Monday, December 29, 2014

No Jan. 2 Meeting

Just a quick reminder that we won't be meeting this Thursday the 1st, but will be meeting on the 8th and the 22nd.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Be sure to check out the lovely work your fellow Thimbleweed Quilters are sharing in the Show and Tell Tab. And don't miss the photos from our Christmas Party in the Archive of Classes Tab!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Quilting Hoop Available

Josie Marquez is selling a brand new, in the box still, Homestead Quilting Hoop Frame by Hinterberg Design Inc. She is asking $100 and they retail for $200. She would love to hear from you all!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Community Service Garage Sale

Next week is our Community Service Garage Sale! They are hoping we are spending this week cleaning our sewing rooms and finding a few items to add to the cause. Let's plan on bringing projects, a sack lunch and making a day of it! We could do a show and tell of all the things we need to finish before Christmas! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Next Meeting

Hello Ladies,

It's "A Project and a Potato Day" this week. Bring scissors, your favorite fabric 12"X12" or fabric scraps, apron or work shirt and dessert or potato topping.

We have the sign up sheet for the AQS show in January so bring your calendars and Barbara Gary will get you on the list for this most exciting and not to be missed event!

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Photos

Hello Thimbleweed Quilters! I've made you pose with your creations and now they are on this website. Look at all the accomplishments you and your sister quilters have done on the Show and Tell page. Also new additions to the Archive of Classes. I hope you enjoy seeing these finished and ongoing projects. Thank you for letting me snap your picture! Holly

Friday, October 17, 2014

December 4th is our annual Christmas Party Sign-Up

Bring your favorite dish to share.
Also bring 2 fat quarters of Batik for Bingo.
Socks and underwear for StoreHouse West.
$$ for the silent auction of doll cradles.
Kathy M, Wanda S, & Colleen K

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Community Service Chatter

November 20, 2014   Garage Sale to benefit community service. Please bring your sewing or fiber arts related items to be donated to us. Items like patterns, magazines, books, UFO’s, and sewing room d├ęcor. We will have tables up and you will purchase your items based on what you would be willing to pay for them at a garage sale. We will not be pricing them. The proceeds will pay for batting and other needs for Community Service.  It’s a good time to go through your sewing rooms and clean them up for 2015.

December 4, 2014   We are again asking for donations of packages of socks and underwear  for  Storehouse West “Kids Clothes Closet”. Any size, or age group up to high school children are able to use this service. They do not have to be wrapped.
Any questions, please call Barbara S., Kathy S. or Sandy U.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Good Morning Ladies,

At the meeting this week we will be learning to make the Christmas tree skirt - bring your 9 or 10 degree ruler to share & make sure you have all the homework done so that you can do the sub cutting at class.
Bring your lunch and plan on staying for the class!

Kathy Sublett will be  collecting quilts for the Route 66 Show, please bring the quilts in pillowcases and/or bags WITH YOUR NAME ON THE CASE/BAG?

Hope you're all taking some time to enjoy the beautiful fall we're having this year!  The school year is flying by.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Afton Warrick's Fiber Arts Scholarship Presentation

If you'd like to see how to use Reemay in greater detail, check out Afton's blog tutorial.

Betty Busby's class at Art Quilt Santa Fe is where Afton learned about the techniques she shared.

Betty is also teaching at NMQA in 2015. Class sign-ups have already begun.

If you are interested in applying for a Albuquerque Fiber Arts Scholarship, their website has the scoop.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Los Alamos Piecemakers Show

The Los Alamos Piecemakers are having a quilt market on Saturday, September 27th, 10 AM to 4 PM.  It will be held at Crossroads Church, 97 East Rd, Los Alamos.
It will be a wonderful opportunity to shop for holiday decorations and gifts.
There will be quilts of all types and sizes, including wall hangings, table runners, and bed quilts.  In addition there will be wearable art, jewelry, and other hand crafted items.
A silent auction will be held with handmade items with the winners announced at 3:30 P.
There will also be second-hand/slightly used quilt-related items for sale.
Additionally, a  beautiful donation quilt pieced by guild members will be raffled off at 3:30 in the afternoon.  Tickets will be available all day.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Our next community service day is Nov 20. We are going to have a garage sale with the proceeds going to restock our batting and other supplies for Community Service. Please bring any sewing or quilting items you would like to recycle on Nov. 20th.  (ex: patterns, books, tools, rulers,). We will have several tables set out for you to shop at.  All items will be at very reasonable cost; we will want to move out everything brought in.
Also we will have about 30 charity quilts ready for you to choose from and to designate the group you want to give them to. You will be able to take them that day to deliver.
Lastly, if you have any aprons or other kits you have taken home to finish for the Fiber Arts Fiesta you can bring them to either Oct. meeting and we will turn them in on Oct 17.
December 4, at our Christmas Party, we will be collecting underwear for Storehouse West  “Kids’ Clothes Closet”.
Barbara S, Kathy S, Sandy Uhl

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Estate Sale

The Family of Dorothea Stoffer are having an Estate Sale on Sept 25, 26 
and 26 which will include all of Dorotheas fabric and sewing items.  The 
ad will also be in the Journal on those days.

