Members of the End of the Trail Quilters’ Guild met for their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the First United Methodist Church. Greeters and quilt holders were Mary Jo Arnold, Ruby Davis, Nancy Hottman and Barb Shippy.

President Sheila Biggs called the meeting to order and welcomed those present. The following guests were introduced: Shelda Burger, Jan Brax, Penny Baker and Madelyn Burns.

Peg Meuli accompanied the members as they sang “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating September birthdays.

The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved as published in the newsletter.  

Mary Jo Arnold encouraged members to continue to sell tickets for the 2017 Opportunity Quilt. The quilt that will be given away in October during Chisholm Trail Days may be seen and tickets purchased during the Trails, Rails and Tales weekend and at the Chapman Labor Day quilt show. Additional opportunities will be at Hope, Clay Center and Junction City in September. Tickets will also be sold at West’s Plaza Country Mart on Sept. 24.  The quilt may also be seen and tickets purchased at any time at Material Girls

Judy Hilton reported on the community service committee. The next work date to make hospice quilt kits is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, at 9:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.  

Donna Reynolds told about the recent visit from the Japanese sister city delegation. While in Abilene they got to experience a one-day Pioneer Camp. Velda Becker demonstrated tying a quilt and shared about the guild hospice quilt service project. Delegates then got to help tie the hospice quilt.

Hospice quilts were shown by Barb Emig for Nadine Griffin and Judy Sorenson.  

Linda Riedy noted that the nominating committee still needs to fill the positions of vice-president/president elect, and assistant program chair/2019 program chair.

Loraine Geist presented the Q-Tips on uses for non-skid shelf liner. It can be used for gripping a needle, for stopping your quilt ruler from slipping, for stopping your foot pedal from sliding and for steadying your pin cushion.  

Sew and Tell quilts and projects were shared by Judy Sorenson, Linda Riedy, Donna Reynolds, Madelyn Burns, Helen Hellwig, Diana Rankin, Barb Shippy, Anne Rose and Fiona Tokach. Madelyn Burns shared the quilt that her grandmother had cross-stitched for her and that had been hand quilted at a quilting bee. Fiona Tokach also shared eco-friendly cloth lids that she is selling, with proceeds going to Heifer International.

Elaine Dill awarded the door prize of Amy Bradley designed patterns, quilt pins, travel sewing kit and a guild coffee mug to Mary Ann Bond.  

Anne Rose introduced Andra Hancock of Salina, who presented the program. She shared her quilt journey and her background with long-arm quilting. She shared advice for both the long-arm quilter and the quilt top-sewer so that the result is a finished quilt that satisfies both. She showed quilts featuring the Blooming 9-Patch. If there is enough interest, she will conduct a workshop to teach this pattern.

The next guild meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Wright Hall of the First United Methodist Church. The program will be Ronnie Elmore presenting a trunk show on his Log Cabin quilts collection.

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