Donna's E-Mail Updates

April 1:

Hello Ladies,

Looks like another fun meeting planned for this Thursday.  We'll be doing a bit of Community Service, so bring a sewing machine, iron or your cutting equipment!  IF you have pillowcase instructions bring those along as well.

Bring along your 2013 Block of the Month blocks, quilt top or finished quilts for one last look.  And don't forget your 2014 blocks as well.

And...the batik swap will happen too.

Hope you're all set for the quilting retreat and quilt show which are both happening in April.

 I hear there is some kind of construction going on in the Sabana Grande neighborhood - allow a little extra time to get to the meeting on Thursday!


October 22:

Those of you who have been Tweeders for a long, long time, will remember Jesse Scandland.  I noticed her obituary in the paper this morning.  It mentioned she was a quilter and a poet.  You might remember a poem she wrote that was published in our Ragweed.  Her services are today  at 2 pm at Danies's on Southern Blvd.

October 14:

Good Morning Ladies,
This is the Thursday for the Community Service Patriot's Day.  We'll be sewing and then have a potlock. 
We'll also have a speaker from Paws and Stripes.
Remember to sign up for 4 Projects and a Potato!
And, I got this from Colleen:
Thimbleweed Members,
Do you remember when I went to Windowrock this summer to learn Navajo Weaving? That was particially funded by a scholarship I was awarded from the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. What I did was write a proposal describing what I would like to do and how much it would cost and send it to them by the due date. If you have a class you would like to take locally or somewhere else or a project you would like to pursue you might give want to ask the AFAF for a scholarship too. Look at and click on Funding Opportunities. The due date is November 16 so there is not much time.
Colleen Konetzni
2012 Scholarship and Subsidy Funding Dates Announced
This year’s application due date of November 16, 2012, for the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, Inc. Scholarships and Subsidy Funding was announced at the Council’s Education Committee meeting September 20.Carol Ellis, the new Director of Education, announced that all four of the funding opportunities will be available this year.
The three scholarships available include the Heritage Scholarship that is available to New Mexicans who want to learn a traditional fiber art form found in New Mexico and the New Mexico Resident Scholarship for residents of our state to learn any fiber art form.The third scholarship is the Guild Member Scholarship for Workshops & Classes that is available to a member of any guild that is active in the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council.
The Subsidy Funding award is available to guilds for the purpose of assisting with seed, matching and supplemental funding of projects.Some examples of the allowed projects include classes, outreach, projects in and out of the guilds, etc.The overall purpose of these projects should be to cultivate the many fiber arts disciplines in New Mexico.
More information and the required forms can be found in the Funding Opportunities tab on the Council’s website,

October 2:

Hello Ladies,
We sure are enjoying some beautiful fall weather. This is the week for our meeting.
*Our special show and tell this week will be autumn colored quilts and balloon themed quilts
*Afton will be bringing the NMQA balloon raffle quilt, so bring some dollars!
*Diane will be talking about the row-by-row quilt - so bring whatever you've accomplished on that project for show and tell
*If you finished your t-shirt pillow, bring that along too
*Glennda will have the library open, so take a peek
*This would be a good week to bring a quilt to pin, or plan to stay and sew...remember we have the building until 2:30.

*Kathy reminds everyone to bring back finished pillowcases, and pick up some new kits.  These are like chocolates, you can't make just one!

September 18: 

Good Morning Ladies,
Didn't we have a lot of fun in the mountains?
It's time for another Thimbleweeds meeting and this week Lucy is teaching her t shirt pillow class.  Bring a whole t shirt, two feet suare of muslin and batting, safety pins, thread, and 2/3 of yard of fabric for the back of the pillow, sewing machine with walking foot and free motion foot.
See the newsletter for all the details!
Be sure and bring your retreat show and tell!

September 5:

Hello all,
Hope you had a great holiday weekend.  Just a few reminders before the meeting this week.
Diane will be presenting the block of the month.
If you have finished pillowcases bring them along to show off.
Bring your quilts from Kathleen Wragg Baker's class for the show and tell.
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the retreat.  Couple of reminders:
You can arrive at camp after 10:30...please don't come at the crack of dawn, camp won't be ready for us yet.
You might want to bring a package of rickrack to add to your night owl apron (totally optional).
If you're in Elizabeth's class there is a $25 kit fee, come prepared.
Judy A and her team are still looking for goodies for the quarter auction, so look around and see if you have anything to contribute.
Pack up your smiles and giggles and come prepared to use them!!

