The Singing Quilter Newsletter

June 2014

In this issue:

.    More Students Work
  Information about Canada's new anti-spam law
    Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on

We had a night in Niagara Falls in May and took ourselves out for dinner.

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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Cathy Miller and John Bunge
1464 Cranbrook Place, Victoria BC V8P 1Z7


Happy Summer! 

Welcome to all new subscribers who signed up during our recent tour!

This is a quick newsletter this time - John and I are heading off to the Quilting in the Badlands festival in Drumheller tomorrow morning.  We've been home for 2 weeks from our trip, and it's been very busy to get home after 3 1/2 months!

The news this month is mostly about Canada's new anti-spam law.  I'm sure you Canadians have been getting deluged by emails asking you to confirm your subscription to various and sundry "notifications". 

I am not going to do this, because I have kept all the newsletter signup sheets where you gave me your information. More about this below.

I hope you're having a great month (be it summer or winter), and getting lots of quilting done!  I'm happily back at my sewing machine, trying to write up the last of the Block of the Month patterns, and getting hooked back into some quilting  for myself.


If this is the first newsletter from me you've seen, welcome!  I post them here on the website once a month or so, when there's something I think you'll be interested in. You can sign up for email notifications of new newsletters by sending me an email with "Subscribe" in the header.  If you'd like to follow our doings more often, join my Facebook "fan" page (link at the left) or the blog (where I often write about our travels).

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When we were in Digby NS I stopped in to visit
Needle Pulling Thread and its owner
Darlene D'Eon.  She's a hexaholic, too
and she runs a very welcoming shop.

Students' Work

I taught LOT of classes during this last tour - here are some of the results.

From Wellsboro NH - what they had to show after a full-day HAND MOLA class!

From Plaistow NH on a beautiful spring day - very cool Mock Mola designs.

Susan sent a picture of her completed quilt a few days later.

From Sarnia Ontario - full class of very enthusiastic, fast and creative quilters!

From the Proper Bostonian Quilt Guild - wow! some great designs!

My friend Wenche took the Mock Mola and Notan classes on the Holland America cruise last September.
She's making some of them to help raise funds for Alzheimer's awareness.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, everyone!
It was lovely to work with you on these pieces.

I wrote the outline for a book about Mock Mola quilts during our drive, thinking this will be my next big endeavour.
What do you think? Would you buy a book about this technique?

Send me a note at


New Canadian Anti-Spam Law

Tomorrow (July 1st) the new Canadian Anti-Spam law takes effect.  Without boring you with the details, it requires everyone sending out bulk emails (such as this newsletter) to obtain permission from each of the recipients that they have actually requested to receive the content.  It's a good thing. Hopefully it means we will reduce the amount of unwanted email in our inboxes. I certainly don't want you to think of these newsletters as spam!

Many people are sending emails to everyone on their lists asking them to email back their agreement to receive these messages. I have kept every signup sheet and email that you have sent asking to be put on the list, and I'm assuming that's all I have to do to prove that you want me to send the Singing Quilter newsletter to you, so I'm not going to ask you to reconfirm.

If you want to unsubscribe to the list, you can send me an email at any time ( and I will remove you immediately from the list, confirm it with you and not send you any more newsletters.

Hopefully that will fulfil the legal requirements for this new law in Canada.

For more information about this new law, visit the website:




What I'm Working On

 I'm home again, with my sewing machine. YAY!

I've started back writing more patterns for the Star and Plume Block of the Month project. Here are a couple of them: Wheel of Fortune and Altar Steps.  The blocks are getting more challenging, as we approach the final 6 months of the block of the month.


During the tour I finished the top of my newest hexagon quilt, which is a large snowflake. I appliquéd it onto the border fabric, and now have started quilting it by machine. It should be done soon after we get back from Drumheller.

Here is how my little 3/8" hexies look at the end of the tour - it is my current "grab and go" project.


Upcoming Tours:

A full list of this current tour is on the website under Touring - Itineraries.

July 4 DRUMHELLER AB Quilting in the Badlands festival

That's it until September! John is currently working at filling in the fall tour back to Ontario. So far, here are the dates:

Sept 15   CORNWALL ON Cornwall Quilters Guild (evening concert)
Sept 16   TORONTO ON York Heritages Quilters Guild (evening concert)
Oct 5       WHITBY ON House concert 2:30pm - contact me for details
Oct 7       WINDSOR ON Windsor Quitlers' Guild (12:30pm and 7pm concerts)
Oct 8       WINDSOR ON Windsor Quilters' Guild (9am Mock Mola Workshop)
Oct 17     OTTAWA ON Embassy West Seniors Living (concert 1:30pm)
Oct 19     OTTAWA ON House Concert 2:30pm
Oct 20     LINDSAY ON Lindsay Creative Quilters' Guild (concert 1pm)
Oct 21    LINDSAY ON Lindsay Creative Quilters' Guild (Mock Mola workshop 9am)

November 4 NEEPAWA Manitoba (evening concert)

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, June 2014

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