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There were 20 members at the meeting today. Show & Tell included Lili T telling about her visit to the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, TX. The TAGY Heart Mountain exhibit is being shown there until June 23. Barabra P shared that she has been working on items for the YQF Boutique to be held Sep 12-14. Jan H is the proud owner of a new Bernina 570 machine with the embroidery component.
Ellen B models the backpack she made.
Ellen B's backpack
Sue S made a floral mini quilt.
Sue's mini quilt












Marie Shirley J collected doilies with fabric centers for many years, and dyed them bright colors.

Marie's doilies













Judy showed a piece she pieced and quilted.

Colleen spent her winter in Hawaii. While there she sorted and organized her stash and made kits. She also found a forgotten collection of Hmong needlecrafts and reverse applique pieces she purchased years ago.

Jan W showed quilts she pieced and Jeanne K free-motion quilted.













Thread-Painting
The thread painting program was presented by Jeanne K.  Her method uses muslin with Form-Flex or other lightweight stabilizer ironed on the back. Much of her work is original art or photos from Public Domain on the internet. She stressed that any art/photography used must have permission from the originator if it is not Public Domain.

She begins by drawing on paper then transferring to the stabilized muslin using an enlarger. Ginger D shared that she uses a window as a "light box" for her work. Jeanne uses pre-wound bobbins & any top thread that works for the colors she wants for her piece. She prefers variegated thread, where possible, because it lends to the overall effect.

A home sewing machine is used with feed dogs down and an open-toe presser foot. Needle type and size may be top stitch 80/12, but any size works just fine. She puts part of the piece to be thread painted in an embroidery hoop with an indentation on one side so it will fit under the presser foot. Mistakes aren't an issue and anything can be covered up or changed by going back over it with more stitches!
When the piece is completed Jeanne uses Misty Fuse or Steam-A-Seam to place it on background fabric. More thread painting may be added to embellish the main subject.
After her demonstration of the technique and showing various finished pieces Jeanne let anyone who wished try thread-painting a cat she had drawn on muslin. Jan H will finish it at home. No pressure!

Photos from Jeanne's demonstration and practice time.



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Pam's Easter cards
There were 21 members and guests present for the April TAGY meeting.  The Marketplace quilts were displayed and returned to their owners.  

The meeting began with introductions and Show & Tell.  Barbara P informed us that the dates for the Yellowstone Quilt Fest will be September 12 - 14 this year.  Entry forms will be completed by April 15th and posted on-line.  The TAGY Challenge of "Doors and Gateways" will be shown as an exhibit on the stage of the Cody Auditorium, and there is no entry fee for this exhibit.  Other quilts  entered into the YQF show will have the usual $3 entry fee, and these will be numbered and judged by people's choice.


Jan W's stamping
Pam's stamping













Jan W and Pam showed us examples of fabric stamping they did recently, and Pam also made some cute Easter cards.

Lindsay showed a large quilt that she quilted and displayed at the Big Sky Quilt Show in Billings. 

A big Thank You to Lindsay, Lili, and Marie for taking the quilts to Billings and hanging them for us.  Also Thank You to Marybeth, Marie, and Barbara H for taking down the quilts and returning them to us.

Ginger informed us that the new "By Western Hands" group has taken over the old Cody Gambles building, and they are in need of volunteers to work from 10-2, Monday thru Friday.  There are 39 members who are local artists and their work is on display there.

Linda M told about her quilts on display with "Moon Rover" being at West Point, and the HERstory quilts at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.  Also, the Texas Quilt Museum is currently exhibiting TAGY's "Fabric of Memory" quilts of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.   And Jeanne K's OURstory quilt is featured in the latest issue of Quilting Arts magazine.
Sue's 3-D flowers


Sue showed us an example of using a fabric stiffener product to make 3-D flowers. 



Alice provided the program for April which was a demo of surface printing on fabric, with many different design ideas.  She refers us to Deborah Boschert's articles on collage quilts. https://deborahsstudio.com/


Alice showed us how to write on fabric, make stencils from freezer paper, roller printing with TP rolls, and using a brayer, among other things.  She also showed us how to make beautiful fabric twine with scraps.  Thank you Alice for a great program.


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There were about 23 members and guests present for the March meeting in spite of the sub-zero temperatures we've been having lately.
Jeanne K's Marketplace

Linda M brought the Marketplace quilts back from the 1st bank in Powell, and Lindsay agreed to take them to Billings for the Big Sky Quilt Show and Retreat.
Lindsay also took the quilt stands and black cloths and sheets, and all the older art quilts that we will use to fill the stage with our TAGY exhibit.  We packed her van full!

