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The Frayed Edge Newsletter April 2021

The Frayed Edge
Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild
April 2021 Once again, the newsletter is brought to you by the diligent work of our President, Nancy Best

Hello Friends! Greetings to you all. I hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying the
flowering bushes and trees and a great variety of shapes and sizes of bees and birds that seem to
be arriving en mass, new ones every day. Spring is so intoxicating!
Good news! It seems like its almost warm enough and sometimes dry enough and our group
is vaccinated enough to start having outdoors, sewcially distanced, and of course masked get
togethers! This lines up with the State’s guidelines (50 people or less outside). The Mullis
Center has given us permission to use the outside of their facility (on two dates, so we have a
rainy day back up plan). Soooooo
Saturday,April 17, 1 to 3 pm, we will meet for Tahdah’s and fabric exchanges
under the eves at the Mullis Center. Lets do an Auffle Raffle, and we can put the money
toward renting the building for indoor sewcials in the post Covid world that must be coming!
Check your email before you come on Saturday, if the weather is hideous we will postpone it
til the next week. Saturday, April 24 is our back up date.
We will try to get a calendar together when we see how this feels to everyone. Shall we meet in
person once a month? Twice? Your input is helpful. I think we will keep zooming for the
foreseeable future, until we can meet inside. Please think about what you would like and tell
me so we can make plans that suit us all.

Question of the month: March – What is your favorite tool? Why?

Diane Martindale
Seam ripper because I have to use it so much (and wish I didn’t)

Edi Blomberg
How can I talk about just one tool? What tools do I make sure I take to quilt camp (after
rotary cutter, seam ripper and scissors) – my African porcupine quill and my tweezers. And
then there are rulers. My favorite is the 6.5 inch square. But the one the same size with the
notch in it for squaring up HSTs is also a must-have tool.

Gail Goldade
I like AQS rulers a LOT! They don’t slip!
And my phone!!, for taking pictures in colt and black and white to scrutinize layout

Joyce Stanton
Favorite sewing tool: my ripper. I couldn’t sew without it. Besides, if I gave it up I’d lose my
special title of “ Ripper Queen”.

Krispi Staude
My favorite tool (or two of them) is my wool pressing mat along with the wooden tailoring
clapper. It really helps me get the crisply folded seams that adds to the accuracy of the
blocks. This is especially important when working with really small pieces in your blocks. Any
deviation of the seam allowances can change the size of your finished block.

Mary D’Ambrosia
I love my Quilters Select rulers because the don’t slip. Use them all the time!

Mary Zeretzke
We all have many rulers, I am sure, but my favorite two square rulers are made by Creative
Grids. The thing that makes them special is they have circles on the back that are truly non
slip. AND they have both, for instance, 5 and 5 1/2 inch increments. I use them all the time!
Nancy Best- Im with Edi, those Bloc Loc squares that scootch right up against the seam on
your half square triangles to make them easy to square up just make me happy. And I like
scissors. All of them. The little snips with painted faces or shaped like a heron, the Kai dress
sheers that cut so precisely…

How about that 2021 UFO challenge? Is anyone taking the opportunity to clean out
some UFO’s this year?

Mary Z and I are working on this challenge, it’s fun and it is a way to focus
on the piles of unfinished items.
Mary Z: is working on a quilt for her husband. Dave finally gets his very own quilt! She
nailed this one!
Nancy B: I, on the other hand, had a total fail on the UFO this month. My number 11 is a
quilt I started for a friend at Quilt camp, that would be November 2019. I like this quilt! Its
got beautiful blues from Marcia Derse and the blocks are all sewn. But the idea of putting it
together felt totally overwhelming. I have also managed to avoid putting the top and bottom
strips on the comfort quilt that Deb, Lenore, Susan and I put together a few months ago,
which will take maybe an hour if I take a tea break in the middle of doing it. This will get done
this month and you will see a picture of it next month! If I say that in public I will be too
embarrassed not to do it, phew, can’t wait.
April is number 4. I’m afraid to look at what that is!
Have a good month, everyone! I hope to see you soon, outside in the sunshine.

Comfort Quilt SizesPike
Market Pre-School and Head Start All Day Program
42 x 54 inches
Pike Market Baby Quilts, SJ Resource Center Baby Quilts
36/38 x 40 inches
Healing Quilts & Chemo Quilts for Peace Health
48/50 Minimum x 60 inches
Quilts of Valor
(Official Size is) 60 x 80 But we accept 58 x 72 (at least) Susan Leff 360-298-1636
Shauna Rand (360) 472-1845
Officers and committees for 2021:
President: Nancy Best (360 317 5912)
President Elect: Krispi Staude (378-2434)
Secretary: Julie Weaver(207 333 9049)
Treasurer: Joanne Hinkle
Communications: Nancy Best and Marie Z Johansen
Hospitality: we are still zooming, DIY martinis in the afternoon!
Program: Barb Snider
Quilt Camp: Who knows, we could be vaccinated by November

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Frayed Edge Newsletter March 2021

Brought to You By Our Fearless Leader, Nancy Best, and her minions!

