Landscape Class

Our Landscape class was a great success. A couple of projects finished and some soon to be finished. The instructors, Karen and Anita, assistance made this a wonderful class. If we get all those projects finished we could have a fabulous display of landscape quilts at the Quilt Show.

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Reminder July Meeting July 8th

Our July meeting will not be the first Thursday of the month.  The Material Girls’ meeting will be July 8th. We will have the presentation of the 2020 Quilts of Valor.  The winners of the quilts are Jeanne Hanesman’s husband, Bob and Kim Hall’s nominee Gary Worrell.  

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2021 Higher Ground Retreat

The 2021 Retreat Motto

The pretties that were made!

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Material Girls Updates!

Here’s an update on Material Girls’ activities taking place. As mentioned previously, there will not be any meetings until a notice is sent out to that effect.

Southview Baby Quilts
Since we were not able to have our Baby Shower meeting for Southview Hospital in 2020, they are in great need of NICU baby quilts. These quilts are given to babies on their way home and greatly appreciated by the family.

They should be no smaller than 36” square. Better sizes are 45” square or 36” X 45”. If you want to make covers for the isolettes, the 45”square size is best. The other two sizes will probably be used to wrap babies that lack adequate wrapping when they come for appointments. The sizes are not engraved in granite. If you have a quilt to donate that doesn’t fit the guidelines, I assure you a baby will be found who needs it.

If the spirit moves you to make breast pads, I’ll be as grateful as the mommas, since I spend a fair bit of time keeping up with the need. If you prefer to make quilts rather than pads, that is fine. I confess, I make pads so I don’t make quilts. The pads are made of two layers of batting between two layers of flannel. I use an old cd (about 5” circle) as a template. The batting should be natural fiber or close to it, because polyester is not absorbent. 80/20 has enough cotton to absorb. If you have batting you are unsure of, pour water on it and see if it absorbs the water. You can fasten the four layers together any way you like. If you have a serger, that is the fastest easiest way. But a sewing machine works fine too….any stitch you like. Overlock is my favorite for the job.

If you have any questions about quilts or breast pads, please call me. If you are willing to sew, I’m certainly willing to give information and any help I can.
Thanks to all of you. You are THE BEST.
Maggie Bauer (937) 371-9775

Baby Quilt Pickups
Quilts or breast pads will be picked up by Connie Bates and Jennifer Leedy at First Baptist Church of Miamisburg on 11th Street in the parking lot on Saturday, March 20th from 10 – 12 and Sunday, March 21st from 2-4. Also if you have any Raffle ticket stubs or money you can also bring those.

If you need more time or if you are interested in having another Baby Shower for Southview in the fall let us know.

Fabric Swap/Raffle TicketsEileen Mallory will be at the donut shop across from the Little Shop on Saturday Jan 30, 2021 from 10 – 11 with the fabric squares. You can pick them up then, or she will deliver them at a later date. Eileen will be calling everyone also, but this note is in case she missed calling you. Eileen will also have raffle tickets for you to sell or buy. You can also bring your raffle tickets or stubs at the same time. We will draw for the quilts April 1, 2021. Please try and support this effort. This will help get our 2022 Quilt Show back on the track. Please feel free to give Eileen a call if you have any questions, 937-344-7610.

2021 Retreat
We would like to know how much interest there would be in participating at the June retreat at Higher Ground Retreat Center in Indiana. They will be available June 4, 5, 6 . We can still arrive at 9am and checkout is Sunday at 11am.We need at least 20 to 25 people to sign up in order to have the retreat. We can be socially distanced in the quilting room if we limited to 25. The dining hall requires masks to be worn, except when eating. They are serving as we walk thru the line and silverware is pre-packaged. Seating is limited to 4 per table. The cost is slightly more.
1 in a room is $190
2 in a room is $145
3 in a room is $130
4 in a room is $120

We will need full payment by June 3rd.

You can email Elaine Miller at or leave a message at 937-241-7282. She is working full time and not always able to pick up her phone.
Hope to see you at Retreat!

Joan Cole
We are remembering Joan Cole of Material Girls, who passed away January 22. She was one of our first members of Material Girls. Joan was always a smiling face and ready for some beautiful stitching and discussions. A memorial gathering will be held from 3-5 PM on Friday January 29 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parrarmore Funeral Home in Miamisburg. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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To A Happy and Improved New Year Year!

The Leadership Team has met and it has been decided that there will not be a meeting in January.  Please consider that there will be no meetings until you receive notification that we will begin the “fun” again!

We have a couple of projects we need to try and finalize Below is the status of what we are putting together for 2021!!

Miamisburg Quilt Show 2021  –  With the state of our area regarding the pandemic we have canceled our Miamisburg Quilt Show for 2021. This was a very hard decision but we have to think about the safety of our members, our attendees, vendors and our community. We hope to have a great show in 2022. Keep quilting so we will have a large variety of new quilts.