August 12:

It's time for another fun, full meeting. the SAQA little trunk show that Colleen is organizing.
July and friends are organizing a potluck, so be sure and bring something to contribute.
And...this is the meeting for our class with Kathleen Wraggidy Baker. 

And....remember, that the second half of your payment for camp is due!
So there will be a lot going on.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR.  Quilts of Valor documentary  at 7:00 am on Saturday August 25. Mark your calendar. Set your 
TV to "record.".  I believe it is on PBS.
 This 73-minute documentary is hosted by Marianne Fons, and features 
Eleanor Burns, Alex Anderson, and Mark Lipinski.


July 31:

Good morning ladies,
This is the week for our meeing.
We'll be having our block of the month with Diane...this is embellishment week.
Remember your strips for the batik swap.
Don't forget to bring your finished pillowcases, we'll do a little pillowcase parade.
This is community service "amnesty month" if you have community service kits that you aren't planning to finish bring those guilt, no questions :)
Theresa is looking for a woman to stay nights with her elderly aunt.  If you're interested or know someone who might to Theresa.
Hazel is looking for the 2008 Block of the Month...that was the one with flowers.  If you have the set of patterns that were not in the Ragweed, let her know.
If you didn't get a newsletter by e mail, and you paid your dues, let Rosemary know.
See you this week.  Remember, the room is ours til 2:30, so if you want to stay and sew with friends, you sure can!

July 16:

Hello Ladies,
Our meeting is this Thursday, and as you'll see from this message there is a lot going on! 
Remember to bring your food items for a chance to win that pretty green and yellow quilt!  For each item you bring you'll receive a ticket!  So bring a case of corn and get 12 tickets!  Lynn and Becky will be collecting foor in the front parking lot.  This will be the last meeting for food collection!
Afton's class will be this meeting, bring your supplies and a sack lunch.
Jackie Evans will be selling some of her sewing supplies.
We'll have a visitor who will have fabric for sale for $2.00 per yard.
Retreat signups begin.  Barbara and Marlene will be taking your $55.00 deposit to hold your space at the retreat.   I've attached a scan of the sign up form.
Judy L will be taking signups for the August 16 Kalidescope class with Kathleen Wragg Baker.  This is going to be a fun class!  Judy will have a sample.  Kathleen will be bringing beautiful fabrics, perfect for the class, that will be available for purchase the day of the class.
The free table will be filled to overflowing thanks to former member Elizabeth Althaus!
And...I bet I forgot something important, so you will likely hear from me again!


June 28:

Hummingbird Retreat
It's time to start thinking about our annual out of town retreat! It will be September 14, 15, 16 in Jemez Springs New Mexico at the lovely Hummingbird Music Camp.  We have some fun things planned.  Be sure to come to the July 5th meeting where we'll have a "meet the teachers" and all the information you'll need to sign up at the July 21 meeting.
The swap this year will be a handmade lunch bag.  We'll have some adorable samples at the next meeting.
You'll need 1yd of fabric that coordinates with your roommates for the night owl.
Leonna VanLeeuwen- and Elizabeth Dawson- will be our teachers.
The cost will be $110.  1/2 will be due when you sign up - and the remainder will be due at the second August meeting.
This is one of our very most fun events, so if you haven't gone "camping" with us, ask around and see if this is something you want to take part in!

June 26:

Hello Ladies,
I just got a call from Jackie Evans.  She is moving away to Minnesota within a few weeks.
She is selling the following:
card tables and chairs
Folding 8' craft table
A Libby Lehman quilt
Other quilts
2 Ladders
Walnut headboard
Coffee Grinder
Coffee tables and end tables
Cutting table
CD-DVD-VHs thingie
Directors chairs
If you are in need of any of these things, give her a call.
On a related note, we would like to give her a set of "going away blocks".  If you want to participate, please make a 9" block of your choosing, and sign your name and bring it to the next Thimbleweeds meeting.


