February 2014
Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
Embroidery design

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)
Valentine Marie Haywood Lisa Dewitt
ValentinePatti Hoksbergen Daysee Swant

Thank you, Sandy Lehman


What is Ground Hog Day? Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and there will be six more weeks of quilting.


Clothes make the man. VS. Never judge a book by it’s cover.
The best things come in small packages. VS. The bigger the better.
A miss is as good as a mile. VS. Half a loaf is better than none.
An old fox is not easily snared. VS. There’s no fool like an old fool.
A good beginning makes a good ending. VS. It’s not over til it’s over.
Practice makes perfect. VS. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
If you lie down with dogs you’ll wake up with fleas. VS. If you can’t beat them, join them.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. VS. A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.
There’s safety in numbers. VS. Better be alone than in bad company.
If at first you don’t succeed, try try try again. VS. Don’t beat a dead horse.
Hold fast to the words of your ancestors. VS. Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them.
He who hesitate is lost. VS. Look before you leap.
Birds of a feather flock together. VS. Opposites Attract.
You’re never to old to learn. VS. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Ask no questions and hear no lies. VS. Ask and you shall receive.
Variety is the spice of life. VS. Don’t change horses in midstream.
Doubt is the beginning, not the end of wisdom. VS. Faith will move mountains.
The pen is mightier than the sword. VS. Actions speak louder than words.
Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it. VS. Forewarned is forearmed.
Silence is golden. VS. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.


I want to thank Teresa for running the January meeting for me and providing the program.

I have decided that it would be fun to start a block of the month challenge. Everyone who brings a block will have their name placed in a drawing for a chance to win all the blocks for that month. This is a fun and easy challenge that the new members will enjoy partaking in. Who will be the lucky one to go home with all the heart blocks?

The February block will be Candy Box Heart. Fabric colors are only to be reds, pinks, purples and black. Block size will be 6 ½”.

I will be in Arizona from January 26 through February 8 helping my mom recover from hip surgery. I will be checking my email if there are any questions. See you Feb.13th, Janet
Roses design

Come join us one Saturday a month to sew and visit. Bring your lunch or lunch money, current project, check out the books in the library or dig through the closet for you next Comfort Quilt fabric. We will meet at the church in the guild meeting room from 10:00 – 4:00 on the following Saturdays:
February 15, March 15, April 12, & May 10.

GREAT WEBSITES: check out these sites for 15 free log cabin quilt patterns:

http://www.favequilts.com/Miscellaneous-Quilt-Projects/15-Free-Log-Cabin-Quilt-Patterns for a log cabin tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nniiZsdpnx0 for a wonky log cabin tutorial


If you want to share any great websites for the newsletter: email Andrea@AtwoodArts.com


From my hands --- to your heart!
God put me on this earth to sew and finish a certain number of things. I am so far behind now I will never die!
Good friends are like Quilts. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth.
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to sew we go!
Hubby calls me his "sew & sew"
Hug Your Sewing Machine
Sew Much Fabric, Sew Little Time!
Sew on to success!
Sewing forever, housework whenever!
She who dies with the most fabric wasted a lot of time!

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


Hello Fellow Quilters! We are just trying to spread the word about the Blackfoot Quilt Fest that is going to be held in Blackfoot Idaho on March 28 & 29! We have so many fun things planned for this event such as a vendors mall with quilt shops traveling from all over Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and even Oregon! We have 22 classes being taught by fun and talented teachers! We will also have a quilt show and trunk shows! So check out our website, because registration is now open and we still have availability in all the classes. http://blackfootquiltfest.com/. Please pass this email onto any quilters and quilt guilds! The more the merrier! Thank you so much for your support. Please call Jenny Callison 208-681-8264 if you have any questions.



Valentine 33. Create a Pinterest board with quilt images.
Valentine 34 Make a 3-D quilt block.
Valentine 35 Donate a quilt to a good cause.
Valentine 36 Make a sampler quilt.
Valentine 37 Make an art quilt.
Valentine 38 Try bobbin work.
Valentine 39 Learn to maintain your sewing machine.
Valentine 40 Add rickrack to a quilt.
Valentine 41 Design a quilt. (Remember, you don’t necessarily have to make the quilt.)
Valentine 42 Change/tweak/alter a pattern to make it your own.
Valentine 43 Make a color wheel with fabric swatches.
Valentine 44 Chat about quilting with a stranger.
Valentine 45 Talk about quilting with your family.
Valentine 46 Give a quilt as a wedding/graduation/retirement gift.
Valentine 47 Visit Paducah during the AQS Show.
Valentine 48 Take a class with a nationally known teacher.

