The Singing Quilter Newsletter

September 2011

In this issue:

.    Singing Quilter Songbook NOW AVAILABLE!

.    See you at Houston!

.    What Cathy is working on

. Upcoming tours

. Stash Story

Cathy Miller and her husband John Bunge, of Victoria BC Canada travel the world singing songs about quilts, quilters and quilting.  For further information, visit the website at Or email them at

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Welcome everyone, especially new subscribers who signed up in Tacoma and Lopez Island!  We have just returned from a quick run down to the inspiring Pacific West Quilt Show and a concert on this beautiful island and had a wonderful time. It was especially amazing to see so many people from so many places we've been: London England, Panguitch UT, California, South Carolina and many guilds from the WA/OR area - who came to see the show in Tacoma!

And welcome to September - the time of year for me when new projects begin. It has everything to do with all those years of starting school and new beginnings. We are marked for life by such beginnings, even when growth in nature is winding down. (Of course, I'm talking about up here in the Northern Hemisphere.)  What projects do you have in mind to keep your sewing room buzzing?

We leave a week Sunday for France and our big adventure at European Patchwork, followed by classes in Belgium. We're very excited about this trip - our first time singing in France, and my first time in Belgium. I will definitely be blogging about our travels.

I have just heard from Paul Mills, the designer for the songbook - he has received the first boxes, and they are all good!  That means we'll get them in another day or two.  And THAT means you can order them now!  See below for details.

Enjoy the fruits of autumn and whatever projects you are working on now. 


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68 songs, from all 5 Quilting CDs
ALL the sheet music, guitar chords and lyrics
and Tidbits from 11 years of singing for quilters.

 Here's how to Order

Available NOW

Houston Quilt Festival

Are you going to Houston this year?
We'll see you there!

From November 2-6 we'll be at the festival.
Come and visit our booth, attend our concert (Friday 5-6pm) or take a class with Cathy on Sunday morning!

Yes, for the first time, I'll be teaching at Houston, bringing my very popular "Mock Mola Appliqué" class to the masses!
I'm very excited about this opportunity.

Also, for the first time ever, my quilt "Insanity" has been accepted into the juried "World of Beauty" quilt show. 
Look for it in the miniature section!
It's been a couple of years since we had a booth at Houston,
and we'll be attending with the new CD and the new SONGBOOK!




What Cathy is working on:

•    I've decided my "Slow and Steady Turtle" pattern is NOT a beginner pattern, so I'm simplifying it for my upcoming classes in Belgium.  The new turtle will be a green sea turtle - much easier with fewer little pieces to appliqué.

•    I've started a new hexagon quilt, which should take only a year to do.  My goal is 4 hexes a day - I'm way past that already!

•    My Aunt Jean is going to celebrate her 100th birthday in October.  She needs a song to celebrate her life. (No, I still haven't written it - I like pressure!)

•    Preparing the patterns and kits for the Caribbean cruise in January.

Upcoming Tours:

September 15-18 European Patchwork, Ste Marie aux Mines, France
                                (2 shows a day for four days!)
September 20      Bredene, Belgium (Turtle appliqué)
September 21      Lessel-Lo Belgium (Mock Mola class)
September 23      Lochristi Belgium (Mock Mola class)

October 6   Maple Valley WA
October 17 Orangeville ON
October 18 Kingsville ON
October 19 Kingsville ON (Mock Mola class)
October 24 Erie PA
October 26 Newmarket ON
October 27 Barrie ON
October 29 Newmarket ON (Mock Mola class)

November 2-6 Houston Quilt Festival 
November 7   Fort Worth TX house concert
November 12 Pleasanton CA
November 13 Pleasanton CA (Workshop)
November 16 San Mateo CA
November 17 Elk Grove CA
November 21 Grants Pass OR

November 25  Victoria Tillicum Elementary School

Then in January 2012, come cruise with us to the Caribbean!
Details at
We still have spaces available, and are currently looking for a single to share with another woman (very nice) from Victoria.

John is still booking our return from Florida via SC, Ontario, MA, NH, ME, IN, WI and Manitoba.  We're also planning to return to Australia next year. If you would like us to perform at your guild during any of these times, let us know.

For details on any of these performances, please get in touch, or visit the website where there are contact addresses for each performance.

Stash Story

Here's a story from the book, just to whet your appetite!

A quilting discussion group received an email from one of its members: “I am SO MAD!" a woman posted to her on-line quilting group. Her new husband of 3 months had left for work that morning, saying "When I get home tonight, I want all this fabric cleared out of the house."

With the help of his teen-aged son, she moved the mattress off their bed, laid all her fabric on top of the box spring, and replaced the mattress. When he returned and saw all the empty shelves where her fabric had been, he said "Now, doesn't that feel better?"

That night, her husband slept on her stash. The marriage didn't last long after that.


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© Cathy Miller, September 2011