September, 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 September 8, 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”.

From the President

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Helena Quilt Guild New Year! We have an exciting year planned for you. A Potluck in December, a Retreat in April, a Quilt Show in May, and lots of little challenges and programs along the way! If you have been a member for many years or just a few, maybe even brand new – get ready for some fun, friends and laughter. The guild has been meeting for over 30 years and growing steadily. Sometimes we have just enough room. We will be spending time planning for the May Quilt Show – T-Time in the Rockies. Please plan on participating as a volunteer and entering some quilts in the show. I will try to remember each of your names, lol, but don’t hold me to that. See you Thursday! Theresa Jackson

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
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Programs – Bobi Harris

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).

2017 Quilt Show Chairs: Theresa and Daysee

Minutes from the Last Meeting

The Helena Quilt Guild Meeting – May 12, 2016

The May Meeting was the annual End of Year Potluck. There was lots of yummy food and laughter. The minutes from the April meeting were approved as written. A Treasurer’s report was not presented.

A Drawing was held for the UFQ Challenge. The winner was Diane Haun, winning 50 fat quarters and second place went to ___________ who received 33 fat quarters. (Ok members, please help me fill in these blanks TJ)

The Row by Row challenge Rowers showed their Rows, now to get them finished by the May Quilt Show.

Drawing was held for those who helped work on Quilts for Comfort Quilts. The winners were Jill L, Sandi C, Diane H, Nancy G & Pam G each winning $20. The Quilts for Comfort were on display and then distributed to local organizations.

Bobi reminded the guild that on May 26th there would be a Book Launch at the Historical Society at 5:30 and asked for volunteers to help.

The raffle quilt for the Townsend Quilt Show was shown and tickets were for sale.

The 50/50 was won by ______________ in the amount of $21.00.

It was announced that Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Designs would have a trunk show on 9/23 $5.00 and class on 9/24 Mysterious Watson. Cost $50 contact Glynis Scott 980- 0281 for further information.

Linda P and Loreen S and Diana H - discussed briefly the annual retreat in April 2017 and moving it to Choteau instead of the Ursuline Center. It was decided that they would research and make a presentation at the September meeting to the members.

The December meeting minutes were never recorded. At that meeting Dean Hall made a motion that the Guild rent a storage unit for the Guild Items such as books, and quilt frames. The motion was seconded and approved. Daysee will be researching and setting that up.

Minutes submitted respectfully by Theresa Jackson, President.

Doug Leko Trunk Show in Townsend

The Doug Leko workshop and trunk show has been cancelled due to not enough student sign ups.

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.

Bonnie Hunter Workshops

Our guild hosted Bonnie Hunter ( for 3 days of workshops in late July to teach Talkin’ Turkey, Texas Tumbleweeds and Smith Mountain Morning at the Holiday Inn downtown. We also sponsored a trunk show/lecture which was well attended by workshop attendees and other enthusiastic fans. All 72 workshop spots were sold out. Most of the students were guild members, but we also had waitlisted students from Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Alberta, Virginia and Washington State. From all accounts, a good time was had by all! Bonnie shared her personal photos, descriptions of local tours, show and tell photos and otherwise detailed her entire visit with us on her blog for a week after she left Helena. If you missed the fun, or want to re-experience parts of that weekend, do an internet search for Bonnie Hunter Helena Montana. Thank you to everyone who attended or who helped in any way to make our 2016 National Teacher Workshops a ‘famous’ success!

UFQ – Unfinished Quilt Challenge – Challenger: Theresa J

Visit the Exchange and Challenge table at the September 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:
Bring one fat quarter for each UFQ –
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.

Call for Project Linus Participants

Registration for the Project Linus Mystery Quilt is now open! Clue release will start September 10. This will be a fun, child-sized quilt that is created by clues released over 6 to 8 weeks.

Instructions will be detailed, and techniques used will allow quilters of all levels to participate! You can download the clues and use them as your time allows... there is no rush to complete your quilt unless you want to enter it in the Challenge for prizes! Participants are not required to donate their quilt to Project Linus the quilt is yours to keep or gift as you choose. This is a fundraiser for Project Linus, so please mention the Great Falls/Helena, MT Chapter on your registration. For details go to Great Falls & Helena MT Chapter Contact: Gina (406) 866-2318

Hospitality Karen David and Diane Haun will provide treats and be greeters for the September meeting. At the September meeting, Diane will be passing around a sign-up sheet for members to bring treats and be a greeter each month. Please consider helping out at one of the meetings. Thanks!

September Meeting Show and Tell We can’t wait to see your recently finished projects and what you’ve been working on this summer ! Bring them for Show and Tell—what you do inspires us all!

Gotta Name Tag? Don’t forget to wear it to the September meeting. If you’re a newer member and don’t have one, you can make a name tag using any small block (4” is not too big and not too small) and add your name and any other embellishment you wish.

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.

September Meeting Agenda:

Introduction and welcome
Show and Tell
Business meeting: planning for future meetings, budget, sign ups, Quilt Show, identifying what types of programs members are interested in having at meetings,etc. and not necessarily in that order. Please contact Theresa if there is anything specific you would like to contribute.

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Newsletter Editor: Loreen Smith (

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