The Singing Quilter Newsletter

May 2016

In this issue:

.    The LAST Star and Plume block of the month starts June 15!!!
.    Mock Mola classes
.    Stitch and Reveal Designs 20% off for you!
.    Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on

Mount Dora is in Florida.  They have big chairs there!

Cathy Miller and her husband John Bunge, of Victoria BC Canada travel the world singing songs about quilts, quilters and quilting. 
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Cathy Miller and John Bunge
1464 Cranbrook Place, Victoria BC V8P 1Z7



Greetings from Paducah, Kentucky!

I know: we're too late for the AQS Quilt festival, and now that it's over, it's very QUIET here!  I've already visited Hancock's of Paducah (the Mecca, of course!), and intend to stop by Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day shop and Paper Pieces HQ tomorrow. While the car isn't exactly empty, I'm sure I can fit a bit of fabric into it!!

We have now sung in ARKANSAS!  I was so excited!  Now, there's only Mississippi to go, and we'll have completed all the states.  It's not going to happen on this tour (very sad face......).

The tour is going very well, and we only have another 3 weeks to go before we drive home again. We've had the chance to spend some "down" time in Miami, Gainesville FL, Atlanta, Nashville,  and now Paducah.  We've sailed on the Intracoastal Waterway, hiked to the top of Stone Mountain in Georgia, supped with a couple of cousins, and lucked into attending a concert with Emmy Lou Harris!

Enjoying every minute of it! 


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We visited the John C. Campbell Folk School
when we got into the Appalachians of North Carolina
and found a barn quilt on the side of the
textile studio!



LAST Star and Plume block of the month starts June 15th

You are invited to come along on a 24 month ride with me, making your version of the quilts pictured above.

If you have seen us perform during the last 10 years, you have likely seen this quilt and heard the song that inspired it.
The quilt tells, through the names of the quilt blocks, a happy ending story about Sunbonnet Sue's encounter with a "Slasher" guy.
She "outguns" him, and they fall in love and live happily ever after.

You can make your own version of this quilt!

48 nine-inch Blocks, finishes at 66x88 inches
(optional outside border will increase size to a queen sized quilt)
2 blocks per month
Includes extensive instructions, patterns, finishing tips and quilting suggestions
Techniques include 4-patches, half-square triangles, quarter square triangles,
set-in seams, curved piecing, diamonds, paper foundation piecing, English Paper Piecing, and hand and machine appliqué.|
Cost: $5.00 per month (patterns only, fabric not included)

It all starts on June 15th.
Please sign up before that so that you don't miss anything!

I'll also start a Facebook closed group for everyone to join and share the pictures of their blocks.

I hope you can join me for this LAST offering of this Block of the Month!

Just click the Subscribe button below and it will take you to the PayPal site to register.
For more information on the project, please visit the website and follow the link to NEW Block of the Month!




Mock Mola Classes

Thanks to Hobbs Batting, I am bringing black batting for EVERYONE!!!
Here are some pictures from the classes I've been teaching during this tour.
The best story so far:  at 11:30 am during the full-day class in Miami, THE POWER WENT OUT!
It never did come back, so the picture shows a lot of plain black quilts.  Two of them got finished the next day!

The first one is from Prescott Arizona

From Tulsa Oklahoma                             From Stuart Florida

Here's that Miami class where the power went out!  The next day, two of the students sent these pictures - finished!


Eatonton Georgia (below)                                     Blairsville Georgia

 I'll be teaching more classes in Bowling Green OH, Harper Woods MI and Ann Arbor MI before the end of the tour.



A special deal for Singing Quilter followers

During the class in Prescott Arizona, I met Susan Joy Noyes, who brought a particularly wonderful design to work on. 
She got it pretty much finished during class, and I was very impressed.
I asked her where she found the design.  She said "I made it - I've got 300 of them!"

Since she took the class, Susan has added some of these designs to her website for download, and has referenced "Mock Mola" as the best way to make them!

Susan has very generously offered 20% off any orders that quote the discount code "SINGINGQUILTER" at checkout.

Her website is here: Showcase Quilting
Look for her "Stitch and Reveal" designs.

Here's a double sided one that I made from another of her designs while I was in Gainesville FL. 
These are GREAT designs for Mock Mola!

What I'm Working On

 I guess the only thing I have made lately is the double sided Mock Mola using Susan Joy Noyes' pattern while we were in Gainesville FL (shown above). It took an hour to sew (free motion, of course), another 1/2 hour to pull the paper out (because it's double-sided, I had to remove all of it), and an hour and a 1/2 to cut both sides out - they are not cut out the same.

Genie White, the president of the Gainesville quilt guild (Alachua County Day Guild)  kindly offered her sewing machine to me for an hour while I sewed it.  Thank goodness for quilting friends!!!

I did get the chance to visit one of my quilts, too, while we were in Gainesville Florida.  I made this commission last year and sent it down.  This was the first time I had visited it since it was installed.  The owners also allowed me to show it at the guild meeting!



Upcoming Tours:

2016 is 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. After this year, we'll still be available, but you'll have to fly us in.

John is still booking this year's tour everywhere in North America (including Alaska!)  Let us know if you want us to come to you.

We have FINALLY done a performance in Arkansas (and was it ever fun!) That means we're only missing Mississippi in our tours!!!  WE CAN'T RETIRE UNTIL WE'VE DONE MISSISSIPPI!  Do you know any quilt guilds there?  We need to sing for them!

May 10  Lexington KY Concert
May 13  Bowling Green OH Concert 7pm
May 14  Bowling Green OH Mock Mola Class
May 16  Clinton Township MI Concert 7pm
May 17  Harper Woods Detroit MI Concert 7pm
May 20  Ann Arbor MI Mock Mola class
May 21  Ann Arbor MI Concert 9am
May 22  Ann Arbor MI Hexagon workshop 9:30am
May 25  Roxbury MA Concert
May 28  Roxbury MA Hexagon workshop

During the summer we have a quick flight up to Alaska, and then we'll hit the road again in the fall to points east (they're ALL "points east" when you live in Victoria BC!)

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, May 2016

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