The instruction to the house at 2493 Nantucket Ct, Rio Rancho are:

Take Unser and turn East on Spring, turn left on Sandy Ct, and turn left 
on Nantucket.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Next Meeting

This is Thimbleweeds week and Barbara Gary will be our teacher!  Check your newsletter or the blog for the supply list and remember, you have to sign up in advance!

Barbara Gary's class will last until 2:00, so remember to bring a lunch :)

Bring your retreat projects for show and tell.

Bring food for the Storehouse West food drive, Lynn will be drawing the lucky ticket.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

267 Pounds of Food Collected for Storehouse

Lynn just reported that we donated 267 lbs of food to our local Storehouse!  Remember she will be collecting at the next meeting as well.  I just noticed in the Smith's grocery flyer, that they have their case sale going on...cases of corn, tuna, beans, etc...that would be 24 tickets in the can for that pretty, pretty quilt! 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First September Meeting

It's time for the first September meeting!

If you don't have a nametag or you just want a new one you can make one at the meeting this week. Just bring a hand sewing kit that includes an embroidery needle, pencil or heat away marker and scissors. Thimbleweed will provide the rest.
Bring your things for Batik swap, block of the month any last minute questions before we go to camp.

And remember, Wanda is collecting all manner of things for the retreat silent auction.  If you have UFO's, fabric, patterns, or any goodies, you can either bring them to her at the meeting, or bring them to camp!

Don't forget to bring your food donations for Storehouse West.  Remember, every item donated gets your name in the raffle for that beautiful (I'd like to win it!) quilt!!  And, this is a lean time of year for the Storehouse, so we're really filling a void here!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AQS Show & Upcoming Retreat

Hello Quilters,
Hummingbird Quilt Camp is almost here! I can't wait. We have all kinds of fun things planned. Remember last year and the wild weather we had. The water was rushing down the cliff walls and over the road! Hopefully it will be beautiful fall weather by then, but come prepared. Look in the newsletter for more info.
It's going to be time to start putting together the calendar for next year soon. Be thinking about what you might want to teach or learn. We will be signing teachers up soon.
We voted at the last meeting to ask NMQA if they could help us with volunteers for the AQS show in January. In exchange for their help they can bring their raffle quilt to sell tickets on. We were in agreement that this is a good idea. Now Barbara G and Afton will take the proposal to the NMQA board for their approval. We will keep the coat & package check room for our money maker at the AQS show.
Happy Stitching,
Colleen Konetzni

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Finally, this is Thimbleweeds week!  We'll be meeting at Star Heights rather than Sabana Grande.

There is a lot going on!
1.  Pay the remainder of your camp fee.
2.  Sign up for Kathy Sublett or Barbara Gary's class.  There is a $5 kit fee for either class.
3.  Dangle swap.  Bring your 25 dangles to the meeting.  If you don't bring them, or send them with a friend, you're out of luck...there's no easy way to include latecomers.
4.  Call Becky Welch if you want a thread or fabric kit for camp.

This is the meeting for Jeanne's cute styrofoam lunch carrier, so come prepared!  Please bring your own extension cords, irons, etc, since we won't have the supplies from Sabana.

And...between the ticket sales at Thimbleweeds and Fay's efforts with Civitan, we've already raised nearly $150 on the raffle quilt by Holly and Kathy L. for the Rio Rancho girl who is hving an organ transplant!

And, below is a note from Barbara Gary:

I Hate to Paper Piece but…
Dear Thimbleweed members. 
It is with great joy that I want to share the fabulous techniques I have learned over the past three years on my journey to become a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor.  On September 18, I will be teaching some of the techniques needed to make one of Brad and Judy Niemeyer’s fascinating quilts. Foundation papers will be provided to make an 18 inch block which can then be used to create a pillow or a customized bag or a wall hanging.
 When you have completed this block I hope that you will be able to fill in the rest of the class title with things like
… I like this method,
… I’m hooked on the precision of this method, or
… I like this method so much I want to make a king size Bali Wedding Star.
A $5.00 fee will cover the cost of the papers provided for this class. There will be a sign-up sheet and a supply list available for this class beginning August 21 so that I have a count for the patterns. I will need to have my final count by September 4, 2014. If you can’t make the meeting to sign up, please contact me
Barbara Gary

 And this note comes from Lynn:
 Hello Thimbleweeders!
Seems like we’re having a very hard time getting our Christmas in July (August – September) quilt raffled off.  Anyway, with the change in our meetings in August, I’d like to postpone food collection once again until September.  So thanks for your patience and come with your bags of food for StoreHouse West in September.  Thanks for your support!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I received news from Loretta Trescott and Hazel, that Dorothea Stoffer passed away on Saturday.  She was a member for many years.  I remember her as a quiet, but witty, kind and thoughtful woman.  There won't be any services, but if you want to send a card the address is in your membership roster.