Lindsay, Marie, and Lili plan to hang the quilts on Wednesday, March 13th.  There will be a number of TAGY members taking classes on Saturday, March 16th, so we should have more help for the take-down process.  A big Thank You to our members for helping to make this exhibit possible.
Art with bleach by Patty

While taking the Marketplace quilts down in Powell, the bank branch manager expressed interest in having art quilts depicting the seasons hang in the bank.  Linda asked members if this is something they wanted to make, and we have the needed four responses, Jeanne K; Lili; Jan H; and Linda.  We will find out more information from the bank, and each of us will take a season to work on.
Article in SAQA Quarterly Journal

Jeanne passed out extra copies of Quilting Arts magazine that she received.  She also showed the article about our Heart Mountain quilts that was recently published in the SAQA Journal.  Thank you Lili for submitting the idea for the article, and Jeanne for working on this too .  Other Show and Tell items are shown in the pics.

Marie's dyed fabrics
Marie held a dyeing class in Cody last month and everyone enjoyed it and wants another class, so she is planning to have one next summer. More on this later.


The Program was given by Karling on covering our favorite books to preserve them.  Clear contact paper was used for this purpose.

Book covers

We worked in teams covering books
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There were 21 members and guests at the February meeting.

Lindsay offered to pick up our art quilts at the next meeting and take them to Big Sky Quilt Show in Billings to be displayed on the stage.  Linda M will take down the Marketplace quilts at Powell's First Bank and take them to Lindsay.

Marie announced she is having a paint-dye class on Feb 23rd at the Cody Art League.

Beautiful show and tell items are pictured.

Zann gave the program on Surface Design - embroidery.  She provided two handouts, as well as cloth and floss for us to practice on.  She also circulated the book Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches 101 for all to see.

Next month Karling will present the program on making book covers for a paperback, and a quilt book.



Ginger's baby quilt


Marybeth's embroidery

Marie's petroglyph

Silk-tie dying on silk
Jan from Red Lodge

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Linda M, Ginger, Pat L, and Patty M hung the Marketplace Challenge quilts at the First Bank in Powell on Feb 1st.  They look fabulous.
They will be there throughout the month, so stop by and see them.




Ginger made the final quilt from her monthly "color wheel" blocks.
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Transform a Plain White Table Runner Into a Work of Art:
Marie Shirley-Jones from Red Lodge will be at the Cody Country Art League to guide us through a dyeing process that ensures success. Students will paint thickened dye onto fabric and also use dry dye for an exciting twist. There will be lots of stencils and printing blocks to assist you, or you can come with a plan of your own. You will take your runner home at the end of class, where you will rinse it five days later. The permanently dyed runner can be washed in your machine for years to come. No previous artistic experiences necessary.

  • Saturday, February 23rd from 10 am to 2 pm.  
  • The cost is for the class is $75 
  • The runner, dyes, etc. will be supplied and are included in the cost.
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Fourteen members and guests were present at out New Year's pot luck lunch, and there was a wide variety of tasty treats available. Thank you all for bringing the goodies, and braving the snow and sleet to get to Cody.

This was a relaxed meeting with lots of visiting and catching up with this fun and talented group of ladies.













Seven members participated in the beautiful hand-made gift exchange with a Fortune cookies theme.  There was also a door prize of a Fortune cookie maker which was won by Alice.
Next year's Holiday party theme will be "Plaid" as suggested by Karling. And the following year will be "Everything Old is New Again".

Several members brought Show & Tell items and others had Tells to share.
Zann brought information about an upcoming musical play in Cody to be held at Cassie's in late January.  Jeannie told about her quilts that will soon be published in the OURstory book, and be on display around the country.  She also submitted a magazine article to the SAQA quarterly about the quilts we made for the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.

Zann will present the February program on surface embroidery and requests we bring Shapes needles to the Feb 4th meeting.  She will provide thread, or you may bring your own.
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Several of our TAGY members have family and friends who lost their homes in the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.  

