Country Notes

August 2006


Country Patchwork Quilt  Guild

PO Box 365  Marshall, MO 65340



From the President—   


Hi all.  Well, we’ve made it through that awful week of 100 degree weather, enjoyed a couple of nice days, and now it is supposed to be HOT again!  I hope we get some more rain.  We are way behind at my house.  Good days to stay inside and quilt!    It was good to see everybody last month.  For those of you who aren’t able to get to our meetings due to illness or illness in your family, know that we are thinking of you and “saving your place”.  Remember, we can’t help you worry about things if we don’t know, so be sure and call me or Rita or one of the other members and we will try and share your burden.  I witnessed something so sad on Saturday.  I went to an auction in Emma.  Daughters/granddaughters/nieces were all trying to make sure they had one of the quilts made by Mom/Grandma/Aunt.  The quilts were beautiful.  Mostly simple patterns, some embroidery, beautiful and tiny quilting.  The quilts sold for $400-$1075 each!  I bet the lady who made those quilts had no idea what a squabble they would cause.  Make sure your quilts are given to who you want to have them.  We have a busy couple of months ahead.  Please sign up to sell raffle tickets and/or cancer blocks.  Remember to make an item for the bazaar and for the silent auction.  (Wouldn’t it be great if we had too much stuff????)  It is going to take a lot of people to work the Quilt Show this year.  Please help out.   See ya soon.







Well, Michael won the friendship quilt—AGAIN.  After much pleading from his sister, he has come up with a SIMPLE block—a 9-patch leaf pattern two shades (light and dark) of batiks—Phew!  I know we are all getting tired.  I thought you would be bored with Mike’s same old bio so decided to do it for him.  However, I know the real story of Michael so thought I would share a few facts with all of you:


  1. His creativity started young.  He was dressing dolls at a very young age—guess that is why my dolls kept disappearing????

  2. He would make tree houses for his sisters but ours came complete with windows and curtains.

  3. He dug up the yard and made a flowerbed when he was about 11 complete with paths, decorations, etc.

  4. We helped to disassemble an old tongue and grove building and then we made a playhouse out of part of it. 

  5. He had a part-time job in Marshall Floral and learned to arrange flowers.  Of course, he always added Michael’s flair! 


He left home after graduating from high school and lived in Southern California for many years where he gained much experience, honed his crafts and expanded his creativity—you know how those Californians are!  Did you know that Michael . . .

•  Was a floral designer and routinely created floral designs for stars, such as Peggy Lee, Lucille Ball, Cher, Sally Struthers, and others.

•  Created different types of Christmas ornaments and then had others make them—guess where we fit in now? 

•  Did entire weddings—like Dean Martin’s daughter;

•  Decorated homes for the stars for special occasions—

•  Participated in the Los Florista televised Headdress ball.

•  Worked on the Rose Parade building floats

•  Was published in several additions of Better Homes & Gardens Christmas edition—the publisher and photographer would fly out to see what he did “new” for the year

•  Managed a floral/craft store where he had lots of workers—guess who?

•  Helped decorate sets for TV shows, Christmas specials and charity balls.

•  Has written a book and a play although he didn’t get published

•  And then there was Michael and Mary’s wedding in Las Vegas complete with Merlyn and court jesters.  Amanda may have the clipping but Sis has the video.

Since moving back to Marshall he needs an outlet for all his creativity and compulsive personality and seems to have found it in the Country Patchwork Quilt Guild and our backyard.  Of course, I am now known and introduced as “Michael’s Sister”.  Just remember that he lives with David and me so I get to be outdone, intimidated, lectured to on a daily basis!!!!!





Thank you to everyone who came to the July meeting and participated in the Quilt Show meeting.  We want this to be a great Quilt Show and it is going to take a whole lot of us to make it that way.  We

desperately need items for the Bazaar and for the Silent Auction.  Please make at least one item for each!


Signup sheets will be passed at the August meeting.  Please sign up to work at least four hours during the show.  We will need everyone to help on Friday to check in quilts, hang quilts, and decorate.  That is always a fun day--a lot of work--but fun.  Remember to turn in your entry forms at the August meeting.  We have advertised that we will be showing over 100 items!  What were we thinking???  We need quilts and we need the entry forms early so Linda can type the book.  Make sure you put all information on the entry form. Make sure it is accurate and legible.  Linda can’t read our minds, (or if she can, she won’t admit it!); she can only type what we send her!


