E-Mail Updates from Holly

2017

Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed Quilters meeting is this week, Thursday August 17, 2017.

After the meeting Kathy S is presenting a demonstration and class on doing Mitered Borders for your quilt. If you want to watch, that’s great. If you want to participate this is the Supply List:
One fat quarter OR a quilt top that is completed except for the border.
Border fabric, at least 12 inches longer than the longest sides of your quilt or fat quarter.  18 inches longer is better and gives you more “wiggle room.”  Striped fabric is best for showing off this technique, but not required.
Sewing Machine, cleaned and ready to sew, with a sharp (newish) needle. And ¼ inch foot.  A walking foot could also be useful, especially if you are using striped fabric as a border.
Neutral thread or thread to match your border fabric, including a full bobbin.
Cutting board at least 12” x 18” (18” x 24” board is better), preferably with 45 degree angle markings.
Cutting ruler. At least 12” x 6” with 45 degree lines and/or a 45 degree angle ruler.
Rotary cutter with a newish blade.
Marking pencil/pen/chalk.
Usual sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, pins, etc.).  Hand sewing needles and thread if you think you might want to baste the bias seams.
Iron and ironing pad.
A camera or smart phone if you want to photograph the process.
Extension cord – electric outlets are few and far between.
You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Special Event at JoAnn's Westside store For Thimbleweed members only! You must have your membership card to show.  Jo-Ann Fabrics has just received a large selection of new quilting fabrics. They would like to offer the members of Thimbleweed Quilters the opportunity to see and shop these fabrics at a special preview event. Visit the Westside JoAnn Fabrics Thursday morning August 17th before the meeting starting at 8:00 AM. This is an effort by the store to reach out to our local quilt guild. Ladies will need to have their membership cards with them. There will be 20% coupons available for everyone.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - The project number to work on in August is #3 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  September 7, 2017.

*** The September 7 meeting will be our Quilter’s Garage Sale. You may plan to set up a table and sell you new and gently used items to your Thimbleweed Quilters friends. This is our group offering our extras to each other for a reasonable price. Bring out those unwanted and leftover fabrics and put them in bundles or fat quarters or whatever shapes work for you. Give them a fair price and let your Thimbleweed Quilters friends enjoy what you don't need anymore.  New and gently used notions, threads, beads, ribbons and lace, kits you won't finish, and things for the sewing room are all welcome. This is an open sale. If you have other household items, decorations, things you've made or things you don't need or use. They can all be included on your sale table. This is a great opportunity to let go of some items and maybe find some new treasures.

*** Thimbleweed Quilters Membership Dues are past due.  $19 Semi-Annually (July to December) Mailed Newsletter /  $16 Semi-Annually (July to December )Emailed Newsletter / $29 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Emailed Newsletter / $34 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Mailed Newsletter. Payments may be made at Sabana Grande or by calling the main office of Parks & Recreation at 891-5015 or by going on line to the city website. https://apm.activecommunities.com/rioranchoparksandrec/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=quilter&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

*** Registration for the Fall Quilting Retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp has begun. Please see the display at the regular meeting for details. More information is available on the blog under the Quilt shows and Events tab. http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/quilt-shows-and-events.html  The Gift Exchange this year is a craft apron. Here is a link to a suggested pattern. http://www.sewcando.com/2014/04/how-to-make-multi-pocket-gardening-apron.html

*** Fresh Quilting PBS TV Show - Second Season launches on Aug. 24 for more information please see the full article on the blog under the “Quilt Shows & Events” tab.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are always looking for donations of quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. If you have a machine that can embroider the words, that is very helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.


Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed Quilters meeting is this week, Thursday August 3, 2017.

After the meeting Faye H is presenting a Quilted Notebook/Calendar Cover. Photos for this project are attached to this email. There is a $5 fee for this project if you want the parts that Faye is providing. If you want to participate and haven’t signed up, please email Faye wldsprt2950@yahoo.com to make sure she’ll have supplies for you. A supply list is available in the Ragweed newsletter and on the blog: https://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html If you are planning on doing Faye’s project. Here is what to prepare: 'Homework for Quilted Notebook Cover' From your quilted fabric 1. Measure and cut two (2) 12" X 22" rectangles from your fabric / 2. Preserve one (1) 12” X 22” rectangle. /3. Take one of the 12"x22" pieces and sub cut the following 3 pieces: a. Cut 1- 6"x12" rectangle, / b. cut 1- 3"x12" rectangle, and /c. cut 1- 4"x6" remove the batting from this piece or if you make your own quilted fabric, leave a piece this size unquilted. There will be some fabric left over.
You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #4 for is due at this meeting – Aug 3, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. One lucky finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted. The project number to work on in August is #3 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  September 7, 2017.

*** Thimbleweed Quilters Membership Dues are due.  $19 Semi-Annually (July to December) Mailed Newsletter /  $16 Semi-Annually (July to December )Emailed Newsletter / $29 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Emailed Newsletter / $34 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Mailed Newsletter. Payments may be made at Sabana Grande or by calling the main office of Parks & Recreation at 891-5015 or by going on line to the city website. https://apm.activecommunities.com/rioranchoparksandrec/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=quilter&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

*** Registration for the Fall Quilting Retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp has begun. Please see the display at the regular meeting for details. More information is available on the blog under the Quilt shows and Events tab. http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/quilt-shows-and-events.html  The Gift Exchange this year is a craft apron. Here is a link to a suggested pattern. http://www.sewcando.com/2014/04/how-to-make-multi-pocket-gardening-apron.html

*** Mitered Borders presented by Kathy S at the next meeting August 17, 2017. This is a demonstration and class. If you want to watch, that’s great. If you want to participate this is the Supply List:
One fat quarter OR a quilt top that is completed except for the border.
Border fabric, at least 12 inches longer than the longest sides of your quilt or fat quarter.  18 inches longer is better and gives you more “wiggle room.”  Striped fabric is best for showing off this technique, but not required.
Sewing Machine, cleaned and ready to sew, with a sharp (newish) needle. And ¼ inch foot.  A walking foot could also be useful, especially if you are using striped fabric as a border.
Neutral thread or thread to match your border fabric, including a full bobbin.
Cutting board at least 12” x 18” (18” x 24” board is better), preferably with 45 degree angle markings.
Cutting ruler. At least 12” x 6” with 45 degree lines and/or a 45 degree angle ruler.
Rotary cutter with a newish blade.
Marking pencil/pen/chalk.
Usual sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, pins, etc.).  Hand sewing needles and thread if you think you might want to baste the bias seams.
Iron and ironing pad.
A camera or smart phone if you want to photograph the process.
Extension cord – electric outlets are few and far between.

*** Past longtime Thimbleweed member, Linda Littman, is lonely and misses her friends at Thimbleweeds. She can receive phone calls @ 505-889-8984. If anyone is interested in visiting her she is in the Wellesley Care Home which is just off Carlisle, between Comanche and Candelaria, in Albuquerque. She hasn't got a car and would love someone to take her to movies or shopping etc. If you would like to  help her out. Please give her a call and make some plans.

*** 3rd Annual De-Stash Sale
Sponsored by Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild / Find new or slightly used craft supplies and tools! 
Saturday, Aug. 5,  9:30 am-1:30 pm / Jewish Community Center 5520 Wyoming NE
Some of the treasures you might find:
141413890[1]*  Fabric   *  Thread  *  Patterns 
*  Tools   *  Ribbons  *  Yarn 
*  Knitting Needles  *  Wool 
*  Beads *  Floss  *  Stamps 
*  Craft Paper  *  Books  *  Paints 
*  Embellishments & MORE!

*** Fresh Quilting PBS TV Show - Second Season launches on Aug. 24 for more information please see the full article on the blog.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are always looking for donations of quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed Quilters meeting is this week, Thursday July 20, 2017. At this meeting Benee K. will present her “Hot Britches” Hotpad project. PLEASE email Benee bdketchum1944@gmail.com to let her know you are interested so she can print up enough patterns. You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Thimbleweed Quilters Membership Dues are due.  $19 Semi-Annually (July to December) Mailed Newsletter /  $16 Semi-Annually (July to December )Emailed Newsletter / $29 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Emailed Newsletter / $34 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Mailed Newsletter. Payments may be made at Sabana Grande or by calling the main office of Parks & Recreation at 891-5015 or by going on line to the city website. https://apm.activecommunities.com/rioranchoparksandrec/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=quilter&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

***Sign-up at this meeting for the August 3 project, Quilted Notebook/Calendar Cover being presented by Faye H. Photos for the project are attached to this email. There is a $5 fee for the notepads and calendars that Faye will provide. Supply lists are available in the Ragweed newsletter and on the blog: https://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html If you are planning on doing Faye’s project this is what to prepare: 'Homework for Quilted Notebook Cover' 1. Measure and cut two (2) 12" X 22" rectangles from your fabric / 2. Measure and cut one (1) 6" X 12" rectangle. /3. Measure and cut one (1) 3" X 12" rectangle. 4. Measure and cut one (1) 4" X 6" rectangle and remove the batting from this piece or if you make your own quilted fabric, leave a piece this size unquilted. 

*** Registration for the Fall Quilting Retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp has begun. Please see the display at regular meeting for details. The Gift Exchange this year is a craft apron. Here is a link to a suggested pattern. http://www.sewcando.com/2014/04/how-to-make-multi-pocket-gardening-apron.html More details are available on the blog under the Quilt shows and events tab.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/quilt-shows-and-events.html

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #4 for is due at the next meeting – August 3, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. One lucky finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted.

*** I want give the ladies at Thimbleweeds an update on Thimbleweed member Linda Littman. She was moved out of the Rio Grande Retirement Home into an assisted living home in Abq. She is very lonely and misses her friends at Thimbleweeds. She can receive phone calls @ 505-889-8984 If anyone is interested in visiting her at least on weekly basis it would be helpful. She asked if she should move down here around me but I don't know a facility that fill her needs. She can't cook for herself and she can't keep her meds straighten out. Plus she hasn't got a car. She would love someone to take her to movies or shopping etc.....all she does is sit and watch tv. Not a fun life for her. Thanks from Debbie R. via email.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are always looking for donations of quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday July 6, 2017. This will be a regular meeting with announcements, tips and tricks to share, show & tell, and miscellaneous frivolity. After the meeting those who have signed up and paid their fee will gather with Debbie Jones for the class titled “Butterfly Garden Decollage” You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #1 for is due at this meeting – July 6, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. One lucky finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted. The project number to work on in July is #4 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  August 3, 2017.

*** Thimbleweed Quilters Membership Dues are due.  $19 Semi-Annually (July to December) Mailed Newsletter /  $16 Semi-Annually (July to December )Emailed Newsletter / $29 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Emailed Newsletter / $34 Annual (July 2017 –June 2018) Mailed Newsletter. Payments may be made at Sabana Grande or by calling the main office of Parks & Recreation at 891-5015 or by going on line to the city website. https://apm.activecommunities.com/rioranchoparksandrec/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=quilter&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

***Sign-up at this meeting with Benee for Benee’s Hot Britches Potholder project being presented at the next meeting, July 20. She is also taking sign-ups for the August 3 project, Quilted Notebook/Calendar Cover being presented by Faye H. Photos for these projects are attached to this email. Supply lists are available in the Ragweed newsletter and on the blog: https://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html If you are planning on doing Faye’s project. Here is what to prepare: 'Homework for Quilted Notebook Cover' 1. Measure and cut two (2) 12" X 22" rectangles from your fabric / 2. Measure and cut one (1) 6" X 12" rectangle. /3. Measure and cut one (1) 3" X 12" rectangle. 4. Measure and cut one (1) 4" X 6" rectangle and remove the batting from this piece or if you make your own quilted fabric, leave a piece this size unquilted. 

*** I want give the ladies at Thimbleweeds an update on Thimbleweed member Linda Littman. She was moved out of the Rio Grande Retirement Home into an assisted living home in Abq. She is very lonely and misses her friends at Thimbleweeds. She can receive phone calls @ 505-889-8984
If anyone is interested in visiting her at least on weekly basis it would be helpful. She asked if she should move down here around me but I don't know a facility that fill her needs. She can't cook for herself and she can't keep her meds straighten out. Plus she hasn't got a car. She would love someone to take her to movies or shopping etc.....all she does is sit and watch tv. Not a fun life for her. Thanks from Debbie R. via email.

