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Manic Monday

Monday was the Beginning Log Cabin, Part I class, and those who were signed up arrived by 9:00am. The drive through town was wet, dreary and foggy. In other words, a great day to spend sewing!

A lot of exciting things happened that Monday.

The biggest news – our grant proposal to fund a “mobile” sewing class that provides local Middle and High school students the opportunity to learn to sew/quilt, was awarded the full amount we requested!  The money will go toward the purchase of machines and tools for the students to use in a hands-on environment, at their own school. This was made possible by Candy Gutierrez’s enthusiasm and dedication to getting young people interested in the art of quilting.

Oh, and it snowed that afternoon. I did not make the progress I should have with my log cabin block because I was watching the fat snow flakes blowing around – most of us were. Enough about the weather…

Teaching the class, were Joanne Padelford and Judy Allhizer. Some random photos were taken during class.

Focused Piecing
Decisions, decisions!
Ren gets tips from instructor Judy
Jackie sewing blocks of a different kind
Swapping ideas and tips
Joyce ready to begin












































*Beginning Log Cabin Part II is scheduled for the end of May.

To add to Monday’s excitement – we had two wonderful gentlemen donate supplies to the guild.

Mr. Chris Walton: 2 large trunk’s full of thread and notions his mom-in-law, who was a professional seamstress, had.

Mr. Ken Archibald: 1 ft x ft swatches of fabric designs he used in his factory to make aprons. We were thrilled to take 50+ pounds of them off his hands!

Thank You for thinking of us  🙂


















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Learning a New Technique: Stained Glass

Apologies for not keeping y’all up to date! When our (fun and successful) Quilt Faire was over, I enjoyed a vacation from my computer. Then I was busy gathering the supply list items for class.

A few of us in the Guild took a class called “Naturescape” last Monday & Tuesday. It is a technique used to take a photo of something and create a stained glass “picture” of it. The instructor was Doris Williams, a professional artist and former guild member. She is a very easy-going lady, with infinite patience. As a complete stranger to this technique I was moving at a slower pace than most, but Doris helped me tweak my design and find better fabrics to use. This transformed my mess into a landscape. I have worked hard to finish my wall hanging, but it’s doubtful I will make it to “Sew & Tell” at tomorrow’s meeting.

Don’t worry – I will have the camera charged to take photos of the ones from class that are displayed. 🙂
In the meantime, you can admire my two favorites from her collection…



♥ TTFN ♥

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(Not So) Free Motion

In Susan Scott’s beginning Free Motion Quilting class, you could feel the anticipation and fear from the students who had never been shown, or experimented with this technique before. Even I, who took the class last year, felt nervous.

Susan demonstrating loops
Susan explaining loops

We each had a packet of “quilt sandwich(s)” – made with 2 pieces of muslin and batting in the middle. Some were blank and others had lines drawn on them. The lines were hauntingly familiar. They were the same lines used in grade school to teach kids how to write:





We were learning how to write with our sewing machines. Some were naturals,  others struggled to loosen up and have fun with it.

Many Questions
Many Questions Were Asked
Intense Concentration
Intense Concentration







It’s not the technique that’s difficult. Susan guided us through the “exercises”, reminding us to breathe and have fun with it. Fun?!

The tough part is practicing enough to develop the self-confidence to do it. Susan sent us out into the world with the know-how. It is now up to us to do our homework and practice, practice, practice.

The homework? Finish our exercises and quilt a comfort quilt.

Setting up machine
Setting up the machine
Nice loops!
Hey – Nice loops!
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Bret Harte Seniors Aid Quilters With Community Service

Nathan, Will, Candy & Eva show us results

Nathan Steele, Will Hollett, & Eva Schaffer (Haley Shaver not present), brought their Senior Projects to our last week’s meeting.

Each senior made a quilt from start to finish. Their quilts will be added to IHQ’s Comfort Quilt inventory, then donated to various county emergency and rescue organizations, hospitals, or child protective services (CPS) as needed.

IHQ’s Candy Gutierrez taught a ‘How to make a quilt’ class at Country Cloth Shop for any high school senior that wanted to take part. Four participants signed up for the challenge. Anyone who has had the pleasure of sewing with Candy learns a lot and has fun doing it.

“They were so fun to work with!” Candy told us. “Very polite, thoughtful and I loved talking with them and hearing their stories.”  Over the school year, Candy would update us on how ‘our’ students were doing, and passed along a few stories. Our members were happy to (finally) meet them and see their quilts.

All of the students plan on going to college, and know what they want to major in.

