Quilt as desired and Bind
Five years into the twenty first century HOQG was lead by the following officers: Jennifer McCann, President; Carolyn Cochran, Vice- Pres.; Mary Kishler, Secretary; Jen Hare, Treasurer; and Linda Douglas, Assistant Treasurer.
Kendra O’Reilley chaired The Art Work Gallery Show. It started Feb 2nd. 2005 and featured forty six quilts with Renie Morin as Featured Artist. Carol Holland, Jennifer McCann, and Barb Whyte presented several workshops during this month long exhibit.
Splinter groups continue to be at the “heart” of our guild. Members who have a common interest for a quilting specialty such as primitives, appliqué, scrapping, etc. meet frequently to socialize and exchange ideas and/or projects. First Fridays, Primitives, Thimble Buddies, Cupboard Crashers, Loose Threads and Hospice Quilters are some of the more recent groups to form. Many splinter groups join efforts to create items for the annual auction. Occasionally these groups chair major guild committees e.g. programs, auction, or block of the month, thus helping to share the load. One such splinter group the “Busy Bees” chaired “Quilts for Kids” in 2005 and 2006. When guild members finished a child’s quilt, they could put their name in the “hive” for some possible “honey” (reward), donated by various quilt shops. Should one be a good “worker bee”, one could become “queen bee” and win a grand prize. Nearly 100 quilts were donated during this two year “honey harvest’.
Artists presenting workshops/lectures in 2005 were Phil Beaver, painting quilt artist; Teri Henderson Tope, “A girl with a checkered past and a future in pieces”; and Judy Sandman showed us how to make colorful and interesting quilts from the “ugliest” of fabrics. She taught us to stretch our skills and embrace even the most shunned and abandoned fabrics.
Our compassion was called into action again when hurricanes Katrina and Rita came ashore on the Gulf of Mexico. We responded by sending half of our prepared “Hugs from the Heart” quilts and half of our “Quilts for Kids”. We supported Alex Anderson’s raffle with proceeds for evacuees. We made monetary donations thru the Red Cross which were matched with funds from International Quilt Festival in Houston. We all went to work making all kinds of quilts that were distributed to refugees of these two devastating hurricanes. “Sometime we just have to do things because they are the right thing to do—this was one of those times”, comment from COMFORT AMERICA PROJECT chairman Karey Patterson Bresenhan at International Quilt Festival. These efforts continued for many months.
Assuming leadership roles for 2006 were: Carolyn Cochran, President; Anne Russell, Vice Pres.; Mary Kishler, Secretary; Caren Eicke, Treasurer
“How Lucky to be a Quilter” was the theme of the 2006 National Quilt Day banquet held at The Place Off the Square”, Mar. 16th. Susan Nash entertained us with her quilting journey, titled “The Serendipity of Quilting”. Our third Featured Artist, Tresa Keys, promised to continue to put needle to fabric in ways that uphold that special honor.
Visiting Quilt Artists in 2006 included Jane Townswick, a prominent appliqué teacher and Vicki Pignatelli of Reynoldsburg, Oh. She extolled us to remember “Passion, humor, persistence courage and faith in your work----these five attributes and others all play a role in your quilt making”.
As of January 2006, 17,096 wounded servicemen and women had returned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Quilters once again responded this time with the international effort called “Quilts of Valor”. Through their website members coordinate the quilting and shipment of quilts they make to bring comfort and give thanks to those who have sacrificed so much. By 2008 14,000 quilts collectively had been sent. Judy Keck has coordinated this effort in our guild for several years. Special Kudos to Jed Hanrahan who has donated one or more quilts nearly every shipment. The response from “Quilts of Valor” central is----“Still at War! Still Quilting!! In addition 46 winter scarves made of camouflage yarn were sent to Marines serving in Afghanistan in 2009.
As part of our community outreach and to comply with our newly acquired “Not for Profit” status, earned in 2008, we started adding donations to the Licking Co. Food Pantry thru St. Leonard’s Church.
2007 found us being lead by these officers: President, Anne Russell; Vice-Pres., Reggie Lyons; Secretary, Cheryl Laughlin; Treasurer, Caren Eicke and Newsletter Editor, Carla Fournier.
Caren Eicke also helped bring us into the 21st. Century with a guild website, www.heartofohioquilters.com. Continually evolving this website contains information about workshops, events, programs, shows, the guild roster, by-laws and even the library list, etc. Jen Hare and Barb Whyte continue to update this site today.
Some favorite programs starred our own members when in Jan. 2007 we opened the year with “Vintage at its Best”. Members were invited to show and tell about either their first, worst or favorite quilts. The following January we solicited their favorite vintage treasure, be it quilted, hooked, embroidered or just lovingly made in the past. President Anne Russell said, “As evident from last month’s meeting we don’t always need to look outside our guild for the best talent, creativity, or good story! Our guild is filled with people who can teach us the most challenging of techniques, those with great color sense and great workmanship. Their stories make us laugh and inspire us”.
A lecture was brought to us by Granville’s own Amy Butler who wowed us with her story about becoming a fabric designer. Shirley Nowakowski helped us see value and history in old quilts and even in parts of quilts from the past. Janet Jones Worley invited us to sample “Quilts for Chocolate and Ice Cream lovers” and Nancy Odom, co author of the Elm Creek Quilt books was a featured instructor in 2007.
