December 2013
Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624

   sleeping puppies

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”.

REMINDER: DUES ARE DUE! PLEASE MAIL $25.00 DUES TO: Helena Quilter’s Guild, P.O. Box 429, Helena, Montana 59624. (Click here for membership form)

HOSPITALITY: December meeting is the Christmas pot luck party so I do not have greeters or treat sign ups. Janet Cerovski is going to be in charge of the Christmas party. Thank you, Sandy Lehman

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Christmas Potluck is Thursday, December 12 in the downstairs room of the church. Set up starting after 5:00 and we will eat at 6:00. Bring a favorite dish to share. We will sell raffle tickets for a drawing of 5 $20.00 checks to be used at your favorite quilt store. White elephant exchange again so bring a wrapped new, used or recycled quilt related item. See you there! Any questions or concerns please call Janet at 458-9450.


MARINERS COMPASS Diana Simkins is teaching this Judy Neimeyer pattern in a multi-session class on November 1st and ending the first weekend in June 2014. This class will be held on the first Friday of every month.

GLACIER STAR Diana Simkins is teaching this Judy Neimeyer pattern in a multi-session class beginning November 2nd and ending the first weekend in June 2014. This class will be held on the first Saturday of every month.

For a view of these projects visit Select products, then patterns, scroll down to Mariners Compass and Glacier Star.

*The cost for either 8-month class is $315.00 (Fee includes use of facility, pattern, fabric selection assistance, and monthly techniques needed to finish your quilt.) (The 1st half payment will be due upon sign-up (October 15) remainder due October 31.) There is a class minimum of 10 and maximum of 12 for each of these classes. If minimum not met we reserve the right to cancel the class and refund your money. If the 1st falls on a Saturday, then the Mariners compass will be the last day of the previous month and the Glacier Star will fall on the 1st of the next month. For example the Mariners Compass will be on Feb 28 and the Glacier Star on March 1st. - Diana Simkins

SATURDAY GAB & SEW Join other guild members the Saturday after guild meeting for some sewing time. 10:00-4:00 at the Life Covenant Church in our usual meeting room. Next meeting is December 14. Come and finish up those Christmas gifts. Any questions, call Diane Haun at 461-0119.


She Learned to Quilt on MONDAY.
Her stitches all were fine
She forgot to make us dinner
So we all went out to dine.
Christmas bul
She quilted miniatures on TUESDAY
she says they are a must
They really were quite lovely
But She forgot to dust.

On WEDNESDAY it was a sampler.
She says stippling's fun
What Highlights What Shadows!
But The LAUNDRY wasn’t done.

Nine Patches were on THURSDAY
Green, Yellow, Blue and red.
I guess she really was engrossed
She never made the Bed.

It was wall hangings on FRIDAY
In colors she adores
It never bothered her at all
That crumbs were on the floor.

I found a maid on SATURDAY
My week is now complete
My wife can quilt the hours away
The house will still be neat.

Well, now its only SUNDAY
I think I’m about to wilt
I cursed, I raved, I ranted
Cause the Maid has learned to QUILT !


Pam Lambott from Toston would like to share her Craft House and beautiful area with you! Recently, she set up an 18x81 trailer as a non-smoking quilting, card making, scrap booking or just an open craft area for ladies looking for a day/evening/weekend get-away. There are no sleeping quarters but you are welcome to leave your projects for the night and come back the next day and pick up where you left off. Rooms are available nearby at Wheat Montana. In this space you will find, many long tables, room for 10-20 sewers, 3 ironing and cutting stations with mats, cutters, and irons and 4 large design walls, new carpet, air conditioning, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, and plenty of parking. She will even cook for 6 or more people for $8 per person. Nearby eating is also available. There is room to eat outside and watch the bunnies!

For more information or class sign up call Pam Lambott 406-266-5793 or 406-266-5406 or

GREAT WEBSITES: check out these sites for crazy quilting information: for a list of supply sites for crazy quilting: for a history of crazy quilting for a free quarterly on-line newsletter for crazy quilting If you want to share any great websites for the newsletter: email


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

Don't Needle the Seamstress!
Dull Women have Immaculate Homes
Fabricologist Resource Center" does that sound more impressive than "fabric stash"?
Friendship is sewn with Love and Measured by Kindness
Friendships are sewn one stitch at a time.
Happy Holidays Let us sew! Let us sew! Let us sew!


President Janet Cerovski called the meeting to order @ 7:00. She welcomed new and returning members. Jill Larson requested members introduce and tell a little about themselves.

Old Business: Treasurers’ report was accepted subject to audit.

October 2013 Minutes: Were approved as written.

Newsletters are emailed unless otherwise requested. Please make sure Kerri Myles has your current email address to receive them.

Hospitality: Sandi Lehman mentioned the need for greeters for March & April.

Librarian report: Books donated by Loretta Thomason are ready to checkout. Carolyn Meier is working on binding labels which will be the first 3 letters of author’s last name.

National Teacher: Lynda Hall of “Primitive Pieces by Lynda” will be here September 26, 27, 28, 2014. The trunk show will be held Friday night, September 26 and class September 27 and 28. Kerri Myles and Diane Haun showed the same pattern sewn in brights and patriotic fabrics. A sign-up sheet was sent around for those interested in taking the class.

Seamers & Dreamers: Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at the church from 10:30-4.

Fifty – Fifty winner: Cindy Steinmetz was the lucky winner of the $17.00 pot.

