October, 2016

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

Helena, Montana 59624

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, October 13, 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”.

Officers 2016-2017
President – Theresa Jackson Vice President – Bobi Harris
Treasurer – Daysee Swant Secretary – Kerri Myles
Librarian – Carolyn Meier Newsletter – Loreen Smith
Hospitality – Diane Haun Quilts for Comfort – Jill Larson
Programs – Bobi Harris 2017 Quilt Show Chairs: Theresa Jackson and Daysee Swant

Please note, we still need volunteers for Historian and 2018 National Teacher (National Teacher can be a single chair person or co-chaired by two people. This position is a two year commitment).

Minutes from the Last Meeting

The first Helena Quilter’s Guild meeting of the season was called to order at 7:00pm, September 8, 2016 by President Theresa Jackson. She introduced the new Board: Vice President Bobi Harris, Treasurer Daysee Swant, Secretary Kerri Myles, Quilts for Comfort Chair Jill Larson, Hospitality Diane Haun. Newsletter, Loreen Smith, Librarian, Carolyn Meier. New members/guests were welcomed. There are two positions that still need volunteers, Historian and 2018 National Teacher. Contact Theresa if interested.

Announcements: Seamers & Dreamers are to park on street during construction phase on church. Jill Larson, Q4C Chair asked for more twin size quilts this year. Janet Cerovski volunteered to store quilts as they get made.

Mail from summer was read by Daysee. Drummond Quilt Show Oct 1 & 2 from 10 to 4 in the High School gym. Spokane Quilt Show is Oct 14, 15, 16, at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

Programs: Chair Bobi Harris asked what Guild would be interested in. Contact her with ideas. Phone is 443-3600 or email is 1973darrell@gmail.com.

Oct Program will be tips and techniques learned at Bonnie Hunter Workshop this summer. Bobi also announced that Guild members are making 8” Finished blocks for President Theresa as a Thank You for your service. Make it tea or coffee cup themed block.

Challenges and Exchanges: On going exchange of Double Wrench Block will continue through Dec. Four blocks per bag to exchange. Cutting Up the Chicken

T-Time in the Rockies Theme – Quilts for 2017 Show. Make a quilt that interprets the theme to you. Also make a teacup name tag to wear at Quilt Show.

UFQ- Unfinished Quilt Challenge. Theresa is challenging us again to finish up those older projects. If anyone is interested in helping keep track of this challenge, let Theresa know. (click here for UFQ Challenge form)

Show and Tell had lots of summer projects to share.


After the break: 50/50 Drawing $27 for winner Jeanine Ford and $27 for Q4C. Door Prize winner was Sandy Conrady. Early Bird Drawing winner Jill Larson.

Motion to approve May meeting minutes: Bryl Newman, 2nd Marie Haywood. Motion passed.

Storage unit report: A 10’ x 5’ unit for quilt frames has been rented on west side of town.

New Business: Treasurer’s Report. Motion was made by Janet Cerovski to waive elected officers dues fee. Seconded by Jeanine Ford. Motion passed.

Motion to move rental fee from budget and expense it under Quilt Show was made by Diane Haun, 2nd Cindy Steinmetz. Motion approved.

Motion to approve 2016-2017 budget as corrected made by Bryl Newman, 2nd Marie Haywood. Motion passed.

Motion to destroy records older than 2 years made by Jill Larson, 2nd Janet Cerovski. Motion passed.

Quilt Show: Sign up sheets can be found on back tables. Show meeting Sept 22 at 6:00 pm at Glorious Day quilt shop.

Quilt Show Raffle quilt was shown. Top is pieced. Looking for quilting to be done and then binding. If interested contact Pam Gimnich, Cindy Steinmetz, Pam Fischer, or Linda Peterson.

Spring Retreat: Chairs are Diane Haun and Carolyn Meier. Motion to move Retreat to Choteau. 2nd Sandy Conrady. Motion passed. Stay at Stage Stop Inn. Thursday through Sun. April 27th through 30th. Cost is $170 Double Occupancy, Single is $280, Deposit is $70. Three dinners provided by retreat members no lunch served. Retreat is same weekend as Great Falls quilt show.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15.

Sept HQG meeting minutes respectfully submitted by Kerri Myles, Secretary

October Meeting Program—Bobi Harris
We had lots of guild members attend one or more classes when Bonnie Hunter was here in July. I’d like to give everyone an opportunity to share one or more of their favorite tips/tricks from the workshop as part of the October meeting program. There was lots of information to absorb, and this will help refresh our memories and share good ideas with people who didn’t get to attend. Also, please bring your project or blocks from your class or classes. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve done: we just want to see what you chose to do!