POB 45
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
March 2021
Website: www.
Officers and committees for 2021:
Mad-maam President: Nancy Best (360 317 5912)
Mad-moiselle President Elect: Krispi Staude (378-2434)
Secretary: Julie Weaver(207 333 9049)
Treasurer: Joanne Hinkle
Communications: Nancy Best and Marie Johansen
Hospitality: we are still zooming, make your own coffee!
Program: Barb Snider
Quilt Camp: Who knows, we could be vaccinated by November
Barb Snider, Gail Goldade,Krispi Staude, Mary D’Ambrosia and Nancy Best
Service: with gratitude Susan Leff, Shauna Rand and Beth Phillips
Ray of Sunshine: Mary D’Ambrosia

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Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild

Hello Friends!

Greetings to you all. I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Welcome to the anniversary of the Covid Pandemic. Our county has one of the lowest rates of
Covid in the nation, and is one of the few counties in the nation with no deaths so far. One of
the reasons for this is that our community embraced wearing masks and maintaining 6 feet
distance from each other, early and reliably. I thank you all for all the masks that you made
for yourselves, your families, friends, the public, people you bumped into on the street…A
friend just returned a few masks I made her family for repairs, and I was reminded that we
started making masks in March of last year. Wow. What a landmark. Churning those
hummers out in fun colors and patterns helped make them appealing, which can only have
helped people to wear them.

So yes, it’s been a year since everything closed down, and we stopped seeing each other face to
face. I look forward to getting back together, and we can hope for that day in the not too
distant future. I am hoping that the state metrics will continue to improve and guidelines will
loosen up so we can meet outside at the Mullis Center parking lot- in April or May? Until
then, join us on Zoom on Wednesdays if you can. Zoom is less than wonderful and some of us
don’t have the bandwidth (in any one of several ways), but for those who can it’s always good to
see each other’s faces and check-in.

Have you been doing some quilting? Remember, if you have a comfort quilt top out there
languishing, waiting for you to feel like quilting it, check in with the board members. The
Guild board has agreed to pay for sending some tops out to be quilted. (So really, there is no
reason why I shouldn’t get that quilt off the wall and send it off, aside from the fact that I
would have to admit that I’m not getting to it. And I’m not getting to it! Ok, I admitted it, lets
do it and move on. )

Last month I posed a question:

What is your favorite online fabric (or sewing notion)store, and what about it do you love? Thanks to all who responded!
First, about this question.

Please please please, go local any time you can!
Bonnie’s Craft Emporium has served us in several venues for some time now, has a range of sewing and art supplies that out-performs many other small shops, and both needs and deserves our support in these difficult times.


  • My Rose Cottage Quilt Shop Our own Debbie Martinez has opened a sweet new shop full of fabric and quilting gear, you can go by on Saturday or call for an appointment and get the place all to yourself. Bring a buddy and prepare to get inspired!
  • The Quilters Studio: Anne Dawson on Lopez has, you can visit in person during business hours, make an appointment, or yes, shop online. Those Lopez quilters have great taste, and Anne’s offerings really sing.

  • So, now to the online choices:
  • I am happy to say we got a bunch of good responses. There are certainly enough choices to spend an afternoon cruising through, lost in lovely fabrics. These are listed in no particular order, jus’ saying. If I forgot your entry, let me know and I will add it next month.
  • From Gail Goldade: I still shop online from local shops but my fav for ease of use and great visuals is Quilt Expressions in Boise where Linda Cooper’s cousin works. Great shop online and in person!

From Carol Hooper
I have two favorites: because of their very accurate color label system
and on Camano Island because they are really fast filling orders and are a bit less expensive per yard.

Claudia Cross and Susan Leff both like Jordan Fabrics:
Claudia: I’m quite partial to Jordan Fabrics in Grants Pass OR. They have a wide variety of
fabrics and are very helpful. I love going there to shop but of course, now we can’t. I’ll be
extremely happy when this Covid thing is under control!
Susan: I like Jordan fabrics for their tutorials and fabrics. I like the way they put colors together and they seem to have a lot of fabrics to choose from. I would love to take a trip down to Grant’s PassOregon just to check out their store.

