The Frayed Edge Newsletter

From our leader, Nancy Best

Hello friends;

Saturday, October 9th, 2021 is the Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild annual meeting, followed by a trunk show by Kitty Sorgen and Sewcial.  On Sunday, October 10, Kitty will be offering a class: Quilt Block Stew. I hope you can make it!

These activities are planned for inside the Mullis Center.  We request people who attend to be vaccinated, to wear masks when not eating, and to refrain from coming if you feel at all ill.  

PLEASE contact me if you are unable to attend due to these restrictions or any others (travel, home and can’t get out, whatever) and would like this meeting to be zoomed.  We can do that!

The meeting starts at 9, with time for coffee and a nibble.  At all times during this weekend, please mind your distances, and keep your mask on between sips and bites.  (I feel like the teacher at the school dance, the unpopular one with the ruler, making sure the kids weren’t dancing too close.  Sigh.  Covid.  My apologies.)

Saturday October 9

*** 9:15 Annual Meeting ***

Agenda :

*Zippy Review of previous 2 years, with reports by committee chairs:

President (Nancy Best), Veep (Krispi), Treasurer (Joanne Neiman), Secretary (Julie Weaver), Quilt Camp (Barb Snider), Classes (Barb again!), Comfort Quilts (Susan Leff, Shauna Rand, Beth Phillips)

*Animated Discussion of what we want for the next year, with request for input on classes and projects.  This includes discussion of Quilt Camp 2021

*Enthusiastic Election of officers

We are still looking for a president elect vice president, and a secretary. Please consider if you can take on one of these positions next year. Because we took a Covid moment last year and did not have an annual meeting/elect new board members, all of this board has served for two years. Thanks to you all!

*** 10:30 ish Trunk Show by Kitty Sorgen***

About Kitty Sorgen: 

I asked Kitty if she could give me a bio, to introduce her those of our Guild who might not know. She said- I’m an old lady who has quilted for a long time- Which made me laugh out loud. Kitty is a master colorist, creator of magnificent scrappy quilts, all different and all with that sparkle that draws you in and keeps you interested and delighted. She has taught quilting classes for 25 years, some during the 16 years when she worked in a quilting shop, some after she retired and could travel and offer classes in various US states and other countries. She is a kind, encouraging and knowledgeable teacher, and always has some technique or way of looking at things that is new for me.  

*** 12 noon ish til 4 pm, Lunch, Sewcial, Auffle Raffle ***


October 10,

 Quilt Block Stew Class with Kitty Sorgen

Location: Mullis Center, 9 am to 4 pm.

Cost $50, scholarships always available 

Please Contact Barb Snider to enroll in the class and/or request scholarship

When I asked Kitty about her intent for this class, she said: We don’t have our regular life any more, we have bits and pieces of our regular life, and we have to make this work, as we may be dealing with this for a while.

So, the class:

Quilt Block Stew by Kitty Sorgen

This time of Covid has been hard on everyone. We’re so tired it’s lasted so long, and all the ever-changing restrictions, we wish would go away. Our days have an undercurrent of anxiety and uncertainty.

So let’s get into our sewing rooms and stitch up a batch of ‘QB Stew’! This quilt can be so much fun…..UNLESS

*You’re someone who needs complete control at all times….

*You don’t like surprises….

*You have to follow a specific pattern….

*You have to know how something is going to turn out before 

you begin….

*You hate puzzles!

This quilt is going to involve ALL of those situations! From start to finish, this quilt is going to be a big puzzle, where you will have no idea where it’s going, and no idea how it will turn out. There will be no specific pattern to follow and it will be full of surprises. But if you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy a challenge, and have a box or bags of orphan blocks, left-over parts and pieces of other projects, and a pile of strip scraps, you are in for a day of fun and exploration of that quilt that is waiting to be brought to life. 

Supply List

Orphan blocks, left-overs and pieces of other projects, strip scraps. You will not need yardage for this quilt.