*** Registration for the Fall Quilting Retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp has begun. Please see the display at regular meeting for details. The Gift Exchange this year is a craft apron. Here is a link to a suggested pattern. http://www.sewcando.com/2014/04/how-to-make-multi-pocket-gardening-apron.html

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are always looking for donations of quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday June 15, 2017.  At this meeting Faye H will be presenting her easy pre-quilted zipper sling purse. The supply list is available in the Ragweed or on the blog http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html.  Please bring your lunch, your machine, your fabric and project supplies, and sewing supplies. You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** If you have completed projects from Kennie's Candle Wreath class, Please bring them for a group show and tell.

***This is the last meeting for Sign-ups for the Debbie Jones 'Butterfly Garden' art piece class being presented on July 6, 2017. The cost is $35.00 which includes ALL the supplies and instruction to complete an art piece similar to ones pictured in the Ragweed. Please be prepared to pay the fee when you sign up; checks should be made out to Debbie Jones.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - The June project is #1 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  July 6, 2017.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are always looking for donations of quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

Happy Stitching, Holly
*********************************************************

Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday June 1, 2017. At this meeting Kennie L Warren is presenting her 3-D Candle Wreath class. Preregistration is required. Please contact Kennie at kenniewarren@earthlink.net to get a last minute registration into this class. All materials need to be precut and ready to sew. She will provide you with a supply list or you can find it on the Thimbleweed blog under upcoming meetings.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html  Please bring your lunch, your machine, your own fabric, and sewing supplies. You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #10 for May is due at this meeting – June1, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. One lucky finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted. The June project is #1 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  July 6, 2017.

*** This is the meeting for the “Guess Who” game - Each member is asked to bring one photo of your ‘early’ self, preferably younger than age 10 / Write your name on the back. / As members sign in, they will be given a number to pin onto our gray screens with the picture.  / They will also be given a ballot on which to write their ‘guesses’ as to who each person is (by the numbers with the pictures).  / Ballots will be tallied after the break and the person with the most guesses will win a prize.

*** At the June 15 meeting, Faye H will be presenting her easy pre-quilted zipper sling purse. Please see Faye at this meeting to sign up. The supply list is available in the Ragweed or on the blog http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html

*** Members under the weather: Robin Kishbaugh and Kathi Murray are each ill. A card, note, or e-card can be a nice boost.

*** Sign-ups have started for the Debbie Jones 'Butterfly Garden' art piece class being presented on July 6, 2017. They will only continue through the June 15th meeting. The cost is $35.00 which includes ALL the supplies and instruction to complete an art piece similar to ones pictured in the Ragweed. Please be prepared to pay the fee when you sign up; checks should be made out to Debbie Jones.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are always looking for donations of quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday May 18, 2017. After this meeting is our Annual May Tea Party! You will need to bring the food item you signed up for and your own place setting, but there is no need for extra teapots. When you signed up for a food item, you received a mini styrofoam hat form to decorate. It will be your ticket into the tea. I look forward to seeing all the fun ways you dressed up your hat form. You will place it on one of the stands that Jeanne and her husband have made.  That will reserve your seat.   If you are so inclined please wear a fancy hat to the Tea. There will be a contest for the best decorated hat! Triple A (AAA) Storage – Anna Mae, Ann Driscoll and Ann Kayser are going to auction the sewing baskets which sounds like a lot of fun! Bring your cash! All of the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

***3-D Candle Wreath class is being offered June 1st by Kennie L Warren. Preregistration is required. Please sign up at this meeting or contact her at kenniewarren@earthlink.net All materials need to be precut and ready to sew. She will provide you with a supply list or you can find it on the Thimbleweed blog under upcoming meetings.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - The May project is #10 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  June 1, 2017.

*** At the June 1st meeting we will have the “Guess Who” game - Each member is asked to bring one photo of your ‘early’ self, preferably younger than age 10 / Write your name on the back. / As members sign in, they will be given a number to pin onto our gray screens with the picture.  / They will also be given a ballot on which to write their ‘guesses’ as to who each person is (by the numbers with the pictures).  / Ballots will be tallied after the break and the person with the most guesses will win a prize.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

 Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday May 4, 2017. At this meeting we will have Sandra Eichenberg, Owner of Quilts Ole, visiting to give us information and guidelines on choosing quality fabrics for your quilt making pleasure.  We are also having a “Guess Who” game. Please see the details in your newsletter or below. After the meeting everyone is invited  to work on some doll bed quilts after our meeting. Please bring your lunch, your machine, your own fabric, and sewing supplies. You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #6 for April is due at this meeting – May 4, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. One lucky finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted. The May project is #10 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  June 1, 2017.

*** “Guess Who” game - Each member is asked to bring one photo of your ‘early’ self, preferably younger than age 10 / Write your name on the back. / As members sign in, they will be given a number to pin onto our gray screens with the picture.  / They will also be given a ballot on which to write their ‘guesses’ as to who each person is (by the numbers with the pictures).  / Ballots will be tallied after the break and the person with the most guesses will win a prize.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are currently completely out of quilt labels and are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

*** The first meeting in May is the last time Anna Mae will be able to take donations for the sewing baskets. It is also your last opportunity to sign up for the tea. The May Tea will be on Thursday, May 18. You will bring your own place setting, but there is no need for extra teapots. When you sign up for a food item, you will receive a mini styrofoam hat form to decorate. It will be your ticket into the tea. You will place it on one of the stands that Jeanne and her husband have made.  That will reserve your seat.   Ann Driscoll and Ann Kayser are going to auction the sewing baskets which sounds like a lot of fun! Bring your cash! All of the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

***3-D Candle Wreath class being offered June 1st by Kennie L Warren. Preregistration is required. Please see Kennie at a meeting or contact her at kenniewarren@earthlink.net All materials need to be precut and ready to sew. She will provide you with a supply list or you can find it on the Thimbleweed blog under upcoming meetings.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html

***Milly at longarmmilly@gmail.com says: I have to sell my 2015 HQ Fusion with ProStitcher.  Extras and all it came with.  Runs great.  Very user friendly.  $17,000. Please contact her directly if you are interested.

***Yvonne S has a quilter friend who will be having a yard sale this Saturday (May 6), and will have fabric and patterns and etc. for sale.  She lives on the West side: 6531 Jazmin Pl, ABQ 87114

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday April 20, 2017. This meeting we will have a regular meeting and then right to the first day of our Spring Retreat!  If you are doing the quilt presented by Jeannie White  - please see the suggestion listed below. It will help you maximize your sewing time and aid you to complete more of your quilt during the allotted time. If you are not doing the presented quilt you are encouraged to bring your machine and materials to work on your own project or UFO. It will be an open and friendly atmosphere to spend the day sewing with your quilting group. We have the room until 2pm.  Remember we meet again Next week – Thursday, April 27 from 9:30-2:pm as the second day of Spring retreat. No meeting on that day. Join us for fun sewing both days or either one.

***Spring Retreat “Festive Stars” quilt  - preparation suggestion: Those of you participating have picked up a pattern, chosen your fabrics, and hopefully gotten at least some of them cut and ready. Here’s another preparation step that can help your day of sewing be more productive:  Benee suggests that you 1)mark and pin your 2 1/2" squares to your 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles - in step one, using fabrics 790Z and 792 R. and 2)Also mark and pin to make 1/2 square triangles in step three - fabrics 792E and 791R. Otherwise you'll be spending a lot of time in class marking and pinning. – These  are for the fabrics smaller wall hanging. If folks are doing the large quilt the fabrics for step 1 and 3 have different numbers, but the steps are the same.

*** We are looking forward to having you as part of the Outdoor Quilt Show on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Please plan to attend and bring lots of quilts, antique, old and new, ones we’ve seen before and ones we haven’t. We need 200 to hang on the ropes that are generously set up for us. Set up will begin at 9:30am at the Veterans’ Memorial Park near Esther Bone Library. The display runs from 10:00am – 3:00pm. If you leave you will need to return to pick up your quilt before 3pm. Thank you.


*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

***3-D Candle Wreath class being offered June 1st by Kennie L Warren. Preregistration is required. Please see Kennie at a meeting or contact her at kenniewarren@earthlink.net All materials need to be precut and ready to sew. She will provide you with a supply list or you can find it on the Thimbleweed blog under upcoming meetings.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html

*** If you have cards or calendars for Tara C please give them to Daryl P and they will be passed along. Tara is taking a class that will keep her from attending Thimbleweed for the semester.


Happy Stitching, Holly

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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday April 6, 2017. At this meeting we will have Debbie Jones joining us(she was unable to join us last meeting due to illness) with her Trunk Show and to give us a brief presentation of 3 options to choose from that she has agreed to teach on July 6. Many of you know Debbie as she has been an active teacher and artist in Albuquerque for many years. We will vote on ONE class we would be most interested in. Debbie will speak during our regular Announcements period and will be available during an extended break to answer any questions about the class options . She will have printed class descriptions and supply lists. We will vote on our choice of her class and be able to see examples of the classes offered and see what supplies are included in the class/kit fee. Debbie will also be selling some of the products she uses for her classes.  More details appear in the March Ragweed newsletter and on the blog under upcoming meetings. After the meeting and vote Jeanne H will present her Puppy class. Please see your Ragweed for supply list and details. You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #2 for March is due at this meeting – April 6, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. One lucky finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted. The April project is #6 and is due at the first meeting of the month following –  May 4, 2017.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack. If you can help sew labels onto the quilts, please let Anna Mae know.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

***Spring Retreat – our in-house two day sew-in – will be held during the regular meeting time on April 20, 9:30-2pm and the following week, Thursday, April 27, 9:30-2:00. You may choose to participate along with the “Festive Stars” quilt being presented by Jennie White or you are welcome to bring your own projects and enjoy the use of the big tables and group enthusiasm.

*** We are looking forward to having you as part of the Outdoor Quilt Show on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Please plan to attend and bring lots of quilts, antique, old and new, ones we’ve seen before and ones we haven’t. We need 200 to hang on the ropes that are generously set up for us. Set up will begin at 9:30am at the Veterans’ Memorial Park near Esther Bone Library. The display runs from 10:00am – 3:00pm. If you leave you will need to return to pick up your quilt before 3pm. Thank you.

***3-D Candle Wreath class being offered June 1st by Kennie L Warren. Preregistration is required. Please see Kennie at a meeting or contact her at kenniewarren@earthlink.net All materials need to be precut and ready to sew. She will provide you with a supply list or you can find it on the Thimbleweed blog under upcoming meetings.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html

*** If you have cards or calendars for Tara C please give them to Daryl P and they will be passed along. Tara is taking a class that will keep her from attending Thimbleweed for the semester.



Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday March 16, 2017. At this meeting we will have Debbie Jones joining us with her Trunk Show and to give us a brief presentation of 3 options to choose from that she has agreed to teach on July 6. Many of you know Debbie, as she has been an active teacher and artist in Albuquerque for many years. We will vote on ONE class we would be most interested in. Debbie will speak during our regular Announcements period and will be available during an extended break to answer any questions about the class options . She will have printed class descriptions and supply lists. More details appear in the March Ragweed newsletter and on the blog under upcoming meetings. After the meeting and vote you may stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** This is the meeting to Please bring potholders made from a quilt block for the Rio Rancho high school home economics department. Each pot holder needs to have a quilt block on the front.  It can be any size, color or style as long as it is finished as a potholder. Please put the name of the quilt block on a piece of paper and attach it with a safety pin to the potholder. If you have only a finished block, please bring it and the backing and binding to this meeting and plan to finish it. Insulbrite will be provided as long as the supply lasts.  You will have time to work on them after Debbie Jones trunk show.  Anna Mae and Mila will deliver them to the high school on the day after the meeting, Friday the 17th.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches.

***Spring Retreat – our in-house two day sew-in – will be held during the regular meeting time on April 20, 9:30-2pm and the following week, Thursday, April 27, 9:30-2:00. You may choose to participate along with the “Festive Stars” quilt being presented by Jennie White or you are welcome to bring your own projects and enjoy the use of the big tables and group enthusiasm.

*** We are looking forward to having you as part of the Outdoor Quilt Show on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Please plan to attend and bring lots of quilts, antique, old and new, ones we’ve seen before and ones we haven’t. We need 200 to hang on the ropes that are generously set up for us. Set up will begin at 9:30am at the Veterans’ Memorial Park near Esther Bone Library. The display runs from 10:00am – 3:00pm. If you leave you will need to return to pick up your quilt before 3pm. Thank you.

***3-D Candle Wreath class being offered June 1st by Kennie L Warren. Preregistration is required. Please see Kennie at a meeting or contact her at kenniewarren@earthlink.net All materials need to be precut and ready to sew. She will provide you with a supply list or you can find it on the Thimbleweed blog under upcoming meetings.  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html

*** If you have cards or calendars for Tara C please give them to Daryl P and they will be passed along. Tara is taking a class that will keep her from attending Thimbleweed for the semester.



Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday March 2, 2017. At this meeting we will have an introduction to the Spring Retreat project being offered by Jennie White called “Festive Stars.” You can pick up a detailed supplies list at this time. After the meeting Anna Mae F will be presenting her class on making and embellishing the craft carrier made from a woven placemat.  You may also plan to stay and work on your own project. We have the room until 2pm.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017  - Your project #5 for February is due at this meeting – March 2, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. On lucky Finisher will receive a prize from a random drawing of all those submitted. **A special reminder for the following people to please turn in their completed forms. Ardith A., Lucy G., Bernie S., Anne T. and Barbara S. ** The March project is #2 and is due at the first meeting –  April 6, 2017.

*** Loretta’s Loot, brought to you by Bobbie P, will be available at this meeting

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM” We continue to need labels for the quilts we have in the Community Service stack.

*** Rio Rancho high school home economics department is in need of potholders. They will be used in both the cooking and sewing sections. In the sewing section they will talk about the various names of quilt blocks,  so each pot holder needs to have a quilt block on the front. The name of the quilt block should be written on a piece of paper and attached with a safety pin.  Some of you may have these done at home already. If so, you may bring them to the March 2 meeting. If you do not have any pot holders completed, you can bring the finished block to the meeting on Thursday, March 16, and insulbrite will be provided as the supply lasts.  They may work on them after Debbie Jones trunk show.  I will deliver them to the school on the 17th.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches.

***Spring Retreat – our in-house two day sew-in – will be held during the regular meeting time on April 20, 9:30-2pm and the following week, Thursday, April 27, 9:30-2:00. You may choose to participate along with the “festive Stars” quilt being presented by Jennie White or you are welcome to bring your own projects and enjoy the use of the big tables and group enthusiasm.

*** If you have cards or calendars for Tara C please give them to Daryl P and they will be passed along. Tara is taking a class that will keep her from attending Thimbleweed for the semester.

*** We’re starting to plan the Outdoor Quilt Show for Sunday, April 23, 2017. Please plan to attend and bring lots of quilts, antique, old and new, ones we’ve seen before and ones we haven’t. We need 200 to hang on the ropes that are generously set up for us.

*** Did anyone get a photo of me (Holly P) with my hat and camera gear at the January 19th meeting? I would love a copy please. Email me here or text to 505-228-4727. Thank you!

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday February 16, 2017. At this meeting we will have a guest speaker – our own Barb Striegel presenting the life and times of Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council and their Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. Afterward there will be time to catch up on sewing with your friends during the UFO/Open Sew time. We have the room until 2pm so bring a sack lunch, your machine and project to work on and enjoy using the big tables and comradery of other Thimbleweed Quilters.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017 has begun! This is your last chance to join, and turn in money or your project sheets. There are several members that still need to pick up their folder. Each month a number will be randomly drawn for the project to be completed. The first number for February is #5 and is due the first meeting in March – March 2, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date.  Please check in and have fun with this program.  Happy Quilting, Faye, Page and Jeanne

*** The Fleece scarves will be distributed soon. This is the last meeting to turn these in for this round so be sure to bring the fleece scarves you made for the Community Service group. Please give these to Anna Mae F and her team.

*** Anna Mae and the Community Service team are requesting many more quilt labels for charity quilts. Any size and color is helpful. They should be finished on all four sides and the suggested text is “This quilt was made by Thimbleweed Quilters of Rio Rancho, NM”

*** For those of you doing Anna Mae’s Craft Supply Carrier project during the March 2nd meeting here is an addition to the supply list.  “Optional: You might want to cover the front and back with fabric rather than using rickrack – you will need extra fabric. Also bring fabric for the handle as well as a narrow strip of batting.” For the full list please see the blog under upcoming meetings. Please see Anna Mae F if you would like to purchase a $1 woven placemat or a $2 mini clipboard for her this class.

***We are being asked to make Doll Bed Quilts again this year. They need to be no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches.

*** “The Loma Colorado Main Library is pleased to host Warm Quilts for Cold Nights – Thimbleweeds Quilt Exhibit, January 24 thru February 27, 2017, in the library auditorium. Come in from the cold and enjoy a colorful display of quilts from Rio Rancho’s Thimbleweeds Quilters. This show accompanies our adult winter reading program, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Discover a great book after you enjoy the show.”

***Please volunteer to help with take down of the Loma Colorado Library show. Contact Page G or Faye H to let them know you are available and get details on when and where.

***Photography of your quilts (and other) for Fiber Arts Fiesta will be available at this meeting. Catch up with Kathy S. She will have the hanging display and camera. Entries are due March 1st, 2017 and are available from Kathy S or online at Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council.

*** Fiber Arts Fiesta 2017 is especially interested in entries from youth ages 18 and under in all Fiber Arts categories. Please see the attached photo of the flyer for details.

*** Did anyone get a photo of me with my hat and camera gear at the January 19th meeting? I would love a copy please. Email me here or text to 505-228-4727. Thank you!

*** Loretta’s Loot, brought to you by Bobbie P, will be available at the March 2 meeting

*** If you have cards or calendars for Tara C please give them to Daryl P and they will be passed along. Tara is taking a class that will keep her from attending Thimbleweed for the semester.

*** We’re starting to plan the Outdoor Quilt Show for Sunday, April 23, 2017. Please plan to attend and bring lots of quilts, antique, old and new, ones we’ve seen before and ones we haven’t. We need 200 to hang on the ropes that are generously set up for us.


Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday February 2, 2017. This is a regular meeting and then time to catch up on some sewing with your friends at this UFO/Open Sew day. We have the room until 2pm so bring a sack lunch, your machine and project to work on and enjoy using the big tables and comradery of other Thimbleweed Quilters.

*** Please be sure to bring the fleece scarves you made for the Community Service group. Please give these to Anna Mae F and her team.

*** Finish-it-Club 2017 has begun! Each month a number will be randomly drawn for the project to be completed. The first number for February is #5 this is due the first meeting in March – March 2, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting be sure to send a photo to Faye or Page before the meeting date. *** If you have not turned in money or your project sheets you need to do this at the February meeting. There are several members that did not pick up their folder.  Please check in and have fun with this program.  Happy Quilting, Faye, Page and Jeanne

*** The Loma Colorado Library Quilt Show opening is the evening of our meeting Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6pm.  Even if you are unable to attend the opening, please be sure to visit the exhibit during the month. “The Loma Colorado Main Library is pleased to host Warm Quilts for Cold Nights – Thimbleweeds Quilt Exhibit, January 24 thru February 27, 2017, in the library auditorium. Come in from the cold and enjoy a colorful display of quilts from Rio Rancho’s Thimbleweeds Quilters. This show accompanies our adult winter reading program, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Discover a great book after you enjoy the show.”

***A big Thank You to Page G and her husband, Paul, and Faye H for the heavy lifting and long work of hanging the quilts for this show! You three are amazing!

***Photography of your quilts (and other) for Fiber Arts Fiesta will be available at both February Meetings. Catch up with Kathy S. She will have the hanging display and camera. Entries are due March 1st, 2017 and are available from Kathy S or online at Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council.

*** Fiber Arts Fiesta 2017 is especially interested in entries from youth ages 18 and under in all Fiber Arts categories. Please see the attached photo of the flyer for details.

*** Did anyone get a photo of me with my hat and camera gear at the last meeting? I would love a copy please. Email me here or text to 505-228-4727. Thank you!

*** Please see Anna Mae F if you would like to purchase a $1 woven placemat or a $2 mini clipboard for her Project tote class being presented on March 2.

*** Loretta’s Loot, brought to you by Bobbie P, will be available at the March 2 meeting

*** If you have cards or calendars for Tara C please give them to Daryl P and they will be passed along. Tara is taking a class that will keep her from attending Thimbleweed for the semester.

*** We’re starting to plan the Outdoor Quilt Show for Sunday, April 23, 2017. Please plan to attend and bring lots of quilts, antique, old and new, ones we’ve seen before and ones we haven’t. We need 200 to hang on the ropes that are generously set up for us.


Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello,
***Kathy S wants to remind you that we will be able to photograph members' entries for the Fiber Arts Fiesta.  We will be available to do this again at both February meetings. Entries are due March 1, 2017. The quilt frame for hanging will be present and Kathy S and Holly P will have cameras. We can email or snail mail photos to the artists. All entries should be labeled.

Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is this week, Thursday, January 19, 2017. Please join us for a meet-your-leaders meeting with your Facilitators and volunteers that keep Thimbleweed Quilters organized and running smoothly. The rest of the day the room and tables are available for UFO/Open sewing time. Bring a sack lunch and a project and share some happy social time with your quilting friends.

Some of the positions we will be hearing from include these Job Descriptions:
Facilitator - organizes and runs the meetings, working with the various volunteers to insure smooth running of the group. Benee and Irene
Community Service - responsible for arranging projects to help people in the community. Anna Mae F
Library - maintains the lending library and assists members in finding books, etc for the quilting projects. Holly Plugge and Judy Aronow
Membership - responsible for maintaining membership lists, distribution of member materials and providing membership information for new members. Be at the welcome table at each meeting. Ann K and Ann D
Finish It Club - Set up the criteria for the Finish Club at the beginning of the year, maintain the 'records' as members complete their projects and determine rewards for the Finish It Club. Faye H
Communications -  Keep the blog page updated with event information and Show& Tell photos from the photography person. Send out reminders to the groups the week of each meeting (twice a month.) Holly P
Photography – Take photos of Show & Tell at each meeting and other events, connect with the Communications person to post on the blog. Holly P
Name Tag Drawing - conduct a Name Tag Drawing at each meeting. Glenda C
Treasurer - maintain the financial records of the organization, dispense checks for reimbursement to members as needed and for other needs. Barbara S
WE STILL NEED SOMEONE TO MANAGE THE PROGRAMS - programs are basically lined up for the year, we just need someone (or two) to manage the programs to make sure they go off without a 'hitch.'

*** Finish-it-Club 2017 - At this meeting you can sign up for the 2017 edition of Finish-it-Club. If you have already signed up you should have received your forms to fill-in as an. Email. Please bring those ready to go or your list to fill-in on site. Over the next year, every month beginning February 2, we will choose a number from 10 preselected/pre-numbered projects we want finished. These numbers are random so DO NOT include projects that have a “need by” deadline (Christmas, graduation, birthday gift). Find 10 “tucked away”, “UFO's”,”WWIT”, intentions, or ideas you have for projects that you would like to complete in the next year. (Examples include: In your “stash” you have a pattern, fabric and some blocks made for a quilt and your goal is to finish the top, or You have a pattern and fabric for a table runner and your goal is to finish - that includes quilting and binding--ready to use, or If you've always wanted to make something (a bag, applique', a pineapple block or maybe a wedding ring quilt, or dresden plate) collect the info, fabrics and pattern for it (remember you only have a month to finish it) then describe your intentions and goal.
To sign up: 1) Gather your projects, label them and describe or take a picture of the starting point. Write out your monthly goal and number them 1-10. 2) Bring in completed entry form and $5.00 to either January meeting. 3) Each month a number will be picked for the project to complete in that time period. At the first Thimbleweed meeting the following month you must show your accomplishment (in person or send a picture). A prize will be randomly given to one entry that has completed their chosen project. If you meet all 10 goals for the year, you will receive a prize. Everyone that completes all 10 will be entered into a final prize drawing. 4) Questions? Contact Faye H 463-2829, Jeanne H 899-1969 or Page G.


*** If you’ve taken a volunteer job with Thimbleweed this year, please read the following from Benee K,
As part of the program for January 19, we would like to have each of the committee leaders and other lead positions for 2017 do a brief introduction presentation to the members. I know that most members know most of us, but we do have several new members and it's always nice to know who's who and who to go to if you have questions. Especially if you have a job not listed above, please prepare and let us know that you will present your position.

Your introduction (no more than 10 minutes) should include your name, your position (a brief description of your position or committee), family facts, a little about your quilting experience or expertise ---- and a fun fact about yourself, such as a unique hobby, something you like to collect or a 'safe secret' about yourself that Thimbleweed members probably don't know. If you have a committee, you as the 'leader' are the only person that needs to speak; however, you might want to introduce your committee.

