We’re Back!

A New Year arrived with the dumping of snow and freezing temperatures. Well, it is winter up here in Arnold, so we knew it was coming. At least it is pretty to look at, while the power is on.

Photo courtesy of Margaret Zavertnik

After a day and a half, there was no power to be had. Comcast must not have a generator because they went down after a couple of hours. A generator allows for the coffee pot to produce coffee in the morning, hot water for a shower. It will not provide internet or telephone service, so a few of us in Arnold are cut off from the rest of the world. This can be somewhat relaxing and stress-free, for about a day. Not, however, for a week or two.

Our first meeting of the year was Monday, January 10. The rest of the month, the Membership Team will be available (in person!) to sign up new members and renew current memberships. We accept new members at any time of the year, it is just simpler in January!

Our December raffle & Carolyn Pereira’s trunk show will be happening on January 17th.

Hope to see you there!!

Our 2022 Board

Row 1. L to R: Margaret Meier, 2nd Vice President, Robyn Slakey, 1st Vice President, Joanne Padelford, Advisor & Parliamentarian, Margaret Zavertnik, 2nd Vice President, Laurie Jurgens, Member at Large, Cindy Clark, Treasurer, Dana Osterlund, Quilt Faire Chair, and Diane Mitchell, President. Row 2. L to R: Jocelyn Muncaster, Member at Large & Sharon Strazzo, Board Secretary. Not pictured: Emile Brown, Member at Large & Carolyn Pereira, 1st Vice President

Aren’t they a good-looking bunch?

The 2022 Board for IHQ was formerly voted in and ‘sworn’ at this morning. Quite a lot of us managed to get to the Hall despite the crazy weather. Cold, blustery winds, pouring rain, and sleet. No snow yet for Arnold (as of 9:00 pm Monday). Early tomorrow morning will be a different story. 100% chance of heavy snow, blasting winds, and whiteout conditions. Snow is good, but this is a bit overkill. The best thing is that the snow has been heavy at higher elevations already, and this means good news for the snowpack.

Stay off the roads Tuesday, the weathermen warn. Not a hard demand to follow – I plan on finishing up the quilting I’m doing on my latest creation. Maybe design the next one. It all depends on the power staying on. It could happen. I am hopeful!


The 2021 Viewer’s Choice Awards

During our quilt show, visitors have ballots to vote for their favorite entries. On Monday, November 8th, these awards were announced and given out at IHQ’s weekly meeting. I apologize for the tardiness of this post, and the lousy photography. I hope to be more coordinated next year.

Our Hostess, Candy Gutierrez, was dressed elegantly in a lovely black dress and a long strand of pearls. There was also a Red Carpet for winners to walk down.

A special ribbon – the “Super Gal” Award went to Dana Osterlund for how smoothly the QF ran!


1st  – Barbara Cleveland for “Jake the Gambler.”  The head was made by a dear friend of Barbara’s who has died.  He just looked like a gambler, so she made him one.

2nd – Barbara Cleveland for  “Red Fox” Barbara is part Native American.  The outfit is Cherokee.

3rd  – Pat Gomes for “Witchy Wanda”  Peek under her robe to find a secret. (Not Pat’s, the dolls.)


Large Innovative Quilts

1st Doris Lanz  for “Two Horses” (no image available)

2nd Doris Lanz for  “Cowboys” (no image available)

3rd Laura McGavren for “Wonkie Star” (no image available)

Large Quilts

1st – Diane Mitchell for “Ocean Stars”

Diane Mitchell 1st place
for “Ocean Stars”
Mary Black 2nd place –
for “Audubon Christmas”
Jean Schwisow 3rd place
for “Farm Girl”

Needle Art

1st Janice Vaughn  for  “Kitchen Stitchery” (no image available)

2nd. Emilie Brown for “Copenhagen Harbor.” This was Emilie’s mother’s attempt to teach her yarn needlework.  The buildings on the waterfront were likely to be bars and brothels.  Emilie’s father was born six blocks inland from this location. (No image available)

3rd Ren Krause for “Three Sheets in the Wind.” Ren made it in a class on sewing wool.

Small Innovative Quilts

1st Doris Lanz for “Leopard.” She used two colors of fabric, colored with an ink pen. (no image available)

2nd Jocelyn Muncaster for “Popping Poppies.”  The wild idea involves perspective. (no image available)

3rd Candy Gutierrez for “Sunflowers and Poppies.” 3D with the sunflower heads drooping forwards. (no image available)

Small Quilts  Tie for first place, both were awarded a blue ribbon.

1st Anne Osincup for “Otter.” Wildfire design. (no image available)

1st Candy Gutierrez for  “Elephant in the Room.” A Sandra Mollon design that Candy did herself during the COVID shutdown. (no image available)

2nd Mary Sue Budrow for “Leaf Poppers” (no image available)

3rd Carolyn Pereira for “Water Lily” (no image available)

Wearable Art

1st Joanne Padelford for “Thinking of Fall.” She changed the background from grey to black.

2nd  Candy Gutierrez for “Japanese Peasant Coat.”  Candy loved it and wanted to get the fabric at Beth’s, but then Rich had his heart trouble, so she went much later hoping it was still available and she was able to get the fabric she wanted.

3rd Joanne Padelford for “Woodland Animals.” She used a leftover excess panel from a quilt.

Again, my apologies for being so late to post the results!


Quilt Faire is Over

I sure hope everyone who wanted to go did.

The weather was gorgeously autumn. Sunny and crisp, with a slight breeze that ruffled the leaves yet did not blow them off and around. The grounds at Ironstone were pristine, of course! Decorated with brilliant reds, yellows, and browns, as if fall had saved up its Ta-Da finale – just for the Faire.

The Boutique had oodles of fine handmade items and fun stuff. The Country Store was closed this year, and we hope to open it next year, COVID permitting. Our vendors had wonderful things to offer, and we (and I speak for me, actually) spent a bunch on essential things I needed. Yes, I needed that gorgeous “jelly-roll” for a class I was signed up for!

If you did not have the chance to follow the fancy shoes up to view the quilt show, I almost feel sorry for you. Let me show you a smidgen of what you missed. Of course, the photography is lousy, and the quilts look one thousand times more incredible in person. But then, you weren’t there to see them, so I am telling you this.

Sons Wedding Quilt – Laurie Jurgens
Sunflower – Valerie Conrado
Audobon Christmas – Mary Black
Mitered Boxes – Jocelyn Muncaster
Farm Girl Quilt – Jean Schwisow
Conrad’s Grad Quilt – Jackie Sullivan
Picnic in the Park – Paula Broglio
Women of Courage – Sue Bishop
Biker Quilt – Jodi Lea Greenfield

Maybe we will see you next year…

The 44th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire will be held: October 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2022

Disclaimer: The quality of photos depends on what the photographers send to the webmistress.