Wednesday, December 30, 2009

PRESIDENTS PATCH: Volume 10 , Issue 1 Jan . 2010


Happy New Year!!!


New Years Thoughts,
Recently I read about a woman getting into her new car, starting it and suddenly seeing in red
“!” show up on her car. I thought , Gee, maybe it would be nice to have one of those in our mind’s eye to let us know that “something” needed paying attention to. The way my mind works lately my brain world be constant “!!!”
At any rate, following are a few thoughts I picked up here and there in 2009 that I want to
remember in 2010:
! “Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts.”Senator Daniel Moynihan
! “The problem with (add any government person’s name) wasn’t that he knew he was wrong. It
was that it was too important to him that he might be right.”
! “No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two years in an old folks home.” London Mail
! “The internet is just a world of passing around notes in a classroom.” Jon Stewart
! “Without research, what you say is just your opinion.” Unknown
! “Great civilizations are defined by the fiber of their people, their demises are defined by inflated egos of their leaders.” Kathleen Amers Wazny, Iran
! “I have never seen a piece of writing, political or non-political, that does not have a slant. It slants to the way a person learns, and no person is born perpendicular .” E. B. White, Wall Street Journal
! “Being taught in business schools? Wall Street Journal --
* Ethics
* Global Awareness
* Innovative Thinking
! “The legal process is only about three things, hatred, fear or envy...there are no facts of the case!
There are two frictions which the opposing teams seek to impress upon the jury.” This Week
On a less sober note:
! “At every party there are two kinds of people.. Those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” Ann Landers
!. “ And my favorite poet, Edna St. Vincent Malloy, said: “ It’s not true that life is one ???? thing
after another: It is one ???? thing over and over.”

Happy New Year !!
Juana

Sunday, November 22, 2009

PRESIDENTS PATCH:


TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
On the Twelfth day of Christmas
My Husband gave to me ( lover or true love)
Twelve lovely fabrics
Eleven boxes of chocolates
Ten new cutter blades
Nine loaded bobbins
Eight new patterns
Seven yards of batiks
Six new rippers
Five pairs of scissors
Four new cabinets
Three more cutting mats
Two new sewing machines
And for Once I have the space and time to JUST SEW!
Drive Safely ,
Sew Mightily and Finish Quilts,
and
Have a Holy Christmas!
Juana
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Frontera Retreat 2009: Food, Fellowship and Fun Sewing!


This year's retreat was wonderful... as they all are! Wednesday to Sunday, full of sewing, talking, eating, shopping, learning, sleeping in comfortable rooms with fun roommates, and FINISHING LOTS OF PROJECTS! ... at least most did. But lots of progress on what we brought to work on.
We had a couple of winners of blocks made at retreat... can't wait to see those finished quilts! Congratulations to all who completed quilt tops and to everyone who saw progress on others. Thanks to Peg, Jan, MiBelia and others who shared neat projects like PetScreen Zipper bags, no template applique and coffee can sewing organizers. Thank you so much to Julie May for all your hard work planning and organizing and to all the drivers who shared rides up there. Plan on going next year, girls! ..... AND check out our online album for more pics... 80-plus photos of all our fun at retreat!

http://picasaweb.google.com/FronteraQuiltGuild/Retreat2009?feat=directlink

~Linda, the computer geek, blogger and camera girl

Friday, October 2, 2009

President's Patch - October, 2009


QUILT FESTIVAL
I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston for the first time in the fall of 2000. I drove
by myself to Houston and stayed in Spring ( north of Houston) with Cecil’s youngest daughter andher family. Driving the next morning all the way to the George Brown Convention Center fromSpring was the first hurdle.

I started at 6:30 am to miss the “heavy traffic”. HA !. All the big trucks chose 6:30 to 7:30 to get
from north Houston to south Houston! After taking a wrong exit to the downtown area , I
wondered around always turning south and east until I finally saw the “pipes” of the convention
center.I pulled into the parking lot at 7:55 and had to sit there until it opened at 10:00 am. Fortunately Ihad brought a book to read.

