Tag Archive | fabrics

Ways To Donate To IHQ


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


Another way to support our mission…

We recently set up an account with Giving Assistant as one of their non-profit organizations. Online shoppers now can select IHQ for receiving a percentage of a stores cash back awards. A free account with them, and their web browser “Button”, allows your cashback rewards, over 3,000 major retail stores to shop online at, and coupons, deals & more!

Click on the green square to find out more information and set up your free account.

Independence Hall Quilters

Great deals. Good deeds.

Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Independence Hall Quilters


Giving Assistant is a certified non-profit shopping rewards platform that makes it easy for online shoppers to save money and give to their favorite charities for free.

Over 3,000 major retailers (Macy’s, Target, and Best Buy, to name three…) are partnered with Giving Assistant (GA), and shoppers with [free!] GA accounts, can choose to donate any earned cashback rewards to their favorite charities.

Know of a non-profit organization you want to donate to?  You can find out how it all works By clicking this link

Learning a New Technique: Stained Glass

Apologies for not keeping y’all up to date! When our (fun and successful) Quilt Faire was over, I enjoyed a vacation from my computer. Then I was busy gathering the supply list items for class.

A few of us in the Guild took a class called “Naturescape” last Monday & Tuesday. It is a technique used to take a photo of something and create a stained glass “picture” of it. The instructor was Doris Williams, a professional artist and former guild member. She is a very easy-going lady, with infinite patience. As a complete stranger to this technique I was moving at a slower pace than most, but Doris helped me tweak my design and find better fabrics to use. This transformed my mess into a landscape. I have worked hard to finish my wall hanging, but it’s doubtful I will make it to “Sew & Tell” at tomorrow’s meeting.

Don’t worry – I will have the camera charged to take photos of the ones from class that are displayed. 🙂
In the meantime, you can admire my two favorites from her collection…



♥ TTFN ♥

Recipe For A Quilt Faire

Combine the following ingredients, and mix well for 8 months:

  1. One brave and patient individual to be the Quilt Faire (QF) Chair (a.k.a. Boss)
  2. Chairpersons in charge of the several QF committees
  3. Hard Labor (a.k.a. Husbands)
  4. Minions (many, many, minions!)
  5. Hand-made quilts and specialty items in the Boutique
  6. Country Store cookies, cakes, pies, candy – all yummy!
  7. Venue (the Fabulous Ironstone Winery)
  8. Talented Entrants
  9. Quality Vendors
  10. Esteemed Guests

I could break this list down to hundreds of tasks that we members of Independence Hall Quilters (IHQ) need to get done – but I won’t.

Just come to the Faire and enjoy yourself!

The 38th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys:

Friday October 9, 2015   9:00 – 4:00
Saturday October 10, 2015  9:00 – 4:00
Sunday October 11, 2015  10:00 – 4:00

For details & more information click HERE

Buried Treasure

I went into our local Thrift Store in search of a used paperback to read. I found “The Witching Hour”, by Anne Rice. The book was so tattered that the little round price sticker read “Free.”  I also found two reference books, each marked $.49. Definitely affordable.
I wandered around the little store, looking for crafting items and found a shelf with remnants of fabric tossed into a plastic bin. Of course I had to look through it! Blankets and quilts were on a different shelf. I saw a glimpse of pink flowers and a scalloped edge, buried under all the other items.

Just as I suspected – a large handmade masterpiece. Sure, it needed repair work and the fabrics were worn. But at IHQ there are a lot of ladies who know how to “date” a quilt, and those that are experienced at resurrecting abused ones.

The price tag shocked me:  $29.44. Thirty. Measly. Bucks.

For THIS!?!:

Lovely and Complicated

Lovely and Complicated


Scalloped Edges

Scalloped Edges

The lady (or ladies) who made this gorgeous creation, put a LOT of woman-hours into it. Even a beginner (like myself) can see that.


Long view, of inner border of roses


No photo can do it justice. A professional may come very close, but – and I mean a HUGE but, they   just can’t capture the wonderful feel of it against your skin.

I decided that it was a moral imperative for me to take it home and show my fellow quilters at our next meeting. Get expert advice on repairing old quilts.

