March 2018

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March 28, 2018
Hello Y'All
 

March is Here!

And such a strange few months of winter weather we have encountered!  Who can believe that Daylight Savings Time has already begun.  Before we can blink an eye it will be summer again.  (YEAH!)

Couple of things happening that I wanted to share with you.  The first is news about one of our WWVQF Committee Members, Jess Berry.  I know you have oohed and awed over his quilts at the Festival with his unparalled hand quilting and applique.  Now the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (aka the Laconner Quilt Museum) has invited him to enter his work into an all male showing beginning on March 29, and lasting until June 1.  I believe there will be at least 5 quilters featured and perhaps six.   There is to be a reception on April 4 from 4-6 PM.   I know Jess would be thrilled to meet you there!  


The weather is getting a bit better for us.  Has been really interesting living on the valley floor of the Blue Mountains, watching the snow level come toward the floor, then back up the peaks and repeat.  Just can't seem to figure out what it wants to do! We have daffodils in bloom and our magnolia bush is doing it's thing.  So the calendar and our plants agree - spring is here.

REMINDERS:
  

Hopefully you all got these dates on your calendar, but I must repeat them here for you!  Here we go!
 
QUILT FESTIVAL DATES:
SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, 2018, 10 AM TO 5 PM
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018, 10 AM TO 3 PM

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN CLOSING TIME FOR SUNDAY THIS YEAR. 

QUILT REGISTRATION:
BEGINS JULY 1, 2018

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE ENTERED NOT LATER THAN
MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

QUILT DELIVERY TO FLORAL BUILDING WALLA WALLA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
10 AM TO 3 PM ON SEPTEMBER 8 & 9, 2018

QUILT PICKUP, COMMUNITY BUILDING, WALLA WALLA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
4PM TO 6 PM, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

 
It is going to be another great show, so please get these dates on your calendar, bring a friend and have a great weekend with us.  Please note the change in show hours on Sunday, 9/16! 

SILENT AUCTION QUILTS:

Once again, we will be offering a number of wall hangings, baby quilts and one full sized quilt for silent auction during the Festival.  The large quilt is one that was made by Jess Berry (mentioned above).  And it is lovely.  It has won several ribbons in area shows.  Hand appliqued and hand quilted and bright beautiful flowers and vines.  I will try to get a photo of it in our next newsletter.  This is certainly a treasure that can be enjoyed for a long long time!

TIPS AND TRICKS:

I found this very cute pin cushion tutorial and thought you might enjoy.  Looks like a mini that could come in handy on several surfaces:  You may need to copy and paste this address.  
http://tearosehome.blogspot.com.es/2016/02/tutorial-stickable-bottle-cap-pincushion.html

The next thing I want to share with you is about adding border strips to your quilt.  We all know that you need to measure your quilt length-wise and width-wise through the center to add these strips.  But even with the best of efforts the strips can often be eased into the dimensions you have measured and may result in waves or wrinkles that keep your quilt from laying flat.  One thing that I have tried, and really seems to work for me is stitching  a straight line on the outside of the strip stabilizing the edge of the border strip.  I stich about 1/8" from the outside edge and it really helps keep everything where it needs to be.  No matter how many borders there are I do this to each one.   See what you think.   I would be like to hear from you.  

Festival Committee Member Kay Fortner offers that if you run a line collector over the edges of a jelly roll, it helps remove the excess lint and keeps your work and your sewing machine cleaner longer.

SHORT AND SWEET:

Tha's it for this issue.  My Grandpappy always told me when you didn't have anything productive to add, it was time to "hush it".  And that time has come for now.

Always want to hear from you regarding the newsletter, the Festival or whatever else may be on your mind.

Keep on Quilting!

As Ever,

Cathy Wiese
Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival
email:  info@wallawallaquiltfestival.org
website:  www.wallawallaquiltfestival.org
phone: 541-938-6130


 














 
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