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Member Trunk Show: Carolyn Pereira

In case you do not know the term “trunk show”, it’s one of those old terms referring to traveling salesmen or gypsies showing off their wares for sale. Displaying their items in trunks or large suitcases. Another way to display was using the trunks of their cars. Just a bit of trivia for ya.

Trunk shows at a quilt guild are not in the parking lot, but a lot of hauling, then displaying of quilts, wall hangings, and other items, takes place. And, these items are not for sale. They are to be admired as the audience listens to the stories about them.

We gathered around the front of the room – moving our folding chairs to be closer to the quilts and the speaker. The speaker is our 1st Vice President, Carolyn Pereira. The ZOOM laptop was also moved for our out-of-town members to see the show.

Carolyn’s “couch quilt”. Carolyn is on the far right. Next to her is Diane Mitchell and Robyn Slakey as her “Vanna’s”

Carolyn began by showing us the first quilt she ever made. It definitely was well-loved and used by her entire family. It was their “couch” quilt. She learned that you don’t want to use “cheap” fabrics when making a quilt because those fabrics will not remain as intact as the quality fabrics will.

An Early Appliqued Wallhanging
Quail Wallhanging
The Traveling Quilt
Pink Flowers Appliqued
This Bull won the 2019 Ironstone Vintners Award
Her first Sampler Quilt
Carolyn’s daughter’s Last Penguins
Classes · Cool Stuff

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.

Cool Stuff

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  ♥


Classes · Cool Stuff

What is Going On Here?

 Yes, these are the wonderful women of IHQ.  Today they are taking a class. So, why are there no sewing machines, or fabrics around?

Quilters learn new techniques every year, from professional teachers and talented members.  Monday’s class is both professional & member taught. Our scheduled instructor, Terrie Kygar, fell ill and could not travel last year. Candy Gutierrez was taught by Terrie Kygar and became qualified to teach the technique.

The technique?  Crayon Applique. Ms. Kygar, and now our Candy, does a no-iron version called “Brush & Blend”.  I haven’t been able to take either class, but I have seen these breathtaking images created by everyone.









Aren’t they luscious with color?


Candy stands, supervising the coloring. I wonder if she ever taught Kindergarten?


Concentration and focus this class is commanding.  Not the usual banter or giggles are heard in the room.  Yet, each student I spoke with assured me they were having a lot of fun.  Some were even smiling as they colored – like Kindergarteners’ do.

♥  TTFN  ♥


Written by Jodi Lea G.
Photos taken by same.