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President's Message  


April means that spring is in full force. Yea! I like warm weather and daylight savings time. Spring is also a time for new starts. Everything is coming alive again – time to start afresh, put aside grievances and embrace a new positive attitude. Lets join together as a community to see what new and wonderful things and friendship will come out of it.

April also means that our nominating committee is still at work developing a slate of officers. I hope that you said yes when they called you. We still need members willing to serve on the nominating committee for the next two years.

Publicity Chair Jill Orr has set up a Facebook page for the Guild. It is accessible to everyone – you do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to access it. Be sure to check it out at https:// Guild/1510454785848026

Program Chair Chris Roloff has lined up some wonderful speakers for us. Be sure to check the box to the right for upcoming programs. Speaking of programs there will a couple of changes this summer. Our annual July sew-in is being moved to August because Harriet Hargrave will be in the Bay Area and we have booked her for the July Guild meeting and a workshop the day before. There will be more information forthcoming.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with the flowers and trees blooming.

Susan Swindell, President


Officer Nominations

There are three offices and five positions on the nominating committee to be elected in May. The slate so far is as follows:

2nd Vice President Laurie Biundo

Recording Secretary: Laura Mott

Treasurer: Anybody with some knowledge of a checkbook willing to help???

Nominating Committee: We need people. This committee would nominate next years officers. The work would be spread out over the coming year.

If you are interested in any position, please call Chris Roloff or Becky Styles.



**Please note - there is a pdf listing of items available in our Library by author that is available on the Location and Information page.  The by-laws are on the information page just after the officers.


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General Meeting

April 21, 2014    Erica Plunk  -  Unseen Hands

 Erica has been into "Arts and Crafts" her whole life but is obsessed with quilting. Because of her love for drawing, she started designing quilt patterns 4 years ago and now has 45 patterns along with a template for the Cathedral Window Block (done by machine) that you will love. A lot of the patterns are Hand Embroidery/Appliqué.

She is looking forward to meeting all of you in her "Meet and Greet//Show and Tell" presentation in April. She will tell us about her background and how she got started with designing. Some of her quilts have stories behind them that she will share with you.


Remember to Bring:  Show & Tell, Library Books, Block of the Month

Chris Roloff, Chair

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Upcoming Speakers

 May 19, 2014     Sharon Templeton - Once Upon A Nine Patch

A fun and lively lecture focusing on  how the basic foundation nine patch block can be elevated to be something truly magical whether used alone or alongside other blocks.  Sharon will also share all the different ways to construct this basic block.  Lots of samples will be shown and talked about and you are encouraged to bring any Nine Patch quilts you have to share (during show and tell).  You may find yourself starting a new Nine Patch quilt in your near future.  


June 16, 2014    Patricia Belyea  -  When a Quilt is More Than a Quilt

In 2013, Patricia Belyea was commissioned to make two quilts that included the clothes of loved ones. As she created these custom projects, Patricia learned how stitching memories and love into quilts completely transformed their meaning and power.  Patricia describes the journey of creating each quilt—that included such diverse fabrics as a towel, an embroidered blouse, a polo shirt, hospital scrubs and more—from both a design and production perspective. (Her first commission, made with the clothing of 18 family members, won first prize at La Conner’s 2013 Quilt Fest in the Original Design, Non-Representational Wall Quilt category.)

Patricia also discusses how she secured the commissions, got started with the clients, and managed the communication and delivery. Plus she shares some advice on things to avoid with these highly personal assignments.  She is bringing a mini-trunk show of yukata cottons.  We would have first pick, before the San Francisco guild!



Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Farm Bureau Building [5554 Clayton Road, Concord 94521] at 7:00 pm.  All members are welcome to attend. 

Board minutes are posted at the Farm House and on the website. Also the last board meeting minutes are at the sign-in table at each general meeting.

[If you wish to discuss something, please contact Susan Swindell to be put on the agenda.] 


