Movin’ And Groovin’ In The Group

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Lodi Valley Quilters’ GuildPO Box 132Lodi, WI 53555Current membership: 78Newsletter #11Getting Signed Up, Part 1Visit the website for our group:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LVQGAlong the left side of the screen is the“menu” for the group. You will probably see a line that says “Members only”at the top—this means you are notlogged in, and need to do so before trying to read or post messages and files.Look further down on the left side—to the section with a big questions markthat says “Already a member? Sign in to Yahoo.”Click on the “sign in” part.You should now be at a Sign in to Yahoo page—ifyou have a yahoo email account, you can use the sameinfo here and the email and groups will be neatly managed in one place for you.If you don’t have a yahoo email address, you’ll haveto sign up for a yahoo ID—which is essentially a freeyahoo email account also. But that doesn’t have to beyour active email address! (Just stay with me ) Either log into your yahoo account here, or click the spotto sign up for an ID and follow the directions.When you’re done signing up, it should kick youback to the quilt guild’s page. Now you can click onthe upper right side blue button that says “Join ThisGroup!” You have to be approved to get into ourgroup, so just follow the directions to tell us who youare, and then wait to get an email back that you’vebeen approved.Getting Signed Up, Part 2OK, so later, once you’re approved Again, visitthe website for our group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LVQG. Move down the left menu bar and signPresidentVice PresidentSecretaryTreasurerJoAnn DelapDiaine HeckenbachShirley LawsonTerri Escher592-3507592-5786592-2036592-5838April 2009in. YAY! You’re in!Now quick, before you get carried away look above the blue bar with the Guild’sname on it. See your name and ID? See whereit says “Edit Membership”? Click that edit,and you can change some settings on howyou’ll be contacted by the yahoo group whenthere are messages.THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN CHOOSETO USE A DIFFERENT (ie: non-yahoo)EMAIL ADDRESS FOR CONTACTS. Makethis the email address you read the most often, so you get updates in a timely manner.Here you also can choose how often you receivemessages—once a day, every single time anybodyposts, never, etc. Don’t forget to Save your Changes atthe bottom of the screen!Movin’ and Groovin’ in the GroupYou maneuver around the group using the menu onthe left. Click the Message button to view all the messages in the group. Along the right side, there’s an arrow where you can sort them by oldest to newest, ornewest to oldest.Do you have something to say? Use the Post buttonto create a new message—just make sure to give it agood title headline so we know what it’s about!The Files section contains handouts from speakers atthe meetings and other cool info.Photos? Create your own folder and post a few“brag” pictures of your recently completed works.Click around and explore. Some parts of the grouparen’t being fully utilized now, but we’ll grow into it.The more you use it, the easier it will become. Needhelp or have questions? Terry Escher, Trish Prieweand Mindy Skinner all work with it pretty well.

Chicago Trip Time Schedule7:45 am Lodi pickup (10:15-ish at show)Returning to Lodi about 8:30 pm(leave show at 6)DateArea EventsDetailsthroughApril 12“Writing with Thread: TraditionalTextiles of SW Chinese Minorities” at the Chazen Museum ofArt in Madison500 rare woven and embroidered costumesand jewelry, along with a loom, weaving tools,and embroidery cases. Free admission. TuesFri 9 am to 5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am to 5 pm.www.chazen.wisc.eduApril 6LVQG meetingChallenge projects revealed!April 10-11Huge Quilting Fabric &Sewing Notion Liquidation Saleat the American Legion inLaValle WIFriday 9-8, Saturday 9-gone.Hundreds of books & patterns, plastic totes.Fabric will sell by the pound—Moda &Thimbleberries too, all 8-10 per pound.April 18Chicago quilt show road tripSee pickup schedule above!April 18-19Courthaus Quilters Guild“Garden of Quilts” atMonroe High SchoolJudged show, antique floral quilt trunk show,vendors. Cohosted with HS German ExchangeClub. 5 or 4 with food pantry donation.Janet Gobeli 608-329-4781.April 30May 2Nancy’s Notions SewingWeekend in Beaver Dam3 days of seminars, classes, and shopping atthe Nancy’s Notions warehouseMay 2-3“Garden Dreams” bi-annual quilt Hosted by Sinnissippi Quilters, Inc.show in Rockford, ILwww.sinnissippiquilters.orgMay 2-3“Cabins in the Country” quiltshow by It’s a Stitch Quilt Guild,Jackson, WIJudged competition and non-judged display,market place, demos. Open 10-4 at the KettleMoraine Lutheran High School. 5 admissionMay 4LVQG meetingAppraisals & judging program with CarolButski. Show & tell: your fair quilts.July 9-July 12Lodi Agricultural FairExhibit your quilts for judging, prizes and lotsof great compliments from all your friends andneighbors! www.lodiagfair.com

