Volume XXII – Issue 2 Newsletter Fall 2007

September 21, 22 and 23, 2007
Best Western Hotel, Lawton, OK

Letter from the President
We had a great Spring Retreat and are looking forward to a delightful fall meeting. Our Spring Retreat was also a financial success. Our checkbook balance looks better and that’s great news. If we have a good turnout for fall, I hope that we’ll show a small profit. Whenever we’re away from Western Hills, our expenses are greater because we must pay a substantial amount for our meeting space, while it is free at Western Hills. For our fall meeting, if we rent 50 sleeping rooms, our meeting space will cost $1000/day. Our board members continue to support the Organization with potluck meals rather than restaurant fare for board meetings, and some of us fail to take advantage of the financial perks offered through our Bylaws. But if you want to look forward to hosting nationally known out-of-state teachers at future retreats, you, our members must help the board. We can achieve greater solvency by increasing our membership, by raising dues, or by increasing our retreat registration fees. I know that if a dues increase is presented, it’s very easy to “just say no.” And I know that some will say, “just let those who come to retreat pay the higher registration fee.” But in the near future we may be forced to make one or the other choice. We’re certainly not trying to pad our checkbook, we just want the Organization to remain financially healthy so that we can continue our rich tradition of hosting wonderful teachers and lecturers. Our future is bright, but we must plan for it. For now, bring a friend— or two or three—to Retreat. Think about these issues so that you can thoughtfully participate in planning for the future of YOUR Oklahoma Quilters State Organization. Our household is stuffed full these days—my son and his two children are with us for a while. One of my grandsons asked if a friend could spend the night and I had to tell him that we’re out of beds and floor space! You can imagine how much I’m looking forward to Fall Retreat! Sincerely, Betty Gilliam, President

Letter from the Retreat Chairman
Fall retreat—just around the corner and down the pike in Lawton, OK. Our choice this fall is an older, but nicely refurbished, Best Western. Our room rate includes breakfast, so food will be a bargain! Our featured teacher and lecturer will be Darcy Ashton of bunnies and kitties and dogs and fish appliqué fame. I took a class from her last winter and was delighted with her teaching and her technique. Of course, I walked in with my Bernina, ready for machine appliqué, rather than hand appliqué. Well, I got a surprise! She calmly stuck with me while I struggled to hand appliqué a little heart. That needle turn is tricky stuff. She assured me that after I’d given handappliqué a try, then I could use my Bernina. What a lovely lady, and what a nice heart I created. Her appliqué pattern books are charming—and we all have at least one grandchild needing a quilt. My grandson is the son of a fisherman in Florida, so of course my project comes from the fish book. Her newest book contains patterns for large and small dogs. For her all-day Saturday appliqué class, you may choose any of her patterns from any of her books. Darcy will also teach Sunday morning continuing the appliqué project and turning it into a small wall quilt. We’ll also have a great group of local teachers. Some will be offering handwork, some piecing, and we even have one teacher who will show us how to create coiled fabric bowls. Don’t forget the mystery class and lots of room for free sewing. Now if that just isn’t enough for you, you can slip through the fence and wander into the Indian casino next door. (However, I’d rather spend MY money at the vendors’ booths.) Betty Gilliam, Retreat Chair


Best Western Lawton Hotel & Convention Center
1125 E Gore Boulevard, Lawton, OK Tel. (580) 353-0200
When you call the Best Western Lawton Hotel for your reservation, be sure to mention OQSO or Oklahoma Quilters to get our special rate. The room rate is: $84.93 per night for single or double occupancy (includes tax). For each additional person (3rd or 4th) there will be an extra charge of $5.00 each. A full continental breakfast buffet is included in the room rate for each person. Check in time is 3 pm, check out time is noon. If you come for Thursday evening, make individual arrangements with the Hotel. Please confirm your reservation before arrival. Directions: From I-44 East or West, take Exit 37 on to Gore Boulevard. The Best Western Lawton Hotel & Convention Center is located on Interstate 44 next to Comanche Nation Games Casino.