June 4:
So much to tell you!
This is the week of our spring retreat. I hope you all signed up for one of the classes, or to come work on a UFO.
If you didn't sign up for lunch and want a BBQ sandwich on Friday, send me a quick e mail and let me know so I can give the correct number to The Quarters. Cost is $5.00.
Remember to pack a lunch for Thursday, the retreat will last til 2:30.
If you are in Donna and Colleen's class, remember to bring back your homework!
We'll be having a quarter raffle at the retreat. You'll have a chance to buy 25 cent tickets on some fun little items. If you have something you'd like to donate for the raffle, let me know. So far we have a beautiful dangle necklace, a set ofhandmade quilted potholders, a bag full of notions, fat quarters and more.
We will be returning the dangles at this meeting. If you made a set, but won't be at the meeting, please ask a friend to pick them up for you.
You will want to sign up at this meeting for the June 21st class that Afton is teaching. See the purple portion for all the details.
Afton Presents "Paper-Piecing with my Gnomies" at the June 21st Meeting
Do you have paper-piecing-phobia? Now is your chance to shake that fear. Take on non-threatening toadstools and garden trolls in this fun little project. Learn the basics of paper-piecing while creating a darling gnome wall-hanging, placemat, or (if you want to take it easy) postcard that is just perfect for summer.
Sign up begins at the June 7th Thimbleweeds meeting.
Hurry! Super-value, mega-adorable kits will only be available to the first 30 quilters at the low, low price of $5!
This will include paper-piecing patterns, an add-a-quarter ruler, a glue stick, a hard edge tool and the kind of high quality quilting fabric you have come to know and love.
For a sneak peak of our project, go to Check out the gnomes and the mushroom house. For further inspiration, see
Supplies for Top:
Sewing Machine
Neutral Piecing Thread
Thread-Snipping Scissors
Small Cutting Mat
Rotary Ruler (6" x 14" or whatever you have)
Rotary Cutter (28mm or whatever you have)
Small Iron & Ironing Surface or Seam Roller (Optional)
Take a minute and drop a sweet card to Robin Cockrell who had surgery last week. Her address is 2348 Agua Fria Drive, Rio Rancho 87144
 Check out our blog updates at
 If you did the tessellations class, bring your block (or quilt) for show and tell.

May 15:

This is the week for Thimbleweeds!
Remember to bring your dangles.
Tessellating Pinwheels class
Remember to bring to class on Thursday: your completedhomework. Option 1: a 9-patch or option 2 4 patches or option other. Cutting mat and rotary cutter, ruler that is at least 12" long, sewing machine, thread, pins, something to take notes with and your lunch if you are plan on staying.
I'll be spending the week with 4th graders, but ya'll have a fun meeting.

April 19:

What a fun meeting we had today! Great lunch, fun doorprizes, sewing with friends, and learning something new - nice day! Thanks to Robin, Sue and Kathy for getting us all organized.  They were able to pull together a great program even though Sue's hubby's in the hospital and Robin's dad has also been hospitalized.  I bet either one of them would appreciate a quick card.
If you missed out, you can still pick up a kit from Community Service.  The "Dissapearing Nine Patch" is a fun quick quilt you might want to learn to do.
Please see below, Rosaline is looking for a pattern.
There were 24 signed up for the dangle swap, so all you danglers can get dangling!

"Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them."           
I am looking for this quilt pattern and it is in Easy QuiltsSpring 2012 called Modern Maze.  Is it possible to put the question out there in cyber space – Does anyone have this magazine and can Rosaline borrow it? 

