The Singing Quilter Newsletter

March 2015

In this issue:

.    Cruise Crunch
.    Hawaii Report
.    The Quilt Show free shows
.    Millefiore
.    Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on

This is at the end of the Chain of Craters Road
on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii
Nothing but lava for as far as you can see!

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 spring in Canada!

I have lots to tell you about this month, including a recap of our wonderful 2 weeks in Hawaii in February.  It was a great getaway to a wonderful quilt retreat.  We met some new friends and snorkeled and laughed and caught some sun.

I'll be going back to Hawaii in the fall on a Princess Cruise.  We still need THREE more staterooms to be booked before March 20th, or this cruise won't be going ahead. 

I have a new passion that is taking up much time.  It's a block of the month called Millefiore and is amazing.  This one's for all my sister hexaholics!


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Last month I showed you all the oven mitts we made for my friend who went with a dental team to Ecuador.
This is how they used them.


2015 Aloha Quilt Cruise
September 19-October 4, 2015
Round Trip from Vancouver to Hawaii on the ms Star Princess

The crunch is on: We are 3 staterooms short of being able to confirm this cruise!  Six more people need to book before March 20th for this wonderful getaway or we won't be going.

I have just posted a blog entry about the three classes I'll be teaching aboard.  Brandy Lynn Maslowski is the other teacher, and she'll be announcing her classes soon too.

If you have been considering coming along with us, please get in touch with Miriam (see contact info below) right away to book your spot.

Guests can join me and Brandy Lynn Maslowski, host of Canadian QuiltTalk for 15 days at sea including 8 full days of workshops and 4 days on the islands of Hawaii.

The Aloha Quilt Cruise Blog -

Thanks in advance for sharing information about the Aloha Quilt Cruise. I really appreciate your support!


Miriam Cloutier 
Phone: 250.360.2058  
Toll Free: 1.866.420.4410 



Two New Classes!

I've been busy lately developing two new classes that I'll be teaching this year.

The Fractured Mock Mola class is an extension of the classic Mock Mola class that has been so popular for the last several years.  I'm still teaching that one, but for those who want a longer class, I've combined it with a fracturing technique I used last year for one of my Refractions quilts.  I'm very happy with the results, and I'd love to share it with you.

It's a two-day class. The first day, we create four identical (simple) Mock Molas. 
The second day we cut them up and piece them back together.
Here are two different versions - on the left, I fractured vertically only.  On the right, I fractured horizontally as well.


The second new class I call Hexagons: State of the Art.

You know how much of a hexaholic I am!  There are lots of people teaching traditional English Paper Piecing out there, so I don't think I need to do that too.
But there are so many other ways to do hexies, and I thought it was time to do an overview of all the techniques currently available.

I've been working with QuiltPatis and Paper Pieces products for years,
but now I'm learning how to make Quilt As You Go Hexagons, Lucy Boston (fussy cut) elongated honeycombs,
pieced hexies and sewing machine hexies (Inklingo and Marci Baker techniques). 
I'm having fun, and I hope my students will too.

I'm teaching a "quickie" version of the class at Oshkosh WI in March this year, as well as a full day on the Hawaiian cruise in September.


We'll be trying out several of the techniques in the full day class on the cruise. The class handout will have all the techniques and how to get supplies and books.

Both of these classes are now available for your guild.
Remember, John and I will be retiring from our touring at the end of 2016, so if you want to see us,  have the program person in your quilt guild get in touch with us.


Finally: Paducah!!!

I have NEVER been able to say this before:  I'm going to be teaching AND singing for the first time at the AQS show in Paducah!

If you're going, you can attend our FREE concert (sponsored by Paper Pieces) on

Thursday, April 23rd at 1pm
on the front lawn of the AQS Quilt Museum.
Details here:

Check out the program for classes

I'll be doing a 3-hour NOTAN Design class (no sewing)
a 3-hour Mock Mola class
and the All-Star Review on Tuesday April 21st (Hexies - Lucy Boston style, 10 minutes)

I am beyond excited about this event! 
Huge thanks to Paper Pieces and the AQS, for making it all happen for us!



What I'm Working On

 I've been working on all the classes I'll be teaching this year.  You've seen the hexagons and the fractured Mock Mola that I've been making.  Here are three more Mock Mola quilts - for the Aloha Quilt Cruise!

My students will be choosing what they want to make aboard ship from these three patterns, but using different fabrics.  I can't wait to see what they'll produce!

Upcoming Tours:

2016 will be our last year of doing big tours by car.   If you want us to come to your guild (or come BACK), please talk to your program person now so that we can fit you into our schedule.

Here are the confirmed gigs for the first part of 2015.  John is still booking for the spring in Ontario and the midwest of the US, and the fall down to Texas.  Let us know if you want us to come to you!

I'm VERY excited that we will be singing in Paducah for the very first time during the quilt festival in 2015. See you there?

In 2016 we'll be doing the last of our big circuits of North America, all the way down to Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard.  Maybe then we'll be able to set up something in our last two states: Mississippi and Arkansas.  Do you know any quilt guilds there?  We need to sing for them!

January 24-25 LITTLETON CO (near Denver) Colorado Quilting Council, Inc.
February 7-14 KONA HAWAII Quilting on the Beach retreat
March 20-21   OSHKOSH WI Fox Valley Technical College Sewing and Quilting Expo
April 9              LINDSAY ON Mock Mola Class
April 17           FLINT MI Genesee Star Quilters guild concert 12:30pm
April 23           PADUCAH KY!!!!  Outdoor concert in front of Museum at 1pm
April 27           NILES MI Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild (mock mola workshop and concert)

In May we'll be doing gigs in Missouri, Iowa and North Vancouver.

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, January 2015

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