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Handi Quilter Sweet 16 Class May 16, 2013

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Tomorrow is the day!  I have 7 quilters signed up to see how they can machine quilt a twin, queen or even king size quilt on a sit-down machine.  I will bring some larger quilts which I have done on my HQ16 and demonstrate the tricks of the trade. This class is being held at the Charlton Schoolhouse right next door to the Charlton Sewing Center from 9:30-12:30.

To sign up for future HQ16 classes at the Schoolhouse, call the Charlton Sewing Center at 508-248-6632

(space is limited!)


Sit ‘n Sew with HQ16 9:30-12:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.

June 15th, July 27th, August 24th, Sept. 28th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 30th


Conquer the fear of your HQ16 sit down machine and master the possibilities!  Join Linda Ramrath one Saturday each month to add to your repertoire. This is a hands on class so sign up early!


Class 1. Stippling to enhance your quilt

Class 2. Fillers for more WOW!

Class 3. Feathers that work for you

Class 4. Shapes and what to do inside them—squares and rectangles

Class 5. Shapes part II. triangles and circles

Class 6. Rows and rounds



Country Village Quilters Guild




Country Valley Quilt Guild social

Yesterday I drove to Moultonborough, NH to share my quilting  journey with 75 ladies from two quilting guilds.  These two guilds are only two towns away from each other.  One makes hundreds of quilts for Veterans and the other makes hundreds of quilts for David’s Place, for children.  Every spring one guild invites the other to a luncheon with all kinds of homemade sandwiches, salads, and desserts.  In the fall, the other guild is the hostess and provides homemade soups and desserts.

I was the speaker yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many talented (even nationally award winning) quilters and judges.  I was thankful that they laughed at the right time! It was a day of sharing, fun, and sunshine.

There were about 20 challenge quilts which the guest guild voted on various categories.  It was so nice to hear that every quilt got a vote for a category.  The challenge was: create a quilt based on a song and it had to have a heart somewhere on it and there was a size requirement.  Fabulous job!

It rained almost my entire ride home, but the sun was trying to peek out as I exited the highway.  Dinner was moments from the table (Still amazed) and the lawn edged in preparation of prom photos tomorrow night.

If your guild would like to hear a fun and hopefully entertaining talk on quilting, check out my website calendar at If I’m not already booked, fill out a contract and send it to me.  I enjoy tailoring my talk to the needs of your group.  I have sewn over 400 quilts to date, so I have lots of stories to share!



Vending in NH May 1, 2013

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Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild Show 2013

Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild Show 2013

The Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild invited me to vend at their show this past week.  It was a beautiful drive to southern NH where I use to live.  I enjoyed every moment.  I must say that the vendor committee was especially nice.  I needed a street address for my GPS and called early Wednesday morning to a very cheery voice.  She not only gave me the address, but quick directions too!  She was looking forward to meeting me and wish me safe travel….Yes, this was in New England!  When I arrived, guild members were welcoming vendors and checking to see if we needed anything.  Just as I rolled my array of items into my space, a dear friend and former neighbor from Auburn, NH gave me a big hug!  We worked together very well, making decisions and keeping a list (on my phone) of items to borrow from her home to make the space inviting.  We are both hard workers and enjoyed working together.  Although Peggy doesn’t quilt, she has office skills and a huge heart!  I think she is my angel from NH and quite a cheerleader.

The next two days, I demonstrated covering cotton cording to make “Linda’s Clothesline Tote” and stitched up some curves with no pins, no stress, and no puckers! as described in “Just Around the Curve”  pattern.  I also demonstrated the use of BoNash Fuse it and bits of batik confetti.

When the two days were over, I was out of Fuse It powder and pressing sheets. I placed another order and will be updating my website with Fuse It powder which replaces the 007 bonding agent. It is the same product with new packaging.  They both work!

Miracles continued to occur….as I entered my driveway on Saturday, I was noticing the lawn…It was green, and mowed, and edged! It’s a good thing I didn’t faint and crash into my stone wall. Although I was looking forward to mowing the lawn for the first time this year, I was in heaven knowing I could cross that off my to do list for tomorrow. I was simply amazed!  I made my way up the stairs to my kitchen and dinner (roasted chicken from the market and fresh carrots) was being served. I almost checked the numbers on the front of my house.  What has happened to my family?  I think everyone is growing up! Rob and I will have an empty nest next month, maybe that’s why every meal spent together is so special.

The Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild not only made every vendor feel special with free yummy lunches, a gift with candy and a heartfelt thank you card; they shopped and shared their beautiful quilts with us and many visitors.  If you missed their show, take a drive next year to Plaistow, NH and meet some of the nicest people on earth!

Thank you Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild!