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SPRING 2005 (Vol.6, No.2)
3200 Trinity RD. (Corner of US 220 and Trinity Rd. between Daleville and Fincastle)
Mailing Address: PO Box 189, Fincastle, VA 24090
Carolyn and Stan Nelson
Hours: 9-6 Monday thru Saturday
Closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July
Phone: (540) 992-1233   e-mail: trinityquilts@AOL.com
NEW WEB SITE: www.TrinityQuilts.com




The source of all those wonderful shades of green is evident when you look out the window in early April.  Try to work some green into your next project, you just might like it.  There are actually people who consider lime green a neutral.  Quilt Rally 2005 was a great success and we hope you had a wonderful time.  374 participants completed the rally!




A junior Girl Scout troop has asked for our assistance with their project.  They have decided to make pillow cases to give to the Ronald McDonald House to give to the children.  One yard pieces of bright cheery fabric would be greatly appreciated.  We’ll have a box to collect your donations.






We have to make room for all the wonderful new fabrics we will order at market this Spring.  There are some great stash builders and quilt backs in this group.  50% off on all Christmas fabrics, 30-40% off selected fabrics (at least 400 bolts).  Some $3.00 or less.  Half yard minimum cut on sale fabrics.  20% off all books and 30% off a selected group.  Thimbleberries fat quarters $1.50 each, buy 12 and get the 13th free.  Don’t miss this great opportunity.



NOV 10 TO 13


I know November seems like a long way off, but it is not too soon to mark your calendar for our SPECIAL FALL EVENT at CAMP BETHEL.   It will be here before you know it.  We begin with a potluck supper on Thursday and finish early afternoon on Sunday.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with other quilters to learn, share, relax, enjoy good food and quilt, quilt, quilt.  CLASSES: Award winning quilter and designer, Trish Gabriel, will return with another great class, SIMPLE MACHINE APPLIQUE with PRECISION.  She will also demonstrate machine quilting.  Trish has a wealth of quilting experience and knowledge and the skill to share it effectively, and our previous campers have really enjoyed her.  Sheila Snyder will be joining us from Eugene, Oregon, to teach the Saturday Market Quilt.  She is well known for her fine quality long-arm quilting and teaching.  Come Saturdays in Eugene, the park streets are transformed into an open-air market where artisans sell jewelry, clothing, toys and furniture.  Musicians play, and farmers offer up fresh produce, plants, flowers, jams and jellies.  It’s a colorful, lively marketplace that includes a quirky water fountain with a metal sculpture of jumping fish.  Tie dye is alive and well in Eugene.  (This is one of the things I really miss about Eugene.)  Sheila has written a book, “Pieced to Fit: Instant Quilt Borders from Easy Blocks.”  One of the quilts in her book has the aura of the market- a lively spirit that makes you smile and a playfulness that is irresistible.  It is the cover quilt of her book.  If you would like to see the quilt blocks in different fabric combinations, click here to go to the gallery of Sheila’s web site.  I plan on teaching a scrappy fast 4 patch which will be a replica of an antique comforter that I have.  However, if you want a contemporary look, you can make it in batiks or brights or pastels.  You can start on this Thursday evening.  EVENING LECTURE:  Sheila will treat us with her “Pieced to Fit” lecture and trunk show on Friday evening.  SUNDAY MORNING DEMONSTRATIONS: Trish and others will inspire gift making with demonstrations of small projects. 


We will start taking reservations with $50 deposit on July 1.  Full Cost is $235 which covers all meals (beyond the one potluck), lodging, and instruction for all classes, the evening lecture and Sunday Morning Demos.   It also includes a copy of Sheila’s book.




We are on auto-ship with the following companies: Quilt in a Day, C&T, Martingale (That Patchwork Place), and AQS, so we get all the new books hot off the press.


QUILT AND SEW FANCIFUL FOLK ART:  24 PROJECTS FROM DOLLS AND PILLOWS TO QUILTS.  The Buffalo Gal doll is my favorite.  In addition, there are instructions in transferring embroidery designs, dry brushing, antiquing fabric using paint and water, embroidery stitches, cording, yo-yos and tassels.

