December, 2015

Quilts N’ Stuff
The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild
P.O. Box 429

Helena, Montana 59624

NEXT MEETING: December 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM for party

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”.

Orphan Block Challenge

December – Orphan Block Challenge – (any block left over from a previous project, or make a new one).
Santa and Reindeer dancing

Next Meeting

December 10th, 6pm, 800 N. Hoback in the basement for a potluck and party. This is a fun event! Please bring a potluck of your choice, a wrapped gift for gift exchange, be prepared for 50/50, and raffle. We may even have some games!!

Nov. 12, 2015 800 N Hoback Notes taken by Bobi:

Theresa began the meeting at 7pm.

Among our guests were Kim from Townsend, Lisa, Sandy Simonovich, Dwon, and Sharon. Sharon moved here from California, where she was active in a quilt guild. We hope they had a good time and join us again!

Program: Collette and LaDonna presented the program: One Block Wonders. Wow! They have really learned this technique and we were fortunate to have them share with us. Lots of examples and how-to’s. They had Maxine Rosenthale’s books on “One Block Wonders” and passed them around. They showed bolts of fabric from area quilt shops that would work for this technique – you need six sections of a repeated design. LaDonna suggested an extra yard for borders. I apologize to you guys for all my interruptions! But it was exciting!

LaDonna is teaching a class in this at Prickly Pear Quilt Shop. It is Sat. Jan 16th (Part One) and then Feb. 6th to finish.

National Teacher: Loreen reported that Great Falls cancelled their hosting of Bonnie Hunter, which will mean more expenses for us. She said there were more than 30 on a standby list, including several from Canada. We decided to check into if we could have the venue an extra day (Monday, July 25)) and if Bonnie could stay over and we could add another class. The dates are July 22, 23, and 24.

The Split 9-Patch Challenge ends next month.

Month to Month Challenge- For November, it was Christmas themed blocks. Jill was the winner.

For December, it is Orphan Blocks.

Row by Row Challenge- participating so far were Theresa, Kerri, Diane Haun, Janet, Rene’, Collette, and Julie.

UFQ’s – Win fat quarters! We had several bringing in some UFQ’s hoping they will be the winners! Among them: Diana Simkins, Jill, Louise… I had trouble keeping up with the list as I was so interested in looking at the UFQ’s and Show and Tell.

Show and Tell: among them…LaDonna, Becky, Jennifer (her second quilt!), Sandra L, (must have been some UFQ’s in there- Sandra had one that took 7 years to finally finish!), Rene’ (miniatures!), Jaunita, Leona, Jean (A One Block Wonder sofa throw- “This is not the way you do the borders!” as she showed many points that had to be bound) Sandi showed a lantern, Sandy Lehman a collage quilt inspired from one of our Quilt Show Vendors, and Linda P.

Jill brought in the quilt she made from all the historical blocks she showed last year. Each meeting she brought another one, and told us the historic story behind the design. It was nice to see the result!

Santa throwing snowballs at Rudolph

News: Ann Lauer and Linda P are in the latest “Quickly Quilting” magazine. Page 42. Bring yours to the Dec. Potluck and have it autographed!

Eleven members are doing the new Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt.

After our break, we met back at 8:50 for our business meeting.

50/50 raffle: $36.00 was collected from members who paid $1.00 for a ticket to win. The winner was Cindy S. Half goes into our treasury, so Cindy won $18.00. Thank you to all who participated.

Correspondence: Daysee read a thank you card from a recipient of a Quilts For Comfort. “Hopes and Dreams” Quilt Challenge for ALS. Please donate a quilt to warm the hearts of patients and raise awareness. All donated quilts are eligible for prizes. Bobi has entry forms – deadline is before July 31st.

Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY is having a 35th annual quilt show, Oct 31-Jan3, 2016. Diana has been staying with Patti Hoksbergen, who is very ill. She said Patti takes a lot of comfort from our cards and visits. Please send cards to her at 154 Jimmy Green Rd, East Helena 69635, or call to visit: 475-3594.

Spring Retreat: Carolyn is working on our retreat. It will be in Great Falls on April 27-May 1st.

October Minutes were approved by Linda and seconded by Loreen. Treasurer’s report were approved subject to audit by Diana S and Rene’ seconded the motion.

New Business: Teresa’s Quilt and Coffee Shop in East Helena is having its Grand Opening. 401 E. Main. It is called Glorious Day.

Bobi invites us to view the doll quilts at the Original Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, Dec. 8th at 1pm during a quilt-themed tour. Meet on the front porch.

Next Meeting: December 10th, 6pm, 800 N. Hoback in the basement for a potluck and party. This is a fun event! Please bring a potluck of your choice, a wrapped gift for gift exchange, be prepared for 50/50, and raffle. We may even have some games!!

Meeting was adjourned by 9:10pm.

ringing Christmas bells
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