August Meeting–Traditional to Modern

We met in UBC Kelley Fellowship Hall with encroaching rummage sale items flanking one wall and filling the hallway. (By nightfall, the entire room and hallway were filled with not an empty spot to be seen.) Since the building is used in so many ways other than merely worship services on Sundays, we are fortunate to be able to utilize this space. A full house gathered as Shirley Wiltshire gave the thought for the day and Paula Jones introduced our member Ellen Cox as our speaker.

Sharing Room with Rummage Sale Items

Sharing Room with Rummage Sale Items

Ellen’s presentation was “From Traditional to Modern” and she wanted to reach back into PBQ’s history, referring to the “vicissitudes” of life, meaning “ebb and flow.” Specifically, quoting Merriam-Webster “a favorable or unfavorable event or situation that occurs by chance : a fluctuation of state or condition <the vicissitudes of daily life>”

She had contacted some of the earliest PBQ members and asked them to share some of their early work. We officially formed in October, 1984, and will celebrate our 30th anniversary this fall. From that first meeting with about 25 women attending on a rainy day, our active members number 155 women and men from the Hattiesburg area and far away. Some members retain their membership even though now living in other states. We enjoyed learning how our guild represents “the vicissitudes of life.”

Quilts were shown by Martha Ginn, Ella Lucas, Rosalie Schoell, Ellen Hall, Linda Flanders, and Sarah Farris, representing the traditional beginnings of our guild.

She then showed some of the modern, contemporary, and improvisational quilts that she and several others have been making. The description of this type of quilt would be that it includes bright and bold color schemes with many solids and often seems to abandon the idea of a pattern or a plan. Even though they may seem to be randomly pieced, often there is an underlying plan to provide unity in the design.

by Ellen Cox

by Ellen Cox

by Ellen Cox

by Ellen Cox

by Ellen Cox

by Ellen Cox

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by Dianne McLendon

by Missy Lee

by Missy Lee, quilted by Pam Kennedy

Example of Improvisational Piecing by Ellen Cox

Example of Improvisational Piecing by Ellen Cox

Charitable activities: There were 40 pillows turned in, 14 walker totes, and four catheter bag covers. At the August Children’s Quilt workday, 27 finished quilts came in. The September Boutique workday will be for pricing items for the Boutique rather than working on a project. Be sure to get your items turned in.

Workshops: Ellen Cox will lead the Modern Quilt August 27 workshop. Below is an example of the piece being taught. See the Workshop tab under Guild Activities for supplies needed. Preregistration required. Ellen Cox (601-847-1292).

Pattern copyright 2013 by Geta Grama<br/>www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com

Pattern copyright 2013 Geta Grama
RomanianQuiltStudio.com
made by EllenCox

 

In September, Betty Allen will lead a Christmas Table Runner workshop. The one Betty is holding is obviously in fall colors, but the pattern will be used for a Christmas one. You will need 1/2 yard pieces of three colors with good contrast.

Design for Christmas Table Runner Workshop by Betty Allen

Table Runner for Christmas Table Runner Workshop by Betty Allen

Quilt Show Reminders: We were reminded of the importance of raffle ticket sales; our Confetti Stars is a valuable quilt and should bring a large price. Be sure to show the postcards and bookmarks, and people will be asking to take some tickets. We have a beautiful poster printed which can be distributed to businesses for display. We have a quilt show pin which sells for $5.00 at guild meetings. These will cost $6.00 at the show. They are a full view of the quilt–really a unique pin for your collection! Be sure to bring your pieces for the Silent Auction. We saw Ella Lucas’ contribution–a miniature applique that should cause a bidding war.

Missy’s Snippets: Use an emery board to mark straight lines on fabric when a plastic quarter-inch tool is too slippery. The emery board grips the fabric.