January 2014
Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
    Woman at sewing machine

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.
Rose McGee

Marie Haywood

Cheryl York

Linda Peterson
Thank you, Sandy Lehman


Joann Moore brought kitty pillow cases and stuffing for members to stuff and Nancy Alley, Joann Moore and Jill Larson sewed the stuffed pillow cases together. Thanks gals! We’re helping out the animal shelter kitties and keeping our closet clean!

The Round Robin exchanges were shown and given back to their owners. All quilts were different and all looked great!

A BIG THANK YOU!!! to Janet and Theresa for a wonderful Christmas party. Yummy food, fun games and good friends…a perfect party! Everyone had a great time thanks to you two hard working gals.


Diane Haun and Susan Douglass are co-hosting one Saturday a month Gab & Sew session. They will be held in our regular meeting room at the church and there will be a nominal offering to the church of a few dollars per session per person.

Saturday after guild, January 11, 2014 at the church from 10:00 – 4:00. Everyone is welcome!

Bring your machine or handwork and any UFOS (unfinished objects), PIGS (projects in grocery bags) or whatever you want to work on. You can bring your lunch or go out and get lunch, or we can call and order lunch in. It’s very informal and a good way for new members to meet other members in a casual setting, or get some help on a new project. It would also be a good time to go through the guild stash and start that next Quilt for Comfort project, or check out the latest books in the library. If you need further information, call Diane @ 461-0119.


If you are free on Wednesday, January 15th, Joanne Moore is going to show us how to use up our scraps on a “Mile a Minute” quilt. This would be a great time to check out Seamers and Dreamers.

In the past Joanne has shared how to make baskets and Nancy Alley shared her method of making a two-sided binding.

If you have a quilting problem, we can often come up with a solution by brain-storming together. This is a great place to get to know one another.

Our lunch hour conversations cover topics from A to Z. We start at 10:30 and even if you can’t stay all day, we would love to see you.

If you plan on learning the “Mile a Minute” technique, bring your machine, scraps of fabric, and quilting supplies. You can bring your own lunch or some people pick up fast food or have it delivered (for which you need to bring cash). If you have questions, please call Jill Larson 457-2538


Pam Lambott from Toston would like to share her Craft House and beautiful area with you! Recently, she set up an 18x81 trailer as a non-smoking quilting, card making, scrap booking or just an open craft area for ladies looking for a day/evening/weekend get-away. There are no sleeping quarters but you are welcome to leave your projects for the night and come back the next day and pick up where you left off. Rooms are available nearby at Wheat Montana. In this space you will find, many long tables, room for 10-20 sewers, 3 ironing and cutting stations with mats, cutters, and irons and 4 large design walls, new carpet, air conditioning, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, and plenty of parking. She will even cook for 6 or more people for $8 per person. Nearby eating is also available. There is room to eat outside and watch the bunnies!

For more information or class sign up call Pam Lambott 406-266-5793 or 406-266-5406 or llambott@mt.net


Diana Simkins is teaching this Judy Neimeyer pattern in a multi-session class on November 1st and ending the first weekend in June 2014. This class will be held on the first Friday of every month.

GLACIER STAR Diana Simkins is teaching this Judy Neimeyer pattern in a multi-session class beginning November 2nd and ending the first weekend in June 2014. This class will be held on the first Saturday of every month.

For a view of these projects visit www.quiltworx.com. Select products, then patterns, scroll down to Mariners Compass and Glacier Star. *The cost for either 8-month class is $315.00 (Fee includes use of facility, pattern, fabric selection assistance, and monthly techniques needed to finish your quilt.) (The 1st half payment will be due upon sign-up (October 15) remainder due October 31.) There is a class minimum of 10 and maximum of 12 for each of these classes. If minimum not met we reserve the right to cancel the class and refund your money.

If the 1st falls on a Saturday, then the Mariners compass will be the last day of the previous month and the Glacier Star will fall on the 1st of the next month. For example the Mariners Compass will be on Feb 28 and the Glacier Star on March 1st. - Diana Simkins


I would like to send out a reminder to everyone, that this newsletter can be found on our Helena Quilt Guild website. You can click on the picture frame with the Newsletter link in the lower right hand corner of the home page to access it. This fact has come in handy for me, when I want to recruit friends interested in becoming guild members. I can access it, and even print it, from any computer.


    Write your name in the seam allowance near a corner on quilt, before binding it, so it will be hidden inside the quilt for proof of identification.

   Make a photo transfer of yourself on to label, fun now, fun later and great info for future generations.

   For a great baby gift: when making a baby quilt for a baby gift, save scraps and sew a tiny matching quilt, for a stuffed animal to hold.

   To display quilts & blocks:
       Mount orphan blocks in frames for decoration for your sewing room or
       Mount an old ladder horizontally on the wall and hang the folded quilts through it
       Lean an old ladder against a wall and hang folded quilts from the steps

   Recycle old quilts to re-upholster stools or chair cushions

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


If you lend someone $20.00 and never see them again, it was probably money well spent.
If you don’t like strangers telling you how to parent, control your spawn in public.
If women ruled the world, there would be no wars. Just a bunch of countries not talking to each other.

GREAT WEBSITES: for check out these sites for log cabin quilts:

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


My husband lets me buy all the fabric I can hide!
My soul is fed with needle and thread.
My Husband is a Human Pincushion!
My husband said if I buy any more fabric he would leave me ---I'll miss him!
Old Quilters never die ... they just go to pieces!
Old seamstresses never go crazy, they just stay on pins and needles!!
One quilting project, like one cookie, is never enough!
Quilters never cut corners.
Quilters never grow old, they just go to pieces.
Quilting fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.

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


17 Miter the corners of quilt binding.
18 Join the ends of quilt binding.
19 Sew diagonal seams.
20 Use a walking foot.
21 Attend a guild meeting.
22 Visit Houston for International Quilt Festival.
23 Have a quilt appraised.
24 Visit a quilt museum.
25 Go on a quilt retreat.
26 Try curved piecing.
27 Miter the borders.
28 Learn to do blanket stitch by hand.
29 See a local quilt show.
30 Put your quilt in a local quilt show.
31 Sell raffle tickets on a quilt.
32 Take a road trip with quilt friends.

More Next Month.


Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda will be here September 26, 27, 28, 2014. The trunk show will be Friday night, September 26 and class September 27 and 28. From looking at Lynda’s website you can probably tell she’s a gal with a lot of stories. I think this will be a fun class and a great teacher!

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.

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.

The cost of the class depends on the cost to ship her trunk show. Cost could be anywhere from $100 to $150 per student based on 20 students. In November I will start passing around a sign-up sheet for those interested in taking Lynda’s class. I will need to have a list of all members interested in taking the class by May. At September 2014’s meeting I will have the pattern cutting instructions to hand out. That will be the last guild meeting before the class.

Don’t let the darker fabric of Lynda’s quilts dissuade you from participating in this class. At the November meeting Kerri Myles and Diane Haun will have one of Lynda’s patterns sewn up in 2 different color ways to show that these patterns will look great in other fabrics. - 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 or guild meeting.
WANTED: Quilters to take Judy Neimeyer classes like Judy’s Beauties that Diana Simkins teaches at Creative Stitches, and at Pam’s Craft House.
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: Andrea Atwood is looking for empty tall thin spools about 3" tall and ½" wide at the top (sulky or any brand) to fill with thread to store in the Sulky travel spool holder. If you have any thread you no longer want, she could need any colors to use in her fiber arts. Please bring them to the guild meeting or call her for pick up. 406-443-4907.
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.

That is it for the January Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in February’s Newsletter by January 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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