Round Robin Exchange: The round robin exchanges were shown and exchanged.

Log Cabin Square Exchange: Diana Simkins explained how the block exchange works to new members. Quilt Retreat: Quilt Retreat at the Ursline Center in Great Falls will be April 30 and May 1-4, 2014. Patty Hoksbergen, Chairman will send around the signup sheet after the first of the year.

New Business:

Saturday Classes: Diane Haun and Susan Douglass are co-hosting a Saturday a month “Gab & Sew”. 10:00 – 4:00 in our usual meeting room at the church. Bring any project to work on. A $2 donation to the church will be collected.

Christmas Party: Janet Cerovski is organizing the Christmas party. The party is held in the basement of the church on our normal meeting night, December 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. If you can help setup please come by 5:30. Cindy Steinmetz motioned we have 5 $20 drawings at the party and Linda Peterson seconded. Members passed the motion. Please bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Also bring a white elephant(s) wrapped. Raffle tickets will be sold for chances on the white elephants and the $20 gifts.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:13. Respectfully submitted by Diane Haun


Santa 1. Visit a quilt shop. Santa 9. Paper piece a quilt block.
Santa 2. Make a Nine Patch. Santa 10. Hand applique a quilt block.
Santa 3. Make a Log Cabin. Santa 11. Make a yo-yo.
Santa 4. Label a quilt. Santa 12. Embellish a quilt.
Santa 5. Figure yardage for a quilt. Santa 13. Try free motion quilting.
Santa 6. Learn about warp and weft. Santa 14. Stitch in the ditch.
Santa 7. Use a rotary cutter. Santa 15. Try hand quilting.
Santa 8. Use templates. Santa 16. Bind a quilt.

More Next Month.


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. From looking at Lynda’s website you can probably tell she’s a gal with a lot of stories. I think this will be a fun class and a great teacher!

Lynda’s patterns include traditional piecing, wool applique and needle turn applique. Students can work on a different pattern or the same project both days. Patterns are included in the cost of the class. Lynda will send us fabric requirements and cutting instructions before class so we can be prepared to sew during class.

Please visit Lynda’s website,, click on the PATTERNS link on the left side of the screen, and pick the pattern(s) you would like to work on. Also make a list of quilts you would like her to bring for the trunk show. She has over 100 quilts and I don’t think we can afford to pay to have all of them shipped here. The cost of the class depends on the cost to ship her trunk show. Cost could be anywhere from $100 to $150 per student based on 20 students. Each month I will pass around a sign-up sheet for those interested in taking Lynda’s class. You can also email me your pattern selection to I will need to have a list of all members interested in taking the class by May. At September 2014’s meeting I will have the pattern cutting instructions to hand out. That will be the last guild meeting before the class.

Don’t let the darker fabric of Lynda’s quilts dissuade you from participating in this class. I will have a couple samples of Lynda’s quilts available to see at each meeting. If you always wanted to try wool applique but don’t care for the darker color of the wools Lynda uses in her patterns, look at the “Wooly Lady” wools carried at the Sewing Palace. They are dyed in a brighter color palate. Use one of the Palace’s coupons to save money on a sampler of wools. Most patterns don’t take that much wool and cotton, homespun or flannel backgrounds can be used to help keep the cost of your project down. - Diane Haun


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:

WANTED: Any sewing supplies - from fabric, to patterns, to thread, to rulers and cutters or even a used sewing machine, or even needles and pins for a teenager who would LOVE to quilt, has talent to be creative but does not have the means. What do you say ladies? Got any extra supplies you can donate to a worthy cause? If you have questions, call Julie at the Sewing Palace. Please drop off items at the Sewing Palace or guild meeting.

WANTED: Quilters to take Judy Neimeyer classes like Judy’s Beauties that Diana Simkins teaches at Creative Stitches, and at Pam’s Craft House.

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

WANTED: Andrea Atwood is looking for empty tall thin spools about 3" tall and ½" wide at the top (sulky or any brand) to fill with thread to store in the Sulky travel spool holder. If you have any thread you no longer want, she could need any colors to use in her fiber arts. She also wants to recycle cutting mats, they can be old, beat up, and even warped. Please bring them to the guild meeting or call her for pick up. 406-443-4907.

WANTED: Quilters to make Quilts for Comfort and use the HQG cloth labels, available at the Guild meeting.

FOUND: A pink Tervis Tumber that says “Fight Like a Girl” and a silver filigree tear drop shaped earring were left at the quilt show. They are in the closet and are waiting to be claimed by their owners.


Santa Use parchment paper off steam-a-seam for transparent sheet for tracing patterns.
Santa Use parchment paper off steam-a-seam to protect your ironing surface from fusible web and your iron from fusible web instead of a Teflon sheet.

Santa To clean metal irons, tear opened a paper bag, put salt on the paper bag and iron on it with a hot iron until it is clean.
Santa To remove fusible web from an iron, clean by rubbing warm iron over a dryer sheet.
Santa Recycle cardboard bolts by wrapping with batting and iron board covering for small portable ironing surface.
Santa Recycle water bottles with caps to refill the water in the iron, great for travel.

If you have more sewing hints and tips share, please send an email to

That is it for the December Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in January’s Newsletter by December 20th (yes, the holidays and tax season are upon us so I need more time to do the newsletter) to: with the heading HQG. Thanks You! Andrea Atwood

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