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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.

Cool Stuff · Members Showcase

Member Showcase: Kathie Merrick

After our Quarterly Business Meeting, while we were waiting for our luncheon to be served, we were entertained by Kathie Merrick.  She brought in some of her artistic creations to show us, including paintings, clothing, quilts and a Christmas Tree she decorated with ornaments made from thread. Just thread.  

Each of her items has a story behind it, of course!  And the way she tells that story is so entertaining, she had us giggling like girls.  If she gets tired of sewing, she should try stand-up.

To our delight, she brought in the very first quilt she made. A hand pieced and quilted, “Sunbonnet Sue” pattern that Kathie modified by adding applique and embellishments.  Photos do not do it justice. We are talking about Stunning here.

You might think, “Overachiever”.  Maybe that is what makes her so awesome at sewing. Probably.

All I know is that it is not contagious.


♥  TTFN!  ♥

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Member Showcase: Mary Sue Budrow

Mary Sue Budrow has a multitude of talents. She dabbles with a variety of techniques and the resulting products are eye-candy.

A log cabin pattern with one side solid black
Her first quilt was made using a collage method.









Scrappy Blocks
Bargello Wall Hanging
Embroidery and Applique Wreath
Each Block is like a Window
Stack of Wall Hangings #1
Stack of Wall Hangings #2




Cool Stuff · Members Showcase

Member Showcase: Diane Mitchell

Diane Mitchell standing between “Intensity” and “Mikes Air Race Quilt”


Diane joined the Independence Hall Quilters Guild in 2005, the year her son went off to college. For the past 10-years she has been gracing the Mountain Heritage Quilt Faire (and our walls) with her talents.

“Flannel Raggedy” (1st Quilt) from class taught by Peggy at Country Cloth Shop.


Diane began her show with the first quilt she ever made. It was made with care and precision. It has applique, fringed squares and coordinating fabrics. Nothing at all about it says “beginner”.

Becky & Trisha (The Pink Ladies) help Diane display her”Crème Brulee”, the most recent quilt she finished. It is a Judy Niemeyer pattern called Bali Wedding Star.
A Closer Look

Diane loves to do what quilters call ‘paper piecing’.  She says it “relaxes” her. I have not done any paper piecing, but from what I’ve  heard from other members it is difficult and tedious.  This could be the reason some think she’s a little nuts.

In 2012 our “Guild’s Challenge” was to create a piece using only one color.  Diane’s wall-hanging won 1st place in that category at our annual Quilt Faire.  Paper piecing can be as simple as tulips, or as striking as the intricate “23 Shades of Purple”

23 Shades of Purple
“23 Shades of Purple” from a pattern created by Cindi Edgerton. It measures 28” square.
Diane and Tisha Cabral point out some interesting details of her “Somers Bay Sunrise.”

The quilt on the right, is from the Mariner’s Compass pattern by Judy Niemeyer, was one Diane made in a challenge posed by her hubby, Mike, who bet she could not make a quilt without using purple. Challenge met!

August 2009 Diane made 3 wall-hangings designed by Ricky Tims. The theme of these pieces is  “convergence”.

Royalty Converged
Royalty Converged
Fire & Ice
Fire & Ice
Forest Canopy
Forest Canopy

The fabrics in the last two used were hand-dyed by Ricky Tims and were in one-yard pieces. The challenge was to cut the fabric so the center became an image of its own.

Nicely done, Diane.

Glacier Ice - Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras



Amateur photography does not show enough detail of this Judy Niemeyer design, Diane did at Quiltworx Retreat ’12

Diane has worked hard keeping up with the latest techniques in paper piecing. The next quilt is a Judy Niemeyer design as well (also known as JNQ).

“Reflections” using Raindrops pattern by JNQ

Star of Wonder
“September in Asilomar” from her first Empty Spools seminar at Asilomar, taught by Jan Krentz in her Spiral Lone Star class.

Mike’s Escape, class taught by former IHQ member Doris Williams

“Sugar & Spice” based on a pattern in a Carol Doak book

More of Diane’s collection:

Christmas Tree Skirt
JNQ Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt pattern she calls “Star of Wonder”


Winter Ice
“Winter Ice” JNQ pattern One For All Seasons


2-colors Quilt
2-Color High Contrast quilt from class taught by IHQ member Roxanne Borean


My Happy Quilt
“My Happy Quilt” from Crazy Nine-Patch class taught at IHQ


For the Love of Jade
“For the Love of Jade” from Best Friends class taught by June Jaeger at Sisters


Butterflies Are Free To Fly
“Butterflies Are Free to Fly” from Ruth McDowell class taught at Asilomar


Caribbean Blue
“Caribbean Blue” from Storm at Sea class by John Flynn at PIQF


“I Left My Heart in Sisters” from class taught by Colleen Blackwood at Sisters


Back to Basics Sampler
IHQ Back to Basics Sampler
Nautilus Coral
“Nautilus Coral” from class taught by Barbara Shapel at Sisters


Room For Six
“Room For Six” from McKenna Ryan pattern of the same name



French Rose Buds
French Rose Buds


Rose Buds Reversed
Rose Buds Reversed




As you can see,Diane’s show was awesome! She brought 49 quilts to our meeting place, so these are just a sampling of what she has created. OK, I must admit it, the ones featured here are favorites of mine. Artistic license is fun 🙂


Special Thanks to:
Becky Smith and Trisha Cabral for holding and folding up quilts.

Photography and Blog Post
by Jodi Lea


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Members Showcase: Jennifer Cabral

Jennifer Cabral

At our last IHQ meeting, we had the pleasure of admiring the work of one of our most prolific quilters, Jennifer Cabral.

Jennifer showed us masterpieces from her past, on up to recent projects. Her quilting and applique work is astounding. Although she does a lot of long-arm quilting, she still finds time to do hand quilting on some of her special projects.

Jennifer told us about her roots in Oklahoma, and how her two grandmothers taught her quilting. She told us many funny stories – about her childhood and family. She kept us laughing with her playful, self-depreciating sense of humor, while explaining about the different quilts and how and why she quilted them. A fun time was had by all.

Thank you Jennifer, for sharing your artistry and your stories!

A special thank you to Diane Mitchell and Trisha Cabral, for unfolding, holding and re-folding Jennifer’s artwork. Like Vanna White twins, only with quilts and not letters.
Photography by Chris Sellman & Jodi Greenfield.

Here is a random selection of Jennifer’s hard work, in case you missed her show…

Birds of Paradise

Appliqued Flower Blocks

Flamingos (under protest!)

Pointing Out Details

Log Cabin Flowers

Patriotic Family Challenge

Houses And Trees

This was a complicated pattern to do

Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks

Log Cabin Blocks Also!

Stained Glass Wall Hanging

Star & Flowers made With Scraps

Gazillions of Tiny Pieces