The Singing Quilter Newsletter

December 2012

In this issue:

    Magazine Giveaway! Quilter's Connection
.    Fall Colours Quilting Cruise blog
.    Trilogy Christmas CD 
.    Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on

At 4 Mile Beach lookout, Mossman Queensland

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

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This is a short newsletter this time.  I really want to tell you about a magazine giveaway that I've got going on my blog and Facebook page. You have two days left to enter your stories of your FAVOURITE quilting destination in the world (whether or not you've been there).  I will be giving away two magazines for the best stories, one on each place.

As the tempo of life picks up, approaching the holiday season, I hope you are still able to stop and smell the fabric.  Here's wishing that you and your family and friends have a safe, healthy and joyous season.

 Happy quilting,


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My scrappy Christmas table runner


Magazine Giveaway

The latest issue of the Canadian magazine Quilter's Connection has my first ever magazine-published pattern!  Because the edition is called "The Travel Issue", they asked me to put together a pattern for a Mola piece - based on the Kuna Indian tribe's famous reverse appliqué handwork from Panama.

I taught a class in this technique last January during our Caribbean cruise, and had a piece already done!  So I wrote it up, took a bunch of really close-up photos of my hands doing the stitching, and sent it along to them.  It turned out really well.

This is the finished piece

As thanks, they sent along some extra copies, which I am going to give away!  (after all, they sent the free copies so I could promote them)  I've decided to give away two copies of the magazine: one on my blog, and one on my Facebook page (see links above).

So: how can you win one?  It's easy.  Just tell me a story (via either the blog or FB page) about your favourite quilting destination in the world.  You don't even have to have been there.  Why do you want to go?  What will you do there? Why is it your favourite?

Don't delay:  the deadline is Thursday, December 6 (that's only 2 days away!). I'll read all the stories and decide on the two winners on Friday.


Mock Mola Class in Wichita

 My last class of the year was taught in Wichita Kansas (actually we ARE in Kansas, Toto!). The Prairie Quilt Guild there is huge, and we sang two shows for their afternoon and evening meetings.  Then I had a full day with a full class of students who were eager to learn about Mock Mola Appliqué.

We had a great day, with lots of finished pieces, some great ideas on tools that can help, as well as solutions to problems (like how to fix it if you cut through the second layer by mistake! - not than anyone did....).  It was a real pleasure to spend time with these women.

They really pulled out the prairie hospitality for us while we were there, especially our host Susan McMillan.  THANK YOU, everyone


Fall Colours Quilting Cruise

September 22 to October 2, 2013
Quebec City to New York City
on Holland America - MS Eurodam

We are currently in search of a roommate to share with one of our Victoria BC quilters. 
If you've been thinking of joining us but don't have a roomie,
maybe you might consider making a new friend.

Christmas is coming, and wouldn't you just love to get tickets to a quilting cruise under the tree? For a deposit of only $100, you can reserve your spot on our next adventure!

We have a new website with pricing details and everything you need to know about the booking.  Cruise-only prices are now up on the website.

Susan Purney-Mark and I have started a blog to keep everyone informed about our plans for this next cruise.  Please subscribe to find out about classes, prices and other events we're planning.  We are currently blogging about our ports of call, starting with Quebec City.



Trilogy - Two Thousand Years of Christmas

Are you looking for some different seasonal music this year?

Can't stand to hear the same old carols over and over again?

Between 1994 and 2001, my friends Eileen McGann and David K and I toured a show called "Two Thousand Years of Christmas".
It was a social history of Christmas, and we found rare and wonderful seasonal songs from several centuries, plus a few original numbers,
to which we added magnificent harmonies and multi-instrumentals.

It has become required holiday listening in many households, and we still get emails every year to see if we're touring the show again.
At this point, it's not likely to happen.

The CD we recorded is sold out, but, thanks to modern technology, it is still available as a download.

Listen to samples of the songs and order your copy here.  


What I'm Working On

.  We have a long stretch home now, and it's a perfect time to learn some new techniques.  I know myself well - especially how good I am at procrastinating. Even in songwriting, I do my best work when I squeeze myself into a challenge, or deadline.  So I have invited two very good friends (one painter, one potter) to join me in a group challenge.  In a year and a half, we'll put on a public show and offer our work! Our show will be called "Refractions: Mud, Brush and Needle", and each of us will create 10 pieces for it. 

Here's my second small wall hanging, thanks to a picture I took and the book "Fabulous Fractures" by Brenda Esslinger:

. I just tried something new: quilt repair.  John is singing with the Gettin' Higher Choir these days, and he was talking with another of the bass singers, who said he had two quilts made by his grandmother, both in need of repair.  He brought them over and I agreed to repair one of them (the other was in much worse shape).  They are both mostly woolen "utilitarian" quilts, not meant to last forever, but they are important to him, so I did my best.  

Now there aren't any holes in the top, the binding has been replaced, some new batting inserted, seams repaired, and it has been re-tied in places.  It's not beautiful, but it should last a few more years.  I enjoyed doing the work, mostly because I know much having those memories around will be appreciated.


Upcoming Tours:


One more gig this year:

December 14 VICTORIA BC Deep Cove Folk Club 7pm

Our next scheduled gig is in April in Coupeville, WA. I should be able to get a whole lot of quilting done by then!

John continues to organize our huge tour in 2014, again around the perimeter of the US and Canada. The confirmed gigs are up on the website already. He has just confirmed our very first appearance in West Virginia for June 2013!! We STILL haven't sung in Mississippi or Arkansas.  Help!

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



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© Cathy Miller, December 2012