Thanks you, Irene R and Benee K, Co-Facilitators

Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone,
We’re ready to start an new year with new facilitators, organizers and new projects for 2017. Our next meeting is this week, Thursday, January 5, 2017. Please join us for an information filled meeting and the Soup and Conversation event. Remember to bring the food you signed up to bring and your muffin tin. There will be so many delicious, delectable, and delightful soups you will want to try them all. We will have small cups to place in your muffin tin so you can try as many of the soups as your tin will hold. If you have an extra muffin tin you might want to bring it along to share with a visitor or member that may have forgotten hers.

Also at this meeting, we will be making red and white nine patch blocks, to set off the red work embroidered blocks that were completed; these blocks will go into a quilt Suzie Campos is making to raffle off at our Spring Outdoor Quilt Show. Please bring your sewing machine with a quarter inch foot, regular sewing supplies, and light neutral thread to work on the nine patches, or your cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter if you want to help in that department.

***Make sure if you took red work blocks to complete that you bring them to this meeting please! If you didn’t finish, please bring them anyway and either work on them there or let someone else finish them so Suzie has them for the quilt. Thanks!
***Anyone who can, is asked to bring 2 (two) strips of fabric that are 2 1/2” X WOF. The strips are to be red fabrics for the nine patch blocks. The red fabric should go with the red embroidery thread. (DMC 321 - christmas red)


*** Finish It! Club 2017 - At this meeting and the next you can sign up for the 2017 edition of Finish It! Club. Over the next year, every month beginning February 2, we will choose a number from 10 preselected/pre-numbered projects we want finished. These numbers are random so DO NOT include projects that have a “need by” deadline (Christmas, graduation, birthday gift). Find 10 “tucked away”, “UFO's”,”WWIT”, intentions, or ideas you have for projects that you would like to complete in the next year. (Examples include: In your “stash” you have a pattern, fabric and some blocks made for a quilt and your goal is to finish the top, or You have a pattern and fabric for a table runner and your goal is to finish - that includes quilting and binding--ready to use, or If you've always wanted to make something (a bag, applique', a pineapple block or maybe a wedding ring quilt, or dresden plate) collect the info, fabrics and pattern for it (remember you only have a month to finish it) then describe your intentions and goal.

To sign up: 1) Gather your projects, label them and describe or take a picture of the starting point. Write out your monthly goal and number them 1-10. 2) Bring in completed entry form and $5.00 to either January meeting. 3) Each month a number will be picked for the project to complete in that time period. At the first Thimbleweed meeting the following month you must show your accomplishment (in person or send a picture). A prize will be randomly given to one entry that has completed their chosen project. If you meet all 10 goals for the year, you will receive a prize. Everyone that completes all 10 will be entered into a final prize drawing. 4) Questions? Contact Faye Hurd 463-2829, Jeanne Hurt 899-1969 or Page Gettman.


*** Suzie C. made a bunch of pillowcases and the table runners (pictured in the attachments) for Haven House (identified incorrectly before). We appreciate Suzie representing Thimbleweed so well and prolifically!

*** If you have items you borrowed from the library, please return them at this meeting so the Librarians can do a bit of inventory and clear out room for new exciting books. Please let us know if there is a title you would like the library to carry. Thanks!

Happy Stitching, Holly

2016

Hello Everyone,

This is a reminder that there are No more Thimbleweed meetings for 2016. Please join us again on January 5, 2017 for Soup & Conversation. I will send out an appropriately timed reminder in early January.


For those of you that picked up redwork squares to embroider, please remember to complete those and bring them to the January 5th meeting. These will be used for a raffle quilt we will make using red and white fabrics in nine-square blocks for the alternate blocks. If you have already turned them in, thank you for your speedy completion!

The two photos attach are the offerings of pillow cases and table runners Suzi C. made to Heritage House (If I have the name wrong, Suzi, please correct me. ) on behalf of Thimbleweed Quilters. If you would like to help Suzi with this ongoing project, please contact her. It is a worthy cause and any help you want to share is appreciated.

See you next year. Happy Stitching, Holly
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Hello Everyone!
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this Thursday, December 1st 2016. It’s not a Christmas Party but we will have a “cookie exchange”. Each member is asked to bring three dozen cookies: one dozen will be to share and the others will be for you to swap and take home. Two copies of the recipe to share as well please. One to put with the cookies and one to give Holly to put on the blog. Please put your name on it so we know who shared the recipe.  *If you signed up to bring a salad or savory side please do so. Since we will have lots of cookie sweets we won't need desserts. *Please bring your own festive place setting-plate, cup, silverware, placemat and napkin. I heard that a judge will be drawn at random and a prize for the “best” setting will be awarded. *Apple Cider and Tea will be served. *There will be games also, so please bring 20 of 6” squares from your stash to play along.

Ok, maybe it’s just me but this sounds like a Party!  Please join us as this is the last meeting of the 2016 calendar year.

*** Finish It! Club project #1 is due at this meeting. This completes this round of the Finish It! Club. If you are unable to attend the meeting please send a picture to Emily S. or Vicky H. before the meeting to meet the deadline. Details for the 2017 Finish It! Club with new organizers will be presented at the January 5th meeting. Take a look at your UFO’s, make a list, and plan on signing up in January.

***Thimbleweeds Soup and Conversation January 5th – Faye needs HELP please!!! Needed are: 10 people total to help set-up, clean-up and to get the supplies needed for the Soup and Conversation day the 5th of January. If you can help out in any of these positions please sign up on the paper that will be at the December meeting. Faye will have a brief description of the jobs for you to look over so you know what needs to be done. Thanks.

***Please extend a big thank you to our new 2017 co-facilitators Benee K and Irene R. They stepped up to coordinate our large group and lead the meetings with a variety of styles and smiles. It is a large group and not much will happen without your participation.  Please consider volunteering a little more of your time and energy in 2017 to help Thimbleweed Quilters be the best group possible. Several positions are open and you are only volunteering for the calendar year. If you would like to be the Project Coordinator, Hospitality promoter, Food and Party designer, or any other helpful assignment, Please tell Benee, Irene or Myself and we’ll get you more information. We are also looking for people to lead/teach a quilting related project or technique as a short class after any meeting. Helpers are available and teams are welcome so talk with your friends and let us know what you would like to present. We’d love to give you your first choice on the schedule! Thank You!

Happy Stitching,
Holly P
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed Quilters meeting is this Thursday, November 17, 2016. This meeting will be casual. We’ll have a regular meeting with Show & Tell.  Please bring a sack lunch and a UFO to work on. Stay a while and find out what surprise Faye H has for us. We also have a surprise for our past Sabana Grande Coordinator, Rosemary, who will be visiting us at this meeting.

***Instead of a Christmas Party in December 2016, we will have a cookie exchange during the first meeting on December 1st.  Sign-up sheets will be available to bring an additional Savory dish or salad. We are asking that each member bring 3 dozen cookies and the recipe. One dozen cookies will be set out so members can taste them. We will also be playing a game called LRC so bring 20-6" squares from your stash. Please provide your own place setting (placemat, cup, plate, silverware) the day of the Cookie exchange. I’ll be sure to send out another reminder for this too. ;)

*** We will also begin sign-ups for the January 5th meeting which traditionally has been our Soup and Conversation day. Please sign-up on the designated sheet to bring Soup, salad or dessert for this event.

Happy Stitching,
Holly P.
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Hello Everyone.
Our next Thimbleweed Quilters’ meeting is this Thursday, November 3, 2016. This meeting is the 2 Projects and a Potato Party. Please bring the dish you signed up to provide and be ready for a couple of interesting projects to create at the event. All materials will be provided by Thimbleweed.

*** Finish It! Club members, it's time to turn in your next project which is #7 from your list. Please bring your finished project to this meeting to be entered in the drawing. Are you unable to attend the November 3rd  meeting? Send a picture to Emily S. or Vicky H. before the meeting to meet the deadline. Your next project to work on is #1, and it is due at the December 1st Thimbleweed meeting. This will complete the Finish It! Club for 2016. We hope you had fun and got lots of projects completed.  I’ve heard that it is likely that another set of people will continue the Finish It! Club so look through your stash and UFO’s and begin contemplating what you would like to put on your Finish It! list for 2017.

*** A Big “Thank You and Hugs” to the wonderful ladies that created and donated the raffle quilt for the sock and underwear donation. I am very grateful to have won the quilt and it has already found a place as a comfy cover while I do hand work and watch TV. Thank you to everyone who made generous donations for the Kids’ Closet of Store House West. They appreciate your efforts that went to help many kids in the area. Blessings, Holly P.

*** Please consider volunteering a little more of your time and energy in 2017 to help Thimbleweed Quilters be the best group possible. Several positions are open and you are only volunteering for the calendar year. If you would like to be the Facilitator, Project Coordinator, Hospitality promoter, Food and Party designer, or any other helpful assignment, Please tell Faye, Ardith, or Myself and we’ll get you more information. We are also looking for people to lead/teach a quilting related project or technique as a short class after any meeting. Helpers are available and teams are welcome so talk with your friends and let us know what you would like to present. We’d love to give you your first choice on the schedule! Thank You!


Happy Stitching, Holly P.

Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed Quilters meeting is this week, Thursday, October 20, 2016. This meeting is Fun and Games day at Thimbleweed! Presented by Colleen K.

Please bring a can filled with 10 items that a quilter might like for the "Can Game". Your can that holds the little treasures can be any kind of container with a lid that someone else might find useful. Example: metal cookie tin, plastic bowl, pretty gift box etc. Just make sure there are 10 things in it and it has a lid.

Also at Fun and Games day we will be playing Bingo with fat quarter prizes donated to Thimbleweed.
Please bring a simple munchie to share. For more information you may contact Colleen K at 892-5673.

*** Quilt Drawing from donations to the Kid’s Closet at Store House West. It’s your last chance to get in on the drawing. Bring in any size kids clothing items like socks, underwear, pajamas, etc. For each pair donated you receive one ticket. Congratulations to the lucky winner!

*** Our condolences to Daryl Perry on the unexpected loss of her mother.

Happy Stitching,

Holly P

Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday, October 6, 2016. This meeting is a Community Service Day and will include working on several different projects. Please plan to join us and have fun sewing with the group as we help our various organizations.

This week we have another fun and easy project for the Giving Tree for Fiber Arts.  Please bring the following:
sewing  machine
navy blue thread and matching bobbin
hand sewing needle & navy blue thread
1 med size safety pin
a turning tool, as in  'the purple thang"
If you can't bring a machine bring the hand sewing requirements and you can help a someone with a sewing machine.
We also have one quilt to be tied and will need a team for that. 
See you on Thursday! Barbara S, Kathy S, Suzi C
Kathy S adds: Community Service will have 42 pillow case kits ready to sew and 4 or 5 quilt tops ready to be tied with yarn or floss. 




Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is this Thursday, September 15, 2016. At this meeting Diane B will show us how to make Continuous Binding.  Binding cut on the bias is needed if your quilt or project has curved edges. Some quilters use bias binding for all their quilts. For those who have signed up for Night Owl at the upcoming Hummingbird camp Fall Retreat, we will be providing the binding tool and glove.
Supply List
1. 2/3 yard of fabric that contrasts with your apron fabric (Night Owl project)
2. Thread to match fabric
3. Sewing machine and ¼ inch foot
4. Sewing supplies (pins etc.)
5. Fabric Scissors
6. 6X24 ruler
7. Rotary cutting supplies (if you haven’t done the prep)
8. Marking tool that will show up on your fabric---NOT one that will disappear when ironed! We will be cutting on this line, so a permanent marker is ok.
9. Iron and ironing surface (Thimbleweed has these)
10. Bias tape maker and heatproof glove (provided).
Prep
1. Cut a 23x23 inch square (you will have fabric left over).
2. Cut the square in half diagonally (one time only!). You will have 2 right triangles.

*** I am still looking for someone to take Show & Tell photos for me at the next 3 meetings (Oct 6, Oct 20, and Nov 4). I will bring an SD chip for your camera or you can borrow my camera that uses the same chip. Then I can get the camera or chip back and have all the photos to upload to the blog. It would be sad to miss having all those great creations appear online. Please catch me at this meeting to volunteer. Thank you .

Happy Stitching,
Holly P.

September 1
Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is this Thursday, September 1, 2016. This meeting is our Recycle, Reuse, Renew Garage Sale. Now is the time to clean out your sewing room, make a little money and refresh your stash by participating in Thimbleweeds Annual Garage Sale. Bring items you wish to sell, sewing related or not, set up a table, bargain with friends and go home smiling with some jingle in your pocket and new treasurers.