Needless to say, the Quilt Festival blew me away. I left that night with a block of the month
pattern to look forward to and believing that I would never equal the quilts there ... and I haven’t. But I have come closer than I thought I could.

On Sunday, August 23, 2009, the Houston Chronicle ran an article about the start of the
extraordinary “Festival of Quilts”. If nothing else, this article proses that ONE person can make
a make difference in the world. Every quilter should go to the International Quilt Festival at least once!
Juana

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

President's Patch - September, 2009

Another school year is here and most parents are breathing a sigh of relief, that the kids all have a schedule that requires little from them. Teachers have heard their arrival pep talk and have decided one more time to be upbeat and positive.. It’s a good start!
As a person who attended three elementary schools in two cities ( Lubbock and San Saba), three junior highs ( all in Lubbock) and 2 high schools ( Brownsville and Harlingen), I can attest to the fact that for those returning to the same school, the beginning is in deed exciting–old friends, a building and teachers mostly the same or at least known. If it isn’t familiar there were always friendly faces to lend a hand. However, for the new student the start of school can be often ..terrifying!
One of the things I remember is always being registered on the first day of school. My parents went to the same schools and had not a clue how intimidating new schools, new teachers and new studentscan be. There is the waiting to be noticed on the busy first day in the school office. Then came the questions you don’t know the answer to: Who are your parents? ( Mother and Daddy).. Wrong! ; Where did you go to school? (Lubbock ). Wrong! Correct answer is the name of the school. And on and on... white cards to take home and bring back tomorrow signed! ( Not dropped or left on the bus, but signed!)
Then there is the long walk with “ someone from the office” to first period or just to a room. As Iwalked into the room, I was very aware of the kids looking me over. A few whispers are heard and I always was sure the whispers were critical. Now comes the turning around and finding a desk with 32 or more pairs of eyes watching. It didn’t get any easier as I got older!I realized when I was older and moved to several towns following a husband who insisted, that all that meeting people and adjusting to new people as a kid made it easier as an adult.
These are the things that I learned; 1) The whispering isn’t always critical. 2) People who are desperate for friends approval first, very seldom do they become your best friends. 3) All places have cliques made of people who have been together a long time. 4) These people are not usually deliberately rude, they are just already involved and do not want to hear about your life at this time. 5) A smile and interest in them breaks the ice. Later they will listen to your stories. 6) There are likeable and unlikeable people everywhere! ( This is true all over the world. Everyone has a story which can be obtained with a few sincerely interested questions and a trulyattentive ear.)
Would you prefer to have lived in one place? Sometimes, usually when I’m in a group where I don’t know everyone, it’s just more comfortable to be with known people. On the other hand, my life ( and yours) is made up of the total of our experiences, I think in the end I wouldn’t have it any other way. My experiences have made me a more understanding individual and I hope a more interesting one
Would you change your life if you could? Let’s think about that on cooler days ahead...
  • Juana

Saturday, September 5, 2009

National Sewing Month

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Monday, August 3, 2009

August PRESIDENT’S PATCH

LET’S GO! My best memories growing up were going on vacations every summer. Why? We always went with relatives - there was very little work involved - we got to do different things in different places.
Colorado and New Mexico were the usual destinations. One of my favorite pictures was one of my cousins, Barbara and I when we were 3 or 4. Obviously my mother had made sure that I didn’t have a speck of dirt on me and my hair was combed with a hair clip in it - this was in Cowles, New Mexico, beside a river in a camp ground where we slept in tents. Next to me in the picture was Barbara with her curly blond hair a mess, mud all over her overalls, and holding a doll by a naked leg. Who do you think had the smile on her face? It wasn’t me. There are some people who just can’t let you be! I guess every family has one!

