Kathy's Raffle Quilt

January 20th, 2016

During the last two years many of you have visited Quilting in the Country and made monetary contributions toward a fund to be donated to the Bozeman Public Library in our dear Kathy Center’s memory.  You may remember placing a dollar or two in a basket in exchange for a used quilting book, magazines or unwanted notions. Some of you were generous enough to leave $50 bills when we told you about Kathy and our wish to contribute to the Bozeman Library  Bookmobile Fund.

At the time of Kathy’s death we also requested quilt squares for a special raffle quilt to be made in Kathy’s honor. We received dozens of blocks. I remember the first letter from a quilter in Iowa who just wanted to help out. She remembered Kathy from the trip she and her husband made to Montana to visit all the shops on our Big Sky Shop Hop. Along with the quilt blocks came wonderful handwritten messages from Kathy’s friends and others who had not known her at all.  

Eventually I gathered all the blocks and asked staffer Anna if she would work on compiling the quilt blocks into a quilt. Anna had made the mistake of showing me a magazine that showed how to put such blocks together into a pleasant quilt. Anna definitely did not think that was her cup of tea but she did a remarkable job of finishing the quilt during slow hours in the shop. Amazingly, when Anna finished the quilt she thanked me for helping her expand her skills! We sold raffle tickets to quilters from far and near and added their contributions together with our in shop sales of unwanted books and other goodies. Together we were able to collect $1000 for the Bozeman Library Bookmobile Fund!



Amazingly the raffle quilt, made in Kathy’s honor, was won by Priscilla Dolan, an employee at the Bozeman Public Library.

Several days after Christmas I wrote a note to Paula Beswick, the Library Foundation Director at the Bozeman Public Library, explaining our donation and telling her about our dear Kathy.
Here are the words from Paula.
“Dear Jane,
I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. The commitment we’ve all made together to make the Library’s new bookmobile a reality speaks volumes. It is a wonderful way for Kathy Center’s coworkers and friends to remember her, knowing how much she supported children’s activities and understand how she would have enjoyed this particular bookmobile project.
The Library Director and Library staff knows that a bookmobile’s additional services will reach so many more community members, especially children. They will benefit from the opportunity for more books, expanded early literacy programs, and new computer trainings to name only a few of the possible activities.
It is people like you who make this Library hum. And it will be all of us who make this bookmobile happen. In addition, we’ll continue to make the wonderful events occur within our Library. Your support is invaluable, and we thank you with great appreciation.


And Paula added an extra handwritten note--"Thanks, this generous donation will make a dent in our final fundraising push.”  



 I was able to locate Kathy’s obituary which was published in the December 29, 2013 Bozeman Daily Chronicle. It seems impossible that Kathy has been gone for over two years. Here is a part of the obit I want to share with you.
“As her children moved on to adulthood, she returned to her love of fabric, color and design through the vortex of quilting. She made many beautiful quilts, designed a few wonderful patterns, and had some of her work appear in quilting magazines. At the quilt shop where she worked (QIC), she helped hundreds of quilters find just the right combination of fabrics to realize their dream. Kathy truly loved her family of quilting friends and the time she spent with them.
And there were grandchildren! What a blessing they were to her. Her beautiful, special grand-daughters, Molly, Zoe, and Lily, so enriched her life, and she theirs. And then came grandsons Noah and Liam, with more cheeks to pinch and the chance to play boy games. Kathy loved all children, but she especially enjoyed preschoolers with a little naughty streak.
For those who want to honor her memory, we suggest a contribution to any organization that benefits children, and she would want you to hug a child daily.”


You know me and stories about the quilts I make. We all have those, don’t we? This week I want to give you the opportunity to order a quilt. I was a part of the design of this quilt and I’ll give you the skinny on that next week! For now, here are the details on the quilt. It is 66" X 66" and is available in a blue background (pictured) or gray background. You can order a kit by clicking on the picture or this link.

I hope you love it in either of the two colors. The individual blocks are plucked from photos of barn quilts in Midwestern states. As I said I’ll tell you more of story next week.


While you’re thinking Barn Quilt why don’t you order a copy of Barn Quilts and the American Trail Movement. Order by following this link.

Those of you who came to the Cookie Exchange were able to get an early peak at my Yellowstone Wildlife Quilt I'm creating with embroidery based on the line drawings in "Gramma and Grampa's Adventures in Yellowstone Park". Rose graciously gave me permission to use her drawings and I'm very pleased with the way the quilt is coming along.

Several of you expressed your interest in a kit of the quilt when we have it complete and I'm also looking forward to holding monthly embroidery/piecing classes to work on our blocks together. I plan to hold them on the first Friday of the month beginning in February 5th, 1-4pm.  Class is free with the purchase of the kit. Give me a call (406-587-8213) or reply to this email to get yourself on the list for a kit and/or the embroidery/piecing class.

Plan on making an heirloom for someone really special to you-- an adult or child.  


2016 Retreat Dates at Nine Quarter Circle Ranch have been set!   June 12-14 and September 15-18.

Project details to follow. Join us in this beautiful setting in Gallatin Canyon for a three days of delicious food, quilting and wonderful comaraderie.


We have some shelving units left in the shop that I would love to sell locally. You can respond by replying to this email or by calling my house (406-587-8213).

This large shelf is $30 and measures 88"H X49"W X25"D.

The shelves are slanted which is great for bolts of fabric and many other uses. (Batting not included.)




There are two of these smaller shelves. They come with extra shelves and could be set upright and used as bookshelves as well. They are $20 each and measure 72"L X 28"H X 12"D.




Silk Ribbon Sale

Let us pick out an assortment of 10 colors and widths (4mm or 7mm) for $10. First person to order will get this Silk Ribbon Instructional DVD for Free! Follow this link to order.

Thread Grab Bag

 Last week our Pattern Grab Bag was very popular. This week we give you a chance to help us clear out the last of the thread. 10 spools for $10! Follow this link to order.

And still available from last week:

Grab Bag of Patterns


Sew Crazy for Ewe: We love wool projects and sheep so this pattern is perfect for us! Available by following this link. One pattern left.



a-MAIZE-ing a-LUMINA-tion: Another Meetinghouse Hill Designs pattern. This is their best seller! Follow this link to order.