October Guild Meeting

What a fun day in Siloam Springs! Saturday’s are my favorite! I get to go to the guild meeting and the kids hit the parks and library! There were so many baby blankets donated to the hospital. Our number so far this year is 115. Here are a few…


With our “Git Er Done” list that will be wrapping up at the end of the year, the Dogwood Quilters are not only attempting to finish collected projects over the past few decades, but it is nearing CHRISTMAS TIME!

Check out these busy Quilters beautiful pieces….I spy with my little eye, QUILTED BASEBALLS!

Also, our very own designer of fabric showed some samples and wrapping paper featuring our guild flower and members names….


All of these quilts are much more vivid in real life! Visit us for our next Show & Tell

September meeting

Change in the plans for the September 7th Guild Meeting!

Get ready, get supplies, start your engines!

We are having another BABY BLANKET RACE! Bring you sewing machine, needles, and thread- kits are provided by the guild. Bring a friend for this fun challenge to increase our donation to the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Nursery.

Here are some pictures from last years pattern:

Did you know……

It's nearly time for our monthly meeting August 5th. Did you know we have a fat quarter of fabric drawing at every single guild meeting? Also there are two other door prize gifts usually from Sager Creek Quilt Shop. It's always fun to win at something!

August meeting is at the Masonic Lodge this month!
Bring a pet themed fat qtr and $1 for the drawing.
Bring 20$ for a chance to win a registration for the Ricky Tims Luminarium conference

In the next few months there are several local quilts nearby. So if you like going on a drive, check these out:

Little Balkans Quilt Guild 30th Annual Quilt Show September 1st & 2nd, 2017

Friday-Saturday 9am – 5pm
503 N. Pine, Pittsburg KS
Admission 5$

Comforts of Home
2017 Quilt Show by Pryor Patches Quilt Guild
September 22nd & 23rd, 2017
Friday-Saturday 9am – 4pm
MidAmerica Expo Center
US 69 South
Pryor, OK
Admission $5

Autumn in the Ozarks
By Hill 'N Hollow Quilters Guild
October 19-21, 2017
Thursday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Admission 5$

Fun with Sharon Phillips

July meeting featured a group sew in with one our own Dogwood Quilters, Sharon Phillips. If you have ever purchased a Hex N More template and didn’t know what to do with it- 

This was your class! Honestly I wasn’t interested at first because in my mind HEXY= COMPLICATED but when I heard the word WONKY I was all in!

Also, any class, block, or pattern that uses up scraps from your stash ( a stashbuster) is my favorite! I personally have a deep love for old fashioned quilts made by grannies using scrap fabric, old clothing, and/or flour sacks. 

Check out my hexy!

Can’t wait for retreat to finish this one up.

Thanks Sharon!!

Quilt Fair at Shiloh Museum in Springdale

Small Quilt Display

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale has a wonderful quilt fair on the second Saturday of September every year.

 For the last three years they have added a “small quilt” display to the fair curated by our own April Rusch. 

 The group who previously provided quilts for the display has disbanded, the Dogwood Guild is to provide quilts for the display.

 There are no hard and fast rules, and the general guideline for the small quilts is that the quilt be APPROXIMATELY 20 inches x 20 inches or smaller. But there are no quilt police at this fair and it’s likely that several of the placemats some of you made for the what’s for dinner challenge would be more than ideal for the display. 
If you would like to join the Guild contact us! 

We would be delighted to display your tiny quilt also, bring your submission no later than the September Dogwood guild meeting the first Saturday in September. Feel free to get contact April with any questions you have or aruschar@gmail.com.

June 3 Guild Meeting

We are meeting again at the Masonic Lodge due to conflicts at our regular meeting place.

Don’t forget the fat quarter drawing!  Bring a beach or travel themed fat quarter.

Also it is a community sew day focusing on the Baby Quilt Charity. Bring your machine and a project or two!

Airing of the Quilts

Here is the Opportunity quilt that will be displayed at the Dogwood Festival.

The Opportunity Quilt is made from reproduction civil war fabrics designed and made by many of the guild members to be raffled off to fund our three charities: baby quilts for the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, Quilts of Honor for at the VA Home and pet blankets to aid our local shelter. 

Raffle tickets are 1$ each or 6 for 5$ 

The quilt will be displayed at our annual Airing Of the Quilts during the Dogwood Festival at Grace Episcopal Church, 617 S Mt. Olive just up from downtown Siloam Springs.  The Festival begins April 28th – 30th.

The label is embroidered beautifully by our local artist Suzy Matthews.

April is here!