Other things I remember about traveling as a child: the first smell of pine trees meant we’re in the mountains; putting my feet in cold bubbling creek water; giggling after we went to bed in our tents; “ Juana, go to bed, we have to get up early in the morning.” Here I thought vacations were the proper time to giggle; smelling frying bacon early on a cold foggy morning; how wonderful socks and clothes felt in the early cold; the sound of the horses sniffling and clip-clopping up the path to go fishing; chasing and catching grass hoppers for bait; catching mountain trout; the sore inside of my legs going back down the mountains; sitting around the camp fire and listening to the sounds; hearing my dad tell adult jokes after he thought the kids were asleep and hearing mother say, “Layton, be quiet the girls will hear!” and we did hear and understand the jokes and giggled into our blankets.

I can remember before ice chests were as available as they are now, how we tied live chickens in their coop over the cab of the pickup. My dad always took his dogs who rode on top of the tents and gear in the bed of his pickup. Only one time did one dog fall off and rolled into the forest. Our car stopped and picked the dog up and she rode in the car with us after that.

One year we were in Durango, Colorado and rode the narrow gauge railroad up to Silverton through the mountains. My dad let me crawl up on top of the caboose with him and my uncle. I held on to the three boards that go the length of the caboose and leaned over and watched the river. It was thrilling because it was dangerous and I knew we weren’t suppose to be up there. Typical of my dad- the scenery was spectacular and the clanking of the tracks, noise of the river and smell of pine trees. WOW!

When I see pictures of mountains, cabins, and or rivers, I can literally see him in my head and hear the atmosphere. Mountains and rocky roaring rivers will always call me.

After my divorce at 43, I did two things I had always wanted to do - go on a back packing survival trip, which nearly did me in and a rafting trip what was the greatest! The back packing trip was in Utah for 10 days with women I did not know and included repelling down cliffs (fun) , climbing cliffs ( definitely not fun) and climbing a mountain (hard) but gave a real feeling of accomplishment!

River rafting was definitely the most fun and I have been able to repeat this with I my sons and grandsons for a great adventure. I hope this brings back some happy vacation memories to you.

Happy Trails, wherever they lead,
Juana

Judy Shelton's VB purse class


Everyone seemed to enjoy our class Sunday afternoon (8/2/9) at the Stitchin' Barn. I got there early and quite a few were working away on their beautiful quilted fabric turning them into the most beautiful 'designer' bags. Judy stayed busy, table to table, helping us along with the patience of a saint! I came home with a beautiful bag that I'm proud of and I can't wait to make more. Thanks, Judy... and Frontera for scheduling this class. We want more! I love it when our local ladies who are so gifted share their talents.
~Ur friendly neighborhood Blogger

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Let's See, How Much Should I Get? "

"At least 1 yard, but then there wouldn't be enough for borders, so I better get 3 yards. This is such a good price it would be good backing for a quilt, so I better get 6 yards (90" x 108"). I have always liked this color combination so I could get enough for some pillowcases to go with the quilt, a valance for the window, too. Oh, I'll just take what's left on the bolt. I can share it with my friends who quilt. There really are some beautiful fabrics here, I think I'll look at them again."

Blogger's Note: How many of us have picked up a fat quarter or a yard and it's just not enough to do the project we wanted? I thought this was so cute I had to share it!



Sunday, June 28, 2009

President's Patch


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Defined By (Webster’s Ninth Collegiate Dictionary )

  • I-the one who is speaking
  • pledge- a binding promise
  • allegiance - the strict and continuing faithfulness served by a citizen to the government under whom he resides
  • to the flag - a rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as symbol
  • of the United States of America - a federation of states forming a nation in a specified territory ( continent of North America plus islands of Hawaii )
  • and to the republic - a government having a chief of state and not a monarch and in modern times is usually the President
  • for which it stands- flag
  • one nation - legally of one specified territory
  • under God - protected, guided and instructed by
  • with liberty- suggest release from former physical restraints from control or compulsion
  • and justice - the administration of what is just by the impartial adjustments of conflicting claims of the merited rewards or punishments
  • for all.- every individual member or component of
What I learned by doing this:
  1. Calling our nation a republic means it cannot be controlled by a monarch ( King or Queen)
  2. That liberty does not mean freedom to do certain things - it means freedom from former restraints
  3. It took the Bill of Rights ( the Ten Amendments to the Constitution ) to be passed to list explicit freedoms (rights)