***Finish It! Club members, it's time to turn in your next project which is #8 from your list. Please bring your finished project to this meeting for September to be entered in the drawing. Are you unable to attend the September 1 meeting? Send a picture to Emily S. or Vicky H. before the meeting to meet the deadline. Your next project to work on is #3 , and it is due at the October 6 Thimbleweeds meeting. As always, if you are unable to attend, send a picture to Emily or Vicky before the meeting.

***Please remember to return any completed ornaments or needle cases for Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta (AFAF) to Kathy Sublett.

***I will miss the October 6 and the November 3 meetings. If anyone can please help out by taking photos of the Show and Tell and Finish It! items that would be a great help. If you have a camera that uses an SD chip, I can provide one that you would return to me with the list and I will put them on the blog. Please respond via this email if you are able to be my substitute these two meetings. Thank you, Holly P.

Happy Stitching,

Holly P.

August 18
Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is this Thursday August 18, 2016. At this meeting Jeanne Hurt will present a class on making a 3-D Flower Pillow. Most of you who are interested have already signed up and paid your $5 fee for additional supplies. If you still want to do the class please call Jeanne 899-1969 so she can make sure there are enough supplies. The supplies list and “homework” to do ahead are in the attachment. Please have your 19” x 19” square quilted before you arrive for class.

***  Lace Doily Challenge - Ardith A & Carole Z.  Bring them to this meeting.
Many of you accepted the lace doily challenge and were given a doily donated to Thimbleweed to create an imaginative wall hanging. Please bring your creation to this meeting to share. If you have a doily and won’t be getting to do something with it after all, please bring it back for someone else to give it a try. Thank you.
The original instructions were:  
Make an 18" x 18" or 18" x 20" wall hanging using the lace Doily provided. Perhaps an angel's halo, or wings, or a star, or a Doily under a tea cup and saucer. What does your imagination come up with? The wall hanging is due the 2nd meeting in August (8/18/16). If you have any suggestions or ideas where the wall hangings can be dis-played, please let Carole Zibert or Ardith know.

*** Raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt are still available. This raffle is for Thimbleweed members.
For the next few months we will be collecting new socks and underwear for the Kid's Closet at Store House West.  Please bring in new socks and underwear for any age child and you could be the lucky winner of a quilt. When you bring in your socks or underwear you will get a raffle ticket for each item (ie. 6 socks 6 tickets) these tickets will be used to pick the lucky winner.
The drawing will be held the 20th of October. You will have plenty of opportunities to bring in your items.
After each meeting the clothing will be taken to Store House West so there won't be a big pile to take at the end of the collection. Thank you all for helping the Kids of Rio Rancho.
Please call or see Faye H. 505-463-2829 if you have any questions.

*** Start collecting and sorting your items to sell and trade with other Thimbleweed members at the Recycle, Renew, Reuse, Garage Sale being held during the regular meeting on September 1, 2016

Happy Stitching,

Holly

August 4
Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is this Thursday, August 4, 2016. 9:30am This is our Community Service meeting where we begin to make our required contributions for being a member of Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council. These small items are sold to visitors to the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta and the proceeds go to benefit the sponsored charity for that show. Please see the message from Barbara below for full details of what to bring and how to help! Because we are a one of the member guilds that is a large group we have promised to donate at least 200 items by the end of March 2017. Let’s get started and see if we can make a large percentage of those items!

*** It is the First meeting of the month and your Finish Club #5 is due! Please bring your finished project to this meeting to be entered in the drawing. Are you unable to attend the Aug 4 meeting? Send a picture to Emily Smith or Vicky Harms before the meeting to meet the deadline.

*** Membership dues for the fiscal year are now past due. Once you have your receipt, please show it to Ann at the membership desk and she will give you a new membership card.

*** Robin and Barbara will have iris rhizomes for sale at this meeting. They range in price from $1-$4, please bring cash or a check. We have photos for most. These are from local gardens so we know they are acclimated.

*** From Barbara S.: On August 4th, with the help of Sue H., we will have fun making some ornaments/decorations for the giving tree (donors Gifts) for Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta 2017. Please bring: Sewing Machine with neutral, red and green thread on machine and in bobbin & ¼ inch foot. 60 degree triangle ruler if you have one, or a ruler or cutting board with 60 degrees marked Rotary cutter – small blade best – no bigger than 45 mm. Iron and Ironing pad Fabric scissors & small scissors for cutting thread. “Purple Thang” or other tool for turning shaped pieces right-side-out Pins Needles for hand sewing with red and/or green and/or cream colored sewing thread. Seam ripper Anything else you think you might need. All fabrics and trims will be furnished.
We will need hand sewers, too, bring the same colored thread. This project might be one you’ll want to share. We will have sewing needle kits to work on or take home. We need to provide 200 items by April 2017. I know this is very achievable if everyone pitches in. There will be a surprise for everyone who stays and participates.
Thanks for helping, stay cool and we’ll see you on August 4th!!!

Happy Sewing,

Holly

July 21

This week, Thursday, July 21, 2016 is our second meeting for the month.  At this meeting Lucy G. will be conducting a Serger class on how to do rolled hems. If you want to participate in this class please bring: Please bring your serger machine, power cord and foot pedal, and manual. You will need any accessories (like the rolled hem plate if your machine needs one), appropriate needles, and 3 spools of serger thread all different colors if you want to trouble shoot or coordinated to your fabric. Please bring at least two kinds of fabric to practice on - woven (cotton) – fat quarter or large scraps will work well, and knit (an old t-shirt to cut up will work great), and any other type you would like to practice on.

***Donna B. says: We still have a few spots left for our upcoming Thimbleweed Hummingbird Quilt Retreat. Suzi C. will have all the paperwork and will be able to take payments at Thursday's meeting.

*** Below is a flyer for a sewing retreat in Santa Fe in August that Ardith thought you might like to see.

*** Our Thimbleweed blog has been updated. Please check it out to get more details on our activities and be inspired by the wonderful Show And Tell pages. http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/


See you there and Happy Stitching, Holly

July 5
Hello Everyone,
I hope you are staying cool this summer. Thimbleweed quilters meeting will be the “Cool” place to be this week, Thursday, July 7.  Our presentation this week is “Come Fly with Us” presented by Sue, Diane, Kathy, and Ardith. They will demonstrate 4 different Flying Geese methods including: Traditional, No-Waste, 3-D, and Eleanor Burns. So many geese flying your way!

*** It is the First meeting of the month and your Finish Club #10 is due! Please bring your finished project to this meeting to be entered in the drawing. Are you unable to attend the July 7 meeting? Send a picture to Emily Smith or Vicky Harms before the meeting to meet the deadline.

*** Batik Exchange for July  - Please bring 8 strips that are 4 1/2” wide of Red Batiks. We will be using these colors to make petals for the August pillow class. We will decide later on if we want to continue doing the Batik Exchange.

*** FYI: Membership fees are due for the fiscal year 2017
Please note the following fee schedule:
$34 per fiscal year if your Newsletter is mailed to you monthly
$29 per fiscal year if your Newsletter is emailed to you monthly
$19 Semi-Annually (July-December and/or January-June) if your Newsletter is mailed to you monthly
$16 Semi-Annually (July-December and/or January-June) if your Newsletter is emailed to you monthly
Payments can be made at Sabana Grande or at the main office in City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle, Suite 100. You can make your payment in person or by credit card over the phone at 891-5015 and they will email you the receipt.

May your travels be safe, your health strong, and your needle steady.
Happy Stitching!

Holly
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June 11
Hello Everyone,
Here are a couple items that have come from Thimbleweed members in the last few days.

From Phoebe Wright:
It's with a sad heart for me to let you know Barbara Gary  's husband Jim passed away this afternoon. (Friday, June 10) He went to heaven very peacefully with Barbara at his side. Please give her family time to be together and wait to visit. Cards are always welcome. I'll keep you posted when arrangements are made. You are always welcome to contact me on here, by private message, phone or email.

Services for Barbara Gary's husband Jim.
 Visitation Tuesday 6/14/16 5-7:00pm French Funerals
10500 Lomas Blvd,
 ALBUQUERQUE, NM US
87112
Services Wednesday 6/15/16
2:00pm
Del Norte Baptist Church
5800 Montgomery Blvd
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Internment Thursday 6/15/16
 11:15 sharp
Santa Fe National Cemetery
501 North Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

From Donna and Colleen:
Circumstances have changed and we would like to start sign-ups for Hummingbird at the next meeting in addition to July 21st.
Hummingbird Thimbleweeds Retreat
September 23,24,25 2016
Sign-ups start June 16th. Cost of camp is $125
Our two teachers are:
Gail Garber teaching Modern Medallion
Cynthia Driscoll teaching a Mystery Quilt Colleen & Donna
As usual, we will have a space for those wishing to do UFO’s as well.

From Holly:
Please refer to your June 2 reminder email for information about the June 16 meeting.  I’ll be away from my computer for a couple weeks so this is the last reminder this month.
Blessings and Happy Stitching, Holly
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May 30
Hello Everyone,

Our next meeting is this week on June 2, 2016. It is a regular meeting so bring your Show and Tell, your Helpful Hints, and your Finish It! Projects.

***Finish It! Club—Vicky Harms, Emily Smith & Jeanne Hurt – project #2 is due at the meeting. If you cannot attend, please send a photo of your finish to: Emily Smith at emquilter@comcast.net or Vicky Harms at vgmcharms@comcast.net before the meeting to meet the deadline and be eligible for the drawing.  Project #10 will be due at the July 7 meeting. Also if you are a FaceBook member, please join the Thinbleweeds Finish It Club page and share your ongoing projects and Finishes with us there. 

***This week’s project is only for the 11 ladies who signed up previously and have done the homework for the Sewing Caddy (Hussif) that Bobbie Prairie is sharing. The rest of us have time to work on our own projects (you are welcome bring your machine)or just hang out and socialize.

*** Thimbleweed Shirt Order : Colleen is going to place one more order of the embroidered polo shirts, embroidered bags, & embroidered denim shirts. If you missed the first time give her a call. She is taking orders until June 5th. Colleen 892-5673

*** Dues are due! The Thimbleweed fiscal year is June to June so membership fees are due for the fiscal year 2017
Please note the following fee schedule:
$34 per fiscal year if your Newsletter is mailed to you monthly
$29 per fiscal year if your Newsletter is emailed to you monthly
$19 Semi-Annually (July-December and/or January-June) if your Newsletter is mailed to you monthly
$16 Semi-Annually (July-December and/or January-June) if your Newsletter is emailed to you monthly
Payments can be made at Sabana Grande or at the main office in City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle, Suite 100. You can make your payment in person or by credit card over the phone at 891-5015 and they will email you the receipt.

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Reminders for June 16 meeting:

Our second meeting for June is the 16th. Since I will be out of town, I am including the reminders here and you will not receive a reminder that week.

*** This is the meeting to bring your Batiks Exchange that Jeanne H. has organized. The Batiks Exchange will be the 2nd meeting of the month and it started in April. You can still join in on any month. The exchange is eight (8) strips that are  4 1/2” strips by WoF.  Jeanne suggests buying 1 1/4 yds - keep 1/4 yd - cut 8 strips of Batiks to bring. The idea is to use these colors to make petals for the August pillow class. We will decide after that if we want to continue doing the Batik Exchange. Colors for June and July are: June: Bring 8 - 4 1/2” Pink Batiks - dark & med and July: Bring 8 strips 4 1/2” Red Batiks

***The project for the June 16 meeting is Triangle Frenzy Table Topper presented by Carole Ziebert
DEFINITIONS: A stripe (with an e) is a linear design printed on fabric. A strip (no e) is a long and narrow cut of fabric.
Border print fabric usually has 9-11 inches wide sets of stripes and elements (repeat) running the length of the fabric. Narrower strips (repeats) will make a smaller topper. High contrast between top and bottom of strip will give project bolder results. DO NOT PREWASH FABRIC.
Requirements:
1-1/2 yards stripe fabric for a strip 9-1/4 inches wide. 2 yards stripe fabric for a strip cut 11 inches wide. – These will give you design and fussy cutting flexibility.
Batting and backing for 3-4 inches larger than finished size. (9 inch stripe is 18 x 32 inches) (11 inch stripe is 20 x 36)
60 degree ruler MUST have flat tip, or we will mark the pointed tip rulers in class.
Rotary cutter and mat
Basic sewing supplies including machine.
These will all be so beautiful. Show and tell will amazing.


