March 3, 2020
Greetings Quilters and Quilt Admirers!

Welcome 2020!

As most of you probably know, our dear friend and knowledgeable leader, Cathy Wiese has retired after “20 years” of dedicated service toward making our Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival so successful!  We look forward to visiting with Cathy at our upcoming 2020 show. But, I must say, the greatest success of our show is achieved by You! When we see the amazing quilts you bring in, the smiles on your faces, the chatter and laughter among you and with us, the fact that many of you stay for hours, taking time for lunch, and even return another day…just warms our hearts!  Thank You!

Who Am I?

I am Cathy Spanish.  I joined the WWVQF in 2015.  I have lived most of my life in Walla Walla.  My husband Michael and I have been married for 50 years.  We have 3 children with 3 spouses, and 6 grandchildren…so I have lots of quilt making to do!  We are updating the festival website, so you can read all about our festival team as quilters.  Click on the tab: About Us on the website.

2020 Quilt Show Dates and Hours

Friday and Saturday, September 18 & 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday September 20, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2020 Quilt Registration Dates

Quilt Registrations begins July 1, 2020.
Registration may be placed electronically or via mail.


PO Box 1471, Walla Walla, Washington 99362
Phone Number:  (509) 676-7757

2020 Quilt Delivery Dates 

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th 
Quilt Delivery to the Floral Building Walla Walla Fairgrounds

2020 Quilt Pick up 

Community Building, Walla Walla County Fairground
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
September 20, 2020

Silent Auction Quilt

I just learned the news, and I’m so excited that this year’s silent auction quilt will be provided by Cathy Wiese!  I can’t wait to see the beauty she creates!

Local Featured Quilter

Judy Benzel is so talented and known as the quilt making queen among the Festival members.  Nobody can keep up with her production and skill in quilt making!
Her booth will be a fun spot to visit!

National Featured Quilter

Heather Black from Spokane, Washington

We are very excited to welcome Heather to Walla Walla.  Her talents are so well recognized by big and small quilt shows as an artist, designer and teacher.  She has been featured in numerous magazines and pod casts. 
Heather’s quilt, “Mountain Scene” was featured on the cover for the January issue of “Simply Moderne #15” magazine, in addition to several more quilts on the inside pages. Additionally, Heather’s quilts have been featured  in a variety of other national magazines.
You can discover more about Heather through Instagram where you will find lots and lots of pictures of her work.  Search for quiltachusetts. Her website is www.quiltachusetts.com

I hope you all have an opportunity to listen to this podcast!

Quilt & Tell: A Quilting Daily Pod cast-All Things Books
Jan 1, 2020 episode #23


Heather BlackOpen Studios | Heather Black

Heather Black is a prolific modern quilter with a unique design aesthetic. Her quilts and patterns have been featured in various quilting publications, including Modern Patchwork and QuiltCon magazines. Her quilts have hung at International Quilt Festivals Houston and Chicago, AQS Fall QuiltWeek, QuiltCon, MQX Midwest, and many more. She won first place use of negative space for her Urban Trek quilt at QuiltCon 2018 and several ribbons in regional and local shows. Along with quilting, Heather is a single widowed mom of a beautiful young girl, Cora Joan, and lives in Spokane, Washington. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended college in Pennsylvania.

(From Heather Black)

QuiltCon Magazine COVER QUILT!
Posted: 19 Feb 2020 06:00 AM PST
Now that QuiltCon is finally here I can share that not only did I get a design accepted into QuiltCon Magazine and consequently QuiltCon but it also made it's way onto the cover!  The hardcopies are just hitting shops and the digital version is now available on the Quilting Daily website.

(From Cathy S.)

Beautiful pictures and story about making this cover quilt “Test Print,” can be viewed on her website www.quiltachusetts.com

Quilting Tips

Have you ever done this?  You meticulously sew your blocks and lay them out in rows and columns, then begin to sew the rows together.  Then you stop and look at your progress, and discover a row is either backwards or upside down! Ah…the excitement to get to the finish line becomes a lament to cut it apart and get back to the right order.  Well, I know you can buy some wonderful flat head pins that have numbers on them…or you can save a few cents and simply number your own plain flat head pins (if you have) using a fine point marker. This tip came to me from Terri.  Either way, I have learned my lesson and always use the pins to organize my rows and keep them in place until the quilt is totally stitched together.  

Another area I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is when choosing fabrics for quilt making, to think more carefully about color value.  Color value helps you create the best options to show contrast of colors in your layout. One way is to take a photo of the fabrics you plan to use and make a black and white print. When color is removed from the photo, you are more mindful of creating good contrast as you decide how to place your blocks.  

I am very interested in this tool, The “Ruby Ruler;” from www.wisecrafthandmade.com I’m thinking it would be helpful.  It’s a 5” red square ruler, to use as a viewer and a cutting aid!  Read more about color value from her website.

That’s all for now folks!  Keep healthy and look forward to spring!

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