February, 2015

Quilts N’ Stuff
The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild
P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
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NEXT MEETING: February 15, 2015

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”.

Seamers & Dreamers reminder There will be no Seamers & Dreamers on Feb. 18

Helena Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes for January 8, 2015

President Janet Cervoski welcomed the members at 7 pm.

Minutes – A motion was made by Linda Peterson to approve the minutes of the November

2014 meeting. It was seconded by Jamie Cyr and passed.

Treasurers Report – Jill Larson presented the treasury report. Dean Hall motioned to accept the report subject to audit. Marie Haywood seconded the motion and the motioned passed.

Correspondence – Janet presented information received on the Lakeside resort, which can be used for quilt retreats.

Committee Reports:

Hospitality – Jill reported that the cabinet for the library books would be moved closer to the closet that has the fabric.

Seamers and Dreamers – No meeting February 18.

Quilts for Comfort – Cindy, Diane and Susan invited everyone to a Quilt til You wilt on January 23 at the church. Noon til you wilt! There will be door prizes, snacks, and pizza. Lots of fabric has been cut into kits and strips and there would be free patters and batting available. HQG Retreat – Save the date April 15 – 19 at the Urseline Center in Great Falls.

2015 Quilt Show – Jamie Cyr asked for more volunteers. The show is May 29 – 31 at the Helena Civic Center. The theme is Springtime in the Rockies. Chairman are needed for publicity and the raffle quilt display. The next meeting will be February 12 at 6 pm at the church. Additional prizes are still needed for the raffle.

National Teacher – Loreen Smith and Kerri Myles reminded everyone that some of the money raised at the quilt show helps to pay for bringing in the National Teachers, such as the one planned for 2016. Bonnie Hunter will be the next teacher July 23, 24 25, 2016. Additional information was handed out for the members to complete for the Feb meeting on choices of quilts to make and how many days members would like to attend her classes. See Quiltville.com to view Bonnie’s work.

Challenges & Exchanges – Jill Larson shared information on this months block – Churn Dash.

Program – Julie Dess from the Sewing Palace shared some of her favorite stash buster tips. Simply sew scraps together, don’t need to iron them first and match up sizes. Then cut them into shapes you mostly commonly use. She also showed us how to use different rulers. The Lock block ruler was a hit and after her demonstration she gave additional instructions on using the rulers.

Announcements - It was decided to move the May potluck to June. The May meeting will be used to finalize everything for the quilt show. 50/50 raffle was won by Loreen Smith - $14. Linda Peterson won the name tag door prize.

Reminder – there is a current challenge by our President for a baby quilt for Quilts for Comfort – only requirement is that is has something purple in it! Respectfully submitted, Theresa Jackson, VP.

Treaters &Greeters

tiny heart Greeters & Setup Treats & Cleanup
tiny heart Carolyn Meier Kathy Gessaman
tiny heart Reg Peterson Kathleen Ely & Bobi Harris

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Helena Quilter’s Guild National Teacher 2016 Announcement By Loreen Smith

Mark your calendars now for a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a quilting class from Bonnie Hunter! Bonnie will be conducting workshops HERE July 22, 23, and 24 in 2016. Loreen Smith and Kerri Myles are chairing the 2016 National Teacher workshop. Bonnie is an internationally renowned quilt designer, teacher and author who focuses on using scraps to make beautiful, unique quilts and generously shares her tricks and quilting wisdom with students.

There are many details to get figured out, but first we need to know what people are interested in. Classes would be limited to one pattern per workshop. We have the option of having a one day workshop plus a two day workshop. A one day workshop could be geared to anyone interested in something fairly easy and straightforward and the 2 day workshop could be for a more challenging pattern. There will be a trunk show on Friday evening.

Unfortunately, the exact cost per person will not be known until we are closer to July 2016. Transportation costs will be offset because Bonnie is also doing workshops in Bozeman and Great Falls before and after Helena, so her flight costs will be shared. Every effort will be made to keep the cost of this event in line with previous National Teacher workshops. As usual, however, the success of our quilt show (May 30 and 31st) will directly help make that happen.

Please take a look at the many current options for classes/quilts at Bonnie’s website http://quiltville.blogspot.com/ and look for the Lectures and Workshops tab. Below is a short form to complete and return at the February guild meeting. This is a survey to help with planning and show what your interests are—it is not a commitment. Please let us know what you would like!

Please contact Loreen at 202-0675 (loreen.smith@ymail.com) or Kerri (KMyles3434@aol.com) 439-2165 if you have any questions. We will begin accepting deposits ($60) at the April meeting from Helena Quilters Guild members only. Spots may be opened to non-guild members as early as this July.

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NATIONAL TEACHER BONNIE HUNTER JULY 22nd, 23rd and 24th (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) 2016 --SURVEY

Check out Bonnie’s site at http://quiltville.blogspot.com/ to see what quilts you would like to make for the 2016 National Teacher. There is a tab called Quiltville’s Lectures and Workshops with a list of quilts she teaches. There are pictures of the quilts, supply lists and whether a book is required or if it is a free pattern. Next, pick your top three choices. Workshops are for a specific pattern and this will help identify where there is the most interest. I know it is way early, but we need to decide on details so we can get class costs figured out. You can return this form to either of your National Teacher Co-Chairs, Loreen Smith and Kerri Myles at the February meeting. You can also email choices to Kerri at KMyles3434@aol.com or mail to Kerri Myles, 126 Jimmy Green Road, East Helena, MT 59635.

We will begin accepting deposits in April to hold your spot. The deposit will be $60.







Name: ____________________________________________ Date:___________________

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Bonnie Hunter
About Bonnie!

Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. But quilting has always been Bonnie’s first love. She has been machine quilting since 1989 and professionally long arm quilting for the public since 1995, retiring in 2009 when she no longer had the time due to her teaching, traveling and writing schedule. She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.

Bonnie received the 2012 “Teacher of the Year” award through a global internet poll hosted via Sew Cal Gal, and was completely flabbergasted, not to mention honored and humbled at the same time. Dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting, Bonnie enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.

Bonnie also writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine entitled "Addicted to Scraps" with the main intention to help you to put various aspects of your own Scrap Users System to good use! Catch up with Bonnie’s doings through her extensive website at Quiltville.com. There you will find Quiltville’s calendar for lectures and workshops, tips and tricks, techniques, tutorials and a long list of free quilt patterns to help you dig into your scraps. From there, head over to Quiltville.blogspot.com for Bonnie’s (almost) daily blog, Quiltville’s Quips & Snips. Her global email list, Quiltvillechat has become a hot spot for mystery quilters from all over the world with a focus on using scraps and stash.

Don’t forget Facebook! Keep in real-time touch with Bonnie on the Quiltville Friends Page. Bonnie’s favorite motto? “The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!” of course! Don’t forget your exchange blocks.

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