Happy Stitching,
Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is Thursday, May 5, 2016

***This week Debbie R. is presenting: Non slip sewing machine foot pedal.
Are you tired of chasing your foot pedal when you are sewing? This class is for you.
Bring these items to class:
Sewing machine with walking foot
Basic sewing supplies
Jean needle for sewing machine
Hand sewing needle
Small binding clips ( A Must)
1 2 1/2" WOF strip of fabric
1 10"x10" square (same color of strip or a coordinated color)
1 4"x5" piece of batting
$1.00 for extra supplies that I will provide.
Questions? Contact Debbie Roberts by phone or text 620-2797

 *** Debbie R. will also have handouts for an easy way to shrink the size on your quilt blocks – “Let’s Go Small”

*** If you want to participate in the batik strip exchange in preparation for the 3-D flower project Jeanne H. will be presenting in August – Please bring 4 of 4 ½ inch by WOF strips in Purple and 4 of the same in Green to be in the group. There will be other colors to participate in June and July.

***Finish It! Club—Vicky Harms, Emily Smith & Jeanne Hurt – project #9 is due at the meeting. If you cannot attend, please send a photo of your finish to: Emily Smith at emquilter@comcast.net or Vicky Harms at vgmcharms@comcast.net before the meeting to meet the deadline and be eligible for the drawing.

*** Do you have a sewing basket you don't use anymore? Do you have small sewing items that you no longer need… such as six-inch rulers, tape measures, safety pins, seam rippers, etc.? This is your last chance to donate them rather than putting them on the stage. Anna Mae (or Ardith) will be happy to collect them from you.. We will put the small donated sewing items into the donated sewing baskets and auction them at the May Tea Party. All the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

*** Remember to save the day, join in and spread the word about the Thimbleweed Quilters Great Outdoor Quilt Show! Rio Rancho, NM. FREE Admission. Live Music. Great vendors. Over 200 Quilts on display. SUNDAY, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Veterans’ Memorial Park, Pinetree Road, Rio Rancho (Between the Rio Rancho Main Post Office and Esther Bone Library)

***The Mother’s Day Tea Party is scheduled for our meeting on May 19, 2016. Please be sure to sign up with what you will contribute. This will allow the organizers to plan for enough tea services that they are providing. (No need to bring your own.) If you are bringing a guest please sign them up with a contribution for them (even if you are the one bringing it) as well to keep the number of participants accurate. Thank you.

*** A special thank you to Suzi C. She decided she wanted to honor Freedom House residents on Mothers Day by providing each with a new pillowcase. She dove into the Community Service tubs and found several yards and pieces of fabric she thought would go together.  She then went to her stash to complete the pairings. Throughout April,  Suzi washed, cut pressed and sewed 30 pillowcases to be ready for Mother's Day. They were presented to a Freedom House representative on May 2nd. There were many older fabrics, when paired with newer ones, created delightful surprises. Thimbleweeds thanks  Suzi for making those women feel special.
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Hello Everyone.
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this Thursday April 21, 2016 . We will have a regular meeting keeping it as brief as possible because it is the first half of Spring Retreat!

***If you want to participate in making one of the quilts that Kristen and Pat are presenting it will save time by having your fabrics precut. Photos of the quilts are attached and cutting instructions can be found here: http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.htm

The second half of Spring retreat will be held next week, Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:30 – 2:00. This is an additional Thursday date in our monthly calendar and will not include a meeting. We have the room just for sewing!

If you can’t make the first half of Spring Retreat, you are still welcome to attend the second half.  As always, those wishing to work on their own project are encouraged to bring your machine and project and enjoy the camaraderie of sewing alongside other enthusiasts.

***Colleen K. wants to remind you that this will be the last meeting she will accept orders for the logo items. Photos of the logo that will be embroidered on the items and the items available are attached. She will have samples at the meetings you can see before placing your order. We are using part of the AQS money that was gifted to us after the big show in 2015 for this project. Everyone in the new directory is entitled to receive a polo shirt free, or if you would like to upgrade to an embroidered zipper bag it will be an extra $5 or you can upgrade to a long sleeve denim shirt for an extra $12. If you would like an item and you are not in the current directory we can still order for you at the full price of: polo shirt $ 19.50, embroidered zipper bag $26.85, or denim shirt $32.25.

***If you have eggs cartons you are willing to give away, please bring them to the meeting for Colleen K. Her hens are laying with a Spring frenzy and your cartons would help greatly. Thank you.

*** Do you have a sewing basket you don't use anymore? Do you have small sewing items that you no longer need… such as six-inch rulers, tape measures, safety pins, seam rippers, etc.? Rather than putting them on the stage, give them to Anna Mae (or Ardith). We will put the small donated sewing items into the donated sewing baskets and auction them at the May Tea Party. All the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

***May is shaping up to be a fun month for Thimbleweed Quilter as well with our regular meeting on May 5,  The Outdoor Quilt show on Sunday May 15, and the Tea Party on Thursday, May 19. Check your Ragweed or the Thimbleweed blog for more detail on these event.

Until next time, Happy Sewing,
Holly
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this Thursday, April 7, 2016.

***This week Judy G. is presenting the Ruler Case Project – if you want to participate and didn’t sign up with her to get the preparation instructions then follow this link  http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html  and pop on over to the blog site to see what you need to bring.

***Finish It! Club—Vicky Harms, Emily Smith & Jeanne Hurt – project #6 is due at the meeting. If you cannot attend, please send a photo of your finish to: Emily Smith at emquilter@comcast.net or Vicky Harms at vgmcharms@comcast.net before the meeting to meet the deadline and be eligible for the drawing.

***April  21 and April 28, 2016, 9:30-2:00 are the dates for the Thimbleweed Spring “Retreat” – The quilt projects are being presented by Pat Raikes & Kristen Ikenberg. There are two versions using the same strip piecing techniques. This is a great “stash-buster” project. No need to buy anything specifically for this pattern. For more details and cutting preparation please follow this link to the blog site. http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-meetings.html  Bring your lunch, sewing machine and supplies and enjoy these two separate days of sewing comradery. Working on UFO’s is also encouraged. Join in on some dedicated sewing time with friends.

*** Do you have a sewing basket you don't use anymore? Do you have small sewing items that you no longer need… such as six-inch rulers, tape measures, safety pins, seam rippers, etc.? Rather than putting them on the stage, give them to Anna Mae (or Ardith). We will put the small donated sewing items into the donated sewing baskets and auction them at the May Tea Party. All the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

*** Remember to save the day, join in and spread the word about the THIMBLEWEED QUILTERS GREAT OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW! RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO. FREE ADMISSION. LIVE MUSIC. GREAT VENDORS. OVER 200 QUILTS ON DISPLAY. SUNDAY, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Veterans’ Memorial Park, Pinetree Road, Rio Rancho (Between the Rio Rancho Main Post Office and Esther Bone Library)

***The Mother’s Day Tea Party is scheduled for our meeting on May 19, 2016. Please be sure to sign up with what you will contribute. This will allow the organizers to plan for enough tea services that they are providing. (No need to bring your own.) If you are bringing a guest please put sign up with a contribution for them as well to keep the number of participants accurate. Thank you.

*** Please note – In April, Colleen will be taking orders for new Thimbleweed embroidered polo shirts. She will have samples at the meetings you can see before placing your order. We are using part of the AQS money that was gifted to us after the big show in 2015 for this project. Everyone in the new directory is entitled to receive a polo shirt free, or if you would like to upgrade to an embroidered zipper bag it will be an extra $5 or you can upgrade to a long sleeve denim shirt for an extra $12. If you would like an item and you are not in the current directory we can still order for you at the full price of:
polo shirt $ 19.50, embroidered zipper bag $26.85, or denim shirt $32.25.
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Hello Everyone,
Our next Thimbleweed meeting is this week, Thursday March 17, 2016.

This meeting is Community Service sewing day. We are making quilts for Freedom House. Please bring your machine and all your regular sewing supplies as well as your lunch. Anna Mae will explain and distribute the kits for the quilt tops that need to be sewn. We hope you will join in to make this community service project an ongoing success. If you are not familiar with what this project is about, please ask. It is a good cause and they are still developing the program. Our donated quilts are appreciated and valued by those that receive them.
*** Please help contribute by  bringing two identical strips that are 4 1/2 inches by the width of the fabric. We hope you will stay and sew. Please bring your sewing machine and sewing equipment(a seam ripper is required) as well as cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler, are all needed.

*** This week - Kathy Lyon & Judy Aronow  will give a brief presentation on Sewing a Large Quilt on Your Home Machine

*** Do you have small sewing items that you no longer need… such as six-inch rulers, tape measures, safety pins, seam rippers, etc.? Rather than putting them on the stage, give them to Anna Mae (or Ardith). We will put the small donated sewing items into the donated sewing baskets and auction them at the May Tea Party. All the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

Happy stitching,
Holly

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Hello Everyone,Our next Thimbleweed quilters meeting is this Thursday, March 3rd. ***This week Benee K. is presenting the Focus Hocus Pocus Quilt. If you signed up, you were given a supply and cutting list for the project. There is  $2 fee for the pattern. If you have any questions, please contact Benee. ***This is the day to bring in your “Finish It” project #4 from your list to get checked off as complete and be eligible for a prize. If you are unable to attend the March 3 meeting, please send a picture to Emily Smith at emquilt-er@comcast.net or Vicky Harms at vgmcharms@comcast.net before the meeting to meet the deadline. (Project #6 is due for April 1st) *** Kathi Murray and Kathy Sublett will be collecting the entries for the Albuquerque Fiber Arts – Colors of the Southwest show at both March meetings.  Your entries will be returned to the artists at the first April meeting.  If you aren't going to be at the first April meeting, please let  either Kathy know to make other arrangements. *** Do you have a sewing basket you don't use anymore? Do you have small sewing items that you no longer need… such as six-inch rulers, tape measures, safety pins, seam rippers, etc.? Rather than putting them on the stage, give them to Anna Mae (or Ardith). We will put the small donated sewing items into the donated sewing baskets and auction them at the May Tea Party. All the money received will go back to Thimbleweeds.

 ***Did anyone get a good photo of 98 year old Mary’s quilt that she showed at the February 18 meeting? I would like this to appear on the website. Please send the pic to me here. Thank you. See you there! Happy Sewing!Holly




Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is this week on February 4th. Our special presentation will be “Applique Two-ways by Bobbie Prairie” – Bobbie will be demonstrating two different ways of doing applique. The only thing you need to bring is some paper and a pen. Along with the demonstration, she will be sharing some of the tips and tricks that she has learned along her applique journey. Hope to see you there!

******Special Request Alert from Page G.****
HELP--I screwed up!!
I thought we were changing the City Hall quilt display in March, but it turns out we're doing it on Feb 11th.  We're looking for Valentine's, love, St. Patrick's, red, pink, or spring quilts.  They will be hung from binder clips, so no sleeve is necessary. If you can help, please bring your quilts to the Feb 3rd meeting, or I would be happy to come pick them up at your convenience.  Thanks in advance, Page 892-1109, pajina@spinn.net

**You can still join in the “Finish It” group (this year’s version of the BOM) presented by Vicki Harms, Emily Smith & Jeanne Hurt. Bring a list of the 10 projects you want to finish (or begin) so you can fill out the page. Photos of your un-completed projects are helpful too. Pay your $5, and get started with turning your UFOs into FFOs. Here’s to a year of finishing  projects!   The project number is chosen at the first meeting of the month and is due at the first meeting of the next month. Our first number for February will be given to you at the meeting and the Finished item is due at the March 3rd meeting to be eligible for a prize.

***Remember to bring and wear a nametag at the meeting to be eligible for the nametag drawing prizes. Usually two prizes are given away at each meeting. Any tag will do as long as it’s your own name!

****If you know someone who wants to be on this list have them send me an email to this address and I’ll add them to the group.  Also if you are presenting a class, you can email me with a supply list, homework, teasers, instructions, etc. I’ll get the word out to this list and on our blog page. Let’s make this helpful for ourselves!  If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please email me with a “please remove me” request.

Smiles, Holly

Hello Everyone,
Our next meeting is on January 21 and it will be a general meeting followed by Machine binding tips and tricks, presented by Diane Bourg
Here is the information Diane has to help you prepare for the workshop:
We will be binding two placemats by machine, and I will show you some tips for making the start/end of your binding “invisible” and for reducing bulk at the corners.
For this class you will need:
1.      Four strips, 2 ½” wide by WOF for binding
2.      Two pieces of fabric 17 ½” by 13 ½” for the tops
3.      Two pieces of batting (same size as top)
4.      Two pieces of fabric (same size as top) for the back
Put the 3 layers together and quilt the placemats before class, but do NOT piece the binding.
OR
Four strips of binding fabric and two pieces of double-faced, pre-quilted fabric 17 ½” by13 1/2”

You will also need your sewing machine and walking foot, marking pen or pencil that shows up on your binding, 6 inch ruler, seam ripper, fabric scissors, and the usual sewing supplies.  Use thread that matches the binding.

