November 2013

Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624

NEXT MEETING: November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving embroidery
Thanksgiving embroidery from Embroidery Library

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”.

REMINDER: Please pay your $25.00 dues at the meeting or mail your check to: Helena Quilter’s Guild, P.O. Box 429, Helena, Montana 59624 (click here for membership form)


Greeters- Includes set up, clean up and vacuuming. Treats
  • Marie Haywood
  • Jill Larson
  • Jill Larson
  • Natalie Finstad, Eileen Burns

Thank you, Sandy Lehman

SEWING HUMOR - Mr. Smith comes to his wife, “Honey, could you be sewing on a wee button that’s come off of my fly? I cannot button my pants.” “Oh Dear … I’ve got me hands in the dishpan, go up the stairs and see if Mrs. Jones could be helping you with it.” About five minutes later there’s a terrible crash, a bang, a bit of yelling and the sound of a body falling down the stairs. Walking back in the door with a blackened eye and a bloody nose comes Mr. Smith. Mrs. Smith looks at him and says, “My god, what happened to you? Did you ask her like I told you?” “Yeah,” says Mr. Smith. “I asked her to sew on the wee button and she did. Everything was going fine but when she bent down to bite off the wee thread, Mr. Jones walked in…”


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


Andrea will be teaching a Crazy Quilting Panel class at the Sewing Palace on November 23rd from 10-5pm. This is a fun, creative, easy, beginner level class for all skill levels. You will love this experience even if you are a die hard squares-and-triangles quilter. Students are taught how to embellish their own choice of fabric panel and create a Crazy Quilt Frame for it with their sewing machine, so everyone's finished project is unique! This is a great way to learn the basics of Crazy Quilting! - Andrea Atwood


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.


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 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


…with fringed trees and wreaths. A great project for a beginning quilter, this 43” x 43” raw edge applique quilt is easily constructed and you will be walking away from class confident in your mastery of these new skills. Martha Northway will also show you two different methods of finishing your quilt, so some of you may be leaving with your quilt almost finished! Saturday, November 9. (Minimum 5 participants.)


A lovable appliqued holiday project. This is for an intermediate or confident beginner quilter. Applique and prairie points will be the focus of creating this delightful addition to your festive Christmas decorations. Saturday, November 16. (Minimum 5 participants.) These classes may be scheduled during weekdays pending interest. For more information or class sign up call Pam Lambott 406-266-5793 or 406-266-5406 or

SATURDAY GAB & SEW Diane Haun and Susan Douglass are co-hosting one Saturday a month Gab & Sew session. We are still working out the particulars and will announce the date(s) at the November meeting and in the next newsletter. 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.

We’ll meet from 10:00-3:00ish. 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.

GREAT WEBSITES: for free patterns and instructions check out these sites: - Thanks Diane!!

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


Call to Order & Welcome to all members and guests: President, Janet Cerovski, opened the meeting at approximately 7:00 p.m. New members and guests were introduced and welcomed. Approval of September 2013 Minutes: Two corrections were noted: Janet Cerovski, not Janet Erickson, is the President; Bobbie Harris should be Bobi. Byrl Newman motioned and Char Maharg seconded that minutes be approved with changes noted. The motion was unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Lisa Dewitt motioned and Marie Haywood seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be approved subject to audit. The motion was unanimously approved. NOTE: 33 members are paid. Kerri Myles asked that all dues be paid before the December meeting so that the list of members can be updated and distributed.

Correspondence: Janet passed around correspondence (thank you notes from the Friendship Center and from the Last Chance Stampede).

New Business: None

Old or Continuing Business:

**Hospitality: Sandy Lehman asked for volunteers to sign up to be a greeter for March and for April 2014 meetings.

**Library: Carolyn Meier noted that “Iris Quilting” Book was available in the Library. She also over viewed the check out procedures.

**National Teacher: 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. Kerri Myles and Diana Haun will have two samples they have put together at the next meeting showing how the patterns can be “tailored” to individual preferences.

**Quilts for Comfort: The QFC Program was outlined for new members. Martha Vogt explained that her long arm is available for quilting QFC’s – she will teach those making QFC’s how to use a long arm. Bonnie Steele suggested the Guild take a look at supplying Quilts for Comfort to the Family Promise Program graduates.

**Christmas Party: Janet asked for volunteers to Chair the Christmas Party. No one volunteered.

**Quilt Retreat: Quilt Retreat at the Ursline Center in Great Falls will be April 30 and May 1-4, 2014. More information to follow. (Patty Hoksbergen, Chairman, said the cost of the Retreat was up $2.)

**Challenges and Exchanges: Diana Simkins discussed the various opportunities for members to participate. The members agreed to exchange the blocks they had done for the Round Robin but any members who didn’t bring blocks to the October meeting could still participate. Just bring a block to the next meeting to exchange.

Diana also challenged members to participate in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest currently going on at Creative Stitches. Stop in and Vote – and stop in as many times as you would like to vote. Only one vote per visit but there is nothing to say you can’t stop in many different times in a day!


Fifty – Fifty winner: Bonnie Steele was the lucky winner of the $19.00 pot.

The business meeting adjourned for treats and “show and tell.” Respectfully submitted: Char Maharg, October 27, 2013.


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

Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing...the days pass quickly when I am sewing!
Caution: Enter this Sewing Room at your own Risk
Count your blessings, stitch them one by one.
Creative minds are rarely tidy
Creative Clutter is better than Idle Neatness


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,, 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: Quilters to take Crazy Quilting Panel Class taught by Andrea Atwood at the Sewing Palace on November 23rd from 10-5pm.
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. She also wants to recycle cutting mats, they can be old, beat up, and even warped. 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.


If you have more sewing hints and tips share, please send an email to

That is it for the November Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in December's Newsletter by November 25th (yes, the holidays are upon us, not to mention tax season, so I will I need more time to put the newsletter together.) to: with the heading HQG. Thanks You!

P.S. Please let me know if your email contains the pictures in the newsletter heading and that you are able to see the pictures I put in each month. Thanks so much. - Andrea Atwood
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