The Bryn Du Field house in Granville was the venue chosen for “Charming and Challenging” Quilt show-2007. Jen Hare chaired this event Oct. 5th & 6th showcasing approximately 160 quilts. Barb Whyte, Carla Fournier, Rose Mary Davis and Kendra O’Reilley chaired various committees; 31 door prizes were awarded; Approximately 900 guests attended from 31 different states and Canada. Rae Howard’s quilt “Flowers from my Garden” won Viewer’s Choice; a $600.00 Baby Lock, donated by A Touch of Thread, was a grand prize; Tresa Keys was generously rewarded as Featured Artist.---“Life is my college, may I graduate well and earn some honors”-- Louisa May Alcott
2008 dawned with these members holding office: Reggie Lyons, President; Becky Carter, Vice-Pres.; Carolyn Cochran, Secretary; Kathy Kern, Treasurer and Caren Eicke, Assistant Treasurer.
Licking County celebrated a Bicentennial in 2008. Liz Bicking ably researched, composed and chaired the construction of a quilt to commemorate this milestone. Several HOQG members made one of the 26 blocks, representing the various townships as well as lending a hand for the finishing embellishments. It was unveiled at the Bicentennial kick-off on Jan. 30, 2008, at the Works in Newark. It was displayed at various events throughout the county that year and now is in a permanent showcase at The Works, an educational tool for all time. Each participant signed a bicentennial document that was placed in a time capsule.
A new tradition for HOQG was launched in March 2008. A baby quilt made by one of our members is given to the first baby born on National Quilt Day at Licking Memorial Hospital.
April 2008 saw the return of the New Member Tea. Cheryl Laughlin who made delicious scones with clotted cream and lemon curd was assisted by Tresa Keys. The Tea was held at the College Townhouse in Granville. Various committee chairs and officers were invited to share a little more in depth information about the opportunities within the guild.
A diligent search and highly considered vote was taken to select an outstanding fellow quilter as Featured Artist for 2008/2009. Much to her surprise, Rae Howard received this distinction. Rae told us that her very first stitchery was an embroidery work that her mother required her to make. A quote from Abraham Lincoln, “To everything I owe my dear Mother”. She also responded that she felt like a movie star receiving an Oscar. Sadly, Rae’s quilts were featured at the 2009 show but Rae’s reward was now heavenly and each beautiful hand embroidered and hand appliquéd quilt was now a part of her loving legacy.
Bringing the second decade of the HOQG to close were the following officers for 2009: Becky Carter, President; Gale Gallant, Vice-Pres.; Marsha Rosser, Secretary; Kathy Kern, Treasurer and Bernice Tampkin, Newsletter Editor.
Those who brought us workshops in 2009 were our own Ive Winch with Hawaiian Appliqué and Penny Haren, with Pieced Appliqué. Bonnie Hunter brought scrapping and Karen Phillips Schwallen, Dimensional Embroidery. Brenda Tuck from New Zealand and Cindy Casciato were also guest instructors.
“Memories and Celebrations” was the name chosen for the HOQG quilt show held Oct .9th & 10th, 2009. It was held at the Bryn Du Field House in Granville with Carla Fournier as chairmen, committees were chaired by Carolyn Cochran, Barb Whyte, Reggie Lyons, Becky Carter, Rose Mary Davis, Gale Gallant, Liz Bicking and Anne Russell. The raffle quilt was made by Carolyn Cochran and was hung in Chapter Row at the NQA show in June. Our show included a Quilt Turning featuring quilts with stories of special interest. Some 10,000 post cards were distributed for advertising. 161 quilts were showcased and approximately 750 guests attended. Viewer’s Choice ribbons were bestowed on the following quilts: “Cottage Garden” appliqué, by Dianna Thompson; “Floral Fantasy” little quilt, by Sue Murdock; “Latte” pieced, by Julia Strahler; and “Rosebud Lane” mixed media, by Tresa Keys.
There are a few other choices and traditional groups in which members can participate. They are: Block of the Month, a quilt block is presented each month, complete with color way options and techniques explained; Nine patch and Hour Glass Blocks can be exchanged and a theme or color choice is given; Charm Squares, 5 ½” squares of themed fabrics are exchanged every month, so one can build quite a stash of Charms; Mini One Day Retreats are held a couple of times a year to socialize and work on guild charitable contributions or one’s own projects and Goodwill Angel sends cards of comfort to members experiencing illness or for sympathy concerns.
A donation of $745.00 was made to Hospice of Central Ohio in lieu of our Christmas exchange. This donation was sent to honor the memory of beloved members Rae Howard and Carolyn Cochran who left our quilting circle in 2009.
“It was not a woman’s desire to be forgotten, and in one simple, unpretentious way, she created a medium that would out live even many of her husband’s houses, barns and fences; she signed her name in friendship onto cloth and in her own way, cried out-Remember Me”—Linda Otto Lipsett
This “quilt” was turned and turned and the stories were revisited. These chapters confirm that every piece and patch counts in our “Quilt”. Threads of time and friendship make up the pattern. No one block dominates but together they are a symphony in fabric. Each member past and present contributed to its unique and beautiful design. I pray its binding and batting, the substance that holds it all together, will continue to hold firm for many years from today.
Thank you for taking this odyssey with me. It has been a labor of Love. I hope you will embrace each opportunity there is to celebrate these twenty years. Thanks to the Heritage Group for taking the lead. Thanks to Virginia Bauman for distributing chapters in my absence and for lending me her library of newsletters. I read everyone with pride and nostalgia. Thanks to my proof reader and technical support, Skip, my best fan and supportive husband.
“Thanks for the Memories”
Tresa Keys, HOQG charter member
Past president 1994