Monthly Program

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Social hour begins at 6:30 pm
Meeting starts at 7:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
7606 Garden Gate Drive 
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Linda Wagner will present “Edgy”.

A Presentation about Borders: plain or pieced.  What will give your quilt the best possible visual impact and how do you decide?  Inner borders, outer borders, and binding all provide opportunity to add a little to the finish product.  For this lecture, 40-50 quilts will demonstrate the options you have as the quilt maker/ artist.  Along with decision possibilities, we will discuss how to make it “fit”.

June 2022 General Meeting

Yard Sale & a Minute of Fun

This event, tried once before the pandemic to resounding success, was brought back this year. The Yard Sale entailed a full table at $10 or two members could split a table for $5 each. Guild members brought in a stash purge of goods no longer needed to move forward to those who found them a treasure. We all know the attraction of the four-letter words sale and free, as one Free Table became a side-line attraction for members that brought a single item or collections of bagged items.

All in all, the evening brought good hunting!

To round out the meeting, Fabienne Dransfield, our guild president, led the membership through a fun game of “In a Minute”. One individual from two groups of the membership, essentially each half of the seated audience, competed in speedy competitions involving sewing tools. Aside from the pressure of the clock ticking, some of them were complicated by the challenge of teeny size (stacking empty bobbins with chopsticks!) or oversized mitts (grab a wee pin with that!). It was hilarious!

Successful “Quilt as you go” Class

We started out the New Year with a fun class class on Saturday.

Pat Edmiston taught the class. She called it her circle flannel quilt.

Community Service fabric was used, using flannel fabric. When completed all the quilts will go to our Community Service donation quilts.

Nice job quilters! Pictured below are Pat E, Doris H., Kathy S., Kathleen, Anita R., and Fabienne D.

December 2021 Guild Meeting

December we met for fun and games, taking time from our busy schedules to enjoy each other’s company, celebrate special members, show appreciation to our outgoing president, and to enjoy some sugary snacks.

Our 2021 Community Service totals are announced——288 quilts distributed in 2021!!

Again we live up to our motto of “Small But Mighty”.


Meeting: Antelope Quilters Guild is meeting in person and still very active in the community.

On September 14, 2021 we were able to meet at 7:00 pm

Ascension Lutheran Church

 7607 Garden Gate Drive

Citrus Heights,CA 95621

It was a joy to see the faces of members and friends.


On September 18, we joined the Elks in Carmichael for a Craft Fair. Many members have contributed to our craft fair, and we had beautiful handmade items for sale. We sold quite a few items. The money we raised will go toward programs and community service.

November 2020, 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


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