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February with Jackie Watkins

Shelley Taylor and Jackie Watkins with Jackie’s Oriental Dresdens quilt

Jackie Watkins, from Ridgeland, wowed us with her Trunk Full of Challenges at our February 14 meeting. Jackie makes quilts of all sizes, from huge (see this one) to miniature challenge pieces depicting a theme (a color and a noun). The variety of themes are a good starting point for trying a multitude of techniques and ideas and have led Jackie to experiment with methods she might never have tried. She showed several examples of Interleave Quilts and will teach a workshop on this technique March 1. Preregistration is required.

Jackie’s Katrina quilt


An Interleave Quilt

UFO Challenge: Sixteen members turned in their list to participate in this year’s challenge. UFO #1 on the list will be due at the March meeting, and UFO #4 due at the April meeting. A number will be drawn in April for the UFO to be due in June. The schedule of later drawings and when the UFOs will be due is like this:

February-Draw #1 March–#1 due
February-Draw # 4 April–#4 due
April–Draw # June–due
June–Draw # August–due
August–Draw # October–due
October–Draw # December–due

Charitable Activities: Today we received these items from our generous members: 54 pillows, 9 preemie blankets, 10 mother pads, 109 walker totes, 6 catheter bag covers. We had several children’s quilt kits ready to take home; members who want to help with Children’s Quilts and cannot attend the CQ workdays enjoy taking these kits prepared by Bonnie Bolt.  Betty Bingham also reminded us of our extensive guild library. She commented on Jodi Barrows’ third book and is ordering it for our library. These are well researched books based on Jodi’s family’s love of quilts. Jodi has been a vendor and speaker at our last three shows but will not be able to be at our 2018 show because of her celebration of her 40th anniversary with a cruise. We will look forward to having her back in 2020.

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn announced that Betty Reid has agreed to be co-chair for our 2018 show, and that Categories had been decided (posted on the website under Quilt Show tab). Information Page and Entry Form will be available soon. The raffle quilt is still in progress, but the top was ready for us to see. Thanks to Anne Hindmarch, Dianne McLendon, Susie Jackson, and Linda Flanders for hours of hard work to get it to this point. Susie is machine embroidering borders that will be added. We asked for suggestions for the name and heard many words like Mississippi, kaleidoscope, diamonds, spring, gems, with the result being “Mississippi Kaleidoscope.”

Beginnings of raffle quilt, Mississippi Kaleidoscope

We can order tickets and begin selling these. Members were also asked to ask their friends and business owners to help us by placing ads in the show catalog. We need everyone to help with fund raising, not just to put on the show, but to make it possible for us to bring in excellent teachers for our programs.

March meeting and workshop: We will have Mary Lou Weidman from Spokane Valley, WA, as our guest speaker in March. She is well-known for her whimsical Self-Portraits. Here are a couple of pieces she sent to whet our appetite for the class.

Self Portraits by Mary Lou Weidman

January 2018 and UFO Challenge

New president Margie Hancock welcomed the new year. Barb Peters read “The Twelve Days After Christmas” to the group–a comical play on words from the traditional poem/song.

Our program was by Nancy Lee from The Fabric Dock on Hwy 49S in Wiggins. She brought many samples and patterns for fabric collage. Nancy constructs these pieces on Pattern Ease, using Steam-a-Seam. She offered 20% off on all purchases at the meeting and also gave the members a 15% discount coupon to use online or at the store. Her hours are Wednesday-Saturday, with a Coffee Club at 9:00 a.m on Thursdays. See the website

Nancy and David Lee from The Fabric Dock

Seahorse by Dianne McLendon

Steer by Dianne McLendon

Hulda Ingram showing patterns from The Stitchin’ Post



Hulda Ingram showed The Stitchin’ Post’s patterns and reminded members of a 20% discount in the store on each PBQ meeting day (2nd Wednesdays). 

Examples of fabric collage were also shown by Susie Jackson, Dianne McLendon, Elle Gill, and Martha Ginn. Susie will conduct a workshop (Thursday, January 25) on the Mississippi block she showed. 

Mississippi Block by Susie Jackson

Turtle by Elle Gill

Frog by Elle Gill

Elizabeth, My Almost Perfect Cat by Martha Ginn











Missy Lee presented our 2018 budget for approval. Our dues ($20/annually) are not sufficient to keep bringing in national teachers for meetings, so during show years (even-numbered years), it is vitally important that each member helps with raising funds: (sell raffle tickets, contribute boutique items, and donate Silent Auction items).

