November, no meetings, but still keeping busy

Even though we have no meetings, and are not gathering together in small groups, our guild is still busy. We had another mystery quilt challenge which was orchestrated by Rhonda Doty, we had a great Zoom general meeting on November 10th, and Community Service is still active .

Again our guild has shown compassion, caring, love and support to our community through quilt donations. The amount of quilts we give , with our small quilt is phenomenal. Our Community Service totals so far from November 2019 to November 2020 are:

Sac. Metro Fire-79

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-86

Capital Star Services-6

Veterans-75

Sutter Breast Cancer Auction -8

Other members give to Sutter, but we don’t have a total for individual quilts donated by members. Huge kudos for inspiring work. These numbers are without our guild having a meeting, retreat, or class since March 2020!

The guild is getting more comfortable with Zoom meetings. This month, Rhonda Doty (aka Ethel) and Pat Edmiston (aka Lucy), had fun teaching us different ways to use panels.

“Lucy and Ethel teach us about panels
Rhonda teaches us how to use panels

The Mystery Quilt this month, was beautiful, with every fabric design and color making a beautiful quilt. Rhonda Doty sent out clues every week, and the results were gorgeous.

Pam Wells, Sharon Garsee, Kathy Beard, Kathy McGovern and Rhonda Doty all showed off their finished quilt tops.


Mystery Quilt class

Antelope Quilters Guild has offered  a variety of activities such as monthly meetings with guest speakers, demonstrations , classes and seminars on quilting techniques, and monthly mini-groups for fun and fellowship plus seasonal  retreats.

Due to Covid-19 we have suspended all in-person meetings, but are using Zoom for general and board meetings.

We have been using Zoom for Mystery Quilt Classes. Our own Rhonda Doty lead a group of quilters through the mysterious process of cutting fabric, laying out and stitching without knowing the design or look of their final project. We had great participation and already Rhonda has started a second mystery quilt group.


Unveiling 2020-2021 Opportunity Quilt

We are happy to present to you the 2021-2022 opportunity quilt,

Women Make the World a Brighter Place

The quilt measures 76” by 89”.  The pattern we used (with permission) was International Sun Bonnet Sue by Debra Kimball, MD.  

We are grateful for the many hands that worked on this beautiful quilt.  We are planning on entering it in the California State Fair in 2021.

All of the blocks were made using scrap fabrics from Kathy Beard, Lynnda Fair, Lydia Shelton, and Fabienne Dransfield.

The blocks were needle turned hand appliqued by Barbara Davis, Claudine Matulich, JoAnn Lewis, Teresa Lambing, Lynnda Fair, Kathy Beard, Lydia Shelton, and Fabienne Dransfield.

The Belgium block was not part of the pattern.  It was designed by Sharon Garsee.

Hand embroidery was done by Sharon Garsee.

The name of the countries were machine embroidered by Jeannie Cheyne.

The piecing was done by Fabienne Dransfield.

The free-motion quilting was done by JoAnn Lewis.  JoAnn researched the flower associated with each country and quilted it in its corresponding  block.  There is a label on the back of the quilt with the name of the flowers.

The binding was done by Teresa Lambing.

Fabienne Dransfield, Opportunity Quilt Chairperson



Our Busy Community Service Committee and Guild Still Busy

Even with the Covid -19 restrictions, many of our guild members are still busy, while staying home and social distancing, making quilts for our community. Needs and disasters are still happening, even though we can not meet and sew together as a group.

We would like to share what our guild has done in the past, and let you know we are still working!

Packages and quilt tops, batting, backing and binding ready for members to take home to complete

Another quilt completed

Some of the beautiful quilts we give away

Volunteers needed to finish quilts

Quilts headed for a new home

Another beauty being donated

We love to make patriotic quilts for our veterans in wheelchairs

This quilt will keep someone warm

Chairperson Lois Ann distributing work to guild members



“CIRCLES OF BRIGHT” Opportunity Quilt 2019-20

Circles of Bright

The Opportunity Quilt Committee is proud to unveil the 2019-2020 Opportunity Quilt, which  took First Place at the California State Fair this year, in the category: “Medium quilts, made by a group of people”.

The pattern came from the book by Carl Hentsch from the book New York Beauties& Flying Geese.

The quilt is made with all Tula Pink fabric.

The size is 59 x59.

The committee was chaired by Lynnda Fair.

Quilt top piecing was done by Charlotte Gibson and Lynnda Fair

Quilting by Fran Watson

Binding by Teresa Lambing

Quilt label Lynnda Fair

Circles of Bright, Cal State Fair, 1st Place

On display at the California State Fair

Blue ribbon Circles of Bright

BLUE RIBBON! FIRST PLACE!


Upcoming Classes

All “In Person” Classes have been postponed due to Covid-19. We are working on classes to be held on Zoom

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Poinsettia Table Runner.  This class will be taught by Pat E.  Cost is $10.00

Poinsettia Class

Saturday. September 14

String Class.  This class will be taught by Wilma S.  Cost is $10.00

String Class

Saturday, October 12

Small Christmas Tree.  This class will be taught by Pat E.  Cost is $10.00

Christmas Tree class



Retreat – 2017 October