Bill of Rights - a summary of fundamental rights and privileges guaranteed to a people against violation by the state
Happy Hot Summer!
Juana

Baby Bear Blankets Sewing Day

(We didn't get pics of all the wonderful ladies working, but here are a few)


Our second sewing day for Baby Bear’s Blankets was a huge success. With 10 Guild members and 3 additional ladies helping, we were able to complete 31 blankets of the two different sizes (20 x 20 and 30 x 30). We were requested recently to make the additional size of the 20 x 20 blankets by the hospital for the smaller and younger babies that would be using them. The request that was made worked out well since we had a large amount of scrap material that several of the ladies were able to piece into the smaller quilts. They turned out so lovely and I’m sure that it will be a huge blessing to the families that receive them.

We were extremely blessed to be able to be at the Stitching Barn with plenty of space to spread out and work on our individual tasks. As well, we were able to enjoy the company and really get to know each other more. Linda Chase was so kind as to provide Brownie Pie and our new Baby Bear’s Blankets tradition of Chicken Salad for lunch. The 6 hours seams to fly by with conversation, iced tea and the sounds of sergers, sewing machines and laughter.

We now have close to 60 more panels that have been pieced that only need to be pillow turned and top stitched. With these that were completed today we will be able to meet a large number of the needs at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen for 2009. The additional blankets will be donated to VBMC, Harlingen as needed and our hopes are that we will be able to branch out into the neighboring hospitals.

Thank you so much ladies for all your kindness in attending our sewing day and to all of you who donated material. You have made this dream a reality and a true blessing for all the families that will tragically be losing their precious child.

Our hope is to plan the next sewing day after retreat and close to the end of the year. As soon as we have a firm date we will be letting you know, so you can mark it on your calendar. Also, if you would like to get involved in completing some of our panels please see Linda Chase or Christy Pohler at the guild meeting.

Christy ~www.babybearsblankets.blogspot.com ~babybearsblankets@sbcglobal.net

Grammy's note: My heart was so full because of the ladies who gave their Saturdays to be a blessing. Thank you so much!

Friday, June 26, 2009

A fun post I found! "What's a BSK?"

Blogger's Note: Let me preface this with saying that the wonderful quiltie friends in our guild explained the BSK to be machine and all it's accessories (feet, bobbins, etc) , thread, needles, scissors, rulers you use, rotary cutter and a small mat and any supplies you find helpful when you sew at home. They will say when you need irons, iron mats, cutting mats, etc. It depends on where you take your class.
Read on...

Dear Quilt Doctor,

When I signed up for a quilting class, the initials BSK appeared on the supply list. I’m guessing it’s something I need, but I’m too embarrassed to ask. ~ Claudia from Big Foot, ID

Dear Claudia,
I’m sorry the quilting teacher did not spell it out; abbreviations can often cause confusion, especially if someone is a new quilter or learning a new technique.

BSK means basic sewing kit. At the very least, your BSK should include a scissors, needles, and thread. That’s the bare minimum for most classes though. Below is what I tell my students they should bring to class.

Must-have equipment: 45 mm rotary cutter; 18X24" rotary mat marked with a 1" grid; 6X24" acrylic ruler marked in 1/4" increments with 30-degree, 45-degree, and 60-degree angles; pencils and marking tools; two pair of scissors, one for fabric, one for paper and plastic; sewing machine; extra wound bobbins; 100-percent cotton thread to match the fabric; small iron and ironing mat; pins; hand-sewing and machine needles; pincushion.

I’d suggest that you label all of your items. You know how so many of them look alike. Also, bring to class your sewing machine manual and extra presser feet. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to work on a lesson because of an equipment malfunction.

With all of these items in your sewing basket, you’re sure to go to the head of the class!