From Marie Z Johansen I thought that I would send you my picks for my favorite online fabric resource websites. These are sites that always have apparel fabrics that I love… well as, in most cases, quilting fabrics too [editor- this place supports ‘natural and organic’ fabrics, you can get organic cotton, bamboo, fleece made using recycled material, and hemp fabrics to name a few. You can have your fabric and smoke it too! Though I don’t think that would do much for you.] website is for lots of specialty fabrics (medical grade, athletic wear etc) mix of apparel and quilting for a good mix of apparel and quilting

And from Mary Zeretzke
have been shopping more at Fat Quarter Shop lately. They have a daily Flash Sale, Precuts
of the Week on sale, and a Basic of the Month on Sale. Plus my Wish List, which always has
a few things on it! And the fabric is always good quality. It is an easy site to navigate. The
name implies they only have precuts but there is plenty of yardage.

Barb Ellis: phone: 360 468-4677

Shauna Rand recommends:
A Block Away – Aboriginal prints
Fat Quarter shop – Kaffe Club – quarterly fat quarters!!
Missouri Star – Daily deals, and who doesn’t love Jenny?
Island Batiks – Right in Anacortes…..quick shipping and good sales!!
I look forward to some new shopping suggestions. Quarantining has not been good for my
fabric budget!!

From Deb Eshelman
I’ve ordered from Cindy Skelton twice at her Etsy website: Engineer yourself a quilt by
FabricToEngineer on Etsy and can tell you that she’s responsive, sells in half yards, and
seems generous in her cuts.
I haven’t ordered from yet, but have purchased fabric from her
when she came to the Sew Expo at the state fairgrounds a few years ago. I’ve watched
several of her videos and she seems to have just about everything you would need for
quilting. I get an email from her every day with a new sale item, which is probably overload for me, but fun to window shop with my morning tea.

From Barb Snider: I just found a new website. It is called Fabric Wholesale Direct. It has free shipping and the 100% cotton African fabric was under $5.00 a yard!  I will let you know what it is like when it arrives! My favorite tools?? Right now it is Tula Pinks 45mm rotary cutter. It is ergonomic, a little hard to change the blade but there is several videos telling you how!!  Also, I love anything Quilters Select! Their rulers don’t shift and their cutting boards emain self-healing for a longer time! She (Alex Anderson) also has a powder instead of a spray to make quilt sandwiches that activate with heat from your iron! Hugs, Barb

Anne Dawson has a Peppered Cotton Club going!
Monthly shipments of assorted Peppered Cotton shipped to your home! Peppered Cottons are hefty, delectable, shot cottons designed by Pepper Cory

Lovely solids with a Color Card coding all the solids for your files.
Included with a 10% discount on all in-stock Peppered Cottons for 2021.
Edie Blomberg and Marie Z Johansen second that:
In your list of fabric shops, be sure to include Anne Dawson at The Quilters Studio. She has
an online presence plus is reachable by phone. She is happy to search her collection and
email you photos of things that are not shown online. For those of us on Lopez, there is a
handy box outside her door where we can pick up things, or she has been known to bring
several bolts outside for our selection, or we can make an appointment to visit the shop
(masked of course). She has just started The Pep Club, whereby we get a selection of
peppered cotton each month for the next seven months. Lovely solids.

March Question- What is your favorite tool? Why?

How about that 2021 UFO challenge?

From Mary Z:
My February UFO was a pattern from a Quiltmania book, using 19th century reproduction
fabrics. The design looks like birds flying to me although the author called it Barman
Baskets. The pattern was so poorly written and wrong in amounts needed and in directions
that I spent a good deal of time rewriting all over the book. Doing the math which is good for
our aging brains! I did finish half of the blocks with the other half cut out before I tucked it
away when March began.
PS. I still really like the result in spite of the hassle.

Nancy B I have taken on making clothes, and some made their way to the UFO project. Last
month I made a silk nightgown, very plain, first- time- ever- to- work- with- silk. No, there is
no picture of this item. Its in the ‘complete, not perfect’ range of projects and deserves to be
seen only in the dark, but it got me over working with silk. I have made enough mistakes, the
next project should be something I can share/wear in public. I have to say, working with
cotton, making items that are supposed to lay flat, now has a lot of appeal.
March is number 11. Im afraid to look at what that is!

Have a good month, everyone! The vaccine seems to be rolling out, I hope everyone who wants it will be in line to get it soon!

Comfort Quilt SizesPike
Market Pre-School and Head Start All Day Program
42 x 54 inches
Pike Market Baby Quilts, SJ Resource Center Baby Quilts
36/38 x 40 inches
Healing Quilts & Chemo Quilts for Peace Health
48/50 Minimum x 60 inches
Quilts of Valor
( Official Size is) 60 x 80 But we accept 58 x 72 (at leas
Susan Leff 360-298-1636
Shauna Rand (360) 472-1845