QUILTS WITH A SPIN, 7 NEW PROJECTS FROM PIECE O’ CAKE DESIGNS:  Up to date interpretations of favorite, classic quilt designs.  Combine piecing and applique to complete these show-stopping projects for both beginners and advanced quilters.  These are “WOW” quilts.


FANCIFUL QUILTS TO PAPER PIECE:  Basic instructions and then designs from windmills and flowers to dogs, cats and bears.


ASIAN ELEGANCE: QUILTING WITH JAPANESE FABRICS AND MORE BY Kitty Pippen.  If you love Asian and/or Polynesian fabrics and designs, but do not know what to do with them, this book is for you.  Not only does it contain many beautiful projects, it has applique, sashiko, and design and finishing techniques.


PIECED CURVES SO SIMPLE: THE 6- MINUTE CIRCLE AND OTHER TIME SAVING DELIGHTS:  this sounds like another fast method to make simple quilts.  It is way more than that.  There are whole chapters on essentials, color and design, inspiration, fabric and mood, before you ever get to piece your circle.  A book to unleash your creativity!


EASY APPLIQUE SAMPLERS: 20 DESIGNS TO MIX AND MATCH by Mimi Dietrich.  The first 50 pages are all the basics of applique, both hand and machine.  This is followed by some quick, simple, but charming projects to use your new skills.


SEVEN SISTERS: NEW QUILTS FROM AN OLD FAVORITEThis is the eleventh book in this series which is the publication of the winning quilts in the contest.  It is amazing to see the interpretation of the old traditional pattern.  My favorite quilt in the book is called Sassaman’s Sisters.


FAST, FUN& EASY FABRIC BAGS: We have had FF&E BOWLS AND BOXES, and now there are bags from jewelry bags to tote bags with various embellishments.


HOOKED ON TRIANGLES: 19 QUILTS FOR FOUNDATION PIECING:  The paper foundation makes the triangles very accurate so they fit together perfectly.  The complex looking star quilt on the cover is made of all half square triangles and squares.  You can make it simple with pinwheels or go on to make hearts, maple leaves and stars.


SMALL QUILTS WITH VINTAGE CHARM: 8 PROJECTS TO DECORATE YOUR HOME by Jo Morton:  8 projects to decorate your home.


ASIAN FABRIC: a new magazine from the Kona Bay fabric company with 15 quilt and craft projects using Asian fabric.








BLENDED QUILTS IV by In the Beginning.   More of the beautiful florals and paisleys to create that great “blended” look.

GARDEN VIEW QUILT KIT:  This 48” by 51” quilt features the window panel quilt with toiles, florals and paisleys.  The pattern is in the book “BLENDED QUILTS II”.


TICKINGS:  We have in a group of 9 tickings from Moda in various colors including 2 from Jan Patek’s Gatherings collection.


JUNGLE SONG QUILT KIT AND FABRIC by Laurel Burch:  We have just received another shipment of this fabulous fabric and we have the kits ready.  We also have the jungle song fabric to sell, as well as some of the Canines and Felines collection.


BLOCK PARTY:  our newest panel is the Comfort of psalms II.  “QUILTERS SEARCH ENGINE” is the newest T- shirt, and it comes in pink.  “QUILTING IS MY BAG“ is the newest tote bag, this one  with zipper and inside zippered pocket. These fun panels, patterns, totes, t-shirts and mugs just make you smile and they make great gifts. We still have most of the other panels.


CROSS COUNTRY QUILTER fabric from Jennifer Chiaverini, the author of the Elm Creek series of books.  This is a Fall line with leaves and swirls in rich fall colors with a touch of purple.  We have a great table runner pattern made out of those fabrics.


ANTEBELLUM COLLECTION from P&B:  Antebellum means before the war and today, we use it most commonly in reference to the decades preceding the American Civil War.  Known as an era of elegance and gentility, it was also the period that spawned the finest examples of quiltmaking.  We purchased the original colorway which is a beautiful deep red with multicolored flowers, including a wonderful paisley and border stripe.  If you like authentic reproductions, this is for you.