Member Rebecca True sent a note to Jan Wilbur with her first hand account:

"As a witness (and blessedly not a victim), I can give you some confirmation that ANY contributions will help.
"I am here in Chico helping my Mom. Everyone around me is post-trauma. I have not met a single person who has not been somehow affected. I talked to the PG&E man who came to check my mom's gas lines. When I thanked him, he said that he is "just happy to be helping people who are alive." He has spent the last 2 weeks accompanying search and rescue workers with cadaver dogs. Plus he has 2 families living with him that have lost everything--cars, homes, identification, history, cell phones, mailboxes, contact phone numbers, proof of insurance, medical records, pets.....and loved ones. 
"People are spending hours each day trying to reconstruct their lives. They are walking around like zombies, desperately trying to find some normalcy. I can tell you too, that the scope of human compassion has been just as impressive. From utility workers to grocery clerks to Mailmen to hairdressers to doctors to dental hygienists.....everyone says that their clients/customers are trying to incorporate any "normal" that they can to get "grounded" and reduce stress and feel sane.
We all know how therapeutic and important access to sewing, quilting and crafts are to a sense of well-being under NORMAL circumstances.  Amplify that 1000 times for these folks.

"Anything you can give to be a part of that human-to-human compassion will be received with joy beyond your imagination. Because the devastation is beyond anything you can imagine. But the "hands on" comfort is also making an enormous difference--- beyond imagination. Thank you for any prayers and gifts you send this way." Rebecca 


Our TAGY group responded:
We have 102 lbs. of quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting & personal items heading to California!  The two smaller boxes contain quilting & crafting books.  The three larger ones are filled to the brim with needlework kits, fabric, patterns, thread, embroidery floss, rulers, yarn, knitting needles, more thread, rotary cutters, more needlework kits, pins, needles, more yarn, more thread, pin cushions, hand made notecards with postage stamps, more thread, hand lotion & chapstick, more yarn and on & on! 
Everyone was so generous & every single item you donated has been packed ready to make someone’s day a little more peaceful, if even for just a few hours.  Your contributions toward postage are also very much appreciated!

Thank you all so much!  Have a merry Christmas & the best New Year ever!!
Jan Wilbur























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From Jan Wilbur:
There were fifteen members present.  The meeting started with introductions and show& tell.

The January 7, TAGY holiday party and potluck lunch starting at Noon was discussed.  The optional gift exchange theme is a fortune cookie saying and should be home made.  Lindsay Mollett will provide utensils and; Zann Liljergren will bring paper goods.  Remember the time is an hour earlier for this get together.

Jan Wilbur told about the project to collect sewing, quilting, knitting, kits, crafting & general needlework items for the Camp Fire victims in California.  Generous material donations were put out for viewing and donations to help with postage were given.  An email from TAGY member, Rebecca True, was shared with the group.  Rebecca is in Chico, CA and described the devastation in the area that she is seeing first-hand.  Members present also signed cards sending well wishes to the recipients that will be included in the boxes of donations.


Ginger Dager showed a baby quilt she recently finished for a new baby in the family.  Judy Mackie quilted it.


Jan Hoar thanked everyone for donated items used to stock the Park County Humane Society booth at the CIS craft fair.  They earned $1465.

Lindsay Mollett shared a great idea to keep bobbins neat & tidy using mini ponytail holders.





Barbara Harrison made a beautiful felted needle holder.




Pam Harris showed matching luggage handle covers & i.d. tags to make it easier to recognize your own bags.  She had the 2019 ‘Calendar Girls’ fiber arts group in Anchorage calendar & a motivator deck of ‘Start Your Art’ cards.



Pam Harris presented a program entitled “What if…?”  She described her various trial & error projects with interesting results.  She had examples of techniques using fabric, felt, stabilizers, paints, a heat gun, Tyvek & Lutrador, glue & more!




‘Blobs’ using wash away stabilizer & thread in a flat hoop making it easier to put under your machine needle.



Beads made using Tyvek wrapped around a knitting needle & melted with a heat gun.



Transforming ‘ugly’ fabric, napkins, etc. using tissue paper over-lay & white Elmer’s glue.  Then embellish with acrylic paint or Dynaflo.


Stamping layers of organza & Misty Fuse stabilizer to enhance dimensional appearance.



Lace making on felt, stabilizer & Lutrador.  Cotton thread is best to avoid melting under heat.


String art created by pulling string, thread, yarn or any long item between two sides of a folded sheet of paper or fabric with paint.




Paint stamping to change the appearance of ‘ugly’ fabric.



Stamping with bleach to add dimension.







Cut, re-sew, repeat to re-purpose quilt blocks that aren’t appealing in their original form.  Pam shared a story about cutting blocks apart and remaking them to the horror of a woman in the quilt guild.  That quilt ended up in a magazine feature and Pam found a different guild to join!




Even Pam’s drop cloth for experimenting is a work of art!
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