Common Threads Quilt Guild 

NEXT MEETING – Tue, Apr 24, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

For our program, our own Marty Rigo will show us how to prepare our quilts for judging and for entry into a quilt show.

Come early, at 5:45, and join us for a potluck dinner before the meeting!  We will be having a Garden Party to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

For Show and Tell, bring your favorite, finished quilt project with a Spring theme – flowers, butterflies, birds…


Block Swap

Chickens –  You can find a copy of the chicken pattern, What the Cluck, at Sindy Rodemayer’s website At the March meeting, there were 2 copies each of the 12 applique patterns for a total of 30 chances to join this swap. We limited the number of copies to avoid a whole quilt of one chicken.  12 of the same chicken are to be made with 30’s prints, background in a neutral or shirting and all 12 may all be made of he same fabric. Blocks will be done with raw edge applique using the method of your choice – buttonhole stitch, zig-zag, invisible thread, etc. The chickens are to be fused to the background and well secured with your stitching. The block will measure 12.5 inches unfinished, 12 inches finished. Have 12 chickens ready to return to the roost in July.

Strips – We also have another swap started. The swap consists of strip sets that are at least nine inches wide and 20 inches long, it’s OK if they are slightly larger. The strips are to be cut 1 and 1/2 inch to 2 and 1/2 inches with all seam allowances pressed in the same direction. The theme here is scrappy fabrics with a pleasant mix of colors and hues made of quality fabrics.  These strips can be used for a number of patterns. Participants will turn in 12 sets of strips (ambitious folks may sign up more than once) at the June meeting. This is a really simple swap, a great chance for new quilters to experience the fun of a swap.

Fat Quarter Lotto

Here is what’s coming up for the Fat Quarter Lotto:

  • April – Religious
  • May – Novelty
  • June – Pastels
  • July – Grunge
  • August – White-On-White
  • September – Civil War
  • October – Batiks
  • November – 20 Charm Pack Sq. (5×5, basted or tacked together, no pins or safety pins)
  • December – Christmas Party – No Lotto

Just a reminder, please make sure your name is on your labels.


This year’s Challenge is “Orphan Blocks.” This refers to those samples you made or extra blocks that didn’t make their way into a quilt. Use your imagination! Projects can be a quilt, chair cover, bag, whatever rings your bell!  Come to the Challenge table at the meeting for details and see a “Gypsy” quilt using some “Orphans.

We have blocks at the table for anyone to have. We are also asking everyone to donate some of your “Orphans” so that they may find a new home.

Happy digging through your stash.



Registration for the Common Threads Spring Retreat in May 4-6, 2018 will open at 6:00 PM at the February guild meeting and close at the end of the guild business meeting in March.  The registration fee for double occupancy at the Berlin Resort at the corner of SR 39 and County Rd 201 will continue to be $150 per person. There will be a wait list if necessary. Millers quilt shop in Charm has their 30% sale during our retreat weekend. Mercantile on Main in Coshocton (20%), Anything Sews in Dover (15%), and Somewhere Sewing in Millersburg (15%) have offered our retreaters a discount so please consider stopping by on the way to the retreat and let them know you are with Common Threads. Information about discounts from other quilt shops and planned
activities will be announced closer to May. A completed registration form includes payment in full. Registration is transferable but not refundable after April 1, 2018.  Only Common Threads members may attend the retreat. A handout of additional retreat information will be available at registration.

For more information and the registration form, see the Retreats page.


The Common Threads Biennial Quilt Show will be September 18, 2018 from 6:30-8:30PM at Mifflin Presbyterian Church in Gahanna. It will include a judged show, quilt raffle, basket raffle, and a featured quilter from our guild to show off the best of our best.

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh wow, what should I be doing to get ready?” Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Put the date on your calendar.
  • Start to plan on your quilt entries now. There will be a category for every size and technique, including totes and other three-dimensional entries. You can enter up to three pieces at $5.00 per entry. Note: although entering quilts in the show that have been at Show and Tell and/or the Franklin County show earlier in the year is not banned, the show is a lot more fun when the attendees haven’t seen most of the quilts before.
  • Think about how you’d like to volunteer: judging, set-up, tear down, raffle baskets, snacks, etc. There is a slight change in schedule. Judging will be on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 12-5PM with show set-up immediately following that evening. Sign-up sheets will be circulated beginning at the January meeting. Please email Karla Zadnik to volunteer.

Let’s make it our best show ever!


The Guild now has a Facebook page, thanks to Judy Sagara.  Our Show-and-Tell photos are available on our Facebook page.   If you are a Facebook user, search for Common Threads Ohio Quilt Guild.  Click on the “Join” icon.  This is a closed group, so only members will see what is posted.  Judy, as admin for the page, needs to approve your request, and then you will have access to the page. Use it to share pictures of your work, ask questions of other members, and share interesting quilt-related information. You need a Facebook account in order to access the page.


Click here to view the March newsletter.


  • Membership Form – Use this form when you would like to join, or renew, so that we have your latest information.  Membership Forms need to be turned in no later than the March meeting to be included in the Membership Roster. Email Jackie Jones at moc.liamtohnull@eikcajeikcahw if you have any questions about membership.
  • Expense Form – If you have any expenses that need reimbursed by the Treasurer, please submit them using this Expense Form. Be sure to attach your receipts.
  • Deposit Form – Here is the form for listing deposits to give to the Treasurer.


Members, click here for your roster.

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