Board Meeting Minutes - March 26, 2014

The regular meeting of the GQCCC was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 26, 2014 by Susan Swindell.

Present: Susan Swindell, Nona Rekasis, Terry McNally, Doug Schuster, Myrna Rutkas, Raynell Coleman, Becky Styles, Jill Orr, Tammy Zanella, Melanie Ferrier, Barb Shates, Reba Siero, Laura Mott, Cynthia Allen, Laurie Biundo, Dale Wolfe

Excused: Chris Roloff, Ann Gimbel

Introduction: Melanie Ferrier, newly elected Corresponding Secretary, elected at the March General Meeting, was introduced and introductions went around the room. Laurie Biundo was introduced as being recently added to the slate of nominees for 2nd Vice President.

Approval of Minutes: Becky Styles motioned to approve the minutes as corrected, Terry McNally seconded.

Minutes were approved as corrected. Terry McNally discussed the necessity for the Recording Secretary to record meetings for Special Meetings, Board Meetings and General Meetings.

Treasurer Report: Reba handed out the Treasurer’s Report for March 2014. The set up for the Square is working fine. Jill Orr asked about the Opportunity Quilt Tickets. Reba reported a report will be filed.

Corresponding Secretary: Nothing to report.

First Vice President: Dale Wolfe reported positive feedback from the March speaker. Dale spoke with Chris and shared information on 3 speakers that have been lined up: Patricia Belyea, Erika Plunk and Sharon Templeton. Dale reported the August location is paid and the sew-in in August will be there. Dale will check layout. August location will do the set-up for the guild. Dale will take care of the paperwork. Reba Siero will inquire as to set-up and start time. There was a discussion about the time people should start arriving. It was noted that we have the space from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and people should not arrive before 6:30 p.m. certainly not earlier than 6:15 p.m. at Centre Concord. Laurie Biundo introduced the July speaker as Harriett Hargrave who will speak at the July 21 meeting and will teach a class the day before, July 20. Laurie will secure a space at Shadelands for the class. It was noted if class does not fill up; we can offer it to Diablo Valley Quilters. Costs were discussed for lecture, class, airfare, meals and lodging. The lecture will be a trunk show.

Reba noted the budget will come out after the quilt show. Terry McNally reported that most interest from the Application Survey was machine and hand quilting. Most applicants felt they were at an intermediate level of quilting. There was a discussion of Laurie Biundo and Jill Orr putting together a questionnaire for members.

Membership: Terry McNally reported currently there are 293 members and 6 affiliate members. Terry will be out on April 30 for knee replacement surgery and will be "out of commission" until late July. Membership dues are due July 1 and the application will be online in June. It was decided that we will not use the Square to pay membership dues except at the quilt show at this time.

March 26, 2014 Page One

Parliamentarian: Doug Schuster requested an updated Board Members / Committee list from Susan Swindell.

Doug reported Appendix 1 is down from 19 Committees to 15 on the final edition sent out by email today.

Question to Committee Chairs: Does your description fit your committee? All committee chairs agreed.

Motion: Becky Styles motioned to approve Appendix 1 as stated. Myrna Rutkas seconded. MSC


Block Exchange: Ann Gimbel ‘s report was read by President Susan Swindell. A copy is included with the filed report. Ann’s report stated that Diane Slattery is willing to do the Block Exchange Group.

Community Outreach:

Quilts to Share: Cynthia Allen reported donations at the March General Meeting as: Quilts - Barbara Blackshere, Lynn Gerlach (3), MaryAnn Hruska, Mary Ethel Jae (8), Eva Lee (2) and Chris Roloff. Pillow cases - Heide Dressler (20), Valleria Furtado (2), Karen Morones (2), Barb Shates (2), Alice Smith (3), and Susan Swindell (3), bibs and Burp cloths - Valleria Furtado (19), and Birgitta Knuth (2). Donations were made to C.A.S.A, Pleasant Hill Layette, and Good Shepherd. Cynthia noted that there was a request for a monetary donation and asked if we donate money. President Susan Swindell noted people can give individually, but our Guild donates product only.

