May 2014

Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
    flying bluebirds and a 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”.

May Meeting Potluck 6:00 in the down stairs fellowship room.

tiny bluebird Members last name A - H bring a dessert
tiny bluebird Members last name I - P bring a salad
tiny bluebird Members last name Q - Z bring a main dish

Thank you, Sandy Lehman


I really enjoyed creating your newsletter for the past two years (and the other four years too.) I want to really, really thank the people who sent me information, fun ideas, and were a big part of the newsletter process and helped make my job easier. I have enjoyed and learned a lot while finding quilting internet sites, jokes, pictures, hints and tips for you.

It is an honor to be nominated again, but I have to turn the job down for two reasons. First, I have acute back pain when I am sitting at the computer for more than half a day. Secondly, the four months of tax season are a killer - we work days, evenings and weekends at the computer and then I would have to go home and sit at the computer for another six hours each month for the mailed newsletter and another two hours to alter it into the emailed format, then go to the office to photo copy, fold, stamp, label and mail the rest. (I would suggest a co-chair for the mailing portion of this job.)
Andrea Atwood and dog

Please find a new person to do the newsletter. A very wise quilter friend once told me, “No one should ever do any office for more than one year, so that everyone gets a turn, and will appreciate the amount of work that goes into the job.”

Have a good summer! I know I am looking forward to having more time to sew for my new grandson and to go kayaking with Nancy and my dog! - Andrea A. Atwood


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: May 10th. 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 meetings. Please everyone, take one to finish as we are in great need of quilts for comfort.


You might be a quilter if.......

Your guild members are named in your will to inherit your stash, so it doesn’t go to Good Will.
You miss your child’s sports event to put on a binding for Show and Tell at tomorrow’s meeting.
You daydream about winning Best of Show at the National Quilt Show.
Your car has a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for fabric.”
Your dog has a tiny coat with “I live with a quilter,” on the back.
You know the names of the quilts on the beds in movies, but forget the actors names.
You pet Fabric.
People are always picking threads off you.
Your dogs names are Moda, Kona and Hoffman.
You smuggle fabric into the house in grocery bags, so your hubby will think you were grocery shopping.
If you were marooned on a deserted island, could only take 1 thing, it would be your Featherweight.
If your house were on fire, and you could only save one thing, (excluding humans and pets) you would save your sewing machine.
You can measure a scant 1/4 by eye.
To you, "Featherweight" doesn't mean Professional Boxer.
Your "UFO's" are not from outer space.
You clean up your sewing room & they think you are leaving permanently.

If you don’t see yourself in at least a few of the above sentences, get yourself a copy of a different newsletter, and pass this one on to someone “who might be a quilter!”


May Meeting Potluck 6:00 in the down stairs fellowship room.

tiny bluebird Members last name A - H bring a dessert
tiny bluebird Members last name I - P bring a salad
tiny bluebird Members last name Q - Z bring a main dish

Bring your Quilts for Comfort to be distributed to organizations. There will be 3 drawings so be sure to put your name in the jar for every Q4C quilt donated this year. There will be 1 drawing for this year's and last year's Mystery Quilt and 1 drawing for a completed Round Robin quilt. Bring your quilts to the potluck.


President: Janet Cerovski 458-9450
Vice President: Theresa Jackson 439-0773
Treasurer: Jill Larson 457-2538
Secretary: Kim Benjamin
Hospitality: Jill Larson 457-2538
Newsletter: ?????????????????????????????
Programs: Dona Bagon 422-4079
Librarian: Carolyn Meier 439-9374
Retreat 2015: Patti Hoksbergen 475-3594
2015 Christmas Party: Dona Bagon, Diana Simkins, LaDonna Fabian
2015 Quilt Show: Jamie Cyr 459-8525 & Marie Haywood 475-3088
2016 National Teacher: ?????????????????????????????

by Janet Cerovski

GREAT WEBSITES: My new favorite website is: and search quilts or any craft your heart desires.


tiny blue bird Slow Moving Seamstress: Fast Moving Thread & Needle!
tiny blue bird Stash Management Flunkie. The love of sewing is our common thread.
tiny blue bird Touch the GOOD scissors and die!
tiny blue bird Warning: This Vehicle Stops at all Fabric Shops
tiny blue bird When life gives you scraps....stitch quilts.

Thanks go out to Carina Zook for these GREAT quilty sayings! I really appreciated your help with the newsletter, Carina!