Oklahoma Quilters’ State Organization
Officers Betty Gilliam, President, Stillwater Phyllis Enos, Vice President, Tulsa Treca Adams, Secretary, Pawnee Cheryl Gebhart, Treasurer, Stillwater Denise Marsh, Membership, Tulsa Anne Gaines, Noble, Publicity & Vendors Frieda Grischkowsky, Newsletter, Stillwater Sue Roy, Ways and Means, Newkirk Directors SE: position vacant NE: Sue Adkison, Cushing NW: Lorene Bishop, Weatherford SW: Carol Capshaw, Lawton The advertising rate for the OQSO Newsletter is $15.00 per business card-sized ad. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject advertising requests. Deadline for accepting advertising is 30 days prior to publication on January 1 or June 1. The OQSO Newsletter is published twice a year. This newsletter may be copied for the use of OQSO members who are interested in attending a retreat.

The required meal package includes a dinner buffet on Friday, and a deli lunch buffet and plated dinner on Saturday for $53.66 which includes tax and gratuity (see registration page). The meal package cost must be paid to OQSO with your registration.

Membership Information
Do you have a new street address or a new e-mail address? Please note any changes on the registration form. Are you bringing advertisements or handouts? Please leave all of these at the information table. 2007 membership dues expire on 12-31-2007. You can renew on your registration form. All classes have a minimum number of students that must be met. Please do not purchase fabrics for your classes until you receive a confirmation notice and supply list.


The OQSO Board has been busy putting together an exciting weekend for you. Sharon Gunkel is offering a Mystery class on Saturday evening. We’ll have a lecture/trunkshow from our guest teacher, Darcy Ashton, on Friday night, a variety of classes, vendors, great food, several contests to enter, and, of course, show and share. You will meet with your old friends, make new ones, and spend your free time sewing to your hearts content in the sewing room. Our General meeting will be held on Saturday night.
Registration Deadline: July 30, 2007 Registration is $35.00 and is required to attend the lecture. We encourage you to register for classes as early as possible to receive your supply lists and any pre-class instructions.

Featured Speaker Darcy Ashton
Oklahoma-based designer Darcy Ashton has a background as a graphic designer. She published her first original book “Grandma’s Bunnies” in 2002. It was an immediate success and in the few short years since, books by Ashton Publications have been sold all over the United States and abroad. She has been designing original quilts for over 15 years and has written several best selling appliqué books. She has a unique easy style that is perfect for those of you who would love to learn the art of appliqué. She has several original techniques that make appliqué easy and fun. Her class will teach you how to trace patterns onto your fabric without a light-box, how to create smooth flawless appliqué, numerous embellishment tricks, and the best part is her unique “stay-where-you-put-it” buttonhole stitch, and embroidered eyes that melt your heart. Take a peek at her website: http://www.ashtonpub.com/index.htm

Vendors will be open Friday afternoon and at different times throughout the weekend. Please partronize our wonderful vendors!

The OQSO Fall Newsletter is posted on the above web site. Share it with your guild and quilting friends. Do you have news or notices for the web site? Are you bringing your camera to retreat? Share the excitement of OQSO by sending info and pictures to: OQSO Editor Frieda Grischkowsky, (405) 372-2707 4923 Woodland Dr., Stillwater, OK 74074 fgrischkowsky@sbcglobal.net

Calling all teachers
If you would like to offer a class at the Spring 08 Retreat, please bring a sample of your project, or be prepared to tell us about your class proposal.


Upcoming Oklahoma Quilt Events
Block Lottery: Your name goes into a drawing once for each block you submit. Make as many as you like. o Theme: Road to Oklahoma block on black background with two additional colors. See reverse side of page with class pictures for piecing instructions o Size: 10 ½” unfinished If you have won blocks at a previous retreat and have stitched them into a quilt, please bring it for show and share. July 13-14 July 26-28 Sept. 1st Oct. 26-27 Oct. 27 Nov. 9 – 10 Jubilee Centennial Quilt Show, Dewy, OK OK Quilt Show, OKC, OK Quilts by the Lake 2007, North Fork Baptist Church, Eufaula Pryor Patchers Quilt Show, Pryor, OK Kiamichi Quilt Guild 19th Annual Show, McAlester, OK Stillwater Quilting: Past & Present. Cimarron Valley Quilter’s Guild, Stillwater

(See piecing instructions on reverse side of classpictures page)

Mark your calendars The Spring Retreat will be held on March 28, 29 and 30, 2008, at Western Hills, Wagoner, OK.


Saturday Morning – ½ day
Friday’s classes begin at 1.00 pm, All-Day Classes: 8:30–11:30 a.m. & 1:00–4:00 p.m. Half-Day Classes: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. (morning) or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (afternoon) Continuation of Pam Dunster’s class “Take Five”.

