Monday, March 29, 2010

March Business notes

ALCQ Business Meeting January 7, 2010
A new quilters’ resource is available online for those of you who want to mix quilting with
dreams of far-away places. Check out is the site for this resource,
which combines articles by famous quilters, free patterns and downloads as well as information
on trips around the globe. The trips are all centered around quilters! Scheduled to be published
quarterly, the second issue is now available...and it’s free. It’s actually a marketing tool by the
travel agency that arranges the quilting tours, but articles are still interesting—and we always
get a magazine for the articles, right?
Quilters’ Travel Resource and Free E-zine
Business Meeting March 4, 2010
Call to order at 10:35 A.M. by vice-president Jane Ferguson. 33 members were present and one
visitor from Australia. The minutes of the last meeting stated an incorrect date for Paula Nadelstern’s
lecture. The lecture is March 18 and not March 15. Harmony Moser moved that the minutes
be accepted as corrected. Motion passed. Betty Bivins gave the treasurer’s report. A copy is
on file with the secretary.
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.
Committee Reports:
Famous Quilters: Jane Ferguson reminded members of the Mary Cesar lecture and classes to be
held April 30, May 1&2. The lecture is on Friday rather than Thursday. Harriet Shaftel has taken a
class from Mary Cesar and can give insight into her teaching style. Jane also reminded members
to please fill out the survey sheet that was in the newsletter as the committee would like to have
member input into future workshops.
Library Exhibit: Linda Postlethwait reported she has 32 quilts so far for the exhibit at the library.
Set up will be March 15.
Comfort Quilts: Rosemary Slisz reported that comfort quilts will be distributed on March 15. Members
are asked to call Rosemary if they have comfort quilts that are ready for distribution.
Teddy Bear Tea: Judy Veerman reported that there were 278 teddy bears and wannabees at this
year’s Teddy Bear Tea. This is a new record for the tea. Quilts were donated to Salvation Army
Cares for Kids, OCS, AWAIC, Clare House and to the Providence Adolescent Mental health Unit.
Retreat: Elaine Fergen reminded members that the spring retreat is May 20-23 and the committee
has started receiving registrations.
Quilt Show: The raffle quilt for the 2010 quilt show is completed and tickets will be handed out to
members after the Fiber Festival. Kay Fiero’s husband has taken pictures of the quilt which will be
available to show when selling tickets.
Newsletter: Ruthe Rasmussen is asking for someone to replace her on the newsletter committee.
She would like to become involved in other areas of the Guild.
Program: Judy Crosby reported that programs are needed for July and August.
Library: Jackie Carly passed around a Japanese quilting book that Sr. Rosaria Noguchi brought
back from Japan for the Guild library.
Linda Postlethwait stated she has a copy of the AQS magazine for members to see.
Pam Sims conducted a drawing for a free ticket to the Thursday fashion show. People attending the
workshops at the Sheraton can get parking permits.
Trailside Community Church has a small quilt group to which Guild members are invited.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:30.
Respectfully submitted,
Marilyn Moreno, Secretary

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Directions for Crazy Log Cabin Blocks

Click on image above for a closer view.


If you didn't get the instructions to make these fun blocks, here's a quick How To:

1.Cut several strips, different sizes of fabrics to use in block.

2.Start with a square and add strips to it just like a log cabin block.

3. After adding several strips, take your ruler and rotary cutter and cut the square so that it is now askew and no longer a log square.

4. Add more strips, cutting again off center until you have a block the size you want.

Questions? email

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Paula Nadelstern Lecture

Tonight at the ALCQ meeting we had a terrific lecture by Paula Nadelstern.

She showed us a few of her spectacular quilts in person, plus several slides of more of her quilts & how they have developed over the years.

This was her "Puzzle quilt".

After the lecture, we got to study her quilts up close,

& play with some of her wonderful Kaleidoscopes.

She also signed book plates for anyone who wants to buy her books at Seams Like Home.

March 18 Day Meeting ALCQ Show & Tell

Today several members shared their quilting travel experiences with the group, followed by Show & Tell.
Rena Brinker showed us a quilt she has made for a close friend.

Jane Furguson showed sample quilts from Mary Cesar, a teacher from Hawaii, who will be teaching & lecturing here next month.

Below is the back of the quilt shown above, by Mary Cesar.
Irene Stewart brought a quilt that a friend of her son bought at an estate sale. It looked to be from the late 1800's, & was in pretty good shape.
The embroidery work on it was pretty spectacular.

You can click on any of the images to see a larger picture.