Sewing machine, with lots of neutral thread and bobbins

A design wall….this can be a piece of flannel, a cotton batting, or a plastic table cloth with a flannel back. You want something your blocks will stick to.

Then the usual….mat, ruler and rotary cutter, scissors, etc.

An adventurous spirit!

NOTE~ This quilt will not be completed in class! (I do make ‘house calls’ for free! 😉

Kitty Sorgen




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).

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

Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild

Post Office Box 45, Friday Harbor, Wa 98250

January – February 2021

Officers and committees for 2021:

President: chief cat herder: Nancy Best (360 317 5912)
President Elect: herds the above: Krispi Staude (378-2434)
Secretary: was I supposed to write that down??? Julie Weaver. (207) 333 9049)
Treasurer: what money?? Joanne Hinkle

Communications: Nancy Best and Marie Z Johansen

Hospitality: guess we will be making our own coffee for a while Program: Barb Snider, ever hopeful
Quilt Camp: Who knows, it could happen by November
Barb Snider, Gail Goldade,Krispi Staude, Mary D’Ambrosia

Service: with gratitude Susan Leff, Shauna Rand and Beth Phillips
Our Little Ray of Sunshine: Mary D’Ambrosia


January blursday… February blursday …March blursday ……

Newsletter Contents:

  • Report from Our President, Nancy Best
  • New Feature : Monthly Question
  • 2021 UFO Challenge
  • Pike Place Quilts Report
  • Comfort Quilt Information and Sizes
  • An RQAG Board Decision
  • New Feature: Share A Tip
  • New Feature: Meet A Guild Member!
  • Photos from Pikes Place Rainbow Birds

Hello Friends!

The new year is well underway, and the light is returning. I am beginning to climb out from under my shell, just in time to see the daffodils beginning to push out of the ground.

I hope you have had time to sew in the last few months. I always think that -this year- I will choose simple (or no) handmade gifts at Christmas time, and then at the last minute always decide to just whip out a few ‘simple’ things- which inevitably hijack my time completely right up until Christmas day, then there is the littered studio to clean up and refocusing to happen over a cup of tea or whiskey or whatever is handy. That takes some time….. –

So, here we are, a month into the new year. Vaccines are rolling out glacially slowly, so its still hard to plan to connect in the foreseeable future. Some of us Zoom on Wednesdays most weeks, some see quilting friends as part of their bubbles. Im sure we are all missing each other and looking forward to meeting up again as soon as we can safely do so. But we will remain at a distance for a while.

I was thinking that if we ask for input on one subject every month and post the answers, we will end up with a lot of useful information.

This month’s question:

What is your favorite online fabric (or sewing notion) store, and what about it do you love? Send me your answer and I will gather them up and post them next month. No big deal here, just a quick note to me by Feb 15.
Or you could do it right now if you have a minute.

There is still time to join the 2021 UFO challenge (it’s still dark and rainy outside, the year is still young). I found it helpful in 2020, some things got finished that would not otherwise, and those months that got away from me, no guilt there! Im going to start my list today, and challenge myself to post my monthly UFO as part of this (monthly!) newsletter. Anyone want to join me? Here is the link to help get started:
I hope you are well and I miss you all. Thanks for being my quilting community, it means a lot to me!

Some happy things from December and January
From Pike Market Childcare and Preschool:
Season’s Greetings,
I wanted to share this heartwarming documentation that the teachers created about the beautiful quilts (attached at the bottom of this newsletter)
I’m not sure if the teachers sent this to you directly yet, but I wanted to make sure that you received this. It’s such a beautiful record of how children respond to your beautiful works of art. .
Please share with your group..
There is also a lovely tribute to the ‘ Rainshadow Quilters on our Facebook page right now if you would like to see it. I hope you all are doing well. With Gratitude,
Lesa Valenzuela

From our Comfort Quilt Committee Chairs

Shauna Rand and Susan Leff:

I hope this all finds you enjoying this time of year and hope you’re able to spend some of these dark, short days in front of your sewing machine, doing what we all love to do!  Susan Leff and I will be heading up the tracking of comfort quilts this year.  Comfort quilts is the name for all Charity quilts that Guild members make for Pike’s Place Preschool, Head Start Preschool, Chemo, Healing, and Quilts of Valor.  Beth Phillips will still be managing and collecting for Quilts of Valor. 

