May, 2016

Quilts N’ Stuff
The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild
P.O. Box 429

Helena, Montana 59624

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NEXT MEETING: May 12, 2016

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”.

From the desk of the President Theresa

Wow, what a year it has been, time seems to have flown by. Thank you to all of the wonderful members and Board members that have helped make this year a success. I look forward to another great year! And With the 2017 Quilt Show just around the corner the months will fly by? We are still needing someone to step up and take the position as Secretary, Program Chairman, Newsletter Chairman and Historian. Please consider helping out in one of these areas. If interested please give me a call, or let me know at our meeting this Thursday. These are all elected positions.

We also have open a position for Hospitality and we need a team to head up Quilts for comfort. Please bring in your finished Quilts for Comfort and some ideas on where we can donate this year’s quilts to.

This will be the final show and tell to get in your UFO Quilts with a chance to win all of those fat quarters. There will be a list at the meeting so you can be sure we get your name in for each quilt you had thought you might finish! There were a lot done and still a lot to do…maybe next year?

Thank you for a wonderful year and if elected again, I look forward to the upcoming year. Theresa Jackson, President 20152016

Minutes from last meeting

Helena Quilters' Guild Meeting 800 N Hoback April 14,2016

Program: "Border to Border", Quilt book author Annie Hanshew presented her experiences in researching the Montana quilt book. Some guild members shared personal stories about some of the quilts featured in the book. Annie encouraged us to take photos of ourselves working, including our sewing machines and work areas. These subjects have often not been captured from the past.

Refreshments what a treat Caroline provided!

Show and Tell Wow! members have been busy! UFO's done one by Byrl had over 6,000 pieces. La Donna made a memorial quilt and purse for a family who had lost a soldier. She recycled his fatigues and favorite tee shirts into them. The Row by Row participants all showed successful new quilt tops. What a team effort! Diane's Crow table mat, Irene's Bonnie Hunter, Keri's veggie quilt,...I was so looking at everyone's great projects I couldn't keep up with my notes! (bobi)

Theresa called the business meeting together at 8:20 pm.

March meeting minutes were approved and passed by Keri Myles and Diane Haun seconded.

Treasurer's report: Motion to accept the budget (Subject to audit) was made by Karen David and seconded by Linda Peterson

National Teacher: July 22, 23, and 24th. Kerri reported that all 72 spots have been filled, 63 by guild members. The trunk show is Friday (22nd) at 7pm in the Gateway Center,Holiday Inn. NO charge to guild members, but $5.00 for guests to attend. Bobi volunteered to help Friday night anyone else?

The motion was made by Bev Roope to bring our price for the classes to $70 each and passed by Diane Haun.

Note was made that we can't eat in the classroom, but that there would be a table outside.

Quilt Retreat: (Ursaline Center in Great Falls)13 members have signed up. If you decide to go, check in with Carolyn Meier. Check in is 911 am or after 1pm.


Vote for the raffle quilt pattern is our May Potluck. Theme is: "Teatime in the Rockies" It is suggested that we bring any tea themed quilts to hang throughout the show for visitors to "scavenger hunt" for. They could be "T" blocks, Tea cups, whatever. The raffle quilt though, does not have to have teacups on it. We need to keep the raffle quilt appealing to as many future ticket buyers as possible. Bobi asks any that may have those bare pine tree decor items to let us decorate the civic center with them to look Rockies like. Also pine cones, tea things, and checkered or vintage table cloths. Think about a cabin the the Rockies, or picnics on quilts under the pines....

Misc.:Riverside Girls need six more quilts. Our donations have touched their hearts.

Nine (red white and blue) quilts so far were given to Ft Harrison for the Veterans families' comfort during funerals.

Traveling quilt display for Alzhiemers is scheduled for May in the Capitol Rotunda. (The best time for parking opportunities is on the weekends.)

The County Fair: Quilt division announces due dates: Entry form deadline is July 8th, and July 23rd,quilts are brought in for the fair. There will be featherweight sewing and prizes from many businesses, including many of our members' businesses.

Our May potluck is our last meeting for this year. We have some board positions and committee heads that need nominations for next year: Secretary, Librarian, Newsletter, Hospitality, Quilts for Comfort, and National Teacher. Theresa, Bobi, and Daysee agreed to continue in their positions of Chair and Vice chair, and Treasurer.

Program committee we hope Cindy and Bobi will continue on the committee. Anyone else? Bobi wants to.

We still have some special workshops to propose.

Adjourned at 9:12pm.

Next Meeting: May 12th Potluck in the church's lower level. Red, White and Blue blocks for the exchange. Starts and 6 pm.


Please remember to bring your quilts and your choices of the charities in which to donate them, to the meeting. You will be eligible to put your name into the cash prize drawing for each quilt you donated this year.

Thanks everyone for all your hard work on Quilts for Comfort this year! Diane

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