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Saturday, January 18, 2014

January 2014 Meeting and Minutes


Back Country Quilters Meeting Minutes
January 15, 2014

Debbie Branch and Elaine Swatniki called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
Present:  General Membership

-         The Road to California in Ontario is Jan. 23-26, 2014 
-         Check the Crazy 9 Patch web site for Martha’s classes.

Sharing:  Check the BCQ blog for pictures of members and their projects.

Reports/New Business:
-Jean Scofield reported that 17 quilts were given to students in the Ramona High Tom’s Club. The kids were thrilled with their new quilts. One quilt was left over.  Susan Porter moved to give the quilt to Tom’s Club for their annual auction.  Second by Karen Motta  MOTION APPROVED
-Debbie Branch discussed the need for a BCQ President in hopes someone would step forward.  Until   then either Ruth Rudeen, V.P., or Susan Porter, Secretary, will be responsible for sending out meeting notices, etc.  The club will continue to meet on the 3rd Wednesday, 6:30pm, at the Crazy 9 Patch.
            -Susan Porter will meet with Elaine regarding the BCQ Blog
            -Jean Scofield needs someone to take over as Door Prize Coordination.
            -Eleanor Kerbs volunteered to take over Publicity from Dot, who will be moving to Rancho Bernardo in the future.
-Quilt show tickets will be given to Janet so they can be perforated.  Once that’s done, packets will be available for members
            -Elaine will get a picture of the 2014 Opportunity Quilt and have 500 postcards made.
-Members are asked to send any demonstration ideas, or fun things to do, for future meetings to Susan Porter.  Her email is:

Door Prizes, donated by members, were won by the members.

Refreshments of lemon meringue cups, made by Elaine Swatniki, were enjoyed by all.

Next Meeting Info:  The next BCQ meeting is February 19, 2014, 6:30pm, Crazy 9 Patch.  Bring 3 Fat Quarters as Janet has a new game we’ll be playing. 

The meeting ended at 7:25pm
Respectfully submitted by Susan Porter, BCQ Secretary

In Remembrance:   Judy Marsh left us to be with her Lord, Friday, January 10, 2014.  She did beautiful work and was a lovely vibrant lady who added much to this world.  May her family be hemmed in by the love of Christ at this time of sorrow.  We will miss you, Judy!

A reminder to us that remain:  We have the ability to stitch the quilt of our lives for which we want to be remembered .  Let's make it a happy quilt with bright colors and vivid kindness-life is so very short.

Our love, prayers, and condolences go to her family, including one of our own, Sue Bucholtz, who was more of a twin than a cousin to Judy.  They are listed in the Ramona Directory if you would like to send a card.  I sent out Sue's address in a group e-mail earlier this week.

Sharing from January's meeting:
Judy Byrne and a beautiful jacket

and the back

Sandy Bingham always has something bright and beautiful to share-what a happy quilt

Karen Motta got a 2 year UFO done in time to hang for the last Christmas!

I love this cat quilt by?  (please comment below so I can add your name sweet lady!)

and a dissappearing 9 patch-nicely done!

Janet Haas and Candy Mittag are two of our embroidery enthusiasts

Janet makes lots of quilts for her grandchildren.  The one this vintage aircraft themed one is going to is a plane buff.

Trivets and potholders

Elaine Swatniki finished a consigned Wedding Tree

and a2014 first finish

and niece, Tedi's, wedding quilt top (to be quilted next week)
The quilt in the right front of this last picture is our 2014 opportunity quilt pieced and appliqued by many in the club and then quilted by Susie Johnson and out for binding and sleeve by Marilyn Hershey.  It is a stunning quilt pattern by Vera Mosquera.

November 2013 Meeting Pictures

Sorry I have gotten behind.  For time's sake I am just going to post the pictures from the November, 2013 meeting:

Elaine did a short show and tell- Pillow backings made from buttoned clothing-men's shirts or women's dresses-already neatly buttoned.  Just find one that blends with your pillow front!

I had a handout for Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Using System and showed examples from my drawers.

Small Squares

small strips
2.5 inch strips
5" charms and 5" strips for nickle quilts (Pat Speth)
Big and little

extra cut triangles and other pieces

demo of binding and how to use those already cut squares for a pieced back
or two


Friday, November 1, 2013

14th Annual Back Country Quilters Quilt Show

A success! After all the hard work, I have heard nothing but positive comments from the attendees.  I have to say it looked beautiful, so i will give you a peek.  I am not posting pics of individual quilts because I didn't take pics of all 80+ of them so will show an overview and some vendors and helpers.  Please don't be offended if I didn't get you in action-I was working as well as taking pics.

Susan Porter and Candy Mittag at front desk signing in attendees and giving them programs

Susan, Candy, Sherry Mc Clendon, Dot Koerner, Mary all greeting people when they arrive
Beautiful opportunity baskets
Jean Scofield selling tickets for baskets
Mary looking sassy from head to toe as she sold opportunity tickets and handed out I Spy sheets for the I Spy game
Ruth Rudeen ran the Consignment shop.

With a little help from her friends-Diane McKee was doing a shift

One side of the autotorium-a group of Tiny Treasures (a class taught at The Crazy 9 Patch) on far left.
Debbie Branch did all the fall decorations with donations from Eanne Hamp, Debbie Heaton and Cecelia Hart
Jant Haas organized a jelly roll race to benefit diabled children-these are a few of the tops that came out of the race. There are place mats as well that the ladies made for the senior center

A wide variety of things to purchase


Crazy 9 Patch

My camera is acting up so the other ladies are fuzzy-sorry

Tracy Potter and her antique quilts

Ellie Cormier making a sale

One of our members from Julian, Ida

And jewelry

Paradise sewing and Jinny Hoffman

A quilt pattern by Kathy of Material Obsession, made by Dawnell and taught as a class at Crazy 9 Patch-The Crazy 9 supports Back Country Quilters and has wonderful classes-check them out!
OK, so I am including a personal quilt by Dot Koerner.  She started it in the 90's and just finished it.  There are a million points and seams on it and she didn't lose a point and every seam is delightfully spot on. 
Brenda Caster-Miss Sassy Pants and our beloved MC

I had to include this picture.  Janet won't let me ever take a picture but I caught her looking under all the tables for the table she left last year-too cute-and, yes, she found it.

The Quilt show was a lot of fun-thanks to everyone who came and who worked.  I missed getting pics of several hard workers and I appologize-especially Karen Motta who worked so hard in the kitchen serving wonderful lunches to all of the attendees.