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Yukie Cook's quilt, hand appliqued, hand embroidery, machine quilted by Bill Hooper and Sandy Wyngaard. This quilt received a Blue, first place ribbon at the Elmore County Fair , Idaho USA.The pattern is from Aie Rossmann's book Affairs of the Heart, published by The American's Quilters Society.


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 Catrina’s Firebird

     44 x 63 1/2

     By Kathy McNeil

It started with a phone call; “ You need to have a mastectomy as soon as possible”.  My friend Catrina’s surgery was scheduled and I had three days to make a simple pink log cabin quilt with Breast Cancer survivor ribbons.


As they rolled her off to surgery, her tears rewarded my days and nights of no sleep as she hugged it to body.  She kept that little quilt at her side through months of physical and emotional recovery, more treatments, sudden menopause, and more surgery for breast reconstruction. At the end of that long year she asked us to take her dancing.  A celebration quilt was needed.

 The Firebird, a classic Russian folk tale/ ballet became the symbol which best represented the spirit of my friend, as she faced her long year of intense decision-making, anxiety, pain, and finally peace with her body. Similar to the Phoenix in the Harry Potter books, the Firebird represents rejuvenation and rebirth.


Catrina agreed to pose with my husband, (as the young prince who attempts to capture the Firebird and her spirit). Working from different photos, I choose her stepping forward out of the darkness and into the light, not being trapped by this diagnosis and its consequences.


Couched, loosely woven feathery yarns cover the cotton fabrics used in the ballerina’s costume. Scouting through the bridal section of our local fabric store, I found a black mesh netting material with red glitter, perfect for her tights and repeated it in the bodice and arms. It turned out to be one of those “ looks great in the store-- bad ideas.” Remember nylons that ran when you barely looked at them? Machine quilting over the mesh was the same nightmare, unless you lengthened your stitch and went really slowly.


A Russian castle, an important backdrop in the ballet became a useful secondary feature that added perspective to the composition. I drew it on the black fabric with permanent gold metallic ink and then machine embroidered over it.  Finally I choose silk borders, a fabric that would express Catrina’s natural beauty and elegance. In keeping with the classic folktale look, 1/4-inch fancy bias scrollwork outlines the border. The bias strips were hand appliquéd to Silk Duponi, which quilts beautifully. Extra dimension is added to your quilting from the natural sheen of the silk.


Catrina love both of her quilts equally. One made of simple log cabin squares covered her every step of her recovery and one made with silk that won a Best Machine quilting award. (Pennsylvania National 2004) Both made with lots of love.


Dedicated to Catrina and so many others, who have faced this disease with such grace, hope and strength.

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Betty Binder shared these two beautiful photos of her project!

 I completed my first applique project in years. I had so much fun and learned a lot stretching my comfort zone. I quilted it on my home sewing machine. I don't have stitch regulation so learned to guage my stitches when I used the free motion in the borders. I think I am hooked as I have started another applique project already. "A bed without a quilt is like the sky without stars."



 The final installment of the mystery quilt project.


Calla Lilly                             Nasturtiums

Another installment of the mystery quilt project.

Iris                                                              Pansies

TAS starts the New Year out right with a new mystery quilt from Bunny
Leighton  It will include 8 different flower
designs. When we are finished we will have a 40" wall hanging by this summer, if
we all follow along with the newsletter publishing schedule. Photos of the
completed blocks can be seen below.


Gardenia                                     Bleeding Heart


         Emperor Tulips                    Crocus




Teri Henderson Tope shares this photo of a quilt she donated to the Kids N
Kamp quilt auctions called
"We Get By With a little help from our friends" which is how the
organization is able to send kids and families dealing with childhood
cancer to camp.
It is Fused and Machine quilted 



TAS members Shirley Hammar of North Bend, Oregon writes "I was looking for a
simple/quick idea for Roses to put on an U of O Duck
sweatshirt and remembered your roses.  I fused the roses to some yellow
fabric and appliquéd the yellow fabric to the sweatshirt...I think they
look pretty good." Shirley adapted the roses from a pattern designed by
Jaydee Price called "Roses in Winter" which appeared in our Nov/Dec 2009


Connie Sue Haidle of Apple Blossom Quilts   is a great supporter of TAS.
She has donated a special project that will appear in our September/October 2009 newsletter.
It is called "Love Blooms". The blocks are easy and fun to do. Connie especially recommends
them for those wanting to do some machine appliqué or for our stitchers out there who still want to
work on some hand appliqué but find arthritic hands won't let them work on smaller pieces.
Below you will find three suggested color ways for the "Love Blooms" project, including one for Christmas.
If you are a member of TAS the patterns and complete instructions will be included in your
September/October 2009 newsletter. If you are not a member of TAS join today
and you will be able to receive this project along with your first newsletter.

