November — Slides of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

Pine Belt Quilters met Wednesday, Nov. 8. The program was a slide show of Martha Ginn’s trip to Ireland in June. To relate the pictures to quiltmaking, Martha called attention to the beauty in green fields, stone fences, rocky coasts, sheep, flowers, and ancient architecture. She showed two art quilts inspired by the trip.

Field of cattle

Sand blown up over centuries makes this church appear sunken

Colorful shops in Dingle on Dingle Peninsula

Art quilt inspired by grasses at the Cliffs of Moher

Dianne McLendon reminded the group that the completed Modern Classic Challenge quilts are due at the December meeting. The Friendship Blocks are also due. 

Four members showed their completed Cynthia England pieces–congratulations to Beth McDaniel and Missy Lee on the Mountain scene, and Dianne McLendon and Linda Flanders on the Beach scene. Beth commented that it was hard! Linda said it was addictive once she got going. Be sure to bring your finished pieces to show us.

 

December lunch will be catered by Seasoned with Love. If you have not made your reservation, send your $10 to Missy Lee and indicate choice of beef or chicken. 

Charitable activities: We will give our Children’s Quilts to agencies at the December meeting, so bring any you have ready (with label). Elvia Edwards reported on the gift of 63 quilts to Hurricane Harvey flood victims in Houston. Today we received 20 quilts, 57 pillows, 10 mother pads, 11 preemie blankets, 18 walker totes,and 11 catheter bag covers.

Ellen Cox shows handy  container for lap stitching

Snippets: Ellen Cox’s snippet was a handy item you can make for hand sewing in your lap. Glue white felt to the inside of a large strong paper plate. Add a magnet to hold scissors, a pin cushion, any other helpful attachments. Members with December birthdays are reminded to bring a wrapped quilt-related gift to be given for a door prize.

It’s time to pay your dues for the 2018 year. Ellen has membership forms and asks that we either fill one out or mark the box “NO CHANGES” when you turn in your $20.00 check or cash. 

October with Cynthia England

Although Cynthia England had a foot of flood water in her studio during Hurricane Harvey in September, she was recovered enough to keep her schedule for our October meeting and workshop. She showed us some of her prize-winning quilts and talked about starting her quilt journey at age 13. Her quilts have won Best of Show, Viewers’ Choice, and named among the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century. She proudly admitted to being 58 years old and looking forward to making many more quilts. We welcomed several visitors from the Jackson area, and one from Alaska. PBQ is fortunate to be able to bring internationally known quilters and teachers to our Hattiesburg meetings! Thanks Dianne McLendon and Susie Jackson for your dedicated work on our program/workshop planning committee.

Shirley Wiltshire told us about garden flags for a boutique project this month. She has instructions and measurements available. Dianne McLendon said she had found a bargain at Dollar Tree stores–a substitute for template plastic.

Charitable activities: We received 14 pillows, 13 preemie blankets, 37 mother pads, 14 walker totes, and 6 catheter bag covers.

Quilts for Houston area hurricane victims: We had 60 quilts turned in to be sent to Elvia Edwards’ daughter for distribution as needed in the Houston area. Karen Edwards’ church is active in assisting victims and she can be sure the quilts are placed where they are most needed.

Friendship Block:  Christmas Star. Due back at December meeting.

Cynthia England workshop: We had 27 quilters in Cynthia’s class working on either the Mountain or Seashore designs. Since Cynthia uses only straight lines to create her works, she showed us how to alter a design from curves into straight lines. She furnished kits of fabrics so we could get started on her freezer-paper-on-top method of sewing. We had all previously done foundation piecing with paper on bottom, but Cynthia’s technique is different and does not require sewing through any paper. 

We enjoyed showing her Hattiesburg and taking her to a couple of our favorite restaurants–Crescent City Grill and Patio 44.  We voted on officers for 2018-2019. Ellen Hall, Missy Lee, and Dianne McLendon are repeating in their jobs. Thanks to these who are willing to serve. 

Ellen Hall, Missy Lee, Margie Hancock, Dianne McLendon, Jo Ellen Carr

Cynthia England at Patio 44 in Hattiesburg

 

 

September with Teresa Pino

Teresa’s Graffiti Doodle Diamonds

At the September meeting president Connie Hitt welcomed a full house of members and visitors. Helen Thornton reminded us of our many blessings in her thought for the day, poem about “drinking from my saucer because my cup has overflowed.”

Teresa Pino, professional longarm quilt artist from Hernando, MS, presented a program about her quilting journey from learning to quilt at her grandfather’s upholstery shop to owning two longarm machines and quilting about 300 quilts per year for customers. She had grandparents on both sides who sewed and quilted, so she came by her love of stitching very naturally. Teresa showed quilts her grandfather and grandmother had made, as well as her own early quilts such as a Dutch Doll for her “hope chest” to welcome a granddaughter in the future. Her most unusual quilt was by her Mama Ann, which featured motifs cut from a variety of fabrics and appliqued to navy blue denim, with the squares being joined by crochet stitches.

Teresa encouraged us all to “Do what you like; like what you do.” This is good advice when we are faced with an ever-widening array of styles, techniques, and methods.