And, while I've got your attention...most of you received word that the next two meetings will be at Star Heights.  If you weren't notified (like me), perhaps you've neglected to pay your membership.  I found out it's really quick to just call Parks and Rec and charge it to your card :)

Hope you've got your dangles done and the quilting part of Jeanne's class - if not, you have homework this week!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dues are Due

If you haven't paid for your membership yet, please call 505-891-7205 to pay by credit card, or submit your check so that you continue receiving the newsletter and can come to our annual retreat.

New Meeting Destination for Aug.

For the month of Aug. we will be meeting at the Star Heights Recreation Center by Wal-Mart on Southern and Unser. The address is 800 Polaris, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.

Monday, August 4, 2014

I received this note from Anita this evening.  I think she'd also appreciate a quick note or card.  I can tell you from experience that cards and notes work miracles!

A note to ask for prayers for husband Ed, who became seriously ill, was hospitalized the 27th.  He had a challenging, gangrenous gall bladder surgery of five hours on the 29th. Prayers would be appreciated, especially that there's no more complications.
Thanks so very much,
Anita Blanton 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

No Meeting This Week

There will not be a meeting the first week in Aug.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Please remember there isn't a meeting this week, or next week, or the week after that!  We won't meet again until the 21st of August.  That's the day of Jeanne's styrofoam lunch carrier project.  It is just beautiful and I know you'll want to participate.  If you need information you can call Jeanne.  

We will also be swapping the dangles on the  If you signed up for the dangle swap and won't be there, give your dangles to someone to bring.  

That will also be the day to make your final Hummingbird payment.  Please remember to call Becky Welsch if you want a thread or project kit for Hummingbird.

And...Kathy Sublett will be teaching her 3D class we all enjoy on the 28th.  There is a $5 kit fee, so call her if you want to sign up for that.  I think you want to take this...all of the parts are cut, so you just get the fun of making the block!

This note came from Gini, and concerns those of you interested in a small group:

Dear ladies!
We had a wonderful first meeting! And we missed those who were unable to come!
Mark your calendars!!! ;)
Due to summer conflict plans we have decided to have our next meeting
Sept 25th. We decided to meet on the 4th Thursday of the month from
10:30 to 2 pm and we want everyone to RSVP the hostess!!!  Who is
Marilynn Cayton! Yippee!  At
6901 Japura Court NE--- near Bernalillo...
Contact numbers:
505-670-4778 or
  We haven't come up with a name yet, and details may change but will
let you know as I find out. And we want to stick with "sack lunches"
for now......
Day trips, UFO meetings, and whatever else we can come up with! ;) for
the 4th Thursday of the month!
Please feel free to fwd this email to a lady that might be interested in coming.
And until then..... happy Stitching!

And finally, from Bobbie:
Robin Cockrell was a long time member of Thimbleweeds and has moved to Oklahoma where her husband is now employed. Robin worked with Community Service for many years, housing the fabric and batting for TW.  Many of you would see her hauling in tubs of the fabric, batting and unfinished quilts to many meetings, she along with others would cut many kits at home for us to sew and kept track of all the quilts to be donated to various organizations.  If you can, would you please make her a block, then turn it back into Phyllis and lets show Robin that Thimbleweeds is very thankful for all the hard work she did for so many years.
Robin Cockrell    9.5" unfinished block
Fabric: Batik
Colors: Turquoise, Purple & Lime Green
Your block can be either pieced or applique, totally your choice.  Blocks will be collected by Phyllis Allen up until the last meeting in October which will be October the 16th.
Thank You Ladies!!!!

I think that covers everything on my list,


Thursday, July 17, 2014

DyeFusion Show

DyeFusion Presents

A Breakdown in Printing

Ester Bone Library
950 Pinetree Road
Rio Rancho
M&W 9-5
T&T 12-8
F&S 9-1

Who knew that when a few friends got together one summer day to share ideas on surface design that it would develop into the lively group it is today? DyeFusion is a 7 member group which meets regularly to explore all manner of altering cloth using dyeing, silkscreening, katazome, shibori, batik and other techniques.