Happy quilting …

Monday, June 22, 2009

Blog Update






My apologies for being so slow to update our blog! Here are some of the recent events...
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May’s meeting was a “Make it and Take it” program by the Fancy Stitcher’s. This group of very talented ladies shared basic crazy quilting stitches and silk ribbon embroidery. A hands on kit will be available for members and guest attending the meeting. Members brought a pair of scissors and all other supplies were provided. Program that evening was on crazy
quilting.
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Jan Krentz had a two day course on Saturday and Sunday 6/6/09 and 6/7/09 at Picket Fence. Jan, a national quilting instructor taught new techniques, offering 3 different projects during her 2 day course. All had very explicit instructions. All the students seemed very impressed with the class and enjoyed their success in learning the techniques and making their beautiful quilts.

Click this link for her website
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Saturday - JUNE 27TH, 10 - 4 STITCHING BARN... Baby Bear Blankets Sewing Day Bring your machines and/or sergers , yarn needles, sewing supplies... Let's make as many as we can to help the mothers through the loss of their infants. Info call -- Christy 264-4441
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July will be our annual “Christmas in July”.

July 13, 2009 Encore RV Park presented by Local Shops 6: 30 PM
It is never too early to think about Christmas. There are always so many projects and never
enough time. Local shops, will give us a head start by showing us their new items and ideas
for the Holiday Season . Items will be available for sale!
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July 12th, 2009 Possibly Stitching Barn
Workshop Sunday Afternoon 1:00 to 5:00

Friday, April 24, 2009

Photo Album / May President's Patch

http://picasaweb.google.com/FronteraQuiltGuild

You can even download and print pictures from this album, if you like.

For me, May brings spring and Mother’s Day along with memories of wearing the traditional red rose to church in her honor. My mother was one of seven sisters, all with jewel names. Mother was Pearl, the third of nine children. She was the first from her family to go to college (Texas Tech) where she took homemaking. There, she met my dad and married after two years, so she never completed college. I remember her for her wonderful cooking, hot rolls, cream pies, and chocolate cake. She was an absolute color “blue” in personality and was not comfortable in the spotlight.
Mother and I were polar opposites and I’m sure she often wondered where this stubborn, out-spoken, energetic child came from. I often accused her of coming over with the Pilgrims because of her beliefs and attitudes. She loved Christian music. I liked Country Western. She only read the Bible, Southern Living and the Methodist Woman. I read everything I could get my hands on. She was afraid of everything and was very dependent on Dad. I have always been independent and like to travel and be adventurous. Mother was a true lady in every sense of the word. I only wanted to ride horseback, dance, read, and get out of the house. She would always say, “Juana, you can’t read until the work is done” Believe me, in her house the work was never done. Mother did get through to me though. “ You have to work hard for what you get; never leave home unless you match from the bow in your hair to your socks; you’re the oldest so you have to take more responsibility; pretty is as pretty does and; put that book down, I need you to ______!” You fill in the blanks. I really did wonder if God didn’t accidentally send me to the wrong parents.
I’ve realized that mother and I grew up in extremely different cultural times. Her culture taught her that marriage and children was the only way to go. I don’t think it ever occurred to her to want anything different. She used all of her energy in her home and rasing three children. I always wanted to get out of the house and I did. Mother had a hard time with my working and “leaving the kids”. I would have never been happy with limited interest. Neither is better than the other, just different. It is for sure that nobody is as surprised as I am that I am retired , quilting and enjoying it. But I must admit I still love to travel and I still read everything I can find after all of the work is done, of course!
Juana