Patriotic Quilts: Barb Shates reported Ellen Heathcote will send the newsletter article every month. Barb and Ellen reports the committee is moving along nicely. 2 quilts were sent to the V.A. and 3 quilts were donated to Quilts of Valor. 70 items were received at the General Meeting in March.

Quilt Show: Barb Shates reported 170 entries, of which 150 will be hung. We had to turn away all member entities prioritized 4 and above. Team meeting on first training is near completion. Barb noted Reba Siero has done an excellent job. Kathy Schmidt did an excellent job of training. 99% of items are now tagged and ready for sale. There are over 3,000 items which includes consignment items. The Lobby entrance will be different this year on the opposite side and the admissions table will be skirted and there will be a quilt in front of the office window. Decorations are done with silk flower arrangements. Articles will be published in the Clayton Pioneer and the Contra Costa Times which will be available to read on March 27. Barb reports the Quilt Show is ready to roll!

Tammy Zanella asked about our policy for photography. It was decided that the "Do Not Touch" signs will also say "Photographs are for personal use only".

Barb reported she received some heirloom blocks from a woman in Bay Point. They are fragile and the fabric is 1930’s feed sack fabric. Raynell agreed to manage the completion of using blocks. The blocks might be framed or made into laptop quilts when finished.

Farmhouse: Raynell Coleman reported that Linda Elder is moving and her last day was today. The quilt on the frame is 2/3 finished.

Librarian: Raynell Coleman noted no news to report.

NCQC: April 16 is the next meeting and will be a "Meet the Teachers" meeting.

Newsletter: Becky Styles noted no news to report and reminded everyone articles due on Friday.

March 26, 2014 Page Two

Opportunity Quilt: Tammy Zanella reported the fabric for the 2016 quilt has arrived.

Reba Siero reported a total of 93 Opportunity Quilt Tickets went out on March 5. 34 envelopes have been returned for a total of $683.00. Total cost to mail envelopes $85.54. A total of 57% of members have returned 164 ticket envelopes, earning $3,375 from members and $1,203 from travelling for a total of $4,578 to date. It was noted the Opportunity Quilt Raffle Tickets have moved to Opportunity Quilt Committee and not Treasurer.

Sunshine Committee: Myrna Rutkas reported a sympathy card was sent out to Pat DeRushia whose husband passed away. Get well wishes were shared with Pat Conroy for a speedy recovery from shoulder surgery.

Youth Education: Ann Gimbel was absent and sent in a report read by Susan Swindell. Ann completed the quilt for Eagle Peak Montessori School in Walnut Creek. Kathy Futterman expressed interest in having someone from the Guild come and talk to students about how quilts are made. Ann will talk to Kathy further about this.

Ann has been in contact with 2 high school boys who expressed an interested in making quilts for their senior projects Mary Morrow is ready to meet them to go over fabric and Pat Abernathy has offered her sewing room when they are at that point. Ann is writing up the directions for the John Muir House block and will have it to Becky and Kathy by Thursday morning.

Guild Workshops: Nona Rekasis reported March/Crazy Quilt Stitches presented by Joan Beall has 12 signed up, 14 paid and 2 on waiting list. April 19 /Easy-to-Make Strip Quilt, presented by Frances Lienhart 9 people have signed up, 4 have paid, 0 on waiting list. May class has been changed to WMQ on the Grid presented by Barbara Fors. 2 have signed up, 2 people have paid, 0 on waiting list. Nona has booked workshops through September. She will miss the May Board Meeting. There were 6 people in attendance at the Lola Jenkins Portrait Workshop.

New Business: Nominating Committee: Becky Styles reported for the Nominating Committee. Currently there are three offices and five positions on the nominating committee to be elected in May. The slate so far is as follows:

2nd Vice President: Laurie Biundo

Recording Secretary: Laura Mott

Treasurer: Open

Nominating Committee: We need people. This committee would nominate next year’s officers. The work would be spread out over the coming year. Those interested in any position are asked to call Chris Roloff or Becky Styles.

