Thursday, May 29, 2014

Quilting Frame

I'm trying to help a friend of a friend find a home where this quilting frame will be put to use. This classic design dates back to the 1960-70's and was handmade by the current owner's uncle.

Let me (Becky) know if you are interested - it's located in the West End of Richmond.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Certificate of Recognition

Country School Quilters
of Montpelier, VA
were recognized by Hanover County as a
2014 Spirit of Team Volunteerism Awards Nominee
at an awards ceremony on May 6th.
It was an honor to be one of the many nominees
recognized for outstanding contributions to others in our community.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Quilt Challenge and Auction in Support of Iris Jacobs

Quilt Challenge at SEW REFRESHING

 to benefit Iris Jacobs

Deb Jacobs' (member of CSQ) 12 year-old daughter, Iris, was diagnosed with a very rare pediatric cancer and has been undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. 

You can following Deb's updates about Iris here:

Three Country School Quilters made quilts for this special event to help the Jacobs family. Pictured below are the quilts made by Carole Boudrot, Terri Cooper and Annie Miksch who met the challenge and put a lot of love into their quilts.  
 Carole Boudrot
Terri Cooper
Annie Miksch

The following was written by Terry Helfrich, shop owner of Sew Refreshing and shared here with her permission:

The Quilt Challenge Voting and
Silent Auction Begins - Get out the Vote!

Iris Jacobs was just a little girl when I first met her.  My first memories are of her laughing and cuddling with her younger brother on the couch when I was dropping off a quilt for Debbie, her mom, to long-arm. I don't think I've ever seen Iris without a smile.  Many of you who were at Sew Refreshing when it first opened may remember Iris and Debbie helping me in the shop as I was getting the business started.

Now, as Iris and her family are going through such a difficult time, Iris' wonderful smile and spirit are still shining through in the pictures we get to see of her as she fights the fight of her life.  She is an inspiration to her family and friends and to the community of quilters she has known since she was a small child.

As Iris battles her cancer with chemo and radiation, there are many who want to provide support.  The idea of doing this Quilt Challenge evolved from the desire to help Iris, Deb and the entire family.  A customer commented that we should also do a Silent Auction to help raise money so now we have several wonderful quilts entered in the Challenge and many which have been donated for the Silent Auction.  

So how can you help? You can be a Quilt Challenge Judge and help choose the winner! The quilt which raises the most money will be the winner, so you can vote for your favorite with either cash or check in our shop, or mail it to us by May 20th. Checks and money orders can be made out to Debbie Jacobs.

We are also holding a Silent Auction for several of the quilts, so you can also help by bidding on your favorite quilts. There is a minimum bid for each quilt and subsequent bids must increase by at least five dollars.

Sew Refreshing is donating all prizes for the Challenge winners and ALL funds raised during this event will go to Iris and her family to help with expenses for hospital stays, care/treatment and travel to Baltimore where her care is being managed.

The quilts are on display on-line at and in our shop.  Voting and bidding in the shop runs through May 29.  Followed by two days, May 30 and 31, where the quilts will be on display in the atrium at the VCU School of Science and Engineering building located at 401 W. Main St. in downtown Richmond, VA.  The display can be viewed on Friday, May 30 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Voting and bidding will end promptly at 3:00 pm.  Votes will be counted and prizes and quilts will be awarded at a brief reception beginning at 3:30 pm in the atrium of the building. 

A special thanks to all who have donated their time and talents to create these beautiful quilts for this special cause:

*  Nancy Woodcock
*  Annette Lemon
*  Carole Boudrot
*  Terri Cooper
*  Ollie Morton
*  Mary Noel
*  Darleen Kirkland
*  Bettie Greenwood
*  Ann Shibut
*  Alicia Ketchum
*  Annie Miksch
*  Dee Tomczak
*  Jody Hirschfield
*  Harriett Carter
*  Mary Michael

Thank you also to Russ Jamison, of VCU, for his help in arranging and supporting the show and reception at VCU in Richmond.