**If you wish to join in the “Finish It” group (this year’s version of the BOM) presented by Vicki Harms, Emily Smith & Jeanne Hurt, it is time to get your folder lists turned in, pay your $5, and get started with turning your UFOs into FFOs. Here’s to a year of finishing  projects!

****A note from Benee K. : “ I will be teaching a class in March. There are four examples of the quilt. I am taking sign ups and passing out supply lists, as fabrics needs to selected and cut before the March 3rd meeting. There will be a $2.00 charge for the pattern....

****If you know someone who wants to be on this list have them send me an email to this address and I’ll add them to the group.
Also if you are presenting a class, you can email me with a supply list, homework, teasers, instructions, etc. I’ll get the word out to this list and on our blog page. Let’s make this helpful for ourselves!
If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please email me with a “please remove me” request.

Smiles, Holly


Hello Everyone,
Our first meeting of 2016 is on January 7 and it will be Fun and Games, Followed by Soup and Conversation


**If you wish to join in the Finish it Club (this year’s version of the BOM) presented by Vicki Harms, Emily Smith & Jeanne Hurt, this is the meeting to pay your $5, get your folder lists turned in, and get started with turning your UFOs into FFOs. Here’s to a year of finishing  projects!

**For  Our Soup and Conversation sharing Please remember to bring:
Your favorite soup, salad or dessert.  (please label your soup so we all know what delectable delight we are tasting)
A ladle, to dip it out with.
A muffin tin, to hold all those wonderful cups of soup.
Your utensils, including your favorite soup spoon.

**We will be playing the game Left, Right & Center.  There is a possibility of going home with a jelly roll.
So...if you want to play, please bring: 10 Batik strips 2 1/2" wide by WOF (Width of Fabric).  You will need 5 strips for each game you play

****A correction from Diane B.  for her January 21st class – In the supplies list that was published in the ragweed you will need Four (4), not three strip for binding that are 2 ½” wide by WOF for binding. That is two strips for each placemat. A corrected version of the supplies list will appear in the blog    http://thimbleweedsquiltgroup.blogspot.com/

****A note from Benee K. : “ I will be making a presentation for a class I'll be teaching in March. I'll be bringing four examples of the quilt, taking sign ups and passing out supply lists, as fabrics needs to selected and cut before the March 3rd meeting. There will be a $2.00 charge for the pattern....

****If you know someone who wants to be on this list have them send me an email to this address and I’ll add them to the group.
Also if you are presenting a class, you can email me with a supply list, homework, teasers, instructions, etc. I’ll get the word out to this list and on our blog page. Let’s make this helpful for ourselves!
If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please email me with a “please remove me” request.

Smiles, Holly


2015
Spring Retreat - April 17th and 24th

Spring Retreat starts this Thursday with Lynn teaching the wall-hanging class, and Kristen, Faye, and Pat teaching the cutting mat/ironing surface kit.  Lynn's class will be held all day, both days.  As soon as the cutting mat kits are finished, Kristen and Pat will begin the two quilt classes.  For those who are not making the kit, but who are taking one of the quilt classes, you are welcome to come at the beginning and work on a UFO or cut the strip pieces that are needed in the quilt classes.  If you cut the strips into the correct lengths before you come, you will make a lot more progress on your quilt.  

On Thursday the 24th, we will continue to work on the quilts (perhaps finish them ), and Pat will teach how to do a double-faced binding to finish your quilt.  

Remember to bring a lunch for the 17th, and we will order in pizza for the 24th ($5 to Suzi).   

Hope you're also doing your part to be sure the Quilt Show weather is BEAUTIFUL!  


Donna



March 17
Hello ladies,
Looks like there is a fun meeting planned for this week..  See below for the supply list.  We all know what a good class Jeanne puts on, so be sure to jump in and enjoy this project.  You could even wear your hat for the quilt show!!

March 20 Jeanne Hurt's Flower and Hat Band
1. Bring all sewing supplies 
 A.  Ripper 
 B.  Sewing Machine 
 C.  Pencil or marking pin 2. Scraps of fabric to make: 
 A.  Flower for your hat 
 B.  Eyelash yarn to make center of flower 
 C.  A pinch turner or hemostat 
 D.  Thread to match your flower color—you may want a contrasting color for quilting 
 E.  Bring scraps for leaves and hat band. (green maybe) 
3. Paper to trace or draw leaves (may trace my leaves) 
4. Bring  colors for bird of you plan to add a bird 
5. Bring Hat—old-new-used sun hat.  One you will wear for tea/ 

PS, The Albuquerque Philharmonic is playing at Cleveland High School on Friday evening at 7"30....and it's free!

October 11

Good Morning,
Just a few Thimleweedy things to share:
1.  Attached is the group photo from camp shot by Jerilyn.  Thanks Jerilyn!  It's Donna's fault that it's so slow coming, but she is promising to get the prints made for all of you by the next meeting!
2.  This is a link to Gail's blog post about the school supplies we collected for her friend.
http://gailgarber.com/2013/10/10/thimbleweeds-to-the-rescue/
 3.  If you found a Brother walking foot at camp, Sue Harris has lost one. If you were sitting near her in class, would you check your supplies and see if it's hidden in there.  Sue would be thrilled.

And that's it for a beautiful, crisp, clear Autumn day.


July 8


Good news, all your cards and good wishes worked and Gloria bounced right out of the hospital and made it to Quilts Ole on Saturday.

Remember our meeting this week.  We'll be taking signups for Holly's class (bring your $6.00).  We'll have Block of the Month and the other first of the month activities.  Remember we have the room til 2:00 so if you want to stay and sew with friends or pin a quilt, you surely can.


July 7


Gloria Shapiro, a longtime Thimbleweeds member is seriously ill and in the hospital.  I'm sure she would appreciate cards.  Her address is in the membership roster.

Below is the July 18 Holly Altman Class information.  IF you haven't signed up, let me know.  $6.00 includes lunch!
THE PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP IS TO
DIP YOUR TOES OR ANY OTHER BODY PART INTO ART QUILTING...NO STRESS...NO RIGHT OR WRONG...NO JUDGEMENTS...JUST YOU AND YOUR FABRICS HAVING FUN !  

we will answer the age old question...how do i come up with an idea ?...and will it work...
where do i start...will it hurt ?...i can guarantee that it wont hurt... and i can definitely help with the rest...
    
YOU SAY YOU ARE NOT ARTISTIC, NEVER TOOK ART CLASSES,ONLY WORK FROM OTHER PEOPLES PATTERNS,  AND YOU DONT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE ART QUILT CONCEPT...

TO THIS I SAY BULL HOOEY !!!

AND ARE afraid that when you compare your work to the person sitting next to you....you wont measure up...WELL IF YOU ALREADY QUILT, HAVE DECORated your home, gotten yourself dressed each morning and not looked like CLARABELLE,  put a meal oon the table and have definite color likes and dislikes...you are artistic...as for art classes...they teach you the rules...its a good thing because you know when and why you should break them...BUT...
not having learned the rules you have no restrictions...you are very free to create...whatever and however...the business of using other peoples patterns...well remember coloring books, dress patterns, recipes ...we all tweaked them at sometime or another to satisfy OUR ARTISTIC Needs...and you were usually comfortable doing that...

making comparisons of your work to that of the people around you is a No No......we all come to this quilting business with our own creative baggage...you can admire their work, ask questions about it...their inspiration, techniques etc...their work is just THAT...THEIRS...A PRODUCT OF THEIR HISTORY AND EXPERIENCES...JUST AS YOUR WORK IS A PRODUCT OF YOURS...WE all started on this journey at different times with different skills, and learned different things along the way so comparisons are a useless endeavor...


I AM NOT GOING TO BEAT YOU INTO ARTISTIC SUBMISSION, I WILL NOT DEVALUE YOUR WORK...NOR WILL I LET ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORKSHOP DO IT...WE WILL CELEBRATE THE DOING AND EVENTUAL FINISHING OF THE PROJECTS...SOUND LIKE HOMEWORK...WELL IT IS ...SINCE THIS WILL BE A SERIES OF WORKSHOPs THE ONLY WAY YOULL SEE PROGRESS IS THRU A SERIES OF HOME WORK PROJECTS...What you start today..you finish for the next time...when i say finish...doesnt have to have binding...it can be embellished...  whatever...last thing i want is for you to get stressed about this...you do what you can...besides if we do this every 2 or 3 months
you should all have the time you need...

I WILL ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SEMI-FINISHED HOMEWORK...NOT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT...I DONT WANT FANCY ANSWERS...JUST HONEST ONES AND YOU CAN ALWAYS SAY...I DID IT BECAUSE I LIKED IT !  I HONOR THAT !

you are going to be doing some thinking about what you do...it isnt rocket science and there aRe no exams and no grades ...remember...no right and no wrong..

I MIGHT ALSO ASK YOU TO DO THE UNTHINKABLE ...cut into your piece...
youll just have to trust me on this one...


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO ART QUILTING ON A REGULAR BASIS...JUST GO FOR IT...THIS IS GOOD EXERCISE FOR YOU...CREATE A GIVEN SUBJECT ON COMMAND...YOU CAN BE ROLE MODELS FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT DONE ART QUILTING BEFORE...ANSWER QUESTIONS ...GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT...LEND A HAND IF NEEDED...
REMEMBER WHAT IT FELT LIKE WITH THAT BLANK FABRIC IN FRONT OF YOU...SOOOO EMPTY...SO INTIMIDATING...AND YOUR MIND SOOOO TOTALLY BLANK...TIME TO GIVE BACK...

THE IDEA IS TO BE SURROUNDED WITH WONDERFUL WOMEN ALL DOING THEIR OWN ARTISTIC THINGS, LEARN SOMETHING NEW, AND HAVE FUN ...OH ...AND I THINK FOOD IS 
INVOLVED...HOW COULD YOU NOT HAVE A GREAT TIME...



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          WORKSHOP #1
      "LEAF ME ALONE"

+ SUBJECT...LEAVES ...something to think about beforehand ...there will be a new subject for each workshop...IT WILL BE RAW EDGE WORK...

MATERIALS...

1.  ...  PICK  AND CUT 2 OR 3 SOLID OR BATIK      patterned BACKGROUNDS... SIZE...16 x 20
NOT fabric that has a real recognizable pattern

2.  ...BAG OF IRONED SCRAPS...ALL KINDS...PRINTS, SOLIDS, GLITZ AND SMARM...A WHOLE BUNCH 
FAVORITE COLORS AND MORE IMPORTANT A
FEW NOT SO FAVORITE COLORS...BE SURE TO HAVE SOME TULLE AND NET TO PLAY AROUND WITH...I WILL BRING SOME...MAYBE stop at JOANNS AND GET 1/4 YDS OF SOME SEMI TRANSPARENT CHIFFONS...you can trade off 8" cuts...  if you have worked with me before you will understand...for those of you who havent...this collection of miscellaneous fabrics is your palette...the more choice...the more possibilities...the more fun

DO NOT BUY A LOT OF NEW FABRICs...All sizes of scraps are great ..remember you will need some larger scraps...

+3...
A SELECTION OF THREAD...THEY DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO MATCH YOUR FABRICS

+ 4....SEWING MACHINE WITH REGULAR NEEDLE AND A REGULAR foot and a free motion foot...
leave the machine and the thread in your car...we might not get to the stitching part during the workshop...so why drag it all the way in until you need it...same with the thread

5.  PINS


July 2

Please remember we won't be meeting this Thursday, because of the 4th of July holiday.  We will have a make up meeting next week.

On a different note, Paula Scott is collecting recyclable things for a kids art project that the Rio Rancho Artist Association is sponsoring.  She would like things like: bottle caps, thread spools, candy wrappers, interesting smaller things.  She doesn't need laundry soap containers or cans or bottles and things that are large or plentiful.  I've started a bag for her and it has colored plastic lids, tic tac and altoid containers, a plastic container paper clips came in, chopsticks...I hope this gives you some ideas.  We'll collect these for her for a few meetings.  Tara will make sure she gets them

Remember we will be collecting food for storehouse next week.  You might want to check out this week's grocery ads :)


June 17



Good Morning Ladies,


This is the week for our fun workshop with Ardith as well as our summer salad potluck.  Even if you're not taking the class, plan to hang out and have lunch.  You might want to bring some handwork and visit with friends, or spend some time checking out the library!