We would love to hear from you about how many quilts you could make for this coming year.  I’m working on a new board for us, Susan has some great spreadsheets and I would like to input the 2021 commitments. If you have already completed a quilt, could you please let us know so the Guild can track and get credit for your lovely work?  We can collect the quilts and make sure it falls into the right hands for distribution.  Last year we made a record number and Mary and Beth were able to deliver them to the delight of all that have received them!  We will follow up with all of you with pictures and videos, etc. as we can so you can share in the joy.   

Head Start was not able to utilize the quilts from last year so they will be given to the kids in early September.  Pike Place would like about 25 quilts which includes a few extra for late enrollees.  So far we only have 3 quilts so please sign up so we can support these preschoolers. 
I know these times are challenging, and we’re all struggling with communication, not being able to get together much, and talk as we used to during our meetings, but we will make every effort to  see that progress continues…though it may be virtually for the time being. I will include our email addresses and phones so you can contact us at any time.

We have pre-printed quilt labels available for any Guild quilts.  Here are the preferred sizes of the different quilts. 

Pike Market Pre-School and Head Start All Day Program
        42 x 54 inches
Pike Market 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)

We look forward to the time we can return to in-person meetings and see everyone, it will not be so far off in 2021, I hope.  Thank you for all your work.  Please let us know how many quilts you can donate to the Guild in 2021.  Our contact info is below. 

Susan Leff
Shauna Rand     (360)

RQAG Board decision:
The board decided that RQAG can cover quilting costs of comfort quilts, when members want to send them out. Of course, please check with the board before sending quilts out, but the intention is to facilitate getting quilts finished, and there is money in the account to do this, as all other monetary commitments are on hold.

Leave a Tip!

(“Leave a Tip” can become a regular feature in The Frayed Edge Newsletter so if you have a tip to share please contact Nancy, Krispi or Marie)

Lynn Weatherill sends this tip:

I read a post on a Facebook quilting site and saw that some people use a wool saddle pad instead of the more expensive wool ironing – pads. The reviews for this product mention quilters. Had to pass along to you veterans. I can’t wait to hang out with you ladies.

Guess Who?! Can You Guess Their identity?

Submitted by Krispi Staude

(Another new feature that we hope you will like nd that can become a regular newsletter feature)

Let me introduce you to a guild member! i’ll give you some ideas of who it is and let’s see if you can guess the identity!

She says that she is partial to graphic black, white and red fabrics and avoids soft beiges and faded colors. When she works with beiges and faded colors she says they seem to make her feel tired! She loves quilts that others make using them though.

She has had many kind people in her life, but mentions a boss who supported her even when they were at odds, and mentioned her meditation teacher who shared truths bout her that she had trouble hearing at the time, but has benefited ted from every day since.

She was a lay midwife for a few years and felt it was a gift to be able to help women during that remarkable time in their lives.

She went back to school and after she graduated she told her husband that she would only move to to the island if she could work i  her field. He managed to “witch” her a job.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but for years called it “Balmer Marilyn”. She grew up with three older brothers, and no, she is not spoiled !

Kindness in many firms is what inspires her including kindness to our earth and future generations. Although she will never have enough fabric, she is currently working on just two quilts this time (that she will admit to at least!). She began quilting over 16 years ago when a co-worker and she made a baby gift for another co-worker. She realized that she liked sewing together all that fabric and would welcome a new craft and a new circle of friends. We are so glad she did!!

Did you guess?? The mystery maker is our President, Nancy Best!Thanks Nancy for all that you do for the Guild!

Rainbow Birds Photos