I cannot believe the 4th month of the year is upon us already upon us! So many projects to sew and do!

The Guild has a new “Mystery Quilt” that has begun with its first clues passed out at the April 1 Guild meeting- thanks Katha

Join other quilters this next Friday and Saturday at Q.U.I.L.T.’s Show “Tomorrow’s Heirlooms XVI”, April 7- 9am to 6pm and April 8- 9am to 4pm. There will be an auction, booths, 350+ quilts, “bed turning”, a Quilt store, appraisers, raffles, and bring your scissors if they need sharpening. –I cannot wait for this even to shop for thread!

I’m updating the Show and Tell pages and soon more retreat pictures as well. 

Have you worked on a charity Quilt lately? Ever? The Dogwood Guild has 3 charities, baby quilts for newborns, quilts to honor veterans, and animal shelter blankets.  Come to a get together and find out how to use the opportunity to help others!

2017 ‘What’s For Dinner’ Challenge and February Class INFO

What’s For Dinner?

 Use your scraps, stash, and/or fabric collection for your interpretation of the theme.
Two coordinating placemats no larger than 18 inches each side or no larger than 18 inches in diameter if circular.
Placemats are to be quilted and bound.  No label is necessary.
Challenge is for members only.
One entry per member.
Placemats are due at the April 1, 2017 meeting.
The placemats will be displayed at the Airing of the Quilts April 29, 2017.


The February meeting will include a Shaded Four-Patch workshop taught by our lovely and talented member, Pam Goggans.  This class is provided at no charge for members; remember to pay your 2017 dues before the class!  Class fee for non-members is $10.

In order to have enough handouts for everyone taking the class, registration will be required for this and all 2017 classes.  Check at the membership table for the sign-up list.
Following is the class supply list.  In addition, please bring an extension cord for your machine.
Sager Creek has the Tucker Trimmer needed for the class–get it early!
Also available for purchase at the class will be a Shaded 4-patch Tech Sheet Tech Sheet which gives instructions for twenty other sizes of this block.


Dogwood quilters

Retreat!  If you are new to the quilting community this word will soon take on new meaning!

In the quilt world this is an integral part of connection…most quilters know exactly what a retreat is and what they’re getting in to when signing up. Similar to booking a cruise, in fact there are quilt cruises, beach retreats, and workshops all over the country on a variety of topics that offer…retreat.

It’s one of the forms of community that has replaced the old time quilting bees that I have heard about from my old fashioned mother in law.  The episodes that took place in my husband’s younger years where he got into many tribulations with his neighbors and bossy “girl” cousins, always putting blame his way, while all the women folk were busy hand quilting on fabric stretched out on a frame that had been lowered from the ceiling. This is where news was told, gossip learned and friendships were knit I mean stitched.

I Recently attended the Ladybug retreat in which I had some time to think about the word…..retreat. Usually retreat is used in military discourse viewed as a great idea to save an army from utter destruction. Like our great hero George Washington, who removed himself from dire straits of destruction after our young nation gained independence. Defeated at the battle of Brooklyn, 9000 patriots were doomed when the British General sir William Howe keyed in siege. General Washington and army withdrew by boat under dense fog in order to SAVE THEMSELVES to fight another day.

Our national heroes retreating is not Exactly the same as quilters going on retreat, yet there are similarities. For one, quilters quilt with passion. Some quilt to save themselves-it’s an artistic outlet and stress reliever.
A quilting retreat is quilting ON STEROIDS when the quilter can WITHDRAW from normal activities, to hightail it so to speak, to a place far away that is safe and sometimes where no cell phone can reach us zone, to concentrate on getting the project completed.  

 Not to change the subject radically- but speaking of completion rates we at the DQG have way of encouraging each other by creating a list. It’s named the “GIT ‘R DONE” list. On this list one finds projects from books, magazines, numerous block of the month clubs (BOM’s), lap projects, baby projects, group quilts, raffle quilts, birthday presents, row by rows, kit projects, binding, secret mystery quilts and more! This is the stuff we focus on while at retreat. Completing a quilt can be a challenge. The struggle is REAL. We new and seasoned quilters love our “Git R Done” list and even hand out prizes! We relish our thread, our machines, our quilts, our friends and family that we quilt for.

We need a retreat, And we cannot wait til you join the fun!

Here’s some pro’s: no cooking, hardly any cleaing, no chores, no making people do chores, no tv, no drama unless you bring it, great company, SEWING ANYTIME IN YOUR PJ’s, games, fun, help, advice, uninterrupted sleep, trips with friends to the fabric store, and so much more!

Keep an eye out for the next retreat signup!