Our pot luck is YUMMY and sometimes gooey salads and desserts.  Please bring you own plates for the salads because dressings and paper plates aren't friendly.  But, we'll have paper plates in case you forget!  We'll have dessert plates available along with silverware. You'll find sodas and water in the coolers at the end of the tables.

June 7

Emily asked me to remind you about this free concert in Rio Rancho this Saturday evening.  Her daughter Carol sings in this group.


Soli Musica   presents " Amens and Alleluias: A Celebration of Spiritual and Gospel Music"




Saturday, June 8th  -- 7:30 pm


Rio Rancho United Methodist Church


1652  Abrazo Rd. NE    Rio Rancho


Free concert

June 3


It's the week of our meeting...and it'll be a fun one!
Anne will be presenting Block of the Month, so bring the little house you've finished to show off.
We will have some preliminary information about the Hummingbird Retreat, start planning to join us in the mountains for some fun, fun, fun.
Sign up for the dangle swap....if you aren't going to be at the meeting, but want to play, please e mail me and I'll add you to the list.  Donna and Colleen will be demonstrating how to make dangles, so if you need a refresher or a lesson, stop by.
Last chance to sign up for Ardith's Class, the cost is $5.
And of course, we'll have show and tell...and free stuff on the stage.
Barbara Gary reminds us that there are still spaces in the Del Norte Quilt-in to be held June 14 or June 15.  Deadline for registration is June 6 and information is at


May 18

Faye asked me to send out a note, asking you to send her photos of the tea party if you took some....I love how she referred to our messages as the" Thimbleweeds Hot Line!!"  If you hit reply your message will go to Faye.
By the way, it sounds like you all had a fun, fun time at the fashion show/auction and the tea party...why not take a moment to let Faye know what a great party she can throw!
One week of school to go :)


Hello ladies!
I think some of you are working on squares for this project that will be displayed at the Rio Rancho Esther Bone Library.  The lady in charge just sent me some additional information and we are trying to get a plan!  If you could turn your square in at the first June meeting that would be very most excellent.
Also, if you are planning to participate would you reply to me so I'll have an idea of how many participants we'll have.  If you have a question, give me a call. 

May 13

Good Morning Ladies,
This is the week for our annual tea party!!  Hope you have a pretty outfit and a hat laid out!  Remember to bring your place setting and whatever you signed up to bring. 
We'll also be having a vest fashion show...prepare to be inspired!  Bring some dollars, so you can go home with the vest of your choice!





From Kathy Sublett:


We are still in need of volunteers for the Thimbleweeds booth and also general volunteers for AFAF. 

Also, please ask the members to bring any pillow cases, gift card holders, etc. for the Paws and Stripes charity.  We've already given a lot more than was requested, but more is better.  If they bring them Thursday, I can deliver them at the AFAF Committee meeting on Friday, the next day.
Ask them to see Barbara S., Colleen, or me.

April 17


Woo, hoo.  I just got off the phone with Simon who is the guy from the city who makes sure all of the ropes are up for the quilt show.  He told me they've been working to make the part beautiful for Sunday the 28th.  He said the grass is lush, the fountain is running and there are spring flowers blooming!
So, now I just need to be sure we'll have loads of quilts to make the park even prettier.  Please bring plenty of quilts, even if you've displayed them before...old quilts, new quilts, big and little quilts...we love them all.
Barbara will have index cards for you to make a label for your quilt.  If your quilt is for sale please use a colored card.
We have some fun vendors planned for this year - new ones as well as those we've had before. Our Victrola guy will be there as well as Pat's band and in the afternoon there will be a dedication for a new flower bed at the park.
  • Kathy Sublett has been doing an absolutely fantastic job of advertising the show, so we'll be expecting a large crowd.  You can pick up some flyers from her this week to post or share with friends!
As always, I hope each of you is working to ensure we will have beautiful weather.
I am always so appreciative to each of you who step in to make this event happen every year, those who volunteer to bake cookies, pass out cold bottles of water, sit at the greeter's table, give out hot coffee, sell raffle tickets, bring quilts, and everything else!
Will you do me a favor and encourage our new members to bring quilts and come and enjoy the day!


April 4


*Fat Quarter Library
*Batik strip swap purple
*Block of the Month, bring your block to show it off
*Bring your lunch bags from the last meeting to show off
*Show and Tell
*Last chance to sign up for the Spring Retreat...even if you're planning to do a UFO, you need to sign up.
*Bobbie will be bringing Loretta's Loot.
I hope you're all working on good weather for the quilt show...on April 28th.


March 19

Good Morning Tweeders!
What a fun program Debbie and Tara have for this meeting.  I assume you've all done your homework! 
Check the newsletter for details.
Here's a note from Marlene:
Linda Cotton is moving to Arizona. She is in the process of selling her home and preparing to leave us.
Thimbleweeds would like to make her blocks to say thanks for knowing you and being in Thimbleweeds.
The colors for the block PINK & WHITE
The size: 8 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches unfinished. Finished 8 inches by 8 inches
Make your block what you like to make. Your choice!
It would be nice if you signed the block that is your choice.
Marlene Walker will be collecting these blocks so at your first opportunity make one and
give it to me at the Meetings. We do not know when she is leaving.
Questions: Give me a call 867-4250 
And...Vicki Larsen is also moving.  Her hubby got a job in the Dallas area and they'' be going in April.  We would like to make her RED and WHITE blocks 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches unfinished. Make any block you wish. 
And...our dear sweet Barbara Gary is having heart surgery this month. Would you take a few minutes to drop a note or card in the mail and include a heart cut out of fabric...big, little, pinking edged or plain...just to let her know we're thinking of her.
And...if you made Cathy Arney a block when she left, this is the result!  Stunning Cathy!
Finally have all of the autographed blocks you made for me when we moved back to Michigan all put together in this quilt top.  I promised I'd show you when it was done.  Thank you New Mexican quilting buddies.  I miss you all!
I'm sure
I've forgotten
something, so you'll probably
hear from me again.


March 3


Good Morning Ladies,
This meeting will include the following:
*block of the month,
*batik strip exchange in beige,
*bring back finished community service projects for Paws and Stripes,
*fat quarter lending library(Ann Valdez)
* raffle quilt
*sign ups for the Spring Retreat
*visiting with friends
*show and tell
*free table!
Sounds like a busy, busy meeting to me.
Remember, we have the meeting til 2:30, so if you want to stay and sew or pin a quilt you sure can!
Here is the link for the video about the Days for Girls project.  If you missed the last meeting, you might want to watch it...it's a touching film about the part our group played in helping girls in Kenya. 


Feb 4


Ladies, 
This is the week for the Thimbleweeds meeting.  We have a full day planned and you'll want to come and help out.  There will be a job for everyone, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to visit with friends while you work.  This is a nice opportunity to get a lot of work done in a short time! 
Remember this week's meeting is dedicated to sewing for Community Service the "thank you" gifts for donating to Paws and Stripes for Fiber Arts Fiesta. Please come ready to sew, turn or iron either coasters or pillowcases. We have the kits ready. Plan to stay until 2:30, so bring your sack lunch and a "chocolate" goodie to share for dessert. We'll also have bottled water available.
Any questions call Barbara S 867-2138 or Kathy S 771-3593.


And since, I never remember everything, here are two more items:
Remember to bring your house block of the month blocks to show off.
And, here is Anita Blanton's recipe from the Soup party.
JIFFY CORN PUDDING
2 T. butter
1 15oz. can whole corn, drained
1 15 oz. can cream style corn
1 8 oz. Jiffy cornbread mix
1 cup low fat sour cream
1 egg
1 cup cheese
Preheat over to 375 degrees. Melt butter in 9 x 13 pan.
Be careful that butter does not brown.
Mix whole corn, cream corn, cornbread mix, sour cream
and egg. Fold in cheese. Pour in hot pan stirring in
any access butter. Bake 40 min. or so until
toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Optional: Some people like to add one can of Orginal
Rotel tomatoes; or some add chopped green chile.


Dec. 18


Below please find a message from Miriam about a local sewing related exhibit that might be of interest to you.
Also, remember the SAQA exhibit at the City of Albuquerque's Open Space Visitor Center Gallery runs through December 30.  I've heard lots of nice comments about it, and you will recognize the names of some of the artists.
Have a very Merry Christmas....eeeek, it's only a week away!
Donna
"Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them."          
Hi Donna,
I went to see this exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  It was very interesting.  It uses stitchery to describe the people of Chile's reaction to a dictatorial government. It is free on Sundays; two dollars for seniors other days, three dollars for general admission. Some of the ladies may have an interest in the use of stitchery with politics.
               Miriam
There is alot of information on the internet on arpilleras.  They are also made in other South American countries to depict daily life.



Stitching Resistance: 
The History of Chilean Arpilleras
Opening Reception
Friday October 19, 2012 6-8 pm
Please join us for a Free Public Reception to celebrate the opening our newest exhibit: 
Stitching Resistance:  
The History of Chilean Arpilleras

Nearly forty years ago, the armed forces of Chile overthrew the administration of Salvador Allende. That day, September 11, 1973, created the necessary conditions in which this art form known as arpilleras was born and soon these textiles became the most visual (and visible), poignant, and widespread manifestation of opposition to authoritarianism, violation of human rights, the disappearance of loved ones-all things associated with the military government that ruled Chile until 1990. 
Arpilleras are a powerful art form- so much more than a "charming" or quaint applique.  Layers of sackcloth or burlap fabric (arpillera) were joined, principally through applique, to create multi-dimensional (in layers and meaning) works of protest and resistance. Based on the collection of poet and Wellesley College professor Marjorie Agosín, the exhibition, Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras is a result of an intense collaboration by poets, artists, scholars, and curators. It includes a total of 74 works by a variety of arpilleristas (makers of arpilleras) and workshops. The featured works span the period from the 1973 military coup and highlight human rights issues and violations, abductions and desaparecidos disappeared people), women and community, exile, and politics and authoritarianism. The exhibit also extends to the present with examples showcasing a section titled "After the Darkness" as a post regime Chile returns and confronts its past.  There are even a number of works recording the 2010 Chilean Mining Rescue.
What happened in Chile from 1973 to 1990 captured the world. Artist and musicians both inside and outside of the country found ways to resist the regime, many were killed for it. Even the internationally recognized singer Sting wrote a song about the arpilleristas and their mission to look for their desaparecidos. His song "They Dance Alone (performed with Rubén Blades) captures this period in Chilean history and will be played (in both English and Spanish) in the exhibition gallery to augment the artworks. 
The intent of this powerful and extensive exhibit is to help illuminate the artistry and the history of arpilleristas and arpilleras in the hope that what happened to Chileans between 1973 and 1990 is never forgotten. And the artists who stitched it forever recognized.

Exhibit runs through January 2014
Stay tuned for year-long programming related to this important and poignant textile art form!

National Hispanic Cultural Center
Visual Arts Gallery
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505/246-2261
505/724-4771 Box Office
The National Hispanic Cultural Center, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels


Dec. 9

So sorry to have to report that Karen Bergamo passed away this week.  You might remember Karen  as an iris enthusiast who usually sat on the front row by Jeannie Hurt.    


Dec. 3


Hello Ladies,
This is the week of the Holiday Party. There will be lots of fun to be had. Remember to bring your Potluck dish, squares of fabric for the Left, Right, Center Game, your money to buy some fabulous handmade gifts from our own bazaar.
Remember to bring socks and underwear for Storehouse and women's toiletries (full size, not hotel samples) for Haven House.
See the note below from Kathy Sublett and Barbara Striegel:
The Community Services Committee will be distributing about 25 charity quilts and 60 or so pillowcases at the December meeting/Holiday Party. We are committed to giving some quilts and pillow cases to Haven House, the Rio Rancho shelter for abused women and children. Also, we have committed a few quilts to the nursing home near the Sabana Grande building.
If you have any other favorite charities in Rio Rancho, and want to give them quilts, please see either Kathy Sublett or Barbara Striegel at the party.
Also, we will have a few Raffle-quality quilts that could go to qualifying not-for-profits for fund raising.
We are asking that the people who want quilts to take the quilts and deliver them to the designated charity. We don’t have so many that they won’t fit into the trunk of a car. Plus, think how good it will feel to deliver the quilts yourself!

2 comments:

  1. I would like to visit your guild, but have never attended. I want to verify that you meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's, from 9:30 to 2'ish pm, at the Sabana Grande Community Center.

    Anything else I should know?

    Thanks,
    Suzy Sholar
    behappyhappyhappy@gmail.com

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    1. That is correct. We look forward to seeing you there.

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