Saturday All Day
Featured Teacher: Darcy Ashton
Appliqué and Embellishment Class Fee: $35.00

Friday Afternoon – ½ day
Diamond Stars Lerlene Nevaril Class Fee: $17.50 All levels. Quilt size 42”x42”. Great for using scraps or the new “Jelly Rolls”. Kits available for $35.95, but not required. Supply list will be sent. Celtic Quilting Beverly Martine Class Fee: $17.50 All levels. Make an intricate Celtic design the fast and easy way. No sewing required in class. Students will learn how to transfer the design without marking fabrics. Blocks can be used for quilt, table runner, or wall hanging. Instructor will provide kits (kit fee is $10.00). Students need to bring a mini iron and a 16” square piece of cardboard for pressing. Insy/Outsy Pillowcase Sharon Gunkel Class Fee: $17.50 All levels. An attached inner slip prevents your standard bed pillow or 14” by 20” travel pillow from peeking out of the case. When made in a bright novelty print, this insy/outsy pillowcase makes a great gift for any occasion or “just because”. Supply list will be sent. Take Five

All levels. Learn Darcy’s original techniques that make appliqué easy and fun. She will teach you how to trace patterns onto your fabric without a light-box, how to create smooth, flawless appliqué, numerous embellishment tricks, her unique buttonhole stitch, and embroidered eyes that will melt your heart. Supply list will be sent.

Tree of Four Seasons

Betty Gilliam Class Fee: $30.00 All levels. A sheer and shimmering appliquéd tree rests against a simple pieced background of batiks. Is the tree trunk in front of or behind the halo of the tree canopy? Will beads be added? Will the tree depict Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter? The tree is appliquéd using a free-motion quilting technique perfect for the beginning quilter. Based upon a Sew Be It Pattern, this workshop will encourage your creativity. No matter which season you pick, the result will delight your eye. Kit to be privately arranged with the teacher if desired.

Pam Dunster Class Fee: $30.00 All levels. Take five minutes to pick five fabrics, construct one block in five various fabric layouts and in five hours you can have a completed quilt top! (I had trouble limiting myself to only five fabrics, so my quilt had to have more fabrics – just too many pretty choices.) It doesn’t get much easier than this. You can make this a very structured and elegant quilt or let your whimsy take control and make a scrappy masterpiece. Let your creative juices lead the way. Pattern to be purchased from Pam. Supply list will be sent. Note: Class continues Saturday am!

Sue Roy Class Fee: $30.00 All levels. An extension project from about 50 years ago. This piece can add organization to any sized sewing studio. There are spindles for threads and pockets for fat quarters or eighths, trims, and other small quilting accessories. Decorator fabric or quilted (pre-quilted or quilted fabric made by you) fabric can coordinate this cabinet to any décor. Kit of wood frame and hardware is required. Supply list will be sent.

Portable Period Sewing Cabinet


Pat Gates Class Fee $30.00 All levels. Make your very own piece of wearable art with this quilted sweatshirt jacket. Uses a strip piecing sew and flip method on a sweatshirt base. Supply list will be sent. Coiled Fabric Bowls/Baskets etc. Montie Gregory Class Fee: $30.00 All levels. Do you need some instant gratification? These baskets, bowls plates & purses are fun and easy to make. Best of all, you’ll be able to finish a couple of projects in class. Simply wrap fabric strips around the cotton clothesline, coil into desired shape and secure with machine stitching. We’ll start with a plate shape to learn the technique, then each student will design their own unique project. Success is guaranteed! Supply list will be sent.

Sweatshirt Jacket

Hand Quilting

Beverly Martine Class Fee: $17.50 All levels. Learn the fundamentals of hand quilting. A discussion of quilting needles, thimbles, and thread will be covered in class. Kit provided by instructor. Kit includes muslin, wool batting, quilting thread and thimble. Cost of the kit is $12.00.

Saturday Afternoon – ½ day
4-Patch Stacked Posies Billie Corgan Class Fee: $17.50 Beginners. An easy delightful small quilt with kaleidoscope posies made from a dark and a light colorway of the same fabric. Kit available for a fee of $36.00. Supply list will be sent.

Saturday night Class Fee: $17.50 Have you noticed that creative names for Mystery Classes elude me? As usual, you’ll choose fabrics with different values and your quilt can be lap sized or larger depending on the number of blocks you stitch. Join us for an evening of FUN!

