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April 2014 Newsletter

angielaingJuly 30, 1927 – April 1, 2014

Member Spotlight (reprinted from Jan 2005 Star Quilters Newsletter)

I caught Angie in the spotlight for the first in a continuing column on our members; shown here with her prize winning whole cloth entry at the Salem Fair.

After 40 years working for a CPA firm she left the work world and took up quilting. She’d been doing hand work such as embroidery, knitting, needlepoint and crochet, but had never done anything in the quilting area beyond collecting patterns and magazines.

A general beginner class at a local quilt shop started her off. She continued with other classes; many through our guild. Most of her 100 quilts became gifts of comfort and kindness. For a while she presented a quilt to each new baby in her church, but her fellow Presbyterians proved too passionate for her. She created many quilts for the Good Samaritan Hospice, for our guild’s comfort quilts project, and made double knit single bed quilts for transient men at the City Rescue Mission.

Her favorite project was teaching hand piecing to 10 and 11 year olds at the Presbyterian Community Center in the after-school program for “at risk” youngsters. Four of an original 10 completed their quilts. After hand piecing them, Angie made the sandwiches & turned them. Then each girl tied them to complete the project. Angie made “Hand Quilted by..” labels for each girl with their name and age. Their obvious pride made it clear she’d made a real difference in their lives.

She’s one of the Crazy 8’s; currently comprised of Joanne Kling, Claire Barton, Sallie Powers, Nancy Ratner, Ann Weaver, Dianne Bragg, Wanda Nawrocki, and Angie. In January they begin a new project — single bed quilts for the women/children facility at City Rescue Mission.

She does all her assembly with a sewing machine, but enjoys hand quilting whole cloth quilts even though hand problems force her to limit her time. She shifted away from using a large frame to an 18” hoop which she can use from the recliner. She gets smaller stitches with a size 12 between, but usually uses a 10 because the 12’s break so easily. She saves her back by thread basting with the quilt sandwich on a pair of banquet tables raised about 6”.

– Susan Kraterfield

Angie’s work from our archives

Our 2005 & 2007 shows had lots of lucious work by Angie.  Do click on the pictures to get more detail.

March 2014 Newsletter

February 2014 Newsletter

Here is a tutorial for Betty’s new string piecing charity project:

String Diamond Charity Quilt

January 2014 Newsletter

December 2013 Newsletter

Thank you quilters for all the help you have been in making these charity quilts. Here are the directions on how I found best to make them.  –Betty Tyree

Supplies needed:

Paper, triangle template or rotary ruler, scissors, rotary cutter, Kite template and lots of strings or scraps

I use the Marti Michelle Multi size kite template along with a 12″ setting triangle template.

This will make approximately a 17″ block when using 4 triangles.

Paper triangles

I found a large Doodle Paper Pad  (12″ X 18”) at Ollie’s in Salem for $3.59 that contains 200 sheets of newsprint.  I can cut 3 different size triangles from each sheet.  I use the strip tube triangle template and it matches the Missouri Quilt Clubs Papers and Kites. (10″) and a smaller triangle that could be used for string pieced flying geese. (To be worked out later)


Using the largest size Template cut out enough kites for your project.  A six-inch strip will give you 8 kites.


Left over and ugly fabric that you want to get rid of cut in random sizes anywhere between 1 1/2″ to 3″



Set machine stitch slightly higher and use a larger needle as you would for paper piecing.

Secure Kite to center of triangle either by pin or glue. I will sit at night watching TV and Glue a stack of kites to triangles.


Choose a string and place right side down on top of the Kite aligning the raw edges.  Sew on top of the string through the paper using a slightly larger seam allowance than ¼”.  Flip the string right side out and finger press. Repeat on the other side of Kite.  This is the only time that you will sew through the paper.


Lay the next string right side down, on top of the first strip.  Before sewing fold the paper back and stitch only through the fabric.

Keep adding strings using the paper only as a guide.  Alternate sides until you get approximately 3″ to 4″ from tip. It is important to leave plenty of room for a large piece at the ends of the triangles.  You do not want seams close to the ends. When you are sewing the blocks together it is easier not to have extra seams that will add bulk.


Tip: Sometimes I sew small or thin pieces together before adding to the triangle.



Add a large piece of fabric making sure the complete triangle is covered.

Lay the Triangle right side up on the ironing board, spray with starch, let soak in a minute and give a good press.


Flip triangle right side down (paper side up) on a cutting mat and trim with rotary cutter and ruler along paper edges.


Remove papers from the triangles carefully.  You should only have 3 pieces.  YEA!

I have 2  block layouts for the string quilts

layouts1 layouts2

eq1 eq2

While the technology challenged is working on her tutorial the following are some websites that have tutorials with good information.   Remember the sizes have been changed ((to protect the innocent), sorry Dragnet pun) to fit the templates that I had available.  If everything goes well info should be done by this weekend complete with pictures and supplies needed.

Thanks for your help in creating these amazing charity quilts .

Betty Ann

House of a la Mode

Sewing by Moonlight

Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild

39 Star Quilters signed up for the exchange at the guild meeting last night.  Wow!

Here are some adjustments now that we’ve all discussed this at guild.

  • A safety pin secures each set of squares for a block just as well as a baggie (and is greener)
  • Bring your sets in a container or bag with your name on it and a indication of how many blocks you are delivering.
  • Contrast:  Betty Tyree’s group learned this lesson.  Petals in a set need contrast so they show when they are stacked up together.  You can use scale and value to achieve this.
  • Make as many as you like, but bring at least 12 to exchange.

I’ll swap all the sets during the meeting and you can pick them up at the end of meeting.  Can’t Wait :)

Before I leave you; I just had to share just a few of the cool pictures I found googling “french roses quilt”..

Pretty plaid sashing

How pretty in a NON-scrappy style!

bold blue fabric *too* bold?

Unusual quilting makes it look 3D

– Susan K

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