The raffle quilt should be ready to show at the February meeting. We will need to name the quilt, so be thinking of an appropriate name. Here’s a teaser of what the blocks look like: 

Blocks from 2018 Raffle Quilt

2018 UFO Challenge: Dianne McLendon presented the plans for our 2018 challenge. This challenge is to encourage/push/guilt us into finishing UnFinished Objects! Quilt show year is the perfect time to pull out projects and finish them. The abbreviated rules are: On the UFO Challenge Sheet, lists six UFOs in number order that were begun BEFORE January 1, 2018, and turn in this Sheet to Lois Womack. Numbers will be drawn, with the quilt that corresponds to that number from your list finished and presented two months later. Finished quilts can earn fat quarters, with a drawing for the $100 prize at the December meeting. Complete Rules and sign-up Sheet can be found here. Or go to Guild Activities/2018 UFO Challenge. 

Perfect Attendance: Eleven members had perfect attendance during 2017; Sarah Ketchum’s name was drawn for the perfect attendance prize. Be sure to sign in at the Attendance table at each meeting.

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn asked us all to think about what we were working on to enter the show. She also asked for volunteers to fill show committee responsibilities. Categories will be decided and announced soon. 

Friendship Block: 

Field of Daisies, due back in March 2018

Charitable Activities: Today we received 13 children’s quilts, 33 blankets, 10 mother pads, 39 pillows, 17 walker totes, and 6 catheter bag covers. Bonnie Bolt has prepared kits ready to create CQs. Be sure to pick these up and bring back to the meeting (or CQ workdays on first Tuesdays) when they are finished.

February meeting on 14 will feature Interleave Quilts with Jackie Watkins as the speaker. Jackie will present a workshop on Thursday, March 1 in Choral Hall.  

Example of Interleave Quilt

December Meeting with Reveal of 2017 Modern Classics Quilt Challenge

Room full of quilters

We had a full room of quilters and guests for our December meeting. In addition to giving 192 quilts and 55 stockings and a huge table of toys and gifts, we had the exciting reveal of our 2017 Crayon Modern Classics Quilt Challenge.  

Dora from Advocates for Freedom







We presented outgoing president Connie Hitt with a quilt from blocks made by members and assembled by Betty Allen and quilted by Susie Jackson. Connie passed her gavel on to Margie Hancock, who will serve the next two years as president. 

Margie Hancock and Connie Hitt (Quilt by Dianne McLendon in background)

Connie Hitt and her President’s quilt

Mary Nell Magee

Table full of quilts ready to give

Table of stockings and gifts













Mary Nell Magee introduced speakers from the agencies there to receive the quilts and gifts. She also recognized our member Joe Bingham for his making over half of the quilts we have given this year. Joe and his wife Betty also head up the pillow project, and Betty Herring is in charge of the walker totes and catheter bag covers.



Our year’s total for all these gifts reads like this:

487 quilts
358 pillows
197 preemie blankets
413 mother pads
203 walker totes
97 catheter bag covers


Dianne McLendon led this challenge during the year and made a beautiful quilt according to the rules–use the three crayon colors you drew from the bag (plus neutrals), make 20 blocks, altering them (“making modern”) in some way, set and complete the quilt. She would not allow her quilt to be part of the competition, but it was agreed that her quilt was a winning example of today’s “modern” quilts. Voting was by ballot, and the winners were:

1st–Jo-Ann Evans
2nd–Betty Reid
3rd–Lois Womack

All are pictured under Guild Activities/2017 Challenge.   Or click Here.


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:

 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.

June speaker and workshops–Carolyn Kimble

Carolyn Kimble from Moss Point presented our June program on her beautiful applique quilts. Well, she also does other types, but applique is definitely her favorite technique. She stitches memories of special times and events into her work. Carolyn taught an applique class on the two following days after the meeting, using a pattern she had designed. Her “My Barn Quilt” won a blue ribbon and Viewers’ Choice as well as a judges’ special award in our 2016 show. The Baltimore Album quilt pictured below was a Best of Show winner in our 2014 show. 

Beth Ferrier’s “My Small World” pattern

“My Barn Quilt” from the 2003 Piecemakers Calendar patterns

Following Carolyn’s presentation, we had a live auction for some items that had been donated to the guild. Our Treasure Hunt tables were filled with interesting treasures that went from one quilter’s closet to another’s.

Mary Nell Magee encouraged everyone to bring a children’s quilt for the Parade of Quilts at the July meeting. We will have representatives from children’s service agencies at the meeting to receive these quilts, followed by a catered barbecue luncheon. If you did not make your lunch reservation at the June meeting, please contact Connie Hitt and select either chicken or pulled pork. Connie needs an accurate count to order the food. 

PBQ will host one of the days (Tuesday, July 18) of the MQA Educational Seminar with Barbara Cline called Cookie Cutter Workshop. Learn to make a block which is featured in Barbara’s book, “Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.” This triangle block is easy to sew, but can transform countless intricate designs when you experiment with color and value. Be sure to sign up.  MQA Educational Seminar 2017

Also, the Old Man River Quilt Fest will be held in Vicksburg August 22-26. This is a quilt show and classes with well-known teachers. Be sure to support this show by entering your quilts. Kay Elliott plans to hold their shows on odd-numbered years while PBQ holds shows on even numbered years. This will give Mississippi a large show every year.