SOLIDS:  we are expanding our collections of solids.  Robert Kaufman has a new line of solids, Prima Solids, which has a finer weave and has a lighter “hand” than their “Kona” cottons line.  Many of these new solids, including vintage white, are perfect to go with the 30’s fabrics.


COLOR RHYTHM from Robert Kaufman is a fun, colorful collection with multicolored and tone on tone dots in various sizes.


KAYE’S KITCHEN by Benartex:  There are 3 panels in this collection.  Vintage animal prints in red on linen and cream on linen. The outlines look good as they are, but they would be even better if stitched.  There are also some great 40’s prints in bright colors.


ACORN HOLLOW by Benartex is a wonderful, rich Fall collection with deep wine background with leaves, an updated look.


COUNTRY KITTYS designed by Jim Shore who designed all the Heartwood Creek angels, nativity, cats and other animals with quilt designs for Enesco.  The fabrics are in bright pastels and include a panel and border print, perfect for making tote bags.


TOILES:  These fabrics just keep getting more and more popular and we are expanding our collection.  We now have them in every color, several shades of some colors.  Some are rural scenes, some floral, some birds, ALL beautiful.  They really add a richness to backgrounds and can certainly be the main players with some co-ordinates.  Great for home decorating, vintage or shabby chic.


ARTISAN’S PALETTE KIT:  This is a most stunning star quilt (94” X 112”) with every color of the rainbow surrounded by a black and gold border from Northcott Fabric Co.








6 TUESDAYS,  MAY 24&31, JUNE 7&28, AND JULY 5 & 19

9:30-12 OR 6:30-9


Class includes basic instruction in fabric selection, rotary cutting, assembling of quilt top, quilting and binding in 6 sessions.  You will make a lap size quilt with fabrics of your choice while learning quilting skills. Book required: Fons and Porters Complete Book of Quilting.  This is an absolute beginner’s class, however, you must know how to operate your sewing machine.







TUES.  MAY 10, OR SAT. JUNE 25, 9:30-4:30


Machine quilting a large quilt can be a challenging task at best.  Marti Michel, author of the book “Machine Quilting in Sections” provides us with several ways of accomplishing our projects.  This class is a demonstration/ process class.  We will be utilizing the techniques on a small quilted piece.  Book required.


SAT. MAY 14, 10-2:30


What to do with all those T-shirts your kids have saved?  Keep your treasured memories alive and learn how to turn them into a wonderful memento they can take to college or their first apartment.  Mary Lou will make this a fun class.


SAT. MAY 28, 9:30 -12:30

Transferring photos to fabric is becoming more popular, with quilters using not only family photos, but other images to achieve a certain effect.  Carolyn will give a 3 part presentation which includes a trunk show of quilted projects that have photos or other images transferred onto fabric, a demonstration and information on preparing the fabric sheet using Bubble Jet Set 2000, and a discussion on selecting and manipulating photos or other images for transfer to fabric by use of a scanner, computer and printer.  No supplies are needed for the presentation but will be available for purchase after the class.

SAT. JUNE 4, 10-1

Learn the ins and outs of the hand quilting process while you quilt a pre-stenciled pillow top.  Harriet is well known for her wonderful hand work and her teaching.  You will be learning from an expert.


ANN is our resident Cathedral Window expert.  This is a wonderful portable hand project.  You will learn how to cut and stitch the basic units by hand while making a decorative pillow.  You will also learn to calculate yardage for any size project as well as several styles of edge finishing.

SAT. JUNE 11, 10-4

KALEIDOSCOPES are wonderful and exciting, especially in quilting.  If you have always been intrigued by these intricately styled quilts, then this is a great project for you.  Students will create a kaleidoscope ‘square’ using their own fabric choices with the ease of foundation piecing.  Different samples will also encourage students to be creative and to further explore kaleidoscopic quilts.  The block finishes to approximately an 18 in. square suitable for a small wall-hanging or a pillow.  This class is designed for anyone with intermediate sewing knowledge.  The pattern and foundation paper are required.

SAT. JULY 23, 10-2:30

I’m sure you have admired some of the wonderful jackets you see quilters wear.  Now you can have one of your very own.  It all starts with a sweatshirt and you attach cotton fabrics with decorative machine stitches after cutting the shirt open.  The ribbing is all cut off and a regular quilt binding is applied.  You can make yours elegant or folksy depending on fabrics, threads, and embellishment.