Sharon K. Baker is the author of two very popular book, "Fabulous Flowers --
Mini-Quilts in Dimensional Appliqué" and "More Fabulous Flowers --
Mini-Quilts in Dimensional Appliqué".
Sharon will be our cover interview for the upcoming January/February 2009
newsletter. She has also developed a special project just for our TAS
members and part one will start in the January/February 2009 newsletter. The
project is called "April Showers bring Fabulous Flowers!". All that will be
required for this workshop will be the instructions in our newsletter and
one or both of Sharon's books. This project will be a great way to shake
those winter blues and get ready for Spring.

Hello quilters,
I wanted to show you my wall hanging made from one of the patterns in the
TAS (Nov/Dec I think?) newsletter. I used it as a "sampler" to try out
different hand appliqué techniques. I did all except one piece by hand...
but then quilted by machine! From Seri Mylchreest

Kathy McNeil sends us this photo of her latest work and says... “This is my
new quilt. All hand appliqué. Called “Pass it On”. I tried to include all of
the different fiber arts. Our greatest gift is our passion, pass it on. Best
wishes for 2009 all my passionate appliqué friends.” Kathy

We just received a note from TAS member Bernadine Heller-Greenman sharing her latest piece. Bernadine uses appliqué to create her base then lavishly encrusts her work with beads. This is the first part of a three part series. The reverse of this has two verses from an Emily Dickinson poem. Please enjoy Bernadine's photos and her beautiful work.


Allison Anne Aller share her technique to create this beautiful
interpretation of the Golden Chain Tree flower (also called Laburnam).
Part one, the hanging flowers, appeared in our November/December 2008
Part two, creating the leaves, will be in our January/February 2009
Allison is a very talented appliquér and Crazy quilter. To learn more about
Allison, please visit her

Chapter leader Alice Palmer of The Nassau Appliquérs chapter of Long Island,
New York sends this note and photograph.
The group demonstrated appliqué techniques at the Folk Art Museum in New
York City October 6th 2007. Front Row: Betty Ann Calangelo, Linda Hershfield
and Olga Botwinick, 2nd row Dot Seelig, Helen O’Dwyer and Helen Beall.



Ann Cahoy from Kingman, Arizona sends in these photos of her completed
mystery appliqué...which se has named “Floral Mystery”. Anne writes “I
challenged myself to do this from my stash and scraps. I almost made
it...but ended up purchasing three fat quarters, to get the colors I
wanted!!! This project was a challenge and I had a great time doing it."

In this photo you see TAS member Patty Goodsell and her "Magical Medallions"
quilt. The pattern for this quilt was designed by Karen Kay Buckley. Patty
says of Karen, "she was my teacher and so supportive as I was making it, we
should all be so fortunate to have a teacher like her." The quilt will be
published in the Quilt Art 2010 Calendar.  Patty submitted an article to our
newsletter on her "Tweezer-turn Appliqué Technique". She was having problems
stitching perfect points until she had one of those "Ah-ha!" moments and
came up with a method that helped her to sew points so much easier. She
wonders why no one ever thought of it before.  Patty's "Tweezer-turn
Appliqué" article appeared in our September/October 2008 newsletter.



Peggy Brewer is the co-leader of the Sierra Needlers chapter in Auburn,
California and she has sent word about their latest quilt project. The group
makes a quilt for the breast cancer auction at Sutter General Hospital in
Sacramento. The auction is held every two years. Their quilts have always
been the top money makers for the hospital and it looks like they have
another winner this year and judging from the photos I agree. This year’s
quilt took every first place ribbon at the Auburn Quilt Show for a total of
five blue ribbons!


The Turning Point Chapter of Grass Valley/Nevada City, California sent us
this note.
Enclosed is a picture of Pam Ralli-Hodson (L) and Bev Morgan (R) presenting
the quilt we made to the Nevada Union High School band booster club. We
named it “For the Love of Music”. The appliqué blocks were made by our
members and then we had two machine quilters, Githa Navo and Carole Hribal,
finish it. The high school is selling tickets for the quilt to raise money
for all the band programs. Drawing to be held the 1st week in October 2009.


Sophie Keidel from Jackson, NJ sends this photo of her completed mystery
quilt. She writes "Thought I'd drop a picture to you of my mystery quilt. It
was the first time I ever saw an appliqué mystery. Loved doing it and happy with the results. Thanks for making it available."

In the spring of 2006 our local quilt shop, Sew Inspired of Simsbury, CT,
requested quilt squares for Quilt Pink. Our appliqué group, Mountain Laurel
Appliqué Society, decided to make appliqué squares to be delivered as a
group to the store. The shop held a work day to assemble quilts from all the
blocks that had been donated. They so nicely kept our blocks together
arranging them with complementary border fabrics.
We were so excited when the shop owners notified us that our quilt, Inspired
Flowers, was one of 40 out of 4,000 donated quilts to be featured in the
fall 2007 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Creative Collection Quilt
Pink Helping Fight Breast Cancer one Stitch at a Time.
Betsy Henebry, Mountain Laurel Applique, CT
TAS member, Judy Gentile of Lake Havasu City, Arizona shares her recent projects. "Mom’s Quilt" started out to be an exercise to improve my appliqué skills. I decreased the size of the designs to 7 inches. After 1 ½ years I finally finished the last block, my skills had definitely improved!