April 15:

It's time for our Thimbleweeds meeting.
This is the last meeting to sign up for dangles, and for those who have signed up, we'll have an exact count at the end of the meeting.
If you made one of Linda's purses, bring it along for the show and tell "Purse Parade".
Remember to sign up for the June Spring Retreat. You won't want to miss all of the fun we're going to have (and good food too).
Also, take a minute to sign up for one of the many jobs we'll have at the quilt show. We'll be looking for cookies and baked goodies, sodas, white glove ladies, greeters and raffle ticket sellers. Mostly though what we need are lots and lots and lots of quilts and beautiful weather!
From Sue and Robin and Kathy:
Good Sunday morning, Ladies! This Thursday, April 19th, is our Community Service sew-in. We are hosting a 'Salad' potluck. Thimbleweeds is providing the lettuce, please bring anything you'd like to eat with, in or on the lettuce. i.e. ground beef, shredded chicken, veggies, fruit, cheese, pasta salads, fruit salads, etc, etc.
As promised, Robin and I went shopping, we have door prizes for all participants. We will be doing the Disappearing 9-patch. Don't know what that is? We'll have samples and teach you how to do it! We'll also have some strip quilts to sew, and I'm working on a simple flannel Brick quilt as well. I have two kid quilts that are pinned and ready to be quilted if you'd like to attempt that. There will be something for everyone! So bring your sewing machine and normal sewing supplies. Do something you know, learn something new. Do it by yourself or with a partner. Let's have a fun and productive day.
Thanks! Sue, Robin and Kathy.

P.S. Thanks to those who have given us Red, White and Blue blocks. We'll be collecting them all year and assembling quilts as we get enough blocks to make a top.

See you there,


April 8:
Happy Easter to you all,
Just a few updates.  Suzi Campos' dad passed away.  If you'd drop a card in the mail, I know she'd be touched.  Her address is 3101 Nativitas NE, Rio Rancho 87144
On the dangle info sheet we said we would have the count for you at the first April meeting.  In the newsletter, we said the second April, we'll have one more meeting for sign ups.  I think you can safely start on making at least 25 charms, then make a few more if the number increases at the next meeting.
And finally, Paula Scott has made a nice little u tube video about our quilt show that you might enjoy.  You can click on it here.

April 2:
Hey ladies,
What about this yucky weather?
This is the Thursday for our meeting.  Linda will be doing her drawstring purse class, so bring your supplies.  Check the blog or newsletter for the supply list.
The jelly roll strip swap is beige.
Diane will be presenting the block of the month.  Be sure and bring last month's blocks so you can have a surprise goodie.
Sign up for the dangle swap,
Sign up for the spring retreat,
Show off your show and tell,
Check out a book from the library,
And pick up a treasure from the free table.
Sounds like a fun way to spend a Thursday morning.
I'll miss seeing you all, I'll be spending the day with 3rd graders.

March 12:
Hello ladies,
I just heard from Linda Littman, she is very sick with pneumonia.  Consequently, she won't be able to teach her purse class this week.  We'll reschedule it for the first April meeting. 
It's so beautiful out today, I hope you'll find time for a walk, or some yardwork.


March 11:
Good Morning Ladies,

 This Thursday is our meeting, and what a fun one it will be. We have lots going on.
    Linda will be teaching her drawstring purse class. Be sure to come prepared with all your supplies. You probably won't need a lunch, but you might want to bring a snack.
    We will begin taking signups for the "Spring" retreat that will be in June this year. Come see the samples and pick a class that you'll enjoy.
    Vicki will be selling tickets and checking out tickets for the crazy quilt. Just a reminder, this is our fundraising quilt for the year. This money pays for lots of the fun things we do at Thimbleweeds, like programs, community service, coffee and tea, copies of patterns, and other extras we all enjoy. I hope you'll check out a package of 10 tickets to sell to your friends and family. If you have a group meeting where you can sell tickets, we can let you take the quilt along. Thanks Vicki for working on this project.
    The community service ladies have asked us each to contribute at least one 12" red/white and blue block.  Let's surprise them with loads of these blocks they can use for an upcoming project.  Colleen and I made a few in just a couple of hours with left over scraps.
    Newsletter stuff is due to Rosemary this Friday.
    If you have a chance, be sure and see the Rio Rancho in the Albuquerque Journal from Saturday. There is a nice article about our own Lorraine Goss and her pillowcase project.


