March 2014
Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
    Curlique 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)
tiny shamrock Lynne Burkhardt Marie Haywood
tiny shamrock Kathy Gessaman Rene' Simkins

Thank you, Sandy Lehman


I don’t want to brag or make anyone jealous but...
I can still fit into the earrings I wore in High School.



If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then You Are Probably............The Family Dog!


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”. Here is the link to the pattern for the February exchange block.

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


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: Saturday Sew, and Seamers & Dreamers spent several days cutting fabric from the guild stash for Quilts 4 Comfort kits which will be available at the March meeting. Please everyone, take one to finish as we are in great need of quilts for comfort. March 15, April 12, & May 10.


In March/April 2009 “Cleaning an Old Quilt”

Step 1. Test each fabric to make sure the whole quilt can be wet cleaned.
Step 2. If any fabric seems to be disintegrating, attach new clean muslin to the back to provide a foundation for stabilizing stitches. These are long basting-like stitches that attach netting, silk organza or bridal illusion to keep the quilt intact during the washing process. If done carefully these stitches should barely be seen. All areas should be secured.
Step 3. Lay the quilt flat in a shallow bath (this is the washing process) in a de-ionized water and 2% solution of Orvi WA Paste. Getting all spots out may cause more damage so accept that a few spots may remain.
Step 4. Thoroughly rinse in de-ionized water, remove excess water by blotting and then air dry the quilt flat on a screen.

GREAT WEBSITES: This website has SO many links for free quilt patterns. I cannot even imagine how long it took her to compile. Thought our members would enjoy. -Carina Zook

If you want to share any great websites for the newsletter: email


I love sewing and have plenty of material witnesses.
I feed my the stitches I sew.
I got a sewing machine for my husband! Good trade, huh?
I Think, Therefore I Sew!
I'm a quilter and my house is in pieces.
I'm in therapy and SEWING is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
When I learned How to quilt... I forgot how to cook!
Will work for FABRIC!

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

NATIONAL TEACHER 2014 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 or call 227-6215.

Please visit Lynda’s website,, 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


tiny shamrock 49. Use some fabric you dislike.
tiny shamrock 50. Participate in Show & Tell.
tiny shamrock 51. Volunteer for a job in a quilt group.
tiny shamrock 52. Use a color you detest.
tiny shamrock 53. Make a quilt inspired by nature.
tiny shamrock 54. Get up early or stay up late to quilt.
tiny shamrock 55. Make a scrap quilt.
tiny shamrock 56. Make a tote bag.
tiny shamrock 57. Make a postcard quilt.
tiny shamrock 58. Make a baby quilt and gift it to a newborn.
tiny shamrock 59. Understand the basics of caring for quilts.
tiny shamrock 60. Borrow a quilting book from the public library.
tiny shamrock 61. Teach someone else to quilt.
tiny shamrock 62. Creatively piece a backing for one of your quilts.
tiny shamrock 63. Apply a piped binding, or some variation of it.
tiny shamrock 64. Post quilt pictures to Facebook.


President Janet Cerovski called the meeting to order at 7:00.

She reminded everyone to wear their name tags and provided temporary name tags at the reception table for those that forgot theirs. She also asked that we sign in when coming to the meetings.

She asked for approval of the January minutes as written. Bryl Newman made a motion to approve the minutes and Cindy Steinmetz seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s report subject to audit by Bryl Newman. Rene Simkins seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Correspondence: We received a nice Thank You from the Humane Society for the kitty pillows.

Committee Reports: Quilts 4 Comfort: Dona Began reported we only have 2 finished quilts. We really need to get busy working on Quilts 4 Comfort. Susan Douglass mentioned that at the April and May Saturday Sew she would show anyone interested in the 1600 inch quilt, a.k.a. The Jelly Roll Race, and the Fractured 4 Patch patterns. Both are fast, easy quilts suitable for Q4C. All members are encouraged to come and work on a quilt. There are a half dozen or more boxes of fabric in the closet for use on these or any other Q4C quilts.

Retreat: Remember to get your $50 deposit into Kerri.

National Teacher: Spots are filling up. Please have your $60 deposits in by/at the April meeting. Also have your pattern choices in by then too. You can email Diane at with your choice if necessary.

Quilt Show: Jami brought a pattern to show that she would like to make for the raffle quilt. A suggestion was made to use the Downton Abbey fabric line for it. The dates for the quilt show have changed to May 29 – 31st, 2015, the weekend after Memorial Day.

New Business:

Election of Officers: Dona Began, Jami Cyr and Janet Cerovski will form a committee to get nominations for officers and committee chairs for 2015. Anyone interested in holding an office or chairing a committee please contact one of the committee members.

Program: Jill Larson gave a very interesting talk on her many vests. Most of them had some kind of quilt technique she wanted to try but didn’t want to put into a quilt. Good way to learn the technique, Jill!

50/50 Raffle: Jami Cyr won $13.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55. Respectfully submitted by Diane Haun


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. 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 208-681-8264if you have any questions.


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:

FOR SALE: A 1950 Singer Featherweight 221 complete with case, book and attachments, for $400.00. The machine and case appear to be in great shape. The machine runs, however, I have not had it serviced as I would have to pass those charges on. Please call Dean Hall at: 442-0728 to arrange to see it. P.S. I do 90% of my piecing on my mom’s Featherweight. You can purchase a 3/4" foot!

WANTED: Crown Royal Bags, in any size or any color so I can make a quilt with them. If you have any to spare, please call Lynn Groth at: 475-9109.

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


Use pant hangers to hold quilting patterns or recipes or opened pattern book to hang them up. Hook the hanger with the book or pattern or recipe in handy spot like the knob of a cabinet.

Use Holiday fabrics for backing on quilted table runners. Then when the holiday is over, you can just turn them over and there is no storage necessary for the Holiday runner. Use the burn test to find out if a fabric is 100% cotton or not. Cotton will leave a feathery burned edge. Polyester melts & beads up like melted plastic.


Use orphan blocks on the back of quilts for a label.

Quilt show tips: Display 10 sample blocks with words “can you name these blocks?” over the blocks. Also display an answer key nearby. When the show is over, sew them into a “quilt for comfort”

Recycle the quilted strips cut off when squaring off a freshly quilted quilt. Cut the strips into equal sizes and butt the strips together, then sew them right sides together. Then on the other side, cover the raw edges with binding strips for a quick “quilts for comfort”.


        Leprechaun on a leaf

Many of you know my daughter Charla from Quilt Retreats. She and her husband are going to have a baby this August! That's right, there is one more proud quilting grandma in our guild. -Andrea

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


Pam has a class space/retreat space near Toston. The following is a list of upcoming classes.

Some upcoming fun and creative classes include:

Disappearing 4 Patch (March 6)

*(I know this short notice but thought you might be suffering from cabin fever after this week! We will reschedule if not enough can make it.) Since the Disappearing 4 Patch is scheduled for March 6, Do Not Send payment to hold your spot. If you can come, just call and I will tell you what you need and we will have a fun day of sewing. Really no prep on this one. You can just use charm packs.

Disappearing 9 Patch (March 27)

Disappearing Pin Wheel (April 10)

You will start with one of the simple blocks and you can come up with great variations for a quilt top. Other examples will be provided during the class.

Each of the three classes will be $25. They will be day classes Hours 9:30 to 3:30. A $10 coupon will be given to the person in each of the three block classes that receives the majority of votes from the other class participants for the most creative quilt top of the day. These coupons can be used toward class fees at Pam’s Pastimes. Currently, these classes will be scheduled on weekdays, but if there is interest, I will gladly try to schedule Saturday classes as well.

Back by popular demand: 2-day Beginning Machine Quilting by Cheryl Liedle on Thurs. March 13 and Saturday March 15, from 9-4 each day. Cost is $60 (Includes class & facility) Already have 5 signed up. Class size 8.

Also, Cheryl will be teaching a 1 day Advanced Machine Quilting Class on Saturday, April 12. Hours 9-4 Cost is $45 (includes class and facility) She will teach you how to do trupunto, advanced feathers and more fill-in stitches.

A Self Mitered Log Cabin Class is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 (these pictures are really amazing!!)

Day class Hours 9:30-4:00 Class Fee: $40 *You will need a lot of pre-cut 8x1.5 strips for this project and the book.

Painless Paper Piecing Class will be Saturday, May 10.

Day Class Hours 9:30-4 Class Fee: $40

Also, if there is enough interest, I would like to book Sue Olsen from Doggone Quilts to come and teach you her method in reproducing a picture of your pet or other topic on fabric. See pictures and also visit her web site I need to call her in March if we hope to get her as a teacher. This is a 2 day class.

If there is interest in machine applique, I will schedule a class in raw edge and another in turned under finished edge.

When I receive your reservation, I will either e-mail you or call you with class supply list. I have tried to include pictures to give you an idea of the projects covered in the above classes.

Please e-mail or pass the class list on to your friends or anyone you think might be interested. If the classes are scheduled too close together for your liking, let me know and if there is enough interest, I can schedule something later. Contact Pam at: or 406-266-5793 Thanks, Pam

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