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Out With The Old …

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!

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              A group of very talented women. They are cute too., don’t you agree?  

Who’s Who…

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.

♥  TTFN ♥

 

Quilting Horrors – The Contest

Number of entrants: 2

Both stories were suspenseful, entertaining and truly horrible! Exactly what was requested. Not only that, but each had a completely different tale and they told it so well…

Instead of tossing a coin to decide 1st and 2nd place (because they were both equally good) – I decided to declare a tie for 1st Place.

So…

First Place goes to:

Karen Heydorn for ‘The Raffle Quilt’

And to…

Becky Smith for ‘The Wedding Quilt’

 

The Wedding Quilt

My story starts with my cousin’s son getting married. I saw a log cabin quilt in a magazine. The log cabins were a combination of off-white, muted greens and muted rose fabrics. When placed together, they made the shape of a heart. I was so happy with the way it turned out.

I sent it to the wedding to have the guests sign the muslin with well-wishes for the happy couple (unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the wedding).

My cousin sent the quilt back to me.

Now that the piercing was done and the quilt signed, I took the huge quilt to IHQ to have my friends there help me baste the top, batting and backing together (a real quilting bee experience). To this point, not a horrific undertaking right??

Well, I proceeded to ask a long-arm quilter to do the quilting (because, let’s face it, it was too big for me to quilt by hand). She informed me that she wouldn’t be able to quilt it until all of the basting was removed (heavy sigh). So I took it home and started to undo the beautiful basting.

It was finally ready to be quilted!!

Well, it was then that my cousin informed me that the happy couple were going to get a divorce.

Now what to do with a beautiful quilt with well-wishes for a couple getting a divorce??

Since there was no rush to do anything, I put it aside for a while.

A few months went by and I pulled it out of hiding. I realized that I could applique some vintage-looking flowers over the well-wishes, and use it for my own bed.

I painstakingly chose, ironed on Wonder under, cut out and ironed on the flowers. It was looking lovely!!

I went on vacation with my husband and son last July, quilt almost finished. Then we got a call, our house burnt down.

The quilt went up in smoke.

I have pictures of my problem child quilt and will hopefully get a chance to try, try again.

May the doomed, haunted and cursed quilt rest in pieces.

 

The Raffle Quilt

More than ten years ago I volunteered to sew on a sleeve for the guild’s raffle quilt about a week prior to the faire. After completing the task, I decided to lay the quilt out on a bed in a guest room & my heart stopped when I noticed a hole (completely though the quilt) about the size of a dime. Horrified, I called the president of the guild with the news to report the damage & very little time to fix a BIG problem.

I delivered the quilt to a Thursday night quilt guild meeting when a decision was made to appliqué a design over the damaged area. One of our members designed and appliquéd a vine & flowers across the top, down the damaged side & even had to have the vine go over one corner to the back area to cover the damage. The appliqué was worked on from the Monday of set up until the Thursday before opening on Friday.

The addition of the appliqué added to the beauty of the quilt and the raffle went off without any further horrid stories to tell.

P.S.

Those ladies who saved the day are still active in our guild!

Quilt Faire Chair: Joanne Padelford

Appliqué designed and sewn by: Barbara Cleveland

 

♥  TTFN  ♥

What Happens at Quilt Camp…

Stays at Quilt Camp.

That’s what I was told and I obeyed.  No camera, notebooks or diaries, and I left my laptop at home. I was going to behave myself and ignore the temptation to “expose all” on our blog.

In order to keep my word, I won’t mention any campers names, gossip, tall tales, or rumors.

That being said, I cannot help myself from telling you the things that surprised me, as a first time Quilt Camper (i.e., Camp Virgin)…

    • The map and directions to camp were a challenge to understand, even for my hubby who is good with maps. He had to study the area with satellite views to figure it all out.  As for me, I hung on the hand grip most of the way. It reminded me of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
    • The camp restrooms were stocked with secret agent, fast dissolving, easy to swallow, paper that tears apart in your hands when you pull it from the dispenser. I totally recommend the CIA find out where to get some.
    • The “hiking” our information sheet mentions is actually the sojourn across the campground to the chow hall. Don’t count carbs – eat as much as you can – because you will burn it all off, trudging up the steep hills to get back to your sewing machine. I decided to do “hitch” hiking on a full stomach.
    • Several gals complained about hair suddenly growing on their chest. I won’t name names, but it only happened to the coffee drinkers. Hmmm…
    • The only elevator is used for moving our stuff to the second floor. The people who own the stuff must walk up stairs. Considering the amount of “stuff” we all brought – this was a wonderful thing!
    • I can’t wait for next year!!

♣ TTFN ♣

Quilt Guild Celebrates 40 Years

The Independence Hall Quilters Guild has been meeting, sewing, and enjoying each others company for 40 years. A detailed history of our guild is found on the Bicentennial Quilt page.

Laken And Katie

Laken Cabral, 14 and Katie Arndt, 98

Our June 6 meeting was attended by most of our members and all the tables were full!  Our youngest and the oldest member were present and happy to take a photo together!

The rest of our 114 members fall somewhere in between. The anniversary will be commemorated with a luncheon at the Snowflake Lodge on Saturday.

♥  TTFN  ♥

 

Photography by: Candy Gutierrez

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