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July 2006

Editor: Susie Bakman                      Volume 17 Issue 7
Webmaster: Paula Fleischer

President's Message Program
Block Auction results Membership News
Workshops Hospitality
Block of the Month Fat Quarter
Mini Groups Round Robin
Library Ways and Means
Scholarships Our Associates
Letters Community Service 
Sewing Day Quilt Making Resources on the web

From Our President

So much is going on in our guild! 

April's meeting was a community service sewing night.  Lots of you came down to lend a hand and pitch in.   The success of Jennifer Moore's LOVE, HOPE AND COMFORT PROJECT is a beautiful reflection of your generous and compassionate spirits!  Sue Hoefflin of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation will be at our guild meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2006 to accept the donated quilts.

Jackie and Donna, the owners of Loving Stitches, have been invited so we can all thank them for the eight finished quilts and eleven quilt tops they donated for the project.  I know we want to thank them in person!

Don't forget…I'll have another interesting quilter's tip for you at the April meeting.

Please look for the new lists of Officers and Committees on the Membership Table.  We have a few spots to fill.  Please help us.

The raffle tickets for the 2006 Opportunity Quilt are now on sale.  We owe a thank you to Donna Chipperfield for her hand work in doing this quilt for us.  So far, we have sold about 35 tickets.  We have 165 more to see to total the 200 tickets at $10.00 each.  We need to offer tickets to non-quilters especially.  Do you have any ideas on where we should show this quilt?  Would you be willing to take it to an event and help sell tickets?  Let me know.

Billie Lauder will be teaching a Mystery Quilt workshop on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at Millie's Clubhouse.  Your response to this event was so great, we're working to bring other workshops to you!

We're planning a two day Guild garage sale fundraiser in November in Gerry Hogan's cul-de-sac.   Save your stuff…we'll get out more information soon.

Please feel free to join us at the Board Meeting at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month.  It's your guild and your ideas are always welcome.

See you on May 11th.

Hugs and smiles, Kris Dolan

 (661) 296-7573


This will be a special evening of “Peer Teaching”.  If you ever wondered, "How did they do that?" This is the meeting for you. Who better to learn from than a friend? 

Here is how it works. There will be stations set-up for each instructor with chairs for the students.  Each session will last a specific amount of time, then, you move to another station.  If you want to revisit a station, please be sure someone that has not seen the demonstration gets a chance first.  More instructions on how to visit each station will be given out at the meeting.

Nancy Mayer has volunteered to show us a neat way to do flying geese,

 Sandy Paullin will be showing us how to machine stipple. 

Donna Chipperfield will teach us how to put binding on our quilts with ease.

Linda Kerston will demonstrate the basics of hand quilting.

Paula Fleischer will teach paper piecing.

Carmen Recinos will show us time saving techniques in making quilts.

Jeanette Emerson-Tenting will show techniques useful to new quilters.

Friday Friends' mini group will be on hand to help with questions and problems you may have with your quilts. 

We will have a brief regular meeting before the demonstrations begin. This is something new for our Monthly Guild Meeting and should be fun. 

We hope to see you all there. If you want to take notes or do sketching bring your pencil and paper.

Thank you

 Gerry Hogan


Certified Escrow Officer: Kris Dolan

Chickarita Home Decor

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It is hard to think of our June auction without smiling.  A room full of quilters and bags and bags of fabric, blocks, quilts, and accessories sure makes for a fun time.

We raised about $800 for our guild which will certainly help fund our programs, events, and guest speakers.

A special thanks to Nancy Mayer, Ellie Smith, Connie Hall, Laura Bakman, Anne Watts, Judy Smith, Helena Woodworth, and Sandy Paullin for storing, toting, running, recording, collecting and all of the nameless jobs that made this a success.

Susie Bakman,



Hey, why not come to the Parklane Mobile Home Park on Soledad Canyon Road on Saturday, May 20th?

In the clubhouse Millie Ballace hosts our sewing group and everyone is welcome.  Donna Chipperfield let us know she will be showing paper piecing methods to interested ladies, but other sewing will be going on also.  Bring your own project to work on, or learn something new.

Lunch will be a potluck so plan on bringing a dish to share.  No fees, just fun.