Their 3rd show at the Ester Bone Library, runs through September 3rd, and features fabrics made using a technique known as deconstructed screen printing. Thimbleweed members Donna Barnitz, Colleen Konetzni, Mary Moya andLynn Rogershave pieces in the show. Also exhibiting are Elizabeth Dawson and Brenda Williams.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Next Meeting

We're going to have a fun and busy meeting this week!
First, Jo White will do a little trunk show of things she has made from vintage quilt parts, then we'll have a community service sew in.  We won't have a business type meeting so we can fit in everything else.

Our community service projects for Thursday will be completing the rest of the apron kits and luggage tag kits. We need lots of helpers and 3 more sewers.  If you can bring your sewing machine we would greatly appreciate it. We have lots of jobs for pressers. Bring a sack lunch and they'll be a desert SURPRISE!! We also have 20 take home kits. Once we power out this day, we will have all the gifts we need for the Fiber Arts Fiesta for next year. 
Barbara,  Sandy and Kathy   Questions call 867-2138

Also, Bobbie will be at the meeting this Thursday with some of Loretta's Loot (Thread, Needles, Rotary Cutters & Blades, some Marking Pens and some Small Gingher Scissors).  If you have a friend who doesn't have e-mail, you might give them a heads up.

We'll also be taking sign ups for Hummingbird.  There are about 4 spots left.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Meeting Reminders

This is the meeting to sign up for the retreat!  Spots go fast, so don't delay.

Remember your batik swap and block of the month!

And...we'll be having our Wanda and Jerilynn mystery project, bring either sewing, ironing or cutting supplies and one yard of 1 1/2" X WOF strips.  Thimbleweeds will provide lunch, so bring a dessert if you are so inclined!   This is going to be a fun little project, so bring a friend if you'd like!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Next Meeting Update

Jo White had to cancel for our next meeting, so Colleen, Wanda and I have cooked up a fun, fun way to spend the day....and we hope you'll all play along!

Our fabulous, super women, Wanda and her daughter Jeri will be leading the group in a mystery project. All you need to bring is your sewing machine, thread and a  ziplock bag of 1 1/2" strips of fabric equal to 1 yard or so (preferably different) that we will all be sharing and of course your giggly laughter. If you do not have a portable sewing machine we will need a few ironers and rotary cutting people but you still need to bring your baggie of strips.
The Fun and  Games committee will be supplying lunch!  We just need a few people to bring dessert! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

It will be a fun team project, so plan to come and play with us!

If you know someone who might not get my e mails, would you take a minute to call them up and let them know about this change.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bette Gordon

Many of you will remember Bette Gordon, a longtime Thimbleweeds member.  Bette passed away on Wednesday.  Her services will be tomorrow, May 30th at the Daniels' Funeral home on Sara Road.  If you know someone who doesn't read e mail, and who needs to know this information, please give them a call. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Updates from Donna

I had several e mails about the supply list for the June 5th meeting. According to Carol it will be in the newsletter, but it includes a hexagon ruler, basic sewing supplies, sewing machine (if you wish to sew there), rotary cutter and mat, iron and fabric ( I used 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 strips) and cotton batting.  (And remember, you don't have to buy a hexagon ruler, we'll have them to share).

And....sign up now for Barbara Gary's world famous 2014 Del Norte Quilt-in  If you've never attended this event, you'll love it...Barbara and her team do all the prep, so you just sew!!

Remember this month has 5 Thursdays so we won't see you this week.

Next week Carol will be teaching her quilt class....please don't worry about buying the template unless you want one of your own, Thimbleweeds will have some we can share.

And Delores Powers is trying to contact a nice Thimbleweeder she met at Joanne's who was looking for a baby quilt panel.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Kathy, Sandy, and I would like to catch you up on the activities of community service. At our Tea in May we presented to Parks and Recreation a quilt for their Mothers Day Tea and one for their Fathers Day celebration. Patricia Raikes made the quilt top and Kathy Lyon did the quilting on the brown and beige quilt for the Father's Day party. Patricia also completed quilt for the Mother's Day Tea.

Linda Littman came to community service and asked for a raffle quilt to be donated to the Rio Rancho Education Foundation. At their annual fundraiser, Seats and Eats our quilt was part of the auction. This event raised over $20,000 for the foundation. Thanks to Linda Littman for allowing Thimbleweeds to serve the Rio Rancho Education Foundation in this way. The quilt that was donated was Patricia Raikes' panel project.

We are grateful to all Thimblweed members who have made contributions to community service. In the coming months you will see an update on all the activities of community service. We also want to recognize all of the members of Thimbleweeds who give up their time to community service by making pillow cases at home or sewing on community service days or donating projects that you have completed.

We have several quilt tops with batting and backing awaiting a volunteer to complete them.  We will be sewing aprons and pillow cases at our June 19th meeting.  Look for sign up sheets at upcoming meetings.