Parliamentarian Doug Schuster suggested the Board reach out to create a pool or names for Nominating Committee.

Parliamentarian Doug Schuster asked that all read the Bylaws and if there is a disagreement contact him.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Next General meeting is April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Concord. Next Board Meeting is April 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Minutes submitted by: Laura Mott, Recording Secretary


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We invite you to attend our monthly Guild Workshops.  These are presented by our members, who share their talents, experience, and ideas.  The classes are interesting, informative, and a great way to get to know each other.  We present them the third Saturday of each month, except December, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  We meet at the “Farm House”, 5554 Clayton Rd., just a few blocks from where we hold our general meetings.  Workshops cost just $15.00 for each class, plus materials, most of which we typically already have in our stashes.  You may register at our Guild Meetings, via email at , or by phone (please see the Guild Directory for my telephone number), and we accept cash or checks.  We'd love to have you join us!

Don’t forget that you are not registered until you pay—so bring your checkbook to guild meetings!

Date Workshop Teacher
April 19, 2014

Easy-to-Make Strip Quilt - Frances will teach us to strip-piece a quilt that's fun to make and goes together quickly.  Use your stash, especially leftover strips and scraps; or go buy that pretty fabric you saw the other day that you were crazy about.  You could also use your Christmas scraps now, and be way ahead of the season.  It's great for Jelly Rolls too.  Level: All

Frances Lienhart
May 17, 2014

WMQ On the Grid -  Barbara's Quilt Binding Workshop was changed to Wonky Machine Quilting, due to popular demand!  Join us for the straight line segment of her machine quilting workshop to add to your skills with her curved lines from the previous class, or make this your first workshop with her, then join us for a future curves class.  Level: All

Barbara Fors
June 21, 2014 Template Piecing With Its Side-kick: Paper Piecing - Learn to use freezer paper templates and some paper piecing to create beautiful poppies.  Or you could bring in a simple design of your own to sew, and Valerie will work with you to bring it to life.  Either way, the results are amazing and it's fun to make.  Level: All Valerie Sauban

We are always looking for new presenters and techniques for our workshops. If you have ideas for topics or recommendations for speakers, please let me know.

Nona Rekasis


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Block Exchange Group

Members are still completing double-nine-patch blocks for Becky Styles. She provided gray fabric for the alternating squares. Cindy Allen has asked the group to make friendship stars for her. This rotation will be completed soon; a new block of the month or block exchange group will start in the next few months, so new members can join.


Ann Gimbel or Chris Roloff


40th Anniversary Block of the Month:

This month's pattern is a variation of a Madison House block that I adapted to look like John Muir House in Martinez. Pattern will be available on the website. If you have any questions about it, please contact Ann Gimbel .

The pattern and photo are below.


Ann Gimbel

     February Moon/Sun Over Diablo
     March Wrench
     April Flying Squares
     July Village Schoolhouse

[put "shrink to fit" or "fit" on your printer instructions]

     August Ocean Waves
     September Poppy
     October Basket Instructions


    November Wonky Redwood part 1
Wonky Redwood part 2

uncheck print to fit on printer instructions. this is a paper pieced pattern

Appliqué Redwood Instructions
Appliqué templates

   February Corn and Beans  
    March John Muir House Instructions
Palm Tree
cutting/assembly picture



Our 40th Anniversary pins are in.  For only $10 you too can have the newest pin!

Terry McNally, Membership Chair

Membership Application    in pdf format        Membership Application   in Word format

Affiliate Membership Application    in pdf format    Affiliate Membership Application      in Word format

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Quilts to Share

Fabulous February turned into Marvelous March. Thanks to all the wonderful members that donated the following items

Quilts - Barbara Blackshere, Lynn Gerlach (3), MaryAnn Hruska, Mary Ethel Jae (8), Eva Lee (2) and Chris Roloff

Pillow cases - Heide Dressler (20), Valleria Furtado (2), Karen Morones (2), Barb Shates (2), Alice Smith (3), and Susan Swindell (3)

Bibs and Burp cloths - Valleria Furtado (19), and Birgit Knuth (2)

Donations were made to C.A.S.A, Pleasant Hill Layette, and Good Shepherd.