 

Teresa with one of her early traditional quilts

Going modern

Going modern

Mama Ann’s denim/crochet quilt

Drawing was held on the Raffle Quilt made by Elle Gill for Children’s Quilts. The winner was Amanda Soljan of Grand Bay, AL. The proceeds will be used for ordering batting.

Shirley Wiltshire showed pictures of gift tags, luggage tags, and postcards—her suggestion for boutique items this month. The Friendship blocks were won by Dorothy Williamson. Betty Bingham announced that the library has some new books.

Modern Classics Challenge: Dianne McLendon distributed the last group of block designs for this Challenge. The complete list is published (Guild Activities/2017 Modern Classics Challenge). The finished quilts are due at the December meeting.

Charitable activities: Today we received 26 pillows, 26 baby blankets, 70 mother pads, 16 walker totes, and 10 catheter bag covers. There are kits available to take home for Children’s Quilts.

Snippets: Ellen Cox said she had seen several helpful hints on Sewing with Nancy, such as using a pool noodle to roll quilts on for storage, which avoids wrinkling. Another tip was to sharpen needles on a steel wool pad.

Nominating Committee Report: Dianne McLendon announced the nominating committee’s slate of officers for two-year terms beginning in 2018. We expressed our appreciation for retiring president Connie Hitt and newsletter editor Linda Flanders. Connie had served two years, and Linda had written our newsletters for six years. Dianne, Ellen, and Missy are continuing in their positions. The proposed slate, to be voted on at October meeting:

  • President – Margie Hancock
  • Vice President – Dianne McLendon 
  • Secretary-Membership – Ellen Hall 
  • Secretary-Newsletter – Jo Ellen Carr
  • Treasurer – Missy Lee 

Next month’s meeting will be a program by Cynthia England, best of show winner in Houston in the fall of 2016. She will speak at the Wednesday meeting and lead a workshop the following day.

August Meeting–Christmas Quilts

Frances Good made a tall Christmas tree wall hanging for the Silent Auction at the 2016 show which was the real hit of the auction. She was asked to show this for the August meeting. She said the pattern was called Tall Trim the Tree, a Little Bit More by Cindi Edgerton at Sew Thankful. For the program, Frances asked members to bring their Christmas quilts. What a beautiful trunk show this was, with several people sharing their Christmas pieces. 

 

Mary Nell had children’s quilt kits (tops/batting/backings) for members to take home to finish. She said 14 completed quilts were turned in today and she invited all to come to CQ workdays on the first Tuesdays. We had donated 38 pillows, 26 blankets, 57 mother pads, 17 walker totes, and 6 catheter bag covers. We will have a Walker Tote cutting day on August 23. We have plenty of fabric but Betty Herring needs help cutting pieces.

Snippet: Dianne told about a product called Take Hold (that can be found at Walmart) to use while machine quilting instead of wearing rubberized gloves. With gloves, you can’t thread a needle or move pins, but Take Hold will help your hands move the quilt easily with no residue or tacky feeling.

Programs/Workshops coming up: We preregistered for Teresa Pino’s Graffiti Quilting/Inktense Pencils workshop that follows the September meeting. Susie Jackson is handling this and needs a firm count so Teresa can prepare the quilt sandwiches. 

Our October program/workshop is by Cynthia England (Best of Show winner in Houston 2016). We filled the class and started a waiting list. Contact person is Susie Jackson. 

Reminder: Vicksburg Old Man River Quiltfest August 22-26.

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July Children’s Quilts Gifts

Tables full of Children’s Quilts

Another successful children’s quilt give-away! At our July meeting we had representatives from seven agencies select quilts and describe their activities and how our quilts are used to comfort children. Mary Nell said we gave 202 quilts today. CQ group meets the first Tuesdays of every month. If you cannot attend, you may work on your own or finish tops that we have in our closet.

WDAM reporter Jac Bedrossian was there and took lots of video for a Good News segment that aired on the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts that evening, as well as WLOX. She sent this message: Thank you for inviting us! Here’s a link to the story:  http://buff.ly/2tfvlBp.

 In our parade of Children’s Quilts, the winners were: Betty Allen, Kathy Houseal, and  Jamie Martin (grandson of Jo Ellen Carr). Winners were awarded sewing supplies, and Jamie was particularly pleased to have his very own magnetic pin cushion and other items!

Winning quilts by Betty Allen, Kathy Houseal, Jamie Martin

Barbara Cline, MQA’s Educational Seminar teacher for 2017, taught one day in Hattiesburg; the class was small but very enthusiastic over their Cookie Cutter quilt projects. We’ll look forward to seeing these finished pieces later.

August meeting will feature Christmas quilts in the program led by Frances Good. Rather than the announced tree wall hanging workshop listed in our directory, the August 23 workshop will be working on Boutique projects with Shirley Wiltshire and Frances Good. Make plans to come and create some neat items.

2016 Pieced-Small

Miniature Collection Quilt

by Joe L Bingham

2016 Machine Quilting-Longarm Free Motion

Graffiti Doodle Diamonds

by Teresa Pino, top by Pat Lang

2016 Judge’s Choice

Scarlet’s Daughter

by Polly Thomasson

2016 Best of Show-Small

Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom

by J Marcus Weekley, Martha Ginn, Cathy Reininger, Julia Graber, Rita Warnock