April 2014

Quilts N’ Stuff
The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild
P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624
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President's Message

Welcome all to the 2014-2015 Helena Quilters Guild! It was wonderful to see all the friendly faces at the September meeting. I am having a President's Project this year and it is to make a quilt with purple (more purple the better) in it for Quilts For Comfort. It would be wonderful to have them hanging at the Quilt Show in May.

Janet Cerovski


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 Treats (includes set-up, clean-up and vacuuming)
tiny bat Jamie Cyr Pam Gimnich, Carolyn Meier
tiny bat Patti Hoksbergen Pam Fischer

Thanks, Jill Larsen

Helena Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

September 11, 2014

The first meeting of the new year was called to order at 7pm by President Janet Cerovski. Introductions were made. Everyone was encouraged to wear name tags.

Minutes -No prior meeting minutes to approve.

The Treasurer Report was presented by Jill Larsen. The budget for 2014-2015 was presented and discussion followed. A motion was made by Nancy Alley and seconded by Patty Hoksbergen. The motion was passed.

Janet discussed 50/50 tickets that are for sale at each meeting they are $1.00 – half goes to winning ticket, other half goes toward Quilts for Comfort. The drawing is held after the break.

Quilts for Comfort – Janet explained that this is the philanthropic effort of the quilt guild. Quilts are made through the year and at the May meeting they are all displayed and then donated to different organizations within the community. There is donated fabric for use on Quilts for Comfort in the closet and members can be reimbursed for the purchase of batting, fabric or quilting. The committee this year, Cindy, Diane & Susan will be accepting the finished quilts and store them until May. The guild has donated over 1,000 quilts thru the years. The Committee will also accept orphan blocks, fabric or unfinished tops and then will work with the guild to get them turned into finished quilts.

Seamers & Dreamers – Meet every 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 10:30 to 3:00 pm, except for the 3rd Wednesday in October, February & May. JoAnne Moore, Nancy Alley & Jill Larsen will be there or have more information. This group is open to everyone and is held in the same room as the monthly meetings. There is no charge to attend, you can bring sewing projects, knitting, questions. If you work and just want to bring your lunch and visit to see what others are working on, please do!

There was a sign up sheet passed around for Greeters, Treats & Cleaners. Each month 2 or 3 members come early to set up and then help with sign in and selling 50/50 tickets. Others bring treats and stay a little longer to clean up the room when the meeting is over. Thanks for all who helped for the September meeting. Reminders will be put in the monthly Newsletter.

Dian Haun – Discussed National Teacher – The trunk show will be September 26, there was a motion made and passed to pay the additional $535.00 (may vary) for shipping costs. Diana Simkins made a motion to take the funds out of The Show Account, Ian seconded the motion. The motion was passed.

Librarian Carol Meier – Books were donated during the summer, those that were published in 2000 or newer were placed in the cabinet, all others were made available to the guild members. The ones not taken will be donated to Good Samaritan or saved for the Quilt Show Boutique. Please remember when checking out library books to make sure you fill out the card and use current information.

Christmas Pot Luck – Will be December 11, the basement has been reserved.

Spring Retreat – Will be held April 15 – 19, 2015, Patti Hoksbergen will provide more information as the date gets closer.

2015 Quilt Show – Will be held May 29-31, 2015. Jamie Cyr and Marie Haywood, Chair and Co-Chair. The quilt for the raffle needs to be quilted. Any one interested needs to have their name & fee turned in by the October meeting. Lots of volunteers are still needed to help in lots of areas and sign up sheets ere set out. The 1st meeting for the quilt show will be in November.

Boutique – Looking for items to sale at the quilt show, please let Jill Larsen know if you have any questions, 10% of the proceeds goes to the quilt guild the remaining 90% going to the guild member.

Dona Bagen won the 50/50 drawing in the amount of $24.00

Newsletter – Rene’ Simkins was nominated to produce the monthly newsletter and accepted the position. She will do the electronic version, Dona Bagen will print and mail out the ones who do not have email addresses.

Challenges and Projects:

Traditional Quilt Blocks – Jill Larsen will be providing a pattern and instructions each month for one 8” block. This is a great way to learn some of those traditional blocks that have been passed down for generations. Each month there will be a sign up sheet for the quilt block patterns for the next month so that Jill knows how many to prepare. You can then donate the blocks to the quilt for comfort committee members or make a potholder, or even a sampler for the quilt show!

Mystery Quilt Challenge – Diana Simkins will again provide the guild with a mystery quilt. It will be easy and only require three fabrics. The first installment will be at the October meeting.

A UFO – Fat quarter Challenge, was presented by Theresa Jackson. It is for each UFO(Unfinished Project) that you would like to get finished by the May 2015 Potluck Meeting. Bring in one fat quarter for each UFO, please put your name and the project you are going to finish on a piece of paper and bring it to the October or November meeting. Then when you finish that project bring it to Show and Tell, your name will go into a drawing for the Fat Quarters. The drawing will be held at the May Potluck. If there are enough Fat Quarters, 2 drawings will be held.

President’s Purple Project – Janet challenged the guild to make a baby quilt (or Larger) and have some purple in it. The quilts will be donated to Quilts for Comfort.

Any Guild member who would like to present a Challenge to the guild is welcome to do so. Challenges can be started at any time thru the year. There is currently a challenge going on between 5 of the members. The results will be shown at the November meeting.

Maureen Foster is looking for fabric to repair an heirloom quilt – specifically looking for velvet, velveteen fabrics in dark colors. You can contact her at MEFOSTER@GMAIL.COM

Show and Tell – Lots of beautiful quilts and projects were shown. Remember to bring those quilts to show and inspire your fellow sewers.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm. Submitted by Kim Benjamin, Secretary

This sewing machine was brought to my attention if anyone is interested.

1998 Juki (all metal), used almost exclusively as a quilting machine on a "handi-quilter." I used it on one laptop, I got it about 4 years ago. It's in excellent condition, may need cleaning and oiling from sitting around.
Model Number: TL-98E
Controller/Tread trimming foot switch
Auxiliary table
Several bobbins
quilting foot (2)
Knee lifting lever
Needle bar thread guide

It pretty basic, the above listed accessories are what I got with the machine. I'm asking $300.

Contact: Schelaandbob@gmail.com Or 406-465-0800 ask for Schela.

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