October 2013

Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624


embroidered boot
Pictured-an embroidered boot from a wonderful website: 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”.

Greeters- Includes set up, clean up and vacuuming.
  • Bryl Newman
  • Lynn Groth
Treats- Includes set up, clean up and vacuuming.
  • Maureen Foster
  • Susan Sielbach
Sandy Lehman

The following is an ad from a newspaper which appeared four days in a row - the last three hopelessly trying to correct the first day's mistake.

For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Phone 948-0707 after 7 P.M.. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap.

Notice: We regret having erred In R. D. Jones' ad yesterday. It should have read "One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 P.M."

Notice: R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yesterday. The ad stands correct as follows: "For sale -- R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 948-0707 after 7 P.M. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him."

Notice: I, R. D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I intentionally broke it. Don't call 948-0707 as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she has now quit.

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 llambott@mt.net NEW MYSTERY AND ROUND ROBIN EXCHANGE

We are starting a new mystery and a round robin. If you missed the September meeting and want to participate, please email Diana at familycomforts@aol.com to get the first instructions sent to you.

Please see attached for HQG Exchange Block for 2013-2014. Diana Simkins

Guild member, Andrea Atwood will be teaching a “Landscape (or Pictorial) Quilting” class on October 25th from 6-9 pm and October 26th from 10-5 pm at the Palace. Landscape Quilting means assembling many unusual fabrics and fibers together to create the picture you desire. This is an easy beginner level class, for all skill levels. You don't even have to know how to sew!! This class teaches basic design principals, use of materials and hints and tips.

Andrea will also 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! 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 www.quiltworx.com. 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

Andrea is teaching this beginner level class at Pam’s near Toston. 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! It is a great way to learn how to crazy quilt a wall hanging or table runner on Saturday, Oct 19th . Andrea Atwood

..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.)

For more information or class sign up call Pam Lambott 406-266-5793 or 406-266-5406 or llambott@mt.net


If you want to share any great websites for the newsletter: email Andrea@AtwoodArts.com


The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Janet Erickson, guild president. She welcomed visitors and new members: Corliss Page, Lynn Burkhart, Betty Burnett, Natalie Finstad, Lynn Groth, Cynthia, Thomas, Ilene Burns, Susan Sylveka, Bobbie Harris, and Leona Harris. Reminder was made to wear name tags.

New Budget:

Kerri went over the budget for 2013-2014. Char mentioned that some members questioned the $5 raise in dues last year. Members discussed dues. Char Maharg motioned we keep dues at $25. Rene Simkins seconded it. No further discussion. Motioned passed. Linda Peterson, motioned we accept the budget as shown. It was seconded by Daisy Swant. Members passed the new budget.

New Business:

Diana Simkins would like to see more meetings in the summer. Jill Larson said that we had tried it before and not many members showed up. Show of hands and about half of the members were interested in coming in the summer.

Janet Cerovski will check to see if we have the room reserved in the summer also. Sandy Lehman needs people to sign up for greeters and treeters for each month. Jill Larson mentioned that treeters also have to clean-up. We need 5 to sign up each month.

Daisy Daisy Swant said fair board will contribute $20/year for maintenance of the quilt racks they borrow for the fair.

Diana Simkins has a new mystery available. Copies can be picked up on the table at the back of the room. It finishes 72” sq.

Diana Simkins explained to new members how Quilts For Comfort(Q4C) works. The money from 50/50 tickets purchased each month go towards batting and supplies for Quilts For Comfort.

Jill Larson explained that batting is not stocked here, to buy it at Joanns and bring your receipt for reimbursements.

Diana Simkins wants to start a round robin this year. It starts with a waterwheel block. Use 3 values of the same color. Then put the first border on it and then exchange. The RR blocks will only be exchanged 2 times. Add some fabrics that are in your block to pass to the next people. You get to keep your block when it’s finished passing around. She would like to have a showing of the finished blocks at the February meeting. Diana Simkins asked members if they would like an exchange block and asked for suggestions of blocks to use. She will have instructions for those at the October meeting.

Char had some flour sack dish clothes to give away.

50/50 Drawing: Rene Simkins won $21!

Janet Cerovski explained about the library to the new members.

Kerri Myles requested personal information that changed be given to her along with the dues.

Char has bags of scraps to fill for kitty bags. She asked members to take some home and make the bags and take them to the Humane Society. Jami mentioned Pads for Paws will take them also.

Kerri Myles mentioned the quilt show budget missed the newsletter and she wrote it on the white board.

Diana Simkins is teaching Hunter’s Star at Creative Stitches September 20th. Mini stars table runner, Judy Neimeyer pattern class. Feathered star tree skirt in October. Judy’s Beauties last Friday of the month.

Diana Simkins and Andrea Atwood are teaching at Pam’s Pastimes, quilting center in Toston. The cost for anyone interested in renting the Toston facility is minimum charge for 4 $20/day and $5 per person after that. There are no sleeping quarters.

Meeting adjourned @ 8:27 P.M.

Apologies for any name misspellings.

Respectfully submitted by Diane Haun.

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, www.primitivepiecesbylynda.com, 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 you didn’t buy enough of? Put it in the Newsletter Classifieds:

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: 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 wall hangings. 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.

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

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy fabric, and that is pretty close.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

Behind every sewer is a huge pile of fabric.

Blessed are the piecemakers, for they shall quilt forever!

Blessed are the children of quilters, for they shall inherit the quilts.

If you have more sewing hints and tips share, please send an email to Andrea@AtwoodArts.com

That is it for the October Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in November's Newsletter by November1st to: andrea@atwoodarts.com with the heading HQG. Thanks You! Andrea Atwood

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