Soup and Salad and Cake – Oh My!

Add special guests and an insider rummage sale, and you describe our latest meeting of the Independence Hall Quilter’s (a.k.a., IHQ).

Our VIP’s were visiting from Sutter Creek’s own Mother Lode Quilters’ Guild.

Rita Maddox and Bunny Smith brought their Opportunity Quilt to share and sell some tickets.  Many women worked very hard to accomplish this beautiful and complex work of art.


The Pattern, created by Sarah Vedeler, is called “Sedona Star”.  The Mother Lode Quilters’ titled it “Stars of the Mother Lode“. It took first place in the Amador County Fair. It will be raffled off at their 2016 quilt show, the first weekend in October.  For more information, contact Rita Maddock at (209) 295-5476.

While the Stone Soup bubbled and simmered, members could wander up and down the “vendor” tables. An insider rummage sale is when members get rid of sewing & craft supplies they don’t need, but another member may love to have – especially at a bargain price! Gorgeous fabrics, sewing patterns, embroidery hoops of all sizes, rulers, pins, needles, scissors,  & template making materials were just some of the items the gals had on display.

Thank you ladies for cleaning your closets and offering your ‘rejects’ for just pennies!  It was (almost) more fun than the free table  🙂

A dozen comfort quilts were turned in and happily decorating the walls in the hall. Photos of them were added to our little slideshow in the sidebar (on each page to the right).

A special nod to our “soup kitchen” crew, who always keep us fed and properly caffeinated! The soup and accouterments were wonderful, as was the cake to celebrate January and February birthdays.


♥ Until The Next Time  ♥
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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