Cynthia Allen, Chair
Laura Mott, Carol and Catherine Smith
, helpers

Please don't forget to pin your name to your donations!


Handy Size Guide

Crib size: 40 x 54, 42 x 59, 44 x 56 Twin size: 71 x 88, 68 x 86, 66 x 90 Preemie size: 36 x (36 - 40 - 42) again, this depends on block or pattern.

Receiving blankets - flannel only, sizes 35" sq. or 42"sq. No smaller than 35" and no larger than 42" please. These can be a single piece just surged around the edges if you wish.

Preemie quilts - the small quilts help support and comfort the babies when being held by their parents. Each quilt stays with the baby and many parents keep the quilts as a keepsake. Throughout this year, we would encourage everyone to remember these precious little gifts from above.

We welcome suggestions for distribution of all items. We donate to those within our Contra Costa County. Contact Cynthia Allen with any questions. Listed below are a few non profit organizations we support.


3106 Clayton Road
Concord CA 94519



Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Auxiliary
25 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553
Shirley Peterson, Chairperson

Each item becomes a part of a layette, which is given to a needy mother as she takes her baby home. Items in great need are baby quilts sizes 36 x 36 range. Small bears and bibs, patterns can be downloaded from our guild's website or kits can be picked up at our general meeting. Catherine and Carol will be at our back table happy to help you.


Hillcrest Congregational Church
404 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Barbara Cotton, Coordinator

The center makes layette bags with much needed items to be given to young mothers throughout our county. Items needed are: clothing 8 lbs. to 6 months and 6-12 months. Flannel receiving blankets, onesies, burp cloths, hooded terry bath towels and washcloths, afghans/quilts 36 x 36 or about is a good size, no larger than 42 inches. Fabric appropriate for babies is most welcome.


Court Appointed Special Advocates
2020 North Broadway, Suite 204
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-3756
Sandy Burns, Child advocate and contact person

The boys and girls in the C.A.S.A program are in need of quilts and comforters, Fabric appropriate for youth and sizes may very. Keep in mind the size of kids ages twelve to eighteen. Example would be no less than 40 inches wide, again the length may very according to your pattern or block size. The youth also enjoy receiving the pillowcases made by the members, and again youth prints are most welcome.

Pillowcases WOW!  Aren’t they just so fun! They are totally addicting. Don’t forget to bring those pillowcase kits back next month and pick up a few more.  Below is a link to a video that shows how to make a "sausage" pillowcase.   It's so easy and everything ends up neat and clean!


Bears - We have added stuffed bears to projects.  Small bears are great size for the Layette project.  Larger bears will find other homes.  Below are links to bear patterns.  The larger bear requires sewing knowledge with assembly of all the pieces.  The smaller bear is flat and can be loosely or fully stuffed.


  Large bear                                                                                      Small bear                                                                                               

**If any member receives a discount flyer from a fabric store i.e. JoAnn’s or Hancock’s and doesn’t plan on using the discount it would be appreciated if you would mail the discount coupon to: Cynthia Allen. 
The Guild will use the coupons to purchase batting and quilting supplies for our charity quilts.  

Also for details on sizes please see the Quilts to Share Guidelines area under the Information tab.

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Patriotic Quilts

The Patriotic team had an abundance of donations in March….a whopping total of 72 items!!! The star of the month is Cindy Greco who made 22 star blocks from a previous donation of cut up squares. Also member Valleria Furtado is to be thanked for bringing a donation each month of fabric, batting or poly stuffing. In addition we now have five long arm quilters who creatively finish our quilts. In the month of March we gave three quilts to Quilts of Honor and two were dispersed at the VA Hospital in Martinez in the brain trauma unit. These two young men were just returning from Afghanistan. One who had trouble speaking just kept repeating "appreciate it." In addition 26 other items were personally gifted to the veterans.