Sharon Gunkel

Sunday Morning – ½ day
Sue Roy Class Fee: $17.50 All levels. Learn tricks to successfully piecing this traditional pattern using foundation paper piecing. The giant size makes curved piecing a snap. Coordinated fabrics or scraps are your choice to fit your décor. Supply list will be sent. Little Wall Quilt Darcy Ashton and Betty Gilliam Class Fee $20.00 All levels. Simple piecing will create a charming background for your appliqué panel started in Darcy’s Saturday class. Or, replace the appliqué panel with a printed fabric scene for a delightful small project. Either way, Darcy and Betty will help you create a little masterpiece. Supply list will be sent. Pickle Dish Table Runner

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sewing machine with cords and foot pedal fabric and supplies for classes rotary cutter, small cutting mat fabric and paper scissors thread, pins, seam ripper, marking pencils iron, ironing surface other miscellaneous sewing supplies extension cord or power strip canvas tote bag neck wallets from previous retreats for your name tag


Best Western Hotel & Convention Center Lawton, Oklahoma

Registration Form

Pre-Registration Required

No class refunds after the above date. Registration non-refundable. Confirmation/supply lists will be postmarked no later than 15 days after the close of registration.

Registration Deadline – July 30, 2007
Please PRINT clearly.

Name __________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________ Please check the class(es) requested. FRIDAY - pm

Phone (________)________________________________ City ___________________________________________ State _______ Zip ____________________ ___________ Guild affiliation ___________________________________

Kit/pattern fees paid directly to the instructor (See class description) $17.50 ________ $17.50 ________ $17.50 ________ $30.00 ________

_____ Diamond Stars, Lerlene Nevaril…………………….………… _____ Celtic Quilting, Beverly Martine ………………….………

_____ Insy/Outsy Pillowcase, Sharon Gunkel……………..…..…….. _____ Take Five, Pam Dunster (All Day Class, continued Sat. am). SATURDAY am SATURDAY all day _____ Take Five (Continued from Friday pm) _____ Appliqué and Embellishment, Darcy Ashton………………….. _____ Tree of Four Seasons, Betty Gilliam… ……….………………. _____ Sewing Cabinet, Sue Roy.…………………………………….. _____ Sweatshirt Jacket, Pat Gates…………………………….…….. _____ Coiled Fabric Bowls, Montie Gregory..………………………. SATURDAY pm SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY am _____ 4-Patch Stacked Posies, Billie Corgan…..……………………. _____ Saturday Night Mystery, Sharon Gunkel……………………… _____ Pickle Dish, Sue Roy……… ……….. …………………….

$35.00 ________ $30.00 ________ $30.00 ________ $30.00 ________ $30.00 ________ $17.50 ________ $17.50 ________ $17.50 ________ $20.00 ________ $17.50 ________

_____ Little Wall Quilt, Darcy Ashton, B. Gilliam ………………… _____ Hand Quilting, Beverly Martine……………………………….

Required Meal package (incl. Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner, taxes and gratuity) (Breakfast is included in the room rate) Registration Fee (Non-refundable) Includes Friday and Saturday Night Programs ……. $35.00 $15.00



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Please list roommates on the back of this form.
Registered at Best Western? _____Yes ____No



Please include a SASE for confirmation and supply list
Please make checks payable to OQSO and mail to: Betty Gilliam 3502 W. 24th Ave Stillwater, OK 74074 For office use: date rec’d ________________ total due ________________ check # ______ total rec’d _______________ balance ________________ 7

Oklahoma Quilters’ State Organization Frieda Grischkowsky, Editor 4923 Woodland Dr. Stillwater, OK 74074


A small sampling of Darcy’s appliqué animals

This little quilt is the perfect setting for your appliqué or a scenic fabric

Celtic Quilting Sweatshirt Jacket Pickle Dish Table Runner

Sewing Cabinet
4-Patch Stacked Posies Tree of Four Seasons Coiled Fabric Bowls

Take Five Diamond Stars


Cut: -

six 3” squares of a BLACK background fabric four 3” squares of colored fabric # 1 two 3” squares of colored fabric # 2

For half square triangles, cut two 3 ¾” squares each from black background and from colored fabric # 2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the color squares. Pair up the black and color squares, right sides together, and stitch ¼” away on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the line; press towards the black fabric. Trim square to 3”.

Piece together according to diagram. Block should measure 10 ½” unfinished.

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