It’s a little smaller than California King, but larger than a Queen. That means it will be hung on the “back wall”. No one will believe I created this – even if I were dumb enough to try to pass it off as my own.  Our guild members were not born yesterday, ya know.



There’s A New Shop In Town!

Members of the Independence Hall Quilter’s Guild are doing a happy-dance over this fantastic news.


A Friendly and Knowledgeable Business Woman

Not only is this a place we can shop for our goodies, but it is local, right here in Arnold!

I met with Megan  Rosenhart, proprietor and instructor at ‘Big Heart Fiber Arts’, to see what items she had for sale, classes to take, all the information quilters and crafty folks would want to know.  The first workshop she is offering is a 2-day course in “felting”. I had no clue what felting was, and even after Mara explained it and showed me the cool scarves the class would make, I still could not tell you about it. If you are interested in learning about and doing this craft, her workshop is September 27th (6-8 pm) and September 28th (1-3 pm). The $48.00 fee includes both sessions, plus all the materials needed to make a gorgeous scarf.


Felting Kits, Materials, and Scarf.

Knit and Crochet Kits

Knit and Crochet Kits

For information on class schedules, registration, workshops, and things newsworthy, check on Megan’s website.  It is there you will get the latest scoop.

Prior to her grand opening on July 19th, Mara taught 3 weeks of “kids camps” at the Hub in Arnold. Each week had a theme (or two):

  • American Girl Doll Clothes Making
  • Quilting
  • Lego’s
  • Duct Tape*

* For kids only, husbands and grown boys cannot attend.  I asked.

SpinningWheel & Fiber

Learn to spin wool into yarn! – Mara has a variety of wool robing for spinning.

Mara, a 4th generation fiber arts expert, learned quilting and crewel (embroidery) work from her great-grandmother. Her grandmother taught her to knit and crochet, and her mom taught her to sew. They mostly used the English (UK) style, and sewed by hand.  Her mission is to teach these “lost” arts to young people and carry them forward. Mara’s favorite patterns are ‘historical’ – taken from the “Godey’s Ladies Books, written in 1837 – 1890’s. The books are compilations of the Godey’s magazines which were comparable to the “McCall’s” publications.  A more in-depth look into these historical books will be explored at a later date…

Mara’s resume also includes sewing custom wedding dresses, she owned 2 bridal shops – one in Menlo Park, the other in Santa Cruz. She also taught at the Art Institute in San Francisco between 2004 – 2006.

Mara teaches classes for all age groups. Home-schooled and after-school kids sessions are available. She has a scholarship fund for kids who can’t afford the cost of classes but want to learn. Donations of $5 are suggested at the adult “open studio” and ‘community project” hours.


The Quilter’s Section!  Notions/Tools (not shown).

Classes for adults begin in October. See website for details, as schedules may change.  She provides basic ‘kits’ with materials and instructions to make an item for $20.00 – this  includes a lesson.

Mara’s family owned a cabin in Arnold and she has  been coming up here since 1997. Two years ago in 2012, she moved to Arnold full time and now calls it home. In between running a shop and teaching, Mara is also busy being a ‘soccer mom’. Her son, William, an athletic 3rd-grader, has practice 3 nights a week, and games on Saturdays. In November, when soccer season ends, Mara told me her shop will have different operating hours, but they were not decided yet.  Beside Mara and William, their family includes 3 rescue dogs – 2 chihuahua’s, and a Jack-Russel terrier.

In case you didn’t know: September is Learn to Crochet Month, October is Quilting Month – Big Heart Fiber Arts will be one of our vendors at The 37th Quilt Faire!
November & December are Knit Months.

Note: Our guild gets the big news first! The  2-month anniversary of the shop’s grand opening, is the weekend of Sept. 19th and 20th. To celebrate, Megan will take 20% off regular priced items and 10% off sale prices! The shop will be open both Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 4:00

So, stop by the shop to congratulate Megan and take advantage of the savings!

Big Heart Fiber Arts
Fiber and Textile Art Supplies, Classes, Gatherings.
Create and Learn craft kits
Located at Cedar Center, Arnold. Next to Sierra Photo.
  (209) 770-1174  ~*~ Website  http://www.bigheartfiberarts.com/
Email Megan

Check out their Facebook Page!