April 2014
Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624


Helena Quilters Guild meetings and events, unless otherwise stated, are held at the Life Covenant Church at 800 North Hoback. Entry is through the front door of the church. Guild meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the upstairs Sunday school area.

Seamers and Dreamers is an open cluster that meets upstairs at the Life Covenant Church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 10:30 to 4:00. Everyone is invited to attend. Work on your own projects, be they hand or machine projects or use Guild material to work on “Quilts for Comfort”.

Greeters Treats (includes set-up, clean-up and vacuuming)
easter egg Juanita Padden Theresa Lewing
easter egg Jaunita Padden Diana Simkins

Thank you, Sandy Lehman

Finished is better than perfect


You might be a quilter if.......
You can’t balance your checkbook, but you can figure to the quarter yard how much fabric you need to make a scrappy, queen sized Mariner’s Compass Quilt.
There is no room for food in your pantry, because it is filled with fabric.
Your insurance agent says to add a rider to your home owner’s policy to cover your fabric stash.
In case of emergency, you don’t have food and water supplies, but you have extra quilting needles.
You accidentally recorded an episode of a quilting show over your wedding video.
If you love a fabric, you buy 5 yards. If you like a fabric, you buy 2 yards. If you don’t like a fabric, you buy a fat quarter, because you never know.....
Your ironing board is always set up but you never iron clothes.
You think of your job as an interruption of your quilting time.

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Last month we had a big glitch with about half of the emailed newsletters, for everyone with the address ending in Bresnan.net. One of the Bresnan servers was down (which they denied, but my tech gurus tested their sites and it was Bresnan’s fault). So anyway, if you do not get your newsletter in the future, for any reason, you can view/print it from our websitehttp://helenaquiltersguild.org. On the home page, click the frame in the right hand corner, and thanks to Cheryl Bryant, you can get the newsletter. Lets hope this newsletter reaches everyone. -Andrea Atwood

Finished size 12 ½ x 12 ½

Colors: Spring colors: Light yellow, green, purple, pink and white
Pattern: Your choice! Simple squares, Applique blocks, embroidered flowers – you decide, just stick to the size and colors listed above and have fun.
Bring your finished block to the April quilt guild meeting (or send it with a friend) and we will put your name in a drawing of others who created a block and if we pick your name, you receive all of the blocks!

ROUND ROBIN – (4-6 quilters per group)

A round robin is a great way for a group of quilters to challenge each other creatively. In its simplest form a round robin is an ongoing exchange of quilt projects where each person takes a turn adding to the project. So join a group and have some fun!

MEDALLION QUILT - Instructions:

Create a center that is Approximately 20” by 20” (you decide) 20 x 16; 16 x 20 etc.

1. It can be any color, style or pattern (within the theme of your group).
2. Bring it to the next quilt guild meeting in a bag.
3. You may include additional fabric to use in the bag.
4. Next quilter to get the center will add a border of any size.
5. Bring to the next guild meeting and exchange with the next person.
6. Depending on the # of quilters in the exchange will have a finished quilt top by the September guild meeting.
7. Exchange during the summer will be organized by each group, we can bring to Seamers and Dreamers or get together for coffee and exchange.

Quilting is cheaper than therapy.

Decide on which Round Robin you would like to participate in and sign up on the appropriate sheet. Theresa will then copy the sheets and let you know who else is on your group. If you don’t sign up, but then decide you would like to give it a try, please call me and I will add you in so you can exchange at the April meeting! Theresa Lewing 439-0773


We can run this thru the summer – each group can work out individual exchange details, such as a drop off / exchange spot (Can be Theresa’s office – Mountain West Bank on Euclid)

Animals - Round Robin - This group will utilize animal print fabrics or add animal applique / embroidery to each quilt. The creator of the center medallion can specify the type of animals to be on their quilt: - Example all puppies or only lions, etc. Just attach a note to your bag when you bring it to the exchange.

Landscapes - Round Robin - This group will utilize landscape fabrics or add landscape applique / embroidery to each quilt.

Flowers - Round Robin - This group will utilize flower print fabrics or add flower applique / embroidery to each quilt.

Two Colors only - Round Robin – This group will utilize only two colors for the entire quilt: Example: Red & White; Blue & White. Each member can decide on the two colors they want to use, and the others will follow.

