The Singing Quilter Newsletter

September 2016

In this issue:

.    Our Last Driving Tour
.    Mock Mola Class in Palmer Alaska
.    Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on

John and I took a day trip while we were in Palmer Alaska
to visit Denali National Park.
What a day it was!

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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A week ago my laptop computer died. It is currently getting a new hard drive, which means I'm a bit out of date, using my old computer.  Please forgive me if you have asked to be removed from this list - I promise I'll rectify this soon.

This is a short version of the newsletter. I've had a wonderful time at home this summer.  When we returned from the spring tour, I stupidly opened up my studio cupboard and found a whole bunch of UFOs that I forgot I made. I picked one per week to work on, and cleared away a few. Most of them only needed a bit of quilting and binding, so they were pretty quick to finish.

That got me back to creative work, and I've tried some new techniques that are very exciting to me. Details below under "What I'm Working On".

I approach our final Big Driving tour with mixed emotions.  While it will be good for us and the car to not embark on these huge gear-laden drives, I shall deeply miss the regular chance to share my music and quilts with everyone.  I'll miss the ability to teach so much, and I'll miss the chance to explore new areas of the country. I'm hoping this tour is the best of all!

I hope you can come to see us at one of the appearances below - come with your requests for songs, and please say hi when you're there!


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Mock Mola class in Palmer Alaska

We had an extraordinary visit to Alaska in July. 
We spent a few extra days doing some sightseeing while we were there, including a trip to Denali National Park! 

I taught a Mock Mola class, and this was the result. 

Here's one from the day we visited a reindeer farm.

It was a great trip.  If you've never been to this part of Alaska, you should put it on your bucket list!!!


What I'm Working On

 I've had a very productive summer!

Shhh! Don't tell my brother he's about to get this portrait of his old house as a gift during this fall tour!  I tried a new technique I learned from my friend Ruth Bloomfield in Queensland, Australia - confetti appliqué - for the trees. There's no product of any kind used in this technique: no fusible or netting overtop.  Just tiny bits of fabric and thread.  Fun, fun, fun! And I love how you can see the sky peeking through the leaves as a result. I did fuse the rest of it.

My friend Aileen and I challenged each other to make a quilt based on the class we took with Katie Pasquini Masopust a couple of years ago, using something from our "blind painting" pieces.
 Since it was based on a painting, I decided I'd try my hand at painting on fabric!
I'll be stitching down the binding as we drive east. (Yes, the binding is painted too.)
The surfer is appliquéd.
Any ideas for a name?



Upcoming Tours:

Sept 15&17  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS CO Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild
                       (Concert 7:30, Mock Mola Workshop 9am)
Sept 21&22  COLORADO SPRINGS CO Piecing Partners Quilt Guild
                       (Concert, Notan and Mock Mola workshops)
Sept 27         MISSION KS Starlight Quilters Guild (Concert 7pm)
Sept 29&30  LANSING KS Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Guild
                       (Concert 7pm and Mock Mola workshop)

Oct1               MISSION KS Starlight Quilters Guild (Mock Mola Workshop)
Oct 6&7         BURLINGTON ON Halton Quilters' Guild
                       (Concert 7pm and Mock Mola workshop 9am)
Oct 11            ORLEANS (OTTAWA) ON Common Thread Quilt Guild (Concert 7:30pm)
Oct 12            ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS ON Haliburton Highlands Quilt Guild
                       (Concert 1pm)
Oct 18            WHITBY ON Kindred Hearts Quilting Guild (Concert 7pm)
Oct 19            RICHMOND ON Richmond Area Quilters' Guild (Concert 7:30pm)
Oct 24            ERIE PA Hand's All Around Erie Quilt Guild (Concert)

Nov 4&5         WILLIAMSBURG VA Colonial Piecemakers
                        (Mock Mola workshop 9am and Concert 9:30am)
Nov 7&8         LEWES DE Ocean Waves QuIlt Guild
                        (Concert and Hexagons workshop)
Nov 15            HAVRE MT Bearly Quilting quilt shop (Mock Mola workshop)
Nov 17&18     CALGARY AB My Sewing Room (quilt shop)
                         (Concert and Mock Mola workshop)

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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