Pam Harris showed her on-line challenge quilt, inspired by a snorkeling trip (somewhere warm, I forget where she said, sorry).
The purple was painted batting. Yellow rusching made Brain Coral,
the fan fern was made from medical gauze painted pink, & the little orange anemones are Threadplay that she learned from Deb Hardman's class at Seams Like Home.
Marie Fujimura shared her Mountains & Anchorage city buildings with architecture inspired by the mountains.
Hidden in the quilting were lots of animals, birds, & a bicycler, fish & whale.
Deb Hardman showed a quilt she made of Ravens, & a customer quilt, which you can click on the words to follow the links.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters
MAY 20-23, 2010
The ALCQ quilt retreat is coming soon. Get ready to pack up your unfinished projects, or a new project and let’s go up to North Star Bible Camp, for a relaxing and fun-filled weekend!! Their web site is Take a look!!!!!
North Star Bible Camp is located out of Willow. We will all be in the same quilting room on ground level and the dining room is on the ground level. Our cabins are 4-plexes. Each room has five bunks, two sinks, one toilet, and one shower. Please notify us in advance of special needs you may have. Sign up early to get a bottom bunk!!!! They have a coffee bar!!!
There will be a GOODY BAG!!!!!!!!! If you would like to help with donations, let me know.
For those of you who can come early, you can sign up for the Full Retreat and arrive as early as 10:00 am on Thursday. Bring a sack lunch, as the first meal to be cooked for us will be supper Thursday night. The other option is to come for the Regular Retreat, arriving Friday anytime after 10:00 am and have lunch and supper with the rest of us.
Bring a half-yard of a SPECTACULAR fabric for a Chinese auction. Wrap it up and somehow include the shop it came from, in case the recipient wants to buy more.
Sign up for a professional 15-minute or 30 minute massage on Saturday. A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk.
There will be two Block drawings. One will be using any colors-light and dark-strong contrast. The other will be paper pieced using cream/off-white for the background and five prints of one color family. One of the classes will be using embellishments to make wearable art!!!! So, start looking in your stash.
There will be a funky inspiration recycle challenge—USED ITEMS ONLY: material, jewelry, lace, buttons, specialty threads, netting, embellishments, little treasures, etc. This challenge is to be no larger than 18 inches. Dig into that stash for old stuff to recycle!!!!
There is no smoking or alcohol allowed at the camp as well as no firearms or illegal drugs. No pets or other animals are allowed.
A confirmation letter with oodles and oodles of information will be sent before the retreat to those who are registered and paid.
Refund policy:
Ø There will be no refund, unless there is a death in the immediate family. The retreatee can try to find someone to attend the retreat in their place, and obtain payment from the replacement retreatee. In the case where there is a waiting list, and if someone from the wait list is able to replace the retreatee who is canceling, a refund will be made.
Cheryl Ann Griffin,, 907-244-7170


Quilt Retreat Sponsored by
MAY 20-23, 2010
Retreat Chair: Cheryl Ann Griffin 907-244-7170 (CELL)

Full Retreat
(10:00 a.m. Thursday thru 3:00 p.m. Sunday): Lunch Thursday is on your own
Thursday Supper thru Sunday Brunch

Modified Retreat Saturday Only
(10:00 a.m. Friday thru 3:00 p.m. Sunday): Saturday Breakfast,Lunch and Supper
Friday Lunch thru Sunday brunch Day Use--$65.00

Full Retreat
(10:00 a.m. Thursday thru 3:00 p.m. Sunday): Lunch Thursday is on your own
Thursday Supper thru Sunday Brunch

Modified Retreat Saturday Only
(10:00 a.m. Friday thru 3:00 p.m. Sunday): Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Supper
Friday Lunch thru Sunday brunch Day Use ---$65.00

Please enclose bottom portion with your payment and mail to:
Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters REMEMBER:
Attn: Quilt Retreat Registration and payment deadline
8281 East 20th Avenue is April 15, 2010
Anchorage, AK 99504
Name Phone ____________________________
Address: ______________________ Emergency Contact Name________________
City, Zip______________________ Emergency Phone______________________
E-mail address_________________ Payment Enclosed______________________
Any Dietary Restictions:________________________________________________

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Exhibit at the Loussac Library

The "A Celebration of Quilts" exhibit is up. It looks wonderful and only took 1 1/2 hours to hang. A special thanks to the following ladies who came this morning to help.

Kay Baehr
Jackie Carley
Marie Fujimura
Marilyn Galbraith
Robyn Maas
Jana Perrson

Do plan on viewing the exhibit. It was already causing quite a stir at the library.