November, 2015

Quilts N’ Stuff
The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild
P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
Turkey in the oven

NEXT MEETING: November 12, 2015

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”.

Helena Quilt Guild Minutes October 8, 2015

cornucopia Minutes by Bobi Harris in the sad absence of our secretary- because Bobi isn't quite secretary material! (her words!)

September minutes: Byrl Newman motioned to accept, Diane Haun seconded.

Treasurer's report: Daysee showed the proposed budget. Motion to add $500.00 for future program expenses: Karen motioned, Maureen seconded: Passed

The expenses for the quilt show were re-capped. Program director Cindy Steinmetz asked for feedback or suggestions on what programs or classes members would like. Many said the Saturday classes with regional or member teachers were fun.

Old business: 2017 Quilt show - September 6th several members met to discuss the 2017 show. The dates are May 19,,20, 21st, 2017 and it will again be held at the Civic C nter.

Spring Retreat - needs a co-chair (April) usually held at the Ursaline Center in Great Falls, and it goes from Wednesday through Sunday. Additionally after the meeting Carolyn Meier volunteered for this position.

New Business - The National Quilt Museum, in Paducah, Kentucky asked for a donation from our guild to help support them. They accept quilts for their fund raising auction.

Quilts for Comfort - The East Helena Police Dept. and the MT City Fire Dept requested quilts.

Library - A new addition was suggested by Bobi Harris and accepted by the members: house your specialty rulers, labeled with your name, in a box in the library so members can check rulers out when they just need one for a special project. She will provide a binder to house them with a check out sheet in the front. Among visitors were Jerilynn, member for 8 years in the Ennis Guild, Marie Murphy and Jean Sauder, some Quakin Quilters from Townsend. The Program was "Addicted to Bonnie Hunter and Scraps" by Kerri Myles. Bonnie Hunter is coming to Helena in July. Kerri raffled two blocks off. The winners were Connie Weatherman and Jamie Cyr. Kerri reminded us that it takes 21 days before something becomes a habit. Bryl's tip was to store sorted scraps or mini blocks in lidded plastic recycled fruit containers.

Teresa explained the new row by row challenge. (At least six members are participating), the Exchange (split 9-patch), and our UFO challenge.

Cards were signed for Patty and Leona w face health challenges.

Teresa adjourned the meeting at 8:55 and many stayed to vacuum and put the chairs and tables away - GO Team! Next Meeting

It will be a One Block Wonder demonstration by LaDonna and Collette. Also, we have another Challenge. New Block Challenge – This challenge is for everyone…. You can participate one month or every month, it is up to you! Bring in a block – any size - based on the THEME for that month and enter your name into the drawing to take home all of the blocks! You will notice the theme is a month ahead of a holiday or season, so the winner might be able to make up the quilt in time for the holiday.

November Christmas fabric


Orphan Block Challenge any block left over from a previous project, or make a new one)


Bring in any size block = VALENTINE









Quilts 4 Comfort Challenge:

quilt We’d like to challenge everyone to make an easy quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s website. We picked Sticks and Stones but you can choose any pattern you would like.

Here is a link to all Bonnie’s free patterns:

The challenge is to complete the quilt for Show and Tell during one of Bonnie’s classes. If you aren’t taking a class please still join in. We’d love to see a lot of our guild stash used up and this is the perfect pattern for scraps. It would be a perfect leader ender project.

It uses 2” strips for 4 patches and 3.5” x 6 .5” rectangles. It can be as scrappy or as controlled as you’d like. The quilt finishes 60” x 75”. Here is a link to the free printable pattern: There will also be a limited number of paper copies available for those that don’t have internet or computer access.

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