Feather Star Miniature

Feather Star Miniature
made by Maggie Ball

Olzi quilt made by Maggie Ball

Olzi quilt made by Maggie Ball

QQ Charity Quilt

QQ Charity Quilt
made by members

Charity Quilt

Charity Quilt
made by Judy Pavey

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quadrille Quilters Newsletter October 2009

Welcome to Spring.

Thank you to all who helped at the Birthday meeting which was a great success.QQ received
Greetings were received from Marianne Sheldon in Dubai, and a letter of thanks from Carolin for the beautiful quilt made by all the QQ members.


Quadrilles NEW BANNER has been completed. Thanks goes to Jenny the designer, Wendy Suzen and Grace for execution.

Christmas in October
At Heathway Centre on the 30th/31st October
.We will need volunteers to help set up, do demos on quilting related matters, lend quilts for hanging & take down the quilts afterwards.
Quilters will also be able to sell any items that are not available in the Heathway Centre & would need to book a table.

The Travelling Exhibition
This will be held
At Quiltec
From Tuesday 13th October-21st October

:Q.Q .Committee meetingwill be held on the 21st October at Quiltec.



www.cindybrick.com all about history
of crazy patch.


QQ Quilters were invited to participate in St Andrews first Spring Expo
on the 12th September 2009.
This was quite a honour for us not only to showcase quilts but also to have a magnificent venue to sell our quilts
.Volunteers were called for at the last QQ meeting.

Sadly only 6 people responded!!
We had a fun quilting day in beautiful surroundings.
Thank you to all the ladies who lent quilts for display
.We had a lot of interest in the quilts &QQ.
Thank you to Tertia Duvenage, Anna Castleman,
Tilly de Harde& Jenny Svensson for setting up
& giving up your Saturday to fly the QQ flag!
Thanks too, to Irene Florence for delivering the poles & bums to the school.
Sadly only 6 people responded!!
We had a fun quilting day in beautiful surroundings.
Thank you to all the ladies who lent quilts for display
.We had a lot of interest in the quilts &QQ.
Thank you to Tertia Duvenage, Anna Castleman,
Tilly de Harde& Jenny Svensson for setting up
& giving up your Saturday to fly the QQ flag!
Thanks too, to Irene Florence for delivering the poles & bums to the school.

A Colorful Vocabulary (by Lisa Boyer)

I’ve often heard that Eskimos have over 100 different words for snow. This is because, needles to say, snow is important in the life of an Eskimo. They have to build with it, walk on it, drive through it, and lots of other things that I can’t even imagine because I live in Hawaii. I am only familiar with two types of snow: One type is the stuff that builds up in my freezer, letting me know it’s time to defrost. The other type of snow I’m acquainted with is the kind I see on television and in movies.
People standing in real snow on television always have that same look: slitty eyes, runny red noses, and goofy hats. They breathe out white fog and stomp about, flapping their arms and generally looking quite uncomfortable. This leads me to believe that, although they may not have 100 words for snow, they must have a snow vocabulary quite different than mine, some of which may be quite unprintable here.
I often think of Eskimos and their snow words, when I am trying to select fabrics for my quilts. We quilters need to follow the Eskimos example and come up with an expanded vocabulary of color. Oh, I’m not talking about impractical color words like “mango,” “taupe,” and “willow.” These words are not specific enough, and men always tease us about them. To add to the confusion, some words pertaining to color are regional. I haven’t seen a willow tree in years, so how do I know what sort of brown a “willow” is? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “taupe,” unless it was one of those stripedy horned animals at the zoo. And do you really know what color “mango” is? I’ve seen real mango fruit in every shade of yellow, pink, red, orange, purple, and magenta. “Mango” can be any thing, even brown or black, if you leave them in the refrigerator to long.
We need a system of color that is less descriptive and more practical. This is why I have invented my own system, which I will generously tell you about here. My system starts with the basic colors that most of us agree upon, i.e., red, yellow, green, etc. Then we blend the words, just as we blend the colors. For example, is your blue a blue-green? If so, it’s a “bleen.” Or is your blue more of a blue-purple shade? Then it’s a “blurple.” See how simple it is? No more going to the fabric shop to pick out a red and coming home with a “rue” when you really needed a “rorange.”
My system ingeniously give us more colors without having to learn more words for them. No more trying to figure out what “chartreuse” is. And my system can be very subtle, too. Is your brown more yellow than brown? Then it’s a “yown.” Or is your brown more brown that yellow? Then it’s a “brellow.” And what if it has some threads of grey-black running through it? It can be “brellow with grack stripes.” No more dragging little scraggly snippets of fabric to the store for matching. You can just remember that you need a “riolet with globs of orey.”
As a quilt teacher, I find my newly-engineered color vocabulary to be a real time-saver. When one of my students needs a fabric for a block, I don’t have to stop and try ineffectively to describe the color that might work. I can simply say: “Go out into the shop and find a rink with a smudge of grue and a hint of peen.” She’ll know exactly what I am talking about. Well, if she comes back into class, that is. If I hear tires screeching out of the parking lot, I can see that she didn’t quite appreciate the genius of my system.
My personal dream is that, one day, I’ll be able to walk into my local quilt shop, and all the fabrics will be arranged and labeled according to my vision. All the plues will be separate from the blinks; all the whellows labeled differently than the wheys.
Someday, I dream that I will be able to walk into a fabric shop and ask, “Where are your blurples?” and they won’t laugh. They’ll just point out a rack between the bleds and the grues.
I’m confident that eventually my system will catch on, much like the metric system in America. Eskimos will sit around their fires at night and tell stories of how many words we quilters have for different colors. And I will have done my part for quilting history once again.
Excerpt from “Stash Envy and other quilting confessions and adventures.

Meetings will be held from
Every 2nd Saturday afternoon
Volunteers are needed forTwo afternoons a year.

To visit;

And www.picasaweb.google.com

Classes with Jenny Svensson.
Visit my BlogSpot www.chimpsquilts.blogspot.com

To see which classes you would like to attend.
Coming in 2010;
Appliqué Club
Christmas club.Watch out too, for new dolls by Tertia and Jenny.


That I wanted to share with all of you as this is my last Newsletter as editor
Taken from
Old Chinese Wisdom
An elderly Chinese woman had 2 large pots, each hung on the end of a pole.
Which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For two full years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled,” Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side.

That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walked back, you watered them.
For 2 years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.”
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”
Each of us has our own unique flaw ….

But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

To all of the crackpot friends, Have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path.Thank you for putting up with the flaws in the last 2 years of newsletters..

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