If any members have leftover scraps of Warm and Natural batting (or similar product) they would like to pass on to us, we could use it for the quilts and bags. Just sewing a zigzag stitch piecing them works. Last month Beverly Spurs gave us enough scraps to cover the batting for three quilts.

Long Arm Quilting Bobbie Whitlock, Lupe Withers, Lynn Gerlach

Quilt tops Debbie Flanders, Audrey McInerney, Lupe Withers

Pillow Cases Barb Shates, Penny Gustafson, Claire McIvor, Susan Swindell, Pat Abernathy,

Wheelchair Bags Ellen Heathcote

Comfort Pillows and Tote Bags Ellen Heathcote

Quilt Blocks Cindy Greco, Waunell Michels, Patsy Ronat, Shirley Wilson, Dianne Slattery, Susan Swindell


Your Patriotic Committee: Barb Shates and Ellen Heathcote


Monthly patterns can be found at the Patriotic table at monthly meetings, in the newsletter and below.

Please check out our corner table each month, where you can pick up kits & patterns.

**Reminder! We want to personally thank you, so please remember to include your name with your contribution.

Thank you for supporting the brave men & women defending our freedom.


VA Hospital Bag Project pattern

2013 Blocks  To get the Patriotic pattern - just click the month for the link

2013 Blocks    
Jan-Feb block 9 Patch Brick House, Embroidered Houses, Sayings                                       
April-May Block Log Cabin


June-July Block Double 4 patch


August-September Block Center Gold


October-November Block    Patriotic Snowball   


Blocks – prefer 12 ½” unfinished but will accept other sizes

Tops – prefer not larger than 50” x 60” (cost too much to mail)

Below is a link to a video that shows how to make a "sausage" pillowcase to go with that patriotic quilt.

Article about Quilts of Honor and Gail Belmont

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Youth Education

 Please ask Meredith Morrow, Jill Orr or Ann Gimbel for more information.

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NCQC Corner = Northern California Quilt Council

The next NCQC Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10 AM at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive.  This is a Meet The Teachers meeting, doors open at 9:30.

As always, since the Guild is a member, any of our members are able to attend.

Kathy Callahan / your Northern California Quilt Council Representative

Visit the NCQC website for all kinds of information:   

Note: On the NCQC site you can find information about member quilt shops, teachers.  The calendar lists quilting events.  Be sure to bookmark this site to find out all kinds of information. 

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Our heartfelt sympathy to Pat DeRushia, whose husband, Larry, died Feb. 25. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

We wish Pat Conroy a speedy and successful recovery from recent surgery.

Please contact me if you know of anyone who could use a little sunshine.

Myrna Rutkas 
Chair, Sunshine 


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Newsletter Input

Newsletter input for the May newsletter is due to Becky Styles by noon Thursday, May 1, 2014.   Send email to:  Newsletter.   We welcome submissions from all members and publish as many as we can.

If you wish to change how you receive your newsletter, please let me know.

Appropriate advertisements are accepted for the monthly newsletter.  Contact me for rates.

Becky Styles

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Quilt Show

THE COUNT DOWN..... just a week to go!

Dates to remember:

April 2nd Quilt & Consignment receiving at the Farm House 10 am-3 pm

April 3rd Quilt & Consignment receiving at the Farm House 10 am-3 pm & 7-9 pm

April 4th Show set up 1-5 pm (Country Store 12-5 pm)

April 5-6th QUILT SHOW – Bring a friend

A huge ((((thank you)))) to our members for your extraordinary support!

YOU responded to our call for more quilts BIG TIME! There will be over 150 on display this year, with several members entering quilts for their first time.

