The Chenango Piecemakers

Quilting . . . . It's functional, it's an art, it's an obsession!


This page allows us to spread a little cheer to those who are down in the dumps or to congratulate those with something to celebrate.  If you know of a Piecemaker who is in need of a little Sunshine in their life please contact Holly T as you would for the newsletter or send an e-mail to: 

  • Cathy H. is moving to Nebraska to be closer to her daughter.  Please wish her luck and if you wish to stay in touch,                                                          you can reach her at

The following Piecemakers need your prayers and/or condolences.
  • Martha W. had surgery
  • Judy F. needs our prayers
Please pass on your congratulations to the following Piecemakers when you see them.

  • Happy June birthdays: Mattie L. - 30th
Last update 7/11/11


Way to go Gretchen on winning a Third Place Ribbon for your Small Wholecloth quilt at MQX!  
Congratulations to Jane Stillman for her President's Award from the Martin County Quilters in Florida.  The challenge was for a log cabin and she submitted "Pinwheel Cove" from Quiltmaker Magazine.

Congratulations to all the ribbon winners from the 2010 Chenango County Fair. 

Winners of the "What's for Supper" 2010 July Picnic Challenge were:  1st - Betty Sue Christian, 2nd - Sandy Hall, 3rd - Cathy Webster

Lorry Chwazik
:  The Sept/Oct ‘10 issue of Quiltmaker (No. 135) will be in subscribers’ mailboxes shortly and on newsstands August 10. On its inside back cover, Spotlight features a quilt by Lorry Chwazik from Norwich, New York.

Marilyn Belford
:  "Medea Escaping" won Best Use of Color in the Road to California Show.  This quilt will be hung in the New Jersey Quilt Show in March.  She has been included in the book "500 Art Quilts" published by Lark Books.  It is an international selection of artists.  Two of her works appear - "Rundy" and "My Parents".  She has also been nominated for Teacher of the Year by the magazine, The Professional Quilter.  Well earned honors!

Lorry Chwazik
:  The newest issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine - February/March 2010, features a quilt and pattern by Lorry Chwazik.  The article is on pages 66 through 69.  The quilt is called "True Blue Melon Patch" and is offered as an Intermediate Workbook Quilt.  Lorry provides very thorough directions for making templates, hand piecing and hand quilting.  Quilters Newletter has been published since 1969 and is one of the most respected magazines in the quilting industry.  This is just wonderful news.  And she never said a word when she presented the program last month.  For those of you who missed it, I found it very interesting and it shed a whole new light on putting your quilts in an exhibit to be judged.  So much talent!

Last update 6/23/11


Thanks to:

Thank you to everyone that has already stepped up and volunteered to work the 2011 Quilt Show.

Thanks from:

Thank you was received from The Chenango Valley Home for a small quilt show put on by several of our members.
Thank you note was received from Bullthistle Rag Industry for the donation of rolls of fabric
We received another thank you from Chenango Memorial Hospital for our most recent quilt donations. 
We received a thank you from the 4-H sewers for the scholarship money generated by our quilt show.  Guild member Marilyn Carley guides this group.

Last update 6/22/11


Have you attended a sewing or quilting class and realized you left your seam ripper or other basic notion at home? We've put together this checklist to make it easy for you to bring the essential notions often needed for class. You may want to gather these items and permanently keep them in a zippered pouch so that all of your basic sewing supplies will be in one place.  Store a copy of this list in the pouch as well. All you will need to add before class are the items unique to the class, such as fabric, pattern or book, zipper, or a special technique ruler. 

Checklist of Basic Sewing/Quilting Class Supplies 

  • Sewing machine needles: Universal size 80/12
  • Hand sewing needle: sharp size 10
  • Thread: good quality 50 weight cotton in a neutral color, such as beige, cream, or gray. We carry Mettler and Robison-Anton brands.
  • Small fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Small ruler: 1” x 6”
  • Straight pins
  • Pin cushion or a box to hold the straight pins
  • Fabric markers: chalk, pencils, or pens
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler for rotary cutting: when in doubt, a 6 ½” x 24 ½” ruler will serve many purposes, but won’t fit into a zippered pouch.
  • Rotary cutting mat: Quilters Corner provides mats in our classroom
  • Sewing machine with all accessories/feet and manual 
  • Power cord for sewing machine
  • Foot pedal (gas pedal) for sewing machine
  • Extra sewing machine bobbins
  • Small spiral notebook for notes
  • Pencil or pen 
 Hint: Label all your sewing stuff with your name. Everyone’s notions and even machines look the same in class. 

Tips for Quilters
  • To restore old blocks/quilts, try the following recipe:  1 gallon water, 1 quart buttermilk, 1 tablespoon lemon juice.  Soak the quilt in mixture then wash in mild detergent.  Your colors will return to their original brilliance.  Again, test this before applying to your whole quilt.  Remember TEST, TEST, TEST!
  • Roll left over fabric strips on an empty toilet tissue roll.  Gently not to stretch, and you won't have to re-iron or search for the certain strip.  Line them up in a shoe box, mark box as to color.
  • A good tip when washing flannel so that all those loose ends don't tangle is put it in a pillowcase first.  I wash "like" colors together and dry them the same way.  No more tangled mess when done!