 Membership News:

Congratulations to the member who won the door prize at the last meeting. The prize was kindly donated by Quilts N Things.

Please initial next to your name when you come in at each meeting. All attending members are given a raffle ticket for a chance to win a door prize.  At the end of the year we will have a special prize drawing for attendance. The more meetings you attend, the more chances to win.

Thanks to Laura Bakman for covering the Membership Table while was on vacation last month.

Adva Price, Membership Chairperson


Loving Stitches Quilt Shoppe

A Quality II

Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats

Longarm Quilting by Donna

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The Guild has a scholarship program to encourage our members to take classes. 

To get all the details of the program please stop by the Scholarship/Block of the Month table and pick up an application.  Forma are available at every meeting.  Any questions please call me. 

Barbara E. Montejo



Tickets will be on sale before and during the first part of the meeting, so please stop by and meet purchase tickets. 

Your Ways and Means ticket purchases and donated items support our guild in so many ways and adds to the fun too.


I'll sell it for you on eBay

Boothill Patches

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Round Robin

The Round Robins found their way home to their owners in June.  What a feast for the eyes!  We saw all the clever and creative additions the group of eleven “robinettes” made. 

Now we hope to see the completed quilts in the near future and perhaps a special display at our next quilt show.

Consider taking part in this next time.

Caryl Jo Fox, 818-352-3483 


Cherie Maylis, 818-352-1855


Thanks to the following ladies for bringing food and drinks last month

Susie Bakman         Laura Bakman
Anne Watts           Bonnie Weber
Lola Dyroy             Kris Dolan
Glenna Beaver        Diane Boddye
Helena Woodworth

Remember to sign the list as you drop off your food and drink so you can be properly thanked.

For July, let's have H through M's please bring food and D through G's bring drinks.


Connie Weber

Note from the Board Meeting:  Many of our guild members have mentioned how much it is appreciated when the snacks available at our guild meetings are nutritious and wholesome.  Please keep this in mind when it is your turn to bring “goodies” as it seems we are all trying to watch what we eat.


Fabulous Fabrics

Candy Quiltworks

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Fat Quarter Exchange

Bring something HOT!  Fiery colors like reds, flames, amber or you can add prints of volcanoes, chili peppers, suns or sunshine.  You decide how to interpret our theme, “Some Like It Hot.” 

In August we will be at the beach with anything nautical, oceanic, tropical, or polar.  Bring some Hawaiian prints or whatever beach surprises you find.

Caryl Jo Fox and Cherie Maylis
Friday Friends MiniGroup

 Our future “flavors of the month” are:

August – Summertime

September – At the beach

October – People

November – Geometrics

December - Music

Caryl Jo and Cherie 

Block of the Month

Nancy Beck was the winner at the June meeting.  Congratulations Nancy.  Thank you to Helena Woodworth who took care of the Block of the Month table.  I went to a friend's retirement dinner and got to the Quilt meeting in time for some of the auction.

The block for August will be a lovely star.  I really do like stars and this one is easy.  With the dark blue background the block is quite striking.  Hope you have time to give it a try.  See you at the July meeting with your flag block.

Barbara Montejo 



Cruise Vacation Planner

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Community Service Quilts: Love Hope & Comfort

Just a reminder.

If you wanted to make a quilt for this program and didn't get around to it there is still plenty of time.  The plan is to have another collection of quilts ready to give to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation in December.

Jennifer Moore and Helena Woodworth are the contacts for this donation and will be glad to advise you of the exact need and details.


We Get Letters





Become an Associate !!


Nancy Mayer will offer a class for guild members, and non-members too on Saturday, July 15th, at Millie's Clubhouse.

She will be teaching us how to make a unique “One Hour Tote Bag.”

The class “fee” is a $10.00 donation to the guild.  This will help us raise funds to go towards the cost of our future guest speakers. Here is a supply list:      

         5 ½ yards double fold bias tape

1 ¼ yards outside fabric

            1 ¼ yards inside fabric

            Some wonder-under (if you have it)

A focus fabric for the decorative

   outside pocket

Nancy will bring some wonder under and said if you have any questions, give her a call at 296-2503.

This will be the first special workshop of this kind, with many to follow.  So, if you would be able to teach a future workshop, or just have thoughts on what you would like to learn, please give us a call.

