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.
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.
Yes, these are the wonderful women of IHQ. Today they are taking a class. So, why are there no sewing machines, or fabrics around?
Quilters learn new techniques every year, from professional teachers and talented members. Monday’s class is both professional & member taught. Our scheduled instructor, Terrie Kygar, fell ill and could not travel last year. Candy Gutierrez was taught by Terrie Kygar and became qualified to teach the technique.
The technique? Crayon Applique. Ms. Kygar, and now our Candy, does a no-iron version called “Brush & Blend”. I haven’t been able to take either class, but I have seen these breathtaking images created by everyone.
Aren’t they luscious with color?
Candy stands, supervising the coloring. I wonder if she ever taught Kindergarten?
Concentration and focus this class is commanding. Not the usual banter or giggles are heard in the room. Yet, each student I spoke with assured me they were having a lot of fun. Some were even smiling as they colored – like Kindergarteners’ do.
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
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….
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.
The member formally knows as ‘President’, Jodi Lea Greenfield, uses the microphone for the last time in an ‘official’ capacity. After Installing each officer, she installed Mary Sue Budrow as President of the Independence Hall Quilters.
Then, Jodi presented the new President with items she would need while serving her term. The purple (of course!), “Binder of the President” that includes a list of responsibilities, organizational information, and a “How to” document or two.
The valuable correspondence (CYA) ledger, to document all forms of communication to the Guild. And then – the big pink ring of Hall keys, and the PO Box key were turned over to Mary Sue.
As a token of congrats & good luck, a small bag containing a pack of tissues, bottle of Excedrin Migraine, and a purse sized container of Tums. Just in case.
… In With the New
After our President Elect and her Board, became installed into their respective office’s, Mary Sue took the microphone and continued the meeting without hesitation. The 2019 Board members are now officially official!
In Front: Jackie Sullivan, Liaison with Independence Hall; Sidney Palmer, Member at Large; Back L to R: Joan Patterson, Secretary; Joanne Padelford, Parliamentarian & Advisor; Linda Bristow, Member at Large; Mary Sue Budrow, President; Eileen Roberson, 1st Vice President; Margaret Zavertnik, 2nd Vice President; Waaay Back L to R: Edie Diegoli, Quilt Faire Chair; Joyce Ann Fowler, Member at Large; Nancy Gardner, Treasurer; Anne Osincup, Assistant Treasurer;
Not Pictured: Linda Van Berckelaer, second 1st Vice President;
The day already had a full schedule, then we had to squeeze in the important activities from the meeting Jan 7th, which did not happen, due to snow. Members living in Arnold & Dorrington, saw inches upon inches of snow. While members in neighboring Avery, Murphys, Angels Camp and further down the “hill”, thought we were crazy because they were only being rained on.
A new storm is hitting as I write this. It promises many feet of snow and high winds, up in high elevations, like 6,000 ft and above. Arnold is forecast to get snow tomorrow, and since we are getting high winds today, I’m starting to believe it.
The weather is perfect for quilting. As soon as I can put away my lap-top, I will prepare the fabrics I need for class Monday, and maybe I can get to do some hand-quilting on my pretty lavender quilt -OR- I could take a nap instead of sleep-typing on a blog post. You know, ssssssssssssss ssssss ssssssssssssssssssssssss sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss sssssssssssssssssssssssssssss – like that.