Theresa Lewing


When feeling low, its time to sew

There are only two more Saturdays to get together and sew; April 12 and May 10, 10:00 – 3:30 at the church. It’s a great time to work on Quilts for Comfort or any project of your own and get to know your fellow members. We had a great turn out in March. Diane won’t be at either the April or May Saturdays so come and keep Susan company and get some quality sewing time in. $2 per person donation for the church. - Diane Haun


easter egg I'm creative - you can't expect me to be neat too!
easter egg If I stitch fast enough does it count as an aerobic exercise?
easter egg In the crazy quilt of life, I'm glad you're in my block of friends.
easter egg Itching To Be Stitching
easter egg LOST: Husband, dog, and sewing machine. Reward offered for sewing machine!
easter egg You are sew special!
easter egg She who dies with the most fabric.....wins!

Thanks go out to Carina Zook for these GREAT quilty sayings, and there are more to come!

100 THINGS EVERY QUILTER SHOULD DO BEFORE SHE DIES - so ladies, how many have you done? Let’s compare figures at the May Pot Luck. FIND #1-16 IN DECEMBER, #17-32 IN JANUARY’S NEWSLETTER. #33-48 IN FEBRUARY’S, #49-64 IN MARCH’S NEWSLETTER, More Next Month.

easter egg 65. Install quilty wallpaper on your computer.
easter egg 66. Put a quilty bumper sticker on your car.
easter egg 67. Cuss mildly when you realize you've been sewing air (because you ran out of bobbin thread).
easter egg 68. Read your sewing machine manual cover to cover.
easter egg 69. Learn to thread baste.
easter egg 70. Learn to pin baste.
easter egg 71. Use basting spray.
easter egg 72. Help a friend make a quilt.
easter egg 73. Make a quilt for a special child.
easter egg 74. Make a quilt for a spouse or partner.
easter egg 75. Make a quilt for a friend.
easter egg 76. Include your quilts in your last will and testament.
easter egg 77. Determine your favorite thread for piecing.
easter egg 78. Understand the concept of value.
easter egg 79. Understand the mathematics of quilt blocks.
easter egg 80. Apply a bias binding.

HELENA QUILTERS’ GUILD - MINUTES of the MARCH 2014 MEETING Vice President, Theresa Lewing called the meeting to order @ 7:02.

Old Business

All members were encouraged to wear their name tags. A name was drawn of all members wearing name tags and Rene Simkins won the drawing.

A motion was made by Jill Larson to approve the February minutes and seconded by Patty Hoksbergen. Motion passed.

A motion to approve treasurer’s report subject to audit was made by Marie Haywood and seconded by Rene Simkins. Motion passed.

Susan Douglas and Diane Haun cut Quilts for Comfort kits and had them available for members to take home. All but 2 flannel baby quilt kits were taken.

Saturday Gab and Sew is Saturday, March 15. Come and sew a Quilt for Comfort, or any project you’d like.

Retreat starts April 30 and runs through May 4th. 17 have signed up so far.

National Teacher

Trunk show will be Friday night, September 26 and class will be September 27 & 28. 18 members have signed up so far. To save you place, please have your deposit in by the April meeting, April 10th

Quilt Show

Jami is going to contact the designer of the pattern she chose, to get permission to use the pattern for our raffle quilt. Last month she asked for suggestions for a theme. Kerri suggested “Springtime in the Rockies” if the quilt was made from spring colors. Someone suggested we keep the quilt gender neutral if possible. Jami is open to more suggestions. She wants everyone to think about working on the different committees for the show. Find a friend and volunteer to co-chair a committee! Also be thinking of demo ideas for the show.

Program Jill Larson and Nancy Alley presented a demo on bindings. It was very informative. Thanks for the great information Jill and Nancy!

April Block of the Month

Size: 12 ½ x 12 ½ finished
Color: Spring colors: Light yellow, green , purple, pink and white
Pattern: Your choice!

Bring your finished block to the April guild meeting (or send it with a friend) and we will put your name in a drawing with others who also brought a block and the winner receives all the blocks.

50/50 drawing of $15 won by Jami Cyr.

New Business

New Officers and Committee Chairs Nominations/volunteers needed for 2014/2015 officers and committee chairs. We will vote at the April meeting.

New Round Robin Groups Theresa Lewing challenged members to join a round robin group and get to know your fellow members. Groups will be 4 to 6 members per group. Round robin themes are animals, landscapes, flowers and two colors only. The center needs to be a minimum of 20”x20” and can be any color, style or pattern to go along with the theme of your group. Bring your center to the April 10 meeting in a bag to exchange with another member of your group. You may include fabric in your bag or not. Exchanges will continue during the summer where and when the group members decide.