March 7:
Hi everyone,
Two notes I got today to pass on to you all:
From Sue Harris:
If you were planning to come to Bob's tomorrow [Wednesday, March 7th] don't! It's been cancelled. Lucy is sick, Robin has to work and it's my hubby's 71 birthday. I was planning to help set up and the leave to spend the day with Ron.
So we'll try it again another time, we'll let you know when.
And from Diane Bourg and Shirley Beaupre:
 Selina Farrington’s brother passed away and she’s on her way to upstate NY to go to the funeral. He had a lot of health issues but it was sudden. 

March 4:

 Good Sunday morning to you all!
Just a reminder that you might want to send a card to Dorothea Stoffer.  Her husband passed away this week.  Her address is 2493 Nantucket Ct.  Rio Rancho, NM 87124.
From my own recent personal experience, I can tell you it is so uplifting to get a card in the mail!
I've also been asked to remind you to vote on Tuesday, if you are in Rio Rancho.  It's likely you'll see a Thimbleweed friend when you vote...I think there are 7 Thimbleweeders working the polls.

February 29:

I can't believe that I forgot to remind you about bringing scarves for Cathy's project.  Also, remember to give her a farewell hug!
See you all tomorrow.

February 27:
 Good Sunny Mornin' to you all,
Our meeting is coming up this Thursday, and we have a lot going on!
Our speaker will be Pearl the Wildflower Lady.  She'll be giving a short talk on local wildflowers.  Remember to bring your floral quilts for show and tell and decorating the room.
Bobbie will have Loretta's Loot to sell.
The Batik swap for March is light green.
Diane will present the Block of the Month - yo yo snowmen - and she'll be on hand if you have questions.
Linda Littman will have samples and be taking signups for the drawstring purse class that she will be teaching at the March 15 meeting.
Stop by the Community Service table to pick up some red/white and blue rectangles and make a few 12" blocks for a special project.
As usual, there will be raffle tickets to check out or buy, the library to browse and free stuff on the stage!
Please take a few minutes to send Cenia Paulson a card.  She had reconstructive foot surgery and will be off her feet for a few months.  Her address is 10532 Cadiz St NW, Albuquerque NM 87114.  Her sweet sister-in-law Mary Moya is helping her out.
Remember, we're still collecting used printer cartridges as well as box tops.

February 16:
At the first March meeting we have an exciting extra for you all.  Pearl Burns, local author, will give a quick talk on
"The Wildflowers of the Sandias".  We're hoping that everyone will be inspired to look at wildflowers and their surrounding landscape.  She'll have copies of her book for sale.  Thanks to Marlene for setting this up!  Bring your favorite floral quilts for decorations and show and tell!

February 13:
Good Morning Ladies,
This is the week for our fun filled, busy Thimbleweed meeting! 
Remember to use the new entrances and bathrooms.
Lots of you are signed up for Jeanne's Scotty Dog Class, I expect to see ldozens of cute little guys at the following show and tell. Jeanne say's you can't make just one, they're like chocolates! If you are part of the class, please set your machines up on the left side of the room - so you'll all be together and it'll be easy for Jeanne.  When she's teaching, if you're not part of the class, help us out by taking your conversations to the back of the room, so all of the students can hear the instructions.  I heard this worked out really well for Kathy's class - thank you all so much!
I think Jeanne suggested you bring a sack lunch if you're staying for the class.
We'll have a short meeting and show and tell before the class.
Raffle tickets will be available for the Sunbonnet Sue as well as the crazy quilt.
The library will be up and running.
Linda will be taking sign ups for the March Drawstring Purse Class.  Look for the supply list on the blog.
Check out the blog for other updates
As always, remember you are free to stay and sew, or pin a quilt, or visit with friends til 2:30.


February 3:

Good Morning Ladies,
I just have to tell you how fortunate I am to have all of you as friends.  That heart garland was so touching, it brought me to tears.  I'll have to send a photo to Afton for the blog.  It's now a prominent part of my decorating scheme!
Colleen brought me up to speed on yesterday's meeting and it sounds like there was lots of activity, lots of kindnesses, and lots of fun!
I just heard that Betty Hass had a fall and had hip surgery in December...I know she'd love to get cards in the mail.  Her address is:
916 Canvasback Rd.
 Rio Rancho  87124
And, don't forget to take a look at the blog - where there are lots of photos from yesterday's meeting.  Thanks Afton and Cathy Arney!