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Masks For All

Dr. Smart modeling good behavior

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has now begun recommending that everyone wear a face covering when they go out in public.
In response to this and the fact that commercial medical masks are in limited supply and needed for medical and first responder personnel, Mark Twain Health Care District has commissioned the local manufacturing of 5,000 masks by Blue Mt Custom Fabrications in West Point, and are being distributed free of charge to anyone who would like one.
Blue Mtn. Custom Fabrications has been in business for 25 years and specializes in commercial contract sewing.
Because it takes a village to respond quickly enough to make a difference, many seamstresses around the county have been employed to help make all of these masks. One group, in particular, is the Independence Hall Quilters group out of Arnold. They have responded to this effort quickly and with eagerness.
“I am getting phone calls daily from IHQ members wanting to help with the next order,” laughs Jodi, a member who is coordinating the effort. “At first, I had a fear of having to make 200+ masks by myself – I should have known better because our ladies are amazing!”
COVID-19 has put a stop on the guild’s fundraising at local events. They sell raffle tickets to win a “Scholarship Quilt” that funds scholarships for graduating Brett Harte High School seniors. IHQ hopes to make up some of these losses by donating payment for the masks to the scholarship account.
An example of the pandemic’s far-reaching effect on even a small county’s volunteer organizations.
These masks (pictured) are available at local markets in the communities of Calaveras County. A full list of the participating markets can be found online at For more information, call Peggy at 754-4468.

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Art Quilts on Display

What a fun-packed time at IHQ today!
A short Quarterly Business Meeting, then on to a special trunk show by Sandra Mollon, an International professional instructor, and author.

Sandra lives in our own Calaveras County and is not a stranger to our guild. We look forward to her teaching a class in May on her art quilt technique.  Students in her class will be working on photographic images transformed into art quilts.

We will be working on an appliqued Lily similar to this one:


The walls of the main room were covered with gorgeous artwork  At first glance, many looked like photographs. Until you took a closer look and could see the intricate piecing and quilting.

Entire Landscape

Somewhat Closer

Really Close Up

Since Sandra was here today we were able to book a different class for 2021. She will teach her Thread Painting technique that she used while making this artwork:

Thank you so much for sharing your art, Sandra!  We will see you back in May.


♥  TTFN  ♥

Photos of Sandra Mollon’s art were taken with her expressed permission.

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Preview of Monday’s Sale

On Monday, February 3rd, at 9:00 am sharp, the sale of Millie Arieta’s sewing room will begin. Millie has to move and must part with her fabrics, notions, and machines.

Those who know Millie will tell you that her fabrics are of quality & she has a lot of them.  To help finance her move, she is offering to sell them to us. 

A sneak preview of the merchandise:


                Now, THIS is worth getting up early for!
                       Nice, and well cared for equipment

IHQ does not get involved with politics or any controversial causes.  However, with the Super Bowl occurring this Sunday, I can’t help myself…




See y’all on Monday!

♥  TTFN  ♥