Gearing Up …

For the big show -> October 11-13!

Don’t be surprised if a quilter asks you to support a scholarship program by buying a raffle ticket. The quilt we are raffling off this year is designed by Lynn Wilder and worked on by Guild members, under Lynn’s expert tutelage of course!

Our energetic member, Dana, has been selling tickets for the quilt, and the American Girl Doll. We also raffle off the Doll, including a wardrobe of Haute Couture fashions.  No Kidding!

♥  TTFN  ♥

P.S. Last day to submit an application is Monday, September 9th

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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Quilter’s Will Resume August 19th…

Summer weather (100+ degrees), and summer break are here! Independence Hall will be converted into a Flea Market for the next 6 weeks, and IH Quilters will be helping out on the Tues and Thurs work days.

The last Row by Row Class (until Fall) was small in numbers but big in fun! Rows 7 & 8 are not paper piecing, so the grumbling was at a minimum. At least about paper piecing, Ha!

Although we all worked hard on our projects, we chatted, giggled, and enjoyed ourselves. Nothing unusual about that – our classes have that in common, no matter what we are trying to learn.

Because the photographer sculked around, quietly snapping pix, you can’t see that we all had smiles on our faces!

You will have to trust me on this…

 

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

That’s Entertainment!

On our Guild calendar we had a Member Trunk Show scheduled between our Quarterly business meeting and luncheon. Longtime Member, Pat Gomes, finally was talked into showing her stuff.
When approached last year about doing a show, she balked, “I’m a crafter, not a quilter!”
“Then I guess you will be showing us your crafts.”

After saying she would think about it (usually this means “No way!” in my experience), Pat came to me the next week, and said she decided to do a show after all.

No one knew exactly what to expect. We have seen Pat’s artwork, and crafts as a vendor at our annual quilt show. She was very talented, we knew that. What we did not know was her talent as a stand-up comedian.

I would say that she kept us riveted to our seats with her autobiography, -except, we could hardly stay in our seats – we were laughing so hard.

It wasn’t her life that was funny, it was the way she talked about it. The items she brought to share, were special to her, her first quilt, her first doll, her favorite “Old Lady Dolls” and a large St. Nicholas doll.

Several members told her she should take her act out on the road.  I hope she is not considering that. It is hard enough to book our Quarterly trunk shows and we will want her back next year, for sure.

The following photos were taken by a non-professional who tried…

TTFN