Your SPIRIT continued by filling up volunteer sign up sheets, donating & consigning lots of fabric & homemade items for the Country Store, and following through with credit card, consignment and cashier training. :)

We are looking forward to seeing you at the show....

Respectfully, Barb Shates & the entire Quilt Show Team: Dianne, Becky, Reba, Cindy A, Beverly, Kathy S, Fran, Phyllis, Mary, Catherine, Donna, Cindy G, Audrey, Barbara, Terry, Tammy, Ellen, Jill, Kathy C, Pat Jackie, Debbie, Waunell, Eileen, Kathy R, Felicia, Ann & Nona

Jill Orr, Publicity Chair for the Quilt Show, had two great articles printed last week in the Concord Transcript and the Clayton Pioneer. If you didn’t see them, check out the link below and tell your friends about the show. The articles make you want to see the show

Books Online

Thank you to everyone who donated books for the Country Store. We have a whole bin already!

Would you like to learn about selling books on line? Fran McNamee will offer "on the job training" to members who volunteer to help price and sell Country Store books. Please contact her for more information.

We can start listing our books for sale as soon as our volunteers are ready.

Follow the links below to books that we have for sale on and Amazon


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Opportunity Quilt

The hand quilters are busy with the 2015 Opportunity quilt. Any experienced hand quilters who would like to lend a hand will be very welcome.

A design has been chosen for the 2016 Opportunity quilt. We will be contacting members to help with the hand appliqué of this quilt.

Tammy Zanella

Opportunity Quilt Chair


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Miscellaneous Information

Sewing Machine Repairs

Bart Cubbage will be at the Farmhouse on Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6. His fee is $75 for sewing machines and $85 for sergers.

There is an $5 additional fee which is payable to the Guild. We would prefer this payment to be made by check.

Appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Non-members are also welcome. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Myrna Rutkas.


Spotlight on Members Achievements

If you have won anything and want it in the newsletter, please let me know. We can’t publish what we don’t know. Becky Styles

Volunteers Needed During Guild Meetings

Each month when a guest speaker gives a trunk show at our General Meetings, we have another opportunity to receive inspiration.

Most of these wonderful quilters bring their quilts to share. This year Linda Wagner brought over 130 quilts. In September, Tracey Brookshire brought 35 quilts to show.

Volunteers are needed to help with the display of these quilts. If we had a group of 8-10 people to help out during the Trunk Show, no one would have to be holding up quilts for the entire time.

Our president, Susan Swindell, is a wonderful example of a volunteer. If she is at the meeting, she is up on the stage holding up quilts for all to see. Please join her in volunteering for this important function.

Please contact to sign up.

Dale Wolfe



If anyone has donations for the Guild that they are going to bring to the Farmhouse, please let me know what it is and who it is for so I can make sure it will get to the right person.

If you have a special need to use the classroom, please check the calendar in the classroom or call me to make arrangements for the classroom to be opened.

Raynell Coleman


Cleaning for a Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemo-therapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.


Opportunities   - Check here for any current requests for help or opportunities to share your talents! 

Call for Commemorative Quilts for California Parks Anniversary

Earlier this month, California State Parks Director Major General Anthony Jackson announced the official launch of the commemoration for the 150th anniversary of California State Parks in 2014 (culminating next September) and the release of the new anniversary website, We hope you will check it out!

California State Parks is seeking assistance from quilters to help commemorate the anniversary in a creative and unique way-- through quilts! Quilters will pick a favorite state park or simply an inspiration from any state park and create a quilt! The quilts webpage provides information about the effort and an online quilt show as an important part the anniversary commemoration.

Within the anniversary website, there is a specific webpage with a call for quilters, You can also access the page through the "A Promise to the Future" link on the home page. Please share the with your members and contact us if you have any questions or ideas you want to share.

Thank you for considering this rare opportunity to make history!

Sincerely, Marcy Brown Anniversary Quilt Coordinating Volunteer 916-653-9578



**** If you make quilts for others, i.e. memory quilts, T-shirt quilts, etc. and would like to share your talents with others, please let me know so that I may pass your name on to those that email the guild for help. 


