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JANUARY 2013 Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild           

P.O. Box 429 Helena, Montana 59624

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Next meeting: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - (feels strange to write that for the first time!)

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”.

Hospitality: *January treats** (includes set up & clean up)* *January greeters:*
  • Juanita Padden
  • Carolyn Meier
  • Carolyn Meier
  • Juanita Padden
  • Carolyn Meier
  • Carolyn Meier
*February treats (includes set up & clean up)* *February greeters:*
  • Donna Bateman
  • Rabecca Lindal
  • Patty Hoksberger
  • Marie Haywood


Greetings for the New Year!!! Hopefully you recovered well from the Christmas holiday, took a deep breath and found your sewing machine again!!!

As we look forward to 2013, I am excited about the programs and events planned, the Helena Quilters Guild Quilt Retreat and "Stars of the Big Sky," and then the May party just to name a few. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the various events. You will hear more at our first 2013 meeting.

Just a few words about the Christmas Party. Lots of members came and it was great fun. I heard positive comments about the food and the games. I noticed that when I mentioned doing "show and tell" before we ate, I got "are you out of your mind" looks!! I was kidding! Thank you, thank you, Jayette and Donna!!

Several of us are proud owners of spiffy new hats. Rene Simkins brought a bunch of her "designer" hats for show and tell. We might be able to encourage her to share her hat-know-how in a Saturday class??? And I believe 50/50 was $23. -Char

Scrappy Saturday

The December Scrappy Saturday was a busy one working on Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt. It is quite a bit easier that the last two years. You can still download the clues on her website Quiltville.com. The next Scrappy Saturday is scheduled for January 19th, from 10 to 3. We meet in room 204 at the Life Covenant Church. We will still be working on Bonnie Hunter’s new Mystery Quilt. She gives a new clue every Friday until done. Please join us if you can. You don’t have to work on the mystery. You can bring anything to work on.

I will be collecting $2 to give to the church for use of the room. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, contact Kerri at KMyles3434@aol.com or 439-2165. - Kerri Myles

Dates: Jan 19, Feb 9, March 9, April 13, No meeting in May


I hope everyone had a great holiday is ready to get to work on preparations for the quilt show. I still have quite a few chair positions left to fill. Please volunteer or grab a friend and volunteer to co-chair one of the committees. We will be meeting at 6:00 (or as soon as someone with a key shows up to unlock the door) at the church before the regular meeting. If available we'll meet in one of the class rooms across the hall from our regular guild meeting room. Hope to see everyone there! Remember the show will only happen if we all chip in and get the job done. The committees that still need chairs are:

Printing of Pins, Posters, Bookmarks & Raffle Tickets
Set Up
Quilts for Comfort
Take Down

Currently the following positions have been filled by these wonderful, awesome and kind volunteers:

Thanks, -Diane Haun

December 2012 Meeting Minutes

The November meeting began at 7:07 pm and there were only 12 people who braved the storm and trudged through a foot of snow to attend. There were no chairman at the meeting so no major topics were discussed. Diana Simkins showed the raffle quilt which will be quilted by Rene. The mystery quilt was shown and four people showed their partly completed mystery quilt. Because there were so few people and Sheila Gaub of Quilts of Valor didn’t come, Char and Loreen brought their computers so that the members could watch a video about mitered bindings. There were treats and show-n-tell.

Jill Larson won the 50/50 raffle which totaled a whopping $4.50! The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm and everyone trudged home. Too bad we didn’t have horses and sleighs it would have been easier than the treacherous drive.
Respectfully Submitted by Nancy Gillespie

January Guild Program

Our January program will be presented by Nancy Gillespie and Andrea Atwood. We will show-n-tell tips and tricks to start your Quilting New Year off on the right foot. We are hoping that you will go away with at least a few new helpful tips and techniques that will make your sewing & sewing room more fun. So bring your pad & pencil! -Andrea Atwood

Great Websites:

If you want to share great websites, send an email to Andrea@AtwoodArts.com for the newsletter.

To learn how to use Angelina Fibers, go to: http://www.embellishmentvillage.com/shows.php

To learn how to make a striped minky blanket, use thermal bonding, and find great recipes and ideas, go to: http://blog.thermoweb.com/

To find great EASY recipes for the crock pot, and have more time to sew, go to: http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes/easy-slow-cooker-recipes.do?gclid=CNjwp_6FvbQCFcN_Qgod2zAA6g

To find great craft room and storage ideas go to:http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes/easy-slow-cooker-recipes.do?gclid=CNjwp_6FvbQCFcN_Qgod2zAA6g

For original oil and acrylic paintings go to www.paintingsbybryant.com

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