If you missed signing up for a round robin but would still like to participate, contact Theresa at 439-0773.

Creative Stitches is having a charity quilt day Saturday, March 15. Meeting adjourned at 8:45. Respectfully submitted by Diane Haun

National Teacher 2014—DEPOSITS ARE DUE!

Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda will be here September 26, 27, 28, 2014. The trunk show will be Friday night, September 26 and class September 27 and 28.

Twenty have signed up for the class and about half have paid their $60 deposit. Please pay your deposit by the April 10 meeting to hold your spot. The remaining balance will be collected at the September 2014 meeting. The signup sheet will be turned over to the Boulder guild at the April meeting so their members will have the opportunity to join us for the class. There are 10 spots open. If you have not paid your deposit by April 10 your spot may be made available for the Boulder guild. If you can’t make the April meeting you can mail your deposit to the guild at P.O Box 249, Helena MT 59624. Or call Diane at 461-0119 to make arrangements for payment.


Do you want something, or want to get rid of something, or lost or found something, need more of that lovely fabric of which you didn’t buy enough? Put it in the Newsletter Classifieds:

FOR SALE: A 1950 Singer Featherweight 221 complete with case, book and attachments, for $400.00. The machine and case appear to be in great shape. The machine runs, however, I have not had it serviced as I would have to pass those charges on. Please call Dean Hall at: 442-0728 to arrange to see it. P.S. I do 90% of my piecing on my mom’s Featherweight. You can purchase a 3/4" foot!

WANTED: Crown Royal Bags, in any size or any color so I can make a quilt with them. If you have any to spare, please call Lynn Groth at: 475-9109.

WANTED: Used, but clean towels and blankets to be donated for use under animals recovering from surgery. Please bring them to the meeting or call for pick up. Andrea @ 443-4907 hm or 442-1947 wk

WANTED: Lots of quilters to take a few of the many kitty pillows cases that JoAnne Moore has made (which she will have available at the Guild meeting) free for you to take and fill them with batting and fabric scraps, sew them shut and then take them to the Humane Society.

WANTED: Quilters to learn to use a long arm quilter free by finishing a Quilt For Comfort on Martha Vogt’s long arm quilter. It will normally take 2-3 hours to quilt a lap quilt. You will be instructed on how to set up the quilt and use the machine, as well as supervision during the entire process. Call 495-9270 to set up your time. The machine is also available for personal rental. -Martha Vogt

My sould is fed with needle and thread.


To keep the extra fabric hanging off the hoop when hand quilting, before putting the quilt into the hoop, tie 4 ribbons at the North, South, East, and West ends of the outer hoop. Then hoop the quilt, being careful not to catch the ribbons in the hooping process. Then roll up fabric that extends beyond the hoop and tie edges out of the way using the ribbons. This makes it easy to reach around the quilt when hand quilting.

To recycle scraps of batting, butt two pieces of equal lengths of batting together. Measure the length of the piece along the space you wish to join. Cut “lightweight iron on pellon interfacing” 1" wide by twice the length of the pieces of batting. Cut this in half the long way. These two will then be enough to cover the space where the two pieces of batting butt together - one piece for the front and one for the back. Iron the pellon strip down the length of the butted batting, to hold the batting pieces together. You can now use the large piece of batting for your quilt, or add more pieces to make an even larger piece of batting

To keep quilts hanging straight, the quilt needs to have an even density of quilting throughout the entire quilt. For example, if the inside is heavily quilted, you will need to use a border pattern of equal density for the outer edges or the quilt will pouch or will be uneven when hung.

An organic, inexpensive and old fashioned way to make a stencil pounce pad, is to sew a small fabric pillow case about 3" x 4" and turn it right side out. Put corn starch inside and tie it shut with a ribbon or rubber band or sew it shut. You can then pounce the corn starch through the pad, through the quilting stencils to mark quilting lines on dark colored fabric. Brush or pat or wash out any lines left after sewing. For marking light fabric, just use cinnamon inside of the tiny pillowcase. Cinnamon makes great markings that can be brushed out after sewing and makes the quilts smells great!

That is it for the April Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in May’s Newsletter by April 20th to: andrea@atwoodarts.com with the heading HQG. Thanks You! - Andrea Atwood

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