More Next Month.


Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda will be here September 26, 27, 28, 2014! 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.

The trunk show will be held Friday night, September 26, at 7:00 at Jorgenson’s Inn and Suites conference room. Class will be held September 27 and 28, 9:00 – 4:00, in Jorgenson’s banquet room. Enter through the hotel lobby, or follow the north side parking lot around to the back of the motel for ground level access.

A deposit of $60 is due by April 10th guild meeting to hold your spot. The balance will be due at the September 11th guild meeting. After the April meeting if there are classroom spots left they will be offered to the Boulder Quilt Guild and any other outside interested parties. Maximum number of students is 30.

The space for the trunk show will hold around 60 people. Invite your friends and family to attend. Non guild members will be charged $5 for the trunk show.

The final cost of the class depends on airfare and shipping costs. The price could be anywhere from $100 to $150 per student based on 20 students. The cost of the class includes the Friday night trunk show and a catered lunch both Saturday and Sunday. Non meat and gluten free choices will be available. 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 dhaun75@gmail.com or call 227-6215.

Please visit Lynda’s website, www.primitivepiecesbylynda.com, 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. Your choice of patterns is also due by April 10th.

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


Vice President Theresa Lewing opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. She asked for approval of the December minutes as written. Jill Larson made a motion to approve the minutes and Marie Haywood seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

Bryl Newman made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report subject to audit. Patti Hoksbergen seconded the motion and it was approved.

Old Business Susan Douglass gave a run down on Saturday Sew & Gab and invited everyone to come sew Saturday the 11th.

Wednesday, January 15th at Seamers & Dreamers, Joann Moore is going to show us how to sew Mile a Minute quilt. Members are encouraged to come and bring their scrap bags.

Diane Haun talked about National Teacher, urging members to sign up. Class is limited to 30 students and the April guild meeting is the deadline to get your $60 deposit in before the class is opened to outside parties.

The 2015 quilt show was discussed. Please bring any ideas you’d like to submit for the raffle quilt to the February meeting.

Patti Hoksbergen reported on the retreat at the Ursiline Center in Great Falls, April 30-May 4. Cost is as follows: Wed $142, Thur $127 . Fri $117. Deposit to hold your spot is $50. The cost includes a private sleeping room and meals Friday, Saturday and brunch on Sunday. It’s a fun time to get away and spend times with your friends and get some sewing done.

New Business: Susan Douglass mentioned that Golden Girls Antiques has a featherweight for sale and a treadle machine is coming in possibly to be sold at the Antique Fair coming up at the Civic Center.

Some upcoming classes at Prickly Pear Quilt Shop:

Color Theory Workshop by Carolyn Caldwell. www.carolyncaldwell.com The workshop will be held Super Bowl Sunday. Call the shop at 442-7327 for more information. $25 for the workshop.

Tuesday Feb 25th 6-8 pm, 6 Fat Quarter Tote Bag. Taught by Jeanine Ford. $25 fee.

Creative Stitches: Third Tuesday of the month is an ongoing class, Club House 1-4. Come join in the fun making your favorite house pattern. $5 fee.

Program: Theresa Lewing gave an informal show and tell displaying the history of quilts and their fabrics. She has lovingly given a home to a collection of quilt tops in various stages of construction and wear. The tops and fabrics ranged from late 1800’s to present day. Thank you Theresa for the fun presentation.

50/50 Drawing: Loreen won 22.50.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 Respectfully submitted by 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.

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: 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.


If you are struggling with quilt color or block placement, look at it in the mirror to find value mistakes or take a digital photo of it, and look at it on the computer and flip the image, mistakes show up very clearly then.

When auditioning fabric for a scrappy quilt, don’t sort fabric by light, med, dark for a SCRAP quilt, mix them, because that is how you will see them in the finished quilt. Then you can easily see colors and shades that don’t work and remove them.

When deciding on block placement, take a digital picture of block layout, re-arrange and take another picture, repeat, repeat, then compare which picture layout is best and you will also have a reference of how to place them accurately.

Before taking your quilt top to a professional quilter, take a photo of quilt top, & backing, so if items are misplaced, there is a visual reference to help find them. This will also give you the date when it was delivered to be quilted. Label picture with quilter’s name to track which quilts went to which quilter.

If you have more sewing hints and tips share, please send an email to andrea@atwoodarts.com

That is it for the February Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in March’s Newsletter by February 20th (tax season is upon us so I need more time to do the newsletter) to: andrea@atwoodarts.com with the heading HQG. Thanks You! - Andrea Atwood

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