WE NEED PART-TIME AND/OR FULL TIME WORKERS –We can be somewhat flexible, but a minimum of 2 days per week are required.  Enthusiastic quilters please apply.  Some sales and computer experience helpful, but not required.



FRI. 9:30, 1:30 & 5:00

SAT, 9:30 AND 12:00


This year’s program is a wonderful quilt by Marti Michel called Hidden Stars.  The fabric line is Rose Garden and you can make the quilt in lavenders or rose and gold.  You MUST sign up for this program as I will not be making extras each month.  You get the 12 blocks for $5 if you bring the completed block back the next month at one of the above demo, times.   If you do not complete the block or do not come to the demo, the next block is another $5 (NO EXCEPTIONS).  As with previous years, sashing, borders, and bindings are at your expense.  If you have not seen the picture of the quilt and the fabrics, they are available.






THIMBLEBERRIES CLUB:  CIRCLE OF LOVE: Made with love, given with love, received with love, and remembered with love.  What a nice way to think about our quilting passion, because so much of our work is given away.  The Sunrise quilt is coming along, the blocks are beautiful and we just have two more blocks to sew.   STARTING IN JULY we will be making the Sunset Quilt in Fall colors.  Club regularly meets the second Sunday of the month at 2pm. (shop opens at 1:30).  All are welcome and there is no charge.  Special patterns from Lynette Jensen are featured.  Kits available.  Door prize, refreshments, show and share, a good time to socialize.  MAY MEETING IS MAY 15 (THE THIRD SUNDAY) AT THE USUAL TIME, ( BECAUSE OF MOTHER’S DAY.)


DEAR JANE CLUB:  This group meets to share their experience of recreating a very special historic quilt from the Civil War era.  Some of the members have more than 50 blocks made.  Others (like me) have a few made.  Club meets the first Thurs. of the month from 9:30 -2pm.  Bring a lunch and blocks to show and share and one to work on, too.  If  you have not started, come and find out all about Jane Stickle’s 1863 quilt.


JAN PATEK AND FRIENDS GIRL GANG: “Sunshine on my Shoulder” designed by Cherie Ralston is this year’s Girl Gang quilt.  It is a wonderful quilt combining piecing and appliqué with a primitive sun, Jan’s signature stars, baskets and sawtooth sashings.  You will receive a pattern for a section of the quilt each meeting.  There will be recipes, words of wisdom for life as well as quilting and some extra projects.  This is not a class, but we’ll try to share some demonstration of a technique and have the section of the quilt to show.  We’ll also expect a lot of showing and sharing.  Club meets the first Thurs. of the month from 1-4 and 7-9PM .  There is no charge for this club.


JO’S LITTLE WOMEN CLUB:   A small old looking quilt will be featured each month.  The idea for this and the Girl Gang is a gathering of women coming together to enjoy the process of making old looking quilts and needful things.  Both group projects lend themselves to hand work, but you can use your machine if you like.  In addition, they are scrappy, and call for fat quarters, a great opportunity to use some of that collection.  We will have Jo Morton and Jan Patek fat quarters.  No charge for the club which meets the first Thurs of the month 1-4 and 7-9PM.  You will notice that Girl Gang and Jo’s Little Women meet at the same time and it seems to be working well.


4th WED. LANDSCAPES:  This is a group to share knowledge, inspiration, resources, etc . as they relate to creating landscape quilts.  This is not a class, but expect lots of learning and sharing to take place.  Group meets the fourth Wed. from 10-2.  Bring a lunch.  Shirley Albright and Joan Allen are facilitators.


PAT SLOAN’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CLUB meets the third Sat. of each month at 10:30 AM.  This club includes a newsletter from Pat with projects, hints, recipes, and words of wisdom.  A time to sit and sew and share is planned.  A wonderful whimsical, folk style block of the month quilt, Brambleberry Friends is also offered.  The quilt has seasonal motifs to take us throughout the year and is really coming to life with Pat’s fabrics.  There is a charge for this BOM.





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