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June, 2016, Newsletter

Here we are once again, poised right on the edge of summer.  It’s difficult to dress, because it can go from warm to cold (and reverse) in short order.  But, YEAH!  Summertime keep on coming.

I’m sure that you all have a busy, busy summer lined up with vacations, family, friends, cookouts, etc.  But don’t forget to spend a few quiet hours quilting.  It’s good for the soul. 

Diane Nagle:  Last newsletter, I told you a bit about our National Featured quilter, Diane Nagle.  I want to give you an update in that you can find her now on Facebook, “Diane Nagle, Peddlecar Quilts”.  This addition to our Festival is a special one, and we are so looking forward to give her a very warm Walla Walla Welcome.  Check it out, and I’m sure that you have found her in many of the quilting magazines that you may pick up.  Her quilts are traditional with a twist that gives them an update.  In short, lovely.  Plan on attending.

Local Featured Quilter – Wendy Rohde:                           

Wendy learned to sew as a young girl in 4-H club.  She primarily made clothing for herself and family members until she discovered quilting in the early 1980's.  After winning a quilt raffled by St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton, Oregon, Wendy was invited to join the Blue Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  There she honed her quilting and piecing skills under the tutelage of the skilled ladies in the group.  In 2005, Wendy purchased a used longarm quilting machine and shortly thereafter began machine quilting for others.  Today, Wendy is retired from a 33-year career with the State of Oregon.  She continues to quilt for others and is enjoying having more time to spend on her own projects.  Wendy describes her style as eclectic and colorful, but based in tradition.  She is inspired by modern fabric and quilt designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Phillip Jacobs, Tula Pink, and Amy Butler.
Local Featured Quilt 2016

Website Updates:

Our website will be getting some updates.  This is not the time of year that we would have chosen, but in this case necessity is the mother of action!  If you know which quilts you will be entering, I urge you to get the registrations submitted as quickly as possible.  If you are still deciding, there will probably be an interim electronic registration, and I will send more information as it becomes available.  In the meantime, the email is always available, and I am only a phone call away (541-938-6130).  Hopefully, this will all be in place in mid-August, but it always pays to have a back-up plan.  But the great news is we can look forward to a better website that will be easier to use for all of us.

Dates to Remember:

1:  Now through 9/1/16 – Submit your quilt registrations.  Remember the limit is three quilts which does not include the block challenge or the Festival Challenge  “Stained Glass”.  These still need to be registered, but do not count in the “three”. 

2:  All items for the Quilt Show must be delivered to: 

       Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St.

       Walla Walla, WA

      Green House (exhibition hall) I call it the Flower Building

     Saturday, September 10, 2016     10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

     Sunday, September 11, 2016       10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 A claim form will be given to you when your quilt is delivered.

 3:  Attend the Quilt Show!  Friday September 16, 10 AM to Sunday, September 18, 5 PM.

4:  Pick up your quilts Sunday, September 18th between 6 and 7 PM at the Fairgrounds Community Building.  You must present your claim form(s) to pick up your quilt(s)!   


And here is a small preview of the large quilt that will be sold at the Festival this year.  It was made through the leadership of Committee members Terri and Cathy S, but most of us contributed to it.  Jess Berry completed the appliqué which shows up on all four sides.  This is a bright, “happy” quilt that makes you want to smile each time you look at it.  Hope to have a full pictures to share with you shortly.
Silent Auction Quilt 2016 Newletter pic 


Tips and Tricks: 

I had lots of help with this this time!  Appreciate the input of Committee Members! 

I saw this on a tv show the other day.  We all know that as time passes, the fold marks in stored quilts becomes harder and harder to get out, and can ultimately even wear out and weaken the fabric at the point of the fold.  One way to combat those fold lines is how we fold our quilts.  Start with folding a large triangle in the quilt.  If it is rectangular in shape, the triangle with be uneven along one edge, but that’s ok.  Now take the corner of the triangle and fold it up to the point and do the same with the other side.  Now you should have a semblance of a square again.  If it is still too large, start making another triangle and go through the same process until the size is manageable.

The idea is that the folds are on the bias of the quilt and the fabric should be more resistant to fold lines and wearing. 

Terri reminded me of this little trick that is also a safety measure.  She and I both keep small jars or containers with a hole punched in the top to put bent/broken needles and pins to keep them from stabbing someone when the trash goes out.  It’s a good thing!

Cathy S. says she saves the 5” cardboard squares from charm packs to store her prepared bindings and/or templates.  She also uses a stiletto in her right hand to help with her accuracy as well as safety.

Judy says that when she is cutting multiple layers, she finds it help stabilize the fabrics together if you iron them together. 

And last, but far from least, Becci says that Block Loc ruler is her new favorite tool.  Check it out on their website.

And the Time has come:

To sign off once again.  Love to hear from you, what you like, what you don’t, suggestions, etc.  You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my phone number. 

It is definitely time to close up the house and turn on the A/C.  Supposed to be 97 degrees today, and it’s already close to 90 at 10:30. 

Take Care, get those quilt registrations coming in, and I’ll be in touch again before long!

As Always,

Cathy Wiese, Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival