December, 2016

Quilts N’ Stuff
The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429

Helena, Montana 59624
Three trees

The Next Guild Meeting Will Include our Annual Christmas Party & Potluck on Thursday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m.

**Meeting location for December will be downstairs in the Fellowship Hall**

All Helena Quilters’ Guild meetings and events, unless otherwise stated, are held at the Life Covenant Church at 800 North Hoback in the main floor Sunday School Room. Entry is through the front door of the church. Monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. 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 hand or machine projects or use Guild stash fabric to work on “Quilts for Comfort”.

Officers 2016-2017
President – Theresa Jackson Vice President – Bobi Harris
Treasurer – Daysee Swant Secretary – Kerri Myles
Librarian – Carolyn Meier Newsletter – Loreen Smith
Hospitality – Diane Haun Quilts for Comfort – Jill Larson
Programs – Bobi Harris 2017 Quilt Show Chairs: Theresa Jackson and Daysee Swant

Please note, we still need one or two volunteers 2018 National Teacher (National Teacher can be a single chair person or co-chaired by two people. This position is a two year commitment).

Minutes from the November Meeting

November 10TH, 2016 The November Meeting was called to order by President Theresa Jackson. Guests were introduced and greeted.

Announcements: Still need volunteers for National Teacher 2018.

Sun Shiners Quilt til you Wilt next sew date is Nov 11, 12 and 13th. Location is at MCDD Conference Center at 2712 Billings Ave behind Walmart. Non Guild members are welcome also. Susan Douglas is the contact.

Program: Bobbi Harris, Program Chair introduced Ann Danzer who gave a very interesting talk on dyeing fabric with natural ingredients.

No program for December. It is our Guild Christmas Party. Diane Haun volunteered to Chair party and has a new format for exchange. See her write up for details. Party starts at 6:00 pm downstairs on Thurs Dec 8th.

Exchange and Challenges:

Double Wrench Block Exchange will continue thru December.

Cutting up the Chicken had its first exchange in Nov. Jean S. is the chair for this exchange.

UFO Challenge is ongoing. Registration has ended. Connie W. is keeping track of the finished UFO’s.

T-Time in the Rockies-Make a quilt for 2017 quilt show that represents what T-Time means to you.

Show and Tell: Lots of great projects were shown.

Old Business: Motion to approve Oct minutes made by Jill L. second, Vonnie V. Motion approved.

Motion to approve Oct Treasurer Report made by Beth. Seconded by Diane. Motion approved.

New Business: 50/50 won by: Sandy Lehman

Name Tag prize won by: Maureen Foster

Quilt for Comfort handed out 5 quilts to be quilted and excess supplies that were cluttering up closet. Jill L. Chair, will plan a sew day after the new year.

Spring Retreat Dates in Choteau are April 27-30, 2017. Deposit is $70.

Raffle Quilt for Quilt Show is finished. Jean S. volunteered to organize publicity of quilt.

Meeting Adjourned.

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President’s Blocks What is?

Tee, Tea, T, Theresa! Our President will love cheery colored blocks relating to Tea (or coffee!) The blocks should be 8"finished size, and Theresa would like you to sign them. There will be a collection box and pens at our Potluck in December or the January meeting.

   Christmas Party 2016
Christmas stockings hung from the mantle

Hi everyone, Diane Haun here. I volunteered to take charge of the Christmas Party this year. If you know me at all, you know I like to shake things up and do things a little differently so this is what I came up with. First of all I thought it would be nice to give as well as receive so we’re going to try to stuff the Placer Pantry with personal care items. For every item you bring (toilet paper packages are worth 1 ticket not 1 for each roll!) you will receive one ticket for the drawing of one of 5 $20 prizes. Please only full sized bottles rather than the hotel sized. These need to last a family a month or two. Here’s a list of needed items:

tiny stocking Q-tips Cotton Balls Bar Soap Laundry Soap Tampons pads
tiny stocking Toilet Paper Shampoo Conditioner Dish Soap Toothbrush Floss
tiny stocking Toothpaste Denture Products Lotion Razors Shaving Cream Men’s & Women’s Deodorant

These items are available to those in need through the Placer Pantry located in the Good Samaritan Store. The Pantry is run by the Helena Women’s Club. If you have any questions about the Pantry please give Sandi Conrady a call.

Gift Exchange--It’s All About The Stocking!

I had been thinking about the Christmas party and Christmas in general. I thought about Christmas when I was a kid and how exciting it was. We’d try to wait up for Santa, hiding under the dining room table but we would wake up in our beds. Santa always left us a stocking on our bedpost (probably so the folks could sleep in a little longer). I loved those Christmas stockings. Back then we used our actual socks. We usually got an orange and a candy cane, nuts and some cheap toy. It was such a fun part of Christmas….until the soap bubbles got spilled on the carpet and the Silly Putty stuck to the ceiling. That was the end of the stockings at our house. I still remember though how fun it was to see what treasures were in that stocking…so we are going to exchange stockings.

Buy a new pair of colorful socks. They can be Christmas themed or just colorful all year socks. (Remember those toe socks from the 70’s, where each toe was a separate color?) These should be a sock you would like to wear, not a fuzzy sock you only hang up at Christmas. Stuff the sock or socks with fun little gifts and tie with a bow. Price limit is $10-$15 including the price of the socks. You can find these socks at JoAnn’s, Shopko, Target, Wal-Mart and probably almost any store in town.

Dinner Thursday December 8th @ 6:00 in the basement of the Church

Bring your favorite holiday dish to share

Hope to see everyone there!
blue snowflake

Block Exchange Last year’s Double Wrench Block Exchange will continue through December. Please plan to bring your blocks to the December meeting. If there is enough interest and someone to manage it, a new exchange may begin after the first of the year.

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Cuttin’ Up the Chicken

Bring your Cuttin’ Up the Chicken project to exchange at the December meeting.
Happy Holidays
Reminder about Your Membership Dues… Thanks for being a member of the Helena Quilters’ Guild! Annual dues are $20 and may be paid by check to Helena Quilters’ Guild,

P. O. Box 429, Helena, Montana 59624

or at the guild meeting. Newsletter Editor: Loreen Smith (

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