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Ways To Donate To IHQ

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We are thrilled to accept donations of cotton fabrics, thread, yarn, patterns, notions, and things sewing related. It is because of generous donations, that help us to keep our Comfort Quilt & Pillowcase projects serving the growing community.

Have you found a closet in your grandma’s house you are trying to clean out, that is crammed full of her sewing stash??  We can help you with that!

Send us an email at Guild@ihquilters.com, and someone will contact you.

Our very thankful 2019 Board of Directors

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That’s Entertainment! (Continued)

During Pat’s Trunk Show, we learned things about Pat that we didn’t know before. Not things about her crafts so much, but her obvious talent as a Stand-up Comedian.

Pat Gomes started her show by unfolding a long yellow strip of paper containing her notes.

She was born a crafter in St. Paul.  Before the age of five, she was in and out of the hospital many times.  The most severe was when she fell out of a second story window as she leaned on the screen to look out at children playing below; the screen gave way. When she was in the hospital recovering from this, her mother brought her coloring books and crayons, which she shared with another little girl in the room.  However, that girl left the next day, taking Pat’s book and crayons!  At age seven, Pat was making paper flowers from Kleenex and a hairpin and selling them to neighbors for 2 cents each.

In 1955, Pat moved to California with her mother and sister.  She was dating two guys, one during the day and one in the evening; she was engaged to one of them.  Her mother suggested that she marry the one with the better job, which she did.  Her husband dug graves for a living; the other man washed dishes.

Pat has a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.  She worked for U.S. Windpower as an overhaul mechanic, repairing transmissions and brakes on wind-energy generating machines.  She moved to a cabin in Arnold, where she raised her grandson from the time he was in second grade.  He is now 26, married, and working at Big Trees Market in the produce section.

The first quilt she made by getting fabric and making enough blocks for a king-sized bed. When she finished piecing the blocks, she bought a king-sized blanket and a king-sized sheet and sewed the three layers together.  It was very heavy.  Her daughter-in-law told her that quilt ended up under her son’s car.  Her husband is into old cars and has just given her a 1957 Ford as a present.

For a time, she raised poodles.  She bought a male that had only one descended testicle; the vet recommended that she massage him to bring down the other one. She has shown Great Danes in dog show, switching from competitions based on confirmation to obedience trials.

She still looks for lost old men.

Pat displayed a collection of ribbons she had won at various fairs.  She sometimes submitted her entries under her dog’s name.  The crafts on the table included a wooden man and a variety of porcelain dolls (for which she has the molds): a life-sized baby doll, three small elderly women sitting on a bench together (labeled board/bored?) which won Viewer’ Choice, a Santa Claus, and an elegant witch.  The wall beneath the clock at the end of the room had three quilts she had made and a shirt.

Five years ago, she had a stroke.  The doctor told her husband, “She needs a hobby”.  (Peals of laughter from the audience.)  She had six months of speech and physical therapy.

One day, she drove by Hazel Fischer School and noticed all the cars parked by Independence Hall.  She stopped in to find out what was going on and discovered IHQ. Although she considers herself to be a crafter, not a quilter, she greatly enjoys being a member of this group and she is always talking to other people about IHQ.

Pat apologized if she has offended anyone. “You guys made me crazy!” She finds that IHQ has changed her for the better; she is more outgoing and happier.

 The audience enthusiastically applauded!

      Written By IHQ’s Vida “Ace” Kenk
Photo provided by Edie Diegoli & Facebook

We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends…

This morning Two members from the Lodi, “Tokay Stitch ‘N Quilt Guild”, graced our Hall with the stunning “Bali Jewels”, Opportunity Quilt for their Quilt Show. They are selling raffle tickets for this quilt that will be raffled off in 2020.

The Lodi show is on November 13th & 14th, 2020. It will be held at the 1st Baptist Church on Mills Ave., Lodi. Raffle tickets to win this quilt are:
$1 per ticket
$5 for a bundle of six tickets
Gee – that sounds familiar, heh?

Vera Nelson and Rose Padilla from Tokay Stitch ‘N Quilt Guild

It was really a shame that Diane Mitchell was absent this morning, since the designer of this intricate and paperpieced quilt is Judy Niemeyer.

If Diane has not made this pattern before, I bet we will see it at our 2019 show.

Speaking of 2019, I wish I asked Vera and Rose what their quilt for 2019 was up to…

TTFN

 

 

 

Quilters Go To Camp!

If you happened to pass by Independence Hall on Monday the 22nd, around 10:45 am, it looked like the place was being robbed.  Women carrying ironing boards, irons, cutting mats, design walls & rulers, out of the building and loading them into a large truck. Then, came the large bins of electrical cords, surge-protectors and power strips.  When the truck was packed full, ladies carried left-over items to their cars.

Quilt camp began on Tuesday, after hauling all that stuff from the Hall AND getting tables and electrical power figured out. Whew!

The hardest work of the day was setting up our personal bedding, suitcases & multiple tote bags full of snacks, jammies, toiletries, and medications. Then, we had to set up our personal sewing space – sewing machine + fabric, thread, needles, scissors, small cutting boards, small irons and pads, and projects to work on. Thank goodness we each had a large 8 foot table to ourselves. Our crap (whoops!) “stuff” spilled over to underneath our table and the floor surrounding it.

You may see some of the mess in the background of the photos, but the photographer tried to crop it out. The Guild’s professional photographer was not at camp, so the not-so-professional one did the best she could with the random shots taken….

 

Jackie making striped blocks

Karin (foreground) and Dana manage to focus despite the chaos…

Cathie & Carolyn working hard, while Emily takes a break.

Phyllis must have really ticked off Kathy this time!

Tish at cutting table and Diane sewing away

Peggy working diligently

Jo and Kathy watching Valerie, Joanne & Janet consult on a project

Two Karen’s, a Donna, a Susan and Mary Sue – either working hard or ignoring the photographer…

Candy and Mary Sue working together on separate things

Jo, Peggy and Nadine get serious with their work

Joanne, Janet and Valerie still discussing matters…

So there you have it – a glimpse into our Guild’s annual camp. It is only a tiny glimpse, because you know… what happens at camp, stays at camp.
TTFN