time”, April 28-30, 2000. This included a gallery of quilts at the Robbins Hunter Museum, attended by approximately 700 people; vendors at the Granville Inn; appraisals by Molly Butler and Dee Dadik; and the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the guild. Faire La Cuisine of Granville catered the opening reception on Friday evening the 28th, plus desserts were provided by Mary Ossa and Tresa Keys. Althea Walker and Mary earned “tip of the silver server” for “swamp water”, a. k. a. as citrus punch. It seems when they added green sorbet to the punch it turned a peculiar shade of “green”, oh dear! Rose corsages were presented to the current and all past presidents in attendance. Those so honored were; Judi Kirby, Mary Ossa, Tresa Keys, Kim Miles, Julie Cooke, Mary Clark and Vivian Milholen. Fourty blotto blocks made by members in the theme of our logo were won and divided by Barbara Struzebecker and Valerie Kingsley. Patti Roush won the Viewer’s Choice award. Door prizes were awarded, one for each year of membership. Each name was submitted for the year one had joined.
Officers elected for 2001 were: President-Renie Morin; Vice Pres.-Cindy Massa; Secretary-Buffy Whitehead; Treasurer-Donna Brown and Assistant Treasurer-Karen Beckley.
Rosemary Hauisen’s long reign as retreat chairperson ended when the Roscoe Village Inn closed to the public. Buffy Whitehead and Donna Brown picked up her crown. Retreat 2002 was held at Zinks Inn in Amish Country. 33 members attended the “pamper yourself” weekend. We would retreat there one more year before choosing the Coshocton Village Inn and Suites, where some 70 plus members still continue their annual getaway today.
Quilts have a way of helping us see that life is made up of “sunshine and shade”. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 caused all of us to take pause and reflect on what we really hold dear. The “shade” of that dark day called us to action to make quilts of comfort for so many with first hand suffering. Beth Hall headed up some of our efforts in conjunction with e.quilter.com. We made and sent quilts that New York guilds distributed. We worked with AQS to make patriotic quilts from blocks that were submitted by quilters from all over the country. We held workshops to assemble these quilts that were eventually sold on line with 100% of the profits assisting those caught up in the crisis. Holophane Co. of Newark, Ohio assisted our efforts by providing some of the shipping costs.
“America is not like a blanket----one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt---many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread” Henry M. Jackson (reprinted from Nov. 2001 newsletter)
“Quilts”-The Original Software” was the name chosen for the quilt show to be held in 2002. Dee Dadik and Molly Butler had been meeting for several months with a dedicated and experienced group of committee chair people. The planned venue was The National Guard Armory in Newark. It goes without saying that that site was now being used for our national safety. Regrettably, plans for that show were canceled. “Antique Stars” a design by Susan Garman, was chosen for the raffle quilt already in progress, so the efforts to finish it continued. It was eventually raffled at the 2003 NQA show. Mary Ossa has recommended that this editor not be allowed to pick another pattern for a group quilt, something about 4-1/2” saw tooth star blocks and tiny ½ square triangles??
Leadership for 2002 continued with these officers: President-Cindy Massa; Vice Pres.-Debby Warthen; Secretary-Dorene Enlow; Treasurer-Karen Beckley; Assistant Treasurer-Mary Knicely and Newsletter Editor-Renie Morin. E-mailing of the newsletter began this year.
The first Featured Artist was introduced at the March 16, 2002 banquet. The honor of being selected by one’s peers was bestowed on Virginia Bauman. She demonstrated her beautiful hand quilting at the Kraner Nature Center Exhibit held April 20 &21, 2002. Some 200 people attended this exhibit that included quilts from 30 members, a computer slide show of additional quilts and various members worked on service quilts or demonstrated other quilting techniques throughout the weekend. Virginia also garnered Best of Show at the Hartford Fair for a red work quilt.
Several of our members have experienced breast cancer. Some of them decided to lead a project called “Blossom of Hope”. They chose the daffodil as their symbol as that flower returns each spring after a long dark winter and offers hope for the new season. Enough blocks were made and donated to this project by various members to make three quilts. These quilts were raffled, with the proceeds of $1350.00 divided among The James Cancer Center, Mt. Carmel Mammography program and the Licking Memorial Hospital oncology unit.
Those accepting offices for 2003 were: President-Debby Warthen; Vice Pres.-Dorene Enlow; Secretary-Dianna Thompson; Treasurer-Mary Knicely and Assistant Treasurer-Glenna Brooks.
After almost ten years HOQG had to find a new home as St. Edwards was under reconstruction/renovation and no longer able to accommodate our regular meetings. After much search, St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Heath became home in April 2003.
The National Quilting Association’s national show held in Columbus, Ohio, June 19-22, 2003 was called “Fights of Fancy”. Our guild worked with four other central Ohio guilds to host this show. Our focus was Volunteers, with Jennifer McCann as chairman and Vendors, with Tresa Keys as chairman and Nancy Greibel assisting. Jennifer also designed the show pin, a cardinal with an Ohio Star block on its chest. Over 350 quilts were exhibited and 300 plus volunteers attended every detail. There were 82 vendors from across the country. Each participating guild realized profits, our portion was $3,358.27. Each guild member was offered the opportunity to take a free workshop as reward for the many hours donated to this effort. Columbus was subsequently chosen as the permanent home for the NQA office headquarters and the annual show site. It is nice to believe that we influenced that decision. Our own Jennifer McCann became NQA Vice President in 2004, as well.
The guild’s Challenge for 2003 was unique in that those participating exchanged ufo projects. Each finished item was displayed at Patchwork Dreams Quilt Shop for a month, and then the quilts were donated to a charity of your choice for their fundraising.
Inducted as officers for 2004 were: President-Dorene Enlow; Vice Pres.-Jennifer McCann; Secretary-Dianna Thompson; Treasurer-Glenna Brooks; Assistant Treasurer-Jen Hare and Kris Kirk started editing the newsletter.
Fifty-one quilts were exhibited at the Newark Library as part of “Art in the City”, Sept. 19 & 20, 2004.
Liz Bicking chaired the March 2004 banquet where Lorie Kleiner Eckert presented a motivational program entitled “Step by step to Your Goal”. Renie Morin was surprised by the award as our second Featured Artist.
Eighty QUILTS FOR KIDS were donated to Licking Memorial Hospital through efforts at Bunny’s Sew Fine Fabrics. Licking Memorial Hospital honored our guild as one of four inductees into Community Partners. The guilds name was placed on a plaque at the hospital.
We closed 2004 with a Gallery of Holiday quilts exhibited at The Davis-Shai House in Heath during their Holiday Open House, Dec. 11, 2004.
“Piece by loving piece we become whole---
Year by Year we soften with the wear---
---We are a Work of Art!” author unknown