 Thank you,

Sandy Paulin and /or Gerry Hogan


Several of you have asked if we accept donations for the library, and the answer is “YES”, but it does need to be related to quilting.  The board reserves the last word in deciding what is appropriate for our library, what might better go to Ways and Means, or offered at the annual Auction Night.  Everything is greatly appreciated.

Last month we even had “old” magazines for sale at the library table at real bargain prices. 

If you have any questions or suggestions for anything you would like to see in the library, give me a call.

Carol Moore


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African Folklore Embroidery Workshop

Next year we will be having Leora Raikin as a guest speaker at our guild.  If you are interested in taking her class this year here is some info from another guild.

Interested parties may contact Monique at (818) 388-6951 for upcoming classes offered this summer.  Or e-mail her at

You can visit the artist Leora Raikin's web site at www.AFLEMBROIDERY.COM for a visual tour of her work.

Gerry Hogan,


Quilting Making Resources

Do you have a favorite web site or newsletter related to quilting?  I subscribe to a few online newsletters that I really enjoy and find beneficial and thought it would be fun to share. 

If you would like to submit a site for members to check on, e-mail the information to me and I will share it..

I especially enjoy Ami Simms' monthly newsletter and there is no charge to receive it.  Just log on to her web site and sign up.  Also, thread seems to be a never ending subject and a great place for education is through Superior's newsletter and web site.


Web site information:

It is always nice to have an expert resource at your fingertips.  Let's share!

Susie Bakman


Mini Groups


Opportunity Quilt

Do you still have Opportunity Quilt tickets to turn in?  We are getting close to selling the last of the tickets and plan to hold the drawing at the July or August meeting. 

Please see Kris Dolan to turn in your ticket money at the next meeting, and if you can, take a couple more to sell. 

This has been a difficult sale with our original sales plan falling through, so your help is especially important.  It is such a fabulous quilt we owe a special “Thank You” to Donna Chipperfield for her design, sewing, and quilting work.

Maybe the winner is YOU.


A Special Challenge For You

The Challenge is coming!  Beginning in September, you will bring everything you need for a small, no larger than 20” quilt in a gallon sized zip bag, and it will be exchanged with another quilter. 

Then, at our December Holiday Meeting, you will receive your completed quilt.  No focus fabric, center block, or monthly exchanges like the round robin.

A very different challenge indeed!  All the details will be revealed soon.

Friday Friends

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This article is shared with the permission of Bob at Superior Thread.COM.  It is an excerpt from his June newsletter

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If you have experienced problems running decorative threads and have adjusted the top tension every possible way and still cannot get good results, the solution might lie in the bobbin tension setting.  For example, if the top thread is breaking because the top tension is too tight, it is necessary to loosen it.  If you loosen it to the point where the thread does not break, but the top thread then loops on the back, the top tension is now too loose.  This is a common problem with some longarm machines.  Neither of these solutions work and adjusting the tension settings in between these two extremes doesn't work so what can we do?  The problem is that the top tension and bottom tension are too far out of sync so no matter what we do to the top tension, it will not solve the problem.  In order to fix this, we must loosen the bobbin tension.  Many of us were taught to NEVER touch the bobbin tension.  That was when thread choices were very limited and decorative threads hadn't yet been invented or used on high speed and longarm machines.   Times have changed.



Now, after having loosened the bobbin tension, any adjustments you make to the top tension will be more effective because the top and bottom tensions are more in sync.  You should be able to pull the thread through the needle fairly easily without feeling much tension.

You have now been given permission to adjust the bobbin tension!  It will make a huge difference.

If you can thread a sewing machine, you can adjust the bobbin tension.  There is no need to spend money on a second bobbin case.  With a permanent marker, put a dot where the tension screw is now pointing to so you can always return to the original setting.  Then, with a screwdriver and thinking of a clock, make adjustments by turning the screw equivalent to what a 10-15 minute movement would be.  Counterclockwise loosens the tension (the most commonly required adjustment) and clockwise tightens the tension.  Remember, lefty loosey, righty tighty.  For longarm machines, the bobbin tension should be loose enough that if you hold the bobbin case in your left hand and pull the thread up with your right hand, the bobbin case should not lift off your left hand.  The old “4 inch drop test” is gone.


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