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Places To Go and Things To Do!

Check out the NCQC Calendar for information as well!

Date Show/Event  Info
January 29 to April 27, 2014 San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles: 

Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity  January 29, 2014 – April 27, 2014
Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity is a retrospective of the San Francisco Bay Area Art-to-Wear movement and traces the evolution of the rich history and legacy of this genre from its inception in the 1960s to the current group of second generation designers that are creating their own one-of-a-kind, handmade, artful garments. The exhibition will also present a “metamorphosis” of clothes that transcends functional attire and becomes sculptural manifestations of symbolic ideas that challenge our notion of clothing and identity.
February 9, 2014: Members Walkthrough 1-2pm & Opening Reception 2-4pm.

Tasty, too! January 29, 2014 – April 27, 2014
Around the Table: food, creativity, community is a festival of activities that celebrates and explores the role food plays in our lives. 38 Bay Area organizations are presenting projects by local farmers, artists, designers, architects, performers, and activists through the spring of 2014. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is part of Around the Table through our exhibition Tasty, too! This exhibition offers a whimsical exploration into the intersection of some of our most basic needs – food, warmth, community – showcasing food inspired quilts and textiles from a private collection, contemporary artists, and the community.
All artwork from Tasty, too! at SJMQT can be purchased prior to the official opening starting Saturday, January 25th! Be prepared to shop early starting Saturday, January 25th! All sales benefit the Museum and can be taken home after April 27, 2014.


The Museum of Quilts & Textiles was the first museum in the United States dedicated to quilts and textiles as an art form. Museum and Museum Store hours are 12-5pm Wednesday through Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Admission is $8.00 general; $6.50 students and seniors; and free to Museum members and children under 13. Admission is 'pay what you can' on the first Friday of each month. The Museum of Quilts & Textiles is located at 520 South First Street in downtown San Jose. For more information, call 408-971-0323 or visit

May 3-4, 2014 Pine Tree Quilt Guild's 30th Annual show "Springtime in the Pines.  Nevada County Fairgrounds. Adm $7 [under 12 free]  Free parking.  Info: email
May 17-18, 2014 Flying Needles Quilters Guild "Designs of the Past and Present" Quilt Show Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 East Gum Avenue, Woodland.  Sat 10-5, Sun 10-3  Adm $6.  Free parking.  Info
May 18,2014 CA Heritage Quilt Project and the California Museum celebrate the Sesquicentennial Quilt and honor those who created it.  California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento.  Free Admission for this Open House.  Open Noon to 5 on Sunday.  Ceremony will be at 2 PM. Oral quilt appraisals will be available that day for $10.  for further info join the event on Facebook (californiaheritagequiltproject/events) or call Helen Powell 916-482-5220  This is an amazing quilt if you have never seen it and some of our local appliqué artists worked on it.
June 7-8, 2014 Carson Valley Quilt Guild presents "Nevada Then and Now - Celebrating 150years of Statehood"  Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road, Carson City.  Featured Artist - Cindy Needham.  INFO:
July 10-12, 2014 Oregon Summer Quilt Expo at the Deschutes Fair and Expo conference complex in Redmond, Oregon.
The theme for 2014 is "A Celebration of the Fabric Arts" and will include quilt, stitch, knit, sew and all types of fabric related crafts which are added to the products offered to attendees.  For more information visit:


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Our Affiliates - Please patronize these members of our guild

Concord Sewing Center 2958-B Treat Blvd, Concord (925) 825-2122
Cotton Patch       1025 Brown Avenue, Lafayette  (925) 284-1177
Dublin Sewing Center 7367 Village Parkway, Dublin (925) 829-6511
Queen B's 720 West 2nd Street, Antioch (925) 978-4587
Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics 2618 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (510) 845-6106
The Twice Nice Shoppe 41826 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont (510) 659-0733  




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