Will Hollett wants to be a war corespondent.
Will Hollett wants to be a journalist/war correspondent.
Nathan Steele is a computer wiz
Nathan Steele is a computer wiz



Eva plans to study Biology
Eva Schaffer plans to study Biology

Of course, they all want to go away to college, and leave the small town of Angels Camp. Candy believes that once they have to drive in Bay area traffic, they may change their minds about growing up in a small town! Whichever direction life takes them, we wish them all the best

Now…  if we could get next year’s graduating class to help us with our annual Quilt Faire…?  Just sayin’

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♥  A special thanks to Candy and her students for their effort, and to Ginger Duffy of Country Cloth Shop for sharing her classroom and sewing machines, making this class possible. ♥

Another special thank you goes out to the photographers: Karen Hunton  ♥  Joan Patterson  ♥  and Candy Gutierrez

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There’s A New Shop In Town!

Members of the Independence Hall Quilter’s Guild are doing a happy-dance over this fantastic news.

A Friendly and Knowledgeable Business Woman

Not only is this a place we can shop for our goodies, but it is local, right here in Arnold!

I met with Megan  Rosenhart, proprietor and instructor at ‘Big Heart Fiber Arts’, to see what items she had for sale, classes to take, all the information quilters and crafty folks would want to know.  The first workshop she is offering is a 2-day course in “felting”. I had no clue what felting was, and even after Mara explained it and showed me the cool scarves the class would make, I still could not tell you about it. If you are interested in learning about and doing this craft, her workshop is September 27th (6-8 pm) and September 28th (1-3 pm). The $48.00 fee includes both sessions, plus all the materials needed to make a gorgeous scarf.

Felting Kits, Materials, and Scarf.

Knit and Crochet Kits
Knit and Crochet Kits

For information on class schedules, registration, workshops, and things newsworthy, check on Megan’s website.  It is there you will get the latest scoop.

Prior to her grand opening on July 19th, Mara taught 3 weeks of “kids camps” at the Hub in Arnold. Each week had a theme (or two):

  • American Girl Doll Clothes Making
  • Quilting
  • Lego’s
  • Duct Tape*

* For kids only, husbands and grown boys cannot attend.  I asked.

SpinningWheel & Fiber
Learn to spin wool into yarn! – Mara has a variety of wool robing for spinning.

Mara, a 4th generation fiber arts expert, learned quilting and crewel (embroidery) work from her great-grandmother. Her grandmother taught her to knit and crochet, and her mom taught her to sew. They mostly used the English (UK) style, and sewed by hand.  Her mission is to teach these “lost” arts to young people and carry them forward. Mara’s favorite patterns are ‘historical’ – taken from the “Godey’s Ladies Books, written in 1837 – 1890’s. The books are compilations of the Godey’s magazines which were comparable to the “McCall’s” publications.  A more in-depth look into these historical books will be explored at a later date…

Mara’s resume also includes sewing custom wedding dresses, she owned 2 bridal shops – one in Menlo Park, the other in Santa Cruz. She also taught at the Art Institute in San Francisco between 2004 – 2006.

Mara teaches classes for all age groups. Home-schooled and after-school kids sessions are available. She has a scholarship fund for kids who can’t afford the cost of classes but want to learn. Donations of $5 are suggested at the adult “open studio” and ‘community project” hours.

The Quilter’s Section!  Notions/Tools (not shown).

Classes for adults begin in October. See website for details, as schedules may change.  She provides basic ‘kits’ with materials and instructions to make an item for $20.00 – this  includes a lesson.

Mara’s family owned a cabin in Arnold and she has  been coming up here since 1997. Two years ago in 2012, she moved to Arnold full time and now calls it home. In between running a shop and teaching, Mara is also busy being a ‘soccer mom’. Her son, William, an athletic 3rd-grader, has practice 3 nights a week, and games on Saturdays. In November, when soccer season ends, Mara told me her shop will have different operating hours, but they were not decided yet.  Beside Mara and William, their family includes 3 rescue dogs – 2 chihuahua’s, and a Jack-Russel terrier.

In case you didn’t know: September is Learn to Crochet Month, October is Quilting Month – Big Heart Fiber Arts will be one of our vendors at The 37th Quilt Faire!
November & December are Knit Months.

Note: Our guild gets the big news first! The  2-month anniversary of the shop’s grand opening, is the weekend of Sept. 19th and 20th. To celebrate, Megan will take 20% off regular priced items and 10% off sale prices! The shop will be open both Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 4:00

So, stop by the shop to congratulate Megan and take advantage of the savings!

Big Heart Fiber Arts
Fiber and Textile Art Supplies, Classes, Gatherings.
Create and Learn craft kits
Located at Cedar Center, Arnold. Next to Sierra Photo.
  (209) 770-1174  ~*~ Website
Email Megan

Check out their Facebook Page!