Italian Vegetable Soup1 pound ground beef or turkey1 c. diced onion1 c. diced celery2 c. diced carrots2 cloves of minced garlic16 oz. can diced tomatoes from the Pine Lake retreat — recipe from Mary Beth Wagner15 oz. can tomato sauce15 oz. can kidney or chili beans,undrained2 c. water5 t. beef bouillon granules1 T. parsley flakes½ t. salt½ t. oregano½ t. basil¼ t. black pepper2. c. shredded cabbage1 c. frozen or fresh green beans½ c. elbow macaroni or tortelliniParmesan cheeseBrown beef or turkey in large stockpot or kettle; drain. Add all of the ingredients, except pasta.Bring to a boil. Lower heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.Meanwhile, cook pasta. Add pasta to soup just a few minutes before serving.If you prefer a thinner soup, add more water. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.Sharon Wetherall provided the recipein the last newsletter for Apple NutSquares. Sorry for the misprint!If you’re looking for a specific fabric—either a specific line or even just atheme—there are a couple greatinternet tools to try.www.quiltshops.comOnline recently, some of my quilting friendswere discussing wedding quilts and ponderingmodern questions:Who gets a weddingquilt in a divorce? Isit even worth givingwedding quilts anymore?I’ll let you drawyour own conclusionsto these stickyMiss Mannersquestions. Butthey did presentone interestingalternative.Since the second wedding anniversary isthe "cotton" anniversary. Wouldn’t that be agood time to give a quilt as a gift?Two more years to finish the quilt! Yippee! Imight actually get a quilt finished by then!It’s search function checks the onlinestock of more than 200 independentquilt stores all at once, using yourkeywords.www.missingfabrics.comPost ads for fabrics you’redesperately seeking, or browsethe ads to see if you can helpsomeone else.www.google.comSearch with the name, theme, ormanufacturer of the fabric you seek.www.fabshophop.com/fabsearch.aspSearches here reach throughouttheir membership of independentquilt and fabric shop ownerswww.fabric.comTop-quality fabrics, at sale anddiscount prices.

Election time again!We have two lovely ladies nominated for the PR committeechair position. Here are quick biographies on each ofthem. Voting will be held at the April meeting.Joyce HachI live in Ashton, about five miles northwest of Middleton. My husband and I have three children—a recentlymarried daughter and two sons. When my youngest sonwas born 16 years ago, I retired from a 20-year career inorganizational communications to be a stay-at-home mom.I also did freelance writing and editing for several years.I made my first quilt, a baby quilt for my niece, in1981. I then got sidetracked by kids, career and othercreative pastimes and didn’t make another quilt for 20years. However, in the past four years, it has become anaddiction (and not fatting like chocolate!). I love the creativity, the geometry, the fabulous fabrics, the cool tools,and the wonderful fellow quilters. My other interestsinclude photography, scrapbooking, Brewerbaseball, Packer football and movies.TITCHESBy MindyLongarm Machine Quiltingand Custom Embroidery Over5 yrs. experienceturn around time Short Largeselection of battingquilt labels EmbroideredFully computerizedSusie just joined the guild lastfall but has been quilting for 14years. She's a big fan of Atkinsonpatterns (because they're easy!)and batik fabrics.Susie lives in Lodiwith husband Chuck, kids Eva(14) & Eric (12), and kitties Mack& Millie. She works as a unit secretary at Meriter Hospital in Madison.In her free time, Susie lovesgardening, cooking, watching thekids' sports, and playing euchrewith her girlfriends.Raffle ticket packets were handedout at the March meeting.If you didn't getyours, pleasecontact TerriEscher.If you sell outand need moretickets, Terri also canrestock your supply.the most extensive collection of batik widebacks available anywhereFREEembroideredquilt labelSusie Riedesel Looser weave Softer feel Great for hand ormachine quilting608/592-5448Tickets sell for 5 each or5 tickets for 20. Currently,the quilt is on display above theteller stations at Associated Bank.

PO Box 132Lodi WI 53555These are two of the newest titles available for loan from the guildlibrary. Talk to guild librarian Terry Miller to see what else mightinspire your next project!“Strip Addiction: a Fix for Fabraholics”by Donna SlaterThis fast system can help you achieve amazing quiltswhile taking advantage of your fabric stash.“Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts”by Biz Storms and Mary Elizabeth KinchA portfolio and pattern book full of traditional quilts withtrillions of tiny pieces that will use even your smallest scraps.

Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend in Beaver Dam 3 days of seminars, classes, and shopping at the Nancy’s Notions warehouse May 2-3 “Garden Dreams” bi-annual quilt show in Rockford, IL Hosted by Sinnissippi Quilters, Inc. www.sinnissippiquilters.org May 2-3 “Cabins in the Country” quilt show b