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May 18, 2020

Hello Friends!

I am so happy to welcome the spring season! It is a joy to hear the birds chirping, and to marvel in the beautiful blooming flowers and trees, and to enjoy some good old yard work exercise! 

Since my last letter, it is hard to accept and understand all that our nation and world have faced and seen.  These times are without a doubt a testament to our faith and strength to protect one another.  We have become clever in our ways to communicate with family and friends through more phone calls, texts, Zoom, Face time, and the like.  I will not comment more, because the whole story is about bravery, strength and unending giving to protect and support one another, our country.  

Hopefully, you have had more time for “lock-down stress relief” to enjoy more quilt making and mask making!  Perhaps using up a lot of that fabric stash you’ve been wondering what to do with!  Soon we’ll be able to get out and build up that stash again!

Important Reminders

Quilt Registration:  July 1  – September 1, 2020  
Registration may be placed electronically or via mail.


PO Box 1471, Walla Walla, Washington 99362

Phone Number: (509) 676-7757

Quilt Delivery Dates:  Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12th and 13th

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to the Floral Building Walla Walla Fairgrounds

Quilt Show Dates:  Friday and Saturday, September 18 & 19

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Quilt Pick up after the show:   

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2020

This gorgeous fabric was selected for our 2020 Quilt Block Challenge!  It is dramatic with burnt red floral designs, then spots of illuminating glow!  You will have a “fat “ 1/8th yard piece of fabric to design a 12 ½” by 12 ½” square block, adding your choice of additional fabric. The public will vote on their favorite block, and the winner will take home all the entered blocks to make a quilt.  So, Folks, please enter to help the winner create something large and beautiful and hopefully bring it back to show off on another year!

Have fun with it!

The fabric is generally available for $1 at our WW Quilt Guild meetings.  But it is unclear yet as to when our next meeting will be.  If you need the fabric mailed to you, it would be an additional 50 cents.  Please email the request to www.wallaquiltfestival.org or call (509) 676-7757.  Please include payment with your order. 

Thank You!


This gorgeous quilt is the work of our featured national quilter, Heather Black.  I love her quilting work and marvel at the steady and precise quilting she accomplishes to make her quilts spark!
And…it may ignite a spark of stimulation for those who will be creating their own expression for this years’ quilt challenge theme…”PORTALS.”
Please refer to the website for judging guidelines.  This year’s theme for 2020 is “PORTALS.”  The design can be any shape, but the combined total of all sides of the quilt cannot be less than 72” nor more than 160”.

The Quilters Circle
Heather and Daisy are close friends and have written their first book together. Heather is currently writing her second book.  It is delightful to listen to them share about their experiences as quilters on this new interview which became available April 29, 2020 on “The Quilters Circle.”  I listen from my ipad.  It is also available on YouTube.

Quilting Tips

  • With my first letter to you all, I mentioned the Ruby Ruler designed by Blair Stocker, which I had seen explained on her website.  A couple of days later, I saw them at Stash in Walla Walla!  Check them out when we can shop again simply by walking in a store.  I think it is a great and fun tool!
  • I was recently working on a quilt that had many fusible appliqué pieces.  I wanted to stitch around them using monofilament thread.  I have done this before.  Sometimes with annoying thread breaking, and constantly rethreading my needle.  And, sometimes it went quite smoothly…till this last effort.  Think! Think! Think!  I finally remembered I had saved a tutorial from “Red Bird Quilt Co.”  She had posted an article about wrapping the spool with a mesh sock (I never knew.) This keeps control on the thread so it doesn’t get away from you.  So, I used Superior Monofilament on the top, laying the spool on its side.  And my tension set at no. .2, with Aurifil 50 wt. on the bottom. 
I sincerely hope that you and your families are keeping well! 
In concern that our country may not have all the steps in place, such as vaccines to help conquer the horrible affects of the Corona Virus, we are continually hopeful and planning for the 2020 Quilt Festival.

“The Show Must Go On”

Stay well!
Cathy Spanish
PO Box 147, Walla Walla, Washington 99362

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