100 THINGS EVERY QUILTER SHOULD DO BEFORE SHE DIES - so ladies, how many have you done? Let’s compare figures at the May Pot Luck. Find the rest in previous newsletters.

tiny blue bird 81. Take a guild speaker to dinner.
tiny blue bird 82. Comment on a quilt-related blog post.
tiny blue bird 83. Make a mystery quilt.
tiny blue bird 84. Take part in a block exchange.
tiny blue bird 85. Write how-to instructions for making a quilt block.
tiny blue bird 86. Be able to state clearly what you learned from a particular quilt.
tiny blue bird 87. Know the difference between lengthwise and crosswise grain.
tiny blue bird 88. Know the parts of a sewing machine needle and why they matter.
tiny blue bird 89. Organize your stash.
tiny blue bird 90. Know the names of hand sewing needles used for different tasks.
tiny blue bird 91. Finish a UFO.
tiny blue bird 92. Purchase fabric on impulse.
tiny blue bird 93. Try sewing with pre-cuts.
tiny blue bird 94. Trade fabrics with quilt friends.
tiny blue bird 95. Identify your ancestors who quilted.
tiny blue bird 96. Visit a quilt shop while on vacation.
tiny blue bird 97. Sew on a treadle for old time's sake.
tiny blue bird 98. Subscribe to a quilting magazine.
tiny blue bird 99. Become a regular reader of a quilting blog.
tiny blue bird 100. Go on a Shop Hop.


Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda will be here September 26, 27, 28, 2014! Students can work on a different pattern or the same project both days. Patterns are included in the cost of the class.

The trunk show will be held Friday night, September 26, at 7:00 at Jorgenson’s Inn and Suites conference room. 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. Class will be held September 27 and 28, 9:00 – 4:00, in Jorgenson’s banquet room. A deposit of $60 is due (so is your pattern choice) by April 10th guild meeting. The balance is due September 11th. After the April meeting, any spots left will be offered to the Boulder Quilt Guild and others. Maximum number of students is 30.

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. Each month I will pass around a sign-up sheet for those interested. 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. - Diane Haun


Hanging sleeves: Fold a square on the diagonal, and sew the raw edges into the binding at the top of wall hangings to catch the corners of the rod and keep the edges from curling.

Recycle wooden yardsticks and rulers for small wall hanging rods,

SHOPPING: Cut 3" square of fabric for each quilt for which you are collecting fabric, place it in a coupon folder, so you can take samples in purse along with you to the store.

TRANSFERS: To transfer quilting designs, put tulle into an embroidery hoop, trace the quilt pattern onto the tulle with a permanent marker. Then place the tulle hoop on the quilt’s fabric and trace the marker line with a water soluble marker or chalk pencil. Your line will go through the tulle and onto the quilt.

COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS: For printable patterns, use freezer paper in the printer by ironing the top edge of the freezer paper to the 8 ½ x 11 copy paper, shiny side down and feed that edge first into the printer. Choose your pattern and send it to the printer. The printer will seal the papers together and print the pattern on the freezer paper.

To print photos to muslin, iron freezer paper onto the fabric, then send it through printer. Be sure to heat set with photo with an iron.

For monograms, use a computer to print out fonts and trace them on to fabric with light table or window or with tulle hoop method.

WASH MACHINE: Serge new fabric edges before washing and you will know which fabric was pre-washed.

Use a lingerie bag for pre-shrinking small fabric in the washing machine.

For long lengths of fabric: Fold long lengths of fabric into arm-length sections and put the folded pile on the table. Using large safety pins, pin through all the layers of the pile at the four corners before pre-washing to eliminate the tangled mess of fabric in washer & dryer


GE reveal light bulbs are full spectrum light bulbs so you can see different hues and colors of fabrics.
Use a pipe cleaner to clean out inside of your sewing machine.
Cosmetic bags are great to store and take along quilting and sewing supplies.
Before sewing “lined” applique pieces, cut the small slit in the lining piece so that when your are finished, it is ready to turn inside out and you won’t risk cutting the fashion fabric used for the top applique.
Small refrigerator magnets in a hand sewing box keeps pins neat.
Small tool boxes hold small sewing tools as well.
Use the thick plastic sheet that comes in bacon packages for templates.
Use empty Lifesavers Gummies candy trays for bobbin holders.
Load plastic bobbins with thread, they take up less space and won’t set off the airport security alarm.
Before finishing a quilt, put a few squares of each of the fabric that were used, inside the quilt. If you should need to repair the quilt later, the squares will have been washed as many times & fade & match the quilt.
Multiple skirt hangers work to hang rotary cutting rulers and mats.
Mark the notch that holds the thread tail on new spools, so it is easy to find each time.
When using an ironing board behind your sewing table to support the weight of a quilt, cover the ironing board with a heavy clear plastic bag, so the quilt will slide over the ironing board easily.


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: Used, but clean towels and blankets to be donated for use under animals recovering from surgery. Please bring them to the meeting or call for pick up. Andrea @ 443-4907 hm or 442-1947 wk

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

That is it for the May Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in September’s Newsletter by August 20th to the New Newsletter Chair with the heading HQG. Thanks for letting me be your Newsletter Chair for the past two years. I learned a lot along the way and I hope you did too! Andrea Atwood

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