Michael, Amanda, and Micki





JULY 11, 2006


The meeting was called to order by President Micki U.  She welcomed our guests Amy S and Rosemary C and her husband of Overland Park, KS.


Minutes were approved as printed in the Newsletter.

The treasurer’s report was not completed as of yet.  Micki thanked Linda C for auditing the books.



2nd VP—Michael has quilt forms for the Quilt Show.  Please return them by August 8, 2006.

PROGRAM—Betty had us sing Happy Birthday to Eileen H.

GREETER—Collected $1.00.

NEWSLETTER—Have articles in by the 25th of each month.  Linda will type the Quilt Show book.  She asked that you please fill your quilt forms correctly, precisely, and readable because what you put on the form is what she will put in the book.

HISTORIAN—Still need a volunteer.

CHARITY—There will be a fundraiser for the Cancer Center at Fitzgibbon on August 26.  We will be selling cancer quilt blocks for $10 a block.  We sold $770 at the Relay for Life and have sold another $150 in extra blocks that are to be put in the quilts.

SUNSHINE—Marlyn M’s husband is in the hospital, possible stroke.  Carolyn M is also ill.

QUILT SHOW 2006—Met this morning, had lunch, need items for the bazaar.

WEB PAGE—Send her some information.

FRIENDSHIP BLOCK—Micki collected her blocks.  Marcella handed hers out—a log cabin.  Michael was chosen for July.  Gayle H thanked everyone for her blocks and get well cards.


DOOR PRIZES—Winners were Michael M, Karen G, Norma Jean F, and Gayle S.


Crazy Ladies—Next meeting will be at Betty L’s house on July 25 at 9:00 a.m.

We will be showing quilts at the MO State Fair on August 11 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Paula S reported on the Quilt Show we had at the Good Shepherd Home in Concordia.

August meeting is to be announced in the Newsletter.

Quilt Show meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. at the YMCA and the Board Meeting will be at 10:00 a.m. at the YMCA with a representative from Nicholas-Beazley making a presentation.

There will be a workshop on postcards on September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Sign up sheets were handed out.  If you didn’t get one, see Michael.

Show and Tell was presented. 

Meeting was adjourned.

Program was given by Rosemary Cromer.



                                                                                    Donna R, Secretary







JULY 18, 2006


The meeting was called to order with a presentation by Brian Berlin and Anita Wright on “Building the Vision 2006,” concerning the Marshall Civic Center and Air Museum which will be located at the Marshall Airport.


Minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Treasurer’s report was handed out and approved.



VP—August meeting will be at the regular meeting place but it will be held up in the church not the basement and there will be no refreshments that day.

2nd VP—Marlyn M will do next month’s program.

PROGRAM—It was brought up that we have not had a nationally known speaker in a couple of years and Jo Morton has been scheduled for November 13, 2007, with a workshop.

BUDGET—It was approved to change the programs amount from $2500 to $3000.

NEWSLETTER—Have information into her by the 25th of each month.

WEB PAGE—She has redone the web site.  Please check it out.

HISTORIAN—Need a volunteer.

CHARITY—Saturday, August 26, we will be selling cancer quilt blocks at the Methodist Church.

SUNSHINE—Carolyn M is still ill; Darlene’s sister-in-law passed away and her son will be going through surgery; Kathy C’s mother passed away.  If you know of someone that is ill or of an illness or death that the new sunshine person needs to know about, please call her.  It is now Rita M.

HOSPITALITY—No refreshments in August.

HELPFUL HINT—August is Dorothy R.

Satellite Groups:

Crazy Ladies will meet at Betty L’s house July 25, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.

Applique has not been meeting because of illness.

August 11 we will be putting on a trunk show at the MO State Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Received a Thank You letter from the Cancer Center.

Meeting was adjourned.





The Guild still needs to find someone to serve as Historian.  If you are interested in taking pictures at the meetings and adding them to a scrapbook, please let Micki know at the August meeting (or before).  Thanks to all who consider taking this position.


As you may already know, Darlene’s son has recently had surgery and will be undergoing treatments for the next several weeks.  This is going to be a very busy time for her and she will not be able to continue as chairman of the Gift Bazaar at the Quilt Show.  We need someone to volunteer to coordinate this portion of the show.  The chairman is not responsible for providing all of the Gift Bazaar items but for coordinating the set up, the sale, and the take down following the show.  Please consider assuming this position and let one of us know as soon as possible.  We will work with you.  Thanks to all of you who consider this also.


                                                                                                Michael, Amanda, and Micki



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