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Thursday, July 1, 2010

july 2010 newsletter

JULY 2010 Newsletter

Okay, I am so easily distracted....I'll admit it.  I was watching Quilting Arts on PBS (the only channel I really ever watch) while I put address labels on the envelopes to mail this letter out.  The next program was Gary Spetz with WatercolorQuest.  Now I do paint but I can not water color to save my life, but I had to watch it.  We was in Alaska "looking" for  pictures to paint.  So it was a travel-log about Alaska too, all the while he was talking about design rules, color and color placement with the landscape.  I kept thinking "wow" that works in quilting too.   Plus,  I still want to go to Alaska .  It was a great program. But now I'm back on track to write something about quilting.


Janice has sent me the following line up for winter classes.  Remember we are not guaranteed a class every week.  There are days we will have to entertain ourselves.  We have planned some work days were we will all work on charity quilts, make items for sale on the craft table, and charity pillow cases. Here is the list, no dates yet.

  • Sheri will show us how to do quillows with embellishments on the front (pillow) panel.
  • Wanda will do more Brazilian embroidery.
  • If we talk real nice Janice will do more silk ribbon embroidery ( because we need it to go with Wanda's stitches)
  • Pam from Pocket Change….do we want a class on dying???  Let Janice know if enough are interested she will talk to her.  She is one of the vendors selling fabric at our quilt show.
  • If there is interest I will do more with Paintstiks.  I just bought an oak leaf stencil and the star builder from Laura Murray (check her web site)  because there is no way in heck I can sew a star so I am going to paint one.
  • Dee will repeat the 6 minute circles.
  • Email Janice and let her know…she likes to hear from you too.


February 11 and 12 2011 are the show dates for our Quilting from the Hearts Show.  Committees are you ready??   Yes, we have started our ribbons. I was taking a photo of the raffle quilt before I left Q. but forgot where it is.  I think I have a block picture some where. It should be quilted by now.  Get ready to start selling tickets.


Abbie would like us to bring and early quilt that we have made.  I don't want to scare anyone, but, I saw one of mine at my parents' garage when we were doing a garage sale.  I was afraid to look…but maybe it could come if you don't laugh too hard.  I made it for my kids out of scrapes from all the PJs I had made them.  I wonder what I used for batting? Most likely it is an old blanket.  I had no money.


Hope many of you have had a chance to go to a quilt show or a new class.  There are so many new ideas out there. WOW!   I had so much fun at the Minnesota Quilt Show in June. I worked too selling tickets.  The reward is a special quilt pin that says Volunteer across the quilt block pattern.  It was so much fun.  Next year it will be farther from home but I hope I can take a class.  The teachers were all great! Of course I wanted to bead on a crazy quilt.  I know that Janice and I can figure that one out for ourselves.

If you have a quilting DVD bring it with.  Maybe we can watch it in small groups.  I have one on paintstiks. 


I have some extra block patterns from my guild here in MN.  Is anyone interested in a block of the month???  How about a fat quarter exchange?  We also did an orphan (ugly) fat quarter exchange and you had to made something and bring it back the next month.  Mine was simple.  I went through my scrap box and found some colors that coordinated and did a quilt as you go placemat.  Of course now I have to make 3 more, but it was fast and easy.  Plus, I could use some new placemats.


I have not heard from Candice.  I asked if we could do more then one challenge block since last time I saw her she had lots of them left.  Then we could have more then one chance to win.  Of course mine is not done yet.


 Remember I still have the whole Douglas County invited to look at my gardens July 11th.  Today is a rest day. I have a country look garden which I call a "plunk it" garden.  I plunk it in the ground.  If it doesn't grow there I dig it up and plunk it somewhere else. Doesn't country mean that I can let the rest of the weeds?  Will I survive?  Will the flowers Survive?  We finally got some rain, but more would be better.  Oh yes, you are all invited too.  A dear friend has offered to bake fresh cookies for me.  WOW, is she ever a friend! I know I can stir up lemon aid.   


As some of you know I will not be doing the newsletter next year.  I am just too busy, doing too many things.  So if you would think about taking over….I send out 34 paper newsletters and around 60 emails.  Yes it is work.


 Did you know that I have started an egroup. We have 15 members. You may  subscribe at :www. OR

  Maybe that would be a better way to communicate at least for the ones that have a computer.  It is a private site where you register and I have to approve you.  There is more for me to learn about it, lucky they have a help menu.  J.N. and I both had a problem figuring out if we were responding to the group or to the person.  We are doing better and we WILL learn, someday.   It is a great way to keep in touch and you don't have to email everyone.  I thought face book would be good, but alas I have a daughter-in-law that thinks it is her private blog and fills it up so that I can't even find my friends unless I have a half hour to spare. which I don't)  Am I the only person with this problem?? SO if I am a friend on face book…you may not see me any more.  Not to worry. 


I am still working on the pictures from last years quilt show.  If you have any the I don't I can always use more.  You can still see them on the blog.  Boy I have not had to type that for a while.  Shortcuts are great!   Anyway…. They are finally all printed and I will get them in the Album.  Yes, I am historian too!  Don't let me volunteer for anything next year.  I am just going to have fun and sew. I am trying to slow down  Kathy and think of your words often.  Thank you.


Let's see what else do I know???  I sent a fast note to people that I thought could provide me with more news.  As they say, "no news is good news".



A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts of

When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the pheromones (in the fabric) cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome. Therefore perpetuating their species, and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut 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, a breed of women known as  "quilters"

When played backwards on an lp, the sounds are heard as chants, "buy me, cut me,  and 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 (quilt shop) and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip,(one must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt shop, with wwII army gas masks and head phones, this is a bit extreme!)

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population.  they are called ...fabric store's also been experienced that these same pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash carefully), and when asked by significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is "I've had it for awhile."

Thank you To Cathy H and Alice..


Quartzsite is expecting 112 degrees today. It is 86 here.



This letter was sent to me from Mary Huntley from Quartzsite.  She is a member of our guild. What are your feelings about this???  It could be fun. I think I posted this on the blog so some of you have seen it.


It was great to get the newsletter from the club, as I was in the process of drafting a letter regarding the Arizona 2012 Centennial. I volunteered to be on the Committee and my area deals with Education. We are however contacting as many organizations and clubs within the community to enlist their participation, of course the Quilt and Art Guild along with the schools were at the top of the list.


My proposal is; do you think the guild would be interested in making a quilt to raffle off as one of the fundraisers? Naturally I was thinking places around the State but especially around Quartzsite would be nice to feature. I was also thinking that along with the 2012 Centennial Quilt Show, you could showcase maybe machines made in 1912 to the present day. Many of you have made period quilts, have patterns and material from these early years. We are not only trying to have as many events during the year but 'We would like them to be as educational as possible. If the Quilt was complete by the 2011 show, we could sell tickets at all events for the full year, finally raffled at the 2012 finally. Anyway this is a little of what has been bouncing in my head, will be interesting to see what the other members think, and their ideas.


The various events that will be fund raisers, monies will be spent on the cost of foods etc. for the specific event. All leftover funds will be placed in an account, than we hope to do something called a "Lasting Legacy". This will be up to the business and schools in Town to submit ideas and the public will vote. What can this Town do as a whole to leave a lasting imprint on the Town of Quartzsite with these monies? This can be anything from a Memorial Park to a Victory Garden, or another water feature in the Park. Who knows what great ideas will be presented.


Well guess this is all can come up with, maybe it's a little too much to digest, but let's see how the Guild responds. If anyone has any questions they can write me, my address is below. Hope everyone is enjoying their families. Tell them they are missing the most beautiful weather below normal for this time of year. Have a super summer everyone.


Mary Huntley

P O Box 1890

Quartzsite AZ 85346




Did you know that a fat quarter has fewer calories than a hot fudge Sunday?

Keep stitching.  Bye for now.



Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear said...

Hi, everyone, it's Rain from the Desert Messenger. Does anyone have contact info for Janet N. the winning artist of the butterfly quilt? A visitor saw the photo in the DM and would love to contact her hoping there's a pattern. You can email me at: and I will forward on to the reader.
Great job on the quilting, gals!

Kathy said...

Please attribute this story on Fabric Pheromones to me. Kathy Smith Harris, 1997

Kathy said...

Please attribute this story on Fabric Pheromones to me. Kathy Smith Harris, 1997