Raffle Quilt Tickets – We will draw for these two quilts on April 1, 2021. If we can have a quilt meeting, we will draw at the meeting. Ifwe are still not having meetings, the Leadership Teamwill draw the winners at a small planning meeting. If you have raffle ticket moneyEileen Mallory will be giving you a call to set up a way to get it. Eileen has volunteered her hubby to drive around town and help her make collections. If you want to call her, please feel free to give her a call at 937-344-7610. We will continue to try and sell tickets until April 1, 2021 so if you want to sell tickets, please feel free to do so. If you need more tickets, Eileen also has them and will deliver.

Mystery Quilt 2021 – We will do a 2021 Mystery Quilt. We are trying to get permission to be able to include the monthly instructions in our monthly email.  We should know more about this in a week or so. Please plan to participate. This is a way we can still stay connected and maintain social distancefor a little bit.

Anyone who completed the Mystery Quilt for 2020 please let Eileen know and she will refund your $10.00 at our next meeting.

3 Inch Square Swap – we still have some ladies that have not given Eileen the squares for each month. Please contact her and we will work out a way to get the squares so they can be distributed to all that participated. Hopefully at our next meeting?

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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UPDATE: Material Girls Cancellations

With regret the November meeting and this weekend’s retreat Friday and Saturday will be cancelled.  This is due to the rising number of cases in Montgomery County.  This would include December since we normally do not have a December meeting. We wish you all a blessed Holiday Season.  And we will be back in 2021!!  Maybe a little more festive in our future gatherings!!

Take care all

Material Girls Leadership Team

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September Meeting Cancelled

After much consideration and discussion the Leadership Team thought it best to cancel the September 3rd Material Girls meeting. Again, it was a very difficult decision. We thought it best to wait until October 1st for our next meeting. 

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UPDATE: Material Girls August Meeting Update

After much consideration and discussion the Leadership Team thought it best to cancel the August 6th Material Girls meeting. It was a difficult decision and the numbers were not moving in the right direction. We thought it best to wait until September 3 for our next meeting. 


Third Raffle Quilt – Because we did not draw for the raffle quilts at the April Quilt Show, we are holding them over until the 2021 Miamisburg Quilt Show We thought we should make it even better for our supporters with a third quilt. We are planning on making a “Goodnight Irene” quilt. There are a couple of ways you can help. 1) We need 5 inch spring colors. You can send to Eileen Mallory or drop off at the Little Shop of Stitches before August 9th and we will pick them up. 2)We are planning to do a group sew. We can only have 10 people on each day so that we can social distance. We have August 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and August 13, 10 am to 2:00 pm. If you would like to help with the sewing please call Eileen with the day you are able to sew. Only the first 10 responders will be assigned to each day. Please provide your own lunch or snacks. 

Mystery Quilt – You should have received Clue 4. If you have not received your clues, please call Eileen and we will get you caught up. Clue 5 will be sent the first week of August.

 3 Inch Fabric Swap – Yes, we are still doing the Fabric Swap. We may not get to exchange until the end of the year but quite a few people gave me all the squares for the whole exchange so I didn’t want to cancel. In case you forget the colors here is the list again. March – Snow Flakes, April – Red or Pink May – Small Flowers, June – Blue on Blue, July – Small Patriotic Print, August – Yellow Stripe, September – Small Novelty, October – Leaves

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UPDATE: Material Girls Meeting Schedule

Hi All!
It’s been quite awhile since we last “spoke”.  We are very sorry to have to let you know that we will be cancelling July’s 2020 Material Girl meeting.  It does not seem wise to try to get together at this time.  We of course will be monitoring the situation and will let you know later next month if we can gather for our August 6, 2020 meeting.Just so that you can keep “in practice”  —  I have sent out  via email the Block Exchange.  We certainly hope we will be able to share our blocks in August.  This month’s block is a scrappy string block.  This is a quick easy block but can become one of many different interesting quilts.  I made one block to try and had to finish it into a quilt.  The only guideline for this block will be to use a deep blue for the center strip and then any size and color strips on either side.  It will end up as a 10.5 block unfinished.

For our planning purposes, we would be interested to know if you would plan to attend the August 6th meeting.  The meeting would be held in the much larger Activity Center and proper sanitation and health precautions would be in place.  If you would plan to attend just send a separate email (Do not send a reply)
to Georgia  and let us know.

Keep those sewing machines humming – we are all anxious to see  your creations!!

Material Girls
Leadership Committee

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Material Girls 2019 Higher Ground Retreat

We had “full house” at this year’s Higher Ground Retreat.  Here are some shares of the wonderful projects worked.  These were some very buys ladies over the weekend! We will be looking for the finishes in our Material Girls Show & Tell postings in the future.



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