MAY PRESIDENT’S PATCH


For me, May brings spring and Mother’s Day along with memories of wearing the traditional red rose to church in her honor. My mother was one of seven sisters, all with jewel names. Mother was Pearl, the third of nine children. She was the first from her family to go to college (Texas Tech) where she took homemaking. There, she met my dad and married after two years, so she never completed college. I remember her for her wonderful cooking, hot rolls, cream pies, and chocolate cake. She was an absolute color “blue” in personality and was not comfortable in the spotlight. Mother and I were polar opposites and I’m sure she often wondered where this stubborn, out-spoken, energetic child came from. I often accused her of coming over with the Pilgrims because of her beliefs and attitudes. She loved Christian music. I liked Country Western.
She only read the Bible, Southern Living and the Methodist Woman. I read everything I could get my hands on. She was afraid of everything and was very dependent on Dad. I have always been independent and like to travel and be adventurous. Mother was a true lady in every sense of the word. I only wanted to ride horseback, dance, read, and get out of the house. She would always say, “Juana, you can’t read until the work is done” Believe me, in her house the work was never done. Mother did get through to me though. “ You have to work hard for what you get; never leave home unless you match from the bow in your hair to your socks; you’re the oldest so you have to take more responsibility; pretty is as pretty does and; put that book down, I need you to ______!” You fill in the blanks. I really did wonder if God didn’t accidentally send me to
the wrong parents. I’ve realized that mother and I grew up in extremely different cultural times. Her culture taught her that marriage and children was the only way to go. I don’t think it ever occurred to her to want anything different. She used all of her energy in her home and rasing three children. I always wanted to get out of the house and I did. Mother had a hard time with my working and “leaving the kids”. I would have never been happy with limited interest.
Neither is better than the other, just different. It is for sure that nobody is as surprised as I am that I am retired , quilting and enjoying it. But I must admit I still love to travel and I still read everything I can find after all of the work is done, of course!
Juana

Monday, March 16, 2009

Similarly Different


March 5 to 31 , 2009 Quilt Display, "Similarly Different” by Frontera Quilt Guild -Harlingen Heritage and Arts Museum, Harlingen, TX -- Open Tuesday through Sunday 10-4 The Open House for the Guild's Museum Exhibit, Similarly Different, was well attended. Our vice-president of membership, Dianna Gay, spoke briefly about what our guild is about and our activities. The museum provided nice refreshments and information. Jan Beaman had a table set up for children's paper quilting activities. And most importantly, the membership provided some beautiful quilts. The theme, Similarly Different, speaks of the same quilt pattern made with different colors and prints of fabrics which makes them look so completely different. What a lot of talent and beauty is on display. Please visit the museum while our display is up.



Friday, February 27, 2009

Are Your Irish Eyes A'smilin'?

  • President's Post ...
Ah.. February, the most windy month.. Somebody hasn’t lived in deep South Texas and forgot February’s winds! Think of it this way, it could be the last month to have lots of days to stay in and sew. I know my sewing tends to drop off as spring and summer days return.
March is the month to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This day is celebrated in every state and in most every country due to the dispersion fo the Irish after the potato famine in Ireland.
A larger number of the Irish came to New York and had a difficult times adjusting to the United States, but left an indelible mark by leaving a large percent of our population with a “wee bit” or more of Irish blood.
It is said that in US history the first group to come and stay were the English who built large homes. They were followed by the Germans who built huge barns and third over the Appalachians came the Irish who built whiskey stills.Well my family came in that group to the hills of Eastern Tennessee. How many of you have a “wee bit” or more of the Irish blood? I am going to ask you at the meeting. How many of you have been to New York on St. Patrick’s Day? Hm... therein lies the story....
Meanwhile, this month is very important for bringing your $100.00 deposit to reserve yourplace at the Frontera Quilt Guild Retreat 2009 in New Braunsfels, Texas. We need 30 attendees to secure the very large and spacious ball room for the sewing room for the group. Please remember your deposit if you intend to go with us. Contact Juli May for details.
Happy Quilting,
Juana

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Quilt Patterns from History


I found a very interesting site that tells about some quilt history and where blocks got their names.
Click this link:
Free Patchwork Quilt Patterns


This came from an web site that talks about using quilts for school by Barbara Frank which has several other links for quilt history.

Click this link:
Using quilts in Homeschooling


I hope you find some of it interesting!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hmmm..why should I attend quilt guild? ...

Well... there are the special speakers that we enjoy listening to and learning from....
... and classes offered...
...Opportunities to participate in contests and drawings...
...and show and share!... How I love to see all the beautiful quilts and projects that our members have made and it's fun to show mine to those who really appreciate and understand the labor of love quilting is.I get to pass on my love of quilting to the younger generations....
And I have so much fun with the friends I've made at guild!