September 2013
Quilts N’ Stuff

The Newsletter of the Helena Quilters Guild

P.O. Box 429    Helena, Montana 59624

   September leaves


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”.

HOSPITALITY: Greeters and Treats for Sept meeting: Char Maharg and Sandy Lehman

Sign up sheets will be passed around at meeting for Greeters and Treats for rest of year. Thank you, -Sandy Lehman

SEWING HUMOR - Fabric Hoarders Beware !

A recent study has indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones, that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase ungodly amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome ( similar to the ones squirrels have before the onset of winter, i.e. storing food) therefore perpetuating their species, and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut up into pieces and mixed with others. Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high-pitched sound, heard only by a select few of breed of women known as customers.

When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants "Buy me" "Cut me" "Sew me"! In order to overcome the so-called feeding frenzy effect that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. (One must laugh however, at the sight of customers in a fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones !)

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effect that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called fabric store clerks. It's also been my experience that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to secret these fabric purchases away when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash) and when asked by a significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is "I've had it for a while"

- (Originally published in August 1997 in the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild Newsletter) Written by Kathy (Smith) Harris, Tucson AZ


It is great to see that some of you are starting to use this newsletter to share, communicate, request help, exchange ideas and enhance your guild! Thank you! Now for those of you who are sitting on your “quilts” and just enjoying the info, let’s get on the ball and be supportive and send me at least one (1) tidbit of information, hint, or joke. Call me at 443-4907 and tell me the information and I would be glad to write the article for you, or e-mail -Andrea Atwood


SO, or should I say sew?....... I have new challenges and exchanges and a mystery quilt for the new quilt season. Please invite a friend to meetings so our group can grow.

I would like to promote my Judy Neimeyer classes like Judy’s Beauties that I teach at Creative Stitches, and my Neimeyer classes at Pam’s Craft House (see “new quilt retreat article”). Thanks, - Diana Simkins


The Sewing Palace will be having a Fall Open House Event September 12th from 4-8pm to introduce their upcoming fall teachers and classes. There will be a chance to meet and greet the teachers and early fall class registrations. The Sewing Palace will also be giving 20% off all class supplies during the open house when you pre-register for classes.

Guild member, Andrea Atwood will be teaching a “Landscape (or Pictorial) Quilting” class on October 25th from 6-9pm and October 26th from 10-5pm 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!

I hope you have a chance to come and check out the samples at the Sewing Palace on the 12th and get 20% off all your class supplies during the open house when you pre-register. - Andrea Atwood


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! - Pam Lambott


President Janet Cerovski opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. Members attending were; Kerri Myles, Sandy Lehman, Diane Haun, Char Maharg, Janet Cerovski, Carolyn Meier and Theresa Lowing.

New Member Pamphlet: Char will proof and make any corrections and print a few copies for new members at the September meeting. Once the budget and membership dues are approved any changes will be made and more pamphlets will be printed for new member packets.

Library: Carolyn has purchased some new DVD’s for the library. Library use was way down last year. It was suggested that maybe Carolyn could pick a few books at each meeting to leave out on one of the tables for members to peruse to generate interest and knowledge of what is available in the library.

National Teacher: Members discussed having a fund raiser to generate a kitty to offset the individual cost of the National Teacher. Some suggestions were: quilt raffle, Mother’s Day tea, sale of handmade goods: tote bags, aprons, table runners etc., quilt room tours and lunch.

Budget: The 2012-2013 budget was discussed and a proposed 2013-2014 budget was prepared for discussion and approval at the September 2013 meeting. Please bring a copy of the budget to the meeting for reference and questions, if any. (Please see treasurer’s report).

Respectfully submitted by 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 GUILD NEWSLETTER WANT ADS:

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: Sandy Barker, 442-5777, is looking for someone to hand quilt a couple of vintage quilt tops if anyone is interested or knows someone who would be interested.
WANTED: Sandy Holtet bought a new sewing machine and wants to find someone to purchase her “like new” Viking Designer I sewing machine with embroidery accessories. Please call 449-4955 for more information.
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 and store in the Sulky travel spool holder. 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.
LOST AND FOUND: FOUND: HQG cloth labels to be used on your Quilts for Comfort, available at the Guild meeting.


Our 2014 National Teacher will be Lynda Hall. She has a website called “Primitive Pieces" by Lynda. Please check out her website" We will be able to choose a pattern we want to work on before the class so that we will be prepared for the class. Lynda will adapt within her type of venue to our interest. Sounds like a great way to expand our horizons. Additional details will be forthcoming by Diane Haun at the next meeting. Thanks for arranging the National Teacher for us for 2014. - Diane Haun


Bonnie Hunter, Scrapaholic quilter extraordinaire, has agreed to be our 2016 National Teacher, (we have National Teachers on even numbered years) the third week of July 22, 23, 24th. Bonnie is excited about coming to Montana. Check out Bonnie Hunter, including her blog, tips, free patterns and mystery quilts, please check out her website: - Loreen Smith


ROTARY CUTTERS: To safely store rotary cutters for travel, use old eye glass cases.
CUTTING MATS: To clean cutting mat thread use a lint roller. Reuse old cutting mats for purse bottoms instead of cardboard.


I have something that might be useful to the others in the guild. I recently purchased a Fiskars mat that can turn. I used it about twice in Yuma and decided to leave my old one there and bring home a new one! Well, I told my husband to lay it very flat in the car......but upon arriving home three days later it was no longer flat and quite warped. I was going to toss out but decided to try something. I heated the oven to about 225° and put the mat in until it was nice and flat and was quite pliable........then took it out with hot pads and placed on the kitchen counter. When it cooled it was just like new........even the few cuts it had were no longer visible. Might not only help warped mats but maybe salvage those that show a lot of cuts if it is not completely worn out. I do not guarantee this but, hey, it worked for me! - Joyce Bruce
RULERS: Use white out tape to mark the ruler at the line to make it easy to see where to line up to cut.

If you have more sewing hints and tips share, please send an email to so I can put them in the newsletter. -Andrea Atwood


For those of you with embroidery machines, check out these sites. The following companies have great designs and new FREE selections every week. I checked out these companies and the ones listed below have legitimate free designs, you don’t have to buy anything.

But my favorite is Embroidery Library (1st on the list) - they have several $1.00 designs. These are not a tiny little freebie, but rather a variety of their really nice regular $10.00 designs for $1.00 every week (see picture of the owl on the right). They also have quilting designs for only $1.00 and if you purchase more than 7 they are only $.75!! They are easy to download and have pictures and color charts to print or save to your computer. Check it out!!
Owl in a pine tree

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


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

A fat quarter has fewer calories than a hot fudge sundae!
Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
Any day spent sewing, is a good day!
As ye Sew, sew Shall Ye Rip.
Asking a seamstress to mend, is like asking Picasso to paint your garage!

That is it for the September Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it. Please submit any information you want in October's Newsletter by October 1st to: with the heading HQG. Thanks You! - Andrea Atwood

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