Please enjoy looking at the quilts and please vote early and often.  Thank you so much for your help and support.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Terri Helfrich
Sew Refreshing
7225 Bell Creek Rd., Suite 264
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Thursday, May 8, 2014

2014 Mystery quilt!

In the past few meetings I've been hinting at a new mystery quilt. Well, it's time to kick it off and today I'm announcing the

Allegiance Mystery Quilt

I know that several people wished that last year's mystery had been easier and I think they will be happy with the new mystery. This one is so simple that the clues will come out weekly here on the blog. The mystery will start June 12 and will post every Thursday with the last clue posted on July 3.

If you hate mystery quilts you will be able to wait until July 3 to see the final quilt and then decided if you want to make it.

Today I have the basic information about the fabric requirements so you'll have plenty of time to get your fabrics together. Here are the fabrics that I used for mine.

Get the basic information and fabric requirements here.
The first clue will be posted here June 12.

I discussed in last month's meeting that I might have some quilt kits for this and I will! Elsa donated a bunch of PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric a few months ago and I have used that to dye 4 kits. One is in the colors in this photo, one is woodsy greens and browns, one is green with dark blue and dark orange and the last one is turquoise with bright red and lime green. I'll have these at the meeting next week. I thought we might have a silent auction for them with all proceeds going to the chapter for buying supplies for more veterans quilts......or any other project that we might want to do.

CSQ honor

It was an honor for CSQ to be nominated for a SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERISM award!  To see the vast scope of  volunteer activities and service of all the individuals & groups nominated was both enlightening and humbling. It was also an encouragement to keep doing, do more, and to pass on the blessing.

Monday, May 5, 2014

I've been busy! Veteran quilts 7 - 13

I've been on a mission to get as many quilts quilted as I could get done by Sunday because now I need to work on some of my own quilts for a few months. But this should get us started with ACC.

If you don't see yours here, don't worry, I still have it and will get back to more quilts in a few months.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Iris' Prayer Flags

You saw Mary's prayer flags yesterday. Today I'm sharing Iris'. Becky is delivering them this weekend and we hope that Iris can take them with her to Baltimore while she is undergoing radiation.

Don't they look great?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mary's Prayer Flags

I want to thank everyone who made flags for Mary and Iris' prayer flag banners. We had about 40 flags for each banner! I'm sharing photos of both in two separate posts because there are so many photos.

Today we'll see Mary's. I delivered it to her Monday and the timing was perfect. She and Jon were preparing to leave Thursday for 2 weeks in Paraguay where they will visit where Porter lived and worked. They are going to be helping to finish his last project.
She was very grateful for the the flags and is going to hang them when she gets home. She's very familiar with the prayer flag tradition as she provides support for Tibetan Monks.

Here are the photos of Mary's flags.

To get the photos I hung the banner in a pine tree in my yard. You will see clothes pins where I pinned the tape to the tree. I added loops to the banner tape every 5 flags to help with hanging. It's so long and so heavy that it needed some help. I had to remove buttons from one flag because it was just too heavy. I don't remember who made that banner but it still looks great. Enjoy the show.

May meeting reminder

One of the things we discussed at the last meeting was the meeting time. Everyone agreed to move the time back to 7:00 PM. The room is always open by 6:30 for social time.

Don't forget the Blood Drive that we are sponsoring to honor Iris Jacobs.

Country School Quilters Blood Drive
Saturday, May 31
9:00 - 1:00
Hanover Parks and Rec Building
register at

We are making heart coasters as a gifts for donors. Carolyn Mills will collect these at the May meeting. There are no rules except that there be a heart theme. Make them using any technique you want. It's a great way to use up some of your scraps. Here are a few I made to give you some ideas.

Here are some coaster tutorials and some coaster inspiration on Pinterest.