Block Exchange Last year’s Double Wrench Block Exchange will continue until this December. Please plan to bring your blocks to upcoming meetings. If there is enough interest, a new exchange may begin after the first of the year.

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Cuttin’ Up the Chicken

Cuttin’ Up the Chicken quilts are great fun for quilters who want to challenge their design work, color choices, creativity, and courage. Chickens are strongly discouraged from participating. The success of the quilt depends on a few factors:

part of chicken block following the defined rules
part of chicken block willingness to do one's best
part of chicken blockaccepting the final quilt owner's decision about the finishing of the top.

A Cuttin’ Up the Chicken group will consist of 6 quilters. Each member of the group is to bring a fat quarter that has been cut and an insert put into it (per the instruction below). The fat quarter and insert are the colors, fabric and design of his/her choice. The quilt top belongs to the person who makes the first cut and insert in the fat quarter (you get your own back).

Put your quilt into a box or bag with any fabrics that you may like to see included in the quilt. The person adding the next insert may use supplied fabric or add (good quality) fabrics of his/her choice when adding to the quilt. If you wish, you may include a label for each quilter to sign, a disposable flash camera if you want a record of each step in the creation of your top, and/or a small "quilt journal" for pieces of fabric, making sketches, or keeping notes about the work on the project. Leave spaces for the pictures if a camera is included. Each quilt will be passed to another member of the group each month at guild meeting until all members of the group have added to each of the six quilts. At the end of the exchange, the quilt tops go back to the owner for finishing.

Each month, the quilt must be cut through from one side to the opposite side and a piece inserted. The cut may be straight, angled, curved, or zigzagged. The piece that is inserted in the cut may be appliquéd, pieced, embroidered and/or embellished. Inserts should be between 3 inches and 6 inches wide. I have found that it helps to hang the quilt where I can see it for a few days and let it tell me what would be fun to add to it (yes they do talk!) This is a good time to try new techniques or maybe use up some of those leftover blocks and pieces from other quilts where appropriate. Pieced border patterns work great too. Do NOT square up the quilt after each insert. The finished quilts are not to exceed 56 inches on the longest side so be careful to leave enough inches for the last insert!

Each person has one month in which to cut and add an insert to the quilt. The more inserts that have been made, the more courage and creativity it takes to cut into someone else’s work! We all agree to accept that each person will do his/her best. In other words, don't criticize the work. The quilt owner has the option to add more embellishments, inserts and borders but the 56 inch rule for the finished quilt still applies. If the piece doesn't lie flat, the quilt owner may take it apart and fix it to his/her liking. Since the quilt belongs to the owner, accept his or her decision about what to do with the quilt top.

Have fun and cut some chickens! Diana

UFQ – Unfinished Quilt Challenge – Challenger: Theresa J.

Visit the Exchange and Challenge table at the October meeting more info. Look around your sewing room – do you have any unfinished quilts?

Was the unfinished quilt started before January of 2015?

If yes, then the Challenge:

o Bring one fat quarter for each UFQ –
o Finish the quilt and bring it to show and tell between October 2016 and May 2017

At the May Potluck each finished UFQ will be eligible for the drawing for all of the fat quarters. (If there are enough entries, we will have two drawings)

Registration for this challenge will be open during the September to November meeting and then closed.

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Hospitality Greeters and Treaters

Greeters Treats

Maureen Foster

LaDonna Fabian
Bryl Newman Jean Sautter

Janet Cerovski Sue Kissinger
Need a volunteer* Karen Sedlock

*please let Diane Haun (227-6215 or dhaun75@gmail.com) know if you would like to be a Greeter at the November meeting (this is a fun way to meet guild members)

Reminder about Your Membership Dues…

Thanks for being a member of the Helena Quilters’ Guild! Annual dues are $20 and may be paid by check to Helena Quilters’ Guild, P. O. Box 429, Helena, Montana 59624 or at the guild meeting.

Missing in Action:

The Guild Quilt Frame is still missing. The frame will hold a large quilt. It is in a case with a handle and looks like one of those canvas lawn chair carriers. Please return to Theresa or call 439-0773.

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Newsletter Editor: Loreen Smith (loreen.smith@ymail.com)

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