The Singing Quilter Newsletter

October 2013

In this issue:

    See you at Houston - Booth 1314
.    New Pattern
.    Students' Work
.    Cruise Recap
.    Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on

Cathy with Susan Purney Mark and Wenche Hemphill
aboard the ms Eurodam

     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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Welcome to new members who have just signed up from our gigs in Texas and on the cruise!

I'm back from the cruise (Quebec City to New York City) and it was fantastic. Now John and I are in Texas, preparing for our booth at the Houston Quilt Festival. Come and visit us at Booth #1314.

 Happy quilting,


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Another Refractions quilt: Lake Cowichan Sunset.


See you at Houston Quilt Festival

We'll be there with bells on!

Booth 1314

I'll also be making two appearances at the Alzheimer's Quilt Display/Booth.

THURSDAY OCT 31st 1-2pm
FRIDAY NOV 1st 1-2pm

If you buy an Alzheimer's quilt during the time I'm wearing the tiara, you'll get a song written on the spot for your new quilt!


New Pattern - Rose Window

In preparation for our visit to the Houston Quilt Festival, I thought I'd put together another pattern for Mock Mola appliqué.
This one has a pieced underlay (in a Trip Around the World pattern), which is made before adding the black.
It's not difficult, although it has quite a bit of cutting, so I'm calling this an "Intermediate" pattern.
You could increase the size of the pattern, if you wanted, but it comes as a Fat Quarter size,
perfect for a small wall hanging or the centre of a larger piece.

To order this pattern, click here.



I've been teaching a couple of Mock Mola classes already on this tour, and I want to show you what my students have made.  It really is amazing how different each and ever class/student is - and what a wide range of pieces they are creating.  There are more classes to come before we get home, too!

Here's the Notan class from the cruise - all finished!

This is from the Mock Mola class in Abilene

Here's the Mock Mola class from Keller TX


Fall Colours Quilt Cruise Report

Quebec City to New York City
aboard Holland America's ms Eurodam

It was a great 10 days at sea. Although it was raining in Quebec, Charlottetown and Sydney NS, we still had fun.  The Charlottetown guild chose to coincide their quilt show with our arrival, and we even made the local CBC news as a result!

This is what welcomed us to their show:

In Halifax we had a great class with Laurie Swim. She has so many ideas on how to manipulate fabric to make her art quilts! Here's what everyone did - and they all finished!


In Bar Harbor Maine, we all converged on the Fabricate quilt shop, where they did a "Make and Take" workshop with us - it was very fun to play with someone else's scraps to make a Moebius strip/cowl.  This was followed by a wonderful lobster lunch!

Some of our gals continued the party once we arrived in New York City.  Alas, I had to miss that part. Check out Susan Purney Mark's blog for details on that part of the trip. We have not yet determined where our next quilting cruise will take us - would you like to make a suggestion? Susan and I really do enjoy doing this, and finding interesting things to teach as we travel in great luxury.  It was a fantastic vacation!


What I'm Working On

 I'm sorry to say my time is over at home for creating by machine. It's been an amazing time, and I've learned a lot and stretched myself while making the Refractions quilts. For the next few months I'll be working on little hexagons again on my travels.  My current favourite size is 3/8", and I think I'll be doing small pieces - trivet size.  That way I can try out new colour combinations and use up some scraps.  Here's one piece in progress.

Upcoming Tours:

October 24 Victoria TX concert and 1/2 day Notan class
October 25 Victoria TX Mock Mola class
October 28 Joshua TX concert

October 30 to November 3 We'll be at Booth #1314 at the International Quilt Festival in Houston!

November 4  Baytown TX concert
November 6  Missouri TX concert
November 8 Sulphur LA Notan class
November 13 Grand Junction CO concert
November 14 Grand Junction CO Notan class
November 20 Canmore, AB

John continues to organize our huge tour in 2014, again around the perimeter of the US and Canada. He's just confirmed our FIRST SHOW IN 2016!!! The confirmed gigs are up on the website.  We STILL haven't sung in Mississippi or Arkansas.  Help!

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

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© Cathy Miller, October 2013

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