April–Quilt Appraisals and New Challenge

Alma Moates, AQS certified appraiser

Alma Moates, AQS certified appraiser

President Connie Hitt welcomed us to our April meeting. After a delightful poem read by Anne Hindmarch about the woes of a quilter’s husband, Susie Jackson introduced our speaker, certified appraiser Alma Moates from Pensacola. Alma has collected antique and new quilts for 40 years. This love of quilts led her to attending appraisal classes by the American Quilters Society in Paducah, Kentucky; she then applied for testing and successfully passed stringent written and oral exams to become an AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles in 2008. She continues to take classes to keep abreast of new techniques and advances in the quilt world.

Alma stressed the importance of having our quilts appraised in order to receive adequate compensation on a possible insurance claim. Generally, without this documentation our quilts would only be included as household items and not recognized for their true value. Many factors go into determining the value of a quilt, uppermost being (1) condition, followed by (2) workmanship, quality of fabric and colorfastness, (3) visual appeal, (4) rarity, and (5) technique/regular or unusual.  She showed many quilts and tops and pointed out these characteristics.

She will be at our show in October to appraise quilts. See the Appraisal tab under Quilt Show on our website for more information.2016 Travel Poster Challenge

New Challenge: Dianne McLendon introduced our new challenge: “You’ve Got the Whole World In Your Hands,” which could also be called the “Travel Poster Quilt Challenge.” With our quilt show coming up, making a wall quilt rather than a bed-sized quilt seems best! Here are the rules:

Theme: Where would you like to go? Or where have you been that you loved? Depict this place (whether specific or generalized) in the center body of the quilt. Add a 4” border made of blocks which relate to this place. No words, numbers, phrases or text allowed. Here are some examples to get you thinking about blocks to carry out your place or theme:

Place/Theme (center) Block (4” border)
National Park or Forest Tree
Rivers Crossing Canoes
Seas/Oceans Ocean Waves or Sail Boat
London King’s X
Holland Pinwheel
Orient Fans
Houses Log Cabin

Size:  Inside body:  minimum 18” on any side, maximum 36” on any side PLUS a 4” pieced border. This pieced border should be blocks which help identify the place you are depicting.

Fabrics: You will be given three pieces of fabric which must be incorporated; add any others you wish. Fee is $5.00. Money prizes will be awarded for viewers’ choice voting.

Deadline: The reveal will be at the December meeting.

Charitable Activities: Mary Nell Magee reminded us of our first Tuesday CQ workdays and that there are kits for anyone to take home to complete. Our next quilt give-away is at our July meeting.

Joe Bingham announced we received 34 pillows, 17 blankets, 20 mother pads; Betty Herring reported receiving 12 walker totes and six catheter bag covers.

Delectable Star, due back June 8, 2016

Delectable Star, due back June 8, 2016

Friendship Block: The new friendship block is Delectable Star. It is due back at the June meeting.

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn reminded the group that it is not too early to begin turning in your entries for the quilt show. Information pages and entry forms will be available at each meeting if you don’t print from the website. Paula Jones has a good photo of the raffle quilt. Also, you can take a good picture with your cell phone so you will always have it available to show as you sell your tickets. Be thinking of where you do business frequently. Some of these individuals or companies might be happy to place an ad in our show catalog. Rates are: 1/4 page (business card) = $50.00; half page = $100.00; full page = $150.00. Martha can send information, but it helps if you make a first contact.

Yahoo Group: We have 59 members in the Yahoo email group. This is an easy way to communicate with each other. If you have not accepted the invitation that was sent to your email address, please do this; all you need is a Yahoo ID (not a Yahoo email address, but a Yahoo ID). Once you are a member, to send a message to everyone, just email to pbqquilts@yahoogroups.com. Moderators are Elvia Edwards, Ellen Hall, and Martha Ginn. Email any of these three if you want to join.

Snippets: Last month Ellen Cox recommended Goo Gone; today she told us about another product she says works even better:  Grandma’s Secret Goo Remover.  Another tip came from Ellen Hall. For help arranging blocks when pinning to the design wall and moving them about is your usual way, try pinning all and photographing the group, printing full page size. Then cut the photo blocks apart and work with these little squares.

Joe and Betty Bingham will teach pieced placemats or table runner at the 4th Wednesday workshop, April 27. Contact one of them if you did not sign up at the meeting.

Member News: Congratulations to our farthest-out-of-town member, Leslie Kiger, for her Best of Show win at the Gulf States Quilting Association show April 8-9 in Slidell, LA. Her quilt won first place in its category (Med/Large Pieced–Judy Niemeyer Pattern) and Best of Show.

"Mad Dash" by Leslie Kiger, quilted by Lori Millsap

“Mad Dash” by Leslie Kiger, quilted by Lori Millsap