Caring for our Quilts

Chris G. presented a program about the do's and don'ts for the care of our quilts.  Thanks for covering the topic so thoroughly, Chris!
  • Do Not store quilts in plastic bags!
  • The best way to store a quilt is on a bed.  If you have a spare bed lie quilts flat with sheets between them.
  • Protect quilts from direct sunlight
  • Do not place quilt directly on wood in dressers or cedar chests, oil from the wood can stain the quilts.
  • Store in pillowcases
  • If you store your quilts folded, refold them differently every 6 months 
  • Try rolling your quilts to avoid fold lines
  • Store clean
  • Avoid basements, garages and attics - these locations are a no-no because of extreme temps. & humidity issues.
  • Don't hang large quilts for longer than 6 months.
  • Quilts should also be protected from florescent lighting
  • To clean the dust from a quilt, place a nylon stocking over your vacuum cleaner hose and carefully sweep the surface.
  • If you must wash an antique or vintage quilt, do so in a small child's wading pool or in the bathtub.  The agitation of a washing machine would do irreparable damage to an old quilt.  Be sure to carefully squeeze out as much excess water as possible and support the entire quilt when lifting it out of the tub.  Pick a nice day and lay the quilt flat on an old sheet in the yard to dry.  Cover with another sheet to protect it from the direct sun.
  • Document all quilts, if not with an actual label, at least sign and date each one.  It is also a good idea to keep a quilt journal with a more detailed history.
  • and are both good sources for acid free paper and boxes used for quilt storage.

  • Charm:  A certain size square (such as 5", 2-1/2", 3"), sometimes sold in packs. Can be used to make a charm quilt, in which every piece of fabric is different.
  • Jelly Roll:  A strip 2-1/2" x width of fabric.  Some companies (such as Moda) sell a strip from each fabric in a fabric line in these rolls.
  • Layer Cake:  10" squares in a stack, may be a square from each fabric in a fabric line.
  • Fat Eighth:  9"x22" fabric.  A quarter yard of fabric is cut on the fold.
  • Fat Quarter: 18"x22" fabric.  A 1/2 yard of fabric is cut on the fold & sold individually or in packs. 
  • Sweet 16s:  9"x11" - 1/16th of a yard.
  • Honey Buns:  1-1/2" strips by wideth of fabric, one piece from each fabric in a fabric line.
  • BOM:  Block of the Month.  Block pattern (& fabric) offered monthly by a shop of magazine to assemble into a completed project (usually within a year).
  • Measure leftover batting and make a label for the bag before your store it.
  • A spot of grease on cotton fabric can be removed by rubbing chalk on the area, leave for a few minutes, then brush off.
  • A new fabric softener sheet keeps quilting or applique thread from tangling as you sew.  Just sandwich the length of thread between the sheet and pull it through.
Applique Tips

The following are compliments of ""
  • Check greeting cards for great pics of future applique quilts!
  • When doing hand applique and traveling, simply place your bobbins with the color threads needed and place them in a medicine bottle. Drill tiny holes through the top of bottle and pull up your thread colors. They will stay neat and easy to use! One medicine bottle holds approximately 7 bobbins of color. 
A Bit of History

It was the custom to place a cat in the center of a new quilt.  The unmarried girls and boys held the edges of the quilt and tossed the cat into the air.  Ther person closest to the spot where the cat landed would be the next to be married.  (Pat & Myron Orlofsky, Quilts in America)

last update 6/23/11


Ode to My Wife, The Quilter

She learned to quilt on Monday
Her stitches were very fine.
She forgot to thaw our dinner
So we went out to dine.

She quilted miniatures on Tuesday,
She says they are a must.
They really were quite lovely
But she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday it was a sampler,
She says the stippling's fun.
What highlights! What shadows!
But the laundry is not done.

Her patches were on Thursday
Green, yellow, blue and red.
I guess she really was engrossed
She never made the bed.

It was wall hangings on Friday,
In colors she adores.
It never bothered her at all
The crumbs on all the floors.

I hired a maid on Saturday
My week is now complete.
My wife can quilt the hours away
The house will still be neat.

Well it's already Sunday
I think I'm about to wilt.
I'm cursed, I raved, I ranted.
The MAID has learned to QUILT.

unknown author


CARROT CAKE (compliments of Janice W)
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups oil
4 eggs
2 cups grated carrots
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1  16 oz. can crushed pineapple (drained)
1/2 cup coconut

Sift flour, powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon together.  Mix sugar, oil and eggs well.  Add sifted dry ingredients and mix well.  Add pineapple, carrots, nuts, and coconut.  Pour into a 9x13 greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

1/2 cup butter
1  8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. box powdered sugar

Blend butter, cream cheese and vanilla, add powdered sugar.  If too thick add a few drops of milk. 

(compliments of Kim B)
6 Cups of Apple Cider
2 Cups of Orange Juice
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 Whole Nutmeg
2 Whole Cinnamon Sticks

Place ingredients in a crock pot.  Cook on Low setting for 6-8 hours or High setting for 2-4 hours.  I usually grate a little bit of nutmeg and cinnamon and float several orange slices on top.

(compliments of Sandy H)
Combine in a saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring til well blended
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup butter
    2 envelopes (2 oz) Nestles Chocobake or (I use 4 TBSP cocoa plus 2 TBSP butter)
    2 TBSP corn syrup
    Dash of salt
ADD and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened:
    1/4 cup milk
REMOVE from heat & STIR in 2 tsp. vanilla.
Serve warm over ice cream or cake.

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